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More Than 1.6 Million Americans; 7,400 New Mexicans Have Lost Unemployment Insurance

on January 27, 2014 - 8:26am


SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District highlighted a new report on how many Americans have seen their unemployment insurance run out since Dec. 28, 2013.

The analysis by House Ways and Means Committee Democrats found that more than 1.6 million Americans, including 7,492 New Mexicans have lost these important benefits. Without Congressional action, on average, nearly 72,000 people are losing unemployment insurance every week.

"It was disappointing that once again Republicans recessed the House without addressing expiring unemployment insurance

Leadership Los Alamos Session Examines Local Government

on January 25, 2014 - 10:57am

Leadership Los Alamos panelists from left, DPU Charter Review Committee Chair Susan O'Leary, Utilities Board Chair David Powell and DPU Manager John Arrowsmith. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Leadership Los Alamos participants listen as DPU Charter Review Committee Chair Susan O'Leary presents details on her committee's recommendations to County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Session Co-Chairs Pat Casados (Magistrate Judge) and Chris Chandler (Probate Judge) led the Dec.

James Chrobocinski Announces Candidacy for Los Alamos County Assessor

on January 24, 2014 - 5:40pm

Owner/Broker James Chrobocinski of Zia Realty Group in his downtown office today announces bid for Los Alamos County Assessor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Local businessman James Chrobocinski announced his candidacy for Los Alamos County Assessor during an interview today with the Los Alamos Daily Post. Chrobocinski grew up in Los Alamos but left to live in Corpus Christi, Texas for several years. He returned two years ago and opened Zia Realty Group in downtown Los Alamos, which now has 25 agents and offices in Santa Fe and Espanola.

Legislative Jobs Council Recommends New Legislation

on January 24, 2014 - 5:41am

The New Mexico State Capital/Courtesy


SANTA FE–With a blueprint in hand, the bipartisan Legislative Jobs Council has started the legislative process of creating jobs in New Mexico. A legislative package based on the recommendations of the Jobs Council has been drafted and is ready to be introduced in the House of Representatives.

The legislative package includes:

  • Appropriations to improve economic development efforts toward job creation which includes significantly more funding for the Economic Development Department and the State Tourism

Former ADA and Judge Announces Candidacy for New Mexico Attorney General

on January 23, 2014 - 5:59am

Susan Riedel


ALBUQUERQUE - Susan Riedel, former chief deputy district attorney in Las Cruces and retired Third Judicial District Court judge, announced her candidacy Wednesday for New Mexico Attorney General. Riedel pledged to utilize her more than 25 years of prosecutorial experience to fight for New Mexico:

“New Mexico deserves a strong prosecutor as attorney general,” Riedel said. “I will stand up and fight against those who would prey on the weak and try to take advantage of the public.  I will enforce the laws of New Mexico to ensure that dangerous criminals are put behind bars.

Jobs; Education Top State of the State Address

on January 22, 2014 - 8:32am

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez delivers her annual State of the State Address Tuesday afternoon in the House Chambers saying, "I believe our focus must be on two of the most pressing issues – jobs and education." PrintScreen photo/   


The New Mexico House of Representatives Chamber in Santa Fe is filled to capacity during Tuesday's opening of the 30-day Legislative Session. PrintScreen photo/




SANTA FE—The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Gov.

Governor to Deliver State of the State Address 1 p.m. Today

on January 21, 2014 - 9:03am



SANTA FE — New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez will deliver the State of the State address tomorrow at approximately 1 p.m.

  •  When: Jan. 21, at approximately 1 p.m. (subject to legislative activity)
  • Where: New Mexico House of Representatives, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe

Note: The State of the State address will be streamed live online in cooperation with KNME at

Sen. Bill Soules to Outline Democratic Agenda during the Democratic Response to State of the State.

  • WHEN: Tuesday, Jan.

Jobs Council Extended for Second Year

on January 21, 2014 - 7:20am



SANTA FE - The Legislative Council has voted to extend the ground-breaking work of the Legislative Jobs Council for a second year.

During the interim, the bipartisan group of Legislators and private industry representatives tackled the immense and complex challenge of creating economic base jobs in New Mexico. The work of the Legislative Jobs Council is the most thorough and inclusive job creation planning in state history. 

Based on this work, specific legislation will be introduced during the 2014 legislative session with the hopes of creating jobs in the next

Martin Luther King Day Highlights Equality; Nonviolence

on January 20, 2014 - 10:40am

Martin Luther King Jr. Courtesy/

Staff Report

As the unquestioned leader of the peaceful Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was at the same time one of the most beloved and one of the most hated men of his time. From his involvement in the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 until his untimely death in 1968, King's message of change through peaceful means added to the movement's numbers and gave it its moral strength. The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is embodied in these two simple words: equality and nonviolence.

King was raised in an activist family.

PBS Live Streaming Gov's State of the State Address

on January 19, 2014 - 9:38am
Governor Susana Martinez

PBS News:

New Mexico PBS (KNME) Ch.5.1 is broadcasting live video of the 2014 New Mexico State of the State Address at 1 p.m. Tuesday (time is approximate) on Ch.5.1, as well as live streaming the speech and the follow-up panel discussion. Viewers can watch the Governor’s address again, in its entirety, at 10 p.m. on Ch.5.1.

Log in to watch and join the conversation.

2014 New Mexico State of the State Address:

The Roundtable Panel Discussion immediately following the Governor’s speech with Moderator Gene

Senators Respond to President's Directive on Surveillance Reform

on January 17, 2014 - 12:11pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, reacted to today's speech by President Obama outlining his directive on reforming surveillance powers. The senators have been advocates for reining in overbroad surveillance powers and protecting Americans' privacy.

They issued the following statement:

“After the long push to rein in overbroad surveillance powers, we are very pleased that the President announced his intent to end the bulk collection of Americans’

Udall Secures Support for Critical PILT Funding

on January 17, 2014 - 5:46am
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall won a commitment from a powerful Senate committee chairwoman Thursday to work with him to find reliable funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, a critical source of revenue for local governments throughout New Mexico and the rural West. 
Udall secured her support after making his case for the program in a speech on the Senate floor. PILT funding expired at the end of last year, and Udall and others are fighting to find full funding.

N.M. Delegation Announces Federal Drought Assistance

on January 17, 2014 - 5:37am


WASHINGTON Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that 27 counties in New Mexico will qualify for emergency loan assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) due to losses caused by the ongoing drought. A full list of counties is included below.

The designation makes producers, farmers and ranchers in these counties eligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans, provided eligibility requirements are met.

'Report From Santa Fe' Features Bill Richardson Sunday

on January 16, 2014 - 9:38am

Bill Richardson

RFSF News:

'Report From Santa Fe' will feature former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Lorene Mills' interview with Richardson airs at 8 a.m., Sunday on New Mexico PBS, KNME-TV, Ch. 5.1.

Richardson is the two-term governor of New Mexico, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former Secretary of the Department of Energy. He is the author of “How to Sweet Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator”

“As a fellow governor- and from nearly 40 years in Hollywood - I know how hard negotiating can be.


Luján Votes for Government Funding Package that Rolls Back Sequester Cuts

on January 16, 2014 - 7:42am


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District voted Wednesday for the omnibus appropriations bill that funds the government for fiscal year 2014. As a result of the budget deal that was passed in December (see here), the appropriations bill rolls back the sequester cuts that have negatively impacted New Mexico.

"For too long Congress has had to legislate from one crisis to the next as House Republicans shutdown the government and used the appropriations process to make extreme demands," Luján said.

GOP Pre-Primary Convention Jan. 30

on January 12, 2014 - 9:38am

GOP News:

All registered Republicans in Los Alamos County are invited to participate in the American method of government at the grass roots level at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 by coming to the GOP pre-primary convention. Ward Caucuses will be held to elect delegates to the County Pre-Primary Nominating Convention.

Public Notice:

“The Republican Party of Los Alamos County announces the 2014 pre-Primary convention Thursday, January 30, at 7:00 p.m. at the UNM-LA Jeannette Wallace Hall, Room 505.  Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., and doors close promptly at 7:00 p.m.

The Central


New Mexico Receives $1.6 Million for Road Repairs

on January 11, 2014 - 9:17am


WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham have announced that the New Mexico Department of Transportation will receive a $1.6 million grant for repair and reconstruction of roads around the state damaged in last year’s floods.

The grant funds will be used to restore major highways and roads on federal lands that were damaged by the severe flooding in September. The record-breaking rain and storms caused damage in about two-thirds of the state.

 In October, at the urging of the

Udall Pushes to Undo Cut to Military Retirees' COLA

on January 10, 2014 - 7:34am


  • Amendment filed to unemployment insurance legislation would protect benefits, close corporate tax loophole


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is supporting an amendment to emergency unemployment legislation to protect military retirees from changes to cost of living adjustments (COLA) that were included in a bipartisan budget agreement.


The amendment mirrors legislation Udall helped introduce in December, the Military Retirement Restoration Act, which would reverse the 1 percent reduction in the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) for working-age military

Luján Addresses 50th Anniversary of War on Poverty

on January 10, 2014 - 6:13am

President Lydon B. Johnson


WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep.  Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., released the following statement Wednesday on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty."

"Fifty years ago, in a State of the Union Address, President Johnson declared 'War on Poverty' and brought to the conscience of a nation the plight of millions of Americans who were suffering from hunger, unemployment, and a lack of economic opportunity.  He focused attention on those for whom the American Dream had fallen out of reach.

"Since that time, our nation has made

Community Engagement Specialist Discusses Health Reform in New Mexico

on January 10, 2014 - 5:53am

Maria Perez

DPLA News:

Maria Perez, a community outreach specialist with Health Action NM, will be in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at UNM-LA Building 02, Lecture Hall 230, to present information on the Affordable Care Act, how education and enrollment efforts are going in New Mexico, and how health reform will benefit our communities.

New Mexico is a large, rural state with a low population.

SGR: Time to Make Jobs a Top Priority

on January 9, 2014 - 5:52pm
By Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval & Rio Arriba

A recent economic evaluation of the states, conducted by Bloomberg, found that New Mexico’s economic health has declined from being in the top ten from 1995-2007 to dead last, today. This summer, the Jobs Council, comprised of Legislators and representatives from the private and public sector, was formed to come up with a strategy to get New Mexico back on track.

Hot Issues Include Education and Jobs for 30-Day Session

on January 9, 2014 - 3:38pm
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speaks at the podium to residents gathered at Fuller Lodge Wednesday evening for the annual Legislative Preview as Senators Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez listen at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn discusses education as AAUW President Helena Whyte, left, and Think New Mexico's Kristina Fisher look on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos and the American Association of University Women

Luján: Senate Action on Unemployment Insurance Good First Step

on January 9, 2014 - 7:16am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep.  Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., applauded Senate action Tuesday that will allow for the consideration of bipartisan legislation to extend federal unemployment benefits that expired at the end of last month.

On Dec. 28, 1.3 million Americans, including 6,000 New Mexicans, saw their unemployment benefits run out at a time when the economy in New Mexico continues to struggle in the wake of the deepest recession in a generation.

"The Senate vote to move forward on legislation to extend unemployment insurance is a positive first step toward

N.M. Legislative Finance Committee Presents Budget Recommendations

on January 9, 2014 - 7:10am


SANTA FE — Friday, the Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) held a press conference to present the budget recommendations for the 2014 Legislative Session. Spending calls for $6.15 billion from the general fund, which is $253.5 million more than is expected to be spent in the current fiscal year.

LFC Chairman, Rep. Luciano Valera, D-Santa Fe, opened the press conference, providing a rundown of the priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. Job creation, education, public employee retention and healthcare were at the core of the list.

Legislators agreed that

County Council Elects 2014 Leadership

on January 7, 2014 - 8:18pm

During this evening's meeting, Council Chair Geoff Rodgers is retained in the leadership role on Council for another year by a unanimous vote of the Los Alamos County Council. PrintScreen photo/

In a unanimous vote by Council, Councilor Kristin Henderson is elected vice chair for 2014. She replaces Vice Chair David Izraelevitz who did not seek reelection as vice chair. PrintScreen photo/