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Significant Monsoon Burst Pattern Through Weekend

on July 31, 2014 - 10:39pm

NOAA News:

Nowcast as of 9:11 PM MDT includes showers and thunderstorms will continue through the evening. A broad area of showers blanketing San Miguel County will move across Interstate 25 from Romeroville to Wagon Mound...and across Trujillo...Trementina...Bell Ranch...Conchas Lake State Park...and N.M. 104.
 
Storms crossing into northern Sandoval County will move toward Fenton Lake State Park...Jemez Springs...and across State Road 4. Expect lightning and downpours along with some hail and gusts to 40 mph as these storms move through.

Luján on House Republicans Suing President Obama

on July 31, 2014 - 11:21am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Ben Ray Luján D-N.M. released the following statement after House Republicans moved forward with legislation supporting a lawsuit against the President rather than addressing critical issues facing the country.

"Today House Republicans hit a new low with their frivolous lawsuit against President Obama.

School Grades Show New Mexico on Path to Improvement

on July 31, 2014 - 10:01am

STATE News:

There are several take-aways from the latest round of the New Mexico Public Education Department’s school grading.

One is that more schools earned A’s and B’s, and another is that more schools earned D’s and F’s.

However, the most important is that more students are improving.

Udall Disappointed in Filibuster of Bill to Protect New Mexico Jobs

on July 31, 2014 - 9:58am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after Republicans blocked the Bring Jobs Home Act, which he supported to protect and create jobs in New Mexico and across the nation by offering incentives for companies that insource jobs and eliminating a tax loophole that benefits companies moving offshore: 

"Today, we had an opportunity to do right by workers in New Mexico and across the country by moving forward on legislation to help build up communities and create jobs right here at home.

DOE Shares Steps For Modernizing Natural Gas Infrastructure

on July 31, 2014 - 9:48am

DOE News:

Building on the President’s Climate Action Plan, the White House and the Department of Energy hosted the fifth in a series of meetings on reducing methane emissions from natural gas systems.

Following the meeting, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced several new initiatives as DOE’s part of the larger Administration Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.

“By expanding our discussions through these methane roundtables, we have heard from several different groups about the benefits to finding workable solutions to the problem of methane leakage,” Secretary Moniz said.

Governor Appoints LAHS Graduate Jennifer Attrep to 1st Judicial District Court

on July 31, 2014 - 9:10am

COURT News:

Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Los Alamos High School graduate Jennifer Attrep to the 1st Judicial District Court.

Attrep, now of Santa Fe, will serve until the end of the year as her appointment fills a new position created when the governor recently signed into law House Bill 141, which established additional judgeships throughout the state. Candidates for this judgeship were not able to run in the June Primary Election because the position wasn’t officially available until May and did not allow enough time for candidates to participate in that election.

The Democratic

WIPP Performs Weekly Shaft Inspections

on July 31, 2014 - 9:04am

WIPP News:

In accordance with Mine Safety and Health Administration requirements, WIPP employees continue to perform inspections of the mine shafts.

Shaft inspections are required on a weekly basis and prior to allowing personnel to ride the conveyances, or elevators, into the underground facility. Currently, both the Salt Handling and Air Intake Shafts are inspected every Monday. Once the Waste Shaft is returned to service it will be added to the weekly inspection schedule.

In addition to the weekly inspections, crews also perform checks of the equipment on a daily basis to ensure the

Heinrich Votes For Highway And Transportation Bill Critical To Keeping New Mexicans On The Job

on July 31, 2014 - 8:46am

I-25 map. Courtesy/wikipedia.com

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., voted Tuesday to pass H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, a bill that will prevent an immediate reduction of nearly $129 million in annual funding for construction on roads, bridges, and transit systems in New Mexico, which will support more than 1,600 jobs in the state. 

The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 79 to 18 and now goes back to the House.

"Investments in public transit, paved roads, and other transportation infrastructure are critical to providing the groundwork

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