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Transparency Bills Aim At Dark Money

on February 8, 2015 - 7:30am



Rep. Jim Smith, R-Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe and Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, introduced HB 278 and SB 384 to adapt the state’s campaign reporting act to new trends in state and national campaigns including the formation of independent groups whose donors often are anonymous.

The bills also will bring New Mexico’s election code into compliance with recent court decisions. Smith said that the influence of independent expenditures, often called “dark money,” is growing dramatically and is drowning out the voices of everyday New Mexicans.

“Everyone deserves

Los Alamos County Clerk And School Board Officials Canvass 2015 Election Results

on February 7, 2015 - 12:35pm

From left, Lisa Wismer, Director, Business Operations at UNM-LA, Gloria Maestas, Elections Manager, Honorable Pat Casados, Magistrate Judge, Matt Williams, School Board Secretary, and Dr. Gene Schmidt, Superintendent, Los Alamos Public Schools. Photo by Sharon Stover


The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office has completed the required canvass process to certify and finalize the 2015 School Board Election results.

The Canvass Board met at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building. The board consisted of the Honorable Patricia A. Casados, Los Alamos County Magistrate Judge; Dr.

Luján Joins Bipartisan Effort To Improve Privacy Protections For Electronic Communications

on February 6, 2015 - 3:39pm

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., announced today that he has joined in a bipartisan effort to update and improve privacy protections for electronic communications.

Luján and more than 230 members of the House introduced legislation to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which has not been updated since 1986 despite substantial changes in technology.

“In the nearly 30 years since ECPA was written we have seen amazing technological progress that has brought us new tools to communicate.

Conservation Voters New Mexico Honors House Leader Brian Egolf With 2015 Luminaria Award

on February 6, 2015 - 10:31am

Rep. Brian Egolf has a 100 percent lifetime score on CVNM’s Conservation Scorecard. Courtesy photo 


SANTA FE—House Democratic Leader Brian Egolf has been selected by Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) to receive the 2015 Luminaria Award.

Egolf will be honored Feb. 10 at CVNM’s 9th annual legislative reception, "for his bold leadership in protecting New Mexico’s land, air, water and healthy communities."

“House Democratic Leader Brian Egolf has represented his district’s conservation values since day one as state representative for District 47. It is a distinct honor to

DOE Secretary: Today's National Security Strategy Update Reaffirms US Commitment

on February 6, 2015 - 10:02am


DOE News:

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz made the following statement regarding the National Security Strategy (NSS) announced today:

“The vision that President Obama laid out in the latest National Security Strategy positions the United States to be a continued global leader in promoting a safe and secure world while mitigating the risks of climate change. When President Obama spoke nearly six years ago in Prague, he laid out many of the challenges that the world faces, from climate change to the global economic crisis to nuclear proliferation.

Energy Secretary Moniz Dedicates World’s Brightest Synchrotron Light Source

on February 6, 2015 - 9:50am

Brookhaven National Lab's National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II). Courtesy/BNL

DOE News:

  • NSLS-II at Brookhaven National Lab will Accelerate Unprecedented Advances in Energy, Environmental Science, and Medicine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz today dedicated the world’s most advanced light source, the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

The NSLS-II is a $912-million DOE Office of Science User Facility that produces extremely bright beams of x-ray,

Boerigter And DiRosa Ready To Help UNM-LA Move Forward

on February 6, 2015 - 9:37am

Stephen Boerigter

UNM-LA News:

In Tuesday’s School Board election, Los Alamos County voters re-elected Stephen Boerigter, who ran uncontested, to fill Position 4 on the UNM-LA Advisory Board. Michael DiRosa was elected to fill Position 3, which is being vacated by Linda Hull who will complete her four-year term in March.

Michael DiRosa

This will be Boerigter’s second term and he will again work with current Advisory Board members Micheline Devaurs, Michelle Hall and David Sutton to further the college’s mission. Boerigter has been the Board’s chairperson for the past three years.


Legislators Seek To Close Dangerous Loophole

on February 6, 2015 - 8:43am

Rep. Kelly Fajardo


SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives has passed a bill to close a dangerous loophole that allows child predators, to send pictures of another person’s naked body to anyone younger than 16 years old, without criminal penalties.

“Democrats and Republicans in the House came together to close this dangerous loophole that allows sexual predators to get off the hook,” said Rep. Kelly Fajardo, the bill’s sponsor. “Now it is time for the Senate to act.”

Currently, "predators" who send a picture of "their own" genitalia to a child are punished with a