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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.

Governor Proclaims Monsoon Awareness Week

on June 11, 2018 - 4:25am

Gov. Susana Martinez proclaims June 10-15, 2018 as ‘Monsoon Awareness Week’ in New Mexico. Courtesy/NWS

STATE News:

Gov. Susana Martinez has proclaimed June 10-15, 2018 as “Monsoon Awareness Week” in New Mexico.

The National Weather Service (NWS) and New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NMDHSEM) conduct the annual campaign to promote awareness of life-threatening weather hazards that affect New Mexico during the Summer Monsoon season.

During Monsoon Awareness Week in New Mexico, we will focus on a series of informational projects to promote awareness.

Heinrich, Wyden, Durbin, Feinstein Request Threat Assessment On President’s Cell Phone Usage

on June 11, 2018 - 2:58am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are requesting a threat assessment to determine whether sensitive government information has been exposed and whether plans, strategies, operations, or classified information have been or could be compromised by foreign adversaries due to President Trump’s cell phone usage.
 
A recent report indicates that President Trump has eschewed the advice of counterintelligence experts and opted to use unsecured commercial devices for

Lunch With A Leader: Bill Hargraves June 19

on June 10, 2018 - 3:34pm
Bill Hargraves
 
LWV News:
 
This month’s Lunch with a Leader sponsored by the League of Women Voters for the community will feature Bill Hargraves talking about the Polaris Charter School that has been proposed for Los Alamos. The talk is at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Mesa Public Library.
 
Hargraves serves on the Los Alamos School Board but worked in the role of a private citizen to look at options for children who did not fit in well with traditional teaching.

Heinrich Introduces Plan To Make College Affordable

on June 10, 2018 - 6:08am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has introduced the Degrees Not Debt Act to ensure higher education is accessible and affordable to all New Mexicans. The legislation is part of Senator Heinrich’s initiative to build a brighter economic future for students in New Mexico.
 
“There’s no doubt that a college education is still one of the surest ways to gain the skills needed to build a successful career, but we need to make sure New Mexicans have a fair shot at affording it without being crushed by debt,” Heinrich said.

DOE Releases RFP For EM Consolidated Technical Support Services

on June 9, 2018 - 6:02pm
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) Thursday issued a Final Request for Proposals (RFP) for EM Consolidated Technical Support Services for the continuation of a wide range of technical services currently being performed on task orders that were issued under IDIQ contracts.
 
An Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract, utilizing Firm-Fixed-Price and Time-and-Material task orders, is anticipated. The Final RFP is established as a competitive U.S.

U.S. Sen. Udall Advances Amendment To Ensure Southwest Chief Has Access To Federal Funding

on June 9, 2018 - 5:51pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the committee has advanced his bipartisan amendment to help ensure Amtrak’s Southwest Chief can continue to access federal funding for critical repair work.
 
The Southwest Chief runs from Chicago to Los Angeles, and stops in several New Mexico communities, including Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy, Albuquerque, and Gallup.
 
In March, members of the New Mexico delegation announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) had awarded New

Pearce On House Passed Appropriations Package

on June 9, 2018 - 7:58am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce supported the passage of H.R. 5895, which includes the Energy and Water Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch Appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019.
 
“Today, the House acted on one of its most essential functions – funding the federal government,” Pearce said. “Passage of these three bills start the indispensable role Congress has in determining how the American peoples’ tax dollars will be spent for the year to come.”
 
“H.R.

Supreme Court Denies White’s Request To Have Governor Appoint Los Alamos County Councilor

on June 9, 2018 - 7:30am
Greg White
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Supreme Court has thwarted an effort by Los Alamos resident Greg White to prevent the Los Alamos County Council from appointing a councilor to replace James Chrobocinski who resigned June 1 due to health issues.

White filed a brief Wednesday against Gov. Susana Martinez and the Los Alamos County Council. Supreme Court Justices Petra Jimenez, Charles W. Daniels and Gary L.

Highlights From Local 2018 Primary Election

on June 7, 2018 - 9:28am
Clockwise from the top, successful 2018 Primary Election candidates for Los Alamos County Council Sara Scott, David Izraelevitz, Randall Ryti and James Robinson, candidate for Land Commissioner Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and candidate and candidate for Dist. 43 Christine Chandler. Photos by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Tuesday night’s primary election was described by one candidate as a “nail biter.” Indeed, there were several close results in Los Alamos for both local and state public offices.

Heinrich: Medicaid Work Requirements For Native Americans Not A State Issue, Tribal Sovereignty Is Clearly A Federal Responsibility

on June 7, 2018 - 8:42am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reconsider its proposal to leave the decision to exempt American Indians and Alaskan Natives from work requirements for Medicaid up to the states.

“Tribal sovereignty is clearly a federal responsibility and not an issue to be delegated to the states.

Voters Overwhelmingly Choose Pro-Conservation Candidates In New Mexico’s 2018 Primary Election

on June 7, 2018 - 8:20am
CVNM News:
 
SANTA FE Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), via its political action committees CVNM Action Fund and CVNM Verde Voters Fund, continues to build a strong political voice for New Mexico’s environment by electing pro-conservation candidates who will work to protect our air, land, water and the health of our communities.
 
Eight of twelve statewide, Public Regulation Commission (PRC) and State House of Representative candidates that CVNM Action Fund endorsed for primary election were successful in their races. Rep.

Luján Signs Petition To Force Vote On Net Neutrality

on June 6, 2018 - 4:40pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) released the following statement after signing a discharge petition to force a vote in the House on a bill that he cosponsored to ensure a free and open internet:
 
“I stand with the American public in support of a free and open internet, which has revolutionized the way we do business, changed how we learn and communicate with loved ones, and expanded our ability to access information.

Candidate James Robinson Expresses Gratitude

on June 6, 2018 - 11:46am
By JAMES ROBINSON
Candidate for County Council

I wanted to begin by thanking my family, friends, and supporters. You all have been instrumental to my success and last night would not have ended the way it did without your help!

I also want to thank the citizens of Los Alamos. Last night was another amazing turnout, and you proved that you take your civic duty seriously!

Finally, I want to thank all the Democratic candidates, especially Tim Morrison and Quentin Dimick. We had an amazing group of candidates, and it is a shame not all of us could make it.

Council Candidate Winners Head Into General Election

on June 6, 2018 - 11:23am

In Tuesday's 2018 Primary Election, the four Democrats who emerged the winners of a six-way race to fill four seats on the Los Alamos County Council, from left, Sara Scott (1,905 votes), David Izraelevitz (1,631 votes), Randall Ryti (1,185 votes) and James Robinson (1,128 votes). The candidates shown here at an election night watch party at Unquarked now enter the November General Election race with Republicans Brady Burke (792 votes), John Bliss (773 votes) and Dawn Trujillo Voss (745 votes) and Libertarian Helen Milenski (26 votes). Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Balderas, Keller, Stakeholders Urge Committee Members To Put American Families Ahead Of Special Interests

on June 6, 2018 - 8:11am
Attorney General Hector Balderas. Courtesy photo
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Tuesday, ahead of the Royalty Policy Committee meeting, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas joined Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, and taxpayer and public lands advocates at the Albuquerque Convention Center to urge members of the committee to do their jobs and secure a fair monetary value and fair consideration of the public interest for the development of natural resources, including oil and gas on public lands.
 
Hector Balderas, Attorney General for the state of New Mexico said:
 
“The oil and gas

Heinrich Secures Major Gains For N.M. Military Installations, National Labs, High-Tech Manufacturing Economy In Annual Defense Spending Bill

on June 6, 2018 - 8:06am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. May 25, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced provisions he secured in the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that support New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and job-creating initiatives throughout the state.
 
The committee voted unanimously to report the bill yesterday and will now advance to the full Senate for consideration.
 
“The people of New Mexico

MVD: Don’t Make Denial The Default

on June 6, 2018 - 8:04am
By U.S. Rep. MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM
New Mexico
 
People often forget how much government is a part of their daily lives. From dealing with road repairs to making sure our water is safe to drink, government affects our lives every single day. Throughout my career, I’ve always believed that our government should work to solve, not create, problems for the people we are serving.
 
Over a decade after leaving state government, I still get calls directly from New Mexicans who need help navigating bureaucracies in Santa Fe.

Sheehey Concedes Dist. 43 Race To Chandler

on June 6, 2018 - 8:01am
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

I congratulate Christine Chandler, who has won the District 43 Democratic Primary election. Chris and I agree on many issues. I support her as the Democratic candidate for New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43.

Thank you to all who supported me with their votes, time, energy, advice and money. I will continue to work as a Los Alamos County Councilor to help make government better for this community and the state of New Mexico.

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