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Tales Of Our Times: Could Parties Craft A CCC Program?

on October 31, 2017 - 1:42pm

Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Could Parties Craft A CCC Program?

By all accounts, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a splendidly successful government program launched amid the dire straits of the 1930s. A look back shows the CCC met many needs of the kinds being argued over in today’s different times.

Think of populations that are short of schooling and the skills to do needed work. Think of family units that are fractured by the need to find productive work. Think of lacking healthcare and basic food enough to work steadily.

AG Balderas Expands Massive Generic Drug Price-Fixing Investigation And Lawsuit

on October 31, 2017 - 10:28am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas and 45 other state attorneys general taking part in a wide-ranging multistate antitrust investigation of the generic drug industry today asked a federal court for permission to file a new complaint in the states' pending lawsuit that increases the number of generic drug manufacturer defendants in the suit from six to 18 and the number of drugs at issue in the litigation from two to 15.
For the first time, the states are also suing senior executives at two generic drug companies who are

Udall Urges Congress Protect Special Counsel Probe

on October 31, 2017 - 10:14am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Monday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivered a statement urging members of Congress in both parties to be prepared to defend Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and President Trump’s campaign.
Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, authored an amendment in July to prevent the unlawful firing of Mueller. The amendment was included on a unanimous voice vote in the fiscal year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies funding bill.

Heinrich Statement On Special Counsel Indictments

on October 30, 2017 - 4:27pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 30, 2017) - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the indictments of former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI:

“President Trump’s campaign chairman and a top advisor have been indicted for conspiracy against the United States, and another senior advisor has pled guilty to false statements to the FBI about coordinating with Russians

UPDATE: GOP Hosts Code Enforcement Talk Thursday

on October 30, 2017 - 12:20pm

GOP News:

Los Alamos Republicans will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the LECTURE HALL, Building 2, at UNM-Los Alamos to hear from Community Development Director Paul Andrus on recent code enforcement actions.

Of particular interest are the criteria and methods applied in the determination of a violation.

All residents are invited to attend the meet to hear Andrus.

A short business meeting of the RPLA Central Committee will follow.

For further information, contact RPLA Chair John Bliss at 505.672.4059.

Udall On Vote For Dourson To Lead EPA’s Toxics Bureau

on October 30, 2017 - 6:06am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, co-author of the landmark Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, released this statement following the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee’s recent party-line vote to advance Dr. Michael Dourson’s nomination to serve as assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. 
“Today’s party-line vote in the EPW Committee is dangerous for public health and safety.

Crowd Gathers At SGR Re-Election Campaign Launch

on October 29, 2017 - 2:57pm
Standing in front of a list of hundreds of supporters, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (SGR), addresses the crowd gathered for her re-election campaign kick-off event Saturday afternoon at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO President Jon Hendry, holding his dog Bobby, chats with SGR at her re-election campaign kick-off event Saturday afternoon at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
SGR explains to the crowd that for each re-election kick-off event she has had to select larger

Udall Speaks At NM NAACP State Conference

on October 29, 2017 - 9:39am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
LAS CRUCES — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Saturday addressed the N.M. NAACP's 66th Annual State Conference. 
The following are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
Thank you mayor (Ken Miyagishima) for that kind introduction. You have been a positive leader who has helped shape Las Cruces into one of New Mexico's best-managed cities with a great quality of life. Thanks for your steady hand. 
Thank you Dona Ana County NAACP for organizing this year’s conference. And for your contributions to social justice throughout the community. 
I want to be sure to

Pearce Meets With Community Members

on October 29, 2017 - 8:32am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce speaks to community members during a luncheon Friday in the community room at Cottonwood on the Greens restaurant at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Pearce, a candidate for New Mexico governor, told the group that as governor he will target more jobs and higher earnings, better education, poverty and crime. ‘Of long term importance for the state and nation are these national labs and that is something I will support as governor to ensure we stay strong and resilient,’ Pearce told the Los Alamos Daily Post following his talk and before heading to LANL for a meeting.

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados To Seek Reelection

on October 28, 2017 - 5:02pm

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados has announced her intention to seek reelection to her position next year. Saying she has enjoyed serving the County of Los Alamos, Casados said she is ready to continue serving for a fifth term.

“I want to stay active and I think it’s very important to keep rural and small courts on a par with the larger courts,” she said.

A familiar face at the State Legislature where she has worked on behalf of the 60-member

Udall, Leahy, Feinstein, Blumenthal Question Why Nominees Are Serving Without Senate Confirmation

on October 28, 2017 - 9:48am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter Wednesday to Office of Presidential Personnel (OPP) Director John DeStefano in response to reports that the Trump administration is allowing individuals nominated by the president to perform the duties of their appointed positions prior to receiving Senate confirmation.
If true, the senators said, such actions are unlawful and circumvent the Senate’s constitutional role to provide advice and

Interior Department Releases Energy Burdens Report

on October 28, 2017 - 9:30am
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, the U.S. Department of the Interior released the "Review of the Department of the Interior Actions that Potentially Burden Domestic Energy" report, which was produced in response to Executive Order 13783.
The report identified agency actions that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources, with particular attention to oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy resources.

Zinke Cheers Gardner Nomination For Interior Post

on October 28, 2017 - 7:40am
Steven Gardner
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. President Donald J. Trump has announced the nomination of Steven Gardner to be the Director of the office of Surface Mining, Reclamation & Enforcement (OSMRE) at the U.S. Department of the Interior.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke hailed Gardner’s nomination.
“When confirmed, Steve will be an unbelievable asset to coal country and the entire team at the Department of the Interior,” Zinke said. “Steve is highly regarded in the mining industry for his extensive experience and insight.

State Auditor Releases Special Audit Of Premium Taxes

on October 27, 2017 - 10:43am
State Auditor Tim Keller
OSA News:
SANTA FE  Tuesday, State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance’s (OSI) collection of premium taxes owed by insurance companies.
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) initiated the special audit earlier this year to resolve longstanding questions about the amounts owed to the state from insurance companies. The audit examined 30 insurers during the period from 2003 to 2016, including health insurers, life insurers and property and casualty insurers.

Heinrich Leads Effort To Protect Dreamer Data

on October 27, 2017 - 9:05am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is continuing to lead efforts to ensure that the information provided by individuals as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is protected and not used for enforcement purposes.
Heinrich, along with U.S. Senators Kamala D.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Introduces Health Care Choice And Affordability Act

on October 27, 2017 - 8:58am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Health Care Choice and Affordability Act, which would create a Medicaid buy-in option for individuals in counties with few or no options in the insurance marketplace.
Rep. Lujan Grisham’s legislation would address immediate concerns about access to coverage in the ACA marketplace. While more than 20 million additional Americans have access to health insurance under the ACA, many communities do not have the option to choose between competing insurance plans.

Governor Dedicates New Veterans Cemetery In Gallup

on October 26, 2017 - 3:44pm
Gov. Susana Martinez
GALLUP — Gov. Susana Martinez dedicated the new Gallup State Veterans Cemetery Wednesday, which could serve as many as 20,000 veterans and their families.
The cemetery is the second of four proposed by Martinez in 2013 for veterans who live in rural areas throughout the state.
“Our veterans and their families should be laid to rest in a place that reflects their dedication and sacrifice to our country,” Martinez said.

LWV Forum On Spent Nuclear Fuel Nov. 2

on October 26, 2017 - 3:42pm
LWV News:
The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos will present the forum, “Spent Nuclear Fuel Disposal from Power Reactors” 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Jeannette Wallace Room, Building 5 at UNM-LA.
Despite the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 that was to have managed the disposal of high-level nuclear waste through safe, permanent disposal, the high-level waste produced by power plants is still not stored in a permanent location. Instead it is currently located in 78 separate installations across the country.

Udall Urges Bipartisan Action To Fund CHIP And Health Programs Critical To New Mexico

on October 26, 2017 - 9:53am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, in a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall urged Republicans to work with Democrats to fund critical health programs that benefit thousands of N.M. children, low-income families, and Native Americans.
Udall also voiced his support for bipartisan efforts in the Senate to stabilize the individual health insurance markets and protect against President Trump's efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
Last month, while Republicans were trying pass their fourth attempt to repeal Obamacare, they

Heinrich Calls On Secretary Perry To Withdraw Proposal To Force Consumers To Subsidize Uncompetitive Coal And Nuclear Companies

on October 26, 2017 - 9:41am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In an op-ed today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) called on Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to withdraw a recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) directing federal regulators at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to create rules that would favor coal and nuclear plants that are no longer the most cost-effective producers of energy.

“If FERC were to adopt Secretary Perry’s proposed rule, or anything even remotely similar, it would unravel wholesale energy markets and

Udall Urges Enhanced Public Safety, More Resources For Crime And Victim Services In Indian Country

on October 26, 2017 - 6:13am


WASHINGTON, D.C.  — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has urged improvements to public safety in Indian Country, calling for additional resources to fight crime and provide victim services to Native Americans.

In a legislative hearing, Udall led the Indian Affairs Committee in reviewing three bills to promote public safety in Tribal communities:

S. 1870, Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment Act 2017, the “SURVIVE Act"
S. 1953, Reauthorization of the Tribal and Law Order Act of 2010
S. 1942, A bill

AFTNM Reacts To Judicial Ruling Against Mora ISD

on October 25, 2017 - 2:04pm

  • District Ordered to Reinstate Wrongfully Terminated Employees; Comply with Previous Arbitrator Decision

MORA – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, Mora Federation of School Employees Union President Faith Rivera and Mora Federation of School Employees Union Members Edwina Romero, Paulyette Perea and Lisa Yescas released today the following statement:

“We are extremely happy New Mexico District Court Judge Alan Malott has ruled in favor of three wrongfully terminated Mora Independent School District employees, affirming the April 2017 decision of a

Conservation Voters NM Releases 2017 Scorecard

on October 25, 2017 - 11:56am
CVNM News:
SANTA FE  Today, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) released its statewide Conservation Scorecard for the 2017 legislative session.
In the Scorecard, CVNM reports the votes cast on the most critical issues affecting our air, land, water, health and communities during the 2017 regular legislative session.
The average conservation score earned in the Senate in the 2017 Scorecard is 68 percent. The average conservation score earned in the House of Representatives in the 2017 Scorecard is 67 percent.

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Join Luján In Introducing Bicameral Legislation To Create Health Care Public Option

on October 25, 2017 - 11:16am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) today introduced the State Public Option Act, bicameral legislation to create a Medicaid-based public health care option on the insurance marketplace, which will provide Americans with a new high-quality, low-cost choice when purchasing health insurance.
The bill already has more than 35 cosponsors in both the House and Senate including Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-MN).
“Our goal with this bill is simple – to

UN Flag Flies At Skip And Hedy Dunn Residence

on October 25, 2017 - 9:26am


Skip and Hedy Dunn fly the United Nations flag Tuesday at their residence in White Rock in honor of United Nations Day. Courtesy photo
Skip and Hedy Dunn flew the United Nations flag Tuesday at their residence in White Rock in honor of United Nations Day.
In December 2015, the UN accomplished an unbelievable task; 195 nations -- almost the whole world -- committed to the Paris Climate Accord. Seeing as how it is often difficult to be in accord with even one, loved person (e.g. spouse), this is truly incredible.

The United States of America brokered artfully