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Udall Hails House Passage Of American Dream And Promise Act, Calls On Senate To Take Up Law Now

on June 6, 2019 - 9:48am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act.
 
The legislation offers a path to citizenship for Dreamers, thousands of whom live in New Mexico, and recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).
 
According to the Center for American Progress, “New Mexico is home to 17,800 immigrants who are eligible for protection under the Dream and Promise Act,” including approximately 7,400 people in

States Get Assistance On 2020 Election Cybersecurity

on June 6, 2019 - 8:27am
NGA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. As states prepare for the 2020 election cycle, the National Governors Association will work with six competitively selected states on strategies to improve cybersecurity operations and communications around elections.
 
Staff from NGA Solutions’ Homeland Security and Public Safety division will assist Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada and Virginia to develop plans for refining and implementing promising practices in cybersecurity operations to ensure the integrity of elections in their states.
 
Participants from governors’ offices, election officials and

Councilors Host Booth At Farmers Market June 13

on June 5, 2019 - 4:35pm

COUNTY News:

Two Los Alamos County Councilors will host a booth at the local Farmers Market 9-11 a.m. Thursday, June 13.

Market-goers are welcome to stop by and chat with them about current issues, projects or other topics.

Council Waives Attorney-Client Privilege In IPRA Request For Emails From Former Sheriff, Councilors...

on June 5, 2019 - 3:13pm

County Attorney Alvin Leaphart. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

During a special Los Alamos County Council meeting Monday afternoon, County Attorney Alvin Leaphart discusses with County Council potentially waiving attorney-client privilege in order to fulfill an IPRA request for emails between several councilors, County staff and former Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.

Council approved 7-0 to waive attorney-client privilege and release the emails.

The eight emails were sent in the summer of 2017 and included correspondence between various parties including

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on June 5, 2019 - 7:00am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meets at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 7 in City Council Chambers at the Española City Hall, 405 N. Paseo De Onate.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda

Call to Order – Chair Henry Roybal at 1:30 p.m.

B. Confirmation of Quorum – Chair Henry Roybal at 1:32 p.m.

C. Approval of Agenda – Chair Henry Roybal at 1:35 p.m.

D. Approval of Meeting Minutes – Chair Henry Roybal at 1:40 p.m.

  • a. Draft minutes for March 1 meeting
  • b. Draft minutes for April 26 meeting

E. Public Comment (20 min.) 1:50-2:10 p.m.

F.

Heinrich Questions Officials On Energy Storage During Energy And Natural Resources Committee Hearing

on June 5, 2019 - 6:55am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. During an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned witnesses on the opportunities for expanding the deployment of grid-scale energy storage in the United States.
 
 
“Increasing energy storage for renewable resources, like wind and solar, opens the door for New Mexicans to have access to a power grid that is more resilient, reliable, cost-effective, and available during emergencies,” Heinrich said.

Luján Announces Support For Medicare For All

on June 4, 2019 - 3:52pm

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) joined 112 Democratic Members of the U.S. House of Representatives as a co-sponsor of H.R. 1384, the 

“Since my very first days in Congress, I’ve strongly held the belief that health care is a fundamental right for all, not a privilege for a few. No individual should ever be denied care or worry about costs when sick. But, for far too many Americans today, that is not the reality.

Heinrich On 100th Anniversary Of Senate Passage Of 19th Amendment Giving Women Right To Vote

on June 4, 2019 - 9:57am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 4, 2019) – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the United States Senate passing the 19th Amendment, which gave all American women the constitutional right to vote:

“Our nation’s democracy was founded on the right to vote and the ability of every citizen to participate equally. Until a century ago, however, women were excluded from that most fundamental right.

State Auditor Brian Colón Addresses Change In New Mexico Democratic Party Leadership

on June 4, 2019 - 7:57am
State Auditor Brian Colón
 
DPNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Former Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) Chairman and current State Auditor Brian Colón would like to extend his congratulations to DPNM outgoing Executive Director Joe Kabourek, as he starts the next chapter in his next political endeavors.
 
“During his tenure as executive director of the DPNM, Joe led New Mexico Democrats to unprecedented victories in electing Democrats to office across New Mexico.

New Mexico Delegation Announces $600,000 To Combat Opioid Epidemic In Rural Communities

on June 3, 2019 - 4:36pm
 
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded three grants totaling $600,000 to rural communities across New Mexico and Indian Country in order to help combat the opioid epidemic.
 
The funding, which was championed by the New Mexico delegation, comes through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration

CD3 Candidate Marco Serna Visits Los Alamos

on June 3, 2019 - 8:53am
U.S. Congressional candidate Marco Serna hands out literature Saturday at Bathtub Row Brewing during a Drinks With Dems event as part of his 16 city campaign tour. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Democratic Party Chair Cat Ozment, left, and County Council Chair Sara Scott, center, talk with candidate Marco Serna Saturday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Candidate for U.S. Representative Dist.

Los Alamos GOP Meeting At UNM-LA Thursday

on June 2, 2019 - 7:35pm

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, June 6 in Room 505 at UNM-LA.

Registered Republicans are invited to attend the Central Committee meeting at 6 p.m. at which time Katherine Werner will give an update on her “Anti-Socialism” club.

At 7 p.m., the public is invited to a special presentation by Elisa Martinez, “Preserving a Culture of Life in NM”. Martinez is president of the New Mexico Alliance for Life, which focuses on empowering women with better and informed choices when facing unplanned or difficult pregnancies.

A light supper

ESC: Wolf Rule Peer-Reviewers Find Science Lacking

on June 2, 2019 - 7:15pm
ESC News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a scientific peer review Friday of a proposed rule to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves across the United States.
 
At least one reviewer found the rule failed to follow the best available science, which is required by the Endangered Species Act.
 
"I found the proposed rule to remove federal protections for gray wolves nationwide did not use the best available science as required by the Endangered Species Act,” said Professor Adrian Treves of the Nelson Institute for Environmental

New Mexico Indian Affairs Department Announces Appointments To Tribal Infrastructure Board

on June 2, 2019 - 7:19am
IAD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD) Friday announced Gov. Lujan Grisham’s appointment of new members to the Tribal Infrastructure Fund (TIF) board, effective immediately.
 
The Tribal Infrastructure Act aims to ensure adequate financial resources for infrastructure development in tribal communities, provide for the planning and development of infrastructure in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and develop infrastructure in tribal communities to improve the quality of life and encourage economic development.
 
The Tribal Infrastructure Board is

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Addresses New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association At Annual Meeting

on June 1, 2019 - 1:50pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
SANTA ANA PUEBLO U.S. Sen. Tom Udall addressed the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association Wednesday during the opening session of their annual meeting.
 
In his remarks, Udall discussed the importance of promoting renewable energy, along with his efforts to expand rural broadband access and invest in rural infrastructure.
 
“For decades, member-owned electric cooperatives across New Mexico and across the nation have been the backbone of our rural communities and rural economies. And you continue to be so today,” Udall said.

Los Alamos League Hosts State Convention

on June 1, 2019 - 1:49pm
Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott welcomes New Mexico League of Women Voters delegates to Los Alamos May 17-19 for the State Convention. Courtesy photo
 
Liz Bander, representing the National League, celebrated the 100 years since women got the vote, but also reflected on how much work remains. Photo by Janet Blair
 
LWV News:
 
The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos hosted the Biennial Convention of the League of Women Voters of New Mexico the weekend of May 17-19 at the Holiday Inn Express.

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler explained the ups and downs of the 2019

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Responds To President Trump’s Threat To Increase Tariffs On Mexico

on May 31, 2019 - 11:50am
 

Fact sheet detailing figures concerning New Mexico's trade relationship with Mexico. Courtesy/Governor's Office

From the Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

 

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement that his administration would impose escalating tariffs on Mexican imports until “illegal” migrants are stopped from arriving at the southern U.S. border:
 
“The president is threatening the employment of tens of thousands of New Mexicans whose livelihoods and families absolutely depend on a

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Announces Increased Medicaid Hospital Reimbursement Rates

on May 30, 2019 - 9:55am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tuesday announced her plan to increase Medicaid hospital reimbursement rates for inpatient and outpatient services by $168.7 million effective July 1.
 
The hospital reimbursement increases are part of a multi-phase strategy to address the low Medicaid reimbursement rates for those who deliver care and services to the most vulnerable New Mexicans and help rebuild and protect New Mexico’s health care delivery network.

Council Seeks Applicants For Board Of Registration

on May 30, 2019 - 9:43am

COUNTY News:

Because of a recent change in State legislation, the Los Alamos County Council is seeking applicants to fill a two-year term on the local Board of Registration.

Previously, nominations were solicited by the Chairs of the local Democratic, Libertarian and Republican parties, but the new law eliminated that requirement. There will be five members appointed to this Board.

Consideration and appointment of applicants for the Board of Registration, which also serves as the Canvassing Committee after elections, has been placed on the Council’s June 11 meeting agenda (6 p.m., in

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Statement On Special Counsel Mueller’s Public Remarks About Russia Investigation

on May 30, 2019 - 8:42am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHIGNTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s public remarks regarding the Russia investigation:
 
“Today, Robert Mueller made two things crystal clear. First, a foreign adversary meddled in our presidential election with the express intention of tipping the scales to benefit the Trump campaign. Second, the special counsel was unable to charge the president with obstruction of justice solely due to Department of Justice policy -- not lack of evidence.

Heinrich Secures Commitments From Interior Secretary David Bernhardt To Protect Chaco Canyon

on May 30, 2019 - 6:08am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, secured key commitments from U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt following his visit to Chaco Canyon.
 
"I invited Secretary Bernhardt to New Mexico to see firsthand how special Chaco Canyon is and I’m pleased with the outcome of his visit. The Secretary had the opportunity to meet with local tribal leaders who are united in protecting the area surrounding the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

Udall And Census Director Dillingham Tour Los Lunas

on May 29, 2019 - 7:09am
U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham joins U.S. Sen. Tom Udall in Los Lunas Tuesday to discuss challenges ahead in the 2020 Census. ‘Diversity is our greatest strength—and we need to make sure every New Mexican is counted. The stakes are high,’ Udall said. Courtesy/Sen.Udall's Office
 
U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham, center left, and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, center right, in Los Lunas Tuesday to discuss challenges ahead in the 2020 Census. Courtesy/Sen.Udall's Office
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Sen.

New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón Launches Special Audit Of $1.7 Million In Settlement Payments By GSA

on May 28, 2019 - 5:55pm

State Auditor Brian Colón  

 

STATE News:

 

ALBUQUERQUE – This morning State Auditor Brian Colón announced the launch of a special audit to conduct an investigative examination of $1.7 million in settlement payouts by the General Services Department.

 

The special audit was designated as a result of severe allegations regarding the process in which GSD handled the settlement payouts. Auditor Colón issued the following statement on the matter:

 

“These expenditures represent large sums of taxpayer money disbursed by the General Services Department.

Governor Appoints State Game Commission Members

on May 28, 2019 - 4:51pm
From the Office of the Governor:
 
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today announced the appointment of new members to the State Game Commission effective immediately.
 
Per state statute, five of the members shall represent different geographical areas of the state, and two other members shall be appointed at-large.
 
At least one member of the commission shall manage and operate a farm or ranch that contains at least two species of wildlife, and at least one member shall have a demonstrated history of involvement in wildlife and habitat protection issues and whose activities or

Former Obama Appointee Rob Apodaca Announces Run For Congress In New Mexico CD-03

on May 28, 2019 - 4:09pm

Rob Apodaca

POLITICAL News:

SANTA FE – Lifelong resident of New Mexico and former Assistant Chief of the West for the USDA, Rob Apodaca formally announced today his campaign to succeed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.

In launching his campaign, Apodaca stressed the need to continue to develop economic opportunities in the district, expand access to quality healthcare while also protecting women’s rights to control their own health decisions, and to protect New Mexico lands and water for future generations.

“I have lived in New Mexico my entire life,”

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