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Working Families Denied Tax Credit In HB 229

on February 9, 2016 - 3:28pm

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard


SANTA FE – During Monday’s debate for House Bill 229, a proposal to help working families failed. The Working Families Tax Credit and Capital Gains Amendment, sponsored by Rep. Bill McCamley, D-Mesilla, would have rolled back the Capital Gains tax breaks and raised the New Mexico Working Families Tax Credit from 10 percent to 17 percent of the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit.

House Democrats argued that trickle-down economics have proven year after year to fall short of promises to build a robust economy.

LAPS Mathletes Excel in MATHCOUNTS Regional Competition

on February 9, 2016 - 10:37am

Barranca teacher Lana Martin said, 'We had the most students participating, after the middle school, with nine total. Four of my Mathletes were placed in the top 16 in the district. Overall, we have won the 3rd place.' Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The LAPS School Board congratulates Piñon Elementary School student Leeson Weaver who won the Northern New Mexico MATHCOUNTS Chapter Meet as the highest scoring individual student on the written test.

He also came in 2nd in the Countdown Round (Jeopardy style buzzers and 45 seconds per question, in a bracketed single elimination format.) Way to go

LAHS Senior Joanna O’Neill Named Distinguished Finalist In Prudential Spirit Of Community Awards

on February 9, 2016 - 9:31am

LAHS senior Joanna O’Neill has been named a Distinguished Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos High School senior Joanna O’Neill has been named a Distinguished Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

O’Neill, 18, is a member of Los Alamos County 4-H and the youngest certified member of the National Ski Patrol in Los Alamos, where she has volunteered for the past four years. She administers first aid, transports patients and enforces ski area rules.

Udall, Heinrich Welcome President's Proposal To Fully Fund Land And Water Conservation Fund

on February 9, 2016 - 7:34am
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich applauded President Obama's announcement that he will work to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), an innovative conservation program that has helped to preserve public lands, create and expand city parks, and provide access to outdoor recreation across the New Mexico and the nation.
Funding through the LWCF has helped conserve special places from the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Bernalillo County to the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte national monuments in Southern

House Education Committee Passes Truancy Bill

on February 8, 2016 - 9:25pm
Rep. Jimmie Hall
SANTA FE  Legislation to ensure all New Mexico students make it to class passed the House Education Committee by a vote of 7-5. The bill, HB 240, is sponsored by Rep. Jimmie Hall It would establish programs to prevent truancy, and it would also allow driver’s licenses of habitually truant students to be suspended.
“In order to learn, our students need to be in class,” Hall said. “The steps outlined in this bill would help schools identify and assist students before they make skipping class part of their daily routine.” 
The bill would require school districts and

Los Alamos Public Schools Audit Earns High Marks

on February 8, 2016 - 10:01am

LAPS News:

Recently, A.J. Bowers of RPC CPAs + Consultants, LLP presented audit results to the Los Alamos School Board. The opinion rendered was Unmodified, which is the highest level possible. 

An Unmodified opinion is issued when an auditor determines that each of the financial records provided by the entity is free of any material misrepresentations. In addition, an Unmodified opinion indicates that the financial records have been maintained in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles). 

Bowers was effusive in his praise for the LAPS team in their responsiveness as

Native American Suicide Prevention Bill Passes Panel

on February 8, 2016 - 9:51am
Sen. George K. Muñoz
SANTA FE  Senate Bill 250, sponsored by Sen. George K. Muñoz, passed the Senate Indian and Cultural Affairs Committee.
The bill appropriates $150,000 to fund a clearing house Native American suicide prevention which provides culturally appropriate suicide prevention, intervention and post-event assistance statewide to Native American individuals, families and tribes, nations and pueblos.
“Although Indian Health Services is legally responsible to provide healthcare to Native Americans, more needs to be done,” Muñoz said.

Los Alamos Women Fight Against Human Trafficking

on February 8, 2016 - 9:41am

Members of the United Methodist Women, First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos protesting human trafficking at a rally Feb. 6 in Pojoaque. Photo by Ann LePage

FUMC News:

The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church staged a protest against human trafficking Saturday, Feb. 6, in Pojoaque on Rt. 285.
Most people in the U.S. think human trafficking is something that happens in other countries and not here. But they are wrong. The United States, and specifically New Mexico, has a huge problem with human trafficking.

House Approves Budget With Increased Funding For Public Safety And Education

on February 7, 2016 - 8:22am

  • Budget funds critical public safety initiatives to protect New Mexicans and enhance early childhood programs

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed the FY2017 budget on a bipartisan 38-31 vote. The budget is fiscally responsible, while still funding priorities that will keep our communities safe, protect New Mexico’s children and provide students with a quality education.

“We worked hard to secure support for necessary priorities. This budget will fund the initiatives that have been passed this session aimed to protect New Mexico families," Larry

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Welcome Partnership To Allow Public Access To The Sabinoso Wilderness

on February 7, 2016 - 7:28am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján welcomed a partnership between the Wyss Foundation and the Wilderness Land Trust to open up the Sabinoso Wilderness for public access.
Created in 2009 through legislation championed by Udall, Heinirch, Luján and former Senator Jeff Bingaman, the Sabinoso Wilderness is currently surrounded by private land and therefore inaccessible without trespassing on private property.
That will soon change thanks to a $3,150,000 contribution from the Wyss Foundation to allow the Wilderness Land Trust

Sheriff Marco Lucero Testifies At State Capital

on February 6, 2016 - 7:25am
By Sheriff Marco V. Lucero
Los Alamos County

This year’s 30-Day Legislative Session has been busy for New Mexico sheriffs. I, as your elected sheriff, have again been active in testifying at the State Capital in support of bills that will enhance penalties for crimes against children, support to help protect law enforcement officers and efforts to make the Office of the Sheriff more professional and functional.

I will begin with HB-65. This bill will enhance penalties for sex offenders who are in possession of child pornography.

Missing Person Alert: Randall Bruce Bilyeu

on February 6, 2016 - 7:23am

New Mexican Named to U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Community Advisory Council (CAC)

on February 6, 2016 - 7:19am
Meeting of Members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Community Advisory Council - Nov. 20, 2015. From the left in the back row: Mr. Miller, Mr. Fogle, Mr. Poyo, Mr. Barragan, Mr. Rubinger, Mr. Vazquez, Mr. Mangan, Mr. Dujakovich, Mr. Dulchin, Mr. Shank, Ms. Smith, Ms. Taoka, Ms. Blackwell, Ms. Wilson, Ms. Tingerthal, Governor Tarullo, Chair Yellen, Governor Brainard. Courtesy photo
CAC News:
The newly-appointed Community Advisory Council (CAC) of the Federal Reserve Bank recently met with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.

Los Alamos Student Wins New Mexico Doodle 4 Google Competition — Public Can Vote For National Finalists

on February 5, 2016 - 4:35pm

Armstrong Bill To Eliminate Wait-List For Specialized Senior Care Program To Be Heard In Committee

on February 5, 2016 - 12:52pm
Rep. Deborah Armstrong
Rep. Deborah Armstrong’s bill to expand New Mexico’s already successful PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) program for seniors in order to eliminate the waiting list to enroll in the specialized Medicare and Medicaid program will be heard Thursday by the House Health Committee.
“PACE is already working for New Mexico seniors,” Armstrong said.

House Committee Approves Stricter Penalties For DWI Offenders Caught Driving With A Suspended License

on February 5, 2016 - 12:04pm
SANTA FE  Monday, Feb. 1, legislation to help address New Mexico’s DWI problem passed the House Judiciary Committee by a unanimous, 9-0 vote.
House Bill 81, sponsored by Rep. Paul Pacheco, will toughen the punishment for DWI offenders who continue to get in the driver’s seat after their licenses have been suspended or revoked.
“Recent studies show that we need stricter DWI laws,” Pacheco said. “There is no question in my mind that habitual DWI offenders need tougher punishments.

Phone Scams Continue To Be Serious Threat

on February 5, 2016 - 8:58am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, headlining the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2016 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday, Feb. 2.
The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.
"Taxpayers across the nation face a deluge of these aggressive phone scams.

House Committee Approves FY17 Budget

on February 5, 2016 - 8:25am


SANTA FE – The House Appropriations and Finance Committee passed House Bill 2 Thursday afternoon by a vote 12 to 5. The bill authorizes funding for fiscal year 2017 state operations and set state agency spending levels. 

“Given the decline in revenue due to the drop in oil prices, we had to carefully prioritize our spending decisions,” said Rep. Larry Larrañaga, chairman of House Appropriations and Finance Committee. “This is a responsible budget.

Most Wanted DWI Absconders

on February 4, 2016 - 12:45pm
NMSP News:
SANTA FE   As of today, six out of the 10 original Most Wanted DWI Absconders have been captured with assistance from the New Mexico State Police and other law enforcement agencies around the state.
The list of most wanted DWI absconders is available online here. Many of these offenders are also violent criminals who drove drunk and either seriously injured another driver or killed them, or they are repeat offenders who are at high-risk for causing a tragedy to occur in the future.
The list has been refreshed to include a new top 10, based on the

Steinborn Seeks More Solar Power On State Buildings

on February 4, 2016 - 12:36pm
Rep. Jeff Steinborn
SANTA FE  Rep. Jeff Steinborn has teamed up with a bi-partisan group of legislators to introduce legislation exploring the idea of putting solar power on more state buildings.
House Memorial 51 directs the General Services Department (GSD) to work with the state Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) and the solar industry to “evaluate the potential energy and cost savings for expanding the use of solar power in state facilities.”
The General Services Department is the central clearinghouse for state government, providing office space,

Ahead of Super Bowl 50, Udall And Others Lead Bill To Protect Young Athletes From Concussions

on February 4, 2016 - 10:44am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
From Sen. Tom Udall's Office:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting young athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries.
The Youth Sports Concussion Act would help ensure that safety standards for sports equipment, including football helmets, are based on the latest science and curb false advertising claims made by manufacturers to

House Unanimously Passes HM3 Supporting Naming Of Submarine The USS Los Alamos

on February 4, 2016 - 9:55am
HB3, sponsored by Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard passes the House of Representatives Thursday in an enthusiastic 67-0 vote. Photo by Rick Carver


Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard introduced House Memorial 3 supporting the naming of a United States Naval submarine the USS Los Alamos.

House members voted 67-0 Thursday to support HB3.

“The comments were enthusiastically supportive and encouraging,” said Jim Nesmith of Los Alamos who has been promoting the measure for more than a year. “Being able to stand next to Rep.

Heinrich Supports Emergency Funding Bill To Address Opioid And Heroin Abuse Epidemic

on February 4, 2016 - 9:16am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., is supporting emergency funding legislation to address the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic that is devastating communities in New Mexico and across the country.
The bill S.2423, introduced by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, would provide supplemental appropriations totaling $600 million for drug prevention and treatment programs.
"Prescription drug and heroin addiction is a public health crisis that's taken a devastating toll on families and

Nambé Falls Casino Grand Opening Saturday

on February 4, 2016 - 7:48am


Nambé Falls Casino will hold its grand opening 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday will open the event with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, followed by a full day of family-friendly entertainment, complimentary food, giveaways, music and more. 

“We are so excited to celebrate the opening of this beautiful and unique property with our local customers,” General Manager Pamela S. Gallegos said. “We’ve seen a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and received wonderful feedback during our first two weeks of business.

Dems File Ethics Complaint Against Would-Be GOP Secretary Of State Candidate

on February 4, 2016 - 7:45am
DPNM News:
The Democratic Party of New Mexico, filed an ethics complaint Monday with the Secretary of State’s Office in response to Rep. Nora Espinoza’s publicly using her legislative website – an official government resource – to promote her potential candidacy for the very office that oversees and enforces campaign ethics rules.
“It is more important than ever that New Mexicans have candidates whom they can trust,” DPNM Chair Debra Haaland said.