New Mexico lawmakers are getting set to debate a proposal to rebuild the long-term finances of the public worker pension program... the plan represents more than 55-thousand state and municipal workers... under the plan, public employee retirees would see smaller cost-of-living adjustments... the legislation also would require larger payroll contributions by workers and taxpayers... and starting in july, new employees would have to stay in their jobs for longer before they could collect retirement benefits. the public employees retirement association pension system has an unfunded liability of about 6-billion-dollars. The senate is expected to debate the proposal this week.
Uranium mining companies are apparently looking at the navajo nation... the navajo nation sits on more than 70 million tons of naturally occuring uranium, a radioactive ore. Several companies apparently have addressed the tribe, asking for permission to mine the uranium-ruch land. But several environmental studies have suggested that elevated levels of uranium in and around the mines caused health problems for people who live or work in the area.
If it's been a while since you've donated blood... you might think about donating at one of the first mayoral blood drives, which are coming up in march. United Blood services of new mexico has announced the drives... they are monday, march 11th, at questa high school... thursday march 14th, and friday march 15th, both at the taos convention center. Donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old, and present a photo ID. Donors who are 16 years old must have a signed parental consent. You're encouraged to make an appointment if you are going to donate... you can do that by logging on to unitedbloodservices.org.