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Nov. 22 Marked 50-Year Anniversary of JFK Death

on November 23, 2013 - 10:46am

'Fast for Families' Calls for Immigration Reform

on November 23, 2013 - 8:43am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


ALBUQUERQUE – In conjunction with the National "Fast for Families" in Washington, D.C., and echo fasts being held across the nation, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico's First Congressional District, faith leaders, local and state elected officials, workers and families impacted by the broken immigration system will fast in Albuquerque after Mass Sunday, Nov. 24.

The fast is being taken to draw attention to the moral crisis and suffering being caused by the broken immigration system.

Participants will fast, as able, in phases during a

Efforts to Designate Columbine-Hondo as Wilderness Continue

on November 23, 2013 - 6:29am

Courtesy/Jan Studebaker


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday, during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., who serves on the committee, continued their effort to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness.

Udall and Heinrich introduced the proposal, S. 776, the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act, earlier this year. A companion bill, H.R. 1683, was introduced in the House by Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.-03).

The legislation would expand the Wheeler Peak Wilderness by

Heinrich Votes to End Stalemate on Nominations

on November 23, 2013 - 6:13am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., issued the following statement after the Senate voted 52-48 to change its rules and end filibusters on presidential executive and judicial nominations, except to the U.S. Supreme Court:

"Opposition and obstructionism rather than accountability and deliberation have become far too common in Washington. 

"Today, we put an end to Senate Republicans repeatedly blocking qualified judicial and public service nominees from receiving an up or down vote.

Bill Reducing Veterans Disability Claims Backlog Clears Committee

on November 22, 2013 - 6:17am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced key progress in his continued effort to reduce the veterans disability claims backlog after the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs earlier this week passed by a voice vote, S. 1581, the Veterans Programs Improvements Act of 2013.

The omnibus veterans bill includes language from S. 1148, the Veterans Benefits Claims Faster Filing Act, a proposal Senator Heinrich and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced in June.

"I'm pleased the committee took quick action to pass this

Luján Honors Native American Code Talkers

on November 22, 2013 - 6:14am
Members of the Pueblo of Acoma at the National Museum of the American Indian during the presentation of medals to representatives of the Code Talkers. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District joined members of the Pueblo of Acoma - including tribal leaders, veterans, and family members of Code Talkers - at the National Museum of the American Indian Thursday.

Luján released the following statement after Native American Code Talkers were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their service in World War I and II:

Udall's Amendments Address Lab Research, Tech Transfer, B61 LEP, Veterans’ Homelessness

on November 21, 2013 - 11:58am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has introduced several amendments to a major national defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets Department of Defense spending levels and policies for the upcoming fiscal year.

Udall's five amendments include measures to fight unemployment and homelessness among veterans by improving access to education and life skills training for service members; help increase collaboration between the labs, nonprofits and foundations by streamlining the process the

Heinrich Challenges Effectiveness of Dragnet Surveillance Program in NSA Court Case

on November 20, 2013 - 9:52am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today challenged the effectiveness of the National Security Agency's bulk phone records collection program.

The senators' amicus curiae brief, filed in the First Unitarian Church vs. National Security Agency U.S. District Court case, questioned a central premise of the government's argument.

Hurford: Where I Was When Kennedy Was Killed

on November 18, 2013 - 1:58pm
Nov. 22, 1963: Presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas moments before Kennedy's assassination. Photo by Cecil Stoughton/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Where I Was When Kennedy Was Killed
Los Alamos
I was Jeanne Tremblay then, and I had just a month ago begun to work at LASL (Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory) in SP-11 ) Supply and Property 11), at the P-Prime Building on Ashley Pond.

I was finishing lunch at my desk in our Buyers' Office (Ken Davis and Ed Wortman), when I heard the voice of Dimas Chavez (SP-DO) come down our second floor hall saying "The

NPS Names Intermountain Regional Director

on November 18, 2013 - 11:55am

Sue Masica will lead one of seven National Park Service regions. Courtesy/NPS

NPS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis has named Sue Masica as the Service’s Intermountain regional director, responsible for leading 6,000 employees and 91 national parks visited by more than 42 million people annually. Masica, who serves as the Alaska regional director, assumes her new position in Denver in January.

 “Sue has an incredible track record of tackling tough issues and finding innovative solutions,” Jarvis said.

Bill Expanding White Sands Missile Range Clears Key Committee

on November 16, 2013 - 6:30am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, a bill sponsored by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Tom Udall, D-N.M., and John Cornyn, R-TX, to strengthen the missions at White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss cleared the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Earlier this year Heinrich, a member of the committee, along with Senators Udall and Cornyn, introduced the bipartisan proposal that represents a three-party agreement between the two military installations and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

"This expansion to White Sands Missile Range is critical to

Udall Introduces Bill to Prevent Stormwater Pollution

on November 16, 2013 - 6:24am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

 U.S. SENATE News:          

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has introduced a bill to reduce the leading cause of water pollution nationwide, while creating jobs and supporting infrastructure and neighborhood redevelopment. 

Polluted stormwater runoff is caused when rain or snow flows over roads, roofs, parking lots and other surfaces, picking up toxic chemicals and sediment and carrying them to rivers and streams. The Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013 would encourage the use of innovative and economic approaches to

LANL Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

on November 15, 2013 - 8:05am

Former LANL Security Chief Jack Killeen Launches Retirement With 2,700 Mile Adventure

on November 14, 2013 - 3:10pm

Jack Killeen arrives at the Mexican Border south of Palomas, N.M., following a nine week, 2,700 mile mountain bike journey from the Canadian Border. Photo by Sonja Killeen

Attracted to the salt, this deer ate Jack Killeen's glove, the inside of his bike helmet and one of the white arm guards he wore to protect against the sun. Photo by Jack Killeen


Los Alamos Daily Post

It was 3 a.m. and the sound of a large animal outside his tent brought former Los Alamos National Laboratory Security Division Leader Jack Killeen to his feet.

Thanking All Veterans For Their Service

on November 11, 2013 - 8:20am

'Thanking all veterans for their service.' Photo by Katy Korkos

Today Honors Military Veterans

on November 11, 2013 - 7:29am

Bravery doesn't mean you aren't scared ... it means you go anyway. Thank you veterans. Courtesy/pvk

Staff Report

In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on Nov. 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918.

Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half mast.


Obama Announces Key DOE Administration Posts

on November 7, 2013 - 9:18am


WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Madelyn Creedon – Principal Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy

Madelyn Creedon is the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs, a position she has held since 2011. From 2001 to 2011, Creedon was counsel for the Democratic staff on the U.S.

Udall to Honor Veterans Monday

on November 7, 2013 - 7:49am


Monday, Nov. 11, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will honor and celebrate New Mexico's veterans during the 28th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the New Mexico State Veterans' Home in Truth or Consequences.

Udall will offer the keynote address at the ceremony. Afterward, he will visit with residents and join Lori Montgomery, director of the State Veterans' Home, to discuss the facility's expansion project.  

Udall, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, is the author or cosponsor of a number of bills to ensure service

DEA: Americans with Pills Turn Out in Droves

on November 6, 2013 - 11:24am


DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American people have again responded in droves to the most recent DEA-led National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Last Saturday citizens turned in 647,211 pounds (324 tons) of expired and unwanted medications for safe and proper disposal at the 4,114 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

This is the second-largest collection of medications in seven Take-Back Days. When the results of the seven events to date are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal


Udall Addresses Employment Non-Discrimination Act

on November 5, 2013 - 7:06am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Monday issued the following statement after the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) cleared an important procedural step in the U.S. Senate, winning a bipartisan filibuster-proof 61 votes for the first time in history and moving a significant step closer to passage:

"Today the Senate has taken an important step toward protecting LGBT Americans from workplace discrimination. Clearing this procedural hurdle with a bipartisan vote shows the progress we've made in the Senate and in our country.”

"I am proud to be a

Rising Temperatures Challenge Salt Lake City’s Water Supply

on November 4, 2013 - 6:30am

Dell Creek in Parley’s Canyon, is a source of water for Salt Lake City. A new study shows how climate change is likely to affect the various creeks and streams.Photo by Patrick Nelson/ SLC DPU


WASHINGTON, DC—In an example of the challenges water-strapped western cities will face in a warming world, new research shows that every degree fahrenheit of warming in the Salt Lake City region could mean a 1.8 to 6.5 percent drop in the annual flow of streams that provide water to the city.

By midcentury, warming western temperatures may mean that some of the creeks and streams that


Luján Salutes Native American Heritage Month

on November 2, 2013 - 7:41am


SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District and Co-Vice Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus released the following statement today on Native American Heritage Month, which is celebrated during November.

"Native American Heritage Month is a time to look back at the many contributions of the First Americans, while also looking forward to ways we can build a brighter future for tribal communities.

"As home to one of the richest indigenous tribal populations in the United States, New Mexico is proud of the influences and contributions

Udall, Heinrich Back End To Dragnet Collection Of Phone Data

on November 2, 2013 - 7:30am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are backing legislation that seeks to restore Americans' privacy rights by ending the government's dragnet collection of phone records and requiring greater oversight, transparency, and accountability with respect to domestic surveillance authorities. 

"In 2001, I voted against the Patriot Act because I believed it was hastily written and had the power to undermine the constitutional rights of our citizens.

IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

on November 1, 2013 - 9:07am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

“This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country.

Heinrich: FISA Improvements Act Doesn’t Go Far Enough To Protect American Privacy Rights

on November 1, 2013 - 7:59am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., was one of four senators to vote against the FISA Improvements Act citing that the bill did not go far enough in curbing the bulk collection of law-abiding Americans' private records:

"This bill falls short of implementing necessary reforms to balance the government's need to keep our nation safe with protecting our civil liberties.