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Cummins Speaks At Voices Of Los Alamos Monday

on August 25, 2019 - 9:08am

VOLA News:

Voices of Los Alamos meets 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monday at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda

Announcements

  • September Lunch with a Leader, 11:40 a.m., Sept. 17 at Mesa Public Library, County Engineer Eric Martinez will speak about roads and traffic issues.
  • Single-use plastic ban: pros and cons.
  • Climate Strike New Mexico, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Roundhouse. Event page and registration here.
  • Upcoming school board elections (LAPS and UNMLA). 
  • Standing for Immigrant Justice, 11 a.m., Aug.

Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Announce $295,375 For CNM Community College To Expand ABQid Seed Fund

on August 24, 2019 - 9:56am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $295,375 to Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) to enhance and develop the ABQid Seed Fund, which will support a diverse, inclusive population of entrepreneurs and business owners in Central New Mexico.
 
The project will expand the ABQid Seed Fund by merging two non-profit organizations -- ABQid and CNM Ingenuity -- under the umbrella of CNM to support entrepreneurs and

Radioactive And Hazardous Materials Committee Met At UNM-Los Alamos Friday

on August 24, 2019 - 9:17am
Senators Richard Martinez and Carlos Cisneros and Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler were among the members of the Legislative Committee on Radioactive And Hazardous Materials, which met Friday at UNM-Los Alamos to hear priorities and updates from the New Mexico Environmental Department and  Los Alamos National Laboratory. The meeting was open to the public. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce $750,000 To NMSU To Develop Clean Energy Workforce

on August 24, 2019 - 7:54am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $750,000 to New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) College of Engineering to create the Innovation and Commercialization for Regional Energy Workforce (I-CREW).
 
The I-CREW program will focus on accelerating clean energy technology and developing a statewide clean energy workforce.
 
“This funding will harness New Mexico’s unique strengths as a state to foster

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Administration Launches State Census Webpage Today

on August 23, 2019 - 12:06pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
From the Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham:
 
SANTA FE – The administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today launched a digital platform dedicated to New Mexico’s all-important 2020 Census efforts.
 
At icountnm.gov, New Mexicans can learn about the importance of the decennial Census and the crucial federal program funds apportioned according to its results, find key dates and documents, and learn how to contribute to local efforts that will ensure all New Mexicans are counted.
 
The site also will be a resource for local governments as they

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall And U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum To BLM: Press Pause On Headquarters Relocation Plan

on August 23, 2019 - 11:43am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

  • Citing a lack of meaningful analysis and consultation, Udall & McCollum call on BLM to suspend any efforts to move headquarters and abruptly relocate staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), the ranking member and chair of the U.S.

U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland Speaks At Los Alamos Nature Center On Climate Change; Support Of Green New Deal

on August 23, 2019 - 8:51am
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland speaks Wednesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium on the Green New Deal. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

A Los Alamos crowd welcomes U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland at the nature center planetarium Wednesday afternoon where she spoke about the Green New Deal. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) was in Los Alamos Wednesday to talk about her support for the Green New Deal.

She spoke at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

LAFRW: 2019 Constitution Day Essay Contest

on August 22, 2019 - 7:14am
LAFRW News:
 
The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women (LAFRW) is sponsoring its annual Constitution Day Essay Contest.
 
Students in grades 4-12 who reside in or attend school in Los Alamos County may enter to write a winning essay and win cash:
  • $300 high school;
  • $200 middle school; and
  • $100 grades 4-6.
 
Constitution Day, Sept. 17, celebrates the U.S. Constitution and the freedoms it protects. The Constitution Day Essay Contest is designed to challenge students to learn more about the U.S. Constitution and to express original, thoughtful ideas in essay writing.

Congressional Candidate Marco Serna Releases Position Paper On Opioid Epidemic

on August 22, 2019 - 6:51am
By MARCO SERNA
3rd Congressional District Candidate
 
Today I am releasing the first of many position papers I will be issuing during the course of  my campaign for the 3rd Congressional seat in New Mexico.
 
It is my firm belief that voters not only need to know where their elected officials stand on the important issues of the day but also their underlying reasons.
 
The opioid epidemic is one of the most compelling issues facing our country today, yet it is an issue that has received little attention and even less action on the part of our public officials.
 
When I first ran for

NM Game & Fish Proposing Changes To Trapping Rule

on August 21, 2019 - 3:03pm

Animal Protection of New Mexico News:

Conservation and animal protection groups see changes as inadequate for protecting people, companion animals, wildlife and public lands

WHAT: The State Game Commission meeting at which the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will begin the process to amend New Mexico’s trapping regulations.

WHERE: New Mexico State Capitol Room 317, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 22 beginning at 9 a.m. (agenda here)

WHY: Trapping is one of the highest profile wildlife issues in New Mexico.

Luján Honors Distinguished Vietnam War Veteran

on August 21, 2019 - 7:54am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
TAOS U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, presented a local Vietnam War veteran with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin – a commendation of the nation's lasting thanks to U.S. military veterans who served during the Vietnam War.
 
At a ceremony Monday in Taos, Luján presented Louis Trujillo with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to thank and honor Trujillo for his service to the country.
 
“Louis Trujillo is a valued community member whose sacrifice to our country has earned him the Purple Heart award, the Bronze Star, and a Combat Infantry

Interfaith Los Alamos Supports New Refugee Students

on August 21, 2019 - 7:13am
A teenage student from a refugee family with his new backpack containing a complete set of school supplies. Courtesy/ILA
 
A young refugee student holds his new supplies. Courtesy/ILA
 
Refugee students recently arrived in Albuquerque gather with their school supplies. Courtesy/ILA
 
Interfaith Los Alamos News:
 
This summer has been a very busy time for school-age kids of refugee families recently arrived in Albuquerque.
 
They have to get prepared to enroll in a completely strange (to them) school, while at the same time learn English, how to get around Albuquerque without getting

Night With A Nerd: Dr. Phil Goldstone On Thinking About Nuclear Deterrence In Today’s World

on August 18, 2019 - 9:01am

BSMA News:

The community is invited to join Dr. Phil Goldstone Sept. 12 as he explores how the invention of nuclear weapons 75 years ago changed international affairs – and also the existential framework of a large portion of the world’s people. 

It's now long beyond the confrontations of the cold war, and the world’s largest weapons stockpiles have been greatly reduced. Yet nuclear weapons issues are now present and rising, with Russia (again), Iran and North Korea looming large in the news—and with the playing field changing weekly, it seems. 

Modern war has held some “conventional”

County Council Work Session Aug. 20

on August 18, 2019 - 7:47am

EENM: State Of Education In New Mexico

on August 18, 2019 - 6:46am
By ROXANNE MITCHELL
Educators Elevating New Mexico
 
As dedicated teachers in New Mexico's rural communities, we’ve often been discouraged by politicians wildly swinging the education pendulum at our students’ expense.
 
Talk to other teachers with over 10-years of experience, and they will tell stories of oft-switched policies that don’t fully consider the impact on classrooms.
 
This time around, we as teacher leaders begged for a smooth transition between administrations. The last nine months have been the most unstable of our careers.  
 
The uneasy feeling started in 2018 with

Marco Grajeda Named NM Border Authority Director

on August 16, 2019 - 4:07pm
Marco Grajeda
 
EDD News:
 
SANTA FE – Marco Grajeda, a public servant with professional and family ties along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico Border, has been appointed to head the New Mexico Border Authority, Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said Friday.
 
Grajeda was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and has lived in El Paso and Southern New Mexico. Grajeda, a New Mexico State University graduate, grew up in a bilingual, bicultural household and often travels between the United States and Mexico to visit family and friends and to work.
 
The New Mexico

New Mexico Unemployment Rate In July 4.9 Percent

on August 16, 2019 - 2:51pm

NMDWFS News:

New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in July 2019, unchanged from June 2019 and up from 4.8 percent in the previous year.

The national unemployment rate in July was 3.7 percent, unchanged from June 2019 and down from 3.9 percent in July 2018.

Total nonagricultural payroll employment grew by 21,700 jobs, or 2.6 percent, between July 2018 and July 2019. Large gains came from both the public and the private sector. The private sector was up 18,700 jobs, or 2.8 percent. The public sector was up 3,000 jobs, or 1.7 percent.

Treasurer Laura M. Montoya Reappointed To National Leadership Position On Finance, Pensions And Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee

on August 16, 2019 - 1:26pm

Treasurer Laura Montoya

NACo News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Association of Counties (NACo) President Mary Ann Borgeson reappointed Sandoval County Treasurer Laura Montoya to her fourth term as vice chair of NACo’s Finance, Pensions & Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee.

Montoya also is a Democratic candidate for Congressional Dist. 3 in New Mexico.

Borgeson, a Douglas County, Neb. commissioner, made her leadership appointments shortly after being sworn in as NACo’s president on the final day of NACo’s 84th Annual Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas/Clark County, Nev.

“It’s

Scenes From Event For Rep. Christine Chandler

on August 15, 2019 - 1:55pm

Assistant Speaker and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján addresses the crowd at a fundraiser held for Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos Sunday afternoon hosted by Brian and Sara Scott. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

New Mexico House Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos thanks the crowd gathered for a fundraiser in her honor Sunday afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Several friends and colleagues gather for a photo with Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler, 4th from left, Sunday afternoon during a fundraiser in her honor. Photo by Carol A.

Rob Apodaca Suspends Bid For Congress In CD-03

on August 15, 2019 - 1:54pm

Rob Apodaca

 

POLITICAL News:

SANTA FE – Today, Democrat Rob Apodaca announced that he is suspending his bid for Congress in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.

He made the following statement:

“I very much want to thank my family, friends and supporters for all of their encouragement over the past few months. I decided to run for Congress with one goal in mind – to help the people and our communities of northern New Mexico. I love this state and I especially love this district.

Los Alamos School Bond Election Will Fund Remodeling Of White Rock Schools If Passed By Voters

on August 15, 2019 - 8:49am
Los Alamos School Board President Ellen Ben-Naim updates the Board on the upcoming school bond election during Tuesday's School Board Meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Bonnie J. Gordon
Los Alamos Daily Post

During the summer, the Los Alamos School Board passed a motion to go forward with a School Bond Election on Nov. 5, the day of the election for School Board and the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board.

According to School Board President Ellen Ben-Naim, cost was an important reason.

Udall Addresses National Navajo Code Talkers Day

on August 15, 2019 - 7:54am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, on National Navajo Code Talkers Day, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement in honor of the legendary bravery and service of Navajo Code Talkers during World War II:
 
“In May of 1942, in the midst of World War II, 29 young Navajo recruits arrived at Camp Pendleton, where they embarked on a secret mission: To develop a code so strong it couldn’t be cracked.

Governor On Trump Administration Public Charge Rule

on August 14, 2019 - 1:12pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this week sharply criticized the Trump administration’s adoption of a “public charge” rule that targets vulnerable immigrant families who use public benefits, potentially disqualifying them from obtaining or renewing a green card or visa.
 
The governor said her administration will explore mechanisms state agencies can employ to protect families, support enrollment of family members who are not impacted by the rule and conduct outreach and education to communities and local government agencies.

Udall On 5th Circuit Upholding Indian Child Welfare Act

on August 14, 2019 - 12:49pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has issued the following statement after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in its ruling in Brackeen v. Bernhardt and overturned a 2018 decision from the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Texas, which wrongly struck down key provisions of ICWA.
 
In January, Udall filed a bipartisan, bicameral amicus brief in the 5th Circuit in support of the constitutionality of ICWA.
 
“I was proud to

Violence Against Journalists Escalates In Hong Kong

on August 14, 2019 - 12:33pm
Dale de la Rey/AFP
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Hong Kong authorities to protect journalists covering protests against violence by the police and the mobs.
 
As four more journalists were assaulted in the North Point area Sunday Aug. 11, RSF calls on the Hong Kong authorities to put an end to the violence against the press.
 
In the past two months, journalists covering the anti-extradition bill protests were increasingly the victim of intimidation and physical abuse by the police as well as pro-Beijing mobs.
 
“Violence against journalists has now become

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