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AG Balderas Proposes Statewide School Safety Plan

on June 17, 2018 - 7:10am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a proposal for immediate action on school safety planning for schools across New Mexico.
In a letter sent to New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski, Attorney General Balderas details the first tier of a multi-tiered plan to bring every school in the state up to a minimum threshold of security within the next school year.

Communication Woes Surface During Council Discussion On RCLC Investigation

on June 16, 2018 - 4:59pm

County Councilors say the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening of Tuesday's meeting in Council Chambers. Screenshot/LADP


Los Alamos Daily Post

A presentation during the June 12 Los Alamos County Council meeting by representatives of the law firm of Adams & Crow resulted in a lengthy and intense discussion among Council members, which appeared to reveal underlying internal struggles with communication.

The law firm is under a $30,000 contract with the County to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of improprieties of the Regional

Heinrich Announces $20 Million For New Air Force Construction Project At Holloman

on June 16, 2018 - 9:36am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Air Force that it will build a $20 million Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications War Reserve Material Storage and Shipment facility at Holloman Air Force Base.
Through this funding, Holloman will build warehouse space for fuel support equipment and container storage for expendable, Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resource (BEAR) assets.
The BEAR Base mission at Holloman rapidly deploys

Udall Advances Strong Investments For New Mexico In Major Interior & Environment Funding Bill

on June 16, 2018 - 8:22am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, advanced major funding for New Mexico’s public lands, infrastructure, environmental protection and stewardship, and programs for Indian Country as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
The full Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved Udall’s bill in a committee business meeting Thursday.
Udall successfully fought to keep the

Balderas Secures Key Victory In Massive Opioid Litigation

on June 15, 2018 - 11:18am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Wednesday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a key victory in New Mexico's lawsuit against major opioid manufacturers and distributors—the case will be tried in New Mexico state court.
Late Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that Attorney General Balderas’ lawsuit must be returned to the state court where it was originally filed. April 25 of this year, McKesson Corporation, a pharmaceutical distributor that reported 2017 revenues of nearly $200 billion, removed New Mexico's case to federal court in an attempt to sweep

Sen. Heinrich Honored By National Park Trust

on June 15, 2018 - 7:40am
Sen. Heinrich at the National Park Trust's 18th Annual Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award Reception, June 13. Courtesy/National Park Trust
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) was honored by the National Park Trust with the 18th Annual Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. for his outstanding efforts to support and advocate for the protection of America’s public lands and encouraging kids to experience the great outdoors.
He was recognized for championing the bipartisan Every Kid Outdoors Act to provide all

Governor Announces Plan To Serve Millions Of Meals To Kids This Summer

on June 15, 2018 - 6:16am
Gov. Susana Martinez
ALBUQUERQUE Gov. Susana Martinez has announced summer food programs offered across New Mexico and urged all New Mexico youth to take advantage of the nutritious meals being provided this summer through CYFD and PED’s summer food programs.
This summer, over 2.8 million meals will be served to low-income children.  Since 2011, over 18 million meals have been served to New Mexico youth throughout the state.
“Having access to nutritious meals during the summer months gives our children an excellent opportunity to continue getting the essential

Bipartisan Group Of Senators File Amendment To Require Release Of Water Contamination Report

on June 14, 2018 - 11:52am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) led a bipartisan group of senators in filing an amendment Wednesday to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to publish an unreleased federal study about widespread water contamination from commonly-used chemicals.
According to media reports and publicly available emails, officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) blocked the release of the HHS report showing that far lower levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) threaten human health than previously