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Heinrich Introduces Bipartisan Proposal To Keep Guns From Terrorists

on February 28, 2018 - 11:13am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act, a proposal to prevent individuals who are on the No Fly List from purchasing firearms.
The legislation, led by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), is also cosponsored by Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Angus King (I-ME), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).
“It is clear that we have an epidemic of

Luján Hosts Medicaid Buy-In Roundtable

on February 28, 2018 - 7:03am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) hosted a Medicaid Buy-In Roundtable Tuesday between representatives from the New Mexico State Legislature and some of the most prominent healthcare policy experts in the country.

Earlier this year, the New Mexico state legislature passed a Memorial that directed the New Mexico Legislative Health and Human Services (LHHS) Committee to study the policy and fiscal implications of offering a Medicaid Buy-In plan.

Udall Leads Hearing On Census Data In Indian Country

on February 27, 2018 - 7:00am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a oversight hearing committee earlier this month entitled “Making Indian Country Count: Native Americans and the 2020 Census” to discuss the barriers to accurate census counts in Indian Country.
“Valid and accurate census data is the bedrock of fair, proportionate representation in our democracy,” Udall said. “An inaccurate census risks underrepresentation for Tribal communities.

AFT New Mexico Endorses Statewide Races

on February 27, 2018 - 6:57am
AFT News:
ALBUQUERQUE American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Executive Vice President Kathy Chavez, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Senator Howie Morales released the following statements:
“Today we are proud to announce our union, the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico, have voted to endorse Michelle Lujan Grisham for Governor of New Mexico and Howie Morales for Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico.
“Each of these candidates have a proven track record of advocating for a strong system of

Interior Provides More Than $2.8 Million In Conservation Funding For New Mexico To Reclaim And Repurpose Abandoned Coal Mines

on February 26, 2018 - 9:57am
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) today announced the availability of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation grants, which will provide $2,802,000 million to New Mexico to reclaim abandoned coal mines.
More than $300 million in AML Reclamation funding will be available to states and tribes in FY 2018.
“Restoring the usability of abandoned mine lands is an example of the Department of the Interior’s multiple-use mission of conservation in action.

Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty Sworn In As DOE Under Secretary For Nuclear Security And NNSA Administrator

on February 26, 2018 - 8:19am
Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty/Courtesy photo
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty was sworn in Thursday by Secretary Rick Perry as the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
Administrator Gordon-Hagerty is responsible for the management and operation of NNSA in support of President Trump’s and Secretary Perry’s nuclear security agenda.
“Lisa Gordon-Hagerty exemplifies the leadership and institutional knowledge required to oversee the National Nuclear Security

Mick Rich: Why I'm Running

on February 26, 2018 - 8:06am
Mick Rich
Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate
I’m Mick Rich, and I’m running for the U.S. Senate. I’m not a career politician. I’m an outsider and a proven job creator.
From the time I was in grade school, I wanted to build big things. I worked my way through college in construction and started my own company here in New Mexico.
Along the way learning Hard Hat Values.
What are Hard Hat Values? Always do your best work. Use teamwork for every job. And do what it takes to get the job done.
Thirty-five years ago, I chose to start my construction business

More Scenes From Heinrich Visit To Los Alamos

on February 25, 2018 - 3:10pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., visits members of the Los Alamos Democratic Party and community members in general Saturday at Rose Chocolatier at 149 Central Park Square to hear their concerns and questions on the issues. Heinrich visited with local folks Saturday before heading back to Washington, D.C. for meetings. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos resident Bob Walsh speaks with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich at Saturday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Aspen Elementary School student Nishta Mukundan, 10, listens to U.S. Sen.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Visits Los Alamos

on February 25, 2018 - 8:01am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich with Rose Chocolatier Owner Marguerite Rose McClay Saturday Morning at 149 Central Park Square. He visited with members of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos and community members in general to hear and discuss their concerns before heading back to Washington, D.C. for meetings. See more scenes from this event later today at Photo by Carol A. Clark/

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich chats with members of the local Democratic Party and community members in general Saturday morning at Rose Chocolatier at 991 Central Park Square.

Luján Questions UnitedHealth Group CEO Over Refusal To Cover Emergency Room Visits For Some Patients

on February 24, 2018 - 2:48pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) this week sent a letter to the CEO of one of the nation’s largest insurance companies, UnitedHealth Group, to inquire about his company’s policy of declining to cover emergency room visits that UnitedHealth determines to be “non-emergent” after the fact.

Health advocates have expressed concern about the policy that UnitedHealth and other insures have adopted regarding emergency room visits.

Heinrich, Balderas Partner With New Mexicans On Frontlines To Combat Opioid Epidemic

on February 24, 2018 - 6:18am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas at an event Friday to highlight the existing funding gaps and need for resources on the ground to combat the opioid epidemic in New Mexico. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas at an event Friday to highlight the existing funding gaps to combat the opioid epidemic in New Mexico. Courtesy photo

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

SANTA FE – At an event Friday at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, U.S. Sen.

New Mexico Supreme Court Ruling Clarifies Police Requirements In DWI Arrests

on February 24, 2018 - 6:18am
NMSC News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police must advise people arrested for drunken driving of their right to an independent blood-alcohol test but law enforcement has no obligation to help arrange for the test.
The unanimous decision by the state’s highest court overturned a 2015 ruling by the Court of Appeals that concluded state law required police officers to “meaningfully cooperate” with DWI arrestees who want to obtain a test to independently determine their blood alcohol concentration.

State Auditor Designates (A.R.T.) Project For Audit

on February 24, 2018 - 6:10am
State Auditor Wayne Johnson
SANTA FE State Auditor Wayne Johnson issued a letter to the City of Albuquerque Friday designating the City’s Rapid Transit Project, A.R.T., for a special audit engagement.  
The letter cited concerns about the funding and implementation of the project, and whether state, federal and local laws were followed with regard to procurement and other issues.
“The City’s spending and financing of the troubled A.R.T.

DEA: Dutch Law Enforcement Continue Attack On Dark Web Drug Sales

on February 24, 2018 - 5:58am
DEA News:
THE HAGUE The United States Drug Enforcement Administration and Dutch law enforcement officials Thursday announced sustained action against drug trafficking on the dark web, following last summer’s significant market takedowns of AlphaBay and takeover and subsequent takedown of the Hansa market.
DEA continued to partner with the National Police of the Netherlands following the July takedown in an ongoing effort to identify individuals who purchase drugs on the dark web and to further disrupt dangerous drug trafficking.

Luján Asks Senior U.S. Health Officials For Update On Research Into Non-Addictive, Non-Opioid Pain Meds

on February 24, 2018 - 5:57am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) this week sent letters to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to inquire about their progress on research into non-addictive, non-opioid pain medications.

In his letters, Lujan asked both officials a number of questions related to the scope, structure and resources committed to this line of research.

[full text of both letters are below]

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of National Institutes

Letter To The Editor: Jeorg On The Bureaucracy

on February 24, 2018 - 5:52am
Los Alamos

I spent almost 3 years on a Change of Station at DOE in Washington, DC. While there I worked as much with the State Department and other agencies related to nonproliferation and arms control. I offer this as a reply to Mr. Mead's excellent opinion piece in Thursday's Los Alamos Daily Post (link).

While there I had several conversations and meals with a former LANL colleague who'd worked many years in government and was then the Chief Scientist-Deputy Director of the On Site Inspection Agency (OSIA). I remember well a conversation regarding the inertia of

Spencer: I’ll Retire To Bedlam

on February 23, 2018 - 7:03am
Los Alamos

Ebenezer Scrooge, in Charles Dickens memorable novella, uttered the equally memorable phrase "I'll retire to Bedlam" when he thought everyone he was talking to had gone nuts. In the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting, I wonder if its time to do the same.

While NRA Exec. Director Wayne LaPierre gave a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference that would have left Bedlam inmates feeling quite sane, Democrats in Ohio wrote a bill that would, if passed, define innocuous, 22 rimfire rifles from the ninteen-sixties such as the Marlin Model 60 or

Jail Incarceration Rate Down Nationwide

on February 23, 2018 - 6:59am
DOJ News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The percentage of U.S. residents who were in jail dropped from midyear (the last weekday in June) 2012 to midyear 2016, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced today.
Jails include confinement facilities operated under the authority of a sheriff, police chief or city or county administrator.
The jail incarceration rate fell from 237 inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents at midyear 2012 to 229 inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents at midyear 2016, a decline of 3.4 percent.

RCLC Delivers Letter Supporting SB17 To Governor

on February 22, 2018 - 3:58pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) hand-delivered a letter, in support of Senate Bill 17 (SB17), a bill that protects gross receipts tax (GRT) from ‘certain non-profits’ and the operators of Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, to the Office of Governor Martinez Wednesday alomg with a large packet of support letters and resolutions.

Copy of the Letter:

February 20, 18
Office of the Governor New Mexico State Capitol 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Room 400 Santa Fe, NM 87501
Dear Honorable Governor Susana Martinez,   
It is with great interest and urgency that the

Reforming The Lottery: Our Voices Matter

on February 22, 2018 - 3:41pm
Think New Mexico News:
The Lottery Scholarship went through quite the journey this past legislative session and provided a lesson in negotiation for student leaders of ASNNMC and other New Mexico universities.
In 2008, the New Mexico legislature passed a law that guaranteed at least 30 percent of lottery revenues to college scholarships. Prior to that law, the Lottery was only delivering about 23 percent of all their revenues to scholarships. For the past three years the Lottery and lobbyists for the multinational gaming companies that contract with the Lottery have unsuccessfully

James Robinson Announces Candidacy For Council

on February 22, 2018 - 1:06pm

James Robinson is running for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos born James Robinson stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post this week to share the news that he intends to file his candidacy for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council.

Robinson, 29, submitted the following news release along with a video detailing his plans. The video is available for viewing at here

Robinson’s News Release:

As many of you might remember, last May, I decided to take a step back

Sheehey: Advocating For Los Alamos At Roundhouse

on February 22, 2018 - 9:19am
Los Alamos County Councilor

I spent a good deal of time this year at the 2018 State Legislative Session, working on behalf of the people of Los Alamos and neighboring communities. As a member of the County Council’s Regional and State Subcommittee, I helped develop our state legislative agenda, which was approved by the whole Council last December. 

In addition to issues that we watch carefully every year, such as funding for local public education and capital improvement grants (we did receive $100,000 for affordable housing), our agenda included two items of special importance.

Attorney General Balderas Issues Cease & Desist Notice To Company For Illegal Mortgage Practices

on February 22, 2018 - 9:15am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Division issued a Notice to Cease and Desist to Capital Home Advocacy Center and National Advocacy Group.
Based on a complaint received from a New Mexico consumer, Capital Home Advocacy, formerly known as National Advocacy Group, charges advance fees for home mortgage modification services.

AG Balderas & Bipartisan Coalition Of Attorneys General Urge Congress To Pass The CLOUD Act

on February 21, 2018 - 12:43pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE In a bipartisan letter signed by Attorney General Hector Balderas and the attorneys general of 35 other states, the National Association of Attorneys General today urged Congress to pass the Clarify Lawful Overseas Use of Data (“CLOUD”) Act.  
The CLOUD Act would update and amend several provisions of the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”).
“It’s absurd and contrary to the rule of law that global corporations would seek to shield evidence of horrific crimes like child exploitation and murder committed in the United States