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Rep. Garcia Richard Hosts Town Hall At Mesa Library

on April 30, 2016 - 12:30pm

During her Town Hall meeting today at Mesa Public Library, House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discusses House Memorial 3, which she sponsored to name a submarine the USS Los Alamos. The Memorial passed with unanimous support in the 2016 legislative session. Courtesy photo

House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discusses highlights from the 2016 legislative session during her Town Hall meeting today at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo

Udall Welcomes Roberta Jacobson’s Confirmation As Ambassador To Mexico

on April 30, 2016 - 10:21am
Newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson. Courtesy/tufts.edu 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a longtime advocate for Senate reform, released the following statement on the Senate’s confirmation of Roberta Jacobson as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.
 
“Roberta Jacobson is one the most qualified people ever nominated to be ambassador to Mexico.

LANL Puts Out Big ‘Help Wanted’ Notice

on April 30, 2016 - 10:12am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan at Tuesday's Community Leaders Update in Santa Fe talks about reshaping the workforce of the future. Courtesy photo

NNSA Field Office Manager Kim Davis Lebak touts the virtues of a steady budget. Courtesy photo

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

An aging workforce and natural attrition, more than budget growth, are pushing Los Alamos National Laboratory toward a hiring spree. The lab will be looking for scientists and engineers as always, but also for business services professionals, support staff, as well as craft and technical employees.

“Taken together,

FBI And Law Enforcement Partners Target Prison Gang In New Mexico - Seek Three Fugitives

on April 30, 2016 - 9:16am

FBI News:

A team of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers Thursday executed 22 arrest warrants (21 federal, one state) and search warrants on eight residences in connection with an operation targeting the Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico (SNM) Prison Gang.

Nine individuals were arrested by teams composed of Albuquerque and El Paso FBI SWAT teams, U.S. Marshals Service, and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. Another 10 defendants were transferred from the custody of the New Mexico Department of Corrections to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Three individuals remain at large

Report: Proposed BLM Methane Waste Rule Will Increase Production, Revenue In San Juan Basin

on April 29, 2016 - 9:10am

Courtesy/EDF

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND News:

new study by the Conservation Economics Institute has found that the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed methane waste rule will have a net positive impact on oil and gas production and revenue in New Mexico’s San Juan Basin.

An analysis of more than 8,700 low-producing natural gas wells in two counties in the San Juan Basin, San Juan and Rio Arriba, determined that BLM’s rule will have little to no negative impact on these marginal wells.

Auditor Keller Launches Statewide Procurement Study

on April 29, 2016 - 8:37am

State Auditor Tim Keller

Multi-agency special audit will assess state purchasing practices

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller announced that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) is conducting a statewide procurement study.

The State Auditor selected multiple agencies for the special audit due to their roles in procurement oversight: the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), the General Services Department (GSD) and the Department of Information Technology (DoIT). The study will focus on a variety of aspects of state purchasing such as sole-source

Air Force Research Laboratory Names Dr. Kelly D. Hammett As New Energy Director

on April 29, 2016 - 8:06am
Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello, Air Force Research Laboratory commander, passes the Senior Executive Service flag to Dr. Kelly Hammett. Photo by Todd Berenger
 
AFRL News:
 
KIRTLAND AFB  The Air Force Research Laboratory has named Dr. Kelly D. Hammett as the new director of its Directed Energy Directorate.
 
In addition, Hammett is being promoted to the Senior Executive Service, the highest classification of civil service employees. Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello, Commander of AFRL at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, traveled to Albuquerque to preside over the April 25 promotion ceremony.

AFRL’s Directed Energy
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Senate Democratic Leaders Rebut Regents’ Version Of HSC Takeover

on April 29, 2016 - 7:39am
NMSD News:
 
In their guest column published April 7, three of UNM Board of Regents, Regents Doughty, Lee and Fortner made a number of inaccurate assertions about the recent reorganization of the UNM Health Sciences Center medical complex (HSC). We believe readers deserve clarification.

They have repeatedly claimed that they dissolved the HSC Board of Directors—in an extremely abrupt and secretive way—because the HSC has become too independent. They have also asserted that it is not part of what they describe as “one university”.
 
This assertion overlooks some inconvenient facts.

Los Alamos Swimmer Sarah Lott Qualifies For Nationals

on April 28, 2016 - 9:48pm

Los Alamos swimmer Sarah Lott is on track to qualify for Olympic Trials this summer in Nebraska. Photo by Ranee McElderry Stewart

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Video clip from New Mexico state championship - winning the 200 Free race: Click here. 

Los Alamos High School senior Sarah Lott is ranked 23 in the Nation for the 100m Free for the 2015-2016 season for females 17-18 years of age (World Record Holder - Katie Ledecky is 1st). Lott, 18, wowed the crowd last month with her impressive swims at the 2016 New Mexico High School State Championship in Albuquerque.

She started

National Park Tourism In New Mexico Creates $118.8 Million In Economic Benefit

on April 28, 2016 - 9:45pm
NPS News:
 
DENVER — A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 1,714,675 visitors to national parks in New Mexico in 2015 spent $97.5 million in the state.
 
That spending supported 1,528 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $118.8 million. It also represents a 9.8 percent increase in spending and a 7 percent rise in visitation over 2014.
 
“From Chaco Culture National Historical Park to White Sands National Monument, the national parks of New Mexico draw more than 1.7 million visitors a year from home and abroad,” said Sue Masica, director of the NPS

New Mexico Taxation And Revenue Department Warns About Phone Scammers Posing As Tax Agents

on April 28, 2016 - 9:34pm
TRD News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD) is warning New Mexicans about fraudulent phone calls demanding delinquent tax payments.
 
The Taxation and Revenue Department has received reports of aggressive and threatening phone calls made by criminals impersonating Taxation and Revenue Employees or Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Agents.
 
These imposters demand immediate payment of delinquent taxes and threaten taxpayers with arrest if they do not comply. They may also threaten to cancel your driver’s license.

Los Alamos Certified As Wildlife Habitat Community

on April 28, 2016 - 9:31pm
Community Wildlife Habitat presentation Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Luisa Grant, senior coordinator of community programs for the National Wildlife Federation and County Councilor Pete Sheehey at Saturday's ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Luisa Grant, senior coordinator of community programs for the National Wildlife Federation traveled to Los Alamos from Reston, VA to officially present the Community Wildlife Habitat certification to Los Alamos
Los Alamos County was

Governor Appoints Lynn Gallagher Cabinet Secretary For Department Of Health

on April 28, 2016 - 3:46pm

Lynn Gallagher

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced her appointment of Lynn Gallagher as Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH).

Gallagher has served as Deputy Secretary of DOH since 2013. Prior to that, she served as the General Counsel for the Aging and Long-Term Services Department. Gallagher’s appointment follows the passing of Secretary Retta Ward in March.

“Much like Retta Ward before her, Lynn is a dedicated public servant who demonstrates strong leadership and dedication to improving the health of New Mexicans,” Martinez said.

State Police Launch Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across The State In May

on April 28, 2016 - 8:24am
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police will conduct Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of May 2016.
 
Our efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
 
People are choosing to not drink and drive.

Lujan Grisham Introduces Legislation To Provide Stable Funding For Food Banks

on April 28, 2016 - 8:15am
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced legislation to ensure stable and increased federal funding for emergency food banks that distribute food to communities throughout the state.
 
Lujan Grisham drew attention to the need for the funding last month at a food distribution site at Pajarito Mesa. 

As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Lujan Grisham voted for the 2014 Farm Bill that dedicated money for food purchases, along with $100 million a year for food banks to distribute food to communities.

Udall Welcomes Signing Of Historic International Agreement To Fight Climate Change

on April 28, 2016 - 8:11am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Appropriations committees, released the following statement on the signing of a historic agreement reached by the United States and almost 200 other countries to fight climbing temperatures and rising sea levels by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
 
Udall was among a group of 10 senators who attended the United Nations climate talks in Paris last December, where international negotiators reached the deal.

Martinez Announces Expansion Of Child Care Services

on April 28, 2016 - 8:10am
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced that hundreds more low-income families will now have access to child care services through CYFD at an affordable cost. Martinez announced that the Child Care Assistance Program, which serves nearly 18,000 families, will expand its eligibility requirements through the end of May.
 
Now, New Mexico families earning as much as 200 percent of the federal poverty line – an increase from the previous 150 percent – may apply for the child care assistance program.

Scenes From QNM Summit With Speaker Jim Collins

on April 27, 2016 - 2:22pm

Many Los Alamos residents joined some 2,000 people at the 2016 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit to hear internationally renowned leadership speaker Jim Collins April 12 at Isleta Resort. From left, UNM-LA Executive Director Dr. Cindy Rooney, UNM-LA instructor Laura Loy, UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega and LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus who is a new member of the QNM Board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos National Bank is a major sponsor of the QNM Summit. LANB officials from left, Rod Pittman, Jillian Bartley, Cathe McClard, Anne Kain and CEO John Gulas.

GOP Statement On Cruz, Kasich Efforts In New Mexico

on April 27, 2016 - 11:51am
RPNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement Monday on the news that Sen. Ted Cruz would cease campaigning in New Mexico and let Gov. John Kasich compete here on his own: 

"The New Mexico Primary is going to be very important this year, and when every delegate matters, we certainly understand that campaigns will have to decide strategically where to compete, and they have every right to do so," RPNM spokesman Tucker Keene said.

American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico Files Petition To Form New Unit At Highlands University

on April 27, 2016 - 7:46am
AFT News:
 
LAS VEGAS  The American Federation of Teachers New Mexico released the following statements in response to the recent representational campaign at Highlands University:
 
“We stand behind the staff at NMHU and their desire to be recognized as a bargaining unit in our union, and we support their right to organize for fair wages and better working conditions.

DPNM Commends Balderas For Working To Protect Access To Health Care Services In Northern New Mexico

on April 27, 2016 - 7:38am
DPNM News:
 
SANTA FE  The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) commended Attorney General Hector Balderas for working to protect access to health care services for women in northern New Mexico.

“We are proud that Attorney General Balderas is standing for women who have lost access to services that keep our families healthy,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Ensuring all New Mexicans have access to quality health care is the right thing to do, and women in rural New Mexico should not have to jump through hoops to get the care they need.”

Recently, Alta

Hillary For New Mexico Announces Leadership Team

on April 26, 2016 - 7:54pm

POLITICAL News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, the Hillary for New Mexico campaign announced the hiring of state leadership staff dedicated to organizing and engaging New Mexico voters ahead of the June 7 primary about Hillary Clinton's plans to break down barriers, and help move the country forward.

The Hillary for New Mexico campaign will be led by State Director Scott Forrester. Rich Thuma will serve as organizing director and Victor Reyes will serve as communications director for the campaign.

Los Alamos Historical Society Activity Book Earns Pablita Velarde Award

on April 26, 2016 - 7:35pm

Artist Turner Mark-Jacobs and Aimee Slaughter of the Los Alamos Historical Society with medals given to Turner and the Historical Society for the Pablita Velarde Award. Courtesy/Historical Society

Artist Turner Mark-Jacobs receives the Pablita Velarde Award at the Historical Society of New Mexico conference. Courtesy/Historical Society

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

Meet Bences Gonzales, the newest publication from Bathtub Row Press, was honored with the Pablita Velarde Award at the recent Historical Society of New Mexico conference in Farmington.

This award recognizes an outstanding children's

Balderas Expresses Grave Concern Over Loss Of Critical Services For Women In Northern New Mexico

on April 26, 2016 - 10:52am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE — Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter to the CEO of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron, members of the Las Vegas City Council, and members of the San Miguel County Commission, regarding Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s recent closure of its obstetrics program.
 
The resulting loss of critical services for women creates an unacceptable gap in care for mothers across northern New Mexico.
 
“Having grown up in a small community north of Las Vegas, I am well aware that this regional hospital is the patient
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Los Alamos Town Hall Targets Community Safety

on April 26, 2016 - 10:04am

First Judicial District Attorney Jennifer Padgett

COMMUNITY News:

First Judicial District Attorney Jennifer Padgett is hosting a Town Hall Meeting facilitated by Bill Wadt that targets community safety issues.

“Every community in the First Judicial District has unique public safety considerations. Since becoming your District Attorney I have received calls from the Los Alamos community voicing their growing concern about public safety,” Padgett said.

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