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State Auditor Finds Nearly $20 Million In Funds To Support Charter Schools Lacks Tracking, Accountability

on August 31, 2017 - 7:31am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE State Auditor Tim Keller has released a Risk Review of Administrative Support of Charter Schools.
 
The report from the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) reveals a lack of transparency and accountability for funds withheld from charter schools intended to provide administrative support to safeguard education dollars at those schools and help them succeed.
 
Over a five-year period, nearly $20 million was withheld from charter schools, much of it which cannot be tracked to specific expenditures to support those schools.
 
Charter

Ethics Complaint Investigation Fully Exonerates Councilors Susan O’Leary And James Chrobocinski

on August 30, 2017 - 1:19pm

Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County released this morning the final report received from John B. Pound, who was under contract to investigate the ethics complaint filed against Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary and Councilor James Chrobocinski by former Los Alamos resident Patrick Brenner.

Councilor James Chrobocinski

In this report, sent Tuesday afternoon to the Los Alamos County Council, Pound’s findings completely exonerate O’Leary and Chrobocinski of any wrongdoing.

“I’m gratified by the total

New Mexico Political Parties Unite During Tragic Week

on August 30, 2017 - 9:40am

Staff members from the New Mexico Democratic and Republican state parties donate blood Tuesday in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

STATE POLITICAL News:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico’s political parties joined efforts Tuesday afternoon, giving back to the community during a tragic week.

In the wake of a violent shooting in Clovis and a disastrous hurricane in Texas, the state’s political party staff members donated blood at United Blood Services. 

Both Parties put aside political differences to help communities during these hard times. 

 

 

NNSA Removes All HEU From Ghana

on August 30, 2017 - 7:50am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), in cooperation with Ghana, China, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), repatriated approximately one kilogram of Chinese-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Ghana’s GHARR-1 Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission’s National Nuclear Research Institute in Accra, Ghana Aug. 28.
 
This shipment removes the last known HEU from Ghana, making it the 32nd country plus Taiwan to become HEU-free.

Letter To The Editor: Proud Of County Council

on August 30, 2017 - 7:28am
By JoAnn Johnson
Los Alamos

I am proud of our County Council that they voted unanimously on the immigration proclamation.

A “melting pot” is what makes our Country great.

Council Discusses Neighborhood Associations, Notification Methods, Codes During Work Session

on August 29, 2017 - 10:23am
Community Development Department Director Paul Andrus, left, and Chief Building Official Michael Arellano make thier presentation to County Council during the Aug. 22 worksession. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 

To help achieve several County Council's goals and address citizens' input, Community Development Department Director Paul Andrus and Chief Building Official Michael Arellano posed several policy considerations to the County Council during its work session Aug.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Lisa Shin

on August 29, 2017 - 8:16am
By JIM NESMITH
Los Alamos

Ms. Shin, you seem to operate under the same premise that President Trump does, that immigrants are not screened (link). You are sadly uninformed and totally wrong.

They are screened extensively and they are screened in a manner that is much more effective and sophisticated than that advocated by you. The simpleton’s approach to Immigration contained in the RAISE Act will result in huge backlogs for legitimate immigrants, be a huge deterrent to highly desirable immigrants and open numerous doors for huge levels of fraud and abuse.

Luján Statement On Shooting In Clovis

on August 29, 2017 - 7:31am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has released the following statement following reports of a shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library this evening:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of the tragic shooting at the Clovis – Carver Public Library in Clovis tonight.

While the details are still coming in, we grieve for the innocent victims shot in a senseless act of violence; lives disrupted and futures cut short; and a community reeling. We must come together to heal, but this trend must not continue.”

Governor: 2,000+ Jobs Created Through JTIP

on August 28, 2017 - 4:12pm
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
  • Nearly 10,000 Jobs Created Through JTIP Since 2011
 
Albuquerque -- Gov. Susana Martinez joined local business leaders to announce that JTIP created more than 2,000 jobs in 2017.
 
This brings the total amount of JTIP jobs created over the last seven years to nearly 10,000. The program also saw its second-highest average rural wage at more than $21 an hour.
 
"When we work to grow and diversify our economy in New Mexico it means more jobs for hardworking New Mexicans," Martinez said.

International Day Of Victims of Enforced Disappearances: States That Make Journalists Disappear

on August 28, 2017 - 11:27am

REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS News:

On the eve of International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances Aug. 30, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reveals that a growing number of states are finding new ways to make troublesome journalists disappear.

Dawit Isaak, Jean Bigirimana, Akram Raslan and Guy-André Kiefferare all journalists who suddenly went missing, leaving their loved ones in a never-ending state of anxiety. All were the victims of “enforced disappearance,” a practice in which governments are directly or indirectly implicated.

It is governments, individuals, or groups acting

Shin: County Council's Immigration Proclamation ... An Undercurrent Of Obstructionism

on August 28, 2017 - 8:01am

By LISA SHIN
Los Alamos

The Los Alamos County Council will consider an immigration proclamation this coming Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. This is a toned-down version from the April resolution, to which Councilor Antonio Maggiore stated, “could have easily been deemed as geared toward Donald Trump”.

While this resolution does not change how we treat immigrants, its local advocates are aligned with Indivisible, a grassroots movement formed to resist the Trump agenda. Nationwide, these activists protect sanctuary cities, and speak out for the rights of “undocumented” immigrants.

This proclamation

Spencer: War And Other Historical Memorials Aren’t Created Equal

on August 27, 2017 - 10:23am

Memorial in Frank Ortiz Park. The camp was at what is now the Casa Solana residential area. Courtesy/N. Mesa Mutts 

By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.

Shovel them under and let me work—
I am the grass; I cover all.

And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.

Two years, ten years, and the passengers ask the conductor:
What place is this?
Where are we now?

I am the grass.
Let me work.

Grass, by Carl Sandburg

There is quite a bit of uproar over the de-emphasis of United States Civil War

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Report On Out-of-State Contracting By State And Local Governments

on August 25, 2017 - 11:04am

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

Identifies more than $2 billion in public funds that left state in two-year period

ALBUQUERQUE – State Auditor Tim Keller released Thursday the Report on State and Local Government Contracting.

The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) reviewed over 6,000 government procurements in fiscal years 2015 and 2016 totaling more than $6 billion to analyze trends in purchasing dollars flowing out of state. Of that, more than $2 billion went to out-of-state companies.

Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.4 Million For Restoration Projects In Carson, Cibola, Gila, Lincoln National Forests

on August 25, 2017 - 9:40am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $3.4 million in funding from the U.S. Forest Service for restoration projects in four of New Mexico's national forests.
 
The projects will aim to promote healthy watersheds, reduce the threat of wildfires, and improve the functioning of forest ecosystems by reducing the number and density of small diameter trees on public forest lands in New Mexico. The funding comes from the U.S.

Air Force Announces Nuclear Missile Contract Awards

on August 25, 2017 - 7:39am
AFNWC News:
 
The Air Force is on track to replace the aging AGM-86B Air Launched Cruise Missile with modernized weapon capabilities designed for its nuclear bomber fleet, to include the B-21.
 
Thursday, the Air Force awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Raytheon Company to mature design concepts and prove developmental technologies for the new Long Range Standoff weapon.
 
"This weapon will modernize the air-based leg of the nuclear triad," Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said.

Governor Appoints Christopher Ruszkowski Cabinet Secretary For Public Education Department

on August 24, 2017 - 4:23pm

Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski

STATE EDUCATION News:

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the appointment of Christopher Ruszkowski as cabinet secretary of the Public Education Department.

Ruszkowski previously served as deputy cabinet secretary for the Department. He is a former middle school social studies teacher and served for nearly six years at the Delaware Department of Education under former Democratic Gov. Jack Markell.

“I’m confident that Christopher will bring the energy, enthusiasm and leadership needed to help New Mexico’s students succeed in the

Udall Staff To Host Information Session For Students Interested In Attending A Military Service Academy

on August 24, 2017 - 8:29am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
U.S. Sen. Tom Udal staff are hosting an information session 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29 at University of New Mexico Student Union Building - Ballroom C, for high school students and recent graduates interested in applying to the U.S. military service academies.
 
Representatives from Udall’s office, the New Mexico congressional delegation and the military service academies will be available to field questions from prospective applicants and parents. Udall is accepting applications for nominations to enter an academy in the fall of 2018.
           
Four of the five

Heinrich Announces $17 Mil For Directed Energy Development In NM, Tours UNM Directed Energy Lab

on August 24, 2017 - 6:57am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  During a visit to Boeing in Albuquerque yesterday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and founder of the Congressional Directed Energy Caucus, announced a $17 million investment for the Department of Defense to acquire directed energy systems that support jobs and boost New Mexico as a center of excellence in this increasingly important space for our military.
 
Following the announcement, Heinrich toured a directed energy lab facility at the University of New Mexico and met

Regional Coalition Discusses Future Of LANL Cleanup With DOE Officials

on August 24, 2017 - 6:23am

Deputy Assistant Secretary of DOE-EM Jim Owendoff

RCLC News:

SANTA FE -- The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) and Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) met with several Department of Energy Environmental Management (DOE-EM) officials Wednesday, Aug. 8 for a reception dinner in Española.

The opportunity allowed for relationship building and an open dialogue on the future vision of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and DOE-EM cleanup campaigns with Deputy Assistant Secretary of DOE-EM, Jim Owendoff, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Roger Jarell, and other

Heinrich Hosts Teacher Listening Session In Taos

on August 24, 2017 - 6:17am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich hosts a listening session Aug. 21 at Taos High School with Taos Municipal School educators. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) hosted a roundtable with Taos Municipal School educators to discuss challenges and opportunities for education in rural New Mexico and what’s at stake under President Trump’s proposed education budget cuts. 
 
“Every child in every school deserves an opportunity to benefit from a great public education.

DOE Releases Final RFPs For Low-Level Waste / Mixed Low-Level Waste Disposal Procurement

on August 24, 2017 - 6:16am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) has issued a final Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking proposals for the Low-Level Waste/Mixed Low-Level Waste (LLW/MLLW) Disposal procurement.
 
This effort will require contractors to safely dispose of LLW/MLLW; Section 11e.(2) byproduct material; technologically-enhanced, naturally-occurring radioactive material (TENORM); and sealed sources.
 
The government expects to award one or more indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts in response

Voices Of Los Alamos Meets Monday Aug. 28

on August 24, 2017 - 6:14am
VOICES OF LOS ALAMOS News: 
 
Voices of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28 at the Unitarian Church on 1738 N. Sage Loop.
 
During the meeting, updates will be presented on the sheriff issue, the County Council immigration proclamation, future speakers, the Santa Fe Pride event Sept. 15-17 and the on Sept. 7 screening of the documentary "Blood Road".
 
At 7 p.m., Becky Shankland and Barbara Calef, co-presidents of the League of Women Voters Los Alamos, will make a presentation about the organization and what it does, the local issues it is tackling and

NNSA Responds To Concerned Stakeholder Letters Regarding LANL M&O Contract Draft Solicitation

on August 23, 2017 - 3:52pm

RCLC News:

SANTA FE — An overwhelming number of letters were submitted by local governments and community stakeholders to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concerning the Draft Request For Proposal (RFP) for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Management & Operation (M&O) Contract competition currently underway.

The NNSA released preliminary responses Aug. 11 to community concerns regarding the upcoming RFP.

Wadt: A Guide To School Grades ... Real Or Noise?

on August 23, 2017 - 3:38pm
By BILL WADT
Los Alamos

The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) just released the grades for all of the schools in the State. Gov. Susana Martinez advocated for a simple grading system, similar to the one used in Florida, to improve communication with parents and other community members as to how well your local school is doing with a focus on student proficiency in reading and math. That was a very good idea. 

The next question is how do you measure student proficiency in a way that allows you to compare performance from school to school, district to district, and state to state?

Los Alamos/Japan Project Hosts Two September Events

on August 23, 2017 - 3:37pm

Hand-folded origami crane. Courtesy photo

LA HISTORY MUSEUM News:

 
Community Welcome Tea & Conversation
Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Pajarito Room, Fuller Lodge

In celebration of our global partnership, Los Alamos History Museum is thrilled to welcome Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum staff on their historic visit to Los Alamos. Please join us for this special event with Hiroshima Museum Director Kenji Shiga and Outreach Manager Kahori Wada. Also with us for the event will be the UNM students from Los Alamos who joined us in Hiroshima for the memorial ceremony.

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