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NM Supreme Court Upholds Water Sacrifice Zones

on March 12, 2018 - 8:14am
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court issued a stunning and puzzling decision in its long-awaited review of the Copper Rule.
The case could set precedent for how the State of New Mexico protects water at all industrial sites.
"We are very disappointed with the New Mexico Supreme Court's decision today to uphold the Martinez Administration's rule to weaken New Mexico's Water Quality Act" stated Allyson Siwik, Executive Director of Silver City-based Gila Resources Information Project.
"The Supreme Court has effectively sanctioned the idea of groundwater

Lujan Grisham Welcomes Sandia Pricing Preference She Championed For New Mexico Businesses

on March 12, 2018 - 7:57am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomes the announcement from Sandia Laboratories that they are implementing a 5 percent New Mexico small business pricing preference that she championed. 
The pricing preference will help New Mexico small businesses compete for Sandia subcontracts against out-of-state companies.
In a letter sent in March 2016 to then-Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Lujan Grisham encouraged DOE to preserve and expand Sandia’s economic footprint in the state, including implementing a

Uranium Processing Facility Achieves Key Milestone

on March 12, 2018 - 6:31am
Uranium Processing Facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Courtesy/DOE/NNSA
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project continues to make timely progress with the recent completion of the Site Infrastructure and Services (SIS) subproject.
UPF will replace an early-Cold War plant with a modern, more efficient, and safer facility for conducting highly-enriched uranium operations at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
“Completing the SIS subproject is an important

Consumer Protection Weeks FACTS: 'C' Is For Cars

on March 12, 2018 - 6:18am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas wants New Mexicans to get the FACTS when it comes to Cars. 
Purchasing a car is the largest purchase many New Mexicans undertake, so it’s crucial that consumers make informed decisions during their car shopping process.
“The most important tool for car shopping is to know what you can afford,” Balderas said. “Know your finance options and your overall family budget before you begin to shop.

BLM: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument To Change Hours

on March 12, 2018 - 6:14am
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument on the Pajarito Plateau in north central New Mexico. Courtesy/BLM
BLM News:
ALBUQUERQUE — The Bureau of Land Management and the Pueblo de Cochiti have announced a change in hours for the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in an effort to better manage the resources of the monument, protect its fragile formations, and ease staffing shortages. 
Entry into the monument will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the monument closing to visitors at 5 p.m.
During the summer months, the monument experiences increased visitation.

Udall On Resignation Of US Ambassador To Mexico

on March 12, 2018 - 6:02am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, announced her resignation:
“With the resignation of Ambassador Jacobson, the State Department is losing an exceptional public servant whose expertise and determination have been critical to sustaining a strong relationship with Mexico, one of our most vital allies.

U.S. Sen. Heinrich Questions Witnesses During Senate Intel Hearing On Security Clearance Reform

on March 12, 2018 - 5:54am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned witnesses during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence open hearing on the security clearance process for both government and industry alike.
Heinrich raised concerns about the rules governing interim Top Secret/ Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearances, an issue that came to light following the departure of White House aide Rob Porter because of his record of domestic abuse against his former wives, and the downgrading of senior adviser Jared Kushner's