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U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Introduces Marijuana Reform Legislation To Protect Immigrant Communities

on September 20, 2019 - 7:51am
U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Luján (D-N.M.) introduced legislation to remove minor marijuana use, possession and distribution charges from the list of deportable offenses to protect immigrant communities, including DREAMers, from targeted attacks by the Trump administration.
 
Specifically, Remove Marijuana from Deportable Offenses Act would prevent U.S. Immigration and Customs from using minor drug offenses, including possession of marijuana, to target immigrants for deportation. U.S. Sen.

AFT New Mexico On Governor’s Plan For Free College

on September 20, 2019 - 7:39am
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
 
“Today’s announcement by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will be life-changing for tens of thousands of current students as well as future generations of New Mexicans.
 
“Free higher education for New Mexicans attending any one of New Mexico’s 29 institutions will not only make pursuit of higher education an educational reality, but also free those same students from the potential of detrimental life-long debt as a result of pursuing education beyond high school.

Land Office Hires Renewable Energy Director, Analyst

on September 19, 2019 - 10:39am

STATE LAND OFFICE News:

 

  • Commissioner Garcia Richard Awards 7,000 Acre Lease for La Joya Wind Farm Expansion 

 

SANTA FE – The State Land Office has hired two new staff within the first ever Office of Renewable Energy. Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard requested and received funding during the 2019 Legislative Session to create the Office of Renewable Energy in order to help the Land Office reach a goal of tripling the generation of renewable energy on state trust land.

 

There are currently 17 active renewable energy leases on state trust lands with over 30 pending applications

Aamodt Water Settlement Parties Gather For Signing Ceremony At Buffalo Thunder Resort Tuesday

on September 19, 2019 - 10:24am

Aamodt Settlement Parties gather Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Resort for signing ceremony of Aamodt Settlement clause 611(a). Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com

Aamodt Settlement Parties gather Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Resort for signing ceremony of Aamodt Settlement clause 611(a). Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com

By JAMES R. MOUNTAIN
Valley Daily Post

Pueblo of Pojoaque - The Aamodt Water Settlement parties took another step forward in the implementation of a settlement agreement Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder.

The parties held a signing ceremony that initiates

Secretary Of Interior Transfers Jurisdiction Of Five Segments Of Land To Army To Secure Southwest Border

on September 19, 2019 - 8:33am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has announced the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of approximately 560 acres of Federal lands to the U.S. Department of the Army (Army) to build roughly 70 miles of border barriers.
 
This action comes in response to a series of applications for Emergency Withdrawal as submitted by the Army for construction or augmentation of barriers along the southern border. No national parks nor segments from Indian country are included in the land transfer. 
 
The Army submitted its requests following

Governor Orders Flags To Half Staff For Sen. Cisneros

on September 18, 2019 - 8:32pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday ordered all state flags lowered to half-staff to honor and recognize the memory of Sen. Carlos Cisneros, who died Tuesday.

State flags will be lowered immediately through sundown of Friday, Sept. 20, as part of a public period of mourning.

The governor previously issued a statement about the unexpected passing of the senator Tuesday; it is available here​.

U.S. Census Bureau Opens Public Comment Period For Proposed Request Of Administrative Records To Build Citizenship Database

on September 18, 2019 - 7:33pm
CCP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Center for Civic Policy (CCP) is urging community groups, community members, local and state government, to provide public comment on the U.S. Census Bureau’s proposal to collect citizenship data through administrative records requests across the country.
 
March, 2018, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Department, Wilbur Ross, first sent a directive to the U.S. Census Bureau to collect citizenship information, as part of their 2020 Census work, to provide census block level citizenship voting age population for states as part of data provided by the bureau.

New Mexico Indian Affairs Department Issues Statement On Passing Of Sen. Carlos Cisneros

on September 18, 2019 - 6:44pm

Indian Affairs Department News:

Cabinet Secretary Lynn Trujillo, Indian Affairs Department issued the following statement today on the passing Tuesday of Sen. Carlos Cisneros:

“Today we mourn the passing of Senator, Carlos Cisneros. Senator Cisneros dedicated his life to advocating for Northern New Mexico communities, which include the eight northern pueblos (Nambé, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Taos, and Tesuque) in the New Mexico Senate. The Senator touched the lives of thousands of New Mexicans over the course of his 34-year career.

Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard Issues Statement On Passing Of Sen. Carlos Cisneros

on September 18, 2019 - 4:20pm

From the Office of the State Land Commissioner:

New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard issued the following statement on the passing of Sen. Carlos Cisneros:

“New Mexico and Northern New Mexico have lost a champion. Carlos Cisneros has been my family’s State Senator since we moved to Los Alamos over a decade ago.

“He will be sorely missed at the Roundhouse for his commitment to helping our families, his expertise on the budgeting process, and for helping to mentor new legislators

“Eric and I send our thoughts and condolences to his family at this difficult time.”

CSI Aviation Of Albuquerque Selected To Fly United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

on September 18, 2019 - 4:08pm

A 19 seat Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. Courtesy photo

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

UNITED NATIONS News:

The United Nations selected CSI Aviation in Albuquerque to fly Secretary General António Guterres on an important fact-finding mission to Marsh Harbour on Abaco Island.

CSI transported Guterres and Bahamian government officials Sept. 14 on a 19 seat Beechcraft 1900 aircraft from Nassau to Marsh Harbour. 

Once Guterres arrived in Marsh Harbour, he took a helicopter tour provided by the Dutch military and then CSI returned him to Nassau. 

CSI was selected due to its

Early Childhood Education Endowment Fund Puts Us On The Right Path

on September 18, 2019 - 2:52pm
By Dist 52 REP. DOREEN Y. GALLEGOS
Majority Whip
New Mexico House of Representatives
 
Last year when the Governor included universal PreK in her moonshot for education, I jumped for joy.
 
Finally, New Mexico has a Governor who has big ideas and is willing to invest in programs that we know work. PreK and other early childhood programs work, I have seen it firsthand throughout my 25 years as a social worker.
 
Research tells us that 90 percent of a child’s brain development occurs before age five and importantly, families who have access to high-quality early childhood services are

Gov. Lujan Grisham Announces Plan To Make College Tuition-Free For New Mexico students

on September 18, 2019 - 10:18am

From the Office of the Governor:

The Opportunity Scholarship, to benefit an estimated 55,000 students for fall 2020, will make N.M. second state in U.S. to provide free four-year higher education

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today that the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, a new program that will, in conjunction with existing state and federal scholarship and grant infrastructure, provide for 100 percent of undergraduate tuition and fees at New Mexico institutions of higher education for eligible in-state resident students.

Speaking at the 2019 New Mexico Higher

Luján Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 18, 2019 - 8:54am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement marking Hispanic Heritage Month:
 
“Hispanic Heritage Month is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Hispanic Americans across the country. The crucial role that Hispanic Americans have made played throughout our history have helped move the needle on progress for labor protections, civil rights, and so much more. The diversity of our community is worth celebrating.
 
“And as we celebrate the

Heinrich Fights For Pathway To Affordable College

on September 18, 2019 - 7:06am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) reintroduced the Degrees Not Debt Act to ensure higher education is accessible and affordable to all New Mexicans.
 
The legislation is part of Senator Heinrich’s initiative to build a brighter economic future for students in New Mexico.
 
“There’s no doubt that a college education is still one of the surest ways to gain the skills needed to build a successful career, but we need to make sure New Mexicans have a fair shot at affording it without being crushed by debt,” Heinrich said.

New Mexico Sen. Carlos R. Cisneros Has Died

on September 17, 2019 - 6:08pm

Sen. Carlos R. Cisneros

STATE News:

Speaker Brian Egolf issued the following statement on the passing of Sen. Carlos R. Cisneros:

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Sen. Carlos Cisneros. He was a dedicated public servant, serving his community since 1985. His hard work in the Senate was exemplified through his commitment to the capital outlay process, which he always led with integrity.

Just last week I had the pleasure of being with Senator Cisneros in Taos for a community meeting, where he was open and receptive to the concerns of his constituents and eager to keep

President Trump Intends To Win New Mexico

on September 17, 2019 - 2:56pm
President Donald Trump shares his intention to win New Mexico in the 2020 election during his campaign rally Monday evening at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com
 
A diverse crowd of all ages showed support for President Donald Trump at his campaign rally Monday evening in Rio Rancho. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

RIO RANCHO – Speaking to a crowd that onsite officials estimate at 15,000 Monday night, President Donald Trump made his case for coming to New Mexico

Secretary Bernhardt Announces Over $100 Million In Public-Private Funding For Wetland Conservation

on September 17, 2019 - 11:15am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, approved $28 million in funding for various wetland conservation projects.
 
Marking its 30th anniversary since enactment, the 2019 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants will be used to ensure waterfowl and other birds are protected throughout their life cycles. Of the funds issued, $23.9 million was allocated for the U.S.

Family Issues Statement On Passing Of Scott Udall

on September 17, 2019 - 10:10am

Scott Sterling Udall was born May 15, 1949 in Tucson. For the last 35 years, he made Flagstaff, Ariz. his home. Courtesy photo

From Tom Udall Press Office:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Udall family issued the following statement announcing the passing of their brother Scott Sterling Udall.

Scott Udall is survived by his siblings U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Lynn Udall, Lori Udall, Denis Udall and Jay Udall.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved brother, Scott Sterling Udall.

“In his youth, Scott was a mountain climber, outdoorsman, writer and storyteller.

Immigrant Youth Group Endorse Haaland For 2020

on September 17, 2019 - 9:39am
UWDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Immigrant youth of United We Dream Action have announced their first round of 2020 endorsements for 11 congressional champions including U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-01).
 
These candidates have proven themselves to be true leaders in protecting immigrant youth and communities.

In 2018, immigrant youth and allies of United We Dream Action endorsed candidates, ran ads and knocked on doors to make the voices of the community heard and in the 2020 election cycle, these voices will be heard even louder.

First Members of the United We Dream Action 2020 Endorsement

Governor Recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 17, 2019 - 9:17am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Monday issued the following statement in recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which began Sunday and runs through Oct. 15: 
 
“Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate our culture, our history, our faith and our commitment to continued progress toward equity and equality. New Mexico is proud of its centuries of Hispanic heritage, one of the bedrocks of our collective state history and culture.
 
“It’s a diverse heritage, defined as much by the engineering marvels of our acequia

President Trump Addresses Campaign Rally

on September 16, 2019 - 7:50pm

President Donald Trump addresses an enthusiastic crowd at his rally underway this evening in the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost

The crowd cheers loudly for President Trump as he enters for his rally this evening in the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost

Trump Rally Underway In Rio Rancho

on September 16, 2019 - 6:16pm

Scene from the Trump Rally underway in the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. President Donald Trump is scheduled to address the crowd at 7 p.m. as he begins his West Coast campaign swing. This is the president's first trip to New Mexico since taking office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

State GOP Chair Steve Pearce speaks to the crowd ahead of President Trump's arrival this evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

President Trump's Director of Communications Tim Murtaugh, right, chats with folks gathered at the Trump Rally.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Meets With Pro Athletes Impacted By Climate Change

on September 16, 2019 - 9:17am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich meets with professional athletes with Protect Our Winters (POW) visiting Capitol Hill to discuss the effects of the climate crisis on the winter sports industry. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, participated in a hearing titled, “The Fight to Save Winter: Pro Athletes for Climate Action.”

The committee heard from professional winter athletes about the impact the climate crisis is having on winter sports,

Gessing: No Need For New Permanent Fund

on September 16, 2019 - 9:17am
By PAUL J. GESSING
Rio Grande Foundation

Budget analysts in New Mexico expect the Legislature will have an incredible $907 million of so-called “new money” when they convene in January. A vast majority of that money comes from the boom in oil and gas production in the Permian Basin.

With nearly $8 billion available in 2020, the general fund budget will be up nearly 27 percent over just two years. Even fans of bigger government have to be concerned about the rapid rate of government expansion in such a short period of time.

What should be done to solve this very nice problem to have? 

Steinhaus: ‘No Tax Rate Increase’ Bond Election For Our Schools

on September 15, 2019 - 7:56am
By Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools
 
 
Here are five reasons to vote “YES” on November 5th to renew our school bonds: no tax increase - it is all about the students, improved safety and learning spaces are needed, the proposal is fiscally responsible, Los Alamos schools have strong community support, and the School Board has kept their promises to voters.
 
1. No increase in tax rates, it is all about the students - voter approval of the school bond means that property tax rates will remain the same in Los Alamos - no tax increase.  Let's support our children and

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