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Night With A Nerd: Dr. Phil Goldstone On Thinking About Nuclear Deterrence In Today’s World

on August 18, 2019 - 9:01am

BSMA News:

The community is invited to join Dr. Phil Goldstone Sept. 12 as he explores how the invention of nuclear weapons 75 years ago changed international affairs – and also the existential framework of a large portion of the world’s people. 

It's now long beyond the confrontations of the cold war, and the world’s largest weapons stockpiles have been greatly reduced. Yet nuclear weapons issues are now present and rising, with Russia (again), Iran and North Korea looming large in the news—and with the playing field changing weekly, it seems. 

Modern war has held some “conventional”

County Council Work Session Aug. 20

on August 18, 2019 - 7:47am

EENM: State Of Education In New Mexico

on August 18, 2019 - 6:46am
By ROXANNE MITCHELL
Educators Elevating New Mexico
 
As dedicated teachers in New Mexico's rural communities, we’ve often been discouraged by politicians wildly swinging the education pendulum at our students’ expense.
 
Talk to other teachers with over 10-years of experience, and they will tell stories of oft-switched policies that don’t fully consider the impact on classrooms.
 
This time around, we as teacher leaders begged for a smooth transition between administrations. The last nine months have been the most unstable of our careers.  
 
The uneasy feeling started in 2018 with

Marco Grajeda Named NM Border Authority Director

on August 16, 2019 - 4:07pm
Marco Grajeda
 
EDD News:
 
SANTA FE – Marco Grajeda, a public servant with professional and family ties along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico Border, has been appointed to head the New Mexico Border Authority, Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said Friday.
 
Grajeda was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and has lived in El Paso and Southern New Mexico. Grajeda, a New Mexico State University graduate, grew up in a bilingual, bicultural household and often travels between the United States and Mexico to visit family and friends and to work.
 
The New Mexico

New Mexico Unemployment Rate In July 4.9 Percent

on August 16, 2019 - 2:51pm

NMDWFS News:

New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in July 2019, unchanged from June 2019 and up from 4.8 percent in the previous year.

The national unemployment rate in July was 3.7 percent, unchanged from June 2019 and down from 3.9 percent in July 2018.

Total nonagricultural payroll employment grew by 21,700 jobs, or 2.6 percent, between July 2018 and July 2019. Large gains came from both the public and the private sector. The private sector was up 18,700 jobs, or 2.8 percent. The public sector was up 3,000 jobs, or 1.7 percent.

Treasurer Laura M. Montoya Reappointed To National Leadership Position On Finance, Pensions And Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee

on August 16, 2019 - 1:26pm

Treasurer Laura Montoya

NACo News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Association of Counties (NACo) President Mary Ann Borgeson reappointed Sandoval County Treasurer Laura Montoya to her fourth term as vice chair of NACo’s Finance, Pensions & Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee.

Montoya also is a Democratic candidate for Congressional Dist. 3 in New Mexico.

Borgeson, a Douglas County, Neb. commissioner, made her leadership appointments shortly after being sworn in as NACo’s president on the final day of NACo’s 84th Annual Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas/Clark County, Nev.

“It’s

Scenes From Event For Rep. Christine Chandler

on August 15, 2019 - 1:55pm

Assistant Speaker and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján addresses the crowd at a fundraiser held for Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos Sunday afternoon hosted by Brian and Sara Scott. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

New Mexico House Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos thanks the crowd gathered for a fundraiser in her honor Sunday afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Several friends and colleagues gather for a photo with Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler, 4th from left, Sunday afternoon during a fundraiser in her honor. Photo by Carol A.

Rob Apodaca Suspends Bid For Congress In CD-03

on August 15, 2019 - 1:54pm

Rob Apodaca

 

POLITICAL News:

SANTA FE – Today, Democrat Rob Apodaca announced that he is suspending his bid for Congress in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.

He made the following statement:

“I very much want to thank my family, friends and supporters for all of their encouragement over the past few months. I decided to run for Congress with one goal in mind – to help the people and our communities of northern New Mexico. I love this state and I especially love this district.

Los Alamos School Bond Election Will Fund Remodeling Of White Rock Schools If Passed By Voters

on August 15, 2019 - 8:49am
Los Alamos School Board President Ellen Ben-Naim updates the Board on the upcoming school bond election during Tuesday's School Board Meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Bonnie J. Gordon
Los Alamos Daily Post

During the summer, the Los Alamos School Board passed a motion to go forward with a School Bond Election on Nov. 5, the day of the election for School Board and the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board.

According to School Board President Ellen Ben-Naim, cost was an important reason.

Udall Addresses National Navajo Code Talkers Day

on August 15, 2019 - 7:54am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, on National Navajo Code Talkers Day, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement in honor of the legendary bravery and service of Navajo Code Talkers during World War II:
 
“In May of 1942, in the midst of World War II, 29 young Navajo recruits arrived at Camp Pendleton, where they embarked on a secret mission: To develop a code so strong it couldn’t be cracked.

Governor On Trump Administration Public Charge Rule

on August 14, 2019 - 1:12pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this week sharply criticized the Trump administration’s adoption of a “public charge” rule that targets vulnerable immigrant families who use public benefits, potentially disqualifying them from obtaining or renewing a green card or visa.
 
The governor said her administration will explore mechanisms state agencies can employ to protect families, support enrollment of family members who are not impacted by the rule and conduct outreach and education to communities and local government agencies.

Udall On 5th Circuit Upholding Indian Child Welfare Act

on August 14, 2019 - 12:49pm
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, has issued the following statement after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in its ruling in Brackeen v. Bernhardt and overturned a 2018 decision from the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Texas, which wrongly struck down key provisions of ICWA.
 
In January, Udall filed a bipartisan, bicameral amicus brief in the 5th Circuit in support of the constitutionality of ICWA.
 
“I was proud to

Violence Against Journalists Escalates In Hong Kong

on August 14, 2019 - 12:33pm
Dale de la Rey/AFP
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Hong Kong authorities to protect journalists covering protests against violence by the police and the mobs.
 
As four more journalists were assaulted in the North Point area Sunday Aug. 11, RSF calls on the Hong Kong authorities to put an end to the violence against the press.
 
In the past two months, journalists covering the anti-extradition bill protests were increasingly the victim of intimidation and physical abuse by the police as well as pro-Beijing mobs.
 
“Violence against journalists has now become

PEEC: Haaland To Speak On Green New Deal Aug. 21

on August 14, 2019 - 8:42am
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland
 
PEEC News:
 
The community is invited to hear U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland discuss why she thinks the Green New Deal is a needed bold solution to protect the future of communities, the country and planet at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
This event will be held outside of the center and guests are encouraged to arrive early to get seats. The talk is free to attend and no advance registration is required. The Los Alamos Nature Center is at 2600 Canyon Road and is operated by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
Haaland

Invitation To Informational Meeting For Upcoming Los Alamos School Board Elections

on August 13, 2019 - 5:13pm
Members of the 2017 School Board from left, Vice President Steve Boerigter, Andrea Cunningham, Secretary Jenny McCumber, President Ellen Ben-Naim and Bill Hargraves. Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
For the Nov. 5 election in Los Alamos, there will be three School Board seats on the ballot.
 
The seats include District 3 (Aspen Elementary), Position 3 Board Member; District 4 (Barranca Elementary and Los Alamos Middle School), Position 4 Board Member; and District 5 (Mountain Elementary and Los Alamos High School), Position 5 Board Member.
 
All positions are

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Seeks To Intervene In Second Census Challenge Lawsuit

on August 13, 2019 - 2:25pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News: 
 
ALBUQUERQUE Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a 26-member coalition from around the country — including 15 states, the District of Columbia, three counties, six cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors — in opposing the State of Alabama’s attempt to refuse counting every individual in the 2020 decennial census.
 
While the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S.

Udall Thanks Los Alamos Native For Internship

on August 13, 2019 - 8:17am
Los Alamos High School graduate Miriam Wallstrom
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall thanked Los Alamos native Miriam Wallstrom for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her six weeks on Capitol Hill, Miriam worked closely with the legislative team on a range of issues.
 
“U.S. Senate Interns gain invaluable experience and first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of the nation’s legislative process,” Udall said. “It has been a pleasure working with Miriam this summer.

Elected Officials Meet With Future Leaders At Young Democrats State Convention Over Weekend

on August 13, 2019 - 7:42am
NMDP News:
 
BELEN Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, Attorney General Hector Balderas, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Marg Elliston and Democratic Party of New Mexico Vice Chair Marcus Porter met with future leaders of the Democratic Party last weekend at the annual Young Democrats of New Mexico State Convention. Rep. Ben Ray Luján also attended and participated in a Q&A.
 
As well as the in person speakers, several elected Democrats sent in videos or statements to address the convention, including Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, Gov.

New Mexico Governor Names Education Secretary

on August 12, 2019 - 7:16pm
New Cabinet Secretary of Education Ryan Stewart
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today the new secretary of the New Mexico Public Education Department, Ryan Stewart.
 
Surrounded by the education agency’s deputy secretaries, a diverse cohort of deeply experienced New Mexico educators and administrators, Lujan Grisham touted Stewart’s work as an educator and reformer in California and Pennsylvania at a Capitol news conference.
 
“I’m thrilled to introduce Secretary Stewart to New Mexico,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said.

DOI: Endangered Species Act Announcement

on August 12, 2019 - 9:05am

DOI News:

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced improvements to the implementing regulations of the Endangered Species Act.

IN CONGRESS

“The Endangered Species Act exists to identify struggling species and help them recover. Unfortunately, current implementation is drawn out and ineffective. Today’s actions will help achieve actual species recovery while providing much-needed clarity and stability to those who are too often held hostage by the ESA.

New Mexico Legislature Taking Steps To Webcast Additional Interim Committee Meetings

on August 12, 2019 - 8:11am
STATE News:
 
In an effort to improve transparency and promote greater access to legislative Interim Committee meetings for the public and media, the New Mexico Legislative Council Service is now taking steps to webcast and archive meetings held across the state.
 
Meetings taking place in the State Capitol building are already streamed live and archived.
 
The move to include offsite meetings as part of the Council’s webcasting service was championed by Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D – Doña Ana), a long-time advocate for efforts to make legislative meetings available to the public online.

League Of Women Voters March In 2019 County Fair & Rodeo Parade To Honor Passage Of 19th Amendment

on August 11, 2019 - 10:19am

Members of the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos march in the 2019 County Fair and Rodeo Parade Saturday morning on Central Avenue to honor the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified Aug. 18, 1920. Courtesy photo

The League of Women Voters has been informing Los Alamos voters since 1947. Courtesy photo

Governor Taps Katrina Hotrum-Lopez For Aging Agency

on August 11, 2019 - 8:14am
New Cabinet Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Friday announced Katrina Hotrum-Lopez would succeed Alice Liu McCoy as secretary of the state Aging and Long-Term Services Department upon McCoy’s hiring as executive director of the state Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.
 
The council board voted in late July to select McCoy as its new director. McCoy, an attorney with extensive and diverse experience in representing and advocating for individuals with disabilities, will remain a key piece of the Lujan Grisham administration,

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Announces $6 Million To Combat State Opioid Crisis

on August 11, 2019 - 7:03am
 
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Friday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded more than $6 million in funding to New Mexico to combat the opioid epidemic in communities across the state.
 
The funding will go toward treatment, prevention, recovery, and research efforts throughout New Mexico.
 
A breakdown of the HRSA awards is below: 
  • $2,505,000 for 15

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