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Udall Calls For Action On Bipartisan Interior Appropriations Bill ... To Reopen Federal Government

on January 18, 2019 - 9:45am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. On the 27th day of the longest government shutdown in American history, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, spoke on the Senate floor to demand action on the bipartisan Interior appropriations bill passed by the House last week, H.R. 266 -- a move that Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked.
 

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Appointed As Ranking Member Of Strategic Forces Subcommittee

on January 18, 2019 - 9:24am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has been appointed as the Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
 
The subcommittee’s responsibilities include budget and policy oversight of nuclear weapons, non-proliferation, space programs, environmental cleanup and disposal, and missile defense.
 
“I am honored to be the Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee,” Heinrich said. “There are a number of high-profile issues currently pending before this subcommittee in

Unemployment Insurance Operations Center Closed Monday In Observance Of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

on January 18, 2019 - 9:02am

NMDWS News:

Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims Online System Available

ALBUQUERQUE – All New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ (NMDWS) offices, including the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Operations Center, will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The department urges claimants to plan accordingly.

The Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System (www.jobs.state.nm.us) is available online 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

Customer Service Agents in the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center will be available when normal business hours

Professor Warns Legislators: Get Serious On Climate

on January 18, 2019 - 8:27am
By ANDREW OXFORD
Walk around the Capitol, and much of the talk is about an oil boom that is buoying the state's finances, providing more money for schools and whatever else.
 
But for an hour on Thursday, a climate scientist urged one committee of legislators to look past all of that.
 
"The world will be moving away from fossil fuel production," David Gutzler, a professor at the University of New Mexico and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told members of the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
 
Gutzler went on

Luján Announces His Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Assignments For 116th Congress

on January 18, 2019 - 7:24am
Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has announced his House Energy & Commerce subcommittee assignments for the 116th Congress.
 
Luján will continue to serve on the Health, and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittees, and rejoin the Communications and Technology Subcommittee. He was first appointed to the Energy & Commerce Committee in 2012.
 
“Whether it’s addressing health disparities, unlocking clean energy innovation, strengthening consumers’ privacy protections, or bolstering broadband

Udall Shares Shutdown Fears Of A New Mexico Family Being Pushed To The Brink After Missing Paycheck

on January 17, 2019 - 4:12pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a speech from the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall shared the story and fears of a family from New Mexico that is concerned about its financial security after missing a paycheck due to the Trump shutdown.
 
Udall’s remarks came just before he joined with his Democratic colleagues on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to highlight the workers, families, and communities across the country who continue to feel the bite of the longest government shutdown in American history.
 
In his speech, Udall highlighted the story of the

LANB Announces Assistance For Furloughed Workers

on January 17, 2019 - 10:53am

Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) wants to help furloughed customers during the federal government shutdown. Although the impact on individuals should be temporary, borrowers affected by the shutdown may face difficulties making payments on debts such as mortgages, student loans, car loans, business loans or credit cards.

 In an effort to assist their communities, LANB will provide options for individuals directly impacted by the government shutdown, including a 60-day payment forbearance on all

AGU: New Study Finds Evidence Of Changing Seasons, Rain On Titan’s North Pole

on January 17, 2019 - 8:26am
New research provides evidence of rainfall on the north pole of Titan, the largest of Saturn’s moons, shown here. The rainfall would be the first indication of the start of a summer season in the moon’s northern hemisphere, according to the researchers. Courtesy/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
 
Titan’s north pole as seen by the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer. The orange box shows the ‘wet sidewalk’ region, what analyses suggests is evidence of changing seasons and rain on Titan’s north pole. The blue box shows the expanded region in the bottom panel.

SFAS Helps Employees Impacted By Shutdown

on January 16, 2019 - 9:08am
SFAS News:
 
Federal employees who are going without a paycheck and have dogs or cats at home can pick up free food from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.
 
“We’re honored to extend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors who are federal employees and have been impacted by this government shutdown,” said Murad Kirdar, the public relations officer for the shelter. “We see their dedication to our country, and we’re proud to not only help our community members but their pets as well.”
 
The privately owned shelter will offer free food to federal employees, who can pick up the food at the

Heinrich: Urgent Action Needed To Improve Child Well-Being, New State Leadership Presents Opportunity

on January 16, 2019 - 8:23am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As New Mexico Voices for Children released its annual New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book detailing the most recent data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation on child well-being in the state, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) expressed serious concern with the findings and called on state leaders to make investing in New Mexico’s children a top priority.
 
Although there were improvements over the last year, New Mexico remains near the bottom in the nation in numerous indicators of child poverty and well-being.
 
“It’s

Los Alamos National Laboratory Contributes $3 Billion Annually To New Mexico State Economy

on January 15, 2019 - 6:25am

The Laboratory’s NMSBA program helped optimize a new crate for shipping valuable artwork developed by Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Innovations, a for-profit business subsidiary of the world-renowned museum. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Economic development initiatives created or retained nearly 1,500 in-state jobs
  • More than half of goods and services came from New Mexico businesses 

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s average annual total impact on economic output across New Mexico from 2015 to 2017 was $3.1 billion, according to preliminary independent research from the University of New Mexico’s

Human Services Dept. Working Overtime To Ensure All Eligible SNAP Families Receive February Benefits

on January 15, 2019 - 6:16am
HSD News:
 
SANTA FE — The state Human Services Department is urging all SNAP recipients who are due for renewal of benefits in January to submit their renewal form no later than today, Jan. 15, in order to receive their February benefit.
 
There are more than 25,000 SNAP households that are due for renewal, of which 14,500 are still outstanding.
 
“HSD wants to ensure every eligible family maintains their benefit and is working overtime to get that done,” HSD Secretary-Designate David R. Scrase, MD, said.

Heinrich: New Mexicans Are Paying The Price For Longest Government Shutdown

on January 15, 2019 - 6:05am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As President Trump’s shutdown becomes the longest in American history, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) shared some of the stories he’s received from New Mexicans who have been adversely impacted by the shutdown.
 
According to public data, over 10,000 federal workers in New Mexico have been impacted by the shutdown, many of whom are furloughed or working without pay.
 
“New Mexicans are paying the price for the longest government shutdown in American history because President Trump refuses to stop holding our

SFCC; SFHEC To Close For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

on January 14, 2019 - 12:58pm

Courtesy/MLKF

SFCC News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available. Both campuses will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 22, which is the first day of classes for the spring semester for SFCC.

The college’s child care center, Kids Campus, and gym, the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center, also will be closed. The fitness center will reopen at 6:30 a.m. Jan.

BJS Releases Source And Use Of Firearms Involved In Crimes: Survey Of Prison Inmates, 2016

on January 14, 2019 - 6:58am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics today released Source and Use of Firearms Involved in Crimes: Survey of Prison Inmates, 2016, which presents statistics that describe firearm possession of state and federal prisoners who were serving a sentence in 2016.
 
This report describes:
  • Firearm possession during the crime for which prisoners were serving time and by type of offense
  • How the firearm was used during the crime
  • Type of firearms possessed
  • Methods, sources and processes of obtaining firearms
 
Findings are based on BJS’s 2016 Survey

Congress Introduces Bill To Expand Chiropractic Access To Military Retirees, National Guard And Reserves

on January 14, 2019 - 6:56am
ACA News:
 
ARLINGTON, VA The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has announced that Congress yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation that would expand access to chiropractic services to military retirees as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve through the Department of Defense TRICARE health program.
 
The legislation--S. 30, introduced by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and H.R. 344, introduced by Rep.

New Year, New Goals, New Family Member!

on January 14, 2019 - 6:52am
ASSE News:
 
ASSE Student Exchange Program, a highly respected, non-profit, public-benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea, and the former Soviet Republics.
 
Students are already awaiting word on who their host families will be for the 2019-2020 academic school year. If your goal was to try something new for the new-year, this will fulfill that! Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a teenager(s) living thousands of miles from home.

Senators Urge Extension On Comment Period For Oil And Gas Development In Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

on January 14, 2019 - 6:52am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), wrote to U.S. Department of the Interior Acting Secretary David Bernhardt urging him to extend the public comment period for a draft Environmental Impact Statement on potential oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
 
The letter follows the Trump administration’s decision to rush through the environmental review process in an attempt to rapidly begin exploration without fully considering the

New Farm Bill Activity Halted Due To Shutdown

on January 14, 2019 - 6:46am
Anna Johnson
 
CRA News:
 
LYONS, Nebr.A partial government shutdown has been in effect for 20 days after lawmakers in Washington, D.C., failed to pass funding bills.
 
Anna Johnson, policy manager of the Center for Rural Affairs, says the timing and length of this shutdown is cause for concern, and the new Congress should pass a bill to reopen the government, immediately.
 
“Legislators spent the better part of 2018 negotiating a new farm bill,” she said. “While not perfect, it offers a great deal of certainty for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities for the next five years.”

BJS Releases Victims Of Identity Theft Report

on January 14, 2019 - 6:46am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics has released Victims of Identity Theft, 2016, which details the number, percentage and demographic characteristics of victims who experienced one or more incidents of identity theft during a 12-month period. It focuses on the most recent incident and describes:
  • how victims discovered the crime
  • financial losses and other consequences of identity theft, including the amount of time victims spent resolving associated problems
  • reporting of the incident to credit card companies, credit bureaus and law

Cuban Lovelorn Crickets, Not A Sonic Weapon, Made U.S. Diplomats Ill: Study

on January 14, 2019 - 6:42am
HSNW News:
 
In late 2016, U.S. diplomats in Havana began to report ear pain, dizziness, confusion – and some showed symptoms of mysterious brain injury.
 
The diplomats said that their symptoms occurred after they repeatedly heard a high-frequency noise. The State Department withdrew half its embassy staff, and several studies concluded that the high-frequency noise was generated by a sonic weapon. A new study argues that the high-frequency noise was created by local crickets.

 

In late 2016, U.S.

Letter To The Editor: Government Shutdown Talks – A Better Story

on January 13, 2019 - 1:10pm
By MARY SNOW
Los Alamos
 
Jan. 10, BBC published a more impartial and accurate story about the meeting between the Democratic leaders and President Donald Trump [see link] than I have seen from any other reports on the meeting by US media.
 
The direct quotes from the BBC article in this section cover most of the article:
 
President Donald Trump has walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders as negotiations broke down on the 19th day of a partial US government shutdown.
 
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer stuck by their refusal to fund his US-Mexico border wall, prompting Mr.

Los Alamos School Board Recognizes Teachers Who Received National Board Certifications

on January 13, 2019 - 7:26am

During its meeting Tuesday evening, the Los Alamos School Board recognized teachers who received their National Board Certifications, including Rebecca Cabildo, Kate Hovey, Britt Williams and Janelle Maestas. Los Alamos High School Teacher Katie Lake helped support these staff through the writing process. The National Board Certification is designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. Courtesy/LAPS

Courtesy/LAPS

On First Day Employees Miss Paychecks, Udall And Heinrich Fight to Protect Federal Workers; Contractors

on January 11, 2019 - 9:00pm

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Legislation cosponsored by Udall and Heinrich to ensure that workers hurt during shutdown get paid retroactively passes the Senate
  • In separate letter, Senators also press Trump Administration to guarantee that federal contractor employees receive backpay

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As hundreds of thousands of federal workers miss their first paychecks today due to the Trump shutdown, the U.S. Senate passed a bill cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich that ensures that impacted federal and other government workers will receive their back pay.

The Government

Head2Head: The Currents Of Populism And Pluralism

on January 11, 2019 - 7:03pm
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The term “populism” is a vague and contested term that has been used in reference to a diverse variety of things. Populism can generally be defined as opposition of “the people” to a social elite.

The term originated with the People’s Party, active in the 19th century American Midwest. Its platform included calling for the nationalization of railways, the banning of strikebreakers, support for small farmers and so on.

The party gained representation in several state legislatures during the 1890s but was not powerful

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