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Udall Chairs Indian Affairs Field Hearing On The Legacy Of Uranium Mining In New Mexico And Indian Country

on October 8, 2019 - 8:20am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, center, chairing an official Indian Affairs Committee oversight field hearing Monday in Albuquerque. He was joined by U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Deb Haaland of New Mexico. Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, chaired an official Indian Affairs Committee oversight field hearing Monday entitled “America’s Nuclear Past: Examining the Effects of Radiation on Indian Country” at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque.
Udall was

New Mexico State Land Office Responds To ‘Shell Company’ Cypress Inc. Contest Of Lease Cancellation

on October 7, 2019 - 1:06pm




SANTA FE State Land Office General Counsel, Ari Biernoff, released the following statement regarding Cypress Inc.’s contest of the Land Office’s cancellation of two agricultural grazing leases:

“Commissioner Garcia Richard stands by the decision to terminate the business relationship with Epstein and his enterprises. The leases that she inherited with Cypress, a shell company, should have never been awarded in the first place.

“The State Attorney General also determined these leases were improper and should be cancelled.

“After everything that’s occurred,

LAFRW: National Committeewoman Rosie Tripp Oct. 10

on October 7, 2019 - 12:52pm
The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women (LAFRW) invite all area registered Republican women to its Oct. 10 meeting beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Patio Room downstairs at 1001 Oppenheimer Dr.
A light lunch will be provided so RSVP to Shona Neff at 505.672.1456.
Rosie Tripp is the guest speaker. She serves as the National Committeewoman for the Republican Party of New Mexico and has served in this capacity as a driving force since 1996. She has been involved with the NMFRW and Socorro unit for more than 30 years.

Tripp has been involved in politics at the advisory

New Mexico Delegation Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort In Project ECHO To Expand Telehealth Care

on October 7, 2019 - 12:11pm
Congressional Delegation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) led a group of 39 lawmakers Wednesday in calling on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to support Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a telehealth mentoring model developed in New Mexico that enhances health care and workforce capacity in underserved areas.
Project ECHO provides community-based primary care teams with the

Senate Committee Funds Cattlemen’s Mass Mustang Roundup & Incarceration To Tune Of $35 Million

on October 7, 2019 - 11:28am
AWA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a Fiscal Year 2020 spending bill Thursday that includes a $35 million in funding to implement a potentially catastrophic mass mustang roundup proposal.
The proposal is promoted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the so-called “American Mustang Foundation” and other agribusiness lobbying groups and, shockingly, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the ASPCA, and Return to Freedom, a sanctuary.
The proposal, misleadingly dubbed a “Path Forward for Wild

GOP 2019 Constitutional Day Winning Student Essays

on October 7, 2019 - 11:06am

Courtesy image

GOP News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women (LAFRW) sponsored its annual Constitution Day Essay Contest and three winners were announced during the 2019 Republican Party of Los Alamos Constitution Day Dinner Saturday at Cottonwood on the Greens.

The Constitution Day Essay Contest is designed to challenge students to learn more about the U.S. Constitution and to express original, thoughtful ideas in essay writing. Essays were judged on how completely and clearly the ideas were stated and supported. Grammar, spelling and punctuation also were considered.


RPNM New Communications Director Delanie Crist

on October 7, 2019 - 11:05am
RPNM News:
ALBUQUERQUE — Delanie Crist is the newest staff hire for the Republican Party of New Mexico as communications director.
Crist will assist the party with a broad range of communications, outreach and event support.
“I met Miss Crist when she interned on Capitol Hill, she is driven, hard-working and ready to help,” RPNM Chairman Steve Pearce said. “We are excited for her to be back in New Mexico and working for the people.”
Crist is a New Mexico native born in Las Cruces. Her family later moved to eastern New Mexico where she grew up in Texico.

Letter To The Editor: Cunningham Endorses Colgan

on October 7, 2019 - 10:34am
District 4 School Board Member
February 2015-December 31, 2019

I am writing to endorse Melanie Colgan for Los Alamos School Board, District 4 (Barranca/North Mesa).

As the sitting Board member for this District, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve and I look forward to passing the torch to a candidate who is as uniquely qualified for this position as Melanie.

While we are lucky to have two wonderful candidates for this District, Melanie is exceptionally qualified and will bring her experience and expertise to the board for the benefit of our schools,

Letter To The Editor: Morris Pongratz Would Be An Invaluable Addition To Los Alamos School Board

on October 7, 2019 - 9:03am
Los Alamos Public Schools Alumna

It is my pleasure to write a letter in support of Morrie Pongratz for the Los Alamos Public Schools School Board. Throughout my time at Los Alamos High School, I had the opportunity of working with him through Los Alamos High School’s Key Club.

I began working closely with Morrie in my senior year of high school (2017-2018) when I served as a Lieutenant Governor for the Southwest District Key Club. I had to train Key Club board members around the area, plan fundraisers, and attend meetings in Arizona and Texas.

Auditor Colón Elected Chair Of Commission Of Public Records Joining State Records & Archives Administrator And Key State Officials In New Leadership Roles

on October 7, 2019 - 8:57am
State Auditor Brian S. Colón
SANTA FE State Auditor Brian S. Colón was recently elected as Chair for the Commission of Public Records. New to the Commission, he joins State Records Administrator, Dr. Rick Hendricks, in leading the independent agency to ensure public records are held in trust for all New Mexicans.
“I’m deeply honored to lead the Commission in supporting good and open government by preserving our State’s history,” Auditor Colón said.

RSF: Journalist Permanently Blinded In One Eye Amid Increased Police Violence In Hong Kong

on October 7, 2019 - 8:47am
RSF News:
A reporter working for Indonesian-language media outlet Suara Hong Kong News, Veby Mega Indah, has permanently lost eyesight in her right eye Sunday, Sept. 29 after she was hit by a rubber bullet shot by the Hong Kong police during a protest.
Tuesday, Oct. 1, during the pro-democracy demonstrations taking place in parallel with the events marking the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, several journalists were also injured by the police (see below for a chronology of violence against the media since the beginning of the crisis).

NPS Awards Historic Preservation Grants To American Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiian Groups

on October 7, 2019 - 8:27am
Documenting Klukwan's Woolen Weaving Traditions -- An Oral History and Documenting Cultural Traditions Project Lani Hotch - Chilkat Indian Village. Courtesy/NPS
NPS News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Park Service Sept. 13 announced $524,000 in grants for 12 projects from across the country to support the protection of America’s native cultures. 
Congress appropriates funding for the Tribal Heritage Grant Program through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, providing assistance for a broad range of

Udall Secures Protections For Chaco Canyon Area In Major Interior & Environment Funding Bill

on October 7, 2019 - 8:26am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), has lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, announced that the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill includes language for the preservation and safekeeping of the area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
The bill, which passed committee unanimously, and now heads to the full Senate, includes report language directing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to refrain from

Scenes From GOP 2019 Constitutional Day Dinner

on October 6, 2019 - 3:16pm

The 2019 Republican Party of Los Alamos annual Constitution Day Dinner draws a capacity crowd Saturday night at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Republican Party of Los Alamos Chair Bill McKerley welcomes the crowd and introduces guest speaker, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Dr. Gavin Clarkson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Senatorial candidate Dr. Gavin Clarkson presents a talk entitled, ‘Mix the Mortar to Fix the Border’. He explains that he is running for the U.S.

MythBusters With Christine Bernstein

on October 6, 2019 - 3:15pm
Candidate For LAPS School Board
District 3 (Aspen)

Myth: Christine supports Charter Schools

Truth: I support public schools. I supported the proposed Polaris charter because I support education for all. I returned to Los Alamos long after the school was initially proposed and was not aware of the history of the proposal. The extent of my involvement was my attendance at one meeting and one community presentation, motivated solely by my curiosity about the proposed school.

Letter To The Editor: Morrie Values Our students, Teachers And Our Schools

on October 6, 2019 - 11:24am
Los Alamos

My friendship with Morrie began when I was a teen and he mentored a small leadership group I was a part of called, “Youth Working for Youth”. As a result, he and his wife Cheryl spent nearly every Friday for many years chaperoning informal dances that kept all of us kids dancing and out of trouble.

Like many small town youth, I could not wait to leave town. Later, I could not wait to return to raise my own children.

Letter To The Editor: Izraelevitz Endorses Morrie Pongratz For Los Alamos School Board

on October 6, 2019 - 11:09am
Los Alamos County Councilor

Different times demand different leaders for an organization, and this is a time when the Los Alamos Public Schools will be facing a series of challenges and demands that require an experienced and thoughtful leader such as Morris Pongratz.

No one can take issue with his background and experience: long-time student mentor and advisor of the Key Club, our high school student service organization, several terms on the County Council, prior experience on our School Board when he led the fight to maintain federal support for our schools, even

LWV Election Forum Draws Capacity Crowd

on October 6, 2019 - 11:07am
Voters fill the UNM-LA Lecture Hall Thursday to learn more about their choices in the upcoming election. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
County Clerk Naomi Maestas and Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus are the first two speakers Thursday at the LWV Election Forum. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The League of Women Voters hosted a Candidate Forum Thursday evening at UNM-LA for those running for School Board in three districts (the White Rock districts are not on the ballot this year) and candidates

LWV Forum For UNM-LA Advisory Board Candidates

on October 5, 2019 - 8:28am
Candidates for UNM-LA Advisory Board Position 3 are David Hampton, left, and Pat Soran. Laura Burrows, also a candidate for this seat, was unable to attend the Election Forum. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Candidates for Position 4 are left, Stephen Boerigter and Chris Luchini. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

It was all about experience versus fresh perspective during the Los Alamos League of Women Forum Thursday at UNM-LA.

During the portion of the forum devoted to candidates running to fill

Letter To The Editor: In Support Of Chris Bernstein

on October 5, 2019 - 7:43am
As a high school teacher, I sometimes use my lunch period to get caught up with grading. It was one such day that a colleague, a Spanish teacher from the other end of my hall, popped in to ask me a question.
Apparently, during her planning period that morning, she walked by while I was teaching with the door open. A strategy we were working with caught her eye and she wanted to know more about it. We often bounce ideas off of each other and share methods. She asked me about the lesson she’d overheard.

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Luján Introduces Legislation To Bridge Digital Divide; Promote Training

on October 5, 2019 - 7:29am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. This week, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, joined colleagues to introduce the Digital Equity Act of 2019 to bridge the digital divide.
The legislation, introduced by Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) and Congresswomen Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), and Lucy McBath (D-GA), would close gaps in broadband adoption and promote digital skills training and digital literacy.
The Digital Equity Act would establish two grant programs that would be administered by the

Assistant Speaker Luján And U.S. Sen. Warren Announce Plan To Reintroduce Accountable Capitalism Act

on October 4, 2019 - 11:37am

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren

From the Office of U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and United States Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced they will reintroduce the Accountable Capitalism Act to help eliminate skewed market incentives and return to the era when the success of American corporations translated into success for American workers.

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján

The legislation aims to reverse the harmful trends over the last 30 years that have led to record corporate profits,

Hotel And Conference Center Move Closer To Fruition As Council Approves Amendments To Ordinance

on October 3, 2019 - 12:53pm
A group of citizens line up to share their thoughts on the proposed land grant to TNJLA during the Tuesday night Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

In a 5-2 vote Tuesday, Los Alamos County Council approved to amend an ordinance to adopt an economic development project with TNJLA, LLC, pending a public hearing.

By amending the ordinance, TNJLA LLC is one step closer to receiving 2.6 acres of County-owned land at 20th Street, where the company plans to build an 86-room extended stay hotel as well as a

Los Alamos Daily Post Endorses LAPS Bond

on October 3, 2019 - 10:53am

Following careful consideration, the Los Alamos Daily Post is endorsing the Los Alamos Public Schools Bond.

Thanks to Los Alamos voters in a previous bond election, the LAPS School Board has been able to remodel Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos Middle School and Aspen Elementary School. Major facility improvements are underway at both Barranca Mesa Elementary School and Mountain Elementary School.

Well maintained schools enhance the learning environment for students, provide a comfortable work environment for teachers and staff and aid in

Former San Ildefonso Pueblo Gov. James R. Mountain Addresses Participants At Leadership New Mexico

on October 3, 2019 - 7:11am

Former San Ildefonso Pueblo Gov. James R. Mountain, now publisher of the Valley Daily Post, was a featured speaker at the Leadership New Mexico government session Friday at UNM-LA. Photo by John McHale/