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Heinrich Statement On December Jobs Report

on January 8, 2018 - 7:14am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced 148,000 jobs were added in December:
“Despite inheriting a strong and resilient economy, the President and Republicans in Congress decided to do absolutely nothing to improve the lives of working Americans in 2017. Real wages only grew by 0.2 percent last year from the election through November.

Attorney General Balderas Releases Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement

on January 8, 2018 - 7:09am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  In collaboration with the solar, energy and housing industries, consumer protection groups and regulators, Attorney General Hector Balderas has released the Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement.
This form is designed in an easily understood and visually distinct manner to help consumers understand the important terms of a solar power system purchase, lease or power purchase agreement.
The Attorney General is releasing the first version of the Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement today as part of his

Reporters Without Borders: Chinese Court Sentences Anti-Corruption Blogger Wu Gan To 8 Years In Prison

on January 8, 2018 - 6:58am
A Chinese court sentences anti-corruption blogger Wu Gan to eight years in prison. Courtesy photo
Anti-corruption blogger Wu Gan
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the eight-year prison sentence that a Chinese court has imposed on Wu Gan, a blogger who campaigned tirelessly against government corruption until his arrest in 2015.
A court in the northern city of Tianjin passed the sentence Dec. 26 after convicting Wu of “subverting state power” at the end of a trial held behind closed doors.

ATF On Proposed Legislative Budget Priorities

on January 7, 2018 - 6:43am

Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein

ATF News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein released the following statement:

“Gov. Martinez and Legislative leaders both released their draft budgetary priorities for the upcoming 30-day session of the New Mexico Legislature, and their approaches offer stark contrasts on how to best utilize the small increase in revenue for the upcoming fiscal year.

“Legislators are calling for a 1.5 percent increase for all educational employees across the board -- including early education, higher education, and

Republican Party Of Los Alamos County Holds 2018 Pre-Primary County Convention At UNM-LA Jan. 25

on January 7, 2018 - 6:40am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos County (RPLA) announces the Ward Caucuses and Pre-Primary County Convention to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 in Room 505 of Jeannette Wallace Hall at the UNM-Los Alamos.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the doors close promptly at 7 p.m. to begin the Ward Caucuses and Pre-Primary County Convention.

An Open Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m followed at 7.p.m. by the Pre-Primary County Convention.

A featured speaker at this pre-meeting will be Abraham Keyvan from the Albuquerque Young Republicans.

The purpose of this Convention is to

Governor Identifies Tourism For Increased Investment

on January 7, 2018 - 6:40am

New Mexico Hospitality Association News:
  • The proposed budget released by Governor Susana Martinez requests increased spending for one of New Mexico’s strongest industries

Gov. Susana Martinez released her administration’s budget proposal, which calls for a $3.5 million increase for the New Mexico Tourism Department to be used for a significant marketing push in the San Francisco area.

“Governor Martinez continues to demonstrate her commitment to growing New Mexico’s economy through her prioritization of the Tourism Department’s marketing budget.

Heinrich, Wyden Call For Intelligence Assessment Of President's Latest North Korea Tweet

on January 7, 2018 - 6:34am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats requesting that the Intelligence Community assess the risk to the United States and to U.S. interests and personnel arising from President Trump’s latest North Korea tweet.

“In particular, we request that the assessment address the likely North Korean response to the President’s January 2 tweet and the President’s other threatening tweets and statements, and whether this

Pearce On UNM Suspending Lead Physician In Fetal Tissue Research While Investigation Moves Forward

on January 7, 2018 - 6:33am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

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

Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement regarding the recent suspension of Dr. Robin Ohls, lead physician in fetal tissue research at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center"

“For years, this issue has divided the University of New Mexico, board of regents, and the community. The University and Health Sciences Center has been in an incredibly difficult position working through a number of allegations and potential questions relating to research being conducted.

“The action

Governor Unveils $6.23 Billion FY-19 Budget Proposal

on January 6, 2018 - 7:52am
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
From the Office of Gov. Susana Martinez:
ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced her executive budget recommendation for fiscal year 2019.
The proposal continues Martinez’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while prioritizing targeted investments in further growing and diversifying New Mexico’s economy, investing in classrooms to continue strengthening schools and improving child welfare and public safety.
“This budget proposal is all about building on momentum – from our progress in creating jobs and growing and diversifying our

Pearce Introduces Bill To Provide Accountability After Gold King Mine Spill

on January 6, 2018 - 7:50am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rep. Steve Pearce introduced H.R. 4735, the Gold King Mine Spill Accountability Act of 2018, to provide compensation to those injured by the Gold King Mine spill and to provide funds for New Mexico’s long-term water quality monitoring program.
“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was responsible for allowing millions of gallons of contaminated waste water to spill into the Animas and San Juan Rivers in New Mexico.

DEA: China Announces Scheduling Controls On Two Fentanyl Precursor Chemicals

on January 6, 2018 - 7:45am
Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  China’s Ministry of Public Security last week announced scheduling controls on two fentanyl precursor chemicals – NPP and 4ANPP, substances that can be used to make illicit drugs.
The scheduling controls will take effect Feb. 1, 2018 and is the result of the ongoing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Government of China and their shared commitment to countering illicit fentanyl-class substances.
“Fentanyl compounds significantly contribute to the current opioid crisis in

Luján Statement On Governor’s Termination Of Contract With Senior Services Agency

on January 6, 2018 - 7:16am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has released the following statement after news reports indicate that the Martinez administration had rescinded its contract with the agency that coordinates a variety of services for more than 70,000 New Mexico seniors:

“I am alarmed by reports indicating that Gov. Martinez has abruptly terminated contracts with the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging which serves 32 of the 33 counties in our state and is part of the federally established Area Agencies on Aging,” Luján said.

Lt. Gov. Candidate Rick Miera In Los Alamos Jan. 10

on January 4, 2018 - 10:37am
Candidate for lieutenant governor Rep. Rick Miera
Rep. Rick Miera, candidate for lieutenant governor of New Mexico, will be in Los Alamos for a meet and greet with Los Alamosians as part of his statewide MainStreet tour of the state’s Main Streets.
Rep. Miera will be at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 163 Central Park Square in Los Alamos, to listen and discuss how to reinvest in New Mexico’s working families and small businesses.
“It is vital that the state invest in local communities to provide them with the tools that they need

Sheehey: Fiscally Responsible vs. ‘Fiscally Conservative’

on January 4, 2018 - 8:36am
Los Alamos County Councilor

The recent letter “Save for the Lean Years” (link) is full of inaccuracies that demand a response. Of course during years of plenty, we should keep some funds in reserve. That is why I have always supported our county policy to maintain over $10 million (15 to 20 percent of general fund revenues) in an uncommitted reserve, above and beyond the 8 percent (for us ~$4.5 million) required of all counties. In my five years on County Council, when more funds have been available, I have worked to invest those funds in growing our local economy.

New or

San Ildefonso Governor James Mountain Ends Term

on January 4, 2018 - 8:19am

Gov. James Mountain in his office Tuesday at San Ildefonso Pueblo. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

SAN ILDEFONSO PUEBLO—James Mountain has completed his three-year term as governor of San Ildefonso Pueblo. His final day in office was Wednesday. He sat down with the Los Alamos Daily Post Tuesday afternoon to recap that experience and share his plans.

“It has been my great honor to serve the people of this community … that has been the best part as well as the most challenging part of my job … working to meet the

Democratic Party Meets At UNM-LA Monday

on January 4, 2018 - 7:32am

DPLA News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8 in Building 05 at UNM-Los Alamos. This month, representatives from the Democratic Party of New Mexico will discuss the candidate selection process.

“If you have ever wondered about (or were confused by) the different procedures for primary candidates and how Democratic Party candidates are ultimately selected, then this is the meeting for you!” Party Chair Robyn Schulz said. “Our County Pre-Primary Convention will be held in February.

Balderas & State Mortgage Regulators Reach $45 Million Settlement With PHH Mortgage Corporation

on January 3, 2018 - 12:43pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas 48 other state attorneys general, the District of Columbia and over 45 state mortgage regulators have reached a $45 million settlement with New Jersey-based mortgage lender and servicer PHH Mortgage Corporation. Approximately 265 New Mexico homeowners will receive payments thanks to the settlement.
The settlement resolves allegations that PHH, the nation’s ninth largest non-bank residential mortgage servicer, improperly serviced mortgage loans from Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec.

Scenes From Leadership Los Alamos Gov't. Session

on January 3, 2018 - 6:44am

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess discusses county government with Leadership Los Alamos participants Dec. 8 in Council Chambers. Leadership Los Alamos is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization founded to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos community, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the area. To learn more about the annual program, visit Photo by Martha Katko


Gwen Kalavaza, Melanie Colgan, Paul Johnson and Jordan Jarrett listen to speakers.

Young Democrats Of New Mexico Launch ‘Young People Vote’ Campaign … Set To Register High School Seniors

on January 3, 2018 - 5:55am
ALBUQUERQUE — The Young Democrats of New Mexico announced Tuesday afternoon a new campaign called “Young People Vote”. The campaign is a statewide initiative to register high school seniors across New Mexico.
“We are entering 2018 with crucial elections and need voter turnout across the board,” said Presiden Zack Quintero of the Young Democrats of New Mexico. “Young New Mexican's  have an opportunity here to show the power of our voting block and we must act on it.

LWVLA And AAUW Host 2018 Legislative Preview

on January 2, 2018 - 5:56am


The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos and the American Association of University Women invite the community to the 2018 Legislative Preview 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10 in Fuller Lodge. Refreshments and conversation begin at 6:30 p.m. for this event.

Los Alamos egislators—Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Senators Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez—will share their views on the upcoming session.

Shin: Save For The Lean Years...

on January 1, 2018 - 1:27pm
Los Alamos

Recently, one of my patients told me, “They should have saved for the lean years” as we discussed the possible change in LANL management and GRT revenues. She was referring to the Biblical account of Joseph and his rise to power from slavery. Pharaoh dreamed of seven fat cows, devoured by seven starving cows. Then he dreamed of seven ripe, healthy sheaves of wheat, devoured by seven dead, dry ones. Joseph correctly predicted the meaning of the Pharaoh’s dreams.

“Immediately ahead are seven years of great abundance in all the land of Egypt.

Local GOP Meets At UNM-LA Jan. 11

on January 1, 2018 - 1:09pm

GOP News:

Republicans and guests are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Republican Party of Los Alamos County at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 11 at UNM-LA in the Jeannette Wallace Hall, Bldg. 5.

An open meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., followed with a talk by Karen Kendall of the Los Alamos County Budget Office who has been asked to speak about the County budget process and timeline.

The RPLA Central Committee meeting begins no earlier than 8:15 p.m. and is open to registered Republicans.

Light refreshments will be served.

For further information, contact John Bliss at 505.672.4059.

Bingaman: Why I'm Endorsing Damon For Congress

on January 1, 2018 - 9:04am
Please join me in supporting Damon Martinez’s candidacy for Congress.
I have known Damon since 1993 when he joined my staff in Washington, D.C. as a Legislative Assistant where he worked on many issues for me, including crime, and energy and natural resources. 
Since then, he’s gone on to work on behalf of New Mexicans and Americans in a variety of public service roles, including, most recently, serving as the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico. 
New Mexicans elected me to represent them in the United States Senate for 30 years.

Heinrich Joins Lankford To Introduce Major Bipartisan Election Security Bill

on December 31, 2017 - 8:34am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has joined U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-Okla.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in introducing the bipartisan Secure Elections Act, a bill to strengthen election cybersecurity in America and protect against foreign interference in future elections.
During the 2016 election, intelligence reports have factually established that Russia hacked presidential campaign accounts, launched cyberattacks against at least 21 state election systems, and

Three New War Crimes Now Recognized By ICC

on December 29, 2017 - 9:07am

HSNW News:

The Assembly of State Parties to the International Criminal Court (ICC) Dec. 14 in New York has added three new war crimes to the Rome Statute.

Belgium had proposed these amendments to the Statute, which is the founding treaty of the ICC, as early as 2009.

The new war crimes added to the Rome Statute:

  • Use of biological and toxin weapons;
  • Use of weapons causing injuries by fragments which in the human body escape detection by X-rays; and
  • Use of laser weapons causing permanent blindness.

Belgium’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that these weapons kill without discrimination or