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Luján Questions DOE Officials About Hanford Waste Going to New Mexico

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee questioned officials from the Department of Energy Wednesday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBY9C4ZHQR4&feature=youtu.be

He questioned the officials on their plans to move millions of gallons of highly radioactive waste from the Hanford site in Washington state to New Mexico for storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plan (WIPP.)

While the leaks at Hanford are an environmental disaster, moving this waste to New


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House of Representatives Highlights March 15

STATE News:

New Mexico House Highlights:

On the Floor in the House

House Bill 550 (“Raise Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees”), sponsored by Rep. Phillip Archuleta (D-Doña Ana-36), passed the House by a vote of 34-31. It increases the minimum wage for tipped employees (like waiters and waitresses) from $2.13 to $3.25 to ensure that tipped employees make a fair wage.

House Transportation & Public Works Committee Substitute for House Bill 672 with emergency clause (“Public Peace, Health, Safety & Welfare”), sponsored by Rep. Bobby Gonzales (D-Taos-42), passed the House by a vote of


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Followup to Lost Treasure Hunter at Bandelier

BNM News:

Saturday March 9, search and rescue personnel found a missing hiker in good condition after she spent a freezing night hiking through difficult terrain in and adjacent to Bandelier National Monument.

The Carrolton, Texas woman had been searching for the buried treasure of multimillionaire Forrest Fenn.

The search and rescue operation involved three aircraft, dog teams and more than 40 volunteers and staff from the National Park Service, the U.S. Department of Energy, New Mexico Search and Rescue, Los Alamos Police Department and the Los Alamos Fire Department.

“Before you get


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Kendall: Martinez vs. Garcia Richard – Gotcha Politics or SOP?

Column by GREG KENDALL
Los Alamos

Did State House Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard break her promise to voters? She vowed to help repeal the Richardson era driver’s license law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain New Mexico driver’s licenses.  

Gov. Susana Martinez and anonymous robo-callers would like you to believe that Garcia Richard broke her promise.

Martinez went live on Los Alamos radio station KRSN AM 1490 March 7 to make that claim directly to local voters. But it is not that simple.

House Bill 606, sponsored by Rep. Paul Pacheco (R-Bernalillo & Sandoval-23),


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Canine Cruelty Victim Melts Hearts at Roundhouse

David Card and his dog Taffy attended Animal Protection Voters of New Mexico  Animal Lobby Day Feb 25 at the Roundhouse. Taffy was rescued after being abandoned and mistreated. Courtesy photo
 
By Robin Scoggins and Michelle Johnson

On Feb. 25, 2013 the Animal Protection Voters (APV) of New Mexico held Animal Lobby Day at the state capital.

APVNM is the first statewide animal advocacy organization in the country.

Canine guest, Taffy, was abandoned and found on the side of the road, scarred on his back, emaciated and blind. No one was ever held responsible for discarding him like trash. 


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LANL Foundation Names New Executive Director for Northwest New Mexico First Born® Program

LANLF News:

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation announced its new executive director for the Northwest New Mexico First Born® Program at a press conference Tuesday at the State Capitol.

Regina Huffman, former director of the Family Infant Toddler Program (FIT) in Gallup, has been named executive director.

Huffman has a master’s degree in counseling from Western New Mexico University and a bachelor of university studies degree in early education and psychology from the University of New Mexico.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced a $1.8 million grant to the Los Alamos National


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LANL Economic Impact Focus of Successful House Memorial

RCLC News:

  • Memorial focused on the critical importance of New Mexico’s National Laboratories and DOE facilities to state’s economy

SANTA FE – Last week, House Memorial 71 introduced by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D- Los Alamos) won unanimous passage from the New Mexico House of Representatives.

The House Memorial recognized the critical importance of New Mexico’s National Laboratories and DOE facilities to the state’s economy.

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities supported passage of the House Memorial and provided expert testimony on behalf


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‘Fair Pay for Women Act’ Heads to the Governor’s Desk

STATE News:

SANTA FE – House Bill 216, the “Fair Pay for Woman Act”sponsored by Rep. Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe-47) received concurrence Sunday from the House to amendments added by the Senate.

HB 216 cleared the New Mexico Senate Saturday with a vote of 31-2 and with concurrence now heads to the Gov.ernor’s desk.

There has been wide-spread and bi-partisan support for the “Fair Pay for Women Act,” a key piece of legislation in the session.

“Today we have taken a major step in bringing wage equality to the women of New Mexico,” Egolf said. “I am excited that my colleagues in the Senate joined the


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New Mexico House Fights for Public Schools

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The News Mexico House of Representatives passed two bills Sunday aimed at protecting New Mexico’s public schools.

House Bill 460, “School Management Contracts & Charter Boards,” sponsored by Rep. Mimi Stewart (D-Bernalillo-21) passed the House with a vote of 34 to 33.

House Bill 392, “Public Education Commission as Independent”, sponsored by Rep. Mary Helen Garcia (D-Dona Ana-34) passed the House with a vote of 37 to 27.

There has been a recent outcry regarding the Public Education Department’s (PED) action to overrule the Public Educations Commission (PEC)


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More Details on Missing Hiker Found in Bandelier

BNM News:

Search and rescue teams found the missing 34-year-old Texas woman around 12:30 p.m. Saturday in good condition on the Ancho Canyon Trail on Department of Energy land at Bandelier National Monument.

The woman had hiked to the Upper Falls on the Falls Trail Thursday.

Although hiking to the base of the Upper Falls is prohibited, the woman wanted to search for treasure featured in Forrest Fenn’s book “The Thrill of the Chase.”

After realizing she could not hike down to the base, the woman returned to her car. On Friday, she parked at a gate on Department of Energy Land and hiked down to the Rio


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