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Heinrich Seeks DOE Assurance for LANL Cleanup Funds

on April 19, 2013 - 12:58pm

U.S. SENATE News:

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing yesterday to consider the president's proposed budget for the Department of Energy for fiscal year 2014.

During that hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., sought assurance from DOE’s Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Poneman that waste cleanup efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory would receive sufficient funding this year.

This is part of Heinrich’s ongoing effort to ensure all priority cleanup efforts at LANL stay on schedule.

On April 3, Senators Heinrich and Tom Udall

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Visits LANL

on April 19, 2013 - 7:42am
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Rep. Carl Trujillo visit Los Alamos National Laboratory Monday. Courtesy photo
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Rep. Carl Trujillo chat with scientists during a visit Los Alamos National Laboratory Monday. Courtesy photo

Udall Statement on Defeat of Bipartisan Background Check Amendment

on April 18, 2013 - 1:04pm
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued this statement following the Senate’s consideration of amendments to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, including the Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks on commercial gun sales:
 
"The bipartisan Manchin-Toomey agreement would have expanded criminal background checks to reduce gun violence while upholding the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.
 
"Fifty-four United States senators voted in agreement with 90 percent of the American people that

Luján, Lujan Grisham Write to President Obama with Concerns over Proposed Cuts to Social Security Benefits

on April 17, 2013 - 9:41am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New Mexico Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham wrote to President Obama recently to express their concerns with provisions in the President's budget that would impact Social Security and reduce benefits for New Mexico seniors.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
Below is the text of the letter:

April 16, 2013

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20502

Dear Mr. President:

It was with great interest that we reviewed the 2014

Letter to the Editor: Last Hour Tax Deal Violates the Spirit of Open Government

on April 17, 2013 - 9:01am

Last Hour Tax Deal Violates the Spirit of Open Government

 

By Meredith R. Machen and Dick Mason, Leadership Team
League of Women Voters of New Mexico leaders@lwvnm.org

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico is concerned about the last-minute tax bill slammed through the New Mexico Legislature and the broken process. 

HB641, like any comprehensive tax legislation, has many components which will have long-term effects on New Mexico's economy.

Experts are still debating the overall cost and benefit projections, the challenges for municipalities, the difficulties of implementation,

Luján: Cybersecurity Enhancement Act Passage Important Step

on April 17, 2013 - 8:14am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District voted today in support of legislation to address the evolving cyber threats facing the nation.

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act passed with wide bipartisan support. Luján is a cosponsor of the legislation that includes provisions he worked on last Congress to enhance the role of the national laboratories, to encourage the rapid transfer of research and development advances into new commercial cybersecurity technologies, and to improve consumer privacy protection.

"As our country and our economy

Udall Applauds USPS Decision to Continue Saturday Delivery

on April 14, 2013 - 10:05am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall commended the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) announcement Wednesday that it will not go through with plans to eliminate Saturday delivery.
 
USPS' decision comes in response to congressional protest and legislative action by Udall and others to ban a reduction in services.
 
"The continuation of Saturday delivery is a win for the countless Americans who rely on mail services,” Udall said.

Democrats Meet 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18

on April 13, 2013 - 9:32am

DPLA News:

All registered Democrats are urged to attend the Democratic Party of Los Alamos monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18.

The meeting will be at UNM-Los Alamos in Building 2.

The purpose of the meeting is to approve the local party's budget and discuss the upcoming JFK Dinner scheduled for June 8.

 
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Udall Meets With VA Secretary Shinseki Friday

on April 13, 2013 - 9:04am
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., meeting with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., met Friday afternoon with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to discuss ways to improve veterans care in New Mexico and around the country.
 
"Secretary Shinseki and I had a productive conversation about the need to improve services for veterans in our state.

Local GOP County Convention April 18

on April 12, 2013 - 7:59am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos will elect its 2013-14 County Central Committee and officers April 18 at the Jeannette O. Wallace Hall, room 505, at UNM-LA, 400 University Dr.

The County Contingent to the Republican Party of New Mexico Central Committee also will be elected at this meeting.

Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. and closes at 7 p.m., and Republicans registered in the County of Los Alamos are encouraged to attend.

The meeting of the 2011-2012 Central Committee begins at 7 p.m., followed by Ward Caucuses and the County Convention.

For information, contact GOP Party

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard To Hold Town Hall Meeting

on April 11, 2013 - 12:54pm

STATE News:

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard will join with the AARP of Los Alamos to hold a Town Hall meeting 1-3 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Betty Erhart Senior Center in the classroom (lower level.)

All members of the public are invited to attend the meeting where they will be given a briefing on the recent Legislative session and how it impacts Los Los Alamos and New Mexico.

Questions from the audience will be welcome and attendees will also be able to visit with Rep. Garcia Richard.

Light refreshments provided by the AARP will be served.

Contact Rep.

Udall Statement on Senate Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence

on April 11, 2013 - 11:24am
U.S. SENATE NEWS:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., released this statement following the Senate's vote to begin debate and consideration of the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013:
 
"Congress has an obligation to pass sensible legislation in an effort to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in our nation and prevent tragic mass shootings.
 
"We can take logical steps to expand criminal background checks, increase school safety and strengthen laws against gun trafficking and illegal purchases, without infringing on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding

Udall Statement on President's Budget Request

on April 10, 2013 - 7:25pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement on President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal:
 
"The president's budget request is overall positive news for New Mexico. It replaces harmful sequester cuts with a more balanced approach and calls for investments in Pre-K and manufacturing to help bolster the middle class.

Letter to the Editor: An Unhappy Marker of How Far We Have to Go

on April 9, 2013 - 10:08am
Equal Pay Day
(An unhappy marker of how far we have to go)
 
By Judy Prono and Natalie Markin
Co-Facilitators, AAUW-Los Alamos Branch

Today, Tuesday April 9, is Equal Pay Day. It marks how far into the year a woman must work to earn as much as a man earned in the previous year.

The day is an unhappy marker of how far we have to go before we close the gender wage gap. This gap hasn’t budged in nearly a decade, leaving women and their families to suffer the effects of lost wages.

Fifty years ago, President John F.

2013: Equal Pay Remains Unequal

on April 9, 2013 - 10:05am

Staff report

Today is Equal Pay Day - a day held annually in April to signify the point into a year that a woman must work to earn what a man made the previous year.

Census statistics released in September, 2010 show that women still earn 77 percent of what men earn, based on the median earnings of full-time, year-round workers in 2009.

An alternative to the wage gap, which is measuring the ratio between women’s and men’s median weekly earnings for full-time workers was 80.2 percent in 2009, which is flat since the historical high of 81.0 percent in 2005.

Median earnings for most women

Udall Welcomes FAA Decision to Delay Tower Closures

on April 7, 2013 - 6:43am
The control tower at the Double Eagle II airport in Albuquerque. Courtesy/DAAPII
 
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Udall Will Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Block Closures For Next Two Years
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Friday U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision to delay air traffic control tower closures, including those in New Mexico.
 
He also announced support of a bipartisan bill to halt the closures for the next two years.
 
Last month, the FAA announced it would end funding for 149 air traffic control towers as a result of sequestration.
 
The

Los Alamos Federated Republican Women Meets April 16

on April 7, 2013 - 6:37am

LAFRW News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold a meeting noon to 2 p.m., April 16 at the Ridgepark Clubhouse.

Directions to the meeting start at the intersection of Trinity Drive and Oppenheimer (Shell Station) go south on Oppenheimer approximately 0.1 mile, thru the cul-de-sac.

Public parking is along the sidewalk. The room can be chilly, a sweater is advised.

Several Los Alamos County Council Members will speak at the gathering beginning at noon.

Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the organization's charitable donations.

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Councilor Kristin Henderson Attends Open House

on April 6, 2013 - 8:44am

Los Alamos County Councilor Kristin Henderson with County Information Technology Project Manager Estevan Gonzales with a pilot from New Mexico Airlines in front of the new commuter plane during Friday's open house at the Los Alamos County Airport. Courtesy photo

Russians Visit Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

on April 5, 2013 - 8:02am

Russian visitors from Sarov spent time last week with New Mexico Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos on the House floor at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, from left, Elena Babinova, Paul White, Irina Starostina, Oxana Gorelova, Garcia Richard, Dmitry Avdeev and Natalia Kochetkova. Courtesy photo

 

Senators Want Expanded Mental Health Services for Students

on April 5, 2013 - 7:47am

U.S. SENATE News:

Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are spearheading an effort with 16 of their colleagues to expand comprehensive school-based mental health services for children.

The Mental Health in Schools Act would authorize funding for grants to schools and other mental health centers to partner with community-based organizations to expand access to services for students.

“Removing the stigma around mental illness and making treatment available at early ages is critical to raising a stable and productive society," Udall said.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard's 2013 Legislative Session Review

on March 29, 2013 - 11:05am
Stephanie Garcia Richard is the newly elected State House Representative for District 43, which includes Los Alamos and parts of Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and teaches 3rd grade at Pablo Roybal Elementary School in Pojoaque. Courtesy photo
 
SGR News:

In her 2013 Legislative Session Review, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard issued the following information to her constituents:

It has been an honor to serve as your State Representative for District 43 and I am excited to continue to work together as we build a better

Los Alamos Democratic Party Elects New Officers

on March 29, 2013 - 9:04am
State Central Committee members and local officers were elected at the Los Alamos Democratic Party Convention Wednesday, March 27 at Fuller Lodge. From left, County Vice Chair Michael Redondo, County Chair Robyn Schultz and committee members Phil Gursky, Cathy Chapman and George Chandler. Several candidates for the 2014 election and for the State Democratic Chair position were in attendance. Courtesy photo
 

Jason Marks, candidate for New Mexico Attorney General with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., attended the Los Alamos Democratic Party Convention Wednesday, March 27 at Fuller Lodge. The
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Million March Against Child Abuse April 22 in Santa Fe

on March 27, 2013 - 10:14am

Judge Sylvia LaMar Speaks With Local Democrats

on March 26, 2013 - 9:00am

Judge Sylvia LaMar with Los Alamos Democratic Party Chair Mike Wheeler and Party Secretary Carlotta McInteer. Photo by Carl Newton

DPLA News:

New Mexico's 1st Judicial District Judge Sylvia LaMar spoke at the monthly meeting of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos March 21.

LaMar discussed her judicial docket, which includes hearing domestic cases each Wednesday in the district courtroom of the Los Alamos Justice Center.

Before she was appointed by Gov. Susanna Martinez last November, LaMar practiced domestic relations and personal injury law in Santa Fe for many years.

Following her

Signed! Río Grande del Norte a National Monument

on March 26, 2013 - 7:39am
New Mexico's Río Grande del Norte. Photo by Bob Wick/BLM
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON – From the Oval Office to Taos, New Mexicans and members of the Congressional Delegation celebrated Monday the Río Grande del Norte National Monument Proclamation that was signed by President Barack Obama.
 
The national monument designation is widely welcome by Taos and Rio Arriba county residents. A recent study shows the national monument will support hundreds of jobs and bring millions of tourism dollars to the area.
 
Retired U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Sen.

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