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Heinrich, Senate Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Cyber Reporting Bill Following SolarWinds, Colonial Hacks

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, joined several of his colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation requiring federal agencies, government contractors, and critical infrastructure owners and operators to report cyber intrusions within 24 hours of their discovery.

The legislation is in part a response to the hack of IT management firm SolarWinds, which resulted in the compromise of hundreds of federal agencies and private companies, and the May 2021 ransomware attack on the Colonial


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State Disburses Over $63 Million To Local Governments

DFA News:

SANTA FE — The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) announces that $63 million of the American Rescue Plan Act Funding (ARPA) has been distributed to eligible local entities.

“DFA is pleased to be the conduit working with the U.S. Treasury to get this money out to local governments,” DFA Cabinet Secretary Debbie Romero said. “We have been preparing for this knowing how important it is to get the funding distributed efficiently and effectively.”

“Working in collaboration with the New Mexico Municipal League, city managers and governing bodies, allowed DFA to expedite the


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 273 New Cases, Totaling 208,243 With 2 New Deaths And 196,373 Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials Thursday announced 273 additional COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases so the total remains 546 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

This update includes 2 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 71 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 10 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 7 new cases in Curry

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U.S. Sen. Luján Leads Colleagues Urging Senate Leadership To Invest In Infrastructure Of National Laboratories

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) led 14 of his colleagues in calling on Senate Leadership to address the needs of Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories in ongoing infrastructure efforts.

The network of 17 National Laboratories across the United States advance critical missions for the Department and additional investments in restoring and modernizing National Lab infrastructure will support scientific and economic competitiveness while creating thousands of new, good-paying jobs.

Joining Sen. Luján in the letter


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Luján Votes To Confirm Jill Hruby As NNSA Administrator

Jill Hruby

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today after voting to confirm Jill Hruby as administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA):  

“As a former Director of Sandia National Laboratories, Jill Hruby brings strong experience to the role of NNSA Administrator. I look forward to working together to support the critical mission work of our National Laboratories, including Sandia and Los Alamos, which play an essential role in maintaining our national security.”


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School Board Appoints Erin Green To Fill Vacancy

Staff Report

In a unanimous vote, the Los Alamos School Board this evening chose Erin Green to fill the District 5 seat, left vacant when Dawn Jalbert resigned from the Board.

Green will serve out the rest of Jalbert’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2021. She will need to run for election in November if she wishes to retain the seat.

Screen shot via Zoom from Monday’s League of Women Voters School Board Candidate Forum


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Heinrich, Luján Welcome $5M+ In Investment Support For New Mexico Rural Water, Wastewater Infrastructure

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) are welcoming investments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (UDSA) to rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure for Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, the Pueblo of San Ildefonso, and the City of Belen.

USDA is financing the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program to help eliminate outdated pipes and service lines to safeguard public health and safety in rural communities.

“Access to clean drinking water is a human right. We must do all we can to provide safe


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Governor Lowers Flags In Mourning For New Mexico Firefighter Janet Tracy Killed In Apparent Accident

From the Office of the Governor:
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this morning ordered state flags to half-staff in mourning for Janet Tracy, a volunteer firefighter in Sierra County who was killed Tuesday in an apparent accident on duty.
According to New Mexico State Police, Tracy, 59, was providing aid to a crash victim south of Truth or Consequences on Tuesday afternoon when she was struck by fire apparatus driven by a fellow volunteer. She reportedly sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene.
“I’m shaken by this horrific incident,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Volunteer

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U.S. Rep. Leger Fernández Secures Over $74 Million For Community Projects Across CD-3

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández: 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández announced she secured over $74 million for NM-03 through community project funding requests in appropriations legislation. 

“This much-needed funding will impact communities all across my district. The $74 million will help fund broadband expansion projects, health care facility upgrades, mentoring and social programs for our children, water infrastructure for the Navajo Nation and Gallup area, and so much more,” she said. “These investments will create a lasting impact in


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Joseph Maestas Announces Candidacy For State Auditor

By JOSEPH MAESTAS
Democratic Candidate for State Auditor

As the great-grandson of a constitutional delegate, Jose Amado Lucero, I am proud to officially announce my candidacy for State Auditor.

Many of you know I grew up on a small farm. Helping run a family-owned business in Santa Cruz, New Mexico instilled in me the value of hard work at an early age. And work hard I have. It has been an honor serving our country as a Federal civil servant for more than 30 years, and also serving New Mexico as an elected official for nearly 15 years.

As a seasoned public servant, I always want to bring value to the


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 271 New Cases, Totaling 207,972 With 5 New Deaths And 196,277 Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials Wednesday announced 271 additional COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases so the total remains 546 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

This update includes 5 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 77 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 7 new cases in Chaves County
  • 4 new cases in Colfax

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BlueHalo Selects New Mexico For State-Of-The-Art Manufacturing, Research And Technology Complex

The expected completion date is October 2022 for BlueHalo’s new facility. Courtesy/BlueHalo

Courtesy/BlueHalo

From the Office of the Governor:

ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Mayor Tim Keller announced Tuesday that BlueHalo, an integrated national security and technology company, has chosen the MaxQ site in Albuquerque for a new state-of-the-art campus to facilitate BlueHalo’s acceleration into production and long-term commitment to investing in New Mexico and creating high-wage manufacturing jobs.

The Max Q location, at Gibson and Carlisle Blvd SE, was selected


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 137 New Cases, Totaling 207,701 With 4 New Deaths And 196,254 Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials Tuesday announced 137 additional COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases so the total remains 546 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

This update includes 4 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 57 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 5 new cases in Curry County
  • 6 new cases in Doña Ana County

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Heinrich, Blunt Introduce Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) introduced the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) of 2021 to invest in proactive, on-the-ground conservation work led by states, territories, and Tribal nations to support the long-term health of fish and wildlife habitat all across America.

“Protecting America’s fish and wildlife habitat means conserving the creatures we love before they ever become imperiled,” Heinrich said. “After all, our children deserve to inherit the full breadth of American wildlife, from bumble


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Energy Secretary Recognizes Exceptional Project Management At Los Alamos National Laboratory

Members of the ECCCE project team stand in front of some of the cooling equipment they installed at the Strategic Computing Complex at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Construction of the project was completed last year, 10 months early and $20 million under budget.

The team responsible for managing the Exascale Class Computing Cooling Equipment (ECCCE) project at Los Alamos National Laboratory was recognized last week by the Secretary of Energy with an Achievement Award. Construction of the project was completed last year, 10 months early and $20 million under


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Chandler: To Utilities Board Regarding UAMPS CFPP Exit … Take Unexpected Off-ramp Opportunity At July 21 Meeting

By GEORGE CHANDLER
Los Alamos

To: Members of the Los Alamos County Utilities Board

Re: UAMPS CFPP exit at 7/21/21 meeting

I hope you will choose to take this unexpected off-ramp rather than continue to delay the inevitable. The UAMPS CFPP project looks to be slowly dying, because not enough communities believe it to be a viable project.

I recognize there’s not a lot of money at stake, but neither is there a lot of hope, and it’s a distraction we don’t need while trying to plan for the carbon-free future. If we have to have nuclear, maybe we should look into the Gates/Buffet project in Wyoming.

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Alexis Martinez Johnson Now Seeks Private Donations For Her Santa Fe Mayoral Campaign

Alexis Martinez Johnson

From the Alexis Martinez Johnson for Santa Fe Mayor Campaign:

SANTA FE — Alexis Martinez Johnson announces, in her campaign for Mayor of Santa Fe, she is now seeking private donations and is no longer seeking taxpayer public financing.

The growing support for her values and environmental acumen in engineering proves to be dual qualities that voters are seeking to handle social and municipal issues, she said. The campaign is able to take donations via Alexisforsantafe.com.  

About Alexis Martinez Johnson

Alexis Martinez Johnson is a Republican and lives in Santa Fe


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Delivered Groceries Now Tax-Free But Walmart Still Taxing

THINK NEW MEXICO News:

As you may recall, during the last legislative session, Think New Mexico successfully championed the enactment of a new law prohibiting the taxation of food that is delivered by grocery stores to New Mexicans.

That law took effect July 1, 2021.

The sale of food at grocery stores has been tax-free since Think New Mexico won passage of a law repealing the food tax back in 2004. This year’s law closed a loophole that allowed some stores to impose tax on food when it was delivered to a customer, rather than being purchased inside a store – a problematic practice during a pandemic.


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New Mexico State Sen. Joseph Cervantes On Being Denied Holy Communion By Catholic Bishop In Las Cruces

Sen. Joseph Cervantes

From the Office of Sen. Joseph Cervantes:

SANTA FE – Sen. Joseph Cervantes (D-Las Cruces) today issued the following statement after being denied Holy Communion by the Catholic Bishop in Las Cruces:

“For the last 50 years I have actively participated in my parish church and the Las Cruces Catholic Diocese, including at times as its attorney, and for 20 of those years while also serving in elected political service.

Since voting to eliminate an unconstitutional and never used New Mexico law, which would imprison women for abortion, some new clergy have decided I am unwelcome


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