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Officials Gather For Annual REDI Summit

on September 22, 2017 - 10:07am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) delivering the welcoming address. Courtesy/LANL CPO

From left, Los Alamos County Economic Development Director Joan Ahlers, with RDC Board members Kristin Henderson and Javier Sanchez. Photo by Eric Vasquez/valleydailypost.com

Staff Report

Officials gathered Thursday at Buffalo Thunder Resort for the Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Summit. “Navigating Our Economic Future” was the theme for this year's event.

The REDI Strategic Plan was completed nearly 10 years ago in 2008. This year, the summit featured successes and shared information on

Goodwin: Governor Does Not Initiate, Suggest Or Influence Investment Decisions By NMERB

on September 22, 2017 - 7:09am
By JAN GOODWIN
Executive Director
New Mexico Educational Retirement Board

An article in the New York-based International Business Times alleging that Gov. Susana Martinez influenced investment decisions at the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board is simply false. The Governor does not initiate, suggest or influence investment decisions by NMERB.

Staff and Trustees are solely interested in making investments in the best interest of NMERB and its beneficiaries as required by our fiduciary duty.

Voices Of Los Alamos Meets Monday, Sept. 25

on September 22, 2017 - 6:43am

VOLA News:

Voices of Los Alamos will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 at the Unitarian Church.

Voices of Los Alamos is a progressive political activism group created for Los Alamos residents to voice their concerns over current political events (both at the state and at the federal level) and give people a space to gather together, discuss and form action plans.

The membership is inclusive; everyone is welcomed to attend the meeting.

Agenda items for the upcoming meeting include: 

Immigration proclamation passed, what's next? The Public Education Department has put out

Udall, Heinrich Urge President Trump To Reject Zinke’s Recommended Changes To National Monuments

on September 22, 2017 - 6:11am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich released the following joint statement Sept. 18 on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s report on national monuments, which was leaked to the media late Sunday:
 
“During Secretary Zinke’s review process, almost 3 million Americans — including thousands of New Mexicans – made their opinions clear. They believe our existing national monuments are vitally important to our economy, community and culture, and they don’t want them changed. 
 
“The Department of Interior’s report to the president completely ignores

County Takes Part In National Voter Registration Day

on September 21, 2017 - 4:56pm

COUNTY News:

Tuesday, Sept. 26, the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office will host National Voter Registration Day 2017 events, as part of a massive 50-state effort to register thousands of voters.

Founded in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right – the right to vote. More than 2 million Americans have registered to vote on this day since the inaugural National Voter Registration Day.

“With the 2018 Elections fast approaching, the goal of National Voter Registration

Letter To The Editor: County Government Overreacts ... Again

on September 21, 2017 - 10:34am
By ROBERT VISEL
Los Alamos

First the County wants to fine the residents of Los Alamos for weeds and peeling paint. Now they want to fine residents for keeping their trash bins outside? This is a growing trend with our local politicians. All it takes is one little whiny cry baby to file a complaint and the County overreacts.

Every time the County can’t control their wasteful and excessive spending they raise the Utility Rates and Property Taxes. Every time there is a trivial complaint they have a “knee jerk” response without thinking things through.

National Institute Of Justice Examines Impact Of Mobile Technology On Public Safety Agencies

on September 21, 2017 - 7:30am
NIOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice announced an article online that discusses how the use of mobile broadband technology improves law enforcement operations.
 
The article provides valuable guidance for agencies considering installing a wireless network.
 
Public safety agencies are moving toward using dedicated wireless networks to improve information sharing with other agencies, decrease paperwork and improve response times.

Pearce Announces Awards That Aid Small Business Growth And Development

on September 21, 2017 - 7:21am
Congressman Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) awarded a total of $3,780,521 to a number of New Mexico institutions under the FY2017 Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program) and Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program).
 
“New Mexico is made up of many rural and native communities with individuals, families, and small businesses who rely on access to

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