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Udall Provision Requiring Report On Burn Pits Will Help Advance Care For Veterans Of Iraq And Afghanistan

on December 29, 2015 - 1:00pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he secured a provision in the “omnibus” appropriations bill signed by the president last week requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to report on the status and findings of its burn pit registry.
The registry — which was created by Udall’s Burn Pits Registry Act — is the first step toward providing medical care and research for service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Udall is working to ensure the VA and

Governor Appoints Jennifer Padgett District Attorney In First Judicial District

on December 29, 2015 - 12:04pm

Jennifer Padgett


SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the appointment of Jennifer Padgett of Santa Fe as the district attorney for the First Judicial District to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Angela “Spence” Pacheco.

“Jennifer Padgett has devoted her career to fighting for children and she has what it takes to build on Spence's success as district attorney,” Martinez said. “She has demonstrated tremendous management abilities and will aggressively strive to protect citizens and fight for victims in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties.” 

Luján On Tax Legislation That Adds Billions In Debt

on December 28, 2015 - 6:55am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
Washington, D.C. - U.s. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement Thursday Dec. 17 after voting against legislation to extend numerous tax breaks at a cost of $622 billion.

"This legislation extends many important provisions of the tax code that I have long supported, but it is disappointing that Congressional Republicans brought a bill to the floor that fails to pay for even one cent of these tax cuts.

Eastbound I-40 To Remain Closed At Big-I During Morning Commute

on December 28, 2015 - 6:37am



Commuters urged to seek alternative route


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation announced overnight that eastbound I-40 will remain closed at the Big-I through today, which will cause delays for commuters. The department is asking commuters to plan ahead and seek alternative routes.


Currently in Albuquerque, I-40 east of the Big-I is obstructed with stranded commercial motor vehicle traffic waiting for roads into Texas to be opened. No Albuquerque traffic will be allowed east of the I-40 Interchange.


Both Texas and Oklahoma have shut down I-40

Governor Declares State Of Emergency In Response To New Mexico's Statewide Snow Storm

on December 27, 2015 - 10:36pm


SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez declared a State of Emergency in response to the massive statewide snow storm that continues to impact the entire state.

In some parts of New Mexico, more than 16 inches of snow has fallen with drifts as high as eight feet, making roads impassable in several counties. High winds and blowing snow have led to extremely dangerous and life-threatening conditions in multiple counties. In addition to declaring a state of emergency today, the Governor has directed all resources to help communities that have been impacted. 

“This is a

NNSA’s Asset Management Program Completes Pilot

on December 27, 2015 - 9:57am

NNSA News:
  • New initiative accelerates infrastructure repairs while increasing buying power

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced completion of a $520,000 pilot to replace a roof, as well as heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system for the Core Library and Data Center at Mercury, Nev. ( 

The library was established as a repository for geologic, hydrologic, and geophysical data and materials collected in support of the U.S.

State Officials Plead For Absolutely No Travel In 18 Hardest-Hit N.M. Counties From Winter Storm

on December 27, 2015 - 9:30am


SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez, law enforcement, and state emergency personnel are pleading for absolutely no travel in the 18 hardest-hit counties until weather conditions improve.

They are: Colfax, Union, Harding, Mora, San Miguel, Quay, Guadalupe, Torrance, De Baca, Roosevelt, Curry, Lincoln, Chavez, Lea, Eddy, Otero, Socorro and Santa Fe counties.

In those counties, emergency personnel will actively try to keep people off roadways and in their homes. Driving is strongly discouraged throughout the rest of the state.

"Law enforcement and state emergency personnel are

Governor Puts National Guard On Standby To Respond To Weekend Storm

on December 27, 2015 - 8:25am

Gov. Susana Martinez


  • Gov. Martinez Orders Several State Agencies to Monitor, Prepare, Respond to Storm

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced that she has put the New Mexico National Guard on standby to respond to a winter storm that is expected to hit the state through the weekend.

In addition, the Governor ordered the Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to work closely together to monitor, prepare, and respond to the storm to ensure the safety of New Mexicans.