Politics

Los Alamos High School Eco Club Members Interview Council Candidates On Local Environmental Issues

The LAHS Eco Club recently conducted an interview of the six candidates running for Los Alamos County Council about their environment policies, and shared their write-up of the interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post. Courtesy/LAHS Eco Club

By the Los Alamos High School Eco Club

The Los Alamos High School (LAHS) Eco Club has been working on a project to interview the six County Council candidates on environmental issues that are important to our community

The first question for the candidates (Denise Derkacs, David Reagor, James Rickman, Rodney Roberson, Aaron Walker and Sean Williams) was


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Gessing: No Matter What Happens In Election, New Mexico Still Needs Economic Reform, Not Tax Hikes

By PAUL J. GESSING
President
Rio Grande Foundation

A recent report from the Pew Center determined that New Mexico had the fourth highest volatility in tax revenue collection over the past 20 years. Unsurprisingly, the study cited reliance on oil and gas revenues as the likely cause of this volatility. What the study didn’t consider was the fact that New Mexico’s misguided economic policies actually reinforce our reliance on oil revenues.

Over the years New Mexico has developed mechanisms like the “rainy day fund” and permanent funds (these are two different things) to help smooth the ups and


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 828 New Cases, Total Now At 41,863 With 2 New Deaths And 20,837 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 828 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County has another new case bringing the total to 43 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 2 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 156 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 42 new cases in Chaves County
  • 12 new cases in Cibola County
  • 32 new cases in Curry County
  • 206 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 39 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 5 new cases

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New Mexico Supreme Court Invites Citizens To Serve On Newly Created Commission On Equity And Justice

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court invites New Mexicans to apply to serve on a newly created Commission on Equity and Justice.

The Commission will study issues related to bias and inequities in the state’s justice system and promote diversity among judges and judicial employees. 

An order issued on Monday formally established the Commission on Equity and Justice as a permanent standing commission of the Supreme Court and outlined the framework of its voting and non-voting membership. Click here to view the order.

The Court earlier this year formed a steering committee, chaired by


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 875 New Cases, Total Now At 41,040 With 5 New Deaths And 20,765 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 875 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County now has a total of 42 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 5 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 251 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 47 new cases in Chaves County
  • 15 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 20 new cases in Curry County
  • 125 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 20 new cases in Eddy County
  • 5 new cases in Grant County
  • 1 new case

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Sen. Tom Udall Bill To Boost Small Business Development, Create Jobs In Indian Country Signed Into Law

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement Wednesday after the president signed his Native American Business Incubators Act into law.

The legislation will help support creation of Native American-owned small business. U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

“Small businesses form the backbone of strong economies and communities. But for too long, Native American entrepreneurs have faced unique


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Governor Addresses Passing Of Rep. Nick Salazar

Nick Salazar April 18, 1929 – Oct. 23, 2020

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement this evening upon the death of retired state Rep. Nick Salazar:

“Representative Salazar was an exemplary public servant. He represented Northern New Mexico, but all New Mexicans benefited from his service. Whether it was through his advocacy for New Mexico seniors and their well-being, his support for our national laboratories or the resources he delivered for Native American communities, he demonstrated over the course of more than 40 years as


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U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson Appoints Jeremy Peña Election Officer For District Of New Mexico

United States Attorney John C. Anderson

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – United States Attorney John C. Anderson announced today that Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Jeremy Peña will lead the efforts of his office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming Nov. 3, 2020, general election. 

AUSA Peña has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) for the District of New Mexico, and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights concerns in consultation


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