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NBC News Interviews Los Alamos Businesses on Government Shutdown

on October 14, 2013 - 11:19am

NBC News Producers Dennis Funes and Dana Roecker visited Los Alamos Sunday to learn more about the impact of the government shutdown on small business. They met with Manager Dan Saxton of Metzger's Do-it-Best Hardware in White Rock and owner Cyndi Wells of Pet Pangaea in Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos and also interviewed Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Katy Korkos. The interview air dates will be scheduled soon on NBC. Photo by Katy Korkos

NBC News Producers Dennis Funes interviews Manager Dan Saxton of Metzger's Do-it-Best Hardware in White Rock Sunday about the impact

Los Alamos GOP Meets Oct. 17

on October 14, 2013 - 7:11am
GOP News:

The Republican Central Committee and other interested Republicans are invited to the Party's October meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 in Room 608 on the UNM-LA Campus.

Plans for future events will be discussed, planned and organized. All party workers are invited to share their ideas. Party principles and rules also will be discussed.

Poll: Majority of Americans Would Vote to Replace Entire Congress

on October 13, 2013 - 12:21pm

Results of a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll show if given the chance, 60 percent of Americans would vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress, including their own representative. Read the full poll here (.pdf)  Courtesy photo

Lujan Grisham: Protect New Mexico’s National Labs

on October 13, 2013 - 11:51am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) spoke on the House floor Saturday night about the importance of New Mexico’s national laboratories and the need to pass a clean funding bill that will reopen the government, restore funding to the national labs and prevent lab employees from being furloughed.

Below is a transcript of her remarks and a link to the video.

Click HERE to watch the video.

“Thank you very much to my friend and colleague from California.


House Approves NNSA Temporary Funding

on October 12, 2013 - 10:38am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce


The U.S. House of Representatives voted 248-176 Friday to fund the National Nuclear Security Administration through Dec. 15. NNSA is the agency that oversees Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

“Today’s vote to fund the NNSA is key to the security of our nation, and assures that the hard-working employees of Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs will continue to have jobs,” said Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M.

Community Partners Announce Assistance for Furloughed Federal Employees

on October 11, 2013 - 1:34pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) today announced that several New Mexico community partners have offered to assist federal employees furloughed as a result of the government shutdown.

At Rep. Lujan Grisham’s Oct. 6 roundtable meeting with furloughed federal employees, participants expressed fear and concern that the government shutdown would cause serious financial hardship for them and their families.

Luján: Republican Piecemeal Funding Bill Picks Winners and Losers, Would Still Leave Lab Employees Furloughed

on October 11, 2013 - 11:09am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District spoke today on the House floor on the importance of swiftly passing a clean funding bill that will end the government shutdown, fund the national laboratories, and ensure that lab employees are not furloughed. 

House Republicans are bringing up piecemeal bills that fund portions of the federal government, but fail to provide full funding to end the shutdown. Below are Luján's remarks on the floor. Click here to watch his speech.


N.M. Delegation Working to Protect Federal and Lab Workers Hurt by Shutdown

on October 9, 2013 - 8:39am
  • Urges DOE to compensate national lab employees for back pay if furloughed because of shutdown

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham are working to ensure that federal workers in New Mexico are not financially hurt in the long-term by the federal government shutdown.

New Mexico is home to roughly 27,000 federal workers, and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employ an additional 18,000 New Mexicans.

All four lawmakers are strong supporters of the Federal

Letter to the Editor: Congress Needs to Act on Clean Continuing Resolution to Fund Government

on October 9, 2013 - 8:22am

By Ben Ray Luján
Member of Congress

I want to thank Mr. Redman for his letter concerning the need to take action to end the government shutdown. I could not agree more that Congress needs to act on a clean continuing resolution to fund the government. It is long past time that the House of Representatives votes on such a measure.

Letter to the Editor: It's Time for Luján to Take Action

on October 8, 2013 - 7:57am
Los Alamos
In response to: "Luján: It’s Time House Republicans End Political Games, Allow Vote to End Shutdown" (Oct. 5

I'm excited that not only is U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján in favor of re-opening the US government but has been presented with an opportunity to advance a solution. This also allows him to ensure that government workers, including those he mentions at LANL and Sandia are not "adversly affected by the continuing budget impasse."

I would urge the Congressman to promptly support the introduced "discharge petition" that will allow Congress to

GOP Women Raise Funds Through Garage Sale

on October 6, 2013 - 7:43am

Members of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women held a garage sale on Barranca Mesa Saturday to raise money for the nonprofit organization. From left, JoAnn Johnson, Norma Tech, Donna MacDonald, Mary Brooks and Terry Marzili. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Luján Wants LANL Employees Compensated if Furloughed Due to Government Shutdown

on October 5, 2013 - 11:00am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District spoke today on the House floor in support of H.R. 3223, legislation that ensures furloughed federal employees retroactively receive their pay.

During his remarks, Luján highlighted that it is the intent of Congress to also support contract employees at the national laboratories.

In addition, he submitted into the Congressional Record a letter he is sending Department of Energy Secretary Earnest Moniz to emphasize that fact.

Luján: It’s Time House Republicans End Political Games, Allow Vote to End Shutdown

on October 5, 2013 - 7:08am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement on the government shutdown and House Republicans’ refusal to allow a vote on the Senate-passed Continuing Resolution:

“Enough is enough. New Mexico families are hurting as workers have been off the job for days and critical services have been delayed. It is long past time for Congress to act to end the government shutdown and make sure that the employees who have been furloughed through no fault of their own are made whole.

Heinrich on Thursday's Capitol Hill Incident

on October 4, 2013 - 8:10am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., was in his office in the Hart Senate Building in Washington. D.C., Thursday when gunshots were reported. The Senator and the few staffers who were working quickly followed procedure, locking the doors and gathering in a designated secure place in the office, while the police worked to secure the area, Heinrich said in a statement. Unaccounted for staff were contacted and told to stay away from the building.
"On behalf of everyone in my office, I want to thank the Capitol Police and our first responders for the risks

Letter to the Editor: Voice Opposition to Shutdown

on October 3, 2013 - 8:39am
By Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
Los Alamos
Whether or not you agree with the Affordable Care Act, the viability and sustainability of Los Alamos and LANL depend on a continuing resolution to be passed and a budget approved.
This issue is beyond partisan politics and threatens thousands of families in Los Alamos and the surrounding area. I am speaking with our federal delegation and urging them to continue to press their fellow members until Congress restarts the federal government. 
Los Alamos and our entire region depend on a predictable federal budget process, whether it be

Governor Joins New Mexico Kindergarteners in World Record Reading Attempt

on October 3, 2013 - 7:09am

STATE news:

Santa Fe – Gov. Susana Martinez will join students in Santa Fe today to participate in the national "Read for the Record" Event.

Martinez and the students will join millions of others in reading the same book, on the same day to promote literacy and attempt to break the current world record.

For the last two years, Martinez and students in New Mexico have participated in breaking the world record for adults reading to children in a single day.

Republican Women Meet Oct. 10

on October 3, 2013 - 6:48am

GOP News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct.10 at the Ridgepark Clubhouse, 505 Oppenheimer Dr. The guest speaker will be from Hope Pregnancy Center. 

All registered Republican women are invited. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items for LA Cares and toiletries for the Women's Shelter in Espanola. 

Call Donna MacDonald at 662-4001 for further information.


Letter to the Editor: Never Imagined Myself As An Extremist

on October 2, 2013 - 8:54am
Los Alamos
In answer to Senator Udall I am disappointed that you would call me, someone you represent, an extremist. I have conversations frequently with folks with whom I disagree. I never talk to them in a disparaging way and they are always cordial to me. We respect each other's opinion.
Just to give you a little of my background, I am a Republican (though I'm not too thrilled with their conduct either.) I am 71 years old. I think federal government affairs should be conducted according to the Constitution.

Luján Statement on Government Shutdown

on October 1, 2013 - 8:05am

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement on the government shutdown.
“I am deeply disappointed that House Republicans’ continued efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act have forced a government shutdown. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land – upheld by the Supreme Court and accepted by the American people in the last election.  
“It is clear that House Republicans would rather see the government shut down, New Mexico workers furloughed, and services halted and delayed for many in our

Pearce Vows to Pay Back Salary During Shutdown

on October 1, 2013 - 7:18am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce


U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released a statement saying that the Senate must join the House and end the government shutdown.

As of tonight (Monday), the Democrat-controlled Senate has refused to pass any of the three continuing resolutions proposed by the House of Representatives. As a result, the federal government will shut down until an agreement can be reached to resume government funding.

“I have always believed that Congress should be held to the same standards as everyone else,” Pearce said.

Udall Statement on Government Shutdown

on September 30, 2013 - 11:04pm



WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement:


"A small minority of extremists in the Republican party is now holding the entire country hostage over a law that has cleared the Congress and the Supreme Court, and survived a presidential election. Insisting on a government shutdown to prove a point isn't leadership, it's a temper tantrum, and the American people are rightly disgusted.


"In New Mexico, the impacts of a shutdown will be felt immediately as our civilian employees are sent home from military installations, national parks and

Government Shuts Down ... Now What?

on September 30, 2013 - 10:20pm

Members of the Cabinet watch as President Obama makes a televised statement earlier today in the Roosevelt Room of the White House about the looming government shutdown. Official White House Photo by David Lienemann


President Obama delivered remarks from the White House Press Briefing Room today about what the shutdown will mean for the country.

While some services will continue –- social security checks, postal service, operations related to national security or public safety –- a number of changes will go into effect immediately.

Office buildings will close.

Governor Promotes Employment Connection Offices for Workers 50 & Older

on September 29, 2013 - 9:37am


SANTA FE - Gov. Susana Martinez wants to remind New Mexicans 50 and older about a program that can help them find work.

The 50+ Employment Connection at the Aging and Long-Term Services Department provides general job search assistance for anyone 50 years and older. Staff and volunteers can help polish resumes, develop “networking” cards, and help with interview skills and computer tutoring.

The Aging Department held an informational event Friday at the Santa Fe 50+ Employment Connection Center at the Toney Anaya Building, 2550 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe (505-476-4623.)


Udall Responds to Latest Push by House to Shut Down Government

on September 29, 2013 - 9:09am



WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.N., released the following statement on the latest attempt by the U.S. House of Representatives to push the nation to a government shutdown:


“Shutting down the government over an issue that was settled in the last election isn't leadership, it's political gamesmanship at its worst. 


“A shutdown would cause hardship for thousands of people in New Mexico, hurt our already struggling economy, and delay military pay and veterans' benefits.

Udall Urges FTC to Investigate Phone Scams

on September 29, 2013 - 8:23am

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON – Friday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., wrote a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, asking her to take “aggressive action” to investigate and prevent telephone scams targeting utility customers in New Mexico.

More than 130 New Mexico utility customers have been targeted so far. Some have lost of thousands of dollars in the telephone scams, in which callers threaten to disconnect electric service unless the customer sends money via prepaid card or online payment.

The scammers are using a practice known as caller ID “spoofing,” in