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Udall Hosts Roundtable To Highlight Need To Extend LWCF At Valles Caldera National Preserve Friday

on September 3, 2015 - 2:30pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


U.S. Sen. om Udall will host a roundtable discussion Friday on the urgent need to extend the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The LWCF conserves and promotes public access to the country’s national parks, forests and public lands, but it is set to expire at the end of the month without congressional action. New Mexico Wildlife Federation leaders and several other conservation partners will join the conversation.

While at the Valles Caldera, Udall also will receive an update on the management transition

House Speaker Creates Investigative Committee To Assess Charges Against Secretary Of State

on September 3, 2015 - 10:51am
House Speaker Don Tripp
New Mexico Speaker Don Tripp issued the following statement about creating a Special Committee to investigate charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran: 
Secretary of State Dianna Duran
Given the serious nature of the allegations made by the Attorney General against the Secretary of State, I believe the appropriate and responsible next step for the House of Representatives is to begin the process of determining whether these charges have merit and rise to the level of impeachment.

Council Special Session: Discussion & Possible Action On Capital Improvement Projects Thursday Sept. 10

on September 2, 2015 - 10:02am

Los Alamos County Council from left, James Chrobocinski, Rick Reiss, David Izraelevitz, Susan O'Leary, Kristin Henderson, Steven Girrens and Pete Sheehey. Courtesy/LAC


The Los Alamos County Council is holding a Special Session: Discussion & Possible Action on Capital Improvement Projects at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

This will be an informal setting for the Council; however, the meeting will be streamed on the Internet, broadcast on PAC-8, and available for later viewing using Video-on-Demand on the Council’s

DOE Taps Todd Shrader To Lead Carlsbad Field Office

on September 2, 2015 - 7:31am

New Carlsbad Field Office Manager Todd Shrader, third from left, during a tour last November at Hanford with EM Office of River Protection Manager Kevin Smith, right, Waste Treatment and Immobilization Project Assistant Manager Bill Hamel, left and EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney. Courtesy/DOE

WIPP News:

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of Todd Shrader as the manager for the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO).

“Todd Shrader is a proven leader and experienced engineer who has successfully tackled some of DOE’s toughest issues,” said Monica Regalbuto, Assistant

Luján And FTC To Educate Children And Seniors On Safe Online Practices

on September 2, 2015 - 7:09am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


  • Encourages Students to Share with Care and Help Seniors Learn How to Avoid Scams

SANTA FE –  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District will join with a representative from the Federal Trade Commission to hold two events Wednesday, Sept. 2 to share best practices and tips to be safe online and avoid scams, identity theft, and other forms of fraud.

At Luján’s invitation, Dama Brown, the FTC’s director of the Southwest Region, will be in Northern New Mexico to participate in a school assembly regarding cyber safety and bullying,

Governor Surprises Piñon Elementary Student With Grand Prize In Summer Reading Challenge

on September 1, 2015 - 3:57pm

Gov. Susana Martinez surprises 2nd grade student Rocko Del Mauro Monday at Piñon Elementary School. The Governor announced that Del Mauro is a grand prize winner of the Summer Reading Challenge. Courtesy/LAPS

Alberta and Ronald Heil (grandparents), Diana Del Mauro (mom), Summer Reading Challenge grand prize winner Rocko Del Mauro, Gov. Susana Martinez and David Del Mauro (dad) celebrate the 2nd graders achievement Monday at Piñon Elementary School. Courtesy/LAPS

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Udall Announces New Chief Of Staff

on September 1, 2015 - 11:22am

Bianca Ortiz Wertheim


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has hired Bianca Ortiz Wertheim to serve as his new chief of staff starting Sept. 8.

A native of Nambé, north of Santa Fe, Ortiz Wertheim has worked for Udall for six years as the director of his state offices, supervising his constituent service work and team of local representatives. She will move to Washington with her husband, attorney and businessman John Wertheim.

She succeeds Michael Collins, of Taos, who is leaving for the private sector. Collins has worked in Udall’s U.S.

Los Alamos Arms Control Group Considers Support Of Iran Policy

on August 31, 2015 - 1:18pm
The Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (LACACIS) is considering the adoption of a statement of support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the US, UK, France, Russia, China, Germany, and the European Union.  
The LACACIS draft policy statement can be read by visiting and clicking on Policy Statements.  
The position will be discussed and voted on at a meeting at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, at the United Church Christian Education Building Lounge (room 212), 2525 Canyon Road.  
The public is invited, but