All three mayoral candidates on the Oct. 8 ballot say they have plans to accelerate Albuquerque’s recovery from the Great Recession. They share much in common. Each wants to cut red tape, accelerate permitting and support the school system.
But they differ on the details and approach.
Freshman congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham says her first few months as a member of Congress have been an eye opener. “The pace feels like I’m drinking from a fire hose,” she told LATINO Magazine. “I had an exhausting and demanding campaign, and I assumed I would find that same environment here, but it’s actually more demanding. At the same time it’s incredibly exciting and very rewarding. My freshman class, they are all fine examples of incredible individuals.”
She calls her election a tremendous opportunity, especially considering that last year’s race was her second attempt at a congressional win. “I got a second chance. I was the underdog. Who knew that very seat would come up again,” said the first Latina to represent New Mexico in Congress.
“That's the main thing the House of Representatives is supposed to do – initiate the funding. We can move funding in and out of programs all the time. That's our job so I don't consider it to be wrong or somehow back door at all,” Pearce said.
He says fears of government shut down are wildly overstated.
“We believe that we should live with a balanced budget, that we should be moving back toward that, but they understand that we can't get there in one day, one year,” he said.
According to a CenturyLink news release, Martinez (no relation to the governor) joined the company as local government affairs director and will interface with local government officials in New Mexico. But Martinez’s LinkedIn Web page and her work voice mail say she is also state government affairs director.CenturyLink also hired the former chief of staff of the PRC.
Martinez referred questions to a CenturyLink spokesman, who declined to say whether Martinez would be working at the state level.
“As a state senator, Tim has a successful track record of making our government more transparent and accountable, including cleaning up the Public Regulation Commission after years of backroom corruption,” Keller said in a campaign handout.
Asked what cleanup he was talking about, Keller said it was Block’s removal.
What exactly did Keller do to end Block’s corrupt reign at the PRC? In a word, the answer is nothing.
The county has about one month's worth of operating expenses available as easily accessible cash.
"Every month we have about $15- to $20 million in expenditures, typically," said Deputy County Finance Manager Teresa Byrd, who added county managers discovered his investments in June. "We had just about enough money to make our obligations, but that brought up some questions."
It's the first time in more than a decade the Human Services Department isn't seeking an increase in state aid for Medicaid, which provides health care for a fourth of New Mexico's population.
Agency officials said a reduction is possible in part because of low price inflation, more available federal money and lower usage of services by Medicaid recipients.
“I’ve put a lot of stuff on hold while I’ve been on the council — things that I used to do and would like to do again, like family and friends stuff and traveling,” said Calvert, who said he will endorse city Planning Commissioner Signe Lindell for the council seat. “I just would like to get back to somewhat of a life, and I was waiting until I saw there was a candidate that would serve District 1 well, and I feel confident that that is the case with Sig.”
Calvert’s decision brings to three the number of people who have announced they are seeking the position in the March 4 municipal election — Lindell, Houston Johansen and Michael Segura.
On February 27, bags 2.25 mils and thinner—the plastic carryout bags many grocery stores offer—will no longer be provided by local retailers. Paper bags, which many environmentalists say are just as bad as plastic bags, will still be permitted, albeit with a 10-cent fee for each one. While many locals and residents of cities with bans already in place say bagging the bag is a good first step toward change in our throw-away culture, not everyone is happy with Santa Fe’s ordinance.
“It’s laughable,” said John Horning, the executive director at WildEarth Guardians New Mexico. “Public lands are a birthright for all Americans … New Mexicans don’t own them, Americans own them.” [...] Supporters of the plan claim the federal government has done a lousy job managing the land and point to the explosion of wildfires they say have been made worse by federal land policy. They also say the chronic federal budget deficits and repeated trips to the fiscal cliff will only make things worse.
Ross Barrett, general manager of the Ruidoso News, is moving on to greater responsibilities, introducing and bringing a digital culture to a privately held newspaper company located in southern Minnesota.
Barrett's last day at the Ruidoso News will be Friday.
The National Weather Service said Tuesday that 75 percent of the state remains under moderate to severe drought conditions, and New Mexico is still behind a 36-month average for rain.
“It’ a lot better than where we were,” said Shawn Bennett of the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.
The commission filed a petition with the Supreme Court in July alleging that Sanchez committed “willful misconduct in office” for engaging in an ex parte communication with Rosalee Trujillo, the cousin of a DWI suspect.
eports by case workers showed that she stated she was separated from her husband, Ramon Ortega, for eight years and that he was living in Texas. Ortega claimed that she received $400 monthly from Ramon Ortega in child support for her three children.
However, investigators from the Office of the Inspector General discovered Facebook posts on Alicia Ortega's personal page in which she and her husband exchange loving comments for their 13-year anniversary.
The Legislative Finance Committee presented new numbers that show the fiscal year 2013 total recurring revenue forecast was revised downward by a total of $9.6 million and $136 million for fiscal year 2014.
Spokesman Joseph Roth said Ikea typically only moves into trade areas with at least 2 million people. That’s 2 million within 40-60 miles or within a 40- to 60-minute drive.The Albuquerque metro area is less than half of that.
“I’m not familiar with the exact population of Albuquerque, but I don’t believe it’s quite 2 million yet,” Roth told me recently. “If it were, we’d be looking at it.”
The Northern New Mexico Bigfoot and Paranormal Conference will be held Sept. 28-29. Conference speakers will present evidence and theories about Bigfoot, as well as information about future research projects and new technologies in the hunt for these elusive beings. Discussions also will include paranormal aspects of the creature, and research indicating that Bigfoot are capable of spoken language.