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Clarkson Announces Bid For Congressional Seat

on January 10, 2018 - 7:52am

Dr. Gavin Clarkson. Courtesy photo

 

POLITICAL News:

 

Dr. Gavin Clarkson, a former Trump administration official and New Mexico State University business professor, announced his candidacy Monday morning for the Republican nomination for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Steve Pearce who is running for governor.

 

Clarkson, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation, resigned his post Dec. 29 as deputy assistant secretary for Policy and Economic Development - Indian Affairs.

Council Elects David Izraelevitz To Second Term As Chair And Chris Chandler As Vice Chair For 2018

on January 9, 2018 - 6:39pm

Moments after the vote this evening, County Council Chair David Izraelevitz who was elected to a second term, welcomes Councilor Chris Chandler who was elected to serve as vice chair to sit next to him through 2018. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
At its regular meeting this evening in Council Chambers, the Los Alamos County Council voted 5-1 to re-elect David Izraelevitz chair and elect Councilor Chris Chandler vice chair.

LA County Manager Harry Burgess Presents 2017 Annual Report At Chamber Business Breakfast Jan. 11

on January 9, 2018 - 3:43pm

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess

 

CHAMBER News:

 

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess will present the 2017 Annual Report at the Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast, Thursday, Jan. 11.

 

The Chamber Business Breakfast is 7:30-9 a.m. in Building 2, Room 230 at UNM-LA, 4000 University Dr. Breakfast is catered so register on the Chamber website events page at www.losalamoschamber.com/events.

 

The Chamber Business Breakfasts are sponsored by the LANL CPO’s office and attendance at the breakfasts is a benefit of Chamber Membership.

 

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce

Secretary Zinke Creates New Council For Hunting And Shooting Sports Conservation

on January 9, 2018 - 11:22am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Continuing his unyielding support for hunting, fishing, and the American conservation ethic, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the creation of the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council.
 
The Council is intended to provide the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture with advice regarding the establishment and implementation of existing and proposed policies and authorities with regard to wildlife and habitat conservation.

AFTNM Reacts To Legislative Budget Priorities

on January 9, 2018 - 10:08am
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly and Executive Vice President Kathy Chavez released the following statement: 
 
“Today, New Mexico Legislative leaders released their draft budget priorities which championed a renewed commitment and prioritization for New Mexico’s public education system and educators at every level.
 
“The Legislature’s draft budget correctly directs significant, new State revenue to areas which target our youngest learners by increasing funding for CYFD early learning and pre-K, and K3+, increases funding for

Latino Victory Slams Administration’s Decision To End TPS For Salvadorans

on January 9, 2018 - 10:03am
LVP News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Latino Victory Project Monday slammed the Trump Administration’s decision to end temporary protected status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans. El Salvador was designated for TPS after three earthquakes devastated the country in 2001, killing over 1000 people and injuring thousands more. Today, El Salvador remains in crisis, with one of the highest homicide rates in the world.
 
 “This dangerous decision showcases the dearth of humanity at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. President Trump is forcing hundreds of thousands of hard-working taxpayers to choose between

Governor Unveils Legislative Proposals To Fight Crime

on January 8, 2018 - 2:59pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

  • Measures Focus on Targeting Repeat Offenders, Supporting Police and Courts and Protecting Children

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov Susana Martinez unveiled a comprehensive series of legislative proposals designed to crack down on crime throughout New Mexico. The measures focus on targeting repeat offenders, supporting police officers and the courts and protecting children.

“For too long, violent and repeat criminals have terrorized our families and communities,” Martinez said.

LWV Lunch With A Leader Features Denise Fort

on January 8, 2018 - 11:49am

Denise Fort

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters community Lunch with a Leader will feature Denise Fort is 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Mesa Public Library.

Fort is an adviser to the Wallace Genetic Foundation and Emerita Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law. She resigned her position as a professor of law and director of the school’s Utton Center to focus on climate change and environmental advocacy, as a citizen (chair of the energy committee for the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club; convener of activists, issue advocacy) and lawyer.

Child Advocates Pleased With Legislative, Governor’s Budget Requests

on January 8, 2018 - 8:30am
NMVFC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding the budget requests for fiscal year 2019:
 
“We are pleased with the funding levels for Medicaid and child care assistance in the both of the recently released budget requests. These two programs are not only critical for the well-being of New Mexico’s children and hard-working families, but they are also important to the state’s economy.
 
“Since New Mexico expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, we’ve nearly doubled the number of people

House Health Committee Chair: Dept. Of Aging Violated Federal Law In Canceling Major Elder-Care Contract

on January 8, 2018 - 8:00am
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Bernalillo), chair of the New Mexico House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee, Thursday denounced the Department of Aging and Long-Term Services Department’s decision to arbitrarily cancel a critical elder-care program as a violation of federal law, as well as the Department’s own regulations, and a threat to the health and well-being of thousands of New Mexico seniors.
 
“Disrupting services to vulnerable seniors in rural communities in the middle of winter is an outrage on multiple levels,” said Rep.

Brian Colón Announces Campaign For State Auditor

on January 8, 2018 - 7:59am

Brian Colón

POLITICAL News:

“I am running for State Auditor because like so many New Mexicans I am fed up and not willing to sit on the sidelines.” –Brian Colón

ALBUQUERQUE – Brian Colón announced Sunday afternoon that he is running for New Mexico State Auditor to hold government agencies and officials accountable, fight for educators and students, and improve public safety in New Mexico’s diverse communities.

Colon earned his undergraduate degree in finance at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and then graduated from the University of New Mexico’s School of Law.

Heinrich Statement On December Jobs Report

on January 8, 2018 - 7:14am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced 148,000 jobs were added in December:
 
“Despite inheriting a strong and resilient economy, the President and Republicans in Congress decided to do absolutely nothing to improve the lives of working Americans in 2017. Real wages only grew by 0.2 percent last year from the election through November.

Attorney General Balderas Releases Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement

on January 8, 2018 - 7:09am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  In collaboration with the solar, energy and housing industries, consumer protection groups and regulators, Attorney General Hector Balderas has released the Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement.
 
This form is designed in an easily understood and visually distinct manner to help consumers understand the important terms of a solar power system purchase, lease or power purchase agreement.
 
The Attorney General is releasing the first version of the Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement today as part of his

Reporters Without Borders: Chinese Court Sentences Anti-Corruption Blogger Wu Gan To 8 Years In Prison

on January 8, 2018 - 6:58am
A Chinese court sentences anti-corruption blogger Wu Gan to eight years in prison. Courtesy photo
 
Anti-corruption blogger Wu Gan
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the eight-year prison sentence that a Chinese court has imposed on Wu Gan, a blogger who campaigned tirelessly against government corruption until his arrest in 2015.
 
A court in the northern city of Tianjin passed the sentence Dec. 26 after convicting Wu of “subverting state power” at the end of a trial held behind closed doors.

ATF On Proposed Legislative Budget Priorities

on January 7, 2018 - 6:43am

Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein

ATF News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein released the following statement:

“Gov. Martinez and Legislative leaders both released their draft budgetary priorities for the upcoming 30-day session of the New Mexico Legislature, and their approaches offer stark contrasts on how to best utilize the small increase in revenue for the upcoming fiscal year.

“Legislators are calling for a 1.5 percent increase for all educational employees across the board -- including early education, higher education, and

Republican Party Of Los Alamos County Holds 2018 Pre-Primary County Convention At UNM-LA Jan. 25

on January 7, 2018 - 6:40am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos County (RPLA) announces the Ward Caucuses and Pre-Primary County Convention to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 in Room 505 of Jeannette Wallace Hall at the UNM-Los Alamos.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the doors close promptly at 7 p.m. to begin the Ward Caucuses and Pre-Primary County Convention.

An Open Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m followed at 7.p.m. by the Pre-Primary County Convention.

A featured speaker at this pre-meeting will be Abraham Keyvan from the Albuquerque Young Republicans.

The purpose of this Convention is to

Governor Identifies Tourism For Increased Investment

on January 7, 2018 - 6:40am

New Mexico Hospitality Association News:
  • The proposed budget released by Governor Susana Martinez requests increased spending for one of New Mexico’s strongest industries

Gov. Susana Martinez released her administration’s budget proposal, which calls for a $3.5 million increase for the New Mexico Tourism Department to be used for a significant marketing push in the San Francisco area.

“Governor Martinez continues to demonstrate her commitment to growing New Mexico’s economy through her prioritization of the Tourism Department’s marketing budget.

Heinrich, Wyden Call For Intelligence Assessment Of President's Latest North Korea Tweet

on January 7, 2018 - 6:34am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats requesting that the Intelligence Community assess the risk to the United States and to U.S. interests and personnel arising from President Trump’s latest North Korea tweet.

“In particular, we request that the assessment address the likely North Korean response to the President’s January 2 tweet and the President’s other threatening tweets and statements, and whether this

Pearce On UNM Suspending Lead Physician In Fetal Tissue Research While Investigation Moves Forward

on January 7, 2018 - 6:33am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:

Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement regarding the recent suspension of Dr. Robin Ohls, lead physician in fetal tissue research at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center"

“For years, this issue has divided the University of New Mexico, board of regents, and the community. The University and Health Sciences Center has been in an incredibly difficult position working through a number of allegations and potential questions relating to research being conducted.

“The action

Governor Unveils $6.23 Billion FY-19 Budget Proposal

on January 6, 2018 - 7:52am
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
 
From the Office of Gov. Susana Martinez:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced her executive budget recommendation for fiscal year 2019.
 
The proposal continues Martinez’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while prioritizing targeted investments in further growing and diversifying New Mexico’s economy, investing in classrooms to continue strengthening schools and improving child welfare and public safety.
 
“This budget proposal is all about building on momentum – from our progress in creating jobs and growing and diversifying our

Pearce Introduces Bill To Provide Accountability After Gold King Mine Spill

on January 6, 2018 - 7:50am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rep. Steve Pearce introduced H.R. 4735, the Gold King Mine Spill Accountability Act of 2018, to provide compensation to those injured by the Gold King Mine spill and to provide funds for New Mexico’s long-term water quality monitoring program.
 
“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was responsible for allowing millions of gallons of contaminated waste water to spill into the Animas and San Juan Rivers in New Mexico.

DEA: China Announces Scheduling Controls On Two Fentanyl Precursor Chemicals

on January 6, 2018 - 7:45am
Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson
 
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  China’s Ministry of Public Security last week announced scheduling controls on two fentanyl precursor chemicals – NPP and 4ANPP, substances that can be used to make illicit drugs.
 
The scheduling controls will take effect Feb. 1, 2018 and is the result of the ongoing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Government of China and their shared commitment to countering illicit fentanyl-class substances.
 
“Fentanyl compounds significantly contribute to the current opioid crisis in

Luján Statement On Governor’s Termination Of Contract With Senior Services Agency

on January 6, 2018 - 7:16am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has released the following statement after news reports indicate that the Martinez administration had rescinded its contract with the agency that coordinates a variety of services for more than 70,000 New Mexico seniors:

“I am alarmed by reports indicating that Gov. Martinez has abruptly terminated contracts with the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging which serves 32 of the 33 counties in our state and is part of the federally established Area Agencies on Aging,” Luján said.

Lt. Gov. Candidate Rick Miera In Los Alamos Jan. 10

on January 4, 2018 - 10:37am
Candidate for lieutenant governor Rep. Rick Miera
 
POLITICAL News:
 
Rep. Rick Miera, candidate for lieutenant governor of New Mexico, will be in Los Alamos for a meet and greet with Los Alamosians as part of his statewide MainStreet tour of the state’s Main Streets.
 
Rep. Miera will be at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 163 Central Park Square in Los Alamos, to listen and discuss how to reinvest in New Mexico’s working families and small businesses.
 
“It is vital that the state invest in local communities to provide them with the tools that they need

Sheehey: Fiscally Responsible vs. ‘Fiscally Conservative’

on January 4, 2018 - 8:36am
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

The recent letter “Save for the Lean Years” (link) is full of inaccuracies that demand a response. Of course during years of plenty, we should keep some funds in reserve. That is why I have always supported our county policy to maintain over $10 million (15 to 20 percent of general fund revenues) in an uncommitted reserve, above and beyond the 8 percent (for us ~$4.5 million) required of all counties. In my five years on County Council, when more funds have been available, I have worked to invest those funds in growing our local economy.

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