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Udall, Heinrich Urge Minimizing Impact Of Data Breach, Improving Security Controls

on July 4, 2015 - 7:39am

U.S. SENATE News: 

WASHINGTON, D.C.Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich strongly urged the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to take steps to minimize harm to federal employees in New Mexico and across the country who were affected by the recent data breach that resulted in the theft of millions of employees' personal information.

In a letter to the OPM director, the senators expressed their disappointment with the data breach and called on OPM to take specific actions to improve security controls and prevent cyber theft.

In June, OPM warned that millions of

NASA Grant To Help Control Mosquitoes

on July 4, 2015 - 7:35am
NASA News:
BROOKINGS, S.D.   When it comes to fighting West Nile virus, it’s all about timing.
Through a three-year NASA grant, two South Dakota State University researchers will help mosquito control officials use mosquito surveillance and environmental data to target West Nile virus.
People notice the nuisance mosquitoes that come out early in the season, but the Culex tarsalis mosquito, which carries West Nile, is active later in the season and later in the evening, explained SDSU biology professor Michael Hildreth.
Since 2003, he has helped the South Dakota Department of Health with

IRS Spotlights Tax Help In Six Languages

on July 4, 2015 - 7:12am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that a wide range of publications and online resources are available in six languages on, the agency’s popular web site. features online resources in Chinese, Korean, Russian and Vietnamese, as well as English and Spanish. These multilingual resources are available throughout the year, not just during tax season.
Available resources include the agency’s cornerstone Taxpayer Bill of Rights document, Publication 1, titled “Your Rights as a Taxpayer.”
The publication outlines the 10 key provisions that make up

Sen. Martin Heinrich Helps HOPE Crew At Bandelier

on July 2, 2015 - 7:31pm
Sen. Martin Heinrich stands with members of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' Hands-On Preservation Experience (HOPE) crew and Bandelier staff for a group photo as their day of work comes toward a close Wednesday at Bandelier. Photo by Chris Clark/

The HOPE crew presents Sen. Martin Heinrich with a plaque in appreciation for his participation on their project Wednesday at BandelierPhoto by Chris Clark/

Staff Report

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.

DNCU Among Healthiest Credit Unions In America

on July 2, 2015 - 1:09pm


Del Norte Credit Union is ranked among the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America.

DepositAccounts has just released the 2015 edition of the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America and Del Norte Credit Union has made the list for the second straight year, one of only 66 credit unions to do so out of 6,655 total federally insured credit unions.

Del Norte Credit Union stands out in all of the primary evaluation categories, including:

  •  Texas Ratio – The Texas Ratio is an indicator of how much capital a bank has available compared to the total value of loans

Local United Way Earns 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator ... Seventh Consecutive Time

on July 2, 2015 - 9:45am


United Way of Northern New Mexico’s (UWNNM) sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

This is the 7th consecutive time that UWNNM has earned this top distinction.

Since 2002, using objective, data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating.

Bandelier Hosts Naturalization Ceremony July 4

on July 2, 2015 - 8:48am

Participants at the July 4, 2013 Naturalization Ceremony at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS Photo


July 4th is traditionally a day when Americans celebrate freedom and independence. 

For the fourth year,  Bandelier National Monument is proud to partner with the United States Citizenship and Naturalization Services to host a naturalization ceremony at the park on that day.  Eighteen candidates from nine countries, after working for years to fulfill their requirements, will be taking the oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States.

CIR Presents Talk On Recent Energy Trend Impacts

on July 2, 2015 - 7:24am

Senior Adviser to the Center for Naval Analyses, James Clad. Courtesy photo

CIR News:

​The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents James Clad, senior adviser to the Center for Naval Analyses and former deputy assistant secretary of defense.

Clad will discuss how recent energy trends have upset the world oil market and transformed the geopolitical landscape in a talk entitled, “The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape” at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, hosted at Tipton Hall, SF University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michaels Dr.

Asian energy demand is surging, Russian

Heinrich Lauds New Rules For Overtime Pay Protection

on July 1, 2015 - 9:13am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C.  Tuesday, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., welcomed President Obama's plan to extend overtime pay protection for workers in New Mexico and across the country.

The President's plan would guarantee overtime pay to most salaried workers earning less than an estimated $50,440 next year.

The increased threshold would tie overtime protections to the 40th percentile of weekly earnings for full-time salaried workers. The plan would raise the salary threshold from $455 a week below the poverty threshold for a family of four to a projected

Udall Welcomes Historic Agreement To Re-open U.S. And Cuba Embassies

on July 1, 2015 - 8:46am


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the agreement between the United States and Cuba to re-open embassies in Washington and Havana: 

“Re-opening embassies in Washington and Havana is a historic step toward normalizing relations and finally building a 21st century relationship with Cuba. In my visits with Cuban entrepreneurs, artists and others, it's clear to me that the Cuban people are eager to engage with the world.

Water Used For Hydraulic Fracturing Varies Widely

on June 30, 2015 - 2:18pm
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The amount of water required to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national-scale analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage detailed in a new study accepted for publication in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.
The research found that water volumes for hydraulic fracturing averaged within watersheds across the United States range from as little as roughly 9,800 liters (2,600 gallons) to as much as 37 million liters (9.7 million gallons) per well.

Macaw Skeletons Signal Hierarchy At Chaco

on June 30, 2015 - 9:46am

This skull of a scarlet macaw (Ara macao) was excavated from Pueblo Bonito in New Mexico by researchers from the American Museum of Natural History in 1897. Courtesy/@AMNH/D.Finnin



New work on the skeletal remains of scarlet macaws found in an ancient Pueblo settlement indicates that social and political hierarchies may have emerged in the American Southwest earlier than previously thought.

Researchers determined that the macaws, whose brilliant red and blue feathers are highly prized in Pueblo culture, were persistently traded hundreds of miles north from Mesoamerica starting in

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

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

Udall, Nelson Urge FTC To Investigate Concussion Prevention Claims Used To Sell Soccer Headgear

on June 28, 2015 - 7:36am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Bill Nelson, D-Fla. called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate potentially misleading safety claims used to sell soccer headgear.

The FTC enforces federal consumer protection laws that prevent fraud, deception and unfair business practices.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson

The senators asked that the FTC take action if the investigation findings reveal that makers of soccer headgear or other children's sports safety equipment are engaged in false or deceptive advertising practices.

In a

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Applauds Supreme Court Decision In Support Of Marriage Equality

on June 26, 2015 - 10:04am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today on the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of marriage equality.

“With this decision, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed that equality is a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution by stating very clearly that everyone deserves equal protection under the law. 

Marriage equality is matter of civil rights and treating all people who are in a loving and committed relationship fairly. 

Today is a momentous day for the millions

Los Alamos Hilltalkers And Hawktalkers Win National Speech And Debate Tournament!

on June 25, 2015 - 1:11pm

National Speech and Debate Tournament champions from Los Alamos Malcolm Carr, left, and Mike Peters on right, at the NSDA June 13-19 in Dallas, Texas. Courtesy photo

New Mexico Team Blue, World's Debate 2015 National Champions, from left, Areeq Abd-Allah of La Cueva High School, Ani Nadiga of Los Alamos High School, Jessica Berry of Albuquerque Academy and Sajila Hossain of La Cueva High School. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team is pleased to announce that Ani Nadiga, Los Alamos High School Class of 2015, is part of a winning team at

Udall On Supreme Court Health Insurance Decision

on June 25, 2015 - 11:57am
Sen. To Udall
U.S. SENATE News:            

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell that residents of any state can receive health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

"I welcome the Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell, which preserves the insurance policies of millions of Americans. The Affordable Care Act has enabled tens of thousands of New Mexicans to get health insurance for the first time.

"It's making our state healthier — and stronger economically.

Congressional Committee Members Call On DEA To Detail Methods Behind 'Cold Consent' Searches

on June 25, 2015 - 11:09am
WASHINGTON, D.C. House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr., D-Mich., House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Ranking Member Sheila Jackson Lee, D-TX, and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-NM. issued a letter Tuesday June 23 to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenburg requesting details concerning the use of “cold consent” searches, particularly at transportation facilities.  

The letter cites a report released by the Justice Department Inspector General earlier this year in January

IRS Reminder To File On Foreign Bank Accounts

on June 25, 2015 - 9:05am
IRS News:
PHOENIX The Internal Revenue Service reminds everyone who has one or more bank or financial accounts located outside the United States, or signature authority over such accounts that they may need to file an FBAR by Tuesday, June 30.
FBAR refers to Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, which must be filed with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the Treasury Department. It is not a tax form and cannot be filed with the IRS. The form must be filed electronically and is only available online through the BSA E-Filing(

Drones And Food

on June 25, 2015 - 8:53am

Pteryx UAV, a civilian UAV for aerial photography and photomapping with roll-stabilised camera head. Image/wikipedia

HSNW News:

The precision agriculture sector is expected to grow at a high rate over the coming years.

This new way of farming is already a reality in northwest Italy, where technologies are being used to keep plants in a good state of health but also to avert the loss of quality yield.

Sensors and drones can be among the farmers’ best friends, helping them to use less fertilizers and water, and to control the general condition of their crops.

CORDIS reports that nowadays

Luján Wants Vote To Reauthorize Export-Import Bank

on June 25, 2015 - 8:31am

  • Bank Supports 265 Jobs in New Mexico

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District called on House Republican leaders this morning to allow a vote in the House of Representatives to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States. 

Absent legislative action, the bank’s charter will expire at the end of the month, and it will no longer be able to provide loans to U.S. businesses. The Export-Import Bank is an independent, self-sustaining agency with an 80-year record of supporting U.S. jobs by financing the export of American goods and services.

DOE Issues Remaining $1.8 Billion In Loan Guarantees

on June 25, 2015 - 7:36am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — To further support the construction of two advanced nuclear reactors at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, the Department of Energy announced it will issue $1.8 billion in loan guarantees to three subsidiaries of the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG Power).
This is the last of three conditional commitments that were first announced by the Administration in 2010, which, when combined with the previously issued $6.5 billion in loan guarantees to Georgia Power Company (GPC) and Oglethorpe Power Corporation (OPC), allow the project to be