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Udall, Luján, NM Delegation Introduce Legislation To Address Health Disparities For Native Americans

on April 20, 2019 - 9:27am
New Mexico Delegation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. April 15, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján, Assistant Speaker of the House, along with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, introduced bicameral legislation to improve Medicaid for Native patients who receive services at Urban Indian Health Programs.
The Urban Indian Health Parity Act is also cosponsored by 10 other U.S. Senators and 13 other members of the House of Representatives.

Hunting And Fishing Groups File Final Comments Opposing Clean Water Rollback

on April 20, 2019 - 8:24am
TRCP News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dozens of national, regional, and local hunting and fishing groups have submitted final comments on the EPA’s proposed rollback of Clean Water Act protections for 50 percent of wetlands and 18 percent of stream miles in the U.S.
Their comments underscore the potential economic consequences for rural communities and outdoor recreation businesses and the species that stand to lose habitat if clean water standards are weakened.
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has also mobilized more than 3,500 individual sportsmen and women to submit

NMMNHS Participates In Drug Take-Back Day April 27

on April 20, 2019 - 8:21am
A line forms at a previous Drug Take-Back Day, and this year in conjunction with its exhibit, 'Drugs: Costs and Consequences', the museum is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 27 at the museum. Courtesy/NMMNHS
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday April 27 at the Museum.
Take-Back Day is a safe and convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs.

IRS: New Mexico Robocall Tax Scams Peaking

on April 20, 2019 - 7:49am
IRS News:
A new study shows that New Mexico consumers rank 32nd for most at-risk states for robocall tax scams from now through April 28. released the States Most At Risk For Tax Season Scams Friday after analyzing 15 million consumer complaints released by the FTC over the last three years (2016-18).
New Mexico ranked No. 32 with 1,601 FTC complaints per 100,000 people.
The analysis revealed phone scams will peak the week of April 15-21.

The IRS has stated repeatedly that they will never call to demand immediate payment, will not ask for credit or debit

LANL: Data Mining Digs Up Hidden Clues To Major California Earthquake Triggers

on April 18, 2019 - 3:58pm

A historic image of quake damage in Long Beach, Calif., 1933. COurtesy/W.L. Huber, USGS. Public domain


LANL News:


A powerful computational study of southern California seismic records has revealed detailed information about a plethora of previously undetected small earthquakes, giving a more precise picture about stress in the earth’s crust.


A new publicly available catalog of these findings will help seismologists better understand the stresses triggering the larger earthquakes that occasionally rock the region. 


“It’s very difficult to unpack what triggers larger

Scientists Find Evidence Mercury Has Solid Inner Core

on April 18, 2019 - 3:51pm
An illustration of Mercury’s interior based on new research that shows the planet has a solid inner core. Courtesy/Antonio Genova.
An artist’s concept of the interiors of Earth, Mars and Earth’s moon. New research shows Mercury has a solid inner core like Earth does. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scientists have long known that Earth and Mercury have metallic cores.
Like Earth, Mercury’s outer core is composed of liquid metal, but there have only been hints that Mercury’s innermost core is solid.

Farewell To Los Alamos Historical Society Retiring Executive Director Heather McClenahan

on April 18, 2019 - 10:10am

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan bids farewell Monday to Oppie and Groves. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan will retire from full-time museum work April 26. She became executive director in May 2011, following the retirement of Hedy Dunn.

During an interview Monday with the Los Alamos Daily Post, McClenahan spoke about her most “spectacular day” on the job.

“I remember it well … Nov.

AHF Launches ‘Oak Ridge Innovations’ Program

on April 18, 2019 - 9:50am
Atomic Heritage Foundation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. “Nuclear medicine, nuclear energy, nuclear weapons. All of that goes back to Oak Ridge,” explains Denise Kiernan, bestselling author of The Girls of Atomic City. Oak Ridge, Tenn. has been a center for nuclear research since General Leslie Groves selected it as the Manhattan Project’s uranium enrichment site in 1942.
Today, Oak Ridge is the home of many leading scientific and engineering research facilities, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) has launched a new online interpretive program,

Udall, Heinrich Unveil Legislation To Cut Taxes For Workers And Families In New Mexico

on April 17, 2019 - 7:50am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Ahead of Tax Day and the IRS Commissioner’s annual appearance Monday before the Senate and House, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich,along with 46 Senate Democrats, introduced the Working Families Tax Relief Act.  
At a time when wages are stagnant and the cost of childcare has exploded, the Working Families Tax Relief Act would cut taxes for workers and families by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). EITC and CTC are two of the most effective tools we have to put money back in the pockets of working

Udall To Wheeler On EPA Reorg: Agency Should Focus On Staffing Crisis And Environmental Enforcement

on April 16, 2019 - 4:49pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed reorganization of regional offices, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.),ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, requested April 10 a detailed plan from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to improve staffing levels across the agency, prioritize enforcement and compliance, increase communication with states, Tribes, and EPA staff, and honor agreements with staff and unions.
“While I acknowledge that

DOE Releases Sources Sought For Environmental Management Idaho Cleanup Project

on April 16, 2019 - 4:38pm
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wednesday issued a Sources Sought for the Environmental Management (EM) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) - Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Licensing and Other Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) Program Mission Objectives, and Facility Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) Requirements at the DOE Idaho National Lab (INL) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Site in southeast Idaho.
The EM ICP mission objectives are currently being performed by Fluor Idaho, LLC and Spectra Tech Inc.; and expire March 31, 2021 and May 31, 2021,

AGU: Warm Autumn Winds Could Strain Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

on April 16, 2019 - 4:36pm
This satellite image from March 3, 2016 shows unusual late summer/early fall melting on the Larsen C ice shelf. New research finds the additional melting is due in part to warm, dry air currents called foehn winds that originate in the Antarctic Peninsula’s central mountain range and discusses the compounding effects of these late-season melt events on the snowpack. Courtesy/NASA Earth Observatory/Lauren Dauphin

This photograph shows a cloud-clearing, induced by foehn winds, on the lee side of mountains on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Senators Urge Amtrak To Continue Support For Routes Connecting Rural Communities In NM, Across U.S.

on April 16, 2019 - 3:26pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Pat Roberts (R-Kans.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Jerry Moran (R-Kans.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Joe Manchin (D-W. VA.), Dick Durbin (D- Ill.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) are calling on Amtrak to continue service to rural communities in New Mexico and across the U.S. by investing in long-distance and state-supported routes.
“We are writing in strong support of Amtrak’s national network, including the long-distance and state-supported

Heinrich, Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Establish Investment Tax Credit For Energy Storage

on April 16, 2019 - 11:26am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, have introduced the bipartisan Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act of 2019 to establish an investment tax credit (ITC) for business and home use of energy storage.
“I continue to be incredibly excited by the potential for innovative energy storage technologies to improve the efficiency, reliability and resilience of our electric delivery systems that power homes and businesses.

Republican Gavin Clarkson Seeks U.S. Senate Seat

on April 16, 2019 - 8:00am

Gavin Clarkson of Las Cruces


LAS CRUCES – Former Trump administration official and New Mexico State University business professor Dr. Gavin Clarkson today became the first Republican to announce for New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat.

Sen. Tom Udall announced last month he will retire rather than seek a third six-year term next year.

“My story is quite different from most people who spend their lives climbing the political stepladder aspiring to be another career politician,” Clarkson said.

ACT Joins National Get On Board Day April 25

on April 15, 2019 - 6:29pm

Atomic City Transit Bus. Courtesy photo


Atomic City Transit (ACT) announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide Thursday, April 25 to participate in National Get On Board Day. 

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2019 National Get On Board Day is a day that encourages people to support public transportation and showcases the benefits it brings to communities. 

Each weekday in the U.S., 34 million people board public transportation.

Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local

Manhattan Project NHP Superintendent Attends Friends Of MPNHP Annual Meeting In Los Alamos

on April 15, 2019 - 10:33am

Manhattan Project National Historical Park Superintendent Kris Kirby, back row third from left, traveled from Denver to attend the annual board meeting Thursday of the Friends of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park – Los Alamos. During the meeting, the board elected new officers and board members including, front row from left, Dr. Ben Neal, Shannon C’de Baca and David Jolly. Back row from left, newly elected President Rick Reiss, Heather McClenahan, Kirby, newly elected Vice President Kristin Henderson, Liddie Martinez, re-elected Treasurer Ron Wilkins and board member Carol A.

Marking Tax Day, Udall, Warren Reintroduce Bill To Simplify, Decrease Costs Of Tax Preparation And Filing

on April 15, 2019 - 9:32am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

  • Taxpayers spend an average of 11 hours preparing and filing tax returns and pay $200 for tax preparation services 
  • Bill with Sen. Elizabeth Warren would simplify tax filing process and let Americans file their taxes directly with the IRS for free

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M) joined U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in reintroducing the Tax Filing Simplification Act to simplify and decrease the costs of the tax filing process for millions of American taxpayers.

Last tax season,

Luján On Passage Of Southwest Drought Plan

on April 15, 2019 - 8:14am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the passage of a comprehensive drought and water plan for the southwest:
“Today’s passage of a comprehensive drought plan is a critical step to address climate change and protect New Mexicans’ access to clean water. Millions of people across the Southwest depend on the Colorado River, even as the supply has continued to deplete due to prolonged drought.

LANL: New First-Of-Its-Kind Model Accurately Predicts Harmful Space Weather

on April 14, 2019 - 7:02am
An artist’s rendering of the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth. The purple, concentric shells represent the inner and outer belts. They completely encircle Earth, but have been cut away in this image to show detail. Courtesy/NASA’s Conceptual Image Lab/Walt Feimer
LANL News:
A new, first-of-its-kind space weather model reliably predicts space storms of high-energy particles that are harmful to many satellites and spacecraft orbiting in the Earth’s outer radiation belt.
A paper recently published in the journal Space Weather details how the model can accurately give a

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Opens Application Process For Military Service Academy Nominations

on April 14, 2019 - 6:19am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he is now accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies.
Throughout April and May, members of Udall's staff will host information sessions across the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying to enter an academy in the fall of 2020.
Four of the five service academies — the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S.

National Volunteer Week Illuminates And Inspires

on April 14, 2019 - 6:14am
April 7-13 is National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to shine a light on the people and causes that inspire others to serve.
It is a time to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism and volunteering.
Laura Hendrie is a hospice volunteer at Ambercare Hospice of Santa Fe. She is passionate about what she does and said she feels privileged to spend time with individuals and families facing the end of life. And while most people assume being a hospice volunteer might be scary or uncomfortable, Hendrie said that she feels just the opposite.
Hendrie recently

New Mexico Delegation Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Haaland Introduce Legislation To Protect Chaco Canyon Area

on April 13, 2019 - 11:49am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, the U.S House Assistant Speaker, and Deb Haaland have introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill to withdraw the federal lands around Chaco Canyon from further mineral development.
The bill, alongside anticipated actions from State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard, would help ensure the protection of Chaco ruins and the greater landscape surrounding the Chaco Culture National Historical Park by preventing any future leasing or

Federal Human Trafficking Report Finds U.S. Federal Courts Handled 771 Human Trafficking Cases In 2018

on April 13, 2019 - 11:11am
Human Trafficking Institute News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The 2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report was released Wednesday, April 10, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The Report, a project of the Human Trafficking Institute, is a continuation of the Institute’s efforts to provide comprehensive data about every criminal and civil human trafficking case that federal courts handle each year. In 2018, there were a total of 771 human trafficking cases in U.S. federal courts with a total of 1,217 criminal defendants and 390 civil defendants in those cases.
Last year marked the

Heinrich Questions Top Air Force Leadership About Artificial Intelligence Workforce Needs

on April 11, 2019 - 4:02pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a hearing before the Senate Committee on Armed Services April 5, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff of the Air Force General David L. Goldfein about how the Air Force, and the Department of Defense as a whole, is working to address the growing workforce needs as the military implements Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiatives.
Heinrich is focused on helping the military recruit more computer scientists and establishing digital engineering