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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Files Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act As Amendment To Defense Bill

on June 19, 2019 - 7:54am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, co-founder of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, filed the Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act (AI-IA) as an amendment to the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.
 
Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) are cosponsors of the amendment.
 
The amendment is the text of S.

‘Liberty On The Rocks’ Meets 6 P.M. Thursday

on June 17, 2019 - 11:56am

LOTR News:

“Liberty on the Rocks” meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at Cottonwood on the Greens, 4244 Diamond Dr.

The community is invited to join the fun, have a drink, (a dinner entree can be purchased) and discuss the ideas of liberty and freedom, not for electoral politics.

 
About Liberty on the Rocks

Liberty on the Rocks is a non-profit libertarian organization designed to educate, connect, and activate liberty enthusiasts around the world.

Udall Applauds Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Resolution Condemning All Forms Of Anti-Semitism

on June 17, 2019 - 10:01am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M) released the following statement Thursday on Senate passage of a Udall-cosponsored, bipartisan resolution condemning all forms of anti-Semitism.
 
The resolution recognizes and condemns the long history of anti-Semitism, and the fact that Jews are the targets of the majority of hate crimes committed against any religious group in the United States.
 
The resolution also commits the U.S. Senate to take action to combat all forms of anti-Semitism in our nation.
 
“In recent years, we’ve borne

Opting-In To Local Election Act Will Save Money

on June 16, 2019 - 8:33am
By MANDY VIGIL
New Mexico Elections Director
Office of the Secretary of State
 
There are some big changes coming to the way New Mexicans vote, and because of these changes, some real costs savings are available for municipalities throughout our state.
 
The upcoming changes are the result of 2018’s Local Election Act, a legislative overhaul of the way non-partisan local elections are run throughout the state (such as for municipal officers, school boards, and other governmental bodies with taxing authority).
 
Previously in New Mexico there were multiple non-partisan local elections

Udall Leads Indian Affairs Committee Introducing Law On Policing, Public Safety In Native Communities

on June 16, 2019 - 7:29am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), all members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Thursday introduced the Bridging Agency Data Gaps & Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act.
 
This bipartisan bill addresses critical public safety needs in Indian Country by addressing federal inefficiencies that hurt

NBCUniversal: Major Albuquerque Production Venture Projected To Generate $1.1B In Direct Economic Impact

on June 15, 2019 - 11:43am

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Mayor Tim Keller and company executives announced Friday that NBCUniversal is entering into a 10-year venture with Garcia Realty and Development to redevelop an empty free-span warehouse in Albuquerque into a state-of-the-art television and film studio with two sound stages, offices and a mill.

Over the next 10 years, NBCUniversal will produce television and film projects at the Albuquerque facility, with the aim of reaching $500 million in direct production spending.

Udall, Martin Resubmit Military Justice Improvement Act Targeting Growing Crisis Of Sexual Assault

on June 15, 2019 - 9:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Military Justice Improvement Act, which would professionalize how the military prosecutes serious crimes by moving the decision over whether to prosecute them to independent, trained, professional military prosecutors.
 
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is the leading sponsor of the legislation.
 
According to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) own data in this year’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) report, there

Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Urge USPS To Swiftly Improve Albuquerque Post Office Facilities

on June 15, 2019 - 9:22am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland wrote to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan urging the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to implement recommendations made by a recent audit report issued by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding serious deficiencies at post office facilities in Albuquerque.
 
In their letter, the lawmakers called on USPS to address these troubling conditions and swiftly enact critical improvements, such as filling staff vacancies; maintaining safe and secure facilities; and ensuring the

AG Balderas Announces $2.7 Million In Debt Relief For 252 Former New Mexican ITT Tech Students

on June 15, 2019 - 8:56am
Attorney General Balderas
 
AG News:

 

Mexico as part of a 43 state multistate settlement. Nationally, the settlement will result in debt relief of more than $168 million for more than 22,000 former ITT students.

 

“As Attorney General, I am committed to protecting New Mexican families from out-of-state monetary predators,” Attorney General Hector Balderas said.

Tacos At The Tub With Dist. 43 Rep. Chandler June 26

on June 15, 2019 - 8:51am

The community is invited to chat with Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op at 163 Central Park Square - get tickets here. Also, the Community is invited to attend an event 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 at the Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe. Rep. Chandler is participating on a panel discussing the future of nuclear and nuclear waste.

Udall, Romney Introduce Smoke-Free Schools Act

on June 14, 2019 - 8:13am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) Thursday introduced The Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019 to help school districts and local education agencies address the surge of e-cigarettes in schools.
 
The legislation would ban e-cigarette use in educational and childcare facilities and lays outs findings to support the conclusion that e-cigarette use in schools and among youth has reached the level of a public health epidemic.
 
“Across America, high schoolers are receiving their hard-earned diplomas – but we cannot stand by as

Los Alamos County Council Green Lights Pebble Labs Plan To Advance Business

on June 13, 2019 - 7:30am
Council Chambers is filled with Pebble Labs employees Tuesday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Tuesday night, employees from Pebble Labs filled Los Alamos County Council Chambers to state their case on why council should support the budding biotech research company.

Pebble Labs employees’ efforts were successful. Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved an ordinance adopting an economic development project for public support of Pebble Labs.

Tribal Infrastructure Fund Board Awards $14 Million To Critical Projects In New Mexico Tribal Communities

on June 13, 2019 - 6:59am
IAD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD) Wednesday announced that more than $14 million in funding was awarded across 11 tribal communities by the Tribal Infrastructure Fund Board.
 
The Tribal Infrastructure Act, which created the Tribal Infrastructure Fund Board in 2005, recognizes that many of New Mexico’s tribal communities lack basic infrastructure, resulting in poor health, social and economic conditions. The nine-member board thoroughly evaluates and scores project proposals from tribal communities to ensure that critical need is established.

Udall, Lowenthal Call On President To Mobilize Federal Government To Deal With Plastic Pollution Crisis

on June 12, 2019 - 8:37am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D- Calif.) have called on President Trump to immediately mobilize the federal government to address the significant threat that mismanaged plastic waste poses to human health, public budgets, and to the sustainability of our waterways, oceans, and entire planet.
 
Pointing out the urgency of dealing with the crisis, the lawmakers write, “Approximately eight million tons of plastic makes its way into the oceans annually, and this number is expected to double by 2030.”
 
This

Scenes From Local 2019 JFK Dinner; Schultz Honored

on June 11, 2019 - 11:03am

Members and guests of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County and local and state elected officials gathered Sunday for the annual JFK Dinner at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The sold out crowd honored recently retired longtime and beloved local Party Chair Robyn Schultz pictured here with her husband Larry Schultz, for her Outstanding Leadership of the local Democratic Party. The annual JFK Dinner is the local Party’s largest fundraiser of the year, which helps pay for its 2020 campaign headquarters and ongoing expenses. Courtesy photo

A sold out crowd gathered Sunday for the Democratic

Udall Calls For Prioritization Of Local News And Broadcasting, Raises Concerns Over Doctored Videos

on June 11, 2019 - 9:44am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. At a recent Senate Commerce Committee hearing to examine the state of the television and video marketplace, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) spoke about the need for broadcasters to prioritize local news and reporting of local interest, in the era of corporate media consolidation of broadcasters and video content.
 
“Support of local media means we need media in our communities reporting on local events and stories of local interest – not prepackaged stories that don’t reflect the community,” Udall said during the hearing.
 
“Now

Gov. Lujan Grisham Establishes Crime Advisory Group

on June 11, 2019 - 7:38am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Monday announced the establishment of the Crime Analysis and Policy Partnership, a volunteer group consisting of current and retired attorneys, former judges and other former law enforcement officials who will identify trends and gaps in the criminal justice system, crime and law enforcement in New Mexico.
 
This group will make policy recommendations to the governor, state and local officials within the criminal justice system.
 
Members of the partnership were selected for the diversity of their experience

Heinrich Pressures Wireless Carriers To Utilize Robocall Blocking Technology With No Burden Of Cost To New Mexican Consumers

on June 10, 2019 - 8:35am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In response to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) vote to affirm that voice services providers may, by default, block unwanted calls, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) sent a letter to the heads of AT&T, T-Mobil and Verizon, urging the phone carriers to deploy robocall blocking technologies at no additional charge to New Mexican consumers.
 
“I know you share my belief that we have a responsibility to ensure that consumers are not unduly targeted or scammed by violators of telemarketing laws,” Sen.

Indian Affairs Department Congratulates Newly Elected Jicarilla Apache Nation President Darrell Paiz

on June 9, 2019 - 8:49am
IAD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD) congratulates Mr. Darrell Paiz on his election as president of the Jicarilla Apache Nation.
 
President Paiz previously worked at the Jicarilla Apache Tax and Revenue Department for 33 years. In 2018, Paiz ended his tenure as director when he was elected as a Legislative Council member for the Jicarilla Apache Nation. President Paiz attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
 
“I am thankful to the Jicarilla Apache Nation members for their confidence in me to serve as their President,” Paiz said.

Seventh-Generation New Mexican Mark Roper Named Division Director For State Economic Development

on June 9, 2019 - 7:49am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE A seventh-generation New Mexican with a long background in government and community service has been named Division Director for Economic Development, Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced Friday.
 
Mark Roper has been the team leader for community, rural and business development for the Department since October 2014. He has also worked in radio marketing, communications and government.
 
As head of the Economic Development Division, Roper will oversee programs for economic assistance, job training, MainStreet, International Trade, and Science and

Udall, Heinrich Bill Directs Trump Administration To Meet Standards Set By Paris Climate Agreement

on June 8, 2019 - 2:22pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 43 of their colleagues in introducing legislation in the Senate to direct the Trump administration to meet the standards established by the historic Paris Climate Agreement and to mitigate the long-term damage caused by the Trump administration’s anti-environment actions.
 
The International Climate Accountability Act would prevent the president from using funds to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

Matthew B. Mascareñas Named Securities Watchdog

on June 8, 2019 - 8:12am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE – New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Superintendent Marguerite Salazar Thursday announced that Matthew Bouillon Mascareñas has been named director of the Securities Division.
 
Bouillon previously served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Colorado Department of Law in Denver where he represented the Colorado Commissioner of Securities in civil and administrative litigation and acted as counsel to the Colorado Banking Board and Banking Commissioner.
 
Bouillon will oversee a division that seeks to preserve and strengthen a free and competitive securities

New Mexico Delegation Announces $13.8 Million For Construction; Maintenance Projects At 16 Local Airports

on June 8, 2019 - 8:00am
 
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small announced that the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $13,810,189 in federal funding for construction and maintenance projects at 16 New Mexico airports.
 
\The funding will support critical rehabilitation, construction, and maintenance projects to repair and improve local airports across New Mexico.
 
“These regional airports are economic lifelines for their

Los Alamos Democratic Party Meets At UNM-LA June 10

on June 8, 2019 - 7:52am
Democratic Party News:
 
The Los Alamos Democratic Party monthly meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 10 in Building 5 at UNM-Los Alamos.
 
The meeting is open to the public.

Los Alamos County Clerk Announces Bid For Reelection

on June 7, 2019 - 5:49pm
By NAOMI D. MAESTAS
Los Alamos County Clerk

I am honored to announce my bid for re-election for the office of Los Alamos County Clerk as a Democrat in the 2020 election.

During my time in the office, I have been dedicated to making elections more accessible for eligible voters and supporting legislation that removes barriers to democracy. I have changed my voter registration to the Democratic Party because I feel their values most align with the work I have done.

Voting is a constitutional right, and I pledge to continue to pave a clear way for citizens to carry out that right.

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