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Luján: What President's Day Means To Me

on February 19, 2018 - 3:59pm
By U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District

When I was young, I remember reading about great Presidents in American history. I read about the accomplishments of Presidents like Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt. They carried heavy burdens understanding the effect of every decision they made. They also represented the best of American values, and inspired younger generations to carry those values into their daily lives and into their hopes and dreams.

Being President of the United States comes with tremendous responsibility.

Letter To The Editor: A President’s Day Lament

on February 19, 2018 - 3:31pm
By BILL MEAD
Los Alamos

The USA is caught in a slow-motion disaster, the worst in several decades. 

The roots of the disaster are deep, but the rise of the neo-conservative movement, Fox News, a fleet of conservative pundits, and the Tea Party mark the beginning. These new forces have led to the emergence of a radical, populist constituency with leadership such as Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump who are intent on changing the core values and government of the USA—whatever it takes.

By 2016, this long-standing political divide had hardened into a fierce partisan battle for the

Celebrate How Presidents Shaped National Parks

on February 19, 2018 - 9:08am

The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial is on a small island in the Potomac River. Congress approved funds in 1960 and the memorial was dedicated Oct. 27, 1967. Courtesy/NPF

National Park Foundation:

As we observe Presidents Day, the National Park Foundation remembers the leaders who helped shape the nation’s public lands.

The lessons of conservation and protection passed down by these trailblazing Presidents have given us the beautiful parks that we know and love.

For example, President Lincoln set aside a large section of the Yosemite Valley for public use – the first time that had ever been

President’s $1 Billion Budget Proposal For BLM Supports Access To Public Lands For Multiple Uses

on February 18, 2018 - 6:57am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In keeping with the Administration’s goal of securing America’s energy dominance, President Trump has proposed a $1 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget for the Bureau of Land Management that will provide resources to promote energy development on public lands while expanding access to recreation and conservation areas.
 
The President’s proposal provides resources to support the Administration’s goals and meets the BLM’s multiple-use and sustained yield mission in other areas.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Honors Black History Month

on February 18, 2018 - 6:51am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, cosponsor of a resolution authored by Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) marking February as Black History Month, released the following statement honoring the contributions of African Americans in New Mexico and across the nation:
 
“Each February, we celebrate the immeasurable and indelible contributions that African Americans have made to our state and our nation.

DEA Creates New Resource To Help Distributors Avoid Oversupplying Opioids

on February 17, 2018 - 7:50am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has launched a new tool to assist drug manufacturers and distributors with their regulatory obligations under the Controlled Substances Act.
 
This new resource is an example of the many ways DEA is working collaboratively with its 1.73 million registrants to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States.
 
DEA added a new feature to its ARCOS Online Reporting System, a comprehensive drug reporting system that monitors the flow of controlled substances from their point of manufacture through commercial

Steve Pearce Qualifies For Ballot As Sole GOP Candidate For Governor Of New Mexico

on February 16, 2018 - 10:16am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce has officially qualified for the primary ballot as the Republican candidate for Governor of New Mexico.
 
According to the Secretary of State, the Bureau of Elections has reviewed Pearce's declaration of candidacy, nomination petitions, and certificate of registration and has determined they are all in proper order and timely filed.
 
"It's a great honor to officially be the Republican candidate for Governor of New Mexico," Pearce said.

United States Sen. Tom Udall Holds Listening Session On Combatting Violence Against Native Women

on February 14, 2018 - 7:50am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, cohosted a listening session on combatting violence against Native women.
 
In the listening session, Udall sought input from Tribes on implementing and improving the landmark legislation that amended the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to restore Tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence crimes on Tribal lands.
 
"Thank you for your work and advocacy on these important issues.

BLM: Revision To Methane Waste Prevention Rule

on February 14, 2018 - 7:19am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. As part of President Trump’s Executive Order 13783 promoting energy independence [Section 7 (6)(iv)] from March 28, 2017, to review and modify federal regulations that unnecessarily hinder economic growth and energy development, the Bureau of Land Management today announced a proposal to revise the 2016 final Waste Prevention Rule (also known as the venting and flaring rule).  
 
The proposed rule would eliminate duplicative regulatory requirements and re-establish long-standing requirements that the 2016 final rule sought to replace.

Patrick Sullivan Receives International Economic Development Council CEcD Designation

on February 13, 2018 - 11:00am

Patrick Sullivan

LACDC News:

Patrick Sullivan, executive director of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

The CEcD exam was administered by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Jan. 27-28 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The CEcD designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the economic development field and sets the standard of

FY19 Presidential Budget Request For NNSA Released

on February 13, 2018 - 9:40am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has released details of its portion of the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget Request.
 
The President’s $15 billion FY 2019 Budget Request for NNSA represents an increase of $2.2 billion – or 16.8 percent – above the FY 2017 enacted level, representing the Administration’s commitment to NNSA’s unique and diverse missions: maintaining the safety, security, reliability, and effectiveness of the nuclear weapons stockpile; reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation and

Udall, Lujan Grisham Introduce Bill To Help Native Students Access Healthy Foods

on February 13, 2018 - 7:44am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.); and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) reintroduced legislation in the Senate and House to give Tribes an important tool to address the pervasive and serious problem of child hunger and nutrition-related diseases.
 
The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018 acknowledges that Tribes better understand the needs of their communities and are better positioned to ensure children get healthy

Bandelier National Monument Makes List Of America’s 10 Best Small Town Gems To Visit In 2018

on February 13, 2018 - 7:00am

Talus Houses Cliff Dwellings at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy photo

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument comes in at number 2 on the list of America’s 10 Best Small Town Gems to visit in 2018.

Bandelier covers roughly 50 square miles of New Mexico wilderness and is home to the remains of ancient settlements built between the years 1150 and 1550, out of soft, volcanic rock.

Explore ancient artwork carved into caves and other pueblo relics dotted in more remote areas of the monument to get a sense of how their creators might have lived.

See the full list here

Secretary Zinke Prioritizes Conservation And Big Game Migration Corridors

on February 13, 2018 - 6:52am
DOI News:
 
SALT LAKE CITY Friday​, at the Western Conservation and Hunting Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah,​ U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3362, which will improve habitat quality and western big game winter range and migration corridors​ for antelope, elk, and mule deer​.
 
​The order fosters improved collaboration with states and ​private landowners and facilitates all parties ​using the best available science to inform development of guidelines that helps ensure that robust big game populations continue to exist.
 
The order seeks to improve

Heinrich To Question Top Intelligence Officials In Senate Intel Committee Hearing Tuesday Morning

on February 12, 2018 - 6:05pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 a.m. MT/ 9:30 a.m. ET,  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will question top intelligence officials during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence open hearing on Worldwide Threats.

Appearing before the committee will be Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, NSA Director Michael Rogers, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Robert Ashley and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo.

The hearing will stream

Unite For New Mexico Opens Campaign Office

on February 12, 2018 - 5:30pm

U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce and his wife Cynthia at the grand opening of the Unite For New Mexico campaign office Saturday in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce, U.S. Senate candidate Mick Rich, U.S. House candidate Janice Arnold-Jones, Lt. Gov. candidate Michelle Garcia Holmes and New Mexico Attorney General candidate Michael Hendricks were among those in attendance at the grand opening of the Unite For New Mexico campaign office Saturday in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

New Mexico Republican candidates and volunteers gather

Heinrich Statement On Bipartisan Budget Agreement

on February 12, 2018 - 7:23am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement regarding the passage of the bipartisan budget agreement:
 
“This two-year budget deal is the result of months of bipartisan negotiations and finally puts an end to the unacceptable series of short-term spending bills and fiscal crises that have held our nation’s priorities hostage to Washington’s gridlock and dysfunction.
 
“This bipartisan agreement is the right path forward for a long-term budget that strengthens our military and funds desperately needed programs such as

Pearce Statement On Suspending Debt Limit

on February 12, 2018 - 6:13am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the amended continuing resolution and budget that also suspends the debt limit:
 
“Any piece of legislation that suspends the debt limit is simply an excuse for Congress and the government to spend at will, without regard for the consequences down the road. Just as businesses and families have a borrowing limit on their credit card, so does the federal government.

Udall, 11 Senators Demand Explanation For Why White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter Had Access To Classified Information After Security Clearance Denied

on February 9, 2018 - 3:35pm
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As new details continue to emerge about what the White House knew about former Staff Secretary Rob Porter’s history of alleged abuse – and when they knew it – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) joined 11 other senators in writing to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Counsel Don McGahn today to raise serious concerns regarding Porter’s ongoing access to classified information even after Kelly was notified that Porter was unable to obtain a security clearance.

The senators – including members of the Senate Homeland

Officials Congratulate Post On 6-Year Anniversary

on February 8, 2018 - 8:52am

Staff Report

Equipped with her laptop and camera, award-winning journalist Carol A. Clark launched the Los Alamos Daily Post at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 from her home in White Rock.

Start-up team members Bonnie Gordon and Greg and Karen Kendall worked with Clark to build and populate the news site for weeks leading up to the launch. The Kendall’s and Gordon had day jobs, so the group gathered many long nights and weekends to get it all done.

“I am very grateful to them for their extraordinary talents and their continued friendship.

Los Alamos Daily Post Turns 6 Years Old Today!

on February 7, 2018 - 6:12am

The Los Alamos Daily Post is celebrating its 6-year anniversary today at its world headquarters at 1247 Central Ave. The news team wants to take this opportunity to thank our many readers throughout the community, state, nation and 129 countries around the globe ... it is a privilege to bring you the news each and every day! Read the full story in Thursdays print edition of the Post. Photo by Erika Clark

Smoking Is Down, But Almost 38 Million American Adults Still Smoke

on February 7, 2018 - 4:44am

CDC News:

Overall, cigarette smoking among U.S. adults (aged ≥18 years) declined from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 15.5 percent in 2016.

Yet, nearly 38 million American adults smoked cigarettes (“every day” or “some days”) in 2016, according to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The new data, from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), show that among adults who have ever used cigarettes, the percentage who have quit increased from 50.8 percent in 2005 to 59.0 percent in 2016. During 2005–2016, the largest increase in quitting was among adults

BLM Oil And Gas Lease Sales Generate $360 Million In 2017

on February 1, 2018 - 7:15am
BLM News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.
 In advancing the administration’s goals of promoting America’s energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) state offices in 2017 generated nearly $360 million from oil and gas lease sales, an 86 percent increase over the previous year’s results of $192.5 million. 

Among these sales, which together were the highest in nearly a decade, rights to a total of 949 parcels, covering 792,823 acres, were sold.

“Oil and gas lease sales on public land directly support domestic energy production and the President’s energy dominance and job growth priorities for

BLM And Forest Service Announce 2018 Grazing Fees

on January 31, 2018 - 7:30am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Federal grazing fee for 2018 will be $1.41 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.41 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.
 
The 2017 public land grazing fee was $1.87.
 
An AUM or HM—treated as equivalent measures for fee purposes—is the use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month.

New Mexico Dreamer And Teacher Of The Year To Join Heinrich As Honored Guest For State Of The Union

on January 29, 2018 - 12:59pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today announced that Dreamer and 2018 New Mexico Teacher of the Year Ivonne Orozco-Acosta will be his special guest Tuesday at President Trump’s State of the Union Address.

Orozco-Acosta, a teacher at the Public Academy for Performing Arts in Albuquerque and a graduate of the University of New Mexico, is one of the estimated 7,000 Dreamers who live in New Mexico.

“Dreamers like Ivonne represent the future of a great America.

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