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Fifty Local High School Students Advocate For Gun Control Legislation At Roundhouse In Santa Fe

on February 15, 2019 - 8:32am
Students make a statement Wednesday at the Roundhouse. Courtesy photo
 
Students gather Wednesday at the Roundhouse with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, front row, third from right. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
Remembering Parkland: With names of school shooting victims on their shirts and red roses in their hands, about 50 local high school students advocated for gun control legislation Wednesday at the Roundhouse, the eve of the one-year anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
 
After staging a die-in, in which they lay in silence over

GOP Senator’s Bill Calls For State-Run Pot Shops

on February 15, 2019 - 8:28am
By STEVE TERRELL
A Republican state senator on Thursday introduced a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana but, unlike a Democratic House bill, would have the state operate retail marijuana stores.
 
Sen. Mark Moores of Albuquerque said in a phone interview Thursday that, considering the number of western states that have adopted laws treating marijuana more like alcohol, legalization in New Mexico is inevitable.
 
"It's a just matter of how we want to do it," he said. "We should do it in a smart way."
 
Moores said his proposal would take steps to

Udall & McCain’s 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act Clears Senate

on February 15, 2019 - 7:48am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Legislation championed by Udall and the late Senator John McCain would engage young people, veterans, Native communities in conservation service projects

WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Tuesday that the Senate has passed the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act of 2019 (21CSC), legislation he championed with the late Sen.

Game & Fish: Charges Issued In Illegal Trapping Case

on February 14, 2019 - 5:01pm
NMG&F News:
 
SANTA FE In one of New Mexico’s most high-profile trapping cases, a Chimayo man is facing multiple charges associated with running illegal trap lines that resulted in the unlawful harvest of multiple wildlife animals and the death of a beloved pet, Roxy.
 
Tuesday, Feb. 12, Marty Cordova, 42, was charged with 34 counts of illegal trapping activities.
 
Charges include:
  • 5 counts of trapping within 25 yards of a road;
  • 10 counts of failure to properly mark traps;
  • 5 counts of failure to check traps every calendar day;
  • 14 counts of unlawful possession of a protected species.

Visiting Trinity Site Is One Of Kind Experience

on February 14, 2019 - 5:00pm

In 2012, Jack Aeby, foreground, returned to the McDonald Ranch House and ground zero to share memories of the morning when he photographed the Trinity Test. Courtesy photo

Felix D’Paula, a veteran of the Trinity Test, stands beside the only remnant left at ground zero, a scrap of footing from the tower that held 'the Gadget.' Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

Looking across the vast expanse of desert, surrounded by far away mountains, the harsh serenity of the landscape at Trinity Site brings a sense of melancholy.

AFTNM On School Shooting In Rio Rancho

on February 14, 2019 - 4:36pm

AFTNM News:
  • Most Recent School Shooting Falls on One Year Anniversary of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooting

Albuquerque – American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statements:

Weingarten:

“Not again, not today. That was my first reaction when I heard the news of the shooting in Rio Rancho. On the day we are mourning and honoring the 17 souls murdered in Parkland, Fla., a shooter inflicted terror on the children, educators and parents at V. Sue Cleveland High School.

Udall, Heinrich Secure Historic New Mexico Conservation Wins In Public Lands Package

on February 14, 2019 - 10:43am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich voted to pass the Natural Resources Management Act, a historic bipartisan public lands package that includes several New Mexico conservation priorities championed by Udall and Heinrich, including landmark legislation to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), along with three major bills to establish wilderness within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument and Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.
 
The historic package of over 100 land and water

Legislative Roundup: Feb. 14

on February 14, 2019 - 8:35am
Katherine Sanchez, left, and Carol Nelson, both lobbyists for the Sierra Club, speak Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda with Scott Bol of the New Mexico Wildlife Center about a rescued redtailed hawk that serves as an educational ambassador for the Española-based wildlife rehabilitation center. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
A rescued redtailed hawk that serves as an educational ambassador for New Mexico Wildlife Center in Española makes a visit to the state Capitol Wednesday. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
SFNM News:
 
Days remaining in session: 30
 
No

Secretary Of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver On Passage Of Campaign Finance Bill By New Mexico State Senate

on February 14, 2019 - 8:24am
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Wednesday, the New Mexico State Senate passed an important bill on the Senate floor that will improve transparency in our campaign finance system.
 
Senate Bill 3 passed the Senate today 36-6 and, if it becomes law, will create clearer and more robust reporting requirements for money spent trying to influence our elections in New Mexico.
 
“In the post-Citizens United era when bigger and bigger amounts of money are being spent to influence our elections, New Mexicans deserve the strongest and most transparent

LAPS Notice Of Possible Quorum Feb. 18

on February 14, 2019 - 7:43am

NWS: Today’s High Near 47, Tonight’s Low Around 34

on February 14, 2019 - 7:38am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 47 with a 40 percent chance of scattered showers after 11 a.m. and tonight’s low around 34 with a 90 percent chance of rain before 11 p.m., then rain and snow showers. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

UNM Faculty Petition For Union Election

on February 13, 2019 - 6:43pm

AFT/AAUP News:
  • Historic Filing Sets Path for Election, Collective Bargaining and a First Contract for 1,600 Lobo Profs

 

ALBUQUERQUE—A clear majority of faculty at the University of New Mexico have declared their support for unionization in an official election petition filed today with the UNM Labor Management Relations Board.

The UNM bargaining unit, comprising more than 1,600 full- and part-time faculty on five campuses—UNM’s main campus, in Albuquerque; UNM-Gallup; UNM-Los Alamos; UNM-Taos; and UNM-Valencia—has organized under the banner of United Academics of the University of New

LANL Foundation: W.K. Kellogg Foundation Selects RJ Martinez Community Leadership Network Fellow

on February 13, 2019 - 6:34pm

Richard Julian (RJ) Martinez III. Courtesy/LANLF

LANL FOUNDATION News:

ESPAÑOLA — LANL Foundation is proud to announce that Richard Julian (RJ) Martinez III was selected by the Center for Creative Leadership® (CCL) and W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) as a fellow in Class Two of the WKKF Community Leadership Network. This 18-month fellowship program develops leaders from across the United States and sovereign tribes who can unite people to create transformational change toward a more equitable society.

From a pool of more than 800 national applicants, Martinez was selected as one of 17

Rep. Gail Armstrong Proposes Tax Break For Senior Citizens In New Mexico

on February 13, 2019 - 7:20am
Rep. Gail Armstrong
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico’s Senior Citizens deserve a tax break and they would receive one under a new measure proposed by Rep. Gail Armstrong (R-Magdalena).
 
House Bill 477 (HB 477) would allow senior citizens to claim up to $24,000 in Social Security Income without being forced to pay state taxes. If passed, HB 477 could mean a tax break of hundreds of dollars every year for senior citizens on a fixed income.
 
“Our senior citizens deserve a break,” Rep. Armstrong said.

Legislative Women Cross Party Lines To Form Caucus

on February 13, 2019 - 7:18am
The newly formed Women's Caucus is comprised of members from both sides of the aisle and both the House and Senate and includes Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos, 5th from right. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Tuesday, the New Mexico Legislative Women’s Caucus, comprised of women from both sides of the aisle, held a press conference to announce their bipartisan, bicameral leadership.
 
The Women’s Caucus elected Co-Chairs, Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Kelly K. Fajardo (R-Los Lunas), Co-Vice Chairs Rep. Gail Armstrong (R-Magdalena) and Rep.

Senate Passes SB47 – Historic Win For Public Lands

on February 13, 2019 - 7:08am
TRCP News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C — Leading conservation organizations and hunting and fishing groups are celebrating Senate passage of a critical public lands bill, which would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and support other important conservation programs.
 
43 groups recently called on the Senate to vote on the bipartisan legislation (S.47) that was negotiated by U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) last Congress.
 
“Today’s vote sends a strong message that we can find consensus in our support for our public lands,” said Whit

Legislative Roundup: Feb. 13

on February 13, 2019 - 7:00am
Brooklyn Valencia, left, and Mercedes Strong dance a sevillanas Tuesday in the Rotunda of the state Capitol. Lawmakers from the House of Representatives and the Senate held a joint session to honor Hispanic Culture Day at the Capitol, which included some dance and musical events. Robert Nott/The New Mexican
 
By The New Mexican
 
Days remaining in session: 32
 
Round 3 for coyotes: Hunters, trappers and landowners in New Mexico can kill as many coyotes as they want, anytime they want. Like skunks, coyotes are an unprotected fur-bearer.
 
A bipartisan group of state legislators wants to alter this

NWS: Today’s High Near 48, Tonight’s Low Around 33

on February 13, 2019 - 6:03am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 48 with partly sunny skies. Tonight’s low around 33. Courtesy/NWS

Background Check For Firearms Act Passes House

on February 12, 2019 - 6:30pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE House Bill 8, the “Background Check for Firearms Act,”  sponsored by Rep. Debra M. Sariñana (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), has passed the House of Representatives.
 
House Bill 8 would require background checks when conducting sales of a firearm.
 
“We must do all we can to prevent gun violence,” Rep. Debbie Sariñana (D-Albuquerque) said. “I have been personally impacted by gun violence, and have seen the way gun violence affects our children and our communities.

‘Student Loan Bill Of Rights’ Passes Committee

on February 12, 2019 - 9:57am
House Democrats News: News:
 
SANTA FE Monday, the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee passed a bill to enact a “Student Loan Bill of Rights” to protect student loan borrowers from exploitation.
 
House Bill 172, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-Albuquerque), requires student loan servicers to register and obtain a state license.
 
“This legislation cracks down on student loan service providers that prey on students.

Moving Arts Española Gala Draws Mayors; Lab Officials

on February 12, 2019 - 9:18am

Welcoming 80 guests to the annual Moving Arts Española fundraising gala are Executive/School Director and Co-founder Salvador Ruiz-Esquivel, right, and his partner Artistic Director/Co-founder Roger Montoya Feb. 2 at Los Luceros Ranch north of Española near the village of Alcalde. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The gala was a joyful event attended by Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, center, and Northern New Mexico College President Rick Bailey, third from left, who introduced Mason to educators including Española Superintendent of Schools Bobbie Gutierrez, left,

‘It’s Frustrating Being A Republican This Year’

on February 12, 2019 - 7:00am
State Rep. Rebecca Dow, R-Truth or Consequences, speaks Thursday on the House floor. With far fewer Republicans in the House this year and little chance of getting measures passed on their own, Dow says, ‘I’m encouraging folks on those things they feel are really important to call the Democrat representatives and ask them to vote according to New Mexico constituents, not just a party platform.’ Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
Lonely guy: State Rep.

NMHU: Santiana Marrujo Accepted To Eight Chemistry Doctoral Programs Across The Country

on February 12, 2019 - 6:20am
Santiana Marrujo
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM A New Mexico Highlands University chemistry graduate has her pick of eight doctoral programs around the country.
 
In December, Santiana Marrujo’s letters of acceptance started rolling in from Ph.D. programs at Notre Dame, Purdue University, Iowa State University, Colorado State University, Brigham Young University, Kansas State University, New Mexico State University and UC–Santa Barbara.
 
Every university offered Marrujo a full ride for her doctoral education.

Legislative Roundup: Feb. 12

on February 12, 2019 - 5:54am
Anne Hanika-Ortiz walks along the painting-lined Annex Walkway Monday leading to the Capitol.. The Roundhouse and adjoining annex are home to the New Mexico Capitol Art Collection, which consists of 650 pieces by New Mexican artists including ceramics, photography, textiles and paintings. Photo by Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican
 
A mixed-media artwork titled "Mogollon Lion" by Linda Brewer was on display Monday in the Annex Walkway at the Capitol.

Debate Begins On Details Of New Ethics Commission

on February 12, 2019 - 5:53am
Rep. Daymon Ely, D-Corrales
 
By ANDREW OXFORD
New Mexico voters spoke, overwhelmingly backing a constitutional amendment last year to create an independent ethics commission.
 
Now, it is up to lawmakers to decide exactly how the commission will work.
 
Democrats in the state House of Representatives on Monday put forward the first plan of the legislative session for setting up the ethics panel, proposing a board that would work with broad secrecy.
 
Confidentiality provisions immediately raised concerns from some of the biggest proponents of creating the

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