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Chamber Business Breakfast Presents Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard's Annual Legislative Preview Dec. 15

on December 4, 2015 - 3:07pm

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard


Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard will be the guest speaker Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast.

Rep. Garcia Richard will present her annual Legislative Preview to Chamber members, which will include matters related to the state budget as well as a discussion of other potential legislation.

The upcoming Legislative Session is a 30-day session. The session begins Jan. 19 and ends Feb. 18, 2016. Legislators may pre-file legislation Dec. 15 through Jan. 13 and Feb.

Head Of CTBTO Dr. Lassina Zerbo Visits Los Alamos

on December 4, 2015 - 7:41am

CTBTO Executive Secretary Dr. Lassina Zerbo

NNSA News:

LAS VEGAS ― Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), visited NNSA’s Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) Nov. 23, as part of a multi-day itinerary that also included tours of national laboratories overseen by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

While at Los Alamos, Zerbo discussed the laboratory’s technical support of the CTBTO

NMED To Host Public Listening Sessions

on December 4, 2015 - 7:19am
NMED News:
New Mexico Environment Department to Host Public Listening Sessions for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SIP Call for Startup, Shutdown and Malfunction (SSM) Operations.
On May 22, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final action to ensure states have plans in place that are fully consistent with the Clean Air Act and recent court decisions concerning startup, shutdown and malfunction (SSM) operations.
In response to this final action, the New Mexico Environment Department Air Quality Bureau will be required to revise 20.2.7 NMAC - Excess Emissions

AFTNM Calls Court Ruling ‘Victory For Educators’

on December 3, 2015 - 9:20am

AFTNM President Stephanie Ly

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico (AFTNM) President Stephanie Ly and Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling from Judge Thomson comes as welcome news for the thousands of educators across New Mexico who have been seeking relief from Governor Martinez and Secretary of Education Hannah Skandera’s test-and-punish ‘reforms.’

Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein

“Judge Thomson made the correct and important decision to halt the use of high-stakes testing to

Heinrich Cosponsors Bill To Strengthen Security Of Visa Waiver Program

on December 2, 2015 - 9:39am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Senate Armed Services Committee, is an original cosponsor of bipartisan legislation introduced today to tighten the Visa Waiver Program to help prevent terrorists from entering the United States.

Currently, the Visa Waiver Program permits visa free travel to the United States for citizens of 38 countries that qualify—an average of 20 million visitors per year.

USDHS: Key Facts About Effects Of Real ID Act

on December 2, 2015 - 8:15am
In response to the Nov. 18 editorial in the Journal (“NM law means you need passport, terrorists don’t”) the Department of Homeland Security would like to highlight the key facts about the Real ID Act.
While New Mexico is not yet in compliance with the Real ID Act, here are facts New Mexicans should know:
  • The Real ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the federal government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The act established minimum security standards for driver’s licenses and

Franklin Graham Prayer Rally Coming To Santa Fe

on December 2, 2015 - 7:30am
BGEA News:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Evangelist Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) will conduct prayer rallies in all 50 states next year, including Santa Fe March 16, 2016. 
“As America’s attention turns to an election year, I do not believe Republicans or Democrats or any other party can turn this nation around—only God can,” Graham said, president of the BGEA. “God hears the prayers of his people, so we’ll be calling on Christians in every state to pray fervently and faithfully for America.”
  • WHAT: Called Decision America Tour, the focus of these prayer rallies

WIPP: Safe Havens Increases Underground Safety

on December 1, 2015 - 12:35pm
Safe havens provide life-saving shelter for underground workers in the event of an emergency. Courtesy photo
WIPP News:
The WIPP site has made significant safety improvements. Recently, eight underground safe havens (or refuge chambers) were delivered to the site and will be downloaded into the WIPP underground prior to the restart of waste disposal operations.
The safe havens are about 28 feet long, 8 feet wide and 7.25 feet high and weigh approximately 19,000 pounds.
Each unit is equipped to house 20 people for at least 36 hours in the event of an emergency where workers may not be able to