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CryoSat-2 Mission Reveals Major Arctic Sea-Ice Loss

on February 15, 2013 - 8:00am

Sea ice scape photo by Dr. Katherine Giles, a research fellow at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modeling at University College London (UCL) and a member of the scientific team studying sea-ice loss. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Arctic sea ice volume has declined by 36 percent in the autumn and 9 percent in the winter between 2003 and 2012, an international team of scientists has discovered. 

Researchers used new data from the European Space Agency's CryoSat-2 satellite spanning 2010 to 2012, and data from NASA's ICESat satellite from 2003 to 2008 to estimate the volume of

Udall Hosts NM’s MVD Express at Senate Meeting on Job Creation

on February 14, 2013 - 7:05am

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. meets with Janice Lucero, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MVD Express. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Mexico small business leader Janice Lucero of Albuquerque was the guest of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall at a Capitol Hill discussion on best practices creating jobs and strengthening America’s economy.

Lucero is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MVD Express, a public-private partnership with the State of New Mexico that provides high-quality, efficient motor vehicle services throughout 11 locations in the state.

Representatives

Senators Reintroduce Measure to Make Valles Caldera a National Park

on February 12, 2013 - 3:28pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced legislation today to transfer the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service (NPS.).
 
Udall and retired Sen. Jeff Bingaman first introduced this legislation in 2010 in light of inconsistent funding, the need for infrastructure improvements and concerns that the Preserve would not achieve financial self-sustainability by 2015, as directed by the Valles Caldera Preservation Act of 2000.
 
"Millions of years in the making, the Valles Caldera is a natural wonder, rich

Udall Meets With Secretary of Defense Nominee

on February 12, 2013 - 6:29am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall meets with Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel Feb. 11. Courtesy/Udall's Office

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Monday issued the following statement after a meeting with Secretary of Defense nominee, Sen. Chuck Hagel:
 
“My meeting today with Senator Chuck Hagel was very useful. We had the opportunity to touch on a variety of issues facing our country and how New Mexico contributes to the strength of our national security.
 
“Senator Hagel conveyed that if confirmed, he will be committed to keeping safe, reliable and secure

NM Senators Seek U.S. Attorney Applicants

on February 11, 2013 - 11:43am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are accepting applications for the position of United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico.
 
President Obama nominated current U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales to a federal court judgeship Jan. 4, 2013.
 
Upon Gonzales’ confirmation by the Senate, the position of U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico will become vacant.
 
In accordance with their constitutional responsibility to provide advice and consent with respect to federal appointments, Udall and Heinrich will recommend a short

Bandelier is Your Backyard!

on February 9, 2013 - 7:36am

The overall winner in the 2012 GBBC photo contest features this Cedar Waxwing. Photo by Ben Thomas, Georgia

BANDELIER News:

Come visit Bandelier for the 16 annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), Feb. 15-18.

After 15 years of success in North America, GBBC is now global. In 2013, anyone, from anywhere on earth, can participate by visiting www.ebird.com or www.birdcount.org and reporting the kinds and numbers of birds they see during the annual count.

During the 2012 count, participants reported 17.4 million bird observations on 104,000 checklists.

Lawmakers Request Strong New NNSA Administrator

on February 9, 2013 - 7:26am

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation, Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, are asking President Obama to nominate a candidate to lead the Nuclear National Security Administration (NNSA) who will work with Congress to reform the agency and maintain the highest scientific and technical capabilities at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.

In a letter to President Obama, the federal lawmakers who represent the two labs say, “The NNSA has recently suffered from a series

Native Women Have Waited Too Long for Justice

on February 8, 2013 - 11:19pm
Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON –In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. Thursday urged the Senate to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with tribal provisions to protect Native American women from domestic abuse.
 
To watch Udall’s speech, click here.
 
Since VAWA’s passage, domestic violence has decreased by over 50 percent. Yet, one in three Native women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime, and Native women are victims of domestic violence at a disproportionately higher rate.
 
The VAWA provisions would help tribal courts prosecute domestic

Udall, Heinrich & Luján: Protect Río Grande del Norte

on February 7, 2013 - 9:49am

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Luján, have reintroduced legislation in the Senate and House to protect the Río Grande del Norte in Northern New Mexico, an area comprised of more than 240,000 acres of BLM-managed lands in Taos and Rio Arriba Counties.

 
Since 2009, the three lawmakers and former Sen. Jeff Bingaman have worked -- with the support of the local communities - to pass legislation to designate the culturally and recreationally significant lands as a National Conservation Area.
 
"Some of Northern New Mexico's most

Postal Service Plans to Cut Saturday Delivery

on February 7, 2013 - 9:48am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON,
D.C.—U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today following the U.S. Postal Service's announcement that it plans to stop delivering letters and other first-class mail on Saturdays, beginning in August.

"Post offices are a staple of our rural communities and six-day service is a necessary service for New Mexicans to communicate, pay bills, and receive important documents.

The U.S.

Udall Issues Statement on Sally Jewell's Nomination for Interior Secretary

on February 7, 2013 - 9:46am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Under consideration for Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement Wednesday after President Obama nominated Sally Jewell:

"Sally Jewell is a unique and exciting pick to head up the Department of the Interior. If confirmed, she would bring to the position an array of skills from her business background in energy development and as the CEO of a wildly successful outdoor outfitter.

"I look forward to meeting with her as she works through the nomination process and learning more about her personal

Luján Encourages Tech Transfer; Oversight of National Labs

on February 6, 2013 - 7:03am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District submitted the following statement into the record Tuesday during the House Energy and Commerce Committee mark-up of the Committee's oversight plan for the current Congressional session.

"Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the inclusion of 'management and operations issues at the Department of Energy' within the Committee's Oversight Plan for the 113th Congress.

"As Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is located in my district in Northern New Mexico, I am particularly interested in the

NM Delegation Introduces Mining Cleanup Legislation

on February 5, 2013 - 8:32am
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

 

  • Bill Would Allow States to Access Funding for Reclamation of Abandoned Uranium and other Mines

WASHINGTON D.C. – New Mexico Congressional Delegation members Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Rep. Steve Pearce, introduced legislation Monday in the United States Senate and House to help state and tribal governments complete high-priority uranium mine cleanup projects.

The Abandoned Mine Land (AML) fund was created as part of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) and requires fees to be paid on local coal

Los Alamos Daily Post Awarded 2013 Small Business of the Year

on February 4, 2013 - 3:11pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, center, with members of the Los Alamos Daily Post news team Friday, from left, Reporter Kirsten Laskey, Publisher Carol A. Clark, Lifestyles Editor Bonnie J. Gordon and Webmaster/Reporter Greg Kendall. Courtesy photo

LACDC News:

The Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) has selected the Los Alamos Daily Post online newspaper as its Small Business of the Year for 2013.

“We are pleased to announce that the Los Alamos Daily Post will be recognized as our 2013 Success Client," LACDC Executive Director Kevin Holsapple said. "Carol A.

Heinrich Calls for Sufficient DOE Cleanup Funding

on February 4, 2013 - 11:56am

Sen. Martin Heinrich with President Barack Obama in January. Courtesy/U.S. Senate

U.S. SENATE News:

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. together with Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., sent a letter to President Obama today calling for sufficient funding for DOE’s Defense Environmental Cleanup program in FY2014.

Heinrich asked the president to consider funding two projects that he said are of particular importance to New Mexico.

"We urge you to request $225 million for environmental cleanup for Los Alamos National Laboratory and $222 million to operate and maintain the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in

NFL Endorses Udall-Rockefeller Youth Sports Safety Effort

on February 2, 2013 - 8:52am

Courtesy/wisbar.org

U.S. SENATE News:

Bill Will Curb False “Anti-Concussion” Marketing Claims

 
WASHINGTON – Ahead of this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, welcomed the NFL’s endorsement of their forthcoming legislation aimed at protecting youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries.
 
The Youth Sports Concussion Act will ensure that safety standards for sports equipment are up to date and informed by the latest science.

Energy Secretary Chu Opts Out of Second Term

on February 2, 2013 - 7:42am

Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

In a letter to Energy Department employees Friday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu highlighted the "tremendous progress" of the last four years, and announced his decision to not serve a second term as Secretary. Text of the letter is below.

Dear Colleagues:

Serving the country as Secretary of Energy, and working alongside such an extraordinary team of people at the Department, has been the greatest privilege of my life. While the job has had many challenges, it has been an exciting time for the Department, the country, and for me personally.

Udall & Heinrich: COOL Rules Must Put Americans First

on February 1, 2013 - 10:53am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Senators tell USDA to ensure consumers know meat origin

 

Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative to work with consumers, ranchers and meatpackers to make sure that American families know where their meat comes from.
 
The World Trade Organization (WTO) recently required the USDA to adjust its rules requiring American retailers to clearly label where meat was raised and processed.
 
The WTO said that while the U.S.

Udall Bill Increases Federal Contracting Opportunities

on February 1, 2013 - 8:24am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • First bill of new congress would help New Mexico small businesses
WASHINGTON – In his first bill of the 113th Congress, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is seeking to expand opportunities for small businesses to secure federal contracts, and make the reporting requirements for those awarded more transparent.
 
The Assuring Contracting Equity (ACE) Act of 2013, would raise the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) government-wide small business contracting level from 23 to 25 percent.
 
It would also increase the contracting goal from 5 to 10 percent for businesses owned by veterans,

Senators Introduce Bill Cracking Down on Online Payday Loans

on January 30, 2013 - 6:56am
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Jan. 29, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Oregon’s Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act.
 
The SAFE Lending Act would crack down on the worst practices of the online payday lending industry and give states more power to protect consumers from predatory loans.
 
Sen. Jeff Merkley
 
“We threw the payday lenders, who prey on families when they’re at their most vulnerable, out of Oregon back in 2007,” Merkley said.

Drell Named Winner of National Medal of Science

on January 30, 2013 - 6:24am

Sidney Drell. Courtesy/LLNL

LLNL News:

Sidney Drell, physicist, arms control expert and adviser, is one of 12 eminent researchers recently named by President Obama as a recipient of the National Medal of Science.

In addition, 11 inventors are recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Both awards represent the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers and inventors.

"I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators," President Obama said.

Bipartisan Immigration Reform Outline Released

on January 28, 2013 - 3:51pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. issued the following statement today after a bipartisan group of senators released an outline for comprehensive immigration reform legislation:
 
"I am very encouraged by the bipartisan framework that has been unveiled in the Senate to modernize our broken immigration system. Reform is long overdue.
 
"The proposal contains the elements necessary to overhaul the system, including securing our borders, a roadmap to earned citizenship and employment verification to hold employers accountable.
 
"I'm also pleased that it would

'Nanotubes on a Chip' May Simplify Optical Power Measurements

on January 25, 2013 - 10:23am

The circular patch of carbon nanotubes on a pink silicon backing is one component of NIST’s new cryogenic radiometer, shown with a quarter for scale. Gold coating and metal wiring has yet to be added to the chip. The radiometer will simplify and lower the cost of disseminating measurements of laser power. Photo by Tomlin/NIST

NIST News:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has demonstrated a novel chip-scale instrument made of carbon nanotubes that may simplify absolute measurements of laser power, especially the light signals transmitted by optical fibers in

Luján Cosponsors Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act, Calls for Swift Passage

on January 23, 2013 - 5:28pm

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján joined as an original cosponsor of legislation introduced today to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA.)

Passed 19 years ago, this landmark legislation focused the resources, time, and energy of federal, state, and local law enforcement on the task of preventing and stopping domestic abuse, while providing victims of violence with critical services and assistance.

"It was with great disappointment that the 112th Congress came to an end without action on a bipartisan reauthorization that addressed domestic

NYT Backs Udall's Filibuster Reform Efforts

on January 22, 2013 - 9:34am
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
Today, The New York Times came out in support of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall's efforts to end Senate gridlock and filibuster abuse in its editorial, "A Chance to Fix the Senate."
 
Read the full editorial here.
 
"For six years, Democrats in the Senate have chafed at an unprecedented abuse of the filibuster by Republicans, who have used the practice to hold up nominees high and low and require a supermajority for virtually every bill.

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