• Two Duke City politicians are officially on the job in D.C. It's now Sen. Heinrich and Rep. Lujan-Grisham.

• Duke City-based Smokey Bear balloon enters Congressional budget-cutting fight, courtesy of Ky. Senator McConnell.

• GOP reportedly not interested in bringing up voter ID law changes in upcoming legislative session.

• Don't worry, be happy, says ex-gov Bill Richardson to State Dept. about upcoming trip to North Korea with Google exec.

• 2.1 billion-year-old Martian meteorite discovered in North Africa shows Red Planet was once much more watery, says UNM scientist.

• Salsa dancing med student organizes weekend salsa party to benefit poor in Dominican Republic.

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Comment by shotsie on January 4, 2013 at 10:32am

Okay, Aaron, why don't we start locally by cutting Sandia, Los Alamos and Kirtland AFB budget's by 50% and see what happens....  I'm sure Intel will step it up.... 

Comment by RunLikeADog on January 4, 2013 at 1:07pm
Be careful what you wish for, shotsie, you might just get it especially with Heinrich and Lujan-Grisham in D.C. It so easy to go after Sandia and Los Alamos, but the reality is that everyone has to become accountable for spending; from the Feds, to the bloated State and County governments all the way down to you and I. We all have to become less consumer and more producer.
Comment by shotsie on January 4, 2013 at 4:09pm

Talking philosophically about cutting budgets is easy; actually going through budgets and cutting programs is tough guy stuff.  You cut 50% from Sandia and KAFB, and you just eliminated 10,000 (direct) jobs.  (I was just using these places as an example, since the Feds directly fund the programs here - I work at KAFB, so no, I really don't want large cuts there.  Everybody thinks the other guy should take the hit... )

BTW, I'm sure Boehner noticed that Steve Pearce voted against him for Speaker of the House - we have a large military/test presence in Southern NM that could easily be moved to Texas or Nevada. 

Comment by Izquierdo on January 4, 2013 at 7:11pm

Smokey Bear is often hailed as the greatest public service program in advertising history, and I believe that money is well spent. The Forest Service (state and federal), the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service, however, spend millions each year on needless travel. They go to meetings -- regional meetings, national meetings and local meetings. I'm sure that is true across government (and the private sector). Although it would put airlines out of business and hurt hotels if this practice were terminated folks, it should be stopped. Ninety-nine percent of the business could be done over Skype. The senator attacks Smokey for one reason--without the bear (a true icon)  in the story, it would never be put in print. The senator's name certainly isn't as well known as the bear. Officially need to take a serious look at state and federal travel -- a huge part of the federal budget. And I'm pretty sure it extends well beyond land management agencies to the military (especially the military), and every other cabinet beyond Interior and Agriculture.

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Comment by Lahjik on January 4, 2013 at 8:54pm

No, you can't do business over Skype.  It's a nice platform for hobbyists but it's completely unsecure and the fact that it's a walled garden, even since Microsoft bought them, means they can't interface to the real world.  I am a fed, working for an Army Dept. in San Antonio and we manage a world-wide network built for Army (and military) Medical conferencing.  We do thousands of hours of conferencing every week and through leveraging our existing networks and expertise we have saved the Army millions in travel, alone.  In order to do that we have specialized equipment and highly trained personnel dedicated to promoting military health care and protecting the war-fighter.  It's not free and it's not even cheap but it' definitely represents a massive savings when its used correctly.  Now, if the Forest Service wants to ride our network, they can call me and I'll get them in touch with my boss to work out the details; if they want to hire me to build out a network for them, I'll be happy to talk.

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