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Letter to the Editor: Church Rock uranium spill is the worst in U.S. history

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Dear Editor,

On July 16, 1979, “the worst incident of radiation contamination in the history of the United States” occurred when a United Nuclear Corporation “state of the art” earthen dam gave away releasing a torrent of radioactive sludge, heavy metals (including uranium, molybdenum, arsenic, thorium, radium...

Letter to the Editor: Diné people need to show up for Navajo nominees in the upcoming election

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Dear Editor,

I was absolutely thrilled and happy to read about the former Navajo Nation President, Jonathan Nez, who is running against the incumbent, Eli Crane in Arizona’s Second Congressional District according to Navajo Times editor, Bodera Joe on June 13. I was curious to see what happened to him since we did not hear about him after the June 4 primary election in New Mexico.

It is definitely great news that the primary election in Arizona is not until July 30 with general election scheduled for Nov. 5. I do not think Mr. Nez will mind being addressed as the Arizona Second Congressional District representative. No doubt, he will get used to it.

Nez has already contacted the 22...

Crisis response jeopardized

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Dear Editor,

Did you know that vacancy rates in 911 dispatch centers and police agencies are, on average, more than 20%, and 10% of those employed have not yet been certified (required training), threatening local 24/7 emergency response?  These conditions increase response times, and public safety staff may arrive exhausted due to long shifts.  We can't effectively address crime under these conditions.   Senate Bill 13, entitled "Public Safety Recruitment  Bureau," sponsored by Maestas and Sczczepanski, is stalled in the Senate Rules Committee despite a good deal of legislative support.

SB 13 provides funding and innovative solutions, including a media campaign to reach youth...

Letter to the Editor: HB 41 would improve air quality

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Dear Editor,

Since progress on the federal level has been lagging, it has led more states to try and do their part to reduce both air pollution and cut carbon emissions.  Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has made improving New Mexico’s air quality an increasingly high priority and is positioning New Mexico to become a leader in clean energy.

This year, the governor might have the chance to sign a bill into a law which will both improve New Mexico’s air quality and reduce the effects of climate change.  This Clean Transportation Fuels Standard (HB 41) incentivizes companies to produce cleaner transportation fuels, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve New Mexico’s...

HB 199 passes unanimously

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Dear Editor,

Great news to start your weekend – House Bill 199 passed unanimously this morning in the House Education Committee!

HB 199 does three things:

Raise EA/IA minimum salaries to $30,000 annually Place a $15/hour wage into law for non-full time/hourly staff (previously this has only been in the budget, not in law).Ensure all full-time school employees would receive $30,000 annually.
Our union has been working diligently to support higher minimum salaries for educators across the spectrum in the Legislature, and this is only of many wage-related bills we have worked to have introduced in the last three years.
Here are a few more bills coming up early next week:
Jan. 29...
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