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Letter To The Editor: Saudi Arabia, Iran And US Politics

on June 17, 2017 - 8:47am
By Dr. T. DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos
 
Saudi Arabia:
 
Consider Saudi Arabia and the status of women:
  • It is the only country in the world where women can not drive.
  • The reason is the belief that driving injures a woman's ovaries.
  • A male must drive a woman to work.
  • From age 8 to death a woman must wear a black burkah whenever she is outside the house in major cities like Riyahd, Mecca and Medina. In some smaller villages women may be able to uncover their faces, and may wear collorful head scarves.
  • Women are second, if not lower, citizens because of the Law of Guardianship.
  • A woman's Guardian

Udall, Heinrich Advance Legislation To Address Drought Challenges In New Mexico

on June 17, 2017 - 6:51am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced the New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act that would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of water management across the state.
 
The New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act is derived from policy recommendations generated by a variety of stakeholders from New Mexico including conservancy districts, farmers, ranchers, Tribes, municipalities, and others that collaborated to put together proposals to help New Mexico deal with future water supply challenges.
 
At the request of Senators Udall and

Governor Activates Emergency Operations Center In Response To El Cajete Fire In The Jemez

on June 16, 2017 - 11:19am

Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez directed the activation of the New Mexico Emergency Operations Center to assist in the coordinated response to the El Cajete Fire in Sandoval County.

“I’ve activated our emergency operations center and directed our state agencies to work with our local and federal partners to keep New Mexicans safe,” Martinez said. “New Mexicans know better than most just how devastating wildfires can be, and as we face this year’s fire season together, we’re also reminding everyone to keep safety in mind and be prepared.”

The El Cajete Fire began

Heinrich Votes To Codify And Expand Russia Sanctions

on June 16, 2017 - 9:14am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, voted for bipartisan legislation that codifies and expands sanctions against the government of Russia in response to its cyber-attacks and interference in elections; its violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine; and its continuing aggression in Syria.
 
The legislation, the Countering Russian Aggression and Cyberattacks Act of 2017, passed the Senate overwhelmingly by a vote of 97 to 2.
 
“This bipartisan

Lisa Brenner And Son File Suit Against County

on June 16, 2017 - 8:11am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Lisa Brenner and her son, Patrick Brenner, filed a complaint for declaratory judgment ordering production of copies of emails sent or received May 15 by Los Alamos County Councilors. The suit is against Los Alamos County Council and its Designated Custodian of Public Records Barb Ricci.

The Brenners’ attorney is A. Blair Dunn of Western Agriculture, Resource and Business Advocates and the case has been assigned to First Judicial District Judge Sarah Singleton. The suit indicates Patrick Brenner emailed Ricci at 5:30 p.m.

Udall's Co-sponsored Bill To Expand AMBER Alert System In Indian Country Clears Committee

on June 16, 2017 - 7:44am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, welcomed passage of a bill he cosponsored to expand the AMBER Alert warning system in Indian Country.
 
The AMBER alert in Indian Country Act comes in response to the tragic abduction and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike on the Navajo Nation in 2016 – when authorities did not issue an AMBER Alert until a day after Ashlynne’s abduction was reported. 
 
The bipartisan legislation led by Senator John

Rio Grande Foundation Urges U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Case Challenging Mandatory Union Fees

on June 16, 2017 - 7:27am
RGF News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Public school teachers, state social workers and other government employees should not be forced to pay money to a union just so they can keep their jobs. That’s why the Rio Grande Foundation is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Janus v. AFSCME.
 
Janus v. AFSCME has the potential to finally end the decades-old requirement of forcing government employees to pay mandatory union fees regardless of whether they want to be represented by a union.

At House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus EM Highlights More Than $100 Million In Cost-Saving Initiatives

on June 16, 2017 - 7:10am
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee, chairman of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, speaks at the June 7 event in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo
 
EM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  EM and federal contractor officials at a panel discussion June 7 on Capitol Hill highlighted more than $100 million in costs savings at cleanup sites.
 
Acting EM Assistant Secretary Sue Cange outlined the effort to members of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus and more than 100 others attending the event.
 
It was one of three gatherings held each year by the caucus whose members represent cleanup

Bike Flow Trail By No Means A Done Deal

on June 15, 2017 - 10:32am
The June 8 Parks and Recreation Board meeting was crowded with community members waiting to give their input on the proposed bike flow trail. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Members of the public packed the room Thursday night for the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Board meeting and even spilled out into the hallway. The turnout seemed to suggest recreation is a prized commodity by this community.

“We want to have recreational opportunities for everyone,” said a member of the public.

The hot topic was the proposed bike flow trail that

Council Approves A-19 Housing Development

on June 15, 2017 - 10:30am
Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey moves to approve the A-19 development agreement during the regular Council meeting June 6. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

By KIRSTEN LASKY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Although Los Alamos County Council approved amendments to the development agreement for the A-19-A-1 site in White Rock, it was not an unanimous decision.

During the regular County Council meeting Tuesday, June 6, in Council Chambers, Council voted five to one to approve the amendments; Councilor Chris Chandler cast the opposing vote and Councilor James Chrobocinski was absent from the

Quorum Notice: Board Of Public Utilities Meets June 21

on June 15, 2017 - 7:22am

Two Of Three Nominees For Financial Manager Of The Year Are From State Auditor’s Office

on June 15, 2017 - 6:31am
Nominees for the Financial Manager of the Year Award with State Auditor Tim Keller and AGA’s President Vince Lithgow and President-Elect Wanda Gonzales. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Two of the three nominees for the Financial Manager of the Year Award of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) are from the Office of the State Auditor (OSA).
 
Shannon Sanders, an Audit Manager at OSA, is nominated for her hard work and dedication to helping government work better throughout New Mexico.

Zinke Announces New Mexico Will Receive $21,574,904 Share Of Billion-Dollar National Distribution

on June 15, 2017 - 6:20am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
INTERIOR DEPARTMENT News:
 
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced $1.1 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts.
 
New Mexico will receive a total of $21,574,904, including $6,107,387 in Sport Fish Restoration program funds and $15,467,517 in Wildlife Restoration program funds.
 
The announcement was made during day one of a four-day trip across the Northeast, where the Secretary met with state

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Announces Distribution Of $1.1 Billion To State Wildlife Agencies

on June 14, 2017 - 9:40am
INTERIOR DEPARTMENT News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Tuesday announced $1.1 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts.
 
State-by-state listings of the final Fiscal year 2017 apportionments of Wildlife Restoration Program fund can be found here and the Sport Fish Restoration Program fund here.
 
The announcement was made during day one of a four-day trip across the Northeast where Secretary Zinke met with New Hampshire

County Councilors At Farmer's Market Thursday

on June 13, 2017 - 7:06pm

COUNTY News:

Two Los Alamos County Councilors will be at the Farmer’s Market 9-11 a.m. Thursday.

Market-goers are welcome to stop by their tent to ask questions, share kudos or voice concerns.

U.S. Rep. Luján On Attorney General’s Testimony Before Senate Intelligence Committee

on June 13, 2017 - 6:36pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) released the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Session testified in open session before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier today:

“I would have to give today’s testimony by Attorney General Jeff Sessions a ‘D.’ In fact, several of them. All we saw today from the Attorney General was Dodging, Denials and Dismissals.

“It is a sad day when our country’s chief law enforcement official refuses to answer basic questions, wraps himself in obscure, unwritten DOJ

Rick Miera Runs For Lt. Governor Of New Mexico

on June 13, 2017 - 2:22pm
Rick Miera, candidate for Lt. Governor Of New Mexico

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, former New Mexico State Rep. Rick Miera is officially announcing his candidacy for Lt. Governor, saying because he believes now is the time to have bold and responsive leadership in state government that will invest in the futures of all New Mexicans.

Miera brings a wide range of every day and legislative experience with him on the campaign trail including 40 years as a therapist, drug counselor, behavioral health advocate, and education champion.

“I am running for Lt.

Rep. Garcia Richard Receives Bipartisanship Award

on June 13, 2017 - 12:47pm

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

By NEW MEXICO FIRST:

In a ceremony held at the Hispano Cultural Center Wednesday, hosted by New Mexico First, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard was awarded the Spirit of Bipartisanship Award for "Excellence in Education", recognizing her legislative efforts in reaching bipartisan compromise and agreement.

New Mexico First, a public policy organization founded by New Mexico's former U.S.

Ray Powell On Setting Record Straight

on June 13, 2017 - 12:31pm

Ray Powell

From the Office of Ray Powell:

ALBUQUERQUE - Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn was featured in an Albuquerque Journal June 10 story falsely claiming that previous Land Commissioners had turned a blind eye to tens of millions of dollars of stolen minerals on State Trust Lands.

Ray Powell, the former Land Commissioner and current Democratic challenger to Aubrey Dunn, issued the following statement:

“Dunn is attempting to take credit for programs implemented during my tenure as Land Commissioner.

KIDS COUNT Data Book: New Mexico Ranked 49th In Nation For Child Well-Being

on June 11, 2017 - 6:48am
VFC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — While New Mexico is stuck near the bottom in child well-being — ranking 49th out of the 50 states — there is some good news in the annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book, which is set for release Tuesday, June 13, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
 
“We’ve seen really great improvements in measures of health and, as with last year, we can attribute much of that to the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act,” said New Mexico KIDS COUNT Director Amber Wallin.

Attorney General Hosts Annual Community Summit - 'Protecting Tomorrow, Today' To Address Critical Issues Facing New Mexico's Youth

on June 11, 2017 - 6:43am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the 2017 Attorney General Community Summit, "Protecting Tomorrow, Today", will focus on critical issues facing New Mexico youth.
 
The summit will bring together experts from around New Mexico and the nation to tackle the toughest issues facing our kids today. The summit will offer free trainings to the public and breakout sessions for experts in various fields who work to make New Mexico a safer, healthier and more prosperous place.

Pearce Subcommittee Hearing Targets Virtual Currency

on June 11, 2017 - 6:41am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce led a House Financial Services Subcommittee Thursday on Terrorism and Illicit Finance hearing entitled “Virtual Currency: Financial Innovation and National Security Implications”.
 
“Innovation revolutionizes and simplifies our lives on a daily basis. In the last 30 years, we have seen the emergence of the internet as an open source and accessible tool. Part of this revolution has been the emergence of digital financial innovation from small business lending to virtual wallets,” Pearce said.

Heinrich Opening Statement At Joint Economic Committee Hearing On Opioid Crisis

on June 11, 2017 - 6:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, delivered the following statement at June 8 hearing entitled “Economic Aspects of the Opioid Crisis.”
 
In his opening remarks, Ranking Member Heinrich highlighted the impact of Medicaid cuts to substance abuse treatment and mental health care in the House Republicans’ TrumpCare bill.
 
Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
 
Thank you, Chairman Tiberi, and thank you to our panel for being here today. 
 
Addiction to heroin

Lunch With A Leader Features SGR June 20

on June 10, 2017 - 3:20pm
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
 
LWVLA News:
 
This month’s League of Women Voter’s community event, Lunch with a Leader, is 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 20 in Mesa Public Library.
 
This month's leader is Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (SGR), a  Los Alamos League member. She has been District 43’s representative, which includes Los Alamos,  Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties since 2012.
 
SGR will discuss three sessons of the Legislature. The first is the Special Session called last fall, then the regular  60-day session, and finally the last Special Session in May.

Udall, Heinrich: $13 Million From U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers For Flood Control And Water Quality Projects

on June 10, 2017 - 7:21am

U.S. SENTATE News:

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has provided $13 million for flood management, water infrastructure, and environmental restoration projects throughout New Mexico.

The funding comes at the request of Udall and Heinrich following passage in May of the Fiscal Year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill, which funds the government through September.

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