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Hospital leaders respond to cancer center critics

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:00:23 GMT

After a string of community meetings where the Gila Regional Medical Center board of trustees and administration faced everything from tough critiques and questions to vicious attacks, the board revealed this week just how their committee came to choose a bid from the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center over the longtime contractor, the New Mexico Cancer Center. The board, and their lawyers, spent most of their time at a special meeting organized by County Commissioners Billy Billings and Alicia Edwards on Wednesday morning at the Grant County Administration Center answering questions and responding to critics.




Teacher in cage locking flap running for Santa Fe mayor

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:18:07 GMT

A former New Mexico high school teacher, once accused of putting a student in a cage, is running for mayor of Santa Fe. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports former math and automotive mechanics teacher Abigail Fox said Friday she is jumping into the race as a political outsider and education advocate.




Dems kill tax reform bill, say special session isn't time for complex measure

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:24:18 GMT

A legislative committee on Thursday rejected a bill for a sweeping overhaul of New Mexico's gross receipts tax, tabling a proposal that Republican Gov. Susana Martinez had touted as a priority and leaving intact a long list of exemptions. The House Labor and Economic Development Committee voted 6-5 along party lines to block the proposal.




Higher ed funding - first and foremost' in special session

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:48:03 GMT

There are nine separate issues listed on Gov. Susana Martinez's call for this week's special legislative session, but few are likely to be addressed. Instead, the focus appears to be on the top of the list: funding higher education and legislative services.




The New Mexico State Capitol, known as 'The Roundhouse.'

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:54:07 GMT

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican the Independent Salary Commission voted 4-3 Wednesday night to set the base salary of the city's mayor at $110,000 a year. That is set to go into effect in March of 2018 when the position becomes a full-time executive job.




Tax and Revenue Department served with search warrant

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:39:25 GMT

As part of an active grand jury investigation, federal agents executed a search warrant at the New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue. Benjamin Cloutier, a spokesperson for the Taxation and Revenue Department, said the search warrant had to do with a "classified employee" who has been with the department for 11 years.




Legislature passes measures increasing fees on vehicle purchases and cigarettes

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:09:43 GMT

But proponents of the measures argued these were being passed for reasons other than revenue and plugging the budget hole. Proponents argued that this is simply repealing an exemption that's been in place for years and that it's good policy.




New Mexico lawmakers move to restore vetoed funding

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:45:51 GMT

In this Thursday, April 6, 2017, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez talks during a bill signing ceremony in Albuquerque, N.M. A proposal to overhaul New Mexico's tax on sales and business services will not come to a vote during a special legislative session, Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf announced Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Martinez has been a vocal advocate for the tax reforms that would do away with a variety of tax breaks to bring in sales tax revenue from more sources - at a lower overall tax rate.




PNM sends new rate proposal

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:26:15 GMT

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the proposal had been sent to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Tuesday. The previous proposal had been rejected by the commission because it wouldn't have affected all customers equally and would have overburdened regulators.




The Latest: New Mexico union fights GOP solvency plan

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:46:40 GMT

A public employees union in New Mexico is pushing back against a Republican plan to shore up state finances by withdrawing pension money earmarked for lawmakers. Carter Bundy of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Wednesday that the proposed withdrawals would affect retirement savings of most state workers and not just legislators.




New Mexico man convicted of shooting Clovis police officer

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:26:39 GMT

A New Mexico man who authorities say shot a Clovis police officer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced Tuesday that a jury returned a guilty verdict against Anthony Baca.




Mysterious stone pillars emerge from northern New Mexico forest

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:53:54 GMT

A set of mysterious stone pillars found in the state's remote northern forest has sparked that question. They're carved stone pillars covered with symbols that clearly have a history - but a history, so far, no one seems to know anything about.




APS approves budget for 2017-18

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:04:35 GMT

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education voted 5-1 to approve the 2017-18 budget Monday morning, and it includes different options depending on what lawmakers decide during an upcoming special session. APS is waiting on the New Mexico Legislature and Gov. Susana Martinez to approve a final state budget.




NM governor may support increase in food, medicine taxes

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:37:54 GMT

State lawmakers will be back in the Roundhouse in Santa Fe Wednesday to balance New Mexico's budget and restore funding for higher education. Gov. Susana Martinez is pushing tax reform that includes new taxes on food and medicine.




New Mexico 2017 Legislative Report

Tue, 23 May 2017 03:19:38 GMT

The 2017 New Mexico Legislature considered over 1000 bills and 43 Constitutional Amendments during its sixty-day session. Two bills of some interest that were approved by both Houses were the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act and the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act .




Lawsuits: New Mexico violating rights of some students

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:48:13 GMT

The Center on Law and Poverty and other advocates are asking a state judge to declare that New Mexico's education system is failing to meet its constitutional responsibilities for Native American students, low-income students and those learning Engli Lawsuits: New Mexico violating rights of some students The Center on Law and Poverty and other advocates are asking a state judge to declare that New Mexico's education system is failing to meet its constitutional responsibilities for Native American students, low-income students and those learning Engli Check out this story on demingheadlight.com: http://lcsun.co/2rMttzQ ALBUQUERQUE - The Center on Law and Poverty and other advocates are asking a state judge to declare that New Mexico's education system is failing to meet its constitutional responsibilities for Native American students, low-income students and those learning English as a ... (more)




New Mexico lawmaker says governor's appointments can wait

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:43:02 GMT

The president of the New Mexico Senate says there will be no confirmation hearings for appointments by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez during a special legislative session that begins Wednesday. Senate President Mary Kay Papen said Monday that the Democratic-led Legislature will be focused on restoring vetoed funding for higher education institutions and will not vet executive appointments.