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House Committee Passes Resilient Federal Forest Act

on July 2, 2017 - 7:05am
NWTF News:
 
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation commends the House Committee on Natural Resources for the passage of H.R.2936 as well as Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) for his continued efforts to improve the management of our federal forests.
 
The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, introduced by Westerman earlier this month, aims to increase proactive forest management to combat catastrophic wildfires, promote healthy and sustainable forests and create early successional wildlife habitat.
 
The act would streamline a multitude of processes involved in the

Pearce Statement On The Corporate Transparency Act

on July 1, 2017 - 7:24am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, Thursday released the following statement after Representative Maloney (NY-12) introduced the Corporate Transparency Act:
 
“Too often, funding for national and international crime is facilitated through anonymous businesses and corporations. The United States must do more to cut off the ability of criminal enterprises to launder money through anonymous shell companies.

Pearce Backs Bills For Safer Communities, Calls For Better Immigration System

on June 30, 2017 - 2:15pm
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  Congressman Steve Pearce yesterday released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3003, No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, and H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law, to combat sanctuary cities and enhance public safety. H.R. 3003 will work to prevent sanctuary cities by withholding certain federal grants from cities that refuse to comply with our nation’s immigration laws. 
 
“We in New Mexico know firsthand the challenges that come with a broken and outdated immigration system.

American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico React To New Mexico ESSA Plan

on June 29, 2017 - 1:59pm
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement regarding the ESSA education plan: 

"New Mexico educators know the analysis of a for-profit group of so-called reform minded consultants, executives, and coaches cannot be taken at face value when they claim our state's ESSA education plan was rated 'best in the nation' of the 17 plans submitted so far to the federal government.
 
Honesty and transparency would reveal the plan basically rewrites Hanna Skandera’s previous plan, and is largely based on what's currently

Pearce Introduces Bill To Honor Bataan Veterans

on June 29, 2017 - 8:01am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Tuesday introduced legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the troops and nurses who fought in the defense of Bataan, Corregidor, Guam, Wake Island and the Philippine Archipelago during World War II.
 
“This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Bataan Death March. The events associated with the March, and the March itself, hold tremendous historical significance for New Mexico. Nearly 2,000 of the men involved were members of New Mexico National Guard units.

Udall: EPA's Budget Proposes ‘Offensive’ Widespread Cuts Threatening Public Health, Clean Air, Clean Water

on June 29, 2017 - 7:54am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 27, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), demanded that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt explain the administration’s dangerous and “offensive” proposal to slash funding for programs essential to the EPA’s core mission of protecting clean air, clean water, and public health.
 
 
During a hearing on the EPA's

LAPS Presents CIP Plans For Leased Facilities

on June 29, 2017 - 7:48am

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus makes a presentation to County Council regarding the school district's proposed capital improvement projects to some of its lease facilities. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

Staff Report

Los Alamos Public Schools officials presented three capital improvement projects to Los Alamos County Council during its regular meeting Tuesday night in hopes the Council will approve capital improvement funds for the projects at a future meeting. 

Superintendent Dr.

Attorney General Hector Balderas Endorses Lujan Grisham For Governor

on June 28, 2017 - 3:05pm
POLITICAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday his endorsement of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham for governor of New Mexico.
 
The endorsement is the first made by a sitting statewide elected official in New Mexico’s 2018 gubernatorial race.
 
“As Attorney General, I am committed to building on the progress we’ve made to make New Mexico safer for children and families, protect seniors from fraud and abuse, and ensure big corporations do not take advantage of consumers,” Balderas said.

Pearce On Proposed Rule Rolling Back WOTUS

on June 28, 2017 - 6:32am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to rollback the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Rule:
 
“This is great news for stronger job growth throughout New Mexico. Under the WOTUS Rule, Washington bureaucrats were given complete authority to regulate small streams along with natural and manmade ditches on lands owned by farmers, ranchers, and small businesses.

Pearce Voices Priorities Of New Mexico Resources

on June 27, 2017 - 11:51am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M. voiced New Mexico land and resource priorities Monday at the House Committee on Natural Resources hearing with Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
 
“New Mexico is rich with natural wonders and abundant resources. From natural resource production, to the management and maintenance of federal lands, New Mexican’s are greatly affected by decisions that come out of the Department of the Interior.

Keller: New Mexico Higher Education Department Audit Contains 18 Findings Related To Financial Oversight

on June 27, 2017 - 8:36am

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

  • 18 findings exacerbated by state’s budget woes, hiring freeze

SANTA FE – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released the New Mexico Higher Education Department’s (HED) financial audit for fiscal year 2016.

The audit was conducted in partnership with an independent accounting firm and contains 18 findings. The issues identified relate to a range of problems with financial oversight.

“The Higher Education Department’s audit demonstrates the impact spending cuts can have on safeguards aimed at protecting taxpayers’ money,” Keller said.

New Mexico Communities Receive $38.5 Million In PILT

on June 27, 2017 - 7:42am
USDI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Monday that 32 local governments in New Mexico are receiving a total of $38.5 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2017.
 
The payments are New Mexico’s share of the record $464.6 million distributed to 1,900 local governments around the country this year -- the largest amount ever allocated in the PILT program’s 40-year history. This continues to underscore the Trump Administration’s commitment to rural communities. A full list of funding by state and county is available at 

NNSA To Issue Public Notice For Intent To Compete Management And Operating Contract For LANL

on June 26, 2017 - 10:23pm

News Alert:

The Los Alamos Daily Post has obtained a copy of an email issued this afternoon by the director of NNSA's Office of Governmental Affairs. The email states that DOE/NNSA will issue a public notice Tuesday alerting potential offerors of its intent to conduct a competition for the management and operating (M&O) follow-on contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

The public notice will be available on various websites for which links will go live by close of business Tuesday.

The projected budget for the LANL M&O contract is approximately $2.5 billion per year or $25

Governor Orders Flags At Half-Staff In Honor And Mourning Of Nara Visa Firefighter John Cammack

on June 26, 2017 - 9:22pm
Nara Visa Firefighter John Cammack succumbed to his injuries after trying to escape a wildfire. Courtesy/Nara Visa Fire Department
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in honor and mourning of Nara Visa firefighter John Cammack.
 
Cammack, 76, died from wounds inflicted while fighting the Griffith Fire, which threatened his community.
 
The full text of the executive order is below:
 
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2017-013
FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR AND MOURNING OF

Luján: Safety Of LANL Workers And Los Alamos Community Must Be Paramount

on June 26, 2017 - 9:21pm

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today issued the following statement after press reports that Los Alamos National Laboratory is under investigation for violating nuclear shipping regulations:

“The alleged violations of nuclear material shipping regulations at LANL, if true, are deeply concerning. The safety of the workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and in the Los Alamos community must be paramount.

“LANL has rigorous protocols that govern the shipping of nuclear material, and if something in this process failed or

Council To Consider 8 Percent Increases To Water, Sewer

on June 26, 2017 - 4:54pm
BPU Member Stephen McLin reads the motion to approve an 8 percent increase in sewer rates during Wednesday's regular BPU meeting. The County Council will consider the increase, along with an 8 percent increase to water rates at its July 25 meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 

 

As result of two motions passed at the June 21 Board of Public Utilities (BPU) meeting, County Council will decide whether or not to increase water and sewer rates.

 

The board unanimously passed motions recommending council approve the rate increases

Martin Arellano To Run For Sandoval County Sheriff

on June 26, 2017 - 4:52pm

Santa Fe Sheriff's Deputy Martin Arellano has announced his candidacy for the Office of Sandoval County Sheriff. Courtesy photo
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos
 

Retired U. S. Army command sergeant major and current Santa Fe Sheriff’s Deputy Martin Arellano has announced his candidacy for Sandoval County Sheriff. Current Sheriff Douglas Wood is in his second four-year term and will not be eligible for reelection in June 2018.

A resident of Rio Rancho, Arellano says since his childhood he has had two ambitions in life.

“The first was to serve in the military as my father did in World War

Luján Bill To Help Enroll More Kids In Health Insurance

on June 26, 2017 - 8:53am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced legislation June 22 that will help states enroll more children in healthcare coverage by expanding the outreach and enrollment grant program.
 
Luján’s bill also allows for the inclusion of parent mentors in the grants program. Outreach and enrollment grants help to identify and enroll children who are eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
 
Luján noted that Medicaid and CHIP provide no-cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible

Letter To The Editor: Restore Office Of Sheriff Duties

on June 26, 2017 - 8:23am
By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos

Open letter to the Council and all citizens of Los Alamos County concerning the illegal activity of the Council from last year until now in regard to the Office of Sheriff of Los Alamos County, giving the Council chair until Monday close of business to postpone the scheduled meeting until Thursday night so as to be able to revise the agenda to include the Sheriff's budget and meet the required 72 hour notice for agenda publication, as well as leave the County one business day before the new fiscal year starts Saturday to make the necessary changes to comply with

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Speaks At Lunch With A Leader

on June 26, 2017 - 7:39am

At the June 20, League of Women Voters' monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard spoke about the trials and tribulations of the last 60-day session and the special session called to balance the budget and restore higher education funding to New Mexico. Courtesy photo

Letter To The Editor: Sewer Rate Increase Warranted

on June 26, 2017 - 7:25am
By BRADY BURKE
Los Alamos

I went to the BPU meeting. There were about 15 people there and I was the only one that stood up to speak out against the increase on the sewer rate increase. I would have spoken out against the potable water increase, but they had a 45 page powerpoint presentation on power sources by some outside consultant where I could not understand her accent. That presentation was going to take hours and the Potable water issue was somewhere after that. My condolences to the BPU for having to stay.

My first comment to the folks that don't go to these meetings is that you

Pearce Leads Hearing To Combat Trafficking Cultural Artifacts That Fund Terrorist Organizations, Activities

on June 25, 2017 - 9:20am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, chairman of the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee, led a hearing to examine the best ways to combat the trafficking of cultural artifacts that fund terrorist organizations and activities:

“During times of conflict we see an increased interest in the theft, fraud, looting, and trafficking of priceless religious and cultural sites for artifacts and other antiquities.

Notice Of Possible Quorum: Los Alamos School Board

on June 25, 2017 - 8:32am

LAPS News:

Notice of Possible Quorum: Members of the Los Alamos School Board may attend the Barranca Design Public Meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 27 in the Barranca Elementary School Gymnasium at 57 Loma del Escolar.

A quorum may be present, however, no action will be taken.

The meeting is open to the public.

Udall Statement On One-Year Anniversary Of Landmark Chemical Safety Reform

on June 25, 2017 - 6:36am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement Thursday on the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing into law Udall’s landmark bipartisan legislation, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, to overhaul the nation’s broken chemical safety program:
 
“A year ago, Republicans and Democrats came together with President Obama to sign into law the most sweeping environmental legislation in over 20 years, the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

Heinrich Introduces Bill To Safeguard Tribal Items

on June 25, 2017 - 6:32am
To announce the reintroduction of the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich hosts a meeting with students from the Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute’s Summer Policy Academy (SPA) in his office in Washington, D.C. From left, Patrice Chavez, Santa Fe; Christie Abeyta, Santa Clara/Santo Domingo Pueblo; Gabriel Fuentes, Hopi; Rebecca Rae, Jicarilla Apache; Casey Douma, Laguna Pueblo/Hopi; Regis Pecos, Cochiti Pueblo; Alise Etsate, Zuni Pueblo; Carly Jo Chavarria, Santa Clara/Paiute Shoshone; U.S. Sen.

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