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Udall Talks LANL Cleanup & Water Conference Report

on May 8, 2013 - 11:50am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio press conference call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed efforts to secure critical funding for cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory through DOE and NNSA reprogramming.
 
Udall also recapped last week’s water conference report release.
 
 
 
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
 
0:00 –Udall discusses last week’s release of policy recommendations following July’s 37th Annual New Mexico WRRI Water Conference, entitled “Hard

Thursday's "Lunch with a Leader" Features JJAB Speakers

on May 4, 2013 - 7:11am

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters' monthly "Lunch with a Leader" will present three speakers from the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB.)

The event is 11:40 a.m. Thursday, May 9 at Mesa Public Library. The discussion will center around the history of JJAB, its relationship with state and County entities, its programs and collaborations, the scope of its work and current challenges, and how people can get involved.

JJAB Chair Alan Kirk has been with JJAB since it's founding in 2002. He is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and served as Los Alamos police chief for 10

New Bill on Horizon to End Doping of Racehorses

on May 2, 2013 - 8:06am
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:

Ahead of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ken., and Joe Pitts, R-Penn., revealed draft legislation they intend to introduce to end doping in horseracing and kick cheaters out of the sport.
 
The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act would provide the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) with authority to cleanup the sport and enforce anti-doping standards in races with simulcast wagering.  
 
USADA is a non-governmental organization that is designated as the official anti-doping agency for the U.S.

Republican Women Meet May 9

on May 2, 2013 - 8:00am

LAFRW News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold its May meeting at noon Thursday, May 9 at the Ridgepark Clubhouse, 505 Oppenheimer Dr.

Guest speaker will be Elaine Miller, president of New Mexico Federated Republican Women. She will speak on the topic, "Why Be Federated?" 

Following this meeting, members may join Miller for lunch at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Reservations are required. Contact Donna MacDonald at 662-4001.

Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for charity donations.

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Public Invited to Talk on Electoral Redistricting Saturday

on April 26, 2013 - 9:26am

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos invites the community to attend a potluck lunch provided by League members at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road. 

Following the lunch, at 12:30 p.m., Michael Sharp, Vice President at Research & Polling, will give a talk on “Redistricting: Process and Principles.”

He will discuss the recently completed redistricting process in New Mexico and will provide information on the principles that impact how election district boundaries are created. 

Sharp leads the redistricting efforts at the

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Holds Town Hall Meeting

on April 25, 2013 - 7:54am

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard addresses the crowd gathered for her town hall meeting at Betty Ehart Center Friday. Courtesy photo

Staff report

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard held a town hall meeting Friday afternoon at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

More than 30 people attended the event, which was co-sponsored by the Los Alamos chapter of the AARP.

Garcia Richard gave a presentation on the 2013 legislative session outcomes.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discusses outcomes of the 2013 legislative session. Courtesy photo

 

Luján: Sequester Cuts Will Impact Ability to Address Climate Change

on April 24, 2013 - 8:54am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District spoke on the House floor last night on the negative impact that the sequester's arbitrary cuts will have on the effort to address climate change.

"Mr. Speaker, at a time when our communities are dealing with the impact of climate change, cuts from the sequester will negatively impact our long-term efforts to combat this challenge.

"Energy conservation is a vital component of reducing carbon emissions.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Introduce Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act

on April 23, 2013 - 7:38am

Columbine-Hondo Wheeler Peak Wilderness Legislative Map.

NM DELEGATION News:

In celebration of Earth Day, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced legislation Monday to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness – a proposal with strong support from the local community.

A companion bill will be introduced today in the House by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. 

Located in the Carson National Forest, the Columbine-Hondo has been managed as a “Wilderness Study Area” since 1980.
 
“For more than 30 years, we have considered the Columbine Hondo’s

U.S. Senate Through Filibuster Defeats Background Checks

on April 21, 2013 - 9:23am

Hundreds of people from Los Alamos and throughout Northern New Mexico gathered on the plaza in Santa Fe last week to support background checks to purchase a gun. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate through filibuster defeated the measure. Courtesy photo

Senators Reintroduce RECA Amendments Act

on April 20, 2013 - 10:01pm

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., led a bipartisan group of senators in renewing their efforts to expand restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living downwind of atomic weapons tests.

April 19 was the 24-year anniversary of the introduction of the original Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) in the U.S. Senate.

Sens.

Local GOP Elects New Officers

on April 19, 2013 - 2:41pm

Newly elected Chairman Robert Gibson of the Los Alamos County Republican Party. Courtesy photo

New GOP Officers elected Thursday include from left, Lawry Mann - 2nd Vice Chair, Marion Pack - Secretary, Norma
Tech - Treasurer, Robert Gibson - Chairman and Bill McKerley - 1st Vice Chair. Courtesy photo

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos elected its 2013-2014 officers during its County Convention held Thursday evening at UNM-LA.

Robert Gibson was elected Chairman, Bill McCurley is 1st Vice Chair, Lawry Mann was elected 2nd Vice Chair, Marion Pack is the new Secretary and Norma
Tech

Heinrich Seeks DOE Assurance for LANL Cleanup Funds

on April 19, 2013 - 12:58pm

U.S. SENATE News:

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing yesterday to consider the president's proposed budget for the Department of Energy for fiscal year 2014.

During that hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., sought assurance from DOE’s Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Poneman that waste cleanup efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory would receive sufficient funding this year.

This is part of Heinrich’s ongoing effort to ensure all priority cleanup efforts at LANL stay on schedule.

On April 3, Senators Heinrich and Tom Udall

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Visits LANL

on April 19, 2013 - 7:42am
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Rep. Carl Trujillo visit Los Alamos National Laboratory Monday. Courtesy photo
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Rep. Carl Trujillo chat with scientists during a visit Los Alamos National Laboratory Monday. Courtesy photo

Udall Statement on Defeat of Bipartisan Background Check Amendment

on April 18, 2013 - 1:04pm
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued this statement following the Senate’s consideration of amendments to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, including the Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks on commercial gun sales:
 
"The bipartisan Manchin-Toomey agreement would have expanded criminal background checks to reduce gun violence while upholding the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.
 
"Fifty-four United States senators voted in agreement with 90 percent of the American people that

Luján, Lujan Grisham Write to President Obama with Concerns over Proposed Cuts to Social Security Benefits

on April 17, 2013 - 9:41am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New Mexico Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham wrote to President Obama recently to express their concerns with provisions in the President's budget that would impact Social Security and reduce benefits for New Mexico seniors.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
Below is the text of the letter:

April 16, 2013

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20502

Dear Mr. President:

It was with great interest that we reviewed the 2014

Letter to the Editor: Last Hour Tax Deal Violates the Spirit of Open Government

on April 17, 2013 - 9:01am

Last Hour Tax Deal Violates the Spirit of Open Government

 

By Meredith R. Machen and Dick Mason, Leadership Team
League of Women Voters of New Mexico leaders@lwvnm.org

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico is concerned about the last-minute tax bill slammed through the New Mexico Legislature and the broken process. 

HB641, like any comprehensive tax legislation, has many components which will have long-term effects on New Mexico's economy.

Experts are still debating the overall cost and benefit projections, the challenges for municipalities, the difficulties of implementation,

Luján: Cybersecurity Enhancement Act Passage Important Step

on April 17, 2013 - 8:14am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District voted today in support of legislation to address the evolving cyber threats facing the nation.

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act passed with wide bipartisan support. Luján is a cosponsor of the legislation that includes provisions he worked on last Congress to enhance the role of the national laboratories, to encourage the rapid transfer of research and development advances into new commercial cybersecurity technologies, and to improve consumer privacy protection.

"As our country and our economy

Udall Applauds USPS Decision to Continue Saturday Delivery

on April 14, 2013 - 10:05am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall commended the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) announcement Wednesday that it will not go through with plans to eliminate Saturday delivery.
 
USPS' decision comes in response to congressional protest and legislative action by Udall and others to ban a reduction in services.
 
"The continuation of Saturday delivery is a win for the countless Americans who rely on mail services,” Udall said.

Democrats Meet 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18

on April 13, 2013 - 9:32am

DPLA News:

All registered Democrats are urged to attend the Democratic Party of Los Alamos monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18.

The meeting will be at UNM-Los Alamos in Building 2.

The purpose of the meeting is to approve the local party's budget and discuss the upcoming JFK Dinner scheduled for June 8.

 
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Udall Meets With VA Secretary Shinseki Friday

on April 13, 2013 - 9:04am
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., meeting with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., met Friday afternoon with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to discuss ways to improve veterans care in New Mexico and around the country.
 
"Secretary Shinseki and I had a productive conversation about the need to improve services for veterans in our state.

Local GOP County Convention April 18

on April 12, 2013 - 7:59am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos will elect its 2013-14 County Central Committee and officers April 18 at the Jeannette O. Wallace Hall, room 505, at UNM-LA, 400 University Dr.

The County Contingent to the Republican Party of New Mexico Central Committee also will be elected at this meeting.

Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. and closes at 7 p.m., and Republicans registered in the County of Los Alamos are encouraged to attend.

The meeting of the 2011-2012 Central Committee begins at 7 p.m., followed by Ward Caucuses and the County Convention.

For information, contact GOP Party

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard To Hold Town Hall Meeting

on April 11, 2013 - 12:54pm

STATE News:

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard will join with the AARP of Los Alamos to hold a Town Hall meeting 1-3 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Betty Erhart Senior Center in the classroom (lower level.)

All members of the public are invited to attend the meeting where they will be given a briefing on the recent Legislative session and how it impacts Los Los Alamos and New Mexico.

Questions from the audience will be welcome and attendees will also be able to visit with Rep. Garcia Richard.

Light refreshments provided by the AARP will be served.

Contact Rep.

Udall Statement on Senate Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence

on April 11, 2013 - 11:24am
U.S. SENATE NEWS:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., released this statement following the Senate's vote to begin debate and consideration of the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013:
 
"Congress has an obligation to pass sensible legislation in an effort to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in our nation and prevent tragic mass shootings.
 
"We can take logical steps to expand criminal background checks, increase school safety and strengthen laws against gun trafficking and illegal purchases, without infringing on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding

Udall Statement on President's Budget Request

on April 10, 2013 - 7:25pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement on President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal:
 
"The president's budget request is overall positive news for New Mexico. It replaces harmful sequester cuts with a more balanced approach and calls for investments in Pre-K and manufacturing to help bolster the middle class.

Letter to the Editor: An Unhappy Marker of How Far We Have to Go

on April 9, 2013 - 10:08am
Equal Pay Day
(An unhappy marker of how far we have to go)
 
By Judy Prono and Natalie Markin
Co-Facilitators, AAUW-Los Alamos Branch

Today, Tuesday April 9, is Equal Pay Day. It marks how far into the year a woman must work to earn as much as a man earned in the previous year.

The day is an unhappy marker of how far we have to go before we close the gender wage gap. This gap hasn’t budged in nearly a decade, leaving women and their families to suffer the effects of lost wages.

Fifty years ago, President John F.

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