https://www.lamonitor.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Memorial service set for New Mexico lawmaker https://www.lamonitor.com/content/memorial-service-set-new-mexico-lawmaker <img src="https://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/e_carlos_cisneros_2.jpg" alt="Sen. Carlos Cisneros" title="Sen. Carlos Cisneros" align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> SANTA FE (AP) &mdash; A memorial service for Sen. Carlos Cisneros is scheduled for Sept. 27 at the New Mexico State Capitol.</p> <p> The Questa Democrat died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 71.</p> <p> The memorial at the capitol will be followed by a service Sept. 28 at The Light at Mission Viejo Church in Santa Fe.</p> <p> Cisneros first won election to the Senate in 1984 and went on to play a leading role in annual budget negotiations and legislation on tax policy. He was credited with drafting legislation earlier this year that will increase state investments in small businesses.</p> <p> Cisneros had recently announced his bid for re-election to represent a vast district that stretches from the state line with</p> <p> Colorado to the outskirts of Los Alamos, including Taos, Pe&ntilde;asco, Truchas and Pojoaque Pueblo.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Groups threaten to sue over nuclear weapons work at US labs https://www.lamonitor.com/content/groups-threaten-sue-over-nuclear-weapons-work-us-labs <p> LOS ALAMOS (AP) &mdash; Nuclear watchdog groups say they will sue if the U.S. government doesn&#39;t conduct a nationwide programmatic environmental review of its plans to expand production of key components for the nation&#39;s nuclear arsenal.</p> <p> Federal officials have set a deadline of 2030 for ramped-up production of plutonium pits. The work will be split between Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.</p> <p> Lawyers for the Natural Resources Defense Council, Nuclear Watch New Mexico, Savannah River Site Watch and Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment threatened legal action in a letter sent this week to officials.</p> <p> In June, the National Nuclear Security Administration said it would prepare an environmental impact statement on pit-making at Savannah River. A less extensive review was planned for Los Alamos.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Locals rally, protest Trump https://www.lamonitor.com/content/locals-rally-protest-trump <img src="https://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/women_for_trump_e.jpg" alt="The Santa Ana Star Center’s arena was filled to maximum capacity with supporters Monday as President Trump visited. " title="The Santa Ana Star Center’s arena was filled to maximum capacity with supporters Monday as President Trump visited. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span class="s1">As Trump supporters filled the Santa Ana Star Center&rsquo;s 7,500 seats and floor Monday to support President Trump, eager to take his messages on immigration, healthcare, gun control, the economy and other issues out across the state.</span></p> <p> Trump supporter David Colon said it was time for Democrats to stop telling Latinos what to do and who to vote for.</p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">&ldquo;The truth is, we respect him a lot,&rdquo; Colon said Latinos of Trump. (The Democrats) aren&rsquo;t the only ones that can speak for us. That&rsquo;s not good for our country.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Colon said he lost a lot of friends and family through his support of Trump, but be believes in Trump and what he&rsquo;s doing for the country, especially when it comes to the economy.</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">&ldquo;Everybody tries sell you on the tariffs and all this other stuff, but it hasn&rsquo;t affected me. If anything, I&rsquo;ve seen all the business opportunities, all the blacks have jobs, Hispanics have jobs, my 401k is taking off, I get paid really good money.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Debbie Goldstein came all the way from Los Alamos to see Trump. Goldstein said Trump is one of those once-in-a-lifetime presidents.</span></p> Trump rallies backers in bid to turn New Mexico red https://www.lamonitor.com/content/trump-rallies-backers-bid-turn-new-mexico-red <img src="https://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/a_trump_great_closeup_expression.jpg" alt="President Donald Trump delivers a speech to about 10,000 supporters Monday at the Santa Ana Star Center. " title="President Donald Trump delivers a speech to about 10,000 supporters Monday at the Santa Ana Star Center. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> BY KEVIN FREKING<br /> The Associated Press</p> <p> RIO RANCHO &mdash; President Donald Trump made a pocketbook appeal for reelection in the Democratic-leaning state of New Mexico on Monday, telling voters that his energy policies have made the state wealthier and warning that the gains could disappear if the proposal known as the Green New Deal takes effect.</p> <p> &ldquo;The Democrats want to completely annihilate New Mexico&rsquo;s economy,&rdquo; claimed Trump, who boasted that an oil and gas boom during his administration has helped increase the state&rsquo;s revenues. &ldquo;The Democrats will never get the chance because New Mexico will never give them that chance.&rdquo;</p> <p> Trump went to New Mexico, which has not backed a Republican for president since 2004, to try to turn the state red and expand his grip on the Electoral College in next year&rsquo;s presidential election.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s been quite a while since a Republican won this state,&rdquo; Trump told supporters, who greeted him with chants of &ldquo;USA, USA.&rdquo; &lsquo;&rsquo;I think we&rsquo;re going to do great here. We&rsquo;re here because we really think we&rsquo;re going to turn this state and make it a Republican state.&rdquo;</p> New Mexico state Sen. Carlos Cisneros dies at 71 https://www.lamonitor.com/content/new-mexico-state-sen-carlos-cisneros-dies-71 <img src="https://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/e_carlos_cisneros_1.jpg" alt="Sen. Carlos Cisneros, the longest serving senator of the New Mexico State Senate, died of a heart attack Tuesday. " title="Sen. Carlos Cisneros, the longest serving senator of the New Mexico State Senate, died of a heart attack Tuesday. " align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> Associated Press and Staff Report</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> SANTA FE &mdash; New Mexico state Sen. Carlos Cisneros, a Democrat from Questa who served in the Legislature for 35 years as a key negotiator on state spending, has died. He was 71.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Cisneros&#39; death Tuesday from a heart attack was confirmed by Legislative Council Service Director Ra&uacute;l Burciaga.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Cisneros first won election to the Senate in 1984 and went on to play a leading role in annual budget negotiations and legislation on tax policy.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> He represented a vast district that stretches from the state line with Colorado to the outskirts of Los Alamos, including Taos, Pe&ntilde;asco, Truchas and Pojoaque Pueblo.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she was saddened by Cisneros&#39; death and that he played an important role for decades in designating infrastructure projects across the state.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> She credited him with drafting successful legislation this year that increases state investments in small businesses.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> &quot;He began his professional career as a mine worker and became a union leader,&quot; Lujan Grisham noted in a statement. &quot;He was a student of New Mexico all his life.&quot;</p> New Mexico weighs tuition-free college for local students https://www.lamonitor.com/content/new-mexico-weighs-tuition-free-college-local-students <img src="https://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edited_lujan_grisham_michelle_200_0.jpg" alt="Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham" title="Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham" align="left" hspace="6" width="70" height="85" /><p> By MORGAN LEE Associated Press</p> <p> SANTA FE (AP) &mdash; New Mexico would eliminate tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate and community college students of all ages under a proposal Wednesday from Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham that requires legislative approval.</p> <p> The &quot;opportunity scholarship&quot; would tap the state general fund to cover costs not already paid for by federal scholarships and local lottery proceeds, a so-called last dollar approach used by a handful of states including New York that offer more limited free tuition.</p> <p> The announcement at a community college in Albuquerque thrusts New Mexico to the forefront of a national political conversation about soaring student debt and tuition costs.</p> <p> &quot;By making college significantly more accessible to New Mexicans of every income, of every background, of every age, we are putting students first,&quot; Lujan Grisham said in a statement. &quot;We are creating meaningful opportunity for all.&quot;</p> <p> Free tuition would be available at continuing education programs for older students who return to school but not for graduate studies such as medical or law school.</p> <p> Approval by the Democrat-led Legislature is needed to tap general fund dollars to cover tuition.</p> Report: N.M. needs to boost mental health services https://www.lamonitor.com/content/report-nm-needs-boost-mental-health-services <p> ALBUQUERQUE &mdash; Independent federal investigators say there&rsquo;s a need for mental health services in New Mexico, but many counties in the sparsely populated state lack licensed providers who can serve patients who rely on government assistance.</p> <p> A report released Monday by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department&rsquo;s inspector general details the challenges for Medicaid patients when it comes to accessing behavioral health care.</p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">The report states that improving access is essential in New Mexico, where more than half of adults with mental illness do not receive treatment.</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">The report notes that the state has among the highest rates in the nation for suicide and overdose deaths. It also ranks as one of the poorest states, with more than half of the population either uninsured or covered by public health insurance.</span></p> LALT’s new play may bring back the ‘90s for some https://www.lamonitor.com/content/lalt%E2%80%99s-new-play-may-bring-back-%E2%80%9890s-some <img src="https://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tick_tick_boom_trio.jpg" alt="‘tick, tick ... BOOM’ opened Friday and may make some audience members nostalgic. " title="‘tick, tick ... BOOM’ opened Friday and may make some audience members nostalgic. " align="left" hspace="6" width="121" height="85" /><p> To live out your dreams or be a slave to the 9-to-5 grind is Jon&rsquo;s (Tim Orcutt) dilemma and the theme of &ldquo;Tick, Tick&hellip; Boom,&rdquo; the Los Alamos Little Theatre&rsquo;s latest offering.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"> Audience members of a certain age may get a little nostalgic kick following these Gen Xers through 1990s New York, as they struggle with a common dilemma most everyone has or had to work out in their own lives.</p> <p class="p1"> Jon takes his journey along with his roommate Michael (Patrick McDonald) and Jon&rsquo;s girlfriend Susan (Christine Armenion).<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"> Done without scenery and a live backing band, the three take the audience through the struggles of reaching a certain age and not achieving everything you want, and how one deals with that in his or her own way.</p> <p class="p1"> Written by the late Jon Larson, who is best known for the musical &ldquo;Rent,&rdquo; Armenion, Orcutt and McDonald carry the heavy load very well on their six shoulders in this three-actor musical.</p> <p class="p1"> The backing band members are Yelena Mealy on keyboard, Nick Denissen on guitar, David Rogers, and Wes Hicks alternating on electric bass and Omar Wooten on drums.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p>