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Balderas Joins 37 States, Territories In Fight Against Opioid Incentives

on September 20, 2017 - 7:00am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  As an expansion of Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention and Education Network, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 37 states and territories urging health insurance companies to examine financial incentives that contribute to the opioid epidemic in New Mexico.
The bipartisan coalition announced today a two-step strategy intended to identify problematic policies and encourage reforms to spur increased use of non-opioid alternatives for treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain.

Heinrich Secures Amendments In Defense Authorization Bill To Benefit Military Bases, National Labs In N.M.

on September 20, 2017 - 6:58am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has voted for the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and announced amendments he secured in the bill that benefit New Mexico's military installations, national laboratories, and job creation throughout the state.
The bill passed the Senate Armed Services Committee in June and passed the full Senate Monday by a vote of 89-8.
“New Mexicans go above and beyond to support our state’s military bases, test ranges,

NNSA Partners With Kazakhstan Research Institute To Remove All Of Its Highly Enriched Uranium

on September 20, 2017 - 6:50am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), in partnership with the Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, has repatriated the last remaining highly enriched uranium (HEU) from the institute’s VVR-K reactor.
“This final removal will make INP HEU-free, ensuring that a bad actor can never acquire material from the site for a nuclear weapon,” said Dave Huizenga, NNSA’s acting deputy administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.

RPLA/LAFRW Host Constitution Day Dinner Sept. 30

on September 20, 2017 - 6:40am
Local GOP hosts Constitution Day Dinner Sept. 30 at Church of Christ. Courtesy image
GOP News:
The Republican Party of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women is hosting the annual Constitution Day Dinner at Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Dr.
The event is 5:30-8:30 p.m. and begins with mingling and a silent auction followed by keynote speaker Kelly Zunie, a candidate for lieutenant governor, dinner and student essay winners.
Prepaid tickets are $55/adult, $100/couple, $25/student and tickets at the door are $60/adult, $110/couple and $30/student.

Joseph Maestas Announces Bid For Santa Fe Mayor

on September 19, 2017 - 3:04pm

Santa Fe City Councilor Joseph Maestas


SANTA FE -- Santa Fe City Councilor Joseph Maestas announced today that he met with the Santa Fe City Clerk to formally begin a campaign to seek the Office of Mayor in lieu of a bid for re-election of his City Council District 2 position.

Councilor Maestas released the following statement:

“I’ve devoted my entire adult life to public service as a Federal civil servant and municipal elected official.

CCA Welcomes Civil Rights Hero Dolores Huerta

on September 19, 2017 - 2:48pm

Dolores Huerta, one of America’s most influential activists of the past 100 years be at the CCA Oct. 5 in Santa Fe. Courtesy/CCA

CCA News:

  • CCA, IATSE, New Mexico History Museum, PBS and Somos Un Pueblo Unido team up to host legendary civil rights hero, Oct. 5

The legendary Dolores Huerta, one of America’s most influential activists of the past 100 years, visits Santa Fe to attend an event held in her honor Oct. 5, at the Center for Contemporary Arts.

After a visit to Capital High School, where she will address the student body, Huerta will be present at a free community feed at the CCA,

Udall And Moran’s Bipartisan MGT Act Clears Senate In FY18 National Defense Authorization Act

on September 19, 2017 - 8:20am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) Monday applauded the inclusion of their Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act as part of the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018 (FY18).
Their bipartisan legislation was introduced as an amendment (#1006) to the FY18 NDAA to modernize government information technology (IT), eliminate wasteful spending and strengthen cybersecurity.
“The MGT Act is a perfect example of what we can accomplish when we seek common-sense solutions in a bipartisan way,”

Udall, Heinrich Urge U.S. Trade Rep. To Support New Mexico’s Pecan Farmers, Lower Export Tariffs

on September 19, 2017 - 7:29am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of six other senators Sept. 18 urging U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer to help New Mexico's pecan farmers increase exports by taking action to lower the tariffs on pecan exports to India.
India’s current high tariffs on pecans are impacting New Mexico and American pecan farmers, and have created a trade barrier not imposed on other tree nut producers. 
In a letter to Lighthizer, the senators note that the current tariff on U.S.