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Luján Introduces Legislation To Make It Easier For Families To Save For College

on May 10, 2017 - 7:20am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has introduced the Save for Success Act, which creates a fully refundable savings credit program to better help middle class and working families save money for college expenses and to help address the growing student debt crisis.
 
Nationwide, total student loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion. In 2015, nearly 70 percent of seniors who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges had an average of $30,100 in student loan debt. 
 
Currently, college tuition and savings programs, such as

AFTNM Pass Resolutions In Support Of Immigrant Community In New Mexico

on May 10, 2017 - 5:57am
AFTNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly and American Federation of Teachers Executive Vice President Kathy Chavez released the following statements:
 
“Today, our union took a stand of solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters, and especially our immigrant students.

Skandera: Teachers Should Be Celebrated

on May 9, 2017 - 8:07pm
Education Secretary Hanna Skandera during a visit in 2016 to the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By HANNA SKANDERA
New Mexico Education Secretary
 
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week in New Mexico – a perfect opportunity to reflect on the tremendous impact our teachers have in helping every New Mexico child have a chance to succeed in life.
 
Every child in New Mexico – no matter their background – can learn, and the more we stand behind our teachers and support them, the more they have that chance.
 
Isis Feraudy-Marsilli is a bilingual math

Heinrich On FBI Director James Comey Firing

on May 9, 2017 - 7:39pm

Former FBI Director James Comey

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, today released the following statement on the firing of FBI Director James Comey:

“President Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director Comey smacks of President Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre. If this is an effort to stop the investigations into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, it won’t succeed.

“This is a direct attack on the integrity and independence of the FBI.

Southwest Nordic Ski Club And Santa Fe National Forest Celebrate 30 Years Of Partnership

on May 9, 2017 - 6:41pm
SFNF Recreation Specialist Jennifer Sublett presents Partnership Award to Clay Moseley. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  It has been 30 years since David Platts first “adopted” the trail to Canada Bonita with the intent to create a first-rate Nordic course for the Junior Nordic Team in Los Alamos. 
 
That was the beginning of a long and successful partnership between the Southwest Nordic Ski Club and the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).
 
In honor of their 30-year collaboration, the SFNF recently presented the Southwest Nordic Ski Club with a Partnership Award and recognized

Energy Secretary Rick Perry Visits LANL Wednesday

on May 9, 2017 - 4:42pm

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

LANL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of Energy Rick Perry will visit Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday, where the nation’s nuclear weapons program began during World War II as part of the Manhattan project. 

During the visit, Secretary Perry will receive briefings on the Laboratory’s extensive capabilities in support of national security, nuclear deterrence, stockpile stewardship, and nuclear non-proliferation.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Visits Los Alamos Today

on May 9, 2017 - 4:15pm

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce from New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District spent several hours today in Los Alamos meeting with various community and civic leaders and County and laboratory officials. He also stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post to visit with Publisher Carol A. Clark and the news team. He explained that he is spending the week traveling throughout northern New Mexico to hear local concerns as well as test the waters for a possible run for governor of New Mexico. Read the full story of the Congressman’s visit to Los Alamos in the Thursday print edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

State Police: Checkpoints & Saturation Patrols In May

on May 9, 2017 - 7:40am
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of May 2017.
 
NMSP is bringing awareness to this, in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities, through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
 
People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into friends and families.

Rep. Garcia Richard Updates Rotary On Session

on May 9, 2017 - 7:36am

'I feel a little suspended in time,' Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard told the Rotary Club of Los Alamos during its regular meeting May 2 at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. She explained the regular legislative session is completed but a special session is being  called. Garcia Richard presented a summary of the session and reported on several of the bills she sponsored or carried on the House floor. One bill addresses the transfering of college credits.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on May 9, 2017 - 7:32am
RCLC News:
 
The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board Meeting is 9-11 a.m. Friday, May 12 in the Taos Council Chambers - Coronado Hall 120 Civic Plaza Dr. in Taos.
 
Agenda:
 
Call to Order – Chair Barney Trujillo | 9 a.m.
Confirmation of Quorum – Chair Barney Trujillo
Approval of Agenda – Chair Barney Trujillo
Approval of Meeting Minutes - Chair Barney Trujillo | 9:05 a.m.
Discussion/Action Items (1hr 35 min) | 9:05-10:40 a.m.
  • Briefing from NM Congressional Delegation (5 mins)
  • Update by Kathy Keith on LANL Community Partnerships Office (5 mins)
  • Executive Director Update (5

Heinrich Proposal To Reinstate Year-Round Pell Grants Included In Bipartisan Budget Deal

on May 8, 2017 - 11:43am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has announced that his proposal to reinstate year-round Pell Grants was secured in the omnibus appropriations bill approved in the Senate.
 
The deal includes provisions from the Year-Round Pell Grant Restoration Act, which Heinrich co-sponsored, that would allow low- and moderate-income students to use Pell Grants for three semesters each academic year, rather than the current law’s limit of two semesters. 
 
"Pell Grants are the primary form of financial aid for millions of

Udall Fights For Funding Increase For Arts & Humanities

on May 8, 2017 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee overseeing funding for arts and culture programs, announced that the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities each are on track to receive an additional $1.9 million in funding over last year as part of a bipartisan agreement to fund the government through September 2017.
 
Udall and other supporters on the subcommittee secured the funding despite President Trump's proposal to eliminate both agencies.

Big Day In Topper Sports ... Girls Tennis Wins State!

on May 7, 2017 - 9:40am

Los Alamos High School Girls Tennis wins the 2017 State Championship. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The LAHS boys tennis team finishes its season as the runner up against the Academy team. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The toppers LaCross team is the runner up in Saturday's state championship game against the Duke City Scorpions. Pictured are the Seniors on the team. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

SPORTS News:

As the spring sports season draws to a close, state competitions are upon us and Saturday was a big day for the Hilltoppers. 

The tennis teams competed for

Udall, Heinrich Secure Vital Funding For New Mexico Priorities In Budget Bill

on May 7, 2017 - 6:30am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations committee, and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich have joined the full Senate in voting 79-18 for an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the government through September 2017.
 
The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill yesterday, and the president is expected to sign it into law. 
 
The bill includes funding for several critical New Mexico priorities that Udall and Heinrich fought for, including: New Mexico’s national labs and military bases, emergency wildfire suppression, Gold

Study: Los Alamos County Among Best Places In New Mexico For Living On Social Security

on May 7, 2017 - 6:13am
SMARTASSET News:
 
Planning where you’ll spend your retirement can be difficult, especially for folks who will be relying heavily on Social Security as a main source of income.
 
There are, however, places where Social Security goes further than others and in a new study, SmartAsset has delved in the numbers to find out where. In its third annual study, SmartAsset analyzed Social Security income, cost of living data, and taxes across all counties to determine where people are getting the most mileage out of Social Security, and Los Alamos County ranked among the top spots in New Mexico.

Centerra Awards $10,000 To Rio Arriba Teachers

on May 7, 2017 - 6:10am
2016 winner Elias Alison 2nd Grade Teacher at ETS Fairview Elementary School in Espanola with his students and Centerra-Los Alamos General Manager Ted Spain, left, during the check presentation. Courtesy photo
 
LANL Foundation News:
 
ESPANOLA — Centerra - Los Alamos has again provided $10,000 to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation to continue the Rio Arriba County Excellence in Teaching Award program.
 
“We are so proud to continue to recognize the teachers in the communities where many of our employees live and raise their families.

Step Into Spring With Santa Fe National Forest

on May 7, 2017 - 5:39am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) invites the public to reconnect with nature and learn more about local trees, wildflowers and geology by “stepping into spring” with Forest Service staff and volunteer experts Sunday, May 21.
 
The May 21 event, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Holy Ghost Trailhead just before the Holy Ghost Campground in the Pecos Canyon, is part of the SFNF’s conservation education program to help people of all ages better understand their connection to natural resources and how to conserve those resources for future generations.
 

PEER: The Thin Green Line Patrolling National Parks Is In Danger Of Snapping ...

on May 6, 2017 - 2:53pm

PEER News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of rangers protecting the national parks and their visitors is steadily shrinking even as new parks are added and the number of park visitors balloons to new records, according to figures posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

Aggravating its diminishing resources, the National Park Service’s (NPS) law enforcement program is adrift because it does not possess any real planning capacity, budgetary stability or overall leadership.

Figures released by NPS to PEER indicate that the number of permanent law enforcement

Heinrich Highlights Nexus Between Small Businesses And NM Labs, Urges Hiring At Kirtland And WSMR

on May 6, 2017 - 2:05pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, highlighted the nexus between small businesses and Labs in New Mexico during a hearing yesterday.
 
He questioned former directors of Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories—such as the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base and the Army Research Laboratory at White Sands Missile Range— on how to accelerate small business contracting hiring for vital research missions.
 
Heinrich helped create a

Celebrate New Mexico Heritage Preservation Month: Walking Tour Of Ancestral Pueblo Site

on May 6, 2017 - 2:03pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest invites you to celebrate New Mexico Heritage Preservation Month by joining a Forest Service archaeologist Friday, May 19, for a walking tour of the Ancestral Pueblo site of Poshuouinge along the banks of the Rio Chama near Abiquiu.
 
Poshuouinge is a Tewa word that translates as “village above the muddy river.” The 23-acre site is a large Classic Period pueblo occupied from ca.

New Mexico Tourism Department Hosts Travel Tank

on May 6, 2017 - 12:26pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE ― In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, the New Mexico Tourism Department is inviting the public to take part in Travel Tank, a “Shark Tank” inspired promotional pitch competition.

The event will bring the some of the best and brightest tourism marketing minds in the state face-to-face with New Mexico’s travel writers and news media for the chance to win a story featuring their region.

The New Mexico Tourism Department is hosting Travel Tank to help promote tourism and its importance to the state’s economy.

Udall At 2017 National Tribal Energy Summit

on May 6, 2017 - 6:28am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivers remarks Tuesday at the Department of Energy Tribal Energy Office’s 2017 National Tribal Energy Summit. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, delivered remarks Tuesday at the Department of Energy Tribal Energy Office’s 2017 National Tribal Energy Summit.
 
In his remarks, Udall spoke about the importance of nurturing strategic partnerships to help achieve Tribal energy independence by investing in renewable energy sources.

Governor Calls Special Session For May 24

on May 5, 2017 - 4:07pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez issued the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, ARTICLE IV, SECTION 6 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO PROVIDES THAT SPECIAL SESSIONS OF THE LEGISLATURE MAY BE CALLED BY THE GOVERNOR;

WHEREAS, ARTICLE IV, SECTION 6 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO FURTHER PROVIDES THAT NO BUSINESS SHALL BE TRANSACTED EXCEPT SUCH AS RELATES TO OBJECTS SPECIFIED IN THE PROCLAMATION ISSUED BY THE GOVERNOR;

WHEREAS, PASSAGE AND ENACTMENT OF A BALANCED BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 AND REPLENISHING GENERAL FUND RESERVES ARE CRITICAL TO THE OPERATION OF

Opening Statement Of Ranking Member Heinrich On National Labs, Contributions To Military Operations And Readiness

on May 5, 2017 - 4:03pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing, "Department of Defense Laboratories and Their Contributions to Military Operations and Readiness." 
 
Below is the opening statement of Ranking Member Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) as prepared for delivery and a video is available here.
 
Let me begin by thanking Senator Ernst for holding this hearing on our nation's defense laboratories and technology innovation.

Los Alamos Girls Doubles Team Wins State Title!

on May 5, 2017 - 9:41am

The Los Alamos girls doubles team of Katya Shurikhin, right, and Lauryn Anaya won the finals match against the team of Merrion/Briones from Farmington 4-6, 7-6 and 6-1 to win the State Championship Thursday afternoon at the Jerry Cline Complex in Albuquerque. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

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