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State Democratic Party Credits Public Engagement For PED Change Of Tune On Science Curriculum Standards

on October 25, 2017 - 5:51am
NMDP News:
 
The Democratic Party of New Mexico credited public engagement Oct. 18, for the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (PED) change in tune on science curriculum standards.
 
After public outrage was made clear, Gov. Susana Martinez’s PED announced that they would not be including the politicized changes they proposed in September.
 
“New Mexico was facing the possibility of Martinez’s PED altering science education in a way that would have put New Mexico kids at a disadvantage.

Heinrich: FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act Lacks Privacy Reforms

on October 25, 2017 - 5:22am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, voted Tuesday against advancing the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. The bill passed the committee by a vote of 12-3.

"I strongly support the use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and specifically section 702 to gather intelligence on foreign targets. That is exactly why FISA was written in the first place and collecting the communications of foreign targets is without controversy.

U. S. Senators Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor USA RIGHTS Act To Reform Secretive Warrantless Spy Program

on October 24, 2017 - 3:46pm

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Bill Reforms FISA Sec. 702 to Protect Americans' Security and Liberties, Reduce Secret Law and Focus Spy Program on Foreign Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced bipartisan legislation they are cosponsoring that reforms a sweeping, secretive government spying program to protect the constitutional rights of Americans, while giving intelligence agencies authority to target foreign terrorists, criminals, and other overseas intelligence targets.

The USA RIGHTS Act reforms Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence

VIDEO: Udall Speaks Out Against Efforts To Open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge To Drilling

on October 24, 2017 - 7:38am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall spoke Oct. 18 on the Senate floor in strong opposition to a provision slipped in the Republicans’ Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution that would pay for tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy in part through oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
 
A longtime champion of protection for the Arctic refuge, Udall called for the removal of any language in the budget that would open to drilling the refuge’s coastal plain, known as the 10-02 area. 
 
VIDEO: 

Shin: If Sanctuary Schools, Then Why Citizenship?

on October 24, 2017 - 7:09am
By LISA SHIN
Los Alamos

On Oct. 13, 2017, the Los Alamos Public School Board passed an immigration resolution, under which the immigration status of students would not be recorded or reported to federal immigration officials. The resolution would be the first step in creating a policy aimed at supporting our students.

I applaud efforts to welcome and not alienate, those from diverse ethnic backgrounds. When I was in grade school, there were no such efforts to protect me from the ridicule of classmates or the mockery of a teacher.

Robinson: Eco Station Saving Energy

on October 23, 2017 - 4:16pm
Eco Station on East Jemez Road. Photo by James Robinson
 
By JAMES ROBINSON
Environmental Sustainability Board

In July, I was reappointed to the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board by the County Council. Although this board is mainly known for the Plastic Bag Ban and the recent Wildlife Ordinance discussion, this board, and Los Alamos County Environmental Services, has done a lot of work to make Los Alamos more sustainable, and save our citizens money.

Senate Passes Udall-Heinrich Amendment Directing Congress To Provide Mandatory Full Funding For PILT

on October 23, 2017 - 4:05pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate approved an amendment by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich Oct. 19 that directs Congress to fully and permanently fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which helps local governments in New Mexico and across the West pay for critical services like schools, police, and roads.
 
The amendment to the Republicans’ Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution passed 58 to 41 and was the only amendment offered by a Democrat to pass on a roll-call vote.
 
New Mexico is the third-highest recipient of PILT payments in the

Democratic Party Of Los Alamos Hosts Concert

on October 23, 2017 - 3:39pm

Satirist Roy Zimmerman will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Unitarian Church. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News: 

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County is hosting a concert featuring Satirist Roy Zimmerman at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos at 1738 N. Sage St.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at the door or online at http://www.losalamosdemocrats.org/2017_zimmerman

 

 

 
 

Study: Noncompliance Hobbles Comprehensive Background Check Policy For Private Gun Sales

on October 23, 2017 - 10:40am

Courtesy/gunlocker.com

HSNW News:

Of the three states that recently expanded comprehensive background check (CBC) policies to include all gun transfers, including those among private parties, only Delaware showed an overall increase in firearm background checks. Washington and Colorado had no changes, which the study authors say suggests that compliance and enforcement were incomplete.

The study, which posted online in Injury Prevention, is believed to be the first to assess the association between CBC policy enactment and changes in background-check rates.

Senate Budget Plan Allows For $1.5 Trillion Added To National Debt

on October 23, 2017 - 10:10am
Maya MacGuineas, president
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
 
CRFB News:
 
The Senate passed its Fiscal Year 2018 budget Oct. 19 containing reconciliation instructions for tax reform. The following is a statement from Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget:
 
There was a time not long ago when many Congressional Republicans demanded a budget that balanced within 10 years.
 
Today, with their vote, the Senate GOP has turned away from this goal, sprinting in the other direction and instead approving a plan that allows for $1.5 trillion in

Los Alamos County Council Meets Tuesday

on October 23, 2017 - 5:07am
COUNTY News: 
 
The Los Alamos County Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 
 
The meeting is open to the public. 
 
Agenda: 
 
1. OPENING/ROLL CALL
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
5. PRESENTATIONS, PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS
  • A. Proclamation celebrating Oct. 25 as "Atomic City Transit Day" in Los Alamos County (accepted by employees of Atomic City Transit) Presenters: County Council 
6. PUBLIC COMMENT FOR ITEMS ON CONSENT AGENDA
7. CONSENT AGENDA
  • A.

Heinrich Warns Of Public Health Crisis In Puerto Rico, Urges Health Department To Take Action

on October 23, 2017 - 5:06am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide additional resources and better coordinate efforts on the ground in the face of a growing public health crisis in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria to ensure the more than 3.5 million American citizens living there can safely access the quality health care they need. 
 
Heinrich joined U.S.

Sheriff Lucero Seeks To File Amended Complaint Against Los Alamos County Council

on October 23, 2017 - 4:59am

Staff Report

 

Attorney A. Blair Dunn has asked the First Judicial District Court for permission to file an amended complaint against the Los Alamos County Council on behalf of Sheriff Marco Lucero.

The original complaint was filed Aug. 29 as an emergency petition for writ of mandamus and complaint for declaratory judgment.

The motion to amend the complaint, filed Oct.

NNSA: Production Of W76-1/Mk4A Arming Fuzing Subsystem Completed On Time And Budget

on October 21, 2017 - 10:53am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has completed production of the U.S. Navy-sponsored Arming Fuzing Subsystem in support of the W76-1/Mk4A Life Extension Program (LEP) on time and on budget.
 
The subsystem is a key component of the W76-1 LEP that will extend the original warhead service life from 20 to 60 years.
 
“Completing this subsystem is a major achievement for NNSA and the many gifted engineers, scientists and technicians dedicated to serving our vital national security mission through stockpile

Legislative Interim Committee Meetings: Oct. 23-27

on October 21, 2017 - 10:20am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The following legislative interim committees are scheduled to meet the week of Oct. 23 through Oct. 27:

  • Oct. 23 @ 1 p.m. – Legislative Council (LC), State Capitol, Room 307, Santa Fe
    • Agenda Items: Approval of Minutes; Interim Committee Business; Staff Reports
  • Oct. 24-27 @ 8:30 a.m. – Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) State Capitol, Room 307, Santa Fe
    • Agenda Items: Program Evaluation: Cost drivers in Higher Education and Efforts to Improve Efficiency and Reduce Duplication; Department of Health (665): Preview of FY19 Appropriation Request; New Mexico Corrections

New Mexico House Republicans To Jeff Bezos: We Stand Ready To Partner With Amazon!

on October 20, 2017 - 6:05pm

Minority Floor Leader Nate Gentry

NM HOUSE GOP News:

SANTA FE – Nineteen New Mexico House Republican representatives sent a letter today to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to promote Albuquerque’s bid to host Am

azon’s new North American headquarters.

In their letter, the representatives cited New Mexico’s location, cultural and recreational opportunities, and the presence of two national laboratories as key assets. They also pledged their willingness to work on business-friendly policies, including tax reform, as well as continued support for important state incentive programs such as the Local

PED Tweaks Proposed Science Education Standards

on October 19, 2017 - 5:12pm
Public Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski addresses the crowd during a reception Oct. 10 at the LAPS School Board Meeting Room. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) appeared to backpedal Tuesday on proposed changes to the New Mexico Science Education Standards, which are at odds with the Next Generation Science Standards developed by a consortium of states and the National Academy of Sciences.

New Mexico would be the 19th state to adopt the Standards.

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New Mexico Democrats Recommend National Labs To Help Rebuild Puerto Rico

on October 19, 2017 - 11:05am

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Luján, joined by Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, sent a letter today urging the Administration to utilize programs run by national labs in New Mexico to help with the reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure.

The members of the New Mexico delegation are asking the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security to leverage the unique expertise and resources at the labs, including Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, to help Puerto Rico rebuild.

“The scale of the devastation in Puerto Rico

DOJ: First Ever Indictments Against Designated Chinese Manufacturers Of Deadly Fentanyl And Other Opiates

on October 19, 2017 - 10:50am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Justice Department announced today that federal grand juries in the Southern District of Mississippi and the District of North Dakota returned indictments, unsealed Oct. 17, against two Chinese nationals and their North American based traffickers and distributors for separate conspiracies to distribute large quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues and other opiate substances in the United States. 
 
The Chinese nationals are the first manufacturers and distributors of fentanyl and other opiate substances to be designated as Consolidated Priority

Udall, Commerce Committee Request FCC Oversight Hearing On President's Threats To Freedom Of Press

on October 19, 2017 - 6:23am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  This week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, joined fellow Democrats on the committee in calling for a hearing on President Trump’s attacks on the media and his latest threat to interfere with the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) television station license renewal proceedings.
 
In a letter to Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), respectively the chairman and ranking member of the committee, which has jurisdiction over the FCC, the senators wrote, "Since taking office, this administration

Two Lead Staff From State Auditor’s Office Win Prestigious Professional Awards

on October 18, 2017 - 9:51am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
OSA News:
 
SANTA FE  Today, the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) announced that two of its lead staff won New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants (NMSCPA) Pride in the Profession Awards.
 
Sanjay Bhakta, Deputy State Auditor, won the award for Outstanding Member in Government. Emily Oster, Director of Compliance and Quality Control, won the award for Woman to Watch, Emerging Leader. 
 
“We are honored that two of our office’s lead staff have been recognized for making significant contributions to the accounting profession and to our

Joint Economic Committee Democrats; Congressional Hispanic Caucus Release 'Economic State Of Latino Community In America'

on October 18, 2017 - 8:55am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  As we continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Joint Economic Committee Democrats and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have released a fact sheet on the “Economic State of the Latino Community in America.”
 
The fact sheet outlines the latest statistics on the economic well-being of the nation’s Latino community, including population, employment, and earnings statistics, and other key indicators.
 
Latinos continue to be one of the fastest growing minority groups in the United States, and account for a combined $1.3 trillion in

Reps. Lujan Grisham, Davis Introduce Legislation To Provide Stable Funding For Food Banks

on October 18, 2017 - 7:38am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure stable and increased federal funding for emergency food banks that distribute the food to communities throughout the state.
 
As members of the House Agriculture Committee, Reps. Lujan Grisham and Davis help draft the Farm Bill, which dedicates money for food purchases, along with $100 million a year for food banks to distribute food to communities.

Los Alamos Resident Greg White Files Suit In New Mexico Supreme Court Against County Council

on October 17, 2017 - 5:53pm
Los Alamos resident Greg White at a council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos resident Greg White has filed a verified petition for a writ of prohibition against the Los Alamos County Council and the Incorporated County of Los Alamos with the New Mexico Supreme Court requesting that the Court exercise jurisdiction. The petition, filed Oct.17, lists Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero as an interested party.

White recently announced that he will be a candidate for sheriff in 2018.

The

Secretary Names Bryan Rice Director Of Bureau Of Indian Affairs

on October 17, 2017 - 11:15am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the selection of Bryan Rice, a veteran federal administrator and citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, as the new Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the federal agency that coordinates government-to-government relations with 567 federally recognized tribes in the United States.

“Bryan has a wealth of management expertise and experience that will well serve Indian Country as the BIA works to enhance the quality of life, promote economic opportunity, and carry out the federal
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