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NM Delegation Calls On U.S. Navy To Designate Next Nuclear Sub ‘USS Los Alamos’ Upon 75th Anniversary

on March 19, 2018 - 6:29pm

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


WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer in support of naming the Navy’s next Virginia class fast attack submarine the “USS Los Alamos” in recognition of the contributions the residents of Los Alamos have made to the United States Navy.

“The effort to honor the national laboratory responsible for the beginning of the nuclear age is a citizen-based initiative, and we hope their efforts

Pearce Leads Subcommittee Hearing On Transnational Criminal Organization

on March 19, 2018 - 4:31pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce will lead the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee hearing entitled “Exploring the Financial Nexus of Terrorism, Drug Trafficking, and Organized Crime” at 2 p.m. EST March 20, in 2128 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 
This hearing will explore how transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) are financed, as well as the intersection between criminal groups and other illicit activity like terrorism and political corruption.
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Public Comment Needed On Proposed New Way Waste Is Measured At WIPP

on March 19, 2018 - 2:47pm
CCNS News:

The Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractor, Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), submitted a Class 2 Permit Modification Request Jan. 31, 2018 to change the way that waste is measured at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the repository for defense plutonium-contaminated or TRU waste, in southeastern New Mexico.

Public comments can be submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department until Tuesday, April 3. 

Because the federal WIPP Land Withdrawal Act limits the amount of waste to 6.2 million cubic feet, how to measure

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Elects New Board

on March 19, 2018 - 7:28am
Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board members convening Friday in Espanola, from left, Councilor Darien Fernandez, Town of Taos; Councilor Peter Ives, City of Santa Fe; Commissioner Barney Trujillo, Rio Arriba County; Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler, County of Los Alamos and Commissioner Henry Roybal, County of Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
County officials at Friday's RCLC meeting, from left, Los Alamos County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne, Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess and Santa Fe County Attorney Bruce Frederick.

Attorney Kate Ferlic Files Response In Brenner Case

on March 19, 2018 - 6:51am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilor Susan O’Leary’s personal attorney Kate Ferlic has responded to briefs filed by two other attorneys in a suit filed by Patrick Brenner in First Judicial District Court against the County Council and the County Custodian of Records.

The case, which has dragged on since June, involves a request by Brenner under the state Inspection of Public Records Act for all emails sent and received May 15 by Los Alamos County Councilors.

AG Balderas Urges Congress To Reject Legislation Blocking State Oversight Of Student Loan Industry

on March 19, 2018 - 5:21am

Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a bipartisan coalition of 30 attorneys general in a letter urging Congress to reject legislation that would block states from preventing and combatting fraud and abuse by the student loan industry.
“Thousands of New Mexican students have been victimized by the predatory student loan and for-profit education industries and this legislation would only put our students in more danger,” Attorney General Balderas said.

Lujan Grisham Meets With USDA Secretary To Increase Economic Development Through Broadband Access

on March 19, 2018 - 5:06am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham met with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to discuss investments to increase broadband access and boost economic growth in New Mexico. 
Lujan Grisham has introduced the Rural Broadband Expansion Act (H.R. 4308), which authorizes a $100 million grant program to install broadband infrastructure in areas where it is not economically viable for private companies to otherwise do so. 
In addition to providing access to the Internet for rural

GAO Report Finds Over $1.5 Billion Tax Dollars Spent On Abortion Service Providers

on March 19, 2018 - 4:59am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement after the release of the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report on the amount of taxpayer dollars that went toward funding for abortion service providers, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Marie Stopes International (MSI) and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF):
“Congress has the responsibility to protect the rights and liberties of all American taxpayers, and to be transparent about how their hard-earned money is

AG Balderas Announces Start Of White Peak Trial To Defend New Mexicans Access To Public Lands

on March 17, 2018 - 10:21am

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:


TAOS – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General will begin a major trial against a wealthy Texas landowner’s illegal attempts to bar New Mexicans from treasured public lands.

The trial begins Monday in front of Judge Sarah Backus in Taos County over the public's right to use historic roads that provide access to White Peak in Colfax and Mora counties.

The Office of Attorney General Balderas will demonstrate that there are several major public roads that have been used for over a century to

Heinrich, Klobuchar Lead Letter Warning Against DHS Cuts To Mass Transit Security

on March 17, 2018 - 9:50am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) led a group of Democratic Senators in sending a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warning against cuts to a critical mass transit security program that safeguards Americans while traveling, especially in non-secure "soft" target areas at airports like check-in and baggage claim areas, and other transportation facilities like train stations and bus depots.
In the letter, the Senators raise serious concerns over DHS's Fiscal Year 2019

Michelle Lujan Grisham Announces Plan To Leverage Trade And Investment To Build A Stronger Economy

on March 17, 2018 - 9:48am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
ALBUQUERQUE  Thursday, gubernatorial candidate Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) announced a three point plan to create New Mexico jobs by attracting foreign direct investment, building a stronger export economy, and increasing activity at New Mexico’s ports of entry.
“International trade and investment can be driving forces in strengthening our economy and positioning New Mexico as a leader in job creation,” Lujan Grisham said.

Pearce Introduces Bill To Improve Access To Housing For Rural Communities

on March 17, 2018 - 9:46am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce has introduced H.R. 5287, the Preserving Access to Rural Installment Transactions for Years (PARITY) Act, to improve access to safe and affordable housing for people in rural communities.
Due to new federal government regulations, banks in rural towns across the nation have exited the market, leaving potential homeowners with few credit options for financing their purchase.

Governor Susana Martinez Announces DWI Superblitz Over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

on March 16, 2018 - 2:34pm



  • Also Announces Decrease in DWI Fatalities

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that law enforcement across the state will be out in full force this weekend to crack down on drunk driving during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

The Governor also announced that last year DWI fatalities were down about 16 percent compared to 2016.

“If you drink and drive you’re putting every life you come across on the road in danger,” Martinez said. “Driving drunk is unacceptable and dangerous. It’s also 100 percent preventable.

Los Alamos County Council Meets March 20

on March 16, 2018 - 1:59pm
The Los Alamos County Council will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The meeting is open to the public.
A. Briefing to Council by County Lobbyist Scott Scanland Providing an Overview of the 2018 Legislative Session. Presenters: Scott Scanland

Sheehey Discusses Candidacy For House Dist. 43

on March 15, 2018 - 11:31am

Pete Sheehey files his candidacy for District 43 State Representative Tuesday at the Secretary of States Office in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos County Councilor
Candidate House Dist. 43

Tuesday I filed my candidacy with nominating petitions signed by hundreds, to become a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43.  I’ve knocked on doors and listened to citizens throughout this diverse District, from La Cienega and western Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, to Jemez Springs and Cuba in Sandoval County, to Gallina

Chandler: Healthy Communities – Systemic Approach Needed

on March 15, 2018 - 8:48am
Dist. 43 Candidate

I am running for the New Mexico House of Representatives, Dist. 43 because I believe that state government can and should play a more effective role in improving citizens’ lives. 

One area that I will focus on is improving access to and availability of healthcare including behavioral and addictive treatment and prevention services.

Governor Martinez Announces Vitality Works Expanding, Creating Up To 80 New Jobs

on March 15, 2018 - 8:33am
ALBUQUERQUE  Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that Vitality Works, an Albuquerque based manufacturer, will expand its operations, creating up to 80 new manufacturing jobs. Vitality Works' expansion will be supported by New Mexico's closing fund, LEDA, as well as the Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP). 

"I will continue fighting for the bold reforms and critical tools that have made New Mexico a great place to do business," Martinez said.

Udall Recruiting Summer Interns For Washington Office

on March 15, 2018 - 7:37am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C., office. 

For more information and to apply for an internship,  visit During the upcoming summer internship program, Udall's office in Washington, D.C., will host two summer internship sessions: May 29 to June 29 and July 2 to Aug.

State Auditor Issues Probe Notice To RCLC Officials

on March 14, 2018 - 5:23pm
Los Alamos Deputy County Manager Steve Lynne
Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico State Auditor Wayne Johnson sent a letter Tuesday to officials with the Regional Coalition of LANL Communites (RCLC) advising them that his office is engaging in a special audit of the orgainzation.

Los Alamos Deputy County Manager Steve Lynne today confirmed receipt of the letter from the state auditor and addressed the upcoming special audit.

“As one of nine entities who belong to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, and as posted yesterday in local news

Luján Notes Los Alamos County Again Named Healthiest County In New Mexico According To New Rankings

on March 14, 2018 - 12:25pm

View of Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy/Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation

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

Washington, D.C. – Los Alamos County ranks healthiest in New Mexico, according to the 2018 County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

This is the eighth consecutive year that Los Alamos County has been cited as New Mexico’s healthiest county. The full list of rankings is available at

“Los Alamos

County Employees Request Investigation Of Councilor

on March 14, 2018 - 11:36am

Los Alamos Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland, left, and Chief Building Official Michael Arellano review construction plans recently. The two men filed a request for an investigation of County Councilor James Chrobocinski Feb. 15 with County Human Resources Manager Denise Cassel. Photo by Maire O'Neill/



Los Alamos Daily Post

Two Los Alamos County employees have filed a request for an investigation into County Councilor James Chrobocinski alleging harassment and intimidation under Los Alamos Code Ordinance No.

Udall Statement On Ouster Of Tillerson, Intent To Nominate Pompeo And Haspel

on March 14, 2018 - 9:22am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and to replace Pompeo with Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel.
“Chaos at the State Department and public squabbles with the president have eroded our standing abroad, and when it comes to relations with countries like North Korea, relations are on a razor’s edge.

British PM: ‘Highly Likely’ Russia Behind Poisoning

on March 14, 2018 - 9:19am

British Prime Minister Theresa May says it’s ‘highly likely’ Russia is behind nerve-agent attack on former Russian spy and his daughter. Image/video screenshot

Homeland Security News Wire News:

British Prime Minister Theresa May says evidence shows that it is “highly likely” that Russia is behind the nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in the city of Salisbury despite Kremlin denials that Moscow was involved in the incident.

May said in a speech to parliament March 12 that either the Russian state was responsible for poisoning 66-year-old Sergei Skripal and his

NM Delegation Urges Against Tariffs On Newsprint

on March 14, 2018 - 8:57am
New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grishamurged Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross not to approve additional tariffs on newsprint, which could devastate local papers across New Mexico. 
In January, the Commerce Department imposed import duties on Canadian groundwood paper, a kind of newsprint used by newspapers across the country, and are now considering additional tariffs.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Stands In Solidarity With Students Calling For Action On Gun Violence

on March 14, 2018 - 8:36am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement this morning in support of students calling for action on gun violence:

“Like so many Americans, I have been deeply moved by the high school students and young people across the nation who have spoken out after losing classmates and friends to gun violence and are demanding that lawmakers take action to prevent future tragedies.

“It’s unacceptable that students and teachers are afraid to go to class each morning after the terrifying