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NM Justice System Failing Due To Inadequate Funding

on January 22, 2017 - 12:35pm
NM SUPREME COURT News:
 
SANTA FE  Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles W. Daniels told lawmakers Thursday that a lack of funding has damaged New Mexico’s justice system and potentially could cause the dismissal of criminal cases if courts are unable to provide speedy trials as constitutionally required.
 
“I wish I could tell you that New Mexico is providing the functioning justice system promised in the constitution that created ground rules of our government, but I can’t,” Daniels said in a State of the Judiciary speech to a joint session of the Legislature.

Los Alamos Women Brave Storm To March In Santa Fe

on January 22, 2017 - 12:08pm

Los Alamos women brave the storm to get to Saturday's Women’s March on Washington in Santa Fe. Photo by Jeff Bloch

New Mexico Museum Of Art Hosts British Museum’s 'Lines Of Thought' International Debut

on January 22, 2017 - 9:10am
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452–1519), The Virgin and Christ Child with a Cat, about 1478–81, pen and brown ink over stylus underdrawing. Collection of the British Museum (1856,0621.1) © The Trustees of the British Museum.
 
NMMA News:
 
SANTA FE ― In late May 2017, Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now: from the British Museum makes its international debut at the New Mexico Museum of Art, the first, and one of only two United States venues to host the exhibition.
 
With works from a list that reads like a “who's who" of international artists through the centuries, the
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Udall Statement On Inauguration Of Donald Trump

on January 22, 2017 - 9:09am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall attended the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. He issued the following statement:
 
"The peaceful transition of power is a hallmark of our democracy. Since George Washington, each United States president has peacefully turned the office over to the next. I don't agree with much of what Donald Trump stands for, but our nation is bigger than any one person. I am a proud American, and I felt it was important to attend today's inaugural ceremony.
 
"President Trump made many

New Mexico Celebrates School Choice Week

on January 22, 2017 - 8:33am

EDUCATION News:
  • The Land of Enchantment plays key role in National School Choice Week, Gov. Martinez issues proclamation.

SANTA FE –– National School Choice Week begins today in New Mexico and across the country. There are 190 events planned in the Land of Enchantment to raise awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.

The events in New Mexico, which are independently planned and independently funded, include everything from information sessions and open houses at schools to rallies, policy discussions, and movie screenings organized by community groups.

Safe Drinking Water Service Restored At Questa

on January 22, 2017 - 8:27am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The Village of Questa in Taos County lifted its drinking water system’s precautionary boil water advisory Tuesday to restore water service for nearly 2,000 residents.
 
Staff from the New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) worked with the Village of Questa throughout the recent water emergency to ensure the protection of public health. 
 
The precautionary advisory was first issued Dec. 7, 2016 to ensure drinking water safety after Questa’s well production problems and distribution system pressure issues were detected.
 
The advisory

Dozens From Los Alamos Participate In Women's March

on January 21, 2017 - 3:00pm

Several dozen residents from Los Alamos are participating in today's 'Women's March On Washington Santa Fe' in downtown Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Scene from today's 'Women's March On Washington Santa Fe' in downtown Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Scene from today's 'Women's March On Washington Santa Fe' in downtown Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Scene from today's 'Women's March On Washington Santa Fe' in downtown Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Scene from today's 'Women's March On Washington Santa Fe' in downtown Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Dr. Steve Girrens Tapped For Nuclear Deterrence Associate Lab Director At Sandia National Laboratories

on January 21, 2017 - 2:02pm

Dr. Steven Girrens to serve as NTESS Nuclear Deterrence Associate Lab Director

SNL News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration awarded the management contract of Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS) Jan. 16 and Dr. Steven Girrens of Los Alamos will serve as the nuclear deterrence associate lab director at SNL.

Girrens will lead nuclear weapons, stockpile management, Office of Research & Development, Safeguards & Security Technology Programs, and operating and managing nuclear facilities.

Heinrich Questions Trump's Decision To Let Management Of Nuclear Stockpile Run On 'Auto-Pilot'

on January 21, 2017 - 12:47pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump expressing his serious concerns regarding continuity of government operations related to national security positions in the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Department of Defense. 
 
Read the full text of the letter: PDF is available here.

Los Alamos Contingent Joins ‘Women’s March On Washington Santa Fe’ Underway Until 2 p.m. Today

on January 21, 2017 - 11:43am

Los Alamos residents from left, Angie O'Leary, County Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary, Amy Storey, County Councilor Chris Chandler and Karyl Ann Armbruster hold signs and participate in today's 'Women's March On Washington Santa Fe' underway until 2 p.m. in downtown Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Scene from today's 'Women's March On Washington Santa Fe' underway until 2 p.m. in downtown Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Staff Report:

A group of Los Alamos residents are participating in the Women’s March on Washington Santa Fe, which got underway at 11 a.m.

New Mexico Rep. Derrick Lente Of Sandia Pueblo Outlines Vision For His First Legislative Session

on January 21, 2017 - 10:03am

Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo)

 

STATE News:

  • Lente Appointed to House Business and Industry Committee & House State Government, Indian and Veterans Affairs Committee

 

SANTA FE –  Recently elected Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo) started the 53rd Legislature with appointments to the House State Government, Indian and Veterans Affairs Committee and the House Business and Industry Committee. Lente will focus on key issues relating to economic growth in the tribal and rural communities in his district and throughout the state.

“This legislative session, I will concentrate on being

State GOP: Inauguration Of President Trump

on January 21, 2017 - 8:54am
RPNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement on the inauguration of Republican President Donald J. Trump:

"Today marks the dawn of a new era of American exceptionalism," RPLA Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi said. "After eight years of stagnant economic growth, crippling national debt, and feckless foreign policy, America is ready for Donald Trump to project American strength abroad, revitalize our economy and make America great again. We pray for his success and the success of his new administration."

State Auditor Releases Special Audit Of City Of Moriarty

on January 21, 2017 - 8:27am
STATE AUDITOR News:
 
SANTA FE  Jan. 13, the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) released a special audit of the City of Moriarty.
 
The audit assessed the City’s financial controls during the period from April 1, 2010 to Aug. 31, 2015. The audit was initiated due to concerns raised by the City about utility billing and water meter reading systems.
 
“There’s no place for apparent favoritism in the water bills we all receive,” State Auditor Tim Keller said. “We all expect, and rightly so, fairness when it comes to government's billing and taxation.

Udall Statement After Meeting With Rep. Ryan Zinke, Trump's Nominee For Interior Secretary

on January 20, 2017 - 12:16pm
Rep. Ryan Zinke, Trump's nominee to lead the Interior Department
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jan. 19, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and lead Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Department of the Interior budget, made the following statement after meeting one-on-one with Rep. Ryan Zinke, President-elect Trump's nominee to lead the Interior Department:
 
“I appreciate that Congressman Zinke sat down with me today to discuss his vision for the Department of the Interior, an agency of great significance to New

Public Comment About Proposed Expansion Of Storage Capacity At WIPP Due Feb. 3

on January 20, 2017 - 11:54am
Ribbon cutting Jan. 4 at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractor, Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC, reopened the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Wednesday, Jan. 4 with the disposal of two pallets of plutonium contaminated radioactive and hazardous waste that had been stored in the Waste Handling Building since 2014 into the underground salt mine.
 
Workers were required to wear personal protective equipment to protect them from radiation exposure.

Udall Joins Democratic Senators Calling Attention To Education Secretary-designate DeVos’ Stonewalling Of Information On Campaign Finance Violations

on January 20, 2017 - 7:26am
Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) denounced Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos for stonewalling their request for information about the millions of dollars in unpaid campaign finance violation fines owed by her political action committee, "All Children Matter".
 
As the senators noted, DeVos has failed to ensure payment of the record $5.3 million fine for illegal campaign finance activities by her

House Leaders Agree To Share Pain With State Agencies

on January 19, 2017 - 8:38pm

House Republican Leader Nate Gentry

From House Republican Communications

SANTA FEThe House of Representatives unanimously voted to require legislative agencies to endure the same budget cuts experienced by New Mexico’s state agencies when they passed a compromise amendment to House Bill 1 earlier today.

House Bill 1, or the “Feed Bill,” funds the operations of the legislature, covering both session expenses as well as interim activities. In the 2016 special session, the legislature agreed to reduce funding for legislative support agencies by 3 percent.

SGR Named State House Education Committee Chair

on January 19, 2017 - 5:08pm
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard congratulates Rep. Brian Egolf  on being chosen Speaker of the House. Rep. William Rehm looks on. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Newly elected Speaker of the House Brian Egolf has appointed Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos to chair of the House Education Committee.
In this capacity, Garcia Richard will lead the committee in setting education policy and budgeting throughout the state. She is the first representative from Los Alamos to chair a legislative committee.

Garcia Richard has been

Governor's 2017 State Of The State Address

on January 19, 2017 - 4:50pm

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

POLITICAL News:

Gov. Susana Martinez delivered her annual State of the State Address at the opening of the 60-Day Legislative session, which got underway at noon Tuesday at the State Capitol.

2017 State of the State Address

The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered Jan. 17, 2017 by Gov. Susana Martinez from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives.

Lieutenant Governor; Senate President Pro Tempore; our new House Speaker; Democratic and Republican leaders; esteemed members of the New Mexico Legislature;

American Federation Of Teachers NM Members Hold Statewide Events Supporting Public Education & Schools

on January 19, 2017 - 4:02pm

AFT NM President Stephanie Ly

AFT NM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement about upcoming statewide events in support of public education and schools:

“New Mexico educators are proud to have taken part in the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools’ national day of action.

New Mexico Senate Passes FY17 Solvency Package

on January 19, 2017 - 8:27am

Newly elected Senate Majority Leader Peter Worth shakes hands in the State House of Representatives Tuesday before the opening joint session begins. Photo by Roger snodgrass/ladailypost.com

LEGISLATIVE SESSION News:

SANTA FE – Tuesday, on the second day of the New Mexico Legislative Session, the New Mexico State Senate passed a package of four bipartisan solvency measures that put forth responsible solutions to balancing our state’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget.

The measures, which would provide a combined $262 million savings to the current year’s budget passed nearly unanimously.

“The Senate

Gov. Martinez Sizes Up State Of New Mexico

on January 17, 2017 - 8:41pm

Gov. Susana Martinez delivers her State of the State Address at the opening of today's 2017 60-Day Legislative Session. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Starting the seventh year of her eight year term, New Mexico’s Republican Gov. Susana Martinez called for much the same medicine she has prescribed all along: lower taxes, fewer regulations, more schooling choices and accountability and better tools for the courts and law enforcement to fight drunk driving and crime.

“Let’s take another look at our tax system,” she said.

Speaker Egolf Announces New Committee Chairs

on January 17, 2017 - 8:10pm

STATE POLITICAL News:

SANTA FE – Today, on the first day of the 53rd Legislature, House Speaker Egolf announced committee chair appointments. Committee Chairs reside over committee hearings and assist the Speaker in moving bills through the legislative process. 

The Committee Chair positions are as follows:

House Education Committee

  • Chair Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos)
  • Vice Chair Andres Romero (D-Albuquerque)

House Appropriations & Finance Committee

  • Chair Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup)
  • Vice Chair George Dodge (D-Santa Rosa)

House Agriculture & Water Committee

  • Chair Bill Gomez

Rep. Brian Egolf Elected Speaker Of The House Of Representatives By Acclamation

on January 17, 2017 - 7:54pm

Rep. Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) being sworn in today after elected by acclamation as Speaker of the New Mexico House. Courtesy/New Mexico House Democratic Caucus

Lisa Ortiz-McCutcheon takes oath of office after elected as Chief Clerk of the House. Courtesy/New Mexico House Democratic Caucus

Wilfred Quintana takes oath of office today after being elected as House Sergeant-at-Arms. Courtesy/New Mexico House Democratic Caucus

STATE POLITICAL News:

  • Speaker Egolf’s Top Priorities are Jobs and the Economy

SANTA FE The New Mexico House of Representatives today elected, by acclamation, Rep.

Governor Addresses 2017 New Mexico Legislature

on January 17, 2017 - 2:21pm

Gov. Susana Martinez addresses today's opening of the 2017 60-Day Legislative Session underway at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. First Husband Chuck Franco is seated at the right of the Governor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, left, and Speaker of the House Brian Egolf. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe is recognized on the House Floor today prior to Gov. Susana Martinez' State of the State Address during the opening of the 2017 Legislative Session. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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