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Udall Hosts Deputy Interior Secretary At Chaco Site

on June 29, 2015 - 5:14pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall hosts U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor on a tour today of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Courtesy/Udall

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, standing on rock, and Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor, in front, break out the binoculars during a tour today of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Courtesy/Udall


  • Connor's visit is in response to Udall's request that an Interior official visit Chaco site

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall thanked U.S.

WIPP: Bryson Named Acting Manager For CBFO

on June 29, 2015 - 5:10pm
New Acting Manager of DOE Carlsbad Field Office Dana Bryson
WIPP News:

Mark Whitney, Acting Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM), today named Dana Bryson the Acting Manager for the DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO).

He is replacing Joe Franco, who recently returned to a position in DOE’s Richland Operations Office in Washington. Bryson has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry and served as the CBFO Deputy Manager since December 2013. 

Previously, Bryson was the Director of the River Corridor Division for DOE’s

Udall Discusses Critical Need To Address Youth Suicide In Native Communities

on June 29, 2015 - 4:08pm
WASHINGTON  Wednesday June 24, at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Sen. Tom Udalldiscussed the critical need to address the high rate of suicide among Native American youth.
He questioned the acting director of the Indian Health Service, Tribal leaders and a Psychological and Developmental Sciences expert about improving desperately needed mental health services.
Udall highlighted some of the challenges facing New Mexico's Tribal communities and cited recent research by the University of New Mexico (UNM) on risk factors that may place Native youth at

What’s Eating The Aspens?

on June 29, 2015 - 3:59pm

Aspens at Big Tesuque Campground defoliated by western tent caterpillars. Courtesy/SFNF

Western tent caterpillars on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

Visitors to the Santa Fe National Forest’s popular aspen groves along N.M. 475 (the road to the Santa Fe Ski Basin) are wondering what’s happening to the trees.

Although the aspens may appear to be dying, the bare branches can be blamed on hungry western tent caterpillars that are stuffing themselves on one of their favorite foods.

New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division Rolls Out Phase 1 Of Tapestry Project

on June 29, 2015 - 12:37pm
MVD News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) has rolled out the first phase of a new database for drivers services as a part of the division’s Tapestry Project. It will improve efficiency in customer transactions to better serve New Mexicans.
“The Tapestry project is a model for the Governor’s initiatives to make state government more efficient,” said Demesia Padilla, Secretary of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. “The Governor’s support of this project has been critical.”
The Tapestry project began in 2014 to replace MVD’s outdated driver and vehicle IT

Legal Agreement Reached To Reduce Power Plant Pollution Damaging Southwest’s National Parks

on June 29, 2015 - 12:35pm
NPCA News:
WASHINGTON  The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and other clean air advocates, represented by Earthjustice, reached an agreement today with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the owners of New Mexico’s Four Corners Power Plant to reduce the plant’s pollution and improve the health of surrounding communities and national parks.
“For far too long, the irresponsible management of Four Corners has denied the Navajo people the basic human right to clean, healthy air in our communities,” said Lori Goodman, board member of Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our