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New Mexicans Deliver Methane Comments To Local BLM Offices Around State

on November 9, 2017 - 7:17am
BLM News:
 
On Monday, in Carlsbad, Farmington, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, faith and elected leaders joined parents, grandparents, scientists and other New Mexicans to deliver comments to Bureau of Land Management field offices.
 
The comments were among thousands from New Mexico and at least 200,000 nationwide voicing opposition to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposed delay of the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule for two years.
 
“The BLM’s Methane rule is win-win for the public, industry and our local economy.

Governor Proclaims Nov. 9 ‘Congratulations To 2017 World Series Champions Alex Bregman; Ken Giles Day’

on November 8, 2017 - 1:14pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez proclaimed Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 as “Congratulations to 2017 World Series Champions Alex Bregman and Ken Giles Day” throughout New Mexico.

Bregman and Giles, both of Albuquerque, made significant contributions to the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series championship-winning season.

Full text of the proclamation:

WHEREAS, THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPION HOUSTON ASTROS DEFEATED THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPION LOS ANGELES DODGERS IN THE 2017 WORLD SERIES; AND

WHEREAS, TWO NEW MEXICANS, ALEX BREGMAN AND KEN GILES — BOTH FROM ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO —

AG Balderas Shuts Down Deceptive Veterans Charity

on November 8, 2017 - 8:50am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a settlement between 27 states and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s dissolution.
 
The states alleged thousands of deceptive solicitation violations against VietNow for misrepresenting its charitable programs to donors, including in New Mexico. The investigations of VietNow by Attorney General Balderas and other states led to the present negotiated resolution.
 
“Preying on New Mexicans’ generosity and desire to help our veterans is

AG Balderas Files Supreme Court Brief To Require Out-of-State & Online Retailers To Pay State & Local Taxes

on November 8, 2017 - 7:23am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE  Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review and reconsider the Court’s outdated “physical presence” rule, which restricts states’ ability to collect certain taxes from out-of-state retailers.
 
With the decline of brick and mortar shopping and the rise of online shopping, out-of-state retailers – including online retailers – have used the physical presence rule set forth in Bellas Hess, and later reaffirmed in the U.S.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Trade Adjustment Aid For New Mexicans Affected By Questa Mine Closure

on November 7, 2017 - 10:35am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Labor has granted Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers who lost their jobs when Chevron closed its molybdenum mine in Questa, N.M.
 
The TAA will help former employees of the mine transition to new jobs by providing career training, employment services and other support. 
 
Since Chevron closed the mine in Questa in 2014, the lawmakers have supported the mine workers’ application for TAA.

ICYMI: Pearce Amendment Passes With Wildfire Prevention Bill

on November 7, 2017 - 6:31am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce sponsored an amendment that has passed Congress along with H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.
 
This bill works to prevent catastrophic wildfires and improve the health of forests. This year’s devastating wildfire season burned nearly 8,000 homes and cost upwards of $3 billion in fire suppression efforts.
 
Environmental groups are acknowledging the increased use of forest thinning and restoration efforts that can lessen the severity of wildfires and better protect the

Attorney General Balderas Requests Public Comment On Proposed Default Rule For Administrative Rulemaking

on November 7, 2017 - 5:43am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
From the Office of the Attorney General:
 
SANTA FE  The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is inviting public comment on its proposed default rule on administrative rulemaking.
 
During its 2017 regular session, the New Mexico Legislature adopted House Bill 58 (Laws 2017, Chapter 137), amending the State Rules Act, NMSA 1978, Section 14-4-1 to -11, and mandating that by Jan.

Parks & Rec Board Reviews Capital Projects Thursday

on November 6, 2017 - 12:08pm

COUNTY News:

Capital projects for Golf Course Improvements, Ice Rink Improvements, Pinon Park Splash Pad and a Kiddie Pool that were moved forward by County Council at their Aug. 8 meeting will be discussed by the Parks and Recreation Board this Thursday, Nov. 9.

The Board is expected to make recommendations about the projects that will be forwarded to the Council to consider at their Council meeting Dec. 5.

The public is welcome to attend and give public comments to the Board this Thursday. The meeting is 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

For additional background, visit

Governor Releases Presidential Proclamation Honoring Victims Of Sutherland Springs Shooting

on November 6, 2017 - 10:44am

NATIONAL News:

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez today issued a Presidential Proclamation honoring the victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting: 

PROCLAMATION:

We are deeply saddened by the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which took the lives of more than 25 innocent victims while they were attending church.  As we mourn the victims of this unprovoked act of violence, we pray for healing and comfort for all the family members and loved ones who are grieving.

As a mark of respect for the victims of this senseless act of violence perpetrated on November 5, 2017, by the

Sen. Candelaria Introducing Legislation Allowing Public Testimony Online To Legislative Committee Meetings

on November 6, 2017 - 10:15am

Sen. Jacob Candelaria 

 

POLITICAL News: 

SANTA FE – Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Bernalillo, has announced that he will introduce legislation to allow the public to submit online testimony to Legislative Committee meetings.

Candelaria issued the following statement:

“In a large state like New Mexico, distance should not stop people from participating in the legislative process. The time and cost of traveling to Santa Fe is an obstacle preventing many New Mexicans from taking part in the discussion of important issues. Everyone should have an opportunity to engage.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution To Honor Native American Heritage Month

on November 6, 2017 - 8:16am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich announced that they have cosponsored a resolution to establish the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month.
 
The resolution recognizes and celebrates the many contributions Native Americans make to our nation's identity through their rich heritages, cultures, languages, and the arts.
 
“Every chapter of American history is touched by the contributions of tribes and Native American leaders -  from Po’Pay and the Pueblo Revolt

Letter To The Editor: What Is A Weed?

on November 6, 2017 - 7:58am
By LYNN HANRAHAN
Los Alamos

We went to the County Code Enforcement presentation last Thursday at UNM-LA sponsored by the local Republican Party because we had recently received a notice from the county. Our garden is big, so we thought it might be a good idea to see what didn’t comply to county standards. It is easier to move “offensive” plants now when they are getting ready for their winter slumber. At least I think it is – my son has the green thumb.let

Gardens can be both cost and labor intensive so it’s good to get things right the first time.

Pearce Votes To Extend Vital Healthcare Programs

on November 6, 2017 - 7:00am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives Friday passed H.R. 3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), community health centers (CHC), and other important public health priorities including additional Medicaid Assistance funding.
 
This bill also includes a two-year funding extension for the Indian Health Service’s Special Diabetes Program.
 
“Passage of this bill today is a vital step to providing essential funding for communities throughout New Mexico.

Lujan Grisham Votes Against CHIP Cuts

on November 5, 2017 - 6:45am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has voted against legislation that would cut the Prevention and Public Health Fund, sabotage the ACA, and raise Medicare premiums for seniors to pay for reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers.
 
“Like many others who care deeply about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers (CHC), I am appalled by the vote we took in the House today.

County Council Work Session At Muni Building Tuesday

on November 5, 2017 - 6:42am
COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Council work session is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 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
  • Briefing to Council 
    • Presenters: Loryn 'Ryn' Herrmann, Chair of the Lodgers' Tax Advisory Board
  • Presentation of Recommendation Regarding Tennis Courts Evaluation
    • Presenter: Melanee Hand, Chair of the Parks and Recreation Board
6. BUSINESS
  • Action to Suspend

Rep. Ben Ray Luján To Hold Community Discussion On Medicaid Public Option Bill & Republican Tax Plan

on November 4, 2017 - 11:25am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) is holding a community discussion at the Corrales Flying Star in Albuquerque this afternoon to provide a congressional update on his Medicaid Public Option bill and the Trump/Ryan/McConnell tax plan.
 
Luján will be on hand to discuss details of the tax proposal being put forward by the Trump White House, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
 
The State Public Option Act, introduced by Luján with Sen.

AG Balderas Trains Mexican Prosecutors, Forensic Scientists, Investigators In Effort To Stop Crime From Crossing Border

on November 3, 2017 - 10:04am

Attorney General Hector Balderas during a training in Santa Fe with Mexican law enforcement officials on investigative and trial presentation skills to help prevent crime from crossing the border. Courtesy photo

Attorney General Hector Balderas, seated at center, with Mexican law enforcement officials and New Mexico Office of the Attorney General prosecutors and special agents in Santa Fe during a recent training. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

SANTA FE – This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas hosted a delegation of 21 prosecutors, forensic scientists and investigators from the states of

Lujan Grisham Statement On GOP Tax Package

on November 3, 2017 - 9:43am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement Thursday in response to the massive tax package released by Republicans in Congress.
 
“Rather than create economic opportunity for American families, the Republican tax package resembles the failed policies of the past that only reward the wealthiest people and special interests, while adding as much as $1.5 trillion to our national debt.

LWV Lunch With A Leader Features Julianna Koob And Marshall Martinez Speaking On Reproductive Rights

on November 3, 2017 - 7:13am

LWV News:

This month’s League of Women Voters’ community event, Lunch with a Leader, features Julianna Koob and Marshall Martinez speaking on reproductive rights at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Mesa Public Library.

Lunch With A Leader is the second Tuesday rather than third Tuesday of the month, this month only.

Koob and Martinez are speaking on real conversations about abortion and the way the Legislature fights in New Mexico. There will be updates and debriefs on the 2017 Legislative session with a focus on the strategies that win and ways that grassroots work are key.

Koob has fought

Udall, Heinrich Back Resolution Honoring Nuclear Weapons Workers

on November 2, 2017 - 10:09am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution authored by Udall and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and cosponsored by Heinrich, designating Oct. 30, 2017, as the ninth National Day of Remembrance.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

This resolution is meant to honor the contributions of thousands of New Mexicans and Americans who helped develop, support, and maintain the nation’s nuclear weapons efforts during the Cold War.

“Thousands of scientists, maintenance workers, miners, millers

County Manager Shares Code Enforcement Data

on November 2, 2017 - 8:52am
By HARRY BURGESS
Los Alamos County Manager

The Los Alamos County Council has scheduled a discussion regarding the current nuisance code for its Nov. 7 work session. In preparation for that discussion, Council requested that County staff provide detailed information regarding its efforts during the past several months - in order that the conversation next week can be based on the best data.

During the past two Council meetings I have presented such information, and since there has been active conversation regarding the nuisance code within the community, the County Council requested that I

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Attends Local Fundraiser

on November 2, 2017 - 8:24am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's 3rd Congessional District with Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard outside on a windy deck during a fundraiser for the congressman's re-election campaign early Monday evening at a private residence on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Pearce Introduces Veterans’ Life Insurance Bill

on November 1, 2017 - 9:09am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Friday introduced H.R. 4146, the Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance Act of 2017, to provide needed improvements to the service-disabled veterans’ life insurance program (S-DVI).
 
Disabled veterans have a challenging time receiving life insurance through the civilian sector due to their physical or mental injuries incurred during their time in service. This bill will update the nation’s current S-DVI premiums and disability provisions which are based on mortality and annuity tables from 1941.
 
“Veterans injured in

Reporters Without Borders: China Releasing Publisher

on November 1, 2017 - 8:31am
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is relieved by China’s announced release of Chinese-born Swedish publisher Gui Minhai, who had been held incommunicado for two years and one week, but points out that dozens of journalists and bloggers continue to be detained in China.
 
Gui Minhai has not appeared in public since the announcement of his release Oct. 24 and is said to be staying with relatives in the eastern city of Ningbo while waiting for his passport to be renewed and for the Chinese authorities to let him travel to Germany, where his wife lives.
 
“We are relieved by this

NMERB Improving Sustainability State Tour

on November 1, 2017 - 8:26am

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