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DOE Shares Steps For Modernizing Natural Gas Infrastructure

on July 31, 2014 - 9:48am

DOE News:

Building on the President’s Climate Action Plan, the White House and the Department of Energy hosted the fifth in a series of meetings on reducing methane emissions from natural gas systems.

Following the meeting, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced several new initiatives as DOE’s part of the larger Administration Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.

“By expanding our discussions through these methane roundtables, we have heard from several different groups about the benefits to finding workable solutions to the problem of methane leakage,” Secretary Moniz said.

Governor Appoints LAHS Graduate Jennifer Attrep to 1st Judicial District Court

on July 31, 2014 - 9:10am

COURT News:

Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Los Alamos High School graduate Jennifer Attrep to the 1st Judicial District Court.

Attrep, now of Santa Fe, will serve until the end of the year as her appointment fills a new position created when the governor recently signed into law House Bill 141, which established additional judgeships throughout the state. Candidates for this judgeship were not able to run in the June Primary Election because the position wasn’t officially available until May and did not allow enough time for candidates to participate in that election.

The Democratic

WIPP Performs Weekly Shaft Inspections

on July 31, 2014 - 9:04am

WIPP News:

In accordance with Mine Safety and Health Administration requirements, WIPP employees continue to perform inspections of the mine shafts.

Shaft inspections are required on a weekly basis and prior to allowing personnel to ride the conveyances, or elevators, into the underground facility. Currently, both the Salt Handling and Air Intake Shafts are inspected every Monday. Once the Waste Shaft is returned to service it will be added to the weekly inspection schedule.

In addition to the weekly inspections, crews also perform checks of the equipment on a daily basis to ensure the

Heinrich Votes For Highway And Transportation Bill Critical To Keeping New Mexicans On The Job

on July 31, 2014 - 8:46am

I-25 map. Courtesy/wikipedia.com

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., voted Tuesday to pass H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, a bill that will prevent an immediate reduction of nearly $129 million in annual funding for construction on roads, bridges, and transit systems in New Mexico, which will support more than 1,600 jobs in the state. 

The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 79 to 18 and now goes back to the House.

"Investments in public transit, paved roads, and other transportation infrastructure are critical to providing the groundwork

Momentum Builds For Heinrich's Bill to Improve Hunting and Fishing Access on Public Lands

on July 31, 2014 - 7:36am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

 

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich's, D-N.M., bill to improve hunting and fishing access on public lands received a key hearing Wednesday in the Public Lands, Forests and Mining Subcommittee.

The Hunt Unrestricted on National Treasures (HUNT) Act, introduced by Heinrich last September, would unlock countless public lands in New Mexico and grow the outdoor recreation economy. Hunters and anglers alone spend more than $465 million per year in New Mexico, and outdoor recreation as a whole contributes $6.1 billion to the state's economy.

"The number one

Back to School Tax-Free Weekend Begins 12:01 a.m. Friday to Midnight Sunday

on July 30, 2014 - 7:25pm

STATE News:

  • New Mexico Tax Holiday Saves Children and Families $4 Million in Preparing for Upcoming School Year

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez encouraged New Mexico families to take advantage of the annual tax-free weekend, to save money and prepare their children with clothes and supplies to return to school this fall.

“We want our children to start this school year off on the right foot,” Martinez said. “This tax-free weekend helps our families save money on much–needed supplies and clothes, so that students will be prepared to get back in the classroom.

Corrections Event Aimed at Ending DWI

on July 30, 2014 - 8:40am

STATE News:

Did you know there are nearly 500 people serving time in a New Mexico prison for a DWI? Of those 98 were convicted for vehicular homicide or causing great bodily harm.

The New Mexico Corrections Department, in an effort to commit ourselves to ending DWI, has reached out to our brothers and sister in law enforcement and partners in private agencies for a statewide initiative.

Join us at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 30 at Target Uptown, 2120 Louisiana Blvd NE (on the south side of the building, outdoors).

This event is held by New Mexico Corrections Department, along with other

Heinrich Statement on New VA Secretary

on July 30, 2014 - 8:24am

VA Secretary Robert McDonald. Courtesy/Wikipedia

U.S. SENATE News:

 

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement July 29 after voting to confirm Robert McDonald as the next U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA):

"Robert McDonald's military and private sector experience will help him provide the leadership and management needed at the VA. I am confident he will contribute to restoring accountability and transparency at the Department of Veterans Affairs and also hire a well-qualified permanent director at the New Mexico VA Medical Center.

"Addressing the

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