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Governor Appoints Jim Hall to State's IT Commission

on May 29, 2013 - 9:18am

Commissioner Jim Hall


Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed James Hall of Los Alamos to New Mexico's 15-member Information Technology Commission.

New Mexico's Information Technology Commission reviews and approves information technology plans and initiatives for the state.

"I look forward to working with the Information Technology Commission," Hall told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning.

President Pays Tribute to America's Fallen Heroes

on May 26, 2013 - 12:04pm

President Obama pays tribute to America's men and women in uniform. Courtesy/WH


WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, President Obama commemorated Memorial Day by paying tribute to the men and women in uniform who have given their lives in service to our country.

The President said that America has always risen to meet and overcome its challenges because of their brave sacrifice, and asked all Americans to honor our fallen heroes and to stand with our veterans and military families as we come together this weekend.

Access audio of the address and video of the address

Luján: Republican Student Loan Bill Makes College More Expensive

on May 24, 2013 - 6:15am


Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District voted today against a House Republican bill that will make it more expensive for students to attend college with federal subsidized Stafford student loans. With the interest rate on these loans set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on June 1 action is needed to keep costs down for millions of students across the country.

"Rather than passing legislation that simply keeps interest rates on student loans where they are, House Republicans have come up with a disappointing plan that is

Stakes Removed in White Rock and Reconfigured to Say No Well Drilling!

on May 18, 2013 - 10:02am

To express opposition to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities' proposed water well drilling plan in White Rock, someone removed survey stakes overnight and reconfigured them to read No Drilling! Courtesy photo

Letter to the Editor: Perhaps Religious and Charitable Donations Shouldn't be Tax Deductible

on May 17, 2013 - 8:47am
Los Alamos

Thurman Talley suggested (5/16/13 Los Alamos Daily Post) any 501c organization that made political contributions should lose its tax-exempt status.
At the risk of seeming obstreperous, I'll make a bolder suggestion. Although charitable and religious organizations themselves should not be taxed, perhaps donations to such organizations should not be tax-deductible.
Why should other citizens collectively have to pay more tax just because I choose to donate to my favorite charity or church?

Luján: To Combat Climate Change We Need a Workforce Prepared to Work in a Clean Energy Economy

on May 17, 2013 - 7:43am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District and a member of the Safe Climate Caucus spoke on the House floor last night about how enhancing green job training programs at community colleges can prepare workers for careers in a clean energy economy that helps address the impacts of climate change.

The Safe Climate Caucus, a group of Democratic members who are highlighting the need for action on climate change through daily floor speeches and other activities. Watch Luján's speech here:

Letter to the Editor: 501c4 Organizations!

on May 16, 2013 - 10:39am
501c4 Organizations!
Los Alamos

I believe the IRS should withdraw all tax exempt status from any organization which endorses any political candidate.

This should extend to other categories in addition to this particular 501c organization group, including religious and social organizations!

No 501c organization should be allowed to make contributions to PACs or to candidates. Certainly political action groups are allowed to do whatever they want but they should not be tax exempt. Any tax exempt 501c organization should make public their financial contributors!


In Focus Looks at Texas Water Rustling; NM Tea Party Scrutiny From IRS

on May 16, 2013 - 9:10am

Attorney General Gary King

NM PBS News:

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King talks about the state’s water battle with Texas on this week’s edition of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, airing 7 p.m. Friday, May 17 on New Mexico PBS/KNME 5.1.

With both states mired in historic droughts, every drop of water has the potential to be contentious. The A.G. says it amounts to “water rustling” but is there anything the state can do to prevent a Texan water grab?

Also on the program, open government issues still swirl around King and the Martinez administration as the two prepare to do battle in 2014.