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Legislature Joint Statement On No Harassment Policy

on December 4, 2017 - 4:15pm
STATE LEGISLATURE News:
 
SANTA FE  Leaders from both the House and Senate of the New Mexico Legislature have announced the following plan to address the issue of sexual harassment in the Legislature:
 
Everyone who conducts business with or on behalf of the legislature should be able to do so in a safe and productive environment. Individuals who have experienced harassment of any kind must feel assured that they can come forward without fear of personal or political retribution.

Pearce Statement On Final Mexican Wolf Recovery Program Plan

on December 4, 2017 - 3:27pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released their final Mexican Wolf Recovery Program’s plan:
 
“I appreciate the Fish and Wildlife Service’s attempt at greater collaboration with local governments and communities as they finalized this plan, unfortunately the plan itself continues to fall short.

Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes Urges Legislature To Address Physical And Verbal Harassment

on December 4, 2017 - 10:47am
Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes
 
SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) has sent a letter to New Mexico House and Senate Leaders urging them to include the topics of physical and verbal harassment in their announced mandatory training and “No Harassment” policy revisions. 
 
Maestas Barnes made her request after describing incidents of physical and verbal intimidation she experienced during previous legislative sessions.  
 
“I share my story now because I believe it raises important issues about how matters of harassment are handled in Legislature,” Maestas

Governor Appoints Wayne Johnson NM State Auditor

on December 4, 2017 - 10:08am

Wayne Johnson

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Bernalillo County Commissioner and business owner Wayne Johnson as New Mexico State Auditor.

Johnson is currently serving his second term as a Bernalillo County Commissioner where he was elected as Vice Chair in 2016. Johnson is also the owner and president of Vista Media Productions, Inc. and a member of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority.

“It is very clear from Wayne Johnson’s background that he will put the interests of New Mexicans first as State Auditor,” said Governor Susana Martinez.

Michelle Garcia Holmes Announces Candidacy For Lt. Governor Of New Mexico

on December 4, 2017 - 8:49am
Michelle Garcia Holmes
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  New Mexico native Michelle Garcia Holmes announced her candidacy Thursday for Lieutenant Governor.
 
With the experience of 30 years as a commissioned law enforcement officer, chief of staff for Attorney General Gary King, and advocate for children, Garcia Holmes will work hard to make New Mexico a better place to live and raise a family. 
 
“People need jobs and they need to feel safe in their homes and their communities,” Garcia Holmes said.

Luján Pushes Funding For Opioid Treatment

on December 4, 2017 - 8:09am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) Nov. 30 sent a letter to the leaders of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Committee urging continued investment to combat the opioid epidemic.
 
Earlier this year, Lujan introduced legislation that would provide $2.5 billion in additional funding for five years at the rate of $500 million a year.
 
More than 64,000 people in the U.S. died of drug overdoses in 2016, the deadliest year on record.

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

State Auditor Reveals Nearly $145,000 Likely Stolen From Deming Public Schools

on December 2, 2017 - 7:54am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Thursday, State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of Deming Public Schools.
 
The audit resulted in 19 findings and identified nearly $145,000 in public funds that were likely stolen from the District. State Auditor Keller designated Deming Public Schools for a special audit after receiving information from the school district about the potential mishandling of money by a former employee.
 
“We see our fair share of fraud, but it’s especially disappointing to see tens of thousands of dollars apparently being taken from

Council Approves Changes To Rules And Procedures

on December 1, 2017 - 8:05am
County Attorney Alvin Leaphart discusses proposed changes to the Council's rules and procedures at Tuesday's council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY 
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 
After some deliberation, Los Alamos County Council approved changes in its rules and procedures during Tuesday night's regular council meeting in Council Chambers. Although the changes were approved; they will not go into effect until after Jan. 1.
 
Council approved the changes 5-1 with Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary casting the opposing vote.
 

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time Part 8

on December 1, 2017 - 7:33am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute

In part seven of this series we ended with three types of money on the table: gold (and other precious metals), fiat money (paper notes or data entries on a cyber ledger) backed by a government entity, and bitcoins backed by trust in no one other than the users.

In all cases, value is accrued by perception and is essential for timely trade (in exchange for goods and services). And we use government controlled banking systems to facilitate the process except when the monetary medium is physical (paper money or gold) or non-government bits and

Heinrich Statement On Air Force Domestic Violence Reporting Deficiencies

on November 30, 2017 - 12:37pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Following the release of the Air Force's preliminary findings of its domestic violence reporting deficiencies that allowed the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooter to purchase firearms, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling for the immediate consideration of the Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act; bipartisan legislation he introduced with U.S. Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to close the background check loophole.
 
“The preliminary findings by the Air Force Inspector General solidify

UC Representatives Discuss LANL Bid With RCLC

on November 30, 2017 - 5:57am

University of California representatives listen to members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities during a meeting Wednesday morning in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Former U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher, University of California Regent for National Laboratories and Gary Valle of the UC Federal Government Relations Office at a Wednesday breakfast meeting with the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities members met Wednesday

Chrobocinski Files Tort Claim Against County

on November 30, 2017 - 5:21am
Councilor James Chrobocinski
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski, a local realtor, has filed a tort claim against Los Alamos County alleging severe abuse of power, harassment and being lied to by Los Alamos County Fire Marshall Jeff Wetteland and Chief Building Inspector Michael Arellano.

The claim is connected to a property on Sherwood Avenue in White Rock recently purchased by Chrobocinski and the future home of the Pig & Fig Café.

Chrobocinski alleges in his claim that Arellano and Wetteland came into the

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Introduces ‘Protecting Wounded Warriors Right To Serve Act’

on November 30, 2017 - 4:40am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce introduced H.R. 4453, the “Protecting Wounded Warriors Right To Serve Act”, which enables Wounded Warriors to continue serving in the emerging field of Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (RPA), regardless of their military branch.
 
“Today’s service men and women face dangers in an ever-evolving battlefield, including IEDs, suicide bombers, and a host of brutal tactics that have left countless soldiers permanently injured.

Lujan Grisham Urges FCC To Protect Net Neutrality

on November 29, 2017 - 8:58am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to protect Net Neutrality and reject efforts to roll back rules that ensure the internet remains a free and open marketplace.
 
“A free and open internet is particularly important for a rural state like New Mexico where we must be committed to leveling the playing field for all users, regardless of their ability to pay for Internet service,” Grisham said.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Opposes Elimination Of Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

on November 29, 2017 - 6:17am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A proposal by its Chairman Sean Sullivan to eliminate the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) is being opposed by the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, according to Executive Director Andrea Romero.

In a June 29 letter to the Office of Management and Budget, Sullivan proposed the elimination of the DNFSB calling it “a relic of the Cold War era defense establishment.

Senators Call For Investigation Into Reported Violations Of Sensitive Locations Policy

on November 29, 2017 - 5:11am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and a group of 16 senators have called for an investigation into apparent ongoing violations of federal policies regarding immigration enforcement at sensitive locations like schools, hospitals and religious institutions.  
 
The senators’ letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke and Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan details the reported detention of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who was stopped by immigration authorities on her way to the hospital for

Heinrich Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation To Prevent And Respond To Sexual Harassment In Congress

on November 28, 2017 - 1:10pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored bipartisan, comprehensive legislation to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in Congress.
 
The Member and Employee Training and Oversight On (ME TOO) Congress Act introduced by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will require more transparency, overhaul the flawed complaint process, and provide better support for victims and whistleblowers.
 
Additionally, both the House and Senate bills will require mandatory annual

Coalition Of Community And Non-Profit Organizations Release Petition Supporting Actions Against Sexual Harassment, Violence And Misconduct

on November 28, 2017 - 10:58am
PN News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  A coalition of community and non-profit organizations in New Mexico has released the following petition.
 
This action is one piece of a multi-phased public awareness and accountability campaign to raise awareness of these important issues and identify methods to address sexual harassment, sexual violence and misconduct in New Mexico.  

The full petition can be found online here and content follows.
 
To elected leaders representing New Mexico:
  • We call for action to end sexual harassment and all forms of sexual violence;
  • We commit to making sure our own “house”

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