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Udall Nominates Two Los Alamos Students to United States Service Academies

on December 23, 2013 - 11:58am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C., - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that 45 New Mexico students have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2014, including Matthew Davenport and Alexander Kirkland of Los Alamos.
 
“It is my honor to congratulate the students I have nominated to the service academies this year,” Udall said. “These students have distinguished themselves both in and out of the classroom, and they represent some of New Mexico’s best and brightest.

Udall, Moran Urge Overhaul of Federal IT Oversight to Save Taxpayers Billions

on December 22, 2013 - 6:41am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Bipartisan bill would increase accountability, ensure clear chain of command in federal IT process
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Jerry Moran, R-KS, both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, introduced a bipartisan bill that would require the first major overhaul of the government information technology (IT) procurement process in over a decade.

Valles Caldera's Dennis Trujillo Concludes 39 Years of Public Service

on December 21, 2013 - 7:26am

Dennis Trujillo

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Valles Caldera Trust executive director scheduled a small employee gathering ostensibly to share some holiday spirit with coffee and cake.

Many employees would be leaving for vacation this weekend so it was important that they hear what executive director Dennis Trujillo had to say, because when they return in January, he will no longer be leading their way.

“The public lands and the conservation of our natural resources have been my career’s work, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have had a career doing what I love,” Trujillo said.

Udall: Budget Bill Good for New Mexico

on December 20, 2013 - 8:44am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON. D.C. — Wednesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., joined the full Senate in voting for the bipartisan budget agreement, which was approved by a vote of 64-36. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly last week by a bipartisan vote of 332-94.

Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has been fighting for budget certainty and an end to the devastating sequestration cuts, which have disproportionately hurt New Mexico. He issued the following statement:

"While the budget bill is not exactly what I would have written,

Albuquerque Company Receives $60 Million Air Force Contract

on December 20, 2013 - 8:31am

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.-01)

State News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, announced Wednesday that Applied Technology Associates (ATA) in Albuquerque has been awarded a $60 million contract by the U.S. Air Force.

Under the contract, ATA will assist the Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate’s Spacecraft Technology Division in the development, evaluation and integration of new technologies, as well as innovative operational concepts. The work will ultimately lead to improved operational systems in support of our nation’s troops.

“I’m

MainStreet Center Releases Findings of Economic Impact on New Mexico

on December 18, 2013 - 11:19am

Los Alamos MainStreet Executive Director Suzette Fox with National President/CEO Patrice Frey at the Chamber in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost

MAINSTREET News:

The New Mexico Economic Development Department's New Mexico MainStreet program hosted a visit by Patrice Frey, President and CEO of the National MainStreet Center.

Frey took time during her visit to tour downtown Los Alamos and meet with Los Alamos MainStreet and local officials to discuss economic impact of the New Mexico MainStreet program on 27 accredited downtown programs, of which Los Alamos is one. 

Heinrich: Declassify Report Detailing CIA's Interrogation Program

on December 18, 2013 - 8:55am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is calling for a full and transparent accounting of the CIA's interrogation program and full declassification of the committee's study on the program.

Last year, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to adopt the study, which is a 6,000-page comprehensive review of the Bush administration's CIA interrogation program based on a documentary review of more than 6 million pages of CIA and other records.

During the confirmation hearing

Udall, Rubio Introduce Bill to Promote Historic Preservation Education

on December 18, 2013 - 7:39am

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Marco Rubio, R-FL., introduced a bill that would give Hispanic-serving colleges and universities increased access to a grant program designed to encourage more students to pursue historic and cultural preservation. The program is similar to one already available to historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges, and nontribal colleges with a high enrollment of Native Americans or Native Hawaiians. 

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

The Preservation Research at Institutions Serving Minorities

Udall Statement on NSA Phone Surveillance Program

on December 17, 2013 - 7:55am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M, responded to the D.C. District Court ruling regarding the National Security Agency’s phone surveillance program.

Udall has long pushed for reforms that would balance national security with Americans’ constitutional rights, including the USA FREEDOM Act to end the bulk collection of phone records, and two bills to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts.

He has also led a bipartisan push to ask for an independent investigation of these programs by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Los Alamos American Legion Riders Honor Fallen Veterans

on December 15, 2013 - 11:08am
American Legion Rider Davis Bullock salutes a fallen soldier during a 'Wreaths Across America' ceremony Saturday at Guaje Pines Cemetery at the end of Range Road in Los Alamos. Wreaths Across America is a national program designed to honor fallen veterans of all wars at national, state and local cemeteries. The mission, 'Remember, Honor, Teach' is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies in December at national cemeteries, veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states, ceremonies at sea and 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil. Photo by Leland

Volunteers Place Wreaths at Santa Fe National Cemetery

on December 15, 2013 - 8:51am

 

Military personnel gather at Saturday's Wreaths Across America ceremony at Snata Fe National Cemetery to honor fallen soldiers. Photo by Diane Swan

 

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall honors fallen military personnel during Saturday's ceremony at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Photo by Diane Swan

 

Photo by Diane Swan

Staff Report

Remembering fallen military, one wreath at a time, volunteers from across the area including Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, SOC Los Alamos and local community partners, sponsored holiday wreaths for a military gravesite at the Santa Fe National

Agriculture Secretary Announces Electric System Funding

on December 14, 2013 - 8:01am

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday more than $1.8 billion in funding for electric utility infrastructure projects in 25 states and one territory to improve service for more than 37,000 rural customers. 

The projects include more than $45 million for smart grid technology, $73 million for renewable energy projects and over $213 million targeted to benefit Native Americans. This funding will build or improve more than 6,500 miles of line to deliver electricity to rural America.

“Rural electric cooperatives

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Bill

on December 14, 2013 - 7:22am
Organ Mountains scenery. Courtesy/Henrich's Office

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to preserve some of Doña Ana County’s most iconic landscapes, while boosting the region’s tourism and outdoor economy, creating jobs and improving hunting and hiking opportunities. The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act would designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument to conserve, protect and enhance scenic, recreational and culturally significant land. 

The new monument would be managed by the

White Sands Expansion Provision Included in Defense Authorization Act

on December 14, 2013 - 6:37am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Tom Udall, D-N.M. made the following statements in response to a provision included in the compromise language of the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), released yesterday. The provision is part of a bill the New Mexico senators introduced earlier this year, which passed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, to strengthen the missions at White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss.

"I am pleased that both the House and Senate came together to support this important provision for

Luján Addresses Budget Vote

on December 13, 2013 - 8:28am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today after voting for a compromise budget plan that reduces sequester cuts over the next two years.

"While this budget plan is not perfect, and neither side got everything they would have liked, it represents a compromise that takes important steps to chip away at the devastating cuts of the sequester. It rejects the calls of the extreme Tea Party elements that have demanded even deeper cuts that would harm New Mexico.

Udall: Filibuster Rule Change Reducing Senate Gridlock

on December 12, 2013 - 7:17am

Sen Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON —Tuesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. praised the confirmation of Patricia Millett to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She is the first nominee to be confirmed by the Senate since changing its rules to prohibit filibusters of executive branch and judicial nominees, other than those to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Since 2009, Udall has led the fight in the Senate to cut through gridlock, and he said Millett's confirmation by a vote of 56-38 is evidence that the Senate is finally working again when it comes to these

Affordable Care Act to Increase Access to Mental Health Benefits

on December 11, 2013 - 4:05pm

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District highlighted recent data that shows the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expanding mental health and substance use disorder benefits for approximately 60 million Americans - including approximately 403,000 New Mexicans. This expansion of coverage for mental health and substance use disorders is one of the largest in a generation.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies in the individual and small group market are required for the first time to cover mental health and substance use disorder

Governor to Honor Fallen Military Members at Wreaths Across America Ceremony

on December 9, 2013 - 7:55am

Courtesy/WAA

 

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez will honor fallen military members by delivering the keynote address at New Mexico's Wreaths Across America ceremony at the New Mexico State Capitol.

 

The special event is at 10 a.m., today, Dec. 9 at the New Mexico State Capitol Rotunda, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe.

 

Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies all across the country to honor America's fallen military members.

Sen. Tom Udall Visits NMC's Bio Lab

on December 8, 2013 - 10:00am
Sen. Tom Udall, center, questions scientist Natalia Friedland, left, about her research on plants to be used as biofuel. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Sen. Tom Udall addresses guests at a reception during his visit to the New Mexico Consortium’s Biological Laboratory and Greenhouse Friday. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., visited the New Mexico Consortium’s Biological Research Laboratory and Greenhouse in Los Alamos Friday.

IRS Announces 2014 Mileage Rates

on December 8, 2013 - 9:49am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2014 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

 

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

 

  • 56 cents per mile for business miles driven
  • 23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The business, medical, and moving expense rates decrease one-half cent from the

Udall Issues Statement on Renewable Energy

on December 7, 2013 - 8:56am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE - Thursday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., welcomed the president's "Presidential Memorandum," challenging federal agencies to nearly triple their renewable energy consumption to 20 percent by 2020.

Udall, who has led the effort to set a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), requiring utilities to generate 25 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025, issued the following statement:

"The United States should lead the world in clean energy jobs, innovation and in efforts to fight global warming.

More Than 122 Million Returns e-Filed in 2013

on December 6, 2013 - 7:22am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced a milestone for IRS e-file: more than 122 million returns were e-filed during 2013.

This year, the IRS received more than 45.2 million returns from those who prepared and e-filed their own returns on home computers, up from 43.2 million a year earlier, an increase of 4.6 percent. E-filed returns from tax professionals increased slightly, totaling more than 77 million returns.

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On Horizon: First Organic Solid Waste Powered Community

on November 30, 2013 - 9:42am

Artist Taylor Baldry created this Save the Waste watercolor for the PLACE efforts. Courtesy/PLACE

PLACE News:

PLACE, which gave presentations in Los Alamos over the last couple of years is now closer than ever to building the world's first community powered by organic solid waste. 

Imagine homes, makers' spaces, and businesses being powered in a closed-loop system: waste makes power, community makes waste, which makes more power, and so on. No other municipality is using its organic waste in this way.

This first E-Generation project has the potential to truly change the world.

Senators: End the N.S.A. Dragnet, Now

on November 30, 2013 - 8:45am

U.S. SENATE News:

The following op-ed by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, Mark Udall, and Martin Heinrich about their fight for privacy rights, was published in The New York Times Nov. 26:

 

End the N.S.A. Dragnet, Now
By RON WYDEN, MARK UDALL and MARTIN HEINRICH

WASHINGTON, D.C. — THE framers of the Constitution declared that government officials had no power to seize the records of individual Americans without evidence of wrongdoing, and they embedded this principle in the Fourth Amendment.

USDA Urges Shoppers to Support Local Businesses

on November 29, 2013 - 10:05am

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner. Courtesy

USDA News:

ALBUQUERQUE – USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner is urging everyone to support local small businesses this Small Business Saturday celebration this week end.

“Please take time to thank the small business owners in your community for their contributions to the local economy by purchasing their products and services,” Brunner said.

His comments coincide with the U.S.

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