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CIR Panel Talk On Energy’s Global Future March 29

on March 21, 2018 - 2:09pm

Gov. Bill Richardson

CIR News:
Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 in the O’Keeffe Room at the Drury Plaza Hotel, 828 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe, to hear a panel of three experts discuss Energy’s Global Future.
Featured Panelists:
  • Gov. Bill Richardson
  • Sen. Jeff Bingaman
  • PNM’s CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn 
  • Sen. Jeff Bingaman
We have some real heavyweights to discuss where we are collectively heading in energy – as a globe, a country, a state and a city.
We’ll feature Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen.

Study Finds Los Alamos Among Best Places To Retire In New Mexico

on March 21, 2018 - 2:00pm
A new study from SmartAsset ranked the 10 best places to retire in New Mexico. The study considers taxes (both income and sales), the number of doctors’ offices and opportunity for recreation and social life. According to the study, Los Alamos ranked among the top spots in New Mexico.
Check out the table below for more information on the places that ranked in New Mexico:
Doctors' Offices per 1,000 People
Recreation Centers per 1,000 People
Retirement Centers per 1,000 people
% of Seniors
Best Place to Retire Index
Taos, NM

U.S. House Of Representatives Passes Bill To Relieve Small Banks And Credit Unions

on March 21, 2018 - 1:59pm
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 1116, the Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operation Risk (TAILOR) Act of 2017, to reform mandates under Dodd-Frank and relieve small banks and other community financial institutions from burdensome compliance regulations.
This bill requires federal regulatory agencies to tailor regulations to fit the institution’s profile and risk it presents to the stability of the financial system.
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement:
“Due to regulations

Heinrich, Collins Urge DHS To Secure Elections Ahead Of 2018 Midterm Elections

on March 21, 2018 - 1:31pm
U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, calling on the Department to step up its efforts to protect the United States from Russian interference in our elections.
In their letter, Senators Heinrich and Collins requested that the Department inform Congress about any additional authority or resources that it requires to ensure that state election agencies have the

Secretary Zinke Announces More Than $1.1 Billion For Sportsmen & Conservation

on March 21, 2018 - 1:25pm
DOI News:
HORICON, WI  Tuesday U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke traveled to Horicon, Wisconsin, where he announced more than $1.1 billion in annual national funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration (PRDJ) acts.
The Secretary presented a ceremonial check to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for $34,966,603 while visiting the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area. State-by-state listings of the final Fiscal Year 2018 apportionments of Wildlife Restoration

AG Balderas Urges Congress To Preserve New Mexico’s Authority To Enforce Data Breach & Data Security Laws

on March 21, 2018 - 1:22pm
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas Monday joined a coalition of 31 states and the District of Columbia urging Congress not to preempt state data breach and data security laws, including laws that require notice to consumers and state attorneys general of data breaches.
Attorney General Balderas is currently investigating the Equifax data breach and has previously settled with Nationwide and Target for their breaches impacting New Mexicans.

NM Delegation Calls On U.S. Navy To Designate Next Nuclear Sub ‘USS Los Alamos’ Upon 75th Anniversary

on March 19, 2018 - 6:29pm

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:


WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer in support of naming the Navy’s next Virginia class fast attack submarine the “USS Los Alamos” in recognition of the contributions the residents of Los Alamos have made to the United States Navy.

“The effort to honor the national laboratory responsible for the beginning of the nuclear age is a citizen-based initiative, and we hope their efforts

Pearce Leads Subcommittee Hearing On Transnational Criminal Organization

on March 19, 2018 - 4:31pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce will lead the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee hearing entitled “Exploring the Financial Nexus of Terrorism, Drug Trafficking, and Organized Crime” at 2 p.m. EST March 20, in 2128 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 
This hearing will explore how transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) are financed, as well as the intersection between criminal groups and other illicit activity like terrorism and political corruption.
  • Mr.

AG Balderas Urges Congress To Reject Legislation Blocking State Oversight Of Student Loan Industry

on March 19, 2018 - 5:21am

Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a bipartisan coalition of 30 attorneys general in a letter urging Congress to reject legislation that would block states from preventing and combatting fraud and abuse by the student loan industry.
“Thousands of New Mexican students have been victimized by the predatory student loan and for-profit education industries and this legislation would only put our students in more danger,” Attorney General Balderas said.

Lujan Grisham Meets With USDA Secretary To Increase Economic Development Through Broadband Access

on March 19, 2018 - 5:06am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham met with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to discuss investments to increase broadband access and boost economic growth in New Mexico. 
Lujan Grisham has introduced the Rural Broadband Expansion Act (H.R. 4308), which authorizes a $100 million grant program to install broadband infrastructure in areas where it is not economically viable for private companies to otherwise do so. 
In addition to providing access to the Internet for rural

GAO Report Finds Over $1.5 Billion Tax Dollars Spent On Abortion Service Providers

on March 19, 2018 - 4:59am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement after the release of the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report on the amount of taxpayer dollars that went toward funding for abortion service providers, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Marie Stopes International (MSI) and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF):
“Congress has the responsibility to protect the rights and liberties of all American taxpayers, and to be transparent about how their hard-earned money is

Heinrich, Klobuchar Lead Letter Warning Against DHS Cuts To Mass Transit Security

on March 17, 2018 - 9:50am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) led a group of Democratic Senators in sending a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warning against cuts to a critical mass transit security program that safeguards Americans while traveling, especially in non-secure "soft" target areas at airports like check-in and baggage claim areas, and other transportation facilities like train stations and bus depots.
In the letter, the Senators raise serious concerns over DHS's Fiscal Year 2019

Michelle Lujan Grisham Announces Plan To Leverage Trade And Investment To Build A Stronger Economy

on March 17, 2018 - 9:48am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
ALBUQUERQUE  Thursday, gubernatorial candidate Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) announced a three point plan to create New Mexico jobs by attracting foreign direct investment, building a stronger export economy, and increasing activity at New Mexico’s ports of entry.
“International trade and investment can be driving forces in strengthening our economy and positioning New Mexico as a leader in job creation,” Lujan Grisham said.

Pearce Introduces Bill To Improve Access To Housing For Rural Communities

on March 17, 2018 - 9:46am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce has introduced H.R. 5287, the Preserving Access to Rural Installment Transactions for Years (PARITY) Act, to improve access to safe and affordable housing for people in rural communities.
Due to new federal government regulations, banks in rural towns across the nation have exited the market, leaving potential homeowners with few credit options for financing their purchase.

Mystery Of Purple Lights In Sky Solved With Help From Citizen Scientists

on March 16, 2018 - 2:21pm
The aurora known as Steve seen over Lake Minnewanka in Alberta. Photo by Paulo Fedozzi
NMC News:
Notanee Bourassa knew that what he was seeing in the night sky was not normal.
Bourassa, an IT technician in Regina, Canada, trekked outside of his home on July 25, 2016, around midnight with his two younger children to show them a beautiful moving light display in the sky -- an aurora borealis. He often sky gazes until the early hours of the morning to photograph the aurora with his Nikon camera, but this was his first expedition with his children.

Los Alamos Honors Victims Of Florida School Shooting

on March 15, 2018 - 10:09pm

A crowd gathers Wednesday early evening at Ashley Pond Park to participate in a vigil to honor the victims of the shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Doulgas High School in Parkland, Fla. Non-denominational prayers, songs, music and brief statements from high school students were shared. Voices of Los Alamos and the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos co-hosted the vigil. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair and House Dist. 43 Rep.

Udall Recruiting Summer Interns For Washington Office

on March 15, 2018 - 7:37am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C., office. 

For more information and to apply for an internship,  visit During the upcoming summer internship program, Udall's office in Washington, D.C., will host two summer internship sessions: May 29 to June 29 and July 2 to Aug.

UNM-LA Invites Public To Screening Of PBS Point Of View Film On Diversity In The U.S. Monday

on March 14, 2018 - 6:14pm

UNM-LA News: 

  • UNM-LA Begins Documentary Film Festival on Ethnic Diversity in the U.S.

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) instructor Dr. Renae Mitchell will screen the PBS film “All the Difference” at noon Monday, March 19.

In conjunction with her class AMST 185: Intro to Race, Class and Ethnicity, Mitchell is screening three different PBS Point of View films; each provides an in-depth look at the lives of people outside of the stereotypical American norm. Local community members are invited to attend the screenings and are welcome to stay for class discussions after the films

“All the Difference”

Luján Notes Los Alamos County Again Named Healthiest County In New Mexico According To New Rankings

on March 14, 2018 - 12:25pm

View of Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy/Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

Washington, D.C. – Los Alamos County ranks healthiest in New Mexico, according to the 2018 County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

This is the eighth consecutive year that Los Alamos County has been cited as New Mexico’s healthiest county. The full list of rankings is available at

“Los Alamos

Udall Statement On Ouster Of Tillerson, Intent To Nominate Pompeo And Haspel

on March 14, 2018 - 9:22am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and to replace Pompeo with Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel.
“Chaos at the State Department and public squabbles with the president have eroded our standing abroad, and when it comes to relations with countries like North Korea, relations are on a razor’s edge.

OSAC Releases Online Lexicon For Forensic Sciences

on March 14, 2018 - 8:58am
The forensic sciences encompass dozens of disciplines, each with its own history and vocabulary. As a result, a word might mean one thing to forensic anthropologists, for example, but something else to forensic document examiners. To help facilitate clear communication across the many disciplines, the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) has created a Lexicon of Forensic Science Terminology, which can be accessed from the OSAC website. Courtesy/OSAC

NM Delegation Urges Against Tariffs On Newsprint

on March 14, 2018 - 8:57am
New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grishamurged Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross not to approve additional tariffs on newsprint, which could devastate local papers across New Mexico. 
In January, the Commerce Department imposed import duties on Canadian groundwood paper, a kind of newsprint used by newspapers across the country, and are now considering additional tariffs.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Stands In Solidarity With Students Calling For Action On Gun Violence

on March 14, 2018 - 8:36am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement this morning in support of students calling for action on gun violence:

“Like so many Americans, I have been deeply moved by the high school students and young people across the nation who have spoken out after losing classmates and friends to gun violence and are demanding that lawmakers take action to prevent future tragedies.

“It’s unacceptable that students and teachers are afraid to go to class each morning after the terrifying

AGU: Scientists Capture Sounds Of Volcanic Thunder

on March 14, 2018 - 8:20am
This satellite image shows Bogoslof volcano erupting on May 28, 2017. The eruption began about 18 minutes prior to this image and the cloud rose to an altitude greater than 12 kilometers (40,000 feet) above sea level. Courtesy/Dave Schneider / Alaska Volcano Observatory & U.S. Geological Survey
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Researchers report in a new study that they’ve documented rumblings of volcanic thunder for the first time, a feat considered nearly impossible by many volcanologists. 
Microphones set out to detect volcanic eruptions in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands recorded sounds

Heinrich On Gina Haspel Being Named To Lead CIA

on March 13, 2018 - 4:13pm

Gina Haspel nominated to lead CIA. Courtesy/CIA

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 13, 2018) - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to nominate Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel to serve as CIA Director.

This decision comes after President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and announced he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to serve as Secretary of State. 

“President Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA is deeply