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New Mexico Home Sales Continue Upward Trend

on March 22, 2013 - 10:51am

RANM News:

Home sales and median prices reported to the REALTORS Association of New Mexico (RANM) for February 2013 continue the upward trend begun in January.

In February, 1,026 sales were reported. This is an increase of more than 21 percent sales than reported during February 2011 (845) and 5 percent more than the February 2012 number of 977.

February’s median price of $165,000 is up 3.4 percent from February 2012 and equal to the median reported in February 2011. Median price indicates half the properties sold for more and half for less.

“Home prices are rising, the number of homes for sale

NMDOT Prepares for Annual Pilgrimage to El Santuario De Chimayó

on March 22, 2013 - 10:01am

Pilgrams walk along the highway to Chimayó in 2012. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The highways and roads that lead to the village of Chimayó, New Mexico will be crowded next week as thousands of people begin their pilgrimage to el Santuario de Chimayó.

The largest crowds will be seen on Good Friday, March 29, but road congestion and minor delays can be expected any time in this area during Holy Week, the week before Easter Sunday.

“Generations of New Mexicans have participated in the Holy Week pilgrimage to Chimayó and over the years this tradition has

NM Delegation Applauds Creation of Río Grande del Norte Monument

on March 22, 2013 - 9:17am
Río Grande del Norte. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. – Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation today applauded the decision by President Barack Obama to create a national monument to protect the Río Grande del Norte in Northern New Mexico.
 
The president will hold a National Monument Proclamations Signing Ceremony at the White House Monday.
 
The Bureau of Land Management, under the direction of the Department of the Interior, currently manages the 240,000 acres of land in Northern New Mexico.
 
The Río Grande del Norte monument

Harvard upsets New Mexico Lobos

on March 22, 2013 - 6:53am

UNM News:

Harvard upsets New Mexico Lobos 68 to 62 in heart breaker game Western Region 2nd Round NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City.

Luján Urges House Leaders to Include IDEA Funding Provision in Continuing Resolution

on March 21, 2013 - 9:45am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

  • Senate-Passed Provision Could Significantly Benefit New Mexico

WASHINGTON. D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today urging them to support the inclusion of an import provision in the final continuing resolution (CR) that addresses IDEA funding.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi

The Senate-passed CR includes a provision that changes the penalty for states that fail to meet the maintenance of effort requirement for IDEA funding (Individuals with

NMDOT District Five Crew Honored For Chip Sealing Work

on March 20, 2013 - 5:14am

The NMDOT District Five winners are pictured here with the chip sealing award program coordinator Parveez Anwar. From left to right are: (front row) Nathan Garcia, Eugene Mario Trujillo, Isidoro Branch, and Parveez Anwar; (second row) Zachary Salazar, Jesse Martinez, and Kenny Gallegos; (third row) David Martinez, Dennis Valdez, and Felimon Varos; (fourth row) Roy Gonzales, Nicholas Morgas, and Benny Martinez; (fifth row) Miguel Gabaldon, Richard Martinez, and Robert Martinez; (sixth row) Frankie Padilla and Simon Gonzales. Photo by Jake Schoellkopf.

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SANTA FE – NMDOT District

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Udall: 7,000 NM Taxpayers Have Unclaimed Refunds

on March 18, 2013 - 12:30pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is reminding New Mexico taxpayers that April 15, 2013 is the last day to claim tax refunds for 2009.
 
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates that 7,100 New Mexicans are owed a total of $6.45 million, with a median refund of $567. Unless claimed, the money will become property of the U.S. Treasury.
 
"There's more than $6 million in the Treasury that belongs in the pockets of hardworking New Mexico taxpayers," Udall said.
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2013 NMHSCA North vs. South All-Star Rosters

on March 18, 2013 - 11:27am
NMHSCA News:

2013 4A/5A Girls All-Star Basketball Game

Game Date: Friday, June 7

Game Time: 7:30 p.m.

Game Location: Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho

Coaches: North, Lori Mabrey & South, TBA

All-Star Hotel Inn of Rio Rancho

1465 Rio Rancho Drive S.E. (505) 892-1700

North    
 KerstinStrong6' 1"EldoradoMichael Huston
 KassandraHarris5' 9"CibolaLori Mabrey
 AshleySorensen6' 2"CapitalThomas Montoya
 ERINKIRK5' 10"LOS ALAMOSAnn Stewart
 AllySalata5' 9"Rio RanchoPat Puentes
 AstreaReed5' 8"SandiaSusan Kubala
 JordanGutierrez5' 2"ValleyRichard Harbin
 SydneyGraham5' 8"HighlandJoe Williams
 LaurenQuintana5' 7"

Bill to Encourage Investment in NM Tech Companies Heads to Governor’s Desk

on March 18, 2013 - 8:21am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico has long been the birth place of science and technology, and legislation just approved in the Senate will help to keep and grow businesses that develop technology in the state.

House Bill 401a “State Investment in Tech Transfer Companies,” sponsored by Rep. Carl Trujillo would allow the State Investment Council (SIC) to make investments in New Mexico private equity funds or in businesses operating a facility in New Mexico using research developed, in whole or in part, by a state academic institution or a contractor designated as a national laboratory.

An

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2013 Legislative Session Recap

on March 17, 2013 - 8:41am

STATE News:

Legislative Session Recap

SANTA FE – After 60 long days, the 2013 Legislative Session drew to a close Saturday, March 16.

Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed a majority of the agenda they laid out at the beginning of the 51st legislative session.

This success would not be possible without the help of House Republicans. Together, Representatives in the New Mexico House were able to put politics aside and work in a bipartisan manner to prioritize good policies for New Mexicans.

“I am proud of the hard work the House of Representatives has accomplished

March Events at Bandelier

on March 16, 2013 - 9:09pm

Pika. Photo by Sally King/BNM

BANDELIER News:

March Events at Bandelier

The skies are blue, the sun is shining, and the warm weather make it a perfect time to explore Bandelier National Monument. 

Join us for fun and exciting activities in the month of March:

March 18-24 – National Wildlife Week

  • During National Wildlife Week, learn more about the unique wildlife that call Bandelier home. A series of special programs will be offered throughout the week. 

March 23 – Survivor Bandelier

  • Join a ranger for a how-to guide on why animals live at Bandelier and how they adapt to a dynamic

Fire Stations and Law Enforcement Sites To Become Safe Havens

on March 15, 2013 - 11:33am

 

STATE News:
  • HB 374 waiting for Governor’s Signature

SANTA FE – Distraught parents who want to give up their unwanted infants now have another place where they can drop them off and keep them safe.

 

Legislation sponsored by Rep. Emily Kane (D-Bernalillo-15) expands Safe Haven sites to include fire stations and law enforcement locations such as police or sheriff’s departments.

 

House Bill 374a “Safe Haven for Infants Site Definition” is now awaiting the Governor’s signature after passing the Senate on Wednesday.

 

“It’s a very compassionate bill,” Kane said.

Free Child Safety Seat Clinic March 20

on March 15, 2013 - 11:19am

NMDOT News:

Hundreds of child passenger safety technicians will meet March 20-21 at Sandia Resort for the NMDOT Traffic Safety Division’s and Safer New Mexico Now’s Annual Buckle Up New Mexico Recertification Training.

The event is designed to bring New Mexico’s child passenger safety technicians and instructors together for two days of intensive classroom and applied activities that address the most current issues in the field of child passenger safety. 

In addition, a child safety seat clinic will be held 8:30-10:30 a.m. March 20 in the Sandia Resort’s parking lot, Section C6-C8. The

Luján Questions DOE Officials About Hanford Waste Going to New Mexico

on March 15, 2013 - 9:18am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee questioned officials from the Department of Energy Wednesday.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBY9C4ZHQR4&feature=youtu.be

He questioned the officials on their plans to move millions of gallons of highly radioactive waste from the Hanford site in Washington state to New Mexico for storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plan (WIPP.)

While the leaks at Hanford are an environmental disaster, moving this waste to New Mexico has been

House of Representatives Highlights March 15

on March 15, 2013 - 9:02am

STATE News:

New Mexico House Highlights:

On the Floor in the House

House Bill 550 (“Raise Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees”), sponsored by Rep. Phillip Archuleta (D-Doña Ana-36), passed the House by a vote of 34-31. It increases the minimum wage for tipped employees (like waiters and waitresses) from $2.13 to $3.25 to ensure that tipped employees make a fair wage.

House Transportation & Public Works Committee Substitute for House Bill 672 with emergency clause (“Public Peace, Health, Safety & Welfare”), sponsored by Rep.

Followup to Lost Treasure Hunter at Bandelier

on March 14, 2013 - 9:10am

BNM News:

Saturday March 9, search and rescue personnel found a missing hiker in good condition after she spent a freezing night hiking through difficult terrain in and adjacent to Bandelier National Monument.

The Carrolton, Texas woman had been searching for the buried treasure of multimillionaire Forrest Fenn.

The search and rescue operation involved three aircraft, dog teams and more than 40 volunteers and staff from the National Park Service, the U.S. Department of Energy, New Mexico Search and Rescue, Los Alamos Police Department and the Los Alamos Fire Department.

“Before you get

Kendall: Martinez vs. Garcia Richard – Gotcha Politics or SOP?

on March 14, 2013 - 8:56am
Column by GREG KENDALL
Los Alamos

Did State House Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard break her promise to voters? She vowed to help repeal the Richardson era driver’s license law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain New Mexico driver’s licenses.  

Gov. Susana Martinez and anonymous robo-callers would like you to believe that Garcia Richard broke her promise.

Martinez went live on Los Alamos radio station KRSN AM 1490 March 7 to make that claim directly to local voters. But it is not that simple.

House Bill 606, sponsored by Rep.

Canine Cruelty Victim Melts Hearts at Roundhouse

on March 14, 2013 - 7:58am
David Card and his dog Taffy attended Animal Protection Voters of New Mexico  Animal Lobby Day Feb 25 at the Roundhouse. Taffy was rescued after being abandoned and mistreated. Courtesy photo
 
By Robin Scoggins and Michelle Johnson

On Feb. 25, 2013 the Animal Protection Voters (APV) of New Mexico held Animal Lobby Day at the state capital.

APVNM is the first statewide animal advocacy organization in the country.

Canine guest, Taffy, was abandoned and found on the side of the road, scarred on his back, emaciated and blind. No one was ever held responsible for discarding him like trash.

LANL Foundation Names New Executive Director for Northwest New Mexico First Born® Program

on March 13, 2013 - 10:40am

LANLF News:

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation announced its new executive director for the Northwest New Mexico First Born® Program at a press conference Tuesday at the State Capitol.

Regina Huffman, former director of the Family Infant Toddler Program (FIT) in Gallup, has been named executive director.

Huffman has a master’s degree in counseling from Western New Mexico University and a bachelor of university studies degree in early education and psychology from the University of New Mexico.

The W.K.

LANL Economic Impact Focus of Successful House Memorial

on March 13, 2013 - 8:17am

RCLC News:
  • Memorial focused on the critical importance of New Mexico's National Laboratories and DOE facilities to state's economy

SANTA FE - Last week, House Memorial 71 introduced by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D- Los Alamos) won unanimous passage from the New Mexico House of Representatives.

The House Memorial recognized the critical importance of New Mexico's National Laboratories and DOE facilities to the state's economy.

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities supported passage of the House Memorial and provided expert testimony on behalf of the Memorial.

Rep.

'Fair Pay for Women Act' Heads to the Governor’s Desk

on March 11, 2013 - 9:44am

STATE News:

SANTA FE - House Bill 216, the “Fair Pay for Woman Act”sponsored by Rep. Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe-47) received concurrence Sunday from the House to amendments added by the Senate.

HB 216 cleared the New Mexico Senate Saturday with a vote of 31-2 and with concurrence now heads to the Gov.ernor’s desk.

There has been wide-spread and bi-partisan support for the “Fair Pay for Women Act,” a key piece of legislation in the session.

“Today we have taken a major step in bringing wage equality to the women of New Mexico,” Egolf said.

New Mexico House Fights for Public Schools

on March 11, 2013 - 7:36am

STATE News:

SANTA FE - The News Mexico House of Representatives passed two bills Sunday aimed at protecting New Mexico’s public schools.

House Bill 460, “School Management Contracts & Charter Boards,” sponsored by Rep. Mimi Stewart (D-Bernalillo-21) passed the House with a vote of 34 to 33.

House Bill 392, “Public Education Commission as Independent”, sponsored by Rep. Mary Helen Garcia (D-Dona Ana-34) passed the House with a vote of 37 to 27.

There has been a recent outcry regarding the Public Education Department’s (PED) action to overrule the Public Educations Commission (PEC)

More Details on Missing Hiker Found in Bandelier

on March 10, 2013 - 11:58am

BNM News:

Search and rescue teams found the missing 34-year-old Texas woman around 12:30 p.m. Saturday in good condition on the Ancho Canyon Trail on Department of Energy land at Bandelier National Monument.

The woman had hiked to the Upper Falls on the Falls Trail Thursday.

Although hiking to the base of the Upper Falls is prohibited, the woman wanted to search for treasure featured in Forrest Fenn’s book “The Thrill of the Chase.”

After realizing she could not hike down to the base, the woman returned to her car. On Friday, she parked at a gate on Department of Energy Land and hiked

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Votes on Driver’s License Bill and Urges Governor to Stop Playing Party Politics

on March 10, 2013 - 10:52am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Saturday, March 9, the New Mexico State House Appropriations and Finance Committee convened to vote on HB 606 (driver’s licenses bill.)

After hearing testimony and expressing concern over the fiscal implications, the committee had a tied tabling motion on HB 606.

Democrat Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard broke party rank and joined Republicans in voting against the tabling motion.

Garcia Richard again joined committee Republicans in voting in favor of passing the bill out of committee, but the vote failed through a second tie.

“I have been deeply concerned by Gov.

State House Highlights: March 10

on March 10, 2013 - 9:41am

STATE News:

House Highlights

On the Senate Floor

House Bill 273 (Public School Capital Outlay Lease Payments), sponsored by Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Bernalillo-19) and carried by Sen. John Sapien (D-Bernalillo, Sandoval-9) was passed in the Senate. HB 273 amends §22-24-4 to empower the Public School Capital Outlay Council to adjust grants for lease payments for classroom facilities concurrently with changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Charter schools are the primary recipients of the lease assistance program. Over 50% of program funds are used to pay to leases of

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