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Health Security Act Passes Key Committee

on February 9, 2019 - 11:27am
The House Health and Human Services Committee on Friday passed by a vote of 5-2 Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s bill, HB 295, the Health Security Act, a study bill to gather information on the feasibility of creating a New Mexico-run health insurance cooperative.
“The Affordable Care Act has helped many New Mexicans get the care they need,” Armstrong said. “Still, 190,000 New Mexicans don’t have health coverage. Many of them have to choose between paying their heating bill and going to the doctor.

State Police Charge Officer For Time Card Fraud, Falsely Claiming To Have Issued Over 600 Traffic Citations

on February 9, 2019 - 9:35am
NMSP News:
OTERO COUNTY The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau opened an investigation Oct. 9, 2018 into Joseph Andrew Gonzalez, 25, of El Paso, Texas for fraudulently claiming hours on his time card that he did not work.
The investigation began when Gonzalez’s supervisor noticed a discrepancy between the number of traffic citations Gonzalez was claiming to have written versus the number of citations he actually wrote. As the investigation progressed, evidence was uncovered that supported the claim of fraudulent activity.

Heinrich Leads Border State Senators On Legislation To Improve Health & Safety In Remote Southern Areas

on February 9, 2019 - 9:11am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. In response to recent child migrant deaths, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) led fellow border state Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) in introducing the Remote, Emergency, Medical, Online Training, Telehealth, and EMT (REMOTE) Act to improve health and safety in all remote areas of the southern border.
The legislation would provide additional medical training and resources to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The tragic deaths of 7-year-old Jakelin

Feds To Boost Troops At Border As Lujan Grisham Pulls Guard Members Out

on February 9, 2019 - 8:50am
The federal government is sending more troops to the U.S. border with Mexico just as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham pulls back National Guard personnel from the state's southern frontier.
But the Department of Defense is not saying whether any of 3,750 additional troops headed to the border will be coming to New Mexico.
"The specific units and locations are still being finalized," Maj. Mark Lazane said Wednesday. "We hope to release that information when it becomes available, but we aren't able to do so at this time."
The move, which

Police Detectives Arrest Adrian Nieto Who Failed To Return To Boys Reintegration Center

on February 9, 2019 - 8:29am

Adrian Nieto arrested at apartment complex in Albuquerque. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico State Police were working jointly with the Albuquerque Police Department Friday to locate Adrian Nieto. Investigators were searching for Nieto, who cut off his GPS ankle monitor during a visit to his grandmother's home and failed to return to the Albuquerque Boys Reintegration Center.

APD detectives arrested Nieto at approximately 4:15 p.m. at an apartment complex at 1710 Dan SE in Albuquerque. Nieto was taken into custody without incident.

Nieto was booked into Bernalillo County

2019 Lectures & Curator’s Coffee Series: ‘The Brain: It’s More Than You Think’ Saturday Feb. 23

on February 9, 2019 - 7:56am
2019 Lectures & Curator’s Coffee Series: The Brain: It’s More Than You Think Feb. 23 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Courtesy/NMMNHS 
ALBUQUERQUE As part of the programming associated with the new traveling exhibition Brain: The Inside Story, which opens Saturday Feb. 23 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, the museum’s 2019 Lectures & Curator’s Coffee Series theme is, “The Brain: It’s More Than You Think.”
Brain: The Inside Story draws on research and technology to present recent findings in neuroscience, highlighting

NWS: Today’s High Near 39, Tonight’s Low Around 20

on February 9, 2019 - 6:31am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 39 with mostly cloudy skies and tonight’s low around 20. Courtesy/NWS

New Mexico Energy Transition Act Seeks To Aid Switch From Coal To Renewables

on February 8, 2019 - 8:33am
The New Mexico Roundhouse. Courtesy/SFNM
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and several environmentalist groups on Thursday praised legislation aimed at ensuring the shuttering of the coal-burning San Juan Generating Station near Farmington and establishing ambitious targets for pushing New Mexico toward more reliance on renewable energy sources.
The bill is intended to soften the financial hit both to the community surrounding the aging power plant and to Public Service Company of New Mexico, the state's largest utility and majority owner of

Ringside Seat: A Rags Or Riches Debate Wages On

on February 8, 2019 - 8:05am
Except for the numbers, nothing changes in the angry debates about raising the minimum wage.
Santa Fe was the nation's most ferocious battleground on this issue 16 years ago. What happened then should provide some perspective on today's furor across New Mexico.
Most city councilors believed Santa Fe's lowest-paid workers needed a raise. Hometown business owners, most notably restaurateurs, warned the councilors that government dictates on wages would endanger companies and their employees.
The councilors forged ahead.

Udall, Heinrich Lead Effort To Address Crisis Of Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women

on February 8, 2019 - 8:00am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and eight others to introduce Savanna’s Act, legislation to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Indigenous women (MMIW) by improving the federal government's response to the crisis.
The bipartisan bill increases coordination among all levels of law enforcement, increases data collection and information sharing, and empowers tribal governments with the resources they need in cases involving missing

LANL Foundation: Nineteen Northern New Mexico Students Receive $28,500 In Scholarships

on February 8, 2019 - 7:31am

Courtesy/LANL Foundation


Española — The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation recently awarded $1,500 Scholarships to 19 nontraditional students from Northern New Mexico.

Regional College/Returning Student (RCRS) Scholarships support individuals seeking a certification or two-year degree from a local accredited college, university or trade school after a gap in formal education.

The RCRS program is part of the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF), the largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico with funding primarily contributed by LANL

New Mexico Senate And House Open Sessions Thursday With Hindu Mantras In Sanskrit

on February 8, 2019 - 7:26am

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed reads a Hindu invocation Thursday morning in the New Mexico Senate. Lt. Gov. Howie Morales is standing at his left. Courtesy photo


Both the New Mexico Senate and House of Representatives at the state capitol in Santa Fe opened their February seven sessions with Hindu prayers, containing verses from the world’s oldest existing scripture.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the Senate and House after sprinkling drops of water from river Ganga in India, considered holy by Hindus.

NWS: Today’s High Near 38, Tonight’s Low Around 20

on February 8, 2019 - 6:59am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 38 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 20. Courtesy/NWS

Los Alamos Daily Post Turns 7 Years Old Today!

on February 7, 2019 - 4:33pm

The Los Alamos Daily Post is celebrating its 7-year anniversary today at its world headquarters at 1247 Central Ave. The news team wants to take this opportunity to thank our many readers throughout the community, state, nation and world ... it is a privilege to bring you the news each and every day! Photo by Erika Clark

Staff Report

Today marks another milestone in the history of the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper as it celebrates seven years of delivering local news at lightning speed.

Award-winning journalist Carol A. Clark launched the Los Alamos Daily Post at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb.

U.S. Marshals Looking For Disbarred Attorney Wanted For Murder After Removing Ankle Monitor And Fleeing

on February 7, 2019 - 2:03pm
Richard V. Merritt is on the lam
ATLANTA - The U.S. Marshals-led Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is searching for a man wanted for the murder of his mother in DeKalb County, Ga., after removing an ankle monitor and failing to appear and surrender himself to authorities for a previous conviction in Cobb County.
Richard V. Merritt, a disbarred attorney, was being monitored by law enforcement via an ankle monitor and was scheduled to surrender Feb.

Legislative Roundup: Feb. 7

on February 7, 2019 - 12:35pm
Snow flurries Wednesday dust the Capitol grounds in Santa Fe. Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican
Registered therapy dogs Maya, Sophie, Honey and Karma of Pet Pals of Farmington stand in the state Capitol lobby in Santa Fe after being recognized on the Senate Floor and receiving the John Henry Award for Outstanding Service on Behavioral Heath Day at the Capitol. Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican

By The New Mexican:

Days left in session: 37
Heralding hope: Citing sobering statistics about the abuse and neglect of children in the state of New Mexico, Attorney General Hector Balderas told a

Governor Breaks Barriers, Slams Trump’s Wall In Video

on February 7, 2019 - 12:26pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham political ad on Twitter smashing through walls in high heels while talking about breaking barriers to improve New Mexico. Courtesy/SFNM
Scene from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham political ad on Twitter. Courtesy/SFNM
By Daniel J. Chacón
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham does her own stunts.
In high heels, no less.
As President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address Tuesday night, Lujan Grisham released a never-before-seen political ad on Twitter that shows the diminutive Democrat smashing through walls

SB 458 Aims To Increase Transparency On Transactions

on February 7, 2019 - 12:07pm

Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard

From the State Land Office:

  • Requires public notice on land exchanges and sales, proposals for large transmission lines and pipelines

SANTA FE – Following up on her campaign promise to increase transparency at the State Land Office, Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard worked with Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-15) to introduce SB 458.

This bill will require public notice and input prior to the agency taking final action on any proposed land sales, land exchanges and rights-of-way (ROW) permits for large-scale electrical transmission lines and oil/gas

Udall, Haaland Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act To Protect America’s National Monuments From Unlawful Attacks

on February 7, 2019 - 10:52am


Bill, co-sponsored by more than 100 members of Congress, reinforces that only Congress can alter national monuments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Repesentatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), led a group of more than 100 Democratic Members of Congress in re-introducing legislation to protect America’s treasured national monuments against the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on public lands.

The America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and

MMA Coach Greg Jackson Announces ‘New Mexico Experience’ To Promote Local Businesses Worldwide

on February 7, 2019 - 10:41am
Jackson with some of the merchandise he will take to UFC 234. Courtesy photo
ALBUQUERQUE Tuesday, Coach Greg Jackson announced that he is launching the “New Mexico Experience” to promote New Mexico businesses and tourism as he travels the world coaching the best MMA fighters in the sport.
Jackson, who grew up in the South Valley, has built an internationally-known business and brand headquartered in Downtown Albuquerque.
As one of the best and busiest coaches in the world, Jackson maintains a firm and active commitment to improving the lives of New Mexico children and

Udall, Heinrich Call On EPA To Set Federal Drinking Water Standards For PFOA And PFOS

on February 7, 2019 - 8:55am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are urging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to develop federal drinking water standards for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) as part of the agency’s national management plan for this class of chemicals.
In a bipartisan letter to Wheeler, the Senators also request that the EPA provide briefings on the agency’s efforts on this issue, as well as regular updates on the progress of those efforts.

LAHS Seniors Top New Mexico Brain Bee

on February 7, 2019 - 8:53am
LAHS students dominate New Mexico Brain Bee competition. Courtesy photo
LAHS News:
Congratulations to the 14 Los Alamos High School AP Psychology students who participated in the 5th Annual New Mexico Brain Bee at UNM Saturday, Feb. 2.
The group dominated the competition against students from around the state.
Students completed a practical section and a written section that included: identification of neuroanatomy and brain slides, diagnosis of neurological disorders from case presentations, and general neuroscience knowledge questions.
Three LAHS seniors secured the

Bills Raise Public Records Issues On Costs, Expunction

on February 7, 2019 - 8:43am
State Sen. John Sapien
State Sen. John Sapien says he wants the general public to bear a greater share of the cost for public records.
Sapien, D-Corrales, has introduced a bill that would require people to pay up to a dollar per page for electronic copies of these documents.
"It's not nefarious," he said of his Senate Bill 442. "The reality is public records cost money, and the time and energy put into putting together an electronic copy of a request is the same as a print copy."
Sapien said his proposal is not a step away from

Lawmakers, Governor Introduce Bill To Create Office Of Outdoor Recreation And Outdoor Equity Fund

on February 7, 2019 - 8:28am
SANTA FE Lawmakers and the Governor are taking innovative steps to diversify the state’s economy by targeting growth and small business development in the outdoor recreation industry.  
The outdoor recreation industry is responsible for $9.9 billion of spending in New Mexico, according to the Outdoor Industry Association.
Tuesday, State Senators Jeff Steinborn (D-Doña Ana) and Steven Neville (R-San Juan), State Representatives Nathan Small, Angelica Rubio, (D-Las Cruces) and Wanda Johnson (D-McKinley and San Juan) introduced Senate Bill 462, legislation that would

House Votes To Repeal Criminal Law On Abortion In New Mexico

on February 7, 2019 - 8:10am
Following three hours of impassioned testimony and debate, the state House of Representatives late Wednesday voted 40-29 to repeal a 50-year-old law that made it a fourth-degree felony to perform an abortion in New Mexico.
Although a 1973 U.S.