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Heinrich: I Support Sen. Feinstein's Effort to Set the Record Straight on CIA Misconduct

on March 19, 2014 - 7:35am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. responded to a floor statement made last week by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, chair of the Select Committee on Intelligence, on Congress's oversight of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA):

"I thank and recognize Chairman Feinstein for her efforts to set the factual record straight regarding the deeply disturbing events and indefensible judgment exhibited by the CIA with respect to the Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program.

New Airborne GPS Technology For Weather Conditions Takes Flight

on March 17, 2014 - 10:44am

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego geophysicist Jennifer Haase is seated at the controls of GISMOS, a 205-pound GPS atmospheric measurement system, testing the equipment prior to flights during a 2010 campaign. The equipment is installed in the cabin of a reconfigured Gulfstream V business jet. Courtesy/Scripps Institution of Oceanography

AGU News:

LA JOLLA – GPS technology has broadly advanced science and society’s ability to pinpoint locations and motion, from driving directions to tracking ground motions during earthquakes.

Udall Introduces Tech Transfer Legislation

on March 15, 2014 - 7:29am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall introduced legislation to improve the Department of Energy’s (DOE) technology transfer process and help innovators turn research into marketable products and businesses. 

Udall’s Accelerating Technology Transfer to Advance Innovation for the Nation (ATTAIN) Act would help New Mexico entrepreneurs create jobs and revolutionary products. The changes it proposes are critical to helping leverage research at the state’s two DOE labs and develop high-tech private sector businesses. 

Udall discussed the importance of the bill

Internships Target Migrant/Seasonal Farmworking Students

on March 14, 2014 - 7:31am

NMSHSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Five migrant/seasonal farmworker college students will be selected to live and work in Washington, D.C. for an intensive eight week internship and professional mentoring program. The goal is to provide life altering experiences and networks to help students make the intellectual, cognitive, and emotional transition from agricultural life to that of a professional. 

Instead of youth working in the fields harvesting fruits or vegetables in the sweltering summer heat, they will live with host families, be placed in positions from the Department of Agriculture or

2015 Budget Proposal Makes Critical Investments in All-Of-The-Above Energy Strategy and Nat'l. Security

on March 11, 2014 - 7:20am

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz detailed President Barack Obama’s $27.9 billion Fiscal Year 2015 budget request for the Energy Department. Secretary Moniz emphasized the President’s continued commitment to a low-carbon future, improved energy infrastructure resilience, U.S. science and technology leadership and stronger national security.

This budget request represents a 2.6 percent increase above the FY 2014 enacted level, reflecting the importance of the Department’s core focus areas:

  • Energy and Science;
  • Nuclear Security and

Heinrich To Participate In 'All-Nighter' To Urge Action On Climate Change

on March 10, 2014 - 3:58pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Immediately following votes tonight until approximately 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, March 11, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. will join senators from the Senate Climate Action Task Force on the Senate floor to urge action on climate change. A significant number of senators are expected to participate throughout the night. 

"Tonight we will illustrate that climate change is not theoretical and cannot be ignored. We will discuss how sound science can be used to better understand and manage climate impacts.

NCRTD Sees 5.8 Percent Ridership Hike in 2013

on March 10, 2014 - 9:29am

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has seen a 5.8 percent increase in annual bus transit ridership in 2013 over 2012. A record total of 201,368 riders used the service in 2013 over a total of 190,186 passengers in 2012. 

Among the factors contributing to the increase are greater awareness and acceptance of public transit overall in the predominantly rural region where public transit options are a relatively recent phenomenon.

Daylight Saving Time Begins Today

on March 9, 2014 - 9:37am

Staff Report:

Daylight Saving Time began at 2 a.m. today. Springing forward may seem simple enough, but daylight saving’s history has actually been quite complex—and misconceptions about it persist today. While preparing to reset clocks, watches, alarms and microwaves, explore eight facts about daylight saving time:

  • It’s “daylight saving time,” not “daylight savings time.” Many people render the term’s second word in its plural form. However, since the word “saving” acts as part of an adjective rather than a verb, the singular is grammatically correct.
  • Though in favor of maximizing
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American Legion Post 90 Honors WWII/Korea Veteran Wendell Armour of Los Alamos

on March 8, 2014 - 9:10am

From left, Wendell Armour is honored with an American flag by American Legion Post 90 members Mark Hamilton, Ken Nadeau and Ed Miller. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Wendell Armour rides his scooter. Photo by Christine Bullock

Staff Report:

Members of the Los Alamos American Legion Post 90 presented an American flag to Wendell Armour Thursday in appreciation of his service in WWII and Korea.

Armour is one of the most decorated veterans in Los Alamos. He received Purple Hearts, Bronze and Silver Stars and several other awards including the Combat Infantry Badge.

Wendell is 92 and

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Press Energy Secretary Moniz on Next Steps for WIPP

on March 7, 2014 - 6:58am

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce met Thursday with Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to discuss the agency’s ongoing response to the incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.

The lawmakers together reiterated the message that it is critical for the DOE to be as open and responsive to the Carlsbad community, where residents understandably are concerned about health and safety in the wake of the accident.

'The Wall That Heals' Vietnam Memorial Wall Replica Spending Six Days in Santa Fe

on March 5, 2014 - 12:52pm

One panel of 'The Wall', displaying some of the names of fallen U.S. service members from the Vietnam War. Courtesy/wikipedia

NMDVS News:

SANTA FE—A half-size replica of the National Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., is traveling to Santa Fe for a six-day stop. The Wall That Heals is scheduled to arrive at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at Ft. Marcy Park.

The 18-wheel truck carrying the Wall will be escorted by motorcycle-riding members of the American Legion Riders Post 26 and the Patriot Guard Riders on the Wall’s last leg of its arrival into the city.

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Heinrich: Senate Intelligence Committee Oversees The CIA, Not The Other Way Around

on March 5, 2014 - 11:43am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today released the following statement on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and its congressional oversight:

“The Senate Intelligence Committee oversees the CIA, not the other way around. Since I joined the Committee, the CIA has refused to engage in good faith on the Committee’s study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program.

NNSA: FY2015 Budget Request - Preserving President Obama’s Nuclear Security Vision

on March 5, 2014 - 11:13am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The President’s FY2015 Budget Request for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), delivered to Congress Tuesday, includes $11.7 billion to support NNSA’s continued efforts to keep the American people safe by modernizing the U.S. nuclear stockpile, executing an aggressive international nuclear nonproliferation agenda and supporting U.S. Navy requirements.

“NNSA’s budget reaffirms the President’s commitment to nuclear security and nonproliferation.

Udall: President’s Budget Proposal Good News For New Mexicans Overall

on March 5, 2014 - 10:10am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement about the President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request:

“The president’s budget is a statement of the administration’s priorities for the year to come, and overall, it contains good news for New Mexicans. It continues to roll back the devastating sequestration cuts that risked jobs and threatened our state’s economy.

Senators: Assess Risk; Deploy Mobile Monitors to WIPP

on February 28, 2014 - 7:46am

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad. Courtesy/wikipedia

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy Thursday asking her to provide public health analysis and deploy mobile environmental monitoring units to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

The mobile monitors would conduct independent tests and help respond to questions that have arisen from the community about safety following the Feb. 14 radiation leak at WIPP.

“The health and safety of the

Heinrich Votes to Advance Veterans Benefits Package

on February 26, 2014 - 7:37am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tuesday, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. voted to advance an omnibus veterans bill that includes key provisions he fought for on behalf of veterans and military families across New Mexico.

S.1982, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act, introduced by the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Senator Bernie Sanders, and cosponsored by Heinrich, passed by a vote of 99-0 today. clearing the way for a Senate debate on the bill.

The omnibus veterans bill includes

IRS Filing Season Statistics So Far

on February 22, 2014 - 5:42am

IRS News:

PHOENIX─The IRS released 2014 tax filing season statistics showing that 15 percent more refunds were already issued this year, compared to 2013 figures.

Additionally, the average federal refund totaled $3,211, an increase of $190 compared with the same period a year ago.

The statistics issued last week, covering the period through Feb. 14, show that while the overall number of tax returns filed this year is down slightly, less than a percentage point, nearly 95 percent of all returns received were filed electronically.

For more information on tax credits available for this

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'Stop Fracking' Say 25 Health Professionals

on February 21, 2014 - 8:35am

ENM News:

ALBUQUERQUE–Environment New Mexico delivered a letter from 25 doctors, nurses and other health professionals in New Mexico Thursday to President Obama asserting that fracking should be stopped, given the overwhelming threats to public health.

Environment New Mexico’s federal arm, Environment America, and its other state affiliates delivered similar letters to decision-makers from more than 1,000 health professionals nationwide.

The letters, which include signers from all 50 states, come as public awareness of the health and environmental impacts of fracking is on the rise.

Energy Secretary Moniz to Make Major 'All of the Above' Energy Announcement

on February 18, 2014 - 9:24am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will address the National Press Club Wednesday, where he will make a major announcement regarding the Administration’s "all of the above energy strategy" and the path toward a low carbon energy future.

Building on his recent travel across the country, the Moniz will discuss the importance of developing a diverse energy portfolio and offer insight into the Department’s next step in supporting cutting-edge energy technologies.

'Helping Our Middle Class Entrepreneurs' Act Introduced

on February 18, 2014 - 5:32am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. HOUSE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-1, has introduced the Helping Our Middle Class Entrepreneurs (HOME) Act (H.R. 4052), legislation to support small businesses and encourage entrepreneurship.

Specifically, the bill would simplify the income tax filing process for small business owners who operate primarily out of their homes by creating a permanent $1,500 standard home office deduction. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, home-based enterprises make up 52 percent of all small businesses.

Currently,

Today Marks 129 Presidents' Days

on February 17, 2014 - 11:00am

Happy Presidents' Day:

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.

Traditionally celebrated Feb. 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.

While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays

Ranchers May Sign up for Farm Bill Drought Disaster Aid within 60 Days

on February 17, 2014 - 8:35am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture will soon enable livestock producers to sign up for disaster assistance, which the senators helped to pass in the Farm Bill earlier this month.

The assistance is being expedited—signups will begin in 60 days—at the request of Udall, Heinrich and several other senators from western states, where producers have been struggling with several years of drought.

Officials Comment on Radiation at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

on February 16, 2014 - 10:04am

Operators prepare drums of contact-handled transuranic waste for loading into transportation containers. Courtesy/energy.gov

STATE News:

CARLSBAD—U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued the following statement after an air monitor detected higher than usual radiation levels around 11:30 p.m. Friday on the underground levels of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad:

"We are in close contact with officials at the Department of Energy and WIPP, and we will continue to monitor the situation as more information becomes available.

Rural Communities Awarded Federal Aid for Police Vehicles, Water Well and Sewer Line Upgrades

on February 16, 2014 - 7:32am

USDA News:

Announcement made during visit by federal official from Washington

ALBUQUERQUE–USDA Deputy Under Sec. Doug O’Brien and State Director Terry Brunner announced the award of loans and grants to help two rural New Mexico communities make public safety and infrastructure improvements.

“This funding will help finance projects that are good examples of how USDA Rural Development is committed to making the lives of rural New Mexicans much better through the various programs we have to offer,” O’Brien said.

Rural Development has approved a $28,000 loan and $29,000 grant to help the town of

Woman Embedded with Military Units in Afghanistan Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

on February 16, 2014 - 7:03am

Farida Yusufi

SHERMAN, TEXAS—A 39-year-old McKinney, Texas woman has pleaded guilty to federal violations stemming from her employment as a translator embedded with several U.S. military units in Afghanistan, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales of the Eastern District of Texas and U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Farida Yusufi, a U.S. citizen of Afghan origin, pleaded guilty to eight counts of a nine-count indictment, unsealed in August 2013, Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Amos Mazzant.

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