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Rep. Garcia Richard Hosts Town Hall At Mesa Library

on April 30, 2016 - 12:30pm

During her Town Hall meeting today at Mesa Public Library, House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discusses House Memorial 3, which she sponsored to name a submarine the USS Los Alamos. The Memorial passed with unanimous support in the 2016 legislative session. Courtesy photo

House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discusses highlights from the 2016 legislative session during her Town Hall meeting today at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo

Udall Welcomes Roberta Jacobson’s Confirmation As Ambassador To Mexico

on April 30, 2016 - 10:21am
Newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson. Courtesy/tufts.edu 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a longtime advocate for Senate reform, released the following statement on the Senate’s confirmation of Roberta Jacobson as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.
 
“Roberta Jacobson is one the most qualified people ever nominated to be ambassador to Mexico.

LANL Puts Out Big ‘Help Wanted’ Notice

on April 30, 2016 - 10:12am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan at Tuesday's Community Leaders Update in Santa Fe talks about reshaping the workforce of the future. Courtesy photo

NNSA Field Office Manager Kim Davis Lebak touts the virtues of a steady budget. Courtesy photo

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

An aging workforce and natural attrition, more than budget growth, are pushing Los Alamos National Laboratory toward a hiring spree. The lab will be looking for scientists and engineers as always, but also for business services professionals, support staff, as well as craft and technical employees.

“Taken together,

Report: Proposed BLM Methane Waste Rule Will Increase Production, Revenue In San Juan Basin

on April 29, 2016 - 9:10am

Courtesy/EDF

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND News:

new study by the Conservation Economics Institute has found that the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed methane waste rule will have a net positive impact on oil and gas production and revenue in New Mexico’s San Juan Basin.

An analysis of more than 8,700 low-producing natural gas wells in two counties in the San Juan Basin, San Juan and Rio Arriba, determined that BLM’s rule will have little to no negative impact on these marginal wells.

Auditor Keller Launches Statewide Procurement Study

on April 29, 2016 - 8:37am

State Auditor Tim Keller

Multi-agency special audit will assess state purchasing practices

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller announced that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) is conducting a statewide procurement study.

The State Auditor selected multiple agencies for the special audit due to their roles in procurement oversight: the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), the General Services Department (GSD) and the Department of Information Technology (DoIT). The study will focus on a variety of aspects of state purchasing such as sole-source

Senate Democratic Leaders Rebut Regents’ Version Of HSC Takeover

on April 29, 2016 - 7:39am
NMSD News:
 
In their guest column published April 7, three of UNM Board of Regents, Regents Doughty, Lee and Fortner made a number of inaccurate assertions about the recent reorganization of the UNM Health Sciences Center medical complex (HSC). We believe readers deserve clarification.

They have repeatedly claimed that they dissolved the HSC Board of Directors—in an extremely abrupt and secretive way—because the HSC has become too independent. They have also asserted that it is not part of what they describe as “one university”.
 
This assertion overlooks some inconvenient facts.

Governor Appoints Lynn Gallagher Cabinet Secretary For Department Of Health

on April 28, 2016 - 3:46pm

Lynn Gallagher

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced her appointment of Lynn Gallagher as Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH).

Gallagher has served as Deputy Secretary of DOH since 2013. Prior to that, she served as the General Counsel for the Aging and Long-Term Services Department. Gallagher’s appointment follows the passing of Secretary Retta Ward in March.

“Much like Retta Ward before her, Lynn is a dedicated public servant who demonstrates strong leadership and dedication to improving the health of New Mexicans,” Martinez said.

NMED Hosts Open House On LANL Consent Order In Council Chambers 5-7 p.m. Today

on April 28, 2016 - 9:58am

NMED News:

NMED Proposes Changes to Consent Order, which Governs Legacy Clean-Up at LANL

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department’s Hazardous Waste Bureau will host an Open House in Los Alamos to present an overview of their proposed changes to the Draft Consent Order governing legacy clean-up at Los Alamos National Laboratory and to hear citizen and stakeholder input, address concerns, and answer questions.

The Open House is 5-7 p.m., today in the Los Alamos County Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.

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