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SFNF Waives Fees For National Public Lands Day

on September 25, 2019 - 8:15am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities Saturday, Sept. 28, for National Public Lands Day (NPLD).
As the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands, NPLD is a great opportunity for more Americans to get outdoors and connect with their public lands. 
Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds, non-reserve campgrounds and developed trailheads, in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation

Udall Fights For Quality Housing For Indian Country

on September 24, 2019 - 9:51am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has offered an amendment to provide housing certainty for Native Americans by reauthorizing the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) through fiscal year 2021.
Authorization for the program expired in 2013.
Udall offered the amendment during a markup of the fiscal year 2020 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Bill.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Discusses ‘Military Readiness In Age Of Artificial Intelligence’ At The Atlantic Festival

on September 24, 2019 - 9:35am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich during an interview today by The Atlantic contributor John Donvan as part of a series titled, ‘Military Readiness In Age Of AI’. ScreenShot/LAPD

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), co-founder of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, was a featured speaker at The Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Heinrich was interviewed by The Atlantic contributor John Donvan as part of a series titled, “Military Readiness in the Age of AI.”

As co-founder of the Senate Artificial Intelligence

DEA Proposes To Control Three Precursor Chemicals Used To Illicitly Manufacture Deadly Fentanyl

on September 24, 2019 - 9:33am
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. In an effort to reduce the availability of deadly illegal fentanyl in America, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has proposed to control three substances used by operators of clandestine laboratories to illicitly manufacture the deadly Schedule II controlled substance.
Two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking were published in the Federal Register recently. Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, DEA proposed that benzylfentanyl and 4-anilinopiperidine be controlled as list I chemicals under the Controlled Substances Act.

U.S. Senate Candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver Gains Endorsements From New Mexico House Representatives

on September 24, 2019 - 7:33am
U.S. Senate Candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver
From Maggie Toulouse Oliver For Senate Campaign:
ALBUQUERQUE Distinctive members of the New Mexico legislature have endorsed U.S. Senate Candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver.
Representatives Patricia Roybal-Caballero, Day Hochman-Vigil, Debbie Sariñana, Natalie Figueroa, Joy Garratt, Joanne Ferrary, Angelica Rubio and Christine Trujillo have all personally endorsed present Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver in her candidacy to become New Mexico’s first female Senator. 
“I have had the privilege of working with Maggie Toulouse Oliver

Heinrich Demands Acting DNI Release Whistleblower Complaint To Congress, As Required By Law

on September 23, 2019 - 6:07pm

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today sent a letter to Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire demanding that a whistleblower complaint detailing an issue of urgent concern be relayed to Congress, as required by law.

“U.S. intelligence professionals work on behalf of the American people and our national security, not to further the aims of any individual or political party,” Heinrich wrote.

LANL Team Sets Sail For Arctic Year-Long Expedition

on September 23, 2019 - 3:38pm

Los Alamos staff members Paul Ortega and David Chu join team members from other institutions boarding the R/V Polarstern for months locked in the ice to study the Arctic. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • As part of MOSAiC field campaign, environmental researchers will operate a suite of instruments 24/7 as ship drifts in ice for the winter

Heading off to spend months on a ship trapped in the Arctic ice, a team from Los Alamos National Laboratory got underway last week aboard the R/V Polarstern from Tromso, Norway.

The team is supporting MOSAiC, the Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the

Senate Committee Maintains Ban On Horse Slaughter

on September 23, 2019 - 9:21am
 AWA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee included a provision in the FY2020 Agriculture Appropriations bill to maintain the ban on slaughtering horses in the U.S., thanks to Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Susan Collins (R-ME), all longtime leaders on the issue.
The language bars the use of taxpayer dollars for horse slaughter inspections, which effectively prevents the plants from operating.

NMILC: Statement In Support Of Global Climate Strike

on September 23, 2019 - 8:15am
New Mexico Immigrant Law Center:
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Immigrant Law Center (NMILC) has announced support of the youth-led global climate strike and backs movement leaders in urging governments to declare a climate emergency.
This undertaking Sept. 20-27, calls for direct action in order to maintain a habitable and sustainable world for all. 
We, at NMILC, cannot ignore the global trends of climate change that affect the work we do every day.

Posts From The Road: Beartooth Highway

on September 22, 2019 - 10:19pm

Climbing Up: As you leave Red Lodge, Mont., the road starts in a valley in which you start climbing up and up shortly after leaving town. The elevation at Red Lodge is about 6,400 ft. and the road tops at Beartooth Pass, which is 10,947 ft. Photo by Gary Warren/

Plateau: After a few miles of switch backs, the highway reaches a plateau which offers incredible views of the many peaks and pristine landscapes of the Beartooth Mountains. Photo by Gary Warren/
Formerly of Los Alamos

The Beartooth Highway is a stretch of US Highway 212 that

Register To Vote: Los Alamos Nature Center Sept. 24

on September 22, 2019 - 9:22am
Join volunteers from the League of Women Voters and Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24 for National Voter Registration Dayat the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:

Celebrate National Voter Registration Day by registering to vote 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

The League of Women Voters is partnering with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center to observe this event.
National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) is a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register voters.

Fr. Glenn: Thicker Rug Needed

on September 22, 2019 - 8:57am

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

With the visit of President Trump to New Mexico recently, and with the division in the American political arena highlighted daily in the news, it seemed almost providential that one of the readings for the Catholic Mass this weekend was from St. Paul: “I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority….”  (1 Timothy 2:1) Well, in our day that can make many grind their teeth not a little. “What? Pray for Trump?!” or, in a blast from the past: “What! Pray for Obama?!”

Yes, absolutely ... no matter who

Heinrich Champions $2 Million For Roswell Air Center

on September 21, 2019 - 7:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has announced $2 million in funding for the Roswell International Air Center as part of an ongoing effort to rehabilitate, maintain and strengthen airport operations.
In 2018, Sen. Heinrich introduced legislation that was included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 that allowed Roswell to become eligible for critical Military Airport Program (MAP) funding.

Donald Trump Jr. Visit Raises Money For State GOP

on September 20, 2019 - 8:25am
Donald Trump Jr.
RPNM News:
ALBUQUERQUE — Donald Trump Jr. spent Thursday morning in Bosque, N.M. three days after his father hosted a rally in Rio Rancho.
Trump Jr. was a special guest at a fundraising event hosted by the Republican Party of New Mexico, which raised approximately $327,000.
RPNM Chairman Steve Pearce attended the event and released the following statement:

“This has been an exciting week for New Mexico! We are extremely grateful to have both the President and Donald Trump Jr. visit our great state.

“Today’s event was one of the largest fundraising events in RPNM

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Introduces Marijuana Reform Legislation To Protect Immigrant Communities

on September 20, 2019 - 7:51am
U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Luján (D-N.M.) introduced legislation to remove minor marijuana use, possession and distribution charges from the list of deportable offenses to protect immigrant communities, including DREAMers, from targeted attacks by the Trump administration.
Specifically, Remove Marijuana from Deportable Offenses Act would prevent U.S. Immigration and Customs from using minor drug offenses, including possession of marijuana, to target immigrants for deportation. U.S. Sen.

Secretary Of Interior Transfers Jurisdiction Of Five Segments Of Land To Army To Secure Southwest Border

on September 19, 2019 - 8:33am
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has announced the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of approximately 560 acres of Federal lands to the U.S. Department of the Army (Army) to build roughly 70 miles of border barriers.
This action comes in response to a series of applications for Emergency Withdrawal as submitted by the Army for construction or augmentation of barriers along the southern border. No national parks nor segments from Indian country are included in the land transfer. 
The Army submitted its requests following

U.S. Census Bureau Opens Public Comment Period For Proposed Request Of Administrative Records To Build Citizenship Database

on September 18, 2019 - 7:33pm
CCP News:
ALBUQUERQUE The Center for Civic Policy (CCP) is urging community groups, community members, local and state government, to provide public comment on the U.S. Census Bureau’s proposal to collect citizenship data through administrative records requests across the country.
March, 2018, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Department, Wilbur Ross, first sent a directive to the U.S. Census Bureau to collect citizenship information, as part of their 2020 Census work, to provide census block level citizenship voting age population for states as part of data provided by the bureau.

Study By LANL Atmospheric Physicist Michael Peterson Finds Lightning Flashes Illuminate Storm Behavior

on September 18, 2019 - 6:44pm
A comparison of GLM imagery products for a large thunderstorm over South America. The total energy measured by GLM in (a) differs from the idealized energy distribution in (b), and this difference forms the basis of the thundercloud imagery product in (c) that highlights the texture of the uppermost cloud layer (north) as well as long horizontal lightning flashes behind the thunderstorm core (south). Courtesy/Michael Peterson/LANL
AGU News:
Anybody who has ever tried to photograph lightning knows that it takes patience and special camera equipment.
Now, a new study is using those

CSI Aviation Of Albuquerque Selected To Fly United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

on September 18, 2019 - 4:08pm

A 19 seat Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. Courtesy photo

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres


The United Nations selected CSI Aviation in Albuquerque to fly Secretary General António Guterres on an important fact-finding mission to Marsh Harbour on Abaco Island.

CSI transported Guterres and Bahamian government officials Sept. 14 on a 19 seat Beechcraft 1900 aircraft from Nassau to Marsh Harbour. 

Once Guterres arrived in Marsh Harbour, he took a helicopter tour provided by the Dutch military and then CSI returned him to Nassau. 

CSI was selected due to its

Luján Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 18, 2019 - 8:54am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement marking Hispanic Heritage Month:
“Hispanic Heritage Month is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Hispanic Americans across the country. The crucial role that Hispanic Americans have made played throughout our history have helped move the needle on progress for labor protections, civil rights, and so much more. The diversity of our community is worth celebrating.
“And as we celebrate the

Heinrich Fights For Pathway To Affordable College

on September 18, 2019 - 7:06am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) reintroduced the Degrees Not Debt Act to ensure higher education is accessible and affordable to all New Mexicans.
The legislation is part of Senator Heinrich’s initiative to build a brighter economic future for students in New Mexico.
“There’s no doubt that a college education is still one of the surest ways to gain the skills needed to build a successful career, but we need to make sure New Mexicans have a fair shot at affording it without being crushed by debt,” Heinrich said.

Second Person Admits To Defrauding Dr. Pepper

on September 18, 2019 - 7:05am
FBI News:
HOUSTON, Texas A 53-year-old Houston man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud for his participation in a scheme to defraud Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPSG), U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick announced.
Joseph A. Isaac admitted to participating in the scheme from 2010 through Feb. 17, 2015 with Anna Maria Sites, 42, of Friendswood, Texas by not paying rebates to those who had requested them.
Isaac was the majority shareholder of FulFill Plus Inc., which administered the DPSG rebate campaigns.

President Trump Intends To Win New Mexico

on September 17, 2019 - 2:56pm
President Donald Trump shares his intention to win New Mexico in the 2020 election during his campaign rally Monday evening at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
A diverse crowd of all ages showed support for President Donald Trump at his campaign rally Monday evening in Rio Rancho. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

RIO RANCHO – Speaking to a crowd that onsite officials estimate at 15,000 Monday night, President Donald Trump made his case for coming to New Mexico

Secretary Bernhardt Announces Over $100 Million In Public-Private Funding For Wetland Conservation

on September 17, 2019 - 11:15am
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, approved $28 million in funding for various wetland conservation projects.
Marking its 30th anniversary since enactment, the 2019 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants will be used to ensure waterfowl and other birds are protected throughout their life cycles. Of the funds issued, $23.9 million was allocated for the U.S.