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The List: Important Bills Passed By New Mexico's Legislature

Feb 15, 2018

Santa Fe, NM – The 54th Legislature came to a close today at noon.  The following statement, including bills awaiting the Governor's signature, was issued by New Mexico House Democrats:

House Democrats passed legislation to fund education, grow the economy, promote job creation, and increase public safety.

Heinrich Statement On Florida High School Shooting

Feb 15, 2018

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 15, 2018) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today on the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida:

Udall Statement On Florida School Shooting

Feb 15, 2018
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Commentary: WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.:

Las Cruces Museum hosts 19th Cowboy Days

Feb 15, 2018

LAS CRUCES – Cowboy Days returns to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces for the 19th year with a new activity, and a homecoming performance by country music’s Josh Grider. Here is the information provided by the museum:

Cowboy Days is March 3-4. The fun is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for everyone 5 and older. There are no discounts or passes.

The popular festival is the museum’s annual tribute to the state’s ranching heritage.

New Mexico State University’s College of Health and Social Services has established an innovative project focused on the recruitment of students who reflect the cultural/ethnic and geographic diversity of communities across New Mexico and the United States southern border region.

Social work and public health faculty members are collaborating on the Effective Move in Enhancing Leadership in Public Health Social Work Education project to improve the college’s dual master’s degree program.

Las Cruces EMS Program Continues Accreditation

Feb 15, 2018

Las Cruces – The Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic program (EMS) has been granted continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Here is the information provided by DACC:

Applications will be accepted beginning Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., from prospective creative entrepreneurs who want to receive business skills training through an economic development initiative.  Here is the information provided by the city of Las Cruces:

Branigan Library is among a select group of public libraries in New Mexico that are participating in a pilot project that will implement creative economic development hubs in five communities.

Issues and Answers: Civic Engagement

Feb 15, 2018

Join Fred Martino with a great panel discussing ways to boost civic engagement in our region. Guests include Dona Ana County Clerk Scott Krahling, Las Cruces City Councilor Gabe Vasquez, League of Women Voters of Greater Las Cruces President Kim Sorensen, and NM Cafe community organizer Allex Luna.

John Vasquez

 

Las Cruces – Yesterday, after official allegations of sexual harassment against Commissioner Vasquez came to light, Democratic Senators Mary Kay Papen (SD38), Bill Soules (SD-37), and Jeff Steinborn (SD-36) and Democratic Representatives Doreen Gallegos (HD-52), Bealquin “Bill” Gomez (HD-34), Bill McCamley (HD-33), Angelica Rubio (HD-35), Nathan Small (HD-36), and Joanne Ferrary (HD-37) released the following statement:

Community Schools Expert to Give Presentation at NMSU

Feb 15, 2018

On Wednesday February 21, 2018, from 5:30-7:00 PM, Dr. Pat Williams-Boyd will deliver a presentation at New Mexico State University entitled, “Schools as Community Hubs for Social Justice.” Here is the information provided by LCPS:  Dr. Williams-Boyd will present research on the community schools model and will discuss its effectiveness in communities across the country. This event is free and open to the public, targeting all local residents, educators, civic leaders, parents, students, and the NMSU community. The presentation will be followed up with a brief local panel that will feature community school and education leaders in Las Cruces and El Paso.

Disadvantaged by Design: Election Rigging via Redistricting

Feb 15, 2018

 Commentary: During Black History month it is important to focus on issues strongly impacting the lives of minorities. To this end, we invite you to join us in the Miller Library at 6pm, Wednesday, February 21st for a spirited discussion of the not good, the really bad and the ugly aspects of Gerrymandering.

 

The Bulletin On The Radio

Feb 15, 2018

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Legal challenges against a federal contractor involved in a mine waste spill that polluted rivers in three Western states are being allowed to move forward.

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office announced Wednesday that a federal judge is allowing the state's lawsuit and a similar claim brought by the Navajo Nation against contractor Environmental Restoration LLC to proceed.

State officials say they're looking forward to working with the tribe to recoup damages done to the environment, the economy and cultural sites.

New Mexico To Study Possibility Of Safe Injection Sites

Feb 15, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers have approved a measure that clears the way for the study of safe havens where people can inject drugs as states look for other ways to combat opioid overdoses.

The proposal calls for a legislative committee to take testimony on the possible creation of clinics where people could shoot up under the supervision of medical professionals who could administer an overdose antidote if necessary.

Injection sites are operating in Canada, Australia and around Europe. Philadelphia and Seattle also have plans for such sites.

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Feb 15, 2018

Report: Martinez Unlikely To Support Solar Tax Credit

Feb 15, 2018

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico House has approved a tax credit that would offset costs of solar energy systems for households, small businesses and farms.

The House voted 40-26 on Wednesday for a bill that offsets income taxes to reward investments in small-scale rooftop solar investments.

The proposal now heads to the GOP Gov. Susana Martinez, who has indicated she is unlikely to support stand-alone tax measures.

New Mexico Legislature Reaches Bipartisan Compromise On Budget

Feb 14, 2018
nmpolitics.net

  The New Mexico Legislature has sent a $6.3 billion budget plan to the governor that would boost spending on public schools, the criminal justice system, roadways and Medicaid in the coming fiscal year.

The House and Senate on Wednesday evening approved a compromise on disputed budge provisions.

New Mexico governor Susana Martinez can veto the budget line-by-line or in its entirety. The budget bill fulfills much of the governor's requests for greater spending on law enforcement salaries and prosecutors in the Albuquerque area.

Police arrested an employee of the Mesilla Valley Intermodal Transit Terminal who is suspected of trafficking cocaine while on duty.

Ernesto Garcia-Quintana, 29, of the 5200 block of Melody Lane, is charged with one count of possession of cocaine with intent to traffic.

In January 2018 agents with Metro Narcotics learned of suspicious activity occurring at MVITT, the mass transit hub at 300 W. Lohman Ave. A three-week undercover investigation ultimately revealed that suspected cocaine was being sold by Garcia-Quintana.

Angel Peña to Challenge Disqualification from Congressional Race

Feb 14, 2018

Congressional District 2 candidate Angel Peña will challenge his disqualification from the race.  Here is a statement from his campaign:

Campaign officials for Angel Peña, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in CD 2, took immediate action regarding the Secretary of State’s decision to disqualify his candidacy in a letter dated February 12, 2018. Peña’s team spent the day yesterday reviewing the state’s grounds for disqualification, looking at copies of Nominating Petition forms submitted, and consulting with several attorneys and election law experts.  After careful deliberation, the campaign retained legal counsel, who immediately contacted the Secretary of State’s office and the legal counsel for the state of New Mexico. Unable to negotiate a reversal of the decision, the campaign is prepared to file a formal petition in District Court to help resolve this matter as swiftly as possible.

A Valentine's Day To Remember: 20 Couples Marry In Las Cruces

Feb 14, 2018

Love was in the air – and in the rotunda of the Doña Ana County Government Center – on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14.

   Third Judicial District Judge Mary Rosner presided over 20 marriages during a six-hour period from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

   Several couples took advantage of the option of being photographed handcuffed together by Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jamar Cotton after their ceremony.

Democrats Say Interior Boss Withheld Key Facts

Feb 14, 2018
Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke

DENVER (AP) — Two Democratic congressmen accused Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Wednesday of withholding key information from lawmakers while launching a massive overhaul of his department.

Reps. Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Donald McEachin of Virginia sent Zinke a letter demanding he freeze the reorganization until he provides more information to Congress, which has the final say over the plan.

Group Sues DOH, Claims Neglect Of Boarding House Oversight

Feb 14, 2018
New Mexico Department of Health

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A nonprofit group is suing the New Mexico Department of Health for failure to enforce rules and regulations pertaining to the oversight of boarding homes.

Romero Steps Down As University Of New Mexico Regent

Feb 14, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico Regent Alex Romero has stepped down after publicly voicing concerns about communication problems on the board.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez had appointed Romero to the board of regents at New Mexico's flagship university last spring. It was announced on the Senate floor Wednesday that her office was removing his name from the list of appointees awaiting confirmation hearings.

New Mexico Lawmakers Debate Crime Bills As Session Nears End

Feb 14, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's rising crime rate put public safety at the center of daily legislative debates this year in Santa Fe — from battles over funding levels for prosecutors and law enforcement to disagreements over how to stem child abuse, auto theft, domestic violence and other violent crimes.

In the end, however, it's been mostly a handful of bi-partisan public safety measures that have gained the most traction, out of more than 75 total criminal and juvenile justice bills proposed at the start of the session.

Lawmaker Criticizes Regents At New Mexico State University

Feb 14, 2018
Senator Mary Kay Papen (D)

A legislative leader on Wednesday asked New Mexico State University's regents to resign following a vote to limit the administrative powers of the school's outgoing chancellor.

Democratic Senate President Mary Kay Papen drafted a letter calling out the regents and asked her colleagues to sign it.

The regents voted Monday to require that all top-level personnel changes from now until a new chancellor is hired must be cleared by the board itself.

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Feb 14, 2018

Court Settles Questions Over School Funding Deductions

Feb 14, 2018

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court says annual certification from the federal government is required before state education officials can withhold funds for public school districts based on how much federal aid they receive.

The ruling came this week in a 2010 case involving the Zuni school district.

New Mexico Reviews Status Of Threatened White Sands Pupfish

Feb 14, 2018

 

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — State wildlife managers are reviewing the status of a threatened fish found only in southern New Mexico's Tularosa River Basin.

The Game and Fish Department has initiated an investigation into the White Sands pupfish, a 2-inch long fish that can be found in two springs and two streams on White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base.

Because of its extremely limited distribution, the pupfish has been classified by the state as a threatened species since 1975.

National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation Director Resigns

Feb 14, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the fundraising arm of the National Hispanic Cultural Center is resigning after nearly three years of boosting the nonprofit organization's profile.

Anna Sanchez's last day as the director of the cultural center's foundation will be Feb. 23. The organization said a search is underway for a new director.

Sanchez began working for the foundation in June 2015. Within a year, the organization's membership program doubled participation to 240 members.

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