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Final Farm Bill Includes Luján’s Priorities For Land Grants And Acequias

on December 14, 2018 - 8:52am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has announced that the Conference Report for H.R. 2, the final Farm Bill that will be voted on in the House, includes several of his priorities.
“I am pleased that, in addition to rejecting the House GOP’s cuts to SNAP, this final Farm Bill includes several provisions that will help New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers maintain their quality of life.
“Specifically, the final Farm Bill includes language I authored that will enable acequias to access essential federal funds.

Farm Bill Agreement Includes Boost For Access And Habitat Programs

on December 14, 2018 - 7:22am
TRCP News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on provisions to be included in the 2018 Farm Bill, setting lawmakers up to pass legislation that makes significant investments in land and water conservation and boosts support for hunting and fishing access.
This is welcome news to farmers, ranchers, landowners, and sportsmen and women, who depend on farm bill programs to restore and improve wildlife habitat, enhance water quality, and make private acres available for hunting and fishing.  
“We’re relieved to see a Farm Bill move forward before

Heinrich Urges Reauthorization And Expansion Of Violence Against Women Act

on December 14, 2018 - 6:36am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a press teleconference Thursday with the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native American Women, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) called for the reauthorization and expansion of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Nationwide, the number of domestic violence incidents has been cut in half since the enactment of VAWA, and in New Mexico that number has dropped by 35 percent since 2005. One in three women still face domestic violence in New Mexico.
Full audio of the teleconference is available to download

Health Security For New Mexicans Campaign Director Pitches Its Plan To Los Alamos Business People

on December 13, 2018 - 9:59am
Dr. Mary Ray Cate, left, and Mary Feldblum, executive director of the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign explain the benefits of the Health Security Plan at the Chamber Business Breakfast Tuesday at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Established in 1992, the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign is nothing new, but political changes have brought it more support for its proposal, the Health Security Plan.

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $35 Million To Improve Rural Water Infrastructure In New Mexico

on December 13, 2018 - 9:54am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced $35.4 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development to build and improve rural water and wastewater systems in New Mexico.
The awards were funded through the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program, and will help ensure clean water for Tribal lands, colonias, and rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents in New Mexico.

Lujan Grisham Releases Inaugural Schedule Of Events

on December 13, 2018 - 9:48am

Governor-Elect Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photo

From the Office of Governor-Elect Michelle Lujan Grisham:

ALBUQUERQUE – Governor-Elect Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today the full schedule of events to commemorate her Tuesday, Jan. 1, inauguration as Governor of New Mexico.

The inaugural theme, “Imagine a Thriving New Mexico,” highlights Lujan Grisham’s top priority as governor to jumpstart the economy for working families and build a stronger education system for New Mexico’s children.

“New Mexico has far greater opportunity than it has challenges.

Head2Head: The Reagan-Bush Years

on December 13, 2018 - 8:31am

Los Alamos Daily Post

Okay, I fibbed about finishing up with history this time. I’m writing extra columns this month to get past that log-jam. A lot happened in the 1980s, once I started thinking about it.

The Nixon’s fall in the wake of Watergate led to disillusionment with politics and Washington on all sides.

A mild-mannered former Democratic governor of Georgia seemed like the antidote.

Luján, Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Fight For NM Farmers And Ranchers Impacted By Natural Disasters

on December 13, 2018 - 7:49am

From the Office of  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:
  • In letter to USDA, Lawmakers Urge Farm Service Agency To Support Rio Arriba County Farmers and Ranchers By Reconsidering Calculation For Financial Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) sent a letter Tuesday to the New Mexico State Farm Service Agency’s office about the proposed 2018 County Expected Yield/T-Yield for Rio Arriba County.

The lawmakers expressed concern that the process to determine the T-Yield value is

Who Will Lead New Mexico’s Public Education Dept.?

on December 12, 2018 - 8:34am
Possible choices to head the New Mexico Publication Department under governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham, clockwise from top left, Cynthia Nava, Gabriella Blakey, Veronica Garcia, Stan Rounds and Ellen Bernstein. Courtesy/SNM
Searchlight New Mexico
In the coming days, governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham will take the first major step to fulfill her sweeping campaign promises on education – appointing a secretary to lead New Mexico’s troubled Public Education Department.

Lujan Grisham Delivers Final Address On House Floor

on December 12, 2018 - 8:28am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) delivered a farewell address on the House Floor.  
After serving three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Lujan Grisham will leave her role as the Representative for New Mexico’s First Congressional District at the end of December to become the new Governor of New Mexico.
Find the Floor video here and remarks as prepared for delivery below.
Mr. Speaker, I rise for what will likely be the last time I address the House.
First, thank you to the people of New

WIPP Town Hall Meeting Planned Thursday

on December 12, 2018 - 8:01am
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy/WIPP
WIPP News:
CARLSBAD The City of Carlsbad and the Department of Energy co-host Town Hall meetings to provide updates on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
The next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the City Hall Annex Council Chambers, 114 S. Halagueno St. in Carlsbad.
The Town Hall also will be broadcast over WIPP's Facebook page at for those unable to attend. A Facebook account is not needed to view the event.
A Facebook account is needed to submit a question

Udall, Heinrich Secure Major Wins For New Mexico Farmers, Ranchers, Dairies, Tribes In Farm Bill

on December 12, 2018 - 6:55am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined their colleagues in the Senate to pass the final 2018 Farm Bill – major legislation that will send needed assistance to New Mexico farmers and ranchers, and support every county in the state by protecting the farm safety net and basic social services, while also making strategic investments in broadband access, clean drinking water, rural development, telemedicine and more.
The Farm Bill, which serves as the federal government’s primary tool to provide agricultural funding and set food

Libertarian Party Celebrates 47 Years

on December 11, 2018 - 9:37am


The Libertarian Party was conceived 47 years ago in the living room of David Nolan, and officially founded in Colorado Springs Dec. 11, 1971.

The issues that inspired the creation of the Libertarian Party in 1971 are still pressing in 2018, and have become even more serious.

The Vietnam War, the longest war in U.S. history at the time, entered its 16th year in 1971 when the United States invaded Laos in a vain attempt to shut down the Ho Chi Minh trail. That effort failed, and the war would continue until 1973 when U.S. forces withdrew in a de facto defeat.

Lujan Grisham Establishes First Ever Economic Development Broadband Grant Program In Farm Bill

on December 11, 2018 - 6:39am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As a member of the Farm Bill Conference Committee, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) issued the following statement after the Committee moved to advance the Farm Bill to the Floor for consideration.

I am proud to support this Farm Bill that advances the interests of New Mexican families, farmers, and ranchers for years to come, Rep. Lujan Grisham said. It was an honor to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to protect SNAP, support New Mexico Land Grants and

State Central Committee Elects Pearce RPNM Chair

on December 8, 2018 - 5:05pm

Newly elected RPNM Chairman Steve Pearce


ALBUQUERQUE  RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi congratulated incoming chairman Steve Pearce, who was elected today by an overwhelming margin at a State Central Committee meeting in Albuquerque. 

“I congratulate my friend Steve Pearce on his win in the chairman’s race. Our party is in capable hands under his leadership and we will be positioned to succeed thanks to his extensive experience in management and New Mexico politics,” Cangiolosi said.

Udall, Beyer Introduce Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act To Safeguard America’s Biodiversity

on December 8, 2018 - 8:45am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2018 to protect and restore fish, wildlife, and plant species, in particular, those that are at risk to habitat loss and fragmentation--a major factor in species decline and extinction.
The legislation establishes a National Wildlife Corridors Program to ensure that species are able to move between habitats by improving data use and collection and enhancing interagency and regional collaboration.  

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $1.29 Million To North Central Regional Transit District From DOT

on December 8, 2018 - 8:39am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $1.29 million grant to New Mexico to fund improvements to the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) in Española.
The award, which comes through the Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grants program, will enable North Central RTD to build a maintenance facility, standalone vehicle wash bay, and fueling station.
“The North Central Regional Transit District is

Udall, Heinrich Call On ICE, CBP To Release Documents On Death Of Transgender Woman In Custody

on December 8, 2018 - 8:11am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Ronald D. Vitiello and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan urging the immediate public release of a death review and supporting documentation on Roxana Hernández, a 33-year-old transgender woman who died at a New Mexico hospital while in ICE custody.
The senators also have requested documentation of ICE and CBP training related specifically to

BLM’s Revised Sage Grouse Plans Continue Multi-State Conservation Efforts But Create Uncertainty

on December 8, 2018 - 8:08am
BLM News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management revealed its revised plans to conserve greater sage grouse populations across nearly 70 million acres of public land in 11 Western states.
The Trump administration’s approach will replace the original Obama-era plans, which helped to give the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confidence that the species did not warrant listing as threatened or endangered in 2015.
While the state-specific plans maintain the basic framework of the originals, which were created through years of collaborative effort, the new plans do

Udall Hails Senate Passage Of Savanna’s Act

on December 7, 2018 - 4:16pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Thursday applauded the passage of Savanna’s Act in the U.S. Senate.
The bipartisan bill, which was introduced by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and co-sponsored by Udall, would establish best practices guidelines for law enforcement agencies to respond to and solve more cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

NMHU: Cristina Durán Appointed To Governor-Elect’s Transition Team

on December 7, 2018 - 10:08am
Cristina Durán
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM New Mexico Governor-Elect Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed the dean of the New Mexico Highlands University Facundo Valdez School of Social Work to her government transition team.
Cristina Durán will serve on the transition team for New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.
“My focus on this team will include training and preparation of social workers in child welfare as well as supervision and licensure among social workers within CYFD,” Durán said.

Remembering Attack On Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941

on December 7, 2018 - 9:43am

Scene from the bombing of Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. Courtesy/

This Day In History:

On this day in 1941, at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault.

The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.

With diplomatic negotiations with Japan breaking down, President

SOS Reminder: Campaign Finance Reports Due Today

on December 6, 2018 - 11:11am

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

From the Office of the Secretary of State:

SANTA FE – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver reminds all candidates, campaign committees, and political committees that they are required to submit their Fourth General Election Report by 11:59 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 6.

This is the final report of this calendar year and covers the reporting period Oct. 31, 2018 to Dec. 1, 2018.

Current candidates and registered political committees subject to the Campaign Reporting Act (CRA) are required to file their Fourth General Election Report, or a

Remembering A Stellar Moment In Los Alamos History

on December 6, 2018 - 7:48am

On the platform at the football field across from Los Alamos High School for the Dec. 7, 1962 speech were President John F. Kennedy, Sen. Clinton Anderson, LASL Director Norris Bradbury, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, Congressman Joseph Montoya and Congressman Thomas Morris. Courtesy/LANL Archives

After President John F. Kennedy addressed the crowd on the football field, a motorcade took him along Central Avenue, where the streets were lined with even more people wanting a chance to see the president. It was an opportunity that no one in Los Alamos that day would ever forget.

Following Recent Federal Climate Report, Udall Urges Immediate Action To Combat Climate Change

on December 6, 2018 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following the recent release of a federal climate report, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a group of his Senate colleagues in calling for bold action to combat climate change.
Along with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Udall and 23 other senators introduced a resolution affirming findings from the recent National Climate Assessment, along with the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) report, and urging decisive action to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.