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U.S. Sen. Steve Pearce Urges Voters To Oppose ‘Healthy Workforce’ Ordinance

on October 3, 2017 - 7:24am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce urged Albuquerque voters to oppose the so-called ‘Healthy Workforce’ ordinance, a new sweeping government regulation that will hammer small businesses and lead to fewer jobs and lower wages, he said.

“We should be looking for ways to move our economy forward, not imposing obstacles that hurt our workers and small businesses,” Pearce said.

AFT-NM: Early Endorsements For 2018 Election

on October 2, 2017 - 3:36pm

AFT-NM News:
  • Statewide Candidates for Secretary of State, Treasurer and Attorney General are Champions for Educators and Working New Mexicans

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly and AFT-NM Committee on Political Education Chair Sara Attleson announced that AFT-NM’s Executive Committee, in late September, voted to endorse the 2018 re-election campaigns of:

  • Maggie Toulouse Oliver for New Mexico Secretary of State;
  • Tim Eichenberg for New Mexico Treasurer; and
  • Hector Balderas for New Mexico Attorney General.

The decisions were based on the candidate's

Lujan Grisham, Faso Introduce Bill To Crack Down On Fake Organics

on October 2, 2017 - 12:43pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and John Faso (R-NY) announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation, the Organic Farmer and Consumer Protection Act.
“Organic farming and ranching is the fastest growing segment of agriculture in New Mexico,” Grisham said. “However, fraudulent organic imports threaten the integrity of the USDA Organic label that so many New Mexicans rely on.

RPLA/LAFRW Host 2017 Constitution Day Dinner

on October 2, 2017 - 12:09pm
Local GOP Chair John Bliss welcomes audience members to the annual Constitution Day Dinner Saturday at the Church of Christ on Diamond Drive. Photo by Mary Wilhoit
A memorial table set up at the Constitution Day Dinner to honor local GOP members Nona Bowman, Mary Brooks and Lawry Mann who have passed away in the last six months. Photo by Mary Wilhoit
RPLA News:
The Republican Party of Los Alamos and the Federated Republican Women of Los Alamos hosted the annual Constitution Day Dinner Saturday evening at the Church of Christ on Diamond Drive.
RPLA Chair John Bliss welcomed

Heinrich Statement On Mass Shooting In Las Vegas

on October 2, 2017 - 8:05am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) made the following statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nev., where some 50 people are dead and 200 injured.

“I'm sickened by the mass shooting in Las Vegas. We are all keeping everyone impacted by this act of domestic terrorism and those working on the front lines in our thoughts.” Heinrich said. “These incomprehensible acts of violence have become far too common, yet each one is no less tragic or heartbreaking. Every life lost to gun violence is a tragedy.

Sen. Udall And Rep. Price Introduce Bicameral We The People Democracy Reform Act Of 2017

on October 2, 2017 - 6:35am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) have introduced the We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017.
This bicameral legislation addresses a series of comprehensive democratic and electoral reforms to restore integrity, accountability, and transparency to the broken political system. 
This legislation is more expansive than past versions and includes proposals to comprehensively reform campaign finance laws, increase transparency and accountability in the political system, end extreme partisan gerrymandering, increase

Community Invited To Meeting On Trinity Roundabout And Neighborhood Associations Oct. 16

on October 2, 2017 - 6:08am


A Better Way for LA invites the public to attend a fall meeting Monday, Oct. 16, at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce at 15th Street and Central Avenue. A light supper will be provided.

The program begins at 7 p.m. with a talk by local resident William Mead on the "History of Roundabout Decisions for N.M. 502 in Los Alamos County". The planned roundabout at the intersection of Trinity Drive and Central Avenue will force drivers to travel in conflicting “circular” paths, negatively impacting both pedestrians and vehicles.

Next, Heather Ortega will present a talk on

Keller Issues Risk Advisory On Guardianship Services

on October 1, 2017 - 1:01pm
State Auditor Tim Keller
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller issued a Risk Advisory raising concerns about the Development Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) Office of Guardianship.
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) conducted an initial review of the statewide program that oversees companies that provide guardianship services of last resort for disabled adults who are incapacitated. The OSA’s review revealed a widespread failure of the Office of Guardianship to adequately oversee contract guardians.

Los Alamos County Council Proclaims October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

on October 1, 2017 - 7:55am

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone adds some finishing touches in 2014 to the rock in White Rock together with a group gathered to send the message that men as well as women oppose domestic violence. Police officers who see the effects of domestic violence on men, women and children in their work every day are keenly aware of its negative consequences. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


The ​​Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month to Police Chief Dino Sgambellone during its regular meeting Tuesday evening in

Governor: New Mexico True Scholars Program

on October 1, 2017 - 7:34am

PED Sec. Christopher Ruszkowski, HED Sec. Barbara Damron, Gov. Susana Martinez, NMTD Sec. Rebecca Latham, EDD Sec. Matt Geisel, and Flagship Food Group CEO Rob Holland with 4-H and Future Farmers of America students from the Albuquerque area after the announcement Friday of the 505 Southwestern New Mexico True Scholars program. Courtesy photo


ALBUQUERQUE –  Gov. Susana Martinez has announced the first year of the 505 Southwestern New Mexico True Scholars scholarship program, which recognizes students with a passion for the future of agriculture in New Mexico.

Richard Nixon's Western White House Up For Sale

on October 1, 2017 - 6:46am
Richard Nixon’s Western White House is for sale and priced at $63.5 million. Courtesy photo
Richard Nixon and his family were Californians who moved back and forth from Washington, D. C., depending on whether or not he was holding a political office such as senator, Vice President to Dwight D. Eisenhower or as the 37th President of the United States.
Nixon grew up dirt poor, but as he said, wasn’t aware of their poverty at the time, assuming everyone lived that way.

Jewish Council For Public Affairs Deeply Troubled By Record-Low Refugee Cap

on October 1, 2017 - 6:18am
JCPA News:
NEW YORK, NY  The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is deeply troubled by the Administration’s proposal to cap Fiscal Year 2018 refugee admissions at just 45,000—less than half of the current number—particularly given the scope of the international refugee crisis and other strife around the world.
This figure is the lowest refugee cap set by any president since the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program was established in 1980.
JCPA urges Congress to pass legislation that protects America’s global leadership in welcoming immigrants and offering refuge to those fleeing

State Auditor Tim Keller Confirms Investigation Into City Of Las Vegas, NM

on September 30, 2017 - 10:42am

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller


SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller confirmed Friday that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) is designating the City of Las Vegas for a special investigation.

The OSA will examine concerns related to procurement such as conflicts of interest with a city vendor, contracting without seeking competitive prices, and budget adjustments without the approval of the Las Vegas City Council.

“We are going to look into concerns about whether the City of Las Vegas has followed the rules when it comes to purchasing,” Keller said.

Public Meeting Targets Code Enforcement Concerns

on September 30, 2017 - 7:17am

During an interview about their upcoming meeting on code concerns, from left, Helen Milenski, Heather Ortega and her son Isaac Ortega, 8, Friday afternoon at the Los Alamos Daily Post on Central Ave. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Spurred by her concern with code enforcement issues surfacing around town, local resident Heather Ortega intends to form a PAC called “Los Alamos County Citizens In Action”.

She and resident Helen Milenski are hosting a community meeting on the subject, 6-8 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Demands Answers From EPA’s Scott Pruitt On ‘Privacy Booth,’ Chartered Flights

on September 30, 2017 - 5:42am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, demanded answers from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about his potentially excessive spending of taxpayer money.
Media reports indicate that the EPA is devoting $25,000 in taxpayer money to build a “privacy booth for the administrator,” despite EPA already having a fully functioning Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) for use by the administrator.

Council Proclaims October Drug Free Month

on September 29, 2017 - 8:28am

Councilor Chris Chandler presents Police Chief Dino Sgambellone with a proclamation at the County Council meeting Tuesday declaring October Drug Free Month. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council proclaimed October as a Drug Free Month during its regular meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers. A proclamation was presented to Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone. 



WHEREAS: It is the goal of all organizations who deal with the prevention of drug abuse to motivate people to more active participation in programs to eliminate

VIDEO: Udall on Senate Floor ... ACA Repeal Would Devastate Health Care For Indian Country

on September 29, 2017 - 7:52am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, denounced the devastating impact Senate Republicans' efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have on Indian Country.
In remarks Sept. 26 on the Senate floor, Udall said repeal of the ACA and Medicaid expansion would be disastrous for Indian Country and violate the government's trust and treaty obligation to ensure Native Americans receive quality health care.

NMTA Honors State Rep. Bobby Gonzales

on September 28, 2017 - 7:42am
NMTA President Anthony Mortillaro presents Rep. Bobby Gonzalez with a model bus as Gonzales is honored by the NMTA for his untiring efforts to champion public transportation in the State of New Mexico. Courtesy photo
NMTA News:
The New Mexico Transit Association (NMTA), has honored New Mexico State Rep. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales for his untiring efforts to champion public transportation, at its quarterly meeting Sept. 21 in Taos.
Upon presenting the award to Gonzales, who chairs the New Mexico House of Representatives Transportation, Public Works and Capital Improvements Committee,

Udall On Human Trafficking In Indian Country

on September 28, 2017 - 7:32am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, highlighted the urgent need for additional resources and support, including law enforcement and training – but also mental health care and substance abuse treatment – to help address human trafficking in Indian Country.
Udall made his comments Wednesday during an oversight hearing titled, “The GAO Reports on Human Trafficking of American Indian and Alaska Natives in the United States," which was held to discuss implementation of recommendations by

Commentary: Science Education Is Essential To New Mexico’s Future

on September 28, 2017 - 7:15am
By U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich

As senators who proudly represent the world-class scientists at New Mexico’s national laboratories, research universities, military installations and high-tech businesses, we call on policymakers to use science as a guiding light. 
Our capacity to seize opportunities and face the many challenges ahead rests heavily on our ability to make decisions driven by scientific data.

State Auditor Tim Keller’s Report On New Mexico’s 'Swiss Cheese' Tax Code Featured In Bloomberg BNA

on September 28, 2017 - 6:47am
State Auditor Tim Keller
OSA News:
SANTA FE  The national news outlet Bloomberg BNA featured an article about State Auditor Tim Keller’s report shining a light on New Mexico’s “Swiss Cheese” tax code.
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) tallied more than $1 billion in tax breaks that the state gave with little reporting to determine return on investment.

BPU, Council Weigh Finance Options For Replacing White Rock Wastewater Treatment Plant

on September 28, 2017 - 6:17am

At left, DPU Deputy Manager Jack Richardson and DPU Manager Tim Glasco present finance options available for replacement of the White Rock Wastewater Treatment Plant at the Sept. 21 BPU and Council joint meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/



Los Alamos Daily Post 


The wastewater treatment plant in White Rock needs to be replaced and a discussion on how to finance the project was held during the Los Alamos County Council and Board of Public Utilities (BPU) joint work session Tuesday, Sept.

Udall, Heinrich Call For Extension Of DACA Renewal Deadline In Wake Of Storms

on September 28, 2017 - 6:14am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In the wake of three massive storms that have disrupted the day-to-day lives of millions of people, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 36 senators calling on the Trump administration to extend the crucial Oct. 5 deadline for Dreamers to renew their DACA status.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), tens of thousands of DACA recipients live in areas impacted by the storms.
“In the last month, several major hurricanes made landfall in the Unites States.

Net Neutrality Supporters Descend On DC To Meet With Lawmakers, Oppose FCC Plan To Gut Title II

on September 27, 2017 - 2:52pm
FFTF News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  More than 60 Internet users traveling from as far away as Alaska, California, Kansas, and Utah are participating in a unique advocacy effort this Wednesday, Sept. 27, descending on the U.S. capitol not for a rally but to meet directly with their Senators and Representatives in support of Title II net neutrality protections.
The participants, recruited through an online campaign spread through email and social media include small business owners, students, IT professionals, startup founders, single parents, and people from a wide range of political

Heinrich: Preliminary CBO Score Of Graham-Cassidy

on September 27, 2017 - 7:53am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement Sept. 25 after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a preliminary score of Graham-Cassidy.
Although not able to provide point estimates on health insurance coverage and premium increases at this time, the CBO concluded that millions fewer people will have insurance that covers high-cost medical events and Medicaid will be cut by $1 trillion over a decade:
“Republicans’ latest attempt to rush