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U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich; Shelley Capito Introduce Simplifying Outdoor Access For Recreation Act ‘SOAR’

on May 24, 2019 - 7:56am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) introduced S. 1665, the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act Thursday to improve the permitting process for outfitters, educational organizations, and community groups to access and enjoy our public lands.
 
"Our public lands are where locals and visitors alike go to camp under the stars, chase bugling elk or wet a fly in a mountain stream, and they fuel the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy that directly sustains 7.6 million

NM Delegation Lauds Decision To Grant Request For Major Disaster Declaration For Navajo Nation

on May 24, 2019 - 7:21am
 
New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. After historic snowstorms and flooding in local Navajo communities that occurred in February, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres-Small, lauded the decision to grant the request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the Navajo Nation.
 
This declaration will trigger the release of federal funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designed to help weather-affected communities

Los Alamos County Strategic Tourism Plan Earns 2019 National American Planning Association Award

on May 23, 2019 - 7:56am
Jury Chair Wendy Shabay, left,  presents Assistant to the Los Alamos County Manager Linda Matteson, center, and Anna Laybourn of Design Workshop their award during the American Planning Association award ceremony. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos County’s tourism strategic plan is a little older than one year but it already has garnered national attention.

Santa Fe Opera Announces 42 Members Of The 2019 Season Apprentice Program For Singers

on May 23, 2019 - 7:41am
 
SFO News:
 
SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Opera announces the members of its 2019 Season Apprentice Program for Singers.
 
This season’s program is comprised of singers from across the United States, Canada and South Korea. The 42 singers, selected by Gayletha Nichols, Director of the Program, and Robert Tweten, Head of Music Staff, rose to the top from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants through a competitive pre-screening and audition process.
 
Established upon the Santa Fe Opera’s founding in 1957, the company’s Apprentice Program for Singers has since provided training, performance

Udall Opening Statement At Interior Department Appropriations Hearing With Secretary Bernhardt

on May 23, 2019 - 6:01am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, delivered the following opening statement at an Appropriations Committee hearing with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to review the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Fiscal Year 2020 budget request. Below are Udall’s remarks:
 
Secretary Bernhardt, thank you for appearing before the subcommittee this morning, in your first hearing since you were confirmed as Secretary of

Local Senior Centers Promote Red Nose Day

on May 22, 2019 - 8:07am
COMMUNITY News:
 
The White Rock and Betty Ehart Senior Centers are collecting canned goods and other non-perishable items this week to promote Red Nose Day Thursday, May 23.
 
The NBC special will raise funds to end childhood hunger.
 
Items suggested for donation include lunch and snack items that may assist local programs for children that need assistance.
 
Questions can be answered by center directors, who are rumored to have the red noses, which may be seen throughout the week.

Luján On 100th Anniversary Of House Passage Of 19th Amendment Guaranteeing Women Right To Vote

on May 21, 2019 - 5:26pm

Suffragettes led the way a century ago for the women’s right to vote. Courtesy/wikipedia.com

POLITICAL News:

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the 100th anniversary of the House passage of the 19th Amendment:

“A century ago, the United States took a critical step forward in women’s equality with the House passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote.

Luján On Improving Health Care For American Families

on May 21, 2019 - 1:51pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the passage of the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act:
 
“Health care is a right, and yet too many Americans are struggling between providing for their families and affording life-saving prescription drugs. This is fundamentally wrong. This legislation sends a strong message to the American people that we won’t waver in the Trump administration’s efforts to steal health care away from millions of families.

LAMS Students Participate In National MathCounts

on May 21, 2019 - 10:00am
The New Mexico team including members from Los Alamos Middle School competed May 11-13 at the National MathCounts in Orlando, Fla. Team members from left, Grant Stanton and Harmony Guan from Desert Ridge Middle School in Albuquerque, Coach Phuong Nguyen, Assistant Coach Do Vo and LAMS team members Alex Livescu and Charles Cai. The 224 final Mathletes from 50 U.S. states, U.S. territories, State Department schools and Department of Defense schools and their coaches were treated to a National Competition experience like no other.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Celebrates Five Years Of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

on May 21, 2019 - 9:30am

The Organ Mountains to the east of Las Cruces. Courtesy/wikipedia.com

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

  • Hails recent enactment of landmark public lands package, including new wilderness within OMDP that Udall fought for

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined fellow New Mexicans Monday in celebrating the five-year anniversary of the proclamation signed by President Barack Obama to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico as a national monument – the culmination of years of work from the local community.

In 2014, President Obama established the Organ

Giant Impact Caused Difference In Moon’s Hemispheres

on May 21, 2019 - 7:19am
Artist’s depiction of a collision between two planetary bodies. New research suggests the stark difference between the Moon’s heavily-cratered farside and the lower-lying open basins of the nearside were caused by a wayward dwarf planet colliding with the Moon in the early history of the solar system. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The stark difference between the Moon’s heavily-cratered farside and the lower-lying open basins of the Earth-facing nearside has puzzled scientists for decades.
 
Now, new evidence about the Moon’s crust suggests the differences

Gary King Endorses Marco Serna For Congress

on May 21, 2019 - 7:16am
Attorney General Gary King
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE Attorney General Gary King announced Monday his endorsement of First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna for the Third Congressional District.
 
King, a former two-term attorney general, state representative and Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee, released the following statement:
 
“Northern New Mexico has so much at stake in this election from protecting and expanding funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory, to building our green energy economy, to combating the Opioid epidemic Marco Serna is the candidate who will get

LAMC Celebrates National Hospital Week 2019

on May 20, 2019 - 8:26am

As part of National Hospital Week, Los Alamos Medical Center held a celebration Friday that included a most beautiful and delicious cake competition. In addition to the cakes, there were sculptures created by various departments in the hospital and on display for staff to cast their vote for their favorite. The results of the contest were not available at press time. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

LAMC staff inspect the sculptures created by their co-workers prior to voting for their favorite. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

More sculptures on display before the voting begins.

Senate Intel Committee Passes 2020 Intelligence Authorization Act

on May 19, 2019 - 6:50am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. This week, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted to advance the Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019 and 2020.
 
This legislation, which unanimously passed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, authorizes funding for key intelligence priorities, including programs to address threats emanating from Russia, North Korea, China, and Iran, and enhances congressional oversight of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
 
Sen.

Indian Affairs Department Congratulates Senator John Pinto On His Honorary Degree Of Doctor Of Public Service From Navajo Technical University

on May 18, 2019 - 8:01am
New Mexico Sen. John Pinto receives an honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service from the Navajo Technical University. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The Indian Affairs Department congratulates Sen. John Pinto on receiving an honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service from the Navajo Technical University. Sen. Pinto has dedicated his life to serving the people of New Mexico, the Navajo Nation and the United States of America.
 
Sen. Pinto has served as a member of the New Mexico Senate since 1977, making him one of the longest-serving Native American legislators in U.S.

Udall, Heinrich Applaud Vote To Reject Hedge Fund Takeover Of Gannett That Could Have Gutted Vital New Mexico Newspapers

on May 18, 2019 - 7:53am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), along with 18 other Senate Democrats, in applauding news that Gannett shareholders voted to reject a hostile takeover by a hedge fund that could have gutted local papers in New Mexico and across the country.
 
The vote comes one day after the senators penned a letter to Alden Global Capital LLC, urging the hedge fund to drop its bid.

Udall-Requested EPA IG Report Shows Pruitt’s Six-Figure Abuse Of Taxpayer Dollars For Luxury Travel

on May 17, 2019 - 1:39pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, responded to the release of a report Udall requested from the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) detailing former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s abuse of taxpayer dollars on unnecessary luxury travel.
 
The IG report found, among other things that: former Administrator Pruitt spent nearly $1 million on travel in just over 10 months, $124,000 of which was in

‘Giffords’ Endorses Ben Ray Luján For U.S. Senate

on May 16, 2019 - 12:51pm
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Giffords, the gun safety organization led by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, announced its endorsement of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján for United States Senate from New Mexico.
 
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:
 
"I’ve known Ben Ray Luján to be a tireless advocate for New Mexico ever since I had the privilege of serving alongside him in Congress. He understands that progress does not happen unless you bring people together around a common goal. Ben Ray brings that perspective to his advocacy to address America’s gun violence crisis.

Udall Presses U.S. Forest Service Chief On Budget Cuts, Wildfire Funding, Other New Mexico Priorities

on May 16, 2019 - 12:35pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

Also questions USFS on maintaining wildlife corridors and discusses his legislation to promote reforestation

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Wednesday pressed U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen on "President Trump’s wholly insufficient" budget proposal for the USFS, which would undercut the Forest Service’s ability to combat catastrophic wildfires in New Mexico and across the country.

 

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La Niña’s Effect On Droughts Traced To U.S. Civil War

on May 16, 2019 - 6:17am
Max Torbenson coring a bristlecone pine in central Colorado. Photo by Daniel Griffin
 
AGU News:
 
Cyclical variations in wind and sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean may have contributed to a drought that played an important role in the outcome of the U.S. Civil War, according to a new study.
 
The new research used tree ring data to reconstruct the influence of El Niño and La Niña conditions on droughts across North America for the past 350 years, including during the American Civil War.
 
The Civil War drought – one of the worst to afflict the U.S.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tour Highlights Research, Partnerships

on May 15, 2019 - 8:23am
From left, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar listening last week to environmental scientists Teresa Matthews and Mark Peterson of the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory discuss EM-funded research. Courtesy/ORNL
 
DOE News:
 
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar last week visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory where they learned about a partnership between EM and DOE’s Office of Science to identify effective and affordable solutions for mercury cleanup that can be used at the site

In Key Committee Hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Calls For Protection Of Chaco Canyon Area

on May 15, 2019 - 7:59am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, delivered opening remarks Tuesday at a Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining hearing on S. 1079, the Chaco Culture Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill he introduced with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) to withdraw the federal lands around Chaco Canyon from further mineral development.
 
Heinrich’s legislation, S. 526, the Buffalo Tract Protection Act, to withdraw four parcels of Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

BLM Rescinds Authorization For Vegetation Removal In Wilderness Study Areas Following SUWA Lawsuit

on May 15, 2019 - 7:43am
Cedar Ridge, within the Desolation Canyon Wilderness Study Area on the Tavaputs Plateau, where the Bureau of Land Management had planned to remove pinyon pine and juniper trees via heavy machinery. Courtesy (c) Ray Bloxham/Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
 
BLM News:
 
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah Last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) withdrew a 2018 decision authorizing the destruction of more than 2,500 acres of pinyon pine and juniper trees within the Desolation Canyon and Jack Canyon Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) in the Tavaputs Plateau region of eastern Carbon County, Utah.  
 

NM Delegation: Reimburse Border Communities Providing Humanitarian Relief To Asylum Seekers

on May 15, 2019 - 7:25am
 
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. After reports that U.S. Border Patrol has in recent weeks released more than 4,000 migrants applying for asylum in the United States in Las Cruces, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) Tuesday sent a letter with U.S.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Speaks Out Against Raid Of Another $1.5 Billion In DOD National Security Funds

on May 14, 2019 - 10:52am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, along with every Democratic member of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, slammed the White House and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan for their plan for an additional unauthorized transfer of $1.5 billion in important national security funds in order to build part of President Donald Trump’s wall along the southern border.
 
The newly announced raid of $1.5 billion in

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