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Zinke Sworn In As 52nd Secretary Of The Interior

on March 2, 2017 - 8:27am

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

DOI News:

5th-generation Montanan pledges to uphold President Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ryan Zinke (pronounced Zink-EE) was confirmed and sworn in Wednesday as the 52nd Secretary of the Interior.

The Senate voted 68-31 to confirm Zinke the morning of March 1, 2017, and he was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence at a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building later that evening. Zinke is the first Montanan to serve as a cabinet secretary and also the first U.S. Navy SEAL in the cabinet.

“I am honored and humbled to

NNMC And State Auditor Reveal High-Level Theft

on March 1, 2017 - 7:34pm

Northern New Mexico College President Richard Bailey

Staff Report

SANTA FE – The New Mexico State Auditor’s Office and Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) issued separate press releases this afternoon  announcing that an investigation has discovered an estimated $200,000 of the college’s money is missing and is suspected stolen by a senior administrative employee.

State Auditor Tim Keller said of the findings, “These were hundreds of thousands of dollars that should have been serving students and faculty, not the personal benefit of an employee.”

NNMC President Richard Bailey confirmed to

Republicans Walk Out Of Meeting To Protest Inappropriate Treatment Of Colleague

on March 1, 2017 - 7:20pm

HOUSE REPUBLICAN News:

SANTA FE – The Republican members of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee walked out of this afternoon’s committee meeting to protest a breakdown of decorum following the tabling of a previously non-controversial bill to protect New Mexico’s children from receiving pornography.

On a party-line vote, the Democrats voted to table House Bill 71, a bill sponsored Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Valencia) to clarify and strengthen New Mexico’s criminal sexual communications laws.

State Auditor Reveals High-Level Theft At NNMC

on March 1, 2017 - 4:20pm

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

  • Estimated $200,000 in funds missing in ongoing investigation of senior executive

SANTA FE – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller confirmed the theft of an estimated $200,000 in funds at Northern New Mexico College. Auditors began looking into the matter after financial discrepancies were found. A high-level employee in the business office resigned in connection to the missing money. Along with stolen cash, checks were not deposited that deprived the college of additional funds. 

“These were hundreds of thousands of dollars that should have been

Public Notice: March 7 Council Meeting Canceled

on March 1, 2017 - 2:46pm

Public Notice:

The Los Alamos County Council regular session scheduled for Tuesday, March 7 in Council Chambers at 6 p.m. has been canceled.

The Council’s Tuesday, March 14 work session will instead be a regular session. An agenda will be provided 72 hours before the March 14 regular session, which will be held at 6 p.m in White Rock Fire Station 3.

It will be broadcast live on PAC 8 cable television as well as streamed on the County’s website at www.losalamosnm.us.

 

Local GOP Features Paul Gessing On Public Policies Of Climate Change ... UNM-LA Building 5 Thursday

on March 1, 2017 - 12:02pm

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites all Republicans to attend its monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday in the Jeannette Wallace Hall (Building 5) at UNM-LA.

Light refreshments will be served followed by a presentation by Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation on the public policies of Climate Change.

"Please join us for what is sure to be an informative evening," RPLA Chair James Robinson said.

Join March For Science At State Capitol April 22

on March 1, 2017 - 11:47am

MARCH FOR SCIENCE News:

The March for Science champions science as a pillar for the advancement of human knowledge, progress, and prosperity. They unite April 22, Earth Day, as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for the freedom of science in the interest of the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.

“The March for Science is a celebration of science, and of public engagement with science, but it’s not only about scientists,” says march organizer Daniel Larremore.

Local Federated Republican Women Meet March 9

on March 1, 2017 - 10:55am

LAFRW News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women are hosting their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9 in the upstairs meeting room at SMITH's Marketplace.

The public part of the meeting begin at 7 p.m. with a presentation by LAMC CFO Steve Winegeart. Snacks will be provided.

A brief members meeting follows the presentation.

For further information, contact Donna MacDonald 505.662.4001.

Republican Party Of New Mexico Responds To President Trump’s First Address To Joint Session Of Congress

on March 1, 2017 - 10:01am

POLITICAL News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, the Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement on President Donald Trump's first address to a joint session of the United States Congress:

“Last night, President Donald Trump laid out to the American people and their representatives in Congress a thoughtful, bold legislative vision that should transcend partisanship," said Republican Party of New Mexico Spokesman Tucker Keene.

“In his first 40 days, President Trump has already delivered on many of his biggest campaign promises, from bringing jobs back to our country, nominating a

Udall, Heinrich And Luján Statements On President Trump’s First Address To Joint Session of Congress

on March 1, 2017 - 9:53am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

POLITICAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján issued the following statements on President Donald Trump's Tuesday evening address to a joint session of Congress:

Sen. Udall: “Over the last few months, I’ve heard from an unprecedented number of New Mexicans. Overwhelmingly, they are telling me that they feel unsettled and fearful about the direction President Trump wants to take this country.

House Passes Oil & Gas Stabilization Reserve Bill

on March 1, 2017 - 9:14am

This chart, prepared by the Legislative Finance Committee, shows the oil and gas revenue that would have been saved under this plan going back to 1986 had this rainy day fund been in place. Courtesy image  

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives overwhelmingly endorsed a proposal Tuesday night to establish a “rainy day” fund for surplus oil and gas revenue.

House Bill 191, sponsored by Rep.

Heinrich, Heller Introduce Legislation To Safeguard Jewish And Other Faith-Based Community Centers

on March 1, 2017 - 8:41am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Dean Heller (R-N.V.) introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that the Department of Homeland Security provides state and local law enforcement with adequate resources to protect faith-based community centers across the United States.
 
The Senators have been deeply concerned with the significant number of bomb threats facing Jewish Community Centers (JCC). In three weeks alone, JCC's saw 63 bomb threats, forcing the evacuations of hundreds across the country and twice in Albuquerque. 
 
Last week, Sen.

CVNM: Community Solar Gardens Act Puts Community In Charge Of Energy Choices

on March 1, 2017 - 8:36am
CVNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUEThe Community Solar Gardens Act (HB 338, Roybal Caballero) passed in the House State Government, Indian and Veterans Affairs Committee in the New Mexico Legislature Tuesday on a 5-4 vote.
 
In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund (CVNMEF) program Juntos: Our Air, Our Water community leaders released the following statements:
 
“Where I live there are many people with asthma. Solar energy would help reduce air pollution and improve the health of families in my neighborhood,” said Victor Nevarez, Juntos Westgate youth leader.
 
“We need

House Committee Approves 'Right To Try' Legislation

on March 1, 2017 - 8:23am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The House Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved House Bill 228, known as the “Right to Try Act.” 
 
The bill is sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-Grant, Hidalgo and Sierra). It had been amended by a previous committee to include aspects of House Bill 263, a similar Right to Try bill sponsored by Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert (R-Sandoval).
 
The Right to Try Act would establish a process through which terminally ill patients could access new medications that have not yet been fully approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). The bill sets eligibility

Committee Passes Increased Transparency Resolution

on March 1, 2017 - 8:15am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The House Rules and Order of Business Committee unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday that would make committee amendments to bills available online and incorporated into the original bill text.
 
House Resolution 3, sponsored by Representative Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque), states that upon adoption of a committee report recommending an amendment to a bill, memorial, or resolution, the chief clerk will post on the legislative website a document with the amendment incorporated into the text.

Heinrich Joined By UNM Interim President Chaouki Abdallah For Trump’s Joint Session Speech Tonight

on February 28, 2017 - 5:22pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, left, in his Washington, D.C. office meets with UNM Interim President Chaouki Abdallah. Courtesy photo

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has announced that at President Trump's speech tonight to a Joint Session of Congress, he will bring as his guest the acting president of The University of New Mexico (UNM), Chaouki Abdallah.

Abdallah, who was named provost and executive vice president of academic affairs in 2011, also has served as head of the electrical engineering department and a member of the

NM Delegation Introduces Bill To Expand Research On Rare Genetic Disease Prevalent Among Hispanics

on February 28, 2017 - 4:22pm

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced they have introduced a bill to increase research, education and treatment for Cavernous Cerebral Malformations (CCM), an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord and is more common among New Mexico Hispanics than any other group.
 
Due to limited research, there is no cure for CCM.

Los Alamos County Recreation Bond Election Website Updated With Latest Renderings And Costs

on February 28, 2017 - 3:43pm

COUNTY News:

To provide voters information, Los Alamos County has updated the recreation bond website (losalamosbondprojects2017.com) with project information, project costs, a calculator to figure out homeowner’s property tax increase, and renderings of the proposed projects. 

Los Alamos County voters will have the opportunity to vote on the $20 million general obligation bond, to be repaid from property taxes for the purpose of designing, acquiring, constructing, purchasing and improving recreation facilities including a multi-generational pool, splash pad and a recreation center with a

Letter To The Editor: Need For Freedom Of The Press

on February 28, 2017 - 3:42pm
By KELLY DOLEJSI
Los Alamos
 
When I was a student at Western New Mexico University, I learned first-hand the power of the media to protect people who have no influence or authority of their own.

I had zero training — WNMU didn’t offer journalism classes — but at 22, I became editor-in-chief of the university’s newspaper. The university president had just received a 20-percent raise, so my two-person staff and I decided that would be our top-of-the-fold, front-page news.

Lottery Scholarship Bill Clears Final Committee

on February 28, 2017 - 12:19pm

STATE News:
  • House Bill 250 now heads to the House floor

SANTA FE – A bill to improve New Mexico’s lottery scholarship program was unanimously passed by the House Business and Industry Committee Monday. House Bill 250 is sponsored by Rep. Jason Harper (R-Sandoval) and Rep. Javier Martinez (D-Bernalillo), and it now heads to the House floor for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

House Bill 250 would amend the New Mexico Lottery Act to require that all unclaimed lottery prizes be directed to the lottery tuition fund used to pay for student scholarships.

Minimum Wage Bill Clears Judiciary Committee

on February 27, 2017 - 10:59pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico House Democrats’ bill to improve the lives of working families by raising the state minimum wage cleared the House Judiciary Committee.

HB 442 proposes to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour, a $1.75 increase over the state’s current minimum wage of $7.50 per hour. The increase will put an extra $3,000 annually into the pockets of New Mexicans working full-time without burdening small businesses or rural municipalities.

“This an example of really good communication between all groups involved.

HB 261 - Additional Funding For Courts Becomes Law

on February 26, 2017 - 8:29am

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that the following legislation has been signed into law:

Signed House Bill 261 – Additional Funding for Courts [MESSAGE]

“I spent most of my career in courtrooms as a prosecutor,” Martinez said. “I’ve seen firsthand just how important it is to fund our courts. I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made with this legislation. It’s always important – and even more so during a budget crisis – that every dollar of government spending be accounted for.”

House Bill 261 funds the courts to address

Los Alamos County Judge Alan Kirk And Rep.Stephanie Garcia Richard Team Up To Pass Courts Bill

on February 26, 2017 - 7:22am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos speaks on the House floor last week in santa Fe as Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk looks on. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

House Bill 110, sponsored by Los Alamos legislator, Stephanie Garcia Richard, successfully passed the House floor in a unanimous vote last week.

A bill developed by the Association of Municipal Judges, HB 110, seeks to allow municipal bench warrants to be served in adjacent counties. Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk, current president of the Association was the expert witness on the bill for Rep. Garcia Richard.

Independent Electoral Redistricting Commission ... Down But Not Out

on February 26, 2017 - 6:55am

At a hearing Thursday of the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee, Rep. Carl Trujillo and Heather Ferguson of Common Cause propose a constitutional amendment to reform a beleaguered legislative redistricting process in New Mexico. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE -- Electoral redistricting has long been a problem in New Mexico.

LANL GRT Bill Unanimously Passes First Committee

on February 25, 2017 - 10:32pm

Dist. 43  Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey present HB 332 to the House Business and Industry Committee. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

A bill strongly supported by Los Alamos County that would remove the gross receipts tax exemptions from any non-profit organization who would administer the prime contract of any national laboratory in the state cleared its first committee Wednesday with a unanimous Do Pass vote by the House Business and Industry Committee.

House Bill 332, sponsored by Los Alamos area Rep.

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