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  • Today in history Feb. 9
  • New Mexico congressman seeks White House help for refinery

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Congressman Steve Pearce says he has pitched the idea of constructing an oil refinery in New Mexico to the administration of President Donald Trump.
    The lone Republican in New Mexico's congressional delegation described his efforts to ignite job growth in his home state Thursday during an address to a joint session of the Legislature.
    Pearce did not specify where the refinery project would be located or how it might be financed. He praised Trump's efforts to restart stalled pipeline infrastructure projects including the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Native American tribal leaders in New Mexico wrote to Trump in January to express their opposition to extending the pipeline underneath a reservoir.
    Pearce represents New Mexico's southern congressional district that includes portions of the oil-rich Permian Basin.
     

  • Health report set to be released on atomic bomb test effects

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Residents of the New Mexico village of Tularosa have long said those living near the site of the world's first atomic bomb test in 1945 weren't told about the dangers or compensated for their resulting health problems.

    Since then, they say, descendants have been plagued with cancer and other illnesses while the federal government ignored their plight.

    More details will emerge on those concerns Friday, when a report is set to be released examining whether the blast damaged the genes of the people exposed to it.

    The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium will unveil the health assessment involving residents of the historic Hispanic village and other New Mexico counties around the testing site.

    Some residents allege that the federal government neglected to include New Mexico in a law that compensated residents near another atomic test site because many of those near the Trinity Test were Hispanic.

    The government has not commented on those claims. Officials with the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Division, which oversees the compensation program, said Congress would have to amend the act to expand payouts to New Mexico residents.

  • 2017 State Legislature: Lawmakers to consider measure to restrict firearms at Roundhouse

    BY ANDREW OXFORD
    The New Mexican

  • 2017 State Legislature: Panel kills bill requiring release of presidential hopefuls’ tax returns

    BY STEVE TERRELL
    The New Mexican

  • 2017 State Legislature: Bill to ease rule in bear attacks stalls

    BY TRIPP STELNICKI
    The New Mexican

  • Bradbury Museum updates displays

     

  • One more time!
  • NM Tourism Commission in LA Feb. 15

    The Tourism Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting from 2-4 p.m. in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge Feb. 15.
    The meeting is open to the public and those interested in issues impacting tourism are encouraged to attend.
    Items for presentation and discussion include a legislative update from Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham; a report from New Mexico Hospitality Association President and CEO Jennifer Schroer; and a presentation about the Los Alamos Community Engagement Project from Los Alamos County branding consultants Dave Hayduk with HK Advertising and Jim Glover with The Idea Group of Santa Fe.  
    The commission is charged with developing and recommending policies and program guidance for the New Mexico Tourism Department and approving annual updates to the state’s five-year tourism plan.
    The commission members are Bella Alvarez, Corporate Director of Hospitality, Heritage Hotels and Resorts; George Brooks, Ski New Mexico; John A. Garcia, Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico; Scott Hutton, Hutton Broadcasting; Jennifer Kimball, Chairman of the Board, La Fonda on the Plaza; Jay Christopher Stagg, Interim Chairman, Taos Ski Valley; and Emerson Vallo.

  • LACDC applauds veto of cuts to LEDA funding

    Los Alamos Community Development Corporation Executive Director Patrick Sullivan was pleased with Gov. Susana Martinez line-item veto of cuts to the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funding in SB 113, the solvency bill recently passed by the legislature.
    Martinez also requested additional money for the Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP), but funding for that program still falls far short of demand in this year’s budget.
    Sullivan sees underfunding of those two economic development tools as shortsighted.
    “I understand the difficult position the legislators are in with the budget, but between these two programs and continuing to improve our education system, that’s how we’re going to get out of the budget mess. Oil’s not going to go back to $100 a barrel,” Sullivan said.
    Although Sullivan is not aware of any local companies that have taken advantage of state LEDA funds (several have utilized local LEDA funds), he believes one or two local projects might potentially be eligible. He sees LEDA as an important economic development asset.