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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Cosponsors Amendment To NDAA To Protect Elections From Foreign Interference

on June 24, 2019 - 6:26pm
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 Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee, cosponsored an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to help protect our elections from foreign interference by requiring candidates, campaign officials and their family members to notify law enforcement if offered illegal assistance by a foreign national.
 
The NDAA is being debated on the Senate floor.
 
“Protecting our elections from foreign

Governor Announces Ethics Commission Chair

on June 24, 2019 - 4:45pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced her sole nominee to the state Ethics Commission, who will serve as the commission’s chair, per state statute.
 
The Hon. William F. Lang is a well-respected jurist who worked in New Mexico law for nearly 40 years and continues to serve the community. He served three years as a Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge, including a stint as Chief Judge, before serving as a District Court Judge for fifteen years, including five years as Chief Judge.
 
Before his time in the

Udall, Heinrich Propose Amendments To Protect And Strengthen Nuclear Safety Board Oversight Mission In Major Defense Bill

on June 24, 2019 - 10:01am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have proposed three amendments to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a major defense policy bill, to protect and strengthen the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board’s (DNFSB) critical safety oversight mission at New Mexico’s Department of Energy (DOE) facilities.
 
The amendments filed by the senators to the NDAA would help ensure that the DNFSB continues to provide strong oversight to protect public health and safety, including the workers at New Mexico’s national security

Aging & Long-Term Services Secretary Appoints New State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

on June 24, 2019 - 9:21am
NMALTS News:
 
SANTA FE Aging & Long-Term Services Secretary Alice Liu McCoy has announced the appointment of Linnea Forsythe as New Mexico’s state long-term care ombudsman.
 
“A strong ombudsman program is critical to protecting the health, safety and rights of New Mexico’s most vulnerable population—residents of nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and other long-term care facilities,” said McCoy, announcing Forsythe’s appointment during Older Americans Month.
 
“This department is establishing a high bar for the quality of care provided by nursing homes and all long-term care

Luján Announces $400 Million For Women’s Health

on June 24, 2019 - 8:25am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) has announced that the House will consider his effort to invest $400 million in the Title X family planning programs that support the health needs of women and families.
 
More than 190 House Democrats signed onto Luján’s push for the Title X funds, which have been systematically cut by congressional Republicans and the Trump administration. In New Mexico, there are 67 health care clinics that receive Title X funding.
 
Title X offers health care and support to women

Attorney General Hector Balderas Urges Congress To Take Action To Protect Integrity Of America’s Elections

on June 24, 2019 - 7:45am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — In expressing his “significant concern regarding the persistent threats to our election systems,” Attorney General Hector Balderas joined 21 attorneys general around the country to urge Congress to take action to protect the integrity of America’s elections.
 
In a letter addressed to key U.S.

Udall Statement On Reports That Iran Will Exceed Uranium Enrichment Limits From 2015 Nuclear Deal

on June 24, 2019 - 7:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Iran announced it would exceed uranium enrichment levels previously agreed to under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
 
The news comes just over one year after the Trump administration withdrew the United States from the JCPOA and started its “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, including the restarting of crippling economic sanctions that had been reversed in exchange for nuclear program

NWF: Migration Connectivity Legislation Would Help Wildlife Thrive In Modern Landscapes

on June 24, 2019 - 6:54am
NWF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia recently lays out an innovative strategy to address the ongoing fragmentation of wildlife habitat from man-made barriers.
 
The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act would create a national program for maintaining wildlife migrations, movements, and wildlife corridors to ensure that wildlife will face fewer struggles to reach food, water, shelter and breeding sites.
 
“Americans overwhelmingly want to see wildlife thrive on our cherished public lands, but more than one third of

State Pays Down $100 Million In Film Credit Backlog

on June 23, 2019 - 8:16am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE By the end of last week, the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department had paid out nearly $100 million in backlogged film credits for about 100 film and television shows produced in the state over the past several years that were allowed to build up by the prior state administration.
 
Another $95 million is available to be paid out over the coming fiscal year to productions that have completed filming as part of the new administration’s efforts to clear the backlog and ensure sound footing for the film and television industry in the state into the future.
 

Udall, Van Hollen Reintroduce EMPOWER Act To Modernize Presidential Campaign Financing System

on June 23, 2019 - 5:57am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) reintroduced legislation Thursday to reduce the influence of money in presidential elections by empowering candidates who decline support from wealthy special interests.
 
With mega-donors exerting increasing influence on elections and increasing public disgust for out-of-control special interest electioneering, S.1917, the Empowering Mass Participation to Offset the Wealthy's Electoral Role (EMPOWER) Act would modernize the presidential public financing system to help publicly funded

DOI: $40.2 Million To New Mexico For Vital Services Including $92,880 For Los Alamos County

on June 22, 2019 - 12:18pm
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that 32 local governments in New Mexico including Los Alamos County are receiving a total of $40.2 million under the 2019 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, demonstrating the Trump Administration’s commitment to local communities.
 
“Payments in lieu of taxes are made to local governments to help offset their inability to tax federal property,” Secretary Bernhardt said. “These payments are one example of the United States striving to be a good neighbor to local communities.

Julia Baker Announces Run For School Board

on June 22, 2019 - 9:13am

Julia Baker intends to run for school board. Photo by Stephanie Jagielski Photography

COMMUNITY News:

Julia Baker has announced her intention to run for Los Alamos School Board in the 4th District, which includes the North Mesa and Barranca neighborhoods.

Baker and her family have lived in Los Alamos for 13 years. Having benefited from the hard work and volunteerism of others in the community, she said she feels that now is a good time to give back and that her skills can best be used on the school board.

Baker has a degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University and taught

Udall Leads Hearing On Five Bills, Questions Administration’s Commitment To Improving Public Safety In Native Communities

on June 22, 2019 - 8:59am
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, joined committee chairman John Hoeven to convene a legislative hearing Wednesday on five public safety bills, including two Udall-led bills – S. 290, the Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act (NYTOPA), and S. 1853, the Bridging Agency Data Gaps and Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act.
 
“Today, we have an opportunity to take action and make good on our promises to improve public safety in Indian Country.

Christine Bernstein Running For LAPS School Board

on June 21, 2019 - 8:25am
By CHRISTINE BERNSTEIN
Candidate For Los Alamos School Board
 
My name is Christine Bernstein and I am running for LAPS School Board.
 
When people ask me why I am running for School Board, I provide reasons that inspire long conversations I enjoy having and will continue to have with members of this community. I am running for LAPS school board because I want to be a voice for teachers, students and parents. I want to be a voice for all.
 
In my 23 years as a teacher, I have wondered why others are making decisions about my job who do not know nor do the work of a teacher.

House Natural Resources Committee Votes For Full Dedicated Funding Of Land & Water Conservation Fund

on June 21, 2019 - 8:24am
LWCF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday voted to advance legislation to provide full, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
 
The bill (H.R.3195), the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, is a House companion to S. 1081 and was introduced by Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.), Committee Chair Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).
 
Passage of the John D. Dingell, Jr.

Letter To The Editor: Misuse Of Kids Count Report

on June 21, 2019 - 7:31am
By PAUL J. GESSING
President
Rio Grande Foundation
 
The Rio Grande Foundation supports free market policies. New Mexico Voices for Children is on the left of the political spectrum and usually support more government.
 
There are vast areas of disagreement but I believe that in the end New Mexicans across the political spectrum ALL want New Mexico’s children to do better.
 
That’s why it is so disappointing that Voices for Children is seemingly using the annual “Kids Count” report it publishes with the support of the Annie E.

Chandler Tacos At The Tub Rescheduled To July 10

on June 21, 2019 - 6:23am

Commissioner Garcia Richard: Holtec International Misrepresentations Raise Serious Safety Concerns For Proposed Nuclear Storage Facility In New Mexico

on June 21, 2019 - 6:21am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard sent the attached letter Wednesday to Holtec International President and CEO Krishna Singh.
 
The letter outlines a number of concerns regarding Holtec’s proposal for a nuclear storage facility in Lea County - specifically safety concerns that have not been addressed and misrepresentations made by the company in its filings with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The surface and mineral estate are split in ownership at the proposed location, with the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance, LLC owning the surface land

GSD To Post Settlements Of Claims On Web

on June 20, 2019 - 9:49pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico General Services Cabinet Secretary Ken Ortiz announced today that the department will begin the first-ever web posting of settlements of claims against state agencies.
 
“The money used to pay claims is taxpayer money, and taxpayers have a right to know how that money is being spent without going through a formal records request,” Ortiz said.
 
The secretary said the web postings also will streamline the process of releasing settlements, saving taxpayer money.
 
GSD’s Risk Management Division provides legal representation and insures state agencies

Udall, Heinrich Call For Senate Hearing On Hardrock Mining And Reclamation Act

on June 20, 2019 - 9:06am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich wrote to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee leadership Wednesday requesting a hearing on the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act to provide a forum for states, environmental groups, and industry to discuss mining reform.
 
The bill requires companies to pay royalties for the first time for the ability to extract mineral resources like gold, silver, and copper from public lands, helps ensure that taxpayers aren’t on the hook for cleaning up abandoned mines, and seeks to prevent another toxic spill

Lujan Grisham Announces Final Cabinet Selection

on June 20, 2019 - 9:00am
NMCD Cabinet Secretary Alisha Tafoya Lucero
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday announced the final member of her Cabinet in a news conference at the Capitol.
 
Alisha Tafoya Lucero is the cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Corrections Department.
 
“Secretary Tafoya Lucero has the experience, skills, vision and leadership this agency needs,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “I’m thrilled to have a New Mexican and a career public servant who has diligently worked her way up the ladder take this top leadership position.

Luján Announces Major Investments For Families

on June 20, 2019 - 7:39am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced Wednesday that major victories for New Mexican families were included in the Labor, Health and Human Services fiscal year 2020 appropriations package that passed the House.    
 
“After years of Republicans working to chip away at our health care and economic security, House Democrats put forward bold ideas to uplift middle-class families and put America back on track.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Files Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act As Amendment To Defense Bill

on June 19, 2019 - 7:54am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, co-founder of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, filed the Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act (AI-IA) as an amendment to the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.
 
Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) are cosponsors of the amendment.
 
The amendment is the text of S.

‘Liberty On The Rocks’ Meets 6 P.M. Thursday

on June 17, 2019 - 11:56am

LOTR News:

“Liberty on the Rocks” meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at Cottonwood on the Greens, 4244 Diamond Dr.

The community is invited to join the fun, have a drink, (a dinner entree can be purchased) and discuss the ideas of liberty and freedom, not for electoral politics.

 
About Liberty on the Rocks

Liberty on the Rocks is a non-profit libertarian organization designed to educate, connect, and activate liberty enthusiasts around the world.

Udall Applauds Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Resolution Condemning All Forms Of Anti-Semitism

on June 17, 2019 - 10:01am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M) released the following statement Thursday on Senate passage of a Udall-cosponsored, bipartisan resolution condemning all forms of anti-Semitism.
 
The resolution recognizes and condemns the long history of anti-Semitism, and the fact that Jews are the targets of the majority of hate crimes committed against any religious group in the United States.
 
The resolution also commits the U.S. Senate to take action to combat all forms of anti-Semitism in our nation.
 
“In recent years, we’ve borne

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