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League Hears Concerns From Head Of NM Census

on August 30, 2018 - 8:37pm

Robert Rhatigan

By REBECCA SHANKLAND
LWV

The League of Women Voters heard from Robert Rhatigan, head of the New Mexico Census, at its monthly Lunch with a Leader Aug. 21. Rhatigan outlined the many problems that face New Mexico for the census, which is crucial for supporting many federal programs that benefit our citizens.

In 2010, the census in New Mexico had an accurate count because high unemployment during the recession and a federal stimulus package meant that many census workers were hired to help collect forms from remote and undercounted areas. 

But the 2020 census lacks money to

Udall Presides At Indian Affairs Hearing On The Revitalization Of Native Languages

on August 30, 2018 - 2:43pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led an oversight hearing entitled “Examining Efforts to Maintain and Revitalize Native Languages for Future Generations.”
 
During the hearing, Udall secured a commitment from Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Commissioner Jeannie Hovland to support the Esther Martinez Immersion program, which Udall has championed for over a decade spanning back to his time in the House of Representatives.
 
The Esther Martinez program provides funding for

Michelle Lujan Grisham On Taos Dropped Charges, Release Of Defendants

on August 30, 2018 - 8:01am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

SANTA ROSA – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement Wednesday night regarding the situation in Taos:

What happened today in Taos is inexcusable. It should never have happened, and I am appalled at the failure to hold these defendants in detention for their alleged actions. Prosecutors must work diligently to correct this outrage and their failure to do their jobs.

This travesty is one more symptom of a chronically broken judicial system.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry Tours Nevada Site

on August 30, 2018 - 7:24am

Energy Secretary Rick Perry recently toured the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and addressed federal and contractor staff in an all-hands meeting, including staffers from EM's Nevada Program. During the meeting, Perry answered questions from employees and highlighted the progress and future of the NNSS missions. Courtesy photo

STOPP Applauds Vote To End Tariffs On Newsprint

on August 30, 2018 - 5:30am
STOPP News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers (STOPP), a coalition of printers, publishers, retailers, paper suppliers and distributors, Wednesday welcomed the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) unanimous decision to terminate duties being applied to uncoated groundwood paper, or newsprint, imports from Canada and issued the following statements:
 
“Today is a great day for American journalism.

Environmental Historian Scott Einberger Speak On Stewart Udall’s Life And Legacy Sept. 5

on August 30, 2018 - 5:15am
Scott Einberger
 
LIBRARY News:
 
Scott Einberger, an environmental historian, will discuss his new book “With Distance in His Eyes, The Environmental Life and Legacy of Stewart Udall,” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Fuller Lodge.
 
The talk is presented by the Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club and the Los Alamos Public Library, as part of the Library’s Authors Speak series of book talks and lectures.
 
Stewart Udall was a major figure in American conservation.

AG Urges Congress To Close Deadly Fentanyl Loophole

on August 28, 2018 - 3:43pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas, as part of a bipartisan group of 52 state and territory attorneys general, has called on Congress to help end the opioid epidemic and close a loophole that allows those who traffic deadly fentanyl to stay a step ahead of law enforcement.
 
“Giant, out-of-state companies, and their billionaire companies are being allowed to make a fortune off of the overdose deaths of thousands of New Mexicans,” Balderas said.

Constitution Day High Elevation 5K Run/2 Mile Walk

on August 28, 2018 - 7:29am

GOP News:

Through the Constitution Day High Elevation 5K Run/2 Mile Walk, the Republican Party of Los Alamos is promoting health, wellness and fun.

The race is 7 a.m., Sept. 15 at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

The Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is on the north face of Pajarito Mountain in the Jemez Mountains in North Central New Mexico, west of Los Alamos. It is on 850 acres of privately owned land with a base elevation of 9,000 feet and top elevation of 10,440 feet.

Participants are advised to be prepared for high elevation, uneven terrain, dirt, rocks, roots and trees.

Federal, State And Local Partnership Identifies Analytical Strategies For Responding To Opioid Crisis

on August 27, 2018 - 10:12pm
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice today announced publication of a multi-agency research study identifying recent advancements and examining recognized challenges in the fight against synthetic opioids.
 
The open access article is the product of fourteen subject matter experts from NIJ, government, industry and academia, who looked at potential solutions concerning information sharing and the availability of resources, as well as gaps in knowledge for further research.
 
Today’s announcement complements NIJ’s portfolio of

Information Session Set For Military Service Academies

on August 27, 2018 - 5:32pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
Staff for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will host an information session 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the University of New Mexico for high school students and recent graduates interested in applying to the U.S. military service academies.
 
Representatives from Udall’s office, the New Mexico congressional delegation and the military service academies will be available to field questions from prospective applicants and parents. Udall is accepting applications for nominations to enter an academy in the fall of 2019.
          
Four of the five

LWV/AAUW Forum: Early Childhood Education Sept. 6

on August 27, 2018 - 7:41am
Deputy Director New Mexico LFC Charles Sallee
 
LWV/AAUW News:
 
Early Childhood Education will be the subject of a public forum Thursday, Sept. 6, when Searchlight New Mexico joins with the League of Women Voters (LWV) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to address the needs of young children.

The forum features Charles Sallee, deputy director of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee and an expert in evaluating state agencies and education here and in Texas.

U.S. Rep. Lujan Grisham On Women’s Equality Day

on August 26, 2018 - 8:41pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement for Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 98th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment:

“Today, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day to commemorate 98 years since the 19th Amendment was ratified and women were guaranteed the right to vote.

Los Alamos County Council Meets Tuesday

on August 26, 2018 - 7:21pm
COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28 in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 
Agenda:
1. OPENING/ROLL CALL
 
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
 
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 
5. PRESENTATIONS, PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS
A. Proclamation declaring 2018-2019 as a "Year of Asset Building" and Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 as "College Day/Military Day" in Los Alamos County (accepted by Bernadette Lauritzen) Presenters: County Council
 
6. PUBLIC COMMENT FOR ITEMS ON CONSENT AGENDA

Udall, Heinrich Bill To Protect Chaco Canyon Area Receives Key Committee Hearing

on August 26, 2018 - 8:42am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) submitted testimony to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining hearing on the Chaco Cultural Heritage Protection Act (S. 2907), a bill he introduced with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) to ensure the protection of culturally important areas nearby Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
 
Udall’s bill would prevent any future leasing or development of minerals owned by the U.S.

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Members Express Condolences On Death Of U.S. Sen. John McCain

on August 26, 2018 - 8:22am

Capt. John McCain, front right, with his squadron and T-2 Buckeye trainer in 1965. Courtesy/wikipedia

John McCain Aug. 29, 1936 – Aug. 25, 2018

NATIONAL News:

Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation release statements on the death Saturday of U.S. Senator and war hero John S. McCain.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall: It is a privilege to have known John McCain – to have served with him in the Senate, and to call him a dear friend. John’s fearlessness, his unyielding integrity, and his generosity of spirit truly touched the entire Udall family. We will miss him dearly.

 John said about my

American Statesman John McCain Has Died

on August 25, 2018 - 9:51pm

U.S. Sen. John McCain

Staff Report

U.S. Sen. John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 p.m. today at his home in Arizona. He was 81.

According to a statement from his office, McCain had suffered from a malignant brain tumor for which he had been treated periodically with radiation and chemotherapy since its discovery in 2017. Following the diagnosis, he took a reduced role in the United States Senate. McCain's family announced Friday that he would no longer seek treatment for his cancer to prolong his life; he died today, four days before his 82nd birthday.

McCain graduated from the United

Pearce On Surge In New Mexico Revenue Projections From Energy Boom

on August 25, 2018 - 7:49am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, released the following statement Wednesday:
 
As New Mexico's oil and gas operations boom and add hundreds of millions to our state budget we must take this opportunity to get more funds to our schools, improve our mental health system, cut taxes on Social Security for seniors, and make cash payments on strategic infrastructure projects like broadband, roads, and wastewater. We should also ensure our reserves are adequately funded.
 
Today's report is

Heinrich Statement On Rollback Of Clean Power Plan

on August 25, 2018 - 7:25am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, issued the following statement regarding President Trump's new rule to gut the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan:
 
"There is no doubt that climate change is already disrupting our lives.

Letter To The Editor: Christine Chandler Gets My Vote ... She Cares About Education

on August 25, 2018 - 7:12am
By CAMILLE MORRISON
Los Alamos
 
Thank you Christine Chandler for your views on education. Since the PED is a cabinet position I'm afraid if Steve Pearce is elected governor we will have eight more years of the PED that we have now.
 
All three of my children were educated here. I have been a volunteer at the Chamisa Elementary School library for 38 of the last 48 years. I will be voting for you because you care about education as much as I do.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $1.48 Million For Los Alamos Electric Buses

on August 24, 2018 - 10:01am

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded Los Alamos Atomic City Transit $1.485 million through the Low or No Emission Grant Program to purchase new zero-emission battery electric buses to replace the City's existing diesel fleet.

Atomic City Transit offers transit service in both Los Alamos and White Rock, ADA complementary paratransit, and a shuttle service to Bandelier National Monument during peak visitor season.

Steve Pearce Announces Plan To Reform CYFD And Protect Children From Abuse And Neglect

on August 24, 2018 - 7:29am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, has called for systematic reforms to protect children throughout New Mexico.
 
In front of the Children, Youth and Family Department (CYFD) offices Thursday in Albuquerque, Pearce stood with an array of advocates for child well being and laid out his plan to address the state’s problems.
 
“We are here today because all of us are disgusted with the failure of our state to protect our children from abuse, neglect, and even death at the hand of child

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $667K To Navajo Technical University To Expand Broadband Access For Native Students

on August 24, 2018 - 7:19am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced that Navajo Technical University (NTU) was awarded $667,909 by the National Science Foundation to improve broadband connectivity for Native students, expanding access to educational opportunities and workforce training throughout the region.
 
NTU is the country’s largest tribal university, offering academic and research programs to students across Navajo Nation, particularly in the Science, Technology, Education, and Math

Emily Holmes Serves As United States Senate Page

on August 23, 2018 - 9:28am
Emily Holmes, 16, of Los Alamos with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich this summer during her time serving as a Senate Page in the nation's capital. Courtesy photo
 
The Holmes family from left, Rich, Emily and Nan during a recent visit to the Los Alamos Daily Post to talk about Emily's experience this summer in the United States Senate Page Program. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@/ladailypost.com
 

Los Alamos High School student Emily Holmes spent a month this summer serving as a page in the United States Senate in Wash., D.C.

“The

Governor Cuts Ribbon On New Facility For Homegrown Technology Manufacturing Company Ideum

on August 23, 2018 - 9:22am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
CORRALES Monday, Gov. Susana Martinez was joined by Ideum executives and local officials for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the company's new exhibit fabrication studio that will allow the company to continue growing production and creating new jobs. The new 5,500 square foot facility will grow Ideum's footprint, allowing them to serve more customers across the globe.
 
"For years, we've worked relentlessly to make New Mexico a great place to do business and we're seeing the results," Martinez said.

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