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Local Democratic Party Meets Monday At UNM-LA

on February 7, 2019 - 11:59am

DPLA News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County monthly meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 in Building 5 at UNM-Los Alamos.

The meeting is open to the public.

Udall, Haaland Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act To Protect America’s National Monuments From Unlawful Attacks

on February 7, 2019 - 10:52am


Bill, co-sponsored by more than 100 members of Congress, reinforces that only Congress can alter national monuments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Repesentatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), led a group of more than 100 Democratic Members of Congress in re-introducing legislation to protect America’s treasured national monuments against the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on public lands.

The America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and

Udall, Heinrich Call On EPA To Set Federal Drinking Water Standards For PFOA And PFOS

on February 7, 2019 - 8:55am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are urging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to develop federal drinking water standards for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) as part of the agency’s national management plan for this class of chemicals.
In a bipartisan letter to Wheeler, the Senators also request that the EPA provide briefings on the agency’s efforts on this issue, as well as regular updates on the progress of those efforts.

Bills Raise Public Records Issues On Costs, Expunction

on February 7, 2019 - 8:43am
State Sen. John Sapien
State Sen. John Sapien says he wants the general public to bear a greater share of the cost for public records.
Sapien, D-Corrales, has introduced a bill that would require people to pay up to a dollar per page for electronic copies of these documents.
"It's not nefarious," he said of his Senate Bill 442. "The reality is public records cost money, and the time and energy put into putting together an electronic copy of a request is the same as a print copy."
Sapien said his proposal is not a step away from

Lawmakers, Governor Introduce Bill To Create Office Of Outdoor Recreation And Outdoor Equity Fund

on February 7, 2019 - 8:28am
SANTA FE Lawmakers and the Governor are taking innovative steps to diversify the state’s economy by targeting growth and small business development in the outdoor recreation industry.  
The outdoor recreation industry is responsible for $9.9 billion of spending in New Mexico, according to the Outdoor Industry Association.
Tuesday, State Senators Jeff Steinborn (D-Doña Ana) and Steven Neville (R-San Juan), State Representatives Nathan Small, Angelica Rubio, (D-Las Cruces) and Wanda Johnson (D-McKinley and San Juan) introduced Senate Bill 462, legislation that would

House Votes To Repeal Criminal Law On Abortion In New Mexico

on February 7, 2019 - 8:10am
Following three hours of impassioned testimony and debate, the state House of Representatives late Wednesday voted 40-29 to repeal a 50-year-old law that made it a fourth-degree felony to perform an abortion in New Mexico.
Although a 1973 U.S.

Gov. Lujan Grisham, Congressional Delegation Release Joint Statement On Air Force Base Contamination

on February 6, 2019 - 7:31pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE -- Following a call this afternoon between Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the New Mexico congressional delegation, and U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson regarding contamination at Cannon and Holloman Air Force Bases, in which the group expressed their concerns to Secretary Wilson, the governor and members of the delegation issued the following joint statement:

U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson

“We firmly expect the Air Force to show much more urgency in responding to the contamination around Holloman and

New Mexico Senate & House Starting Day With Ancient Hindu Prayers Feb. 7

on February 6, 2019 - 5:09pm
Rajan Zed
Both New Mexico Senate and House of Representatives in Santa Fe will open their February seven sessions with Hindu mantras, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the Senate and House. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English interpretation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.
Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, will recite from

More Action Needed To Move Roxy's Law Forward

on February 6, 2019 - 4:43pm

Courtesy/TrapFree New Mexico

TrapFree New Mexico News:

The bill to ban traps and poisons on New Mexico public lands has a critical hearing this Thursday. TrapFree New Mexico is asking for help to get over this first hurdle.

Call and email Rep. Debra Sariñana and Rep. Nathan Small. Tell them that you're a New Mexican. Tell them that you want dangerous and cruel traps and poisons OFF public lands in the Land of Enchantment. Tell them that you want them to support House Bill 366. Be courteous and thank them. You may have to leave a message.

Rep. Sariñana: 505.986.4227,

Lawmaker Aims To Ease Burden For Independents To Run For Office

on February 6, 2019 - 8:55am
If you wanted to run for governor as an independent last year, you would have needed to get more than 15,000 registered voters to sign a petition to get your name on the ballot.
It was a nearly impossible goal.
New Mexico law sets a high bar for independent candidates to even qualify for an election.
A new state legislator wants to make it easier for independents to run for office by drastically slashing the number of signatures they need to file with election officials.
While the Legislature has consistently shot down past

NM House Of Representatives Recognizes Threat Or Harm To Companion Animals As Domestic Abuse

on February 6, 2019 - 8:16am
APV News:
New Mexico is combatting the state’s serious domestic violence problem from an important angle: adding to the defintion of "domestic abuse" the act of threatening or harming companion animals, thereby empowering domestic abuse survivors to secure a protection order when the abuser threatens to—or carries out—harm to the survivor’s companion animal(s).
Studies show up to 65% of domestic violence survivors delay leaving abusive relationships because they fear possible harm to their animals if they are left behind.
Today, the New Mexico House of Representatives approved, by

Legislative Roundup: Feb. 6

on February 6, 2019 - 8:02am
Jeremías Martinez, left, of Truchas and David Garcia of Española play music in the Rotunda of the state Capitol on Tuesday, designated as Acequia Day at the Legislature. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
SFNM News:
Days left in session: 38
Keeping doctors: State senators voted 32-0 Tuesday for a bill that would generate more private money to recruit and retain osteopathic physicians.
The measure, Senate Bill 21, would supplement existing funding in a medical school loan repayment program for osteopaths providing primary care.
Proceeds from a $100 increase in the

Scenes From Advocacy Day At New Mexico Legislature

on February 6, 2019 - 7:41am

Stephanie Nakhleh, left, and Amy Storey, second from left, of Los Alamos joined scores of volunteers Tuesday for Advocacy Day at the Roundhouse to fight for commonsense gun laws like HB8 and SB8, requiring background checks for all gun sales. They were joined by Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, Albuquerque Police Chief Mike Geier, and Albuquerque Deputy Chief of Police Harold Medina—all of whom support universal background checks, as do the majority of New Mexicans.

Governor Orders Withdrawal Of Guard Troops At Border

on February 6, 2019 - 7:26am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered the withdrawal Tuesday of most National Guard troops who have been deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border, reversing a decision by her Republican predecessor.
The Democratic governor, who directed other states to pull their Guard troops out, too, announced her decision just before Republican President Donald Trump delivered a State of the Union address in which he continued to push for the construction of a wall along the border -- one of his signature campaign promises.

Local YMCA Participates In Y Day At Legislature

on February 5, 2019 - 6:29pm

Gov. Michellle Lujan Grisham, center, with YMCA Youth In Government representatives today at the State Capitol including elected Youth Governor Lucas Gatterman behind her right shoulder during Y Day at the legislature. Representatives from The Family YMCA in Los Alamos Attended the special event at which governor read a proclamation naming Feb 5, 2019 ‘Y Day’ at the Legislature. Photo by Diana Martinez/YMCA

CEO Rob Wilkinson, left, of The Family YMCA in Los Alamos with Operations Director Marc Lewis of the YMCA of Central NM and Y Government Relations Representative Judy Barrett Miller

LAPS Students Participate In American Indian Day

on February 5, 2019 - 2:35pm

LAPS News:

Seven students from the Native American Club at Los Alamos High School traveled to the New Mexico State Capitol, otherwise known as the “Roundhouse” Friday for celebration of American Indian Day.

“We had a very successful field trip to the Roundhouse for American Indian Day on Friday,” said former San Ildefonso Pueblo Gov. James Mountain and current Native American Parent Advisory Council Chairman.

LAPS students included Nichelle Aguilar (LAPS 11th grade), Daniel Gonzales (TFA 9th grade), Janessa Gonzales (LAHS 12th grade), Maddox Martinez (TFA 9th grade), Leah Mountain (LAHS

Senate Unanimously Confirms Bill McCamley Cabinet Secretary Of NM Department Of Workforce Solutions

on February 5, 2019 - 2:06pm

WFS Cabinet Secretary Bill McCamley


SANTA FE – The New Mexico State Senate unanimously confirmed Bill McCamley as the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Monday with a vote of 35-0.

The Senate commended the new Cabinet Secretary on his enthusiasm and commitment to tackling many of the workforce issues and developing real pragmatic solutions to the state’s workforce needs.

“He’s clear about protecting workers and about making sure that wage theft and related issues get addressed in a robust fashion,” Gov.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez To Join Udall As Honored Guest At State Of The Union Tonight

on February 5, 2019 - 10:16am

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that Jonathan Nez, president of the Navajo Nation, will be Udall’s guest tonight at the 2019 State of the Union Address.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 

“As the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and as a senator from New Mexico – home to 23 Tribes and Pueblos – one of my top priorities in Congress is making sure our government lives up to its trust and treaty obligations.

Legislative Roundup: Feb. 5

on February 5, 2019 - 10:08am
The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Days left in session: 39
Looking for tips: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham doubled down Monday on her commitment to raising the state's minimum wage of $7.50 an hour.
But she also acknowledged that the restaurant industry is fighting hard against a provision in House Bill 31 that would eliminate the lower $2.13 minimum wage for tipped workers, such as servers.
"It's an important discussion and debate to have.

Armstrong Bill To Keep Guns From Domestic Violence Offenders Heads To Full House For Vote

on February 5, 2019 - 9:39am
Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s bill to keep guns out of the hands of domestic violence offenders, HB 87, is headed to a vote by the full House of Representatives after it passed the House Judiciary Committee Monday, 9-4.
“When a gun is present in a situation of domestic violence, it is five times more likely that a woman will be killed,” Armstrong said. “HB 87 is a common-sense way to reduce gun violence in New Mexico.”
Armstrong’s bill will make it a misdemeanor for anyone convicted of domestic violence, or under a restraining order, to possess a firearm.

Los Alamos GOP Meets Thursday

on February 5, 2019 - 8:37am
RPLA News:
The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at UNM-LA, Building 5, Wallace Hall.
The Central Committee meeting is 6-6:50 p.m., followed by a 10 minute break for refreshments.
At 7 p.m., special guest Paul Jaramillo, newly elected RPLA 2nd vice chair, will speak on his political odyssey. This presentation is open to the public.

Bill Would Freeze Fracking Permits During Study

on February 5, 2019 - 6:45am
Drilling rig. Courtesy/
When you're driving at night through Counselor, N.M. on U.S. 550, the horizon takes on a dusky illumination, almost like daylight, Samuel Sage said during a Monday news conference in Santa Fe.
Bright light flares from natural gas being burned off as part of oil and gas production has become increasingly common in that area of Northwestern New Mexico, particularly since 2013, said Sage, a member of the Navajo Nation's Counselor Chapter House.
Sage was among several environmental advocates who gathered at

This Week On NMPBS: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

on February 5, 2019 - 6:35am
Report From Santa Fe host Lorene Mills, left, with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photo
In one of her first in-depth interviews since taking office as New Mexico Governor, this week's guest on Report From Santa Fe is Lujan Grisham , discussing her administration's approach to education, health care, immigration and family separation on the border and other hot topics.

Lujan Grisham is New Mexico's 32nd governor and the first Latina Democratic governor in the country. She is a 12th generation New Mexican.

Backers Of ‘Ban The Box’ Legislation Try Again

on February 5, 2019 - 5:39am
The toughest question on a job application can be pretty short. Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
For job seekers with criminal records, checking that box can make all the difference in landing an interview with a prospective employer.
Now, lawmakers are reviving a years-long effort to "ban the box" by prohibiting employers from asking about criminal convictions on an initial job application.
Even as crime has become a flash point between Republicans and Democrats, Senate Bill 96 is one idea that has rallied bipartisan support.

Governor Signs Series Of Bills Martinez Had Vetoed

on February 4, 2019 - 5:54pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today signs 42 bills into law. Courtesy photo
Lobbyists usually have to report when they spend money on legislators and other government officials. But because of a loophole in New Mexico law, lobbyists do not have to report any expenses under $100.
Take a lawmaker to lunch and as long as the bill is $99.99 or less, you don't have to tell a soul. That will change thanks to a new law. Sort of.