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Senator Introduces Legislation Eliminating Secretary of Education Post

on January 2, 2014 - 9:19am

Sen. Michael Padilla

State News:

SANTA FE — Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Bernalillo, a member of the Senate Education Committee, has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR2), proposing education reforms that will, in Padilla’s words, “take politics out of public education in New Mexico.”

This legislation calls for: the elimination of the Secretary of Education position in the Governor’s Cabinet, implements a non-partisan State Board of Public Education, calls for the creation of a state superintendent of public education hired by the board, and places public education in the hands of

‘Flat Tax’ Legislation Would Increase Unfairness

on January 2, 2014 - 8:32am
By New Mexico Voices for Children

ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico’s state and local tax system is already unfair—with the lowest-income New Mexicans paying a rate double that of the highest income earners. A so-called ‘Flat Tax’ or consumption bill, such as the one introduced in the 2013 legislative session by Rep. Tom Taylor (HB-369) and Sen. William Sharer (SB-368), would make the tax system even more regressive. That’s according to a report by New Mexico Voices for Children.

Since similar legislation is already being discussed for the 2014 legislation session, staff members from the child

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New Mexico Nationally Recognized for Improved Tax Fairness

on December 28, 2013 - 9:19am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico has been recognized by the Council On State Taxation (COST), a national nonpartisan taxpayer watchdog group, for a dramatic improvement in state tax administration.

The group has upgraded New Mexico’s rating from a D to a B after the state adopted several reforms to simplify the tax code, making it fairer and more user-friendly. COST monitors and rates every state on tax appeal processes and administrative practices based on fairness of tax laws and regulations for tax administration.

“This new

New Mexico Ranks Second Worst-Run State

on December 27, 2013 - 10:05am

STATE News:

The online news source 24/7 Wall St. has ranked New Mexico as the second-worst run state in the country, scoring better than California by only a small margin.

One measure that helped put it above California was its credit rating. Standard & Poor’s rates the state AA+, and Moody’s gives it a perfect Aaa rating. The state’s debt load relative to its size was average, and its budget shortfall of 8.3 percent for going into fiscal 2012 was better than many states.

Outside of fiscal management, however, New Mexico performed poorly in several areas.

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Lujan Grisham Urges Extension of Federal Unemployment Insurance

on December 27, 2013 - 8:55am

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL NEWS:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With 1.3 million Americans losing all of their federal unemployment insurance Dec. 28, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, is urging an extension of the program.

Friday, she announced that she is cosponsoring the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2013 (H.R.3546), legislation that would extend the current Emergency Unemployment Compensation program through the end of 2014. In addition to the 6,000 long-term unemployed New Mexicans who are slated to lose their unemployment insurance Saturday, an

Proposed Bills Require Oversight and Competitive Bid for Behavioral Health Contractors

on December 26, 2013 - 10:50am

STATE News:

SANTA FE - New Mexico's Legislative Health and Human Services Committee (LHHSC) has endorsed legislation, which requires more transparency and accountability of performing behavior health audits and secures avenues to keep in-state providers in business, while tightening up procurement policy.

Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller, D-17 Bernalillo, proposed the bills as a result of the behavioral health audit catastrophe this year, implementing a freeze of Medicaid dollars to 14 behavioral health providers throughout the state.

"It has become abundantly clear there is need for

New Mexico's Largest Wholesale Candy Warehouse Opens to Public in Albuquerque

on December 26, 2013 - 10:23am

BUSINESS News:

Nationwide Candy, New Mexico's largest wholesale candy warehouse, has opened to the public in Albuquerque with more than 9,000 items for any occasion.

Originally an online distributor across the globe, Nationwide Candy's new location is open to the public with no minimums and no membership required.

Nationwide Candy is at 3901 Academy Parkway North NE 87109 or call 505.797.4089.

Luján, Lujan Grisham Introduce Legislation to Protect Native American Seeds

on December 25, 2013 - 11:10am

Courtesy/nativeseeds.org

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján, N.M.-03 and Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, both members of the Congressional Native American Caucus, have introduced legislation to help preserve Native American seeds used for cultural, religious, medicinal, ceremonial and agricultural purposes.

The Native American Seeds Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 3782) would allow tribes, working in conjunction with qualified research entities, to obtain grants from the U.S.

New Episode Released of 'The Udall Update' Television Show

on December 25, 2013 - 10:45am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Public Access Program Provides Information About Udall’s Work in the U.S. Senate on Behalf of New Mexicans
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has released a new episode of “The Udall Update,” a public access television program that provides the public an inside look at what’s happening in the U.S. Senate and how it impacts life in New Mexico.
 
The 30-minute episode, which airs on Udall’s YouTube channel and on public access TV throughout the state, includes interviews, in-depth stories and feature segments about the work he is doing in

LANB Makes Regulatory Agreement Changes

on December 24, 2013 - 1:24pm

LANB President Steve Wells

Staff Report

In November of 2012, Los Alamos National Bank signed a regulatory agreement with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Bank’s primary regulatory. 

“LANB has been working toward compliance with the agreement and had made a great deal of progress since that time," Bank President Steve Wells told the Los Alamos Daily Post. 

In a Bank SEC 8K filing Monday, the Bank, with its administrative offices at 1200 Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos, announced that it had entered into a Consent Order with the OCC Dec. 17 of this year.

Michael Leslie of Los Alamos Graduates NMSU With Highest Honors

on December 24, 2013 - 11:49am

Michael Leslie. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Michael Leslie, a 2009 graduate of Los Alamos High School, graduated Dec. 14 with Highest Honors from the College of Education at New Mexico State University.

Leslie received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Exercise Science. He has completed all requirements for medical school where he hopes to pursue a career in emergency medicine. 

He graduated a Crimson Scholar with a perfect 4.0 GPA and worked as a scribe at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces.

Udall Nominates Two Los Alamos Students to United States Service Academies

on December 23, 2013 - 11:58am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C., - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that 45 New Mexico students have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2014, including Matthew Davenport and Alexander Kirkland of Los Alamos.
 
“It is my honor to congratulate the students I have nominated to the service academies this year,” Udall said. “These students have distinguished themselves both in and out of the classroom, and they represent some of New Mexico’s best and brightest.

Garcia Richard Among MADD Legislative Champions of 2013

on December 23, 2013 - 10:32am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

MADD News:

SANTA FE — Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico (MADD) today announced its “2013 Legislative Champions” and recognized Los Alamos' Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Speaker W. Ken Martinez, Rep. Liz Thomson and Rep. Tim Lewis for their leadership within the New Mexico Legislature to stop drunk driving and protect the rights of victims.

“MADD thanks Speaker Martinez and Representatives Thomson, Garcia Richard, and Lewis for authoring legislation improving New Mexico’s drunk driving law.

Udall, Moran Urge Overhaul of Federal IT Oversight to Save Taxpayers Billions

on December 22, 2013 - 6:41am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Bipartisan bill would increase accountability, ensure clear chain of command in federal IT process
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Jerry Moran, R-KS, both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, introduced a bipartisan bill that would require the first major overhaul of the government information technology (IT) procurement process in over a decade.

Ride to Sipapu on the Blue Bus

on December 22, 2013 - 6:39am

RTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District - RTD “Blue Bus” – will initiate service to Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort beginning Monday, Dec. 23 on its Taos to Peñasco route with a morning and afternoon stop. The service is being launched on a six-month trial basis to evaluate rider needs.

The morning run will depart the Taos County Administration Building at 8:05 a.m. and arrive at Sipapu at 8:48 a.m. The afternoon run will depart Sipapu at 3:46 p.m.and arrive at the Taos County Administration Building at 5:15 p.m. The RTD provides service Monday through Friday. 

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Valles Caldera's Dennis Trujillo Concludes 39 Years of Public Service

on December 21, 2013 - 7:26am

Dennis Trujillo

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Valles Caldera Trust executive director scheduled a small employee gathering ostensibly to share some holiday spirit with coffee and cake.

Many employees would be leaving for vacation this weekend so it was important that they hear what executive director Dennis Trujillo had to say, because when they return in January, he will no longer be leading their way.

“The public lands and the conservation of our natural resources have been my career’s work, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have had a career doing what I love,” Trujillo said.

Los Alamos Residents Meet GOP Candidate David Clements Running For 2014 Senate Race

on December 21, 2013 - 7:24am
U.S. senatorial candidate David Clements. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Community members listen to senatorial candidate David Clements discuss his platform at the Fusion Cafe Friday. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
STAFF REPORT

U.S. Senatorial David Clements traveled to Los Alamos Friday to meet local residents at a gathering at the Fusion Cafe and Coffee Roasters in Mari Mac Plaza.

Clements is the Republican front runner for the 2014 senate race against Democratic Sen. Tom Udall. His Facebook page says he is a constitutional conservative.

Clements launched his campaign

No RTD Blue Bus Service Christmas or New Year’s Day

on December 21, 2013 - 7:23am

RTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service on Wednesday, Dec.25 and Wednesday, Jan.1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays respectively.

NCRTD regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will run as normal on the days preceding and following each of the holidays.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses over 10,000 square

Udall-Sponsored NM Priorities in Major Defense Bill

on December 21, 2013 - 7:18am

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Udall fought for measures in NDAA to keep B61 project on track; bolster funding for cleanup; boost construction at Kirtland, Holloman, Cannon; strengthen WSMR

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen.

U.S. 84/285 Traffic Switch North of Pojoaque

on December 21, 2013 - 7:03am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE - NMDOT continues work on U.S. 84/285 just north of Pojoaque between mile markers 182.4 and 183.2. The scope of the project includes new bridge construction with new on and off ramps, new roadway lighting, and pavement reconstruction for 0.72 miles within Santa Fe County.

Paving operations have been completed and US 84/285 traffic will now travel on the reconstructed US 84/285 mainlines under the new overpass bridge.

Pecos/Las Vegas District Seasonal Road and Campground Closure

on December 21, 2013 - 7:01am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Effective Jan. 6, 2014, a number of roads and campgrounds on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will be closed for the winter. 

These locations often become impassable and hazardous during winter months due to significant snowfall which can make the terrain muddy, snow packed, and icy. It is necessary to close these roads and campgrounds for public safety and to protect natural resources and infrastructure. 

Using any type of four-wheel motorized vehicle, two-wheel motorized vehicle, or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on the closed

Los Alamos Student Launches Educational Revolution with 'New Mexico Students D-Mand Better'

on December 20, 2013 - 11:53am
Emma Lathrop, top row center, with several students who have either supported her educational revolution movement or have actually "D"ed out. Courtesy photo

 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos High School senior Emma Lathrop launched an educational revolution this week.

"This is the beginning of an educational revolution OF New Mexico students, BY New Mexico students, and for ALL New Mexicans," says Lathrop.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Commends New Mexico Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

on December 20, 2013 - 9:49am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

STATE News:

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties, issued the following statement Thursday with regard to the New Mexico Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage:

"Despite countless efforts made by County Clerks throughout New Mexico, I am proud that New Mexico will join the other 16 states who have legalized same-sex marriage and would like to commend the New Mexico Supreme Court for upholding the State's anti-discrimination provisions in the constitution and outlawing any further discrimination of

Udall: Budget Bill Good for New Mexico

on December 20, 2013 - 8:44am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON. D.C. — Wednesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., joined the full Senate in voting for the bipartisan budget agreement, which was approved by a vote of 64-36. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly last week by a bipartisan vote of 332-94.

Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has been fighting for budget certainty and an end to the devastating sequestration cuts, which have disproportionately hurt New Mexico. He issued the following statement:

"While the budget bill is not exactly what I would have written,

Albuquerque Company Receives $60 Million Air Force Contract

on December 20, 2013 - 8:31am

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.-01)

State News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, announced Wednesday that Applied Technology Associates (ATA) in Albuquerque has been awarded a $60 million contract by the U.S. Air Force.

Under the contract, ATA will assist the Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate’s Spacecraft Technology Division in the development, evaluation and integration of new technologies, as well as innovative operational concepts. The work will ultimately lead to improved operational systems in support of our nation’s troops.

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