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Heinrich: Strengthen Worker Overtime Protections

on February 1, 2015 - 8:26am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


"Too many Americans are working longer and harder without anything to show for their efforts in their paychecks." U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., joined a group of 26 senators in supporting updating overtime rules to ensure more middle-class workers are paid fairly for overtime hours.

In a letter to President Obama, the senators urged the administration to increase the income threshold to $56,680 per year to strengthen overtime protections for millions more middle-class workers.

Udall Joins Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

on January 31, 2015 - 9:49am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

 U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that he will join the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The subcommittee holds jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, and is responsible for producing one of 12 annual appropriations bills to fund the federal government's programs and responsibilities.

Udall will continue to serve on other subcommittees that allocate key funding for programs important to New Mexico:

  • the Subcommittee on Agriculture;
  • Rural Development;
  • Food and Drug

White House: 15 Solar Market Pathways Projects

on January 31, 2015 - 9:33am

  • Empowering Communities To Deploy Solar

WASHINGTON D.C.— The White House has announced 15 Solar Market Pathways projects to pursue various approaches to developing actionable solar deployment plans and strategies to promote deployment at residential, community, and commercial scales—from expanding shared or community solar programs and local financing mechanisms to integrating solar energy generation into communities’ emergency response plans.

Aimed at cutting the non-hardware “soft costs” of solar – such as permitting, financing, and connecting to the electric grid – the

DOE Announces New Partners In Energy Efficiency

on January 31, 2015 - 9:13am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

  • New partners commit to improving efficiency by 20 percent over 10 years

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced that more than 20 new partners have committed to improving energy efficiency across their respective building portfolios by 20 percent over the next 10 years.

These new partners, including the six multifamily partners announced by the White House, bring with them fresh perspective and leadership in newly represented sectors, spanning more than 70 million square feet of fast-food,

Right To Work Passes B&E With Bi-Partisan Support

on January 31, 2015 - 8:56am

Rep. Dennis Roch


  • Legislation Will Now Move To Judiciary Committee

SANTA FE — Right-to-work legislation, which would give New Mexico's workers the right to choose whether they join a union or financially contribute to one, has passed the House Committee on Business and Employment. It will now move to the Judiciary Committee. The bill moved with a bi-partisan 8-5 vote.

"By moving this bipartisan legislation forward, we are one step closer to giving New Mexico's workers the right to choose whether they join a union or financially contribute to one," Rep. Dennis Roch said.

Letter to the Editor: Arrogant, Ignorant, Or Incompetent School Board And Superintendent?

on January 30, 2015 - 4:00pm

Despite Storm - 34 People Cast Ballots Today

on January 30, 2015 - 3:48pm

First time voter Travis Richins is assisted by poll worker Peggy Pendergast today at the Municipal Building. County Clerk Sharon Stover reports that despite today's snow storm, 34 people cast their ballot for the school board election making the grand total 273 votes cast so far. The polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Municipal Building and Fire Station 3 in White Rock for election day. Photo by John Puckett

Letter to the Editor: Vote Andrea Cunningham For School Board

on January 30, 2015 - 3:21pm
Los Alamos

We’re writing to ask that you take some time to participate in the Los Alamos Public School Board election. This coming Tuesday is Election Day and your last opportunity to vote.  There are three school board positions representing districts in the Town Site that are up for election, as well as two positions on the UNM LA Advisory Board.

This is a very important election for our community. Our school district is facing many issues that require strong leadership and careful oversight by the School Board.

Democracy At Work As 23 Voters Cast Ballots

on January 30, 2015 - 1:39pm

Democracy at work on this snowbound day! Poll worker Lynn Jones assists voter Elizabeth Bennett who along with 22 others, braved the snow to cast her vote in the school board election today at the Municipal Building. Polls will stay open until 3 p.m. today, County Clark Sharon Stover said. Beginning Election Day, Tuesday, Feb. 3, polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in both White Rock at Fire Station 3 and Los Alamos at the Municipal Building. The results will be broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. on the County Clerk's webpage. Photo by Presiding Judge John Puckett

Polls Open At Municipal Building Until At Least Noon

on January 30, 2015 - 9:46am

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover discusses election details at Thursday's School Board Candidates Forum at Los Alamos High School. LAPS Foundation President Liz Martineau, center, and School Board member/candidate Nan Holmes look on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover has announced that poll workers are at the Municipal Building to assist anyone wishing to vote today for the school board and UNM-LA Advisory Board elections.

Stover said the polls will remain open until at least noon today, at which time the weather situation will

Cunningham: Make Your Voice Heard

on January 30, 2015 - 8:13am


Los Alamos School Board District 3


For those of you who thought we were finished with election season after November, we are not done yet! We still have a very important election for School Board and the UNM-LA Advisory Board on Feb. 3.


As with any election, it is critical to participate in our democratic process and make your voice heard. With only 160 votes cast as of Thursday morning, over three different districts, the majority of the community still has yet to participate.  


School Board members are your elected representatives.

Letter to the Editor: Take Time To Vote

on January 30, 2015 - 6:29am
Los Alamos

I am writing to encourage everyone to get out and vote in the School Board election next Tuesday, Feb. 3.

According to the County Clerk's announcement, you can vote 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Municipal Building and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday (Election Day) at the Municipal Building and White Rock Fire Station #3 Vote Centers.

All three Los Alamos townsite districts, Districts 3, 4 and 5, are up for election and for the first time in many years there are contested races, so you have choices.

As a resident of District 5, I support Jenny McCumber.

Heinrich On CIA Efforts To Cover Up Torture Report

on January 29, 2015 - 2:55pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to efforts to cover up the facts of the committee's report on the CIA detention and interrogation program:

"It would be unprecedented and misguided for the Executive Branch to relinquish its copies of the full committee report. I've always believed the committee's full report on the CIA detention and interrogation program should be publicly released.

Senate Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

on January 29, 2015 - 2:25pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate today passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline with a 62-36 vote. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, released the following statement after voting against the measure:

“Tar sands are not the right choice to meet our future energy needs. Instead of focusing on the past, which the Keystone XL Pipeline represents, we need to look to the future of clean energy technologies and the domestic jobs they support.

ProgressNow Banned From Speaking Today In Right-To-Work Hearing

on January 29, 2015 - 1:01pm

ProgressNowNM’s Alex Curtas during House Business and Employment Committee public comment. Courtesy/ProgressNowNM

ProgressNowNM News:

SANTA FE – ProgressNowNM issued a news release today saying that after allowing members of the public to read letters from business leaders and employees across the state, the Chair of the House Business and Employment Committee told ProgressNowNM’s communications director he could not read an email between the sponsor’s expert witness and political operatives discussing right-to-work legislation, then had him removed from the microphone.

In the third hour

USDVA Approves $15.6 Million For New Mexico State Veterans' Home

on January 29, 2015 - 9:27am


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has approved $15.6 million conditional funding for the New Mexico State Veterans' Home in Truth or Consequences to construct a new 59 bed facility.

The construction and expansion project includes 39 Alzheimer’s beds, a 20 bed Skilled Nursing Unit, a new rehabilitation section for inpatient and outpatient services and a new pool.

The N.M.

Meet School Board Candidate Sheryl Nichols

on January 29, 2015 - 7:58am
Los Alamos School Board District 3

I was born and raised in Los Alamos, and after successfully navigating through the Los Alamos school system moved away until 1990. Upon returning home was hired by Los Alamos County and worked in the County Clerks Office until August - 2014, when I retired.

While working for the county I observed various interactions between the LA School Board and Administration, and Los Alamos County such as: budget issues; coordination of physical building allocations in the development of Trinity Site and Airport Basin; and of course

Sanchez Proposes Bill Raising Minimum Wage

on January 29, 2015 - 7:30am


SANTA FE – This week Sen. Clemente Sanchez, D-Cibola, Socorro, McKinley and Valencia counties, introduced Senate Bill 10 (SB 10) proposing a minimum wage increase to $8.30 an hour.

New Mexico’s minimum wage is $7.50 an hour.

“People who are working at a minimum wage need all the help they can get. Seven fifty an hour is not enough to live on when considering mortgages or rent, bills and loans, especially when one adds children to the equation,” Sanchez said.

According to the bill, new employees will earn the current minimum wage of $7.50 an hour, while in training, for no

Bi-Partisan Bill Streamlines Ride-Sharing Regulations

on January 29, 2015 - 7:10am

Rep. Monica Youngblood


Santa Fe – Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood and Democratic Sen. Phil Griego are introducing legislation to regulate ridesharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, in New Mexico.

The ridesharing services, which were introduced in Albuquerque and Santa Fe over the past year, have expanded safe, reliable transportation options for New Mexicans. In addition, they provide valuable economic opportunities.

Sen. Phil Griego

“Ride-sharing services provide a safe ride home and good jobs,” Youngblood said.

Letter to the Editor: Find Out About School Board Candidates At LAPS Foundation's Forum Thursday

on January 28, 2015 - 10:07pm
Los Alamos

Only 160 folks have voted in the school board election. 

If you need more information about the school board candidates, come to the high school speech theater at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, Jan. 29 for the LAPS Foundation's School Board Candidate Forum.

O'Leary Poses Questions To Utilities Department

on January 28, 2015 - 3:25pm

Los Alamos County Councilor Susan O’Leary poses questions to the Department of Public Utilities during Tuesday's regular Council meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


At Tuesday night's County Council meeting, Los Alamos County Councilor Susan O’Leary raised questions about the introduction of the electric rate ordinance that she would liked answered as the process moves forward.

"Our County Manager has advised me that tonight’s meeting is the appropriate forum for me to let the Utility Department know about specific issues I’m interested in

IRS Commissioner: Bad Bet Hiding Money Offshore

on January 28, 2015 - 12:25pm

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today said avoiding taxes by hiding money or assets in unreported offshore accounts remains on its annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2015 filing season.

"The recent string of successful enforcement actions against offshore tax cheats and the financial organizations that help them shows that it’s a bad bet to hide money and income offshore,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said.

A Mere 160 Votes Cast In School Board Election

on January 28, 2015 - 11:13am

From left, Poll Workers Steve Ciddio and John Puckett assist voters Mary and Ed Van Eeckhout Tuesday who arrived to cast their ballot in the election underway including the County-wide election for two board positions at UNM-LA Advisory Board and three district positions for the Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education. in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Photo by Election Presiding Judge Michael Sanchez

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover addressed County Council Tuesday evening saying just 160 voters had cast their ballot as of 5 p.m.

Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Legislative Priorities

on January 28, 2015 - 9:33am


  • Renewing solar credits, stopping killing contests, trapping ...

SANTA FE — Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter volunteers and staff are advocating for and against dozens of bills at the Roundhouse during the 2015 New Mexico legislative session.

“With new leadership in the House of Representatives, we expect corporate lobbyists to have a much greater influence, and therefore we expect many more bills that threaten New Mexicans’ health, air, water and climate, as well as the state’s wildlife and public lands,” Chapter Conservation Coordinator Dan Lorimier said.

Chapter’s top

Meet UNM-LA Advisory Board Candidate Troy Hughes

on January 27, 2015 - 10:16am
By TROY HUGHES, Candidate
UNM-LA Advisory Board Position 3

Our college, the University of New Mexico at Los Alamos (UNMLA), is a vital part of our community that deserves more attention. I submitted my name as a candidate for the UNMLA Advisory Board so that I can be one that makes a difference and brings UMNLA the attention it deserves. 

My association with community colleges started many years ago when I led an effort to create a cooperative agreement between two community colleges that allowed a fire science degree program to be taught in my hometown.