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Udall Speaks Out Against Plans For 46 Miles Of New Mexico Border Wall ... $1 Billion Transfer

on March 26, 2019 - 5:14pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Comments On Udall Announcement To Not Seek Re-election

on March 26, 2019 - 8:49am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on Sen. Tom Udall's announcement not to seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2020:
“It is an honor and a pleasure to work alongside my colleague and friend, Sen. Tom Udall. Over his decades-long career working for the people of New Mexico, Sen. Udall has shown what it means to be a true public servant. His principled leadership has been a guiding light for me.
“Over the next two years, we have an incredible opportunity to stand up for New Mexico

NNSA Los Alamos Field Office To Assess Wildfire Hazard And Forest Health Program

on March 26, 2019 - 8:29am
LANL News:
The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is preparing a Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Forest Health Improvement Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The SEA will evaluate and document changes in the LANL management of forest health and wildfire mitigation procedures since the publication of the 2000 Environmental Assessment for the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Forest Health Improvement Program at LANL (EA).
It will identify changes to the affected

Udall Announces He Will Not Seek Re-election

on March 25, 2019 - 10:06am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.)


From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • “I see these next two years as an incredible opportunity … to help reverse the damage done to our planet, end the scourge of war, and to stop this president’s assault on our democracy and our communities.”


SANTA FE — Today, in a message to New Mexicans, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced that he will not seek re-election to a third term in the U.S. Senate in 2020. 


“I’m confident that we could run a strong campaign next year to earn a third term, because of all the work you and I have done together, along

Hubble Captures Birth Of Giant Storm On Neptune

on March 25, 2019 - 8:47am

This composite picture shows images of storms on Neptune from the Hubble Space Telescope (left) and the Voyager 2 spacecraft (right). The Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 image of Neptune, taken in Sept. and Nov. 2018, shows a new dark storm (top center). In the Voyager image, a storm known as the Great Dark Spot (GDS) is seen at the center. It is about 13,000 km by 6,600 km in size — as large along its longer dimension as the Earth. The white clouds seen hovering in the vicinity of the storms are higher in altitude than the dark material. Courtesy/NASA/ESA/GSFC/JPL

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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Presents Recovered Vietnam Service Medals To State Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon

on March 24, 2019 - 7:48am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich presents service medals Thursday to Vietnam veteran and New Mexico State Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon of Milan. Courtesy photo
FARMINGTON U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) presented service medals Thursday to Vietnam veteran and New Mexico State Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon of Milan.
“It is my honor to recognize a great New Mexican for his military and public service,” Heinrich said. “Representative Alcon spent over a year on the battlefield working to save the lives of his fellow soldiers.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Attends Presentation Of Mortgage-Free Home To Wounded Army Veteran

on March 24, 2019 - 7:42am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
RIO RANCHO U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) spoke Wednesday during the presentation of a newly-renovated, mortgage-free home to injured veteran Army Spc. Jason Thompson.
He was joined by Erin Dominguez, U.S. Bank District Manager; Len McMorrow, Senior Vice President REO & Special Asset Servicing at U.S. Bank; Chiquita Martin, Assistant Vice President Customer Analytics (U.S. Army Veteran) at U.S. Bank; and Tom Kilgannon, President of Freedom Alliance.
The home – the second of its kind in New Mexico – is part of a

NOAA Spring Outlook: Historic, Widespread Flooding To Continue Through May

on March 24, 2019 - 7:06am
NOAA News:
Nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states face an elevated risk for flooding through May, with the potential for major or moderate flooding in 25 states, according to NOAA’s U.S. Spring Outlook issued today.
The majority of the country is favored to experience above-average precipitation this spring, increasing the flood risk.
Portions of the United States – especially in the upper Mississippi and Missouri River basins including Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa – have already experienced record flooding this year.

New U.S. Department Of The Interior Order Supports Recreational Access To Public Lands

on March 24, 2019 - 6:58am
BLM News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has directed the BLM to prioritize public access in decisions regarding the disposal and exchange of BLM public lands.
Bernhardt signed Secretarial Order 3373, Evaluating Public Access in Bureau of Land Management Land Disposals and Exchanges, to help ensure that BLM public lands, no matter how small, remain in public hands if they are highly valued for outdoor recreation access.
“Sportsmen and women across the West will benefit from this Interior Department action to sustain and enhance recreational access to

New Mexico Delegation Announces Nearly $3 Million In HHS Funding To Fight Opioid Crisis

on March 23, 2019 - 9:49am
WASHINGTON, D.C. New Mexico’s congressional delegation announced Friday nearly $3 million in Health and Human Services (HHS) funding to fight the opioid crisis in New Mexico. The $2,770,397 in funding comes from grants released to states through the State Opioid Response Grant Program.
“Substance abuse knows no boundaries, and the opioid epidemic has left its tragic mark on all communities across New Mexico, including urban, rural, and Tribal areas,” Sen. Tom Udall said. “Federal funding is an important step in bolstering prevention efforts but in order to truly tackle

Luján Statement On Special Counsel Report

on March 23, 2019 - 9:19am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
NAMBE U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report to Attorney General William Barr:
“The Special Counsel report must be immediately submitted to Congress. A declassified version of the report must also be made available to the public without delay.”

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bicameral MAR-A-LAGO Act To Require Disclosure Of Visitor Logs At White House, Trump Properties Where President Conducts Official Business

on March 21, 2019 - 2:01pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act, a bicameral bill that requires the publication of visitor logs to the White House or any other location where President Trump regularly conducts official business, including various Trump Organization properties that he frequents.
“No one should have greater access to or influence over the president or the administration just because they are wealthy, well-connected, or a regular at one of the

Justice Department Awards $5.7 Million To Support Native American Crime Victims In Seven States

on March 21, 2019 - 12:53pm
DOJ News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ Office for Victims of Crime today awarded more than $5.7 million to support crime victims in Native American communities in seven states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Washington and Wisconsin.
The group of 10 awards is the second in a series of grants being made by OVC to American Indian and Alaska Native communities. OVC has now awarded more than $9 million of up to $100 million to support tribal victim service programs.
The awards—17 in total so far—will fund critical crime victim services, such

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich To Introduce Legislation To Establish Bandelier National Park And Preserve

on March 21, 2019 - 10:42am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at Bandelier National Monument his intent to introduce legislation to establish the Bandelier National Park and Preserve. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz, left, and Council Chair Sara Scott with Sen. Martin Heinrich Wednesday at the Bandelier press conference to express the Los Alamos community's endorsement of the proposed legislation. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Tribal leaders, wildlife advocates, and northern New Mexico

FBI: Marysol Pena Wanted For Alleged Involvement In Drug Trafficking Organization

on March 21, 2019 - 8:20am
Marysol Pena should be considered armed and dangerous. Courtesy/FBI
FBI News:
The FBI is looking for Marysol Pena, who is wanted for her alleged involvement in a drug trafficking organization that operated in New Mexico as well as other states.
Pena, 28, faces federal charges of conspiracy, distribution of 50 grams and more of methamphetamine, aiding and abetting, distribution of 40 grams and more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of Fentanyl, and aiding and abetting.
A federal arrest warrant was issued Feb.

Interior Provides Over $291 Million In Conservation Funding For States And Tribes To Clean Up And Repurpose Abandoned Coal Mines

on March 20, 2019 - 3:22pm
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced the availability of the Fiscal Year 2019 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation grants through the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE).
This year’s grants will provide more than $291.2 million [1] for states and tribes to reclaim and repurpose abandoned coal lands.
“These grants are a great example of Interior partnering with states, Tribes, and local governments to provide resources for conservation efforts and infrastructure and public safety improvements,

Youth Across New Mexico Join National Day Of Action Advocating Tobacco-Free Schools

on March 20, 2019 - 8:32am


ALBUQUERQUE Today, youth leaders at 15 schools across New Mexico are hosting “Kick Butts Day” events to raise awareness about their schools’ tobacco- and e-cigarette-free policies.

Increased awareness of tobacco-free school policies helps students, staff, and visitors comply with these standards and ensures that schools are truly tobacco-free environments. The youth leaders are part of Evolvement, a youth movement promoting a tobacco-free New Mexico.

"It feels great being a part of such an important day that joins youth all over the country in the fight against tobacco," said

Service And Sacrifices Of Women During Wartime

on March 20, 2019 - 8:26am

Vietnam Women's Memorial. Courtesy/Jeff Kubina/Flikr

NPS News:

National parks preserve military history and the nation’s stories amidst times of war. They’re found in places like Washita Battlefield National Historic Site in Oklahoma and World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, that stretches from Hawai'i, Alaska and California.

Wartime in America brings to mind accounts of George Washington and his men, spending a bone-chilling winter at Valley Forge and stories of the Buffalo Soldiers who were based out of the Presidio before fighting in the Spanish-American and

Los Alamos Middle School Teacher Sherri Bublitz Earns Prestigious Speech And Debate Diamond Award

on March 20, 2019 - 8:26am
NSDA News:
DES MOINES, Iowa The National Speech & Debate Association is proud to announce Sherri Bublitz of Los Alamos Middle School as a winner of the Diamond Award, recognizing a professional career that combines excellence and longevity in speech and debate education. This is her first Diamond Award.
The National Speech & Debate Association has been recognizing student and coach achievements in speech and debate since 1925. Coaches earn points in the national honorary through team participation, student achievement, public service, and leadership work.

UbiQD Of Los Alamos Wins 2019 SXSW Pitch Competition, Hyper-Connected Communities Category

on March 19, 2019 - 5:53pm

Andrew Hyde, host of the SXSW Startup Pitch® Awards ceremony in Austin, Texas, hands the microphone to UbiQD CEO Dr. Hunter McDaniel, center, who accepts a check following his successful presentation. Second from left is Dan Houck who visited Los Alamos for the past four months as a 'Chemical Engineering Intern' at UbiQD but recently returned to UT Austin to finish his PhD (in ChemE). Courtesy photo

Dr. Hunter McDaniel, CEO at UbiQD at the 2019 South by Southwest (SXSW) 11th Annual SXSW Pitch® competition in Austin, Texas. Courtesy photo

SXSW News:

  • The advanced materials company

N.M. Delegation Urges Department Of Defense To Consider New Mexico For Space Development Agency

on March 19, 2019 - 8:48am

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small urged Department of Defense Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan to consider New Mexico as a host for co-locating the Space Development Agency headquarters and to fully utilize the state’s existing core research and development space assets.

Shanahan recently noted that the DoD must make changes to its research, development, and acquisition processes to protect U.S. vital interests in space.

New Mexico Delegation Introduces Bicameral Native American Voting Rights Act

on March 19, 2019 - 5:31am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, along with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, led a group of Senate and House Democrats in re-introducing the Native American Voting Rights Act, landmark legislation that would provide the necessary resources and oversight to ensure Native Americans and Alaska Natives have equal access to the electoral process.  
Udall led the introduction of the Native American Voting Rights Act last Congress.

Museum Joins Collaboration With NM State Parks & CNM To Map One Of Largest Dinosaur Tracksites In US

on March 19, 2019 - 5:26am
Dinosaur tracksite at Clayton Lake State Park. Photo by Spencer Lucas, Ph.D.
ALBUQUERQUE  This spring the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS), Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) and the New Mexico State Parks Department are undertaking a project to document, map, and model one of the largest dinosaur tracksites in the United States.
Hundreds of tracks, from at least four different species of dinosaurs, are exposed at the Clayton Lake State Park in northeastern New Mexico.

Udall Meets With VA Secretary Robert Wilkie Regarding Help For Veterans Exposed To Burn Pits...

on March 19, 2019 - 5:07am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall met with the U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert Wilkie to discuss the urgent need to enact bipartisan legislation to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, address staffing shortages and decreasing capabilities at the New Mexico VA Health Care System, and other issues critical to health and wellbeing of veterans in New Mexico and across the country.
Udall has long worked to ensure that New Mexico veterans receive better access to the medical treatment they need.

Los Alamos Fundraiser Held For Rep. Ben Ray Luján

on March 18, 2019 - 10:25pm
Nearly 100 supporters of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján gathered this evening at a local residence for a fundraiser, including elected Democrats front row from left, New Mexico Secretary of Education Karen Trujillo, Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott, Lujan, Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard and Public Education Commissioner Karyl Ann Armbruster. Back row from left, Los Alamos County Councilors David Izraelevitz and Randy Ryti. Courtesy photo