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Heinrich on Confirmed CIA Spying on Senate Panel

on August 1, 2014 - 11:20am

CIA Director John Brennan apologized today for the actions of some agents. Courtesy/wikipedia.com

U.S. SENATE News:

"The Senate Intelligence Committee oversees the CIA, not the other way around." U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S.

Heinrich Calls For Action: Central American Refugee Crisis, Broken Immigration System

on August 1, 2014 - 9:22am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., delivered remarks on the Senate Floor Wednesday calling for action on the current Central American Refugee Crisis and the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill that passed more than a year ago.

In his speech, Heinrich emphasized the need to pass the Senate's Emergency Supplemental Funding Bill, a proposal introduced by Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., that includes $2.73 billion to help stem the current Central American refugee crisis.

Heinrich also called for action on the Senate's

Governor Announces Three New Mexico Schools Awarded New Fitness Centers

on August 1, 2014 - 9:03am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

Gov. Susana Martinez and National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC) Chairman Jake Steinfeld announced Thursday that three New Mexico schools will receive new fitness centers through a partnership between the State of New Mexico and NFGFC.

The three New Mexico schools are:

  • Jemez Valley Elementary and Middle Schools in Jemez Pueblo;
  • East San Jose Elementary School in Albuquerque; and
  • Mesa Elementary School in Shiprock.

“Childhood obesity affects 16 percent of our children here in New Mexico,” Martinez said.

NM Business Advocate Continues Procurement Reform Efforts

on August 1, 2014 - 8:53am

STATE News:

The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI), New Mexico’s statewide business advocate, submitted requests Thursday under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) for records pertaining to contract purchases by Albuquerque Public Schools, Rio Rancho Public Schools, and the cities of Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe. 

The requested records will show to what degree contracts are “piggybacked” on one another, rather than being put out for bids from competing businesses.

NMCD Blood Drive Draws Donors From Across State

on August 1, 2014 - 8:24am

An officer participates in the statewide blood drive. Courtesy/NMCD

NMCD News:

The New Mexico Corrections Department, after hearing about a very serious wreck involving a State Police officer, spearheaded a campaign to raise awareness and ENDWI. Wednesday marked the first annual blood drive to ENDWI, with great results.

Thanks to statewide participation from partners in law enforcement, including the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association, New Mexico State Police, Albuquerque Fire Department, 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, United Blood Services and Target, the drive will benefit

Flash Flood Watch Underway Through Late Tonight

on August 1, 2014 - 8:03am

Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Flash Flood Watch for a portion of North and Central New Mexico, including the Santa Fe metro area, Jemez Mountains, Guadalupe County,  lower Chama River valley. Lower Rio Grande Valley, Northeast Highlands, northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains above 9,500 feet/red River, northwest Highlands, Raton Ridge/johnson Mesa, San Francisco River valley, San Juan Mountains, Sandia/manzano Mountains, South Central Highlands, south central mountains.

Also, in the Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains above 9,500 feet,

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.

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

Momentum Builds For Heinrich's Bill to Improve Hunting and Fishing Access on Public Lands

on July 31, 2014 - 7:36am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

 

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich's, D-N.M., bill to improve hunting and fishing access on public lands received a key hearing Wednesday in the Public Lands, Forests and Mining Subcommittee.

The Hunt Unrestricted on National Treasures (HUNT) Act, introduced by Heinrich last September, would unlock countless public lands in New Mexico and grow the outdoor recreation economy. Hunters and anglers alone spend more than $465 million per year in New Mexico, and outdoor recreation as a whole contributes $6.1 billion to the state's economy.

"The number one

Back to School Tax-Free Weekend Begins 12:01 a.m. Friday to Midnight Sunday

on July 30, 2014 - 7:25pm

STATE News:

  • New Mexico Tax Holiday Saves Children and Families $4 Million in Preparing for Upcoming School Year

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez encouraged New Mexico families to take advantage of the annual tax-free weekend, to save money and prepare their children with clothes and supplies to return to school this fall.

“We want our children to start this school year off on the right foot,” Martinez said. “This tax-free weekend helps our families save money on much–needed supplies and clothes, so that students will be prepared to get back in the classroom.

Corrections Event Aimed at Ending DWI

on July 30, 2014 - 8:40am

STATE News:

Did you know there are nearly 500 people serving time in a New Mexico prison for a DWI? Of those 98 were convicted for vehicular homicide or causing great bodily harm.

The New Mexico Corrections Department, in an effort to commit ourselves to ending DWI, has reached out to our brothers and sister in law enforcement and partners in private agencies for a statewide initiative.

Join us at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 30 at Target Uptown, 2120 Louisiana Blvd NE (on the south side of the building, outdoors).

This event is held by New Mexico Corrections Department, along with other

Heinrich Statement on New VA Secretary

on July 30, 2014 - 8:24am

VA Secretary Robert McDonald. Courtesy/Wikipedia

U.S. SENATE News:

 

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement July 29 after voting to confirm Robert McDonald as the next U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA):

"Robert McDonald's military and private sector experience will help him provide the leadership and management needed at the VA. I am confident he will contribute to restoring accountability and transparency at the Department of Veterans Affairs and also hire a well-qualified permanent director at the New Mexico VA Medical Center.

"Addressing the

New Mexico Majority Whip Tim Keller Selected CSG Toll Fellow

on July 30, 2014 - 8:24am

Sen. Tim Keller. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

Sen. Tim Keller, who serves as New Mexico’s majority whip, is one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2014.

The 48-person class of 2014 Toll Fellows represent 35 states and Puerto Rico, with 35 serving in the legislative branch, four serving in the judiciary and nine hailing from the executive. A nine-member committee of state leaders, many who are Toll Fellows themselves, reviewed a record number of applications to select the class.

“The Henry Toll

GOP's Star Parker to Speak in Santa Fe Aug. 9

on July 30, 2014 - 8:19am

Star Parker. Courtesy photo

SFFRW News:

Star Parker is the honored guest speaker for the Santa Fe Federated Republican Women’s (SFFRW) Gala 6-10 p.m., Aug. 9 at the La Fonda Ballroom.

Parker is founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), a regular commentator on CNN, TBN, CSPAN and CBN.

When she commands the stage, it is hard to believe that for seven years she participated in robbery at gunpoint, defrauding the government welfare system, habitual drug use, and had multiple abortions. 

Parker is currently sought-after as a social policy consultant on

Cutting Edge Breast Cancer Screening Comes to Santa Fe

on July 30, 2014 - 8:03am

MEDICAL News:

According to the American College of Radiology (ACR), more than 40 percent of all U.S. women have dense breast tissue, and women in the highest dense-breast category established by the ACR are four to six times more likely to get breast cancer compared to women with low breast density.

Breast ultrasound uses sound waves to generate a picture of the breast tissue, and no compression is necessary.

Entry to WIPP Underground Facility Resumed

on July 30, 2014 - 8:01am

WIPP News:

Entries into the WIPP underground facility have resumed after being suspended for several weeks while workers changed air filters on the WIPP Ventilation System.

The Accident Investigation Board (AIB) has completed their examination in most of the underground facility. However, Room 7 Panel 7 will be inaccessible to recovery workers until the AIB investigation is completed.

Employees entered the underground facility July 18 to conduct radiological surveys and evaluate ground control conditions to ensure the continued safety of future entry teams.

State of the Art Hotel Coming to Old Town Albuquerque

on July 30, 2014 - 7:59am

BUSINESS News:

Plans have been finalized for a new multi-million dollar hotel in Old Town, Albuquerque, according to Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc. 

The 118-room project will break ground by late fall with completion set for spring, 2016. The hotel will provide 100 new jobs in Albuquerque. The contemporary boutique hotel will be a contrast of ancient and modern elements. 

The property will be built adjacent to Hotel Albuquerque and will share Hotel Albuquerque’s pool, ballrooms and chapel.

Best-Selling Author John Sandford Joins Hillerman Conference

on July 30, 2014 - 7:56am

John Sanford. Courtesy photo

ARTS News:

Wordharvest is pleased to feature The New York Times best-selling author and Santa Fe resident John Sandford at the 10th annual Tony Hillerman Writers Conference in November.

Sandford is the author of 31 published novels, all of which have appeared in one format or another on The New York Times best-seller lists. His latest thriller, Field of Prey, was released this summer to stellar reviews. The Huffington Post calls it “one of his best,” and Booklist named it “another top notch thriller destined for best-seller lists.”

A Pulitzer Prize winning

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Freewheeling Discussion on Science of Cities with Zappo's Tony Hsieh and SFI's Geoffrey West

on July 29, 2014 - 9:09am

Zappo's CEO Tony Hsieh. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

In 2011, Zappo's CEO Tony Hsieh announced a $350 million effort called The Downtown Project to rejuvenate Las Vegas, Nev.'s downtown, home to some lower-end casinos and motels and not a whole lot else.

His plan is to spend much of his own personal fortune to transform this lifeless area about a mile north of the neon blitz of the Strip into a thriving, vibrant and connected urban core.

NMPED Gives NMSA Third Consecutive 'A' Grade

on July 29, 2014 - 8:53am

NMSA News:

The New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) has just received its third consecutive “A” grade from the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED), recognizing NMSA’s academic excellence during the 2013-2014 school year.

The NMPED overall annual grade is based on a composite of scores in Reading and Math Proficiency, College Readiness, Opportunities to Learn, and Graduation.

“These ‘A’ grades are due to the blend of faculty dedication and student motivation that characterizes the school culture of NMSA – I know that everyone here who works to recreate that culture on a daily

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