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Udall, Heinrich Introduce Fair Elections Now Act

on July 29, 2019 - 6:39am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 23 Senate colleagues, have introduced the Fair Elections Now Act, which would dramatically change the way U.S. Senate elections are financed.
 
Under the legislation, qualified Senate candidates would earn grants, matching funds, and television vouchers to run competitive campaigns based on small-dollar contributions, rather than rely on funding from wealthy donors and corporate special interests.
 
The Fair Elections Now Act would help reduce the influence of wealthy donors and big-money

America’s Largest Seed Fund In Albuquerque Aug. 14

on July 29, 2019 - 6:33am
By JUSTIN CROSSIE,
Regional Administrator, Region VI
 
The nation’s booming economy is buoyed by small business innovators who are looking to turn a big idea into an American success story. 
 
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s National SBIR Road Tour is coming to Albuquerque Aug. 14 as part of a 16-stop tour to connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to 11 federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health.
 
Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the Small Business Innovation

Supreme Court Justice Shannon Bacon: Expanding Civil Legal Resources Is A Good Move For New Mexicans

on July 28, 2019 - 7:42am
By Justice Shannon Bacon
New Mexico Supreme Court
 
We all know that anybody accused of a crime has the right to legal representation and that if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.
 
But being provided a lawyer is not a right, nor is a lawyer guaranteed in civil legal cases even though these types of cases can change the course of a person’s life and have severe life consequences.
 
Civil legal cases—anything that’s not criminal—can involve eviction, child custody and guardianship, veteran’s benefits, consumer debt, and restraining orders against an abusive

Governor Appoints Steven M. Gluckstern To New Mexico Educational Retirement Board

on July 28, 2019 - 7:29am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed Friday a new member to the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board.
 
The governor appointed Steven M. Gluckstern.
 
The position had been vacant since 2015. Former board member Bradley Day, appointed in 2011, asked not to be re-appointed after his term expired in 2015. Former Gov. Susana Martinez never filled the vacancy.
 
Steven M. Gluckstern has served as founder, core investor and as a senior executive at a series of companies in the fields of educational technology and neuroscience.

Pentagon Announces PFAS Task Force To Address Contamination At Military Bases

on July 28, 2019 - 7:28am
EWG News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Defense Department will establish a new task force to address drinking water contamination from the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS at military facilities and in nearby communities, according to a news release by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
 
The announcement of the task force comes days after Defense Secretary Mark Esper pledged to Shaheen during his July 16 confirmation hearing to “approach the (PFAS) problem in an aggressive and holistic way.”
 

State Files Preliminary Injunction Against Air Force To Compel It To Address PFAS Contamination

on July 27, 2019 - 10:38am
NMED News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Thursday, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a request in federal court for emergency relief from environmental contamination caused by per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
 
“I am extremely frustrated that the Air Force has not been responsive to protecting the health and safety of New Mexican families by addressing years of environmental pollution,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas.

NMPED Announces Statewide Mathematics And English Language Arts Assessment Results

on July 27, 2019 - 8:36am
Stakeholder Feedback and Vision for the Future of Assessment in New Mexico. Courtesy/NMPED
 
NMPED News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Standards Based Transition Assessment of Math and English Language Arts (TAMELA) was administered this past spring in response to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s January executive order directing the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) to begin transitioning away from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test.
 
The Spring 2019 Transition Assessment of Math and English Language Arts decreased time spent on

Reporters Without Borders Presents Five Proposals To Put An End To Violence Against The Press

on July 27, 2019 - 8:21am
Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam. Courtesy photo
 
RSF News:
 
In a letter to Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) details five proposals to put an end to the violence against journalists and restore full freedom of the press.
 
RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire dispatched the letter to Lam in which he details the proposals to end the violence against journalists in China’s Special Administrative Region.

Game & Fish: Bear And Cougar Rule Changes Topic Of Four Public Meetings In August

on July 27, 2019 - 7:21am
NMG&F News:
 
SANTA FE The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the bear and cougar rule.
 
To gather public comments, four public meetings will be conducted:
  • Raton: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 215 York Canyon Road;
  • Albuquerque: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 7816 Alamo Road, NW;
  • Las Cruces: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive; and
  • Roswell: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1615 West College Boulevard.
 

Letter To The Editor: Response To Councilor Izraelevitz

on July 27, 2019 - 7:08am
By BILL MCKERLEY
Los Alamos

In an article penned by Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz on July 18, 2019, link, he talked about bubbling test tubes and Galileo, then leaped to declare, with no facts to support his accusation, that our President is racist.

According to Merriam Webster, racism is defined as “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), also known as AOC, accused Nancy Pelosi of being a racist.

Los Alamos GOP To Raffle Rifle At Concert Tonight

on July 26, 2019 - 6:04pm

The community is invited to purchase a Bitter Clinger’s rifle raffle ticket at the Republican Party of Los Alamos booth tonight at the Secret City Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. ‘We will be here until 8 p.m. Come celebrate God, Guns and the GOP!’ Courtesy/GOP

Udall, Heinrich Announce $2 Million To New Mexico Small Businesses To Support Scientific Innovation

on July 26, 2019 - 5:14pm

Courtesy image

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that two New Mexico businesses were awarded $2,100,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) to support research and development and advance innovation.

Mesa Photonics LLC and Woodruff Scientific Inc., both based in Santa Fe, were awarded $1,100,000 and $1,000,000, respectively.

Governor Appoints Five To State Finance Authority

on July 26, 2019 - 10:44am

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed five new members today to the New Mexico Finance Authority.

The governor appointed Katherine Miller, Leslie Nathanson Juris, David Martinez, Martin Suazo and Andrew Burke. The governor appointed Miller as chairwoman.

Other members of the authority are the secretaries of Finance and Administration; Economic Development; Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources; Environment; the executive director of the Municipal League; and the executive director of the New Mexico Association of Counties.

Katherine

Haaland Introduces Bill To Bolster Efforts To Address Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis

on July 26, 2019 - 8:04am
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) introduced a bill Thursday to bolster efforts to address the missing and murdered indigenous women crisis with bipartisan support from Paul Cook (R-Calif.), Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Sharice Davids (D-Kan.).
 
The Justice for Native Survivors of Sexual Violence Act, H.R.

Udall, Murphy Introduce Bill To Help Beginning Farmers Pay Student Loan Debt

on July 24, 2019 - 5:01pm
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. As the U.S. Congress begins debate on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) reintroduced the Student Loan Forgiveness for Farmers and Ranchers Act, to create a loan forgiveness program for beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as other groups such as women, veterans, and minority farmers.
 
Student loan debt is a major hurdle for beginning farmers and this legislation will serve as an incentive for farmers to enter—and stay—in the agricultural industry, and strengthen

New Mexico Governor Orders Flags To Half Staff To Honor Roswell Firefighter Jeff Stroble

on July 24, 2019 - 4:26pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE -- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered state flags to half staff Friday, July 26, in honor of the memory of Jeff Stroble, 46, the Roswell firefighter who died Sunday, July 21.
 
Stroble, a 17-year veteran of the department, sustained injuries in the line of duty stemming from an explosion June 5 that occurred while members of the Roswell Fire Department were preparing for the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display. 
 
“My heart is broken for Jeff Stroble's family and the people in Roswell who knew him well,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said.

Senators Udall, Heinrich Lead Democratic Policy And Communications Committee Hearing On Mistreatment Of Children At The Border

on July 24, 2019 - 12:16pm
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In face of the Senate Republicans’ refusal to hold a hearing on conditions at the southern border, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in leading a Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) hearing Tuesday entitled “America Speaks Out: Stop Trump’s Cruel Treatment of Children at the Border.”
 
During the hearing, the senators heard testimony from a range of medical and legal experts on the Trump administration’s failed

CIR Ambassador Roundtable In Santa Fe Addresses State Of The State Department At Luncheon Aug. 9

on July 24, 2019 - 11:29am
SFCIR News:
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations is hosting an event at 11:30 a.m., Aug. 9 at the Estancia Primera Clubhouse, 450 Avenida Primera South in Santa Fe.
The event includes lunch and a panel discussion to hear Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, Ambassador Mark Asquino and Ambassador Pat Hawkins discuss the current status of the State Department under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
What comes next with Iran? With North Korea? With Venezuela? What are the effects of “foreign policy by tweet”? Has Secretary Pompeo restored morale at State?

Balderas Urges FDA To Partner With States To Protect New Mexican Consumers Of Cannabis-Derived Products

on July 24, 2019 - 11:13am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas joins a coalition of 37 bipartisan State Attorneys General urging federal cooperation with the states to protect consumers from false advertising and harms to their health from products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD).
 
In a public comment filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the AGs highlight the need for research into the risks and potential benefits of cannabinoid products to inform consumers and assist in state-level regulation.

Ahead Of Mueller Testimony, Udall Calls For Senate Action To Secure Elections

on July 24, 2019 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Ahead of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) Tuesda, lead Senate sponsor of the For The People Act, called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to stop standing in the way of critical efforts to secure our elections and prevent foreign interference before the 2020 elections:
 
“Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found with the utmost certainty that Russia, a foreign adversary, meddled in our

Heinrich Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation To Protect Native American Seeds And Traditional Foods

on July 24, 2019 - 8:21am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), U.S. Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Don Young (R-Alaska), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) announced Tuesday the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral Native American Seeds Protection Act of 2019.
 
The purpose of the Native American Seeds Protection Act is to clearly identify ways to protect Native American seeds and traditional food products, and assist tribes in

Letter To The Editor: Crossing The Line?

on July 24, 2019 - 7:46am
By AARON WALKER
Los Alamos
 
I had the opportunity to read the article Councilor Izraelevitz wrote for the Los Alamos Daily Post.
 
This wasn’t a letter to the editor, but a full blown article on the front page of the print newspaper as well as posted online. In this letter, he used 3/4 of it to talk about his recent experiences in Los Alamos and Santa Fe. It was all rather innocuous until you got to the last little bit. He ended the article with “the president is a racist”.
 
This was shocking to me.

Balderas Leads $600M Multi-State Settlement With Equifax In Largest Data Breach Settlement In History

on July 23, 2019 - 5:41pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
  • Settlement includes up to $425 million in consumer restitution following investigation into 2017 data breach

ALBUQUERQUE — Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that a coalition of 50 Attorneys General has reached a settlement with Equifax as the result of its massive 2017 data breach.

The Attorneys General investigation found that Equifax’s failure to maintain a reasonable security system enabled hackers to penetrate its systems, exposing the data of more than half of all American adults—the largest-ever breach of consumer data.

The

New Mexico Public Education Secretary Removed

on July 23, 2019 - 10:23am

From the Office of the Governor:
 
SANTA FE -- Secretary Karen Trujillo was removed Monday from her role at the Public Education Department.  

The Lujan Grisham administration has begun a nationwide search. Deputy Public Education Secretary Kara Bobroff will serve as interim secretary.

“I want to thank Karen for her work these recent months,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “Unfortunately my expectations were not met in a number of areas. It is absolutely imperative that we genuinely transform public education in this state.

“We must identify a vibrant and ambitious new leader for the Public

SOS Maggie Toulouse Oliver Announces Completion Of Legislatively-Mandated, One-Time District Realignment For Elected Offices

on July 23, 2019 - 9:28am
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Monday, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and her staff completed the legislatively-mandated, one-time realignment of certain elected office districts throughout New Mexico in a public meeting that took place in the state capitol building in Santa Fe and was live-streamed on the Legislature’s website.
 
“The process we used to complete the legislatively-mandated realignment of districts today was transparent and fair and we made sure it affected the smallest number of districts and terms possible,” Secretary

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