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NMDOT Continues Clearing State Roads

on December 30, 2015 - 8:34am

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NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) continues the vital work of clearing roads throughout the state.

Crews have been out working 24-hours a day since the beginning of the storm, working to keep roads safe for the traveling public and to reopen roads in the areas most heavily impacted by the storm.

Available equipment is maximized so it is kept on the road and staffed, even if labor must be brought in from other areas. Below is an estimate of what has been accomplished by crews up to this point.

To date, NMDOT has deployed

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
 
SENATE News:
 
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

New Mexico Prison Inmates Giving Back

on December 29, 2015 - 12:42pm
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STATE News:
 
During Guadalupe County Correctional Facility’s pod decorating contest, a few inmates approached Warden Horton and donated more than $300 to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
 
Additionally, one inmate artist drew a picture of Lilly Martinez, the victim of Albuquerque’s Road Rage incident, in support of the “Just Breathe” campaign.
 
Reacting to these most recent examples of inmates opening their hearts and giving back during this holiday season, Secretary Gregg Marcantel commented “perhaps in life, we get what we expect.

I-40 Reopens In Stages Following Storm

on December 29, 2015 - 12:38pm
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) announced that Interstate 40 is reopening in the eastbound direction to the Texas state line.
 
The opening is occuring in phases so that traffic can be controlled and cleared in an orderly manner. Crews from NMDOT worked throughout the night in order to have I40 reopened.
 
Santa Rosa and Tucumcari have already been reopened to travelers. Moriarty will open at 9 a.m., and Albuquerque will open at 9:30 a.m.
 
NMDOT urges drivers to use caution when traveling on the roadways.

Governor Appoints Jennifer Padgett District Attorney In First Judicial District

on December 29, 2015 - 12:04pm

Jennifer Padgett

STATE News:

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.” 

WIPP Emergency Operations Center Activated On Limited Basis

on December 29, 2015 - 10:57am

WIPP News:

CARLSBAD – At approximately, 9 a.m. today, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) announced a Level 1 activation to support coordination of resources needed to safely restore normal operations at WIPP due to the recent severe snow storm in southeast New Mexico.

The icy and snow packed road conditions have made road conditions difficult for the workforce to commute to the WIPP site.

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