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Udall Honors Hispanic Heritage

on September 22, 2013 - 7:20am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15-Oct. 15, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall submitted the following statement to the Congressional Record recognizing the tremendous contributions of Hispanic Americans in New Mexico and across the country:

“Mr. President, September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a time to remember and to celebrate the integral role of Hispanic Americans in the economy, culture and identity of our nation. 

“In New Mexico, we enjoy a rich Hispanic heritage that goes back over 400

Bandelier Again Collects Entrance Fees; Public Lands Day is Fee Free

on September 21, 2013 - 10:02am

A member of the Bandelier maintenance staff works to clear the main trail of mud left by Sept. 12, 13, and 14 flash floods. Courtesy/NPS


Since the Frijoles Canyon section of Bandelier National Monument closed last weekend due to the effects of three flash floods in three days, park employees have been working hard to clean up the mud and damage. 

On Thursday, Sept. 19, it was cleared sufficiently to allow the shuttle buses to start bringing visitors, and by Friday enough of the area was open to begin charging entrance fees.

Udall: $2 Million 'Quick Release' Emergency Relief Funds Coming to New Mexico

on September 21, 2013 - 9:50am

Will work to ensure federal government keeps commitment to provide resources for flood damage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, today welcomed the news that the U.S. Department of Transportation will make immediately available $2 million in emergency relief funds to help New Mexico cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by the severe storms this month.

“Communities across our state are cleaning up from devastating floods, and many are facing expensive

Udall Supports NM Nominee for Deputy Interior Secretary

on September 21, 2013 - 8:16am

Michael Conner

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday,  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., spoke before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in support of the nomination of New Mexico native Michael Connor to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Interior Department.

A Las Cruces native and NMSU graduate with degrees in engineering and law, Connor currently serves as Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. He previously ran the Interior Secretary’s Indian Water Rights Office before moving to the U.S. Senate as counsel to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee under former Sen.

Luján Highlights Impact of Climate Change on Minority Communities

on September 19, 2013 - 7:59am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District and a member of the Safe Climate Caucus spoke on the House floor Wednesday on the need to address climate change.

With Hispanic Heritage Month beginning Sept. 15, Luján highlighted the importance of this issue within the Latino community. During his remarks, Luján also highlighted his opposition to a House Republican plan to make steep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.


Free Flow of Information Act Advances to Senate Floor

on September 18, 2013 - 8:19am

NNA News:

The National Newspaper Association welcomes progress in the Senate on the Free Flow of Information Act, S 987, said NNA’s president, Robert M. Williams Jr., chair and publisher of the SouthFire Newspaper Group in Blackshear, GA.

The journalists’ first federal protection against having to reveal confidential sources, except in national security or similarly compelling circumstances, advances to the Senate floor. Similar protections are already afforded by the states.

“Community newspapers stand with our larger journalistic brethren in calling for Congress to recognize journalists’


9-11 Remembrance

on September 13, 2013 - 7:53pm

Flags and flowers adorn the Sept. 11 memorial next to the Bradbury Science Museum. This actual piece of the Pentagon serves as a memorial to the fallen heroes of Sept. 11. Photo by Karen Kendall

NM K-12 Funding Cuts Among Deepest in Nation

on September 13, 2013 - 8:41am

NMVC News:

ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico ranks fifth worst in the nation in how deep it has cut spending on K-12 education on a per-student, inflation-adjusted basis since the start of the recession. These cuts deepened the recession, slowed the recovery, and will make New Mexico less prosperous in the future.

 A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows that New Mexico cut $874 per student in inflation-adjusted spending between fiscal years 2008 and 2014. Only four states made larger cuts.

FCC Will Address Rural Dropped Calls

on September 12, 2013 - 8:05am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., welcomed news that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will take steps to prevent telecommunications operators from dropping calls from rural customers.

During a hearing of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, Udall, who chairs the subcommittee, secured the promise from FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn that FCC regulators will ensure providers will no longer discriminate against calls coming from rural areas.

“I am very pleased that the FCC will take action,” Udall said.

Luján on 12th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

on September 11, 2013 - 11:37am

Courtesy photo


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks:

"Today we mourn the lives that were cut short when our country was attacked by terrorists 12 years ago. While we were shaken to our core by the horrifying attacks, a resilient nation pulled together to show the bravery and heroism that are hallmarks of the United States of America.

"We saw first responders risk their lives to save others.

Udall: U.S. Must Keep up Pressure on Russia to Follow Through with Commitment to Secure Syria’s Chemical Weapons

on September 11, 2013 - 11:27am


WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, repeated his call Tuesday for the United States to use diplomatic, economic and political pressure to ensure Russia and Syria keep their commitment to surrender Syria’s chemical weapons to the international community for destruction.

He issued the following statement after President Obama’s speech:

“The single greatest reason Bashar al-Assad has been able to remain in power is that he is receiving support from outside governments, including Russia.

Udall Explains his Opposition to Limited Military Strike on Syria to NM Press

on September 10, 2013 - 11:07am

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

Staff Report

In a telephone press conference with New Mexico media this morning, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., explained his position opposing a limited military strike on Syria.

“The United States has not yet exhausted all political, economic and diplomatic options,” Udall said. “The administration hasn’t made a case that a limited military strike will deter the use of chemical weapons. If our goal is to save lives, a military strike is not the best response.”

The American people and the international community are not behind the President’s proposed military action, he

Upgrade to Mars Rover Could Aid Discovery on More Distant Worlds

on September 10, 2013 - 7:55am

Mars Rover. Courtesy/NASA

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Smart as the Mars Curiosity mission has been about landing and finding its own way on a distant world, the rover is pretty brainless when it comes to doing the science that it was sent 567 million kilometers to carry out.

That has to change if future rover missions are to make discoveries further out in the solar system, scientists say.

 The change has now begun with the development of a new camera that can do more than just take pictures of alien rocks – it also thinks about what the pictures signify so the rover can decide on its own

Nearly 9,000 NM Homes to Gain Broadband Access

on September 10, 2013 - 7:38am

FCC News:

ALBUQUERQUE ─ Monday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall applauded the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) allocation of $5.18 million from the Connect America Fund (CAF) to expand and improve broadband service to nearly 9,000 New Mexico households.

This announcement follows Udall’s efforts to urge the FCC to free up unused funds that would help close the digital divide between urban areas that have access to high-speed Internet and rural areas that do not.

“Reliable high-speed Internet is critical to leveling the playing field between rural and urban communities,” Udall said.

IRS Interest Rates Remain Same for Fourth Quarter

on September 9, 2013 - 7:26am

IRS News:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning Oct. 1.

The rates will be:

  • 3 percent for overpayments [two percent in the case of a corporation];
  • 3 percent for underpayments;
  • 5 percent for large corporate underpayments; and
  • 1/2 percent for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, the rate of interest is determined on a quarterly basis.


Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church to Participate in National 'Back to Church Sunday' Sept. 15

on September 6, 2013 - 6:29am

PCA News:

"Back to Church Sunday," part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church (PCA) in White Rock at 10:20 a.m. Sept. 15. Everyone is welcome to attend.

National "Back to Church Sunday" ( is an initiative that is "Inviting America Back to Church." It seeks to reach the "un-churched" and "de-churched" — people who once attended church, but don't any more — and invite them to return for a special Sunday.

Udall Votes Against Proposal to Use Force in Syria

on September 5, 2013 - 7:32am
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., voted in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose a resolution authorizing military action in Syria in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
The resolution passed the committee by a vote of 10-7. The full Senate will consider the resolution by next week.
Udall said that while he believed Assad must be deterred from attacking his own citizens, Udall opposed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) because he

DOE Secretary Stresses Energy Security During Los Alamos Visit

on September 3, 2013 - 2:17pm

From left, Dr. Richard Sayre of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Bioscience Division and the New Mexico Consortium, briefs DOE Secretary Ernie Moniz, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology President Daniel Lopez, New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan Tuesday at the New Mexico Consortium biological laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

Dr. Richard Sayre, one of the nation’s top specialists in algae and energy-producing plant research, briefs DOE Secretary Ernie Moniz on work underway at the Bioscience Research Lab. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Labor Day Celebrates the American Worker

on September 2, 2013 - 7:29am

1987 AFGE Local 648 march in a 1987 Labor Day parade in Chicago, Ill. Courtesy/USDOL

Staff Report

The last major holiday of summer, Labor Day celebrates the American worker.

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.

The Knights of Labor, a labor union of tailors in Philadelphia, held


Los Alamos Baseball Legend Bun Ryan Honored at Rockies Game for WWII Service

on September 1, 2013 - 10:45pm
Los Alamos baseball legend Bun Ryan, left, with Wally McCorkle is featured on the big screen at the Sept. 1 Rockies introduction. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos baseball legend Bun Ryan was honored at the Sept. 1 Rockies introduction for his military service.
It was a great day for everyone with Ryan having about 25 folks from his immediate family as well as other friends at the event.
This is what they read over the PA system:
"Bernard L. Ryan, known as Bun to his friends and family, was born and raised in Leadville, Colo.

Los Alamos Tops 'Best Place to Live in America' List

on September 1, 2013 - 9:45am
'Guardian Mesas' east of Los Alamos. Courtesy/Zuma Press file
By G. Scott Thomas
American City Business Journals, Inc.
(2004 article)

Don Taylor wasn't satisfied with life in Rhode Island. So he decided to search for something better beyond his state's borders — maybe way out West.

His quest ended in Los Alamos.

"The pace in New England is kind of stressful. It's almost claustrophobic," says Taylor, a photographer who moved to Los Alamos 20 years ago. "But here, it's different. It's relaxed. We've got wide open spaces, and the people are laid back."

Taylor's praise is reinforced by

CANCELED: AMBER Alert for 2-year-old New Mexico Girl

on August 30, 2013 - 9:05am

Update: AMBER Alert for Elyssia Cavazone-Salas is canceled as the child has been found safe. 

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas, 2, was last seen today, Aug. 29, in Alamogordo. She was taken by her aunt.

The child and the suspect are traveling in a 2008 Ford Escape, Blue/Green with New Mexico license plate #714-RKZ.

She and the suspect may be traveling to Ruidoso or Mescalero Indian Reservation in New Mexico.

The child is in danger due to the suspect's propensity to drink and use drugs.

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas:

  • Age: 2
  • Sex: Female
  • Skin: Native American
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Height: 3'0

Treasury and IRS to Recognize Legal Same-Sex Marriages

on August 30, 2013 - 8:29am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Thursday ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes.

The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage.

The ruling implements federal tax aspects of the June 26 Supreme Court decision invalidating a key provision of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

Under the ruling, same-sex


B61-12 Life Extension Program Radar Drop Tests Completed Successfully

on August 29, 2013 - 12:40pm

Pantex production technicians prepare a B61 for a surveillance test. The B61 is a tactical thermonuclear gravity bomb. Courtesy/NNSA
NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the ongoing effort to refurbish the aging B61 nuclear bomb without resorting to underground nuclear testing, two successful B61-12 radar drop tests were successfully completed at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada on Aug. 14 and 15, 2013, by engineers from Sandia National Laboratories.

Current B61s use decades-old vacuum tubes as part of their radar system.

50th Anniversary of 'I Have a Dream' Speech

on August 28, 2013 - 9:31am

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivers his 'I Have a Dream' speech Aug. 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Image/National Archives and Records Administration

Staff Report

Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech to more than 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The speech is considered a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.

In the wake of the speech and march, King was named