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Project Reach Completes Photographic Work In Room 7, Panel 7

on February 5, 2015 - 2:46pm

Project Reach team members work to obtain video of emplaced waste located in Panel 7, Room 7 where the radiological event occurred. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Photographic work in support of the Accident Investigation Board (AIB) has been completed in Room 7 Panel 7, the location of the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological event at WIPP.

Using Project Reach, a specially designed and manufactured 90-foot composite boom equipped with high resolution photographic equipment, WIPP employees completed video mapping of all waste stacks and packages in Room 7. Waste in the WIPP underground facility is

IRS Warns Against Erroneously Claiming Tax Credits

on February 5, 2015 - 9:46am

IRS News:

While falsely inflating income on tax returns may seem an enticing way to get tax credits, the reality is the consequences could be extremely costly.

No wonder erroneously claiming tax credits is one of the items on the Internal Revenue Services’ (IRS) “Dirty Dozen” list for the 2015 tax filing season. This scam involves inflating or including income on a tax return that was never earned, either as wages or as self-employment income, usually in order to maximize refundable credits.

Just like falsely claiming an expense or deduction you did not pay, claiming income you did not

Report: Positive Energy Solar State’s Top Installer

on February 5, 2015 - 9:29am

Solar panels. Courtesy/PES

STATE News:

SANTA FE - Using solar tax credit data, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resource Department (EMNRD) reports that state residents have invested more than $30 million in this energy resource from 2009-2014 and Positive Energy Solar has installed the lion’s share of those residential rooftop panels.

“It’s clear from customer demand that New Mexicans want clean, affordable energy,” Positive Energy Solar CEO Regina Wheeler said. “What’s not clear is whether or not the state will continue to support this growing industry.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Leads Push To Expand Access To Early Childhood Education

on February 4, 2015 - 11:41am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

  • PRE-K Act Strengthens High-Quality Early Learning Programs Across New Mexico

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has joined several senators in introducing legislation to expand access to high-quality early learning programs for children from birth to age five.

The Providing Resources Early for Kids (PRE-K) Act helps more kids arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed by establishing a federal-state partnership that incentivizes states to improve the quality of their preschool programs and expand to serve more children in

Conservation Voters New Mexico Releases 2015 Legislative Priorities

on February 4, 2015 - 11:17am

CVNM News:

SANTA FE—Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) will be advocating for or against a myriad of bills at the Roundhouse during the 2015 New Mexico legislative session.

CVNM’s legislative priorities are outlined in the first edition of CVNM’s legislative agenda, which covers issues such as air quality, water, energy and climate change, effective government, environmental justice, wildlife and habitat conservation. The agenda is attached and can be found on CVNM's website at www.CVNM.org.

“New Mexicans across the political spectrum care about creating jobs that support healthy

Radioactive Fireflies Take 2nd At State Championship

on February 4, 2015 - 10:18am

Front row from left, Eden Schmierer, Coach Karen Doebling and Natalie Aulwes. Back row from left, Emily Holmes, Eleanor Henderson, Katie Herrmann, Maddie Ovaska and Sophia Mamula. Photo by Brad Henderson

In the Junior FLL Expo, the Atomic Flying Pickle Minions won the 'Against All Odds' award. Their 'Think Tank' project was about learning to ice skate with the Ice Scooter Skating Aid. From left, Magellan Bronson, Joseph Doebling, Timothy Rousculp and Coach Chris Rousculp. Photo by Rita Bronson

FLL News:

The Radioactive Fireflies FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team won the 2nd place Champion's

Letter to the Editor: Stick To Facts About Right-To-Work

on February 4, 2015 - 9:57am
RODOLFO “RUDY” S. MARTINEZ
Former Member of NM House of Representative
District 39/Dona Ana-Grant-Sierra

As I watch this year’s legislative session, I am concerned with the misinformed claims made by Republican Governor Martinez that have made right-to-work/anti-worker legislation her top priority.  When I think of all the issues we face here in our state in building a healthy economy I am appalled that the Governor will be attacking our working families.

When the governor says right-to-work (RTW) is one of several hurdles New Mexico faces in attempting to become more economically

Statewide Poll: Voters Overwhelmingly Support Campaign Finance And Ethics Reforms In 2015 Session

on February 4, 2015 - 9:50am

CCNM Executive Director Viki Harrison

CCNM News:

Research and Polling for Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM) recently conducted a poll, which revealed voters want to see ethics and finance reforms in election campaigns.

A poll conducted Jan. 9-13 revealed registered voters are wary of lobbyists and anonymous contributors and support campaign finance and ethics reforms. Approximately 450 randomly selected voters – both Republicans and Democrats – responded to a telephone survey, which has a 4.5 percent margin of error.

“The results of this poll confirm what we’ve been saying for several years,

FBI: Shiprock Man Sentenced To Prison For Federal Assault Conviction

on February 4, 2015 - 9:14am

FBI News:
  • Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

ALBUQUERQUE—Algar Horsechief, 27, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on two assault charges.

Horsechief was arrested Aug.

NMAA Selects Its December 'Compete With Class' Honoree For True Act Of Sportsmanship On The Field

on February 4, 2015 - 8:54am

Rio Rancho football player Ikaika Waters helps his opponents up off the ground following state championship in December. ScreenShot/LADP

NMAA News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) is proud to announce that Rio Rancho football player Ikaika Waters has been recognized as the Compete with Class award recipient for the month of December.

A true act of sportsmanship was displayed by Waters, following his team's state championship win in December.

Study: New Mexico 7th Best State At Controlling Bullying

on February 4, 2015 - 8:30am

WalletHub News:

In the next 7 minutes, a child in the U.S. will be bullied. It may be the son or daughter of someone you know. Worse, it may be your own. Meanwhile, only four out of 100 adults will step in to stop it. And only 11 percent of the child’s peers might do the same. The rest — 85 percent — will do nothing.

With Feb. 9 being Stop Bullying Day and more than 160,000 children missing school every day in the U.S. out of fear of being bullied, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best & Worst States at Controlling Bullying.

To

IRS Warns About Filing Fake Documents

on February 4, 2015 - 8:14am

IRS News:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) conitues to warn taxpayers - Beware of the “Dirty Dozen” - a list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season. One of the items on this list is hiding taxable income by filing false Form 1099s or other fake documents.

“The mere suggestion of falsifying documents to reduce tax bills or inflate tax refunds is a huge red flag when using a paid tax return preparer,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “People should watch out for this type of scam especially when someone else prepares their returns.”

Compiled annually, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety

Heinrich Continues Work To Reduce Wildfire Risk

on February 4, 2015 - 8:13am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., cosponsored S. 326, the Stewardship End Result Contracting Improvement Act, to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire.

The bill would make it easier for federal land managers and businesses to partner on long-term, large-scale forest treatment.

"Stewardship contracting is one of the most versatile and powerful tools we have to achieve healthier and more fire resistant forests," Heinrich said. "And like many good tools, it needs to maintained and sharpened from time to time.

Headquarters Operations Incentive Bill Designed To Make New Mexico More Economically Competitive

on February 4, 2015 - 7:52am

Rep. Conrad James

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) and Rep. Conrad James recently introduced the Headquarters Operations Incentive bill. The bill is designed to make New Mexico more economically competitive by expanding a sales factor corporate income tax approach to headquarters operations.

Under the existing three-factor system, sales, payroll, and property are all used as criteria to determine corporate income tax level.

Candelaria Introduces New Mexico Family Act To Bring Paid Leave To State

on February 4, 2015 - 7:51am

Sen. Jacob Candelaria

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Sen. Jacob Candelaria is sponsoring a bill, which would provide paid family, maternity and sick leave to New Mexico.

The New Mexico Family Act would provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.

“Currently, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act fails to cover 40 percent of U.S. workers. Even among those covered, few can afford to take unpaid leave,” Candelaria said.

Bandelier Seeks Written Or Online Comments On Possible Fee Changes

on February 3, 2015 - 2:00pm

Ancestral Pueblo cavates in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument is seeking public comment on possible increases in the park's entry fees. 

Snow limited the number of people attending the public meetings earlier in the month, but there is still time for anyone interested to submit comments by mail or online. 

Current entrance fees, which allow re-entry into the monument for up to seven days, are $12 per private vehicle or motorcycle and $6 per person/bicycle.

Luján Statement On Black History Month

on February 3, 2015 - 12:23pm

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 released the following statement today in recognition of Black History Month, which is celebrated in February.

“This month we celebrate Black History Month and reflect on the enduring contributions of a community whose vibrant culture and rich traditions are an integral part of the fabric of our great nation.

Letter to the Editor: Why Right-To-Work Is Wrong For New Mexico

on February 3, 2015 - 11:48am
By Sen. WILLIAM “BILL” SOULES
D-37-Dona Ana

SANTA FE – When I ran for public office, I made a commitment to make decisions based on facts, accurate information, and data and not on emotions, word-spin, and marketing.

The so-called “right-to-work” bills moving through the New Mexico Legislature are perfect examples of laws where spin and marketing are used to obfuscate, obscure, and confuse people about the real effects and purposes of the legislation.

The very name, “right-to-work,” was carefully chosen to affect public opinion when, in fact, the legislation has nothing to do with the

Legislation That Ends Failed Policy Of Social Promotion Passes Education Committee

on February 3, 2015 - 11:34am

Rep. Monica Youngblood

STATE News:

  • Bill Provides Intervention For Struggling Students To Help Catch Up To Peers

SANTA FE — Legislation that would end the failed policy of social promotion cleared the House Education Committee today. Social promotion passes kids onto the next grade even when they cannot read.

Among other things, the bill would help teachers identify struggling readers and provide them with the targeted instruction they need to catch up to their peers. The bill will now go to the House floor.

Rep. Nora Espinoza

“Improving our schools and helping struggling students

Heinrich, Flake Applaud Bipartisan Senate Gathering

on February 3, 2015 - 10:44am

U.S. Senators Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., left, and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., checking out the border with Mexico. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., today issued the following statement applauding the announcement that Senate Republicans and Democrats would gather together Wednesday for a bipartisan lunch.

"We believe that regular bipartisan gatherings, such as the one scheduled for Wednesday, can help foster the productive relationships necessary for the Senate to be effective again.

New Mexico House Unanimously Passes Legislation To Expand Amber Alert System

on February 3, 2015 - 8:28am

STATE News:
  • Bill Passes 64-0

SANTA FE – In a victory for New Mexico’s children, the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that will require cell phone and pager companies to issue Amber Alerts to their customers. The bill, which passed 64-0, is sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes.

“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.”

The legislation will

Heinrich On President's 2016 Budget Proposal

on February 3, 2015 - 7:14am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement on President Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal:

"Recognizing that our nation's deficit has been cut by two-thirds since 2009, the president's budget proposal acknowledges that it's time to propel our economic recovery forward by investing in our country again. To that end, I am very interested in his proposal to build a 21st century infrastructure to create jobs and improve our nation's competitiveness. 

"I'm pleased that the president prioritizes leveling the playing field for

Groundhog Day: Still Fighting The Food Tax!

on February 2, 2015 - 10:01am

By THINK NEW MEXICO

It's Groundhog Day, and just like the movie where Bill Murray found himself living the same day over and over, we once again find ourselves fighting to prevent the reimposition of the food tax.

Last week, Senate Bill 274 was introduced to bring back the food tax.

Please take a moment to email your legislators and Gov. Martinez and urge them to oppose this attempt to reimpose New Mexico's regressive and anti-family food tax!

Two years ago, the food tax was slipped into a major tax bill just 12 hours before the session concluded, but we raised the alarm and thanks to a quick

Sunport Travel Site Aims To Provide Quick Information

on February 2, 2015 - 9:25am

SUNPORT News:

Albuquerque International Sunport and the City of Albuquerque are proud to announce the launch of the airport’s new website, http://www.abqsunport.com/, which went live to the public Jan. 26.

The Sunport website was previously incorporated as part of the City’s website. The new website helps travelers find the information they need about the airport quickly and easily.

The site includes live flight arrival and departure information, the airport’s Twitter feed, terminal maps, information about visiting New Mexico, feedback forms, and other important information.

Santa Fe Council On International Relations Presents WorldQuest 2015 College Bowl Style Trivia Game

on February 2, 2015 - 9:19am

CIR News:

Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) for its fourth annual WorldQuest 2015, a College Bowl-style game of international trivia, played in teams of eight.

This event is 5:45-9:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 in the Jemez Room at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Feb. 18. It’s a fun way to test your knowledge of world affairs!

Last February, CIR hosted its third WorldQuest quiz competition and dinner event. Six teams of eight joined in the fun.

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