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Sen. Michael Padilla Urges Governor To Accelerate Completion Of Overdue CYFD Case Management System

on August 18, 2018 - 5:10am
State Sen. Michael Padilla
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico State Sen. Michael Padilla (D-Bernalillo) sent a letter to Gov. Susana Martinez Tuesday alerting her that significant portions of a critical IT project meant to deliver a new case management system for CYFD is now overdue.
 
In his letter, Padilla urges the governor to see that the project gets prioritized and properly resourced for a swift and timely completion.
 
This comes just days after the governor’s office announced that Daryl Ackley, the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) Secretary, will be departing

AG Balderas Brings Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo For Opening Thousands Of Fake Accounts

on August 17, 2018 - 6:51am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Division filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for illegal business practices in opening unauthorized accounts in the name of thousands of New Mexicans.
 
“As the fiscal agent for the State, and a provider of banking services to thousands of New Mexicans, Wells Fargo has failed to resolve their violations of law," Balderas said.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Defends Free Press

on August 16, 2018 - 10:35pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement in response to recent attacks by President Trump on the media, which have included comments claiming the media is the “enemy of the people.” As well as in response to newspapers across the country, including the Albuquerque Journal, publishing editorials discussing the importance of the free press.

“The freedom of the press, enshrined in the constitution, is fundamental to our democracy.

Head2Head: My Turn!

on August 16, 2018 - 12:27pm
By Bonnie J. Gordon
Los Alamos Daily Post

Last time, we were having a dialogue with the fictional “Uncle Steve” who represents anyone we disagree with on an important issue. Uncle Steve was monopolizing the conversation with his point of view. He agreed to a discussion and we asked him questions and LISTENED to him explain his ideas and reasoning.

Before we leave Uncle Steve and you get to talk, I want you to do one thing: imagine Uncle Steve with your point of view and you with his. Why? Because we’ve all been Uncle Steve in real life.

Gov. Gary Johnson Gives New Mexico Press First Shot

on August 16, 2018 - 9:38am

Gary Johnson

LIBERTARIAN PARTY News:

Former two-term New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who ran for president twice as the Libertarian Party’s nominee, has ended the suspense over whether he would run for Senate from New Mexico. On Aug. 14, Johnson tweeted a video produced by the Elect Liberty PAC, “You Know Gary Johnson.”

In short, he’s running.

In recent days, Johnson has received numerous invitations to appear on national media to discuss his Senate bid. He’s giving New Mexico media the first shot with a press availability this morning.

Johnson, who received the Libertarian Party’s

Attorney General Balderas Seeks Lead Plaintiff Status In Lawsuit Against Pacific Gas And Electric Company

on August 16, 2018 - 8:47am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday that he has filed a motion seeking lead plaintiff status in securities litigation against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to recover approximately $4 million in losses suffered by the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), the State of New Mexico's largest public pension fund.
 
The lawsuit alleges that the fund was severely damaged by PG&E's misstatements and omissions regarding the safety of their electrical lines that caused massive wildfires in

Udall Statement On EPA’s Proposed Asbestos Rule

on August 16, 2018 - 8:30am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the EPA’s budget, released the following statement Tuesday on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Asbestos Problem Formulation document and Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for asbestos:
 
“I’m always troubled when I learn that EPA has ignored its own expert staff, but what most alarms me is that the EPA is proposing to conduct a risk evaluation that excludes among the most common exposures to the known carcinogen asbestos.

Letter To The Editor: Regarding GRT Tax

on August 15, 2018 - 7:24am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos
 
I have a question for Lisa Shin regarding the GRT tax she discussed in her recent column. While I'm not a big fan of the GRT, I think that it is highly likely that it will be reimposed on LANL.
 
I think that the most likely scenario is that we will have both a Democratic governor and a Democrat controlled legislature after the election. Los Alamos County isn't the only county that receives GRT money from LANL. The counties adjacent to Los Alamos also receive funding.

Apodaca: Would JFK Be A Democrat Today?

on August 15, 2018 - 7:19am
By JERRY APODACA
Governor of New Mexico (1975–1979)
 
Last week I had to ask my 10-year-old grandson what a meme was. He explained it’s a humorous video or image on social media. The reason I asked was I saw an image on social media that said, “Would JFK be a Democrat today?” It got me thinking, would he?
 
I have always looked at myself as a JFK Democrat: pro-business with openness towards social issues and fairness for all New Mexicans.

Governor Announces DOIT Secretary To Step Down

on August 15, 2018 - 6:50am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Monday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico Department of Information Technology (DOIT) Secretary Darryl Ackley will step down to serve as Chief Technology Officer at the Institute for Complex Additive Systems Analysis at New Mexico Tech effective Aug. 27.
 
“With people like Secretary Ackley, we’ve been able to accomplish incredible things for New Mexico,” Martinez said. “Darryl has dedicated himself to improving New Mexico and has been a tremendous asset to our state.”
 
Martinez appointed Secretary Ackley in February 2011,

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Announce $3.5 Million In NSF Grants To UNM For Transmission Electron Microscope, Professional Development For HS Teachers

on August 15, 2018 - 6:43am
UNM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Monday two funding awards to the University of New Mexico (UNM), totaling $3.5 million, from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
 
The awards will enable UNM to acquire a transmission electron microscope for state-of-the-art research, and will fund the creation of an online professional development program for high school science and mathematics teachers. Together, these initiatives aim to enhance science and computer education for students across New Mexico.
 

Udall Honors National Navajo Code Talkers Day

on August 14, 2018 - 9:02pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, on National Navajo Code Talkers Day, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement honoring the service of Navajo Code Talkers during World War II:
 
“When the first 29 Navajo recruits came to Camp Pendleton, California in the spring of 1942, they arrived with a fierce determination to defend their homeland and the sacred ideals of the United States.

NNMP Calls For AG Probe Of RCLC Audit Findings

on August 14, 2018 - 3:43pm

NNMP Vice President David Neal, right, speaks to Santa Fe County Manager Katherine Miller at a February RCLC meeting in Pojoaque. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Officers of the non-profit group Northern New Mexico Protecting Land, Water Rights also known as NNM Protects (NNMP) has formally asked Attorney General Hector Balderas to conduct a criminal investigation of the findings of “three recent audits” involving the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC), Andrea Romero Consulting, Inc., JLH Media, Inc., and

Special County Council Meeting Set For Sept. 6

on August 14, 2018 - 11:16am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council will meet in Special Session on Thursday, Sept. 6 regarding the findings of the Adams+Crow report titled “Independent Investigation of Improper Use of Public Funds by the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities,” which was released last week. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers and will be streamed live as well as broadcast on PAC-8.

Prior to the meeting, County staff will be preparing a response to the Adams+Crow report, which will be sent to the Council to review no later than Tuesday, Aug.

O’Leary And Chrobocinski: Attorney General Should Complete Los Alamos County Investigation

on August 14, 2018 - 7:49am

Los Alamos County Councilor Susan O’Leary
 
By Los Alamos County Councilor Susan O’Leary, and
Former County Councilor James Chrobocinski

In late February, we read about alleged financial improprieties involving the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) in the Santa Fe New Mexican. As sitting County Councilors, we were aware that Los Alamos County has provided close to $1 million to support this organization since its inception about 10 years ago.

Former County Councilor James Chrobocinski

Los Alamos County has served as the RCLC fiscal agent and our County Council has had a

Former RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero Issues Statement On Recent Audit And Investigation Results

on August 14, 2018 - 7:09am

Former RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero

Staff Report

Democratic nominee for House Dist. 46 and former executive director of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) Saturday issued a statement regarding the results of a recent audit by the office of State Auditor Wayne Johnson and an investigative report from the law firm of Adams+Crow, which was commissioned by the Los Alamos County Council.

In an email accompanying the statement, Romero said since the controversy over the RCLC began, there have been a lot of assumptions and finger-pointing, particularly in the media.

“I

Democrats Host Campaign Headquarters Grand Opening

on August 13, 2018 - 9:30pm
The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County held the grand opening Sunday of their new campaign headquarters at 1362 Trinity Dr. Suite B (between Subway and Viola's). State and local candidates were on hand to talk with voters. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Michael Vigil, candidate for Supreme Court Judge, with candidates for Intermediate Appellate Court Judge from left, Megan Duffy, Kristina Bogartus and Jacqueline Medina. The Democratic candidates for all five Appellate Court positions are women. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Democratic

Johnson Designates ‘High Risk Pool’ Agency For Audit

on August 13, 2018 - 6:04am
State Auditor Wayne Johnson
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE State Auditor Wayne Johnson Tuesday designated the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool (NMMIP) for a special audit going back five years to 2013. Johnson says the public deserves transparency from government entities like the insurance pool.
 
“I am deeply concerned with the Board’s lack of responsiveness regarding the requirement that it comply with the Audit Act,” says Johnson’s letter designating the Agency for audit.
 
The Office of the State Auditor wrote to the Pool in April 2017 asking for documentation demonstrating

Lunch With A Leader Features Geospatial And Population Studies Expert Robert Rhatigan

on August 12, 2018 - 8:22am

Robert Rhatigan

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters’ community event , Lunch with a Leader, is moving from the library to a new venue this month – The United Church at 2525 Canyon Road (between Canyon and Rose across from the Aquatic Center).

This month’s Lunch with a Leader is 11:45 a.m., Aug 21 in Graves Hall at the church. There is parking all around the church and  Atomic City Transit Bus #3 stops right outside the church on Rose Street.

The speaker is Robert Rhatigan from the Geospatial and Population Studies group at UNM.

Luján Sends Bi-Partisan Letter Calling For House Hearing On Radiation Exposure Compensation Act

on August 11, 2018 - 5:04pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM-03) sent a bi-partisan letter calling on the House Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing to examine the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).
 
Earlier this year, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled, “Examining the Eligibility Requirements for the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program to Ensure all Downwinders Receive Coverage.” Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Tina Cordova with the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, and Jonathan Nez, Vice President of the Navajo Nation,

Independent Investigative Report Released On County Role In Regional Coalition Funds Fiasco

on August 11, 2018 - 9:51am

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess, right, and Deputy County Manager Steve Lynn at a Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting in Espanola earlier this year. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 38-page investigative report with hundreds of pages of back-up documentation was released Thursday to Los Alamos County officials by the law firm of Adams + Crow.

Shin: My Answers To Important Questions

on August 11, 2018 - 9:18am
By LISA SHIN
Republican candidate
House Dist. 43

Below are my answers to important questions posed during the Sandoval County Primary Election (link).

In your own words, what would you say is the biggest issue facing New Mexico today?

New Mexico’s child well-being score ranks last in the Nation. When the economy, education, health and community conditions are poor, it is our children who suffer the most. But they are the future, and unless we change direction, their prospects will remain dim.

How can you best serve the constituents of your district?

I support the long-term success of

Rep. Lujan Grisham Applauds $5.2 Million Grant Awards For New Mexico Head Start And Early Head

on August 11, 2018 - 8:18am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement in reaction to two federal grant awards totaling $5.2 million for Head Start and Early Head Start programs in New Mexico.
 
“I welcome this investment in the early education and future of New Mexico’s children and families. Early childhood education has a proven, beneficial impact in boosting graduation rates, increasing earnings, and addressing poverty overall,” Lujan Grisham said.

Balderas Joins 22 AG’s Demanding U.S. State Dept. Stop Online Spread Of 3D-Printed Gun Plans

on August 10, 2018 - 4:14pm
From the Office of the Attorney General:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 22 state attorneys general in sending a letter today to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanding that the Department of State take immediate action to remove from several websites downloadable plans for 3D-printed guns that were illegally posted online.
 
“These plans put the safety of every New Mexican at risk; especially our children” Balderas said.

Judge Grants Los Alamos County Motions To Dismiss Lawsuit Brought By Local Sheriff Candidate Greg White

on August 10, 2018 - 10:54am

Greg White, candidate for Los Alamos County Sheriff, appears pro se Friday in First Judicial Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

First Judicial District Judge Greg Shafer announces his ruling Thursday afternoon in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

First Judicial District Judge Greg Shafer Thursday afternoon dismissed all but one element of a case filed against Los Alamos County officials by local sheriff candidate Greg White.

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