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Udall, Heinrich Back Resolution Honoring Nuclear Weapons Workers

on November 2, 2017 - 10:09am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution authored by Udall and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and cosponsored by Heinrich, designating Oct. 30, 2017, as the ninth National Day of Remembrance.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

This resolution is meant to honor the contributions of thousands of New Mexicans and Americans who helped develop, support, and maintain the nation’s nuclear weapons efforts during the Cold War.

“Thousands of scientists, maintenance workers, miners, millers

NMCD: New Operation Captures Fugitive Sex Offenders

on November 2, 2017 - 10:02am
NMCD News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Corrections Department has announced a new operation to capture fugitive sex offenders. Officers will be looking for offenders to continue to ensure New Mexico’s streets are safe for children, especially during Halloween.
Additionally, probation and parole officers in every part of the state will be making contact with registered sex offenders on supervision to ensure they aren’t interacting with children during the holiday.
“It’s not only important to apprehend the sex offender absconders, but to monitor the activities of registered sex

NMSP: Missing Mother And Daughters Found Safe

on November 2, 2017 - 8:46am
NMSP News:
TAOS – The New Mexico State Police found missing mother Cheyenne Crystal, 49, and her two daughters.
All three are safe and well, NMSP said. 
See original missing person announcement here.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Attends Local Fundraiser

on November 2, 2017 - 8:24am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's 3rd Congessional District with Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard outside on a windy deck during a fundraiser for the congressman's re-election campaign early Monday evening at a private residence on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

FBI: Roswell Woman Gets 63 Months For Methamphetamine Trafficking And Firearms Conviction

on November 1, 2017 - 2:49pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Renee Rodriguez, 33, of Roswell was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces to 63 months in prison for her conviction on methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges. Rodriguez will be on supervised release for three years after completing her prison sentence.


Rodriguez and co-defendant Joseph Vallejos, 25, also of Roswell, were charged in a criminal complaint filed in September 2015, with conspiracy, distribution of methamphetamine, and firearms offenses in Chaves County.

Pearce Introduces Veterans’ Life Insurance Bill

on November 1, 2017 - 9:09am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Friday introduced H.R. 4146, the Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance Act of 2017, to provide needed improvements to the service-disabled veterans’ life insurance program (S-DVI).
Disabled veterans have a challenging time receiving life insurance through the civilian sector due to their physical or mental injuries incurred during their time in service. This bill will update the nation’s current S-DVI premiums and disability provisions which are based on mortality and annuity tables from 1941.
“Veterans injured in

Hiking The Grand Canyon Nov. 8

on November 1, 2017 - 9:05am

NMDOT Seeks Public Input On ADA Transition Plan

on November 1, 2017 - 9:05am
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Transportation is seeking input on the draft of the 2017 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan. 
The draft plan is intended to identify system needs and integrate them with NMDOT’s planning process, while ensuring that all of its facilities, services, programs and activities are accessible to all individuals. It is required as part of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 
This transition plan focuses on all right-of-ways owned and maintained by NMDOT.

NMERB Improving Sustainability State Tour

on November 1, 2017 - 8:26am

Udall, Heinrich Press White House To Extend Critical Lifeline Funding In Future Disaster Aid Request

on November 1, 2017 - 8:23am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of Western senators today urging the White House and the White House budget office to fulfill the federal government’s promise to rural communities by extending a critical lifeline that funds road repairs, schools and law enforcement in rural communities in any future emergency disaster supplemental funding bill it sends to Congress.
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Fifteen New Mexico Hospitals To Receive New Leapfrog Safety Grades

on October 31, 2017 - 7:02pm
SSG News:
When you check into the hospital, are you aware of whether the doctors wash their hands? Do you consider the potential risk for infection and what your hospital’s success rate has been in preventing these?
Chances are no, but having access to this information could be the difference between life and death. In fact, more than 440,000 people die each year from preventable errors, making medical errors the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
Fifteen New Mexico hospitals will receive new Hospital Safety Scores Oct. 31, from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2017 grade.

State Police Seek Missing Mother And Daughters

on October 31, 2017 - 2:52pm
Somer Jewel, 7, and Shakti (aka Shanti) Starlight, 4, are missing along with their mother in the Taos area. Courtesy/NMSP
Cheyenne Crystal, 49, and her daughters are missing.
NMSP News:
TAOS - The New Mexico State Police is asking the public's assistance in locating Cheyenne Crystal, 49, and her daughters Somer Jewel, 7, and Shakti (aka Shanti) Starlight, 4.
Crystal and her daughters were last seen Friday, Oct. 27 near Geronimo Lane in Taos. She was last seen wearing an unknown color jacket and pants.

Scenes From New Mexico Lantern Festival

on October 31, 2017 - 10:55am

Scene from Sunday's New Mexico Lantern Festival, which is lighting up Expo New Mexico at the State Fair Grounds with lighted sculptures, exciting performances and cultural experiences. The show runs nightly, 5:30-10 p.m., through Nov. 12. More information and tickets are available at Photo by John McHale/

Scene from the New Mexico Lantern Festival. Photo by John McHale/

Scene from the New Mexico Lantern Festival. Photo by John McHale/

Scene from the New Mexico Lantern Festival. Photo by John McHale/

AG Balderas Expands Massive Generic Drug Price-Fixing Investigation And Lawsuit

on October 31, 2017 - 10:28am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas and 45 other state attorneys general taking part in a wide-ranging multistate antitrust investigation of the generic drug industry today asked a federal court for permission to file a new complaint in the states' pending lawsuit that increases the number of generic drug manufacturer defendants in the suit from six to 18 and the number of drugs at issue in the litigation from two to 15.
For the first time, the states are also suing senior executives at two generic drug companies who are

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

on October 31, 2017 - 10:17am
NMT News:
SANTA FE  November is National Native American Heritage Month, and visitors will be hard pressed to find a better place to celebrate than New Mexico.
Throughout the month of November, there are numerous opportunities to learn more about Native culture in the Land of Enchantment. The Tourism Department created a list outlining the “12 Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month in New Mexico,” a digital guide to authentic and enriching experiences unique to our state.
Near the top of the list is Albuquerque’s Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, which is the gateway to 19

Teach Plus Commends PED On Adoption Of Next Generation Science Standards

on October 31, 2017 - 10:16am
TPNM News:
ALBUQUERQUE ― Teach Plus New Mexico Friday issued the following statement on the Public Education Department (PED) decision to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in their entirety:
“Teach Plus and Teach Plus teachers commend the New Mexico Public Education Department and Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski on the decision to adopt the NGSS as written and in their entirety. Teach Plus teachers previously presented PED a letter with 500 signatures from New Mexico’s educators in support of NGSS.
“We’re thrilled that the PED listened to

FBI: Man With Goatee Robs Albuquerque Bank, Might Have Fled In Pickup Truck

on October 31, 2017 - 10:12am
FBI News:
A man with a dark goatee robbed an Albuquerque bank Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, and possibly fled in a white Dodge Ram pickup truck.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male approximately 25-30 years old, about 5'7” to 5'9” tall, with dark hair and a goatee. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, a dark baseball cap, and blue jeans.
At approximately 2:40 p.m., the suspect entered Bank of the West, located at 5228 Central Avenue, SW.

Heinrich Statement On Special Counsel Indictments

on October 30, 2017 - 4:27pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 30, 2017) - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the indictments of former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI:

“President Trump’s campaign chairman and a top advisor have been indicted for conspiracy against the United States, and another senior advisor has pled guilty to false statements to the FBI about coordinating with Russians

Balderas: $18.5 Million Presbyterian Settlement

on October 30, 2017 - 1:28pm

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

  • Balderas’ recovery exceeds the audit amount identified by nearly $4 million

ALBUQUERQUE – This afternoon, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he has reached an $18.5 million settlement with Presbyterian Healthcare regarding the failure to pay Medicaid premium taxes by the corporation.

The settlement exceeds the amount identified, $14.6 million, in the recently released Examination Resources audit by nearly four million dollars.

Udall, Heinrich Challenge Proposal To Raise National Park Visitor Fees While Cutting Budgets

on October 30, 2017 - 7:35am

  • Senators: ‘Fee increases … will price out many visitors and deny American families the opportunity to visit and experience some of our nation’s most popular and iconic national parks’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 11 Democratic senators in writing to Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke requesting that he withdraw his proposal to dramatically increase national park entrance fees, especially while he proposes to cut the National Park Service budget by over $300 million.

The senators asked Zinke to provide Congress

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico Counties Throughout November

on October 30, 2017 - 7:33am
NMSP News:
State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of November 2017.
NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.
  • Who: New

FBI: Las Cruces Felon Sentenced To 63 Months For Unlawfully Possessing Firearm And Ammunition

on October 30, 2017 - 6:21am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  James S. Sedillo, 40, of Las Cruces, was sentenced Oct. 24 in Federal Court to 63 months in prison for violating the federal firearms laws by unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition. Sedillo will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
Sedillo was arrested in August 2016, on an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition Oct. 24, 2015, in Dona Ana County. 
According to the indictment, Sedillo was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had

Udall On Vote For Dourson To Lead EPA’s Toxics Bureau

on October 30, 2017 - 6:06am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, co-author of the landmark Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, released this statement following the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee’s recent party-line vote to advance Dr. Michael Dourson’s nomination to serve as assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. 
“Today’s party-line vote in the EPW Committee is dangerous for public health and safety.

Crowd Gathers At SGR Re-Election Campaign Launch

on October 29, 2017 - 2:57pm
Standing in front of a list of hundreds of supporters, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (SGR), addresses the crowd gathered for her re-election campaign kick-off event Saturday afternoon at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO President Jon Hendry, holding his dog Bobby, chats with SGR at her re-election campaign kick-off event Saturday afternoon at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
SGR explains to the crowd that for each re-election kick-off event she has had to select larger

SBA Celebrates National Veterans Small Business Week 2017 With Boots To Business Reboot Seminar Nov. 2

on October 29, 2017 - 9:52am

SBA Administrator Linda McMahon

SBA News:

 ALBUQUERQUE – The U.S. Small Business Administration New Mexico District Office and the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services Veterans Business Outreach Center will host Boots to Business Reboot, a free business development seminar for veterans, Guard/Reserve personnel and their spouses, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell.

This business development seminar is a local observance of National Veterans Small Business Week, Oct. 30 – Nov.