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Pete Domenici Has Died

on September 13, 2017 - 12:01pm

Staff Report

Former New Mexico U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici died this morning at the age of 85 at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. He had recently undergone abdominal surgery and had been in intensive care.

Domenici represented New Mexico in the United States Senate from 1972 until 2008, making him the longest serving U.S. Senator from New Mexico. During his career, Domenici who was a Republican, rose in the ranks of the Senate to eventually serve as chairman or ranking minority member of the budget committee, depending on which party controlled the Senate.

He also rose to be

Heinrich Backs Medicare For All

on September 13, 2017 - 8:48am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on cosponsoring U.S Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Medicare for All bill:
 
“America is the wealthiest country on Earth, yet despite our health care progress in recent years, we still spend far too much of our GDP on health care and some New Mexicans still find themselves without any coverage at all.
 
“It is time to recognize that health care is a human right and I believe that the best way to make that a reality in our nation is to build on what we all

WIPP Marks Milestone With 50th Waste Shipment

on September 13, 2017 - 8:36am
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant employees pose for a photo to celebrate the resumption of transuranic waste shipments to the facility. Courtesy photo
 
WIPP News:
 
CARLSBAD, N.M.  EM recently achieved a significant milestone when the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received its 50th transuranic (TRU) waste shipment since April 7.
 
Shipments to WIPP resumed this past spring after the facility reopened in January. WIPP suspended operations after a truck fire and unrelated radiological event in 2014.
 
“This is another important milestone for us,” Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager
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Secretary Zinke Directs Interior Bureaus To Take Aggressive Action To Prevent Wildfires

on September 13, 2017 - 8:14am
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
U.S. SECRETARY News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Sept. 12, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke directed all Department of the Interior bureaus, superintendents, and land managers at all levels to adopt more aggressive practices, using the full authority of the Department, to prevent and combat the spread of catastrophic wildfires through robust fuels reduction and pre-suppression techniques. 
 
This year-to-date, 47,700 wildfires have burned 8 million acres across the country, with the majority of the devastation in the states of California and

Heinrich, Lujan Grisham, Luján Introduce Legislation To Establish Tech-Transfer Maturation Program

on September 13, 2017 - 7:50am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 12, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Luján introduced bicameral legislation to authorize an Energy Technology Maturation Program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to facilitate successful commercialization of laboratory-developed technologies and boost regional, technology-driven economic impact.
 
Heinrich, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, announced the legislation during a Subcommittee on Energy hearing yesteray on the contributions of the DOE’s

IRS Reminds Partnerships That Received Extensions: Returns Due Sept. 15

on September 13, 2017 - 7:12am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service continues to monitor Hurricane Irma, but reminds calendar-year partnerships that the due date for filing a return after receiving an extension remains Sept. 15 following a recent change in the tax law.
 
The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 changed the date by which a partnership must file its annual return, Form 1065 or Form 1065-B.
 
For calendar year partnerships, the due date for filing the annual return or request for an extension changed from April 15 (April 18 in 2017) to March 15.
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SFCC: Hablando de Nosotros―Talking About Ourselves Sept. 26

on September 13, 2017 - 7:11am
SFCC News:
 
Join Santa Fe Community College’s Center for Diversity and Integrated Learning (CDIL) and the Higher Education Center (HEC) for a community conversation series exploring individual and collective definitions and relationships to Hispanic identities.
 
The next conversation in the series is "Hablando de Nosotros: Talking About Ourselves" 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the HEC (1950 Siringo Rd.) with the topic Code-Switching.
 
For more information contact CDIL Coordinator Emily Stern, thecenter@sfcc.edu or 505.428.1467.

Study: 2017’s Best Places For Oktoberfest Celebrations & Fun Facts

on September 13, 2017 - 7:07am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With Oktoberfest soon to kick off and the cost of attending the celebration in Munich, Germany, totaling an estimated $5,000 for Americans, the personal-finance website WalletHub took a close look at 2017's Best Places for Oktoberfest Celebrations, along with fun and interesting facts about the event in its Oktoberfest Facts – History, Beer, Food & More infographic.

To determine the best cities for partaking in the epic German festival, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the 100 largest cities across 23 key metrics, ranging from share of German population to number of

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