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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Questions Energy Secretary On Safety And Future Of Plutonium Mission At LANL

on June 22, 2017 - 10:10am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall questions Energy Secretary Rick Perry during a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee about steps LANL and the NNSA have taken to ensure safety and the future of the plutonium mission. Screenshot/LADP 
 
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall questions Energy Secretary Rick Perry during a hearing Wednesday about steps LANL and the NNSA have taken to ensure safety and the future of the plutonium mission. Screenshot/LADP 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Neeper: What Drives A Culture Insane?

on June 22, 2017 - 8:11am
By DON NEEPER
Portola Valley, Calif.
Former Los Alamos resident
 
In the Los Alamos Daily Post of June 20, V. B. Price asks whether a national culture can go insane. Price sees recent mass shootings as evidence of a developing mad culture within a fear-laden population that could tip into a disguised civil war or dictatorship. I suggest that Nazi Germany of 1939 and ISIS of 2017 provide examples of insane cultures that answer Price's question. However, I also suggest that the crucial question is not whether a culture can go insane, but rather what drives it crazy.

Price cites studies on

State Auditor Tim Keller Issues Executive Order To Support New Mexico Businesses

on June 21, 2017 - 9:58am
Auditor Keller, left, with OSA staff Bernadet Martinez, Records Custodian and Antonio Medina, director of Budget and Finance. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller issued Executive Order 2017-001 Tuesday to support New Mexico businesses.
 
The order applies to the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) and takes effect immediately. The order lists specific ways the office will help to level the playing field for local business in the procurement process.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Calls On New Mexicans To Share Health Care Stories

on June 21, 2017 - 7:21am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling for New Mexicans and people across the country to share a video or photo using the hashtag #AmericaSpeaksOut to highlight what they stand to lose under President Trump and Congressional Republicans’ health care bill.
 
“President Trump and Republicans in the House rushed through a disastrous plan that would leave New Mexicans paying more for less health coverage and would throw our health care system into chaos,” Heinrich said.

Congressional Delegation Urges Zinke To Protect New Mexico’s National Monuments

on June 21, 2017 - 6:47am
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham have urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to protect New Mexico’s national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act.
 
The New Mexico lawmakers wrote to Zinke to express their strong support for the Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monuments, which the lawmakers said protect treasured resources and places, enjoy overwhelming public support, and drive local economies.
 
In their letter, the

Heinrich Provides Online Resources To Help New Mexicans Prepare For Wildfire Season

on June 20, 2017 - 3:07pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  With wildfire season underway, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is helping New Mexicans prepare and stay safe with the Wildfire Preparedness & Prevention Resource Center that provides information on how to protect communities from the devastating effects of wildfires.
 
The online resource center includes active wildfire information, prevention and safety tips, resources for businesses, and more.
 
Heinrich also released a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) to help spread the word about how to stay safe

V.B. Price: Can A National Culture Go Insane?

on June 20, 2017 - 10:32am

Image by Christopher Dombres
 
By V.B. PRICE
Albuquerque
vbprice.com

In the wake of last Wednesday’s shooting in Virginia at a Republican workout for the bipartisan Congressional Baseball Charity game, the murder of four UPS workers in San Francisco on the same day, and now a mass killing of five people in Northern New Mexico around Tres Piedras and Abiquiu, many of us are left with the deeply disturbing feeling that we’re experiencing once again another tremor in the spasmodic unraveling of America’s cultural sanity.

According to massshootingtracker.com, over 196 mass shootings have

Klotz Responds To Center For Public Integrity's Series On Safety Culture At NNSA Sites

on June 20, 2017 - 9:00am

NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Safety is paramount at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). We have uncompromising standards for our plants and laboratories to perform work in a safe and secure manner that protects our employees, our facilities, and the public.

An article published Sunday by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), the first in a planned series on safety at NNSA sites, attacks the safety culture at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) without offering all of the facts and the full context. 

In 2013, LANL, in consultation with

Udall Introduces Bill To Prevent Skyrocketing Costs of Prescription Drugs; Hold Companies Accountable For Price Gouging

on June 20, 2017 - 7:26am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in introducing legislation to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for large price increases in prescription drugs. 
 
The Stop Price Gouging Act would penalize drug companies that engage in price gouging without cause, leading to price spikes for patients who rely on medication to treat diseases ranging from cancer to opioid addiction.
 
Nearly 28 million

Heinrich: Congress Must Take Energy Innovation Seriously

on June 20, 2017 - 6:49am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joint Economic Committee Democrats today released a report on the barriers to clean energy innovation that are preventing the U.S. economy from fully capitalizing on clean energy’s economic potential.
 
Instead of prioritizing energy innovation to position the United States as the global leader, Congressional Republicans often cite federal funding in climate change as government waste, and President Trump’s budget proposes deep cuts to energy innovation programs at the Department of Energy.
 

Notice Of Possible Quorum: County Council Tuesday

on June 19, 2017 - 7:33am

Regional Coalition Discusses LANL's Small Business Program Support And Waste Classifications Overview

on June 19, 2017 - 7:21am
RCLC News:
 
SANTA FE  The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) hosted its regular Board Meeting June 9 in the Española Council Chambers.
 
The meeting focused its discussion on the efforts of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Small Business Program Office and how it supports local contractors to do business with LANL and other federal programs.

More Scenes From Los Alamos Rally For Healthcare

on June 18, 2017 - 11:01am

Dr. Tyler Taylor of Los Alamos spoke at the rally for healthcare Saturday at LAMC about common myths about healthcare that are used to confuse the debate. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos residents rally for healthcare Saturday near LAMC. Courtesy photo

Staff Report:

Saturday, New Mexicans rallied at 20 simultaneous events throughout the state to voice their concern over changes to the healthcare system that the “American Health Care Act “(aka Trumpcare) would bring if it becomes law.

Medical professionals and local elected officials spoke at the rally in Los Alamos near Los Alamos Medical

State Auditor Report On Out-of-State Spending

on June 18, 2017 - 7:51am

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – State Auditor Tim Keller has released a report on state and local governmental food contracting. The report was released at a panel discussion hosted by the South Valley Economic Development Center and co-presented by Three Sisters Kitchen, a culinary incubator.

The report from the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) finds that the food industry has a high proportion of out-of-state contracting compared to other industries.

Locals Rally Against Repeal Of Affordable Care Act

on June 17, 2017 - 5:16pm
Local residents and Democrats rally against repeal of the ACA this morning near Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Kyle Wheeler

Scene from this morning's rally near LAMC against repeal of the ACA. Photo by Kyle Wheeler
 
DPLA News:
 
Los Alamos residents and members of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos joined people around the state and across the nation in rallies against repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
 
The local rally was held near Los Alamos Medical Center and attended by about two dozen people from the very young to the elderly.

State Secures Federal Funds To Fight El Cajete Fire

on June 17, 2017 - 4:15pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico has secured federal funding to help fight the Cajete Fire.

New Mexico’s request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Funds through the grant will help cover costs of emergency protective measures and firefighting activities.

“Our coordinated response, through state agencies and our local partners, is working hand in hand with the Forest Service to fight the fire and protect the lives and property of New Mexicans,” Martinez said.

DOE Releases Full Text Of EM’s FY18 Budget Request

on June 17, 2017 - 9:12am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  DOE released Wednesday the full text of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Congressional Budget Request of $6.5 billion for EM. Access the document here
 
This marks EM’s largest budget request in a decade, and provides the resources necessary to continue making safe, steady and significant progress in tackling the environmental legacy of decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. 
 
EM’s FY 2018 request provides the resources necessary to achieve progress on the facilities and capabilities necessary to tackle

Heinrich Statement On Federal Interest Rate Hike

on June 17, 2017 - 9:09am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement after the Federal Reserve announced its decision to raise interest rates:
 
“I am deeply concerned that the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates for the third time in six months. Job and wage growth have yet to return to many parts of the country. Today’s decision will make workers struggle to realize income gains.”
 
The Federal Reserve has raised its key interest rate by a quarter-point - 1 percent

Letter To The Editor: Saudi Arabia, Iran And US Politics

on June 17, 2017 - 8:47am
By Dr. T. DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos
 
Saudi Arabia:
 
Consider Saudi Arabia and the status of women:
  • It is the only country in the world where women can not drive.
  • The reason is the belief that driving injures a woman's ovaries.
  • A male must drive a woman to work.
  • From age 8 to death a woman must wear a black burkah whenever she is outside the house in major cities like Riyahd, Mecca and Medina. In some smaller villages women may be able to uncover their faces, and may wear collorful head scarves.
  • Women are second, if not lower, citizens because of the Law of Guardianship.
  • A woman's Guardian

Udall, Heinrich Advance Legislation To Address Drought Challenges In New Mexico

on June 17, 2017 - 6:51am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced the New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act that would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of water management across the state.
 
The New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act is derived from policy recommendations generated by a variety of stakeholders from New Mexico including conservancy districts, farmers, ranchers, Tribes, municipalities, and others that collaborated to put together proposals to help New Mexico deal with future water supply challenges.
 
At the request of Senators Udall and

Governor Activates Emergency Operations Center In Response To El Cajete Fire In The Jemez

on June 16, 2017 - 11:19am

Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez directed the activation of the New Mexico Emergency Operations Center to assist in the coordinated response to the El Cajete Fire in Sandoval County.

“I’ve activated our emergency operations center and directed our state agencies to work with our local and federal partners to keep New Mexicans safe,” Martinez said. “New Mexicans know better than most just how devastating wildfires can be, and as we face this year’s fire season together, we’re also reminding everyone to keep safety in mind and be prepared.”

The El Cajete Fire began

Heinrich Votes To Codify And Expand Russia Sanctions

on June 16, 2017 - 9:14am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, voted for bipartisan legislation that codifies and expands sanctions against the government of Russia in response to its cyber-attacks and interference in elections; its violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine; and its continuing aggression in Syria.
 
The legislation, the Countering Russian Aggression and Cyberattacks Act of 2017, passed the Senate overwhelmingly by a vote of 97 to 2.
 
“This bipartisan

Lisa Brenner And Son File Suit Against County

on June 16, 2017 - 8:11am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Lisa Brenner and her son, Patrick Brenner, filed a complaint for declaratory judgment ordering production of copies of emails sent or received May 15 by Los Alamos County Councilors. The suit is against Los Alamos County Council and its Designated Custodian of Public Records Barb Ricci.

The Brenners’ attorney is A. Blair Dunn of Western Agriculture, Resource and Business Advocates and the case has been assigned to First Judicial District Judge Sarah Singleton. The suit indicates Patrick Brenner emailed Ricci at 5:30 p.m.

Udall's Co-sponsored Bill To Expand AMBER Alert System In Indian Country Clears Committee

on June 16, 2017 - 7:44am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, welcomed passage of a bill he cosponsored to expand the AMBER Alert warning system in Indian Country.
 
The AMBER alert in Indian Country Act comes in response to the tragic abduction and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike on the Navajo Nation in 2016 – when authorities did not issue an AMBER Alert until a day after Ashlynne’s abduction was reported. 
 
The bipartisan legislation led by Senator John

Rio Grande Foundation Urges U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Case Challenging Mandatory Union Fees

on June 16, 2017 - 7:27am
RGF News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Public school teachers, state social workers and other government employees should not be forced to pay money to a union just so they can keep their jobs. That’s why the Rio Grande Foundation is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Janus v. AFSCME.
 
Janus v. AFSCME has the potential to finally end the decades-old requirement of forcing government employees to pay mandatory union fees regardless of whether they want to be represented by a union.

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