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Udall, Senate Democrats Introduce VAWA Reauthorization Bill With Strong Tribal Provisions For Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Epidemic

on November 13, 2019 - 1:51pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall today joined U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Senate Democrats in introducing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:  

  • Violence Against Women Act reauthorization is needed to protect women in New Mexico and across the U.S.
  • Udall-championed Tribal provisions will enhance public safety for Native women and families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today joined U.S. Sen.

Udall, Heinrich Praise Senate Vote Designating November As National Native American Heritage Month

on November 13, 2019 - 10:14am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) praised the Senate’s vote to recognize November as National Native American Heritage Month.
 
“I’m proud that the Senate passed our bipartisan resolution recognizing November as Native American Heritage Month. This resolution honors the countless ways Native American have shaped New Mexico and our national identity. It also challenges us to examine how we can better stand with Tribes to meet our trust and treaty obligations,” Udall

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, Members Of Congress Introduce Legislation To Support Student Veterans

on November 13, 2019 - 7:35am
U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and Members of Congress, introduced bipartisan legislation to support student veterans and address wage disparities.
 
The Wage Adjustment for Veterans Enrolled in School Act would require that Veterans Affairs work-study wage match the local minimum wage if higher than the state minimum wage - ensuring that student veterans are paid fairly for their work.
 
Full time or 3/4-time students who served in the military and are

Governor Issues Special Thank You To Veterans

on November 11, 2019 - 3:31pm

From the New Mexicans for Michelle Campaign:

Veteran’s Day is our nation’s day of remembrance to honor America’s military service members and veterans, living and dead, active and retired, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of our country.

We can never thank our veterans enough for their service. Today’s holiday in their honor is just a small token of the gratitude we should all feel. 

To our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen on active duty, thank you for the risks you take and the sacrifices you make every day.

To all the veterans out there, we honor you!

Letter To The Editor: Julia Baker Expresses Gratitude

on November 11, 2019 - 11:31am
By JULIA BAKER
Newly Elected LAPS School Board Member

I have learned so much during this school board campaign.

I am grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to meet so many people in our community and discuss their concerns and support for our schools.

I am grateful to live in a town of people who care about our schools, students and staff.

Thank you to the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees for their endorsement. It was an honor to meet with them and with many teachers and school staff throughout the district.

Senator Heinrich Issues Statement On Veterans Day

on November 11, 2019 - 8:25am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day.

“I am so proud to recognize the thousands of New Mexicans who have demonstrated great courage in service to our nation. Our state has a rich tradition of answering the call of duty, from the Navajo Code Talkers, Bataan Death March survivors, and Korean and Vietnam War GI’s to more recent veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Announces Funding For Arrowhead Center For Tribal Businesses, Through NMSU And Navajo Technical University

on November 11, 2019 - 7:44am

Congressional Delegation News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has awarded an American Indian Business Enterprise grant to the Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in conjunction with Navajo Technical University.
 
The $260,000 grant will fund the Arrowhead Center’s support for young Native student entrepreneurs statewide by

Preventing Animal Cruelty And Torture Act Headed To President’s Desk

on November 11, 2019 - 7:08am
AWF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Senate has passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act by unanimous consent.
 
The bill, led by U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would establish the first federal anti-cruelty law.
 
The House of Representatives also recently passed the same bill, led by Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL), and now the measure goes to President Trump for his signature.
 
“The U.S.

Heinrich Calls For Forward-Looking Legislation To Advance America’s Energy Industry And Workforce

on November 10, 2019 - 8:12am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member on the Senate Energy Subcommittee, delivered opening remarks Thursday on legislative efforts to modernize America’s electric grid, boost innovations through technology transfer programs with national laboratories, and create energy workforce development opportunities across the country.
 
Assistant Secretary of Energy Daniel Simons testified on eleven separate bills.
 

New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón Recognized As 2019 Diverse Business Leader

on November 10, 2019 - 7:10am
State Auditor Brian S. Colón
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE State Auditor Brian S. Colón was recognized Thursday as a 2019 Diverse Business Leader by Albuquerque Business First for his demonstrated commitment to go above and beyond to bolster equity and promote authentic diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
 
“I am a proud advocate and ally for underrepresented populations and communities without a voice or seat at the table,” Colón said. “I am grateful and humbled to be included in this group of stellar honorees for this year’s awards.

LAFRW Meets On Oppenheimer Drive Noon Thursday

on November 9, 2019 - 5:58am

GOP News:

The local chapter of Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have its next meeting at noon Thursday, Nov. 14 in the lower level Patio Room at 1001 Oppenheimer Dr.

The meeting is open to all registered Republican women and men.

Shona Neff and Terra Fullbright will be reporting on their recent attendance at the 2019 NMFRW Biennial Convention.

Direct questions to Shona Neff at 505.672.1456.

Thousands Of New Mexicans Call For Wildlife Protections In Santa Fe; Carson National Forest Plans

on November 8, 2019 - 6:05pm
S360 News:
 
SANTA FE A diverse coalition of New Mexico conservation organizations, sportsmen and women and public land advocates, called for stronger protection of critical wildlife habitat, clean water and wildlife migration corridors in the Upper Rio Grande Watershed.
 
The group delivered more than 23,000 public comments to the U.S. Forest Service calling for improvements to the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests’ land management plans.
 
The New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Defenders of Wildlife, New Mexico Wild, National

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall To Join Veterans Day Ceremony In Española Honoring Service Of New Mexico Veterans

on November 8, 2019 - 2:33pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will deliver remarks and participate in a ceremony Monday honoring New Mexico’s veterans and commemorating fallen service members at the Española Veterans’ Memorial Wall.

“I am grateful to join the Española community in honoring New Mexico’s veterans,” Udall said. “New Mexico is a state with a proud tradition of military service. Veterans, service members, and their families bind our communities together and inspire us with their patriotism.

Democratic Party Of Los Alamos Meets Nov. 11

on November 8, 2019 - 2:06pm
DPLA News:
 
The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in Building 6 at UNM-Los Alamos.
 
The featured speaker is New Mexico Census Coordinator Paige Best with the Department of Finance and Administration. 
 
Best will talk about the process and challenges for getting an accurate count in the 2020 Census and discuss what citizens can do to help.
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 

Record ‘Yes’ Votes For Los Alamos School Bond

on November 8, 2019 - 8:15am
Pinon Elementary School thanks community for its support. Courtesy/LAPS
 
Chamisa Elementary School thanks community for its support. Courtesy/LAPS
 
LAPS News:
 
The Nov. 5, 2019 election in Los Alamos resulted in a record 82 percent of “yes” votes for the Los Alamos Public Schools general obligation bond.
 
The bond passed 3,609 to 780. During the last bond election in 2017, 79 percent voted in favor of the bond.
 
The general obligation bond will generate $20 million and primarily benefit Chamisa Elementary and Piñon Elementary schools.
 
Next steps include community input sessions and staff

Senators Heinrich, Wyden Call For Open Intelligence Committee Hearing On Section 215 Of Patriot Act

on November 8, 2019 - 7:52am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 6, 2019) U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have called for open hearings in the Senate Intelligence Committee on Section 215 of the Patriot Act before any markup is held.
 
Wyden and Heinrich are senior members of the Senate Intelligence committee. They have consistently worked for common-sense reforms to surveillance programs to ensure Americans have both security and liberty.
 
“We appreciate that the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act authorities expiring

Gov. Lujan Grisham Names Elizabeth Groginsky First Early Childhood Secretary In New Mexico

on November 8, 2019 - 6:59am
Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky 
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday that Elizabeth Groginsky will be the first secretary of the new Early Childhood Education and Care Department.
 
Groginsky comes to New Mexico from Washington, D.C., where she has been assistant superintendent of early learning for the District of Columbia since 2014. In that role, she administered a $160 million annual budget that funded programs to ensure equal access to quality services for the District’s most vulnerable children and their families.
 
The District of Columbia

Letter To The Editor: Bernstein Thanks Supporters

on November 6, 2019 - 7:24pm
By CHRISTINE BERNSTEIN
School Board Member-Elect

Thank you.

I am so grateful to have had this experience running for School Board for the Aspen District and I owe so much to so many people that have helped to make this happen.

I first want to thank my opponent, Morrie Pongratz, who made this a fun and challenging race. He was a formidable opponent and I am glad to have had this opportunity to grow and learn.

I want to thank the community. I am so grateful for your support and votes, for welcoming me into your homes and having conversations on your doorsteps.

On The Job In Los Alamos: County Clerk And Staff

on November 6, 2019 - 4:24pm

On the job in Los Alamos working the election Tuesday night, front row, Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Naomi Maestas, left, and Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz, and back row, Deputy Clerk Victoria Martinez and Elections Manager Gloria Maestas. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com

LAPS Thanks Voters For Passing School Bond

on November 6, 2019 - 3:10pm

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus thanks community ‘for investing in the future of our students and our schools’. Courtesy/LAPS

From Los Alamos Public Schools:

Los Alamos voters: thank you for voting to pass the $20 million general obligation bond (GOB) for Los Alamos Public Schools! 

Money raised by the GOB will primarily be used to refurbish and improve Chamisa and Piñon elementary schools.

“Improving our facilities is an important part of providing students with a quality education,” LAPS School Board President Ellen Ben-Naim said.

Over the past 10 years, Los Alamos Public Schools has,

Sen. Heinrich Issues Statement On Administration’s Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement

on November 6, 2019 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s official notification that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.
 
“This decision is a dramatic step back in a global effort to address the climate crisis.

GOP Meeting Features Dist. 3 Congressional Candidate Anastacia Golden Morpher At UNM-LA Thursday

on November 6, 2019 - 7:15am
GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos meets Thursday, Nov. 7 in Room 505, Building 5 at UNM-LA.

At 6 p.m., the public is invited to hear from guest speaker Anastacia Golden Morpher, Republican candidate for New Mexico Congressional District 3. A light supper will be provided.

At 6:40 p.m., all registered Republicans are invited to the RPLA Central Committee's business meeting.

For more information, contact leadership@losalamosgop.com.

2019 Unofficial Election Results For Los Alamos School Board, School Bond And UNM-LA Advisory Board

on November 5, 2019 - 8:54pm

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus this evening at the Municipal Building thanks Los Alamos for supporting better schools and brighter futures by passing the School Bond in today's election and by a large margin. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Clerk has issued the 2019 Los Alamos County Unofficial Election results for School Board in Districts 3, 4, and 5, UNM-LA Advisory Board Positions 3 and 4 and the School Bond.

Los Alamos School Board Election Results

  • Dist. 3 Christine Bernstein (Aspen) 576 Winner
  • Dist.

Small Group Gathers To Await Election Returns

on November 5, 2019 - 8:33pm

A small group is gathered this evening in Council Chambers awaiting election results in the 2019 school board, school bond and UNM-LA Advisory Board elections. From left, Maslyn Locke, Meagan Green, Carrie Walker, Democratic Party Chair Cat Ozment and PED Commissioner Karyl Ann Armbruster. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Clerk Reports 31 Percent Of Eligible Voters Cast Ballots

on November 5, 2019 - 8:07pm

Preliminary numbers in the 2019 election are trickling in this evening on this screen in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Preliminary numbers in the 2019 election are trickling in this evening at election central inside the Los Alamos County Municipal Building.

The County Clerk's Office reports that 4,432 people cast ballots in this election out of the 14,496 eligible to vote or 31 percent.

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