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State Auditor Wayne Johnson Designates Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities For Special Audit

on March 12, 2018 - 6:39pm

State Auditor Wayne Johnson

From the Office of the State Auditor:

SANTA FE – State Auditor Wayne Johnson today designated the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) for a special audit.

The designation comes after serious concerns about travel and entertainment reimbursements, including reimbursements for alcoholic beverages, baseball tickets, and first class flights using taxpayer money, possible double reimbursements and procurement issues.

The RCLC is a publicly-funded coalition of nine cities, towns, counties and pueblos near the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Los Alamos National

Assessor Ken Milder Announces Bid For Reelection

on March 12, 2018 - 5:56pm

Los Alamos County Assessor Ken Milder stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post today to announce his decision to run for reelection to the office he has held since Jan. 1, 2015. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Assessor Ken Milder announced his decision to run for reelection during a meeting today at the Los Alamos Daily Post.

“I actually considered running for County Council but there are some things that Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez and I want to do related to new technology and things that will

Heinrich Bipartisan Bill To Establish Tech-Transfer Program Clears Senate Energy Committee

on March 12, 2018 - 9:31am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich’s (D-N.M.) bipartisan Energy Technology Maturation Act was passed Thursday out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
The legislation, cosponsored by Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), would authorize an Energy Technology Maturation Program at the U.S.

NM Supreme Court Upholds Water Sacrifice Zones

on March 12, 2018 - 8:14am
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court issued a stunning and puzzling decision in its long-awaited review of the Copper Rule.
The case could set precedent for how the State of New Mexico protects water at all industrial sites.
"We are very disappointed with the New Mexico Supreme Court's decision today to uphold the Martinez Administration's rule to weaken New Mexico's Water Quality Act" stated Allyson Siwik, Executive Director of Silver City-based Gila Resources Information Project.
"The Supreme Court has effectively sanctioned the idea of groundwater

Lujan Grisham Welcomes Sandia Pricing Preference She Championed For New Mexico Businesses

on March 12, 2018 - 7:57am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomes the announcement from Sandia Laboratories that they are implementing a 5 percent New Mexico small business pricing preference that she championed. 
The pricing preference will help New Mexico small businesses compete for Sandia subcontracts against out-of-state companies.
In a letter sent in March 2016 to then-Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Lujan Grisham encouraged DOE to preserve and expand Sandia’s economic footprint in the state, including implementing a

Udall On Resignation Of US Ambassador To Mexico

on March 12, 2018 - 6:02am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, announced her resignation:
“With the resignation of Ambassador Jacobson, the State Department is losing an exceptional public servant whose expertise and determination have been critical to sustaining a strong relationship with Mexico, one of our most vital allies.

U.S. Sen. Heinrich Questions Witnesses During Senate Intel Hearing On Security Clearance Reform

on March 12, 2018 - 5:54am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned witnesses during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence open hearing on the security clearance process for both government and industry alike.
Heinrich raised concerns about the rules governing interim Top Secret/ Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearances, an issue that came to light following the departure of White House aide Rob Porter because of his record of domestic abuse against his former wives, and the downgrading of senior adviser Jared Kushner's

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Lays Out 2018 Priorities

on March 12, 2018 - 5:14am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján moved more than 1,500 Democrats statewide to action, rallying them Saturday during the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s Pre-Primary Convention to take back Congress in the 2018 midterm elections.

Luján focused on key issues for the Democratic Party such as veterans needs, healthcare, women’s rights and an economy that works for middle class families.  
He also highlighted the importance of the 2018 midterm elections. 

“2018 is a year of opportunity.