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Governor Announces Historic ‘Duran’ Settlement

on August 28, 2019 - 4:25pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
SANTA FE – More than 40 years after the suit was first filed, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today a historic settlement intended to equitably resolve the long-running litigation that developed into the stipulated agreement commonly known as the Duran consent decree. 
A preliminary agreement between the state and plaintiffs – approved Wednesday by the Hon. Kirtan Khalsa, a federal magistrate judge in the U.S.

Haaland Delivers Keynote At Statewide Census 2020 Gathering, Emphasizes Importance Of Accurate Count

on August 28, 2019 - 4:07pm
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland
ALBUQUERQUE As part of her work to ensure New Mexico receives its fair share of resources and representation, U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-01) delivered the keynote address to the Statewide Census 2020 Gathering.
In April, Haaland and her congressional colleagues sent a letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee urging them to fully fund the Census Bureau and combat the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
When the courts postponed the citizenship question from being added to the 2020

Governor’s Mansion Furnishings On Sale To Public

on August 28, 2019 - 8:06am
SANTA FE Furnishings removed from the governor’s mansion will be available for sale to the public 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the State Surplus warehouse in Santa Fe.
The furnishings include a kitchen table with chairs, dressers, side tables, lamps, coffee table, lounging chair, framed prints and knick-knacks. The items were sent to State Surplus after Gov. Susana Martinez left office at the end of 2018.
About a dozen government vehicles also will be available at the monthly public sale of the State Surplus Bureau.

Christine Bernstein Files For School Board District 3 (Aspen) Seat

on August 27, 2019 - 5:29pm
Christine Bernstein filed for the District 3 (Aspen) seat on the Los Alamos School Board today at the County Municipal Building. Bernstein was the final candidate to file before the 5 p.m. deadline. ‘I’m a teacher and I’ve wanted to be part of the decision making about my profession for 15 years!’ Bernstein said. ‘Now is the time!’ Bernstein teaches high school Spanish in Pojoaque. ‘Now that I’m not teaching in a district I live in, I can run and still be in the classroom,’ she said. ‘The faces I see at school every day ARE education.

Pat Soran Files To Retain Position 3 On UNM-LA Advisory Board

on August 27, 2019 - 5:03pm
Candidate Pat Soran, seated, and Campaign Manager Rick Reiss were at the Los Alamos Municipal Building this afternoon to file for Soran’s current seat, Position 3 on the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board. Soran was appointed to the Board when the winner of the last election moved away. He was chosen from a pool of about 10 people who were interested in the post. ‘The UNM-LA staff does a great job,’ Soran said.

Dawn Jalbert Is A Candidate For School Board In District 5 (Mountain School)

on August 27, 2019 - 3:24pm
County Clerk Naomi Maestas, left, helps District 5 School Board Candidate Dawn Jalbert file to run for office today at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Now retired, Jalbert has been involved with education for many years, serving as a teacher at Mountain Elementary and Los Alamos High School and in administration as well. 'I think the current board is doing a great job,' she said. 'I want to be part of that.' Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

David Hampton Files For UNM-LA Advisory Board Position 3

on August 27, 2019 - 3:09pm
David Hampton is a candidate for Position 3 on the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board. He filed this afternoon with the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office. Since his retirement from Los Alamos National Laboratory 2.5 years ago, Hampton has been seeking opportunities to become more involved with the community, he said. He currently serves on the board of the Los Alamos Food Co+op. On the UNM-LA Advisory Board, Hampton would seek to continue and build upon collaborations between the college and Los Alamos National Laboratory and the business community to fill the need for skilled workers.

Melanie Colgan Files For School Board District 4 (Barranca/North Mesa)

on August 27, 2019 - 2:13pm
Melanie Colgan filed as a candidate for School Board to serve the Barranca and North Mesa communities (District 4) this afternoon at the Los Alamos Municipal Building. Colgan has five chidren in the Los Alamos schools and has been an active volunteer with the school district. Now she would like to expand her role to include making policy as a member of the School Board, Colgan said. Colgan teaches the Certified Nursing Assistant program at UNM-Los Alamos and is an assistant professor of nursing at Northern New Mexico College.

Julia Baker Files For School Board In Barranca/North Mesa District

on August 27, 2019 - 12:59pm
Julia Baker filed as a candidate for school board representing District 4, which includes Barranca and North Mesas. 'My family has been blessed by the schools here,' Baker said. 'I have a background in teaching so I think I'd be a good fit for the school board.' Baker taught fifth grade in Utah and currently stays at home to take care of her five children, ages 3-13. As a school board member, Baker said she would like to help improve communication between the school district and local community organizations. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Stephen Boerigter Files For Re-election To Position Four On UNM-LA Advisory Board

on August 27, 2019 - 12:44pm
Stephen Boerigter filed for re-election to Position Four on the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board this morning at the Los Alamos Municipal Building. Boerigter currently serves as president of the UNM-LA Advisory Board. 'The current growth in the County is a great opportunity to strengthen UNM-LA,' Boerigter said. 'We're currently doing integrated strategic planning with the leadership at the lab to make sure our programs will fit their hiring needs.' Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Laura Burrows First Candidate To File For UNM-LA Advisory Board

on August 27, 2019 - 12:12pm
Laura Burrows filed for Position 3 on the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board this morning. She also filed by proxy for Chris Luchini who is running for Position 4 on the UNM-LA Advisory Board. Burrows said she is running to become more involved with the Los Alamos community. A longtime teacher, Burrows currently serves as a substitute teacher for both the Los Alamos Public Schools and UNM-LA's ESL and High School Equivalency programs. She has two kids at Pinon Elementary School in fourth and fifth grade. Burrows said both she and Luchini are anxious to serve and to have their voices heard.

Morrie Pongratz First To File For School Board

on August 27, 2019 - 11:25am

Morrie Pongratz is the first to file this morning at the County Municipal Building as a candidate for Los Alamos School Board. Pongratz resides in the Aspen District and served on the School Board from 2003-2007. During that term the board helped start the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the LAPS Foundation. Pongratz now serves on the boards of both organizations as well as several other boards. Pongratz is now fully retired and said laughing that his wife encouraged him to run for school board. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/

Filing Day Underway For UNM-LA Advisory Board And Los Alamos School Board Candidates

on August 27, 2019 - 11:05am
The staff of the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office opened the doors at 9 a.m. this morning on Candidate Fiiling Day for UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board and Los Alamos School Board. Candidates have until 5 p.m. today to file for three positions on the School Board and two on the UNM-LA Advisory  Board. The staff is welcoming candidates in Room 200 on the second floor of the County Municipal Building. Seated from left, Deputy Clerk Victoria Martinez and County Clerk Naomi Maestas.

School Board Briefs 11 Prospective Candidates

on August 26, 2019 - 9:29pm
Eleven prospective candidates for Los Alamos School Board met last Friday with Board members, Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and County Clerk's Office staff to learn what it's like to serve on the board and how to run for the office. Candidates file 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday in Room 200 on the second floor at the Municipal Building. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

“It’s exciting to see so many of you here,” said Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas to the 11 prospective Los Alamos School Board candidates gathered Friday

New Mexico Human Services Department Reaches Settlement With Two More Behavioral Health Providers

on August 26, 2019 - 7:51am
HSD News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Human Services Department has reached settlement agreements with two more behavioral health organizations to whom Medicaid payments were frozen in 2013 by the Martinez administration. Settlement agreements were reached with:
  • TeamBuilders Counseling Services, Inc.; and
  • Counseling Associates, Inc.
Last month HSD announced it had settled with:
  • Hogares, Inc;
  • Valencia Counseling Services, Inc.; and
  • The Counseling Center, Inc.
HSD has now settled half of these agreements, which were made in the interest of amicably resolving all differences and to

Cummins Speaks At Voices Of Los Alamos Monday

on August 25, 2019 - 9:08am

VOLA News:

Voices of Los Alamos meets 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monday at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop.

The meeting is open to the public.



  • September Lunch with a Leader, 11:40 a.m., Sept. 17 at Mesa Public Library, County Engineer Eric Martinez will speak about roads and traffic issues.
  • Single-use plastic ban: pros and cons.
  • Climate Strike New Mexico, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Roundhouse. Event page and registration here.
  • Upcoming school board elections (LAPS and UNMLA). 
  • Standing for Immigrant Justice, 11 a.m., Aug.

Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Announce $295,375 For CNM Community College To Expand ABQid Seed Fund

on August 24, 2019 - 9:56am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $295,375 to Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) to enhance and develop the ABQid Seed Fund, which will support a diverse, inclusive population of entrepreneurs and business owners in Central New Mexico.
The project will expand the ABQid Seed Fund by merging two non-profit organizations -- ABQid and CNM Ingenuity -- under the umbrella of CNM to support entrepreneurs and

Radioactive And Hazardous Materials Committee Met At UNM-Los Alamos Friday

on August 24, 2019 - 9:17am
Senators Richard Martinez and Carlos Cisneros and Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler were among the members of the Legislative Committee on Radioactive And Hazardous Materials, which met Friday at UNM-Los Alamos to hear priorities and updates from the New Mexico Environmental Department and  Los Alamos National Laboratory. The meeting was open to the public. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce $750,000 To NMSU To Develop Clean Energy Workforce

on August 24, 2019 - 7:54am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $750,000 to New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) College of Engineering to create the Innovation and Commercialization for Regional Energy Workforce (I-CREW).
The I-CREW program will focus on accelerating clean energy technology and developing a statewide clean energy workforce.
“This funding will harness New Mexico’s unique strengths as a state to foster

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Administration Launches State Census Webpage Today

on August 23, 2019 - 12:06pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
From the Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham:
SANTA FE – The administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today launched a digital platform dedicated to New Mexico’s all-important 2020 Census efforts.
At, New Mexicans can learn about the importance of the decennial Census and the crucial federal program funds apportioned according to its results, find key dates and documents, and learn how to contribute to local efforts that will ensure all New Mexicans are counted.
The site also will be a resource for local governments as they

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall And U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum To BLM: Press Pause On Headquarters Relocation Plan

on August 23, 2019 - 11:43am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

  • Citing a lack of meaningful analysis and consultation, Udall & McCollum call on BLM to suspend any efforts to move headquarters and abruptly relocate staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), the ranking member and chair of the U.S.

U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland Speaks At Los Alamos Nature Center On Climate Change; Support Of Green New Deal

on August 23, 2019 - 8:51am
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland speaks Wednesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium on the Green New Deal. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

A Los Alamos crowd welcomes U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland at the nature center planetarium Wednesday afternoon where she spoke about the Green New Deal. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) was in Los Alamos Wednesday to talk about her support for the Green New Deal.

She spoke at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

LAFRW: 2019 Constitution Day Essay Contest

on August 22, 2019 - 7:14am
The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women (LAFRW) is sponsoring its annual Constitution Day Essay Contest.
Students in grades 4-12 who reside in or attend school in Los Alamos County may enter to write a winning essay and win cash:
  • $300 high school;
  • $200 middle school; and
  • $100 grades 4-6.
Constitution Day, Sept. 17, celebrates the U.S. Constitution and the freedoms it protects. 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.

Congressional Candidate Marco Serna Releases Position Paper On Opioid Epidemic

on August 22, 2019 - 6:51am
3rd Congressional District Candidate
Today I am releasing the first of many position papers I will be issuing during the course of  my campaign for the 3rd Congressional seat in New Mexico.
It is my firm belief that voters not only need to know where their elected officials stand on the important issues of the day but also their underlying reasons.
The opioid epidemic is one of the most compelling issues facing our country today, yet it is an issue that has received little attention and even less action on the part of our public officials.
When I first ran for

NM Game & Fish Proposing Changes To Trapping Rule

on August 21, 2019 - 3:03pm

Animal Protection of New Mexico News:

Conservation and animal protection groups see changes as inadequate for protecting people, companion animals, wildlife and public lands

WHAT: The State Game Commission meeting at which the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will begin the process to amend New Mexico’s trapping regulations.

WHERE: New Mexico State Capitol Room 317, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 22 beginning at 9 a.m. (agenda here)

WHY: Trapping is one of the highest profile wildlife issues in New Mexico.