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Heinrich Statement On Aztec High School Shooting

on December 7, 2017 - 2:49pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the shooting today at Aztec High School in Aztec, NM:

“I am distraught to learn of this tragic shooting at Aztec High School. This is a parent’s biggest nightmare – every child deserves to be safe at school.

“I want to thank and commend our local law enforcement officers, emergency first responders, teachers and staff who took immediate action to protect and aid those who were hurt.

“But Aztec now joins a list of communities touched by school shootings and gun

County Council Approves Four Recreation Projects

on December 7, 2017 - 9:40am
Bonnie Olsen and daughter Avery showing support for recreation projects during Tuesday’s Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 

After hearing the Los Alamos County Council’s decision on the recreation Capital Improvement Project (CIP) for the pool, long-time advocate for the project Shelby Redondo said, “I want to sob with relief. It’s the right thing for kids.”

Council approved all four proposed recreation CIPs during its regular meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers.

DEA Operation Targets 26 Pharmacies In Three States In Attack Against Illicit Opioid Abuse And Trafficking

on December 7, 2017 - 8:00am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Los Angeles Field Division today announced Operation Faux Pharmacy, a multi-pronged initiative aimed at attacking the opioid epidemic by targeting rogue pharmacies throughout southern California, Hawaii and Nevada.
 
DEA investigations over the last year identified as many as 26 pharmacies in these areas that may have operated outside the bounds of legitimate medicine.
 
The United States has been increasingly devastated by opioid abuse, created in large part by the over-prescribing of potent opioids.

Los Alamos Federated Republican Women Christmas Luncheon At Oppenheimer Place Friday

on December 7, 2017 - 7:54am
LAFRW News:
 
The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will its annual Christmas Luncheon noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at 1001 Oppenheimer Place in the Patio Room downstairs.
 
Any women interested in joining are invited to attend. A potluck lunch will be provided.
 
Members also will be gathering gifts to participate in the local Adopt-a-Family program.

Heinrich Testifies Before U.S. Trade Representative On Tariffs That Would Harm Solar Industry

on December 7, 2017 - 7:45am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, testified before the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to oppose raising tariffs on imported solar panels and modules.
 
The USTR held a public hearing to help inform the decision of President Trump, who received a range of formal remedy recommendations from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on November 13 and must make a final determination in the case in January 2018.
 
Earlier this year, Heinrich 

Townsend Appointed To Lead House GOP Policy Development Working Group

on December 7, 2017 - 6:56am
Rep. Jim Townsend
 
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
SANTA FE — Dec. 1 House Republican leadership tapped Rep. Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) as chair of the newly-formed Policy Development Working Group for the House Republican Caucus.
 
The group will provide a forum to develop legislative proposals, offer policy recommendations, and set long-term strategic goals.  
  
“New Mexicans want fresh ideas to solve the problems facing our state, and Jim Townsend is the right person for this job,” House Republican Floor Leader Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque) said.

Letter To The Editor: Thankful For The Council

on December 6, 2017 - 2:45pm
By SHELBY REDONDO
Los Alamos
 
I would like to thank each member of the County Council for their dedication and commitment in deciding how to best use the current CIP funds during last
night’s council meeting.
 
Through your hard work and creative thinking you were able to stretch limited dollars into much needed recreational facilities. Now our community can look forward to improvements to the golf
course and ice rink. Young children can enjoy a splash pad in White Rock geared for them.

Educators Pension Fund Investments Posts Positive Return For The Eighth Consecutive Quarter

on December 6, 2017 - 12:18pm
NMERB News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board Fund, which provides defined pension benefits to the state’s public educational employees, posted an investment return of 3.0 percent, net of management fees for the three months ending Sept. 30, 2017.
 
This marks the eighth consecutive quarter of positive returns. The fund has experienced only one negative quarter in the last 17 calendar quarters.
 
The fund also reached a new high in assets at $12.6 billion, an increase of $365.6 million for the quarter.
 
As for longer term results, net of investment management

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