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Udall, Luján, NM Delegation Introduce Legislation To Address Health Disparities For Native Americans

on April 20, 2019 - 9:27am
New Mexico Delegation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. April 15, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján, Assistant Speaker of the House, along with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, introduced bicameral legislation to improve Medicaid for Native patients who receive services at Urban Indian Health Programs.
The Urban Indian Health Parity Act is also cosponsored by 10 other U.S. Senators and 13 other members of the House of Representatives.

CVNM Announces Key Administrative Policy Priorities

on April 20, 2019 - 8:11am
CVNM News:
SANTA FE Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), the leading statewide environmental advocacy organization in the state, announces key administration priorities under the new administration.
As Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration continues its transition, CVNM will focus on three major public policies which the organization has been engaged in for years.
“Now that we have the right people in office who are listening to their constituents and reflecting their deeply-rooted, shared conservation values, the door is finally open to make progress on these

Sierra Club: Albq. Moves Beyond Plastic Bags; Straws & Takeout Containers Will Still Contaminate Air & Water

on April 19, 2019 - 10:25am
Late Monday night, the Albuquerque City Council voted 5-3 to pass a weakened Clean and Green ordinance that will end single-use plastic bags in retail but allows restaurants to distribute single-use plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam takeout containers.
Sierra Club’s Global Warming Emergency (formerly Global Warming Express) kids, who have been advocating for such an ordinance since the beginning of the year, waited for four hours to speak on the importance of ending the proliferation of single-use plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam takeout containers

County Notice Of Possible Quorum At Tour Today

on April 19, 2019 - 8:27am

Lt. Gov. Howie Morales Addresses League

on April 17, 2019 - 11:49am

Lt. Gov. Howie Morales addresses the LWV Tuesday in the upstairs meeting room at Mesa Public Library, touching on education, energy and other topics. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey was on hand to discuss County issues such as energy and infrastructure. Photo by John McHale/
League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters welcomed Lt. Gov. Howie Morales to its monthly Lunch with a Leader community event Tuesday at Mesa Public Library.
Lt. Gov. Morales is a former Democratic state senator from

State GSD To Begin Green Building Project

on April 17, 2019 - 8:10am
SANTA FE The General Services Department, in partnership with other state agencies, will soon begin a $32 million project to improve the energy efficiency of state buildings in Santa Fe, including installation of solar power and government’s first battery storage of solar power.
GSD also will be purchasing the first electric vehicles for the government motor pool, and it will build charging stations for the vehicles in Santa Fe.

Udall, Heinrich Unveil Legislation To Cut Taxes For Workers And Families In New Mexico

on April 17, 2019 - 7:50am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Ahead of Tax Day and the IRS Commissioner’s annual appearance Monday before the Senate and House, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich,along with 46 Senate Democrats, introduced the Working Families Tax Relief Act.  
At a time when wages are stagnant and the cost of childcare has exploded, the Working Families Tax Relief Act would cut taxes for workers and families by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). EITC and CTC are two of the most effective tools we have to put money back in the pockets of working

Funding Secured For State Poet Laureate Program

on April 17, 2019 - 7:44am
Sen. Bill O’Neill
SANTA FE Landmark Legislation. 282 bills signed into law. A $7 billion budget. Unprecedented capital outlay dollars for statewide infrastructure spending.
The 2019 session was one for the books. But among the marquee accomplishments of the legislature were several measures that, while receiving fewer headlines, also will have a lasting impact on the state. One such accomplishment was securing the funding to establish a state Poet Laureate program.
The idea to establish a state Poet Laureate program dates back several years.

Marg Ellison Speaks At Democratic Party Meeting

on April 16, 2019 - 4:59pm

New Mexico Democratic Party President Marg Ellison spoke recently at the monthly Democratic Party meeting. She was accompanied by her husband, former U.S. Sen. Fred Harris. Courtesy photo

Udall To Wheeler On EPA Reorg: Agency Should Focus On Staffing Crisis And Environmental Enforcement

on April 16, 2019 - 4:49pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed reorganization of regional offices, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.),ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, requested April 10 a detailed plan from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to improve staffing levels across the agency, prioritize enforcement and compliance, increase communication with states, Tribes, and EPA staff, and honor agreements with staff and unions.
“While I acknowledge that

Council Tentatively Okays Sheriff Office Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 4:42pm

Sheriff Joe Granville presents his budget Monday night as County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall listen Monday evening during the annual budget hearings. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the Sheriff Department $15,510 budget Monday night during the budget hearing.

Sheriff Joe Granville highlighted some of his department’s budget items:

  • The Sheriff’s Office primary function is to maintain the sex offender registry in Los Alamos County and to ensure all sex

Why Recent Improvements To New Mexico Tax Code Didn’t Change This Year’s Tax Return

on April 16, 2019 - 4:35pm
Executive Director
New Mexico Voices for Children
When we think about all the public amenities that our tax payments support – like roads and highways, schools and education, internet access, parks, public safety, health care, and more – it’s a wonder we don’t celebrate Tax Day.
These amenities are, in fact, what make our modern economy and quality of life possible.

VOLA: Chandler Recaps 2019 Legislative Session

on April 16, 2019 - 4:02pm
State Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler will speak at the Voices of Los Alamos meeting April 22. Courtesy photo
State Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler will speak on the major legislative initiatives that occurred in the session, such as criminal justice reform, ethics and elections as well as her interest in tax reform 6:30-7:30 p.m., April 22 at the Voices of Los Alamos meeting at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop.
Also during the meeting, Sue Barns with the Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) will present the ESB's consideration of implementing a

Senators Urge Amtrak To Continue Support For Routes Connecting Rural Communities In NM, Across U.S.

on April 16, 2019 - 3:26pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Pat Roberts (R-Kans.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Jerry Moran (R-Kans.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Joe Manchin (D-W. VA.), Dick Durbin (D- Ill.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) are calling on Amtrak to continue service to rural communities in New Mexico and across the U.S. by investing in long-distance and state-supported routes.
“We are writing in strong support of Amtrak’s national network, including the long-distance and state-supported

Heinrich, Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Establish Investment Tax Credit For Energy Storage

on April 16, 2019 - 11:26am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, have introduced the bipartisan Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act of 2019 to establish an investment tax credit (ITC) for business and home use of energy storage.
“I continue to be incredibly excited by the potential for innovative energy storage technologies to improve the efficiency, reliability and resilience of our electric delivery systems that power homes and businesses.

Republican Gavin Clarkson Seeks U.S. Senate Seat

on April 16, 2019 - 8:00am

Gavin Clarkson of Las Cruces


LAS CRUCES – Former Trump administration official and New Mexico State University business professor Dr. Gavin Clarkson today became the first Republican to announce for New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat.

Sen. Tom Udall announced last month he will retire rather than seek a third six-year term next year.

“My story is quite different from most people who spend their lives climbing the political stepladder aspiring to be another career politician,” Clarkson said.

Marking Tax Day, Udall, Warren Reintroduce Bill To Simplify, Decrease Costs Of Tax Preparation And Filing

on April 15, 2019 - 9:32am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Taxpayers spend an average of 11 hours preparing and filing tax returns and pay $200 for tax preparation services 
  • Bill with Sen. Elizabeth Warren would simplify tax filing process and let Americans file their taxes directly with the IRS for free

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M) joined U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in reintroducing the Tax Filing Simplification Act to simplify and decrease the costs of the tax filing process for millions of American taxpayers.

Last tax season,

Luján On Passage Of Southwest Drought Plan

on April 15, 2019 - 8:14am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the passage of a comprehensive drought and water plan for the southwest:
“Today’s passage of a comprehensive drought plan is a critical step to address climate change and protect New Mexicans’ access to clean water. Millions of people across the Southwest depend on the Colorado River, even as the supply has continued to deplete due to prolonged drought.

Military Order Of The World Wars Meets April 16

on April 14, 2019 - 6:27am
MOWW News:
The April meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars is Tuesday, April 16 with speaker Rep. Christine Chandler.
Rep. Chandler is a longtime resident of Los Alamos County serving her first term in the New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43 (Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties).
Her legislative committee assignments include House Taxation & Revenue and Judiciary. Rep. Chandler will give an overview of the 2019 legislative session.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Opens Application Process For Military Service Academy Nominations

on April 14, 2019 - 6:19am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he is now accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies.
Throughout April and May, members of Udall's staff will host information sessions across the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying to enter an academy in the fall of 2020.
Four of the five service academies — the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S.

Democratic Party Of Los Alamos Elects New Leadership During Annual Ward And County Convention

on April 13, 2019 - 12:23pm

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos elected new leadership during its annual Ward and County Convention April 6 at Fuller Lodge. Newly elected leadership from left, State Central Committee member Michael Redondo, County Vice Chair Cameron Counters, Party Chair Catherine Ozment and State Central Committee members Carrie Walker, Phil Gursky and Whitney Holland. The DPLA will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 13 in Room 631, Building 6 at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Democratic Party of Los Alamos annual Ward and County Convention April 6 at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

New Mexico Delegation Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Haaland Introduce Legislation To Protect Chaco Canyon Area

on April 13, 2019 - 11:49am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, the U.S House Assistant Speaker, and Deb Haaland have introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill to withdraw the federal lands around Chaco Canyon from further mineral development.
The bill, alongside anticipated actions from State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard, would help ensure the protection of Chaco ruins and the greater landscape surrounding the Chaco Culture National Historical Park by preventing any future leasing or

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler Post-Legislative Coffee Conversation Underway At Pig + Fig Until Noon Today!

on April 13, 2019 - 10:37am

The community is invited to a post-legislative coffee with Dist 43 Rep. Christine Chandler until noon today at Pig + Fig at the corner of Sherwood Boulvard and N.M. 4 in White Rock. Courtesy image

Lunch With A Leader: Lt. Gov. Howie Morales April 16

on April 11, 2019 - 9:50pm
Lt. Gov. Howie Morales
LWV News:
The League of Women Voters’ community event, Lunch with a Leader, is 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 16 in Mesa Public Library. 
This months Lunch with a Leader guest speaker is Lt. Gov. Howie Morales.
Lt. Gov. Morales was raised in Silver City and has spent his entire life working to improve the lives of people in his community and across the state. Since 2008, he has been an aggressive leader for children and classrooms in the State Senate, fighting to make every corner of New Mexico a better place to live.
Lt. Gov.

Heinrich Questions Top Air Force Leadership About Artificial Intelligence Workforce Needs

on April 11, 2019 - 4:02pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a hearing before the Senate Committee on Armed Services April 5, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff of the Air Force General David L. Goldfein about how the Air Force, and the Department of Defense as a whole, is working to address the growing workforce needs as the military implements Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiatives.
Heinrich is focused on helping the military recruit more computer scientists and establishing digital engineering