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Governor Announces Nearly $27 Million Of Road Improvements From WIPP Settlement

on September 26, 2017 - 8:59am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday nearly $27 million of Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) route road improvements between Carlsbad and Vaughn, as part of the state’s 2014 settlement with the U.S. Department of Energy.

“When we first learned of the fire and radiation leak in 2014, we moved quickly to hold the federal government accountable, and I’m pleased that we’ll be able to use these funds to further strengthen the safety of WIPP and the surrounding communities,” Governor Martinez said.

Letter To The Editor: Note On Trump’s UNGA Address

on September 26, 2017 - 8:00am
By DR. T. DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos
 
Tuesday I read a transcript of and Guardian article on President Trump’s address to the UN General Assembly with sadness and disbelief. The book title, Cry the Beloved Country, comes to mind; also the quote of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, “there never was a good war, or a bad peace...”
 
When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn?
 
the dead have seen the end of war” (Plato)
 
I wish to add President John Quincy Adams definition of a leader:
 
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more,

AG: Grand Jury Indicts Eli Kronenanker

on September 26, 2017 - 6:59am
Eli Kronenanker/Courtesy photo
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Sept. 21 that Eli Kronenanker was indicted by a grand jury in the 2013 alleged rape and kidnapping of a Rio Rancho teen.
 
The Bernalillo County Grand Jury indicted Kronenanker on four counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration, one count of Kidnapping, one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, one count of Intimidation of a Witness, and one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children.
 
“I will continue to target individuals who sexually assault, threaten, and abuse members of

New Mexico Delegation Encourages Boeing To Conduct Phantom Express Development Contract At SPA, WSMR

on September 26, 2017 - 6:56am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham have encouraged Boeing to conduct the Phantom Express development contract at Spaceport America (SPA) with support of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR).
 
“New Mexico offers a number of strategic advantages for Boeing’s spaceplane contract, and I’m confident that a partnership with Spaceport America and White Sands Missile Range will lead to the successful completion of this program.

Secretary Zinke Declares October National Hunting And Fishing Month

on September 26, 2017 - 6:53am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has declared October will officially be recognized as National Hunting and Fishing Month at the Department. National Hunting and Fishing Day – is Sept. 23 each year.
 
Zinke championed the order to recognize the lasting and positive impact of hunters and anglers on wildlife and habitat conservation in America. This order comes on the heels of several major sportsmen actions from Interior including Wednesday'sannouncement of the addition of 600 acres of land in Arizona's

Tourism Work Group Meets Wednesday

on September 26, 2017 - 5:58am

COUNTY News: 

The Tourism Work Group will meet noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Building 1 conference room at the Pajarito Cliff Sites. 

The meeting is open to the public. 

Agenda: 

I. Call to Order
II. Review of Public Meeting/Survey results
III. Review of Strategic Directions
IV. Next Steps
V. Public Comment
VI. Next Meeting Scheduled: Oct. 17, 2017 at noon, location: TBD
VII. Adjourn Meeting

County Council Holds Regular Meeting 6 p.m. Today

on September 26, 2017 - 5:35am

COUNTY News: 

The Los Alamos County Council will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. today, Sept. 26, in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. 

The meeting is open to the public. 

Agenda: 

1. OPENING/ROLL CALL
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
5. PRESENTATIONS, PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • Proclamation declaring the week of October 2-6, 2017 as "Customer Service Week" in Los Alamos County (accepted by representatives of the Customer Care Center). Presenters: County Council - Regular Session
  • Proclamation declaring the Month of October as

Letter To The Editor: About My High Weeds And Ugly Yard

on September 25, 2017 - 9:56am
By MICHELLE AUSTIN
Los Alamos

When I was a little girl growing up in New York State in the 1970s, my parents bought their first house in a small village with good schools to raise their family. We moved into a one story ranch on a culdesac where all the other houses looked pretty much the same with manicured lawns and an elm tree out front. Kids played in the streets until the sun went down and we all had big back yards to play in. Back then fencing wasn't common so we kids could run from back yard to back yard as though it was all common land. It was the American dream for a young family.

Today Is Native Women's Equal Pay Day

on September 25, 2017 - 9:24am

AAUW News:

Native Women Have to Work 9 Extra Months to Make the Same Salary as White Men Made Last Year

Editor’s note: This post was originally written by Elizabeth Bolton in 2015 and updated in 2017 by Senior Researcher Kevin Miller, Ph.D.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: There’s a pay gap between women and men, and that gap is widest on average for Latinas, black women, and Native women. In fact, American Indian and Alaska Native women are paid just 57 cents for every dollar white men are paid. For Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander women, that number is 59 cents.

Today,

Luján Statement On Sec. Zinke’s Recommended Changes To Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

on September 24, 2017 - 7:26am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) Sept. 20 issued the following statement in response to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s recommendations to President Trump on several national monuments.
 
Among the recommendations contained in Secretary Zinke’s report to the President are suggested changes to the management of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, located near Taos, including an expansion of activities which are currently not allowed at the monument.
 
“Secretary Zinke’s recommendations on the Rio Grande

Listo Nuevo México Launches Website To Aid DACA Recipients

on September 24, 2017 - 7:06am
LNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Listo Nuevo México, Albuquerque’s largest immigrants’ rights coalition, has launched a new website centralizing available information for DACA recipients in New Mexico.  
 
Wednesday's launching comes after the surge of questions and need for information regarding the new reality faced by DACA recipients since the Sept. 5 announced end to the program.
 
On Listo Nuevo México’s website, the nearly 7,000 DACA recipients in NM are able to find information including:

Senators Introduce Bill To Reform Antiquated Hardrock Mining Laws

on September 24, 2017 - 7:00am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 19, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017, legislation to modernize the nation’s antiquated hardrock mining laws.
 
The bill requires companies to pay royalties for the first time for the ability to extract mineral resources like gold, silver, and copper from public lands, helps ensure that taxpayers aren’t on the hook for cleaning up abandoned mines, and seeks to prevent another toxic

Heinrich Welcomes $1 Million Federal Investment In Innovate ABQ Bioscience Incubator

on September 23, 2017 - 6:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) welcomes the announcement that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration will award Innovate ABQ with a $1 million grant to establish a bioscience business incubator.
 
Innovate ABQ is a collaborative initiative that brings together the research powers of the University of New Mexico and New Mexico's government, education, and business communities.

"I've been proud to support Innovate ABQ from the start," Heinrich said.

Pearce: Chinese Action Against North Korea Is Sign U.S. Is A Global Leader

on September 23, 2017 - 5:59am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Sept. 21 released the following statement after President Trump announced increased United States (U.S.) sanctions on North Korea following China’s central bank decision to limit North Korea’s access to Chinese financial institutions:
 
“North Korea’s continuing work on a nuclear weapons program poses a significant threat to global stability.

Heinrich, Sarbanes Lead Democratic Coalition Calling On FEC To Help Prevent Foreign Governments From Using Social Media Ads To Influence U.S. Elections

on September 22, 2017 - 1:51pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) have led a coalition of Democratic House and Senate members in sending a letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging the agency to consider new rules that would prevent foreign nationals from using online advertising platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, to influence U.S. elections.
 
Following the revelation that Russia purchased Facebook

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Announces $1,103,088 For New Mexico Parks And Outdoor Recreation

on September 22, 2017 - 1:43pm
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Sept. 21 announced that $1,103,088 will be distributed to the state of New Mexico for outdoor recreation and conservation projects from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded through offshore oil and gas leasing.
 
This was part of $94.3 million distributed across all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

LANL Director Shares Insights At Radioactive And Hazardous Materials Committee Meeting At UNM-LA

on September 22, 2017 - 11:31am
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan speaks to legislators at the Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee meeting Thursday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
From left, Sen. Carlos Cisneros, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Rep. Steven Smith and Sen. Richard Martinez listen to the Lab Director's presentation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LANL Director Charlie McMillan, left, responds to a question about Lab safety from Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily

Officials Gather For Annual REDI Summit

on September 22, 2017 - 10:07am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) delivering the welcoming address. Courtesy/LANL CPO

From left, Los Alamos County Economic Development Director Joan Ahlers, with RDC Board members Kristin Henderson and Javier Sanchez. Photo by Eric Vasquez/valleydailypost.com

Staff Report

Officials gathered Thursday at Buffalo Thunder Resort for the Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Summit. “Navigating Our Economic Future” was the theme for this year's event.

The REDI Strategic Plan was completed nearly 10 years ago in 2008. This year, the summit featured successes and shared information on

Goodwin: Governor Does Not Initiate, Suggest Or Influence Investment Decisions By NMERB

on September 22, 2017 - 7:09am
By JAN GOODWIN
Executive Director
New Mexico Educational Retirement Board

An article in the New York-based International Business Times alleging that Gov. Susana Martinez influenced investment decisions at the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board is simply false. The Governor does not initiate, suggest or influence investment decisions by NMERB.

Staff and Trustees are solely interested in making investments in the best interest of NMERB and its beneficiaries as required by our fiduciary duty.

Voices Of Los Alamos Meets Monday, Sept. 25

on September 22, 2017 - 6:43am

VOLA News:

Voices of Los Alamos will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 at the Unitarian Church.

Voices of Los Alamos is a progressive political activism group created for Los Alamos residents to voice their concerns over current political events (both at the state and at the federal level) and give people a space to gather together, discuss and form action plans.

The membership is inclusive; everyone is welcomed to attend the meeting.

Agenda items for the upcoming meeting include: 

Immigration proclamation passed, what's next? The Public Education Department has put out

Udall, Heinrich Urge President Trump To Reject Zinke’s Recommended Changes To National Monuments

on September 22, 2017 - 6:11am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich released the following joint statement Sept. 18 on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s report on national monuments, which was leaked to the media late Sunday:
 
“During Secretary Zinke’s review process, almost 3 million Americans — including thousands of New Mexicans – made their opinions clear. They believe our existing national monuments are vitally important to our economy, community and culture, and they don’t want them changed. 
 
“The Department of Interior’s report to the president completely ignores

County Takes Part In National Voter Registration Day

on September 21, 2017 - 4:56pm

COUNTY News:

Tuesday, Sept. 26, the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office will host National Voter Registration Day 2017 events, as part of a massive 50-state effort to register thousands of voters.

Founded in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right – the right to vote. More than 2 million Americans have registered to vote on this day since the inaugural National Voter Registration Day.

“With the 2018 Elections fast approaching, the goal of National Voter Registration

Letter To The Editor: County Government Overreacts ... Again

on September 21, 2017 - 10:34am
By ROBERT VISEL
Los Alamos

First the County wants to fine the residents of Los Alamos for weeds and peeling paint. Now they want to fine residents for keeping their trash bins outside? This is a growing trend with our local politicians. All it takes is one little whiny cry baby to file a complaint and the County overreacts.

Every time the County can’t control their wasteful and excessive spending they raise the Utility Rates and Property Taxes. Every time there is a trivial complaint they have a “knee jerk” response without thinking things through.

National Institute Of Justice Examines Impact Of Mobile Technology On Public Safety Agencies

on September 21, 2017 - 7:30am
NIOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice announced an article online that discusses how the use of mobile broadband technology improves law enforcement operations.
 
The article provides valuable guidance for agencies considering installing a wireless network.
 
Public safety agencies are moving toward using dedicated wireless networks to improve information sharing with other agencies, decrease paperwork and improve response times.

Pearce Announces Awards That Aid Small Business Growth And Development

on September 21, 2017 - 7:21am
Congressman Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) awarded a total of $3,780,521 to a number of New Mexico institutions under the FY2017 Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program) and Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program).
 
“New Mexico is made up of many rural and native communities with individuals, families, and small businesses who rely on access to

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