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Following Recent Federal Climate Report, Udall Urges Immediate Action To Combat Climate Change

on December 6, 2018 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following the recent release of a federal climate report, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a group of his Senate colleagues in calling for bold action to combat climate change.
 
Along with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Udall and 23 other senators introduced a resolution affirming findings from the recent National Climate Assessment, along with the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) report, and urging decisive action to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
 
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Luján On 2018 Congressional App Challenge Winner

on December 6, 2018 - 2:16am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) has announced that Terrell Toldeo and Elias Trancosa, both seniors at Santa Fe Indian School, are this year’s winners of the Congressional App Challenge in New Mexico’s third Congressional district.
 
Toldeo and Trancosa’s app, “Naruto Self Defense,” teaches people to express and defend themselves through hand signs used by the main character in the Japanese manga series, “Naruto.” The app was created to help students feel more comfortable with self-expression.
 
“Congratulations to Terrell

Coffee With Rep. - Elect Christine Chandler Dec. 15

on December 6, 2018 - 2:13am
Representative - Elect Christine Chandler is hosting a legislative preview Dec. 15 at the Los Alamos Co-op. Courtesy photo
 
POLITICS News:
 
The community is invited to join Representative - Elect Christine Chandler 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Los Alamos Co-op. Questions about the legislative session and input about legislative priorities are welcome.
 
Representative-elect Chandler for House Dist. 43 is hosting a series of legislative preview events before the legislative session opens mid-January.

Udall, Hatch Introduce Smoke Free Schools Act To Combat E-Cigs In Schools

on December 5, 2018 - 11:03am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced The Smoke Free Schools Act of 2018 to help school districts and local education agencies combat the surge of e-cigarette use in schools.
 
The legislation would ban e-cigarette use in educational and childcare facilities, and clarify that state and local education agencies can use grant funding for e-cigarette prevention programs.

Governor-Elect Lujan Grisham Announces Additional Members To Labor Transition Teams

on December 5, 2018 - 8:59am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:

Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced new members of her government transition teams.

These teams will be responsible for providing the Governor-Elect with detailed reviews of the Department of Workforce Solutions, State Personnel Office, and Workers Compensation Administration as part of the gubernatorial transition process.

American Postal Workers Union President Speaks Out

on December 4, 2018 - 3:32pm
By MARK DIMONDSTEIN
President, American Postal Workers Union

 

If the White House Task Force on the Postal Service’s report was assigned a ZIP Code it would be 00000. This poorly conceived report makes many of its recommendations based on myth and misinformation that instead of improving mail services, would deliver higher prices and less service for the public.

 

The facts are: The public Postal Service serves each and every person.

Presidential Proclamation: Announcing Death Of George H.W. Bush ... Appoint Dec. 5 National Day Of Mourning

on December 3, 2018 - 4:30pm

TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES:

It is my sorrowful duty to announce officially the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States, on November 30, 2018.  

President Bush led a great American life, one that combined and personified two of our Nation's greatest virtues: an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to public service. Our country will greatly miss his inspiring example.   

On the day he turned 18, 6 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, George H.W. Bush volunteered for combat duty in the Second World War.

State GOP Expresses Happy Hanukkah Wishes

on December 3, 2018 - 3:26pm
NMGOP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE – RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi made the following statement to mark the beginning of Hanukkah:

“We wish a joyous and blessed Hanukkah to all our friends who are celebrating. Hanukkah is a reminder to persevere through adversity with faith and courage. May this celebration be joyous for the Jewish community in New Mexico, across the country, throughout Israel, and around the world. I pray that it brings peace and hope.

Udall Issues Statement On NAFTA Deal

on December 3, 2018 - 7:56am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the signing Friday of a replacement NAFTA agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada at the G20 summit:
 
“Today’s signing comes after two years of pointless uncertainty and reckless threats to NAFTA from the Trump administration, which raised roadblocks to investment and economic progress across New Mexico. This new deal — the full extent of which has not been released — will require approval in the next Congress.

International Women’s Forum Hosts Annual Event

on December 2, 2018 - 7:24am

Attending the annual holiday gathering of the International Women’s Forum, members from left, Linda Deck - director of the Bradbury Science Museum; Ann Hillerman - author; Nancy Bartlit - Los Alamos Historian and Carol A. Clark - publisher of the Los Alamos Daily Post (taking the picture). The event took place Saturday night on Museum Hill in Santa Fe. IWF is comprised of more than 6,800 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents. IWF is dedicated to building better leadership locally and globally.

Governor-Elect Lujan Grisham Announces Additional Members To Health & Human Services Transition Teams

on December 2, 2018 - 6:48am

From the Office of Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham:

Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced new members of her government transition teams. These teams will be responsible for providing the Governor-Elect with detailed reviews of the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, Children Youth and Families Department, Department of Health and Human Services Department as part of the gubernatorial transition process.

The transition teams will engage with key stakeholders and current government agency personnel and provide detailed strategic recommendations on improving state

Bipartisan State Canvassing Board Orders Automatic Recount In House Dist. 20, Sets Date For Certification

on December 1, 2018 - 5:40am
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico’s State Canvassing Board – comprised of Gov. Susana Martinez, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, and Chief Justice Judith Nakamura – met in Santa Fe and officially ordered an automatic recount of the House District 20 general election results.
 
Following New Mexico law, automatic recounts in House Districts 20, 22, and 63 have been ordered by the State Canvassing Board because the vote margin between the top two candidates in each contest is less than one-percent (NMSA 1978 §1-14-24(A)).
 
In

Tales Of Our Times: Checks On Power Embraced By The Founders And Voters

on December 1, 2018 - 5:39am

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Checks On Power Embraced By The Founders And Voters

Our Nation’s Founders were not perfect people. Yet, the cast of Founders had varied strains of genius among them, including their native grasp of human defects in their peers. Talent in dealing with defects in their colleagues would prove a vital resource for shaping a government that reins in our natural follies. Think “checks and balances.”

The Founders’ first constitutional convention gained surprising results by adopting a remedy for impulsive flaws.

George H.W. Bush Has Died

on November 30, 2018 - 10:55pm

George H.W. Bush June 12, 1924 – Nov. 30, 2018. Courtesy/whitehouse.gov

NATIONAL News:

George Herbert Walker Bush died today at age 94. His death was announced late today in a statement released by family spokesman Jim McGrath.

‘Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,’ said his son former President George W. Bush. ‘George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.

Heinrich Urges Increased Funding To Protect Places Of Worship, Community Centers

on November 30, 2018 - 3:20pm

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in pressing for robust community safety funding in any FY19 appropriations package.

Specifically, the Senators have called for a minimum of $50 million for the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) and $10 million for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Nonprofit Security Grant program, which helps nonprofit organizations like religious institutions, schools and community centers make security improvements.

This follows the mass shooting last

Heinrich Fights To Improve Care For Military Families Covered By TRICARE

on November 30, 2018 - 9:40am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing held Thursday to consider the nomination of Thomas McCaffery to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) pressed McCaffery on improving delivery of care for TRICARE West, which serves military retirees, service members, and military families – including 83,800 TRICARE beneficiaries in New Mexico.
 
 
During the hearing, Heinrich raised concerns over

Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Legislation To Help Improve Veterans’ Health Care

on November 29, 2018 - 8:30am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Angus King (I-Maine), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), introduced bipartisan legislation to help improve veterans’ health care by increasing collaboration among federal agencies and authorizing the Department of Energy's (DOE) national laboratories, including Los Alamos National Laboratory, to develop technologies that solve complex data challenges.
 
“We need to do everything we can to improve health care for our veterans.

Colleagues Elect U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján To Serve As Assistant Democratic Leader Of 116th Congress

on November 28, 2018 - 3:59pm

Colleagues today unanimously elect U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico to serve as Assistant Democratic Leader in the 116th Congress. Photo by Lawrence Jackson/whitehouse.gov

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) was unanimously elected today by his colleagues to serve as Assistant Democratic Leader in the 116th Congress.

“I am honored to receive the trust of my colleagues to serve as a member of the Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” Luján said.

New Report And Public Briefing On Disposal Of Surplus Plutonium At WIPP Nov. 30

on November 28, 2018 - 5:49am
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) outside Carlsbad. Courtesy photo
 
NASEM News:
 
The U.S. government plans to dispose of 34 metric tons of surplus plutonium under the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement, signed by the U.S. and Russian Federation in 2000 and revised in 2010.
 
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has developed conceptual plans for disposing of the surplus plutonium in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) outside Carlsbad.
 
Congress asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to

Bipartisan State Canvassing Board Unanimously Certifies 2018 General Election Results

on November 28, 2018 - 5:48am
Sec. of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico’s State Canvassing Board met today in Santa Fe and unanimously certified the official results of the 2018 general election.
 
The Board also officially ordered automatic recounts in two electoral contests, with another recount scheduled to be ordered when the Board reconvenes on Friday of this week. The official, certified results for every 2018 general election contest except those with pending recounts can be viewed on the Secretary of State’s website.
 
“In an election year that included an influx of

Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing 40th Anniversary Of Indian Child Welfare Act

on November 28, 2018 - 5:35am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), vice chairman and chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, respectively, along with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and U.S. Representatives Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.), led 46 members of Congress Tuesday in introducing a bipartisan resolution commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and recognizing its importance to promoting the stability and security of Tribal communities and families.
 
ICWA sets best-practice standards

Elected Officials, Tribes, Activists Protest ‘Double Drilling’ During Oil Conservation Commission Hearing

on November 27, 2018 - 2:37pm
The Nov. 19 hearing before the State of New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Commission. Courtesy photo

The Nov. 19 hearing before the State of New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Commission. Courtesy photo

SIERRA CLUB News:
 
The Nov. 19 hearing before the State of New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Commission (NMOCC) drew more than 70 people to hear a decision on Hilcorp Energy’s (Case No. 16403) application request to double the number of wells in the Blanco-Mesaverde Gas Pool in San Juan and Rio Arriba counties in northwest New Mexico.
 
Hilcorp Energy—an infamously bad actor—was granted permission to avoid

Schultz: Setting The Record Straight

on November 27, 2018 - 2:35pm
By ROBYN SCHULTZ, Chair
Democratic Party of Los Alamos County

The Los Alamos Monitor got it wrong in their article of 11/18/18, “Tarin Nix: Local strategist helps turn LA Blue”.

It appears that the Monitor is looking for a reason that local Democratic Party Candidates swept all the Los Alamos races. This article seems to point to a political strategist as the reason.

Tarin Nix has run Stephanie Garcia Richard’s campaigns since the final weeks of her 2012 campaign. And she has been successful, including Stephanie’s latest win in her race for State Land Commissioner.

Udall, Inhofe Introduce Legislation Designating Route 66 A National Historic Trail

on November 27, 2018 - 8:20am

The Route 66 National Historic Trail. Courtesy/googlemaps

 

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced S. 3609, The Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act, which would amend the National Trails System Act to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail, administered by the National Park Service (NPS). In June of this year, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass the bipartisan legislation. 

 

Route 66, also known as the Will Rogers Highway, is more than 2,400 miles long, stretching from

Izraelevitz: We Are All Part Of Los Alamos County...

on November 27, 2018 - 7:53am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
County Council Chair
 
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
 
Although the campaigning is over and we are getting ready for the holiday season and the New Year, I wanted to give a final thank you to all my friends who supported me through this, my last campaign for public office. I look forward to a productive next four years with my new partners on Council, Sara Scott, James Robinson and Randy Ryti.
 
I also want to acknowledge the generosity of those who provided financial support to my campaign.

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