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Business Community Briefed On Legislative Agenda

on December 9, 2014 - 11:54am
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard gives a legislative report at Thursday's Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce members listen to Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard's legislative report at Thursday's Business Breakfast. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties, briefed the local business community on the 60-day session opening next month.

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Udall Statement On State's Decision To Fine DOE Following Accident At WIPP

on December 7, 2014 - 10:38am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

STAFF REPORT

WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement Saturday on the state of New Mexico's decision to fine the U.S. Department of Energy over $54 million for numerous violations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Los Alamos National Laboratory:

"The investigation by the state of New Mexico found that the accident last February put at risk the health of workers and the nearby community. The action the state has taken is appropriate and shows why I have long fought for state environmental authority over WIPP waste operations.

Lunch With A Leader Features Anne Laurent Dec. 16

on December 7, 2014 - 10:05am

Anne Laurent

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters invites the community to Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m., Dec. 16 at Mesa Public Library.

The speaker is Anne Laurent, LEED certified, licensed architect, is director of the Los Alamos County Community and Economic Development Department and in charge of Capital Projects. She will address the County's comprehensive plan - what is happening, what needs to happen, and how the public will be involved.

Laurent earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Rhode Island School of Design.

GOP Women Host Holiday Luncheon Dec. 11

on December 6, 2014 - 7:18am

LAFRW News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have their annual Holiday Luncheon, a potluck at noon Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Dr.

All registered Republican Women are invited to attend this special event. New 2015-2016 officers will be installed, and members will bring gifts for the Adopt-A-Family program. 

To RSVP, call Donna MacDonald 505.662.4001.

Udall Recruiting Spring Interns For New Mexico Offices

on December 5, 2014 - 11:25am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Positions available in Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Portales and Santa Fe offices

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for spring semester internships in his Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Portales and Santa Fe offices. 

For more information and to apply for an internship, visit http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/internships. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to submit their applications early. 

"Congressional

NCRTD Welcomes Town Of Taos

on December 5, 2014 - 10:16am

Taos Mayor Daniel Barrone

NCRTD News:

The Town of Taos has joined the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) as a full member to its Board of Directors.

Named to represent the Town on the NCRTD Board is Town of Taos Mayor Daniel Barrone. As a commissioner representing Taos County, Barrone has served as Board Chair since 2012. His seat on the County Commission will expire in January. 

The NCRTD Board is comprised of thirteen city councilors, county commissioners and tribal representatives from throughout the four-county District.

Udall Statement On Nomination of Ashton Carter As Secretary of Defense

on December 5, 2014 - 9:53am
Ashton 'Ash' Carter
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement on the president’s decision to nominate Ashton Carter to serve as Secretary of Defense: 
 
"The United States and the broader international community are confronting multiple quickly evolving threats in the Middle East, including the emergence of the brutal terrorist organization ISIS. Ashton Carter has the respect of senior military leaders having served under multiple secretaries of defense, managed large budgets and handled many demands under scrutiny.

House Passes Manhattan Project Park Act!

on December 4, 2014 - 2:54pm

The Oppenheimer House in Los Alamos. Courtesy/AHF

ATOMIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION News:

The House of Representatives today passed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park! There may be skirmishes ahead, but if all goes well the Senate may vote on the NDAA next week.

Today the House of Representatives passed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included a provision to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park at Los Alamos, NM; Hanford, WA; and Oak Ridge, TN. The Senate is

Joseph Hezir Confirmed As DOE's New CFO

on December 4, 2014 - 9:43am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joseph Hezir was confirmed by the Senate this morning as the Department of Energy’s Chief Financial Officer.

“Joe’s experience in the energy, environmental and budgetary realms and his strategic approach to challenges make him a great fit as Chief Financial Officer for the agency,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “I look forward to working with him as CFO and I thank the Senate for approving his nomination.”

As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Hezir will work to assure the effective management and financial integrity of Department of Energy.

Dr. Franklin Orr Confirmed As Under Secretary For Science And Energy At DOE

on December 4, 2014 - 8:19am

Franklin M. 'Lynn' Orr Jr.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Franklin (Lynn) Orr was confirmed by the Senate this morning, as the Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the Department of Energy.

“Lynn Orr is an outstanding scientist and has successfully led a major multidisciplinary program on energy sources, technology and analysis at one of the top research universities. This experience will serve him well as the DOE Under Secretary for Science and Energy,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.

Udall Secures Provisions In NDAA To Improve Tech Transfer At New Mexico's National Laboratories

on December 4, 2014 - 7:31am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Wednesday that he has successfully pushed for key reforms to fund technology transfer at New Mexico's national laboratories and upgrade how the federal government buys and manages information technology (IT) as part of a critical national defense bill.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Udall has championed tech transfer and IT reform, and the inclusion of his provisions in the end-of-year National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will help researchers spin off new businesses from New

Heinrich Secures Provisions In Defense Authorization Act To Strengthen N.M. Military Bases, National Security

on December 4, 2014 - 7:22am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., successfully included several key provisions in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to strengthen national security and New Mexico's military bases, and boost the economy.

The NDAA sets the Department of Defense (DOD) spending levels and policies for the upcoming fiscal year.

"New Mexico's military bases are home to thousands of men and women who dedicate their lives to the safety and security of our great nation," Heinrich said.

Manhattan Project National Historical Park Included In National Defense Authorization Act Finalized Tonight!

on December 2, 2014 - 10:47pm

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

Several landmark conservation and energy bills, including the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act, championed by Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall have been included in the National Defense Authorization Act, which was finalized tonight.

Sen. Martin Heinrich

The critical annual bill is expected to be voted on by the House and Senate before the end of the year. http://rules.house.gov/.

"We are closer than ever to making historic gains in protecting some of New Mexico's most treasured landscapes," Heinrich said.

Heinrich To Deliver Keynote At Quality Of Life Initiative Symposium In Santa Fe

on December 2, 2014 - 12:25pm

SFCC News:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. will deliver the keynote address to kick off the second annual Quality of Life Initiative Symposium at 1:10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5  at the Santa Fe Community College.

 The two-day symposium, entitled, "Education, Engagement, Empowerment, Equity," will focus on ways the community can strengthen their efforts to improve the quality of life in Santa Fe's south side.   

Heinrich will be joined by local leaders, including Santa Fe City Councilors Carmichael Dominguez and Chris Rivera, and health, education, food access, transportation, and youth and

Urgent Response Needed From Community Now!

on December 2, 2014 - 11:01am

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

It looks like the legislation for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park may be crashing today but it's still being discussed on the floor so urgent action from the community is needed now.

Please call Sen. Martin Heinrich, p: (202) 224-5521, and Sen. Tom Udall, (202) 224-6621 immediatley and ask them to talk to their colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee to support the Park as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.

If you can't get through on the phone, please e-mail them at http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=contact and

Heinrich Calls For Full Funding Of PILT, SRS For Critical Local Government Services

on December 2, 2014 - 6:44am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., joined a bipartisan coalition urging Senate leaders to fully fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) in any end-of-year legislation.

"Moving forward, we hope that we can work together to seek a long-term solution to provide a consistent and stable source of funding for the nation's counties containing federal lands," the lawmakers wrote to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Governor To Light State Christmas Tree Monday

on November 28, 2014 - 9:55am

Gov. Susana Martinez will participate in the annual lighting of the New Mexico State Christmas Tree Monday evening in Santa Fe. The community is invited to attend and enjoy hot apple cider and biscochitos. The tree lighting ceremony is 5:15 p.m. in the southwest corner of the state capitol grounds at 490 Old Santa Fe Trail. Photo is of the tree lighting in 2011.  Courtesy/NMGO

Udall Nominates Three Los Alamos Students To United States Service Academies

on November 27, 2014 - 8:38am
U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced 43 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2015, including three students from Los Alamos.

A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Udall, Heinrich Back DOD Plan To Better Protect Military Families From Abusive Financial Practices

on November 27, 2014 - 8:02am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. are supporting the Department of Defense's (DOD) plan to update the Military Lending Act (MLA) and close existing loopholes in order to better protect soldiers and their families from abusive financial practices. In a letter sent today to U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the Senators expressed strong support for the proposed new rule to help prevent lenders from charging excessive fees and taking advantage of military families.

"As our service members are asked to take on even more tasks in

LAPS Officials File School Board Election Resolution

on November 25, 2014 - 4:05pm

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover receives the school board election resolution in her office this morning from LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt, LAPS Chief Financial Officer Lisa Montoya and School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie. They filed the school board election resolution to put people on notice that they should run for school board, Dr. Schmidt said. The election is Feb 3, 2015 and includes positions 3, 4 and 5, all of which are on the hill. Candidates must reside within the boundaries of the position they are running for. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost

Residents Encouraged To Run For Local School Board

on November 25, 2014 - 7:14am

LAPS News:

With the Dec. 16 sign up deadline for those interested in running for a seat on the Los Alamos School Board fast approaching, Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie is encouraging residents to consider applying.

“Get ready to serve your community,” Bjarke-McKenzie said. “There are many critical decisions the school system will be making including the selection of the next school superintendent. Serving on the School Board gives residents a voice in the future direction of the school system.”

Any resident of the District, who is a “qualified elector” (qualified to vote under the

Udall Statement On DOD's Chuck Hagel Stepping Down

on November 24, 2014 - 10:15am
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after President Obama announced that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will step down: 
 
“Over the last year, we have seen the emergence of a brutal terrorist organization as well as other security threats that have required a targeted, strategic response, with little room for mistakes. As the commander in chief, President Obama needs to have a strong defense secretary who will handle these challenges with authority and clear leadership.

Governor To Recognize New Mexico True Heroes

on November 24, 2014 - 8:54am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

Gov. Susana Martinez will be in Albuquerque at 2 p.m. today to recognize the extraordinary citizens being honored as New Mexico True Heroes.

Through a partnership with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the New Mexico True Heroes program honors four New Mexicans who contribute to making their communities a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

The Governor will recognize:

  • John Masterson, Roswell, is being recognized for his bravery in ceasing a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School in early 2014. Masterson is a married father of three who teaches

Egolf, Stapleton, Caballero Make Up House Democrats New Leadership Team For 2015-2016

on November 23, 2014 - 11:04am

STATE News:

SANTA FE - Democrats in the New Mexico House of Representatives have elected  a new Floor Leader, Whip and Caucus Chair for the 52nd Legislature. 

Floor Leader Rep. Brian Egolf

Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, who was elected on the first ballot, will represent the Democrats as their new Floor Leader.

Egolf  has served in the House since 2009  and has chaired the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

 

 

 

Minority Whip Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton

Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton, D-Bernalillo, elected in 1995, will represent the Democrats as Minority Whip.  

 

 

 

Udall, Heinrich Seek Additional Resources For WIPP

on November 23, 2014 - 9:35am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.As Congress finalizes its fiscal year 2015 spending bills, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced they are seeking continued support for funding for the recovery of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

In a letter to Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, the senators urged them to provide an additional $113 million above 2014 funding levels to ensure ongoing recovery efforts are maintained and the facility can safely resume operation.

WIPP has been closed

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