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Today's News

  • Supreme Court overturns House redistricting plan

    Monitor Staff, Wire Reports

    The New Mexico Supreme Court on Friday overturned a plan that realigned districts for the state House of Representatives and ordered a judge to draw a new map.

    The court issued a 4-1 split decision that was tantamount to a victory for Democrats and the Legislature, which had challenged a redistricting plan ordered last month by retired District Court Judge James Hall.

    The justices said the judge should try to develop a new redistricting plan by Feb. 27. The traditional filing deadline for House candidates is next month, but the uncertainty of the redistricting case has cast doubts over that schedule.

  • Leaving 'No Child' law: Obama lets 10 states flee

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It could be the beginning of the end for No Child Left Behind.
    The goal was lofty: Get all children up to par in math and reading by 2014. But the nation isn’t getting there, and now some states are getting out.
    In a sign of what’s to come, President Barack Obama on Thursday freed 10 states from some of the landmark law’s toughest requirements. Those states, which had to commit to their own, federally approved plans, will now be free, for example, to judge students with methods other than test scores. They also will be able to factor in subjects beyond reading and math.

  • House OKs change in pension plan 


    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico legislators will have to contribute more into their pension plans under a bill passed Thursday by the House, but the proposal’s sponsor says the Legislature needs to scale back its retirement benefits.
    No other state offers a similar pension system for its legislators, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. That’s because New Mexico lawmakers don’t receive an annual salary and instead get a daily payment intended to offset their expenses. Typically, pension contributions and benefits for public employees are based on their salaries.

  • What happened to spell check?

    This sign greets motorists and pedestrians on Central Avenue, heading toward the Bradbury Science Museum.

  • Update 02-10-12

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m.
    Feb. 15, at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting

    There will be a council meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the White Rock Fire Station #3.

    Iwo Jima talk

    World War II Marine Corps veteran Bill Hudson will show a DVD about the battle of Iwo Jima at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Mesa Public Library. After the viewing, Hudson will give a brief talk.

    Coming Sunday

    Construction begins on a new TRU Waste Facility at the lab.Get the details on how this will accelerate shipments to WIPP.

    ESB meeting

  • Martinez declines to release schedules

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez bills herself as the transparency governor, promoting her mandate that all state employee salaries be posted publicly, touting her support for a bill that would require agencies and elected bodies to post notices of their meetings 72 hours in advance and promising quick responses to requests for public records.

    But open government advocates question whether Martinez is walking her talk.

  • Legislators want federal help at Area G

    House Memorial 33, which requests full federal funding for cleanup of Area G in Los Alamos, passed unanimously in the state House Representatives and Senate Thursday.

    The memorial was introduced by Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval Counties).

  • Citizens prefer 'natural' plan for Ashley Pond

    The 30 or so residents attending the public meeting on the Ashley Pond renovation project were divided between a “naturalistic” master plan and a “mixed” design combining natural and more formal elements.

    They were all in agreement on one thing: a very ‘’formal” option received not a single vote.

    The overriding goal of the renovation is to revitalize Ashley Pond, which is dying from a depletion of oxygen in the water called eutrophication. To rejuvenate the pond, a number of factors must be addressed, including reducing runoff carrying dissolved nutrients from fertilizer and pollutants from parking areas and finding ways to increase water circulation.

  • Dueling with unloaded guns

    A creative headline writer described the employment packages offered by Democrats and Republicans as “Dueling Job-Growth Plans.”
    To have a duel, the guns must be loaded. That’s one little detail Senate Dems forgot.
    In a news conference, they trotted out SB 9, yet another stab in Sen. Peter Wirth’s long campaign for combined tax reporting, which employers say would cost jobs; SB 74, from Sen. Steve Fischmann, who has an untarnished track record for being clueless on economic issues; and Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, whose SB 140 is unworkable.

  • Talking the Rail Runner

    Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, poses a good question about the New Mexico Rail Runner Express with his Senate Bill 247.
    But like nearly all Democrats and a good many Republicans, he missed the point. He only asks who should pay for the Rail Runner’s losses, all New Mexicans or just some, not whether it should continue.
    The bill provides “a dedicated funding source for the operation and maintenance costs of heavy rail mass transit systems that fairly imposes these costs on the locales and persons that are primarily served.”
    Government has things to do. But what things? At what level of government? Is there benefit to people supposedly served by the government activity?