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County Fears GRT Loss If LANL Gets Nonprofit Status

on January 20, 2019 - 12:28pm

The NSSB Building at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL
 
By REBECCA MOSS

Los Alamos County officials are concerned that a stream of gross receipts tax revenues from Los Alamos National Laboratory – tens of millions of dollars a year – could dry up in coming months if the lab’s new management contractor obtains nonprofit status from the IRS.

Under current state law, 501(c)(3) status would exempt the lab from the tax, and the state and county would lose revenue for critical services including the fire department, roadway infrastructure, the local transit

Luján Statement On President Trump’s Speech

on January 20, 2019 - 10:31am

Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján:

SANTA FE – Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the President’s address:

“What the American people were expecting to see today was immediate action to open the federal government. There is no reason that 800,000 federal employees continue to be held hostage due to the President’s failed leadership. Small businesses and local governments across America are being hurt as a result of the Trump shutdown.

“Democrats have been clear from day one.

New Mexico True Collaborates For National Park Gateway Communities

on January 20, 2019 - 9:47am
New Mexico True is collaborating for National Park Gateway Communities. Courtesy/MTD
 
NMTD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Tourism Department—in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department—launched a new campaign including a consumer webpage to minimize negative impact of the partial federal government shutdown to gateway communities.
 
New Mexico and its 15 National Park Service (NPS) units have been directly impacted by the partial shutdown.

U.S. Senators Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bills To Reduce Cost Of Prescription Drugs

on January 20, 2019 - 8:42am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at reducing the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.
 
“Skyrocketing prescription drug prices have been squeezing families and seniors across New Mexico for far too long,” Udall said. “New Mexicans shouldn’t have to choose between life-saving treatments and putting food on the table. We must act now to provide a meaningful solution so that our health care system is no longer at the mercy of corporate executives padding their bottom line.

LAPS Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

on January 20, 2019 - 8:39am
Los Alamos High School Track & Field athletes demonstrate compassion for others by helping to shovel snow at their school. Courtesy/LAPS
 
The artwork of Ms. Joy Marie Quernemoen's first grade students on display at Aspen Elementary School depicts their dreams. Courtesy/LAPS
 
By Dr. KURT STEINHAUS
LAPS Superintendent

Los Alamos Public Schools will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We look forward to honoring the legacy of Dr. King as a school community during this National Day of Service.

NMHU: Ruthy Watson Keynote Speaker At Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Event Monday

on January 19, 2019 - 10:49am
Ruthy Watson
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM Ruthy Watson of New Mexico Highlands will deliver the keynote address for the Santa Fe Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. event commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan. 21.
 
Watson directs the HU – Center for Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support at Highlands. She speaks at the New Mexico Roundhouse rotunda at 1:30 p.m., Jan. 21.
 
“We believe Dr. Watson’s presentation will excite the audience and encourage them to be active as they address the challenges identified by Dr. King throughout his life,” said Cedric Page, chair of the MLK, Jr.

GOP On Sanctity Of Human Life Sunday

on January 19, 2019 - 10:10am
From the Republican Party of New Mexico:
 
Many churches across the nation will shed light on the issue of life and the unborn this Sunday, Jan. 20, which is recognized as the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.
 
Few people are aware that New Mexico has become the late term abortion capitol of the country and has become a late term abortion magnet.

Shutdown Hurting Workers Outside Government

on January 19, 2019 - 9:12am

Peter Brill, president of Sarcon, looks at blueprints for the Spectra Hangars Thursday at his office. His plan to begin the construction in early January was halted by the government shutdown. Photo by Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican

 

By STEVE TERRELL
sterrell@sfnewmexican.com

Federal employees and contractors aren’t the only ones suffering because of the government's nearly monthlong partial shutdown.

A local construction company with an $8.4 million contract to build two new hangars for private aviation companies at the Santa Fe Airport is unable to begin work on the project because it needs

UNM Student Esteban Abeyta Selected To Study At University Of Cambridge As Churchill Scholar

on January 19, 2019 - 7:40am

Churchill Scholar Esteban Abeyta

UNM News:

Receiving the Churchill Scholarship is an honor bestowed upon a very select cohort of college students from across the U.S.

The University of New Mexico’s Esteban Abeyta, a senior biochemistry major and honors minor, can now count himself as one of the scholarship’s elite.

The Churchill Scholarship was awarded to Abeyta for one year of master’s study at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. The award covers full tuition, a stipend, travel costs, and the chance to apply for a $2,000 special research grant.

The Scholarship was set up

Udall Calls For Action On Bipartisan Interior Appropriations Bill ... To Reopen Federal Government

on January 18, 2019 - 9:45am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. On the 27th day of the longest government shutdown in American history, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, spoke on the Senate floor to demand action on the bipartisan Interior appropriations bill passed by the House last week, H.R. 266 -- a move that Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked.
 

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Appointed As Ranking Member Of Strategic Forces Subcommittee

on January 18, 2019 - 9:24am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has been appointed as the Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
 
The subcommittee’s responsibilities include budget and policy oversight of nuclear weapons, non-proliferation, space programs, environmental cleanup and disposal, and missile defense.
 
“I am honored to be the Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee,” Heinrich said. “There are a number of high-profile issues currently pending before this subcommittee in

Unemployment Insurance Operations Center Closed Monday In Observance Of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

on January 18, 2019 - 9:02am

NMDWS News:

Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims Online System Available

ALBUQUERQUE – All New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ (NMDWS) offices, including the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Operations Center, will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The department urges claimants to plan accordingly.

The Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System (www.jobs.state.nm.us) is available online 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

Customer Service Agents in the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center will be available when normal business hours

Professor Warns Legislators: Get Serious On Climate

on January 18, 2019 - 8:27am
By ANDREW OXFORD
Walk around the Capitol, and much of the talk is about an oil boom that is buoying the state's finances, providing more money for schools and whatever else.
 
But for an hour on Thursday, a climate scientist urged one committee of legislators to look past all of that.
 
"The world will be moving away from fossil fuel production," David Gutzler, a professor at the University of New Mexico and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told members of the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
 
Gutzler went on

Luján Announces His Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Assignments For 116th Congress

on January 18, 2019 - 7:24am
Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has announced his House Energy & Commerce subcommittee assignments for the 116th Congress.
 
Luján will continue to serve on the Health, and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittees, and rejoin the Communications and Technology Subcommittee. He was first appointed to the Energy & Commerce Committee in 2012.
 
“Whether it’s addressing health disparities, unlocking clean energy innovation, strengthening consumers’ privacy protections, or bolstering broadband

Udall Shares Shutdown Fears Of A New Mexico Family Being Pushed To The Brink After Missing Paycheck

on January 17, 2019 - 4:12pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a speech from the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall shared the story and fears of a family from New Mexico that is concerned about its financial security after missing a paycheck due to the Trump shutdown.
 
Udall’s remarks came just before he joined with his Democratic colleagues on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to highlight the workers, families, and communities across the country who continue to feel the bite of the longest government shutdown in American history.
 
In his speech, Udall highlighted the story of the

LANB Announces Assistance For Furloughed Workers

on January 17, 2019 - 10:53am

Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) wants to help furloughed customers during the federal government shutdown. Although the impact on individuals should be temporary, borrowers affected by the shutdown may face difficulties making payments on debts such as mortgages, student loans, car loans, business loans or credit cards.

 In an effort to assist their communities, LANB will provide options for individuals directly impacted by the government shutdown, including a 60-day payment forbearance on all

AGU: New Study Finds Evidence Of Changing Seasons, Rain On Titan’s North Pole

on January 17, 2019 - 8:26am
New research provides evidence of rainfall on the north pole of Titan, the largest of Saturn’s moons, shown here. The rainfall would be the first indication of the start of a summer season in the moon’s northern hemisphere, according to the researchers. Courtesy/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
 
Titan’s north pole as seen by the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer. The orange box shows the ‘wet sidewalk’ region, what analyses suggests is evidence of changing seasons and rain on Titan’s north pole. The blue box shows the expanded region in the bottom panel.

SFAS Helps Employees Impacted By Shutdown

on January 16, 2019 - 9:08am
SFAS News:
 
Federal employees who are going without a paycheck and have dogs or cats at home can pick up free food from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.
 
“We’re honored to extend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors who are federal employees and have been impacted by this government shutdown,” said Murad Kirdar, the public relations officer for the shelter. “We see their dedication to our country, and we’re proud to not only help our community members but their pets as well.”
 
The privately owned shelter will offer free food to federal employees, who can pick up the food at the

Heinrich: Urgent Action Needed To Improve Child Well-Being, New State Leadership Presents Opportunity

on January 16, 2019 - 8:23am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As New Mexico Voices for Children released its annual New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book detailing the most recent data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation on child well-being in the state, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) expressed serious concern with the findings and called on state leaders to make investing in New Mexico’s children a top priority.
 
Although there were improvements over the last year, New Mexico remains near the bottom in the nation in numerous indicators of child poverty and well-being.
 
“It’s

Los Alamos National Laboratory Contributes $3 Billion Annually To New Mexico State Economy

on January 15, 2019 - 6:25am

The Laboratory’s NMSBA program helped optimize a new crate for shipping valuable artwork developed by Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Innovations, a for-profit business subsidiary of the world-renowned museum. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Economic development initiatives created or retained nearly 1,500 in-state jobs
  • More than half of goods and services came from New Mexico businesses 

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s average annual total impact on economic output across New Mexico from 2015 to 2017 was $3.1 billion, according to preliminary independent research from the University of New Mexico’s

Human Services Dept. Working Overtime To Ensure All Eligible SNAP Families Receive February Benefits

on January 15, 2019 - 6:16am
HSD News:
 
SANTA FE — The state Human Services Department is urging all SNAP recipients who are due for renewal of benefits in January to submit their renewal form no later than today, Jan. 15, in order to receive their February benefit.
 
There are more than 25,000 SNAP households that are due for renewal, of which 14,500 are still outstanding.
 
“HSD wants to ensure every eligible family maintains their benefit and is working overtime to get that done,” HSD Secretary-Designate David R. Scrase, MD, said.

Heinrich: New Mexicans Are Paying The Price For Longest Government Shutdown

on January 15, 2019 - 6:05am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As President Trump’s shutdown becomes the longest in American history, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) shared some of the stories he’s received from New Mexicans who have been adversely impacted by the shutdown.
 
According to public data, over 10,000 federal workers in New Mexico have been impacted by the shutdown, many of whom are furloughed or working without pay.
 
“New Mexicans are paying the price for the longest government shutdown in American history because President Trump refuses to stop holding our

SFCC; SFHEC To Close For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

on January 14, 2019 - 12:58pm

Courtesy/MLKF

SFCC News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available. Both campuses will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 22, which is the first day of classes for the spring semester for SFCC.

The college’s child care center, Kids Campus, and gym, the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center, also will be closed. The fitness center will reopen at 6:30 a.m. Jan.

BJS Releases Source And Use Of Firearms Involved In Crimes: Survey Of Prison Inmates, 2016

on January 14, 2019 - 6:58am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics today released Source and Use of Firearms Involved in Crimes: Survey of Prison Inmates, 2016, which presents statistics that describe firearm possession of state and federal prisoners who were serving a sentence in 2016.
 
This report describes:
  • Firearm possession during the crime for which prisoners were serving time and by type of offense
  • How the firearm was used during the crime
  • Type of firearms possessed
  • Methods, sources and processes of obtaining firearms
 
Findings are based on BJS’s 2016 Survey

Congress Introduces Bill To Expand Chiropractic Access To Military Retirees, National Guard And Reserves

on January 14, 2019 - 6:56am
ACA News:
 
ARLINGTON, VA The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has announced that Congress yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation that would expand access to chiropractic services to military retirees as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve through the Department of Defense TRICARE health program.
 
The legislation--S. 30, introduced by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and H.R. 344, introduced by Rep.

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