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Congressional Delegation: Preserve Full Special-Ed Federal Funding

Sen. Tom Udall
 
NM DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON – New Mexico’s Congressional Delegation today sent a letter encouraging the U.S. Department of Education to give serious consideration to the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (NMPED) waiver request to avoid a reduction in the state’s special education funding.
 
Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
“Educating students with special needs is a serious shared responsibility between the state and the federal government,” the delegation wrote to Secretary Duncan. “The Individuals
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Thompson Ridge Piles Rx Begins Feb. 5

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest plans to begin the 188-acre Thompson Ridge piles prescribed burn Tuesday, Feb. 5 through Friday, Feb. 8, weather dependent.

Piles that don’t get treated in that time frame are expected to be in the following week, also weather dependent. Location description: The Medlin and Shields private property is adjacent to the north of the burn area.

Thompson Ridge Estates is one mile to the north, La Cueva 1/2 mile to the south, and Rancho De La Cueva one mile to the east.

The pile burns will be ignited by hand. Smoke will be visible from La Cueva, Sierra Los Pinos, Read More

Udall & Heinrich: COOL Rules Must Put Americans First

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Senators tell USDA to ensure consumers know meat origin

 

Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative to work with consumers, ranchers and meatpackers to make sure that American families know where their meat comes from.
 
The World Trade Organization (WTO) recently required the USDA to adjust its rules requiring American retailers to clearly label where meat was raised and processed.
 
The WTO said that while the U.S. can require meat
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Federal Jury Finds Consultants to Former New Mexico Secretary of State Guilty of Theft, Obstruction of Justice, Money Laundering

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Thursday, Jan. 31, a federal jury sitting in Albuquerque found Armando C. Gutierrez, 65, of Corpus Christi, Texas and Joseph C. Kupfer, 49, of Rio Rancho guilty of conspiracy and theft of government property charges after an eight-day trial.

The jury also convicted Gutierrez on obstruction of justice and money laundering charges. The jury’s guilty verdict was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales, Acting Special Agent in Charge Gabriel L. Grchan of the Phoenix Division of the IRS-Criminal Investigation, and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Read More

Whole Foods Expands Salmon Recall

NMED News:

Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling some 4-ounce Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, cold-smoked and sliced, after a sample tested positive for listeria.

The lot code for the recalled smoked salmon is 7425A2298B. The UPC code is 0 99482 40880 0.

Whole Foods says the recalled items were sold in stores in New Mexico, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Utah.

The recalled salmon is sold in black-and-gold, flat, rectangular vacuum-sealed packages. The lot code is ink-jet printed on the back of the Read More

Future of NM Spaceport on PBS This Week

NM PBS News:

On this week’s edition of New Mexico in Focus, the weekly news and public affairs series from New Mexico PBS, the conversation is about the future of Spaceport America near Alamogordo.

The program airs at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. on New Mexico PBS 5.1 and repeats at 7 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3.

The program can also be seen at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at on New Mexico PBS 9.1.

The New Mexico Senate has approved a liability-limiting measure for companies operating from the Spaceport. If the House follows suit, Virgin Galactic may soon start operations in earnest at the Southern New Mexico facility. But Read More

Udall Bill Increases Federal Contracting Opportunities

U.S. SENATE News:
  • First bill of new congress would help New Mexico small businesses

WASHINGTON – In his first bill of the 113th Congress, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is seeking to expand opportunities for small businesses to secure federal contracts, and make the reporting requirements for those awarded more transparent.

 
The Assuring Contracting Equity (ACE) Act of 2013, would raise the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) government-wide small business contracting level from 23 to 25 percent.
 
It would also increase the contracting goal from 5 to 10 percent for businesses owned
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Valles Caldera Trust Recaps Record Year

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – A year of recovery, restoration and new beginnings was highlighted by record revenues and visitation at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in 2012.

The numbers are detailed in the Valles Caldera Trust’s Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2012 (Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012.)

The report details the challenges and successes of 2012, reviews the historical accomplishments and progress made from 2008-2012 and presents the outlook for fiscal year 2013.

One of the new beginnings was the appointment of Dennis Trujillo as executive director. Trujillo has been with Read More

Luján Addresses New Mexico Legislature

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján addresses the New Mexico Legislature Tuesday. Courtesy photo

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján greets lawmakers at the New Mexico Legislature Tuesday. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

SANTA FE — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District addressed the New Mexico State Legislature Tuesday afternoon.

Below are his remarks as prepared:

“Distinguished members of the New Mexico House of Representatives, the New Mexico Senate, Gov. Martinez, Speaker Martinez, President Pro-Tem Papen, tribal leaders, honored guests, family and friends, thank you for inviting Read More

Senators Introduce Bill Cracking Down on Online Payday Loans

Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Jan. 29, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Oregon’s Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act.
 
The SAFE Lending Act would crack down on the worst practices of the online payday lending industry and give states more power to protect consumers from predatory loans.
 
Sen. Jeff Merkley
 
“We threw the payday lenders, who prey on families when they’re at their most vulnerable, out of Oregon back in 2007,” Merkley
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