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Luján introduces bipartisan legislation for energy innovation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Ben Ray  Luján, D-NM, along with fellow House member Rep. Joe Wilson, R-SC, and U.S. Senators Chris Coons, D-DE, and Lindsey Graham, R-SC today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation, the IMPACT for Energy Act, to establish a nonprofit foundation for the U.S. Department of Energy...

Whooping cough infections identified in Lea County

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Health Department working with schools and healthcare providers to investigate

On Dec. 14, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reported 14 whooping cough cases at several Lea County schools, since November 2017, with most of the infections occurring among elementary school students.

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory illness that is spread by coughing and sneezing while in close contact with others. Left untreated, whooping cough can spread from a single infected person for several weeks. The best way to avoid getting whooping cough is by getting vaccinated.

NMDOH encouraged residents to get tested if they experience signs and symptoms...

Public waste meeting to be held Jan. 16

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SANTA FE – The state of New Mexico’s Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos field office are hosting a public meeting Jan. 16, 2018 at 5 pm at the Los Alamos County Council Chambers, located at 1000 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, concerning cleanup priorities for legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for fiscal year 2018.

The Consent Order (CO) is a settlement agreement between the state of New Mexico’s Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy that was issued in 2016. The CO provides the process by which investigation and remediation of contamination from legacy waste management activities at...

Workforce Solutions settles year-old wage theft suit

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A worker’s rights coalition and New Mexico’s Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) settled a year-old lawsuit alleging the state agency failed to adequately investigate or take action on wage theft claims.

The settlement agreement outlines policy and procedural changes the state department will make. Wage theft claims against employers, for example, will now be investigated regardless of the dollar amount involved. The coalition accused DWS of avoiding  action on claims worth more than $10,000 and advising employees to instead file a lawsuit against their employer.

DWS also agreed to implement a more comprehensive process for workers to file claims against employers who fail to...

Weekly police activity report Dec. 22, 2017

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McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Dep. Johnson Lee was dispatched to the Alonzo Court area in Thoreau on Dec. 17 after reports that a group of people were yelling out plans to burn down a house in the trailer park. The report came in at about 1:48 am. Lee spoke to a resident of the park at the scene, who pointed him to a nearby trailer as the source of the noise.

Lee approached and entered the trailer. When he opened the door, he encountered a man, 50, with a swollen bloody face, who claimed to have been “jumped” two hours prior by two younger men. The suspects also stole $20 off of the victim, according to the police report. The victim could not identify for police who it was...

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