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Letter To The Editor: Death By Democracy At The Roundhouse

on February 23, 2015 - 6:57pm
By LOIS RUDNICK
Santa Fe

This is a tale of two hearings at the Roundhouse: House Bill 44, which required background checks for all purchasers of firearms at gun shows; and HB 189, which loosens requirements for gun safety for concealed weapons permits.

The hearings I attended were a microcosm of the dangers our democracy faces. They demonstrated what paralyzes politics in New Mexico and the nation because of Republican partisan gridlock and the ownership of representatives by Big Money. The NRA is at the top of the list in terms of the reach of their power and dollars.

‘Culture Day’ At Roundhouse Offers Best Of State Museums And Historic Sites

on February 23, 2015 - 4:04pm
State News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs will host “Culture Day” 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday at the State Capitol Rotunda.
 
Interactive exhibits featuring New Mexico’s state-run museums and historic sites, as well as arts, historic preservation, archaeology and library programs will be offered to legislators and visitors to the Capitol throughout the day:
  • New Mexico Arts will provide “Oculus Rift Glasses” offering the wearer a cutting edge virtual “Pull of the Moon Experience.”
  • The NM State Library will display the new “Brainfuse” online tutorial offering

Jack R. Fox Unanimously Confirmed As Secretary Of New Mexico Department Of Veterans’ Services

on February 23, 2015 - 3:45pm

Jack R. Fox

STATE News:  

SANTA FE—Retired New Mexico Army National Guard Brigadier General Jack R. Fox was unanimously confirmed today by the New Mexico Senate as Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services.

The vote by the full Senate followed Secretary Fox’s confirmation hearing at 8:30 a.m., before the Senate Rules Committee.

Gov. Susana Martinez appointed him to the position following the resignation of Timothy L. Hale in November 2014.

“As a native New Mexican, I am honored and humbled to be given this chance to serve my state’s veterans and their families,” Fox

NMAA Foundation Awards $28K In Scholarships

on February 23, 2015 - 11:12am
NMAA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) has announced the recipients of the 2014-2015 NMAA Foundation Scholarships.  
 
The NMAA Foundation will recognize the 17 students receiving these scholarships during the U.S. Bank State Basketball Championships, which will be held March 10-14. More than 200 students applied for the scholarships, with nine students receiving $1,000, six receiving $1,500 and two receiving $5,000. There were seven different scholarship categories for which students could submit applications.
 
The following list details those students

Udall Announces Support For Investing Portion Of $14B Permanent Fund In Early Childhood Education

on February 23, 2015 - 7:59am

Sen. Tom Udall

STATE News:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., recently challenged state lawmakers to address the needs of New Mexico’s children and he proposed using the Land Grant Permanent Fund to benefit the state’s youngest citizens’ education needs.

Udall has endorsed the constitutional amendment proposal to invest 1.5 percent of the more than $14 billion in the Land Grant Permanent Fund to expand early childhood education in New Mexico.

NWS Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook

on February 23, 2015 - 7:51am

NWS image. ScreenShot/LADP

NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued the following hazardous weather outlook for portions of North and Central New Mexico.

DAY ONE ...TODAY AND TONIGHT:

WIND CHILLS READINGS BETWEEN 10 DEGREES BELOW ZERO TO 10 DEGREES ABOVE ZERO WILL BE COMMON ACROSS CENTRAL AND EASTERN NEW MEXICO THIS MORNING.

SNOW WILL CONTINUE TODAY. LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOWFALL AREA WIDE THIS MORNING WILL DECREASE THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE BECOMING FOCUSED ACROSS THE NORTHWEST THIRD OF THE STATE TONIGHT.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT SNOWS WILL BE ACROSS THE NORTHERN

Winter Weather Advisory Through Monday Morning

on February 22, 2015 - 2:06pm
NWS image. ScreenShot/LADP NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Winter Weather Advisory through 11 a.m. Monday for the surrounding areas.

Winter Weather Advisory:

A MAJOR COLD FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH INTO TO WESTERN NEW MEXICO THIS AFTERNOON. AT THE SAME TIME...WEST WINDS ALOFT WILL BRING PERIODS OF MOISTURE AND ATMOSPHERIC LIFT TO THE REGION. THE COMBINATION OF THESE FEATURES WILL PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATING SNOW OVER NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY MORNING...WITH LIGHTER AMOUNTS FARTHER SOUTH AND WEST. SNOW MAY

Congressional Delegation Shares Los Alamos Celebration Of Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on February 22, 2015 - 1:17pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall speaks to the importance of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park as Council Chair Kristin Henderson and Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan listen at left. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, former Councilor Fran Berting, paleontologist Ralph Chapman and his wife Linda Deck, director of the Bradbury Science Museum listen to Sen. Tom Udall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation including Sen. Tom Udall, Sen.

New Emphasis On Industry Partnerships At Los Alamos

on February 22, 2015 - 1:02pm

David Pesiri

By DAVID PESIRI, Division Leader
Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation
Los Alamos National Laboratory

We believe innovation is the key to addressing many challenges facing the Nation today. On all levels, Los Alamos National Laboratory is being asked to move the needle on issues of domestic and global security, advancing the scientific enterprise on energy concerns, and effective leveraging of the latest technologies and capabilities to bolster US industry and, ultimately, the US economy.

This is our charge by the public trust, a duty to both country and the world community.

Udall Asks Legislators To Prioritize Child Well-Being

on February 22, 2015 - 11:08am

Sen. Tom Udall

STATE News:

SANTE FE – More than one-third of New Mexico’s children live below the poverty line and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., called on state lawmakers last week to address this problem during his address to a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature.

“Our state is dead last in overall child well-being and next to last in education, in children’s health and economic well-being. This troubles all of us. It has to change. The future of our state – and not just for our children, but for our economy – depends on changing it,” Udall said. “How do we fix it?

Legislation That Bans E-Cigarette Sales To Minors Passes House Floor

on February 22, 2015 - 9:05am

Rep. Monica Youngblood

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The State House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that would make it illegal for minors to buy e-cigarettes.

“It is important that we do not have our kids falling victim to a vaping addiction,” said Rep. Monica Youngblood, the bill’s sponsor.

Currently, state law does not prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, while 39 other states do. This legislation will prevent minors anywhere in New Mexico from buying e-cigarettes.

“This is commonsense change that will go a long way to protect our kids.

Cisneros: Rio Grande Trail Proposal Provides Chance To Showcase New Mexico

on February 22, 2015 - 8:37am

Sen. Carlos Cisneros

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Sen.  Carlos Cisneros offered support of Rep. Jeff Steinborn’s bill to create a Rio Grande Trail Commission.

“This (bill) was introduced to create a Rio Grande Trail Commission to establish a 500-mile trail that will run through New Mexico, from Colorado to Texas,” Cisneros said. This trail, which can be used for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, will give us a chance to show off our state.

“It will complement our national monuments, showcase our diverse landscapes and will open up a fresh venue for tourism.

Sen. Howie Morales Introduces Legislation to Make Sense of Gasoline Prices

on February 22, 2015 - 8:34am

Sen. Howie Morales

STATE News:

 SANTA FE – The recent downward fluctuation of oil and gas prices put state lawmakers in a bind for planning next year’s budget but at least one senator is concerned about the general inconsistency in fuel prices statewide as well as within the state’s largest city.

Sen. Howie Morales, D-Catron, Grant and Socorro, introduced “NMSU Retail Gas Prices Study,” which requests that such drastic differences in gasoline retail prices be studied by the New Mexico State University (NMSU) College of Business.

According to Morales’ bill, during the period February 2013

House Bill Will Close 'Vaccination Loophole'

on February 22, 2015 - 8:33am
Rep. Deborah Armstrong
 
STATE News:

Legislation to protect New Mexico children from loopholes in current law regarding vaccination exemptions was introduced Wednesday.

Long time health-care advocate and member of the House Health Committee Rep. Deborah Armstrong, D-Bernalillo, introduced the bill. The change she proposes would maintain exemptions for documented medical reasons and for members of recognized religious organizations that oppose vaccinations.

However, the so-called “personal beliefs” exemption, which the New Mexico Department of Health estimates accounts for 60 percent of

HHS Awards More Than $4 Million To New Mexico Home Visiting Program

on February 22, 2015 - 8:30am

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell
STATE News:

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced recently that more than $4 million in grants were awarded to New Mexico to support the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

These funds will allow New Mexico to continue to expand voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy and to parents with young children. Nationally, $386 million was awarded to states, territories, and nonprofit organizations to support the Home Visiting Program.

“Home visits by a

Annual Fire & Ice Festival In Jemez Springs Feb. 28

on February 21, 2015 - 7:33am

USFS News:

Celebrate the beauty of winter and the coming of spring at the annual Fire and Ice Restoration Festival at Father Fitzgerald Park in Jemez Springs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28.

This free event will feature live music, chicken bingo, arts and crafts, and even a cross-cut saw contest. Special guests will include Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl.

The Santa Fe National Forest will host an educational booth highlighting the Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project, a 10-year, $40 million collaborative to improve the Forest’s resilience to fire, restore habitat and

Los Alamos County Hires Beverley Simpson As New Emergency Manager

on February 20, 2015 - 3:32pm

New Los Alamos County Emergency Manager Beverley Simpson. Photo by Oliver Morris

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos County has hired a new emergency manager. Beverley Simpson took over the post Tuesday, replacing Philmont Taylor who retired in 2014. 

Simpson brings to the job more than 20 years combined experience in Emergency Response and Homeland Security/Defense, WMD, Public Health, with specialized training in Emergency Response, Biological and Radiological Emergency Weapons of Mass Destruction and advanced knowledge of and experience in technologies directly or

FBI: Person Of Interest Sought In Death Of Acoma Pueblo Woman

on February 20, 2015 - 9:23am

Nathan Chavez

FBI News:

The FBI is seeking a person of interest who may have information regarding the death of a woman whose body was found on Acoma Pueblo in November 2014.

Nathan Chavez, 32, is 5’8” tall, weighs approximately 165 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen Nov. 23, 2014, in the Laguna Pueblo area attempting to hitch a ride to Albuquerque.

Chavez is known to frequent Albuquerque homeless shelters around the area of Central Avenue and Wyoming Boulevard.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meeting Canceled For Lack Of Quorum

on February 20, 2015 - 8:48am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities has canceled today's meeting due to lack of quorum.

The next meeting is scheduled 9-11 a.m., March 20 in Taos.

Bill To Sell Spaceport Launched With Bipartisan No-Recommendation To Senate Finance Committee

on February 20, 2015 - 8:18am

Spaceport America. Courtesy/spaceportamerica.com

 

STATE News:

SANTA FE – A Senate bill to sell the Spaceport America facility moved on to the Senate Finance (SFC) Thursday with a bipartisan no-recommendation.

After a brief debate, the Senate Corporations and Transportation  Committee (SCORC) voted to move along Senate Bill 267 (SB267), “Sale of Spaceport America,” sponsored by Senator George K. Muñoz (D-4-Cibola, McKinley & San Juan).

“The Legislature is getting virtually no pertinent financial information regarding the Spaceport or its anchor tenant, Virgin Galactic,” Muñoz said.

Bill Reducing Workers’ Comp When Employee Is Drunk Or High On Job Passes House In Bi-Partisan Vote

on February 20, 2015 - 7:57am

Rep. Dennis Roch

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Legislation that would significantly reduce workers’ compensation in cases when the employee’s death or injury is the result of being drunk or high on the job passed the House floor by a bi-partisan 64-2.

“Being high or drunk on the job is reckless and puts lives at risk,” said Republican Rep. Dennis Roch, who is sponsoring the bill. “Passing this legislation protects our workers and holds violators accountable for their actions."

Currently, when alcohol or drugs contributes to injury or death, the employee is eligible to receive 90 percent of his or

NMHM Premieres Documentary On African-American Women In The Military March 29

on February 20, 2015 - 6:42am

Somewhere in England, Maj. Charity E. Adams and Capt. Abbie N. Campbell inspect the first contingent of Negro members of the Women’s Army Corps assigned to overseas service. 6888th Central Postal Directory Bn. Feb. 15, 1945. Holt. 111-SC-200791. Courtesy/National Archives

NMHM News:

In war and peacetime, at home or aboard, U.S. women have participated in the U.S’ defense. Until recent years, those contributions have failed to attract much notice. Even less understood: the contributions of African-American women, who had to fight just for the right to serve.

At 2 p.m., March 29 in the New

Along the Way: Jesse Gomez Making A Difference In Bluewater, New Mexico

on February 20, 2015 - 6:35am
Jesse Gomez, president of the Bluewater Mutual Domestic Water Users Association. Courtesy photo

Along the Way, Jesse Gomez Making A Difference In Bluewater

 
By TERRY BRUNNER, State Director
USDA Rural Development

Jesse Gomez of Bluewater is seldom seen these days without a dapper-looking hat. I strongly suspect he is the sharpest dresser in the entire Bluewater metropolitan area. The truth is, Jesse Gomez has worn many hats throughout his life.

He’s run an auto repair shop, worked for the State of New Mexico and worked in the treacherous uranium industry - but those were just day jobs.

Luján Delivers Address To NM Legislature

on February 19, 2015 - 7:24pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

STATE News:

SANTA FE – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District addressed a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature this afternoon. 

Below are his remarks as prepared.

“To the distinguished members of the New Mexico House of Representatives, the New Mexico Senate, Governor Martinez, Speaker Tripp, President Pro-Tem Papen, tribal leaders, honored guests, family, and friends, thank you for welcoming me here today to discuss our shared commitment to the people of New Mexico and our common goal of building a brighter future for the New Mexico families

New Mexico Aviation Day At State Capitol Friday

on February 19, 2015 - 11:32am

Jane Lucero, Airport Development Administrator. Courtesy/NMDOT

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – Come fly with us … and see what’s happening in New Mexico’s skies. Tthe New Mexico Airport Managers Association, in conjunction with the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division, will host Aviation Day Friday in the West Wing of the State Capitol. 

The event is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dozens of members of New Mexico’s aviation community will be on hand to discuss the impact and importance of aviation in New Mexico. 

There also will be displays from organizations including the New Mexico

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