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Santa Fe New Mexican
By Robert Nott
October 22, 2017
In a marked contrast to Gov. Susana Martinez's administration, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said if he is elected governor, he will give school districts more local control over such hot-button issues as teacher evaluations and standardized testing.
Pearce — the only Republican to enter the 2018 gubernatorial race to date — said he also would contract with local businesses to start internship programs in high schools to help disengaged students earn training certificates so they can work in industries they enjoy, even if they do not go to college.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, expressing her strong opposition to any new round of military base closures. Lujan Grisham also urged Wilson to prioritize the ongoing clean-up of jet fuel at Kirtland Air Force Base, and support the Pararescue schoolhouse at Kirtland.
"I strongly oppose any new round of BRAC and the proposed elimination of the independent BRAC Commission," Lujan Grisham said in her letter, which followed a meeting earlier this month with Secretary Wilson.
Last weekend the New Mexico State University rodeo team headed north for the Mesalands college rodeo in Tucumcari.
"New Mexico September 2017 housing sales reported to the REALTORS Association of New Mexico (RANM) are below 2016 September sales, however, we are still on pace to have another record year," reports RANM President Victoria Murphy. 1,648 sales were reported during September 2017."
Steven Anaya, RANM CEO, says "the September 2017 median price of $200,000 is the first time since RANM began keeping statistics that the monthly median price reached the $200,000 mark." (Median price indicates that half the homes sold for more; half for less.)
In all construction zones, motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, as well as continue to be cautious of heavy equipment and construction personnel in the area.
White Sands Missile Range Notification
For information regarding closures you may call WSMR at 678-1178 or 678-2222 for updates.
Traffic updates are posted on the NMDOT traffic advisory web-site at http://nmroads.com and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.
WASHINGTON — Last night, the U.S. Senate approved an amendment by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich that directs Congress to fully and permanently fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which helps local governments in New Mexico and across the West pay for critical services like schools, police, and roads. The amendment to the Republicans' Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution passed 58 to 41 and was the only amendment offered by a Democrat to pass on a roll-call vote.
New Mexico is the third-highest recipient of PILT payments in the country, but PILT provides critical resources to nearly 1,900 counties across 49 states and supports thousands of jobs across America, particularly in the rural West. Despite the need to provide predictable funding for counties, Congress currently does not fund PILT on an automatic, permanent basis. Instead, Congress makes discretionary annual appropriations, creating uncertainty each year as communities wait to learn whether they will receive the funding that they rely on.
The Grant County Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.
The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.
The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.
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