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Los Alamos Sheriff Meets With Governor's Staff

on July 21, 2015 - 4:18pm
Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero together with officials from the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association met this morning with staff at the governor’s office.

They shared with the staff three concerns:

  • The bill regarding qualifications for sheriffs, which died in the last legislative session;
  • Term limits for sheriffs; and
  • Ongoing issues related to the Los Alamos County Sheriff's Office and the County.

One issue involves the fact that the Los Alamos County Council voted at its July 7 meeting not to allow

NM Lawmakers Call For Curb On Natural Gas Waste Causing Methane Hot Spot Over San Juan Basin

on July 21, 2015 - 10:07am


WASHINGTON – In a letter this week to Office of Management and Budget (OPM) Director Shaun Donovan, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham called for prompt action on upcoming federal standards to curb natural gas waste.

New Mexico is the nation’s leading producer of oil from onshore federal land, and second for natural gas production.

Udall Welcomes Formal Restoration Of Diplomatic Relations Between United States And Cuba

on July 20, 2015 - 6:42pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement as the United States and Cuba formally re-established diplomatic relations after 54 years:

The re-opening of the embassies in Havana and Washington marks a turning point in a relationship fraught with mistrust and Cold War antagonism.

Lujan On 21st Century Cures Act

on July 20, 2015 - 11:04am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted today in support of the 21st Century Cures Act, bipartisan legislation that encourages biomedical innovation and the development of new treatment and cures. 
The bill increases funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), supporting awards to academic researchers at institutions across the country.
“This legislation is a victory for both patients and scientists.

World Politics Of A Changing Energy Landscape July 22

on July 20, 2015 - 10:46am
CIR News:
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) is hosting a discussion on “The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape” with speaker James Clad―senior advisor to the Center for Naval Analysis and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense―at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 at Tipton Hall, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael's Dr. 
Cost is $15 for CIR members, and $20 for non-members and guests.
Clad will discuss how recent energy trends have upset the world oil market and transformed the geopolitical landscape.
Asian energy demand is surging, Russian

NCLR Applauds EEOC Ruling Protecting Workers Against Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation

on July 18, 2015 - 7:23am
NCLR News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On July 15, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission—the agency charged with enforcement of federal employment nondiscrimination laws—ruled that existing federal protections against discrimination on the basis of sex also protect gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers against employment discrimination based on their sexual orientation.
The Commission ruled that “allegations of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation necessarily state a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex.”
The ruling constitutes the EEOC’s official

Udall, Heinrich Announce $6.1 Million In FAA Grants For New Mexico Airports

on July 17, 2015 - 12:55pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. announced Thursday, that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), an agency under the U.S. Department of Transportation, has awarded more than $6.1 million for rehabilitation and development projects for airports across New Mexico.
These grants will be used for the construction of a new airport at Zuni Pueblo, runway rehabilitation, airport planning, and perimeter fencing.
"These grants will improve and expand airports throughout New Mexico, helping boost local economies by increasing

Luján Statement On 70th Anniversary Of Trinity Test

on July 17, 2015 - 11:33am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement Thursday on the 70th anniversary of the first test of an atomic bomb detonation at the Trinity test site in southern New Mexico:
“Today, we honor the memory of those who have fallen ill or passed on due to radiation exposure from the Trinity test. On this day 70 years ago, rural New Mexico became ground zero for the detonation of the first nuclear bomb.