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Gov. Signs Legislation For Voluntary Statewide Community Health Worker Training ...

on March 10, 2014 - 6:41am

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation to create a voluntary statewide community health worker training and certification program.

“Community health workers are an important piece of our health care workforce, particularly in rural and underserved areas of New Mexico,” Martinez said. “By establishing uniform professional standards, more New Mexicans who seek to further their careers as health care professionals will be able to serve our families and communities while continuing to deliver the high-quality care New Mexicans need and deserve.”

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Historian Heather McClenahan Speaks March 13 at LAFRW Meeting

on March 9, 2014 - 2:36pm

LAFRW News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold its monthly meeting at noon, March 13 at the Ridgepark Clubhouse, 505 Oppenheimer Dr. 

Heather McClenahan will inform the group about the Los Alamos History Class she offers as well as update them on the Manhatten Project National Park.  

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

Contact Donna MacDonald 505.662.4001 for information.

Governor Signs Alternative Fuel Bill

on March 9, 2014 - 1:15pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE–Gov. Susana Martinez signed House Bill 30 (HB 30) sponsored by Rep. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales, D-Taos and Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller, D-Bernalillo.

The legislation adjusts and equalizes tax rates among different fuel types, eliminates outdated obstacles to alternative fuel use and streamlines administrative processes. HB 30 has the endorsement of the Legislative Transportation Infrastructure Revenue Subcommittee.

“I’m very pleased that this legislation was signed by the Governor,” Keller said.

Ben Ray Luján Garners 98.43 Percent of Delegate Vote at Pre-Primary Convention

on March 9, 2014 - 10:39am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

POLITICAL News:

SANTA FE – Ben Ray Luján earned overwhelming support at Saturday's Democratic Pre-Primary Convention in his bid for re-election to New Mexico’s Third Congressional District. Lujan earned a spot on the Democratic primary ticket by winning 98 percent of the delegate vote. He captured 566 of the 575 delegate votes cast. This marks the second consecutive pre-primary convention in which Luján has secured over 90 percent of the vote.

“I have been honored to serve the people of New Mexico and the only Congressional District I have called home.

Governor Acts on Nine Pieces of Legislation

on March 7, 2014 - 7:32am

Gov. Susana Martinez

 

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE—Gov. Susana Martinez signed House Bill 51 and Senate Bill 182 into law.

 

House Bill 51, Right to Farm Nuisance Changes, protects New Mexico farmers and ranchers from encroaching urban sprawl and unfair nuisance lawsuits by stipulating that agricultural operations that have been in existence at least one year shall not be considered a nuisance, unless operated negligently or illegally.

 

Senate Bill 182, Corrections Industry Division Product Sales, authorizes the Corrections Industries Division of the New Mexico Corrections Department to

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Press Energy Secretary Moniz on Next Steps for WIPP

on March 7, 2014 - 6:58am

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce met Thursday with Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to discuss the agency’s ongoing response to the incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.

The lawmakers together reiterated the message that it is critical for the DOE to be as open and responsive to the Carlsbad community, where residents understandably are concerned about health and safety in the wake of the accident.

Wildfire Funding Reform in President's Budget

on March 7, 2014 - 6:42am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich applaud the news that President Obama incorporated into his Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal a plan based on a bill they cosponsored to reform federal wildfire policy.

 

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

The change, which still must be approved by Congress, would fund major wildfires the same as other natural disasters and free up funding to prevent future fires. 

“Wildfires are as devastating in New Mexico and the rest of the West as hurricanes are on the East and Gulf coasts, and our

Estevan López Nominated To Lead Bureau of Reclamation

on March 7, 2014 - 6:31am

Estevan R. López, P.E.

 

STATE News:

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed news that Estevan R. López has been nominated to serve as Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. López, a native New Mexican and a graduate of New Mexico Tech, is being nominated replace outgoing Commissioner and Las Cruces native Michael Connor. Connor was recently confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior.

 

“Estevan López is highly qualified to lead the Bureau of Reclamation.

Heinrich: Senate Intelligence Committee Oversees The CIA, Not The Other Way Around

on March 5, 2014 - 11:43am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today released the following statement on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and its congressional oversight:

“The Senate Intelligence Committee oversees the CIA, not the other way around. Since I joined the Committee, the CIA has refused to engage in good faith on the Committee’s study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program.

Udall: President’s Budget Proposal Good News For New Mexicans Overall

on March 5, 2014 - 10:10am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement about the President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request:

“The president’s budget is a statement of the administration’s priorities for the year to come, and overall, it contains good news for New Mexicans. It continues to roll back the devastating sequestration cuts that risked jobs and threatened our state’s economy.

Letter to the Editor: Comment on Recent News Reports

on March 4, 2014 - 5:42pm

Comment on Recent News Reports

By JIM HALL
President of LAPS Board

The following comments represent my opinion, as the president of the Los Alamos School Board, and are not an official statement of the Los Alamos Public School Board (the Board).

It is important to emphasize two important points in light of recent news reports. First, the LAPS Board does not vote nor does it take any action in executive session. All votes are in open session and on items on the agenda. There has not been any vote on Dr. Schmidt’s contract.

School Board Divided 3-2 To Retain Superintendent

on March 4, 2014 - 10:11am
Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos School Board is divided 3-2 to retain Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt. Board Vice President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, Secretary Matthew Williams and member Kevin Honnell do not favor extending Schmidt's contract for another year.

The School Board convened its fourth and final closed door session Thursday, Feb. 27 in the Chamisa Elementary conference room to discuss the evaluation of Schmidt. Monday, Schmidt announced his intent to resign effective June 30.

School Board President Jim Hall

Schmidt has

Letter to the Editor: Elections For All But Los Alamos

on March 4, 2014 - 7:58am

Elections For All But Los Alamos

By RICHARD “SKIP” DUNN
Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative

Ahhh!  Hints of spring are in the air. The Sandhill Cranes are flying north, the days are longer, and communities all over New Mexico are alive and vibrant with talk and debate surrounding the issues and candidates to be voted on in the municipal elections.

In New Mexico, most municipal elections are held on the first Tuesday in March (March 4 this year) including surrounding towns of Santa Fe, Espanola, Jemez Springs and Taos: and in all the farthest reaches of

Governor Signs Bill to Eliminate Aircraft Sales Tax, Encourage Growth in NM's Aviation Industry

on March 4, 2014 - 6:54am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

  • Legislation Could Create 125 New Jobs, Make NM More Competitive with Surrounding States

Roswell—Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law legislation that will eliminate the sales tax on the purchase of aircraft over 10,000 pounds, a move that can spur growth in New Mexico's aviation industry and create up to 125 good-paying jobs in Roswell alone.

 

Because New Mexico currently taxes the sale of an aircraft, pilots simply fly to places like Texas — where buyers are not penalized — to complete the sale, saving up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

 

LAFRW Celebrates 60 Years

on March 4, 2014 - 6:32am

LAFRW News:

Save the date ... The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a luncheon noon–1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1 at Fuller Lodge.

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez will be the guest speaker.  Everyone is invited to join in the celebration.

For more information, contact Kelly Benner at 505.672.1611.

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Local GOP Participates in State Pre-primary Convention

on March 2, 2014 - 10:34am
GOP News:
 
The 12-member Republican Party of Los Alamos delegation, elected Jan. 30 at the Los Alamos County Republican Pre-primary, attended the State Republican Pre-primary Convention Saturday. 
 
Delegates from all 33 counties in New Mexico were represented at the Convention.
 
There were more than 500 delegates in person and more than 225 proxies comprising more than 750 votes cast in the only statewide race. This race was between David Clements and Allen Weh for U.S. Senate. Allen Weh, an Albuquerque business man and retired Marine Corps.

Governor Signing Legislation Today Banning Texting While Driving

on March 2, 2014 - 9:38am

STATE News:

Santa Fe—Gov. Susana Martinez will sign legislation prohibiting texting while driving in New Mexico. Senate Bill 19, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe and Rep. James Smith, R-Sandia Park, bans texting while operating a motor vehicle, except when summoning medical or other emergency help.

 

The Governor is scheduled to sign the bill at 2 p.m., today at the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque.

Governor Signs Bill Protecting Parental Rights of Deployed Service Members

on March 2, 2014 - 7:38am

Gov. Susana Martinez

 

STATE News:

 

ALBUQUERQUE—Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law Saturday legislation that protects the parental rights of deployed service members.

 

SB 130, the Service Member Child Custody Act, ensures that child custody arrangements cannot be modified while a parent is deployed for military service. The increased deployment of service members in recent years has raised difficult child custody issues that profoundly affect both children’s welfare and service members’ ability to serve their country efficiently.

 

“With this new law, our deployed service

Senators: Assess Risk; Deploy Mobile Monitors to WIPP

on February 28, 2014 - 7:46am

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad. Courtesy/wikipedia

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy Thursday asking her to provide public health analysis and deploy mobile environmental monitoring units to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

The mobile monitors would conduct independent tests and help respond to questions that have arisen from the community about safety following the Feb. 14 radiation leak at WIPP.

“The health and safety of the

Jaret McDonald Announces Candidacy For Sheriff

on February 27, 2014 - 2:02pm
Jaret McDonald
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Jaret McDonald has announced his candidacy for sheriff of Los Alamos County.

"I've always been interested in public office and keep up with local and national politics," McDonald told the Los Alamos Daily Post. "My goal has been that I want to go further than this in public service, but this is where I want to start ... I want to make a difference in my community."

McDonald, 42, has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for approximately 20 years as a contractor and employee and is now a superintendent in the construction

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Secretary of State Dianna Duran Keynote Speaker At Los Alamos GOP Dinner

on February 27, 2014 - 10:49am

Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold a fundraising dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 at the Research Center, 4200 W. Jemez Road. 

Secretary of State Dianna Duran will be the keynote speaker. Price is $50 per person. Checks should be made payable to Republican Party of Los Alamos and mailed to P.O. Box 832, Los Alamos. 

For more information, contact GOP Chair Robert Gibson at 505.662.3159.

About Secretary of State Dianna Duran:

New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna J.

Heinrich Votes to Advance Veterans Benefits Package

on February 26, 2014 - 7:37am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tuesday, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. voted to advance an omnibus veterans bill that includes key provisions he fought for on behalf of veterans and military families across New Mexico.

S.1982, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act, introduced by the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Senator Bernie Sanders, and cosponsored by Heinrich, passed by a vote of 99-0 today. clearing the way for a Senate debate on the bill.

The omnibus veterans bill includes

Councilor Rick Reiss Launches Election Campaign

on February 25, 2014 - 8:15pm

Councilor Rick Reiss

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rick Reiss has announced his candidacy to retain his seat on the Los Alamos County Council. Reiss was appointed to the Council in September 2012 to fill an unexpired term.

"I want to continue serving as a County Councilor because I am really enjoying it," Reiss told the Los Alamos Daily Post. "I have a conservative perspective and enjoy working on the many projects and programs we provide the community."

He explained that it has taken the better part of a year to fully appreciate the breadth of the effort of serving as a

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New Mexico House Majority Leader Rick Miera To Retire Dec. 31

on February 22, 2014 - 8:46am

House Majority Floor Leader Rick Miera

SANTA FE—House Majority Floor Leader Rick Miera has announced he will not seek reelection as the New Mexico State Rep. in Dist. 11 (the downtown corridor of Albuquerque) - a position he has held for the last 24 years.  

Miera says the decision was a difficult one since he has dedicated so much of his life to the legislative process, especially involving the issues of educational equity, juvenile justice and health care access issues. However, he feels the time is right to pass the torch.

“I have made a difficult decision to step down from State

Valle de Oro Urban Wildlife Refuge Funding Clears Senate

on February 21, 2014 - 8:50am
Valle de Oro Urban Wildlife Refuge. Courtesy/USFWS

N.M. SENATE News:

SANTA FE–Senate Memorial 36 sponsored by Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Bernalillo, cleared the Senate.

The legislation seeks to complete the final phase of funding for the Valle de Oro Urban Wildlife Refuge located along the Rio Grande River in the southern portion of Bernalillo County. Eighty acres remain to be purchased to complete the project, and the legislation will ask the federal government to make this purchase.

“This legislation is going to protect this land forever,” Padilla said.

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