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State Engineer Issues Order Protecting Ranchers’ Water Rights ... Begins Issuing Licenses

on June 9, 2017 - 5:52pm

STATE News:
  • Engineer’s office begins issuing licenses affirming ranchers’ water rights in Lincoln National Forest

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico State Engineer issued an order to protect ranchers’ water rights in Lincoln National Forest.

The Engineer’s office has begun issuing licenses pursuant his order to ranchers that confirm the ranchers’ longstanding beneficial use of water to sustain their livestock. Last year, certain watering areas were closed off in Lincoln National Forest after a potentially endangered mouse was discovered.

“One of my top priorities is to protect the water

Maggiore: Safety And Security Don’t Come Cheap

on June 9, 2017 - 2:11pm
Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, right, and Khal Spencer of Los Alamos at Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board meeting Wednesday night in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com 
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore told members of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board meeting Wednesday night in Santa Fe that all safety and security requirements for future plutonium operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) must be fully funded.

“It’s crystal clear that safety and security don’t come cheap,”

Heinrich Gets Commitment To Accelerate First Testing, Evaluation Construction Project At WSMR In 18 Years

on June 9, 2017 - 10:03am

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Army that it will be moving up plans to fund a $34 million project at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) to 2019 from 2023.

The investment will fund an urgently needed Information Systems Facility to replace the existing communications center that was built in 1962 and caught fire two years ago.

Poll: Steve Pearce In Tight Race With Michelle Lujan Grisham In Hypothetical Governor's Race Match Up

on June 9, 2017 - 7:44am
GOP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― A poll was released June 2 showing Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce just four points behind U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham in a hypothetical match up for Governor in 2018:
  • Republican Steve Pearce: 43 Percent
  • Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham: 47 Percent
  • Undecided: 10 Percent
 
"Michelle Lujan Grisham has been actively campaigning for Governor for six months, and yet she is neck and neck with Republican Congressman Steve Pearce, who has not even decided if he's running," said Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi.

Lujan Grisham Introduces HEAL Act Of 2017

on June 9, 2017 - 7:31am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has reintroduced the “Health Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act.” 

The HEAL Act of 2017, which now has support from 120 organizations, would restore access to affordable health coverage and care for immigrants authorized to live and work in the United States. 

“The HEAL for Immigrant Women and Families Act of 2017 will guarantee that lawfully present immigrants who work hard and contribute to our economy will be treated fairly by the health

Udall Statement On Comey Testimony

on June 8, 2017 - 4:13pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement on former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee:
 
“James Comey’s testimony has painted a truly frightening picture for the American people. Today, Mr. Comey reiterated to the American people that, beyond any shadow of a doubt, a foreign adversary attacked our democracy. Mr. Comey told the American people that they cannot trust their president to tell the truth. Mr.

Draft Bernie For A People’s Party Releases Briefing Sent To Sen. Bernie Sanders

on June 8, 2017 - 2:46pm
POLITICAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Ahead of the People’s Summit this weekend in Chicago, Draft Bernie for a People’s Party has released a briefing sent directly to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on the feasibility and necessity of creating a new progressive party.
 
“The facts and figures in the briefing show that a new party is the only way to defeat Trump and the Republican agenda,” said Draft Bernie founder and director Nick Brana, the former national political outreach coordinator for Bernie 2016 and former electoral manager for Our Revolution.

AG Announces $24 Million Settlement & Dismissal Of Qui Tam Lawsuit In Pay-to-Play Case

on June 8, 2017 - 2:27pm
AG News:
 
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced June 7 that the Office of the Attorney General ("OAG") secured two court rulings June 6 in the Vanderbilt Capital Advisers and Austin Capital Management pay-to-play cases.
 
District Judge Louis McDonald approved the State's proposed settlement and ordered the dismissal of Qui Tam Plaintiff Frank Foy's lawsuits.
 
“These rulings will allow this litigation to  continue moving forward to a resolution that is in the best interests of New Mexico taxpayers," Balderas said.
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Governor Announces Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera To Step Down

on June 8, 2017 - 2:27pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera will step down effective June 20.
 
“New Mexico’s students and schools are better off today because of Secretary Skandera’s leadership and dedication,” Governor Martinez said. “Since day one of my administration, she’s been relentlessly committed to helping us fight the status quo – like teachers unions and other entrenched special interests – to reform education and give our students, teachers, parents and schools more of what they need to succeed.

AFT New Mexico Reacts To Resignation Of Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera

on June 8, 2017 - 8:36am

Hanna Skandera 

 

AFTNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“The resignation of New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera is welcome news for New Mexico’s educators.

“While we recognize this is an opportunity to reset the course New Mexico’s public education has taken under Governor Martinez and Secretary Skandera, and we sincerely hope her replacement is willing to meaningfully include stakeholder input and work towards strengthening education as a profession, recognizing that a strong system

Jimenez: Ripple Effects Of President’s Budget Cuts

on June 8, 2017 - 7:13am
By JAMES JIMENEZ 
Executive Director
New Mexico Voices for Children
 
Our communities do best when everyone contributes. We are strengthened when our children fulfill their potential and become the entrepreneurs, teachers, and artists they were born to be.
 
And because no one reaches their potential without a little help, our nation provides opportunities to those who would otherwise be unable to access them. We do this not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because these are investments that will pay off for all of us with a better quality of life, a stronger
economy,

Heinrich Urges Resources For Air Force To Move F-16s To Holloman Air Force Base, Address Shortage Of Fighter Pilots

on June 7, 2017 - 2:12pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing today on the U.S. Air Force budget and priorities, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) advocated for the resources needed to relocate two additional F-16 training squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base.
 
He reiterated to committee witnesses Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff of the Air Force General David Goldfein that the additional two squadrons at Holloman will be critically important to addressing the Air Force’s shortage of fighter pilots.
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Attorney General Balderas Files Suit Against Major Discount Chain Dollar General

on June 7, 2017 - 7:32am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the Office of the Attorney General ("OAG") filed a lawsuit Monday night against national discount retail chain Dollar General for false advertising, unfair trade practices, and environmental public nuisance for the sale of obsolete motor oil in New Mexico stores from 2010 until February of this year.
 
Dollar General has 87 stores across New Mexico, including in rural and suburban communities, many of which are lower income.
 
“My office continues to aggressively protect

Council Approves 20th Street Extension Project

on June 7, 2017 - 7:27am

Los Alamos County Economic Development Administrator Joan Ahlers and Public Works Director Philo Shelton answer Councilor's questions regarding the 20th Street Extension Project during Tuesday's Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved to move forward with the 20th Street extension project during its regular meeting Tuesay night in Council Chambers. The Council approved to award $998,068 to Gandy Dancer, LLC for the project and set a budget of $1.3 million for the project.

Efforts For Local Recreational Facilities Continue

on June 7, 2017 - 7:17am

During the public comment period at Tuesday's County Council meeting, Shelby Redondo urges Councilors to use exisiting Capital Improvement Project funds to proceed with a multi-generational pool. The pool was one of the projects proposed in the recreation bond that voters failed to pass during last month's special election. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

STAFF REPORT

​The recreation bond may have failed to pass during May's special election, but the effort to bring recreational facilities to the County persists.

Sen. Heinrich To Question Former FBI Director Comey In Senate Intel Committee Hearing Thursday

on June 6, 2017 - 9:03am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, will participate in a hearing at 8 a.m. Thursday entitled “Russian Federation Efforts to Interfere in the 2016 U.S. Elections”.

Sen. Heinrich is expected to question former FBI Director James Comey when he testifies before the Committee.

The hearing will stream live online.

Letter To The Editor: Nuisance Ordinance

on June 6, 2017 - 6:17am
By STEVEN SCHRAMM
Los Alamos

“Sometimes, ordinances and regulations are passed with the support of the majority of folks in a community...” (LA Daily Post, Vol. III, No. 21) (link).

And sometimes they're not. They are passed because the only ones who showed up are the ones who supported the proposal. What happened to those who might have opposed the ordinance? It could have been apathy, it could have been personal situations, which prevented an appearance, or a host of other reasons.

Letter To The Editor: County Council Vs. Sheriff

on June 6, 2017 - 5:47am
By JOHN L. HORNE
Los Alamos
 
The insatiable efforts made by many past and present members of the Los Alamos County Council to eliminate the duly elected office of the sheriff should be a concern to all citizens in this county. 
 
The sheriff is accountable to the people by vote. The office of police chief is accountable to the county council by appointment. Sheriff Lucero has served honorably in Santa Fe and Los Alamos counties for over 29 years. 
 
We the people have voted to retain the office of sheriff as stated in the New Mexico constitution yet certain members of the county

AG Balderas Joins 'We Are Still In' Coalition Of Governors, AG’s, Mayors, Business & University Leaders To Maintain Commitments To Paris Climate Agreement

on June 5, 2017 - 2:09pm
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Following President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, Attorney General Balderas and 18 attorneys general have joined forces with governors, mayors, business leaders and universities across the country pledging to maintain their commitment to fighting climate change and abiding by the principles of the global agreement.
 
The 19 state attorneys general joining the coalition today include:
 
Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General, George Jepsen, Connecticut Attorney General, Matt Denn,

Voices Of Los Alamos At Unitarian Church Thursday

on June 5, 2017 - 11:47am

Ashley Sanderson of Emerge New Mexico 

 

COMMUNITY News: 

 

The local group Voices of Los Alamos invites everyone to its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St., to listen to a presentation by Executive Director Ashley Sanderson of Emerge New Mexico.

 

Emerge New Mexico is a Santa Fe-based organization that trains Democratic women to run for office. Sanderson will give a brief overview of the program and share tips about the process of getting elected.

 

According to its website (http://www.emergenm.org/), "Emerge breaks down barriers and

New Mexico Supreme Court Issues New Procedural Rules Governing Pretrial Detention And Release

on June 5, 2017 - 10:32am

NM SUPREME COURT News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court has issued comprehensive procedural rules governing pretrial detention and release in all criminal cases.

The rules are the result of more than two years of study and recommendations by the Court's Ad Hoc Pretrial Release Committee, chaired by former University of New Mexico Law School ean Leo Romero, and consisting of a broad range of interests, including judges, legislators, prosecutors, defense attorneys, detention officials, and commercial bail industry representatives, as well as input from other local and national sources.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Backs Clean Energy Act To Streamline Tax Credits

on June 5, 2017 - 8:44am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, cosponsored legislation introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that will measurably reduce carbon pollution over the next decade through a series of incentives for clean energy and the promotion of new technologies in the private sector.
 
The Clean Energy for America Act includes technology-neutral tax credits for domestic production of clean electricity and clean transportation fuel, as well as performance-based tax incentives for energy-efficient

Scenes From Heinrich's Visit To Los Alamos

on June 4, 2017 - 11:28am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich speaks at the May 27 gathering at the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Visitor Center on 20th Street to discuss the project, tour the  Los Alamos History Museum and Hans Bethe House, and visit with veterans organizations incuding the American Legion Post 90, VFW Post 8874 and the USS Los Alamos Committee at the American Legion to recognize the contributions of the Los Alamos community to the nation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A $10,000 donation is presented to the Los Alamos Historical Society from the NPS, from left, Los Alamos Historical

Helen Milenski Appointed Acting Chair Of Los Alamos County Affiliate Of Libertarian Party Of New Mexico

on June 4, 2017 - 7:36am
Helen Milenski visits the Los Alamos Daily Post world headquarters Friday to announce that she has been appointed acting chair for the Los Alamos County affiliate organization of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico, which has just qualified as a major political party in the state. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Just as the Libertarian Party of New Mexico announced it now meets the requirements to qualify as a major political party in the state, beginning with the 2018 election cycle, Helen Milenski announced that she has been appointed

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