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Udall Won't Run For Governor Of New Mexico

on December 8, 2016 - 9:07am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

Staying in the Senate is the Best Way I can Fight for New Mexico. –Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement:

“I am very grateful for the support of so many New Mexicans who have personally urged me to run for governor in 2018. Under the current governor, our state has fallen behind in education and jobs. We have failed to take full advantage of our abundant natural resources and our potential for developing a renewable energy industry.

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Special Audit

on December 7, 2016 - 1:46pm
New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller released a statewide special audit of untested sexual assault evidence kits, commonly known as “rape kits.”
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) conducted the special audit to determine why a backlog of 5,440 untested kits amassed in New Mexico and develop best practices to clear it and prevent it from happening again.
 
In New Mexico, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 20 men have experienced sexual assault in their lifetime and 65 percent of sexual assault victims are minors.

Los Alamos County Council Unanimously Approves Resolution Adopting 2016 Comprehensive Plan

on December 6, 2016 - 7:39pm

Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski, at right, asks clarifying questions of P&Z Chair Phil Gursky prior to moving to approve the 2016 Comprehensive Plan this evening, which Council approved 7-0. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

P&Z Chair Phil Gursky answers questions from councilors about the Comprehensive Plan at this evening's County Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Three citizens spoke during public comment this evening about the open space area south of the Los Alamos County Airport being designated mix use in the Comp Plan at a previous council

Letter To The Editor: Addressing Misunderstandings Related To Open Space, Mixed Use and Industrial Use

on December 6, 2016 - 3:27pm
By JAMES CHROBOCINSKI
Los Alamos County Councilor
Owner/Broker Zia Realty Group

I would like to address some misunderstandings regarding a couple of lots addressed in the new Comprehensive Plan that have been a topic of conversation lately. 

The lots in question are two of three lots directly across from the Los Alamos County Airport. All three lots are currently zoned as “INDUSTRIAL USE”. The County Council chose to designate the two lots along the road as “Mixed Use” with the third lot along the canyon that includes the Canyon Rim Trail being designated as “Open Space”.

Apparently, in the last

Letter To The Editor: The Problem Is Us...

on December 6, 2016 - 12:09pm
By RICK NEBEL
Los Alamos
 
This is in response to the recent Letter to the Editor (letter) by the League of Women Voters. 
 
My understanding is that Hillary Clinton spent twice as much as Donald Trump on the last election. How did THAT work out for her! Money isn’t the problem. The problem is us.

The reason candidates use attack ads is because they work. This isn’t anything new. About 100 years ago H. L.

Udall, Heinrich Urge Passage Of Foster Care Reforms

on December 6, 2016 - 12:05pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 23 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to congressional leaders urging them to include strongly supported reforms to the foster care system in any end-of-year budget agreement.
 
The Family First Prevention Services Act would allow states to use federal foster care funds to pay for programs that improve home life, such as mental health services and in-home parenting programs, which are crucial in light of the growing number of children in the foster care system whose families are affected by

League’s Lunch With A Leader Features Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto At Mesa Public Library Dec. 13

on December 6, 2016 - 7:26am

Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters will hold its monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Mesa Public Library.

This month's speaker is New Mexico State Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto of Albuquerque. Sen. Ivey-Soto will speak on the recent election, upcoming ethics legislation, and public safety.

The senator is a life-long public servant. He is a former director of the State Elections Office, prosecutor and teacher as well as a member of the League of Women Voters.

DOE Secretary: U.S. Commits To IAEA Monitoring For Six Metric Tons Of Plutonium Disposition

on December 5, 2016 - 7:14am

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

VIENNA – At an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced the United States is embarking on an effort to dilute and dispose of six metric tons of excess plutonium from the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, and that the United States is prepared to work with the IAEA in 2017 to develop a monitoring and verification plan for the disposition process.

Below are Secretary Moniz’ remarks at the conference, which begin with a message from President Obama to the conference:

“Let

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