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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


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

Rep. Garcia Richard Addresses Los Alamos Military Order of the World Wars

on March 19, 2014 - 12:32pm
New Mexico Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard made her annual briefing Tuesday night to the Los Alamos Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars about the recent legislative session and current issues facing the state. Courtesy photo
MOWW Los Alamos Chapter Commander Gregg Giesler presents Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard with a Certificate of Appreciation for her presentation and service. Tuesday evening was Garcia Richard's third time presenting to the MOWW. Courtesy photo

One-Stop Business Portal Bill Signed Into Law

on March 19, 2014 - 10:48am

Senate Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen


SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez signed Senate Bill 9 March 6 to create a one-stop online portal for New Mexico businesses.

The bill is sponsored by Senate Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen, D-Dona Ana and co-sponsored by Rep. Luciano Varela, D-Santa Fe.

This legislation provides for the development of a free, user-friendly, searchable and public website that will allow businesses to simplify their online transactions with state agencies.

According to the bill, the one-stop business portal, which is predicted to be in full operation by July 2017,

Heinrich: I Support Sen. Feinstein's Effort to Set the Record Straight on CIA Misconduct

on March 19, 2014 - 7:35am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. responded to a floor statement made last week by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, chair of the Select Committee on Intelligence, on Congress's oversight of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA):

"I thank and recognize Chairman Feinstein for her efforts to set the factual record straight regarding the deeply disturbing events and indefensible judgment exhibited by the CIA with respect to the Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program.

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on March 19, 2014 - 7:25am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hold its Regular Business Meeting 9-11 a.m. Friday, March 21 at Santa Fe County Chambers, 102 Grant Avenue, Santa Fe.  

The Regional Coalition is comprised of eight cities and counties surrounding the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns. The organization's focus is environmental remediation, regional economic development and site employment, and adequate funding for LANL.


College Tuition and Fees Waived for Foster Children

on March 18, 2014 - 7:01am

Sen. George Munoz


SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez signed March 10 Senate Bill 206, Foster Care System Student Tuition Waiver, sponsored by Sen. George Munoz, D-Cibola, McKinley and San Juan.

The legislation signs into state law that college tuition and fees be waived for certain children who have been in the foster care of the state or in the legal custody of a New Mexico Indian nation, tribe or pueblo or the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs Division of Human Services.

“This piece of legislation is very important to the people of New Mexico.

Udall Introduces Tech Transfer Legislation

on March 15, 2014 - 7:29am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall introduced legislation to improve the Department of Energy’s (DOE) technology transfer process and help innovators turn research into marketable products and businesses. 

Udall’s Accelerating Technology Transfer to Advance Innovation for the Nation (ATTAIN) Act would help New Mexico entrepreneurs create jobs and revolutionary products. The changes it proposes are critical to helping leverage research at the state’s two DOE labs and develop high-tech private sector businesses. 

Udall discussed the importance of the bill

Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes Decrease

on March 15, 2014 - 7:27am

NMDT News:

SANTA FE— Thursday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that fatal alcohol-related crashes on New Mexico’s roads and highways decreased by 13.7 percent from 2012 to 2013, demonstrating that the state’s increased measures to make the roads safer are working. Traffic fatalities as a whole also decreased by nearly 16 percent from 2012 to 2013.

“This progress shows that the hard work of New Mexico’s law enforcement and public safety officials is saving more lives,” Martinez said.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Meets With Seniors

on March 14, 2014 - 7:29am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard met with senior citizens at the White Rock Senior Center Thursday. Garcia Richard addressed a variety of topics including her proposals for strengthening repeat DUI offenders, solutions to the Lottery Scholarship's lack of funding, a constitutional amendment on class size limits for K-3, House Memorials promoting the Manhattan Project National Historic Park and supporting  LANL's major subcontractors.

Governor Acts on 22 Pieces of Legislation

on March 13, 2014 - 9:22am



SANTA FE—Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation Wednesday to reform and provide additional funding for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship. Martinez used her line-item veto authority to fix a widely reported drafting error in the legislative language that could have kept some students from receiving their tuition on time.


“I’m pleased that a bipartisan solution was reached to protect the Lottery Scholarship for students currently in their spring semesters, and I believe we’ve begun the process of instituting reforms to the Scholarship to ensure that students will be able

'Plastic Bag Ban' Talk March 20 At UNM-LA

on March 13, 2014 - 8:44am

DPLA News:

Members of the "Plastic Bag Ban" group will give a presentation to the Democratic Party of Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at UNM-LA in Building 2.

The group will discuss their effort to get single use plastic bags banned in Los Alamos County, similar to Santa Fe, to help protect the environment.

All Democrats are welcome to attend the meeting.

Los Alamos Political Leaders Cross Party Lines

on March 13, 2014 - 7:44am

Longtime Los Alamos Republican Party leader JoAnn Johnson shared a friendly hug and jovial conversation with longtime Los Alamos Democratic Party leader George Chandler when the two bumped into each other Tuesday in the County Clerk's Office. They had each stopped in to check the status of who had filed for office. 'I've known George for years and even though we belong to different parties, I think the world of him,' Johnson said. Johnson is serving her final year as Los Alamos County Assessor before she term limits out.

Governor Signs $6.15 Billion State Budget

on March 12, 2014 - 11:34am

Gov. Susana Martinez


RIO RANCHO Gov. Susana Martinez signed New Mexico’s Fiscal Year 2015 State Budget Tuesday, a bipartisan compromise that enacts several initiatives to increase New Mexico’s healthcare workforce, invests in key job creation efforts, and expands education reform initiatives as a means of getting more education dollars into the classroom to help struggling students and schools. 

As signed, the $6.15 billion budget increases state spending by 4.3 percent over the current fiscal year.

Garcia Richard At White Rock Senior Center Thursday

on March 12, 2014 - 9:37am
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
WRSC News:
New Mexico Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard is speaking at the White Rock Senior Center at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13.
The public is welcome to attend this talk and encouraged to ask questions concerning the recent Legislative session.

Vincent P. Chiravalle files for State Representative Dist. 43

on March 11, 2014 - 8:38pm

Former Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent P. Chiravalle filed for State Representative District 43 today at the Secretary of State's Office in Santa Fe. Chiravalle will face fellow Republican Geoff Rodgers in the June 3 Primary Election. The winner of that race will face Democrat Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard in the November General Election. Chiravalle said that he believes in core Republican principles and wants to apply common sense conservative solutions that put state government on the side of our citizens - adding that he has a proven track record of fighting for the needs of working

Clerk Selects Ballot Order For Candidates

on March 11, 2014 - 8:27pm

Candidates, supporters and County staff in the Clerk's Office just after 5 p.m. as County Clerk Sharon Stover draws names to determine each candidate's position on the Ballot. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Ballot placement for June 3 Primary Election:

County Council Democratic Candidates:

1 - Edward R. Birnbaum

2 - Michael D. Redondo

3 - David Izraelevitz

4 - Andrea S. Cunningham

5 - Mary Susan O'Leary

County Council Republican Candidates:

1 - James T. Chrobocinski

2 - John L. Bliss

3 - Billy J. McKerley

4 - Rick L. Reiss

County Assessor

James Chrobocinski Files For Council

on March 11, 2014 - 5:12pm

James Chrobocinski files for Los Alamos County Council as his assistant Carrie Montoya Pegg, treasurer Kevin Holsapple and brother Randy Foster look on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladaily/

Blair Redmond Files For Magistrate Judge

on March 11, 2014 - 5:04pm

Republican Blair Redmond files for Los Alamos County Magistrate judge as her husband Cpl. Jordan Redmond looks on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Bill McKerley Files For County Council

on March 11, 2014 - 4:57pm

Republican Bill McKerley Files For County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Abe Dispennette Files For County Assessor

on March 11, 2014 - 4:38pm

Republican Abe Dispennette just filed for Los Alamos County Assessor and will run against Democrat Ken Milder in the General Election if other candidates file before the deadline in the next 25 minutes. Dispennette owns Abe Dispennette State Farm Agency. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Karyl Ann Armbruster Files For Public Education Commission District 4

on March 11, 2014 - 3:29pm

Democrat Karyl Ann Armbruster filed for Public Education Commission Dist. 4 today. Armbruster was required to submit 272 Democratic signatures and submitted 388 signatures to qualify for the November ballot. She served 39 years of her professional life in public education, as president of the American Federation of Teachers 2002-2008 and is an active member of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, League of Women Voters and Northern New Mexico Central Labor Council. Courtesy photo

Rep. Garcia Richard Submits Over 450 Petition Signatures

on March 11, 2014 - 3:25pm

Today, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard made her re-election campaign official when she filed all appropriate paperwork to qualify for the November ballot. 'I am excited to submit over 450 signatures of registered voters spanning all four of the counties that create House District 43,' Garcia Richard said. 'I have worked tirelessly for the residents of our district and the outpouring of support shown from voters spanning the entire political spectrum, proves just that.