The subcommittee oversees annual funding for financial-related agencies including the U.S. Department of Treasury, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service.
Democrats said the Public Education Department for two years withheld all information about the budget problem from the Legislature. Republican Martinez’s administration, however, said that criticism was inaccurate and unfair.
Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, right, said legislators could have tackled any deficiencies in special education funding two years ago had they only been told by the Public Education Department of the federal investigation.
“I’m already related to 95 percent of the grandmas in Santa Fe,” she said during an interview Thursday. “I know pretty much everybody at the city. I know the guys, and I can call them up and ask them something.”
On a voice vote signaling strong bipartisan support, the committee approved an amendment that would end federal funding for slaughterhouse inspections, which would effectively ban horse slaughter in the U.S. The amendment, sponsored by Reps. Jim Moran, D-Va. and Bill Young, R-Fla., would impose a five-year ban on horse slaughter.
The city of Santa Fe’s two municipal reservoirs are at 33 percent capacity this month, compared to 60 percent last June and 44 percent two years ago. Conchas Lake, Lake Avalon, Brantley Lake and Sumner are effectively empty.Smoke and rugged terrain makes the Jaroso Fire tough to map.
With fewer visitors, revenue at state parks fell by 41.3 percent, to a weekend total of about $157,000, Mutz said.The Las Vegas governing body banned most fireworks because of fire danger. Raton as well.
San Miguel County has had a ban on the use of fireworks for years, but the county ban doesn’t apply land inside municipal boundaries.The Rio Grande Sun looks at the downed power lines that were reportedly responsible for the Thompson Ridge Fire.
Kenneth Borrego, chairman of the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative board, said he favors a proposal to widen utility easements on forest lands, but said that is ultimately a matter to be resolved at the federal level.
“I think the (state Public Regulation Commission) has a good approach, widening these easements, from 20 feet to 40, 50 feet,” he said. “I think that approach is probably one that will help everybody, because people don’t want these trees cut on their properties. They don’t think about the consequences of what could happen when they fall onto a power line and cause a big fire like this.”
U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales on Thursday announced settlement of the lawsuit, which alleged systemic fraud in the program SAIC ran for the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. The program trains emergency personnel to respond to terrorist attacks under a Department of Homeland Security grant program that saw major funding increases after Sept. 11.
The purpose of the meeting was to gather input from the public and provide background information regarding the ongoing JLUS for Holloman Air Force Base, Fort Bliss, White Sands Missile Range and surrounding communities.
Lawyers for Western Resource Advocates and the New Energy Economy filed paperwork in the state court of appeals that said while the groups still believe the Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) was wrong, “it has become apparent that continuing these appeals will require substantial resources” and the groups will try alternative routes to “find ways to address climate change in a manner that makes sense for New Mexico.”