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GOP Holds Monthly Meeting At UNM-LA Thursday

on July 29, 2018 - 8:43pm

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos County is holding its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 in Room 631 of Building 6 at UNM-LA.

During the meeting, Pearce New Mexico Political Director Michael Horanburg will provide an update on the progress of the Pearce for Governor campaign and Grassroots Training. He will demonstrate how to use the voter contact apps, talk about upcoming events and coordinate the Pearce operation in Los Alamos.

A RPLA Central Committee meeting will follow Horanburg's presentation.

Link to the UNM-LA Campus Map.

Los Alamos Democrats Open Campaign Headquarters

on July 29, 2018 - 11:00am

A crowd gathers Saturday to help move furniture and other items into the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County campaign headquarters at 1362 Trinity Dr., Suite B, in preparation for the Nov. 6, 2018 General Elections. Photo by Robert Parker

Longtime Democratic leader Kyle Wheeler, left, with DPLAC Chair Robyn Schultz Saturday at the Party's new headquarters. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Move-in day helpers, from left, County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, volunteer Cat Ozment, attorney George Chandler and volunteer Shelby Redondo Saturday at the Party's new headquarters.

USDA Invites Comments On e-Connectivity Pilot

on July 29, 2018 - 7:46am

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Courtesy/USDA

USDA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced USDA is inviting comments on the implementation of the e-Connectivity Pilot Program established March 23 in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.

USDA is developing this pilot program to catalyze private investment and bring broadband to unserved rural areas of the country.

Los Alamos County Council Meets Tuesday

on July 28, 2018 - 8:25am
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County Council will hold a regular session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
 
The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda:
 
1. OPENING/ROLL CALL
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. STATEMENT REGARDING CLOSED SESSION July 31, 2018, Closed Session Motion
4. PUBLIC COMMENT
5. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
6. PRESENTATIONS, PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS
A. Proclamation declaring the Month of August as "Bear Month" in Los Alamos County (accepted by James Robinson) Presenters: County Council - Regular Session
7. PUBLIC COMMENT

Udall Bill To Clarify Tribal Lands Leasing Authority For Two New Mexico Pueblos Passes Congress

on July 28, 2018 - 8:14am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced that Congress has passed his bill to clarify that the Pueblos of Santa Clara and Ohkay Owingeh may engage in long-term leasing for economic development purposes on their tribal lands.
 
The bill provides the Pueblos certainty in leasing and investing in their lands to businesses, boosting job creation and economic development. The text of Udall’s bill, S. 249, was included as an amendment to the Senate-passed S.

Public Hearing For Proposed Sewer Rate Increase

on July 28, 2018 - 7:05am

COUNTY News:

Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will recommend to the Board of Public Utilities a sewer rate increase to establish sufficient revenue to sustain future debt service to replace the White Rock wastewater treatment plant.

The public hearing is scheduled 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.

If approved, proposed Los Alamos Code Ordinance 02-288 will go to the County Council Sept. 25, to be considered for adoption.

Under the proposed ordinance, the monthly service fee for all customers classes will increase from

Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board Seeks New Members

on July 27, 2018 - 4:44pm

NNMCAB News

The U.S. Department of Energy is recruiting members to the Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB).

The Board is a site-specific advisory board to DOE, which is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and advises the Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office through a formal recommendation process on environmental remediation and waste management activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory and surrounding communities

NNMCAB Executive Director Menice Santistevan Santistevan said members are appointed by the Assistant Secretary for Environmental

Udall, Heinrich Demand Transparency On HHS Funding

on July 27, 2018 - 12:57pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) sent a letter with 17 Democratic Senators to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar demanding more transparency about additional funding needed to care for and reunite the huge influx of children in the custody of Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) as a result of President Trump's shameful family separation policy.
 
ORR is responsible for overseeing the care of unaccompanied migrant children and children who are being held in federal custody after being

Los Alamos Officials Discuss LANL Management Contract Transition Issues During Washington Trip

on July 27, 2018 - 9:03am

Officials gathered Thursday in the office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, center, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the Los Alamos National Laboratory management contract transition and accompanying issues, from left, Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler, Council Chair David Izraelevitz, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, Councilor Morrie Pongratz and County Manager Harry Burgess. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Fights To Improve Services For Native American Veterans

on July 27, 2018 - 6:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) this week to introduce bipartisan legislation to improve VA outreach, health care and benefits for Native American veterans through establishment of a VA Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs.
 
The Advisory Committee will facilitate communication and understanding between the VA and Tribal governments to better address the unique barriers Native American veterans face when accessing the VA.
 
“Native veterans, including

Lujan Grisham Releases 7-Point Plan To Fight Poverty

on July 26, 2018 - 3:34pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― Today, gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham released her plan to lift New Mexico families out of poverty and help them reach their long-term financial goals.
 
“Nearly one out of every five New Mexicans lives in poverty and that's absolutely unacceptable. To build a strong economy in New Mexico, it’s crucial that we spur real job creation and economic development and invest in a new direction for public education so no families are left behind,” Lujan Grisham said.

Former Gubernatorial Candidate Jeff Apodaca Joins New Mexico Democrats For Democracy

on July 26, 2018 - 8:59am
Jeff Apodaca and wife Jackie Moss-Apodaca. Courtesy photo
 
NMD4D News:
 
Jeff Apodaca and his wife Jackie Moss-Apodaca spent the last year and a half bringing the hope of big ideas and major change to New Mexico in Apodaca’s bid for Governor. Their passion for changing the future of New Mexico didn’t end in June.
 
Through the election, New Mexico Democrats for Democracy (NMD4D) formed as a state-wide organization of over 33,000 followers with ambitions to highlight corruption, political topics and evaluate candidates on their platform instead of party politics.

Governor Announces ‘There Is Another Way’ Campaign

on July 26, 2018 - 8:48am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) have announced the launch of a new campaign to combat prescription opioid abuse and misuse in New Mexico – the campaign is called “There Is Another Way”.
 
The statewide, multifaceted campaign aims to educate patients and caregivers about safer pain management options and alternative pain management strategies. It is available online here.
 
“We’ve taken a number of steps to fight opioid abuse in New Mexico and I’m proud of our progress, but there is still more work to

Udall: Defense Bill Free Of Anti-Environment Provisions

on July 26, 2018 - 8:20am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has released the following statement applauding the removal of several policy provisions from the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have weakened environmental, land and wildlife protections.
 
Udall fought to keep the NDAA free of these unrelated and damaging policy riders.
 
“The national defense policy bill, which authorizes pay and provisions for our troops, is no place to jam in unrelated measures that weaken protections for the environment and wildlife.

Judge Responds To White’s Request For Recusal

on July 26, 2018 - 8:13am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

First Judicial District Judge Greg Shaffer has responded to a request from Los Alamos resident and candidate for sheriff Greg White to voluntarily recuse himself from an ongoing case White filed Jan. 12 against Los Alamos County officials related to the duties and budget of the sheriff’s office.

The suit names the Los Alamos County Council, County Manager Harry Burgess, County Attorney Alvin Leaphart, Assistant County Attorney Katie Thwaits and Police Chief Dino Sgambellone.

Judge Shaffer’s response noted that he was an

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Visits With LANL Director Designate Thom Mason In Washington, D.C.

on July 25, 2018 - 9:12am

U.S. Sen. Heinrich (D-NM) meets Tuesday with Los Alamos National Laboratory Director designate Dr. Thom Mason in the senator’s office in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Heinrich (D-NM) chatting Tuesday with LANL Director designate Dr. Thom Mason in the senator’s office in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

Judge Denies Greg White Petition To Recall Councilors

on July 25, 2018 - 8:38am

Los Alamos County Sheriff candidate Greg White is denied his petition to recall three councilors. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

First Judicial District Judge David K. Thomson has denied petitions for the recall of Los Alamos County Councilors Antonio Maggiore, Susan O’Leary and Rick Reiss filed by Greg White, candidate for Los Alamos County Sheriff.

Judge Thomson’s orders state that White failed to meet the burden of proof to proceed with the recall petitions during the April 30 evidentiary hearing held in his

GOP Senatorial Candidate Mick Rich Visits Los Alamos

on July 25, 2018 - 8:10am

Mick Rich, right, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, met with voters Tuesday in front of Ruby K's Bagel Cafe in downtown Los Alamos on day 2 of his Northern New Mexico campaign tour. Following this gathering, Rich visited the Los Alamos Daily Post to talk about the progress of his campaign. He is running against Democratic incumbent Martin Heinrich. To learn more about Rich, visit www.michrichforsenate.com. Photo by Thomas Peterson

Mick Rich, left, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, chats with voters Tuesday in front of Ruby K's Bagel Cafe in downtown Los Alamos.

Viki Harrison Named Director State Operations For National Common Cause; Heather Ferguson Executive Director Common Cause New Mexico

on July 25, 2018 - 7:39am

Viki Harrison

COMMON CAUSE News:

Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM) Executive Director Viki Harrison was named this week to a national position at Common Cause, based in Washington, D.C. Harrison has been the executive director of Common Cause New Mexico since January 2012. In her new post, she will provide direct state support on campaigns, fundraising, policy and program development.

Heather Ferguson

Legislative Director Heather Ferguson will become executive director of Common Cause New Mexico.

Los Alamos County IPRA Trends Changing

on July 25, 2018 - 6:38am

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess and Custodian of Records Barb Ricci discuss the County's IPRA processes during a recent interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

A stack of boxes containing records requested from Los Alamos County under IPRA await review by the requestor. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) was enacted in New Mexico in 1978, yet for many years, it seems to have primarily been used by journalists seeking information

Balderas Sues EPA Over Pruitt’s Parting Gift To Polluters

on July 24, 2018 - 3:06pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Joining a coalition of 15 Attorneys General, AG Balderas Thursday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over an order issued on former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s final day in office.
 
The order effectively suspends the EPA’s 2016 Glider Rule for a year.

National Tribal Telecommunications Assoc. Commends Heinrich For Leadership On Rural Broadband

on July 24, 2018 - 9:14am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich hosts the National Tribal Telecommunications Association July 23, in his Washington, D.C. office. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) hosted the National Tribal Telecommunications Association (NTTA) in his Washington, D.C. office. The NTTA is in Washington this week to work on telecommunications issues affecting Indian Country and thanked Senator Heinrich for his leadership on rural broadband.

Heinrich recently secured a provision in the 2018 Farm Bill to allow communications companies

Rep. Lujan Grisham Inquiry Leads To GAO Investigation On Veterans Administration Whistleblowers

on July 23, 2018 - 2:26pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, July 19, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a nationwide report on its investigation of employee misconduct and whistleblower retaliation at the Veterans Administration (VA).  
 
This investigation was co-requested by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM-01) and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO-6) March 23, 2015, after receiving numerous complaints from veterans, employees and families about VA misconduct and whistleblower retaliation at the Albuquerque VA Hospital.
 
The GAO reviewed a

Udall, Heinrich Oppose Putin Questioning U.S. Officials

on July 23, 2018 - 2:22pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich Thursday voted for a resolution affirming Congress’ opposition to making U.S. diplomats, officials, and members of the Armed Forces available for questioning by the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
 
The resolution comes after President Trump expressed an openness to a request by Putin to question former U.S.

RCLC Awards Contract To CPLC New Mexico, Inc.

on July 23, 2018 - 8:53am

RCLC board member and Los Alamos County Councilor Morrie Pongratz, right, and CPLC President/CEO Roger Gonzales chat following Friday's RCLC meeting in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board awarded a two-year contract Friday to CPLC New Mexico, Inc., to provide executive director services for the Coalition at an annual cost of $169,288.

Company President and CEO Roger A.

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