U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján Joins Colleagues Urging Senate Leadership To Invest In Well-prepared, Educator Workforce


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined 13 of his colleagues in a letter to Senate Leadership urging them to invest in a well-prepared, diverse, supported, and stable educator workforce in upcoming physical and human infrastructure legislation.

The letter is aligned with the educator pipeline investments outlined in President Biden’s American Families Plan.

“The United States has invested far less than other countries in the educator workforce, providing little support


IRS Criminal Investigation Warns Taxpayers About Child Tax Credit Scams Criminals May Use To Steal Money, Information

IRS News:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation Division is warning taxpayers about Child Tax Credit-related scams, which criminals may use to steal money and personal information.

While millions of American families started receiving the advance Child Tax Credit payments last week, criminals were already looking for innovative tactics to take advantage of unwitting victims. Taxpayers should be on the lookout for a variety of phone, e-mail, text message and social media scams targeting families eligible for the credit.

Any communication offering assistance to


NNSA Leaders Speaking At Nuclear Deterrence Summit

Nuclear Deterrence Summit speakers from left, Charles P Verdon, PhD (Keynote Speaker Day 1), Acting Undersecretary for Nuclear Security & Administrator & Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, National Nuclear Security Administration, Kasia Mendelsohn (Keynote Speaker Day 2), Acting Deputy Administrator, Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and Brigadier General Stacy Jo Huser (Keynote Day 3), Principal Asst. Deputy Administrator for Military Application, Office of Defense Programs, NNSA, Courtesy/NNSA


TIME: Santa Fe One Of World’s Greatest Places In 2021

Santa Fe is selected for TIME’s World’s Greatest Places of 2021. Courtesy/New Mexico True

New Mexico True News:

SANTA FE — TIME recognized Santa Fe as one of 100 extraordinary travel destinations across the globe Tuesday in its third annual list of the World’s Greatest Places.

Santa Fe is one of just 19 destinations from the U.S. selected for TIME’s World’s Greatest Places of 2021.

“New Mexico destinations like Santa Fe epitomize the essence of adventure steeped in culture,” Cabinet Secretary Jen Paul Schroer said. “From the countless art galleries, museums, restaurants and


Heinrich, Blunt Introduce Recovering America’s Wildlife Act


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) introduced the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) of 2021 to invest in proactive, on-the-ground conservation work led by states, territories, and Tribal nations to support the long-term health of fish and wildlife habitat all across America.

“Protecting America’s fish and wildlife habitat means conserving the creatures we love before they ever become imperiled,” Heinrich said. “After all, our children deserve to inherit the full breadth of American wildlife, from bumble


Energy Secretary Recognizes Exceptional Project Management At Los Alamos National Laboratory

Members of the ECCCE project team stand in front of some of the cooling equipment they installed at the Strategic Computing Complex at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Construction of the project was completed last year, 10 months early and $20 million under budget.

The team responsible for managing the Exascale Class Computing Cooling Equipment (ECCCE) project at Los Alamos National Laboratory was recognized last week by the Secretary of Energy with an Achievement Award. Construction of the project was completed last year, 10 months early and $20 million under


C’YA Reaches $600 In ‘Fill The Needle’ Campaign

Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) has reached the $600 mark, in donations received for its ‘Fill the Needle’ campaign to raise $1,000 to recognize Nambe Pharmacy in the COVID-19 Heroes project. The campaign is striving to collect $1 donations for every vaccination shot given in the community. If C’YA exceeds its $1,000 goal (to purchase an inscribed  paver at the American Pharmacy Foundation, additional donations will supply resources to those in need. Learn more at or call C’YA 505.695.9139. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

Letters with donations received for


Posts From The Road: The Center Of The Nation

Granite Compass: A 21-foot diameter granite compass marks the center of the nation in Belle Fourche, S.D. A map of the U.S. is seen in the center with a geographic marker over Belle Fourche. Photo by Gary Warren/

Center Marking: A close view of the 12-in diameter marker on the granite map designating the area of South Dakota where the center of the nation is located. Photo by Gary Warren/

Formerly of Los Alamos

The geographic center of the country is in Lebanon, Kan. and the center of the nation is in Belle Fourche, S.D. That is a confusing


U.S. Senators Heinrich And Bennet Introduce Bill To Expand And Improve Tribal Access To Clean Water


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) introduced a bill to dramatically expand Tribal access to clean water by investing in water infrastructure.

This bill would increase funding through Indian Health Service, Bureau of Reclamation, United States Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency to address the significant backlog of water infrastructure projects in tribal communities and provide clean water to the overwhelming number of Native American households who currently lack access.



Ben Ray Luján Applauds Nomination Of Former Sen. Tom Udall As U.S. Ambassador To New Zealand And Samoa

Former U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement applauding President Biden’s nomination of former U.S. Sen. Tom Udall to serve as U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa:

“President Biden’s nomination of a statesman like Sen. Tom Udall to serve as a U.S. Ambassador shows a strong commitment to restoring America’s leadership around the globe. Sen. Udall is a friend and mentor who has devoted his life to public service and fighting for New Mexico families as New Mexico’s Attorney General, Congressman,