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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
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
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.


“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
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
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
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

Call In Option During ‘Governor’s Cabinet In Your Community’ Constituent Services Outreach Event Today

on August 10, 2019 - 8:56am


SANTA FE – The Lujan Grisham administration is hosting the first  Governor’s Cabinet in Your Community event today, Aug. 10, in Albuquerque.
High-level representatives from departments and agencies across state government, including the Governor’s Office, will be on hand to field walk-in constituents. Constituents from farther afield are encouraged to call in.
State agencies will field all manner of constituent needs, including child care assistance, food assistance program enrollment, employment assistance, immunizations, well-water tests, local business consultation, driver

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce $1.5 Million For NMSU Sun And Space Weather Research

on August 10, 2019 - 8:34am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small announced that New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) Department of Astronomy was awarded a $1.5 million grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to hire a space scientist to work on physics of sun and space weather.
This funding was awarded through a program called “Faculty Development in the Space Sciences” from the NSF Directorate for Geosciences, Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences.
In the majority of American universities, research and education

Governor’s Key Advisor Gabello Issues Statement On Call For Special Session Following El Paso Violence

on August 10, 2019 - 8:06am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s senior advisor for policy and strategy issued the following statement Thursday regarding recent speculation about a special session:
“There is great apprehension and fear across New Mexico and farther afield in the wake of last weekend’s horrific, hate-fueled mass violence in El Paso,” Dominic Gabello said. “This state and country are facing real threats from within; proactive measures must be taken.

AG & DA Task Force Secure Indictment Of Former Miss New Mexico Executive Director For Fraud, Tax Evasion, Embezzlement & Racketeering

on August 9, 2019 - 9:00am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas and District Attorney Andrea Reeb today announced that a Roosevelt County Grand Jury indicted former Miss New Mexico Executive Director Greg Smith on charges that he stole money from the organization, funds which were designated for participant scholarships.
The Grand Jury indicted Smith on 18 felony charges of embezzlement, fraud, racketeering, tax evasion, and issuing worthless checks.
“New Mexican women who seek leadership opportunities should not see those opportunities taken by

State Standing Up Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Taskforce

on August 8, 2019 - 10:56am
Destinee Alexis Atencio
Valley Daily Post
Los Alamos Daily Post

The FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tesuque Pueblo Tribal Police continue to investigate circumstances surrounding the death of Destinee Alexis Atencio whose body was found June 22 near the Camel Rock formation in Tesuque.

Atencio, 21, was last seen by a relative sometime in May in Santa Fe. Authorities believe she may have been dead for at least a couple of weeks before her body was found. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

She is described as a Native American female,

New Mexico State Police Participate In Governor’s Cabinet In Your Community Aug. 10

on August 8, 2019 - 10:48am
NMSP News:
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico State Police will participate in Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first Governor’s Cabinet in Your Community event Saturday, Aug. 10, in Albuquerque.
New Mexico State Police Chief Staff will be on hand to field walk-in constituents. Constituents unable to attend who have concerns are encouraged to call in.
New Mexico State Police Chief Tim Johnson is and will continue to provide a professional, high-quality service to the constituents in New Mexico. Chief Johnson holds his officers to the highest standards.

Udall, Warren, Harris, Blumenthal Release New Details Of Expanded DHS Watchdog Probe Of CBP Surveillance Of Journalists, Activists And Lawyers

on August 8, 2019 - 9:06am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

In May, senators demanded answers from DHS about CBP compiling lists and monitoring journalists, lawyers and other individuals providing assistance to migrants at the border

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) released a letter from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (OIG) detailing its investigation into the alleged compiling of lists and targeted government surveillance of journalists,

Fuselier: Religion, Scapegoating, And Racism

on August 8, 2019 - 8:30am

Los Alamos

An essay about religion and racism by an old, white man raised in the Christian faith and in the deep South before and during desegregation would seem to hold a good chance of coming across as an extreme example of white mansplaining. I hope it doesn’t.

Scapegoating is a word we seldom use in our daily lives but is something we all fear and have feared from an early age. It requires a victim (a person or persons innocent of the crimes laid upon them) and a victimizer (a person or persons looking to place their sufferings on another).

It is commonplace today to see

Silent Falcon UAS Technologies Conducts Analysis On Missing Man Aerials In Organ Mountains

on August 8, 2019 - 8:24am
Silent Falcon UAS Technologies was established to bring state-of-the-art technologies to small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). Courtesy/ Silent Falcon UAS Technologies
ALBUQUERQUE The manufacturer of two New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) fixed-wing drones, Silent Falcon UAS Technologies, will critically analyze aerial video and electro-optical images for any trace of Steven Carey, the California man missing in the Organ Mountains, east of Las Cruces.
DHSEM’s drones are still in production and were not in the weekend search.

Democratic Party Meets At UNM-LA Monday

on August 7, 2019 - 12:53pm

DPLA News:

The Los Alamos Democratic Party monthly meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12 at UNM-Los Alamos in Room 631 in Building 6.

The guest speaker is Los Alamos School Board President Ellen Ben-Naim.

The meeting is open to the public.

Governor Announces Intent To Pursue PRC Reform

on August 6, 2019 - 6:59pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

ALBUQUERQUE – Speaking at an energy summit hosted by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich in Albuquerque, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today announced she will include measures to reform the Public Regulation Commission on the agenda for next year’s legislative session scheduled to begin in January.

In the months leading up to the legislative session, the governor will work with legislators, members of the business and conservation communities and other stakeholders on this legislation.

“It’s clear that reform is urgently needed to help

Heinrich, Keller Conclude Electrifying 2019 Energy Summit: Building New Mexico’s Clean Energy Future

on August 6, 2019 - 6:28pm


ALBUQUERQUE – With nearly 200 local officials and participants from across New Mexico, U.S. Sen. Heinrich (D-N.M.) and City of Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, along with the State of New Mexico, Bernalillo County, Rocky Mountain Institute, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory concluded the 2019 Energy Summit: Building New Mexico’s Clean Energy Future.

This year’s Energy Summit brought local, state, tribal, and federal officials together with non-profit organizations to spark discussions on policy recommendations, and

Letter To The Editor: Response To Sierra Club Letter About Violence And Carnage Last Weekend

on August 6, 2019 - 5:58pm
Los Alamos
In response to the Sierra Club's letter (link) about the violence and carnage this last weekend ... I agree, it is truly tragic to have that many innocent people murdered.
But the liberal side of this world has completely forgotten that there are 2,700 human beings murdered every day through the misguided idea that abortion is nothing more than a choice. That comes to 1.2 million human beings chosen to be murdered every year because a liberal society thinks that killing babies is nothing more than a choice.
When you look at the whole situation, the

Sierra Club Statement On Gun Violence And White Supremacist Attack In Dayton And El Paso

on August 6, 2019 - 4:36pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. This weekend, at least 29 people were killed and dozens more were wounded in mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.
While details are still emerging, the shooting in El Paso was reportedly fueled by anti-immigrant hatred and the toll of wounded may be higher there because some victims may be avoiding hospitals or family reunification centers due to concern over being persecuted because of their immigration status. These shootings are reportedly the 249th and 250th mass shootings in the United States this year.
In response, Sierra