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SFNF Holding Public Meetings On Geothermal Energy Development Draft EA

on July 1, 2016 - 10:15am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest today announced that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the potential effects of geothermal energy development on land within Forest boundaries is available on the Forest website here.

The Forest will hold three public meetings to provide a brief overview of the proposed project and the analysis of effects. The first meeting is 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the Forest Headquarters, 11 Forest Lane in Santa Fe. Additional meetings will be scheduled in Abiquiu and Jemez Springs.

Heinrich Joins Fights To Urge Court To Recognize Protections For LGBT Americans

on July 1, 2016 - 7:19am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and 127 Members of Congress filed an amicus brief in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Christiansen v. Omnicom Group, Inc., arguing that workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is already prohibited under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 since these types of discrimination are inherently linked to sex discrimination.
Discrimination on the basis of sex is banned under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The amicus brief was lead by U.S. Senators.

Delegates Going To Democratic National Convention

on July 1, 2016 - 6:28am
DPNM News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) is pleased to announce and congratulate the delegates representing the state of New Mexico at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.
At the DPNM Post-Primary State Convention this weekend, the Democratic Party of New Mexico completed its selection of 43 delegates that will attend and participate in the Democratic National Convention.

Youth, Legislators, Providers And Advocates Honored

on July 1, 2016 - 6:22am
VFC News:
ALBUQUERQUE — Four youth and five adults will be honored for their work to make New Mexico a better place.
The presentations will be made by New Mexico Voices for Children during the 4th Annual KIDS COUNT Conference at the Marriott Pyramid.
Youth receiving the 22nd Annual Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award include:
  • Sofia Jensen (first place in the 13-18 age group);
  • Carolina Belmares Ortega (first place in the 19-26 age group);
  • Sasha Butcher (second place in the 13-18 age group); and
  • Raul Antonio Granillo (second place in the 19-26 age group).
All four honorees are from

Sharon Stover Completes Term As NMAC President

on June 30, 2016 - 9:38am

NMAC President Sharon Stover addresses the group during the President’s Luncheon. Seated on the dais from left, Sen. Peter Wirth, NMAC Executive Director Steve Kopelman, Legislative Director Deborah Cox of the National Association of Counties, NMAC Executive Committe member and and Taos County Commissioner Gabe Romero and NM Municipal League President and Cloudcroft Mayor David Venable. Courtesy photo

NMAC Executive Director Steve Kopelman thanks Sharon Stover for her service. Courtesy photo


  • Stover praised for logging more than 10,000 miles and meeting with every county

Heinrich Blocks Intelligence Authorization Act​ Over Provision To Expand Warrantless Surveillance

on June 30, 2016 - 8:19am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, placed a hold on the 2017 Intelligence Authorization Act over a provision in the bill that seeks a massive expansion of government surveillance into Americans' email, web browser history, and communication through social media platforms without judicial approval.
"This represents a massive expansion of government surveillance and gives the FBI access to law-abiding Americans' email and browser histories without judicial approval or

DOE Awards Cooperative Agreement To NMEMNRD

on June 30, 2016 - 8:07am

DOE News:

CARLSBAD — The Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office today awarded a $6.8 million, five-year cooperative agreement to the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (NMEMNRD) for the coordination of activities with participating state agencies that ensure the safe transportation of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

Activities under the cooperative agreement focus on required preparations for transuranic waste shipments and continued assurance of safe and uneventful transportation of radioactive waste through the West, as agreed