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AG Balderas Proposes Statewide School Safety Plan

on June 17, 2018 - 7:10am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a proposal for immediate action on school safety planning for schools across New Mexico.
 
In a letter sent to New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski, Attorney General Balderas details the first tier of a multi-tiered plan to bring every school in the state up to a minimum threshold of security within the next school year.

Communication Woes Surface During Council Discussion On RCLC Investigation

on June 16, 2018 - 4:59pm

County Councilors say the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening of Tuesday's meeting in Council Chambers. Screenshot/LADP

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A presentation during the June 12 Los Alamos County Council meeting by representatives of the law firm of Adams & Crow resulted in a lengthy and intense discussion among Council members, which appeared to reveal underlying internal struggles with communication.

The law firm is under a $30,000 contract with the County to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of improprieties of the Regional

Heinrich Announces $20 Million For New Air Force Construction Project At Holloman

on June 16, 2018 - 9:36am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Air Force that it will build a $20 million Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications War Reserve Material Storage and Shipment facility at Holloman Air Force Base.
 
Through this funding, Holloman will build warehouse space for fuel support equipment and container storage for expendable, Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resource (BEAR) assets.
 
The BEAR Base mission at Holloman rapidly deploys

Udall Advances Strong Investments For New Mexico In Major Interior & Environment Funding Bill

on June 16, 2018 - 8:22am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, advanced major funding for New Mexico’s public lands, infrastructure, environmental protection and stewardship, and programs for Indian Country as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
 
The full Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved Udall’s bill in a committee business meeting Thursday.
 
Udall successfully fought to keep the

Balderas Secures Key Victory In Massive Opioid Litigation

on June 15, 2018 - 11:18am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Wednesday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a key victory in New Mexico's lawsuit against major opioid manufacturers and distributors—the case will be tried in New Mexico state court.
 
Late Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that Attorney General Balderas’ lawsuit must be returned to the state court where it was originally filed. April 25 of this year, McKesson Corporation, a pharmaceutical distributor that reported 2017 revenues of nearly $200 billion, removed New Mexico's case to federal court in an attempt to sweep

Sen. Heinrich Honored By National Park Trust

on June 15, 2018 - 7:40am
Sen. Heinrich at the National Park Trust's 18th Annual Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award Reception, June 13. Courtesy/National Park Trust
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) was honored by the National Park Trust with the 18th Annual Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. for his outstanding efforts to support and advocate for the protection of America’s public lands and encouraging kids to experience the great outdoors.
 
He was recognized for championing the bipartisan Every Kid Outdoors Act to provide all

Governor Announces Plan To Serve Millions Of Meals To Kids This Summer

on June 15, 2018 - 6:16am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Gov. Susana Martinez has announced summer food programs offered across New Mexico and urged all New Mexico youth to take advantage of the nutritious meals being provided this summer through CYFD and PED’s summer food programs.
 
This summer, over 2.8 million meals will be served to low-income children.  Since 2011, over 18 million meals have been served to New Mexico youth throughout the state.
 
“Having access to nutritious meals during the summer months gives our children an excellent opportunity to continue getting the essential

Bipartisan Group Of Senators File Amendment To Require Release Of Water Contamination Report

on June 14, 2018 - 11:52am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) led a bipartisan group of senators in filing an amendment Wednesday to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to publish an unreleased federal study about widespread water contamination from commonly-used chemicals.
 
According to media reports and publicly available emails, officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) blocked the release of the HHS report showing that far lower levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) threaten human health than previously

Heinrich, Heller Work To Advance Bipartisan Bill To Improve High-Speed Internet In Indian Country

on June 14, 2018 - 11:16am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) are working to advance their bipartisan legislation to improve access to high-speed internet in rural Tribal communities.
 
In a letter to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the senators requested a hearing on the bipartisan Tribal Connect Act.

Police Chief Addresses Crime Stats Allegation

on June 13, 2018 - 2:47pm

Chief Dino Sgambellone
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone responded Tuesday to allegations that not all violent crime reported to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety (NMDPS) appears in the LAPD 2016 and 2017 annual crime reports presented to the Los Alamos County Council.

The allegations have been made by James Whitehead, Republican nominee for Los Alamos County Sheriff in the November general election, both in person at primary election events and now on his campaign website under the caption “The Truth

Three Luján Bills To Combat Opioid Crisis Pass House

on June 13, 2018 - 1:30pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Three bills authored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) aimed at curbing the ongoing opioid crisis have passed the House of Representatives. All three bills were passed unanimously earlier this year by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
 
Luján’s first bipartisan bill directs the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide labeling guidance for non-addictive pain medication. The labeling guidance provided by the Better Pain Management Through Better Data Act of 2018 (H.R.

Councilor Recall Petition Case Remains Undecided

on June 13, 2018 - 11:47am
Los Alamos County Councilors Antonio Maggiore and Susan O'Leary chat before Monday's hearing in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Attorney Jack Hardwick, left, speaks with his client Los Alamos County Councilor Rick Reiss, right, and Los Alamos resident George Chandler Monday afternoon prior to a hearing in Santa Fe on recall petitions filed against Reiss and two other councilors. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The fate of three recall petitions filed against Los

Española Mayor Javier Sanchez: Federal Government Should Set An Example On Opioids

on June 13, 2018 - 9:41am
By JAVIER SANCHEZ
Mayor of Española
 
The fact that we are living with an opioid epidemic in this country, in this state, and in the Española Valley is not news to anyone reading this letter—we have all been impacted in some way by this epidemic.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) there were 42,249 deaths attributed to opioid overdose in this country—115 deaths every day. In New Mexico, we have been hit especially hard.

Luján Statement On North Korea Summit

on June 12, 2018 - 5:42pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) released the following statement today after President Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Singapore:

“I firmly believe that it is the responsibility of the United States to pursue peace and stability through diplomacy whenever possible. As we face the challenges posed by North Korea, we must also keep in mind the threat the government in Pyongyang poses to its own citizens.

Rep. Lujan Grisham Floor Remarks On Water Innovation Amendment

on June 12, 2018 - 3:21pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) delivered remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives to offer an amendment to the FY 2019 Energy and Water Development/Leg Branch/Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5895).
 
Rep.

AG Balderas Announces Support For ACLU Lawsuit Against Census Order That Could Cost New Mexico Hundreds Of Millions

on June 12, 2018 - 3:12pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Wednesday, Attorney General Hector Balderas welcomed the American Civil Liberties Union’s new lawsuit challenging changes to the census announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce in March.
 
Attorney General Balderas, 16 other attorneys general, six cities, one county and the U.S. Conference of Mayors have filed suit on the same basis. In March, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross ordered that the 2020 Census include a question about the citizenship of all U.S.

Heinrich, Heller Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Repeal Tariffs On Solar Panels

on June 12, 2018 - 8:49am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) introduced a bipartisan bill to repeal President Trump’s decision to impose up to 30 percent tariffs on imported solar cells and panels that jeopardize tens of thousands of American solar jobs.
 
Under the Protecting American Solar Jobs Act, duties and tariffs would default back to previous rates and allow companies that imported any affected solar products under this new tariff to receive retroactive reimbursement.
 
“President Trump’s decision to impose a new import tax on

Governor Announces Grand Opening Of Corrugated Synergies International's New Facility

on June 12, 2018 - 8:12am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA TERESA Gov. Susana Martinez joined local officials and Corrugated Synergies International (CSI) executives to celebrate the grand opening of CSI's new Santa Teresa facility.
 
CSI is headquartered in Renton, Washington and is an innovative leader in sheet feeding to the corrugated cardboard industry. In addition to creating 120 new jobs, CSI will invest more than $31 million towards infrastructure, production equipment, and the renovation of their new facility. This was a competitive project - New Mexico beat out Nevada for the expansion.

Morrie Pongratz Appointed To Fill Council Vacancy

on June 11, 2018 - 8:34pm

Morrie Pongratz, left, was appointed this evening to serve a vacancy on Council after addressing members of the Los Alamos County Council and answering their questions. He was among six applicants interested in filling the vacancy left when James Chrobocinski resigned in May. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Applicants to fill the vacancy on County Council include Aaron Walker, Brady Burke, David M. North, Laura A. Crotzer, K. Michael Cleveland and Morris B. Pongratz. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Municipal Judge Alan Kirk swears in newly appointed County Councilor Morrie

Udall Advances Key Funding For New Mexico Military Base Projects And Veterans

on June 11, 2018 - 11:50am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the committee has advanced legislation providing strong funding for military construction projects in New Mexico and for veterans’ care across the state.
 
In total, Udall secured more than $125 million in funding for projects at New Mexico’s military bases and facilities.
 
“New Mexico’s military bases play a vital role in keeping our nation safe and driving our state’s economy.

Secretary Zinke Announces $720,660 For New Mexico To Support Parks And Outdoor Recreation

on June 11, 2018 - 11:48am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that $720,660 in revenues available through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) will be distributed to New Mexico for Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants that support outdoor recreation and conservation projects.
 
These funds, which are made up of non-taxpayer dollars from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues, are part of $61.6 million being awarded to the 50 states, the Territories, and the District of Columbia.

Pearce On House Passage Of Rescission Package

on June 11, 2018 - 11:12am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce voted Thursday in favor of H.R. 3, the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act.
 
This bill rescinds nearly $15 billion in unspent, unauthorized funding that Congress had previously approved. President Trump first announced his intent to send Congress a rescission package in May. The act of requesting rescissions of unspent and unauthorized programs was granted to the President through the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974.
 
“Just like every New Mexican

Special Session To Fill Council Vacancy 6 p.m. Today

on June 11, 2018 - 10:20am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council is holding a special session at 6 p.m. today in Council Chambers to discuss and possibly appoint one of six applicants to fill a vacancy on Council.

Residents who submitted a “letter of interest” by the May 31 deadline to fill the vacancy after the resignation of Councilor James Chrobocinski earlier in May include Morris B. Pongratz, Brady Burke, David M. North, Laura A. Crotzer, Aaron Walker and K. Michael Cleveland.

Applicants were asked to submit a “letter of interest” stating that they were a qualified voter and resided in the County, along

Local Democratic Party Meets 6:30 p.m. Today

on June 11, 2018 - 9:56am

DEMOCRATIC PARTY News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in Building 5 at UNM-LA (click here for map).

The meeting will include a recap of the Primary Election Results and a discussion about how to support Democratic Candidates in the General Election.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, June 11 - Meeting at UNM-LA 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, July 9 - Meeting at UNM-LA 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 28 - DPLAC Headquarters move-in
  • Early August - Official opening of DPLAC Headquarters
  • Saturday, Aug. 11 - Los Alamos Fair & Rodeo Parade
  • Tuesday, Oct.

Democrats Nominate Judge Michael Vigil For New Mexico Supreme Court Vacancy

on June 11, 2018 - 4:26am

Judge Michael Vigil

DPNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Members of the Democratic Party of New Mexico State Central Committee voted unanimously Saturday to place Judge Michael Vigil as the Democratic nominee on the ballot for the November 2018 general election.

 This vacancy had been created by the resignation of a justice of the Supreme Court after the primary filing deadline.

“I am very pleased that an outstanding jurist of Judge Vigil’s excellent ability and reputation has been selected to head our splendid team of Democratic judicial candidates,” DPNM Chair Marg Elliston said.

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