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Scenes From UWNNM Donor Appreciation Dinner

on April 30, 2019 - 6:08pm

United Way of Northern New Mexico Executive Director Mary Beth Maassen recognizes individual donors, business donors and Board members Thursday, March 14 at the organization's Donor Appreciation Dinner at Cottonwood on the Greens. The annual event is an opportunity for UWNNM to express its appreciation to the many community members and businesses whose donations enable the organization to assist area nonprofits serving critical needs.

Land Commissioner SGR Signs Executive Order Placing Moratorium On New Oil And Gas Leasing On 72,776 Acres In Greater Chaco Region

on April 30, 2019 - 3:53pm
Courtesy photo
 
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard has signed Land Office Executive Order 2019-002, (view here) placing a moratorium on new oil and gas development on state trust land in a buffer zone around Chaco Canyon.
 
The Executive Order, signed at the Navajo Nation Counselor Chapter House on Saturday, will protect 72,776 acres near the renowned World Heritage site. In addition to placing a moratorium on new leasing, the Order also creates the Chaco Canyon Land Office Working Group.

NMFL: Workers Memorial Day Ceremony Honors Employees Who Lost Their Lives While On The Job

on April 30, 2019 - 8:08am
NMFL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Working families, elected officials, labor leaders, and community members gathered at Workers Memorial Park Sunday for a Workers Memorial Day Ceremony to commemorate workers who have died or suffered illness or injuries while on the job.
 
They also spoke out against the Trump administration’s aggressive actions against workplace safety, calling them a dangerous slap in the face to working people.
 
The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that over 5,000 workers were killed on the job in 2017, and many more suffered from occupational

Los Alamos GOP Meeting At UNM-LA Thursday

on April 30, 2019 - 7:42am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, May 2 in Room 631, Building 6 at UNM-LA (NOTE LOCATION CHANGE).

At 6 p.m., all registered Republicans are invited to attend the Central Committee meeting.

Katherine Werner will speak on "Powerful Voices, Powerful Change: Anti-Socialism."

After a break for refreshments, at 7 p.m., the public is invited to attend a special presentation by Robin Reed, former secretary to Sen. Bill Burt of Alamogordo.

Lujan Grisham Administration Announces Historic Settlement Of 32-Year ‘Jackson’ Lawsuit

on April 29, 2019 - 10:11am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — One of the longest-running institutional reform lawsuits in the country has been settled.
 
The state and plaintiffs on Wednesday struck an agreement in Jackson, et al., vs. the Los Lunas Center for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, et al., commonly referred to as Jackson. The parties received preliminary approval of the settlement Thursday from the Hon. Judge James A. Parker, who has overseen proceedings in the case for decades, spanning many state administrations.
 
Filed in 1987 and having escalated in complexity ever

Lawsuit Challenges BLM Oil And Gas Leasing

on April 29, 2019 - 9:42am
BLM News:
 
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) has filed a federal lawsuit challenging two decisions by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to offer, sell, and issue 35 oil and gas leases totaling 54,508 acres of public lands for development on the doorstep of Bears Ears, Hovenweep and Canyons of the Ancients National Monuments.
 
The lawsuit, filed Friday, April 19 aims to protect some of the most culturally and archaeologically rich public lands in the United States.

NM Dream Team, Councilor Davis Introduce Resolution To Allocate Funds To Assist Asylum Seekers In ABQ

on April 29, 2019 - 9:31am
NMDT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis has introduced resolution R-19-143, co-drafted with the New Mexico Dream Team, asking to add $250,000 in emergency funding to the city’s budget to help fund humanitarian efforts as the city welcomes immigrants and refugees from the southern border.
 
Funds allocated by the resolution would temporarily fund shelter, food, water, emergency transportation, toiletries, and feminine hygiene products and would also create a position to coordinate these efforts.
 
Mayor Tim Keller recently mentioned the need to fund these

RSF: 2019 World Press Freedom Index: Asia-Pacific Press Freedom Impacted By Political Change

on April 29, 2019 - 8:33am
RSF News:
 
What with totalitarian propaganda, censorship, intimidation, physical violence and cyber-harassment, a lot of courage is needed nowadays to work independently as a journalist in the Asia-Pacific countries, where democracies are struggling to resist various forms of disinformation.
 
Two significant rises in the Index – both of 22 places – highlighted the degree to which a country’s political ecosystem impacts the freedom to inform. In Malaysia, the ruling coalition was ousted in an election for the first time in the country’s 62 years of independence.

Udall, Heinrich On Militia Group In New Mexico

on April 29, 2019 - 8:17am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have issued the following statement in response to reports of a militia group illegally detaining migrant families and asylum seekers at the border in New Mexico:
 
“Reports of a militia group illegally operating in New Mexico and intimidating asylum seekers must be immediately investigated by the proper authorities. Vigilante groups attempting to utilize authorities reserved for law enforcement cannot be tolerated.
 
Threatening innocent children and families fleeing violence and

Governor Makes Pair Of Judicial Appointments

on April 28, 2019 - 8:01am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Thursday announced appointments for judicial vacancies in the Fifth and Eighth Judicial Districts.
  • Thomas E. Lilley: Fifth Judicial District Court; and
  • Melissa A. Kennelly: Eighth Judicial District Court.
 
Thomas Lilley has over three decades of experience in private practice, primarily representing personal injury cases in Roswell since 1986. He has been a member of the Chaves County Bar Association since 1983 and is an active youth sports coach in his community.

Ingle Bids Farewell To U.S. Rep. Manuel Lujan, Jr.

on April 27, 2019 - 9:06am
Manuel Lujan, Jr.
 
STATE News:
 
New Mexico Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle commented Friday on the death of former Secretary and former U.S. Rep. Manuel Lujan, Jr., R-NM.
 
“It has always been a source of pride for us here in New Mexico that the high and important office of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior was held by a New Mexican under the George H.W. Bush administration,” Ingle said. “As we reflect on the tremendous public service of the late congressman and secretary of the Interior, Manuel Lujan, Jr., I believe we can honor him in a very fine and respectable way by trying

Gov. Lujan Grisham Appoints New Racing Commission

on April 26, 2019 - 6:33am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday appointed five new members to the state Racing Commission effective immediately.
 
“Fair and equitable regulation is my expectation for this commission,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “These five individuals are experienced and knowledgeable, and I have every confidence they will ably regulate and promote the continued development of this industry.”
 
Per state statute, at least three members of the commission must be practical breeders of racehorses within New Mexico, and no more than three may

Luján Receives School-Based Health Care Award

on April 25, 2019 - 2:38pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
SANTA FE Tuesday evening, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, received the “School-Based Health Care Champion” award from the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care organization at their 20th Anniversary Award Ceremony.
 
This award recognizes leaders in the advancement of health care programs and services for students in their school environments, and highlights Congressman Luján’s efforts to expand health care access and improve health care services for New Mexicans.
 
“The health of our

County Council Approves $199.3 Million Budget

on April 25, 2019 - 8:09am
Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

After several fiscal years of having to make tough decisions regarding Los Alamos County’s budget due to uncertainties with Los Alamos National Laboratory’s gross receipts tax, the County Council was able to break that cycle Monday night.

The council unanimously voted to approve the $199,328,646 budget.

The relief came when Gov.

NM GOP Calls For Secretary Of State To Resign

on April 25, 2019 - 8:04am
RPNM News:
 
The Republican Party of New Mexico Wednesday called for the immediate resignation of Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate.
 
“As the state’s chief election officer, Toulouse Oliver should not make voters question the integrity of this election by overseeing a high-stakes primary election in which she is a candidate for another office,” states the New Mexico GOP. “For this reason, we’re sure that all voters, regardless of party, would agree with us that she must resign immediately.”

Heinrich Urges Increased Funding For Affordable Housing

on April 24, 2019 - 6:02pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 40 of his colleagues on a bipartisan letter urging increased funding for the Section 4 Capacity Building program.
 
The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 4 Program works with local community development organizations to improve affordable housing, finance small businesses, and provide for other community needs.

Gov. Lujan Grisham Signs Executive Order Establishing Complete Count Commission For 2020 Census

on April 24, 2019 - 12:12pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tuesday ordered the establishment of the New Mexico 2020 Complete Count Commission for the 2020 U.S. Census in an effort to ensure an accurate and complete count.
 
The 2020 Census will be the first to gather a majority of responses online. This poses a particular challenge to New Mexico, already considered a “hard-to-count” state, as many rural areas do not have adequate or reliable internet access.

Council Special Session Canceled Due To Efficiency

on April 23, 2019 - 9:04am

COUNTY News:

The FY20 Budget was approved by the Los Alamos County Council at its Monday, April 22 Special Session, therefore the April 23 Council Special Session has been canceled and the notice has been published and is available online here.

GAO Study Finds Agencies Tribal Consultation Policies For Infrastructure Projects Inconsistent, Inadequate

on April 23, 2019 - 8:12am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
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 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), along with Representatives Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Calif.) and Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), announced the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled “Tribal Consultation: Additional Federal Actions Needed for Infrastructure Projects.”
 
The report is the first-ever comprehensive review of 21 federal agencies’ Tribal consultation processes for the development and implementation of federal

LAFRW Invites Community To Personali-TEA April 27

on April 22, 2019 - 6:12pm
LAFRW News:
 
Ever wonder why people do the things they do? Want to discover who you are? Join the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women (LAFRW) for a Personali-TEA.
 
Walk away with your own teacup, and a new understanding of yourself and others. We invite you to bring any tween or teen girls who may also benefit from understanding more about personalities.
 
The Personali-TEA is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Christian Church of Los Alamos, 92 East Roa in Los Alamos. Tickets are available for $15 in advance or $20 at the door while supply lasts.
 
To purchase tickets or for

State Auditor: Warning For Vulnerable Populations

on April 22, 2019 - 10:32am
State Auditor Brian Colón
 
STATE News:
 
On the heels of a national $1.2 Billion Medicare scheme, State Auditor Brian Colón is calling for vigilance in ensuring New Mexico’s most vulnerable populations are protected.
 
Health care fraud results in higher health care costs for New Mexicans and takes away from funding intended to support those who need it most. The OSA is committed to identifying fraud, waste, and abuse to save taxpayer money by cracking down on fraudulent schemes and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid programs.
 
“Trust is broken.

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler Speaks At Rotary

on April 22, 2019 - 9:04am

Rotary Club President Vincent Chiravalle thanks Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler for her service to District 43 and Northern New Mexico. Rep. Chandler recently spoke at Rotary, describing the legislative session that ended last month. Education and energy were primary topics. Rep. Chandler remarked that her previous experience in Los Alamos local government was an important factor in understanding state processes. She also mentioned the legislators’ bi-partisan congeniality and camaraderie. Photo by Linda Hull

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Torres Small Announce $24 Million For Construction Projects At BIE Schools In NM

on April 21, 2019 - 7:42am
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 and lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and Sen. Martin Heinrich, along with Rep. Ben Ray Luján, Assistant Speaker of the House, and Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, announced that the U.S.

Udall, Luján, NM Delegation Introduce Legislation To Address Health Disparities For Native Americans

on April 20, 2019 - 9:27am
 
New Mexico Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. April 15, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján, Assistant Speaker of the House, along with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, introduced bicameral legislation to improve Medicaid for Native patients who receive services at Urban Indian Health Programs.
 
The Urban Indian Health Parity Act is also cosponsored by 10 other U.S. Senators and 13 other members of the House of Representatives.
 
The

CVNM Announces Key Administrative Policy Priorities

on April 20, 2019 - 8:11am
CVNM News:
 
SANTA FE Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), the leading statewide environmental advocacy organization in the state, announces key administration priorities under the new administration.
 
As Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration continues its transition, CVNM will focus on three major public policies which the organization has been engaged in for years.
 
“Now that we have the right people in office who are listening to their constituents and reflecting their deeply-rooted, shared conservation values, the door is finally open to make progress on these

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