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Jill Hruby Sworn In As Department of Energy’s Under Secretary For Nuclear Security And Administrator Of The National Nuclear Security Administration

Jill Hruby

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jill Hruby was sworn in by U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm Monday as the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

“I am so grateful to the Senate for confirming Jill Hruby to serve as the next Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration,” Secretary Granholm said. “Jill is one of DOE’s very best success stories — rising through the ranks at Sandia National Labs to become the first


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Infinity & Beyond: Galvanizing Students To Reach For Stars

Screenshot taken during a July 15 Google Meet with Rio Rancho Public Schools’ Native American Summer Academy guest speaker Aaron Yazzie. Yazzie shows students a selfie the Mars Rover took. Photo by Kelly Pearce 

Screenshot taken during July 15 Google Meet with Rio Rancho Public Schools’ Native American Summer Academy guest speaker Aaron Yazzie. Yazzie shows students pictures of Mars from the Mars Rover with a picture of himself on the Navajo Nation near Tuba City Ariz. Photo by Kelly Pearce 

By KELLY PEARCE
Teach Plus New Mexico

What inspired you to work at NASA? How long does it take to travel


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Senators Heinrich, Luján Welcome $150,000 In American Rescue Plan Relief For Three Rural Airports In New Mexico

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) are welcoming an announcement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that a total of $150,000 in grant funding will head to three New Mexico airports in Artesia, Farmington and Moriarty.

The funds are made available through the American Rescue Plan that both Senators Heinrich and Luján championed to become law. These grants provide economic relief funds for costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, debt service payments, and combating


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Heinrich, Senate Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Cyber Reporting Bill Following SolarWinds, Colonial Hacks

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, joined several of his colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation requiring federal agencies, government contractors, and critical infrastructure owners and operators to report cyber intrusions within 24 hours of their discovery.

The legislation is in part a response to the hack of IT management firm SolarWinds, which resulted in the compromise of hundreds of federal agencies and private companies, and the May 2021 ransomware attack on the Colonial


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NMAA Deputy Director Dana Pappas To Join NFHS Staff

Dana Pappas

NFHS News:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Dana Pappas, deputy director and commissioner of officials of the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA), will join the staff of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Aug. 1.

Pappas will take on the role of Director of Officiating Services – a newly designed staff position devoted to officials programming, services and courses.

Theresia Wynns, who has served as NFHS director of sports and officials education since 2012, will retire July 31 after a 50-year career in education at the local, state and national levels.


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State Disburses Over $63 Million To Local Governments

DFA News:

SANTA FE — The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) announces that $63 million of the American Rescue Plan Act Funding (ARPA) has been distributed to eligible local entities.

“DFA is pleased to be the conduit working with the U.S. Treasury to get this money out to local governments,” DFA Cabinet Secretary Debbie Romero said. “We have been preparing for this knowing how important it is to get the funding distributed efficiently and effectively.”

“Working in collaboration with the New Mexico Municipal League, city managers and governing bodies, allowed DFA to expedite the


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Enterprise Financial Services Corp Announces Completion Of Merger With First Choice Bankcorp

Enterprise Bank & Trust News:

ST. LOUIS, MO. — Enterprise Financial Services Corp (Nasdaq: EFSC) (the
“Company,” “EFSC,” or “Enterprise”), the holding company of Enterprise Bank & Trust (“EB&T”), announced today the completion of its merger with First Choice Bancorp (“FCBP”),
with Enterprise as the surviving institution, effective as of 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on July 21, 2021. The merger of EB&T and FCBP’s wholly owned subsidiary, First Choice Bank (“First Choice”), will be effective shortly thereafter. The merger adds approximately $2.4 billion in assets, $2.0 billion


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U.S. Sen. Luján Leads Colleagues Urging Senate Leadership To Invest In Infrastructure Of National Laboratories

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) led 14 of his colleagues in calling on Senate Leadership to address the needs of Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories in ongoing infrastructure efforts.

The network of 17 National Laboratories across the United States advance critical missions for the Department and additional investments in restoring and modernizing National Lab infrastructure will support scientific and economic competitiveness while creating thousands of new, good-paying jobs.

Joining Sen. Luján in the letter


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Luján Votes To Confirm Jill Hruby As NNSA Administrator

Jill Hruby

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today after voting to confirm Jill Hruby as administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA):  

“As a former Director of Sandia National Laboratories, Jill Hruby brings strong experience to the role of NNSA Administrator. I look forward to working together to support the critical mission work of our National Laboratories, including Sandia and Los Alamos, which play an essential role in maintaining our national security.”


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Heinrich, Luján Welcome $5M+ In Investment Support For New Mexico Rural Water, Wastewater Infrastructure

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) are welcoming investments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (UDSA) to rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure for Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, the Pueblo of San Ildefonso, and the City of Belen.

USDA is financing the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program to help eliminate outdated pipes and service lines to safeguard public health and safety in rural communities.

“Access to clean drinking water is a human right. We must do all we can to provide safe


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