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N.M. House Seeks Federal Holiday Designation for Native Americans

on January 30, 2014 - 7:12am

Rep. Roberto Gonzales

STATE News:

SANTA FE–By a vote of 70-0, the New Mexico House of Representatives approved a measure, which would seek the designation of the national “Native American Heritage Day” as a federal public holiday. 

House Memorial 4 sponsored by Rep. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales, D-Taos) encourages the state’s congressional delegation to advocate for the legal public holiday in honor of Native American people. 

This memorial recognizes Native Americans’ historic and contemporary experiences and their substantial contributions to the United States’ cultural, artistic,

Winter Weather Returns for Portions of Northern New Mexico

on January 30, 2014 - 7:04am

NWS News:

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory through Satuday morning.

A DEEP FETCH OF PACIFIC MOISTURE WILL STREAM EAST ACROSS THE SOUTHERN ROCKIES TODAY AND CONTINUE THROUGH AT LEAST FRIDAY. LIGHT RAIN AND HIGH TERRAIN SNOW WILL DEVELOP OVER RIO ARRIBA COUNTY TODAY THEN CHANGE OVER TO SNOW TONIGHT.

THE MAIN PERIOD FOR POTENTIALLY HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS AND HAZARDOUS TRAVEL WILL COME LATE TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED ABOVE 7500 FEET AND ALONG WEST FACING SLOPES.

Bill Targets Repeat DWI Offenders

on January 29, 2014 - 7:46am

Rep. Elizabeth Thomson

STATE News:

SANTA FE–The requirements to get a driver’s license reinstated for DWI offenders would become more difficult to meet under House Bill 10 sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson, D-Bernalillo. 

HB 10 requires an additional fee of $75 (currently $25), completion of the license revocation period, and tighter ignition interlock removal requirements. 

Under the current law, a DWI offender is required to use an ignition interlock on their car for a minimum of one year regardless of the blood alcohol readings registered on the interlock. 

HB 10 would

Los Alamos Officials Attend 2014 Chamber Legislative Reception in Santa Fe

on January 28, 2014 - 11:00am

Los Alamos Commerce and Development Board Chair Bill Wadt, left, and LANL Community Programs Office Executive Director Kurt Stenhaus joined a number of Los Alamos officials at Monday's 2014 Chamber Legislative Reception together with legislators, business people, chambers and business groups from around New Mexico. The event was held at the Santa Fe Convention Center at which guests sampled hors d'ouvres from Santa Fe's finest restaurants, made connections and networked. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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$3.7 Million Aimed at Turning Around New Mexico's Lowest Performing Schools

on January 28, 2014 - 8:02am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third highlighted Monday that New Mexico has been selected to receive funding under the U.S. Department of Education's School Improvement Grant (SIG) Program. A grant of $3,754,213 will help in the effort to turn around persistently low achieving schools in the state.

"There is no better investment we can make in our young New Mexicans than providing them with a good education,” Luján said.

Lujan Grisham Invites Unemployed New Mexican to State of the Union Tonight

on January 28, 2014 - 7:15am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, has invited Coby Messier of Albuquerque to be her guest at President Obama’s State of the Union Address tonight. Messier is a long-term unemployed sheet metal worker recently cut off from federal emergency unemployment insurance due to Congress’s failure to extend the program.

Since the program expired Dec. 28, 1.6 million Americans, including 7,492 New Mexico jobseekers have lost access to this vital economic lifeline.

“The House of Representatives has taken 25 roll call votes since emergency

Senators Make Initial Motion to Override Governor’s Veto on Two Bills

on January 28, 2014 - 7:13am

NM SENATE News:

SANTA FE–Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller (D-17-Bernalillo) and Senator Howie Morales (D-28-Catron, Grant & Socorro) successfully removed two bills – Senate Bill 7 (SB7) and Senate Bill 588 (SB588) from the Secretary of State’s office and placed them on the Senate agenda for the purpose of an Override of the Governor’s Veto.

“Without this bill [Senate Bill 7 (SB7)] creating a tax expenditure budget, meaningful tax reform and business incentives are impossible to evaluate,” Keller said.

Journalist Cynthia Barnett Headlines Summit

on January 28, 2014 - 7:08am

Cynthia Barnett/Courtesy photo

XERISCAPE COUNCIL News:

The Xeriscape Council of New Mexico presents the annual Land & Water Summit for 2014: Drought as an Opportunity for Change. The Land & Water Summit is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 20-21 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel (2910 Yale Blvd. SE.)

See the Summit agenda here.

Visit http://xeriscapenm.com/event-registration/?ee=6 to register online.

The keynote speaker at the Summit is award winning journalist Cynthia Barnett. Barnett is a long-time journalist who has reported on freshwater issues from the Suwannee River to Singapore.

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2014 Legislative Veteran-Related Legislation Update

on January 27, 2014 - 8:53am

NMDVS News:

The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS)  is providing an update on veteran related bills for the duration of the 2014 Legislative Session, which concludes at noon Feb. 20.

The update contains information about all introduced Bills/Memorials/Resolutions--and show their status in the legislative process.

The veteran related bills most likely to be introduced today:

  • Military Retiree PIT Deduction–allowing for military retirees who chose to make their home in New Mexico to take a 25 percent deduction of their tax liability on their military retiree pay.

More Than 1.6 Million Americans; 7,400 New Mexicans Have Lost Unemployment Insurance

on January 27, 2014 - 8:26am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District highlighted a new report on how many Americans have seen their unemployment insurance run out since Dec. 28, 2013.

The analysis by House Ways and Means Committee Democrats found that more than 1.6 million Americans, including 7,492 New Mexicans have lost these important benefits. Without Congressional action, on average, nearly 72,000 people are losing unemployment insurance every week.

"It was disappointing that once again Republicans recessed the House without addressing expiring unemployment insurance

Governor Announces Extradition of Fugitive Child Killer

on January 26, 2014 - 8:29am

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez and District Attorney Matt Chandler announced that fugitive child killer Edward Salas has been extradited to New Mexico where he will spend life in prison, plus 56 years, for the murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez in 2005.

After fleeing to Mexico more than five years ago, Salas was recently brought to New Mexico by U.S. Marshals and placed in the custody of the New Mexico Corrections Department.

“Eight years ago, Carlos Perez lay sleeping in his bed when he was shot and killed.

NMDOT Gears Up for Winter Weather

on January 24, 2014 - 7:09am

NMDOT snow removal equipment.

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation is responding to the latest round of wintery weather that is moving across New Mexico. 

Crews are plowing, salting and cindering portions of Interstates 25 and 40 as well as several other roads in the areas of Mora, Las Vegas and Raton. Workers across the state are closely monitoring the weather and are ready to clear the roads should the need arise.

To get updated road and weather conditions across the state, visit the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s road conditions website,

Legislative Jobs Council Recommends New Legislation

on January 24, 2014 - 5:41am

The New Mexico State Capital/Courtesy www.newmexico.gov

N.M. LEGISLATURE NEWS:

SANTA FE–With a blueprint in hand, the bipartisan Legislative Jobs Council has started the legislative process of creating jobs in New Mexico. A legislative package based on the recommendations of the Jobs Council has been drafted and is ready to be introduced in the House of Representatives.

The legislative package includes:

  • Appropriations to improve economic development efforts toward job creation which includes significantly more funding for the Economic Development Department and the State Tourism

Former ADA and Judge Announces Candidacy for New Mexico Attorney General

on January 23, 2014 - 5:59am

Susan Riedel

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE - Susan Riedel, former chief deputy district attorney in Las Cruces and retired Third Judicial District Court judge, announced her candidacy Wednesday for New Mexico Attorney General. Riedel pledged to utilize her more than 25 years of prosecutorial experience to fight for New Mexico:

“New Mexico deserves a strong prosecutor as attorney general,” Riedel said. “I will stand up and fight against those who would prey on the weak and try to take advantage of the public.  I will enforce the laws of New Mexico to ensure that dangerous criminals are put behind bars.

Jobs; Education Top State of the State Address

on January 22, 2014 - 8:32am

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez delivers her annual State of the State Address Tuesday afternoon in the House Chambers saying, "I believe our focus must be on two of the most pressing issues – jobs and education." PrintScreen photo/ladailypost.com   

 

The New Mexico House of Representatives Chamber in Santa Fe is filled to capacity during Tuesday's opening of the 30-day Legislative Session. PrintScreen photo/ladailypost.com

 

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE—The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Gov.

Governor to Deliver State of the State Address 1 p.m. Today

on January 21, 2014 - 9:03am

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE — New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez will deliver the State of the State address tomorrow at approximately 1 p.m.

  •  When: Jan. 21, at approximately 1 p.m. (subject to legislative activity)
  • Where: New Mexico House of Representatives, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe

Note: The State of the State address will be streamed live online in cooperation with KNME at http://governor.state.nm.us

Sen. Bill Soules to Outline Democratic Agenda during the Democratic Response to State of the State.

  • WHEN: Tuesday, Jan.

Jobs Council Extended for Second Year

on January 21, 2014 - 7:20am

Courtesy/LJC

STATE News:

SANTA FE - The Legislative Council has voted to extend the ground-breaking work of the Legislative Jobs Council for a second year.

During the interim, the bipartisan group of Legislators and private industry representatives tackled the immense and complex challenge of creating economic base jobs in New Mexico. The work of the Legislative Jobs Council is the most thorough and inclusive job creation planning in state history. 

Based on this work, specific legislation will be introduced during the 2014 legislative session with the hopes of creating jobs in the next

Traffic Advisory: I-25 Southbound Lane Closure East of Waldo Canyon Tuesday

on January 20, 2014 - 5:59pm

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation will have a lane closure on the I-25 south bound lanes East of Waldo Canyon this Tuesday. The contractor will be completing maintenance rehabilitation work on I-25 from MM 168 (East of Waldo Canyon) to MM 170 (La Cienega Exit.)

The lane closure will be in effect 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Speed limits will be reduced from 75 MPH to 55 MPH during the lane closure. This work is anticipated to be completed by Jan. 21.

NMDOT urges motorists to proceed through the area with caution, watch for workers, observe traffic control signing, and

NM Kids Count Data Book Release Tuesday

on January 20, 2014 - 9:18am

STATE News:

  • Youth to Call on Lawmakers to Address State’s 50th Ranking in Child Well-Being

ALBUQUERQUE—This year’s New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book, which is set for release on the first day of the legislative session, will address the state’s fall to 50th in the nation in child well-being. A new section in the annual report tracks the status, over time, of the 16 indicators used in the national KIDS COUNT Data Book, in which New Mexico was ranked dead last in 2013. This new section also ranks New Mexico counties on the indicators.

The NM KIDS COUNT Data Book will be released as part of

Letter to the Editor: Privatization at the Expense of New Mexico Education

on January 20, 2014 - 9:09am
By Sen. JOHN SAPIEN
D-9-Bernalillo and Sandoval

In March 2013, the Legislature adopted an amendment to allow a fair bidding process for high school equivalency tests to be administered throughout the state. Although it passed both chambers unanimously, Gov. Martinez later pocket vetoed it. Coincidently, on that very same day, in fact, the Public Education Department (PED) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which requires that PED will exclusively contract with Pearson PLC to administer GED tests.

In a July Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) meeting, PED staff testified

PBS Live Streaming Gov's State of the State Address

on January 19, 2014 - 9:38am
Governor Susana Martinez

PBS News:

New Mexico PBS (KNME) Ch.5.1 is broadcasting live video of the 2014 New Mexico State of the State Address at 1 p.m. Tuesday (time is approximate) on Ch.5.1, as well as live streaming the speech and the follow-up panel discussion. Viewers can watch the Governor’s address again, in its entirety, at 10 p.m. on Ch.5.1.

Log in to watch and join the conversation.

2014 New Mexico State of the State Address:
http://new.livestream.com/
accounts/5890629/events/2692687

The Roundtable Panel Discussion immediately following the Governor’s speech with Moderator Gene

Senators Respond to President's Directive on Surveillance Reform

on January 17, 2014 - 12:11pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, reacted to today's speech by President Obama outlining his directive on reforming surveillance powers. The senators have been advocates for reining in overbroad surveillance powers and protecting Americans' privacy.

They issued the following statement:

“After the long push to rein in overbroad surveillance powers, we are very pleased that the President announced his intent to end the bulk collection of Americans’

Former Taos County Housing Authority Chief and Husband Headed to Prison

on January 17, 2014 - 6:05am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—A federal judge Thursday sentenced the former executive director of the Taos County Housing Authority (TCHA) and her husband to prison terms for conspiring to steal federal funds.

The couple also was ordered jointly to pay $786,014.04 in restitution. Carmella Martinez, 42, of Arroyo Seco was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, and her husband Paul G. Martinez, 44, was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment. Each will serve a two-year term of supervised probation when released from custody.

The sentences were announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Steven C.

Udall Secures Support for Critical PILT Funding

on January 17, 2014 - 5:46am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall won a commitment from a powerful Senate committee chairwoman Thursday to work with him to find reliable funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, a critical source of revenue for local governments throughout New Mexico and the rural West. 
 
Udall secured her support after making his case for the program in a speech on the Senate floor. PILT funding expired at the end of last year, and Udall and others are fighting to find full funding.

N.M. Delegation Announces Federal Drought Assistance

on January 17, 2014 - 5:37am

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that 27 counties in New Mexico will qualify for emergency loan assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) due to losses caused by the ongoing drought. A full list of counties is included below.

The designation makes producers, farmers and ranchers in these counties eligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans, provided eligibility requirements are met.

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