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New Mexico Driver’s Licenses Rejected At Fort Bliss

on January 14, 2016 - 9:49am


SANTA FE – Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas announced Wednesday it will join the list of federal facilities that no longer accept New Mexico driver’s licenses.

Fort Bliss stated it took the action because driver’s licenses from New Mexico as well as Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and Washington state do not comply with the federal ID act.

Alternate forms of ID accepted at Fort Bliss include a U.S.

Maestas Barnes Pre-Files Appropriations Requests To Address Rape Kit Back-log

on January 14, 2016 - 9:03am
Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes
SANTA FE  Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes, R-Bernalillo pre-filed two appropriations requests to help bring rapists to justice and provide services to victims of sexual assault. 
Maestas Barnes has requested a $1.2 million appropriation, HB 130, to allow the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to hire additional full-time staff to work on the back-log of untested rape kits in New Mexico. 
According to DPS, there are more than 5,000 rape-kits in New Mexico that have not been processed. Some of these unprocessed kits date back to the 1980s. 
The funding

Clahchischilliage Pre-Files Legislation To Protect Children From Dangerous Predators

on January 14, 2016 - 8:53am
SANTA FE  Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage, R-San Juan, pre-filed legislation to protect children from sexual predators who use their position of authority to prey on their victims. 
Under current law, acts of criminal sexual penetration committed by certain persons of authority, such as school employees or school volunteers, on children between the ages of 13 and 18 could be considered fourth-degree felonies. 
The bill, HB 121, would set the minimum penalty at a third-degree felony for all individuals who use their position of authority to commit criminal sexual penetration of a

SFNF Waives Fees For Martin Luther King, Jr., Day

on January 14, 2016 - 8:32am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Jan. 18, to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fees will be waived at Santa Fe National Forest sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the National Recreation Reservation System
Since many recreation sites on the Santa Fe National Forest are closed for the winter, visitors are encouraged to contact the appropriate Ranger District Office to determine which sites are open and will waive fees.
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Udall, Heinrich Urge Executive Action To Limit Anonymous Campaign Contributions

on January 14, 2016 - 8:02am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Last week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 27 other senators to urge the president to limit anonymous political spending in elections by requiring new transparency for previously secret campaign contributions.
The senators are pushing the administration to require federal contractors to disclose political spending before submitting bids for government work. The administration released a draft plan to do so five years ago, but has not finalized it.
The senators made their request in a letter to President Obama, which they sent after

Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker: 'Doomed To Cooperate' Jan. 23

on January 13, 2016 - 6:33pm
Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker, Stanford University

Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker will present a Los Alamos public lecture about how American and Russian Nuclear scientists joined forces to mitigate some of the greatest post-Cold War Dangers.

The free lecture is 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th St.

Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker will discuss how nuclear risks changed dramatically when the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of 1991. Suddenly the world was threatened more by Russia's weakness than its strength.

Never before had a country with the

Udall On President's Final State Of Union Address

on January 13, 2016 - 9:31am

President Barack Obama works on the State of the Union address with Director of Speechwriting Cody Keenan and Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, Jan. 11, 2016 in the Oval Office. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address:

"President Obama was right to be upbeat in his final State of the Union address. We've made tremendous progress in this country.

Luján Announces Native New Mexican, Recent STEM Graduate As State Of Union Guest

on January 12, 2016 - 3:38pm

Alejandra Montoya-Boyer


U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján looks forward to President Obama's final State of the Union Address tonight and is pleased to announce that Alejandra Montoya-Boyer will be his guest.

Montoya-Boyer, a native New Mexican, is a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Secondary Education Graduate Fellow. She has served as a fellow in Luján’s Washington, D.C. office.

“I am pleased that Alejandra will be my guest for the State of the Union.