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Magistrate Judge Pat Casados To Seek Reelection

on October 28, 2017 - 5:02pm

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados has announced her intention to seek reelection to her position next year. Saying she has enjoyed serving the County of Los Alamos, Casados said she is ready to continue serving for a fifth term.

“I want to stay active and I think it’s very important to keep rural and small courts on a par with the larger courts,” she said.

A familiar face at the State Legislature where she has worked on behalf of the 60-member

Udall, Leahy, Feinstein, Blumenthal Question Why Nominees Are Serving Without Senate Confirmation

on October 28, 2017 - 9:48am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter Wednesday to Office of Presidential Personnel (OPP) Director John DeStefano in response to reports that the Trump administration is allowing individuals nominated by the president to perform the duties of their appointed positions prior to receiving Senate confirmation.
If true, the senators said, such actions are unlawful and circumvent the Senate’s constitutional role to provide advice and

Interior Department Releases Energy Burdens Report

on October 28, 2017 - 9:30am
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, the U.S. Department of the Interior released the "Review of the Department of the Interior Actions that Potentially Burden Domestic Energy" report, which was produced in response to Executive Order 13783.
The report identified agency actions that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources, with particular attention to oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy resources.

Zinke Cheers Gardner Nomination For Interior Post

on October 28, 2017 - 7:40am
Steven Gardner
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. President Donald J. Trump has announced the nomination of Steven Gardner to be the Director of the office of Surface Mining, Reclamation & Enforcement (OSMRE) at the U.S. Department of the Interior.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke hailed Gardner’s nomination.
“When confirmed, Steve will be an unbelievable asset to coal country and the entire team at the Department of the Interior,” Zinke said. “Steve is highly regarded in the mining industry for his extensive experience and insight.

State Auditor Releases Special Audit Of Premium Taxes

on October 27, 2017 - 10:43am
State Auditor Tim Keller
OSA News:
SANTA FE  Tuesday, State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance’s (OSI) collection of premium taxes owed by insurance companies.
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) initiated the special audit earlier this year to resolve longstanding questions about the amounts owed to the state from insurance companies. The audit examined 30 insurers during the period from 2003 to 2016, including health insurers, life insurers and property and casualty insurers.

Heinrich Leads Effort To Protect Dreamer Data

on October 27, 2017 - 9:05am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is continuing to lead efforts to ensure that the information provided by individuals as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is protected and not used for enforcement purposes.
Heinrich, along with U.S. Senators Kamala D.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Introduces Health Care Choice And Affordability Act

on October 27, 2017 - 8:58am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Health Care Choice and Affordability Act, which would create a Medicaid buy-in option for individuals in counties with few or no options in the insurance marketplace.
Rep. Lujan Grisham’s legislation would address immediate concerns about access to coverage in the ACA marketplace. While more than 20 million additional Americans have access to health insurance under the ACA, many communities do not have the option to choose between competing insurance plans.

Governor Dedicates New Veterans Cemetery In Gallup

on October 26, 2017 - 3:44pm
Gov. Susana Martinez
GALLUP — Gov. Susana Martinez dedicated the new Gallup State Veterans Cemetery Wednesday, which could serve as many as 20,000 veterans and their families.
The cemetery is the second of four proposed by Martinez in 2013 for veterans who live in rural areas throughout the state.
“Our veterans and their families should be laid to rest in a place that reflects their dedication and sacrifice to our country,” Martinez said.