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County Manager Shares Code Enforcement Data

on November 2, 2017 - 8:52am
By HARRY BURGESS
Los Alamos County Manager

The Los Alamos County Council has scheduled a discussion regarding the current nuisance code for its Nov. 7 work session. In preparation for that discussion, Council requested that County staff provide detailed information regarding its efforts during the past several months - in order that the conversation next week can be based on the best data.

During the past two Council meetings I have presented such information, and since there has been active conversation regarding the nuisance code within the community, the County Council requested that I

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Attends Local Fundraiser

on November 2, 2017 - 8:24am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's 3rd Congessional District with Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard outside on a windy deck during a fundraiser for the congressman's re-election campaign early Monday evening at a private residence on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Pearce Introduces Veterans’ Life Insurance Bill

on November 1, 2017 - 9:09am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Friday introduced H.R. 4146, the Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance Act of 2017, to provide needed improvements to the service-disabled veterans’ life insurance program (S-DVI).
 
Disabled veterans have a challenging time receiving life insurance through the civilian sector due to their physical or mental injuries incurred during their time in service. This bill will update the nation’s current S-DVI premiums and disability provisions which are based on mortality and annuity tables from 1941.
 
“Veterans injured in

Reporters Without Borders: China Releasing Publisher

on November 1, 2017 - 8:31am
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is relieved by China’s announced release of Chinese-born Swedish publisher Gui Minhai, who had been held incommunicado for two years and one week, but points out that dozens of journalists and bloggers continue to be detained in China.
 
Gui Minhai has not appeared in public since the announcement of his release Oct. 24 and is said to be staying with relatives in the eastern city of Ningbo while waiting for his passport to be renewed and for the Chinese authorities to let him travel to Germany, where his wife lives.
 
“We are relieved by this

NMERB Improving Sustainability State Tour

on November 1, 2017 - 8:26am

Udall, Heinrich Press White House To Extend Critical Lifeline Funding In Future Disaster Aid Request

on November 1, 2017 - 8:23am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of Western senators today urging the White House and the White House budget office to fulfill the federal government’s promise to rural communities by extending a critical lifeline that funds road repairs, schools and law enforcement in rural communities in any future emergency disaster supplemental funding bill it sends to Congress.
 
Led by U.S. Sens.

Judge Orders Consolidation Of Sheriff-Related Cases

on October 31, 2017 - 5:36pm

COURT News:

Judge Francis J. Mathew has granted an unopposed motion to consolidate two ongoing First Judicial Court cases involving Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero. The order was filed Oct. 23 in Court.

The first case was filed against Los Alamos County Council by Lucero Aug. 29 asking the Court for a writ of mandamus directing the Council to fulfill its statutory responsibility to fund the Office of the Sheriff adequately for him to perform what he believes are his statutory duties.

Tales Of Our Times: Could Parties Craft A CCC Program?

on October 31, 2017 - 1:42pm

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Could Parties Craft A CCC Program?

By all accounts, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a splendidly successful government program launched amid the dire straits of the 1930s. A look back shows the CCC met many needs of the kinds being argued over in today’s different times.

Think of populations that are short of schooling and the skills to do needed work. Think of family units that are fractured by the need to find productive work. Think of lacking healthcare and basic food enough to work steadily.

AG Balderas Expands Massive Generic Drug Price-Fixing Investigation And Lawsuit

on October 31, 2017 - 10:28am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas and 45 other state attorneys general taking part in a wide-ranging multistate antitrust investigation of the generic drug industry today asked a federal court for permission to file a new complaint in the states' pending lawsuit that increases the number of generic drug manufacturer defendants in the suit from six to 18 and the number of drugs at issue in the litigation from two to 15.
 
For the first time, the states are also suing senior executives at two generic drug companies who are

Udall Urges Congress Protect Special Counsel Probe

on October 31, 2017 - 10:14am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Monday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivered a statement urging members of Congress in both parties to be prepared to defend Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and President Trump’s campaign.
 
Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, authored an amendment in July to prevent the unlawful firing of Mueller. The amendment was included on a unanimous voice vote in the fiscal year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies funding bill.
 
Udall’s

Heinrich Statement On Special Counsel Indictments

on October 30, 2017 - 4:27pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 30, 2017) - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the indictments of former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI:

“President Trump’s campaign chairman and a top advisor have been indicted for conspiracy against the United States, and another senior advisor has pled guilty to false statements to the FBI about coordinating with Russians

UPDATE: GOP Hosts Code Enforcement Talk Thursday

on October 30, 2017 - 12:20pm

GOP News:

Los Alamos Republicans will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the LECTURE HALL, Building 2, at UNM-Los Alamos to hear from Community Development Director Paul Andrus on recent code enforcement actions.

Of particular interest are the criteria and methods applied in the determination of a violation.

All residents are invited to attend the meet to hear Andrus.

A short business meeting of the RPLA Central Committee will follow.

For further information, contact RPLA Chair John Bliss at 505.672.4059.

Udall On Vote For Dourson To Lead EPA’s Toxics Bureau

on October 30, 2017 - 6:06am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, co-author of the landmark Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, released this statement following the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee’s recent party-line vote to advance Dr. Michael Dourson’s nomination to serve as assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. 
 
“Today’s party-line vote in the EPW Committee is dangerous for public health and safety.

Crowd Gathers At SGR Re-Election Campaign Launch

on October 29, 2017 - 2:57pm
Standing in front of a list of hundreds of supporters, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (SGR), addresses the crowd gathered for her re-election campaign kick-off event Saturday afternoon at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO President Jon Hendry, holding his dog Bobby, chats with SGR at her re-election campaign kick-off event Saturday afternoon at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
SGR explains to the crowd that for each re-election kick-off event she has had to select larger

Udall Speaks At NM NAACP State Conference

on October 29, 2017 - 9:39am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
LAS CRUCES — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Saturday addressed the N.M. NAACP's 66th Annual State Conference. 
 
The following are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
 
Thank you mayor (Ken Miyagishima) for that kind introduction. You have been a positive leader who has helped shape Las Cruces into one of New Mexico's best-managed cities with a great quality of life. Thanks for your steady hand. 
 
Thank you Dona Ana County NAACP for organizing this year’s conference. And for your contributions to social justice throughout the community. 
 
I want to be sure to

Pearce Meets With Community Members

on October 29, 2017 - 8:32am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce speaks to community members during a luncheon Friday in the community room at Cottonwood on the Greens restaurant at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Pearce, a candidate for New Mexico governor, told the group that as governor he will target more jobs and higher earnings, better education, poverty and crime. ‘Of long term importance for the state and nation are these national labs and that is something I will support as governor to ensure we stay strong and resilient,’ Pearce told the Los Alamos Daily Post following his talk and before heading to LANL for a meeting.

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados To Seek Reelection

on October 28, 2017 - 5:02pm

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados has announced her intention to seek reelection to her position next year. Saying she has enjoyed serving the County of Los Alamos, Casados said she is ready to continue serving for a fifth term.

“I want to stay active and I think it’s very important to keep rural and small courts on a par with the larger courts,” she said.

A familiar face at the State Legislature where she has worked on behalf of the 60-member

Udall, Leahy, Feinstein, Blumenthal Question Why Nominees Are Serving Without Senate Confirmation

on October 28, 2017 - 9:48am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter Wednesday to Office of Presidential Personnel (OPP) Director John DeStefano in response to reports that the Trump administration is allowing individuals nominated by the president to perform the duties of their appointed positions prior to receiving Senate confirmation.
 
If true, the senators said, such actions are unlawful and circumvent the Senate’s constitutional role to provide advice and

Interior Department Releases Energy Burdens Report

on October 28, 2017 - 9:30am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, the U.S. Department of the Interior released the "Review of the Department of the Interior Actions that Potentially Burden Domestic Energy" report, which was produced in response to Executive Order 13783.
 
The report identified agency actions that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources, with particular attention to oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy resources.

Zinke Cheers Gardner Nomination For Interior Post

on October 28, 2017 - 7:40am
Steven Gardner
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. President Donald J. Trump has announced the nomination of Steven Gardner to be the Director of the office of Surface Mining, Reclamation & Enforcement (OSMRE) at the U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke hailed Gardner’s nomination.
 
“When confirmed, Steve will be an unbelievable asset to coal country and the entire team at the Department of the Interior,” Zinke said. “Steve is highly regarded in the mining industry for his extensive experience and insight.

State Auditor Releases Special Audit Of Premium Taxes

on October 27, 2017 - 10:43am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
OSA News:
 
SANTA FE  Tuesday, State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance’s (OSI) collection of premium taxes owed by insurance companies.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) initiated the special audit earlier this year to resolve longstanding questions about the amounts owed to the state from insurance companies. The audit examined 30 insurers during the period from 2003 to 2016, including health insurers, life insurers and property and casualty insurers.

Heinrich Leads Effort To Protect Dreamer Data

on October 27, 2017 - 9:05am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is continuing to lead efforts to ensure that the information provided by individuals as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is protected and not used for enforcement purposes.
 
Heinrich, along with U.S. Senators Kamala D.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Introduces Health Care Choice And Affordability Act

on October 27, 2017 - 8:58am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Health Care Choice and Affordability Act, which would create a Medicaid buy-in option for individuals in counties with few or no options in the insurance marketplace.
 
Rep. Lujan Grisham’s legislation would address immediate concerns about access to coverage in the ACA marketplace. While more than 20 million additional Americans have access to health insurance under the ACA, many communities do not have the option to choose between competing insurance plans.

Governor Dedicates New Veterans Cemetery In Gallup

on October 26, 2017 - 3:44pm
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
GALLUP — Gov. Susana Martinez dedicated the new Gallup State Veterans Cemetery Wednesday, which could serve as many as 20,000 veterans and their families.
 
The cemetery is the second of four proposed by Martinez in 2013 for veterans who live in rural areas throughout the state.
 
“Our veterans and their families should be laid to rest in a place that reflects their dedication and sacrifice to our country,” Martinez said.

LWV Forum On Spent Nuclear Fuel Nov. 2

on October 26, 2017 - 3:42pm
 
LWV News:
 
The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos will present the forum, “Spent Nuclear Fuel Disposal from Power Reactors” 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Jeannette Wallace Room, Building 5 at UNM-LA.
 
Despite the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 that was to have managed the disposal of high-level nuclear waste through safe, permanent disposal, the high-level waste produced by power plants is still not stored in a permanent location. Instead it is currently located in 78 separate installations across the country.

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