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Mosquitoes Capable of Transmitting Zika Virus Found in Socorro County

New Mexico Department of Health
Santa Fe, Sep 07, 2017
The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and New Mexico State University (NMSU) announce the mosquito species Aedes aegypti has been found in the City of Socorro in Socorro County. This is the first time a species of mosquito capable of transmitting Zika virus has been found in this county. There have been no identified human cases of Zika virus in Socorro County to date.

Introducing the First "Before I Die" Albuquerque Festival

A Good Goodbye
Albuquerque, Jun 20, 2017
Even though humans have a 100% mortality rate, less than 30% of us make any end-of-life plans. What will get adults to discuss and plan for their eventual demise? Put some "fun" in funeral planning to get people to discuss this serious topic. Announcing the inaugural “Before I Die” Albuquerque Festival, to be held Friday, October 20 to Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at various locations around Albuquerque, New Mexico. The five-day festival offers multiple activities for people to openly think about, talk about and do something about our mortality. The evolving schedule of events, many of which are free or low-cost to attend, include: * "Prelude to Eternity" festival kick-off party with Death Over Dinner discussions * A panel of local funeral directors discussing "What You Need to Know Before You Go" * Daily Death Cafe discussions at various settings around town * A tour of historic Fairview cemetery (established 1881) * Panel discussion "Making Plans to Live Well Until We Die" on medical care and end-of-life issues * Yoga class "From Child Pose to Corpse Pose: Life, Death, Yoga and Spirituality" * Movie matinees at the Guild Theater, featuring The Seventh Seal and Harold and Maude * "Earth, Air, Fire & Water: A Celebration of Cremation and Art" with local artists selling their works in ceramics, paper and other media * Day of the Dead educational events at the National Hispanic Cultural Center More information at:  http://agoodgoodbye.com/upcoming-events/before-i-die-abq/

Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Mar 20, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, lawmakers adjourned their 60-day regular legislative session on Saturday, but Governor Susana Martinez blasted the budget they developed and threatened to call them back for a special session.

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Friday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Mar 16, 2017
INTRO:
It’s "crunch time" at the New Mexico State Capitol as the 60-day, 2017 regular session approaches adjournment Saturday at noon. Tom Trowbridge reports on two education bills with momentum and more…

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Thursday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Mar 15, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, lawmakers have approved campaign finance-reform legislation and the State Senate over-rode a recent veto by Governor Susana Martinez. Tom Trowbridge reports:

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Artesia Mayor To Ask State For Light At Busy Intersection

KSVP-AM
Artesia , Mar 15, 2017
When will a traffic light be installed at First and Hermosa in Artesia? Mayor Phil Burch says the New Mexico Department of Transportation had it on their list of things for 2015. Then it got moved to 2020 and now he says it’s possibly a year away. Mayor Burch says he plans to write high ranking state officials to put the light in sooner, since business at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad is expected to pick up in the near future. (Tag after bite)Mayor Burch says city leaders have been frustrated with the lack of action on the part of the state for the traffic light.

Artesia Pair Taken Down In Early Morning Bust

KSVP-AM
Artesia , Mar 15, 2017
The Artesia Police Department reports that a young adult and a minor were busted earlier today. According to information, Jorge Rodriguez was charged with a number of crimes ranging from resisting an officer to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Just after midnight a call came in to APD about an auto burglary at the Best Western Pecos Inn. The two were later apprehended and Rodriguez later admitted that he and the other suspect had been checking on car doors in the parking lot and they did gain entry into a pickup. Both admitted to running away from officers and Rodriguez stated that he knew the other suspect was 16.

Wednesday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Mar 14, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, the House Transportation and Industry committee has given a positive recommendation to a bill seeking to transport some rural New Mexico public school students with sports-utility-vehicle—SUVs—rather than conventional school buses. Tom Trowbridge reports from the State Capitol.

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BREAKING: Capitol Update

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Mar 13, 2017
INTRO:
The State Senate reached agreement over the weekend on a budget plan for the coming fiscal year. And, as Tom Trowbridge reports from the State Capitol, the plan contains revenue enhancements—tax increases—to balance the budget.

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Monday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Mar 10, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, a bill to ensure that New Mexico children are served school meals even if their parents do not pay on time has been approved by the state Senate. Tom Trowbridge reports:

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Friday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Mar 09, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, a major tax reform bill passed the House without opposition on Wednesday while the chamber also approved a proposed constitutional amendment to fund early-childhood programs on a party-line vote. Tom Trowbridge reports:

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Thursday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Mar 08, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, the Senate has approved a bill that would raise taxes on all tobacco products. The measure now moves on to the State House. Tom Trowbridge reports:

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Wednesday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Albuquerque, Mar 07, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, Tom Trowbridge reports on legislation that passed the House setting-up a fund to serve as an alternative to predatory “payday” loans and on a bill approved in the Senate restricting firearms in the State Capitol building.

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Tuesday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Mar 06, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, a bill that would limit use of solitary confinement in New Mexico jails and prisons is moving ahead. Tom Trowbridge reports on that and more from the Roundhouse:

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Rio Grande Foundation Head Wondering Why Lawmakers Are Raising Wages And Taxes

KSVP-AM
Artesia , Mar 06, 2017
The head of the Albuquerque based Rio Grande Foundation free market think tank is scratching his head on some legislation that has passed in Santa Fe. Paul Gessing says one bill would raise the hourly rate to nine bucks an hour and the other would be nine-25 an hour. He says the bills will need to be reconciled. Gessing is also wondering why the New Mexico Senate has passed a hike in the state’s gasoline tax. He says raising taxes in the economic times that our state is facing is not a good idea.

Monday`s Capitol Update

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Mar 03, 2017
INTRO:
The New Mexico Senate has approved a plan to shore up state reserves and boost road maintenance spending by increasing taxes on gasoline, diesel and other fuel sales. Tom Trowbridge has the story.

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AAA Releases Weekend Gas Watch

KSVP-AM
Artesia , Mar 03, 2017
The statewide gas price average in New Mexico is $2.21 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA New Mexico Weekend Gas Watch. That price is three cents more than last week and 52 cents more per gallon than last year. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.31 which is three cents more than last week and 53 cents more per gallon than last year. That is AAA Spokesman Doug Shupe.

Carlsbad School Board Makes A Leadership Change

KSVP-AM
Artesia , Mar 03, 2017
The Carlsbad School Board continues to move forward in the search for a new superintendent. That is the President of the Carlsbad School Board Andy Harris.

Friday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Mar 02, 2017
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At the State Capitol, the State Senate has approved a bill allowing qualified New Mexico voters to register to vote up until three days prior to an election at certain locations. Tom Trowbridge has the story.

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Congressman Pearce Says Oil And Gas Industry Benefits State

KSVP-AM
Artesia , Mar 02, 2017
Recent media reports have stated that the oil and gas industry in our state is under assault from environmental groups. Those same reports say that minorities are joining the green bandwagon when it comes to fracking. In a conference call with media members, Congressman Steve Pearce weighed in on this subject. He says the feds have stated that there is no verifiable contamination between water and fracking. The state has been struggling since oil prices took a tumble years ago and Congressman Pearce says state leaders need to look at the positive aspects of the industry instead of listening to the greens. Congressman Pearce says fracking has been around for generations and technology has helped the industry.

Artesia Fire Department Has Hope

KSVP-AM
Artesia , Mar 02, 2017
The Artesia City Council has had a change of heart when it comes to hiring a new boss for the Artesia Fire Department. Early last month the council voted on a 4-3 count to hire Kevin Hope. In order to be official five votes were needed and Councilor Kent Bratcher missed that meeting due to illness. Tuesday night one of the dissenters brought back the measure and the council voted 7-0 to hire Hope. Artesia Mayor Phil Burch says Manuel Madrid Jr. wasn’t at the meeting due to surgery. The Mayor says some on the council were questioning the interview process.Mayor Burch also says there were a handful of applicants looking to replace retired Chief JD Hummingbird.

Thursday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Mar 01, 2017
INTRO: At the State Capitol, there is bi-partisan support for at least one gun-control measure this legislative session. Tom Trowbridge reports.

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Wednesday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 28, 2017
INTRO: At the State Capitol, the House Business and Industry Committee voted 9-1 to table a marijuana legalization bill, all but ending its chances for approval this session. But as Tom Trowbridge reports, there’s another effort under consideration to legalize weed via the state constitution.

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Tuesday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 27, 2017
INTRO: The Senate Rules Committee has approved a bill seeking to reform New Mexico’s much-maligned process for funding capital infrastructure projects. Tom Trowbridge has details on that and more from the State Capitol.

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Monday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 24, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, legislation to save taxpayers millions of dollars by requiring the state to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices has passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee on a bipartisan, unanimous vote. Tom Trowbridge has the story:

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Friday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 23, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, a budget battle is brewing as Democrats in the House of Representatives have approved a spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year while Republicans have countered with a proposed budget of their own. Tom Trowbridge has the story:

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Thursday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 22, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, a bill in the House that would prohibit the use, sale, lease, ease, transfer, or other disposal of property owned or held in trust by New Mexico for use as a site for a federal barrier along the U.S. - Mexico border has cleared its first committee assignment. Tom Trowbridge has the story:

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Wednesday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 21, 2017
INTRO:
At State Capitol, legislation has been introduced seeking to regulate drone aircraft. Tom Trowbridge reports.

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UPDATE: Tuesday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 20, 2017
Due to late-breaking news regarding SB 78, please use the following link for Tuesday Capitol Update.

Monday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 20, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, supporters of a proposed Constitutional amendment that would ask voters to approve a one-percent draw from the New Mexico Land Grant Permanent Fund and direct the funds towards early-education programs are pointing to a new study they say makes the case for legislative approval. Tom Trowbridge reports.

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Tuesday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 20, 2017
INTRO: At the State Capitol, bi-partisan legislation that would prohibit a private employer from asking about an applicant’s prior convictions on job applications is moving forward in the State Senate. Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse:

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Monday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 17, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, supporters of a proposed Constitutional amendment that would ask voters to approve a one-percent draw from the New Mexico Land Grant Permanent Fund and direct the funds towards early-education programs are pointing to a new study they say makes the case for legislative approval. Tom Trowbridge reports.

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Friday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 16, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, lawmakers on the Senate Public Affairs Committee will be hearing legislation designed to reduce pharmaceutical prices by establishing a statewide council. Tom Trowbridge has details on that and more from the Roundhouse.

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Wednesday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 14, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, Senate Finance Committee Chair John Arthur Smith—a Deming Democrat—warned fellow lawmakers this week just how dire the state’s financial situation is. Tom Trowbridge has that and more from the Roundhouse:

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Tuesday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 13, 2017
INTRO:
In today’s Capitol Report, Tom Trowbridge reports on an effort to change the way New Mexico handles major infrastructure projects as well as a controversial education bill heard by the House Education Committee on Saturday.

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Monday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 10, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, New Mexico lawmakers heard from the only Republican among the state’s Congressional delegation: Second District Representative Steve Pearce. And, as Tom Trowbridge reports, Congressman Pearce shared that the U-S may see some immediate benefits from the new administration.

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Friday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 09, 2017
INTRO:
New Mexico’s top cop, Attorney General Hector Balderas, spoke to lawmakers at the State Capitol this week. Tom Trowbridge has details on the Democrat’s comments and more from the Roundhouse:

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Thursday`s Capital Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 08, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol in Santa Fe, a national nonprofit transportation research organization this week released a report to state lawmakers showing the financial impact to you caused by the poor state of New Mexico’s roads and bridges. Tom Trowbridge has details:

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Wednesday`s Capital Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 07, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol in Santa Fe, a bill that would collect state gross receipts taxes on goods bought online has received approval from the House Business and Industry Committee and now moves on to the chamber’s Taxation and Revenue Panel. Tom Trowbridge has details:

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Tuesday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 06, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capital, hundreds of immigrant families along with labor, faith and civil rights leaders turned out to rally in opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration. Monday`s rally attracted a surprise speaker. Tom Trowbridge reports on that and more from the Roundhouse.

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Monday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 03, 2017
INTRO:
A bill that would require Presidential candidates to file federal income tax returns to appear on New Mexico’s ballot has cleared its first legislative hurdle. Tom Trowbridge has details from the Roundhouse:

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Friday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 02, 2017
INTRO:
New Mexico`s neighbor to the north, Colorado, has seen a boom in revenues since legalizing marijuana in 2012. And, as Tom Trowbridge reports from the State Capital, a bill to legalize pot in New Mexico will be heard during a Saturday committee hearing to generate public response.

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Thursday`s Capital Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 01, 2017
INTRO:
Education is always a major issue-area for state lawmakers, and the 2017 session is no exception. Tom Trowbridge reports on two bills under consideration: one seeking to boost the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship program, and another to incentivize early-childhood education programs, which cleared the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

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Wednesday`s Capital Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Jan 31, 2017
INTRO:
New Mexico is one of just eight states nationwide that does not have a panel overseeing ethics concerns in state government. But as Tom Trowbridge reports from the State Capitol, there is an effort underway to change that.

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Tuesday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Jan 30, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, Roswell Senator Cliff Pirtle is trying again to alter time. Well, Daylight Savings Time, anyway. Tom Trowbridge reports on that and more from the State Capitol. Runs 1:29 Q: Std ((TOM)): Pirtle has introduced Senate Bill 239, which keeps New Mexico on Daylight Savings Time year-round, rather than the current eight. The Republican said it does not make sense to change to Standard Time for only four months. Pirtle first attempted the one-time zone approach two years ago…and he says its received lots of public attention.

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Monday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Jan 27, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, Legislative Democrats have put forward a package of bills aimed at creating jobs….and a bill that would reveal what New Mexico’s Governor spends on a so-called contingency fund would become public information. Tom Trowbridge has details:

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Friday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Jan 26, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, a bill that would boost the minimum wage in New Mexico cleared its first committee hurdle.Tom Trowbridge reports.

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Thursday`s Capital Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Jan 25, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, Legislation is under consideration in both chambers that seeks to put a dent in New Mexico’s high rate of auto thefts; and a Senate bill pushes nutrition over junk food for recipients of the food-stamp or SNAP program. Tom Trowbridge reports

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Wednesday`s Capital Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Jan 24, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, several Democratic lawmakers and Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver are seeking to amend the state constitution with a provision to register all eligible voters.

Tom Trowbridge reports from the State Capitol:

Monday`s Capitol Update

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Jan 23, 2017
INTRO:
State Lawmakers begin the first full week of this year’s 60-day Legislative session today. And, as Tom Trowbridge reports, last week ran a bit longer for the State House of Representatives.

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Tuesday`s Capitol Update

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Jan 23, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, there’s another effort underway to amend the New Mexico Constitution to allow a greater take from the Land Grant Permanent Fund. As Tom Trowbridge reports, the funds would be earmarked for early childhood education.

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Friday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Jan 19, 2017
INTRO:
The chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court offered state lawmakers a bleak assessment of the state’s justice system Thursday.

Tom Trowbridge has the story from Santa Fe.

Springer Dam Celebration

Office of the State Engineer/Interstate Stream Commission
Albuquerque, Apr 28, 2016

Small plane crashes south of Shiprock; 1 airlifted

Blair Miller, KOB.com
Albuquerque, Apr 01, 2016
A small plane crashed about 8 miles south of Shiprock just before noon Thursday, injuring the pilot.

Legislative Update: Session Recap

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Feb 19, 2016

INTRO: New Mexico Legislators on Thursday adjourned their 30-day regular session that will be remembered for a drastic drop in state revenues along with a few accomplishments. Tom Trowbridge has this wrap on the 2016 session from Santa Fe:
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((TOM)):- House Speaker Don Tripp of Socorro gaveled-down the end of the session that saw a few bi-partisan accomplishments—the budget of course, along with reforming the state’s bail bond system and a fix to the REAL ID and immigrant driver’s licenses crisis.

Legislative Update for Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Feb 18, 2016

INTRO: The New Mexico Legislature did what it had to do as the 30-day session neared a close on Thursday… finishing its primary constitutional task of approving a state budget for the fiscal year that begins this July.  Tom Trowbridge has the story from the Roundhouse:
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Legislative Update for Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Feb 17, 2016

INTRO: With the Thursday noon deadline fast-approaching for the end of the 2016 Legislative session and piles of bills awaiting various actions by lawmakers, the rush is on. Tom Trowbridge reports from the State Capitol on idea that’s still alive, which would instill performance evaluations to assist legislators when making state spending decisions
           
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((TOM))-Albuquerque Republican Senator Sander Rue’s Senate Bill 9 would add state-agency performance evaluations to the Accountability in Government Act. The bill, before the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday, would utilize use of evidence-based and research-based findings along with a “promising government agency programs” category.

Legislative Update for Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Feb 16, 2016

INTRO: The New Mexico Senate on Monday overwhelmingly passed its version of the state’s six-point-two-billion dollar budget by a 39-to-one vote…The vote coming after more debate on how to cover suddenly-huge shortfalls ahead the rest of this and the upcoming fiscal years.  Tom Trowbridge has more from the Capitol:
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As you’ve been hearing, New Mexico’s available revenues for the upcoming fiscal year have dropped like a rock since the start of the session last month. Now and following cuts totaling 250-million dollars, the once tight-budget has been pared to skeletal. And the Senate cut more off the bottom line with additional changes.
State budget analysts estimate 125-million dollars in cuts over the next two years, but say state jobs appear safe. The only increases are for prisons, education and Medicaid.
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Gallup Democrat George Munoz pointed to the state’s reliance on oil and gas revenues telling fellow senators the state needs to diversify its economy, and quickly:
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For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge

Legislative Update for Monday, February 15, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Feb 15, 2016

INTRO:
After years of legislative battles, a solution to New Mexico’s driver’s license controversy over immigrant licenses and the federal REAL ID Act is all but behind state lawmakers. Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse on the solution that emerged from the Senate over the weekend.

Legislative Update for Friday, February 12, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Feb 12, 2016

INTRO:  The folks who arguably have one of the toughest jobs in state government—New Mexico Correctional officers—are worried that the anti-crime bills supported by Governor Susan Martinez and being approved by the Republican-led House of Representatives—will result in increased danger at state lock-ups.
Tom Trowbridge has the story from the Roundhouse:
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Several concerned New Mexico corrections officers recently met with lawmakers to express concern over the level of prison-guard staffing mixed-in with a rising inmate population.

Legislative Update for Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Feb 11, 2016

INTRO: Respected Senate Budget Committee Chair John Arthur Smith delivered a very bleak forecast for New Mexico’s existing budget year…with additional pain likely to follow, as the state is staring at a deficit of between 700-thousand and 900-thousand dollars. Tom Trowbridge has the details.

Legislative Update for Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Feb 10, 2016
The New Mexico Senate’s newest member is supporting a bill that seeks to put an end to the court-ordered demand that agricultural businesses pay into the worker’s compensation system for everyone they hire.

Tom Trowbridge has details from The State Capitol:

Legislative Update for Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Feb 09, 2016

New Mexico’s Attorney General this week cleared ten behavioral health providers following an investigation of charges filed in 2013 accusing them of Medicaid fraud.
Tom Trowbridge has Roundhouse reaction to the news:
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The state’s investigation began back in 2013, when a state audit raised allegations of Mediaid fraud…claiming some millions of dollars’ worth of taxpayer money was mishandled by 13 of New Mexico’s behavioral health providers. That prompted Republican Governor Susana Martinez`s administration to end Medicaid payments to the providers while the attorney general`s office launched a probe. Fast-forward to 2016, and now almost all the providers have been cleared, while two others are still being looked at.
Democratic state senators held a news conference after Monday’s news. Several of the cleared providers spoke to reports at the State Capitol. Patsy Romero is with the Santa Fe-based Easter Seals El Mirador.
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Albuquerque State Senator Gerry Ortiz y Pino was more direct, saying the Governor and her then-Human Services Secretary made the decision to completely disrupt New Mexico’s behavioral health system.
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No reply from the Governor’s office to a request for comment.

Legislative Update for Monday, February 8, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Feb 08, 2016

INTRO: A legislative proposal to change New Mexico’s way of funding big-ticket infrastructure projects—such as roads, water systems and the like—went before a House Committee Monday at the State Capitol.
 Tom Trowbridge has the details:
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House Bill 307---the “Capital Outlay Reform Act”—proposes to create a permanent interim legislative committee to review and prioritize state needs in New Mexico’s capital outlay arena. The measure, which has Republican sponsorship in the House and Democratic sponsorship in the Senate, changes the present system, which divvies-up funds for big projects with some money for every lawmaker to “bring home.”
 Fred Nathan of the Santa Fe-based “Think New Mexico” supports it. Nathan says the state’s problems with capital outlay are well-chronicled.
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 During discussion on the bill, Democratic Representative Debbie Rodella of Espanola spoke of the mostly rural nature of her northern New Mexico legislative district and concerns that the new process wouldn’t be responsive.
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 The House  Government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee will continue its hearing on House Bill 307 later this week.
             For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge

​Longtime NM Brewers Guild `beer ambassador` out as industry evolves

Mike English, Albuquerque Business First
Albuquerque, Feb 05, 2016
Raise a toast to Chris Goblet, the longtime head of the New Mexico Brewer’s Guild. Goblet had his exit interview Wednesday and his tenure is officially over. Taking his place is John Gozigian, one of the founding partners of Marble Brewing Company (he sold his share in 2014) and a past president of the Brewers Guild board.

Two ABQ hospitals land on national `best of` list

Sal Christ, Albuquerque Business First
Albuquerque, Feb 05, 2016
Denver-based company Healthgrades has awarded both Presbyterian Hospital and University of New Mexico Hospital their 2016 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award — an award that places both hospitals in the top 5 percent for clinical care in the country.

Koch brothers, defense attorneys: What’s on New Mexicans’ minds matters

Jeff Proctor, New Mexico In Depth
Santa Fe, Feb 05, 2016
A politically disparate, influential group of thought-heavyweights has its eye on New Mexico for a clampdown on government prosecutions of people for crimes they didn’t know they’d committed.

Legislative Update for Friday, February 5, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Feb 05, 2016

INTRO: A New Mexico State Senator is trying for the third time legislation to end the diversion of taxpayer dollars to pay for general operating expenses at Spaceport America.
Tom Trowbridge has details from the State Capitol:
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(TOM): Las Cruces Senator Lee Cotter says his intention with Senate Bill 157 is to protect taxpayers in Dona Ana and Sierra County. The Republican who’s finishing up his first term in office maintains that voters in the two counties supported an increase in their gross receipts tax to go towards repaying the debt for the construction of the Spaceport—which lies in Sierra County—over 20 years. But now he says they’re paying more…
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Cotter’s bill also prohibits the Spaceport from borrowing more tax dollars to expand bonding capacity to pay for more construction and for more purchases for the project, unless voters approve.
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   For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge

Legislative Update for Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Feb 03, 2016

INTRO: It was a tale of two news conferences at the State Capitol on Wednesday. As Tom Trowbridge reports, Senate Democrats and later House Republicans told two different stories at the 2016 Legislative Session’s half-way point. 

Legislative Update for Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Feb 02, 2016
INTRO:
Among the numerous anti-crime bills state lawmakers are considering this Legislative session is one that would open the door to New Mexico community-imposed curfews on kids under age 16.

Legislative Update: Monday, February 1, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Feb 01, 2016

INTRO: A Republican State Senator is back with a renewed attempt this legislative session to address equity issues with New Mexico’s gross-receipts tax. As Tom Trowbridge reports from the State Capitol in Santa Fe, the proposal calls for a relatively simple approach to reforming it.
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Legislative Update: Friday, January 29, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Jan 29, 2016

A veteran state lawmaker is back this session with another attempt to get a proposed Constitutional Amendment through the legislature that would ask New Mexico voters to legalize recreational marijuana.

Legislative Update: Thursday, January 28, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Jan 28, 2016

INTRO: The recently passed oil-drilling boom in New Mexico left behind some particularly heavy damage to state highways and roads in general in southeastern New Mexico’s Delaware Basin oil patch.  That’s prompted a bill under consideration at the State Capitol to re-direct a tax to directly to benefit state highways.
Tom Trowbridge has details:
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Legislative Update: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Jan 27, 2016

INTRO: There’s a proposal being considered in the New Mexico Legislature this session that would forever change the nature of the state’s political primary elections.

Legislative Update: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Jan 26, 2016
INTRO: New Mexico immigrants and their families gathered by the hundreds Monday rallying against a bill in the state House of Representatives on driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants and the federal REAL-ID Act. Tom Trowbridge has the story.

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Legislative Update: Monday, January 25, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Jan 25, 2016
INTRO: State Senator Pat Woods from New Mexico’s northeast side has introduced a bill that would fund a hydrogeologic study in his part of the state. Tom Trowbridge has the story:

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Legislative Update: Friday, January 22, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Jan 22, 2016
INTRO: Governor Susana Martinez has put on her legislative agenda—her “call”—a bill to stem the exodus of military retirees from New Mexico. Tom Trowbridge spoke with the sponsor of the measure, and has this report:

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Alamogordo State Senator Bill Burt, who represents District 33, has introduced a bill aimed at keeping military retirees in New Mexico. Burt says New Mexico’s recently discovered that hundreds, possibly more than a thousand people retire out of the military in the state each year. The problem is 95-percent of them leave New Mexico.

Legislative Update: Thursday, January 21, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Jan 21, 2016
INTRO: The primary task before New Mexico lawmakers this legislative session—forging a state budget—is becoming more difficult due to the recent slide in the price of oil on the world market. Tom Trowbridge spoke with the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and prepared this report:
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State Senator John Arthur Smith calls the trend in oil prices “unfortunate” and says state government will have to adjust to New Mexico’s declining revenue picture to produce a balanced budget. I asked him about the size of the hit the state expects to take.
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Legislative Update: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Jan 20, 2016
INTRO: New Mexico’s gross receipts tax is a major source of revenue for state government operations. From time to time, there’s talk about reforming the G-R-T, and 2016 may—just may—be the year of movement on the long-discussed issue. Tom Trowbridge has the story:

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Legislative Update: Opening Day

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Jan 19, 2016
INTRO: While state lawmakers were gathering for the beginning of the 2016 30-day legislative session, an advocacy group pushing for better outcomes for New Mexico’s kids released a national study that shows where New Mexico ranks among the states.

As Tom Trowbridge reports, New Mexico’s two U-S Senators reacted strongly to the report: