Local Viewpoints http://krwg.org en Livestock Producers Urged To Apply For Disaster Aid http://krwg.org/post/livestock-producers-urged-apply-disaster-aid <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_350741152" tabindex="0">Sept. 30, 2014</span>, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:20:23 +0000 USDA 73841 at http://krwg.org Livestock Producers Urged To Apply For Disaster Aid New Mexico Voices For Children Joins Fight Against New Mexico Food Stamp Changes http://krwg.org/post/new-mexico-voices-children-joins-fight-against-new-mexico-food-stamp-changes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>ALBUQUERQUE—Veronica C. García, Ed.D., executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, will submit the following statement to Secretary Squier regarding the proposed work requirement change for recipients of SNAP (food stamp) benefits at the hearing on <span data-term="goog_1531791184" tabindex="0">Friday, August 29</span>:</p><p></p><p>Dear Secretary Squier:</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 New Mexico Voices For Children 73551 at http://krwg.org New Mexico Voices For Children Joins Fight Against New Mexico Food Stamp Changes Rodriguez: Stop Fighting Constitutional School Funding http://krwg.org/post/rodriguez-stop-fighting-constitutional-school-funding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement regarding today’s ruling by District Judge John Dietz, in which he held that Texas’ school finance system was inequitable and inefficient, inadequate, and created a de facto state property tax:</p><p></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:09:25 +0000 Office of State Senator José Rodríguez 73571 at http://krwg.org Rodriguez: Stop Fighting Constitutional School Funding Groups Take Stand Against "Tesla Race To The Bottom" http://krwg.org/post/groups-take-stand-against-tesla-race-bottom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>There is no question that state officials should place a high priority on boosting employment and fostering economy opportunity. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:44:37 +0000 73482 at http://krwg.org Groups Take Stand Against "Tesla Race To The Bottom" Lincoln National Forest Officials Seek to Preserve Grazing While Protecting Endangered Mouse Habitat http://krwg.org/post/lincoln-national-forest-officials-seek-preserve-grazing-while-protecting-endangered-mouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Representatives from the Lincoln National Forest, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Otero County Cattleman’s Association, Congressman Steve Pearce’s staff, N.M. Representative Yvette Herrell, Farm Bureau, N.M. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 USDA Forest Service 73438 at http://krwg.org Lincoln National Forest Officials Seek to Preserve Grazing While Protecting Endangered Mouse Habitat After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought For Monarch Butterfly http://krwg.org/post/after-90-percent-decline-federal-protection-sought-monarch-butterfly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety as co-lead petitioners joined by the Xerces Society and renowned monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower filed a legal <a href="http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/species/invertebrates/pdfs/Monarch_ESA_Petition.pdf" target="_blank">petition</a> today to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies, which have declined by more than 90 percent in under 20 years. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:25:28 +0000 Center for Biological Diversity 73434 at http://krwg.org After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought For Monarch Butterfly Outrage Over Proposed Changes To New Mexico Food Stamp Program http://krwg.org/post/outrage-over-proposed-changes-new-mexico-food-stamp-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Albuquerque, NM – The Governor has proposed to turn down federal resources and implement work requirements for SNAP (food stamp) participants. Without child care, job training and job readiness support, and almost non-existent public transportation in rural parts of the state, activists and New Mexicans dealing with some of the fewest job prospects and highest food insecurity in the nation are telling the governor and Human Services Department secretary Sidonie Squier that these changes will only hurt New Mexico families.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Southwest Organizing Project 73429 at http://krwg.org Outrage Over Proposed Changes To New Mexico Food Stamp Program Voters Lack Vital Protections After Shelby Decision http://krwg.org/post/voters-lack-vital-protections-after-shelby-decision <p class="NoSpacing"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The League of Women Voters celebrates the </span>94th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Anniversary of the ratification of the </span>19th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote (August 26, 1920).&nbsp; Marring the celebration, however, is the one year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:39:09 +0000 73326 at http://krwg.org Voters Lack Vital Protections After Shelby Decision Islamic Scholar Fethullah Gulen Condemns ISIS http://krwg.org/post/islamic-scholar-fethullah-gulen-condemns-isis <div align="justify" style="text-align:justify"><div style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:10pt"><span face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 20.909090042114258px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:10pt">"I deplore the brutal atrocities being committed by the ISIS terrorist group hiding behind a false religious rhetoric and join the people of conscience from around the world in calling for these perpetrators to immediately cease their cruel and inhuman acts. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:48:40 +0000 Fethullah Gulen 73277 at http://krwg.org Islamic Scholar Fethullah Gulen Condemns ISIS Public Citizen: Bank Of America Settlement Does Not Go Far Enough http://krwg.org/post/public-citizen-bank-america-settlement-does-not-go-far-enough <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><i>Note: Bank of America has agreed to pay a $9 billion fine as part of a $16.6 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over the fraudulent sale of mortgages. Below are comments from <a href="http://qz.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&amp;c=gZtumx%2BeorSIImBJqY2hunD0U7dFfpJU" target="_blank">Public Citizen</a> experts.</i><br /> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:09:43 +0000 Public Citizen 73102 at http://krwg.org Public Citizen: Bank Of America Settlement Does Not Go Far Enough Wage Theft Victims Protest New Mexico Department Of Workforce Solutions http://krwg.org/post/wage-theft-victims-protest-new-mexico-department-workforce-solutions <p align="left" style="margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>SANTA FE, NM--Dozens of workers who are owed thousands of dollars in wages by local employers held a protest today in front of the Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) angry that they were&nbsp;were not allowed to file administrative&nbsp;wage claims.&nbsp;The action, organized by members of &nbsp;the United Worker Center of New Mexico (UWC), was prompted&nbsp;by policies enacted by DWS's&nbsp;Labor Director that have made it increasingly difficult for wage theft victims to&nbsp;recuperate stolen Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:58:59 +0000 Somos Un Pueblo Unido 73052 at http://krwg.org Wage Theft Victims Protest New Mexico Department Of Workforce Solutions Senate Majority Whip Requests New Mexico Education Audit Results http://krwg.org/post/senate-majority-whip-requests-new-mexico-education-audit-results <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(249, 249, 249);"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Albuquerque, NM – Last week, Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller (D-17-Bernalillo) sent a letter to Public Education Department (PED) Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera requesting audit results that pertain to the A-F school scoring and teach Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:25:35 +0000 New Mexico Senate Democrats 72992 at http://krwg.org Senate Majority Whip Requests New Mexico Education Audit Results Santa Fe Voters To Decide On Reducing Marijuana Penalties http://krwg.org/post/santa-fe-voters-decide-reducing-marijuana-penalties <p style="margin-right: 0in; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Santa Fe- &nbsp;Today the city of Santa Fe's City Clerk announced that the Reducing Marijuana Penalties Campaign submitted enough valid signatures to qualify for the city's citizen initiative process setting the stage to give voters in Santa Fe a vote on reducing marijuana penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:31:21 +0000 Progress Now New Mexico 72860 at http://krwg.org Udall, Heinrich Host Energy Secretary At WIPP http://krwg.org/post/udall-heinrich-host-energy-secretary-wipp <div style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif"><font face="Book Antiqua">Today,&nbsp;</font><font face="Book Antiqua"><b>U.S. Senators Tom Udall</b></font><font face="Book Antiqua">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</font><font face="Book Antiqua"><b>Martin Heinrich</b></font><font face="Book Antiqua">&nbsp;joined&nbsp;</font><font face="Book Antiqua"><b>U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz</b></font><font face="Book Antiqua">&nbsp;at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for an "all hands" employee meeting and surface tour of the site. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:19:46 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 72510 at http://krwg.org Udall, Heinrich Host Energy Secretary At WIPP Call For Increased Oversight Of N.M. Human Services Department; Greater Access To Behavioral Health http://krwg.org/post/call-increased-oversight-nm-human-services-department-greater-access-behavioral-health <p style="font-family: Georgia; line-height: 110%; margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham wrote a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell requesting increased oversight of New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) to ensure New Mexicans in greatest need of behavioral health services are able to access care.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 22:35:33 +0000 Office of Senator Martin Heinrich D-NM 72294 at http://krwg.org Call For Increased Oversight Of N.M. Human Services Department; Greater Access To Behavioral Health Mexican Gray Wolf Hearings In New Mexico, Arizona Expected To Draw Hundreds http://krwg.org/post/mexican-gray-wolf-hearings-new-mexico-arizona-expected-draw-hundreds <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Large turnouts are expected at two upcoming public hearings on proposed changes to the <a href="http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/species/mammals/Mexican_gray_wolf/index.html" target="_blank">Mexican wolf</a> management plan, including expansion of the wolf-management areas in Arizona and New Mexico.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:59:31 +0000 Center for Biological Diversity 72290 at http://krwg.org Mexican Gray Wolf Hearings In New Mexico, Arizona Expected To Draw Hundreds Heinrich Issues Statement On Airstrikes In Iraq http://krwg.org/post/heinrich-issues-statement-airstrikes-iraq <div><div><p style="font-family: Georgia; line-height: 110%; margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family:georgia,palatino">U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today after President Obama ordered humanitarian airdrops and airstrikes in Iraq: </span></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:39:03 +0000 Office of Senator Martin Heinrich D-NM 72286 at http://krwg.org Heinrich Issues Statement On Airstrikes In Iraq Online School: A Great Option For Many Families http://krwg.org/post/online-school-great-option-many-families <p>Submitted by:</p><p>Yvonne&nbsp;Duhigg</p><p>New Mexico Connections Academy parent and founding school board member</p><p>I feel empowered knowing the option for online school exists for my family, my son, and moreover for other families in New Mexico who value the right to have education options.&nbsp; As with anything new, online schools, such as New Mexico Connections Academy, can have skeptics.&nbsp; Since experience allows for informed opinions, I’m honored to share mine.</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 21:05:29 +0000 72200 at http://krwg.org USDA Partners With States, Tribes To Improve Public Access On Private Lands http://krwg.org/post/usda-partners-states-tribes-improve-public-access-private-lands <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 19px; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 20.909090042114258px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that the Department of Agriculture will partner with nine State agencies and with the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakima Nation to increase recreational and economic opportunities on private lands. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:06:11 +0000 USDA 72174 at http://krwg.org USDA Partners With States, Tribes To Improve Public Access On Private Lands Court Hearing Focuses On EPA's Failure To Protect 119 Endangered Species From Pesticides http://krwg.org/post/court-hearing-focuses-epas-failure-protect-119-endangered-species-pesticides <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">SAN FRANCISCO— The federal district court here will hear arguments <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1849742665" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">Friday</span></span> in the most comprehensive legal action ever brought under the Endangered Species Act to protect endangered animals from pesticides. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:49:18 +0000 Center for Biological Diversity 72160 at http://krwg.org Court Hearing Focuses On EPA's Failure To Protect 119 Endangered Species From Pesticides Sanchez: Test Scores Dispute Martinez Claims Of Education Progress http://krwg.org/post/sanchez-test-scores-dispute-martinez-claims-education-progress <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(249, 249, 249);"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 20.909090042114258px; line-height: 1.5; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Santa Fe, NM – According to Standard Based Assessment (SBA) scores, New Mexico students are testing lower in math and reading than they did five years ago. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:58:27 +0000 New Mexico Senate Democrats 72019 at http://krwg.org Sanchez: Test Scores Dispute Martinez Claims Of Education Progress Las Cruces Group Plans Voter Registration Drive In Anticipation Of November Minimum Wage Vote http://krwg.org/post/las-cruces-group-plans-voter-registration-drive-anticipation-november-minimum-wage-vote <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="letter-spacing:0px"><font size="4">LAS CRUCES— The Las Cruces City Council and Mayor Ken Miyagishima voted unanimously to approve the city clerk’s certification of the 2,257 valid signatures necessary to move CAFe’s ordinance to improve wages to $10.10 by 2017 forward.&nbsp; According to the city charter, the ordinance moves forward to the next step, which is the first reading scheduled for <span class="aBn" data-t Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:37:27 +0000 CAFé 72001 at http://krwg.org Las Cruces Group Plans Voter Registration Drive In Anticipation Of November Minimum Wage Vote New Catholic Parish In Santa Teresa http://krwg.org/post/new-catholic-parish-santa-teresa <p align="left"><em><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Las Cruces, New Mexico: </span></em><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Bishop Cantú, Bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces will hold a press conference at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1676872944" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">August 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM</span></span>. Bishop Cantu will announce that he has issued a canonical decree to establish a new Catholic parish in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:46:58 +0000 Diocese of Las Cruces 71940 at http://krwg.org Heinrich Blasts Redactions In CIA Interrogation Report http://krwg.org/post/heinrich-blasts-redactions-cia-interrogation-report <p style="font-family: Georgia; line-height: 110%; margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family:georgia,palatino">U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the CIA's redactions to the executive summary of the Committee's study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program.</span></p> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 23:04:24 +0000 Office of Senator Martin Heinrich D-NM 71899 at http://krwg.org Heinrich Blasts Redactions In CIA Interrogation Report Woman Found Guilty Of Welfare Fraud http://krwg.org/post/woman-found-guilty-welfare-fraud <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Las Cruces—A jury found Miroslava Girard guilty of a single count of Failing to Disclose Facts to Obtain Public Assistance; a 2<sup>nd</sup> degree felony;&nbsp; which included Food Stamps, Low Income Home Energy Assistance, Medicaid and cash from 2008-2012.</p><p></p><p>Girard violated New Mexico State Statutes by failing to report the income of her live-in boyfriend, who is the father of her child, and the fact that her son was covered under his medical insurance policy.</p><p></p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:21:44 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71785 at http://krwg.org Woman Found Guilty Of Welfare Fraud Heinrich Votes To Reform VA System http://krwg.org/post/heinrich-votes-reform-va-system <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia; font-size: 16px; line-height: 17.600000381469727px; margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 20.909090042114258px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), released the following statement after voting to pass the Conference Report for the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:46:48 +0000 Office of Senator Martin Heinrich D-NM 71771 at http://krwg.org Heinrich Votes To Reform VA System Heinrich Calls CIA Search Of Senate Computers "Shocking...Inexcusable" http://krwg.org/post/heinrich-calls-cia-search-senate-computers-shockinginexcusable <p><span style="font-family:georgia,palatino">&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:54:46 +0000 Office of Senator Martin Heinrich D-NM 71734 at http://krwg.org Heinrich Calls CIA Search Of Senate Computers "Shocking...Inexcusable" Business Group Requests Records On Government Bids http://krwg.org/post/business-group-requests-records-government-bids <p>Today, the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI), New Mexico’s statewide business advocate, submitted requests under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) for records pertaining to contract purchases by Albuquerque Public Schools, Rio Rancho Public Schools, and the cities of Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe.&nbsp; The requested records will show to what degree contracts are “piggybacked” on one another, rather than being put out for bids from competing businesses.&nbsp; This practice is allowed under current statutes, further emphasizing the Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:04:05 +0000 New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry 71711 at http://krwg.org Public Schools Should Not Be Profit Centers http://krwg.org/post/public-schools-should-not-be-profit-centers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>For-Profit virtual (or cyber-based) charter schools, funded with public taxpayer's money, entered the New Mexico public education system with the establishment of two schools:</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:21:07 +0000 71635 at http://krwg.org Public Schools Should Not Be Profit Centers Heinrich Blasts Failure Of Bill To End Tax Incentive For Sending Jobs Overseas http://krwg.org/post/heinrich-blasts-failure-bill-end-tax-incentive-sending-jobs-overseas <p style="font-family: Georgia; line-height: 110%; margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family:georgia,palatino">Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement after S. 2569, the Bring Jobs Home Act, failed to overcome a procedural hurdle that requires 60 votes, with a vote of 54 to 42.&nbsp;The bill, supported by Senator Heinrich, would protect and promote U.S. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:13:51 +0000 Office of Senator Martin Heinrich D-NM 71608 at http://krwg.org Heinrich Blasts Failure Of Bill To End Tax Incentive For Sending Jobs Overseas