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Charter schools face uncertain future under Senate Bill 1

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Gallup Middle College weighs in on proposed legislation

The fate of future enrollment in charter schools across New Mexico looks bleak if Senate Bill 1 passes and becomes law.

But for now, the bill is in its infancy and can die before it even reaches the governor’s desk.

SB 1 was introduced during the first session...

County approves amendments to NMDOT Local Government Road Fund

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The McKinley County Board of Commissioners discussed a pair of amendments to a resolution from last year that pertains to the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Local Government Road Fund. County Manager Anthony Dimas Jr. spoke for the item at the Feb. 5 regular meeting.

According to information given during the meeting, the FY19 CAP Funding prior to the amendment was $472,357, with $354,268 coming from a grant and $110,089 coming from a match.

The amount for FY19 CAP Funding after the amendments are approved will be $766,610, with $574,958.00 coming from a grant and $191,652 from a match.

Potential issues that could come up involve utility companies that the county has to...

Holloman Air Force Base receives violation notice for groundwater contamination

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SANTA FE - The New Mexico Environment Department issued a Notice of Violation to Holloman Air Force Base on Feb 6 in response to detected toxic pollutants in groundwater. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances were found in groundwater on base at levels nearly twice the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water health advisory in monitoring wells covered by Holloman’s groundwater discharge permit.

Violations of the discharge permit trigger corrective action requirements for the Air Force.

The Air Force reported concentrations of PFAS at 137 parts per trillion at monitoring wells. The EPA’s drinking water health advisory for PFAS is 70 parts per trillion. The Air Force...

Navajo Nation seeks bi-partisan support for Utah Water Rights Settlement Act

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WASHINGTON D.C. – President  Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, and Speaker of the 24th Navajo Nation Council Seth Damon met with U.S. Senate and House members this week to advocate for the passage of House Bill 644, the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act, sponsored by Congressman Rob Bishop, R-UT of Utah and co-sponsored by Utah Reps. John Curtis, R-UT and Chris Stewart, R-UT.

President Nez and Speaker Damon met with U. S. Senator Mitt Romney R-UT, who will sponsor similar legislation in the Senate, as his predecessor, Orrin Hatch had done during the 114th and 115th Congresses.

They also met with Sens. John Hoeven R-N.D. and Tom Udall D-N.M., the Chairman and Vice...

Retired NM AIR National Guard General Judy Griego confirmed as DVS Cabinet Secretary

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SANTA FE -  Retired New Mexico Air National Guard Brigadier General Judy M. Griego was unanimously confirmed by the New Mexico Senate Feb. 6 as Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services.

The native of Carnuel in eastern Bernalillo County was appointed to the position by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Dec. 27. The confirmation makes the appointment permanent.

“I am thrilled that the Senate agreed with me that General Griego has the management experience and leadership skills necessary to lead the Department of Veterans Services,” said Governor Lujan Grisham after being informed of  Secretary Griego’s confirmation. “She has a passion for helping the...
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