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LAFRW Hosts Annual Christmas Luncheon Thursday

on December 10, 2019 - 9:45am


Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will host its annual Christmas Luncheon noon Thursday. Call Shona for luncheon location at 505.672.1456.

Local President Shona Neff will present the Year in Review. All registered Republican women are invited to attend.

Contributions for a charity opportunity will take place during the luncheon.  



Luján Celebrates Legacy Of Esther Martinez In Floor Speech Supporting Language Justice Legislation

on December 10, 2019 - 7:42am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. Monday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, spoke on the House floor in support of the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation to revitalize Native American languages.
Video of Luján’s full speech is available here.
An excerpt from Luján’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act.
With the passage of this

LANL Director Thom Mason Speaks At Military Order Of The World Wars Pearl Harbor Commemoration Dinner

on December 9, 2019 - 8:54am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, left, receives a certificate of appreciation from Cmdr. Gregg Giesler following his presentation on ‘Leveraging our scientific base against national security threats’ during the Military Order of The World Wars annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration Dinner Sunday at the Los Alamos Research Park. An Act of Congress chartered the Military Order of the World Wars in 1919 as a national patriotic organization. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Following his presentation Sunday, LANL Director Thom Mason, left, answers questions from members of

RSF Urges Prime Minister To Repeal Law That Sanctions Reporters For Taking Photos Outside Courtrooms

on December 9, 2019 - 8:10am
Andrew Michael Holness, center, has been prime minister of Jamaica since March 3, 2016. Courtesy/RSF
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on the Prime Minister of Jamaica to repeal a proposed amendment to Jamaica’s Criminal Justice and Administration Act, which would introduce draconian penalties for attempting to take a photograph of a criminal defendant outside a courtroom or sketch a prisoner in court.
Letter to Prime Minister Andrew Michael Holness:
November 22, 2019 
Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Office of the Prime Minister
Devon Road
St Andrew
Dear Prime

Outdoor Recreation Division Has Awarded First-Ever Grants Aimed At Growing Outdoor Economy

on December 9, 2019 - 7:58am
SANTA FE The New Mexico Economic Development Department's Outdoor Recreation Division has awarded the first-ever grants to business start-up organizations aimed at growing the outdoor economy.
The awards of $50,000 each will go to the San Juan College Enterprise Center in Farmington and to Creative Startups, which is proposing an initiative to serve as many as a dozen rural communities. Both were chosen for their regional focus to help outdoor recreation startups in the service, retail, and manufacturing spaces.
"My administration is clear that the outdoor recreation

Democratic Party Features Land Commissioner Monday

on December 8, 2019 - 1:37pm
Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard
DPLA News:
The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 in Building 6 at UNM-LA.
The featured speaker is New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard who will present an update on renewable energy, water, oil and gas issues and upcoming legislative initiatives.
The meeting is open to the public.

NM Congressional Delegation Applauds Economic Development Grant To Help Northwest New Mexico

on December 8, 2019 - 10:51am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) have announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments (NWNMCOG) a $988,400 grant to expand its current efforts to diversify the economy in Cibola, McKinley and San Juan Counties.
The EDA grant adds to $540,000 in state investment in the regional economic development group.
The grant

Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor 78 Years Ago Today

on December 7, 2019 - 6:48pm

U.S. Navy took this photo of the USS Arizona on fire following the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Courtesy/Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Pearl Harbor News:

President Franklin Roosevelt called Dec. 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy”.

On that day, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory. The bombing killed more than 2,300 Americans. It completely destroyed the American battleship U.S.S. Arizona and capsized the U.S.S. Oklahoma.

The attack sank or beached 12 ships, damaged nine

NEA-New Mexico President Mary Parr Sanchez Comments On PED Proposed 5 Percent Budget Increase

on December 7, 2019 - 6:47pm
By Mary Parr Sanchez
NEA-New Mexico President
NEA-New Mexico President Mary Parr Sanchez issues the following comment on the New Mexico Public Education Department’s proposed budget increase of only 5 percent:
If the preliminary budget figures being discussed by legislative leaders and the PED are adopted, New Mexico's educators will be extremely disappointed that once again our students next year will not be provided a sufficient education.
With anything less than another substantial increase in total compensation for teachers and other school employees, the dire shortages of

New Mexico First Issues Data For Decision-Making

on December 7, 2019 - 6:28pm
NMF News:
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico First, a nonpartisan organization committed to engaging New Mexicans in public policy and civic life, has released a report on Building a New Mexico Infrastructure for Data-Informed Decision-Making.
It is important to recognize there is not a “one-size-fits-all” strategy.
If data are to contribute meaningfully to decision-making in New Mexico’s diverse communities, they need to be responsive to a variety of contexts, concerns, methodologies and requirements.

Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force Meets In Gallup Dec. 12

on December 7, 2019 - 10:25am
NMIA News:
The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force is holding its December meeting.
The meeting is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at the First United Methodist Church 7000 at 1800 Redrock Dr. in Gallup (across Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital).
  • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is a closed session for task force members only;
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. is a closed working lunch session; and
  • 1:30-3 p.m. the public is welcome to attend.
An agenda will be available at least 72 hours prior to the meeting and will be posted on the Indian Affairs Department's homepage:

Heinrich Wants Answers On Abandoning Kurdish Allies

on December 6, 2019 - 4:16pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

  • U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is warning of the dangerous precedent this sets for U.S. relations in the region.

WASHINGTON, D.C. In a key Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned Secretary of Defense for Policy John C. Rood on the Trump administration’s reckless decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria.

The removal of U.S.

Over 27,000 New Mexicans May Lose Food Assistance

on December 6, 2019 - 11:42am


ALBUQUERQUE—Federal food assistance was created to increase nutrition levels and eliminate hunger. However, the Trump administration published a final rule yesterday that threatens food assistance for more than 27,255 New Mexicans and 755,000 low-income adults nationwide.

The rule will go into effect April 1, 2020.

Federal law already required that states limit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility to just three months out of every three years for unemployed and underemployed adults without dependent children unless they can document 20 hours of work a

GOP Reacts To Speaker Pelosi; Articles Of Impeachment

on December 6, 2019 - 11:26am

RPNM News: 

Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce issued this statement, Thursday, regarding Speaker Nancy Pelosi's call for articles of impeachment against President Trump:

“What Speaker Pelosi did today was a disgrace to our nation and to our Constitution. Our Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves after getting a ‘history lesson’ from the Speaker. She has asked President Trump to prove his innocence: what happened to the 5th Amendment and to Due Process? She hasn’t defended the Constitution herself, particularly on 2nd Amendment rights.

New Mexico Partnership Unveils New Website Features To Showcase Available Commercial Land And Property

on December 6, 2019 - 6:35am
EDD News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Partnership in conjunction with the State Economic Development Department has launched two new pages on its website that bring together commercial properties available for companies looking to grow or expand in New Mexico.
These web pages will help to promote properties and provide a consolidated space for potential buyers or tenants to preview availability in all 33 New Mexico counties.
“The new website will help out of town businesses and other clients not familiar with New Mexico to search our available property inventory and make decisions

John Blair Discusses Election Security; Voting Rights

on December 5, 2019 - 10:28am
District 3 Congressional District Candidate and former New Mexico Deputy Secretary of State John Blair speaks at the Voices of Los Alamos meeting Monday at the Unitarian Church. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
By Bonnie J. Gordon
Los Alamos Daily Post

District 3 Congressional District Candidate and former New Mexico Deputy Secretary of State John Blair spoke to Voices of Los Alamos Monday on election security and voting rights in New Mexico.

Blair left his post to run for Congress in August 2019.  

He began with the good news.

“We’re ahead of most

Udall Delivers Remarks At U.S. Capitol Tree Lighting

on December 5, 2019 - 10:06am
New Mexico delegation to light this year’s US Capitol Christmas Tree from the land of enchantment. Courtesy photo
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) delivered remarks at the official lighting ceremony for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree, also known as the ‘People’s Tree,’ is a 60-foot blue spruce from Carson National Forest in New Mexico.

Amid E-Cigarette Public Health Crisis, Udall And Senators Slam Reversal On Strong Tobacco Regulation

on December 5, 2019 - 8:11am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Amid a national public health crisis, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined 22 Senate Democrats to call out the Trump administration’s recent flip-flop to abandon a critical pledge to clear the market of unauthorized, flavored e-cigarettes.
Despite President Trump’s public commitment to pull any unapproved, non-tobacco flavored products from the market in September amid epidemic usage rates by youth and ongoing instances nationwide of severe lung disease, the Trump administration has suddenly reversed course and once again is putting the profits

Highlights From Nov. 26 County Council Meeting

on December 5, 2019 - 8:09am
Los Alamos County Council took action on several items during its Nov. 26 regular meeting. Courtesy photo/LAC
Los Alamos Daily Post

Water and sewer rates, recommendations for the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter and changes in the County’s library policies were among the discussion topics at the Nov. 26  council meeting.

Below are the highlights of the council’s decisions on these issues:

Increase in Water and Sewer Rates Approved
Council approved 7-0 to implement multiple rate increases over multiple years for water and sewer utilities.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Cosponsors Legislation To Help Protect People’s Personal Data Online

on December 4, 2019 - 4:29pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

  • The Data Care Act will stop websites and apps from using personal data to harm users, protect user information from hacks, and hold companies accountable for misuse.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has joined 15 senators in reintroducing legislation to protect people’s personal data online. The Data Care Act would require websites, apps, and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and stop the misuse of users’ data.

“Private and sensitive information

RPNM: Help Wanted To Ensure Fair Elections

on December 4, 2019 - 9:53am
From Republican Party of New Mexico:
We all want our elections to be fair, and you can help make that happen in 2020!
We need people to sign up to be poll watchers and poll challengers to make sure there's ballot integrity during elections. This will help ensure your vote counts.
Let's all promote openness and transparency in New Mexico’s 2020 Elections.
Training and support will be provided by RPNM.
To sign up, click here
What are the qualifications and restrictions of being an Election Challenger or Watcher? Challengers and watchers shall be voters of a precinct

Heinrich Hires Edward Tabet-Cubero As State Director

on December 4, 2019 - 9:46am

Edward Tabet-Cubero

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced this morning that Edward Tabet-Cubero will serve as his state director.

Tabet-Cubero brings more than 20 years of experience in the education, nonprofit and public policy sectors, including serving as the executive director of Learning Alliance of New Mexico and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, as well as associate director of Dual Language Education of New Mexico.

“Throughout his career, Edward has proven to be a strong advocate and leader committed

Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard Restricts Hunting Near South Valley Neighborhoods

on December 3, 2019 - 3:41pm
ALBUQUERQUE In an effort to increase public safety in the South Valley and shield family homes from stray bullets, New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard today announced a restriction on hunting and trapping on 212 acres of state trust land along the Rio Grande Bosque, adjacent to Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) in Bernalillo County.
Access to nearly 9 million acres of state trust land for hunters and other sportspeople is set out in an agreement between the New Mexico State Land Office and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF).

Governor Backs Balanced Pension Reform Proposal

on December 3, 2019 - 3:17pm
The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
From the Office of the Governor
  • Bill will incorporate retiree concerns into task force recommendations
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham endorsed an essential and equitable public employee pension reform proposal today that accommodates the concerns of current and future state of New Mexico retirees while establishing safeguards against the effects of future economic downturns.
Key legislative leaders also voiced support for the proposal, which is scheduled to be heard Wednesday at the legislative

LWVNM: Legislative Process Training Saturday

on December 3, 2019 - 10:33am