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Water Policy Meetings Hosted to Encourage Input on Water Planning

During the New Mexico First 2014 Town Hall on Water Planning, Development & Use, New Mexicans called for improved state and regional water plans that strengthen the regional and state water planning and implementation process to promote long-term planning, while maintaining short-term adaptability.

The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) asked New Mexico First to provide information on upcoming meetings hosted on water planning.

All New Mexicans interested in water policy planning are invited to attend.

The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) is currently working with all of New Mexico's 16 water planning regions to finalize regional water plan updates by the fall of 2016. Early this year the ISC will be facilitating a series of three meetings with each regional steering committee to finalize the draft updates which are now in progress. These meetings are open to the public and regional stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

Objectives of the current regional water planning update process include:


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Progress Report: Read about NM's strengths and weaknesses in Education, Health, Economy and Water

2015 New Mexico Progress Report .. Read More

STEM Action Team Presents Goals and Recommendations to NM Legislators

The New Mexico STEM Action Team presented before the Legislative Education Study Committee yesterday, sharing the following goals and policy recommendations. The presentation was positively received.  ..

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STEM Action Team to present at a legislative hearing tomorrow, with live webcast!

New Mexico First, in conjunction with the NM Partnership for Math and Science Education’s STEM Action Team, will speak to the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) tomorrow on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education policy efforts.

The STEM Action Team is a statewide network of STEM professionals in education, technology, industry and other fields. It grew out of the STEM Action Planning Summit in 2012. Summit participants developed a plan that focuses on student learning, early college retention, teacher development and more. Read the plan here! The STEM Action Team has continued its work by encouraging industry partnerships and policy work in math and science education. Tomorrow’s presentation to the LESC will include progress made and future goals, as well as outlining ways in which the committee can ensure that STEM education gets the support it needs in our state.


  • By 2020, increase by 25% the number of students measurably proficient in math and science.
  • By 2020, graduate 1,000 new science and math teachers. Also, support and retain existing STEM teachers.
  • By 2020, increase by 25% the number of college graduates in STEM fields.

Watch the presentation at 10:00 AM by going to Webcasting of the New Mexico Legislature or join us at the State Capitol, Room 307, Santa Fe, NM 87501.


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Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Regional Meetings

New Mexico First will host Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Regional Meetings! Register today!

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Access Water Research on the Go!

New Mexico First is pleased to announce that we are using a new web platform to produce reports, enabling you to easily view them on your desktop, phone or tablet.(You will also retain the option to access them in “old-fashioned” PDF.) Our water research report, initially published last year, is the first document available on the new platform. Access Advancing New Mexico's Future: Water Planning, Development & Use anytime, and watch for future data in the same format!

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Five Lawmakers and Community Leaders Honored for Bipartisanship

Five New Mexicans were honored for exceptional leadership and bipartisan contributions to our government and community. The awards were presented at the biannual First Forum lecture series, From Gridlock to Good Government. The awardees were chosen by a bipartisan committee including Janet Green, Gene Baca, Clint Harden, Leean Kravitz, Cynthia Nava and Heather Balas. Congratulations to our 2015 Spirit of Bipartisanship Award Recipients.  ..

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What do YOU think is the most urgent issue facing New Mexico?

Help us select the topic for the 2016 statewide town hall by taking a quick survey on the important issues confronting our state. As a citizen you know what is important in your community, and we need your advice!

Click here  to take the 3 minute survey. We appreciate your input!

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to read more about our last town hall!  ..

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New Mexico First Announces Spirit of Bipartisanship Award Recipients

The nonpartisan public policy organization New Mexico First will recognize five outstanding leaders for their exceptional commitments to collaboration and effective policy. The Spirit of Bipartisanship Awards will be presented at the First Forum Lecture Series on June 25 in Albuquerque. “This organization is proud to recognize lawmakers and community leaders who put the people of New Mexico first and work to find good solutions to the challenges we face,” said Janet Green, selection committee chair. “This award shines the spotlight on hard-working role models who put good policy above partisan politics.”  ..

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Registration is open for New Mexico First’s biennial lecture series, 2015 First Forum: From Gridlock to Good Government?

From the Albuquerque Journal to the Washington Post, voters read that our government is broken. Partisan finger-pointing, money in politics, and voter distrust all contribute to a growing culture of negativity around politics. Is it possible to re-create a positive, productive political environment? How can our state foster a true spirit of collaboration among our elected leaders, while honoring authentic differences of opinion or priority? And what will it take to rekindle voter trust in our democratic process? To answer these questions, New Mexico First will host its biennial fundraiser 2015 First Forum:  From Gridlock to Good Government!  ..

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