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Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Applications Now Available

on February 18, 2019 - 2:57pm
NMGF News:
SANTA FE Federal, state and local government agencies as well as not-for-profit organizations can apply for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grants to enhance recreational use of side-by-sides, ATVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles on public lands.
Law enforcement agencies can apply for grants to conduct OHV patrols and enforce the provisions of the OHV Act (66-3-1001 NMSA). Projects promoting OHV safety or mitigating impacts from OHV use may also qualify for grants.
Funds for these grants are user-generated revenues from OHV registrations, collected in the state’s Trail Safety

Bill To Raise Minimum Wage Heads To Senate

on February 18, 2019 - 7:00am
SANTA FE Thursday, a bill to increase the minimum wage passed the House Floor. House Bill 31, as amended, sponsored by Rep. Miguel Garcia (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), would increase the minimum wage in phases, remove the minimum wage exception for tipped workers, and provide an annual cost-of-living increase indexed to inflation beginning in 2022.
House Bill 31 includes an amendment to allow for the tipped credit for the next three years so workers, restaurant owners, and customers can adjust to the wage increase.
Raising the

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Secure Additional $50 Million To Keep Southwest Chief On Track

on February 18, 2019 - 6:58am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján have announced that their bipartisan measure to provide an additional $50 million in federal funding to help maintain Amtrak train services along the established, long-distance passenger rail route of the Southwest Chief was signed into law as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) appropriations bill.
The Udall-Heinrich-Luján measure would provide resources for maintenance and safety improvements along the

Happy Presidents Day 2019!

on February 18, 2019 - 6:16am


Today is Presidents Day, a state and federal holiday observed on the third Monday of February each year. Though the official name of the holiday is Washington's Birthday, the day has been widely known since the mid-1980s as Presidents Day.

Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the holiday became known as Presidents Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.

While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of

NWS: Today’s High Near 32, Tonight’s Low Around 16

on February 18, 2019 - 5:58am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 32 with a 60 percent chance of snow showers likely, mainly after 11 a.m. and new snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 16 with a 90 percent chance of snow and an accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

Armstrong Bill To Support Firefighters With PTSD Passes House Health And Human Services Committee

on February 17, 2019 - 11:10am

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



  • Bill declares PTSD a disease that may result from firefighter duties

HB 324, Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s legislation to establish Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a disease that—when diagnosed in a firefighter without previous health issues—can be presumed to have been caused by the firefighter’s service, Wednesday unanimously passed the House Health and Human Services Committee.


“Yes, our firefighters are heroes, but they are also human,” Armstrong said.

SFNF Plans La Cueva Prescribed Burn

on February 17, 2019 - 10:28am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to conduct a prescribed burn in the La Cueva area 7 miles northwest of the village of Pecos if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather remain favorable.
Ignitions on the 372-acre La Cueva unit will treat up to 240 acres per day, and conclude by Feb. 28. Firefighters will use hand ignitions on piles of slash to reduce the risk of wildfire, provide community protection and improve forest health.
Prescribed fires are one of the most

Legislative Roundup: Feb. 17

on February 17, 2019 - 10:15am
By The New Mexican:
Days left in session: 27
Helping kids read: The House Education Committee unanimously voted in favor of two initiatives designed to help children learn how to read.
House Bill 449 would appropriate over $4 million to the Northeast Regional Education Cooperative in Las Vegas, N.M., to create a five-year literary initiative involving tutors, professional development opportunities for educators, community reading events and free books to ensure children from prekindergarten to the 12th grade are reading at grade level.
House Bill 182 would expand the state's current reading

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Recruits Summer Interns For His Office In Washington, D.C.

on February 17, 2019 - 6:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or communications experience to apply forsummer internships in his Washington, D.C. office.
During the upcoming summer internship program, Udall's office in Washington, D.C., will host two five-week summer internship sessions: May 28 to June 28, and July 1 to Aug. 2. There also may be limited availability for students who prefer an internship for the full summer, May 28 to Aug.

NWS: Today’s High Near 34, Tonight’s Low Around 19

on February 17, 2019 - 6:22am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 34 with a 20 percent chance of precipitation. Tonight’s low around 19 with a 40 percent chance of snow of 1 to 2 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

New Mexico Senate Approves Bill Requiring Background Checks On All Gun Sales

on February 16, 2019 - 2:09pm
State Sen. Gabriel Ramos, D-Silver City, speaks Thursday in opposition of Senate Bill 8. Ramos was one of the four Democrats who voted against the bill, which would prohibit the sale of a firearm without conducting a federal instant background check. The Senate approved the measure. Photo by Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican
State Sens. Richard Martinez, D-Española and Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, sponsors of Senate Bill 8, speak together as Senate members deliberate on the bill. Senate Bill 8 would prohibit the sale of a firearm without conducting a federal instant background check.

Ringside Seat: Senate Leader Kills Own Bill In An Hour

on February 16, 2019 - 2:07pm
Senate President Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen
The whirlwind at the strangest place in New Mexico began at 7:25 a.m. Thursday.
Mary Kay Papen, the 86-year-old president pro tempore of the state Senate, arrived at her spacious office in the Capitol. Papen means it when she says she has an open-door policy.
So I buttonholed her to ask about a controversial bill she had introduced. The measure, Senate Bill 127, would prohibit out-of-state retailers from shipping alcohol to customers in New Mexico.
What led Papen to carry this bill,

New Mexico Families Celebrate Senate Committee Passage Of Medicaid Buy-In

on February 16, 2019 - 1:37pm
NMTH News:
SANTA FE — After testifying on Thursday before the Senate Public Affairs Committee, dozens of New Mexico families who have been working with the New Mexico Together for Healthcare campaign to support SB 405, The Medicaid Buy-in Act, celebrated the committee’s vote in favor of the bill.
The Medicaid Buy-in Act calls on the Human Services Department to create and implement by 2021 a program to allow New Mexicans not currently eligible for Medicaid, Medicare or Affordable Care Act subsidies to pay monthly premiums to “buy-in” to Medicaid.
Althea Yazzie of Twin Lakes  told

House Bill 321 Would Hike Vehicle Registration Fees

on February 16, 2019 - 1:30pm
New Mexico motorists would pay higher vehicle registration fees under a bill to help fund roads and buses.
House Bill 321, introduced by Rep. Jim Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, Rep. Roberto "Bobby" Gonzales, D-Taos and Rep. Rudy Martinez, D-Bayard, would impose the extra fees effective July 1.
The hike would apply to all passenger vehicles, tractor trailers, road tractors and buses, but not trailers. For example, someone owning a vehicle weighing less than 2,000 pounds would pay an extra $27 a year over current fees.

NM Unions Distribute 3,750 Pounds Of Groceries To Families Recovering From Government Shutdown

on February 16, 2019 - 1:10pm

New Mexico Unions distribute 3,750 pounds of donated groceries today to families recovering from the government shutdown. Courtesy/NMFL

New Mexico union members distribute 3,750 pounds of donated groceries today to families recovering from the government shutdown. Courtesy/NMFL

New Mexico Unions News:

ALBUQUERQUE — More than 100 government workers received 3,750 pounds of donated groceries today from a pop-up food bank organized by the New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the New Mexico Alliance for Retired Americans and the

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler’s Bill Capping Predatory Payday Lending Passes House Labor Committee

on February 16, 2019 - 10:27am

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler


SANTA FE – HB 386, Installment and Small-load Maximum Interest, sponsored by Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos, together with Rep. Susan Herrera and Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero passed its first committee Friday.

The bill caps so-called “payday” lending at 36 percent; currently payday lenders can charge up to 175 percent interest. After the House Labor, Veterans and Military Affairs committee, the bill will move onto House Judiciary.

Several organizations have been actively working to pass a 36 percent cap for several years in

LAPS School Board Meeting Wrap-up For Feb. 12

on February 16, 2019 - 9:05am
New Mexico's House Education Committee meeting recently at the State Capitol building. Photo by Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
LAPS News:
The Los Alamos Public School’s Board met for a regular school board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 12; here are the highlights of what was discussed.
To begin, the board recognized the Los Alamos High School science department staff for winning the 2019 New Mexico Excellence in STEM Award.

FBI Raises Reward To $10,000 In Homicide Case

on February 16, 2019 - 7:10am
FBI News:
Between the evening hours of Valentine’s Day 2014 and noon the following day, a 75-year-old Counselor, N.M. man was beaten to death at his residence on the Navajo Indian Reservation.
The FBI is marking the fifth anniversary of Wilson Joe Chiquito’s homicide by announcing that its reward in the case has been increased from $1,000 to $10,000.
“Somebody knows who killed this innocent, defenseless man,” said James Langenberg, special agent in charge of the Albuquerque FBI Division.

NWS: Today’s High Near 37, Tonight’s Low Around 17

on February 16, 2019 - 7:03am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 37 with a 40 percent chance of scattered snow showers, patchy blowing snow, wind gusts up to 25 mph and a total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible. Tonight's low around 17 with a 20 percent chance of isolated snow showers possible. Courtesy/NWS

U.S. Election Assistance Commission Awards Secretary Of State Toulouse Oliver ‘Outstanding Innovations’

on February 15, 2019 - 3:56pm

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver on the floor of the House of Representatives during opening day of the session Jan. 15 in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


  • Blind and Visually Impaired Absentee Ballot System Recognized

SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has received the 2018 “Clearie” Award for Outstanding Innovations in Elections by the U.S.

Indiscriminate Traps Harm Endangered Mexican Wolves

on February 15, 2019 - 9:47am
WEG News:
SANTA FE — As a bill to ban recreational and commercial trapping works its way through the New Mexico legislature, indiscriminate trapping is proving an enormous impediment for endangered Mexican gray wolves’ already uphill battle toward recovery.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reports that, since Nov. 2018, five lobos have fallen victim to traps in New Mexico. One of the wolves, female 1565 died in veterinary care. Another, male 1669 lost a leg. Male 1556 was treated and released but was later observed limping. Two other wolves were captured and released without injury.

Los Alamos Historical Society Offering Overnight Guided Tour To Trinity Site April 5-6

on February 15, 2019 - 9:02am
A group visiting the Trinity Site. Courtesy/LAHS
Los Alamos Historical Society News:
Trinity Site where the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated July 16, 1945 is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site April 5-6 for the spring opening.
The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one-night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range.

Balderas Signs Multi-State Letter Urging FTC To Protect New Mexicans From Identity Theft

on February 15, 2019 - 8:55am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas and a coalition of 31 Attorneys General sent a letter Wednesday to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging the commission to maintain and strengthen its Identity Theft Rules, which were originally adopted in November 2007.
The letter cites the proliferation of identity theft in many states, and the growth in technology since the rules were adopted.
“Banks in our state have a responsibility to protect New Mexican consumers when they see signs of fraud,” Balderas said. “These banks will

NNSA Approves ‘Critical Decision 1’ For Advanced Sources And Detectors Project, A New Tool To Advance Stockpile Stewardship

on February 15, 2019 - 8:50am
An abbreviated concept illustration shows a portion of the ASD accelerator and target vessel. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has approved Critical Decision-1 (CD-1) for the Advanced Sources and Detectors Project (ASD), a cornerstone of the Enhanced Capabilities for Subcritical Experiments portfolio (ECSE).
ASD is a proposed 20-million electron volt (MeV) accelerator that will generate X-ray images, or radiographs, of subcritical implosion experiments for the nuclear weapons program.
“The ECSE portfolio is designed to better

Pro-Life Lobby Day/Prayer Vigil At Roundhouse Feb. 18

on February 15, 2019 - 8:37am