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LWV Lunch With A Leader Features Becky Oertel, Cristina Olds And Anagha Dandekar

on December 4, 2017 - 7:20am

LWVLA News:

This month’s League of Women Voters community event, Lunch with a Leader is Dec. 12 and will feature three women from Voices of Los Alamos, Becky Oertel, Cristina Olds and Anagha Dandekar.

The lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. upstairs at Mesa Public Library.

The women will discuss how and why they formed Voices of Los Alamos, the activities they have accomplished and their plans for the future.

Oertel grew up in Los Alamos and is the daughter of Jay and Carol Wechsler, who were active volunteers and founding members of the Los Alamos Community.

Tim Keller Steps Down As State Auditor, Names Kevin Sourisseau As Acting Deputy State Auditor

on December 4, 2017 - 6:10am
Former State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Tim Keller officially submitted his resignation Thursday to step down as New Mexico State Auditor in order to be sworn in as Mayor of Albuquerque.
 
Keller was elected to the position in 2014, becoming one of the youngest State Auditors in the country. He has focused on making government work better by providing transparency and accountability for public funds in New Mexico. Keller appointed the office’s Director of Special Investigations Kevin Sourisseau to serve as Acting Deputy State Auditor.
 
“Serving as New Mexico’s

Udall Presses DHS Nominee Nielsen On Sensitive Location Policy

on December 4, 2017 - 5:14am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall pressed Kirstjen Nielsen, President Trump’s nominee to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to commit to adhering to longstanding federal policies regarding immigration enforcement at sensitive locations like schools, hospitals, and religious institutions.
 
During a meeting with Nielsen ahead of her confirmation hearings, Udall expressed his serious concern about reports of ongoing violations of DHS’s existing policies prohibiting enforcement at sensitive locations, noting

Mayor-Elect Tim Keller: Executive Team Appointments

on December 3, 2017 - 6:36am
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Mayor-Elect Tim Keller has announced two appointments to executive positions at the Albuquerque Mayor’s office. Keller is committed to building a qualified and professional administration to address the challenges facing Albuquerque head on. 

“During this historically short transition period, we’re crafting a leadership team to take over operations on day one, while implementing our vision for a safe, innovative and inclusive city,” Keller said. “We're building a talented team to tackle Albuquerque’s challenges head on.

Luján: 2017 Nominees To U.S. Service Academies

on December 3, 2017 - 6:18am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) Thursday announced that he has nominated 29 students from northern New Mexico to enter the United States Service Academies as part of the freshman class of 2018.
 
“Our state has a long tradition of serving our nation in all the branches of our military.  Having the chance to nominate some of New Mexico’s best and brightest young people to our United States Service Academies is a distinct honor for me each year,” Luján said.

NM Delegation Announces Senate Passage Of Bill To Promote Preservation Of Native American Languages

on December 3, 2017 - 6:09am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the full Senate passed the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act by unanimous consent late Wednesday.
 
The bill, S. 254, is backed by the full N.M. delegation and provides grants to Native American language educational organizations to maintain and revitalize endangered Native languages in Indian Country.

State Gets $455M In Interior Energy Disbursements

on December 2, 2017 - 2:42pm
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Thursday that New Mexico’s energy production disbursements, through the Interior Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), totaled $455 million in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017).
 
This represents a significant increase of $86.5 from the previous year’s total. The funds are derived from energy and minerals produced on Federal and Indian lands, as well as U.S. offshore areas.
 
“Under President Trump’s American Energy Dominance agenda, we’ve increased energy funds by a billion dollars nationally, and by

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