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Governor Seeks Gaming Control Board Applications

on January 10, 2020 - 4:28pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is accepting applications for a certified public accountant for the state Gaming Control Board.
 
The full-time, paid position has been vacant for some time.
 
The New Mexico Gaming Control Board is responsible for regulating legalized gaming at New Mexico’s licensed racetracks, veteran and fraternal organizations. In addition, the agency is responsible for investigating and enforcing violations of the laws and regulations that prohibit illegal gambling activities in the state, and monitoring New Mexico’s tribal gaming compacts.
 

Luján On House Passage Of PFAS Action Act

on January 10, 2020 - 4:03pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the House passage of the PFAS Action Act:
 
“Every person living in the United States has a right to clean and safe drinking water. I was proud to vote today for comprehensive legislation to address PFAS contamination and protect New Mexicans from these harmful chemicals.

LFC Budget Includes Affordable Health Coverage Funds

on January 10, 2020 - 8:44am
NMTH News:
 
SANTA FE — The Legislative Finance Committee unveiled its FY 2021 budget proposal Tuesday, which included $500,000 critical to helping the Human Services Department “prepare to implement affordable health coverage options” for New Mexicans.
 
One of the main coverage options being considered is Medicaid Buy-in, an innovative policy that allows uninsured and under-insured New Mexicans to pay a monthly premium to receive trusted Medicaid coverage.
 
“This funding shows that the Legislature is serious about working with the administration to ensure that all New Mexicans have

Governor Kicks Off First Space Valley Summit

on January 10, 2020 - 8:12am

Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan Hicks fastens a pin on the lapel of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday during the Space Valley Summit at NMSU in Las Cruces. Courtesy photo

Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan Hicks facillitates the first Space Valley Summit. Courtesy photo

SPACEPORT AMERICA News:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham kicked off New Mexico’s first Space Valley Summit Wednesday at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

The event brought together federal and state leaders of New Mexico’s space industry.

Facilitated by Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan

Spy Museum Responds To Senator Appeal To Modify Exhibit Misrepresenting CIA Torture Program

on January 9, 2020 - 2:10pm

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. has responded to a request made by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), all members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that the museum make changes to its exhibit on the CIA torture program.

In December 2019, the senators sent a letter to Tamara Christian, president and chief operating officer of the International Spy Museum, expressing disappointment over the exhibit’s misrepresentation of the CIA’s torture

Former LANL Director Siegfried Hecker To Speak At Alice And Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11

on January 9, 2020 - 8:46am
Dr. Siegfried Hecker during the official CTBTO photostream. Courtesy photo
 
LAHS News:
 
Dr. Siegfried Hecker will give his annual talk on the state of nuclear arms control and world politics, 7 p.m., Jan. 11 at the Alice and Lawry Mann Lecture.
 
Hecker served as the fifth director of Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986 to 1997, and is now a senior fellow emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

He has spoken to a full house each year he has returned to Los Alamos for this event. Come early for the best seating!

Gessing: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Budget Highlights Contrast Between New Mexico And Colorado

on January 9, 2020 - 6:51am
By PAUL J. GESSING
Rio Grande Foundation
 
Gov. Lujan Grisham recently released her budget to be considered by the Legislature in the upcoming 30 day session. As expected, there is a lot of new spending thanks to the continued growth of oil and gas production in the Permian Basin.
 
After a 12 percent boost in General Fund spending last year, the Gov. is requesting yet another big increase. This year she’s asking for 8.4 percent.
 
According to news reports, the nearly $7.7 billion spending plan includes a proposed 4 percent salary increase for New Mexico teachers and more money for

New Mexico Supreme Court Forms Committee To Consider Changes In Pretrial Detention Rules

on January 8, 2020 - 3:24pm

SUPREME COURT News:

 

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered the establishment of a 15-member committee to consider possible changes in procedures for the pretrial detention of criminal defendants.

 

“The work of the committee can help strengthen the reforms approved by voters in the 2016 constitutional amendment and provide additional guidance to judges making the difficult decisions about pretrial detention and release,” Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura said in a statement.

 

Retired Justice Edward Chávez will chair the Ad Hoc Committee to Review Pretrial Release and

Commissioner SGR Signs Executive Order Providing Land Office Employees 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave

on January 8, 2020 - 10:45am

NMSLO News:

 

SANTA FE – New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard signed her first Executive Order of 2020 Jan. 3 to provide a paid 12-week parental leave policy for employees of the State Land Office.

 

This order follows Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Executive Order signed Dec. 31, 2019 to provide eligible state employees who work at agencies under her oversight paid parental leave. The Governor urged other independent State agencies to also provide this important benefit.

 

“I’m extremely grateful to the Governor for taking this initiative and prompting this change of

Governor Announces Extreme-Risk Protection Order Legislation To Be In 2020 30-Day Session ‘Call’

on January 8, 2020 - 10:40am

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photo

From the Office of the Governor:

  • Initiative creates procedure to enhance public safety by empowering family members, public safety officers to act on early-warning signs, threats of violence

LAS CRUCES – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today her support for a public safety proposal in the upcoming legislative session authorizing extreme-risk protection orders, an important, proven-effective and proactive step toward minimizing the risk of gun violence in New Mexico communities.

Legislation co-sponsored by Sen.

Speaker Brian Egolf Launches Jobs Listening Tour

on January 8, 2020 - 9:44am

STATE News:

  • Hosting leaders, Egolf discusses local needs to grow and develop economically for continued job growth and economic diversification

SANTA FE – New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) begins his travels today to Los Lunas, Socorro, Ruidoso, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Mescalero, Alamogordo and Portales to host a Jobs Listening Tour.

Focused on finding solutions to the challenges facing both urban and rural communities, the tour is part of an ongoing effort to meet with community, business and economic development leaders to get ideas for local and statewide economic

CIR: War With Iran? Risks And Implications Jan. 16

on January 8, 2020 - 7:37am
CIR News:
 
The community is invited to join Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 4:30 p.m., Jan. 16 at the Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo De Peralta to hear a panel discussion on the risks and implications of war with Iran.
 
The panel includes Middle East experts from UNM’s Global & National Security Policy Institute, Dr. Emile Nakhleh and Dr. Todd Greentree and Ambassador Vicki Huddleston.
 
This discussion on today’s most urgent challenge to the global order and U.S. foreign policy:
  • Will there be war with Iran?
  • What are the implications and risks of assassinating foreign

LAFRW Hosts CD3 Candidate Karen Bedonie Thursday

on January 8, 2020 - 7:15am

LAFRW News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hols its January meeting Thursday, Jan. 9.

The business meeting begins promptly at 11:30 a.m., and all registered Republican women are invited to attend.

Congressional District 3 candidate Karen Bedonie will speak at noon and all county Republicans are invited to attend to hear about and meet this candidate.

Call Cathy Walters at 505.690.2309 for the meeting address. Call Shona Neff at 505.470.3177 for further information.

Sara Scott Re-elected Los Alamos County Council Chair And Randall Ryti Elected Vice Chair For 2020

on January 7, 2020 - 8:06pm

This evening during its first meeting of the new year, Los Alamos County Council elects Sara Scott to serve another year as chair and Randall Ryti to serve as vice chair. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

At this evening’s first Los Alamos County Council meeting of 2020, Councilor David Izraelevitz nominated and councilors unanimously elected Sara Scott to serve another year as chair. Councilor James Robinson nominated, and council voted 5-2 to elect Randall Ryti to serve as vice chair.

Longtime Albuquerque Meteorologist Mark Ronchetti Seeks Republican Nomination For U.S. Senate

on January 7, 2020 - 3:59pm

Mark Ronchetti

From the Mark Ronchetti U.S. Senate Campaign:

Longtime Albuquerque meteorologist Mark Ronchetti announced that he will run for U.S. Senate in New Mexico.

Ronchetti, who has served as chief meteorologist at Albuquerque’s CBS-affiliated news station for 13 years, will seek the Republican nomination in the race.

“Like all New Mexicans, I want my kids to grow up in an America where opportunities are created right here in New Mexico – where the American dream is as strong today as it’s ever been.

Annual Military & Veterans Day At Legislature Jan. 25

on January 7, 2020 - 3:26pm

NMDVS News:

SANTA FE – Military & Veterans Day at the 2020 Legislature has been designated as Saturday, Jan. 25, at the State Capitol in downtown Santa Fe.

This is the annual day during the legislative session presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) and the New Mexico National Guard to honor active-duty service members and veterans.

Every year, a segment of the military also is highlighted at an 11 a.m. ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. This year, the spotlight is on former Prisoners of War (POW’s) and those still listed as Missing in Action (MIA).

The public is

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Joins War Powers Resolution To Prevent Unauthorized War With Iran

on January 7, 2020 - 2:28pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

Also calls for a vote on his bipartisan Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, co-sponsored by 27 senators.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) officially signed on as a cosponsor to a war powers resolution (S. Res. 63) today to prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran, introduced Friday by U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).

Udall is the author of the bipartisan Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, first introduced in 2018 and then again in 2019, a bill to prohibit the United States from

Udall On Death Of Former Questa Mayor Esther Garcia

on January 7, 2020 - 10:31am

Former Village of Questa Mayor Esther Garcia
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement Monday on the passing of former Village of Questa Mayor Esther Garcia:
 
“Jill and I are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend, former Village of Questa Mayor Esther Garcia. Esther was a tireless champion for the people of Northern New Mexico and played a key role in protecting the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Columbine Hondo Wilderness, land grants, acequias and other treasures in our state.
 
We join her family,
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New Mexico Republican Deplore-A-Ball Feb. 29

on January 7, 2020 - 10:30am

County Parks And Recreation Board Meets Thursday

on January 7, 2020 - 6:20am

William Perry Pendley Reauthorized As Acting Director Of BLM, Groups Protest His Arrival In Grand Junction

on January 7, 2020 - 6:14am

An unwelcoming committee waits for Acting Deputy Director William Perry Pendley to arrive Thursday at the Bureau of Land Management office in Grand Junction, Colo. Courtesy photo

ENVIRONMENTAL News:

 
On Thursday United States Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt reauthorized William Perry Pendley as acting deputy director for the Bureau of Land Management. Pendley has served as acting deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management since July 2019. 
 
In reaction to the news Political Director Brent Bolin of Clean Water Action said, “William Perry Pendley has repeatedly

Governor Releases FY 2021 Executive Budget

on January 6, 2020 - 2:25pm

From the Office of the Governor:
  • Education represents almost 50 percent of new spending, including another round of raises for educators and school personnel; other highlights include significant investments in infrastructure, health and well-being, public safety.

SANTA FE – Ahead of the 2020 legislative session scheduled to begin later this month, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham released today her second state budget proposal as New Mexico governor.

The fiscal year 2021 executive recommendation underscores the governor’s commitment to the next step in growth for the state of New Mexico,

League Essay Contest Honors 100th Anniversary Of Women’s Suffrage ... 1920 – 2020

on January 6, 2020 - 10:45am

Courtesy/LWVLA

LWVLA News:

A hundred years ago on Aug. 18, 1920, Tennessee was the last of the necessary 36 states to secure ratification of the Nineteenth Amendments allowing women the right to vote.

To celebrate the event and to remind citizens of those momentous times, the League of Women Voters is sponsoring an essay contest open to all Los Alamos students in grades 9 through 12 attending public, private or home schools.

The essay topic is “U.S. women fought for decades for the right to vote, finally achieving the vote in 1920. What were some of the obstacles to achieving suffrage?

Trinity, Hiroshima & Nagasaki Commemoration Events

on January 6, 2020 - 6:32am
CCNS News:
 
Planning is ongoing to commemorate the 75 years since the U.S. atomic bombings at the Trinity Site in July 1945, and over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.
 
The opening event is the 11th Annual “Witness for the People” at noon Friday, Jan. 31 in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Santa Fe.
 
Confirmed speakers include:
  • Archbishop John C. Wester;
  • Lt. Gov. Howie Morales;
  • Rep. Angelica Rubio;
  • Marian Naranjo, of Honor Our Pueblo Existence;
  • Tina Cordova, of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, also known as the Trinity Downwinders; and
  • Ken Mayers of Veterans for Peace.

NM GOP Launches Revised; Updated Website

on January 6, 2020 - 6:27am

Courtesy/RPNM

GOP News:

  • Website changes showcase new features, more content and user-friendly navigation
 
The Republican Party of New Mexico website has had a complete overhaul, click here. The website now offers significantly more content, important information and vital tools to guide readers through anything they might need entering the 2020 election season.

The new website is comprehensive, educational, user-friendly and will provide you with all kinds of exciting information and resources.

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