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Marg Elliston Takes Helm Of State Democratic Party

on April 21, 2018 - 1:22pm

Newly elected Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Marg Elliston

DPNM News:

Truth Or Consequences – At a meeting in Truth or Consequences today, Marg Elliston took the helm of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Elliston was elected by the DPNM State Central Committee the committee of elected members of the Democratic Party from all 33 counties in the state who participate and conduct Party business. She is elected to finish chair this term, which ends at the beginning of 2019.

“As chair in this incredibly important election year, I’ll be working to ensure Democrats are using our energy

Scenes From Meet & Greet For County Council Candidate Sara Scott In White Rock Friday

on April 21, 2018 - 12:49pm
Los Alamos County Council candidate Sara Scott chats with local resident Dave Schiferl during her Meet and Greet event Friday at the Pig + Fig in White Rock. Courtesy photo
 
Council candidate Sara Scott greets resident Cait LeClaire during her Meet and Greet event Friday at the Pig + Fig in White Rock. Courtesy photo

County Council candidate Sara Scott speaks with resident Pat Walls during her Meet and Greet event Friday at the Pig + Fig in White Rock. Courtesy photo

Council candidate Sara Scott speaks with resident Allen Pratt during her Meet and Greet event Friday at the Pig + Fig in

Brenner IPRA Case Against Council Drags On

on April 21, 2018 - 12:26pm
Los Alamos County Councilor Susan O'Leary, left, chats with her attorney Kate Ferlic following Wednesday's hearing in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
Patrick Brenner, right, listens as his attorney Blair Dunn addresses the Court Wednesday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A lawsuit filed by former Los Alamos resident Patrick Brenner last June against Los Alamos County Councilors and the County’s Records Custodian under the state Inspection of Public Records

Luján Introduces Workforce Development Bills To Spur Employment Opportunities

on April 21, 2018 - 12:25pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at boosting employment in the technology sector and New Mexico’s National Laboratories.
 
Luján’s first bill, the TechSmart Workforce Development Act, will help increase opportunities and innovate pathways to prepare more workers for employment opportunities in the technology sector. The bill establishes the TechSMART Workforce Development Program to provide competitive grants for technology-based job training and education programs.

Letter To The Editor: Support Pete Sheehey For Dist. 43 ... He Puts Our Values Into Action

on April 21, 2018 - 12:23pm

By NONA GIRARDI
Los Alamos

I support Pete Sheehey for State Representative because he puts our values into action.

As a family doctor who has cared for patients in New Mexico's cities, towns and rural areas for many years, I have seen the difficulties many New Mexican families still face in finding accessible, affordable health care (yes, even here in Los Alamos).

Over the 10 years that I have known Pete, he has consistently supported equal pay for women, women's right to make their own choices about contraception and abortion, marriage equality, and the rights of all to equality, justice -

AG Balderas To Congress: Protect Elderly, Disabled & Impoverished New Mexicans From Abusive Debt Collection Practices By Lawyers

on April 21, 2018 - 7:02am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas and a bi-partisan coalition of 20 state attorneys general submitted a letter Thursday urging Congress to oppose the Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2018, which would strip away protections against debt collection attorneys who take unfair advantage of state courts to intimidate, harass and deceive consumers.
 
“I am urging Congress to protect New Mexico’s elderly, disabled and impoverished populations from abusive and predatory debt collection practices,” Balderas said.

Fiscal Policy Group Weighs In On Governor's Statement On Revenue Spike

on April 21, 2018 - 6:59am
NMVC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding the recent announcment by Gov. Susana Martinez of a revenue spike:
 
“The announcement of a surplus in our state budget from oil and gas revenue is good news for New Mexico’s children—for now. Unfortunately, without some foundational changes to our tax systems, these good times are not likely to last.
 
“Less than one year ago, lawmakers were scrambling to pay for basic services like schools, roads, and public safety.

NMED Announces Public Comment Period On Draft Volkswagen Beneficiary Mitigation Plan

on April 20, 2018 - 7:58am

NMED News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department is seeking public comment on the Draft Volkswagen Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. The plan summarizes the State’s goals for the allocation of approximately $18 million towards eligible projects.

Eligible projects are required to mitigate the excess nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions caused by Volkswagen’s use of illegal defeat devices in certain diesel vehicles in years past.

Following the public comment period and prior to the State’s review of applications received for the eligible mitigation projects, NMED will finalize the plan and

DOI Awards $17.68 Million Contract For Dam Work

on April 20, 2018 - 6:45am
DOI News:
 
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah  The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation Wednesday awarded a $17.68 million contract to Weeminuche Construction Authority of Towaoc, Colo., which is 100 percent owned by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, for modification work at Steinaker Dam near Vernal, Utah.
 
“This award represents the Administration’s commitment to infrastructure improvement, public safety, and supporting the tribe in building its economy,” Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said.
 
Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman noted that, “Beyond improving the structure of

Hazlett Visits Prescribed To Death Opioid Memorial

on April 20, 2018 - 6:42am
Anne Hazlett
 
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett visited the Prescribed to Death opioid memorial Tuesday at President’s Park.
 
The exhibit features 22,000 pills memorializing the 22,000 Americans who died of a prescription drug overdose in 2016.
 
Hazlett issued the following statement:
 
“Over the course of the last year, I have seen firsthand the impact of the opioid epidemic on rural America.

Sheehey: Science And Politics

on April 19, 2018 - 1:58pm

By PETE SHEEHEY
Candidate for House Dist. 43

I am an applied physicist retired from LANL. As District 43’s State Representative, I will work on many issues with a scientific dimension: environmental preservation, renewable energy, economic development, STEM education, health care; tax reform also has complex data sets to analyze. I was honored this Monday to receive the endorsement of the state Sierra Club, an organization that works to preserve the environment with respect for science.

I am an activist because I feel strongly that our future depends upon our actions today, especially on

Heinrich Holds Senate Armed Services Hearing On Accelerating Tech Transfer For The Pentagon

on April 19, 2018 - 1:31pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) presided as Ranking Member of a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities hearing on the importance of technology transfer and ways to move technologies and systems more rapidly into the hands of operational forces.
 
 
In his opening statement, Heinrich highlighted New Mexico as a perfect example of a research and development hub, and noted that

Pearce Supports Bipartisan Efforts To Redesign IRS

on April 19, 2018 - 1:27pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives this week voted and passed multiple bipartisan bills to redesign the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), putting taxpayers first while prioritizing accountability, transparency, and security.
 
“Much like our old tax code, the IRS is still operating under antiquated technologies and processes. This week, Congress took action to improve and modernize the IRS by making customer service the top of their mission. This means putting the American taxpayer first.

DEA Reaches Prescription Drug Information Sharing Agreement With 48 Attorneys General

on April 19, 2018 - 6:48am
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions
 
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has reached a prescription drug information sharing agreement with 48 Attorneys General.
 
“Better information means better decisions,” Sessions said. “Today’s agreement with 48 Attorneys General will give DEA and the states alike more information they can use to prosecute the criminals who are contributing to our national drug emergency. That means more prosecutions and ultimately fewer drugs on our streets.

Udall Questions National Guard On Border Strategy

on April 19, 2018 - 6:11am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, questioned the chief of the National Guard Bureau about President Trump’s apparently unplanned announcement that he would send National Guard members to the border with Mexico. 
 
 
Udall has been a vocal opponent of Trump’s call for a wall along the entire border and he has called into question Trump’s plan to send troops there. During Tuesday’s hearing about the fiscal year 2019 budget for the

U.S. Senate Passes 'Kids To Parks Day' Resolution

on April 18, 2018 - 9:50pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) applauded the passage of a bipartisan resolution that encourages children to get outdoors by designating May 19 National Kids to Parks Day.
 
First celebrated by the National Park Trust in 2011, the eighth annual Kids to Parks Day marks the beginning of a summer-long series of events at parks countrywide that promote outdoor recreation and active, healthy living.
 
“Our national parks and public lands are outdoor classrooms with endless opportunities to learn and make memories,”

President Donald J. Trump Orders Flags Flown At Half-Staff For Passing Of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

on April 18, 2018 - 10:10am

President Donald J. Trump orders flags flown at half-staff to honor the memory of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Courtesy image

WHITE HOUSE News:

On this solemn day, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character. As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, and all acquaintances. In the spirit of the memory of Mrs.

U.S. Senators Udall, Inhofe Introduce Bills To Strengthen Next Generation Of Farmers & Ranchers

on April 18, 2018 - 9:43am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced two bills Tuesday to strengthen the next generation of farmers and ranchers by reducing the burden of student loan debt and making capital easier to obtain so new farmers can buy land, equipment or livestock.
 
The bills, the Flexible Agricultural Repayments and Modifying Schedules (FARMS) Act and the Farmers of Tomorrow Act, aim to attract younger generations to farming and shore up the future of farming and ranching in the United States, where the number of new farmers

Dede Feldman Speaks In Los Alamos April 23

on April 18, 2018 - 8:28am
Dede Feldman
 
VOLA News:
 
Former New Mexico senator, journalist and professor of political sciences Dede Feldman will be the guest speaker at this month’s Voices of Los Alamos progressive advocacy meeting.
 
Feldman’s presentation will be based on her new book, Another Way Forward, which highlights the work of non-profits, social enterprises, and grassroots organizations traveling another route to economic development and healthy communities.
 
This free event is 6:30-7:30 p.m., April 23 at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop in Los Alamos. The public is welcome to attend.
 

Council Approves Public Works Department FY 2019 Proposed Budget

on April 17, 2018 - 7:57pm

Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton presents his department's FY2019 proposed budget of $34,871,948. The department consists of nine divisions; Administration, Airport, Custodial, Environmental Services, Engineering and Project Management, Facilities, Fleet, Traffic & Streets and Atomic City Transit. Council tentatively approved the Public Works budget 6-0, Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler had to leave early. Photo by Carol A. Clarkladailypost.com

Second Night Of County Budget Hearings Underway

on April 17, 2018 - 6:49pm

The second night of the Los Alamos County FY2019 Budget Hearings are underway in Council Chamber at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. Council is listening to Community Development Department Director Paul Andrus present his department's proposed budget as County Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall looks on at right. Council tentatively approved 6-1 the proposed budget for the CDD of $1,878,307. Councilor James Chrobocinski cast the no vote. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The second night of the Los Alamos County FY2019 Budget Hearings are underway in Council

Council Approves County Clerk’s Proposed Budget

on April 17, 2018 - 6:14pm

Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas, left, and Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz presented Monday evening the County Clerk's Office proposed budget of $597,078 for FY 2019. Council tentatively approved the budget 7-0. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Council Approves County Attorney’s Office FY 2019 Proposed Budget

on April 17, 2018 - 6:08pm

Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart at the County Budget Hearings Monday evening presented his proposed budget of $703,539 for FY2019. Council tentatively approved his budget 7-0. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Urge USPS To Maintain Permanent Post Office In Pie Town

on April 17, 2018 - 4:11pm

The Post Office in Pie Town, N.M. Courtesy photo

 

New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce sent a letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan to express concerns with the temporary suspension of operations at the post office in Pie Town, N.M. and urged the United States Postal Service (USPS) to keep a permanent post office open in Pie Town.

USPS recently announced that beginning close of business on April 27, 2018, operations at the Pie Town Post Office will be temporarily suspended due to the condition of

National President Susana French Joins New Mexico Federation Of Democratic Women At Spring Meeting

on April 17, 2018 - 9:33am

National Federation of Democratic Women President Susana French

NMFDW News:

The New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women (NMFDW) announced today, that the National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) President Susana French will be coming to New Mexico to keynote their Spring Meeting in Los Lunas. The event is open to the public, but space is limited. Those interested in attending should email nmfdw@outlook.com for tickets.

New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women President, Pam Cordova said, “New Mexico is the place to be for Democratic politics this year.

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