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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, Senate Democrats Introduce Violence Against Women Act

on November 14, 2019 - 7:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and all Democratic senators in introducing the Senate companion to the House-passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.
 
The bill, which would reauthorize VAWA through 2024, preserves advancements made in previous reauthorizations and includes a number of additional improvements to the current law. 
 
"All people, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or ethnic background should have the same

Overview Of Tuesday Night Council Meeting

on November 14, 2019 - 7:26am
From left, candidates for the state senate seat formerly held by Sen.Carlos Cisneros Gabriel Montoya, Kristina Ortez, Daniel Barrone and Roberto "Bobby" Gonzales explain to Los Alamos County Council why they are best suited for the job. Ultimately, council voted to recommend Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appoint Ortez to fill Cisneros' unexpired term. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council held its regular meeting Tuesday night and below is a summary of actions taken.

Los Alamos County Council

Luján Introduces Legislation To Improve Diagnostic Research And Save Lives

on November 14, 2019 - 7:23am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday with U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) to bolster diagnostic research in medicine and improve patient outcomes.
 
The Improving Diagnosis in Medicine Act makes critical investments to advance research and progress in diagnostic quality, safety, and value in health care.

SFCC: Shooter-On-Campus Drill Nov. 20

on November 14, 2019 - 7:18am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College announces that the Santa Fe Higher Education Center (1950 Siringo Rd) will hold a shooter-on-campus drill from approximately 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. 
 
The HEC community will participate in a campus wide shooter-on-campus drill. The drill will be a coordinated effort among students, faculty and staff in partnership with county and city emergency response agencies.
 
Neighbors and passersby of the Santa Fe Higher Education Center at 1950 Siringo Road, may observe participating emergency response vehicles on site.

NWS: Today’s High Near 52; Tonight’s Low Around 30

on November 14, 2019 - 6:59am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 52 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 30. Courtesy/NWS

NMSP Arrests Three Men For Armed Robbery In Taos

on November 13, 2019 - 2:54pm

Terance Quintana

TAOS COUNTY – At about 4:10 p.m. Sunday, New Mexico State Police officers from Taos responded to an armed robbery at the High Road Market in Penasco.

During investigation, State Police officers learned a male individual identified as Terance Quintana, 21, of Penasco, entered the High Road Market, armed with a firearm and robbed the business. During the robbery, Quintana fired the gun into the ceiling of the business in the vicinity of a child. Quintana left with an undisclosed amount of money. Officers located a cartridge inside the business and collected it as evidence.

NMDOH: Vaping-Related Lung Injury Cases Rise To 20

on November 13, 2019 - 1:59pm
NMDOH News:
  • Vitamin E Acetate Implicated in Vaping-Related Lung Injury
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports three additional cases of severe lung injury related to use of e-cigarettes for vaping, bringing the total of cases in the state to 20.
 
This is part of the spike in the number of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) reported throughout the United States. Thirteen of New Mexico’s 20 patients have required hospitalization in intensive care units.

Udall, Senate Democrats Introduce VAWA Reauthorization Bill With Strong Tribal Provisions For Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Epidemic

on November 13, 2019 - 1:51pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall today joined U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Senate Democrats in introducing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019. Courtesy photo

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

  • Violence Against Women Act reauthorization is needed to protect women in New Mexico and across the U.S.
  • Udall-championed Tribal provisions will enhance public safety for Native women and families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today joined U.S. Sen.

FBI Charges Los Lunas Man With Making Threats

on November 13, 2019 - 1:44pm

FBI News:

The FBI has arrested Lawrence Kenneth Garcia, 49, of Los Lunas on a federal complaint charging him with making threats using interstate communications.

Garcia was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 5 in Albuquerque. He had an initial appearance Wednesday, Nov. 6 in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque and a preliminary/detention hearing was set for Thursday, Nov. 7.

The U.S. Secret Service assisted with the investigation.

The public is reminded all defendants are considered innocent unless convicted in a court of law.

SFNF: Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Permits On Sale Nov. 25; 4th Graders May Get One Tree Free

on November 13, 2019 - 10:22am
SFNF permits to cut own Christmas tree go on sale Monday. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) go on sale Monday, Nov. 25, at Forest Headquarters in Santa Fe and at all Ranger District offices
 
As part of the “Every Kid Outdoors” initiative, every fourth grader is eligible for a free holiday tree permit. In order to redeem the free permit, the student must present a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass, downloadable at www.everykidoutdoors.gov.
 
Accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18,

Udall, Heinrich Praise Senate Vote Designating November As National Native American Heritage Month

on November 13, 2019 - 10:14am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) praised the Senate’s vote to recognize November as National Native American Heritage Month.
 
“I’m proud that the Senate passed our bipartisan resolution recognizing November as Native American Heritage Month. This resolution honors the countless ways Native American have shaped New Mexico and our national identity. It also challenges us to examine how we can better stand with Tribes to meet our trust and treaty obligations,” Udall

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, Members Of Congress Introduce Legislation To Support Student Veterans

on November 13, 2019 - 7:35am
U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and Members of Congress, introduced bipartisan legislation to support student veterans and address wage disparities.
 
The Wage Adjustment for Veterans Enrolled in School Act would require that Veterans Affairs work-study wage match the local minimum wage if higher than the state minimum wage - ensuring that student veterans are paid fairly for their work.
 
Full time or 3/4-time students who served in the military and are

Weekly Fishing Report Nov. 13

on November 13, 2019 - 5:51am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The weather has turned sharply colder, especially in Eastern New Mexico. Anglers should be aware that several waters in the northeast are now closed to angling for the winter.
 
Maxwell Lake 13, the Charette Lakes and Clayton Lake are closed to protect migrating waterfowl.
 
Birdwatchers will enjoy these locations. Waterfowl are not the only birds that may be viewed. Raptors, including bald eagles, follow these flocks of waterfowl as they migrate south.
 
A nice road trip or perhaps overnight stay this time of year is a

NWS: Today’s High Near 55; Tonight’s Low Around 28

on November 13, 2019 - 5:45am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 55 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 28. Courtesy/NWS

NMDOT: Lanes Reduced To One At Wall / Roadway Stabilization Project On N.M. 4 Starting Today

on November 12, 2019 - 9:52am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation has announced that starting today, the eastbound and westbound lanes will be reduced to one lane at the Wall / Roadway Stabilization Project on N.M. 4 west of Los Alamos at mile marker 48.9.

Traffic will be guided through the work zone with a temporary signal.

Note: There is a 10' width restriction so no wide loads are permitted.

This project is scheduled to be completed Nov. 26; weather permitting.

New Study: NM Ranks No. 18 For Military Membership

on November 12, 2019 - 7:43am

Courtesy/ Security.org.

MILITARY News:

A new study has found that the state of New Mexico has the No. 18 highest concentration of active and reservist military members of any state with 839.7 service members per 100,000 residents. The national average is 780 per 100,000.

Military enlistment has declined dramatically over the past several decades, falling from about 3.5 million at the height of the Vietnam War to just 1.3 million active-duty service members today.

NWS: Today’s High Near 48; Tonight’s Low Around 28

on November 12, 2019 - 6:39am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 48 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 28. Courtesy/NWS

Rock Your Mocs Week Underway In Los Alamos

on November 11, 2019 - 9:50pm

Students gather for a Rock Your Mocs pose during an event at UNM-LA. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

COMMUNITY News:

Rock Your Mocs Week runs through Saturday in Los Alamos, across the nation and around the world.

Jessica Jaylyn Atsye of Laguna Pueblo founded Rock Your Mocs in 2011 as a Native American and Indigenous Peoples social media event held annually and during National Native American Heritage Month in November in the U.S.

Beginning in 2013, Rock Your Mocs has been organized and produced by Native American event producer Melissa Sanchez (Acoma/Laguna Pueblos) of Emergence Prod

Governor Issues Special Thank You To Veterans

on November 11, 2019 - 3:31pm

From the New Mexicans for Michelle Campaign:

Veteran’s Day is our nation’s day of remembrance to honor America’s military service members and veterans, living and dead, active and retired, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of our country.

We can never thank our veterans enough for their service. Today’s holiday in their honor is just a small token of the gratitude we should all feel. 

To our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen on active duty, thank you for the risks you take and the sacrifices you make every day.

To all the veterans out there, we honor you!

AOC Director Artie Pepin Issues Statement On New Mexico’s System For Pretrial Release And Detention

on November 11, 2019 - 11:26am

Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin

Administrative Office of the Courts News:

SANTA FE – Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin today issued the following statement regarding New Mexico’s system for the pretrial release and detention of people charged with a crime.

 

“What happened to Victoria Martens is horrific and all New Mexicans want justice in this case. In every case, a judge’s responsibility is to follow the law – not be swayed by emotion or public sentiment.

Senator Heinrich Issues Statement On Veterans Day

on November 11, 2019 - 8:25am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day.

“I am so proud to recognize the thousands of New Mexicans who have demonstrated great courage in service to our nation. Our state has a rich tradition of answering the call of duty, from the Navajo Code Talkers, Bataan Death March survivors, and Korean and Vietnam War GI’s to more recent veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Announces Funding For Arrowhead Center For Tribal Businesses, Through NMSU And Navajo Technical University

on November 11, 2019 - 7:44am

Congressional Delegation News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has awarded an American Indian Business Enterprise grant to the Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in conjunction with Navajo Technical University.
 
The $260,000 grant will fund the Arrowhead Center’s support for young Native student entrepreneurs statewide by

Preventing Animal Cruelty And Torture Act Headed To President’s Desk

on November 11, 2019 - 7:08am
AWF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Senate has passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act by unanimous consent.
 
The bill, led by U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would establish the first federal anti-cruelty law.
 
The House of Representatives also recently passed the same bill, led by Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL), and now the measure goes to President Trump for his signature.
 
“The U.S.

Today Honors American Veterans Of All Wars

on November 11, 2019 - 6:54am

Today is Veterans Day dedicated to honoring American veterans of all wars. Courtesy/history.com

Veterans Day 2019

Today is Veterans Day, a U.S. legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.” 

Commemorated in many countries as Armistice Day the following year, Nov.

NWS: Today’s High Near 47; Tonight’s Low Around 20

on November 11, 2019 - 6:53am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 47 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 20. Courtesy/NWS

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