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'Fast for Families' Calls for Immigration Reform

on November 23, 2013 - 8:43am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


ALBUQUERQUE – In conjunction with the National "Fast for Families" in Washington, D.C., and echo fasts being held across the nation, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico's First Congressional District, faith leaders, local and state elected officials, workers and families impacted by the broken immigration system will fast in Albuquerque after Mass Sunday, Nov. 24.

The fast is being taken to draw attention to the moral crisis and suffering being caused by the broken immigration system.

Participants will fast, as able, in phases during a

Governor Appoints Los Alamos Housing Manager Paul Andrus to Regional Board

on November 23, 2013 - 7:47am

Paul Andrus


Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Paul Andrus of Los Alamos to the Northern Regional Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

Andrus has more than 20 years of experience in community development and affordable housing. He serves as Los Alamos County's manager of Housing and Special Projects in the Community and Economic Development Department.

Andrus was hired for the post one year ago, replacing former manager Steve Brugger who took a position with the County of Santa Fe.

Andrus is from Aurora, Colo., has a wife, children and three schnauzers.

Efforts to Designate Columbine-Hondo as Wilderness Continue

on November 23, 2013 - 6:29am

Courtesy/Jan Studebaker


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday, during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., who serves on the committee, continued their effort to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness.

Udall and Heinrich introduced the proposal, S. 776, the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act, earlier this year. A companion bill, H.R. 1683, was introduced in the House by Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.-03).

The legislation would expand the Wheeler Peak Wilderness by

Heinrich Votes to End Stalemate on Nominations

on November 23, 2013 - 6:13am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., issued the following statement after the Senate voted 52-48 to change its rules and end filibusters on presidential executive and judicial nominations, except to the U.S. Supreme Court:

"Opposition and obstructionism rather than accountability and deliberation have become far too common in Washington. 

"Today, we put an end to Senate Republicans repeatedly blocking qualified judicial and public service nominees from receiving an up or down vote.

Governor Proposes $2 Million to Boost Water Research

on November 23, 2013 - 6:05am

Gov. Susana Martinez

ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled a proposal to invest an additional $2 million to boost water research and innovation in New Mexico.

Addressing the 58th Annual New Mexico Water Conference via video, Martinez called on the New Mexico Legislature to allocate $2 million dollars in additional funding to the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NMWRRI) during the upcoming legislative session. NMWRRI works to solve New Mexico’s pressing water problems through supporting research projects at New Mexico’s colleges and universities.

“Earlier this week I

Governor Proposes $112 Million Capital Investment in Water Infrastructure

on November 22, 2013 - 6:19am

Gov. Susana Martinez


ALBUQUERQUE-Governor Susana Martinez today proposed a $112 million capital investment in New Mexico’s water infrastructure. This investment amounts to approximately 60 percent of the capital outlay funding that will be available when the New Mexico Legislature convenes in January.

Martinez’s proposal prioritizes water investments in communities that are in danger of going dry, or struggling with poor water quality, as well as water projects such as watershed and dam rehabilitation to help communities survive and thrive economically.


Bill Reducing Veterans Disability Claims Backlog Clears Committee

on November 22, 2013 - 6:17am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced key progress in his continued effort to reduce the veterans disability claims backlog after the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs earlier this week passed by a voice vote, S. 1581, the Veterans Programs Improvements Act of 2013.

The omnibus veterans bill includes language from S. 1148, the Veterans Benefits Claims Faster Filing Act, a proposal Senator Heinrich and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced in June.

"I'm pleased the committee took quick action to pass this

Luján Honors Native American Code Talkers

on November 22, 2013 - 6:14am
Members of the Pueblo of Acoma at the National Museum of the American Indian during the presentation of medals to representatives of the Code Talkers. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District joined members of the Pueblo of Acoma - including tribal leaders, veterans, and family members of Code Talkers - at the National Museum of the American Indian Thursday.

Luján released the following statement after Native American Code Talkers were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their service in World War I and II: