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Lujan Grisham Opens Hearing On 2015 Fire Season

on October 8, 2015 - 12:38pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham delivered the following opening statement during today’s Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Conservation & Forestry. As the ranking member on the committee, Lujan Grisham kicked off the hearing to review 2015 fire season and long-term trends.  

—As Prepared for Delivery—

“Thank you Mr. Chairman. I really appreciate you calling today’s hearing to review the 2015 fire season and long-term wildfire trends.

Udall Votes For Major National Defense Bill, Urges Solution To Dangerous Sequestration Cuts

on October 8, 2015 - 12:29pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 70-27 for a major defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The bill — the result of an agreement between the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives — includes several priorities Udall has championed for New Mexico.

Heinrich Statement On Gun Violence Prevention

on October 8, 2015 - 12:19pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. issued the following statement on the need for bipartisan, commonsense solutions to reduce gun violence in America:

"It is no secret that I am a passionate outdoorsman, hunter and supporter of the Second Amendment. It is my firmly held belief that law-abiding citizens should be able to own firearms for both sport and self-defense. That is not a political statement, it is simply who I am. 

"In our efforts to protect the established constitutional right of individual gun ownership though,

UNM Researcher Travels East To Track Pope’s Visit

on October 8, 2015 - 8:43am
Pope Francis rides in the 'Popemobile.' Courtesy/UNM
UNM News:
In his first visit to the United States, Pope Francis made headlines around the world and was greeted by hundreds of thousands of American Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
And for University of New Mexico sociology Professor Richard Wood, to see and study the pope on American soil was a special experience.
“What I focus on is the intersection of faith and public life in the United States,” Wood said, who is also the chair of UNM’s Department of Sociology.

VIDEO: Udall Leads Bipartisan Coalition Of Senators Pushing For Vote On Chemical Safety Reform

on October 8, 2015 - 8:38am
WASHINGTON  As the Senate prepares to begin debate on chemical safety reform, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M) led a bipartisan coalition of senators calling on Congress to finally protect families from dangerous chemicals by passing the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which Udall wrote with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.).
The bill is named for the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who worked for many years to reform the broken and outdated Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA).
It would overhaul TSCA by requiring — for the first time —

Udall, Heinrich Announce $4.39 Million For Tribal Suicide, Drug Abuse And Domestic Violence Prevention

on October 8, 2015 - 8:35am
WASHINGTON U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that several New Mexico Tribes and organizations will be receiving a total of $4.39 million over five years to prevent suicide, fight drug abuse and combat domestic violence through the Indian Health Service's Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) programs.
The MSPI programprovides support for Tribal communities to develop culturally appropriate prevention and treatment methods for suicide and drug abuse, particularly methamphetamine.

Road Map Meeting For Monitoring Gold King Mine Spill’s Effects In New Mexico Oct. 20

on October 7, 2015 - 5:32pm

NMED News:

SANTA FE – The State of New Mexico’s Long-Term Impact Review Team, named by Gov. Susana Martinez during the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gold King Mine Spill last August, is developing a road map for continuing environmental monitoring activities.

The Road Map meeting is 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 San Juan College, Rooms 9008 & 9010 at the Henderson Fine Arts Center, 4601 College Boulevard in Farmington.

Through working together and sharing ideas and information based on the public’s input and different agencies’ areas of expertise, we’ll be able to better ensure that

SF National Forest Offices Closed Columbus Day

on October 7, 2015 - 9:03am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 12 in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Oct. 13.

For additional information, contact a local Ranger District or the Forest Headquarters at 505.438.5300.           

White House Invites New Mexico’s Senate Majority Leader To Plenary Panel For Worker Voice Summit

on October 7, 2015 - 7:03am

President Barack Obama

New Mexico’s Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez is one of six members of the plenary panel, “The Importance of Worker Voice,” for the White House Summit on Worker Voice.  

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez

President Barack Obama is hosting the 2015 “Worker Voice Summit” at the White House to discuss the benefits of empowering employees to become partners in growing the economy.

Obama and Labor Secretary Tom Perez join summit members Sanchez, Sarita Gupta, Ambereen Khan-Baker, Gregory Adams, Joe Schmidt and Robert Hathorn.

The panel will establish the

Governor Announces Tourism In 2014 Generates Largest Economic Impact In New Mexico History

on October 6, 2015 - 2:45pm

Gov. Susana Martinez announced today at a press conference in Albuquerque that tourism in 2014 has injected $6.1 billion into New Mexico's economy. Courtesy photo 


ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that tourism in 2014 generated the largest economic impact in state history, injecting $6.1 billion into New Mexico’s economy and supporting nearly 89,000 jobs.

“Tourism plays a critical role in diversifying our state’s economy.

AFTNM/ATF Lawsuit Against NMPED Concludes With Motion For Preliminary Injunction Today

on October 6, 2015 - 2:16pm
SANTA FE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation’s District Court lawsuit against the New Mexico Public Education Department concludes today with the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction.
This lawsuit seeks to provide relief to educators across New Mexico by pausing, and eventually seeking to prevent the use of high-stakes testing in the evaluation of education professionals.
It is the belief of AFTNM and ATF that the current evaluation system, imposed by Public Education Department rule, is unsound, untested, and

Senator Moores and Rep. Steinborn Join APV And SWEC In Calling For Ban On Killing Contests

on October 6, 2015 - 8:42am

APV News:
  • New Mexico should end repulsive killing contests that celebrate killing for killing’s sake ... next coyote killing-contest is Oct. 9-11

LAS CRUCES - Animal Protection Voters (APV) and Southwest Environmental Center (SWEC) renew calls for a statewide ban on the cruel and dangerous practice of animal-killing contests.

Contests began last month and will continue throughout the fall of 2015 and into winter of 2016. The next killing contest, which promotes and rewards indiscriminate killing of native wildlife, is set for the weekend of Oct.

Rio Arriba Bioregional Council Oct. 16

on October 6, 2015 - 6:50am

Udall, Heinrich Welcome $5.7 Million To Build Veterans Cemetery At Fort Stanton

on October 5, 2015 - 11:27am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced that they have secured $5,741,388 to cover the full cost of construction for a veterans cemetery near Fort Stanton.
Currently, the state has only two veterans cemeteries — located in Santa Fe and at Fort Bayard — and many veterans and their families have to travel a great distance to honor loved ones. 
The new cemetery at Fort Stanton will serve more than 7,500 veterans and their families. Ground breaking for the project is expected this coming Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
“More than 170,000 veterans call

Ojo Caliente Do-It Yourself Solar Air Heating Collector Workshop Oct. 10

on October 5, 2015 - 11:22am

Santa Fe National Forest Issues Closure Order To Protect New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse Habitat

on October 3, 2015 - 9:19pm

New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. Courtesy/

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest today issued a closure order for four areas on the Jemez Ranger District that have been identified as occupied habitat for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.

The closure areas are located along the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio Creek in the Jemez Mountains. In October 2014, the Forest constructed temporary fences in marshy areas along the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio Creek to protect the mouse’s habitat.

NNSA Awards Mo-99 Cooperative Agreement To General Atomics

on October 3, 2015 - 8:55am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, DC  Wednesday Sept. 30, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced that it will award a cooperative agreement to General Atomics (GA) to support its project for domestic production of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) without highly enriched uranium (HEU).  
Mo-99 is the parent isotope of technetium-99m, which is the most widely used radioisotope in medical diagnostic imaging and is used in approximately 80 percent of nuclear diagnostic imaging procedures in the United States, equating to about 50,000 medical procedures every day. 

FBI: Roswell Fugitive Arrested, Another Added In Multi-Agency Drug Investigation

on October 3, 2015 - 8:48am
FBI News:
Susana Ceballos, 35, of Roswell, who was wanted in connection with a multi-agency drug investigation, has been arrested in Roswell by the FBI.
Javier A. Madrid, 27, of Roswell, has been added as a fugitive in connection with this operation. Madrid is 5’7”, weighs approximately 168 pounds, has brown eyes and brown hair.
This investigation is led by the FBI, DEA, Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force, Roswell Police Department, Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, and New Mexico State Police.
Anyone with information about Madrid’s whereabouts is asked to notify the FBI

WIPP Emergency Response Team Member Earn Advanced Training Certifications

on October 3, 2015 - 8:39am
WIPP News:
Recovery activities at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant continue to move in a positive direction.
As part of increased emergency response capabilities, the WIPP Fire Department and Emergency Response Team are participating in advanced training, improving overall capabilities and receiving advanced certifications.
Training and validation testing has included written examinations, as well as intense physical and practical testing. All WIPP firefighters are certified at Firefighter Level I/II.

AG Urges Passage Of Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act For Heroin And Opioid Addiction Epidemic

on October 3, 2015 - 8:25am
Attorney General Balderas
SANTA FE   Tuesday Sept. 29, Attorney General Balderas and attorneys general from 36 states plus the District of Columbia sent a letter to the leadership of the Committee on the Judiciary for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (S. 524/HR 953).
This comes as New Mexico and other states continue to address the epidemic of heroin and opioid-based painkiller abuse and addiction and its devastating effect on public health and safety in communities.
The Comprehensive

Udall, Markey, Durbin Announce Agreement On Chemical Safety Reform Bill

on October 2, 2015 - 9:47am
  • Markey, Durbin to cosponsor after Senate vote, bringing total support to 60 senators

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, as the full Senate prepares to begin debate on a historic bill to overhaul the broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass. and Richard Durbin, D-Ill. announced they have agreed on new improvements to the bill.
With the changes, Markey and Durbin have agreed to support the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which Udall wrote with U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La.

Women Veterans Asked To Take Online Survey

on October 2, 2015 - 7:28am
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services is asking women veterans in New Mexico to take a brief online survey to help the agency assess the needs and level of care provided for the state’s women military veterans.
All women veterans—regardless of war or peacetime era served, length of service, or rank achieved--are invited to take the nineteen-question survey, which should only take a few minutes to complete.
The survey can be accessed by clicking here. It is taken anonymously--no name or contact information will be asked of the participants, who can also skip

Los Alamos Artist Featured At New Mexico State Fair Gathering Of Counties

on October 1, 2015 - 12:24pm

Steve Kopelman, Sharon Stover, Frank Blackwell, Bill Lee, Chuck Brown and Dan Mourning gather together Sept. 17 at the annual Gathering of Counties Day at the New Mexico State Fair. Courtesy photo

NMAC President Sharon Stover, left, with Los Alamos artist Janice Parker Muir hold the water color painting by Parker Muir that she donated to the State Fair Commission and it will be displayed permanently at the State Fair.  Photo by Adriana Ortiz

NMAC News:

  • A New Mexico State Fair and NMAC joint celebration

For the past 12 years, the New Mexico State Fair has partnered with the New Mexico

AFTNM Responds To Closure Of Eastern Child Development Center

on October 1, 2015 - 10:47am
AFT News:
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
“Without question, the video evidence showing the abuse of a child by a former employee of the Eastern Child Development Center merits their immediate dismissal, arrest, and fullest prosecution under the law. However, it was only through the center staff’s self-reporting of the incident to the Children, Youth, and Families Department and the Albuquerque police department that lead to the firing and subsequent arrest of the individual in question.
“Center staff and

October Hours Announced For National Hispanic Cultural Center Library And History And Literary Arts Building

on October 1, 2015 - 10:08am
National Hispanic Cultural Center Library and History and Literary Arts Building in Albuquerque. Courtesy/NHCC
NHCC News:
Effective today, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Library and History and Literary Arts Building in Albuquerque will be open to the public Wednesday, Friday and for Saturday public programming only as announced. 
Regular hours for the Library and Building are expected to resume Nov. 2.
The reduced hours are intended to ensure public access to the Library, a community resource treasure, despite current, unexpected shortages in staff.