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Senators Heinrich, Ernst Introduce Legislation To Help Small Businesses Gain Footing In Defense Industry

on May 8, 2019 - 9:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) introduced the Defense Small Business Advancement Act, which would reauthorize and improve the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) that expired last year.
 
This program increases participation of small, disadvantaged businesses performing as suppliers to DoD, civilian agencies, and private industry by encouraging mentorships from established DoD contractors.
 
The Mentor-Protégé Program functions to strengthen the long-term

Red River Celebrates Sewer Project Completion

on May 7, 2019 - 3:08pm
USDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE USDA Rural Development State Director Arthur A. Garcia will present a Certificate of Completion Wednesday to Red River Mayor Linda Calhoun for the community’s successful completion of a $3.9 million upgrade of its wastewater treatment system.
 
The financial investment made by USDA Rural Development was used to replace the existing Rotating Biological Contacts (RBC) system with new equipment. The RBC machinery is used to remove contaminants from sewage water before the treated wastewater is discharged. The funding also paid for the installation of other

Letter To The Editor: About Regional Coalition...

on May 7, 2019 - 6:57am
By CAMILLE MORRISON
Los Alamos
 
Last year I told someone who was on the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities that it was our Congressional Delegation's job to get money for the State and if they aren't doing their job then we should vote them out. His reply was that they reached out to Udall's staff and they were unresponsive.
 
Both Senator Heinrich and Representative Lujan were reelected. If Representative Lujan is elected Senator he will continue the good job Senator Udall is doing.
 
Now that Stephanie Garcia Richard is NM Commissioner of Public Lands she is consulting with

Udall & Wyden Call For End To Doping Of Racehorses

on May 7, 2019 - 6:50am
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Ron Wyden are introducing the Racehorse Doping Ban Act of 2019. Courtesy/Tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Ahead of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced that this week they will introduce the Racehorse Doping Ban Act of 2019, which would establish consistent medication rules across the industry and strict doping penalties for horse races already governed by federal law.
 
“It is past time that Congress stop rewarding the horse racing industry for its inhumane doping

Fences And Walls: How About Our Wildlife?

on May 7, 2019 - 6:40am
By NATHAN ‘NATE’ COTE, PhD
Former State Representative
Board of Directors, New Mexico Voices for Children
Executive Committee, Rio Grande Chapter, Southern Group, Sierra Club
 
Recently, while traveling on a rural road in our state, the new wire fences lining both sides peaked my interest.
 
On one side of the road there was an old wooden post fence alongside the new metal fencing and there were man-made obstacles blocking the underpasses.
 
As these fences went on for miles, I began to question how wildlife is to travel across our land for survival with these barriers in place.

Luján Taps Brad Elkins To Manage Senate Campaign

on May 6, 2019 - 4:26pm

Brad Elkins

POLITICAL News:

Nambé – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, announced today that Brad Elkins will serve as campaign manager for his U.S. Senate bid. 

Elkins starts in the role immediately and will oversee operations for the campaign.

“Brad is an experienced hand with strong roots in New Mexico politics. I’m thrilled he’ll lead our campaign team as we work to earn the support of all New Mexicans and help present my bold vision to champion expanding health care, protecting our environment, and bringing new opportunities to our state,” Luján said. 

Prior to

U.S. Senators Udall And Heinrich Seek Applicants For Upcoming Vacancy On US District Court

on May 6, 2019 - 3:41pm

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Honorable Judith C. Herrera announced Sept. 28, 2018 her intention to assume senior status after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench.

Judge Herrera’s announcement, effective July 1, 2019, will create a vacancy in Albuquerque for a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

In accordance with their constitutional responsibility as senators to provide advice and consent with respect to federal appointments, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich will recommend to the president a short list of qualified candidates

Councilors Host Booth At Farmers Market Thursday

on May 6, 2019 - 9:27am

County Councilors will host a booth 9-11 a.m., Thursday to chat with community members at the Farmers Market. File photo

COUNTY News:

Two Los Alamos County Councilors will host a booth 9-11 a.m. Thursday at the local Farmers Market in the Mesa Public Library parking lot on Central Avenue.

Market-goers are welcome to stop by and chat with thethe councilors about current issues, projects or other topics.

the Los Alamos Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Thursday in the Los Alamos Library Parking lot.

Los Alamos Farmers Market is a Los Alamos MainStreet program and part of

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Fights To Boost Benefits, Recruitment, Retention For Teachers At Native Schools

on May 5, 2019 - 7:25am
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, joined Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to convene the committee’s first legislative hearing of the 116th Congress to receive testimony on three bills, including S.279, the Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act, which Udall co-sponsored.
 
The Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act would create equitable access to the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) and Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) for all Bureau of Indian

Udall, Haaland, Luján Introduce Bill To Increase Access To Nutritious Meals For Native Students

on May 5, 2019 - 6:18am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) introduced legislation Thursday to give Tribes the authority to directly provide Child Nutrition Programs.
 
The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2019 recognizes that Tribes understand the needs of their communities best, especially when it comes to ensuring children have consistent, healthy, and nutritious meals all year long.
 
Udall also introduced the legislation

Balderas Secures Default Judgement Against Out Of Compliance Charity In First-Of-Its-Kind Order

on May 4, 2019 - 4:53pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced the default judgement against an out-of-state non-profit organization that was not complying with state law.
 
This judgement against the “For All Kids” Foundation is the first of its kind in New Mexico, and the first as part of a statewide charity compliance sweep being conducted by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General.
 
“New Mexican families and consumer trust non-profits in our state to serve the benevolent purposes that they claim,” Balderas said.

AFTNM Reacts To Temporary Evaluation Structure

on May 4, 2019 - 6:43am
AFTNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
 
“News that NM PED Secretary Trujillo will provide a ‘Transition Teacher Evaluation Report’ is welcome news for thousands of public educators. We applaud the Secretary for executing Governor Lujan Grisham’s Executive Order Two, and not including student achievement as part of the transitional report.
 
“During this transition, educator evaluations will consist mainly of classroom observations and planning, preparation, and professionalism.

Computer Error Causes 91,780 Inaccurate Renewal Notices; Customers Not Charged Additional Fees

on May 3, 2019 - 9:10am

MVD News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicle Division customers who received vehicle registration renewal notices with inaccurate fee totals will not be charged the improper amount stated on the recently mailed notices, the division said Thursday.

A computer error caused an erroneous additional digit to be included in the amount due.

Customers who visit an MVD field office or mvd.newmexico.gov to renew their registrations are able to view and pay the correct amount due.

Those who wish to pay by mail may find the correct fee total by visiting mvd.newmexico.gov and clicking

GOP Women Host Monthly Meeting May 9

on May 3, 2019 - 8:25am
LAFRW News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women (LAFRW) monthly general meeting is noon Thursday, May 9.

This meeting includes a casual lunch at Secret City Kitchen in Building 2 at UNM-LA, 4000 University Dr.

LAFRW and registered Republican woman are invited to attend.

Direct questions to LAFRW President Shona Neff at 505.672.1456.

State Auditor Joins AG; NMSP In Special Probe Of Alleged Embezzlement By Torrance County Official

on May 3, 2019 - 7:50am
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Thursday morning, State Auditor Colón joined Attorney General Balderas and State Police Chief Johnson concerning the criminal investigation into former Torrance County Sheriff and current elected Torrance County Magistrate Judge Heath White for embezzlement and corruption.
 
Auditor Colón issued the following statement regarding the Office of the State Auditor’s special investigation on the matter:
 
“On April 29, the Office of the State Auditor put Torrance County on notice that we intend to do a full review to ensure all checks and balances are in place to

Udall Fights For Action To Help New Mexico Veterans Exposed To Burn Pits In Iraq And Afghanistan

on May 2, 2019 - 11:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. At two events Tuesday on Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) continued his push to improve care for veterans affected by exposure to toxic fumes from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan: during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, and at the 2019 Congressional Burn Pits Briefing.
 
 
During the hearing, Udall questioned Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie on his commitment to

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Legislation To Establish Tech-Transfer Maturation Program

on May 2, 2019 - 10:30am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

The Energy Technology Maturation Program Act would help national laboratories work with the private sector to commercialize innovative energy technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) reintroduced legislation to authorize an Energy Technology Maturation Program at the U.S.

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Partners With Governor And Unions To Assist Migrants

on May 2, 2019 - 7:48am
AFT-NM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
 
“Our partnership with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the greater New Mexico Labor community is both deeply meaningful and a direct exercise of our values not only as educators, but also as New Mexicans.
 
“Donations of backpacks, books, crayons, hygiene supplies, and other items is just a small way to help ease what has surely been a difficult and dangerous journey for each migrant, their families, and especially children.
 
“Educators firmly believe that

EM Assistant Secretary Anne White Tours WIPP, LANL Projects, Meets With Workers

on May 1, 2019 - 10:56am
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White joins waste management staff from Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to mark the second shipment of transuranic waste from LANL’s Area G to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant this year. Courtesy photo
 
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White meets with early career professionals during a visit to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant last week. Courtesy photo
 
WIPP News:
 
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White visited the cleanup program's New Mexico sites last week.
 
Following is her report on the trip:
 
I had a

Los Alamos Democratic Party Meet & Greet May 4

on May 1, 2019 - 10:35am

Haaland: State Land Commissioner’s Action Reinforces Efforts To Protect Chaco Canyon

on May 1, 2019 - 10:23am
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-01) released the following statement Tuesday after New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard signed an executive order placing a moratorium on new oil and gas development on state trust land in a buffer zone around Chaco Canyon.
 
"Land Commissioner Garcia Richard's move to protect heritage sites at Chaco is a great step that reinforces our efforts to protect Chaco on the federal level.

Lt. Gov Howie Morales Announces 505 Southwestern New Mexico True Scholar For 2019

on May 1, 2019 - 9:19am
From left, Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, 2019 scholarship recipient Ty Wagley and Tourism Department Cabinet Secretary Jen Schroer. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Lt. Gov. Howie Morales announced Monday the 2019 scholarship recipient of the 505 Southwestern New Mexico True Scholars program.
 
The scholarship aims to recognize passion for the future of agriculture in New Mexico, and was awarded to Animas High School senior Ty Wagley.
 
“Our youth are the leaders of tomorrow.

League Of Women Voters Host Immigration Forum

on May 1, 2019 - 8:31am

Several people from Los Alamos attended the League of Women Voters  forum on immigration held Monday in Santa Fe. The audience of more than 200 people was educated on the law and what can and cannot be done. The Asylum law that was signed by the United States immediately after WWII lays out the procedural process for those fleeing their home country. Because of the transportation logistics in Santa Fe, immigrants will go to Albuquerque and Santa Fe will donate money and supplies to them. Courtesy photo

State, City Of Albuquerque Open Facilities At Expo New Mexico To Assist Asylum-Seeking Families

on May 1, 2019 - 8:25am
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Mayor Tim Keller Tuesday announced a partnership aimed at alleviating some of the pressure in New Mexico’s southern border communities, particularly Las Cruces, which has developed as a result of federal agents transporting an increasing number of asylum-seeking migrant families to the city.
 
Existing dormitories located at Expo New Mexico, a state facility, will be opened to provide temporary accommodations for some of these families.

RSF: Labor Rights Journalists Feared To Be Victims Of Torture In China

on May 1, 2019 - 8:17am
Two of three labour journalists detained earlier this year in Guangzhou were placed April 20 under a special detention system often associated with torture. Courtesy/RSF
 
RSF News:

 

Wei Zhili and Ke Chengbing, both editors of labor rights news outlet iLabour.net who were arrested in March in the south-eastern Chinese city of Guangzhou, have been under “residential surveillance at a designated location” (RSDL) since Saturday, April 20, according to their families.

 
This detention system, that is supposed to handle individuals who pose a threat to national security, deprives

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