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President Orders Flags Flown Half-Staff In Honor And Remembrance Of Victims Of Tragedy In Pittsburgh

on October 29, 2018 - 9:22am

President Trump orders flags flown at half-staff in honor of victims at The Tree of Life Synagogue. Courtesy photo

 

From the Office of the Governor of New Mexico:

 

President Donald J. Trump has ordered flags flown at half-staff beginning today in honor and remembrance of the victims of the terrible tragedy at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Penn.

 

PROCLAMATION 

 

As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 27, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President

Lujan Grisham Calls On DeVos To Address Failures With Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

on October 29, 2018 - 9:11am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) has joined more than 150 Members of Congress in requesting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to turn over more information on — and swiftly act to fix — the Department’s flawed handling of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.
 
New data show that an alarming number of PSLF borrowers are being denied forgiveness, and it appears that both the Department and the companies that receive nearly $1 billion in taxpayer funding each year to service federal student loans have

Letter To The Editor: Elizabeth Allen Represents A Fresh Vision As Municipal Judge

on October 29, 2018 - 8:19am
By PHILIP GURSKY
Los Alamos

As we reach the end of the 2018 election season, I invite local voters to consider our local Municipal Judge’s election. The current Municipal Judge has long sat in judgment of residents appearing in Municipal Court and been the leader of the direction of municipal justice in our town. It goes without saying that Judge Kirk has put in thousands of hours of service over the last decades and deserves our respect and thanks.

However, in the demanding and changing times in our community and country, to represent the needs and views of an increasingly new and younger

Letter To The Editor: Sara Scott Will Serve Interests, Well-being Of Our Residents

on October 29, 2018 - 8:09am
By MOLLY CERNICEK
Los Alamos

I have coached Sara Scott’s children in soccer; I am her neighbor; and I have worked with her in LANL’s Russian programs. Sara is approachable, inclusive and makes decisions based on a carefully considered consensus of all stakeholders.

Sara has lived, worked, built friendships, recreated, and raised a family here over the past 30 years. She loves this community and will serve the interests and well-being of its residents.

Join me in supporting Sara Scott for the Los Alamos County Council. Here are others that I know support Sara as well:

Laura and Roy Bohn,

Letter To The Editor: I Love Lisa

on October 29, 2018 - 8:06am
By VERNON KERR
Former House Dist. 43 representative
White Rock

I really  love Lisa Shin for State Representative, she reminds me so much of Representative Cecelia Rosales from Gallup in McKinley County, the district that she was elected from, and like Lisa, she lit up a room when she entered. She was elected from a Democrat district.

Lisa has a personality that gives entry into conversation and is ready to work out differences when needed, I have found her very bright and she can search out vital information in short order, she has an analytic mind tuned to clarifying issues.

Some

Pearce, Other Candidates Rally Crowd At Los Alamos GOP Headquarters

on October 28, 2018 - 8:36pm

Gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce addresses the crowd gathered this afternoon at the Republican Party of Los Alamos County Campaign Headquarters on Trinity Drive. Pearce also stopped at campaign rallies in Nageezi, Cuba, Espanola and Santa Fe on Day 2 of his ‘Jobs Now’ Bus Tour across New Mexico. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Lt. Gov. candidate Michelle Garcia Holmes addresses community members and supporters gathered this afternoon at the Republican Party of Los Alamos County Campaign Headquarters. House Dist. 43 candidate Lisa Shin looks on at left. Photo by Carol A.

OJP Awards $64 Million To Combat Human Trafficking

on October 28, 2018 - 2:56pm

OJP News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today announced awards of more than $67 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 grant funding to support state, local and tribal jurisdictions’ efforts to protect human trafficking victims, prosecute those who commit trafficking crimes and support coordinated community responses to human trafficking throughout the United States

“Human trafficking is a particularly perverse and illegal form of evil that enriches its perpetrators by exploiting its victims in atrocious ways,” said OJP’s Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matt

Steve Pearce Visiting Los Alamos Today

on October 28, 2018 - 8:39am

Gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce

POLITICAL News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce is visiting Los Alamos this afternoon as part of his “Jobs Now” Bus Tour across New Mexico.

The campaign rally is 3:30-4:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos County Republican Party Headquarters, 1650 Trinity Dr. #102.

The community is invited to attend.

Michelle Lujan Grisham Releases Plan To Support New Mexico Veterans With 100+ Veteran Endorsers

on October 28, 2018 - 7:48am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
From Michelle Lujan Grisham for Governor Campaign:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released her plan to increase our state’s support for veterans and their families. The plan calls for the state to play a greater role in helping New Mexico veterans access services and benefits.
 
“New Mexico’s veterans face unique challenges when it comes to healthcare access, education assistance, housing, and employment,” Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “I’m proud of my record of serving veterans throughout my career.

Governor Dedicates Veterans Cemetery In Angel Fire

on October 27, 2018 - 6:57am

The Village of Angel Fire now has the state's third veterans cemetery. Courtesy/wikipedia

From the Office of the Governor:

ANGEL FIRE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez dedicated the new $3.2 million Veterans Cemetery Friday in Angel Fire. The cemetery is the third cemetery constructed under Governor Martinez for veterans who live in rural areas throughout the state.

“We dedicate this new cemetery to honor all who have served in uniform,” Martinez said. “New Mexicans have always stood ready to defend our state and nation in the U.S.

Lujan Grisham Announces Healthcare Action Plan

on October 27, 2018 - 6:45am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
From the Michelle Lujan Grisham for Governor Campaign:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has released her plan to build a Healthcare System that Works for all New Mexicans.
 
The action plan details the nine steps she will immediately take as governor to make healthcare more accessible to New Mexico families.
 
“Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege,” Lujan Grisham said. “Too many New Mexicans suffer from a healthcare system that is understaffed, hard to understand, and not affordable.

Letter To The Editor: American Association Of University Women Supports Independent Ethics Commission

on October 26, 2018 - 2:26am
By CAROL NEAL and ALAHNA WELLER
AAUW-Los Alamos Co-Facilitators and
Nina Thayer, Public Policy Chair

Constitutional Amendment #2 on the November ballot will provide New Mexico with an independent Ethics Commission. A change in Senate leadership in 2017 allowed the bill creating the commission to come up for vote. It passed both houses of the legislature and now comes before the citizens of New Mexico.

The amendment provides for a 7-member commission: 1 appointed by the governor, 1 appointed by each of the house and senate majority and minority leaders and 2 appointed by the first five,

Pearce Calls For New Measures To Combat Cronyism, Nepotism And Corruption In State Government

on October 26, 2018 - 2:22am

Steve Pearce

From the Steve Pearce for Governor Campaign:

ALBUQUERQUE — Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, joined with law enforcement and government oversight officials Wednesday to introduce a package of new measures to clean up state government in New Mexico.

“For decades, a small crew of self-selected insiders has taken advantage of our people by putting their own interests ahead of the state. The old way of doing politics in New Mexico has got to end.

“As Governor, I will immediately call for an end to state and local contracts going to elected officials or members of their immediate

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Votes To Support Continued Funding For Blue Bus Service

on October 25, 2018 - 4:05pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) voted last Friday, during its monthly board meeting, to formally acknowledge how important it is to continue funding for the North Central Region Transit District (NCRTD), and passed a resolution expressing its support for the reauthorization of the 1/8 of 1 percent increment in local gross receipts taxes in Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Taos counties.

The measure is on this year’s ballot in all four counties.

Lujan Grisham And Luján Introduce Crop Insurance Fairness Act To Protect Rio Arriba Farmers

on October 25, 2018 - 1:01pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
STATE News:
 
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján have introduced the Crop Insurance Fairness Act.
 
The bill is a response to USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in New Mexico’s mid-year reduction in Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) payments for Rio Arriba farmers.
 
The Crop Insurance Fairness Act would require that any adjustments made mid-year that result in a decrease in NAP payments not take effect until the following year. This ensures that farmers receive the full payments they budgeted for and anticipated.
 
“New Mexican farmers

Council Candidate John Bliss Intends To Fix Things

on October 25, 2018 - 12:33pm

Council Candidate John Bliss during an interview Friday at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Longtime Los Alamos resident John Bliss is running for a seat on the County Council and he is no stranger to holding leadership positions.

Bliss is chair of the Republican Party of Los Alamos County. He served 22 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, Medical Service Corps.

Granville: Let’s Clearly Define Sheriff’s Duties

on October 25, 2018 - 12:00pm

By JOE GRANVILLE
Democratic Candidate for Sheriff

Hello friends and neighbors,

I am a first time candidate running for the office of Los Alamos County Sheriff. With just under two weeks of voting left I am continuing to engage people in the community, listening to the many things folks have to say about the Sheriff’s office.

The range of comments and opinions I’ve heard relating to the relationship between the Council and the Sheriff represents the informed and diverse makeup of our unique community.  

I have heard what you the people have to say.

Letter To The Editor: I Support Re-Election Of Alan Kirk As Los Alamos Municipal Judge

on October 25, 2018 - 11:48am
By DENNY ERICKSON
Los Alamos

I urge Los Alamos voters to re-elect Alan Kirk as our Municipal Judge.

I do so believing Judge Kirk is the best candidate for this position considering his extensive judicial experience and his well-earned reputation as a community builder. I also appreciate his deep commitment to safe communities demonstrated over a professional lifetime.

We are fortunate in Los Alamos to have had the criminal judicial services of Judge Kirk during the past four decades.

Rep. Lujan Grisham Supports BLM Decision To Suspend Certain Lease Sales Around Chaco Canyon But Joins APCG To Continue To Call For Permanent Protections

on October 25, 2018 - 9:03am
Rep. Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Lujan Grisham has released the following statement to Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) announcement that the agency would suspend the sale of several leases within 10 miles of Chaco Canyon.
 
Rep. Lujan Grisham had previously urged BLM to maintain a 10 mile protection zone around Chaco Canyon and to not include it in any future lease sales.
 
“Despite this announcement, I remain concerned that if BLM does not take additional precautions, important archeological and cultural resources in the area could be damaged and

State Auditor Wayne Johnson Creates Guardian And Conservator Audit Division

on October 25, 2018 - 8:54am
State Auditor Wayne Johnson
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE State Auditor Wayne Johnson has created a division within his office to help judges prevent court-appointed guardians and conservators from swindling the life savings of seniors and vulnerable adults.
 
Johnson testified before members of the Legislative Finance Committee today and told them he volunteered his office to help protect seniors from unscrupulous money managers and carry out the requirements passed by the Legislature earlier this year.
 
Johnson has requested an expansion of three full-time employees (FTE) to staff

Heinrich Joins Advocates To Highlight Importance Of Health Care & Social Security In Midterm Election

on October 24, 2018 - 1:26pm
Dr. Mark Epstein, left, Melanie Stansbury, Elva Santos and Sen. Martin Heinrich. Courtesy photo
 

From the Martin Heinrich for Senate Campaign:

 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich joined volunteers and community advocates Monday for a Protect Our Health Care & Social Security Phone Bank to highlight what's at stake in the midterm election.
 
Speakers at the event included Heinrich, candidate for U.S. Senate, as well as candidate for House Dist. 28 Melanie Stansbury, Chief Medical Officer at True Health New Mexico Dr.

State Engineer Extends Deadline To Comply With Nambé-Pojoaque-Tesuque Metering Order

on October 24, 2018 - 7:20am
OSE News:
 
SANTA FE State Engineer Tom Blaine has announced that the deadline to comply with the Metering Order for the Nambé-Pojoaque-Tesuque (NPT) Basin Water Master District has been extended to Oct. 3, 2019.
 
The original order required totalizing flow meters to be installed and operational by Oct. 3, 2018 for every groundwater well within the NPT Water Master District. This includes wells on the Nambé, Pojoaque, Tesuque and San Ildefonso Pueblos. The deadline was extended in response to public requests for more time to bring their wells into compliance with the order.
 
Under

Letter To The Editor: Admiration And Respect For House Dist. 43 Candidate Christine Chandler

on October 24, 2018 - 6:51am
By LINDA & PAUL DALY
Los Alamos
 
It is with great admiration and respect that we endorse Christine Chandler as our State Representative for District 43.
 
We’ve found Chris to be not only extremely knowledgeable in legislative matters at the County, State and Federal levels, but also caring and balanced in her dialogue with others who may not share the same point of view. She is a skilled listener who asks questions, lots of them, to fully understand issues. She is laser-focused, sifting through information to arrive at the facts and get to the heart of issues.

Luján Applauds Grants To Benefit New Mexico’s Acequias And Tribal And Pueblo Farmers And Ranchers

on October 24, 2018 - 6:30am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) applauded the announcement Monday that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded more than $330,000 in grants to benefit New Mexico’s acequias and farmers and ranchers from tribal and pueblo communities.
 
Both grants have been awarded through the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (or, the 2501 program).
 
The New Mexico Acequia Association (NMAA) has received a grant of more than

Zinke Announces Public-Private Partnership Bringing $2.7 Million To Habitat Conservation Of Big Game Migration Corridors And Winter Range

on October 24, 2018 - 6:17am
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and ConocoPhillips, has announced a new NFWF $2.7 million grant program to enhance and improve the quality of habitat in state identified, priority big-game winter range, stopover areas, and migration corridors on federal land and/or voluntary efforts on private land.
 
This grant program is possible from funding support provided by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S.

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