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U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Leads Hearing On Safeguarding U.S. Financial System

on November 10, 2017 - 10:45am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Nov. 8 led the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance entitled, “Financial Intelligence and Enforcement: Treasury’s Role in Safeguarding the American Financial System.”
 
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI) plays a vital role in combatting terrorist financing, money laundering, financial crimes, and other threats to our national security.
 
“TFI, and the bureaus and agencies that comprise it, play a vital role in exposing the

Heinrich Statement In Honor Of Veterans Day

on November 10, 2017 - 7:59am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

LAS CRUCES – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day:

“Today and every day, I join communities across New Mexico and our nation in offering sincere gratitude for our veterans for their service to our country. Few sacrifices are as selfless as those made by our military service men and women. Their unwavering devotion and extraordinary courage reflect the core principles we share as Americans.

“The tradition of answering the call of duty runs deep in New Mexico’s

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Holds Roundtable Discussion On Opioid Crisis In Indian Country

on November 10, 2017 - 7:54am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

  • Presses administration for action to help Native communities fight the opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, hosted a roundtable discussion to hear from and learn about best practices from Tribes, the federal government, and industry for responding to the opioid crisis in Indian Country.

Hall: The Power of Government

on November 9, 2017 - 4:02pm
By MICHAEL L. HALL
Los Alamos

Government has a monopoly on force, transferred to it by the citizens. I don’t seek revenge on a murderer, I rely on government to do it in my stead. I don’t incarcerate those who break laws to harm me, I rely on government to do it in my stead. I don’t retrieve my stolen goods, I rely on government to do it in my stead. Government uses force to carry out the will of the people, and can potentially remove life, liberty, or property from its citizens.

This transferred force is a sacred power, and should not be used lightly.

Governmental force should only be

Heinrich Bipartisan Legislation To Safeguard Tribal Items Receives Key Committee Hearing

on November 9, 2017 - 2:27pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) delivered opening remarks at a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing to consider the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, a bipartisan bill he introduced to prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for stealing and illegally trafficking tribal cultural patrimony.
 
The STOP Act has received widespread, bipartisan support and continues to demonstrate growing momentum.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Delivers Keynote Address At Cyber Security Conference

on November 9, 2017 - 7:56am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich delivers the keynote address Nov. 8 at the 2017 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S. in Washington D.C. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich honored at Nov. 8 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S. in Washington D.C. Courtesy photo

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered a keynote speech at the 2017 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S.

Rep. Luján Statement Recognizing National Native American Heritage Month

on November 9, 2017 - 7:42am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today in recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, celebrated each year during the month of November:
 
“Every November, we come together to recognize the timeless history and heritage of Native Americans in New Mexico and across the country. The foundation of our entire nation has been indelibly shaped by the language, culture, art, and faith of our indigenous brothers and sisters.

Council Hears From Public On Code Enforcement

on November 9, 2017 - 7:35am
Helen Milenski, left, and Heather Ortega make a presentation to Council regarding the code enforcement program Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 
 

It was a full house during the County Council work session Tuesday night. Attendees included Community Development Department Director Paul Andrus and Chief Building Official Michael Arellano, seated in the middle of the front row. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

While there was support shown for a code enforcement program

New Mexicans Deliver Methane Comments To Local BLM Offices Around State

on November 9, 2017 - 7:17am
BLM News:
 
On Monday, in Carlsbad, Farmington, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, faith and elected leaders joined parents, grandparents, scientists and other New Mexicans to deliver comments to Bureau of Land Management field offices.
 
The comments were among thousands from New Mexico and at least 200,000 nationwide voicing opposition to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposed delay of the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule for two years.
 
“The BLM’s Methane rule is win-win for the public, industry and our local economy.

Governor Proclaims Nov. 9 ‘Congratulations To 2017 World Series Champions Alex Bregman; Ken Giles Day’

on November 8, 2017 - 1:14pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez proclaimed Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 as “Congratulations to 2017 World Series Champions Alex Bregman and Ken Giles Day” throughout New Mexico.

Bregman and Giles, both of Albuquerque, made significant contributions to the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series championship-winning season.

Full text of the proclamation:

WHEREAS, THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPION HOUSTON ASTROS DEFEATED THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPION LOS ANGELES DODGERS IN THE 2017 WORLD SERIES; AND

WHEREAS, TWO NEW MEXICANS, ALEX BREGMAN AND KEN GILES — BOTH FROM ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO —

AG Balderas Shuts Down Deceptive Veterans Charity

on November 8, 2017 - 8:50am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a settlement between 27 states and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s dissolution.
 
The states alleged thousands of deceptive solicitation violations against VietNow for misrepresenting its charitable programs to donors, including in New Mexico. The investigations of VietNow by Attorney General Balderas and other states led to the present negotiated resolution.
 
“Preying on New Mexicans’ generosity and desire to help our veterans is

AG Balderas Files Supreme Court Brief To Require Out-of-State & Online Retailers To Pay State & Local Taxes

on November 8, 2017 - 7:23am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE  Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review and reconsider the Court’s outdated “physical presence” rule, which restricts states’ ability to collect certain taxes from out-of-state retailers.
 
With the decline of brick and mortar shopping and the rise of online shopping, out-of-state retailers – including online retailers – have used the physical presence rule set forth in Bellas Hess, and later reaffirmed in the U.S.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Trade Adjustment Aid For New Mexicans Affected By Questa Mine Closure

on November 7, 2017 - 10:35am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Labor has granted Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers who lost their jobs when Chevron closed its molybdenum mine in Questa, N.M.
 
The TAA will help former employees of the mine transition to new jobs by providing career training, employment services and other support. 
 
Since Chevron closed the mine in Questa in 2014, the lawmakers have supported the mine workers’ application for TAA.

ICYMI: Pearce Amendment Passes With Wildfire Prevention Bill

on November 7, 2017 - 6:31am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce sponsored an amendment that has passed Congress along with H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.
 
This bill works to prevent catastrophic wildfires and improve the health of forests. This year’s devastating wildfire season burned nearly 8,000 homes and cost upwards of $3 billion in fire suppression efforts.
 
Environmental groups are acknowledging the increased use of forest thinning and restoration efforts that can lessen the severity of wildfires and better protect the

Attorney General Balderas Requests Public Comment On Proposed Default Rule For Administrative Rulemaking

on November 7, 2017 - 5:43am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
From the Office of the Attorney General:
 
SANTA FE  The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is inviting public comment on its proposed default rule on administrative rulemaking.
 
During its 2017 regular session, the New Mexico Legislature adopted House Bill 58 (Laws 2017, Chapter 137), amending the State Rules Act, NMSA 1978, Section 14-4-1 to -11, and mandating that by Jan.

Parks & Rec Board Reviews Capital Projects Thursday

on November 6, 2017 - 12:08pm

COUNTY News:

Capital projects for Golf Course Improvements, Ice Rink Improvements, Pinon Park Splash Pad and a Kiddie Pool that were moved forward by County Council at their Aug. 8 meeting will be discussed by the Parks and Recreation Board this Thursday, Nov. 9.

The Board is expected to make recommendations about the projects that will be forwarded to the Council to consider at their Council meeting Dec. 5.

The public is welcome to attend and give public comments to the Board this Thursday. The meeting is 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

For additional background, visit

Governor Releases Presidential Proclamation Honoring Victims Of Sutherland Springs Shooting

on November 6, 2017 - 10:44am

NATIONAL News:

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez today issued a Presidential Proclamation honoring the victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting: 

PROCLAMATION:

We are deeply saddened by the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which took the lives of more than 25 innocent victims while they were attending church.  As we mourn the victims of this unprovoked act of violence, we pray for healing and comfort for all the family members and loved ones who are grieving.

As a mark of respect for the victims of this senseless act of violence perpetrated on November 5, 2017, by the

Sen. Candelaria Introducing Legislation Allowing Public Testimony Online To Legislative Committee Meetings

on November 6, 2017 - 10:15am

Sen. Jacob Candelaria 

 

POLITICAL News: 

SANTA FE – Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Bernalillo, has announced that he will introduce legislation to allow the public to submit online testimony to Legislative Committee meetings.

Candelaria issued the following statement:

“In a large state like New Mexico, distance should not stop people from participating in the legislative process. The time and cost of traveling to Santa Fe is an obstacle preventing many New Mexicans from taking part in the discussion of important issues. Everyone should have an opportunity to engage.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution To Honor Native American Heritage Month

on November 6, 2017 - 8:16am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich announced that they have cosponsored a resolution to establish the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month.
 
The resolution recognizes and celebrates the many contributions Native Americans make to our nation's identity through their rich heritages, cultures, languages, and the arts.
 
“Every chapter of American history is touched by the contributions of tribes and Native American leaders -  from Po’Pay and the Pueblo Revolt

Letter To The Editor: What Is A Weed?

on November 6, 2017 - 7:58am
By LYNN HANRAHAN
Los Alamos

We went to the County Code Enforcement presentation last Thursday at UNM-LA sponsored by the local Republican Party because we had recently received a notice from the county. Our garden is big, so we thought it might be a good idea to see what didn’t comply to county standards. It is easier to move “offensive” plants now when they are getting ready for their winter slumber. At least I think it is – my son has the green thumb.let

Gardens can be both cost and labor intensive so it’s good to get things right the first time.

Pearce Votes To Extend Vital Healthcare Programs

on November 6, 2017 - 7:00am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives Friday passed H.R. 3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), community health centers (CHC), and other important public health priorities including additional Medicaid Assistance funding.
 
This bill also includes a two-year funding extension for the Indian Health Service’s Special Diabetes Program.
 
“Passage of this bill today is a vital step to providing essential funding for communities throughout New Mexico.

Lujan Grisham Votes Against CHIP Cuts

on November 5, 2017 - 6:45am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has voted against legislation that would cut the Prevention and Public Health Fund, sabotage the ACA, and raise Medicare premiums for seniors to pay for reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers.
 
“Like many others who care deeply about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers (CHC), I am appalled by the vote we took in the House today.

County Council Work Session At Muni Building Tuesday

on November 5, 2017 - 6:42am
COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Council work session is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building at 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
  • Briefing to Council 
    • Presenters: Loryn 'Ryn' Herrmann, Chair of the Lodgers' Tax Advisory Board
  • Presentation of Recommendation Regarding Tennis Courts Evaluation
    • Presenter: Melanee Hand, Chair of the Parks and Recreation Board
6. BUSINESS
  • Action to Suspend

Rep. Ben Ray Luján To Hold Community Discussion On Medicaid Public Option Bill & Republican Tax Plan

on November 4, 2017 - 11:25am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) is holding a community discussion at the Corrales Flying Star in Albuquerque this afternoon to provide a congressional update on his Medicaid Public Option bill and the Trump/Ryan/McConnell tax plan.
 
Luján will be on hand to discuss details of the tax proposal being put forward by the Trump White House, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
 
The State Public Option Act, introduced by Luján with Sen.

AG Balderas Trains Mexican Prosecutors, Forensic Scientists, Investigators In Effort To Stop Crime From Crossing Border

on November 3, 2017 - 10:04am

Attorney General Hector Balderas during a training in Santa Fe with Mexican law enforcement officials on investigative and trial presentation skills to help prevent crime from crossing the border. Courtesy photo

Attorney General Hector Balderas, seated at center, with Mexican law enforcement officials and New Mexico Office of the Attorney General prosecutors and special agents in Santa Fe during a recent training. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

SANTA FE – This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas hosted a delegation of 21 prosecutors, forensic scientists and investigators from the states of

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