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Community Invited To Meet Gubernatorial Candidate Peter DeBenedittis In Los Alamos Monday

on July 27, 2017 - 9:22pm

Meet gubernatorial candidate Peter DeBenedittis at 6 p.m. Monday at The Karen Wray Gallery in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

POLITICAL News:

SANTA FE — Progressive Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico, Peter DeBenedittis, will be in Los Alamos at 6 p.m. Monday at The Karen Wray Gallery, 1247 Central Ave., Suite D2. All are welcome.

The candidate is eager to meet Los Alamos residents and to hear their ideas on how New Mexico's economy, education, and health care systems can be brought from being “worst to first.”

Peter DeBenedittis has lived in Santa Fe since 1995 and has

County Council Tables Sheriff's Office Resolution

on July 27, 2017 - 9:13am

It was a roller coaster ride during the Los Alamos County Council's special meeting Wednesday night in council chambers. The room was packed with residents who offered their thoughts on Councilor Pete Sheehey's proposed resolution to restore the duties of the Sheriff's Office. The resolution would provide a budget of $200,000 to cover the duties, hire a fulltime deputy, an administrative assistant and to attend training and other expenses. Furthermore, the resolution would provide vehicles as needed to the Sheriff's office.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Holds Listening Session On Human Trafficking In New Mexico's Indian Country

on July 27, 2017 - 8:57am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, held a stakeholder meeting on ways to more effectively prevent, prosecute, and improve data collection on human trafficking in Indian Country.

Federal data on human trafficking in Native communities is limited, but available information suggests human trafficking in the United States frequently targets vulnerable populations, which would include Native Americans who disproportionately face high rates of poverty and trauma.

In order to address the

AG Balderas Unveils New PSAs Launching Statewide Medicaid Fraud And Facility Abuse & Neglect Detection

on July 27, 2017 - 8:12am

STATE News:
  • This is the first time an Attorney General in New Mexico has requested that the federal government allow the office to proactively search through data to identify patterns of fraud

ALBUQUERQUE – Wednesday afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a new statewide Medicaid Fraud and Facility Abuse & Neglect Detection Initiative that will utilize a new proactive approach of identifying patterns of fraud.

Attorney General Balderas also will be contacting state agencies and Medicaid providers regarding the new initiative and asking for the partnership of both the

Pearce: Seven Years Of Dodd-Frank

on July 27, 2017 - 7:18am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement on the signing of the Dodd-Frank Act seven years ago:
 
“Today marks the 7th anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act, creator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Out of all the impacts of Dodd-Frank, it is the damaging effects that the CFPB had on small and rural communities that stands out the most. What was supposed to serve as a consumer watchdog, quickly evolved into a machine that over-regulated our local banks out of existence.

Pearce Statement On CFPB Arbitration Rule

on July 27, 2017 - 7:03am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The House of Representatives has voted to pass House Joint Resolution 111 to disapprove of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) final rule that prohibits financial service providers from using arbitration.
 
“The CFPB enacts rules that hurt rural communities, like ours in New Mexico, more than any other. Rather than provide true protections, as originally intended to do, the CFPB works in its own interest without any accountability or transparency.

Interior Not Top-Heavy Enough To Relieve Field

on July 26, 2017 - 11:16am
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has repeatedly said he wants to fill growing staff shortfalls in national parks and refuges by moving employees from headquarters and regional offices to “front line” field positions.
 
But figures obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) indicate that there are not enough bodies in these agencies’ rear echelons to fill the gaps.
 
PEER looked at staffing in the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) in 2007, late in George W.

Sen. Heinrich Statement On Russia Sanctions

on July 26, 2017 - 10:00am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted 419-3 to approve legislation, which has been long opposed by the Trump administration, sanctioning Russia, Iran and North Korea:

“Expanding sanctions against Russia sends a strong message that there will be real consequences for undermining our democratic process.

Local GOP Holds Special Meeting Aug. 10

on July 26, 2017 - 5:12am

GOP News:

A special Republican Party of Los Alamos County Central Committee Meeting is being called for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 at UNM-LA, Bldg. 5, Jeannette Wallace Hall.

The purpose of this meeting is to fill vacancies that exist on the County Central Committee, the State Central Committee and to elect a 1st Vice Chair.

All Los Alamos County registered Republicans are encouraged to attend.

Those with interest or questions regarding filling a vacancy in their Ward that would allow them to serve on the RPLA County Central Committee, the RPNM State Central Committee, or run for RPLA 1st vice

NMED To Administer $18 Million In Volkswagen Smog Device Software Settlement Funds

on July 26, 2017 - 4:22am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE ― The state of New Mexico is slated to receive approximately $18 million in settlement funds following resolution of the Volkswagen smog device emissions scandal.  
 
The scandal involved embedded software in more than 500,000 vehicles' electronics that allowed Volkswagen’s cars to emit up to 40 times the legally allowed amount of nitrogen oxide while appearing in tests to be within the limit. 
 
The New Mexico Environment Department is named as the state’s lead agency for disbursing the approximately $18 million in settlement funds, most likely for projects that

State GOP Announces Additions, Changes To Party Staff

on July 26, 2017 - 4:20am
RPNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Republican Party of New Mexico Chair Ryan Cangiolosi has announced changes and additions to party staff.
 
Michael Horanburg has been hired as director of Outreach and Political Operations. Additionally, James Clarke, who was previously serving as deputy political director, has been named director of Political Strategy. Dominic Pacheco also has been named interim communications director and finance director.

Horanburg previously worked for the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action as southwest field coordinator, and also serves as the state

Public Interest Organizations File Lawsuit Against New Nuclear Bomb Plant

on July 26, 2017 - 4:05am
OREPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA), Nuclear Watch New Mexico, and the Natural Resources Defense Council filed a federal lawsuit July 20, to stop construction of the problem-plagued Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) until a legally required environmental review is completed.
 
The UPF at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) Y-12 production plant near Oak Ridge, Tenn., is slated to produce new thermonuclear weapons components until the year 2080. The UPF is the tip of the spear for the U.S.’s planned one trillion

Letter To The Editor: Pearce And Infrastructure Bill

on July 26, 2017 - 3:54am
By EDWARD BIRNBAUM
Los Alamos

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce claims, in a recent Los Alamos Daily Post news release (link), that his vote for H.R. 2910 is a vote for reducing the bureaucracy associated with approving construction of oil and gas pipelines. However, the dissent expressed by the Ranking Member on the Committee that considered this legislation, Frank Pallone, Jr., and the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy, Bobby L. Rush, summarized some important problems associated with the bill, which were ignored in Rep. Pearce's statement, as quoted below.

"H.R.

AG Balderas, Sheriff Gonzales, HSI & APD Announce Seven Arrests In Underage Human Trafficking Operation

on July 25, 2017 - 12:11pm
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  July 21, Attorney General Hector Balderas, Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales, Homeland Security Investigations and the Albuquerque Police Department announced the successful result of a joint operation targeting commercial sex trafficking of minors in Albuquerque.
 
Seven men were arrested this week in Albuquerque during the operation for soliciting sex with someone they believed to be a 15-year-old girl, who was actually an undercover BCSO deputy. The men all attempted to pay $40 to $200 to have sex with 15-year-old girls.
 
The Albuquerque office of

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor Bill To Block Inhumane Immigration Roundups At Sensitive Locations

on July 25, 2017 - 7:19am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom  Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Monday that they are cosponsoring legislation to prevent immigration agents from conducting enforcement operations at sensitive locations like elementary schools where parents are dropping off their children, health care centers that provide critical services to the community, or places of worship without prior approval and exigent circumstances.
 
The Protecting Sensitive Locations Act codifies the Department of Homeland Security’s existing policies and expands on those policies to ensure that

County Council Holds Special Session Wednesday

on July 24, 2017 - 10:26am

COUNTY News: 

The Los Alamos County Council will meet in a special session at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 

Agenda:

1. OPENING/ROLL CALL
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
5. COUNCIL BUSINESS

A. Incorporated County of Los Alamos Resolution No. 17-08; A Resolution Amending Certain Parts of Resolution 16-10 Regarding the Duties of the Los Alamos County Police Department and the Duties of the Los Alamos County Sheriff's Department. Presenters: Councilor Pete Sheehey

6. PUBLIC COMMENT

7. ADJOURNMENT

Racial Justice Group: FCC Protect Net Neutrality!

on July 24, 2017 - 8:53am
INTERNET News:
 
NEW YORK  Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, issued the following statement on the comments they filed July 19 with the Federal Communications Commission, urging the agency to preserve net neutrality.
 
Executive Director of Color Of Change Rashad Robinson:
 
“Chairman Pai’s proposal to gut the FCC’s net neutrality rules will be devastating for Black communities.

Public Notice: Class 3 Permit Modification Request And Public Meeting, Settlement Agreement 10-01251

on July 24, 2017 - 8:26am

Public Notice:

Class 3 Permit Modification Request and Public Meeting, Settlement Agreement 10-01251

Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Waste Facility Permit, EPA ID No. NM0890010515

Activity: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), have submitted a Class 3 permit modification request to modify the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Hazardous Waste Facility Permit.

Lujan Grisham Responds To Fraud Charges Against Ayudando Guardians

on July 23, 2017 - 12:26pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has released the following statement in response to allegations of conspiracy, fraud, theft and money laundering against Ayudando Guardians, Inc.
 
The U.S. Attorney in New Mexico charged the non-profit guardianship firm of embezzling money from client trust accounts meant for hundreds of individuals with special needs.
 
“The embezzlement allegations against this guardianship firm are alarming and I am deeply concerned for the hundreds of beneficiaries who were cheated out of

NNSA Spearheads International Effort To Convert Ghana Reactor To Low Enriched Uranium Fuel

on July 23, 2017 - 7:51am
NNSA in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/NNSA
 
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A team of experts from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the International Atomic Energy Agency, China and Ghana completed the conversion of Ghana’s GHARR-1 Miniature Neutron Source Reactor from highly enriched uranium to low enriched uranium fuel July 13.
 
These reactor conversions allow important research to continue while enabling the removal and disposal of HEU fuel, eliminating the risk that this weapons-usable material could be stolen or diverted for malevolent use. 

Balderas And 18 AGs Call On Secretary DeVos To Maintain Protections For Survivors Of Campus Assaults

on July 23, 2017 - 7:21am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and 18 Attorneys General sent a letter Wednesday to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing their concern over reports the Department of Education is preparing to roll back important protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses and urging her to keep these protections in place.
 
The Attorneys General also called on Secretary DeVos to work collaboratively with them to take action to end the scourge of sexual violence

DOE Renews WIPP CSG Cooperative Agreement

on July 23, 2017 - 7:16am
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  The Department of Energy's Carlsbad Field Office renewed a cooperative agreement with the Council of State Governments (CSG) - Midwestern Region for oversight of transportation of transuranic waste through Midwestern states to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
 
The cooperative agreement is for five-years with an estimated cost of approximately $1.4 million.
 
Through the cooperative agreement DOE provides funding to the CSG- Midwestern Region to address issues of common concern among the Midwestern states to include transportation of radioactive TRU waste

Pearce Votes To Advance Energy Infrastructure

on July 22, 2017 - 7:37am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives passed two key bills July 19 to modernize U.S. energy infrastructure.
 
“New Mexico is a national leader in resource production and a key player in the transportation of energy resources across the southern border. By simplifying regulations on energy infrastructure projects and putting sound provisions in place that promote efficiency and transparency, our communities will have greater opportunities for economic expansion,” U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tours LAMC

on July 21, 2017 - 9:59am

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside and Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Wallace, center, greet U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham July 15 at the entrance to the hospital and guide her on a tour of the facility. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladalypost.com

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside guides U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham on a tour of the hospital Saturday afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladalypost.com

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside continues his tour for U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham July 15 at the hospital. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladalypost.com

U.S. Rep.

Udall Advances Strong Funding For New Mexico’s National Laboratories, Water Infrastructure

on July 21, 2017 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Udall joins Appropriations Committee in approving $38.4 billion funding bill to support national labs, tech transfer, cleanup, WIPP and water projects throughout New Mexico
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen.

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