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Secretary Zinke Recommends No Modifications To Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

on August 7, 2017 - 8:51am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Aug. 4, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Arizona’s Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is no longer under review​ and that he will recommend that no modifications be made to the monument.
 
The monument was under review in accordance with President Donald J. Trump’s April 26, 2017, executive order
 
“Today I’m announcing that​ Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument’s review process has concluded and I am recommending no changes be made to the monument​,” ​​Zinke said.

Letter To The Editor: Unfathomable That Council Would Even Consider Proceeding With Rec Projects

on August 7, 2017 - 8:22am
By ROBERT PELAK
Los Alamos
 
Dear Councillors:
 
After the bond for the five recreation projects was defeated in the recent election, it seems unfathomable to me that the County Council should consider proceeding with these projects anyway. It is especially galling to attempt to move forward so soon after the election and to use every last bit of available funding.
 
Going forward risks cementing into people's hearts and minds the belief the Council is deaf to the citizens.

DOE, Industry, Community Representatives To Join 2017 National Cleanup Workshop

on August 7, 2017 - 8:03am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Senior DOE officials, industry executives and community representatives from across the U.S. are set to participate in the 2017 National Cleanup Workshop, scheduled for Sept. 13-14 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia.
 
Planned participants include:
  • Jim Owendoff, Acting Assistant Energy Secretary for EM
  • Roger Jarrell, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy for EM
  • Stacy Charboneau, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations
  • Ralph Holland, EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management

Heinrich: Outdoor Recreation Is An Economic Force

on August 7, 2017 - 6:45am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ahead of Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit to New Mexico, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), co-chair of the Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus, highlighted the strength of New Mexico’s outdoor recreation economy.
 
According to a new report released today by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), the outdoor recreation economy directly contributes $9.9 billion in consumer spending annually and employs 99,000 people in New Mexico. 
 
“Outdoor traditions—both new and old—are not only integral to our

Shin: To Councilors James Chrobocinski And Susan O'Leary: Don't Splash Our Cash!

on August 6, 2017 - 2:00pm
By LISA SHIN, President
A Better Way for LA Political Action Committee  

On August 8, 2017, Councilors Chrobocinski and O'Leary will present “Discussion and Possible Action Relating to Proposed Changes to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Fund.” There will be recommended action on recreation projects for the bond election which failed on May 23, 2017.

The following are my recommended actions:

I strongly recommend that the $13.4 million of CIP funds be used to improve existing facilities: the golf course and softball fields.

Back To School Tax Free Weekend Underway

on August 6, 2017 - 8:26am

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced New Mexico’s annual back to school tax-free weekend and encourages families to take part in order to save them money and prepare their children for the upcoming school year.

“Families across the state know how expensive it can be to get kids ready for school, and this is a great way for them to save money,” Martinez said. “Our tax-free weekend can help families make sure that they send their students off to school with everything they need so they’re ready to learn.”

Vendors will not be required to collect gross receipts tax

League Of Women Voters Lunch With A Leader Features Douglas Carver Of New Mexico Ethics Watch Aug. 15

on August 6, 2017 - 7:55am
LWV News:

The League of Women Voters will host its monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader, at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15 at Mesa Public Library. The leader this month is Douglas Carver.

Carver is the executive director of New Mexico Ethics Watch. He previously worked with the New Mexico Legislative Council Service and the Judicial Standards Commission. He graduated from Yale University, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of New Mexico School of Law.

He will discuss the proposed constitutional amendment regarding the establishment of an ethics commission, upon which the public

Udall Marks Second Anniversary Of Gold King Mine Spill With Calls For Action From EPA, Congress

on August 6, 2017 - 7:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
From the Desk of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement marking two years since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) caused the Gold King Mine spill in Southern Colorado and severely contaminated the Animas and San Juan rivers.
 
An EPA-supervised crew released 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater, Aug. 5, 2015, into Cement Creek — which flows into the Animas and San Juan rivers — while working at the Gold King Mine in Colorado.
 
Udall released the following statement:
 
“Two years have passed

Letter To The Editor: County Council Overrides Voters

on August 6, 2017 - 7:26am
By BRADY BURKE
Los Alamos

This week’s County Council meeting may be standing room only!

During the upcoming County Council meeting Tuesday Aug. 8, the County Council is going to propose passing the items of the REC Bond, which were rejected by the County voters in May.

The two Councilors presenting the items for approval, James Chrobocinski and Vice Chair Susan O'Leary, are the subjects of a County investigation into an Ethics violation for their involvement in these items. According to the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), a complaint has been filed stating that both were involved in a Political

Proclamation Of Friendship From Los Alamos County Presented To Officials In Hiroshima, Japan

on August 6, 2017 - 6:50am

Kenji Shiga, director of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, holds a Proclamation of Friendship from Los Alamos County. With him are Yasuyoshi Komizo, chairperson of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation; Judith Stauber, museum director of the Los Alamos History Museum; and Michael Redondo, member of the board of directors for the Los Alamos Historical Society. Courtesy photo

Representing Los Alamos, Michael Redondo and Judith Stauber respond to members of the Japanese media in Hiroshima. Courtesy photo

 

By SHARON SNYDER
Publications Director
Bathtub Row Press

A Los Alamos team arrived

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. Nebel's Logic

on August 6, 2017 - 6:34am
By An Experienced Citizen
Los Alamos
 
I would like to suggest that Mr. Nebel isn’t very clear about things and how they work. While “Down at the farm with Grandma", I strongly doubt he’s ever been on the receiving end of fire. I have had that "opportunity" in Afghanistan, and would like to highlight some faults in his logic:
 
First of all, they are ‘magazines.’ Not “banana clips.”
 
Second -- and against my better judgement of chasing down his rabbit hole -- “Slug technology has improved tremendously over the last 30 years.

Heinrich Statement On July Jobs Report

on August 6, 2017 - 6:27am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement after the Department of Labor announced 209,000 jobs were added in July:
 
"After nearly eight months on the job, President Trump has failed to come up with a cogent plan to create good-paying jobs and increase wages. As a result, wages are barely exceeding inflation, and more than 100,000 workers have been laid off as companies continue to close American operations and ship jobs overseas.
 
“The economic

Lujan Grisham Responds To DOJ Threat To Withhold Funding To APD

on August 6, 2017 - 6:18am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement following a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice that threatens to withhold federal funding to the Albuquerque Police Department.
 
The DOJ in a letter to Police Chief Gorden Eden concluded that APD is eligible to receive federal funding under a new Public Safety Partnership program to help communities address violent crime. However, the DOJ also raised several questions about APD’s approach to crime related to illegal immigration.
 
“This

New Mexico Celebrates Wine Heritage Around State

on August 5, 2017 - 4:47pm
Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Gov. Susana Martinez has proclaimed August 2017 as New Mexico Wine Month, and the New Mexico Tourism Department has a number of ways New Mexicans can venture into vino in celebration.

“New Mexico wineries are key to both the tourism and agricultural industries in our state,” Martinez said. “The industry is increasingly robust and is fueled by a new generation of innovative winemakers – and it helps to show all New Mexico has to offer.”

New Mexico boasts more than 60 wineries across the state that open their doors for tastings and tours most of the

Udall, Rounds, Heinrich: Bipartisan Bill Allows Military Women To Count Maternity Leave ​Toward Years Of Service​

on August 5, 2017 - 4:45pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced a bipartisan bill to make certain ​that women serving in the National Guard and Reserves can take maternity leave without worrying about how it will affect their creditable military service.
 
The amendment is also backed by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.).
 
The Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act, ensures female service members of the reserve component receive creditable military service pay and points during time

Landmark Education Trial Against New Mexico Ends

on August 5, 2017 - 7:08am
NMCLP News:
 
SANTA FE  Friday marked the last day of testimony in an eight-week trial against the state of New Mexico, in a case that alleges the State has violated the constitutional rights of its public school students. 
 
The consolidated lawsuit, which was filed by the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (the Center) and MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), claims that the State’s arbitrary and inadequate funding of public schools, and lack of necessary monitoring and oversight, deprives children—particularly low-income, Native American, and English language

Los Alamos County Council Meets Tuesday

on August 5, 2017 - 7:02am

COUNTY News: 
 
The Los Alamos County Council will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 in Council Chambers in 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 A. 9751-17 Proclamation thanking the Friends of the Shelter for their volunteer service and donations to Los Alamos County (accepted by Wendee Brunish and representatives of Friends of the Shelter) Presenters: County Council 

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. White

on August 4, 2017 - 4:32pm
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos
 
Response To Mr. White (link).
 
For starters, Tommy Rodella, the former Sheriff of Rio Arriba County, is not hyperbole. 
 
Neither is former Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza who was convicted of tampering with public records by having deputies (patronage employees) falsify reports. Nor is Sheriff Joe Arpaio down in Phoenix who was just convicted of obstruction of justice.
 
Perhaps I’m just paranoid, but let me explain to you where I’m coming from. I grew up in Springfield, Illinois.

State Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Matt Geisel In Los Alamos For MainStreet Meeting

on August 4, 2017 - 11:20am

State Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Matt Geisel fields questions from MainStreet directors from around the state at the State's MainStreet quarterly meeting today at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

County Council Notice Of Possible Quorum Aug. 12

on August 4, 2017 - 5:54am

COUNTY News: 

QUORUM NOTICE: Members of the Los Alamos County Council may attend the Los Alamos County Fair.

The County Council is hosting a booth 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 12 at Ashley Pond Park.

A quorum may be present but no action will be taken.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. Nebel

on August 3, 2017 - 10:59am

By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos

I really enjoy debating with people but that requires facts and all Mr. Nebel offers is hyperbole about corrupt police as well as deputies (link).

And he's apparently oblivious to the fact that New Mexico has been far and away the state leading the nation in violent crime as well as all other crime since long before 1980. Yes, I suppose now you'll dig up some FBI stats to disprove this - just make sure you adjust for per capita population.

I'm surprised he says he backs our police as he seems to be afraid and distrustful of law enforcement in general.

Sen. Martin Heinrich Urges Congress To Pass Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Fix In Senate Bill

on August 3, 2017 - 10:56am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

 

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As wildfire season rages across the West, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today urged the Senate to pass a wildfire funding fix included in new legislation to address funding for floods and other natural disasters.

He joined U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee.

A wildfire funding fix similar to the Wildfire Disaster Funding

VIDEO: Udall Urges Ban Of Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Linked To Brain Damage In Children

on August 3, 2017 - 8:57am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday in a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall made the case for why Congress must act to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, a dangerous neurotoxin linked to brain damage in children.
 
Udall said his Protect Children, Farmers & Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act is urgently needed after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt rejected EPA scientists’ determination that all food applications of the pesticide are unsafe and that the chemical risks harm to children, farmers, and

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor Bill To Allow Medicare To Negotiate A Better Deal On Prescription Drug Costs

on August 3, 2017 - 7:19am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Yesterday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined in cosponsoring legislation led by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to unleash the bargaining power of seniors for a better deal on prescription drug costs.
 
The legislation would allow for Medicare to negotiate the best possible price of prescription drugs to cut costs for nearly 41 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D.

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