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NSA To Destroy Millions Of American Call Records Collected Under Controversial Program

on July 28, 2015 - 6:17pm

NSA bulk collection image. Courtesy photo

HSNW News:

The director of national intelligence said on Monday that the NSA would no longer examine call records collected by the NSA in its controversial bulk collection program before the June reauthorization of the Patriot Act which prohibits such collection.

Bulk records are typically kept for five years, but the director said that although the records in the NSA database were collected lawfully, they would not be examined, and would soon be destroyed.

The Obama administration has announced that the NSA will soon stop examining, and soon

NPS And DOE Seek Public Input On Manhattan Project National Historical Park Draft Memo Of Agreement

on July 28, 2015 - 5:32pm

NPS News:

Washington, D.C. -- The National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Energy are inviting the public to review and comment on the Draft Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the National Park Service and the Department of Energy (DOE) that will guide the operation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act established the Manhattan Project National Historical Park and required the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Energy to create a Memorandum of Agreement for the park by Dec. 19, 2015. 

Once signed, this

Governor Directs NM State Parks To Establish First Miles Of Rio Grande Trail

on July 28, 2015 - 2:12pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

  • Six New Mexico State Parks to Designate More than 20 Miles for proposed trail

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez directed New Mexico State Parks Division to designate more than 20 miles in six parks throughout the state as the first miles of the Rio Grande Trail.

The proposed trail would stretch more than 500 miles from Texas to Colorado.

“The Rio Grande Trail has the potential to attract visitors from all around the world, much like the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail,” Martinez said.

Governor Announces Statewide Vaccination Program

on July 27, 2015 - 2:33pm

STATE News:
  • Got Shots? Protect Tots! Program Protects New Mexico’s Children from Dangerous Diseases

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced a statewide vaccination program to help make it convenient for parents to get their children immunized before they head back to class.

Aug. 1-15, the Got Shots? Protect Tots! program will offer clinics throughout the state at convenient hours and at little or no cost. The Governor made the announcement at a public health office in Albuquerque and reminded parents about the importance of vaccinating their children before the new school year.

Joe Kabourek To Lead Democratic Party Of New Mexico

on July 27, 2015 - 1:36pm

Joe Kabourek

DPNM News:

  • Hire begins building much needed ties between Border States

New Mexico Democratic Party Chairwoman Deb Haaland announced thi morning the selection of Joe Kabourek as executive director of the DPNM.

Kabourek, an attorney and top-level staffer from Colorado, has been called on to lead the Democrat’s into the crucial 2016 election cycle.

"I look forward to working with Democrats across New Mexico to win in 2016 and to create a strong foundation for elections to come,” Kabourek said.

Kabourek comes to New Mexico from Denver, Colo., where he worked on multiple

Op-Ed: We Need Wet Water, Not Paper Water

on July 27, 2015 - 12:30pm
By Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino
D-Bernalillo

I’ve been a New Mexico state senator for 11 years. When I first ran, it was because as a retired social worker my background in health planning, mental health care and children’s services seemed like a way to make a contribution in shaping state policies in those fields. I quickly realized, however that most of the time I’d be voting on issues far removed from my fields of interest.

Ill prepared to cast informed votes on tax policy, insurance underwriting, gaming compacts and other crucial matters I knew little about, I had to undertake crash courses

Luján On Death Of Navajo Code Talker Kee Etsicitty

on July 25, 2015 - 8:37am

Navajo Code Talker Kee Etsicitty

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement on the recent passing of Kee Etsicitty, a Navajo Code Talker from Chichiltah, N.M.:

“As a young man more than 70 years ago, Kee Etsicitty joined the Marine Corps to help fight the forces of tyranny that were waging war across Europe and in the Pacific. Mr. Etsicitty proudly answered the call when his country needed him, serving in the battles of Guadalcanal, Guam, and Iwo Jima.

“As a member of the Navajo Nation, Mr.

Governor Praises Los Alamos ScienceFest: 'It's Great ... A Festival For Smart People!'

on July 23, 2015 - 11:33pm
Gov. Susana Martinez addresses the crowd during today's press conference at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham, left, and Gov. Susana Martinez watch short films produced by New Mexico True along with the audience. 'I never get tired of them,' Martinez said.
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

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