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LANL Director Thom Mason Shares Plans For Working With Local Communities During RCLC Board Meeting

on July 15, 2019 - 9:25am
LANL Director Thom Mason briefs board members Friday during the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting in Council Chambers at Española City Hall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Councilor and RCLC liaison David Izraelevitz, right, speaks with LANL Director Thom Mason, left, as RCLC Executive Director Eric Vasquez, second from left, and Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives listen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

ESPAÑOLA “It’s a scary world out there,” Los Alamos National

SFCC Announces Election For Two Board Seats

on July 15, 2019 - 9:12am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE Two positions on the Santa Fe Community College Governing Board will be determined during the election Tuesday, Nov. 5.
 
Those interested in becoming a candidate for the college’s Governing Board must file a declaration of candidacy and sworn statement of intent with the County Clerk between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27. Forms may be obtained at www.santafecountynm.gov/clerk or at the Santa Fe County Clerk’s office, 102 Grant Ave. Call 505.986.6280 for more information.
 
A letter from former Interim President Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D., was filed with

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small: Over $3.2 Million To Help Modernize Pueblo Of Laguna Wastewater Systems

on July 15, 2019 - 8:19am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small have announced that the Pueblo of Laguna was awarded $3,242,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development for three projects to renovate and improve wastewater infrastructure in Seama Village, Paquate Village, and New Laguna Village.
 
The funding will help modernize the Pueblo of Laguna’s wastewater systems, eliminating the use of septic tanks and connecting residents to sewer services.
 
The projects will benefit 1,241 residents in

New Report Card From Retake Our Democracy Reveals Who Has Real Power In State Legislature

on July 15, 2019 - 8:10am

Courtesy/Retake Our Democracy

From Retake Our Democracy:

SANTA FE – We can no longer tolerate New Mexico’s 49th or 50th place on so many social and economic indicators.

We did well in the 2019 Legislative Session, but we can do much better.

The 2019 New Mexico Legislative Report Card from Retake Our Democracy reveals the inner workings of our state’s legislature––the good, the bad, and the mind-boggling. This report will inspire people to show up, speak up, and take action to make the changes we need in our state. Read the full report here.

Retake Our Democracy volunteers tracked 46

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Fights For Communities Impacted By PFAS Contamination

on July 15, 2019 - 6:56am
 
Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small continued to fight last week for communities and businesses impacted by PFAS contamination in groundwater around Air Force bases in New Mexico and across the country.
 
Earlier this year, the New Mexico delegation introduced the PFAS Damages Act to provide relief to communities and businesses affected by PFAS, including farms and ranches in New Mexico that have been upended by PFAS contamination from Cannon Air

RSF Demands Chinese Authorities Release Former Beijing News Editor-In-Chief

on July 15, 2019 - 6:29am
Dai Zigeng
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese authorities to release Dai Zigeng, a former Beijing News editor-in-chief, who has been detained since earlier this month for unclear reasons.
 
Dai Zigeng, 55, a former editor-in-chief of state media group Beijing News, has been detained since earlier this month. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) only posted a short notice June 10 stating that Dai was under investigation due to suspected “serious violations” of the Party’s discipline.
 
“By detaining a

Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján Named REFORMA Legislator Of The Year

on July 15, 2019 - 6:24am
REFORMA named U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Legislator of the Year. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján addresses the crowd at the REFORMA event in which he was named Legislator of the Year. Courtesy photo
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. REFORMA - The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking has named Assistant Speaker U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico Legislator of the Year for his ongoing commitment to improving library services at the national and local levels.
 
Luján gained the attention of the REFORMA

Visitor Spending At National Wildlife Refuges Boosts Local Economies By $3.2 Billion

on July 14, 2019 - 3:15pm
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has announced that 53.6 million people visited national wildlife refuges in 2017, which had an economic impact of $3.2 billion on local communities and supported more than 41,000 jobs.
 
The figures come from a new economic report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service titled Banking on Nature 2017: The Economic Contributions of National Wildlife Refuge Recreational Visitation to Local Communities. The report is the sixth in a series of studies since 1997 that measure the economic contributions of national

Senators Request Feedback From American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Community Leaders On Effects Of Climate Change On Native Communities

on July 14, 2019 - 7:20am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), chair of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, along with U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), John Tester (D-Mont.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeffrey A.

Udall Calls For Action On PFAS In Senate Floor Speech Opposing Nomination Of Peter Wright To EPA

on July 13, 2019 - 7:49am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), spoke Thursday on the Senate floor to call for action for New Mexico farmers, businesses, and families affected by exposure to toxic PFAS chemicals.
 
Udall outlined his opposition to the nomination of Peter Wright to serve as assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), which oversees the Superfund program that is responsible for regulating

Serna Raises Nearly Quarter Of A Million Dollars

on July 13, 2019 - 7:11am
District Attorney Marco Serna
 
From the Marco Serna Campaign:
 
SANTA FE Friday, Marco for Congress announced the candidate for the Third Congressional District of New Mexico raised $232,940 in the second quarter, which was Serna’s first finance reporting period for the congressional campaign.
 
“I’m focused on improving the livelihood of all New Mexico children, families, and small businesses from Raton to Gallup, Santa Fe to Taos, Española to Las Vegas,” Serna said.

Assistant Speaker Luján Secures Major Environmental And Scientific Investments For New Mexicans

on July 13, 2019 - 6:37am
U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced Friday that he secured major environmental and scientific victories for New Mexican families in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which Friday passed the House.
 
“As President Trump continues to undermine our country’s national security and economy, House Democrats took the responsible step to keep Americans safe, invest in our communities, support our servicemembers, and protect our environment.

Governor Announces 1st New Mexico STEM Challenge

on July 12, 2019 - 5:38pm

NMDWS Secretary McCamley flanked by Santa Fe High School computer science teacher Brian Smith, School of Dreams student Annalicia Sena, and Victor Reyes from the Office of the Governor. Courtesy/Governor's Office

From the Office of the Governor:

Albuquerque - Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today the first ever New Mexico Science Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Challenge program.

High schools that elect to participate will use a question formulated by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as a problem-solving tool in science classes and will receive funding for teacher

NM Delegation Applauds Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Bill To Reauthorize Native American Language Programs

on July 12, 2019 - 4:26pm
Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded the Senate passage of the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act to strengthen Tribally-developed Native American language revitalization programs.
 
The bill is named after Esther Martinez, an Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo traditional storyteller and Tewa language advocate who passed away

U.S. Climate Alliance Governors Issue ‘Nation’s Clean Car Promise’

on July 12, 2019 - 4:17pm
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE — New Mexico joined 23 other states of the U.S. Climate Alliance Tuesday in condemning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) vehicle rule.
 
The rule would replace national car emissions standards enacted in 2012. Rolling back these standards will result in increased greenhouse gas emissions and weakened environmental protections.
 
“States have been stepping up to protect our environment and our citizens and will continue to do so until we have a viable partner at the federal level,” Gov.

American Statistical Association Pleased With Decision To Leave Citizenship Question Off 2020 Census

on July 12, 2019 - 3:44pm
ASA News:
 
The American Statistical Association (ASA) supports the conclusion of the 2020 census citizenship question debate, as the President announced in a White House news conference this evening that the administration will not further pursue its efforts to include the question on the form.
 
This decision puts at ease the most immediate threat to the data integrity of the 2020 census. However, the ASA emphasizes there is still much work to be done.
 
“We are reassured that the form for the decennial Census has been decided.

IG Report Clears RCLC And DOE Employees Of Accepting Inappropriate Gifts

on July 12, 2019 - 9:59am

Staff Report

A U.S. Department of Energy Inspector General’s report released July 2 has found “no evidence” that DOE employees inappropriately accepted meals or tickets to a Major League Baseball game purchased by the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC). The report also states that a separate inspection is underway over RCLC’s use of grant funds.

The RCLC is a consortium of nine northern New Mexico communities that advocates for jobs and federal environmental cleanup funding at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Delivers Opening Remarks In Key Energy Subcommittee Hearing

on July 12, 2019 - 8:34am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy, delivered opening remarks during today’s hearing on a number of important issues, including energy efficiency, energy storage, artificial intelligence, and carbon capture.
 
Heinrich called for increased research, development, and deployment of long-term energy storage capabilities and to strengthen the U.S.

AG Balderas Files Court Brief To Protect New Mexicans From Opioid Overdoses

on July 12, 2019 - 8:24am
Attorney General Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Balderas joined a coalition of eight states in filing a brief Thursday supporting the rights of states to enact public health policies that can prevent opioid overdoses, save lives, and treat those suffering from opioid use disorder.
 
The amicus brief, filed today in United States v.

Luján, Torres Small Criticize Veto Threat Harming National Security, New Mexico Dairy Farmers

on July 12, 2019 - 7:34am
Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) Thursday sharply criticized the threats from the Trump administration to undercut the country's national security and harm dairy farmers in New Mexico.
 
U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small
 
This week, President Trump threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act – legislation that responsibly funds the nation's defense systems – over the inclusion of language requiring the Air Force to replace or clean water found to

Governor Lujan Grisham Issues Statement On Fatal Incident Outside Jerry Apodaca Building Today

on July 11, 2019 - 4:05pm

From the Governor's Office:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement following the tragedy today outside the Jerry Apodaca Building at 300 Don Gaspar Ave. in Santa Fe where the bodies of a male and female were found. 

Preliminary reports indicate the female was a state employee believed to be in her 30s.

“Today we experienced a horrific tragedy in Santa Fe. My heart is broken for the family and loved ones of the state employee who was tragically and violently taken from us too soon.

Land Office Revenue To Surpass $1 Billion In FY-19

on July 11, 2019 - 3:44pm
NMSLO News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico State Land Office received more revenue from business activity in fiscal year 2019 than any year before.
 
Conservative year-end estimates show revenue on track to surpass $1 billion. Given the nature of royalty payment collection, the exact royalty revenue amounts received will not be available until the Fall.
 
Even with the most conservative projections for the last three months of the fiscal year, 2019 revenue is projected to be approximately $1,110,000,000. In fiscal year 2018, Land Office revenue reached $852 million.
 
“This is a record

NM Delegation Applauds Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Bill To Reauthorize Native American Language Programs

on July 11, 2019 - 1:51pm
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded the Senate passage of the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act to strengthen Tribally-developed Native American language revitalization programs.
 
The bill is named after Esther Martinez, an Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo traditional storyteller and Tewa language advocate who passed away in 2006. It

Ranking Member Sen. Martin Heinrich Delivers Opening Remarks In Key Energy Subcommittee Hearing Tuesday

on July 11, 2019 - 1:15pm

Image Properties

 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy, delivered opening remarks during a hearing Tuesday on a number of important issues, including energy efficiency, energy storage, artificial intelligence, and carbon capture.
 
Heinrich called for increased research, development, and deployment of long-term energy storage capabilities and to strengthen the U.S.

New Mexico Environment Department Holds Public Meetings Ahead Of Hemp Rulemaking Process

on July 11, 2019 - 9:53am

NMED News:

...Environment Department’s emergency rule will take effect Aug. 1

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) will host a series of informational meetings for those interested in transporting, processing and manufacturing products from hemp.  

The meetings are being held ahead of an emergency rule that will go into effect Aug. 1, the same day the Hemp Manufacturing Act passed by the legislature earlier this year goes into effect. In the meantime, NMED will start the process toward putting a permanent rule in place.

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