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County Council Hosts Closed Session Tuesday

on September 5, 2017 - 6:02am


The Los Alamos County Council will hold a closed session at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 to discuss threatened or pending litigation.

This discussion is closed pursuant to NMSA 1978, 10-15-1 (H)(7).

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact the County Human Resources Division at 505.662.8040 at least one week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible.

New Mexico’s Immigrant Youth Participate In ‘Statewide Student Walkout For Immigrant Justice’ Tuesday

on September 4, 2017 - 5:04pm


Tuesday, Sept. 5, hundreds of students, immigrant leaders and allies across the state of New Mexico will participate in a Statewide Student Walkout for Immigrant Justice’ calling for the protection of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and immigrant families nationwide.


The statewide demonstration comes on the same date, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 9 other Republican Attorneys General, set as a deadline for the administrative relief program to be phased-out by the Trump administration –or face a lawsuit to try and rule the program as

Zinke Appoints Members To Royalty Policy Committee

on September 4, 2017 - 10:04am

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke


  • Significant Step Toward Restoring Public Trust, Collaborative Development of Federal Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced the appointment of 20 primary and 18 alternate members to the Department of the Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee (Committee) that will serve a critical role in advising the Secretary on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.

The Committee’s first meeting is Wednesday, Oct.

Attorney General Balderas On President Trump’s Decision To End DACA

on September 4, 2017 - 7:09am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attroney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to end DACA:

“With the decision to end DACA, President Trump is compromising the safety of our communities and our nation, and he is putting the security of thousands of New Mexicans who contribute to our classrooms, public safety and economy at risk.

“Losing hundreds of thousands of future police officers, members of the military, doctors and teachers will create an unacceptable

Legislative Interim Committee Dates For Sept. 5-8

on September 4, 2017 - 7:03am


SANTA FE – The following legislative interim committees are meeting Sept. 5-8:

Sept. 5-6 @ 9 a.m. – Water and Natural Resources Committee (WNRC), Grant County Business and Conference Center, 3031 U.S. 180 E., Silver City

Agenda Items: Salt Cedar Eradication; Regional and State Water Plan Progress; Southwest New Mexico Ground Water Quality Issues; Proposed Transfer of Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park to the Department of Game and Fish; Carlsbad Brine Well Collapse Remediation and Implementation of Legislation.

Sept. 6 @ 9 a.m. – Agenda Items: Arizona Water Settlements Act

LANL’s Hazardous Waste Facility Permit 2017 Community Relations Plan Available For Comment

on September 4, 2017 - 6:53am

LANL News:

The updated Hazardous Waste Facility Permit 2017 Community Relations Plan is now available online. This plan is updated annually to include necessary changes and public comments received during the year. The updated plan is posted annually Sept. 1 in compliance with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (EPA ID No. NM0890010515).

We welcome comments year round. Comments can be submitted by email using the attached Comments Form or by mail by completing, printing, and mailing the attached form to:

Environmental Communication & Public Involvement

Armbruster: The Meaning Of Labor Day

on September 4, 2017 - 6:47am
Union member since 1970, negotiating team member 1995-2009
LAFSE president of 2002-2008, LAMS teacher17 years 

Labor Day is not just a day off. It represents the lives hundreds of workers put on the line to make America great.

Our Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE), a part of AFL-CIO has helped make working conditions in Los Alamos Public Schools where more than 60 percent of teachers belong even better.

LAFSE is responsible for leave days, the sick leave bank, for speech and language therapists, nurses and counselors earning the same pay as teachers

Speaker Brian Egolf On Death Of Former Santa Fe Rep. Luciano ‘Lucky’ Varela

on September 3, 2017 - 12:24pm

Luciano ‘Lucky’ Varela


SANTA FE -- House Speaker Brian Egolf has issued a statement following the death of longtime state representative Luciano “Lucky” Varela.

Varela, 82, died Saturday night at his home in Santa Fe, surrounded by his family. He had suffered a series of health issues.

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rep. Lucky Varela,” Egolf said. “In my years of serving with Lucky, he was always a stalwart advocate for working people, for using our resources wisely, and for the people of Santa Fe.