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Luján Calls For Martinez Administration To Provide Continuity Of Behavior Health Services For NNM

on August 20, 2018 - 5:46am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following the announcement that Tri-County Community Services will close at the end of this month, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) wrote to Gov. Susana Martinez and New Mexico’s Departments of Health, Human Services, and Children, Youth, and Families, calling on them to take swift action to provide northern New Mexicans with continuity of behavioral health services.
 
“After speaking with Secretaries Earnest and Gallagher, as well as the Governor’s Chief of Staff, I am encouraged that all parties involved will be able to

Justice Department, DEA Propose Significant Opioid Manufacturing Reduction In 2019

on August 20, 2018 - 5:36am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Justice and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration have proposed a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year.
 
Consistent with President Trump’s “Safe Prescribing Plan” that seeks to “cut nationwide opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years,” the proposal decreases manufacturing quotas for the six most frequently misused opioids for 2019 by an average ten percent as compared to the 2018 amount.

New Mexico Coalition Of Sexual Assault Programs Awarded $40K Grant To Help Low-Wage Workers Who Face Sexual Harassment

on August 20, 2018 - 5:31am
NMCSAP News:
 
The New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs this week received a $40,000 grant from the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund to help low-wage workers in New Mexico who face sexual harassment in the workplace.
 
The grant, one of 18 awarded around the country, will support NMCSAP’s ongoing work on sexual harassment.

Pearce Announces Plan To Improve Road Safety In SE New Mexico

on August 19, 2018 - 8:36pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor of New Mexico, has announced his plan to improve road safety in southeastern New Mexico by partnering with companies to construct private toll roads for commercial and oil and gas traffic. Pearce met with local business and community leaders in Carlsbad to announce his plan.
 
"We have all heard the tragic stories of accidents on our highways in southeastern New Mexico," Pearce said.

Romero Discusses Intent And Purpose Of RCLC

on August 19, 2018 - 6:42pm
Former RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Former Regional Coalition of LANL Communities executive director and candidate for House Dist. 46 Andrea Romero said what hasn’t been clear in recent discussion of RCLC issues is “intent versus what is now considered criminal because it's been petitioned to the Attorney General’s Office”.

“I think if the point of the board is to be able to move forward ... everyone needs to know that the intent was to have a proper board with good parameters, to be able to do good work in the

Shin: A Fierce Advocate For Small Businesses

on August 19, 2018 - 2:48pm
By LISA SHIN
Republican candidate
House Dist. 43
 
As a small business owner myself, I understand the challenges and difficulties facing job creators in New Mexico. Small businesses are the engines that drive our economy, both in our state and the nation.

Locally, concerns include:

  • Recruiting and retaining a dependable work force. Both entry level and middle skills employees are difficult to find. A restaurant owner proposed expanding transportation across Northern New Mexico, to include the afternoon and late night hours, as well as more low income housing.

House Democrats Urge UNM To Come To The Table Before Making Final Sports Cuts Decision

on August 19, 2018 - 6:32am
Rep. Javier Martínez, Mayor Tim Keller and other community leaders Thursday at UNM. Courtesy photo
 
NMDP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Rep. Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque) joined Mayor Tim Keller and other community leaders Thursday to urge UNM to bring to the Legislature alternate solutions for the proposed sports cuts before making any final decisions.
 

 

“I represent people in this district, in this community, and people across this state for whom soccer and athletics have become a pathway out of poverty, a pathway into jobs, and a pathway to alleviate some of the social ills we deal with

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Stands With Community In Raton To Support The Southwest Chief Railroad Route

on August 19, 2018 - 6:20am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich rallies with local the community Saturday in Raton to fight for the Southwest Chief. Courtesy photo

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

RATON – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich joined local elected officials and community leaders Saturday in Raton to rally in support of the Southwest Chief.

Speakers at the event included Martin Heinrich, Raton Mayor Neil Segotta, Raton City Manager Scott Berry, Colfax County Commissioner Roy Fernandez, Director of Business Operations at Philmont Scout Ranch Shelley O’Neill, and local business owner at Patchwork Phoenix Laura

Governor Announces New Catalyst Fund Commitment To BlueStone Venture Partners

on August 19, 2018 - 5:58am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday that BlueStone Venture Partners, LLC will receive up to $3 million from the Catalyst Fund to invest in New Mexico bioscience startups.
 
"Investing in homegrown New Mexico companies and entrepreneurs strengthens and diversifies our economy," Martinez said. "The Catalyst Fund helps our local companies get off the ground and succeed, creating new jobs and opportunities for New Mexicans."
 
The Catalyst Fund invests in emerging venture capital funds throughout the state.

Burke: The Bipartisan Voter

on August 19, 2018 - 5:51am
By BRADY BURKE
Candidate for County Council

Following the Rodeo parade, I had the pleasure of meeting voters from the different parties at the Republican booth. What I heard was similar to what I’ve heard while canvassing or speaking with people at other events: “Oh, a Republican. I couldn’t vote for you with that guy from your party in Washington being president.” I hear this from people I don’t know as well as those that have long been friends.

Some will say it and walk on, others will stay and see what I do with it. Let’s be clear. I’m not the guy in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Michael Padilla Urges Governor To Accelerate Completion Of Overdue CYFD Case Management System

on August 18, 2018 - 5:10am
State Sen. Michael Padilla
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico State Sen. Michael Padilla (D-Bernalillo) sent a letter to Gov. Susana Martinez Tuesday alerting her that significant portions of a critical IT project meant to deliver a new case management system for CYFD is now overdue.
 
In his letter, Padilla urges the governor to see that the project gets prioritized and properly resourced for a swift and timely completion.
 
This comes just days after the governor’s office announced that Daryl Ackley, the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) Secretary, will be departing

AG Balderas Brings Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo For Opening Thousands Of Fake Accounts

on August 17, 2018 - 6:51am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Division filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for illegal business practices in opening unauthorized accounts in the name of thousands of New Mexicans.
 
“As the fiscal agent for the State, and a provider of banking services to thousands of New Mexicans, Wells Fargo has failed to resolve their violations of law," Balderas said.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Defends Free Press

on August 16, 2018 - 10:35pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement in response to recent attacks by President Trump on the media, which have included comments claiming the media is the “enemy of the people.” As well as in response to newspapers across the country, including the Albuquerque Journal, publishing editorials discussing the importance of the free press.

“The freedom of the press, enshrined in the constitution, is fundamental to our democracy.

Head2Head: My Turn!

on August 16, 2018 - 12:27pm
By Bonnie J. Gordon
Los Alamos Daily Post

Last time, we were having a dialogue with the fictional “Uncle Steve” who represents anyone we disagree with on an important issue. Uncle Steve was monopolizing the conversation with his point of view. He agreed to a discussion and we asked him questions and LISTENED to him explain his ideas and reasoning.

Before we leave Uncle Steve and you get to talk, I want you to do one thing: imagine Uncle Steve with your point of view and you with his. Why? Because we’ve all been Uncle Steve in real life.

Gov. Gary Johnson Gives New Mexico Press First Shot

on August 16, 2018 - 9:38am

Gary Johnson

LIBERTARIAN PARTY News:

Former two-term New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who ran for president twice as the Libertarian Party’s nominee, has ended the suspense over whether he would run for Senate from New Mexico. On Aug. 14, Johnson tweeted a video produced by the Elect Liberty PAC, “You Know Gary Johnson.”

In short, he’s running.

In recent days, Johnson has received numerous invitations to appear on national media to discuss his Senate bid. He’s giving New Mexico media the first shot with a press availability this morning.

Johnson, who received the Libertarian Party’s

Attorney General Balderas Seeks Lead Plaintiff Status In Lawsuit Against Pacific Gas And Electric Company

on August 16, 2018 - 8:47am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday that he has filed a motion seeking lead plaintiff status in securities litigation against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to recover approximately $4 million in losses suffered by the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), the State of New Mexico's largest public pension fund.
 
The lawsuit alleges that the fund was severely damaged by PG&E's misstatements and omissions regarding the safety of their electrical lines that caused massive wildfires in

Udall Statement On EPA’s Proposed Asbestos Rule

on August 16, 2018 - 8:30am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the EPA’s budget, released the following statement Tuesday on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Asbestos Problem Formulation document and Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for asbestos:
 
“I’m always troubled when I learn that EPA has ignored its own expert staff, but what most alarms me is that the EPA is proposing to conduct a risk evaluation that excludes among the most common exposures to the known carcinogen asbestos.

Letter To The Editor: Regarding GRT Tax

on August 15, 2018 - 7:24am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos
 
I have a question for Lisa Shin regarding the GRT tax she discussed in her recent column. While I'm not a big fan of the GRT, I think that it is highly likely that it will be reimposed on LANL.
 
I think that the most likely scenario is that we will have both a Democratic governor and a Democrat controlled legislature after the election. Los Alamos County isn't the only county that receives GRT money from LANL. The counties adjacent to Los Alamos also receive funding.

Apodaca: Would JFK Be A Democrat Today?

on August 15, 2018 - 7:19am
By JERRY APODACA
Governor of New Mexico (1975–1979)
 
Last week I had to ask my 10-year-old grandson what a meme was. He explained it’s a humorous video or image on social media. The reason I asked was I saw an image on social media that said, “Would JFK be a Democrat today?” It got me thinking, would he?
 
I have always looked at myself as a JFK Democrat: pro-business with openness towards social issues and fairness for all New Mexicans.

Governor Announces DOIT Secretary To Step Down

on August 15, 2018 - 6:50am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Monday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico Department of Information Technology (DOIT) Secretary Darryl Ackley will step down to serve as Chief Technology Officer at the Institute for Complex Additive Systems Analysis at New Mexico Tech effective Aug. 27.
 
“With people like Secretary Ackley, we’ve been able to accomplish incredible things for New Mexico,” Martinez said. “Darryl has dedicated himself to improving New Mexico and has been a tremendous asset to our state.”
 
Martinez appointed Secretary Ackley in February 2011,

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Announce $3.5 Million In NSF Grants To UNM For Transmission Electron Microscope, Professional Development For HS Teachers

on August 15, 2018 - 6:43am
UNM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Monday two funding awards to the University of New Mexico (UNM), totaling $3.5 million, from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
 
The awards will enable UNM to acquire a transmission electron microscope for state-of-the-art research, and will fund the creation of an online professional development program for high school science and mathematics teachers. Together, these initiatives aim to enhance science and computer education for students across New Mexico.
 

Udall Honors National Navajo Code Talkers Day

on August 14, 2018 - 9:02pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, on National Navajo Code Talkers Day, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement honoring the service of Navajo Code Talkers during World War II:
 
“When the first 29 Navajo recruits came to Camp Pendleton, California in the spring of 1942, they arrived with a fierce determination to defend their homeland and the sacred ideals of the United States.

NNMP Calls For AG Probe Of RCLC Audit Findings

on August 14, 2018 - 3:43pm

NNMP Vice President David Neal, right, speaks to Santa Fe County Manager Katherine Miller at a February RCLC meeting in Pojoaque. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Officers of the non-profit group Northern New Mexico Protecting Land, Water Rights also known as NNM Protects (NNMP) has formally asked Attorney General Hector Balderas to conduct a criminal investigation of the findings of “three recent audits” involving the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC), Andrea Romero Consulting, Inc., JLH Media, Inc., and

Special County Council Meeting Set For Sept. 6

on August 14, 2018 - 11:16am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council will meet in Special Session on Thursday, Sept. 6 regarding the findings of the Adams+Crow report titled “Independent Investigation of Improper Use of Public Funds by the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities,” which was released last week. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers and will be streamed live as well as broadcast on PAC-8.

Prior to the meeting, County staff will be preparing a response to the Adams+Crow report, which will be sent to the Council to review no later than Tuesday, Aug.

O’Leary And Chrobocinski: Attorney General Should Complete Los Alamos County Investigation

on August 14, 2018 - 7:49am

Los Alamos County Councilor Susan O’Leary
 
By Los Alamos County Councilor Susan O’Leary, and
Former County Councilor James Chrobocinski

In late February, we read about alleged financial improprieties involving the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) in the Santa Fe New Mexican. As sitting County Councilors, we were aware that Los Alamos County has provided close to $1 million to support this organization since its inception about 10 years ago.

Former County Councilor James Chrobocinski

Los Alamos County has served as the RCLC fiscal agent and our County Council has had a

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