Udall to Address New Mexico Legislature


ALBUQUERQUE – Sen. Tom Udall will address the New Mexico Legislature at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, and also make visits to Sandia National Labs and New Mexico State University.

Udall will be at the Roundhouse on President’s Day to deliver a biennial address to the New Mexico Legislature, entitled “Challenges and Opportunities.”
Tuesday, Feb. 19, he will be delivering the keynote address at the Sandia National Laboratories’ Cyber Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) open house. Following the speech, he will tour the facility for demonstrations
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Senators Launch Effort to Employ Youth for Restoring Public Lands

Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich Friday reintroduced legislation to expand job training and educational opportunities for youth, while helping repair and restore the country’s public lands.
The Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013 improves on the existing Public Lands Corps by expanding the scope of projects to reflect new challenges. It would also add incentives to attract new participants, including Native Americans and veterans, that suffer from disproportionately high rates of unemployment.
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‘New Mexico in Focus’ Tackles Future of National Labs

PBS News:

“New Mexico in Focus,” New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues and people shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest will take on an issue of special interest to Los Alamos this week.

One of the three topics to be discussed on the show is the Implications of a reduced nuclear stockpile and the future of New Mexico’s National Laboratories.

Does their mission need to change? How can the labs Influence that role?

The program will also focus on the latest New Mexico legislative efforts on education and water issues.

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Udall Recruits Applicants for Senate Office Internships

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

Staff Report:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for internships in his Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Carlsbad offices.
To apply online, visit Udall’s website at  
Washington internships have two summer sessions: May 28–June 28 and July 1–Aug. 2. The deadline to apply for the 2013 D.C. summer sessions is Sunday, March 17. 
Placements in New Mexico offices are available
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‘Land, Water, People, Time’ Feb. 21 at Reel Deal

PEEC News:

Explore the culture and history of Northern New Mexico with an award-winning documentary film, “Land, Water, People, Time.”

The showing is sponsored by PEEC and sheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Reel Deal Theater. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The movie was filmed across 10,000 square miles by New Meixo filmmakers David Lindblom, Cynthia Jeannette Gomez and Daniel Valerio.

It tells truly authentic stories that explore some of the modern challenges and tragedies of cultural and environmental losses, as well as hope, for preservation Read More

Bill Introduced to Empower School Districts to Reform Failing Charter Schools

Rep. Nate Cote


SANTA FE – Rep. Nate Cote (D-Doña Ana, Otero-53), has introduced House Bill 453, which will empower school boards to establish corrective action for district charter schools with unsatisfactory audit findings.

HD 453 establishes a process for school districts to make recommendations for reform of charter schools following special or annual audits.

If following a second audit it is determined that the failings of the charter school have not been corrected, school districts would have the ability to transfer charters to the state.

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Pile Burning at Bandelier Today

 Bandelier News:

Weather permitting, the fire crew at Bandelier National Monument is planning a pile burn to be done today. The pile of wood debris is located in the park gravelyard, a fenced, cleared area near the park entrance along NM Hwy 4.  
The burn is planned to begin about 9 a.m. and be finished by the end of the day. Although there will be only a relatively small amount of smoke, it may be visible from a wide area since the gravelyard is located on the top of the mesa.
Information about other park events and ongoing activities is available by visiting the Bandelier National
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Los Alamos Sheriff Addresses Gun Debate

Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero in his downtown office Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post

During an interview Wednesday in his downtown office, Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero participated in a Q&A with the Los Alamos Daily Post on gun issues plaguing the state and the nation:


Los Alamos Daily Post: President Obama has issued a series of Executive Orders designed to regulate firearms across the country. New Mexico House Bill 114 would have prohibited the enforcement of any new federal firearm
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Udall Hosts NM’s MVD Express at Senate Meeting on Job Creation

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. meets with Janice Lucero, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MVD Express. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Mexico small business leader Janice Lucero of Albuquerque was the guest of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall at a Capitol Hill discussion on best practices creating jobs and strengthening America’s economy.

Lucero is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MVD Express, a public-private partnership with the State of New Mexico that provides high-quality, efficient motor vehicle services throughout 11 locations in the state.

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Gun Show Loophole Bill Wins Approval in the House


SANTA FE House Bill 77 the “Firearms Transfer Act” has passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 43 to 26. 

HB 77 requires anyone who sells a firearm at a Gun Show to conduct a background check. It also includes a component for submitting mental health adjudication information to the FBI. 

HB 77 survived an attempted amendment by Rep. Bill Rehm to change the reporting requirements. Debate on the floor lasted almost two hours.

It began with the support of Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo-30) who helped to draft the mental health component. He said, “If this bill helps Read More