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Heinrich Bipartisan Legislation To Safeguard Tribal Items Receives Key Committee Hearing

on November 9, 2017 - 2:27pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) delivered opening remarks at a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing to consider the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, a bipartisan bill he introduced to prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for stealing and illegally trafficking tribal cultural patrimony.
 
The STOP Act has received widespread, bipartisan support and continues to demonstrate growing momentum.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Delivers Keynote Address At Cyber Security Conference

on November 9, 2017 - 7:56am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich delivers the keynote address Nov. 8 at the 2017 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S. in Washington D.C. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich honored at Nov. 8 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S. in Washington D.C. Courtesy photo

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered a keynote speech at the 2017 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S.

Rep. Luján Statement Recognizing National Native American Heritage Month

on November 9, 2017 - 7:42am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today in recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, celebrated each year during the month of November:
 
“Every November, we come together to recognize the timeless history and heritage of Native Americans in New Mexico and across the country. The foundation of our entire nation has been indelibly shaped by the language, culture, art, and faith of our indigenous brothers and sisters.

Council Hears From Public On Code Enforcement

on November 9, 2017 - 7:35am
Helen Milenski, left, and Heather Ortega make a presentation to Council regarding the code enforcement program Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 
 

It was a full house during the County Council work session Tuesday night. Attendees included Community Development Department Director Paul Andrus and Chief Building Official Michael Arellano, seated in the middle of the front row. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

While there was support shown for a code enforcement program

New Mexicans Deliver Methane Comments To Local BLM Offices Around State

on November 9, 2017 - 7:17am
BLM News:
 
On Monday, in Carlsbad, Farmington, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, faith and elected leaders joined parents, grandparents, scientists and other New Mexicans to deliver comments to Bureau of Land Management field offices.
 
The comments were among thousands from New Mexico and at least 200,000 nationwide voicing opposition to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposed delay of the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule for two years.
 
“The BLM’s Methane rule is win-win for the public, industry and our local economy.

Governor Proclaims Nov. 9 ‘Congratulations To 2017 World Series Champions Alex Bregman; Ken Giles Day’

on November 8, 2017 - 1:14pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez proclaimed Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 as “Congratulations to 2017 World Series Champions Alex Bregman and Ken Giles Day” throughout New Mexico.

Bregman and Giles, both of Albuquerque, made significant contributions to the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series championship-winning season.

Full text of the proclamation:

WHEREAS, THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPION HOUSTON ASTROS DEFEATED THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPION LOS ANGELES DODGERS IN THE 2017 WORLD SERIES; AND

WHEREAS, TWO NEW MEXICANS, ALEX BREGMAN AND KEN GILES — BOTH FROM ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO —

AG Balderas Shuts Down Deceptive Veterans Charity

on November 8, 2017 - 8:50am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a settlement between 27 states and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s dissolution.
 
The states alleged thousands of deceptive solicitation violations against VietNow for misrepresenting its charitable programs to donors, including in New Mexico. The investigations of VietNow by Attorney General Balderas and other states led to the present negotiated resolution.
 
“Preying on New Mexicans’ generosity and desire to help our veterans is

AG Balderas Files Supreme Court Brief To Require Out-of-State & Online Retailers To Pay State & Local Taxes

on November 8, 2017 - 7:23am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE  Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review and reconsider the Court’s outdated “physical presence” rule, which restricts states’ ability to collect certain taxes from out-of-state retailers.
 
With the decline of brick and mortar shopping and the rise of online shopping, out-of-state retailers – including online retailers – have used the physical presence rule set forth in Bellas Hess, and later reaffirmed in the U.S.

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