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TODAY: Democrats & DACA Recipients With United We Dream Action Urge President Trump To Defend DACA

on September 1, 2017 - 10:27am
DPNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― Today, Sept. 1, leaders in the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) and DACA recipients with United We Dream Action will hold a press conference to urge President Trump to defend DACA, the program that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
 
Speakers include N.M. Representative and DPNM Hispanic Caucus Co-Chair Patricia Roybal Caballero, N.M. Representative Javier Martinez, Immigrant Advocate Cindy Nava, Senator Tom Udall’s State Director Greg Bloom, and DACA recipients with United We Dream Yazmin and Jazmin Irazoqui Ruiz.

Council Unanimously Passes Immigration Proclamation Celebrating Contributions And Just Treatment Of Immigrants And Refugees In Los Alamos County

on September 1, 2017 - 9:13am

 

Members of the Los Alamos County Council listen as some 20 residents take turns expressing passionate views on the proposed immigration proclamation 'Celebrating the Contributions and Just Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees in the County of Los Alamos', which Council ultimately passed 7-0 during Tuesday's meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Residents line up to express their view on the County's immigration proclamation Tuesday in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Councilor Pete Sheehey explains why he brought the

LANL Director Briefs Los Alamos County Council

on September 1, 2017 - 9:11am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan briefs Council on the lab during Tuesday's regular meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

LANL Director Charlie McMillan discusses the lab during Tuesday's regular council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Community members and County staff listen to LANL Director Charlie McMillan present an update on the lab during Tuesday's regular council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Video of LANL Director Charlie McMillan's briefing to Council: https://youtu.be/7nr8AW7zHtQ

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los

Auditor Keller And Prosperity Works Launch Working Group On Child Savings Accounts

on September 1, 2017 - 9:06am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller and Prosperity Works, a non-profit organization, launched a working group to develop policy and legislative recommendations regarding child savings accounts and financial literacy programs.
 
Child savings accounts have a strong track record of helping kids escape poverty by helping them to learn financial management with funds dedicated to post-secondary education.
 
“We need to use every tool in the toolbox to change the face of poverty in our state,” Keller said.

Rep. Lujan Grisham Meets With New Mexico Immigrant Youth As Part Of ‘Dreamer Dinners’ Campaign

on September 1, 2017 - 7:00am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  As hardline forces inside and outside the Administration, such as AG Jeff Sessions and Texas AG Ken Paxton, are trying to force President Trump to preside over the end of the popular and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM 1st District) joined immigrant leaders from the New Mexico Dream Team to break bread with New Mexico families and discuss DACA and the risks if the program is revoked.
 
Photos of Thursday’s breakfast can be found

Quorum Notice: Art In Public Places Dedication Sept. 7

on August 31, 2017 - 10:13am

COUNTY News:

A quorum notice for the Art in Public Places dedication “Carry the Light” has been published here.

Members of the Los Alamos County Council may attend this dedication at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Golf Course Community Building on Diamond Drive.

A quorum may be present, however, no action will be taken.

The communiy is invited to attend this event.

Olympians Can Inspire Young Obese Americans

on August 31, 2017 - 8:53am
Secretary Thomas E. Price, center, speaks with USA Basketball Women’s National Team Director Carol Callan and Women’s Head Coach Geno Auriemma. Courtesy/HHS

By HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY
THOMAS E. PRICE, M.D.

A couple weeks ago, President Trump celebrated American Heroes Week.

Letter To The Editor: ‘I’m In, Let’s Close The Door’ Is No Way To Maintain America’s Fundamental Character Of Openness And Generosity

on August 31, 2017 - 8:38am
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos

In her recent column, Lisa Shin objects to ‘an undercurrent of obstructionism’ that she detects in the County’s immigration proclamation. This concern is puzzling since America is the paramount representation of a country that adores obstructionism — it comes with freedom of speech and association. Of course, you may not like racist obstructionism or women’s suffrage obstructionism (to consider extremes that have been objected to on both sides) but you are free to so obstruct. 

I have a multitude of objections to the opinions expressed, but let’s focus on

National Monuments Support Local Economies

on August 31, 2017 - 7:35am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a series of fact sheets on the economic benefits of national monuments to their surrounding communities ahead of the Trump administration’s decision to propose removing designation in whole or in part from national monuments.
 
The fact sheets focus on newly designated national monuments, marine national monuments, and others under review.
 
“From the Mariana Trench in the Pacific to the Río Grande del Norte in New Mexico, national monuments are not only a cherished part of American heritage, but a key

Common Cause New Mexico Releases First ‘New Mexico GPA’ Report Card

on August 31, 2017 - 7:32am
CCNM News:
 
Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM) has issued its first New Mexico GPA (NMGPA) Legislative Report Card recording the votes of legislators on its 2017 priority transparency, ethics and good government legislation.
 
The report card is featured on the organization’s new website.  
 
The NMGPA grades elected officials on how they voted on five priority measures in the 2017 session including:
  • SB 96, Sen. Peter Wirth, Rep. Jim Smith: Campaign Finance Disclosure
  • SB 393, Sens. Jeff Steinborn, Daniel Ivey-Soto, Jacob Candelaria, Rep. Jim Smith: Lobbyist Reporting Requirements
  • HJR 3

State Auditor Finds Nearly $20 Million In Funds To Support Charter Schools Lacks Tracking, Accountability

on August 31, 2017 - 7:31am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE State Auditor Tim Keller has released a Risk Review of Administrative Support of Charter Schools.
 
The report from the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) reveals a lack of transparency and accountability for funds withheld from charter schools intended to provide administrative support to safeguard education dollars at those schools and help them succeed.
 
Over a five-year period, nearly $20 million was withheld from charter schools, much of it which cannot be tracked to specific expenditures to support those schools.
 
Charter

Ethics Complaint Investigation Fully Exonerates Councilors Susan O’Leary And James Chrobocinski

on August 30, 2017 - 1:19pm

Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County released this morning the final report received from John B. Pound, who was under contract to investigate the ethics complaint filed against Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary and Councilor James Chrobocinski by former Los Alamos resident Patrick Brenner.

Councilor James Chrobocinski

In this report, sent Tuesday afternoon to the Los Alamos County Council, Pound’s findings completely exonerate O’Leary and Chrobocinski of any wrongdoing.

“I’m gratified by the total

New Mexico Political Parties Unite During Tragic Week

on August 30, 2017 - 9:40am

Staff members from the New Mexico Democratic and Republican state parties donate blood Tuesday in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

STATE POLITICAL News:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico’s political parties joined efforts Tuesday afternoon, giving back to the community during a tragic week.

In the wake of a violent shooting in Clovis and a disastrous hurricane in Texas, the state’s political party staff members donated blood at United Blood Services. 

Both Parties put aside political differences to help communities during these hard times. 

 

 

NNSA Removes All HEU From Ghana

on August 30, 2017 - 7:50am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), in cooperation with Ghana, China, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), repatriated approximately one kilogram of Chinese-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Ghana’s GHARR-1 Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission’s National Nuclear Research Institute in Accra, Ghana Aug. 28.
 
This shipment removes the last known HEU from Ghana, making it the 32nd country plus Taiwan to become HEU-free.

Letter To The Editor: Proud Of County Council

on August 30, 2017 - 7:28am
By JoAnn Johnson
Los Alamos

I am proud of our County Council that they voted unanimously on the immigration proclamation.

A “melting pot” is what makes our Country great.

Council Discusses Neighborhood Associations, Notification Methods, Codes During Work Session

on August 29, 2017 - 10:23am
Community Development Department Director Paul Andrus, left, and Chief Building Official Michael Arellano make thier presentation to County Council during the Aug. 22 worksession. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 

To help achieve several County Council's goals and address citizens' input, Community Development Department Director Paul Andrus and Chief Building Official Michael Arellano posed several policy considerations to the County Council during its work session Aug.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Lisa Shin

on August 29, 2017 - 8:16am
By JIM NESMITH
Los Alamos

Ms. Shin, you seem to operate under the same premise that President Trump does, that immigrants are not screened (link). You are sadly uninformed and totally wrong.

They are screened extensively and they are screened in a manner that is much more effective and sophisticated than that advocated by you. The simpleton’s approach to Immigration contained in the RAISE Act will result in huge backlogs for legitimate immigrants, be a huge deterrent to highly desirable immigrants and open numerous doors for huge levels of fraud and abuse.

Luján Statement On Shooting In Clovis

on August 29, 2017 - 7:31am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has released the following statement following reports of a shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library this evening:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of the tragic shooting at the Clovis – Carver Public Library in Clovis tonight.

While the details are still coming in, we grieve for the innocent victims shot in a senseless act of violence; lives disrupted and futures cut short; and a community reeling. We must come together to heal, but this trend must not continue.”

Governor: 2,000+ Jobs Created Through JTIP

on August 28, 2017 - 4:12pm
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
  • Nearly 10,000 Jobs Created Through JTIP Since 2011
 
Albuquerque -- Gov. Susana Martinez joined local business leaders to announce that JTIP created more than 2,000 jobs in 2017.
 
This brings the total amount of JTIP jobs created over the last seven years to nearly 10,000. The program also saw its second-highest average rural wage at more than $21 an hour.
 
"When we work to grow and diversify our economy in New Mexico it means more jobs for hardworking New Mexicans," Martinez said.

International Day Of Victims of Enforced Disappearances: States That Make Journalists Disappear

on August 28, 2017 - 11:27am

REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS News:

On the eve of International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances Aug. 30, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reveals that a growing number of states are finding new ways to make troublesome journalists disappear.

Dawit Isaak, Jean Bigirimana, Akram Raslan and Guy-André Kiefferare all journalists who suddenly went missing, leaving their loved ones in a never-ending state of anxiety. All were the victims of “enforced disappearance,” a practice in which governments are directly or indirectly implicated.

It is governments, individuals, or groups acting

Shin: County Council's Immigration Proclamation ... An Undercurrent Of Obstructionism

on August 28, 2017 - 8:01am

By LISA SHIN
Los Alamos

The Los Alamos County Council will consider an immigration proclamation this coming Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. This is a toned-down version from the April resolution, to which Councilor Antonio Maggiore stated, “could have easily been deemed as geared toward Donald Trump”.

While this resolution does not change how we treat immigrants, its local advocates are aligned with Indivisible, a grassroots movement formed to resist the Trump agenda. Nationwide, these activists protect sanctuary cities, and speak out for the rights of “undocumented” immigrants.

This proclamation

Spencer: War And Other Historical Memorials Aren’t Created Equal

on August 27, 2017 - 10:23am

Memorial in Frank Ortiz Park. The camp was at what is now the Casa Solana residential area. Courtesy/N. Mesa Mutts 

By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.

Shovel them under and let me work—
I am the grass; I cover all.

And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.

Two years, ten years, and the passengers ask the conductor:
What place is this?
Where are we now?

I am the grass.
Let me work.

Grass, by Carl Sandburg

There is quite a bit of uproar over the de-emphasis of United States Civil War

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Report On Out-of-State Contracting By State And Local Governments

on August 25, 2017 - 11:04am

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

Identifies more than $2 billion in public funds that left state in two-year period

ALBUQUERQUE – State Auditor Tim Keller released Thursday the Report on State and Local Government Contracting.

The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) reviewed over 6,000 government procurements in fiscal years 2015 and 2016 totaling more than $6 billion to analyze trends in purchasing dollars flowing out of state. Of that, more than $2 billion went to out-of-state companies.

Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.4 Million For Restoration Projects In Carson, Cibola, Gila, Lincoln National Forests

on August 25, 2017 - 9:40am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $3.4 million in funding from the U.S. Forest Service for restoration projects in four of New Mexico's national forests.
 
The projects will aim to promote healthy watersheds, reduce the threat of wildfires, and improve the functioning of forest ecosystems by reducing the number and density of small diameter trees on public forest lands in New Mexico. The funding comes from the U.S.

Air Force Announces Nuclear Missile Contract Awards

on August 25, 2017 - 7:39am
AFNWC News:
 
The Air Force is on track to replace the aging AGM-86B Air Launched Cruise Missile with modernized weapon capabilities designed for its nuclear bomber fleet, to include the B-21.
 
Thursday, the Air Force awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Raytheon Company to mature design concepts and prove developmental technologies for the new Long Range Standoff weapon.
 
"This weapon will modernize the air-based leg of the nuclear triad," Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said.

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