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Udall, Heinrich Announce $18.6 Million For STEM Education At Hispanic-Serving NM Universities

on October 25, 2016 - 5:36pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today Oct. 25, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that five New Mexico universities will receive more than $18.6 million to support Hispanic and low-income students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The schools receiving grants through the U.S. Department of Education Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM Program incude:
  • The University of New Mexico Valencia Branch Campus;
  • New Mexico Highlands University;
  • Eastern New Mexico University–Roswell;
  • New Mexico State University–Carlsbad; and
  • Eastern New

Report: NM Strengthens Mental Health Care System

on October 25, 2016 - 5:19pm
SANTA FE  New Mexico Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary Brent Earnest announced that New Mexico improved 14 spots, from 36 to 22, in Mental Health America’s annual rankings, “The State of Mental Health in America 2017.”
The state’s vastly improved overall rank shows a lower prevalence of mental illness and higher rates of access to mental health care in New Mexico.
“The Human Services Department continues to strengthen our state’s behavioral health system as we prioritize providing care and treatment to the most vulnerable New Mexicans,” Earnest said.

CIR Events Saturday And Wednesday

on October 25, 2016 - 10:19am
Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry. Courtesy/CIR
CIR News:
International Lecture Series #3:
SINO-U.S. RELATIONS AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA: THE TEMPEST OR MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING? NEW Input from Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry: This talk will particularly emphasize China's National Security Strategy.

Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry
  • 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29
  • The Forum, SF University of Art & Design
  • 1600 St. Michael's Drive
  • $15 CIR Members; $20 Non-members and Guests
Professor Eikenberry is the Oskenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow and Director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative at the

Interior Secretary Jewell Issues Order To Encourage Tribal Role In Managing Interior Lands

on October 24, 2016 - 4:43pm
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
USDI News:
FAIRBANKS, AK  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a Secretarial Order encouraging cooperative management opportunities between the Department’s land and water managers and federally-recognized tribes.
The Secretarial Order sets out a framework to ensure that Native communities have the opportunity to assume meaningful and substantive roles in managing public lands that have special geographical, historical and cultural connections to the tribes.
Secretary Jewell announced the Order at the annual Alaska

Evan McMullin: Why I'm Running For President

on October 24, 2016 - 9:21am
Evan McMullin kicks off his presidential campaign Aug. 10 in Salt Lake City via YouTube. Courtesy photo
Former CIA Agent

I am running for president because I believe that settling for the lesser of two evils is still evil. Just a few months ago, I was still one of millions of voters who refused to accept the depressing choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, neither of whom is fit to serve as commander-and-chief. Like all those others, I was waiting for a true leader to stand up and give Americans a better choice. No one did.

As the deadlines for ballot access

DEA Kicks Off Red Ribbon Campaign Today

on October 23, 2016 - 11:22am

DEA News: 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today kicks off its annual Red Ribbon Campaign, the nation’s largest drug prevention effort.

The National Red Ribbon Campaign began after drug traffickers in Mexico tortured and brutally murdered Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in March 1985. Officially, Red Ribbon Week is celebrated nationally Oct. 23-31; however, communities and school districts nationwide hold events throughout the month.

The Red Ribbon Campaign is dedicated to helping to preserve Special Agent Camarena's memory and further the

Letter To The Editor: What Is The U.S. Doing In The Middle East?

on October 23, 2016 - 11:02am
Los Alamos

We are involved in various ways in the wars in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. In most we are fighting against the Islamic State* with a limited coalition. The US position is to demand that President Bashar Assad step down and we support rebel factions fighting for the same goal. The Russian position is to support Assad against all rebel groups; they also support the fight against the Islamic State.

Unfortunately for the Syrian civilians this means the slaughter and flight of refugees continues unabated.

Report: New Mexico Among States Still Funding K-12 Below Pre-Recession Levels

on October 23, 2016 - 10:03am


ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico’s investment in K-12 education—which is crucial for communities to thrive and the state economy to offer broad opportunity—has declined dramatically in recent years. New Mexico cut its general school funding by nearly 14 percent between 2008 and 2014, according to a new report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan policy research organization based in Washington, D.C.

Although spending has been increased in more recent years, the report shows that New Mexico’s per-pupil spending is still 7 percent lower in fiscal year 2017

IRS Offshore Voluntary Compliance Tops $10 Billion

on October 23, 2016 - 9:48am

IRS News:

More Than 100,000 Taxpayers Come Back Into Compliance

PHOENIX – As international compliance efforts pass several new milestones, the Internal Revenue Service reminds U.S. taxpayers with undisclosed offshore accounts that they should use existing paths to come into full compliance with their federal tax obligations.

Updated data shows 55,800 taxpayers have come into the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) to resolve their tax obligations, paying more than $9.9 billion in taxes, interest and penalties since 2009. In addition, another 48,000 taxpayers have made use of

AFT President Weingarten To Appear At Public Events Supporting Hillary Clinton And Local Candidates

on October 22, 2016 - 10:18am

AFT President Randi Weingarten


ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly announces the visit by AFT President Randi Weingarten to New Mexico in support of Secretary Hillary Clinton and local endorsed candidates.

President Weingarten is committed to working across the United States to elect pro-public education and pro-labor candidates, including Secretary Hillary Clinton for President.

President Weingarten will be making brief comments in support of Secretary Clinton’s campaign for President as well as speaking to campaign volunteers

Chamisa Elementary Recognized As Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship

on October 21, 2016 - 6:15pm

Beverly Nelson is helping Chamisa first grade student Asiah Martinez learn the new Common Sense Education educational resources. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPD News:

Common Sense Education, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, recognized Beverly Nelson, the teacher-librarian at Chamisa Elementary, for her efforts to certify Chamisa as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship.

"We're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School," said Nelson.

Heinrich Presents Service Medals To Veterans

on October 21, 2016 - 12:04pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Thursday at the All Veterans Memorial Plaza at Berg Park in Farmington. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Thursday at the All Veterans Memorial Plaza at Berg Park in Farmington. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Thursday at the All Veterans Memorial Plaza at Berg Park in Farmington. Courtesy photo


From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich: 

FARMINGTON – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) held a ceremony Thursday to recognize two U.S. Marine Corps veterans at the All Veterans Memorial Plaza at Berg Park in Farmington.

Marine Corps Private

DOE Releases Request For Information/Sources Sought For Savannah River Site Operations Acquisition

on October 20, 2016 - 3:12pm
DOE News:
CINCINNATI OH  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) issued a Request for Information (RFI) /Sources Sought in support the upcoming follow-on procurement for the management and operation (M&O) of the Savannah River Site (SRS).
The current SRS M&O contract, DE-AC09-08SR22470, with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), expires on July 31, 2018 and is a major component of the overall SRS work scope and contracting structure.
The RFI/Sources Sought is seeking to solicit input via capability statements from

Socialist Presidential Candidate Gloria La Riva Visiting Albuquerque

on October 20, 2016 - 3:00pm
  • Socialist Candidate on the ballot in New Mexico available for interview
ALBUQUERQUE – Gloria La Riva, the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s candidate for president of the United States will be campaigning in Albuquerque Wednesday, Oct. 26. 
Born and raised in Albuquerque, La Riva is a graduate of Manzano High School and has decades of experience as a community activist and labor organizer, and has been active in the anti-war movement since the 1970s.

Los Alamos Police Host Drug Take Back Day Saturday

on October 20, 2016 - 10:01am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department will be hosting its bi-annual Drug Take Back Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 22 at the following locations:

  • Smith’s parking lot: 751 Trinity Dr.; and
  • White Rock Visitor Center: 115 State Route # 4.

This drug diversion program is a part of a national initiative by the DEA. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

LAPD asks the public to refrain from bringing

Main Street Alliance Applauds Treasury Department For Strong Rule To Curb Multinational Tax Avoidance

on October 20, 2016 - 8:53am
USDT News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Treasury has finalized a rule aimed at curbing earning stripping, an abusive practice that multinational companies use to avoid taxes. The Main Street Alliance applauds the Treasury Department for taking this critical step.
The rule aims to discourage inversions by making it more difficult for multinational companies to engage in earnings stripping--when companies load their U.S. subsidiaries with foreign debt, and impose artificially high fees and interest on the debt, to reduce their US tax burden.

IRS Offers Online Tax Forums

on October 20, 2016 - 7:42am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service reminds tax professionals that they can earn continuing education credits online through seminars filmed at the 2016 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums. 
The forums are three-day events that provide tax professionals with the most up-to-date information on federal and state tax issues; in 2016, they were held in five cities across the nation.
More than a dozen self-study seminars are now available on the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online (NTFO). Self-study seminars provide information to participants through interactive videos, PowerPoint

IRS Announces 2017 Tax Counseling For Elderly And Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Grants

on October 19, 2016 - 2:15pm
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service recently awarded over $21.5 million in Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grants to organizations that provide free federal tax return preparation.
This year, the IRS awarded grants to 25 TCE and 246 VITA applicants. The TCE grants cover one year and the VITA grants cover two years. The IRS received 330 applications requesting $54.6 million.
The TCE program, established in 1978, provides tax counseling and return preparation nationwide to people who are 60 or older.

DEA And Partners Hold Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

on October 19, 2016 - 2:00pm
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  DEA reprises this weekend one of its most popular community programs: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. 
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday October 22, the public can dispose of their unused, unwanted prescription medications at one of 4,700 collection sites nationwide, operated by 3,800 local law enforcement agencies and other community partners. The service is free of charge, no questions asked.
America is presently experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers.

Roger This: Turning Off The Gridlock Key

on October 19, 2016 - 12:39pm

From left. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Common Cause New Mexico Executive Director Viki Harrison and public interest attorney and author Bruce Berlin participate in a discussion on campaign finance reform Oct. 13 at the Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Rebecca Mercer is one of the most powerful women in politics, according to Kenneth P. Vogel and Ben Schreckinger in a story in Politico Magazine ((9/7/16). She is the daughter of billionaire Robert Mercer, who grew up in New Mexico and graduated from the

Udall Leads Senate Hearing On Action To Prevent Theft, Illegal Possession, Sale Of Tribal Cultural Items

on October 19, 2016 - 9:25am
ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has chaired a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on the critically important issue of the theft and sale of Tribal religious and cultural items and its impact on Tribal communities.
Udall was joined by Heinrich and testimony was provided by Acoma Pueblo Gov. Kurt Riley, Isleta Pueblo Governor and Chairman of the All Pueblo Council of Governors Paul Torres, and Navajo President Russell Begaye. The hearing is being livestreamed HERE.
Udall, a member of the Indian Affairs Committee, called the hearing to discuss steps

Candidates Present Views At League's Second Forum

on October 18, 2016 - 2:18pm
Democratic candidates for Los Alamos County Council from left, incumbent Pete Sheehey, Chris Chandler and Antonio Maggiore. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Republican candidates for Los Alamos County Council from left, Jaret McDonald, incumbent Steven Girrens and Patrick Brenner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Community Lab owner Prisca Tiassé Yoder, PhD, right, and her intern Kaylen Pocaterra speak with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján at Thursday's League of Women Voter's Forum at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Manhattan Project National Historical Park Seeks Volunteers For Los Alamos Visitor Center Operation

on October 18, 2016 - 11:49am
NPS News:
The National Park Service (NPS) invites community members to join in providing visitor information and interpretation at the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) Visitor Center on 20th Street in downtown Los Alamos.
Volunteers will receive training in Los Alamos and Manhattan Project history, customer service and orientation to National Park Service operations. The training will be provided by NPS and Los Alamos Historical Society staff, beginning today, Oct. 18.
Winter hours for the MPNHP Visitor Center are 9-4 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, starting Nov.

WIPP: Plans Call For Controlled Withdrawal From South End Of Underground

on October 18, 2016 - 11:19am
WIPP News:
At a Carlsbad Town Hall Meeting last night, the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) announced its intention to close the far south end of the WIPP underground.
CBFO initiated discussions with the New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this week, and efforts are underway to develop a plan to close the far south end of the mine.

Joint DOD-DOE Environmental Meeting Tonight

on October 18, 2016 - 10:36am


ALBUQUERQUE -- The Department of Energy/Department of Defense Semi-Annual Public Meeting on environmental programs takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 18 at the Cesar Chavez Community Center (7505 Kathryn SE--off of Louisiana Blvd. and Zuni in Albuquerque.

This is a joint meeting between Sandia National Laboratories' Environmental Programs and the Kirtland Air Force Base Environmental Restoration Program to provide information about environmental restoration and ongoing outreach efforts.

For more information, contact Dave Rast at the DOE Sandia Field office at