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Ray Powell Ends Bid For Land Commissioner ... Endorses Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

on November 15, 2017 - 2:52pm

Ray Powell

POLITICAL News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Former Land Commissioner and current Democratic candidate for Land Commissioner Ray Powell today announced his decision to end his bid for Land Commissioner and endorsed Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

Powell released the following statement:

“New Mexico’s land, animals, and working families are my love and passion. Working to protect their well-being is the reason I decided to run again for New Mexico State Land Commissioner. I want to let you know that I recently learned that I have a rare auto-immune

NEA-NM Statement On PED Early Literacy Report

on November 15, 2017 - 2:08pm
Betty Patterson, NEA-NM President
 
NEA-NM News:
 
Responding to New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary-Designate Statements Regarding to Retention of NM students, Betty Patterson, NEA-NM President, issued the following statement:
 
As educators deeply committed to student success, our members and the districts they work for are providing reading interventions including extra reading classes to improve these skills. If a student is really trying and can’t achieve at their grade level, then testing to find problem areas is more successful than retention.
 
Many students were

Lujan Grisham Votes To Pass Defense Policy Bill

on November 15, 2017 - 12:51pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham voted Tuesday to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes provisions that are important to the large national laboratory and military presence in New Mexico.
 
The defense policy bill includes critical funding for military bases and national laboratories, including 2.4-percent pay increases for service members.

Udall Urges Protection Of New Mexicans Right To Due Process, Opposes Civil Asset Forfeiture

on November 15, 2017 - 12:49pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined a bipartisan group of senators in urging a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee to protect New Mexicans' constitutional due process rights by defunding the practice of seizing – without a hearing – property that law enforcement believes is connected to a crime.
 
The practice, known as civil asset forfeiture, violates due process protections outlined in the Fifth Amendment of the U.S.

Heinrich Questions DOD Nominees On Domestic Violence Reporting Loophole, Other Key Issues

on November 15, 2017 - 11:15am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) participated in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to consider the nominations of Anthony Kurta to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, James McPherson to be General Counsel of the Department of the Army, and Gregory Maggs to be a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
 
 
During the hearing, Heinrich secured a commitment from Army

FBI: Two Men Rob Albuquerque Bank, Flee In Toyota Sienna Minivan

on November 15, 2017 - 10:58am

FBI News:
 
The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for two men who robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Monday (11/13/2017) and fled in a Toyota Sienna minivan.
 
The robbery occurred at New Mexico Bank & Trust, in the Sierra Vista Shopping Center, 9500 Montgomery Blvd. NE, at approximately 3:36 p.m.
 
The first suspect is described as a white male 25-30 years old, approximately 6' tall, with a thin build and freckles on his cheeks.

WIPP Marks Milestone With 12,000th Safe Transuranic Waste Shipment

on November 15, 2017 - 10:57am
The 12,000th shipment of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant arrives at the facility from EM’s Idaho Site late Nov. 9. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recently received its 12,000th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste for disposal since opening in 1999.
 
“We are all very proud of receiving the 12,000th shipment of transuranic waste and contributing to the Department’s cleanup mission.” said Todd Shrader, manager of the Carlsbad Field Office.  
 
Since the underground repository’s opening, WIPP drivers have safely

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