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Tobacco Tax Bill Passes First Hurdle

on January 26, 2018 - 6:36am
Sen. Howie Morales
 
NMDP News:
 
SANTA FE  Sen. Howie Morales (D-28-Catron, Grant, & Socorro) bill to increase the excise tax on cigarettes and tobacco products by $1.50 in New Mexico has passed the Senate Education Committee. 
 
By a vote of 4-2 along partisan lines, the panel endorsed the measure that would generate $89 million more annually for public school classrooms in the state, and would keep over 11,000 children from starting smoking and get thousands of adults to cease smoking.

Sig Hecker: Update On Nuclear North Korea Jan. 27

on January 25, 2018 - 10:48am
Former LANL Drector Siegfried S. Hecker
 
COMMUNITY News:

A presentation on “Update on Nuclear North Korea and a Tour around the Rest of the Nuclear World” with former LANL Director Siegfried S. Hecker of Stanford University is 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th St. in Los Alamos.

The fear of a nuclear crisis in North Korea that gripped much of the United States in 2017 was followed by a ray of hope in early 2018. Hecker will provide an assessment of the North’s nuclear program today and what the future may bring.

Hecker also will provide a

County Council Reviews Strategic Leadership Plan

on January 25, 2018 - 9:29am

Accreditation Manager and Senior Management Analyst Norma Jean Valdez of the Los Alamos Fire Department leads a discussion on the Strategic Leadership Plan during a special meeting Tuesday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The Los Alamos County Council took stock of progress made on the priorities and goals in the Strategic Leadership Plan during a special meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers.

 

Additionally, council members discussed making possible changes to the priorities and goals outlined in

Christine Chandler To Run For House Dist. 43

on January 25, 2018 - 7:58am

House Dist. 43 candidate Christine Chandler on the House floor Wednesday afternoon. She has worked as a legislative analyst for three sessions at the New Mexico Legislature in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Christine Chandler of Los Alamos has announced her candidacy for representative of New Mexico House Dist. 43. She seeks the Democratic nomination in the June 5 Primary Election.

Chandler is vice chair of the Los Alamos County Council and has a sustained record of community service.

Udall, Heinrich Urge Secretary Zinke To Keep Public Lands In Public Hands

on January 25, 2018 - 7:34am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall led a letter, also signed by Sen. Martin Heinrich, urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep public lands public by prohibiting widespread sale and transfer of public lands.
 
The senators asked Zinke to uphold the Department of the Interior's responsibility to retain America's public lands so every American can continue to access public lands.
 
In response to a growing movement by some states to sell or transfer federal lands to states or give states management authority, a coalition of sportsmen, hunters, anglers, hikers,

Heinrich Slams Solar Tariff Decision

on January 24, 2018 - 8:03am
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 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, issued the following statement after President Trump announced his decision to impose up to 30 percent tariffs on imported solar panels and modules that will jeopardize tens of thousands of American solar jobs:
 
“Imposing these tariffs isn't going to create a single manufacturing job and instead harms hundreds of locally-owned companies, jeopardizes tens of thousands of workers, and stifles billions of dollars in

USDA Provides Funding To Increase Access To Educational And Health Care Services In Rural Areas

on January 24, 2018 - 7:42am
USDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett Friday announced that USDA is awarding grants for broadband projects to increase access to job training, educational and health care services in rural areas in 35 states.
 
“Broadband technology helps provide career opportunities and deliver critical medical services to rural residents,” Hazlett said. “It allows rural hospitals to better diagnose and treat patients. It helps treat people who are struggling with opioid and other substance use disorders. It also helps bring jobs to rural areas.”
 

Redistricting Reform, Registration Of All Qualified Voters Are Among Common Cause New Mexico’s 2018 Legislative Priorities

on January 24, 2018 - 7:23am
CCNM News:
 
Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM) has announced its priorities for the short 2018 legislative session.
 
“We’re focusing on both state and federal constitutional amendments to make voter choices more meaningful through redistricting reform and to address the increasingly heavy influence of political spending,” CCNM Legislative Director Heather Ferguson said.
 
Among the measures supported by the good-government group: 
 
1. A Constitutional Amendment for a State Redistricting Commission, House Joint Resolution 4, sponsored by Reps.

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