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Heinrich Applauds Cosmic Campgrounds International Dark Sky Sanctuary Designation

on January 22, 2016 - 8:05am
WASHINGTON, D.C.   U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., applauded western New Mexico's Cosmic Campground on being designated International Dark Sky Sanctuary.
The Cosmic Campground is the first International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) location on U.S Forest Service land and the first dark sky sanctuary designated in the United States.

"The Cosmic Campground in Catron County brings visitors from around the United States and the world to enjoy New Mexico's unmatched wild places," Heinrich said.

Renewing Our Existing Neighborhoods; Supporting Public Employees

on January 21, 2016 - 4:13pm

By Susan O’Leary, Vice Chair
Los Alamos County Council

In the coming weeks, the Los Alamos County Council will be considering both Capital Improvement spending and Economic Development spending.

There’s typically some interplay between these two programs. In the past, the County has devoted considerable resources to developing new housing subdivisions as a way to improve our housing stock and attract more residents.

Rep. Garcia Richard Aims To Tackle REAL ID & Economic Development

on January 21, 2016 - 4:00pm
House Minority Floor Leader Brian Egolf and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard at Tuesday’s opening of the 2016 30-day session. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


SANTA FE - Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, has announced five important pieces of legislation she pre-filed for the 2016 legislative session.

Garcia Richard bills include:

  • Expanding access to economic development projects;
  • Fixing New Mexico’s REAL ID problem;
  • Refining county employee salary structure;
  • Increasing educational opportunities for veterans and their

Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker: 'Doomed To Cooperate' Jan. 23

on January 21, 2016 - 12:18pm
Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker, Stanford University
Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker will present a Los Alamos public lecture about how American and Russian Nuclear scientists joined forces to mitigate some of the greatest post-Cold War Dangers.
The free lecture is 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th St.
Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker will discuss how nuclear risks changed dramatically when the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of 1991. Suddenly the world was threatened more by Russia's weakness than its strength.
Never before

New Mexico Representatives Introduce Early Childhood Education Constitutional Amendment

on January 21, 2016 - 9:40am

  • We need to invest in New Mexico’s future now; we need to invest in our kids


ALBUQUERQUE – Rep. Javier Martinez, D-Albuquerque and Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque have introduced House Joint Resolution 10, the Early Childhood Education Constitutional Amendment.


If passed, this constitutional amendment will give New Mexicans the opportunity to decide whether our state should invest in early education and kindergarten through 12th grade.


“We have one of the largest and fastest growing educational funds in the country,” Maestas said.

Jewell Announces Obama Administration’s Largest Land Into Trust Acquisition For Tribal Nations

on January 21, 2016 - 8:18am
Secretary Sally Jewell
BIA News:
ISLETA PUEBLO  As part of President Obama’s goal of placing half a million acres of tribal homelands into trust for the benefit of tribal nations, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has placed 89,978 acres of land into trust status for the Pueblo of Isleta.
The Administration’s single largest trust acquisition to date brings to nearly 400,000 the total acreage placed in trust on behalf of federally recognized tribes since 2009.
Jewell made the historic announcement at a formal signing ceremony in Isleta,

Heinrich: Nominees To U.S. Service Academies

on January 21, 2016 - 7:39am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced Tuesday his nominees to the United States Service Academies including Seung Heon Kim of Los Alamos High School. 
A nomination is required to attend the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy – the Coast Guard Academy does not require a nomination. Being nominated is a significant honor. The application process is rigorous, and only the most qualified and meritorious candidates receive a nomination.

"Our service