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Today's News

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  • NM Senate confirms Ward as Health Secretary

    The New Mexico Senate voted unanimously to confirm Retta Ward, MPH, as Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health Monday afternoon.

    “I’m committed to improving the overall health status of New Mexicans. I expect the Department of Health to promote and imbed prevention efforts into all of the work we do, and I expect Department of Health employees to be role models for healthy living,” said Cabinet Secretary Ward. “I am passionate about all levels of prevention, from primary to quaternary, because the return on investment is high, both in reducing health care costs and improving health outcomes.” 

    Ward served as the Cabinet Secretary of the Aging and Long Term Services Department since February of 2011. Gov. Susana Martinez nominated her as Secretary of Health in January.  During her time at Aging and Long Term Services Department, Ward implemented a successful employee wellness program and statewide healthy aging initiative called “Know Your Numbers, Change Your Numbers, Change Your Life.”

  • YMCA Express hosts grand opening event

    The Los Alamos YMCA conducted an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the noon hour Monday for its new "Y Express" facility located at 140 Central Park Square.

    The 3,600-square-foot location is a"scaled-down version of our Y--offering space primarily for functional training and group exercise," according to YMCA officials. "The Y Express offers a new kind of workout, along with more of your favorite classes like Zumba and Power-up."

    The impetus for the expansion project came from overcrowding in some classes and programs at the Y's main facility nearby on Iris Street.

    "We have overcrowded classes, such as Zumba and Power Up--in fact we turn away folks in some classes. We have classes in less-than-ideal conditions due to lack of space. We are challenged to offer more classes, again due to lack of space. Last winter, we experienced crowded weight room conditions, particularly at lunch time and after work," CEO Linda Daly said in a letter to members regarding the expansion.

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  • Higher minimum wage pending in House

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to increase New Mexico's minimum wage by $1 an hour is moving ahead in the Legislature.

    A Senate-passed bill to raise the hourly wage rate to $8.50 is pending in the House.

    The measure cleared the House Labor and Human Resources Committee on a 5-3 vote Saturday, which sent it to the 70-member House for consideration.

    The minimum wage has been $7.50 an hour since 2009.

    The House panel revised the proposal to exempt businesses from the higher wage if they have fewer than three workers. The Senate-passed measure wouldn't apply to businesses with fewer than 11 workers.

    The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Employers must pay the higher rate when there is a difference between the federal wage and state or local requirements.

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  • Senators postpone vote on NM education secretary

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate's top Republican leader complained Saturday that politics had become a driving force behind a lengthy confirmation hearing for Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera, who is awaiting a vote by lawmakers with no guarantee it will happen before the Legislature ends.

    The Senate Rules Committee spent three hours questioning Skandera on Saturday and listened to seven hours of public testimony a week ago. But there was no vote by the committee and chairwoman Linda Lopez said it was uncertain when the panel would again consider Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's choice to run the Public Education Department. The Legislature adjourns in a week.