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Alan Webber Endorses Michelle Lujan Grisham

on July 15, 2017 - 5:50am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photo
 
POLITICAL News:
 
SANTA FE Former Democratic candidate for governor and One New Mexico founder Alan Webber has announced his endorsement of U.S. Rep.  Michelle Lujan Grisham for governor.

Alan Webber

In his endorsement Webber, a successful author who co-founded Fast Company magazine highlighted his belief that Congresswoman Lujan Grisham is the best candidate to help our economy bounce back and create economic opportunities for future generations of New Mexicans. 

"Four years ago I ran for Governor because our state needed jobs and our people

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Advances Key Funding For New Mexico Military Bases And Veterans

on July 14, 2017 - 1:30pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has announced that the committee has advanced legislation providing strong funding for military construction projects in New Mexico and for veterans’ care across the state.
 
In total, Udall secured more than $63 million in funding for projects at New Mexico’s military bases and facilities.

State Auditor Tim Keller Moves To Halt Health Insurance Extraordinary Dividends

on July 14, 2017 - 1:30pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller has called on the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance (OSI) to halt the approval of “extraordinary dividend” payments for health insurance companies until issues involving potential underpayments of premium taxes are resolved.
 
For example, despite current concerns about money that may be owed to the State of New Mexico, companies, including Presbyterian and Lovelace, have had approved dividends of more than $100 million.

Refund Alert: AG Balderas Announces Hundreds Of NM Students To Receive Refund Checks From DeVry Univ.

on July 14, 2017 - 1:17pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that hundreds of New Mexico students will receive refund checks from DeVry University as part of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement over deceptive statements made by DeVry about their job prospects and earning potential after graduation.
 
July 5, the FTC began mailing 173,000 refund checks worth more than $49 million to some students who attended the school between 2008 and 2015. The checks will expire 60 days after they are mailed so it is important for former students in

Young Democrats Of New Mexico Elect Leadership

on July 14, 2017 - 1:15pm
Tarin Nix of Los Alamos elected to national committee position. Courtesy photo
 
NMDP News:
 
MESILLA  At the Young Democrats of New Mexico Summer Convention in Mesilla last week, Las Cruces native Zack Quintero was re-elected as the Young Democrats of New Mexico Chair. Also elected today was Karina Martin, New Mexico State University (NMSU) student, as Vice Chair; Scott Goodman, Los Ranchos resident, as Treasurer; and Emerson Morrow, NMSU student as statewide President of the College Democrats. 
 
After being elected Quintero said, “In my next term my focus will be to build from the

Luján Amendment To Protect Those Exposed To Radiation Passes House

on July 14, 2017 - 1:05pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  An amendment authored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) to care for those exposed to radiation was unanimously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives late last night.
 
The amendment expresses the sense of Congress that it is appropriate for the U.S. government to compensate all miners, workers, downwinders, and others suffering from the effects of uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War.
 
“Many Americans sacrificed a great deal to ensure our national security.

Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo Has Died

on July 14, 2017 - 9:24am
Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo, a 2010 Nobel peace laureate and 2004 RSF press freedom laureate, died Wednesday ... he had been imprisoned in China since 2008. Courtesy photo
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo, who was the 2010 Nobel peace laureate and 2004 RSF press freedom laureate. RSF holds the Chinese authorities responsible and urges them to end the house arrest of his wife, Liu Xia.

The embodiment of resistance to oppression and the fight for

Udall: We Must Make Cultural, Political And Economic Sovereignty A Reality For All American Indian And Alaska Native Tribes

on July 14, 2017 - 5:42am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gave the keynote address at "Indian Nations Rising: Celebrating Native Youth," an event hosted Wednesday by The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.
 
In his remarks, Udall said cultural, political, and economic sovereignty can be achieved through economic empowerment, strengthening ties to cultural identity, improved health care, and respect for the government-to-government relationship with Tribes.
 
Udall pledged to fight alongside Tribal communities

Representative Asked To Leave Closed Door Meeting On Aamodt Water Settlement And Rights-of-way Issues

on July 14, 2017 - 5:22am

Courtesy photo

 

Staff Report
Valley Daily Post

NAMBE – New Mexico State Rep. Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe County) and residents of northern Santa Fe County, were asked to leave a Thursday meeting organized by the federal Department of the Interior to discuss the controversial Aamodt water settlement and the rights-of-way issues that affect the residents of the area.

Rep. Carl Trujillo

When asked by Rep. Trujillo why they must leave the meeting, the expelled residents were told, “they had not been invited”.

“Their exclusion is odd, given the discussion centered around the Aamodt

Heinrich Representative Speaks To Rotary Club

on July 14, 2017 - 4:32am

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Dr. Ken Lucero, a field representative for U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich's Office, speaks to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about Heinrich's Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony 2017 during the club's meeting Tuesday at the Los Alamos Golf Course Clubhouse. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 
 
​In 1970s, a shield deeply sacred to the Acoma Pueblo was stolen. That shield recently re-appeared in a French auction house.

Secretary Of State Announces Extension Of Public Comment Period For Proposed Campaign Finance Rule

on July 13, 2017 - 4:40pm

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has announced that she will extend the public comment period on her proposed campaign finance rule, which is intended to provide much needed guidance regarding New Mexico’s Campaign Reporting Act (CRA).

The new deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 to submit written comments by mail, email or fax.

“With the public hearings upon us, I want to give New Mexicans as much time as possible to provide official comment on this proposed rule,” Toulouse Oliver said.

Heinrich Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Provide Fourth Graders Free Access To National Parks

on July 13, 2017 - 12:05pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has introduced the Every Kid Outdoors (EKO) Act, bipartisan legislation to provide America’s fourth graders and their families free entrance to all federally managed land, waters, and historic sites, including national parks – more than 2,000 sites in all. 
 
The Every Kid Outdoors Act is aimed at encouraging kids to get outdoors and experience America’s public spaces, while engaging in healthy activity and

County Seeks Permanent Solution For Sheriff's Office

on July 13, 2017 - 11:05am

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero attends Tuesday night County Council meeting to ask for his office's budget and staff to be restored. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post 

 

In regard to the issues surrounding the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office, the consensus during the Tuesday's regular County Council meeting was clear: everyone wants the issues resolved and a permanent solution put in place.

What exactly that solution will be is still to be decided. The County Council is holding a special meeting at 6 p.m.

U.S. House Of Representatives Passes Water Rights Protection Bill With Pearce Amendment

on July 13, 2017 - 10:48am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water (Grow) Act, with an amendment sponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce. This provision ensures that current and future tribal water rights are protected under the bill.
 
“Water is a vital resource in New Mexico and is essential for economic growth to occur,” Pearce said.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Carry Someone To Shore

on July 13, 2017 - 6:20am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Did you read this inspiring story? It has been all over the news and social media:

On Saturday in Panama City, Florida, a group of swimmers were pulled out to sea by a powerful rip current. Rescue attempts had been made by various individuals, all of whom became stranded in the riptide themselves.

Jessica Simmons and her husband Derek were taking a walk when flashing emergency lights alerted them to a group of a dozen stranded swimmers shouting for help. Jessica and husband, both strong swimmers, rallied and organized the crowd into a human chain.

Indian Affairs Cabinet Secretary Kelly Zunie Steps Down

on July 13, 2017 - 5:03am

Department of Indian Affairs Cabinet Secretary Kelly Zunie

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that Department of Indian Affairs Cabinet Secretary Kelly Zunie will be stepping down to pursue other opportunities.

“Secretary Zunie has been a strong asset in building and growing our relationships with New Mexico’s tribes, nations and pueblos,” Martinez said. “Her leadership helped us work with Native American communities throughout the state to strengthen schools, improve healthcare and create more economic opportunities for all our families.

NNSA Releases Draft RFP For LANL M&O Contract

on July 12, 2017 - 6:57pm

Staff Report

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today released the draft RFP for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Management and Operations (M&O) contract:

  • SECTION J – APPENDIX A: STATEMENT OF WORK - Click here;
  • SECTION L – INSTRUCTIONS, CONDITIONS AND NOTICES - Click here; and
  • SECTION M – EVALUATION FACTORS FOR AWARD - Click here.

Day Of Action For Net Neutrality Breaks Records

on July 12, 2017 - 6:52pm

INTERNET News:

There has been such a surge in activity -- and the traffic is not showing signs of slowing down -- that organizers are still scrambling to document everything that has happened but so far through the BattleForTheNet.com site alone (not including the Internet Association’s page or other aligned efforts) we’ve seen:

 NOTE: these numbers represent only a portion of the final totals, and due to the massive numbers, comments and emails will be delivered over several days.  We will release additional updates as we continue documenting what has happened:

  • More than 10 million

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Statement On End Of Monuments Review Public Comment Period

on July 12, 2017 - 2:18pm
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
 
USDI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The formal public comment period closed Monday for the review of national monuments.
 
More than 1.2 million comments were received on Regulations.gov and thousands more were received via traditional mail. Twenty-seven national monuments designated since Jan. 1, 1996 that are more than 100,000 acres, or that were considered to have inadequate public input are under review in accordance with President Donald J. Trump’s April 26, 2017, executive order.
 
“Too often under previous administrations, decisions were made in
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New Mexico Department Of Transportation Announces Online Survey For State Rail Plan

on July 12, 2017 - 12:46pm

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced the availability of an online survey to find out which railroad issues are important to New Mexicans and for providing input to update the State Rail Plan.

The survey is accessible through this link.

The 2018 Rail Plan will explore these issues to identify potential solutions. The updated Rail Plan will also describe the current state of New Mexico’s rail system, articulate a strategic vision for the future of the rail system, and identify projects and funding sources to support that vision.

NMDOT

Letter To The Editor: Mosul, A Pyrrhic Victory

on July 12, 2017 - 12:03pm
By DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos
 
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Mosul Sunday “to announce its liberation and congratulate the armed forces and Iraqi people on this victory.”
 
(New York Times, Sunday July 9, 2017 from al-Abadi's official Twitter account). From the same NYT article, “The victory marked the formal end of a bloody campaign that lasted nearly nine months, left much of Iraq's second- largest city in ruins, killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly a million more.”
 
The pictures we've seen in news media remind me of Dresden after the allied fire-bombing

State Auditor Releases Review Of Pay Equity Reporting

on July 12, 2017 - 11:22am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller released the first in-depth review of New Mexico’s state vendor pay equity reports.
 
An executive order from 2009 requires vendors who do business with state agencies to submit a pay equity report when bidding for contracts, as part of a broader effort to identify pay gaps in New Mexico. The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) collected and reviewed the reports to provide a window into wage gaps, representation gaps, and compliance with state law.
 
“A good faith effort nearly a decade ago to reduce pay gaps in state government and state

Protest For Net Neutrality Spreads Across Internet

on July 12, 2017 - 7:08am

Courtesy image

INTERNET News:

More than 100,000 websites, Internet users and organizations are participating in a massive online protest today against the FCC’s plan to gut protections that keep the web free from censorship, throttling and extra fees.

Many of the most popular websites on the web are participating in today's Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality to oppose the FCC’s plan to slash Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation.

Starting at midnight, a flood of major web platforms like Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, Spotify,

Heinrich, Udall On Support For National Monuments

on July 12, 2017 - 6:28am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall at press conference Tuesday outside the U.S. Capitol. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich at press conference Tuesday outside the U.S. Capitol. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

  • More than 2.5 million comments were submitted opposing the Department of the Interior’s unprecedented national monument review.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich led a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol with U.S. Sen.

Notice Of Possible Quorum For ESB

on July 12, 2017 - 5:45am

COUNTY News: 

Members of the Environmental Sustainability Board may attend ScienceFest 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond Park.

A quorum may be present but no business will be conducted.

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