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BLM Waives Most Day Use Fees Monday

on January 13, 2018 - 8:13am
BLM News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In order to increase recreational access to public land, the Bureau of Land Management will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to public lands on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 15, 2018.
“On Monday, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the BLM invites families to spend the day together enjoying America’s rich public lands heritage,” Brain Steed, BLM Deputy Director said. “Most of these lands are just a short drive from your community.

Bandelier To Celebrate First 2018 Fee Free Day Monday

on January 13, 2018 - 8:02am
NPS News:
Every year the National Park Service (NPS) offers several days when the public is invited to visit fee free - that is, no entrance fees are charged.
Bandelier National Monument and the other approximately 120 NPS areas that charge entrance fees invite everyone to enjoy this year's first fee-free day Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will also be fee free at lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation. 
"Mid-January is usually a very quiet time at Bandelier,"

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Hosts Tax Town Hall Saturday

on January 12, 2018 - 9:31am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) will be in Santa Fe 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, to host a town hall discussion at Community Café, Santa Fe Higher Education Center at 1950 Siringo Road.
The Congressman will provide an update on new changes to the federal tax code, discuss the federal budget debate and offer an outlook for Congressional action in 2018.
This event is open to the public.

Heinrich On House FISA Reauthorization Vote

on January 12, 2018 - 8:46am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) for six years: 
“The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was originally intended to collect the communications of foreign targets, which is without controversy.

DOE Under Secretary For Science Visits Hanford Site

on January 12, 2018 - 6:36am
DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar (center) dons protective clothing prior to entering the air lock of the 324 Building, located about 300 yards west of the Columbia River. Courtesy photo
DOE News:
RICHLAND, WA  DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar spent his first working days of 2018 at the Hanford Site, emphasizing the importance of safety as he talked with EM officials, toured cleanup projects, and met with labor groups and others in the community. 
Dabbar visited three training facilities where workers practice using equipment in a non-hazardous environment

U.S. Senate Can Force Vote On Net Neutrality

on January 12, 2018 - 6:34am
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey has announced that his resolution of disapproval on the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules has reached 30 cosponsors, allowing him to force a vote on the Senate floor under the Congressional Review Act.
CREDO’s petition calling on members of Congress to support the resolution has now been signed by more than 194,000 people.

The petition, which can be found here, reads:
"Save net neutrality. Support the joint resolution of disapproval overturning the FCC's reversal of the 2015 Open Internet rules."
About CREDO Action

Luján Addresses Vote On FISA Surveillance Bill

on January 11, 2018 - 4:50pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today released the following statement following his vote in opposition to the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act:
“We must ensure that our intelligence agencies have the tools they need to keep us safe while making sure individual liberty and privacy rights are protected. Unfortunately, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act fails to strike the appropriate balance.
Much of the debate centers on one provision of the surveillance law – Section 702. Section 702 is supposed to allow

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Board Of Directors Elects New Members

on January 11, 2018 - 7:48am
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Board of Directors at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has announced the appointment of native New Mexico resident Bert Madera to the Associate Board. Madera joins 77 others on the Board, which is comprised of individuals nationwide.
The National Cowboy Museum’s Board of Directors’ objective is to oversee and direct management in fulfilling the Museum’s mission and purposes. The Museum’s business and affairs are managed by its Board of Directors; they also set policy and strategy as well as provide oversight and decision-making guidance.

Manager Of DOE’s Carlsbad Field Office Receives Top U.S. Civilian Leadership Award

on January 11, 2018 - 7:34am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after two senior level executives with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) received the 2017 Meritorious Rank Award, the nation’s highest civilian career leadership recognition.
Todd Shrader, Manager of EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO), received this award for his outstanding accomplishments relating to waste management in southeastern New Mexico.
“The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is vital to national security

DOE Releases Request For Information/Sources Sought And Announces Industry Day And Community Event

on January 11, 2018 - 7:04am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tuesday issued a Request for Information (RFI)/Sources Sought for the Environmental Management (EM) Nevada Environmental Program Services (EPS) procurement at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). The current EPS contract at NNSS is held by Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc. and expires Jan. 31, 2020.
The RFI/Sources Sought is seeking to solicit input via capability statements from interested parties with the specialized capabilities necessary to meet all or part of the element of scope for the upcoming

Culture On Tap: Celebrate Diversity Week Jan. 16

on January 10, 2018 - 5:59pm

Los Alamos Creative District News: 


One Los Alamos invites the community to celebrate Diversity Week in Los Alamos with a special Culture On Tap at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 16 at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.


Special speakers Jim Nesmith, a former immigration officer and Stephanie Sydoriak, a Los Alamos living treasure and author of the memoir “An Ocean Between,” a memoir portraying the story of her family as they emigrated from Ukraine to the United States, will share their thoughts and experiences about our community.


UnQuarked will offer a special menu of international small

Udall, Heinrich Resolution To Restore Net Neutrality Protections Gains Momentum In U.S. Senate

on January 10, 2018 - 12:31pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Tuesday that 40 senators have signed on to co-sponsor a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would reinstate robust net neutrality protections and the 2015 Open Internet Order.
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines to approve Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal that guts the Open Internet Order, which the D.C.

Pearce On Executive Order Supporting Veterans

on January 10, 2018 - 12:23pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Tuesday released the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order to provide veterans with greater access to mental health care:
“Our nation’s veterans sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and liberties. As a nation, the very least we can do it honor the commitments our government has made. The experiences endured by servicemembers are not always left on the battlefield.

Clarkson Announces Bid For Congressional Seat

on January 10, 2018 - 7:52am

Dr. Gavin Clarkson. Courtesy photo




Dr. Gavin Clarkson, a former Trump administration official and New Mexico State University business professor, announced his candidacy Monday morning for the Republican nomination for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Steve Pearce who is running for governor.


Clarkson, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation, resigned his post Dec. 29 as deputy assistant secretary for Policy and Economic Development - Indian Affairs.

Secretary Zinke Creates New Council For Hunting And Shooting Sports Conservation

on January 9, 2018 - 11:22am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Continuing his unyielding support for hunting, fishing, and the American conservation ethic, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the creation of the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council.
The Council is intended to provide the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture with advice regarding the establishment and implementation of existing and proposed policies and authorities with regard to wildlife and habitat conservation.

Latino Victory Slams Administration’s Decision To End TPS For Salvadorans

on January 9, 2018 - 10:03am
LVP News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Latino Victory Project Monday slammed the Trump Administration’s decision to end temporary protected status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans. El Salvador was designated for TPS after three earthquakes devastated the country in 2001, killing over 1000 people and injuring thousands more. Today, El Salvador remains in crisis, with one of the highest homicide rates in the world.
 “This dangerous decision showcases the dearth of humanity at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. President Trump is forcing hundreds of thousands of hard-working taxpayers to choose between

FDA Indefinitely Delays Enforcing Four Food Safety Modernization Act Provisions

on January 8, 2018 - 10:42am

HSNW News:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that, for now, it will not enforce four rules related to the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a law passed in 2011 that signaled the biggest overhaul in the U.S. food safety laws in seventy years.

In a press release, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that although the FDA has been working hard to implement provisions of the law, “we recognize that such a fundamental change in our food safety approach may require adjustments along the way to address issues that had not been previously anticipated.” He

Heinrich Statement On December Jobs Report

on January 8, 2018 - 7:14am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced 148,000 jobs were added in December:
“Despite inheriting a strong and resilient economy, the President and Republicans in Congress decided to do absolutely nothing to improve the lives of working Americans in 2017. Real wages only grew by 0.2 percent last year from the election through November.

New Mexico Third Largest Oil Producer In America

on January 8, 2018 - 7:13am
SANTA FE  Newly released data from the United States Energy Information Administration shows that oil production in New Mexico booming, propelling the state up to the 3rd-largest oil producer in the United States in September and October, passing Oklahoma and California and trailing only Texas and North Dakota.
EIA data also shows New Mexico hitting a record-high in monthly oil production, producing 16,367,000 barrels of oil with New Mexico on pace to set an annual oil production record in 2017.
“Strong oil and gas production equals a strong New Mexico, providing

National American Legion Cmdr. Denise Rohan Visits Los Alamos

on January 7, 2018 - 2:24pm
American Legion National Cmdr. Denise Rohan and her husband Mike Rohan, New Mexico American Legion Cmdr. Evone Harrison and various department representatives visited Los Alamos Friday as part of the national commander’s tour of the United States. Cmdr. Rohan and Cmdr. Harrison are the first women ever elected to their respective positions in the American Legion. During her visit to Los Alamos, Cmdr. Rohan and her contingent toured areas of Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is only the second national commander to do so.

Heinrich, Wyden Call For Intelligence Assessment Of President's Latest North Korea Tweet

on January 7, 2018 - 6:34am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats requesting that the Intelligence Community assess the risk to the United States and to U.S. interests and personnel arising from President Trump’s latest North Korea tweet.

“In particular, we request that the assessment address the likely North Korean response to the President’s January 2 tweet and the President’s other threatening tweets and statements, and whether this

Pearce On UNM Suspending Lead Physician In Fetal Tissue Research While Investigation Moves Forward

on January 7, 2018 - 6:33am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:

Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement regarding the recent suspension of Dr. Robin Ohls, lead physician in fetal tissue research at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center"

“For years, this issue has divided the University of New Mexico, board of regents, and the community. The University and Health Sciences Center has been in an incredibly difficult position working through a number of allegations and potential questions relating to research being conducted.

“The action

Archbishop John C. Wester Issues Statement On Death Of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson

on January 7, 2018 - 6:28am

LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson

ALBUQUERQUE – Archbishop John C. Wester has issued the following statement regarding the death of President Thomas S. Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

Archbishop John C. Wester

“I was very saddened to learn of the death of President Thomas S. Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a man of great compassion who had a genuine concern for all God’s children and he will be missed, not only by those within the LDS Church, but by countless others who were touched by his gentle leadership and loving heart.

Pearce Introduces Bill To Provide Accountability After Gold King Mine Spill

on January 6, 2018 - 7:50am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rep. Steve Pearce introduced H.R. 4735, the Gold King Mine Spill Accountability Act of 2018, to provide compensation to those injured by the Gold King Mine spill and to provide funds for New Mexico’s long-term water quality monitoring program.
“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was responsible for allowing millions of gallons of contaminated waste water to spill into the Animas and San Juan Rivers in New Mexico.

DEA: China Announces Scheduling Controls On Two Fentanyl Precursor Chemicals

on January 6, 2018 - 7:45am
Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  China’s Ministry of Public Security last week announced scheduling controls on two fentanyl precursor chemicals – NPP and 4ANPP, substances that can be used to make illicit drugs.
The scheduling controls will take effect Feb. 1, 2018 and is the result of the ongoing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Government of China and their shared commitment to countering illicit fentanyl-class substances.
“Fentanyl compounds significantly contribute to the current opioid crisis in