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Heinrich Lauds New Rules For Overtime Pay Protection

on July 1, 2015 - 9:13am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Tuesday, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., welcomed President Obama's plan to extend overtime pay protection for workers in New Mexico and across the country.

The President's plan would guarantee overtime pay to most salaried workers earning less than an estimated $50,440 next year.

The increased threshold would tie overtime protections to the 40th percentile of weekly earnings for full-time salaried workers. The plan would raise the salary threshold from $455 a week below the poverty threshold for a family of four to a projected

Udall Welcomes Historic Agreement To Re-open U.S. And Cuba Embassies

on July 1, 2015 - 8:46am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the agreement between the United States and Cuba to re-open embassies in Washington and Havana: 

“Re-opening embassies in Washington and Havana is a historic step toward normalizing relations and finally building a 21st century relationship with Cuba. In my visits with Cuban entrepreneurs, artists and others, it's clear to me that the Cuban people are eager to engage with the world.

Lawmakers Discuss Jobs And Economic Growth At Today's Los Alamos Chamber Business Breakfast

on June 30, 2015 - 4:49pm
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, left, and Sen. Mary Kay Papen discuss increasing employment in New Mexico during this morning's Business Breakfast at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Chamber Breakfast attendees this morning at UNM-LA as Sen. Mary Kay Papen and Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discuss the New Mexico Jobs Council. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico State Sen. Mary Kay Papen and State Rep.

Governor Helps Break Ground At Cerrillos And I-25

on June 30, 2015 - 11:22am

Diverging Diamond overview. Screen Shot/NMDOT

 

 
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez joined local, state, and federal officials Monday to break ground on the state’s first Diverging Diamond, the first of its kind in New Mexico, at Cerrillos Road and Interstate 25 in Santa Fe.
 
The interchange is designed to improve safety and traffic flow.  
 
“This new state-of-the-art interchange is yet another example of what we can accomplish when we commit significant state infrastructure investments, and leverage them with federal dollars,” Martinez said.

Roswell Airport Gets $9 Million For Runway Rehab

on June 30, 2015 - 8:05am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. announced Monday that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $9 million to the Roswell International Air Center (RIAC) to fund the rehabilitation of 5,000 feet of Runway 03/21.

The grant will help maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and minimize foreign object debris.

"I'm proud to support this funding for the Roswell International Air Center, and as a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, I'll continue to fight for investments in aviation and other

Udall Hosts Deputy Interior Secretary At Chaco Site

on June 29, 2015 - 5:14pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall hosts U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor on a tour today of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Courtesy/Udall

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, standing on rock, and Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor, in front, break out the binoculars during a tour today of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Courtesy/Udall

STATE News:

  • Connor's visit is in response to Udall's request that an Interior official visit Chaco site

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall thanked U.S.

WIPP: Bryson Named Acting Manager For CBFO

on June 29, 2015 - 5:10pm
New Acting Manager of DOE Carlsbad Field Office Dana Bryson
 
WIPP News:

Mark Whitney, Acting Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM), today named Dana Bryson the Acting Manager for the DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO).

He is replacing Joe Franco, who recently returned to a position in DOE’s Richland Operations Office in Washington. Bryson has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry and served as the CBFO Deputy Manager since December 2013. 

Previously, Bryson was the Director of the River Corridor Division for DOE’s

Udall Discusses Critical Need To Address Youth Suicide In Native Communities

on June 29, 2015 - 4:08pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON  Wednesday June 24, at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Sen. Tom Udalldiscussed the critical need to address the high rate of suicide among Native American youth.
 
He questioned the acting director of the Indian Health Service, Tribal leaders and a Psychological and Developmental Sciences expert about improving desperately needed mental health services.
 
Udall highlighted some of the challenges facing New Mexico's Tribal communities and cited recent research by the University of New Mexico (UNM) on risk factors that may place Native youth at

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