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House Passes Plan For Counties To Sell Abandoned Real Property For Which Delinquent Tax Is Due

on February 12, 2018 - 6:05am
SANTA FE — Saturday, the House of Representatives passed a plan to make it easier for the state to sell abandoned real property for which delinquent property tax is due.
The legislation, House Bill 88, is backed by Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Los Lunas), Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas), Rep. Gail Armstrong (R-Magdalena), and Sen. Greg Baca (R-Belen).
HB 88 creates an online marketplace for the sale of delinquent or abandoned properties.

State Highway Poised To Be Named For Lucky Varela

on February 11, 2018 - 1:16am

Former State Rep. Luciano ‘Lucky’ Varela


SANTA FE – State Highway 50 is poised to be named for former State Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela after a memorial passed the House Floor with unanimous consent.

House Memorial 71 was introduced by the Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and Rep. Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup).

“Representative Lucky Varela’s service should serve as example for all legislators. Naming Highway 50 after him will commemorate his work for New Mexico and honor his service,” Speaker Egolf said.

“Highway 50 runs straight through the heart of where

Bill To Boost Small Business Passes House

on February 11, 2018 - 1:14am

Rep. Doreen Gallegos


SANTA FE – Rep. Doreen Gallegos’ (D-Las Cruces) bill to boost small business passed Saturday the New Mexico House.

House Bill 79 would promote small, local businesses by making Small Business Saturday tax free at small businesses in New Mexico.

“We know that 68 cents of every dollar spent in a small business stays in the community. This bill encourages economic growth in our communities and supports our mom and pop shops. We have to do all we can to ensure that our small businesses can thrive,” Rep. Gallegos said.

House Democrats support local

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Seeks To Increase Quality Classroom Time For Students

on February 11, 2018 - 1:11am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard


SANTA FE – A memorial to increase quality classroom time for students Saturday passed the New Mexico House.

HM 34, sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos), would convene a task force to study the feasibility of a reduction in paperwork required of education employees, and would modify the New Mexico administrative code to aid in that reduction.

“Quality time in the classroom is so important, and this memorial prioritizes that time.

Hadassah: ‘Perspectives From A Visit To Cuba’ Feb. 19

on February 11, 2018 - 1:09am

A 1950’s car in Cuba. Photo by Martin Cooper
A tobacco farmer in Cuba. Photo by Martin Cooper
Los Alamos

Cuba, a country closed to American tourism for many years, remains a mystery to many of us. Local photographer Martin Cooper will give an inside glimpse into this fascinating and mysterious country as he presents a slide show of his recent trip there.

The event, which is sponsored by Hadassah, is 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at the White Rock Branch Library.

“This was an extraordinary opportunity to see a country that has been frozen in time since the communist takeover by

House Approves Rep. Nate Gentry’s Innovative Plan To Boost New Mexico Student Performance

on February 11, 2018 - 1:08am

Rep. Nate Gentry




SANTA FE—By a vote of 64 to 3, the House of Representatives endorsed House Bill 332, a plan advocated by Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque) to notify parents via text message if their child has an upcoming required assessment or if their child’s grade point average falls below 2.0.   


Rep. Gentry offered this idea as a low-cost way to improve student outcomes.

Rep. Nathan Small Promotes College Success

on February 11, 2018 - 1:04am

Rep. Nathan Small


SANTA FE – The New Mexico House Saturday passed Rep. Nathan Small’s (D-Las Cruces) Memorial to promote college readiness.

House Memorial 46 convenes a task force between the Higher Education Department and the Public Education Department to recommend a strategy to bolster New Mexico’s dual credit program.

“Students from across the state are engaged in this program and are getting ahead because of the opportunity to take college classes while still in high school.

Man Succumbs To Injuries In Freak Accident At White Rock Gas Station

on February 10, 2018 - 4:45pm

Ronald B. Swartz, 56, of Las Vegas, N.M. died Wednesday from injuries received when a flying rock struck him in the head Feb. 5 at a White Rock gas station. Courtesy photo




Los Alamos Daily Post


A  56-year-old Las Vegas, N.M. man has succumbed to injuries sustained when he was struck in the head by a rock Feb. 5 at a White Rock gas station.

Ronald B. Swartz passed away Wednesday, according to family members.

Los Alamos Police Cmdr.

AFTNM Respond To Tabling House Bill 310

on February 10, 2018 - 4:24pm




SANTA FE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“This morning, majority House Education members made the right call in rejecting House Bill 310, which sought to raise the Level I minimum teacher salary without an appropriation, and also contained an additional – and unfunded – $5 million to so-called recruitment initiatives, which do not adequately address New Mexico’s challenges in retaining our educators.

“While the idea of an extra $2,000 for beginning educators is important and appealing, the reality is

Two Firsts And Only For Los Alamos Company!

on February 10, 2018 - 10:43am


LA Soup and Specialty Foods, LLC is the first and only company in Los Alamos to be officially recognized by the state as New Mexico True Certified.

This means, quoting directly the requirements:

“The New Mexico True Certified program brings national attention to the quality, care and craftsmanship behind products that are uniquely New Mexican.”

Patrons will see the New Mexico True Certified logo on the LA Soup and Specialty Foods website for meals that meet the strict requirements. For more information on the program, see the website.

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