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IBWA Applauds House Action To Ensure Healthy Water For National Park Visitors

on July 8, 2015 - 12:45pm
IBWA News:
ALEXANDRIA, VA  The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) applauds the action by the U.S. House of Representatives halting National Park Service (NPS) policy that allows for banning the sale of bottled water in America’s national parks, thereby ensuring visitors have access to all types of water, the healthy hydration option.
On July 7, 2015, the House passed an amendment by Representative Keith Rothfus (R-PA) to the House Interior Appropriations bill, H.R.

National Lab Day On The Hill In D.C. Today

on July 8, 2015 - 10:02am


The House Science and National Laboratories Caucus in conjunction with the Department of Energy is presenting National Lab Day on the Hill today in the Cannon Caucus Room Washington, D.C.

Formed largely during World War II with the Manhattan Project, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Laboratory system has grown to be the envy of the world.

O'Leary: A Path Forward To Budgeting For Results

on July 7, 2015 - 10:28pm

Los Alamos County Councilor Susan O'Leary during a video taping at the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters Monday in which she discusses her ideas for ensuring the County's budgeting process is results oriented. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
  • To watch a video of Councilor Susan O'Leary discussing budgeting ideas, click here.
Los Alamos County Councilor

In May, I wrote a column called Follow the Money, and in that column I suggested taking the County’s budget discussions to a new level; adopting an approach that would allow the public, the County staff, and

Councilors May Attend LANL Student Picnic Thursday

on July 6, 2015 - 7:03pm


Members of the Los Alamos County Council may attend the annual Los Alamos National Laboratory Student Picnic at 11:30 a.m., Thursday at Urban Park.

A quorum may be present, however, no Council action wIll be taken.

Governor Martinez Appoints Myles Copeland As Aging And Long-Term Services Department Cabinet Secretary

on July 6, 2015 - 5:00pm

Myles Copeland


SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday the appointment of Myles Copeland as New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) cabinet secretary to succeed Secretary Gino Rinaldi, who is leaving his post after more than two years of service.

Copeland has been the deputy secretary of the department since 2013. Previously, he worked with issues relating to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and he has a passion for helping the elderly and those who care for them.

“I am grateful to Secretary Rinaldi for his service to New Mexico,” Martinez

Governor: Everyone Has A Duty Under The Law To Report Suspected Child Abuse

on July 6, 2015 - 12:09pm
ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez and local leaders are gathering in Albuqueruqe to remind New Mexicans that anyone who suspects that child abuse or neglect is taking place must report it.
Reports of suspected child abuse or neglect decline over the summer months, when children are not in school. New Mexicans can easily report suspected child abuse or neglect by dialing #SAFE.

“As New Mexicans, we all have a duty under the law to report suspected child abuse or neglect,” Martinez said.

Op-Ed: New Mexico Businesses Need Patent Reform

on July 6, 2015 - 10:23am
By Sen. Jerry Ortiz Y Pino
SANTA FE ― New Mexico businesses may be on the verge of seeing one form of commercial piracy go away, a plague that can seriously damage any business’ ability to survive.
Congress is debating “The Innovation Act” which is currently awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives. It is New Mexico’s best hope for protection against “patent trolling," the filing of patent infringement lawsuits which drain innovation—and form a sort of “tax” on creative businesses.
This parasitic practice has in the last five years become a genuine impediment to

Governor Announces KAFB Jet Fuel Spill Treatment

on July 6, 2015 - 9:52am
Gov. Susana Martinez
ALBUQUERQUE — Wednesday July 1, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that the U.S. Air Force is now pumping and treating water from a jet fuel leak first detected at Kirtland Air Force Base in 1999.
While previous administrations failed to hold the Air Force accountable, Gov. Martinez’s administration has worked closely with the Air Force to facilitate the clean-up.
“Protecting our precious water supply is non-negotiable,” Martinez said.