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Flu Activity Still Rising In New Mexico

on February 16, 2018 - 10:13am


Seasonal flu activity remains high in both our state and nationwide.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports the number of flu-related illnesses and deaths continue to increase across New Mexico.

NMDOH reports 28 flu-related deaths and 100 pneumonia related deaths in adults so far in the 2017-2018 flu season.

Flu-related hospitalizations, especially in those aged 65 and older, continue to steadily increase.since October, the department has investigated 27-flu outbreaks in long-term care facilities, a number that is already more than the number of outbreaks

Udall, Heinrich Commemorate National Tribal Colleges And Universities Week

on February 16, 2018 - 10:05am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of 22 senators in passing a resolution unanimously in the Senate recognizing the week of February 11, 2018, as National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week.
The resolution recognizes the unique and critically important role these institutions of higher education play in supporting Native students.

Chandler: My Gig At The Legislature

on February 15, 2018 - 9:15am
Los Alamos

I have been privileged to work for the New Mexico Legislature over the last several sessions. I was a legislative analyst for the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Los Alamos’ Sen. Richard Martinez.

This committee comprises some of the most experienced Senators and is known for its critical consideration of bills based on sound policy, consistency with existing statutes, and constitutionality.

What does an analyst do? Not all are attorneys, some are subject matter experts.

Supreme Court Issues Ruling On State Funding Deductions For Schools Receiving Federal Impact Aid

on February 15, 2018 - 1:04am
NMSC News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Monday the Public Education Department must obtain annual certification or permission from the U.S. Department of Education before reducing monthly allotments of state equalization funding to local school districts to offset anticipated federal impact aid payments.
In a unanimous decision, the Court concluded the state agency erred in lowering monthly state funding to Zuni Public School District, #89, by about $4.6 million over 10 months during the 2010 fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.
The school

Bill To Help Fund Libraries And Historic Preservation Efforts Heads To The Governor’s Desk

on February 15, 2018 - 1:02am
House Democrats News:
SANTA FE Monday, a bill to allow the New Mexico State Library and the state Historic Preservation Division to fundraise for the support of their programs and services passed the Senate Floor unanimously.
House Bill 117 is sponsored by Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), and would authorize the two organizations to seek non-state funds.
“This would provide opportunity for our libraries to find support from the community.

NHCC Museum Opens La Ultima Exhibición

on February 15, 2018 - 12:53am

NHCC News:

ALBUQUERQUE ― The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Art Museum will hold an as new works by artists invited to participate in the 2018 version of the show opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 16, for La Ultima Exhibición.

The exhibition is curated by Augustine Romero and organized around the visual interpretations of Rudolfo Anaya's acclaimed book, Bless Me, Ultima (1972) -- a portrait of life in rural New Mexico as seen through the eyes of a young boy during World War II.

Anaya tells of the spiritual healer, Ultima, as she guides young Antonio on a

Bipartisan Public Safety Package Clears Another Hurdle

on February 15, 2018 - 12:32am
SANTA FE The bipartisan public safety package that passed the House with overwhelming support passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support today and will move to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.
The package includes bills sponsored by Representatives Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), David E.

House Education Committee Passes Teacher Raises

on February 14, 2018 - 12:34pm


SANTA FE – Today, a bill to raise pay for New Mexico teachers passed the House Education Committee and now heads to the House Floor.

SB 119, sponsored by Sen. Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque), would increase minimum salaries for all teacher levels.

“We have seen other bills come up around increasing teacher pay that don’t incorporate the proposed raise into the state budget, which makes it really hard to move the legislation forward.

Vote To Put Patients First Makes History

on February 14, 2018 - 11:57am
House Democrats News:
SANTA FE Monday, a bipartisan bill to ensure patients get the right medication at the right time made history, and passed the House Floor.
Senate Bill 11, sponsored by Representatives Elizabeth Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Monica Youngblood (R-Albuquerque) and Senators Elizabeth Stefanics (D-Cerrillos) and Gay G. Kernan (R-Hobbs), would improve “step therapy”, the practice used by insurance companies to cut costs by requiring patients to try more affordable treatment options before more expensive ones.
SB 11 would allow doctors to skip treatments that have

Lab Stabilization Bill Heads To Governor’s Office!

on February 14, 2018 - 10:28am


Senate Bill 17, the Lab Stabilization Bill, passed the House overnight 48-19 and is headed to Gov. Susana Martinez to sign into law.

SB 17 is a bill to stabilize gross receipts tax revenues received from prime contractors at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

Prime contractors have been paying tax since 1979 at Sandia and 2006 at LANL. In Fiscal Year 2016, the State received some $162 million paid through the two Lab contracts through GRT.

SB17 is sponsored by Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Sen. Richard C. Martinez and Sen. Carlos R.

BCBSNM Awards Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Grant To PEEC And New Mexico Wildlife Center

on February 14, 2018 - 7:55am
Smiles are abundant at Nature Playtimes programs. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) have received a Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico Healthy Kids Health Families (HKHF) grant for the popular, free Nature Playtimes program.
The grant will ensure that PEEC can continue to provide this program to the community every Monday morning at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road.
The grant also provides funds for the NMWC to begin a pilot program of Nature Playtimes at its facility in

United States Sen. Tom Udall Holds Listening Session On Combatting Violence Against Native Women

on February 14, 2018 - 7:50am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, cohosted a listening session on combatting violence against Native women.
In the listening session, Udall sought input from Tribes on implementing and improving the landmark legislation that amended the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to restore Tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence crimes on Tribal lands.
"Thank you for your work and advocacy on these important issues.

Purgatory Resort Gets 15 Inches – It's A Powder Day!

on February 14, 2018 - 7:47am
Scene Tuesday at Purgatory Resort. Photo by Scott Smith
SKI News:

Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colo., received 15 inches of snow over the past 24 hours and 21 inches in the past three days and 95 percent of its trails are now open as a result of all this fresh powder.

Another 14 inches is in the forecast for today and Thursday.

Purgatory has great activities planned for Valentine's Day, including a special prix fixe dinner at Purgy's, and an Alpenglow Snowshoe Tour.

Cebollita Prescribed Burn Starts In March

on February 14, 2018 - 7:40am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin a broadcast prescribed burn in March in the Cebollita area to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
As weather conditions permit, the Cebollita prescribed burn could take place anytime between March 1 and March 17.
Up to 1,900 acres of hazardous fuels could be treated in the Cebollita area by hand and aerial ignitions.

BLM: Revision To Methane Waste Prevention Rule

on February 14, 2018 - 7:19am
BLM News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. As part of President Trump’s Executive Order 13783 promoting energy independence [Section 7 (6)(iv)] from March 28, 2017, to review and modify federal regulations that unnecessarily hinder economic growth and energy development, the Bureau of Land Management today announced a proposal to revise the 2016 final Waste Prevention Rule (also known as the venting and flaring rule).  
The proposed rule would eliminate duplicative regulatory requirements and re-establish long-standing requirements that the 2016 final rule sought to replace.

State Police Saddened By Loss Of K-9 Arras

on February 13, 2018 - 4:44pm

K-9 Arras is survived by handler and friend Sgt. Ronald S. Wood. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico State Police is very sad to announce the passing of K-9 Arras. He died Monday in Albuquerque from complications related to an unexpected medical event.

Arras nobly served the State of New Mexico from April 2012 up until his death. During his service with the Department, Arras was responsible for the seizure of 294 pounds of methamphetamine, 133 pounds of cocaine, 82 pounds of heroin and 1,218 pounds of marijuana.

Arras also apprehended fleeing felons on two separate

projectY cowork Partners With ABQid To Offer Lean Startup Bootcamp In Los Alamos

on February 13, 2018 - 9:39am
Courtesy photo
projectY cowork News:
Los Alamos-based coworking space, projectY cowork Los Alamos, has partnered with Albuquerque entrepreneurial accelerator program ABQid to launch a new eight-week program to assist individuals who are starting a business in Northern New Mexico.
The projectY Lean Startup Bootcamp, hosted by projectY cowork in Los Alamos and facilitated by ABQid, is free for up to 10 participants thanks to funding provided through a Los Alamos National Laboratory Major Subcontractors Consortium Economic Development Industry Cluster Grant.
The program, based

Udall, Lujan Grisham Introduce Bill To Help Native Students Access Healthy Foods

on February 13, 2018 - 7:44am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.); and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) reintroduced legislation in the Senate and House to give Tribes an important tool to address the pervasive and serious problem of child hunger and nutrition-related diseases.
The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018 acknowledges that Tribes better understand the needs of their communities and are better positioned to ensure children get healthy

Northern Foundation Opens 2018 Scholarship Applications With Projected $200,000 Available

on February 13, 2018 - 6:45am
NNMC News:
The Northern Foundation opened its scholarship application cycle for the 2018-2019 academic year, and Executive Director Terry Mulert hopes this year will provide more than $200,000 in funds available to students attending Northern New Mexico College.
“It’s a very realistic goal based on early projections, and we are working hard every day to cultivate existing and new donor interests,” Mulert said.
New scholarships this year include the Belinda Martinez and Bob Trapp Scholarship, which will award $5,000 to High School Equivalency/GED graduates, and the Lightning Boy

Attorney General Hector Balderas: Clovis Murderer Of 10-Year-Old Boy To Remain In Prison

on February 13, 2018 - 6:42am
Noe Torres
From the Office of the Attorney General:
CLOVIS Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General and affirmed Noe Torres' convictions for the first-degree murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez and the attempted murder of 17-year-old Ruben Perez.
In September of 2005, Torres and one of his co-conspirators, Edward Salas, drove to the Perez residence after Edward’s brother had an altercation with Ruben Perez at their high school.

Heinrich To Question Top Intelligence Officials In Senate Intel Committee Hearing Tuesday Morning

on February 12, 2018 - 6:05pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 a.m. MT/ 9:30 a.m. ET,  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will question top intelligence officials during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence open hearing on Worldwide Threats.

Appearing before the committee will be Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, NSA Director Michael Rogers, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Robert Ashley and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo.

The hearing will stream

Unite For New Mexico Opens Campaign Office

on February 12, 2018 - 5:30pm

U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce and his wife Cynthia at the grand opening of the Unite For New Mexico campaign office Saturday in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce, U.S. Senate candidate Mick Rich, U.S. House candidate Janice Arnold-Jones, Lt. Gov. candidate Michelle Garcia Holmes and New Mexico Attorney General candidate Michael Hendricks were among those in attendance at the grand opening of the Unite For New Mexico campaign office Saturday in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

New Mexico Republican candidates and volunteers gather

San Juan Representatives Honor Aztec Heroes Emery Hill And Kathleen 'Katie' Potter

on February 12, 2018 - 4:20pm
Reps. Bandy and Montoya with representatives from Aztec School District. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE — This morning, the House of Representatives honored Aztec High School employees Emery Hill and Kathleen “Katie” Potter for their brave actions to protect students after a disturbed shooter entered the school and began firing a weapon.
Hill and Potter were formally recognized in House Memorial 98 sponsored by Rep. Paul Bandy (R-Aztec), Rep. Rod Montoya (R-Farmington), Rep. James Strickler (R-Farmington), and Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage (R-Kirtland).
Hill, a

House Labor And Economic Committee Recognizes Importance Of NAFTA

on February 12, 2018 - 4:15pm
SANTA FE Friday, the House Labor and Economic Development Committee recognized the importance of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by passing a memorial introduced by Rep. Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces).
The introduction of HM 86 comes after the current federal administration has expressed their desire to pull out of the agreement, a decision that would have negative impacts on New Mexico’s economy.
“We have made great strides expanding exports, particularly with Mexico.

Measure To Improve Outcomes For NM Children Moves Through Senate Committee For First Time

on February 12, 2018 - 4:10pm
SANTA FE Friday, House Joint Resolution 1 (HJR1) was passed by a Senate Committee for the first time. HJR 1 a constitutional amendment that seeks to uplift New Mexico children by increasing funding for early childhood education.
Sponsored by Representatives Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque) and Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), HJR1 invests in our state’s most precious resource, our children, by increasing enrollment in early childhood education and providing a strong return on investment to New Mexicans.
“This is a big step for an initiative that will uplift