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Irby: Big Wins For Animals In House Spending Bill...

on June 30, 2019 - 8:14am
Courtesy photo
 
By MARTY IRBY
Executive Director 
Animal Wellness Action
 
This week, the U.S. House passed a multi-agency spending bill, including the Agriculture, Interior, Justice, and Veterans Affairs departments.
 
At Animal Wellness Action, we worked on a wide range of issues across the agencies that affect animals. We had some great outcomes, but now it’s time to pivot to the U.S.

State Program Trains 2,300 Workers At 70 Companies

on June 30, 2019 - 7:48am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE A start-up that helps retailers compete with Internet sellers and a company that builds unmanned solar aircraft are among the firms awarded job-training grants in June, said Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes.
 
The most recent grants went to seven companies to train 52 workers in areas from chemistry to electronics and tech assembly to solar installation.
 
The June awards are the last of the 2019 Fiscal Year for the Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP), one of the top employee-training programs in the United States.

Udall On Court Blocking Census Citizenship Question

on June 29, 2019 - 7:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement Friday after the Supreme Court blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 Census for the time being:
 
“Today's decision from the Supreme Court is a relief for New Mexico communities. Ensuring an accurate census count is critical to making sure that every community in our state gets its rightful share of federal resources—hundreds of millions of dollars are stake.

Toulouse Oliver Hosts National Association Of Secretaries Of State Conference In Santa Fe Sunday

on June 29, 2019 - 7:05am
Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver will welcome Secretaries of State and Lieutenant Governors from 38 states and Puerto Rico to Santa Fe Sunday as the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) 2019 Summer Conference kicks off.
 
Secretary Toulouse Oliver serves on the NASS Executive Board as Treasurer and is the incoming President Elect.
 
“It’s an honor to host this year’s summer conference and to welcome Secretaries of State and Lieutenant Governors from all over the country here to New Mexico,” Secretary Toulouse

Pre-Concert Scenes At Ashley Pond Pavilion Friday

on June 29, 2019 - 6:13am
Moving Arts Espanola presents a Mexican Folklorico dance performance at 6 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond Pavilion as part of the Secret City Summer Concert. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A swirl of skirts. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Despite rainclouds looming overhead, a crowd begins to gather early Friday evening at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Bones of Romeo opens for the main act Friday evening. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Republican Party 1st Vice Chair James Whitehead at the GOP booth at

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Encourages DACA Recipients To Continue Seeking Renewals

on June 29, 2019 - 6:10am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is encouraging individuals protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to renew their status, and is calling for Senate action to protect DREAMers.
 
This is in response to reports that the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next term.
 
“Immigrants have long helped write the economic, social, and cultural story of New Mexico.

State Targets Unlicensed Contractors Via Social Media

on June 28, 2019 - 7:03am
Marguerite Salazar
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent Marguerite Salazar announced Thursday that the Construction Industries Division participated with the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) in a national coordinated enforcement effort, the weeks of June 3-21, which included 11 NASCLA state members who took part in this event across the country.
 
Participating states included New Mexico, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas and Utah.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Secures Major Wins For New Mexico In Annual Defense Spending Bill

on June 28, 2019 - 6:37am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

 

SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 27, 2019) – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted to pass the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that supports New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), Artificial Intelligence, and job-creating initiatives throughout the state.

The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 86-8.

Heinrich, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, secured a

State Auditor Brian Colón Issues Statement Following Raid Of Las Vegas Mayor; City Hall

on June 27, 2019 - 5:10pm

State Auditor Colón

LAS VEGAS, NM – This afternoon State Auditor Colón issued the following statement regarding the New Mexico Attorney General raids on the home of Las Vegas Mayor and City Hall:

“Upon information identified through an open and ongoing special examination the special investigations division on June 24, 2019 directed the Independent Public Accountant to consider risk to assess the potential loss of taxpayer dollars,” Colón said.

RCLC Reboot Underway

on June 27, 2019 - 4:49pm

Staff Report:

Misspent public funds, reimbursements for $38-a-shot whiskey, tickets to a major league baseball game, a woeful lack of proper financial controls.

These are only some of the scandal-ridden headlines of a story that broke a year ago ahead of the Democratic Primary Election for the District 46 state house seat in northern Santa Fe County.

This election resulted in the defeat of an incumbent and a special audit of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC), an advocacy organization that represents local communities on issues related to Los Alamos National Laboratory and

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Receives Olmsted Medal

on June 27, 2019 - 5:58am

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehous

ASLA News:

The American Society of Landscape Architects awarded U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse the prestigious Olmsted Medal for his unwavering support for projects that utilize sustainable, resilient design to protect the environment, preserve the coasts, and promote the health, safety and welfare of communities.

Every week, Sen. Whitehouse gives a speech on the Senate floor in Washington, D.C., calling his colleagues to action to combat climate change. In his 200th speech, he said:

“[…] he most obvious fact standing plainly before me is not the measured sea level rise

Renewable Electricity Standard Legislation Introduced

on June 27, 2019 - 5:33am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Angus King (I–Maine), introduced legislation to achieve at least 50 percent renewable electricity nationwide in just 15 years – putting the U.S. on a trajectory to decarbonize the power sector by 2050.
 
Starting in 2020, the Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) Act of 2019 would require electricity providers across the country to increase their supply of renewable energy from sources like wind and solar each year.

NNSA Announces Availability Of Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

on June 26, 2019 - 2:33pm

NNSA News:

 

The NNSA is making a Draft Supplement Analysis (SA) of the Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) available for public review and comment.

 

NNSA also will publish a Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register June 28, 2019 to announce the availability of the Draft SA.

Democrats Host Drinks With Dems At The Tub July 6

on June 26, 2019 - 2:26pm

NMEW Hosts Ethics In New Mexico Event July 15

on June 26, 2019 - 8:17am
NMEW News:
 
New Mexico Ethics Watch (NMEW) will present Ethics in New Mexico: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, Where We’re Going, a multi-faceted event 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday July 15, at the UNM Continuing Education Center on University Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.
 
The event will feature former Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court Richard Bosson, former New Mexico State Sen.

Luján Initiative To Protect Chaco Canyon Passes House

on June 26, 2019 - 6:49am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján’s initiative to secure a one-year moratorium on oil and gas drilling near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park was passed Tuesday by the U.S. House of Representatives.
 
Assistant Speaker Luján’s amendment was included in the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations package that passed Tuesday – a critical move toward securing a permanent ban on oil and gas drilling in the greater Chaco region.
 
A one-year moratorium is an environmental victory for

New Mexico Commission On Access To Justice Launches ‘Think About This’ Campaign

on June 25, 2019 - 3:24pm

Courtesy/NMCAJ

NMCAJ News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Commission on Access to Justice has a message to the public: the lack of legal representation is causing serious injustice and suffering in civil cases.

All defendants in criminal cases are guaranteed a lawyer no matter what, but a lawyer is not guaranteed in civil cases and many people suffer serious consequences.

“People who can’t afford a lawyer in civil legal cases, or who can’t access legal resources, are losing their homes, losing their children, suffering from lack of benefits, suffering financial hardship because of large

Governor: Two New State Investment Council Members

on June 25, 2019 - 2:58pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today the appointment of two new members of the State Investment Council effectively immediately.

The governor appointed  L. Michael Messina and Tracy Hartzler. The new members will replace Lynn Hoffman and Scott Smart, respectively.

“I want to thank Ms. Hoffman and Mr. Smart for their years of committed service to the council and recognize their contributions,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “I’m optimistic our two new appointees will provide the same steady and even-handed management of our state’s all-important investment funds.”

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Secretary Toulouse Oliver Releases Two Draft Rules On Runoff Elections; Announces Statewide Public Input

on June 25, 2019 - 2:48pm

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

From the Office of the Secretary of State:

All New Mexicans invited to provide public comment, participate in public hearings

SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released two draft rules concerning runoff elections and how ballot questions will appear on the ballot, and announced public hearings in three New Mexico cities to gather community input.

The two new rules were mandated by the passage of House Bill 407 during the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session.

“These rules will give clarity and guidance to

Udall, Heinrich Secure $30 Million In Reimbursement For Border Communities & Organizations Providing Humanitarian Relief To Asylum Seekers

on June 25, 2019 - 10:25am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced Wednesday that the Senate agreement on border humanitarian assistance includes $30 million in reimbursement funds for localities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in New Mexico and elsewhere that are providing much-needed humanitarian relief to asylum seekers.
 
In May, the full New Mexico delegation – Udall and Heinrich and U.S.

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Announces $2.5 Million To UNM To Research Chronic Kidney Disease Risk Factors Among Native Americans

on June 25, 2019 - 7:33am
 
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small announced Monday that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded approximately $2.5 million over five years to the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center to research chronic kidney disease risk factors among Native Americans in the southwestern United States.
 
The funding, which was championed by the New Mexico delegation, will enable UNM to conduct a study to identify risk factors associated with

CVNM Statement On NMOGA Methane Rule Proposal

on June 25, 2019 - 7:01am
CVNM News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) released their proposal Monday for implementing a Methane Capture Rule.
 
The goal of a Methane Capture Rule is to reduce the significant amount of methane that is leaked, vented and flared in New Mexico. In response to NMOGA’s proposal, Conservation Voters New Mexico Political & Legislative Director Ben Shelton released the following statement:
 
“Despite the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association’s presentation as a collaborative partner in reducing methane pollution, the proposal rule they released today is equal to

State Surplus Offers Vehicles For Public Sale

on June 25, 2019 - 6:46am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE About three dozen motor vehicles will be available for purchase Thursday during the monthly public sale at the state surplus property warehouse in Santa Fe.
 
Other merchandise for sale to the public includes used furniture and electronics, as well as knives and other items surrendered to the federal Transportation Security Administration.
 
The warehouse of the Surplus Property Bureau is at 1990 Siringo Road. It will be open to the public 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.
 
The vehicles expected to be available for public sale include sedans, vans, SUVs and a

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Cosponsors Amendment To NDAA To Protect Elections From Foreign Interference

on June 24, 2019 - 6:26pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee, cosponsored an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to help protect our elections from foreign interference by requiring candidates, campaign officials and their family members to notify law enforcement if offered illegal assistance by a foreign national.
 
The NDAA is being debated on the Senate floor.
 
“Protecting our elections from foreign

Governor Announces Ethics Commission Chair

on June 24, 2019 - 4:45pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced her sole nominee to the state Ethics Commission, who will serve as the commission’s chair, per state statute.
 
The Hon. William F. Lang is a well-respected jurist who worked in New Mexico law for nearly 40 years and continues to serve the community. He served three years as a Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge, including a stint as Chief Judge, before serving as a District Court Judge for fifteen years, including five years as Chief Judge.
 
Before his time in the

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