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Public Education Dept., Arts Education Community Join Forces To Adopt National Core Standards

on January 23, 2018 - 3:11pm

Public Education Secretary-Designate Christopher Ruszkowski

ART EDUCATION News:

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Public Education Department announced the adoption of statewide New Mexico Core Arts Standards. The new standards are expected to enrich the state’s educational communities with tradition, innovation and creativity – and make New Mexico’s students more globally competitive.

“A 21st century multi-medium arts education is an essential component of preparing our children for their futures—especially in a state with some of the greatest artistic talent in the world.

Pearce Addresses Three-Day Government Shutdown

on January 23, 2018 - 2:54pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the three-day government shutdown ended Monday and federal operations resumed:
 
“What the Democrats did, playing politics with paychecks for service members and risking access to health care for rural, low-income children, to get their way on full amnesty for illegal immigrants is astounding and down-right irresponsible.

House & Senate Education Committee Hearings Feb. 3

on January 23, 2018 - 2:52pm
NEA Executive Committee member George Sheridan
 
SENATE News:
 
Saturday, Feb. 3, the New Mexico House and Senate Education Committees will hold an open joint hearing just so they can listen directly to what educators across New Mexico are experiencing due to the chronic under-resourcing of our public schools.
 
The formal hearing time is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is tentatively scheduled for the chambers of the House of Representatives, but legislative business may take precedence, so a different room may be assigned that day.
 
"The budgets proposed both by the Democratic legislature and the

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Seek Applicants To Fill Two Upcoming Vacancies On US District Court

on January 23, 2018 - 2:26pm
COURT News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Nov. 30, 2017, the Honorable Robert C. Brack announced his intention to assume senior status after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench. Judge Brack’s announcement, effective July 25, 2018, will create a vacancy in Las Cruces for a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.
 
On Dec. 26, 2017, the Honorable Christina Armijo announced her intention to assume senior status after 16 years of distinguished service on the federal bench, including more than five years as Chief Judge for the District.

Heinrich: Bold Action Needed To Better Support New Mexico Families, Invest In Early Childhood Education

on January 23, 2018 - 6:23am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Following the release of the 2017 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) expressed serious concern about the findings and called for bold action to create economic opportunities and address the needs of both vulnerable children and their parents in New Mexico.
 
He urged the state to invest a portion of its Land Grant Permanent Fund in the most effective early childhood programs.

House Republicans Introduce Bill To Increase Sentences For Crimes Committed While Awaiting Trial

on January 23, 2018 - 6:08am
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
SANTA FE — State Representatives Greg Nibert (R-Roswell), Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque), and Rod Montoya (R-Farmington) have introduced legislation to enhance sentences for offenders who commit a crime while awaiting trial, serving parole or probation. 
 
House Bill 91 would increase sentences up to an additional five years for defendants convicted of a felony if the person committed the felony while awaiting trial or while serving probation or parole.

Heinrich Secures Commitment From Air Force Nominee To Prioritize Fuel Spill Cleanup At Kirtland AFB

on January 23, 2018 - 6:03am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured a commitment from Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Energy nominee John Henderson to prioritize the fuel spill cleanup at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) and improve communication between regulatory agencies and stakeholders in the community.
 
 
Heinrich expressed concern about a recent loss of

Heinrich Statement On Government Reopening

on January 22, 2018 - 6:10pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Desk of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today on the Senate vote to reopen the government and the path forward:

“Today I voted to reopen the government, paired with a commitment from Republicans to address a host of long-neglected priorities.

Chandler Participates in Womens March, Supports Immigrants Rights

on January 22, 2018 - 11:25am

Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Chris Chandler, second from left, participating in the Womens March Sunday in Santa Fe in support of justice for immigrants. Courtesy photo

Pearce: Facts Concerning Government Shutdown

on January 22, 2018 - 10:10am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:

Gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce today released the following statement:

Here are the facts about the government shutdown: I voted to keep it open. DACA has nothing to do with funding our government, yet Democrats like Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Michelle Lujan Grisham have shut down the government regardless.

I'm asking the Democrats to put aside their political games and join me to reopen our government.

Lietzau: The Sanctity Of Life And The Responsibility Of Government, Society And Church

on January 22, 2018 - 8:30am

Lutheran pastors participating in the Jan. 17 March for Life event in Santa Fe, from left, Rev. Elisha Lietzau of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, Rev. Brian Kachelmeier of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Los Alamos, Rev. Phil Quarles of Sangre de Criso Lutheran Church in Taos and Rev. Douglas Escue of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church News: 

Life is precious, and it is something to be cared for, provided for, and protected from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.

Governor Appoints Chris Ortega Of White Rock To Northern New Mexico College Board Of Regents

on January 22, 2018 - 7:23am

Chris Ortega of White Rock during a public meeting at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

EDUCATIONAL News:

Gov. Susan Martinez has appointed Chris Ortega of White Rock to the Northern New Mexico College Board of Regents.

Ortega retired as utilities manager for the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities and serves on The Family YMCA Board of Directors in Los Alamos.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

Sheehey Joins March For Women In Santa Fe

on January 22, 2018 - 5:51am
Los Alamos County Councilor and candidate for House Dist. 43 Pete Sheehey, left, and Los Alamos poet David Mutschlecner show their support for women Sunday at the Women’s March in Santa Fe. Photo by Naishing Key

Los Alamos Residents Join Santa Fe March

on January 21, 2018 - 2:25pm

Los Alamos residents participate in today's march from the state Capitol to a rally for women's rights at the Santa Fe Plaza. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos residents in today's rally for women's rights at the Santa Fe Plaza. Courtesy photo

Helen Milenski Announces Bid For County Council

on January 21, 2018 - 8:44am
Helen Milenski
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Helen Milenski told the Los Alamos Daily Post that she has decided to run for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council.

“I’ve heard it said that the best person for the job of a politician is the one who doesn’t want it and I’ve had to have my arm twisted pretty hard to get me to do this,” Milenski said. “I get emails every week from people who have seen what I’ve done and ask me to run for County Council. I get stopped in the grocery store and while sitting at Subway with my family.

Heinrich-Led Directed Energy Weapons Program Gains Support From Key Pentagon Nominee Michael Griffin

on January 21, 2018 - 7:47am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) received a commitment from Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering nominee Dr. Michael Griffin to implement and advance the directed energy weapons program.
 
The $100 million program was established by Heinrich and Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) under Section 215 of the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and is focused on getting directed energy weapons like high-energy-lasers and high-powered-microwaves out of the

Fr. Glenn: The Prescience Of Rodney King

on January 21, 2018 - 7:12am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Well … this weekend the government “shut down”—the perennial threat tactic when the two major parties can’t agree (Can’t agree?! Gee, what a surprise). The news thereafter becomes a blame game shouting match … accusations a’flyin’… and weariness for all of us on the receiving end of the news. It seems that whatever one party proposes, the other party feels duty-bound to oppose, lest the first party get the least particle of political benefit.

Jewish Council For Public Affairs Joins Forces With Dreamers, Latino Organizations, And Jewish Activists For Passage Of Dream Act

on January 21, 2018 - 7:10am
Courtesy photo
 
POLITICAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), on behalf of a broad coalition of 25 national Jewish organizations, sent a letter Thursday urging Congress to ensure that a clean Dream Act was included in the must-pass spending bill that Congress.
 
This latest action comes as part of a week of critical advocacy surrounding the Dream Act, in which JCPA is playing a leading role.

JCPA’s Tammy Gilden spoke at an historic Latino-Jewish press conference on Capitol Hill with 140 Dreamers, joined by organized the Rep.

Most Of Bandelier Closed During Government Shutdown

on January 20, 2018 - 7:35am

Most of Bandelier National Monument is closed to visitor use due to the current situation with the budget of the federal government. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

As of today, Saturday, Jan. 20, most of Bandelier National Monument will be closed to visitor use due to the current situation with the budget of the federal government.

The closure is necessary for visitor safety and preservation of the fragile archeological and natural resources. The closure will last until the budget situation allows for park staff to return to duty.

Luján Statement Opposes Short-Term Spending Bill

on January 20, 2018 - 5:37am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) Thursday issued the following statement on the Republican short-term spending bill offered in the House:
 
“Republican leaders, who control both Houses of Congress and the Executive Branch, have needlessly wasted months instead of passing a bill to fund basic government services – everything from providing Social Security payments and veterans’ benefits to disaster assistance and defense spending.
 
Democrats have been working in a bipartisan way to reach an agreement and meet our fiscal

Heinrich Votes Against Expanding Warrantless Government Surveillance

on January 20, 2018 - 5:35am
Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after voting against renewing Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act (FISA) for six years:
 
“Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was originally intended to collect the communications of foreign targets, which is without controversy.

Governor Signs Bipartisan Legislation To Keep New Mexico In Interstate Nursing Compact

on January 19, 2018 - 9:41am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Thursday, Gov. Susana Martinez was joined by legislative leaders from both parties and the bill’s sponsors as she signed bipartisan legislation to ensure that nurses certified in other states can continue to work in New Mexico.
 
“The efficient passage of this bill shows what is possible when the Legislature has the desire to move forward,” Martinez said.

New Mexico Legislature Adopts Comprehensive, Updated Harassment Policy

on January 19, 2018 - 7:48am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Monday, the bipartisan effort to update the New Mexico Legislature’s harassment policy was adopted unanimously by the Legislative Council.
 
The policy ensures that training is regularly provided to legislators and staff, that individuals who have experienced harassment have a clear process to follow for reporting of harassment without fear of personal or political retribution, and that every complaint brought forward is addressed swiftly and fairly.
 
An initial draft of the policy was presented at the Legislative Council meeting in December 2017. The public

As Solar Tariff Decision Looms, Heinrich Says Trump Has Opportunity To Stand Up For American Workers

on January 19, 2018 - 7:47am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, issued the following statement ahead of President Trump's decision on whether to impose tariffs on imported solar panels and modules that would negatively impact the growing solar industry in New Mexico and the American solar industry as a whole. 
 
“President Trump has an opportunity to actually stand up for American workers.

Horne: Los Alamos County Politics

on January 18, 2018 - 12:57pm
By JOHN L. HORNE
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
Since my departure from Los Alamos in November, I have missed so many people that I was blessed to know for the past 44 years that I lived there.
 
No place we live is perfect, but there are certain elements that seriously detract from the good. Those elected or appointed to government positions should listen to and serve the people in their community. I personally do not miss that faction of Los Alamos County.
 
I believe there are many devious, self-serving individuals who have previously and currently hold positions on the Los Alamos

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