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Heinrich Opposes House Short-Term Spending Bill Without Dream Act

on January 17, 2018 - 3:36pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the proposed House Republican short-term spending bill: 

“Members on both sides of the aisle have been working to reach agreement and meet our basic responsibilities, including veterans funding, disaster relief, and finally passing the Dream Act, but President Trump and his right-wing supporters in Congress seem intent on steering the country off a funding cliff.

Pearce Signs Amicus Brief Upholding First Amendment

on January 17, 2018 - 3:32pm

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce signs the Amicus Brief. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after signing on to an Amicus Brief recommending the Supreme Court of the United States reverse the Ninth Circuit’s decision in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Xavier Becerra, Attorney General, challenging the constitutionality of California’s Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act.

“The American people have a Constitutional right to religious

Udall To Lead Two Events On Indian Country Priorities In The Upcoming Farm Bill Reauthorization

on January 17, 2018 - 3:05pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will lead an oversight hearing to discuss agribusiness in Indian Country and will co-host a roundtable discussion on advancing Native food traditions. 
 
Today the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Breaking New Ground in Agribusiness Opportunities in Indian Country.” Successes in Native agribusiness have created job opportunities and contributed to greater food security across Indian Country.

CVNM Responds To 2017 State Of State Address

on January 17, 2018 - 11:08am
CVNM News:
 
SANTA FE  Gov. Susana Martinez delivered her final State of the State address Jan. 16, to the legislature. During her speech, Martinez applauded New Mexico’s oil and gas industry repeatedly and mentioned our burgeoning tourism industry. In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statement:

“The oil and gas industry is pouring billions into new drilling projects in New Mexico.

Supreme Court Issues Rulings Providing Guidance On Motions For Pretrial Detention Of Criminal Defendants

on January 17, 2018 - 6:56am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Supreme Court issued two unanimous opinions Thursday addressing the evidence required for the pretrial detention of criminal defendants.
 
A constitutional amendment adopted by voters in 2016 gave judges the authority to order the pretrial detention of a defendant if a prosecutor files a written motion with the court and proves by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant should be held in jail to assure public safety.
 
The opinions by the court provide guidance to judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys on evidence at hearings to

Governor Honors Ofc. Simpson Whose Badge Saved His Life When A Criminal Fired A Gun At His Chest

on January 16, 2018 - 6:36pm

Gov. Susana Martinez honors State Police Officer Dwayne Simpson today at the opening of the 30-Day Legislative Session in Santa Fe. She held up his damaged badge and explained that during an August traffic stop, Ofc. Simpson encountered William Wilson, a criminal who had been in and out of prison 16 times for various offenses: aggravated burglary, committing a crime with a firearm, resisting arrest, parole violations and drug charges.

SGR At Opening Day Of Legislative Session

on January 16, 2018 - 6:19pm
Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos met with various officials today at the 2018 opening of the 30-Day Legislative Session at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Garcia Richard is a native New Mexican and lifelong educator who has worked both abroad and in Northern New Mexico. She is a curriculum coordinator for Pojoaque schools and has served for six years in the Legislature and chairs the House Education Committee. She is running for State Land Commissioner. Photo by Mary Beth Maassen/ladailypost.com
 
Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon, Rep.

NNSA Manager Updates Regional Coalition Board

on January 16, 2018 - 4:28pm

NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Manager William S. 'Steve' Goodrum addresses the RCLC board Friday at Ohkay Owingeh. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

“I’m a firm believer in transparency. I’m a firm believer in partnering,” said William S. “Steve” Goodrum, manager of the National Nuclear Safety Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office, at the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board meeting Friday at Ohkay Owingeh Casino and Resort Hotel.

Goodrum was responding to comments and questions from Coalition Chair and Santa

Sheriff Candidate Files Second Suit Against County

on January 16, 2018 - 4:02pm

Greg White

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Greg White has filed another suit against Los Alamos County Council, this time adding County Manager Harry Burgess, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone, County Attorney Alvin Leaphart and Assistant County Attorney Katie Thwaits to the list of defendants.

A previous petition for writ of prohibition filed by White last October in the Supreme Court was denied.

Governor Delivers 2017 State Of The State Address

on January 16, 2018 - 2:09pm

Gov. Susana Martinez delivers the State of the State Address today at the opening of the 2018 Legislative Session in Santa Fe. Photo by Mary Beth Maassen/ladailypost.com

STATE News:

SANTA FE — The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Gov. Susana Martinez today from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives:

Senate President Pro Tempore; House Speaker; Democratic and Republican leaders; esteemed members of the New Mexico Legislature; honorable members of the Judiciary; former New Mexico governors; tribal governors; distinguished guests;

Attorney General Hector Balderas Sues To Stop Illegal Rollback Of Net Neutrality

on January 16, 2018 - 1:56pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General

SANTA FE Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government.

“Today we are taking aggressive legal action to stop the illegal rollback of net neutrality protections because New Mexico already struggles to

Municipal Judge Alan Kirk Announces Re-Election Bid

on January 16, 2018 - 8:04am
Municipal Judge Alan Kirk announces his bid for re-election Thursday evening at a GOP meeting at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Alex and Erin Kirk help out with their father Judge Alan Kirk's first campaign 20 years ago. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos County Municipal Judge Alan S. Kirk announced his bid for re-election Thursday evening at a local Republican Party meeting at UNM-LA.

Kirk is serving his 20th year on the bench and spoke about his decision to seek a 6th term, during an interview Saturday

Heinrich Raises Serious Concerns Over Reports Of Preemptive ‘Bloody Nose’ Strategy Against North Korea

on January 16, 2018 - 5:36am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis expressing his deep concerns regarding reports that the Administration is considering a “bloody nose” strategy against North Korea in which the United States would conduct a preemptive, targeted military strike.
 
“As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I understand the importance of keeping all options on the table, including military options, in terms of negotiations and

BLM Seeks Public Input In Planning Process For Bears Ears National Monument

on January 16, 2018 - 5:34am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dec. 4, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Proclamation 9681 modifying the boundary of the Bears Ears National Monument to the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of important objects of historic and scientific interest.
 
This action is part of a larger effort by President Trump and the Department of the Interior to ensure that the broad powers granted to the President under the Antiquities Act are not used as a tool to unnecessarily restrict access to public land on a large scale. 
 
The Bureau of Land Management Utah State

Webber: Honoring Teachings Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

on January 15, 2018 - 11:48am
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Courtesy/Alan Webber
 
By ALAN WEBBER
Santa Fe Mayoral Candidate

In 1963 when I was 15 years old, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to preach at my family’s synagogue, Temple Israel in St. Louis, Missouri. (See the story here.) There were 3,000 people there that day. But I can remember exactly where I sat and what Dr. King talked about in his sermon. He talked about the love that connects and unites people of all faiths, all races, all cultures, and all creeds. Just to be in the presence of a man of Dr.

Coalition Honors Departing Mayors

on January 15, 2018 - 11:26am

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board members and staff honored Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales and Espanola Mayor Alice Lucero at the conclusion of their last meeting Friday as board members.

Spencer: Dems Have To Learn To Win Elections Again

on January 15, 2018 - 8:24am
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos

Upon reading former Sen. Jeff Bingaman's recent endorsement of Damon Martinez for Congress as published in the Los Alamos Daily Post, my first question was "Huh? What district?". Since I doubted Jeff would be blind siding our incumbent, I checked to see where Mr. Martinez is running and indeed, it is in District 1, Albuquerque. Ok, so not a big issue for those of us out in the Provinces. Except for dealing with those trying to mine District 3 wallets for the District 1 race.

But on a more serious note, I was disappointed that the best that our former Senator could

Luján And Schakowsky Push Data Analytics Company For Answers Following Significant Data Breach

on January 15, 2018 - 8:00am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) last week sent a letter to the computer software and data analytics company Alteryx after it was disclosed in December that the company failed to properly secure sensitive consumer data and accidentally exposed personal information affecting 123 million American households.
 
The data breach by Alteryx comes after a series of high profile data breaches including the disclosure of consumer data by the credit reporting agency Equifax and the ride-share

Los Alamos Residents Chris Luchini And Helen Milenski Tapped To Lead Libertarian Party Of New Mexico

on January 14, 2018 - 8:09am
Libertarian Party of New Mexico Chair Chris Luchini and Vice Chair Helen Milenski visit the Los Alamos Daily Post Saturday to talk about their new leadership positions. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Earlier this week, Los Alamos residents Chris Luchini and Helen Milenski became the new leaders of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico.

Luchini assumed the position of chair Monday following the resignation of Elizabeth Hanes.

Council Meeting Focusing On Strategic Plan Jan. 23

on January 14, 2018 - 6:22am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council has set an agenda item for its upcoming Council session Tuesday, Jan. 23 to discuss an update to its Strategic Plan. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers.

The strategic plan was first adopted in 2011 and goals are reviewed and updated annually by the Council to provide direction to the staff, who then develop Management Action Plans (MAPs) to achieve the goals.

The vision statement adopted by the Council six years ago is:

Los Alamos is a world-renowned community where discovery and innovation are inspired by its dramatic history

Sig Hecker Appears On 60 Minutes Tonight

on January 14, 2018 - 6:22am

Former LANL Director Dr. Sig Hecker

COMMUNITY News:

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Sig Hecker is scheduled to appear in an interview on 60 Minutes at 7 p.m., ET/PT today, Jan. 14.

Hecker has visited North Korea seven times and will discuss his perception of the county's nuclear program.

Pearce: As Sovereign Entities, Tribes Must Be Respected

on January 14, 2018 - 6:20am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 140, to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010, which included the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017 and legislation to allow the Pueblo of Santa Clara and the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo to lease all of their lands:
 
“When the National Labor Relations Board reversed their longstanding status of recognizing the sovereignty of tribal governments, they did so without warning and

Nephesh: Nonprofits Are Not Loopholes

on January 12, 2018 - 9:47am
By Tsiporah Nephesh
Executive Director, New Mexico Thrives
 
Nonprofits are a crucial part of the fabric that strengthens our communities. Many provide vital services, while others add to the quality of life. But nonprofits will have a diminished role in New Mexico if Governor Martinez gets her way. She would like to end the tax exemption for nonprofits as part of a plan to close tax loopholes. But nonprofit tax exemptions are not loopholes.
 
Governor Martinez is talking about restructuring the tax system in such a way that it could have devastating impacts on how nonprofits operate.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Hosts Tax Town Hall Saturday

on January 12, 2018 - 9:31am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) will be in Santa Fe 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, to host a town hall discussion at Community Café, Santa Fe Higher Education Center at 1950 Siringo Road.
 
The Congressman will provide an update on new changes to the federal tax code, discuss the federal budget debate and offer an outlook for Congressional action in 2018.
 
This event is open to the public.

Heinrich On House FISA Reauthorization Vote

on January 12, 2018 - 8:46am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) for six years: 
 
“The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was originally intended to collect the communications of foreign targets, which is without controversy.

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