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

on March 21, 2013 - 9:45am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


  • 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.




Valles Caldera: Elk Hunting Lottery Closes March 20

on March 19, 2013 - 7:45am


VCNP News:

The Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of New Mexico’s premier elk hunting locations with between 2,500 and 3,500 elk occuping the Preserve for breeding, calving and foraging.

Hunts on the Preserve are designed to pay homage to man's oldest relationship with animals by providing the public with a hunting experience that otherwise would be prohibitively expensive.

At the mandatory hunt orientation session, hunters will be assigned a hunting unit within the Preserve. These hunting units are 3-6,000 acres in size and are comprised of forest and grasslands.

Udall: 7,000 NM Taxpayers Have Unclaimed Refunds

on March 18, 2013 - 12:30pm
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.

2013 NMHSCA North vs. South All-Star Rosters

on March 18, 2013 - 11:27am

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

 KerstinStrong6' 1"EldoradoMichael Huston
 KassandraHarris5' 9"CibolaLori Mabrey
 AshleySorensen6' 2"CapitalThomas Montoya
 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


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.



2013 Legislative Session Recap

on March 17, 2013 - 8:41am


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


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


  • 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


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