Incomplete wording on the New Mexico November ballot could sink the chances to pass a Constitutional amendment.
Amendment 1 on the New Mexico ballot says its purpose is to “provide that school elections shall be held at different times from partisan elections.” So it sounds like if you vote “yes” on the amendment, you’re creating a voting restriction. But just the opposite is true. The ballot leaves out a crucial piece of information. The restriction in Amendment 1 would replace a prohibition already in place against holding school elections with ANY other election.
Fred Martino interviews Dr. Patricia (Pat) Hynes, who has served as director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) since 1998. They discuss the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, which will be held at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces on October 15 and 16. Registration and the agenda can be viewed online at www.ispcs.com
Fred Martino speaks with Michael Armendariz of the NMSU Music Business Program. They discuss the program, including careers for graduates. In addition, they talk about the program's upcoming benefit concert featuring The Hard Road Trio and Dusty Low. The concert takes place Friday, August 29 at 7:30pm at NMSU's Atkinson Recital Hall.
Tickets are available at Hubbard's Music, Valley Pro Music, the NMSU Music Dept. Main Office, and at the door. $10/$5 students.
President Obama will sign a proclamation Wednesday establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. The signing ceremony will occur at the Department of the Interior.
In a prepared statement, the White House said, “By establishing the monument, the President will permanently protect nearly 500,000 acres to preserve the prehistoric, historic, and scientific values of the area for the benefit of all Americans.”
District 35 State Representative Jeff Steinborn is also the Southern New Mexico Director for the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.
Fred Martino continues our Election 2014 series with Senator Linda Lopez, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for New Mexico Governor. Lopez faces fellow Senator Howie Morales, Attorney General Gary King, Alan Webber, and Lawrence Rael in the June 3 primary.
The groups Progress Now New Mexico and the Center for Civic Policy are assisting in the effort to increase the minimum wage in Las Cruces. A ballot measure to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour in phases has been forwarded to the city of Las Cruces for approval.
The proposed ordinance was submitted to the City Clerk for review so that a ballot initiative process can begin that includes circulating and collecting approximately 2,300 valid Las Cruces registered voter signatures.