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U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Visits Los Alamos

on July 15, 2017 - 8:27pm

From left, Publisher Carol A. Clark, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is running for governor of New Mexico on the Democratic ticket, and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard this afternoon at the Los Alamos Daily Post on Central Avenue. The Congresswoman stopped by to visit the paper with Garcia Richard during her tour of ScienceFest activities. She mentioned that she was born in 1959 at Los Alamos Medical Center and attended Canyon School. Her father Buddy Lujan was a dentist in Los Alamos for some 40 years.

Santa Fe Mayor Elected Chair Of Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities During Meeting In Los Alamos

on July 15, 2017 - 2:47pm
Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, left, was elected the new chair of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Committee (RCLC), taking over from Rio Arriba County Commissioner Barney Trujillo, right, who was elected vice-chair. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero listens as LANL Deputy Director of Acquisition Services Warren Finch speaks about dollars spent with New Mexico businesses. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Committee met Friday in the

Udall, Heinrich Work To Improve Access To Comprehensive Care For Patients With Diabetes

on July 15, 2017 - 5:57am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. —  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced bipartisan legislation to improve patient access to podiatrists in Medicaid and improve care for patients with diabetes who need therapeutic shoes via Medicare.
 
The Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act would recognize podiatrists as physicians under Medicaid as they are defined under Medicare. The bill would bring Medicaid in line with Medicare and a majority of U.S.

Alan Webber Endorses Michelle Lujan Grisham

on July 15, 2017 - 5:50am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photo
 
POLITICAL News:
 
SANTA FE Former Democratic candidate for governor and One New Mexico founder Alan Webber has announced his endorsement of U.S. Rep.  Michelle Lujan Grisham for governor.

Alan Webber

In his endorsement Webber, a successful author who co-founded Fast Company magazine highlighted his belief that Congresswoman Lujan Grisham is the best candidate to help our economy bounce back and create economic opportunities for future generations of New Mexicans. 

"Four years ago I ran for Governor because our state needed jobs and our people

Fugitive Wanted By FBI For Defrauding U.S. Government Over $500 Million Spotted In New Mexico

on July 14, 2017 - 5:40pm
Fugitive Eric C. Conn spotted in June at a Pilot gas station in Santa Rosa. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
A fugitive wanted for defrauding the U.S. government of more than half-a-billion dollars was spotted in New Mexico in June.
 
Fugitive Eric C. Conn spotted in June at a Walmart is in Deming. Courtesy/FBI
 
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on Friday sentenced Eric C. Conn in absentia to 12 years in prison and ordered him to pay almost $170,000,000 in restitution, a $50,000 fine, and a forfeiture judgment of $5,750,404.
 
More details about the

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Advances Key Funding For New Mexico Military Bases And Veterans

on July 14, 2017 - 1:30pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has announced that the committee has advanced legislation providing strong funding for military construction projects in New Mexico and for veterans’ care across the state.
 
In total, Udall secured more than $63 million in funding for projects at New Mexico’s military bases and facilities.

State Auditor Tim Keller Moves To Halt Health Insurance Extraordinary Dividends

on July 14, 2017 - 1:30pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller has called on the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance (OSI) to halt the approval of “extraordinary dividend” payments for health insurance companies until issues involving potential underpayments of premium taxes are resolved.
 
For example, despite current concerns about money that may be owed to the State of New Mexico, companies, including Presbyterian and Lovelace, have had approved dividends of more than $100 million.

Refund Alert: AG Balderas Announces Hundreds Of NM Students To Receive Refund Checks From DeVry Univ.

on July 14, 2017 - 1:17pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that hundreds of New Mexico students will receive refund checks from DeVry University as part of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement over deceptive statements made by DeVry about their job prospects and earning potential after graduation.
 
July 5, the FTC began mailing 173,000 refund checks worth more than $49 million to some students who attended the school between 2008 and 2015. The checks will expire 60 days after they are mailed so it is important for former students in

Young Democrats Of New Mexico Elect Leadership

on July 14, 2017 - 1:15pm
Tarin Nix of Los Alamos elected to national committee position. Courtesy photo
 
NMDP News:
 
MESILLA  At the Young Democrats of New Mexico Summer Convention in Mesilla last week, Las Cruces native Zack Quintero was re-elected as the Young Democrats of New Mexico Chair. Also elected today was Karina Martin, New Mexico State University (NMSU) student, as Vice Chair; Scott Goodman, Los Ranchos resident, as Treasurer; and Emerson Morrow, NMSU student as statewide President of the College Democrats. 
 
After being elected Quintero said, “In my next term my focus will be to build from the

Luján Amendment To Protect Those Exposed To Radiation Passes House

on July 14, 2017 - 1:05pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  An amendment authored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) to care for those exposed to radiation was unanimously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives late last night.
 
The amendment expresses the sense of Congress that it is appropriate for the U.S. government to compensate all miners, workers, downwinders, and others suffering from the effects of uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War.
 
“Many Americans sacrificed a great deal to ensure our national security.

Udall: We Must Make Cultural, Political And Economic Sovereignty A Reality For All American Indian And Alaska Native Tribes

on July 14, 2017 - 5:42am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gave the keynote address at "Indian Nations Rising: Celebrating Native Youth," an event hosted Wednesday by The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.
 
In his remarks, Udall said cultural, political, and economic sovereignty can be achieved through economic empowerment, strengthening ties to cultural identity, improved health care, and respect for the government-to-government relationship with Tribes.
 
Udall pledged to fight alongside Tribal communities

Representative Asked To Leave Closed Door Meeting On Aamodt Water Settlement And Rights-of-way Issues

on July 14, 2017 - 5:22am

Courtesy photo

 

Staff Report
Valley Daily Post

NAMBE – New Mexico State Rep. Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe County) and residents of northern Santa Fe County, were asked to leave a Thursday meeting organized by the federal Department of the Interior to discuss the controversial Aamodt water settlement and the rights-of-way issues that affect the residents of the area.

Rep. Carl Trujillo

When asked by Rep. Trujillo why they must leave the meeting, the expelled residents were told, “they had not been invited”.

“Their exclusion is odd, given the discussion centered around the Aamodt

Heinrich Representative Speaks To Rotary Club

on July 14, 2017 - 4:32am

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Dr. Ken Lucero, a field representative for U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich's Office, speaks to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about Heinrich's Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony 2017 during the club's meeting Tuesday at the Los Alamos Golf Course Clubhouse. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 
 
​In 1970s, a shield deeply sacred to the Acoma Pueblo was stolen. That shield recently re-appeared in a French auction house.

Secretary Of State Announces Extension Of Public Comment Period For Proposed Campaign Finance Rule

on July 13, 2017 - 4:40pm

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has announced that she will extend the public comment period on her proposed campaign finance rule, which is intended to provide much needed guidance regarding New Mexico’s Campaign Reporting Act (CRA).

The new deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 to submit written comments by mail, email or fax.

“With the public hearings upon us, I want to give New Mexicans as much time as possible to provide official comment on this proposed rule,” Toulouse Oliver said.

U.S. House Of Representatives Passes Water Rights Protection Bill With Pearce Amendment

on July 13, 2017 - 10:48am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water (Grow) Act, with an amendment sponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce. This provision ensures that current and future tribal water rights are protected under the bill.
 
“Water is a vital resource in New Mexico and is essential for economic growth to occur,” Pearce said.

FBI: Navajo Man From Shiprock Pleads Guilty To Federal Assault Charge

on July 13, 2017 - 5:51am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Aaron Curley, 55, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., pled guilty July 10 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to an assault charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
 
Curley was arrested in Nov. 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a Navajo woman by stabbing her in the leg and sternum area with a knife. Curley was indicted on Dec. 20, 2016, and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, a knife, with intent to do bodily injury and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

New Mexicans Testify To Protect EPA Methane Rules

on July 13, 2017 - 5:29am
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. An array of New Mexicans and Four Corners area residents testified Monday in Washington, D.C. against a delay of the EPA's methane pollution standards.
 
The agency should have implemented the Leak Detection and Repair aspect of the rule at the beginning of June, but attempted to stay these rules for 90-days, and action which a DC court denied. The Washington hearings are part of an additional, formal public process to delay the rule for 2 years.

Senior Lifetime NPS Passes $10 Until Aug. 28

on July 13, 2017 - 5:22am

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott 

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott suggests anyone 62 or older and thinking about buying a National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass do so before Aug. 28 at Bandelier.

“That’s when the price of the pass will increase from $10 to $80,” Lott said. “After that, it will cost $20 a year for a senior pass or $80 for a lifetime senior pass.”

The passes grant U.S. citizens and permanent residents age 62 or older access to more than 2,000 national parks and recreational facilities, including those run by the U.S.

Indian Affairs Cabinet Secretary Kelly Zunie Steps Down

on July 13, 2017 - 5:03am

Department of Indian Affairs Cabinet Secretary Kelly Zunie

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that Department of Indian Affairs Cabinet Secretary Kelly Zunie will be stepping down to pursue other opportunities.

“Secretary Zunie has been a strong asset in building and growing our relationships with New Mexico’s tribes, nations and pueblos,” Martinez said. “Her leadership helped us work with Native American communities throughout the state to strengthen schools, improve healthcare and create more economic opportunities for all our families.

DEA Launches Website To Target College Drug Use

on July 12, 2017 - 2:20pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration launched CampusDrugPrevention.gov, a new website focused on preventing and addressing college drug use.
 
“We must talk to folks about the dangers and consequences of drug abuse, and base those conversations on facts and science,” DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said. “With this website, we put valuable information in the hands of higher education leaders who can use it to enlighten, teach, and change the culture.”
 
This new website is DEA’s latest effort to support drug abuse prevention programs on

New Mexico Department Of Transportation Announces Online Survey For State Rail Plan

on July 12, 2017 - 12:46pm

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced the availability of an online survey to find out which railroad issues are important to New Mexicans and for providing input to update the State Rail Plan.

The survey is accessible through this link.

The 2018 Rail Plan will explore these issues to identify potential solutions. The updated Rail Plan will also describe the current state of New Mexico’s rail system, articulate a strategic vision for the future of the rail system, and identify projects and funding sources to support that vision.

NMDOT

McDonald’s To Give Away Free Vanilla Soft Serve For All And Special Golden Opportunity For One

on July 12, 2017 - 12:14pm
MCDONALD’S USA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  In celebration of National Ice Cream Day, July 16, McDonald’s USA is celebrating its iconic vanilla soft serve – made with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives – by treating fans in two ways: at participating restaurants nationwide, free vanilla cones will be offered all day long through the McDonald’s app and one lucky guest will have the chance to win free soft serve for life.
 
Guests wishing to enjoy a free Vanilla Cone need only download the McDonald’s mobile app and redeem the Free Vanilla Cone offer on July 16 to enjoy this delicious

State Auditor Releases Review Of Pay Equity Reporting

on July 12, 2017 - 11:22am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller released the first in-depth review of New Mexico’s state vendor pay equity reports.
 
An executive order from 2009 requires vendors who do business with state agencies to submit a pay equity report when bidding for contracts, as part of a broader effort to identify pay gaps in New Mexico. The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) collected and reviewed the reports to provide a window into wage gaps, representation gaps, and compliance with state law.
 
“A good faith effort nearly a decade ago to reduce pay gaps in state government and state

Protest For Net Neutrality Spreads Across Internet

on July 12, 2017 - 7:08am

Courtesy image

INTERNET News:

More than 100,000 websites, Internet users and organizations are participating in a massive online protest today against the FCC’s plan to gut protections that keep the web free from censorship, throttling and extra fees.

Many of the most popular websites on the web are participating in today's Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality to oppose the FCC’s plan to slash Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation.

Starting at midnight, a flood of major web platforms like Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, Spotify,

Heinrich, Udall On Support For National Monuments

on July 12, 2017 - 6:28am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall at press conference Tuesday outside the U.S. Capitol. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich at press conference Tuesday outside the U.S. Capitol. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

  • More than 2.5 million comments were submitted opposing the Department of the Interior’s unprecedented national monument review.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich led a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol with U.S. Sen.

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