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DOJ: First Ever Indictments Against Designated Chinese Manufacturers Of Deadly Fentanyl And Other Opiates

on October 19, 2017 - 10:50am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Justice Department announced today that federal grand juries in the Southern District of Mississippi and the District of North Dakota returned indictments, unsealed Oct. 17, against two Chinese nationals and their North American based traffickers and distributors for separate conspiracies to distribute large quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues and other opiate substances in the United States. 
 
The Chinese nationals are the first manufacturers and distributors of fentanyl and other opiate substances to be designated as Consolidated Priority

Udall, Commerce Committee Request FCC Oversight Hearing On President's Threats To Freedom Of Press

on October 19, 2017 - 6:23am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  This week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, joined fellow Democrats on the committee in calling for a hearing on President Trump’s attacks on the media and his latest threat to interfere with the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) television station license renewal proceedings.
 
In a letter to Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), respectively the chairman and ranking member of the committee, which has jurisdiction over the FCC, the senators wrote, "Since taking office, this administration

Two Lead Staff From State Auditor’s Office Win Prestigious Professional Awards

on October 18, 2017 - 9:51am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
OSA News:
 
SANTA FE  Today, the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) announced that two of its lead staff won New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants (NMSCPA) Pride in the Profession Awards.
 
Sanjay Bhakta, Deputy State Auditor, won the award for Outstanding Member in Government. Emily Oster, Director of Compliance and Quality Control, won the award for Woman to Watch, Emerging Leader. 
 
“We are honored that two of our office’s lead staff have been recognized for making significant contributions to the accounting profession and to our

Joint Economic Committee Democrats; Congressional Hispanic Caucus Release 'Economic State Of Latino Community In America'

on October 18, 2017 - 8:55am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  As we continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Joint Economic Committee Democrats and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have released a fact sheet on the “Economic State of the Latino Community in America.”
 
The fact sheet outlines the latest statistics on the economic well-being of the nation’s Latino community, including population, employment, and earnings statistics, and other key indicators.
 
Latinos continue to be one of the fastest growing minority groups in the United States, and account for a combined $1.3 trillion in

Reps. Lujan Grisham, Davis Introduce Legislation To Provide Stable Funding For Food Banks

on October 18, 2017 - 7:38am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure stable and increased federal funding for emergency food banks that distribute the food to communities throughout the state.
 
As members of the House Agriculture Committee, Reps. Lujan Grisham and Davis help draft the Farm Bill, which dedicates money for food purchases, along with $100 million a year for food banks to distribute food to communities.

Los Alamos Resident Greg White Files Suit In New Mexico Supreme Court Against County Council

on October 17, 2017 - 5:53pm
Los Alamos resident Greg White at a council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos resident Greg White has filed a verified petition for a writ of prohibition against the Los Alamos County Council and the Incorporated County of Los Alamos with the New Mexico Supreme Court requesting that the Court exercise jurisdiction. The petition, filed Oct.17, lists Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero as an interested party.

White recently announced that he will be a candidate for sheriff in 2018.

The

Secretary Names Bryan Rice Director Of Bureau Of Indian Affairs

on October 17, 2017 - 11:15am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the selection of Bryan Rice, a veteran federal administrator and citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, as the new Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the federal agency that coordinates government-to-government relations with 567 federally recognized tribes in the United States.

“Bryan has a wealth of management expertise and experience that will well serve Indian Country as the BIA works to enhance the quality of life, promote economic opportunity, and carry out the federal
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Lujan Grisham Announces Staff Promotions

on October 17, 2017 - 11:15am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the promotion of two staff members to serve as Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff.
 
“I am pleased to congratulate my hard-working staff on their promotions,” Grisham said. “I am confident they will continue to be passionate public servants and effective leaders as our team advocates for and serves the people of New Mexico.”
 
Natalie Armijo has been promoted to Chief of Staff.

Coalition Of LANL Communities Board Hears From University Of Texas

on October 17, 2017 - 7:08am

University of Texas consultant Susan Rogers chats with San Ildefonso Pueblo Governor James Mountain at Friday's Coalition of LANL Communities Board meeting in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

A representative of the University of Texas (UT) told the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board Friday that the university is looking forward to submitting a successful bid to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory.

 

Susan Rogers, a longtime former UT staff member and now a consultant said the

Response Filed In IPRA Suit Against County Council

on October 17, 2017 - 7:06am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Court documents filed Oct. 10 on behalf of Patrick Brenner and his mother Lisa Brenner state that there is no “win-win” in a proposal by Los Alamos County Council unless the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) is complied with in a case involving emails in a personal account belonging to County Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary.

The Brenners had asked the County through its Custodian of Public Records Barb Ricci to release every email by every Councilor from May 15 but O’Leary has maintained that she has a privacy interest

Gov. Susana Martinez Announces Appointments To State Boards And Commissions

on October 17, 2017 - 5:37am
Gov. Susana Martinez/Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Gov. Susana Martinez has announced appointments to the Brain Injury Advisory Council, Children’s Trust Fund Board of Directors, Economic Development Commission, Economic Partnership, Education Commission of the States, Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors, Interstate Stream Commission, Livestock Board, Northern New Mexico College Board of Regents, Board of Optometry, Board of Pharmacy, State Parks Advisory Board, State Transportation Commission and Board of Veterinary Medicine.
 
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Lujan Grisham Statement On Public Opposition To State’s Proposed Science Standards

on October 16, 2017 - 4:47pm

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement today about the strong opposition to Gov. Martinez’s weak science standards for New Mexico’s public schools:

“I hope Gov. Martinez and the Public Education Department are paying close attention to the strong, negative outcry against their proposed new science standards for New Mexico schools.

Council Hears Code Enforcement Program Details

on October 16, 2017 - 6:41am
Los Alamos Resident Helen Milenski updates the County Council on Citizens in Action's survey regarding the County's enforcement program. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

Code enforcement continues to be a hotly debated and discussed issue. During the regular County Council meeting Oct. 10, both County staff and members of the public spoke about the issue.

During public comment, Los Alamos resident Helen Milenski updated County Council on a community survey she and other members of the group, Citizens in

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Cosponsors Bill To Standardize Cost Of Climate Pollution

on October 16, 2017 - 6:30am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, cosponsored legislation led by U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) to standardize the metric used by federal agencies to measure the cost of climate pollution.
 
The Pollution Transparency Act counters a directive from the Trump administration to federal agencies to ignore existing metrics—uprooting years of progress and economic certainty—and an attempt made this week by the Department of Interior in the revised BLM methane rule to change the

County Council Holds Work Session Tuesday

on October 16, 2017 - 6:30am
COUNTY News: 
 
The Los Alamos County Council will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the White Rock Fire Station. 
 
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
  • A. Briefing to Council by Leslie Geyer, Chair of the Personnel Board.
    • Presenters: Leslie Geyer, Chair of the Personnel Board
  • B. Regional Development Corporation (RDC) To Present An Annual Update Including a Briefing On The General Mission And The REDI Initiative.
    • Presenters: Joanie

Rally For Science Education 8:30 a.m. Today

on October 16, 2017 - 5:31am

Democratic Party of New Mexico News:
  • PED to Hold Hearing on Proposed Edits to Next Gen Standards that Omit Basic Scientific Principles

SANTA FE – New Mexicans will rally at 8:30 a.m. today in front of the Jerry Apodaca Education Building, 300 Don Gaspar Ave., in Santa Fe ahead of the PED hearing on proposed edits to Next Gen Science Education Standards to demand that the standards be adopted and implemented in their entirety.

This is a community event to stand up for New Mexico kids’ futures.

Indigenous Leader Appeals To Japanese Prime Minister: Stop Rainforest Destruction For Tokyo 2020 Olympics

on October 16, 2017 - 5:20am
TO News:
 
SARAWAK / MALAYSIA  On the anniversary of the first Tokyo Olympics, Matu Tugang, headman of the Indigenous Penan community of Long Jaik from Sarawak, Malaysia, delivered an urgent plea to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to stop Japan’s use of wood from a company that is destroying their forests and their livelihoods.
 
Japan has been using tropical timber from Sarawak to construct the New National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Evidence gathered at the Stadium construction site by NGOs in April 2017 confirmed the use of plywood supplied by Shin Yang, a company

Pearce Bill Supports Veterans Choice Program

on October 15, 2017 - 8:27am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Thursday introduced H.R. 4031, Beneficiary Travel Act of 2017, to bolster the Veterans Choice Program, which provides services to millions of veterans in rural communities across the nation.
 
“As a veteran, I strongly support cutting government red tape that prevents our nation’s former service members from receiving the quality and timely care they deserve. Our veterans sacrificed so much in defense of our freedoms and liberties, and we must honor our commitments to them.

Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Help Address Crisis Of Missing And Murdered Native American Women

on October 14, 2017 - 4:05pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined in introducing legislation led by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and cosponsored by Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Native women and girls. 
 
Native women are murdered at ten times the national average, and 84 percent of Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime. The bill, Savanna’s Act, is named in honor of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was tragically killed in August. 
 
“All people,

Persons Prosecuted For Commercial Exploitation Of Children Nearly Doubled Between 2004 And 2013

on October 14, 2017 - 6:18am
OJP News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The annual number of persons prosecuted for commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) cases filed in U.S. district court nearly doubled between 2004 and 2013, increasing from 1,405 to 2,776 cases, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced Thursday.
 
During the period, a CSEC crime was the most serious offense or lead charge for 37,105 suspects referred to U.S. attorneys for investigation.

New Mexico Delegation Announces New Funding To Combat Opioid & Substance Abuse Crisis In NM

on October 14, 2017 - 6:08am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $1,173,835 in grants to New Mexico for efforts to combat opioid and substance abuse in the state.
 
The grants include $580,247 for the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) to expand and improve identification of and support for individuals who survive drug overdoses; $298,594 for the city of Santa Fe to implement the Santa Fe Opioid Overdose Outreach

Great Firewall Of China Closes Loopholes

on October 13, 2017 - 3:45pm
RWB News:
 
In the months prior to the Communist Party of China’s 19th Congress, which begins Oct. 18, President Xi Jinping has been deploying a major arsenal of repressive measures against online social networks with the aim of perfecting the “Great Firewall” that censors the Internet in China.
 
Just weeks ahead of the Congress, which is expected to renew Xi’s mandate for another five years, the US encrypted messaging app WhatsApp suddenly began malfunctioning in China, in a sign that a new turning-point had been reached in the Party’s censorship.

Luján Bill To Help Small Startup Businesses Passes House

on October 13, 2017 - 7:56am
U.S. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Legislation authored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) designed to assist small startup businesses secure funding for early-stage innovation and development was approved Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives. Luján introduced the bill, H.R.2789 - the Support Startup Businesses Act, earlier this summer along with U.S. Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL).
 
The bill makes a number of improvements to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs,

Luján Calls On FCC To Reject Threat To Revoke NBC’s Broadcast License

on October 12, 2017 - 8:30am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement after President Trump suggested in a tweet that the government should “challenge” the broadcast licenses for NBC and other network outlets:
 
“I am both shocked and disappointed that President Trump today suggested the revocation of a major network’s broadcast license because he doesn’t like the negative light in which he has been portrayed in their newscasts.

SGR Re-Election Campaign Kickoff Oct. 28

on October 12, 2017 - 8:16am

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