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Udall, Heinrich Announce Census Director Visiting New Mexico Later This Month At Their Urging

on May 14, 2019 - 10:30am
WASHINGTON, D.C. At the urging of U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham will visit New Mexico later this month to discuss ensuring accurate counts for the upcoming 2020 Decennial Census.
In February, Udall and Heinrich sent a letter inviting Director Dillingham to visit the state to share how the Bureau is taking adequate steps to count underrepresented communities and address the unique data collection challenges in New Mexico.
More details about Director Dillingham’s visit will be

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Statement On Secretary Mike Pompeo Meeting With Vladimir Putin

on May 13, 2019 - 5:30pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After a “sweeping and systemic” disinformation campaign directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to undermine the 2016 elections, and recent warnings from FBI Director Christopher Wray that the United States should be prepared for another attack on the election systems in 2020, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Tuesday meeting with President Putin:

“If Secretary

Science On Tap: A Conversation With Dr. Cathy Wilson About The Impact Of Thawing Arctic Permafrost

on May 13, 2019 - 5:22pm

Creative District News:

The community is invited to join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 20 at project Y cowork, 150 Central Park Square.  

This discussion will feature Dr. Cathy Wilson of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Dr. Wilson is an observational and computational hydrologist and geomorphologist working with the Lab's Earth and Environmental Sciences Division.

Heinrich Requests Public Update On Status Of NSA Phone Records Surveillance Program

on May 12, 2019 - 9:56am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. Six Senate Intelligence Committee members Tuesday requested the National Security Agency (NSA) provide a public update on the status of the NSA’s phone records surveillance program.
U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Vice-chair Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) sent the request in a letter to NSA Director Gen. Paul Nakasone today.
The text of the letter is below. View a signed copy HERE.
Dear General Nakasone,

Sen. Tom Udall Holds ‘For The People Act’ Forum

on May 12, 2019 - 8:50am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, left, hosts a forum Saturday at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque to discuss his efforts to enact a sweeping package of reforms that will fight corruption, fix broken politics and make government work for all Americans. Courtesy photo

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

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall held a forum Saturday on the For The People Act, his landmark legislation to reform democracy, at Central New Mexico Community College where he discussed his efforts to enact sweeping legislation that will fight corruption, fix broken politics and

Land Commissioner Garcia Richard Responds To Proposed Customs And Border Protection Wall

on May 11, 2019 - 11:57am
SANTA FE Wednesday, Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard submitted a five page letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) regarding the proposed first phase of the federal border wall.
The CPB requested comments regarding the proposed project on 31 miles of federal land in Luna County and 15 miles of federal land in Doña Ana County. The Commissioner’s letter (attached and available here) outlines detailed concerns about the project.
The proposed land for “El Paso Project 1” does not include any state trust land, but construction of the

Udall, Heinrich Press To Withdraw Proposal To Build 46 Miles Of Border Wall In Luna/Dona Aña Counties

on May 11, 2019 - 11:36am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) urged Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Wednesday to extend the public comment period, which ended Wednesday, for the Trump administration’s proposal to build 46 miles of new border wall in southern New Mexico.
In a letter to CBP and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the senators said the process is wholly inadequate for stakeholders to thoroughly review and provide comment on a project of this magnitude and believe CBP should extend the comment period by 90 days.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján: Rejecting Corporate PAC Money

on May 11, 2019 - 11:04am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
NAMBE U.S. Rep. and Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued an op-ed Friday explaining the reasons his campaign for senate will not accept corporate PAC contributions.
Rejecting Corporate PAC Money for New Mexicans
By U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

At the start of the last Congress, one of the first votes House Republicans took was on a bill designed to unravel protections for workers exposed to chemicals like beryllium. Beryllium is one of the chemicals that poisoned my father’s lungs and caused his cancer.

Watching House Republicans vote against the

Udall, Warren, Harris, Blumenthal To DHS: Stop Unconstitutional Surveillance Of Journalists, Activists...

on May 10, 2019 - 10:48am

  • Senators demand answers from Acting Secretary McAleenan about CBP’s program to target and monitor individuals reporting on or providing assistance to migrants at the border

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin K.

Haaland, Luján Introduce Buffalo Tract Protection Act

on May 10, 2019 - 7:44am
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland
WASHINGTON, D.C. Vice Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee Deb Haaland and Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján introduced the Buffalo Tract Protection Act Thursday to address the local Sandoval County community’s concerns about the negative impacts of a proposed gravel mine in the area.
The bill will withdraw four parcels of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands, including the Buffalo Tract and the Crest of Montezuma, from any mineral development, including gravel mining.
“The Placitas area is already home to numerous mines and the

LAPD Blue Tape Event Tuesday May 14

on May 9, 2019 - 4:15pm
Scene from the 2018 LAPD Peace Officer Memorial Service. Courtesy/LAPD
Scene with law enforcement wives volunteering at the 2018 Thin Blue tape event at LAPD. Courtesy/LAPD
LAPD News:
The Los Alamos Police Department announces the following activities as aprt of Police Appreciation Week May 13-17:
  • Peace Officer Memorial Service 9-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 14 at LAPD;
  • Thin Blue Tape Event to follow, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LAPD. The community is invited to drive by LAPD to receive a Thin Blue Line of tape on the back window of their vehicle.

Kiwanis: Dr. Paul Daly Addresses Measles Outbreak

on May 9, 2019 - 9:06am

Dr. Paul Daly, a physician at Los Alamos National Laboratory speaks about the current status of measles in the U.S. during Tuesday's Kiwanis Club's meeting at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Dr. Daly reported so far this year there have been 704 cases of measles in the U.S. However, no cases have been reported in Los Alamos or elsewhere in the state. Measles, Daly said, is highly contagious to those who are not immune.The virus is spread through coughing or sneezing. Symptoms can include a high fever, conjunctivitis and a rash. It's important to keep immunizations current, he said.

Plame Launches Congressional Campaign Website

on May 8, 2019 - 6:45pm


Valerie Plame has launched her Democrat for Congress website dispeling any doubt that she is running for the seat held by Rep. Ben Ray Luján who is running for the seat held by retiring Sen. Tom Udall.

Plame lives in Santa Fe and is a writer, spy novelist and former operations officer who worked at the United States Central Intelligence Agency.

In Plame's own word:

I hope to represent Northern New Mexico as your Democratic Congressional Representative. Over 10 years ago, I chose to make New Mexico my home and it has become my heart.

Senators Heinrich, Ernst Introduce Legislation To Help Small Businesses Gain Footing In Defense Industry

on May 8, 2019 - 9:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) introduced the Defense Small Business Advancement Act, which would reauthorize and improve the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) that expired last year.
This program increases participation of small, disadvantaged businesses performing as suppliers to DoD, civilian agencies, and private industry by encouraging mentorships from established DoD contractors.
The Mentor-Protégé Program functions to strengthen the long-term

Naturalization Ceremony At Fort Union May 10

on May 8, 2019 - 8:54am
A Naturalization Ceremony 1-2 p.m. Friday, May 10 at Fort Union National Monument. Photo by Richard Gonzales
FUNM News:
WATROUS Fort Union National Monument is hosting a Naturalization Ceremony 1-2 p.m. Friday, May 10.
This is an opportunity for individuals to earn American citizenship and take the Oath of Allegiance at a backyard National Park. This Oath of Allegiance will be taken by applicants as they will be granted citizenship after all their hard work in learning what it means to be an American.
As new U.S.

Los Alamos High School Graduate Micaela Salazar Receives Commission As Second Lieutenant

on May 7, 2019 - 5:42pm

LAHS graduate Micaela J. Salazar has received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos High School graduate Micaela J. Salazar recently completed the University of New Mexico’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

Salazar also received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Minor in Criminology, graduating with honors.

She plans to continue law school at UNM to become a licensed attorney as well as a Judge Advocate

Udall & Wyden Call For End To Doping Of Racehorses

on May 7, 2019 - 6:50am
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Ron Wyden are introducing the Racehorse Doping Ban Act of 2019. Courtesy/
WASHINGTON, D.C. Ahead of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced that this week they will introduce the Racehorse Doping Ban Act of 2019, which would establish consistent medication rules across the industry and strict doping penalties for horse races already governed by federal law.
“It is past time that Congress stop rewarding the horse racing industry for its inhumane doping

Luján Taps Brad Elkins To Manage Senate Campaign

on May 6, 2019 - 4:26pm

Brad Elkins


Nambé – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, announced today that Brad Elkins will serve as campaign manager for his U.S. Senate bid. 

Elkins starts in the role immediately and will oversee operations for the campaign.

“Brad is an experienced hand with strong roots in New Mexico politics. I’m thrilled he’ll lead our campaign team as we work to earn the support of all New Mexicans and help present my bold vision to champion expanding health care, protecting our environment, and bringing new opportunities to our state,” Luján said. 

Prior to

U.S. Senators Udall And Heinrich Seek Applicants For Upcoming Vacancy On US District Court

on May 6, 2019 - 3:41pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Honorable Judith C. Herrera announced Sept. 28, 2018 her intention to assume senior status after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench.

Judge Herrera’s announcement, effective July 1, 2019, will create a vacancy in Albuquerque for a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

In accordance with their constitutional responsibility as senators to provide advice and consent with respect to federal appointments, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich will recommend to the president a short list of qualified candidates

Global Probe Into Dark Web Drug Ops Nets Arrests

on May 6, 2019 - 10:19am
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. After a two-year investigation into one of the world’s largest dark web marketplaces, the DEA and other law enforcement partners have announced the arrests of three German nationals who operated the site, which sold illegal drugs and other goods to more than a million customers.
The three defendants were arrested April 23-24 in the United States and Germany and now face charges in both countries for their roles as administrators of the Wall Street Marketplace (WSM). (German charges:

Jazzercise Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary

on May 5, 2019 - 8:08am

Now that’s a plank! A mother and daughter demonstrate a super plank during the 50th anniversary of Jazzercise and its national theme ‘Strong as a Mother’. Local Jazzercise programs offer a free week of classes during May. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Fifty is looking good in White Rock and Espanola, as the local Jazzercise programs nationally celebrate a 50th anniversary and a theme for May called, “Strong as a Mother.” The fun phrase can be seen on t-shirts, tanks and other apparel.

To celebrate, the White Rock program is offering a free week of Jazzercise May 1-31 for

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Fights To Boost Benefits, Recruitment, Retention For Teachers At Native Schools

on May 5, 2019 - 7:25am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to convene the committee’s first legislative hearing of the 116th Congress to receive testimony on three bills, including S.279, the Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act, which Udall co-sponsored.
The Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act would create equitable access to the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) and Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) for all Bureau of Indian

National Science Foundation Awards SHSU Faculty

on May 5, 2019 - 6:38am
Christopher Hobbs receives a $410,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Courtesy photo
SHSU News:
Christopher Hobbs, assistant professor of Chemistry in Sam Houston State University’s College of Science and Engineering Technology, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Development Program CAREER Award for his research proposal, “Developing New Polymer Supported Catalysts Using ROMP, ADMET and ATRP with High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students”.
The CAREER award grants Hobbs $410,000 over five years to support the development of undergraduate

Udall, Haaland, Luján Introduce Bill To Increase Access To Nutritious Meals For Native Students

on May 5, 2019 - 6:18am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) introduced legislation Thursday to give Tribes the authority to directly provide Child Nutrition Programs.
The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2019 recognizes that Tribes understand the needs of their communities best, especially when it comes to ensuring children have consistent, healthy, and nutritious meals all year long.
Udall also introduced the legislation

Udall Fights For Action To Help New Mexico Veterans Exposed To Burn Pits In Iraq And Afghanistan

on May 2, 2019 - 11:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. At two events Tuesday on Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) continued his push to improve care for veterans affected by exposure to toxic fumes from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan: during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, and at the 2019 Congressional Burn Pits Briefing.
During the hearing, Udall questioned Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie on his commitment to