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Secretary Jewell Launches Comprehensive Review Of Federal Coal Program

on January 18, 2016 - 2:13pm
Secretary Sally Jewell
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Secretary Sally Jewell announced Friday, that the Interior Department will launch a comprehensive review to identify and evaluate potential reforms to the federal coal program in order to ensure that it is properly structured to provide a fair return to taxpayers and reflect its impacts on the environment, while continuing to help meet our energy needs.
This is another step along the path that President Obama announced in Tuesday’s State of the Union address to improve the way we manage our fossil fuel resources and move the

Rep. Nate Gentry Pre-Files Funding Request For Comprehensive Criminal Database

on January 18, 2016 - 2:12pm
Rep. Nate Gentry
SANTA FE  Rep. Nate Gentry pre-filed an appropriations request to develop a real-time centralized database to allow judge’s and courts get a full picture of a defendant’s past criminal history. 
Gentry’s request, HB 153, would provide $700,000 to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) for supplemental personnel and infrastructure to allow DPS to quickly respond to court requests for comprehensive background reports. 
Currently, courts often must consult up to six different criminal databases to discover a defendant’s previous contact with the criminal justice

Tennis Courts Top Public's CIP Wish List

on January 18, 2016 - 8:53am

Andrew Fraser is first up to share his ideas during Tuesday night's Capital Improvement Projects Public Meeting in Council Chambers. He suggested improvements be made to local roads to better accommodate bicyclists. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAHS Varsity Hockey Coach Kevin Brake advocates for upgrades to the Los Alamos County Ice Rink including locker rooms and restrooms. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Councilor Pete Sheehey asks LAHS Varsity Hockey Coach Kevin Brake whether placing a cover over the ice rink would help lengthen the skating season. ‘I don’t

NMED To Sue U.S. EPA For Massive Waste Spill

on January 18, 2016 - 7:07am

NMED Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn

NMED News:

 SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department has announced its intention to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—along with the State of Colorado and the owners of the Gold King and Sunnyside Mines—to address the environmental impacts resulting from the 2015 massive waste spill in the Animas River that EPA officials admitted to causing.

 In August of last year, the EPA caused a release of three million gallons of toxic mine waste into the Animas and San Juan Rivers, depositing toxins on the riverbed, agricultural lands, and

Heinrich Statement On Martin Luther King Jr. Day

on January 18, 2016 - 7:04am

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963. Courtesy/wikipedia


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is celebrated today.

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sacrifice in pursuit of civil rights and equality continues to resonate throughout New Mexico and across our nation. Martin Luther King Day brings us together to reflect upon his legacy and heed his enduring call to service.

“As our communities continue to experience persistent poverty, violence, and discrimination, we would

Rep. Steinborn Introduces Lobbyist Disclosure Bills

on January 16, 2016 - 8:10am

Jeff Steinborn, D-Doña Ana County


SANTA FE – Rep. Jeff Steinborn has introduced three pieces of legislation to require full disclosure of all lobbying spending in the state, specific bills and administrative issues lobbyists are hired to work on, and the names of legislators that have been given gifts and meals by them.

“With the role of money in politics, it’s more important than ever that New Mexicans are able to see how much money special interests are spending to influence policy.

Udall Nominates Two Los Alamos Students To United States Service Academies

on January 14, 2016 - 3:33pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that 36 New Mexico students have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy, including two Los Alamos students, Isaac Dunwoody and Seung Heon (Victor) Kim and three others from Northern New Mexico.
A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Students receiving Udall's nomination participated in a competitive

New Mexico Driver’s Licenses Rejected At Fort Bliss

on January 14, 2016 - 9:49am


SANTA FE – Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas announced Wednesday it will join the list of federal facilities that no longer accept New Mexico driver’s licenses.

Fort Bliss stated it took the action because driver’s licenses from New Mexico as well as Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and Washington state do not comply with the federal ID act.

Alternate forms of ID accepted at Fort Bliss include a U.S.