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New Mexico Delegation Responds To Report By WIPP Technical Assessment Team

on March 28, 2015 - 10:11am

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján issued the following joint statement on the report by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Technical Assessment Team, analyzing the scientific cause of the drum failure that led to the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). 

"Today's report answers some of the questions about what led to the radiological release at WIPP on Feb.

DPS Reorganization Act Signed Into Law

on March 28, 2015 - 9:32am

DPS Cabinet Secretary Greg Fouratt

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law Senate Bill 95, the Department of Public Safety Reorganization Act.

This landmark bill represents the first statutory reorganization of the New Mexico State Police Division (DPS) in its 28-year history and takes effect July 1, 2015. This bill enjoyed widespread legislative support, having passed the Senate 31-9 and the House 54-1.

The primary effect of this bill is the merger of all three DPS law enforcement entities into the DPS:

  • New Mexico State Police;
  • Motor Transportation Police

Rep. Garcia Richard's Legislative Session Recap

on March 28, 2015 - 9:28am
By Dist. 43 Rep. STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Sandoval
 

As Benjamin Franklin once wrote, "You may delay, but time will not," and as we learned this legislative session, delaying critical votes has left New Mexico in a state of confusion and panic. 

 
For three years, I have served on House Appropriations and am proud of the bipartisan work we have accomplished to deliver New Mexicans a balanced and fair budget and comprehensive capital improvement legislation. 
 
In those three years, I have never once seen a move as destructive as the 11th hour coup by

DOE Offers Conditional Commitment To Alcoa To Support Making Aluminum For Automotive Sector

on March 28, 2015 - 7:39am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of the Administration’s effort to support advanced vehicles that are more affordable for Americans to drive, strengthen U.S. leadership in manufacturing advanced vehicle technologies, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased fuel efficiency, the Department of Energy has announced a conditional commitment for a $259 million loan to Alcoa Inc.
 
This conditional commitment is the first issued by the Department under the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program since Secretary Moniz announced a number of improvements

RTD Adds Additional Bus To Accommodate Chimayo Pilgrims On Good Friday

on March 27, 2015 - 3:29pm

RTD News:

In addition to its regular Chimayo Route bus, the North Central Regional Transit District (RTD “Blue Bus”) will be adding an additional bus along its Española to Chimayo route to accommodate people making the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday, April 3.

Two ADA accessible buses will run on a continuous loop throughout the day 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the first bus begins at 8 a.m. and the second at 8:30 a.m.) departing from the RTD stop on the north side of the Santa Claran Hotel in front of the Arrow Motel.

The route then traverses NM Highway 76 with multiple

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Leads Effort To Keep Dark Money Out Of Elections

on March 27, 2015 - 11:42am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the Senate debating amendments to this year’s proposed budget resolution, Republicans voted against an amendment offered by Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. aimed at making it more difficult for corporations and billionaires to secretly influence federal elections through unlimited and undisclosed campaign expenditures – so-called “dark money.”

Their amendment would have facilitated passage of legislation that promotes transparency in political spending and prevents big corporate and wealthy donors from evading campaign

Five-Year Plan Released To Protect Antibiotics

on March 27, 2015 - 11:35am
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NMPIRG News:

  • Some Good, Some Bad in Obama Administration Plan to Protect Antibiotics ... Plan fails to adequately address growing public health threat

The New Mexico Public Interest Research Group (NMPIRG) reports that the National Task Force for Combatting Resistant Bacteria released a five-year action plan today to tackle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

While the plan takes several important steps necessary to control the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it misses the opportunity to call for critical reforms in the agricultural sector that are

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