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Udall Fights For New Mexico Priorities In Interior Department Budget

on March 4, 2016 - 6:41am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, helped lead a hearing Wednesday on the president's Fiscal Year 2017 budget request for the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Udall welcomed proposals for increased funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and mandatory funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program.
He also pressed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on several other issues important to New Mexico communities, including curbing natural gas

Governor Martinez Signs Tough DWI Legislation

on March 4, 2016 - 5:58am
ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Martinez signed Senate Bill 118 Tuesday, which cracks down on the worst repeat DWI offenders and substantially increases penalties for drunk drivers who kill someone on the road.
In fact, the new penalty for driving drunk and killing someone will be one of the highest in the region.
The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) and Senator George Munoz (D-Gallup), makes it a second-degree felony to be convicted of eight or more DWIs, increasing mandatory sentencing from 2 years to 10 years, with a maximum sentence of 12 years.

Udall Raises Concerns About Gila River Diversion, Pushes For Funding For New Mexico Water Projects

on March 4, 2016 - 5:54am
WASHINGTON D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall raised concerns Wednesday about a potential Gila River diversion project and pushed for continued funding for several water projects important to New Mexico communities at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.
Udall has previously expressed skepticism over the high cost of a Gila River diversion project. He asked Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan R. López for an update and assurances that any proposed project would get a thorough economic and environmental review.
“The Gila River is a

SBA: Federal Government Breaks Contracting Record For Women-Owned Small Businesses

on March 3, 2016 - 4:22pm
SBA News:
WASHINGTON D.C.  Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, was joined by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY-07), Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee, Representative Judy Chu (D-CA-27) and Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) yesterday March 2, to announce that the federal government has surpassed its five percent contracting goal for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) for the first time in history.
“Meeting this goal means five

Governor On Death Of Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward

on March 3, 2016 - 4:12pm

New Mexico DOH Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward


SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office reports that they dicovered the body of New Mexico Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward at about 9:30 a.m. today in a car that swerved off the road, adding that she died from health issues not related to the car accident.

Gov. Susana Martinez released the following statement after learning of her passing:


“I am completely heartbroken to hear that Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward has passed away.

“She was an amazing public servant who enjoyed her job immensely and earned the

2016 Legislative Session Wrap Up

on March 3, 2016 - 9:05am
Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard on the steps of the State Capitol on the final day of the 2016 Legislative Session. Courtesy photo
Dist. 43 Democratic State Representative
Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, and Santa Fe

With the 2016 Legislative Session behind us, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of the highlights. 

The two main agenda items on this session’s calendar were a balanced budget and a fix for our Real ID law. I’m pleased to say that both passed with broad bipartisan support. 

With New Mexico facing significant

Heinrich Statement On Adding Gold King Mine Spill Site To Superfund National Priorities List

on March 3, 2016 - 8:11am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, issued the following statement in support of adding the site of the Gold King Mine spill that polluted the Four Corners region last summer to the Superfund National Priorities List.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper formally endorsed a Superfund cleanup for 48 abandon mining sites, including the Gold King Mine.

"I fully support the local communities and Gov.

New Mexico GOP Statement On Super Tuesday

on March 3, 2016 - 8:04am
RPNM News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The Republican Party of New Mexico has released the following statement on Super Tuesday:

"The Republican race remains as exciting as ever, with our voters still divided between the three top contenders. Whichever candidate wins in the end, it's important that Republican voters unify behind that nominee," said Republican Party of New Mexico spokesman Tucker Keene. "Voter turnout for the Republican primary continues to break records, and if we're going to defeat Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in November, we need that energy to carry through to election day."