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Los Alamos Daily Post Turns 6 Years Old Today!

on February 7, 2018 - 6:12am

The Los Alamos Daily Post is celebrating its 6-year anniversary today at its world headquarters at 1247 Central Ave. The news team wants to take this opportunity to thank our many readers throughout the community, state, nation and 129 countries around the globe ... it is a privilege to bring you the news each and every day! Read the full story in Thursdays print edition of the Post. Photo by Erika Clark

Acting Speaker Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard's HJR1 Early Childhood Education Bill Passes House

on February 7, 2018 - 5:45am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, top left, serving as Acting Speaker during passage of HJR1. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representative voted 36-33 Tuesday to pass House Joint Resolution 1 (HJR 1) the Land Grant Permanent Fund Constitutional Amendment to fund early childhood education.

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, one of the primary sponsors of HJR1 and acting Speaker during its passage, issued the following statement:

"The stock market may crash, oil may run out, but the investment we make in our kids will last forever.

Committee Passes Comprehensive Anti-DWI Bill

on February 7, 2018 - 4:43am

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE—Tuesday, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee passed Rep. Tim Lewis’s (R-Rio Rancho) comprehensive plan to combat DWI in New Mexico.

 

His proposal, House Bill 54, would reduce DWI related deaths and injuries on New Mexico’s roads by increasing consequences and closing loopholes for individuals caught driving under the influence.  

 

HB 54 would make individuals with five or more DWI convictions eligible for prosecution under New Mexico’s habitual offender statute.

House Committee Endorses Bill To Expand Scholarship Benefits For Children Of Firefighters & Police Officers Killed In The Line Of Duty

on February 7, 2018 - 4:36am
Rep. Tim Lewis
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — The House Education Committee unanimously approved Jan. 30 House Bill 55, legislation sponsored by Rep. Tim Lewis (R-Rio Rancho) to increase scholarship benefits for children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty. 
 
The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque) and Sen. Bill O’Neill (D-Albuquerque). 
 
HB 55 expands the benefits currently available to eligible survivors to include room and board support for students as well as assistance paying for books and supplies.

Lujan Grisham Helps Protect New Mexico Seniors From Massive Disruption Of Services

on February 7, 2018 - 4:31am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Last month, the New Mexico Department of Aging and Long-Term Services announced its decision to terminate its contract with the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging (NMAAA), which facilitates adult day care, meal services, caregiving, transportation and other services to seniors throughout New Mexico. 
 
U.S. Rep.

SFCC Hosts Feedback Screenings Of Civil War Documentary Feb. 9 & 16

on February 7, 2018 - 4:28am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College will host public informational work-in-progress film screenings of a documentary that tells the story of the New Mexico's role in the Battle of Glorieta during the American Civil War.
 
Screenings will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and historian Stephen C. Martinez, Ph.D. who will lead the discussions. Screenings of the film are from noon to 1:30 p.m., Fridays Feb. 9 and Feb. 16 in Room 563, located in the film program editing suites at SFCC, 6401 Richards Ave.
 
Participants in the Professional Readiness and

Rep. Javier Martínez Stands Behind Effort To Fix Disastrous REAL ID Alternative

on February 7, 2018 - 4:24am
Rep. Javier Martínez
 
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
SANTA FE  Rep. Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque) stood Jan. 30 behind the lead organizations lawsuit calling for a fix to the disastrous non-REAL ID, known as a Driver’s Authorization Card, which was meant to be a an alternative to the REAL ID license.
 
The administration’s implementation of the alternative ID has made it extremely difficult for senior citizens, the homeless, Native Americans, immigrants and rural New Mexicans to attain identification.
 
Martínez highlighted the concerns his constituents have brought to his attention

2017 Another Record Setting Year For New Mexico’s Housing Market

on February 7, 2018 - 3:59am
RANM News:
 
A total of 22,221 sales were reported to the REALTORS Association of New Mexico (RANM) during 2017.
 
This is a more than 11 percent increase over the reported 19,933 sales for 2016 and is the highest number of reported sales since RANM started compiling statistics in 2008.
 
The reported 2017 median price of $190,000 also is higher than the medians reported since 2008. Median price indicates half the properties sold for more and half for less.
 
2008
Sales 14,625
Median $186,000
 
2009
Sales 13,900
Median $175,900
 
2010
Sales 13,439
Median $174,790
 
2011

SFCC’s Innovation Center Announces Grand Opening Of Fab Lab Santa Fe Feb. 12

on February 7, 2018 - 3:47am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College’s Innovation Center announces the grand opening celebration 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 of Fab Lab Santa Fe.
 
The public can tour Fab Lab Santa Fe and join in the festive opening ceremony in the lobby of the Trades and Advanced Technology Center at the college, 6401 Richards Ave.
 
Fab Lab Santa Fe is a part of the international digital FABrication LABoratory network based at MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms [CBA] in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

AG: Man To Serve Two Years In Prison For Violating Probation For Extreme Cruelty To Animals

on February 1, 2018 - 7:30am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Wednesday afternoon that Shaun Anaya, who was on probation for an Office of the Attorney General case and is a 13-time convicted felon, was found by Second Judicial District Judge Angela Jewell to have violated his probation for committing extreme cruelty to animals and possession of marijuana. 

The Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas asked Judge Jewell to impose the maximum penalty of 1,421 days in prison, which included habitual enhancements. 

Anaya was sentenced to two years in the Department of Corrections for the

House Judiciary Committee Passes Comprehensive, Bipartisan Public Safety Package

on February 1, 2018 - 6:50am
STATE News:

SANTA FE
 A bipartisan, comprehensive public safety package has passed the House Judiciary Committee. 

The package includes bills sponsored by Reps. Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), David E. Adkins (R-Albuquerque), Reps. Elizabeth Thomson (D-Albuquerque), and Daymon Ely (D-Corrales). 

This package is a bipartisan effort to keep New Mexico communities safe by using a framework that addresses crime across the entire criminal justice system.

“We spent months working with people in every part of the criminal justice system to develop evidence-based

Proposal To Bolster New Mexico Lottery Scholarship Passes House Education Committee

on February 1, 2018 - 6:30am
STATE News:

SANTA FE — The House Education Committee voted 11 to 2 Wednesday to approve House Bill 147. This legislation sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith (R-Sandia Park) will bolster New Mexico’s lottery scholarship program. 

HB 147 gives the New Mexico Lottery Authority (NMLA) the freedom to encourage sales through larger prize payouts by removing the requirement that the NMLA transfer 30 percent of its gross revenues to the tuition fund. 

It protects students by establishing a $38 million floor for the tuition fund annually.

Bill To Fund Domestic Violence Services Passes First Committee

on January 31, 2018 - 9:50am
STATE News:

SANTA FE - Today, a bill to fund domestic violence services throughout the state of New Mexico passed the House Health and Human Services Committee. 

House Bill 159 is sponsored by Reps. Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque), Joanne J. Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), and Elizabeth Thomson (D-Albuquerque) and funds domestic violence services through the Children, Youth and Families Department.

“We know that one in four women is a victim of domestic violence and that most often, that violence is perpetuated by a close family member or friend.

Bill To Support Behavioral Health Passes Committee

on January 31, 2018 - 9:30am
Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque)
 
STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, a bill sponsored by House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) passed the House Health and Human Services committee. 

House Bill 160 provides interventions for nonviolent offenders who have a behavioral health diagnosis in order to reduce the chances of repeat offenses, detention, and ineffective incarceration.

“This is a common sense measure and an important step forward in addressing the behavioral health crisis we are facing in our state.

Committee Approves Removing Statute Of Limitations For Second-Degree Murder

on January 31, 2018 - 7:15am
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
SANTA FE — The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee unanimously approved Tuesday House Bill 33, legislation sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) to remove the statute of limitations for prosecuting second-degree murder. 

Prior to approving the bill, the Committee agreed to substitute the original text with language combining HB 33 with a similar bill, HB 115, sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque). Rehm is a retired officer with Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department and Maestas is a former prosecutor. 

New Mexico is the only state in the

Grassroots Groups Organize 2nd Annual People’s Rally

on January 31, 2018 - 7:04am
 
NMPC News:
 
SANTA FE — Community organizations will gather Feb. 5 at New Mexico’s state capitol building for the 2nd annual People’s Rally. 

This year’s theme is “Telling Our Stories. Demanding Progress.” 

Speakers from across the state will discuss issues that directly affect healthcare, unfair electoral systems, constant fear of deportation, racial equity, women's rights, and environmental devastation making a basic quality of life impossible. 

Volunteer legislative experts will be providing hands on training and tours 8:30 a.m.

Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes’s Bill To Fight DWI Passes First House Committee

on January 31, 2018 - 6:30am
Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes
 
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
SANTA FE — The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee passed House Bill 71, legislation sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) Tuesday afternoon, to close a loophole in the current law and help law enforcement officers stop people who are driving under the influence in New Mexico.
 
The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces) and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque).
 
HB 71 would allow law enforcement officers to obtain warrants for blood tests when individuals are suspected of any driving under

University Regent Reform Passes Key Committee

on January 30, 2018 - 4:57pm
SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE  In a major stride forward in the reform of New Mexico’s higher education university leadership system, the Senate Rules committee Monday unanimously approved Senate Resolution 1.
 
Senate Joint Resolution 1, a proposed constitutional amendment, calls for the creation of “nominating committees” for our universities that would interview and recommend the best candidates to be considered for appointment by the Governor for serving as a regent.
 
If passed by the voters on the November ballot, nominating committees would be set up for each of the schools included

Rep. Jim Dines Gains House Approval Of Joint Memorial On Animal Violence - Family Violence Link

on January 30, 2018 - 4:56pm
Rep. Jim Dines
 
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
SANTA FE — Monday, the House of Representatives unanimously approved House Joint Memorial 3, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Albuquerque) and Sen. Linda Lopez (D-Albuquerque) to help state agency personnel identify potential family abuse issues. 
 
HJM 3 encourages the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to train their field agents about the link between animal abuse and family abuse.

Military Veterans, Active-Duty Personnel Honored At 2018 Military & Veterans Day At Legislature Wednesday

on January 30, 2018 - 6:30am

NMDVS News:

SANTA FE — Military veterans and active-duty personnel will be honored at noon Wednesday at the State Capitol in Santa Fe during Military and Veterans Day at the 2018 Legislature.

This annual day during the legislative session is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (NMDVS) and the New Mexico National Guard to honor active-duty service members and veterans for their sacrifice and service for our country.

The highlight every year is a noon ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda honoring not only active-duty personnel and veterans, but also a particular segment of

Proposal To Create Auto Theft Authority In New Mexico Unanimously Passes House Judiciary

on January 30, 2018 - 6:00am

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed HB 173, a bill sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) to combat auto theft in New Mexico.  

 

HB 173 would create a state Auto Theft Prevention Authority within the Office of the New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance. The authority would seek federal, state, and private philanthropic funding to help prosecutors and local law enforcement agencies prevent, investigate, and prosecute auto thefts in their communities.

Urgency Of SB17 GRT Bill Conveyed To Committee

on January 29, 2018 - 4:51pm

RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

“The time to act on Senate Bill 17 is now,” Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Executive Director Andrea Romero told Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee members Friday in Santa Fe.

SB 17 is a bill to stabilize gross receipts tax revenues received from prime contractors at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.

Romero told the Committee prime contractors at the Labs have a long track record of paying tax in New Mexico – at Sandia since 1979 and at Los Alamos

New Mexico Dreamer And Teacher Of The Year To Join Heinrich As Honored Guest For State Of The Union

on January 29, 2018 - 12:59pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today announced that Dreamer and 2018 New Mexico Teacher of the Year Ivonne Orozco-Acosta will be his special guest Tuesday at President Trump’s State of the Union Address.

Orozco-Acosta, a teacher at the Public Academy for Performing Arts in Albuquerque and a graduate of the University of New Mexico, is one of the estimated 7,000 Dreamers who live in New Mexico.

“Dreamers like Ivonne represent the future of a great America.

NMSA Hosts New Media Festival Feb. 10

on January 29, 2018 - 6:25am
New Mexico School for the Arts Visual Arts Department hosts New Media Festival Feb. 10. Courtesy/NMSA
 
NMSA News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico School for the Arts Visual Arts Department is mounting its second biennial New Media Festival to showcase digital artwork made in the school’s Media Arts classes over the last two years.
 
The Festival 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 on the NMSA campus and is free and open to the public.
 
Students will take over the building, transforming it inside and out.

Pearce On Bringing Solar Panel Industry Back To NM

on January 29, 2018 - 6:15am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the President signed a proclamation, prioritizing domestic solar panel industry and washer machine producers:
 
 “This action today moves the nation one step closer to an ‘all the above’ energy plan, unleashing America’s domestic energy production while developing greener sources of energy. For years, foreign solar dumping of low cost panels and products has put U.S.

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