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Governor Views Progress of 3706 TRU Waste Campaign at LANL

Gov. Susana Martinez speaking today at TA-55 during her visit to Los Alamos National Laboratory to receive an update of the 3706 TRU Waste Campaign. Photo by Richard Robinson/LANL

Jeff Mousseau, LANL Environmental Programs Directorate leader speaking during today’s press briefing at TA-54 with Gov. Susana Martinez. Photo by Richard Robinson/LANL

 


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Udall Talks LANL Cleanup & Water Conference Report

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On his weekly radio press conference call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed efforts to secure critical funding for cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory through DOE and NNSA reprogramming.
 
Udall also recapped last week’s water conference report release.
 
 
 
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
 
0:00 –Udall discusses last week’s release of policy recommendations following July’s 37th Annual New Mexico WRRI Water

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Thursday’s “Lunch with a Leader” Features JJAB Speakers

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters’ monthly “Lunch with a Leader” will present three speakers from the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB.)

The event is 11:40 a.m. Thursday, May 9 at Mesa Public Library. The discussion will center around the history of JJAB, its relationship with state and County entities, its programs and collaborations, the scope of its work and current challenges, and how people can get involved.

JJAB Chair Alan Kirk has been with JJAB since it’s founding in 2002. He is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and served as Los Alamos police


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New Bill on Horizon to End Doping of Racehorses

Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:

Ahead of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ken., and Joe Pitts, R-Penn., revealed draft legislation they intend to introduce to end doping in horseracing and kick cheaters out of the sport.

 
The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act would provide the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) with authority to cleanup the sport and enforce anti-doping standards in races with simulcast wagering.  
 
USADA is a non-governmental organization that is designated as the official anti-doping agency

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Republican Women Meet May 9

LAFRW News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold its May meeting at noon Thursday, May 9 at the Ridgepark Clubhouse, 505 Oppenheimer Dr.

Guest speaker will be Elaine Miller, president of New Mexico Federated Republican Women. She will speak on the topic, “Why Be Federated?” 

Following this meeting, members may join Miller for lunch at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Reservations are required. Contact Donna MacDonald at 662-4001.

Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for charity donations.


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Public Invited to Talk on Electoral Redistricting Saturday

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos invites the community to attend a potluck lunch provided by League members at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road. 

Following the lunch, at 12:30 p.m., Michael Sharp, Vice President at Research & Polling, will give a talk on “Redistricting: Process and Principles.”

He will discuss the recently completed redistricting process in New Mexico and will provide information on the principles that impact how election district boundaries are created. 

Sharp leads the redistricting


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Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Holds Town Hall Meeting

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard addresses the crowd gathered for her town hall meeting at Betty Ehart Center Friday. Courtesy photo

Staff report

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard held a town hall meeting Friday afternoon at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

More than 30 people attended the event, which was co-sponsored by the Los Alamos chapter of the AARP.

Garcia Richard gave a presentation on the 2013 legislative session outcomes.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discusses outcomes of the 2013 legislative session. Courtesy photo

 


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Luján: Sequester Cuts Will Impact Ability to Address Climate Change

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District spoke on the House floor last night on the negative impact that the sequester’s arbitrary cuts will have on the effort to address climate change.

“Mr. Speaker, at a time when our communities are dealing with the impact of climate change, cuts from the sequester will negatively impact our long-term efforts to combat this challenge.

“Energy conservation is a vital component of reducing carbon emissions. Weatherization programs and the


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Udall, Heinrich, Luján Introduce Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act

Columbine-Hondo Wheeler Peak Wilderness Legislative Map.

NM DELEGATION News:

In celebration of Earth Day, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced legislation Monday to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness – a proposal with strong support from the local community.

A companion bill will be introduced today in the House by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. 

Located in the Carson National Forest, the Columbine-Hondo has been managed as a “Wilderness Study Area” since 1980.
 
“For more than 30 years, we have considered the Columbine

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Senators Reintroduce RECA Amendments Act

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., led a bipartisan group of senators in renewing their efforts to expand restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living downwind of atomic weapons tests.

April 19 was the 24-year anniversary of the introduction of the original Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) in the U.S. Senate.

Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), James Risch (R-Idaho) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) joined Udall in reintroducing the Radiation Exposure


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Local GOP Elects New Officers

Newly elected Chairman Robert Gibson of the Los Alamos County Republican Party. Courtesy photo

New GOP Officers elected Thursday include from left, Lawry Mann – 2nd Vice Chair, Marion Pack – Secretary, Norma
Tech – Treasurer, Robert Gibson – Chairman and Bill McKerley – 1st Vice Chair. Courtesy photo

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos elected its 2013-2014 officers during its County Convention held Thursday evening at UNM-LA.

Robert Gibson was elected Chairman, Bill McCurley is 1st Vice Chair, Lawry Mann was elected 2nd Vice Chair, Marion Pack


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Heinrich Seeks DOE Assurance for LANL Cleanup Funds

U.S. SENATE News:

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing yesterday to consider the president’s proposed budget for the Department of Energy for fiscal year 2014.

During that hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., sought assurance from DOE’s Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Poneman that waste cleanup efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory would receive sufficient funding this year.

This is part of Heinrich’s ongoing effort to ensure all priority cleanup efforts at LANL stay on schedule.

On April 3, Senators Heinrich and


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Udall Statement on Defeat of Bipartisan Background Check Amendment

Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued this statement following the Senate’s consideration of amendments to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, including the Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks on commercial gun sales:
 
“The bipartisan Manchin-Toomey agreement would have expanded criminal background checks to reduce gun violence while upholding the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.
 
“Fifty-four United States senators voted in agreement with 90 percent

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Luján, Lujan Grisham Write to President Obama with Concerns over Proposed Cuts to Social Security Benefits

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Mexico Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham wrote to President Obama recently to express their concerns with provisions in the President’s budget that would impact Social Security and reduce benefits for New Mexico seniors.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
Below is the text of the letter:

April 16, 2013

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20502

Dear Mr. President:

It was with great interest


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Letter to the Editor: Last Hour Tax Deal Violates the Spirit of Open Government

Last Hour Tax Deal Violates the Spirit of Open Government

 

By Meredith R. Machen and Dick Mason, Leadership Team
League of Women Voters of New Mexico leaders@lwvnm.org

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico is concerned about the last-minute tax bill slammed through the New Mexico Legislature and the broken process. 

HB641, like any comprehensive tax legislation, has many components which will have long-term effects on New Mexico’s economy.

Experts are still debating the overall cost and benefit projections, the challenges for municipalities, the difficulties


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Luján: Cybersecurity Enhancement Act Passage Important Step

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted today in support of legislation to address the evolving cyber threats facing the nation.

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act passed with wide bipartisan support. Luján is a cosponsor of the legislation that includes provisions he worked on last Congress to enhance the role of the national laboratories, to encourage the rapid transfer of research and development advances into new commercial cybersecurity technologies, and to improve consumer privacy protection.

“As


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Udall Applauds USPS Decision to Continue Saturday Delivery

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall commended the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) announcement Wednesday that it will not go through with plans to eliminate Saturday delivery.
 
USPS’ decision comes in response to congressional protest and legislative action by Udall and others to ban a reduction in services.
 
“The continuation of Saturday delivery is a win for the countless Americans who rely on mail services,” Udall said. “The Postal Service is facing serious financial problems, but they will not be solved by cutting the

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Democrats Meet 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18

DPLA News:

All registered Democrats are urged to attend the Democratic Party of Los Alamos monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18.

The meeting will be at UNM-Los Alamos in Building 2.

The purpose of the meeting is to approve the local party’s budget and discuss the upcoming JFK Dinner scheduled for June 8.

 

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