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Heinrich, Udall Honor César Chávez Legacy

on March 31, 2014 - 11:10am

 Civil rights leader César E. Chávez. Courtesy/wnmu.edu 

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., both members of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, cosponsored a resolution to honor civil rights leader César E. Chávez.

“César Chávez was a fearless leader and deeply committed to improving the lives of others. He was a champion of justice, tirelessly fighting for better working conditions and fair wages, and inspired a generation of community organizers across the country,” Heinrich said.

“César Chávez’s ability to bring the

Today is 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day'

on March 30, 2014 - 11:00am

Today is 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day' and to all the Vietnam veterans living in Los Alamos - thank you and welcome home. Flags flying at North Mesa home in honor of Vietnam veterans. Photo by SFC Jim Douglass USA RET

Staff Report

March 30, 1973, all US troops withdrew from Vietnam. In Vietnam, the day was March 29, 1973.

Recognized as a day of commemoration, reflection and respect to veterans who sacrificed so much during the Vietnam War. This is a good day to visit the local American Legion and VFW posts and say - welcome home and thank you for your service.

 

Welcome Home

Peaceful Dia de los Muertos Demonstration Planned at Trinity Site Entrance April 5

on March 30, 2014 - 10:32am

CCNS News:

Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS) has announced an upcoming event at the Trinity Test Site, the location of the first test explosion of a nuclear device July 16, 1945 on the White Sands Missile Range.

The Trinity Site is open to the public one day a year, which this year is Saturday, April 5. The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium and Las Mujeres Hablan advocacy groups are organizing a peaceful Dia de los Muertos demonstration at the Stallion Range Station on Highway 380, east of San Antonio, beginning at 9 a.m.

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Receives Congressional Accolades

on March 30, 2014 - 9:48am

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Receives Congressional Accolades

  • SIPI Receives Grants Totaling More Than $923,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham congratulated the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) on its recent progress and achievements in Albuquerque Thursday.

On March 12, Assistant Secretary of the Interior-Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn announced that SIPI was awarded two separate grants in excess of $923,000 to support undergraduate research, and to encourage students to engage in science, technology,

Heinrich Statement on Endangered Species Act Listing for the Lesser Prairie Chicken

on March 30, 2014 - 9:42am

Lesser prairie chicken. Courtesy/wikipedia

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., made the following statement Thursday on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to list the lesser prairie chicken, found in New Mexico as well as four other states, as a threatened species:

“New Mexico communities, oil and gas producers and farmers and ranchers deserve credit for implementing voluntary habitat conservation measures through the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances process, USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and Farm Service

Candidates Speak At Lincoln Day Dinner

on March 29, 2014 - 8:14am

New Mexico House of Representatives Dist. 43 candidate Geoff Rodgers with Secretary of State Dianna Duran at Wednesday's Lincoln Day Dinner at the Los Alamos Research Park. The annual event was sponsored by the Republican Party of Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

New Mexico House of Representatives Dist. 43 candidate Vincent Chiravalle speaks about his candidacy. He is a former Los Alamos Couny Councilor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

State Treasurer candidate Rick Lopez ueged the crowd to vote for Secretary of State Dianna Duran in her bid for re-election.

Los Alamos Lincoln Day Dinner Draws Secretary of State, Community Members and Candidates

on March 28, 2014 - 1:26pm

Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Audience members stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report:

Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran was the keynote speaker at Wednesday's Lincoln Day Dinner at the Los Alamos Research Park on West Jemez Road Jemez Road.

In addition to being the chief elections officer of the state, Duran also overseas campaign finance reporting, lobbyist registration, and financial disclosures by certain public officials.

Vincent P. Chiravalle Launches Official Campaign Website

on March 28, 2014 - 12:43pm

Dist. 43 Candidate Vincent P. Chiravalle

POLITICAL News:

Vincent P. Chiravalle, a republican candidate for New Mexico’s House of Representatives District 43, has launched his official campaign website, www.chiravallefordistrict43.com.

The website describes Chiravalle’s political views and goals. Visitors can sign up to receive campaign news and event invitations, read his blog, volunteer and donate to the campaign.

Community Invited to David Izraelevitz Campaign Kickoff Party @ Fuller Lodge Tuesday

on March 28, 2014 - 8:15am

POLITICAL News:

The community is invited to join County Councilor David Izraelevitz for his Campaign Kickoff Party and Benefit to Support Assets in Action's "March on Hunger."

The event is 5:30-7 p.m., April 1 at Fuller Lodge.

"I am inviting you to a gathering to celebrate the kickoff of my campaign for County Council," Izraelevitz said. "Yeah, I know it's April Fools Day and feel free to be prepared with jokes. We will have good free food and give attendees an opportunity to visit with me and other members of the community.

Luján Calls for Vote on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

on March 28, 2014 - 7:00am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, first vice chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, called for a vote on comprehensive immigration reform in the House of Representatives.
 
House Democrats have introduced a discharge petition that would require an up or down vote on H.R. 15, a bipartisan immigration bill, once a 218-member majority of the House signs that petition. Luján signed the petition Wednesday.
 
“Enough is enough - it is time to bring immigration reform to the House floor for a vote.” Luján said.

Breaking News: LAPS Superintendent Keeps Job!

on March 27, 2014 - 6:38pm

Superintendent Gene Schmidt

Staff Report

All five members of the Los Alamos Board of Education just voted to retain Superintendent Gene Schmidt as interim superintendent for a year.

The Board will use that time period to conduct a nationwide search for a permanent superintendent to take over mid 2015.

Schmidt resigned earlier this month after it became evident that he did not have the full support of the board to renew his current contract, which runs out June 30.

School board members had a change of heart this evening and made the decision to retain Schmidt in the interim capacity.

Democratic Party of Los Alamos Members Gather With Politicos

on March 27, 2014 - 1:12pm

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos met U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan's new campaign manager Lorenzo Gutierrez at a meeting last week. A few of the attendees and Matthew Wilson and Yvonne Quintana, candidates for judge of the First District Court, took a moment for a photo op. Courtesy photo
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All Political Persuasions Invited to 2014 Republican Candidates Meet & Greet

on March 27, 2014 - 10:51am
GOP News:
 
The Los Alamos Republican Women will host a 2014 Republican Candidates Meet & Greet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3 at 1615 Central Ave., Suite 100 (downstairs from Pro2Serve and adjacent to Metzger's). 
 
All political persuasions are invited to attend and meet local and state Republican candidates. The candidates will briefly speak and attendees will then have the opportunity to ask them questions.
 
For further information, contact Donna MacDonald 505.662.4001.

$20.7 Million Excise Tax Revenue Will Support New Mexico Wildlife and Conservation Programs

on March 27, 2014 - 8:26am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, welcomed the U.S. Department of Interior's announcement Tuesday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute $20,698,851 in excise tax revenues paid by sportsmen, recreational shooters, and boaters to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects across New Mexico.

"Hunting and fishing are a way of life for thousands of New Mexicans and the taxes paid by sportsmen in our state help support wildlife management and

Frustration Sparked School Board Secretary's Saturday Night Email

on March 26, 2014 - 11:47am
School Board Secretary Matt Williams
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos School Board Secretary Matt Williams explained that he had become very frustrated and that is why he sent his Saturday night email to President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, copying the entire board and the Los Alamos Daily Post.

"It was a vent out of frustration," Williams said during a telephone call with the Los Alamos Daily Post Tuesday.

EPA to Deploy Mobile Air Monitors to WIPP Within Two Weeks

on March 26, 2014 - 9:42am

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Tuesday that within the next two weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will deploy mobile environmental monitoring units to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

In a Feb. 27 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the senators had asked the EPA to send the additional air monitors to conduct independent tests and help respond to questions that have arisen from the community about safety following the Feb. 14 radiation leak at WIPP. For a copy of the senators' letter, click

Is Los Alamos School Board Imploding?

on March 24, 2014 - 5:19pm
School Board Secretary Matt Williams
  • Matt Williams said he was ready to speak out about superintendent situation ... then went completely mum.
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos School Board Secretary Matt Williams seems to have vanished after he sent an email Saturday night to the School Board and copied the Los Alamos Daily Post.

School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie

His email was directed to School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie in which he wrote: 

Judy - I request that you provide to the Board a schedule of every private meeting you have had with Mr.

Los Alamos County Officials Gather with Japanese Dignitaries For Meeting and Reception in Santa Fe

on March 22, 2014 - 11:36am

Los Alamos County Councilor Geoff Rodgers, left, with Consul General of Japan Ikuhiko Ono, center, and Consul General of Mexico Mauricio Ibara Ponce de Leon at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe Friday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Senior officials from JETRO (the Japan External Trade Organization) met in Santa Fe Friday with various business and community leaders to promote economic dialogue between Japan and New Mexico. The JETRO delegation featured Director Sachiko Yoshimura of JETRO offices in Los Angeles.

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Governor Appoints Dr. Paul Daly of Los Alamos to State Board

on March 21, 2014 - 4:05pm

Dr. Paul Daly

 

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE—Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that she has appointed Dr. Paul Daly of Los Alamos to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Advisory Board. Dr. Daly is a clinic and staff physician at Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico, and previously served as a clinic physician at Acadia Medical Group in Reno, Nev., and Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos.

 

Dr. Daly also has worked at the U.S. Naval Hospitals in Bremerton, Wash., and Naples, Italy, and is a veteran of both the U.S. Army and Naval Reserves. He holds an M.D.

New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran to Speak at Lincoln Day Dinner in Los Alamos

on March 21, 2014 - 3:02pm

Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran. Courtesy/GOP

GOP News:

Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran will speak at the Lincoln Day Dinner 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 26 at the Los Alamos Research Park Conference Center, Room 203A, 4200 W. Jemez Road.

Duran became New Mexico’s 24th Secretary of State Jan. 1, 2011. She is the first Republican elected to that office since 1928. As Secretary, Duran is pursuing a wide range of initiatives designed to modernize the office, streamline operations, cut costs, focus on customer service and lay the groundwork for future operations.

Udall: Removing Waste From Los Alamos Before Fire Season Critical to Community's Safety

on March 20, 2014 - 9:24am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall responded to the decision by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractor, NWP, to temporarily stage TRU waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) at WCS in Andrews, Texas, while recovery efforts continue at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

Udall has worked throughout his career for safe cleanup at LANL, and since joining the Senate Appropriations Committee has led the delegation in securing increased funds to ensure nuclear waste is removed from the lab by June 30, 2014. He issued the

DOE, NWP Making Plans to Continue Moving LANL Transuranic Waste

on March 20, 2014 - 8:29am

WIPP News:

  • Proposal Would Assist DOE in Meeting Commitment to New Mexico

CARLSBAD – Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), the management and operating contractor at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), in coordination with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is proposing to ship transuranic waste currently located at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for temporary storage at Waste Control Specialists (WCS), located in western Andrews County, Texas.

The Department has committed to the state of New Mexico to removing several thousand cubic meters of TRU waste from LANL by June 30. The

VA Pressed on Delay of Open Air Burn Pit Registry

on March 20, 2014 - 7:30am

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric K. Shinseki Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittee and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, pressed the VA for answers regarding its failure to diligently and expeditiously implement the Open Air Burn Pit Registry as mandated under Section 201 of PL 112-260, which Udall and Corker coauthored and introduced in 2011. 

“As you know from previous

Los Alamos American Legion Riders Escort 'The Wall That Heals' to Santa Fe

on March 20, 2014 - 7:23am
Members of the Los Alamos Chapter of the American Legion Riders joined the New Mexico Patriot Guard in escorting 'The Wall That Heals' Tuesday from west of Albuquerque to Ft. Marcy Park in Santa Fe where it will be on display this week. Los Alamos American Legion Riders from left, Jim Hay, Fred Humphry, Ron Shuttles, Ken Nadeau, Dave Bullock and Chris Larribas. Photo by Los Alamos Rider Randi Moore
 
Staff Report

SANTA FE—A half-size replica of the National Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., is now in Santa Fe for a six-day stop. The Wall That Heals arrived Tuesday Ft.

Heinrich Co-signs Letter to Protect LGBT Workers

on March 20, 2014 - 7:18am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. co-signed a letter Wednesday calling on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The letter was led by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and is signed by more than 175 members of Congress.

"[We] urge you to fulfill the promise in your State of the Union address to make this a 'year of action' and

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