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New Mexico And National Wildlife Federations Herald U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s Leadership And Service

on April 1, 2019 - 7:18am
NMWF News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The New Mexico Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation thanks U.S. Sen. Tom Udall for his service to New Mexico and the nation — and on behalf of the nation’s wildlife, public lands and natural resources.
Udall has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2020.
“Every New Mexican has benefited from Udall’s leadership on conservation and wildlife issues,” said Jesse Deubel, executive director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. “We appreciate all he has done for the state.”
“Tom Udall’s conservation legacy is among the

Luján On Legislation To Close Gender Pay Gap

on March 31, 2019 - 9:03am
Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act:
“The pay gap between men and women has been a burden on families and economy for decades. And when nearly 64 percent of women are the chief earners for their households, we cannot afford to let these pay disparities persist.
“I am proud to strongly support the Paycheck Fairness Act, a critical first step in closing the wage gap and ending pay discrimination, and to meet our commitments to the American

Udall, Senate Democrats Press For Commitment To Honor Existing National Monuments Boundaries

on March 31, 2019 - 8:58am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, led 16 Senate Democrats in calling on Department of the Interior (DOI) acting Secretary David Bernhardt to make a public commitment to leave existing national monument boundaries intact as originally intended before the Senate votes on his nomination for Secretary of the Interior.
“For more than a century, the Antiquities Act has empowered presidents from both political

National Week Of Conversation 2019 Runs April 5-13

on March 31, 2019 - 8:42am
NWC News:
National Week of Conversation is a bold annual occasion when people with diverse perspectives #ListenFirst to understand.
Through in-person and virtual conversations coast to coast exploring any topic of interest, people of all stripes intentionally convene with the goal of mending our frayed social fabric and revitalizing America together. The first NWOC was in April 2018.
Individuals and organizations are invited to host or join a conversation during NWOC 2019, April 5-13, and use the #ListenFirst hashtag to invite others and spread the message.

Local Artist Betty Nance Smith At Virtuosos Exhibition

on March 31, 2019 - 7:45am
Betty Nance Smith of Los Alamos with her painting, Abundant Spring, at the Oil Painters of America Virtuosos Exhibition in St. Augustine, Fla. Courtesy photo
Virtuosos Exhibition at the Cutter and Cutter gallery. Courtesy photo
ART News:
Betty Nance Smith of Los Alamos was invited to show her painting, Abundant Spring, in the Oil Painters of America Virtuosos Exhibition for the month of March in St. Augustine, Fla.
Signature and Master Signature members were invited, whose status comes from juried National and Regional OPA exhibitions, plus a consistently good portfolio.

Democratic Women’s Caucus Unveils Election Results For 116th Congress, Haaland To Serve As Vice Chair

on March 30, 2019 - 1:54pm
Deb Haaland
DWC News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC), formerly the Democratic Women’s Working Group, announced the results of their leadership elections today for the 116th Congress.
Congresswomen Lois Frankel (FL-21), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), and Jackie Speier (CA-14) will serve as Co-Chairs and Congresswomen Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Deb Haaland (NM-01) will serve as Vice Chairs. The Democratic Women’s Caucus is comprised of all the Democratic women in the U.S. House of Representatives and currently has 91 members.
“With more women in Congress

Udall Presses FDA Commissioner For Strong Protections To Address Epidemic Of Youth E-Cigarette Use

on March 30, 2019 - 11:40am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), questioned U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on the alarming national increase of high school students using e-cigarettes and pressed the commissioner to take meaningful action to address the epidemic.
“I am pleased that this budget gives additional funding to help evaluate e-cigarettes – but I remain deeply concerned about the skyrocketing use of e-cigarettes by our nation’s youth.

Balderas On US Senate Seat: I’m Staying Home

on March 30, 2019 - 9:45am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas appeared on the Erica Viking Show, along with his daughter Arianna Balderas, and announced that he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Udall.

Click here to view the video message from AG Balderas and his daughter.

Global Health Expert Richard Skolnik Evaluates U.S. Healthcare For Cost, Coverage, Fairness

on March 30, 2019 - 9:35am

Global health expert Richard Skolnik. Library. Courtesy photo

Richard Skolnik, an expert on global health, spoke to the League of Women Voters at a recent “Lunch with a Leader” talk at Mesa Public Library. 

His topic was “56 Countries Later – A Global Perspective on Healthcare in the United States”.

Skolnik has nearly 40 years of experience at the World Bank and has lectured at George Washington and Yale universities. 

Skolnik explained that the goal of a health system is to maximize the health of the population, in fairly distributed ways, and at the least

AG Tells US Dept. of Health New Draft Drug Report Is Dangerous, Potentially Deadly For New Mexico

on March 29, 2019 - 3:31pm

AG News: 


ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter to the United States Department of Health and Human Services sharing concerns about the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Draft Report.


AG Balderas, and 35 additional Attorneys General believe that the draft report, sent to the chief medical officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, weakens guidelines published by the CDC, believes reports should be aimed at decreasing the risk of opioid misuse in the United States.


“The opioid crisis has been devastating on our

A Recent Passing Reminds Us Of Our Wartime History

on March 29, 2019 - 8:39am

Mary Lou Maloney, Puye Cliff Dwelling. Photo by Mike Michnovicz/ Courtesy of Los Alamos Historical Society Archives

Los Alamos Historical Society

Mary Lou Michnovicz passed away March 9 at her home in Albuquerque. She was 91. Perhaps not many people in Los Alamos today will recognize her name, but at the least they should take note of this passing.

Mary Lou, and her husband, Mike Michnovicz, were among the last of those daring young people who came to an unknown place during the 1940s to join a secret project that ultimately ended World War II.

Michael Blackwell Named To Barron’s ‘America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2019 State-By-State’

on March 29, 2019 - 7:06am
Michael Blackwell
ALBUQUERQUE Morgan Stanley announced Thursday that Michael Blackwell, an executive director, financial advisor in the firm’s Albuquerque Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of “America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2019 State-by-State.”
The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.
Michael Blackwell was ranked

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Calls On Secretary Perry To Focus On Safety And Cleanup

on March 29, 2019 - 6:26am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) asked U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty about their commitment to safety and environmental cleanup at Department of Energy (DOE) sites and facilities.

Sen. Martin Heinrich Honors César Chávez Legacy

on March 28, 2019 - 5:10pm

César Chávez

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of César Chávez Day, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored a resolution to honor the legacy and accomplishments of civil rights leader César E. Chávez.

“César Chávez was a visionary and fearless leader who fought tirelessly for better working conditions and fair wages for farmers and other underrepresented communities,” Heinrich said. “He inspired a generation of workers and community leaders across the country to stand up for equal justice, economic opportunity, and civil rights.

As NM Prepares For Wildfire Season, Udall, Heinrich & Colleagues Urge Trump Administration To Reverse Proposed Cuts To Prevention, Firefighting Budget

on March 28, 2019 - 4:11pm


  • Senators: Send us amended budget request that “more appropriately matches the science-based restoration needs of our shared federal forests”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and U.S. Sen.

Two LANL Researchers Win Women In Tech Awards

on March 28, 2019 - 9:18am

New Mexico Technology Council 2019 Women in Technology Award recipients Laura Monroe, left, and Janette Frigo. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Electrical engineer and mathematician recognized as outstanding contributors to STEM fields

Two researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory were recognized with 2019 Women in Technology Awards by the New Mexico Technology Council.

Janette Frigo, an electrical engineer with the Laboratory’s Intelligence and Space Research division, and Laura Monroe, a mathematician with the Laboratory’s High-Performance Computing division, were recognized for their

Heinrich Joins Special Committee On Climate Crisis

on March 28, 2019 - 9:12am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following Senate Republicans' refusal to take action on climate change and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) refusal to allow a vote on a resolution to establish a bipartisan select committee on the climate crisis, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is joining in establishing a new Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis.
"It's long past time for Congress--both the House and the Senate--to finally implement real solutions to eliminate carbon pollution, mitigate the devastating effects of climate

AGU: Laser Blasts Show Asteroid Bombardment, Hydrogen Make Great Recipe For Life On Mars

on March 28, 2019 - 8:04am
A portion of the experimental setup Dr. Rafael Navarro-González, an astrobiologist at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City and a co-investigator with the SAM instrument, and his team of researchers used to simulate asteroid impacts in the early Martian atmosphere. The flask (center) contains a composition of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and hydrogen gasses. A high-intensity infrared laser is focused into the flask from a lens (left), to simulate the high energy shockwaves produced by asteroids entering the Martian atmosphere.

Homeland Security Secretary Jackie White Visits Border To Meet With Key Stakeholders, Evaluate Needs

on March 27, 2019 - 7:27pm

DHSEM Secretary Jackie White visited a nonprofit shelter Tuesday in Las Cruces where migrants are temporarily placed after being processed. Courtesy photo

DHSEM Secretary Jackie White visited today wth key stakeholders involved in the humanitarian crisis on the border. Courtesy photo

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA TERESA — Secretary Jackie White of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management visited key stakeholders involved in the current humanitarian crisis on the border as part of an ongoing evaluation of security and humanitarian needs.

White visited a

State GOP Chairman Steve Pearce On Retirement Announcement By U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

on March 27, 2019 - 6:58pm
State GOP Chairman Steve Pearce
NMRP News:
ALBUQUERQUE Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce Monday issued the following statement on the announcement by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) that he will retire at the end of his term:
“I would like to offer my congratulations and best wishes to Senator Udall on his upcoming retirement. Tom was my colleague in the Congress and also a worthy opponent when I challenged him for the Senate seat he won in 2008. He’s been a devoted public servant and advocate for his constituents in New Mexico and I am proud to call Tom my friend.

USDA On Investments In Water And Wastewater Infrastructure To Benefit 171,000 Rural Residents

on March 27, 2019 - 4:41pm
USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley Tuesday announced that USDA is investing $116 million to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 171,000 rural Americans in 23 states.
“Helping to bring modern water and wastewater infrastructure to rural communities will increase economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for rural residents,” Baxley said. “The investments USDA is announcing today are foundational to health, safety and economic development in rural communities across America.”

Forty Seven Senate Democrats Introduce ‘For the People’ Act To Put Power Back In Hands Of American People

on March 27, 2019 - 3:36pm


Entire Senate Democratic caucus co-sponsors companion legislation to H.R. 1

Udall & Merkley’s landmark bill would help repair our broken politics, restore the promise of American democracy, and make government work for the people

Sweeping package of pro-democracy and anti-corruption reforms makes it easier — not harder — to vote, ends the dominance of big money in politics, and ensures public officials work for the public interest


New Mexico House Leadership Commends Bronze Star Medal Recipient Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon

on March 27, 2019 - 8:33am
Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon (D-Milan)
SANTA FE New Mexico Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) released the following statement Friday in recognition of Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon (D-Milan) receiving his Bronze Star medal for his service as a combat medic in Vietnam:
"Representative Eliseo Lee Alcon has spent his career serving others – in Vietnam and now in the State Legislature. Decades following his service in the military, Rep. Alcon still didn't receive his Bronze Star, but now his medal is safely under his guard.

Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Xochitl Torres Small Introduce White Sands National Park Establishment Act

on March 27, 2019 - 8:10am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) introduced the White Sands National Park Establishment Act, a bill to designate White Sands National Monument as New Mexico's newest national park.
U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.)
“Everyone who visits White Sands marvels at its remarkable geology, spectacular scenery, and outstanding recreation experiences,” Heinrich said.

Los Alamos County At #2 In Healthiest Communities Survey Published In U.S. News & World Report

on March 27, 2019 - 8:00am
Los Alamos County has been recognized as No. 2 nationally in the latest Healthiest Communities survey published by U.S. News & World Report.
The County also was ranked No. 2 in the Peer Group Ranking, Urban High-Performing Category.
Healthiest Communities is an interactive platform developed by U.S. News & World Report, in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation. Accompanied by news, analysis and in-depth reporting, the platform features rankings drawn from an examination of nearly 3,000 counties and county equivalents on 81 metrics across 10 categories.