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‘Blue Buses’ Not In Service MLK Day

on January 16, 2015 - 10:16am

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Monday, Jan. 19 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.                                                                                               

Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume Tuesday, Jan. 20.

 

SFNF Offices Closed For MLK Holiday Jan. 19

on January 16, 2015 - 10:03am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 19 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. 

Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Jan. 20.

For additional information, contact your local Ranger District or the Forest Headquarters at 505.438.5300.

 

Letter to the Editor: Frustration With Mandated Testing

on January 16, 2015 - 9:50am
By DARREN MEADOWS
Los Alamos

I thought I would share a note from a friend of mine regarding the state’s flawed teacher/student evaluation plan and encourage all of the community to get involved, informed and evaluate the opt out option.

Dear Mrs. Skandera and Governor Martinez: I am a level 3, National Boards Certified Teacher in my 14th year teaching high school English. I score AP essays each summer and write curriculum.

As one of the highest paid teachers in the state, I am also a divorced mother of two children who can hardly pay rent without side work.

New Mexico ACI, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Introduce Legislation For New Mexico Business

on January 15, 2015 - 2:32pm

Dr. Beverlee McClure

STATE News:

Today, The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) partnered with Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard to introduce HB 130, a bill to strengthen the procurement process in New Mexico and modernize the state’s definition of small business.

ACI President and CEO Dr. Beverlee McClure praised Garcia Richard for working closely with ACI and ACI member businesses to develop this legislation. 

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard 

“Rep. Garcia Richard’s bill takes much-needed steps to strengthen our state’s procurement process,” said McClure.

News Alert: Fire Closes U.S. 550

on January 15, 2015 - 1:29pm

DPS News:

RIO ARRIBA COUNTY - The Department of Public Safety just announced that U.S. 550 is closed in both direction due to two 500-gallon propane tanks, and one hot oil tank that is on fire.

Northbound traffic is stopped at the 101 mile marker and southbound traffic is being stopped at the 105 mile marker. The fire is too hot for fire crews to approach at this time. Multiple agencies are responding and assisting with this incident.  

Area residents are not allowed to enter the area until the fire is contained. 

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Los Alamos High School's Deanna Gutierrez Selected For United States Senate Youth Program

on January 15, 2015 - 12:23pm

Deanna Gutierrez of Los Alamos High School

U.S. SENATE News:

Students Headed to Washington, D.C.; Receiving $5,000 Scholarship

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced the names of the two students who have been selected as delegates to the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) set for March 7-14 in Washington, D.C.

Deanna Gutierrez of Los Alamos and Jonathan Salazar of Albuquerque were chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 53rd annual Washington Week.

Gutierrez attends

Public Invited To Special 100 Year Celebration

on January 15, 2015 - 9:53am

Courtesy photo

SCUMC News:

The congregation at the Santa Cruz United Methodist Church invites the public to celebrate its 100 years of serving people in the Espanola valley. The celebration begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 at the church at 405 S. McCurdy Road.

The missionary work and the church development began with the United Brethren Church in the early 20th Century. In 1946, the United Brethren Church merged with the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

Dan Guerrero’s ¡Gaytino! Coming To NHCC

on January 15, 2015 - 9:33am

Dan Guerro. Photo by Luther Orrick-Guzman

NHCC News:

  • Mariachi to Merman, Sondheim to César Chávez—A True Fable in Story and Song

A gay Chicano moves from the back of the bus to the front of American pop culture in ¡Gaytino!, chronicling Dan Guerrero’s remarkable life journey from East LA in the 1950s to New York’s Broadway in the 60s and 70s and back again to Hollywood.  

Guerrero’s riveting solo show, touching, provocative, hilarious, and absolutely one-of-a-kind, comes to the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Jan. 23-24 as the fourth production in the NHCC’s Siembra: Latino

Today Marks Second Open Enrollment Deadline For 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace

on January 15, 2015 - 7:36am

HHS News:
  • Coverage Begins Feb. 1

STATE - Today marks the second Open Enrollment deadline for the 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace. For coverage starting Feb. 1, it is important for people to sign-up today.

“As of Jan. 9, 40,972 New Mexicans signed up for coverage and have access to quality, affordable health coverage for 2015, through the Health Insurance Marketplace,” said Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “There are just over four weeks before the Feb. 15 deadline and the end of Open Enrollment.

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Report: New Mexico 17th Highest In Unfair Tax System

on January 14, 2015 - 11:40am

Courtey/NMVC

NMVC News:

ALBUQUERQUE—A new study released today by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) ranks New Mexico 17th in the nation in terms of having an unfair state and local tax system.

This means that 33 states have tax systems that are considered more equitable than ours.

The study, Who Pays?, analyzes tax systems in all 50 states and factors in all major state and local taxes, including personal and corporate income taxes, property taxes, sales and other excise taxes.

Maestas Barnes To File Bill For Amber Alert System

on January 14, 2015 - 11:24am

Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes

STATE News:

SANTA Fe – In an effort to protect New Mexico’s children, Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes, R-Bernalillo County, announced today that she plans to file legislation that will require all cell phone and pager companies to issue Amber Alerts. Under current New Mexico law, there is no requirement.

“When a child goes missing, we need to do everything we can to find them and bring them back home safely,” Maestas Barnes said. “The Amber Alert System saves lives – that is why it’s so critical that we expand the service to reach all New Mexicans who have a cell phone.”

James To File Legislation For Tougher Child Abuse Laws

on January 14, 2015 - 11:03am

Rep. Conrad James

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Rep. Conrad James, R-Bernallio County announced today that he plans to file legislation that will toughen penalties for convicted child abusers and those whose abuse contributes to the death of a child. 

“We should always fight to protect our children and hold those who harm them accountable for their heinous actions,” James said. “When we toughen child abuse laws, especially abuse that kills a child, we send a strong message that harming our children will not be tolerated.”

Currently, those who intentionally beat a child to death face life in prison

Harrison: Fixing The Broken Campaign System

on January 14, 2015 - 8:06am
By VIKI HARRISON, Executive Director
Common Cause New Mexico

For the past six months, Common Cause New Mexico and the Foundation for Open Government have been traveling the state, talking to folks from Las Cruces to Farmington about the heavy price New Mexicans pay due to the influence of money in politics.

I was in Los Alamos recently talking about our legislative agenda – which is aimed directly at the role money plays in both campaigns and policy making.

While many of the biggest contributions made by donors to PACS and candidates are hidden from view – the effects of them are plain:

Municipal League Aims To Fix Food Tax For Good

on January 14, 2015 - 7:32am
By William F. Fulginiti,
Executive Director, New Mexico Municipal League

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Municipal League is backing efforts in the upcoming legislative session to reverse the painful consequences of a 2004 law that repealed taxes on retail food sales and medical services to reduce the tax burden of our state’s low-income residents.

The law did not help the disadvantaged, and it hurt the state by spurring a rush to increase other taxes meant to compensate cities and counties for the loss of revenue.

Art McHaffie Presents Free Lecture On Europe’s Southern Gas Corridor

on January 14, 2015 - 7:30am

Art McHaffie

SFCIR News:

Will This $45 Billion "Project Of The 21st Century" Diversify Europe’s Gas Supply Enough To Provide Desired Energy Security?

Art McHaffie will present a free public lecture about Europe’s Southern Gas Corridor titled “Project of the 21st Century”. The lecture is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Tipton Hall at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr.

During McHaffie’s tenure as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Azerbaijan International Operating Company 1994-1997, and CIR Board President, he was involved in the delivery of

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Weather Closes Frijoles Canyon Section Of Bandelier

on January 13, 2015 - 4:09pm

BANDELIER News:

The Frijoles Canyon section of Bandelier, the area where the Visitor Center is, will be closed today due to weather.

Anyone planning to visit that section Wednesday should call ahead in case there is a delayed opening. The number to call for information is 505.572.3861 x 517.

Luján Applauds Law To Help Prevent Veteran Suicides

on January 13, 2015 - 9:04am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District applauded the unanimous passage of legislation in the House last night to help prevent suicide among our nation's veterans. 

The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act expands access to mental health services and increases the capacity and efficiency of VA care to address the needs of veterans returning home from war.  The bill passed the House last Congress, but did not receive a final vote in the Senate before the end of last session.

Santa Fe National Forest Waives Fees For MLK Day

on January 13, 2015 - 8:37am

Martin Luther King, Jr.

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Jan. 19, to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

“These fee-free days are our way of thanking our millions of visitors but also to encourage more people to visit these great public lands,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “These lands belong to all Americans, and we encourage everyone to open the door to the great outdoors.”

Since many recreation sites on the Santa Fe National Forest are closed for the

Santa Fe Joins Independent Redistricting Movement

on January 13, 2015 - 8:16am

CCNM News:

In March 2014, the voters in Santa Fe passed a ballot measure to create an Independent Citizens’ Redistricting Commission, and last month the Santa Fe City Council established procedures for the Commission per the City Charter.

“Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM) was thrilled to see the independent redistricting measure pass in Santa Fe, and enjoyed working hand-in-hand with the League of Women’s’ Voters of Santa Fe County on the ballot measure and subsequent Council meetings to ensure the procedures are fair, transparent and independent,” CCNM Executive Director Viki Harrison said.

Governor Introduces Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

on January 12, 2015 - 6:24pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

  • Budget Targets Funding Toward Initiatives That Would Create Jobs, Reform Education and Increase Student Achievement, and Improve Child Well-Being

LAS CRUCES — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced her Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal, which targets funding toward initiatives designed to grow the State’s economy and improve the education and general well-being of New Mexico children.

According to the latest meeting of the consensus revenue forecast committee, projected revenues exceed this year’s spending – by roughly $141 million, and due to proper spending

Heinrich Opposes Keystone XL Pipeline

on January 11, 2015 - 9:47am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich delivers statement to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Video Screen Shot

U.S SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., voted Thursday against advancing legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline during a markup in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Heinrich, who also is a member of the Climate Action Task Force, is a lead proponent of reversing the effects of climate change and an advocate for developing homegrown energy resources. He cited that according to the U.S.

ACI Approves 2015 Legislative Agenda

on January 11, 2015 - 7:35am

ACI News:
  • New Mexico Business Leaders Meet to Discuss Priorities, Goals

ALBUQUERQUE – More than 70 business leaders from throughout New Mexico convened Thursday at the semi-annual board and membership meeting of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI), the statewide business advocate. 

The group discussed the upcoming legislative session and voted on a detailed policy agenda that ACI will support during the upcoming legislative session. ACI’s President and CEO, Dr. Beverlee McClure, said she and ACI’s advocacy staff are ready to get to work. 

“Businesses join ACI

Prescribed Burns Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on January 11, 2015 - 7:33am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct the Cedar Springs and La Jara prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District next week. 

Scheduled for Monday, the Cedar Springs prescribed pile burn is 10 acres just north of the community of LLaves and west of the Dead Man Lookout. The La Jara prescribed pile burn, 275 acres northeast of the community of La Jara, is scheduled to begin Tuesday, and continue through March 30, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.

2015 Legislative Preview Reveals Tough Challenges

on January 10, 2015 - 4:49pm
From left, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Sen. Carlos Cisneros, Rep. Jim Smith and Common Cause NM Executive Director Viki Harrison at Thursday's Legislative Preview at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discusses the upcoming legislative session. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Looking at the upcoming legislative session, which begins Jan. 20, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard described it as, “a brave new world for all of us.”

For the first time in 62 years, the Republican

NCRTD Receives Clean FY2014 Audit

on January 10, 2015 - 10:08am

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has received an Unqualified Opinion with no findings and no carryovers as reported in its Fiscal Year 2014 Independent Auditor’s Report.

The findings, which have been verified by the New Mexico State Auditor’s office, were presented today at the NCRTD monthly Board meeting by Farley Vener, President of Hinkle and Landers, P.C., which conducted the audit.

The report issued an Unqualified Opinion with no new findings and no carryovers. A carryover last year was resolved in the current year.

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