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Momentum Builds For Heinrich's Bill to Improve Hunting and Fishing Access on Public Lands

on July 31, 2014 - 7:36am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

 

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich's, D-N.M., bill to improve hunting and fishing access on public lands received a key hearing Wednesday in the Public Lands, Forests and Mining Subcommittee.

The Hunt Unrestricted on National Treasures (HUNT) Act, introduced by Heinrich last September, would unlock countless public lands in New Mexico and grow the outdoor recreation economy. Hunters and anglers alone spend more than $465 million per year in New Mexico, and outdoor recreation as a whole contributes $6.1 billion to the state's economy.

"The number one

Heinrich Statement on New VA Secretary

on July 30, 2014 - 8:24am

VA Secretary Robert McDonald. Courtesy/Wikipedia

U.S. SENATE News:

 

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement July 29 after voting to confirm Robert McDonald as the next U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA):

"Robert McDonald's military and private sector experience will help him provide the leadership and management needed at the VA. I am confident he will contribute to restoring accountability and transparency at the Department of Veterans Affairs and also hire a well-qualified permanent director at the New Mexico VA Medical Center.

"Addressing the

'Comb on a Chip' Powers New NIST/Caltech Atomic Clock Design

on July 30, 2014 - 8:11am

NIST physicists Scott Diddams, left, and Scott Papp with a prototype atomic clock based on a chip-scale frequency comb. Courtesy/ NIST

NIST News:

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have demonstrated a new design for an atomic clock that is based on a chip-scale frequency comb, or a microcomb.

The microcomb clock, featured on the cover of the inaugural issue of the new journal Optica, is the first demonstration of all-optical control of the microcomb, and its accurate conversion of optical frequencies

MSHA Issues 52 Citations At WIPP

on July 29, 2014 - 7:54am

WIPP News:

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently inspected the WIPP facility. Since underground access was not available at the time of the visit, inspectors focused on the surface facilities.

Following their inspection, MSHA issued 52 citations for various conditions including general workplace tidiness, exposed electrical wiring and missing safety guards on equipment.

Currently, 49 of the citations have been addressed and corrective actions completed. A list of citations and dispositions can be found at here.

The three outstanding citations are related to missing

Baldrige Foundation Accepting Leadership Award Nominations

on July 28, 2014 - 11:24am

Courtesy/BF

BALDRIGE News:

The Baldrige Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Harry S. Hertz Leadership Award. The award is presented annually at the Quest for Excellence conference.

In 2013, Sister Mary Jean Ryan, board chair of SSM Health Care, received the Harry S. Hertz Leadership Award. As former president and CEO of SSM Health Care, Sister Mary Jean led the St. Louis-based organization to become the first health care organization to receive a Baldrige Award in 2002.

Baldrige Foundation Board Chair George Benson said that the leadership award—named for the director

Chikungunya Virus Reaches United States

on July 27, 2014 - 12:37pm

Countries and territories where chikungunya cases have been reported. Courtesy/CDC

Chikungunya virus disease cases reported by state or territory – United States, 2014 (as of July 22, 2014). Courtesy/CDC

CDC News:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been closely following reports of the mosquito-borne chikungunya (chik-un-GUHN-ya) virus, which is transmitted to people by mosquitoes.

The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling or rash.

In late 2013, the chikungunya

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce to Host DOE Secretary in Carlsbad Regarding Recovery at WIPP

on July 27, 2014 - 12:04pm
Courtesy/WIPP
 
NM DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce have announced that U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will visit Carlsbad Aug. 12 for a discussion about the ongoing recovery at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
 
Last month, the lawmakers invited Moniz to visit to get an update on cleanup efforts and to talk with workers and local officials about WIPP’s importance to the community and to our national defense, as the only deep geologic repository for Cold War transuranic waste.

Luján On Human Trafficking And Humanitarian Crisis At Border

on July 26, 2014 - 8:39am

U.S. Rep Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District spoke on the House floor Thursday evening during the debate on a number of bills aimed at combating human and sex trafficking.

Luján highlighted the importance of protecting children from violence and the need to do the same for children who are fleeing extreme violence in Central America.

Click here to watch his speech.

Luján Amendment to Examine New Broadcasting Markets Passes House

on July 24, 2014 - 8:33am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-NM, highlighted the passage of legislation July 23 that included an amendment he offered as part of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) reauthorization. 

Luján's amendment explores how new broadcasting markets could be created if they are based upon the potential of current and future technologies instead of the limitations of aging broadcasting antennas.

Udall On Report That U.S. Military’s Burn Pits May Have Broken Federal Law

on July 23, 2014 - 10:27am

Open-Air Burn Pit, Feb. 14, 2014, at Shindand Airbase, with unused Afghan-operated incinerators in background. Courtesy/SIGAR

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall responded to a new report that the U.S. military’s use of open-air burn pits at Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan may have violated federal law.

According to the report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), made public today, most of the solid waste at Shindand Air Base was disposed of for years in open burn pits rather than incinerators.

Madelyn Creedon Confirmed as NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator

on July 23, 2014 - 10:07am

Madelyn Creedon

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON – Madelyn Creedon was confirmed by the Senate this morning as the Department of Energy’s (DOE) principal deputy administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

“Madelyn Creedon’s confirmation comes at a critical point for the National Nuclear Security Administration,” DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz said.

Voyager Spacecraft Might Not Have Reached Interstellar Space

on July 23, 2014 - 9:23am

The heliosphere, in which the Sun and planets reside, is a large bubble inflated from the inside by the high-speed solar wind blowing out from the Sun. Pressure from the solar wind, along with pressure from the surrounding interstellar medium, determines the size and shape of the heliosphere. The supersonic flow of solar wind abruptly slows at the termination shock, the innermost boundary of the solar system. The edge of the solar system is the heliopause. The bow shock pushes ahead through the interstellar medium as the heliosphere plows through the galaxy.

Udall, Heinrich: New Leadership Needed at N.M. VA Medical Center

on July 23, 2014 - 6:49am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 21, as the acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary visits New Mexico, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the VA to move quickly to hire a qualified permanent director for New Mexico's VA hospital to help it immediately begin the work to regain the trust of veterans and address serious problems with scheduling, emergency response, care for rural veterans and other challenges.

Numerous vacancies at the VA, including the New Mexico VA Medical Center (VAMC) director, have made it extremely difficult to make

DOE: Up to $31 Million for Initial Phases of Enhanced Geothermal Systems Field Observatory

on July 23, 2014 - 6:39am

DOE News:

As part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department announced up to $31 million to establish the initial phases of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), a field laboratory dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).  

EGS are engineered reservoirs, created beneath the surface of the Earth, where there is hot rock but limited pathways through which fluid can flow. During EGS development, underground fluid pathways are safely created and their size and connectivity increased.

Los Alamos Tops America's Best Small Towns List!

on July 22, 2014 - 8:14am

Ashley Pond Park in the heart of Los Alamos. Photo by TK Thompson 

LIVABILITY.COM News:

  • Annual list ranks America’s top small towns

Perhaps the best thing about a great small town is its ability to change your perspective. With this in mind, Livability.com has named the Top 10 Small Towns, 2014.

These cities provide beautiful locales that inspire both creativity and activity, and they offer unhurried atmospheres, authentic character and characters, cultural gems, fantastic outdoor settings and the uncommon ability to change lifestyles, shift points of view and nourish souls with simple

Concerns Grow About CDC’s Tracking, Securing Dangerous Pathogens Under Its Supervision

on July 21, 2014 - 12:57pm

Courtesy/CDC

HSNW News:

Last week, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials reported that the same federal scientist who found vials of smallpox in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cold storage room at the National Institutes of Health facility in Bethesda, Md., also found a collection of 327 vials, which could contain pathogens like dengue, influenza and rickettsia.

The new revelation adds to growing concerns about the government’s ability to track and secure dangerous pathogens under its supervision.

The fact that these materials were not discovered until now is

SF National Cemetery Hosts Veterans Burial Benefits Workshops Wednesday

on July 21, 2014 - 11:05am

SFNC News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Cemetery Director James P. Sanders will host Veterans Burial Benefits Workshops 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 23.

The hour-long workshops will provide an overview of the National Cemetery Administration, highlighting the Santa Fe National Cemetery, burial benefits provided by the National Cemetery Administration and how to make burial arrangements.

The Veteran Burial Benefit Workshops are at the Bataan Memorial Building, second floor, room 238 (the Old Senate Chambers).

The times are set-up on the hour/every hour as follows:

  • 8 a.m.
  • 9 a.m.
  • 10 a.m.
  • 11 a.m.

Los Alamos Precision Rifle Team Competes at National 3 Position Air Rifle Championships

on July 21, 2014 - 9:06am

Los Alamos Precision Rifle Team members from left, JoAnna O’Neill, David Murphy, Samuel Wolfe, Holly Hayes and Samantha Miller. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

It has been a busy summer for the Los Alamos Precision Rifle Team. After a long road to qualify including matches in Albuquerque, Piedra Vista and Salt Lake City (Regional), the team was invited to compete June 26-28 at the National 3 Position Air Rifle Championships at the CMP facility at Camp Perry Ohio.

The qualification process began in December with the firing a submission of postal targets.

Luján Introduces Legislation to Promote Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

on July 20, 2014 - 9:12am

U.S.Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District introduced legislation recently that will promote energy savings through increased efficiency standards and increased investments in renewable energy, such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, and biomass. 

The American Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act, introduced by Luján and Rep.

UPDATE: Michelle Lujan Grisham Will NOT Appear On Meet The Press Sunday

on July 19, 2014 - 9:49am

NOTE: U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham will no longer be a guest on Meet the Press this Sunday, July 20 as originally announced.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01 will appear on Meet the Press this Sunday, July 20.

Rep. Lujan Grisham and other guests will discuss numerous issues facing Congress and the country, including immigration reform, foreign affairs, and the upcoming elections.

Meet the Press airs at 9 a.m. on KOB-TV Ch. 4.

FEMA Awards $56,858 Grant For Firefighting Equipment For Questa Volunteer Fire Department

on July 19, 2014 - 7:40am

FEMA News:

A fire training academy and 10 fire departments in New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas have been awarded more than $1.54 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The grant in New Mexico totals $56,858 and covers the cost of firefighting equipment for the Questa Volunteer Fire Department. The grants in Arkansas total $342,100 and pay for an all-terrain firefighting truck for the Etowah Fire Department and firefighting equipment for the Arkansas Fire Training Academy in Camden.

In Louisiana, the grants total $649,642 and cover

Heinrich Addresses Central American Refugee Crisis

on July 19, 2014 - 7:26am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., delivered a speech on the Senate floor July 16 on the current Central American refugee crisis. 

Last week, he joined U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on a tour of the temporary facility for undocumented parents and their children at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center campus in Artesia.

 Heinrich has long been a strong advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, and is a proponent of the president's emergency supplemental request to address the increase in child and adult

Udall Addresses Troubled N.M. VA Hospital

on July 18, 2014 - 11:28am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall meets with Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., met with the nominee to replace former Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, who resigned in May in the wake of the veterans' scheduling scandal that has impacted the Albuquerque VA. Nominee Robert McDonald, a West Point graduate, is the former Procter & Gamble CEO.
 
Udall issued the following statement after their meeting:
 
"New Mexico's VA is experiencing a crisis of confidence.

Heinrich Video Addresses Wildfire Funding Reform

on July 18, 2014 - 10:14am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing July 15, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., continued to push to reform federal wildfire policy by funding major wildfires the same way as other natural disasters, while freeing up funding to prevent future fires.

The committee considered the Administration's wildfire preparedness and forest service 2015 fiscal year budget proposal, which includes a plan based on a bill Heinrich is co-sponsoring, which would treat the largest fires -- roughly 1 percent of annual

Luján Joins Effort to Limit Money in Politics

on July 17, 2014 - 8:57am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District announced July 15 that he has joined in an effort to limit money in politics by introducing an amendment to the United States Constitution.

The constitutional amendment would overturn Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United vs. FEC and McCutcheon vs. FEC in an effort to reduce the growing influence of money in the political system. The constitutional amendment is the companion to the amendment introduced in the Senate by Sen.

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