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Udall Opens Application Process For Military Service Academy Nominations April 7

on March 31, 2015 - 4:19pm

  • Staff to host service academy information sessions across New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Beginning April 7, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will accept applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies.

Throughout April, members of Udall's staff will host several information sessions across the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying. 

Four of the five service academies – the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S.

Pamela Valdez And Randy Fraser Of Los Alamos Receive NNSA's 2014 Security Professional Of The Year Awards

on March 31, 2015 - 4:06pm

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the recipients of the Bradley A. Peterson Federal and Contractor Security Professional of the Year Awards:

  • Pamela Valdez from the Los Alamos Field Office will receive the federal award; and
  • Randy Fraser from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will receive the contractor award.

The awards recognize one federal and one contractor employee whose contributions to security programs within the NNSA enterprise exemplify the excellence and commitment for which NNSA is known.

Valdez’s leadership as

Many Questions Surface In Preparing Community For Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on March 31, 2015 - 3:50pm

Los Alamos County Councilors, County staff and MPNHP Committee members, during a work session March 24 in White Rock, discuss a mounting list of questions for preparing the community to receive an estimated 200,000 visitors annually. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

At right, Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director / MPNHP Committee Chair Heather McClenahan presents an update to County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Chair Kristin Henderson and Councilor Steven Girrens listen to an update on the MPNHP project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Udall Honors Legacy Of César Chávez

on March 31, 2015 - 12:19pm

César Chávez speaking at the Delano UFW−United Farm Workers rally in Delano, Calif. June 1972. Courtesy/wikipedia


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, issued the following statement commemorating the life and legacy of civil rights and labor leader César Estrada Chávez.

Udall joined several senators last week to introduce a resolution honoring Chávez and recognizing his birthday, March 31, as “César Chávez Day.”

“César Chávez’s story is a story of resilience, hard work, and inspiring activism.

Española Students Present Inventions At Annual White House Science Fair

on March 30, 2015 - 1:22pm

President Obama with students at the annual Science Fair at the White House. Courtesy photo

Española students with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Courtesy photo

JRES News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. Last Monday a sixth grade team from James Rodriguez Elementary School (JRES) in Española were part of an exclusive group of 100 elementary, middle and high school students from throughout the nation invited to present their inventions to President Obama at the annual White House Science Fair.

The 2015 Science Fair highlighted the importance of encouraging more women and minorities in science,

U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz Addresses Mexico's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets

on March 30, 2015 - 10:45am

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

Energy Secretary Moniz issued the following statement on Mexico's greenhouse gas emissions targets:

We warmly welcome the announcement by the Government of Mexico on new greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

Heinrich Introduces Budget Amendment To Protect America's Treasured Public Lands

on March 30, 2015 - 10:35am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. introduced an amendment to the Senate's budget resolution that would protect America's parks and public lands, including national forests, wildlife refuges, and conservation lands, from being sold off as a deficit reduction tactic.

The amendment is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

"Selling off America's treasured lands to the highest bidder would result in a proliferation of locked gates and no-trespassing signs in places that have been

New Mexico Delegation Responds To Report By WIPP Technical Assessment Team

on March 28, 2015 - 10:11am


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.

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

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

on March 27, 2015 - 11:42am


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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  • 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

Udall, Heinrich Announce $833,700 Grant To Improve N.M. Affordable Housing Options

on March 27, 2015 - 8:21am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that NeighborWorks America will award three New Mexico nonprofit affordable housing organizations with a total of $833,700 in grants funded through last December’s “omnibus” appropriations bill to fund the government.
The funds will be used to help families who need safe, affordable housing, and create jobs in New Mexico.  
  • Homewise, Inc. will receive $591,450 to help New Mexicans in Santa Fe and Albuquerque buy homes and make home improvements to improve energy efficiency.
  • Tierra del Sol

Luján Votes To Protect Seniors’ Access To Doctors And Extend Health Care For Children

on March 27, 2015 - 8:10am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted Thursday in support of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation to protect seniors’ access to doctors through Medicare. 

“Year after year for more than a decade, Congress has passed short-term fixes to a flawed system in order to prevent seniors on Medicare from losing access to the doctors they trust. Time and again, rather than enacting a stable payment system for doctors, Congress has kicked the can down the road.

Technical Assessment Team Report Released On Cause Of Breached Drum At WIPP

on March 26, 2015 - 8:34pm

DOE EM News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today released a report by an independent team of technical experts that evaluated the mechanisms and chemical reactions contributing to the failure of a waste drum at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

The Technical Assessment Team (TAT) concluded that one drum, Drum 68660, was the source of radioactive contamination released during the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological event at WIPP. The contents of Drum 68660 were chemically incompatible and the drum breached as a result of internal chemical reactions.  


Udall To Question DOE Secretary On LANL Cleanup, WIPP Costs, Tech Transfer And Other N.M. Priorities

on March 25, 2015 - 12:42pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will discuss steps forward for cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and several other New Mexico priorities with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

Udall will press Moniz to work constructively with the state of New Mexico to safely reopen the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and discuss the Department of Energy’s plan to release a report on the radiological accident.

Udall also will discuss the budget

LAHS Junior Coleman Kendrick Earns Best Of Show And Qualifies For Intel ISEF

on March 25, 2015 - 12:14pm

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School Junior Coleman Kendrick earned Best of Show at the Northeastern New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair March 7 at New Mexico Highlands University.

The grand award also qualified Kendrick to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). The Intel International Fair is May 11-15 in Pittsburg, Pa. Kendrick will compete in the Physics and Astronomy category,  the same category he placed 2nd in at the Intel International Fair last year in Los Angeles.

2015 FEMA Individual And Community Preparedness Award Application Period Now Open

on March 25, 2015 - 10:32am

FEMA News:

DENTON, Texas – Time is running out to apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 2015 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards.

The awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward making their communities safer, stronger, better prepared and more resilient.

FEMA will review all entries and select the finalists. A panel of representatives from the emergency management community will then select winners in each of the following categories:

  • Outstanding

Udall, Heinrich Urge IRS To Make Paper Tax Forms Available To Rural New Mexicans

on March 24, 2015 - 12:16pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to express concerns about cuts to services, particuarly for rural and elderly New Mexicans.
The letter follows numerous complaints from residents of Fort Sumner, Elephant Butte, Taos and across rural New Mexico about a lack of paper filing forms and reduced office hours due to budget cuts.

IRS: Taxes, Ex-Spouse Benefits And You

on March 24, 2015 - 9:32am
Social Security Public Affairs Speciliast
Baltimore, Md

April 14 is both Ex-Spouse Day and the eve of tax day. These two observances are doubly important if you are an ex-spouse, because Social Security pays benefits to eligible former spouses, and you may need to claim this income on your tax forms.

If you are age 62, unmarried, and divorced from someone entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits, you may be eligible to receive benefits based on his or her record. To be eligible, you must have been married to your ex-spouse for 10 years or more.

Udall, Rubio, Heinrich, Menendez And Grijalva Introduce Bill To Promote Historic Preservation Education

on March 24, 2015 - 8:59am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Bob Menendez, D-N.J. and U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz. introduced a bipartisan bill to give colleges and universities with a high enrollment of Hispanic students access to a grant program that encourages students to engage in historical and cultural projects.

The Preservation Research at Institutions Serving Minorities (PRISM) Act would amend the National Historic Preservation Act by expanding eligibility to include Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) for a

Study: New Mexico Most Federally Dependent State

on March 24, 2015 - 8:19am


A WalletHub study reveals that New Mexico is the most federally dependent state.

In order to identify which states most and least depend on the federal government, WalletHub analyzed the 50 U.S. states across four key metrics, including:

  • the return on taxes paid to the federal government;
  • federal funding as a percentage of state revenue;
  • the number of federal employees per capita; and
  • the number of civilian non-defense federal employees per capita.

How Federally Dependent Is New Mexico? (1=Least, 25 =Avg.): 

  • 46th– Highest Return on Federal Income Tax
  • 42nd– Lowest Independent

U.S. Rep. Lujan Grisham Highlights Positive Effects Of Medicaid Expansion

on March 24, 2015 - 8:09am

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., marked the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act by highlighting how hundreds of thousands of New Mexico families are benefiting from the expansion of Medicaid.

An additional 230,000 New Mexicans have gained health coverage through Medicaid and the federal children’s health insurance program – a 50-percent increase over 18 months.

“I am pushing Congress to make needed improvements to the Affordable Care Act so health care is more accessible to average families,” Lujan Grisham said.

Heinrich, Udall Introduce Bill To Boost Funding For Laboratory Directed R&D Program

on March 24, 2015 - 7:50am

  • LDRD program advances frontiers of science and engineering, invests in critical national security missions, helps recruit and retain staff for national laboratories

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Tom Udall, D-N.M. introduced S.830, the LDRD Enhancement Act of 2015, a bill to increase the maximum percentage each laboratory director may set aside for Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) from 6 to 10 percent of the lab's budget.

The U.S.

Udall On Fifth Anniversary Of Affordable Care Act

on March 23, 2015 - 6:43pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
U.S. SENATE News:            
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) being signed into law:
"Five years ago today, hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans had no access to health insurance. Our state had one of the highest rates of uninsured, and among the highest rates for chronic disease. Many New Mexicans couldn't afford to see a doctor when they or their children got sick. They didn't have access to life-saving cancer screenings.

National Work Zone Awareness Week Highlights Start Of Annual Construction Season

on March 23, 2015 - 12:01pm

Slow down in construction zones. Courtesy/NMDOT


SANTA FE – Expect the unexpected when driving through work zones.

This week marks National Work Zone Awareness Week, the annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones and construction sites.

The theme for National Work Zone Awareness Week 2015 (March 23-27) is "Expect the Unexpected."

This was the original theme used 15 years ago when the national event was created by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Traffic Safety Services