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Udall, Rubio Introduce Bill to Promote Historic Preservation Education

on December 18, 2013 - 7:39am

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Marco Rubio, R-FL., introduced a bill that would give Hispanic-serving colleges and universities increased access to a grant program designed to encourage more students to pursue historic and cultural preservation. The program is similar to one already available to historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges, and nontribal colleges with a high enrollment of Native Americans or Native Hawaiians. 

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

The Preservation Research at Institutions Serving Minorities

Udall Statement on NSA Phone Surveillance Program

on December 17, 2013 - 7:55am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M, responded to the D.C. District Court ruling regarding the National Security Agency’s phone surveillance program.

Udall has long pushed for reforms that would balance national security with Americans’ constitutional rights, including the USA FREEDOM Act to end the bulk collection of phone records, and two bills to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts.

He has also led a bipartisan push to ask for an independent investigation of these programs by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Republican Women Hold Christmas Luncheon

on December 17, 2013 - 7:53am
Pictured are Frances Fernandes (SFFRW President), Donna Macdonald, Crystal Dufresne (Treasurer), Mary Wilhoit (LAFRW President), Fran Berting, Mary Brooks, Terry Marzili, Cathy Walters (Secretary), Lisa Shin & daughter, Ellie Giovanielli, Jane Gordon and Margaret Harrach. (Not pictured, Alice Mann and Adeline M. Lundin.) Courtesy photo

GOP News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women held an end of the year Christmas luncheon Dec. 12 at the home of Lawry and Alice Mann. 

Included in the agenda were a 2013 Year-in-Review, and a collection of gifts for the Adopt-a-Family program to which

Volunteers Place Wreaths at Santa Fe National Cemetery

on December 15, 2013 - 8:51am

 

Military personnel gather at Saturday's Wreaths Across America ceremony at Snata Fe National Cemetery to honor fallen soldiers. Photo by Diane Swan

 

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall honors fallen military personnel during Saturday's ceremony at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Photo by Diane Swan

 

Photo by Diane Swan

Staff Report

Remembering fallen military, one wreath at a time, volunteers from across the area including Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, SOC Los Alamos and local community partners, sponsored holiday wreaths for a military gravesite at the Santa Fe National

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Bill

on December 14, 2013 - 7:22am
Organ Mountains scenery. Courtesy/Henrich's Office

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to preserve some of Doña Ana County’s most iconic landscapes, while boosting the region’s tourism and outdoor economy, creating jobs and improving hunting and hiking opportunities. The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act would designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument to conserve, protect and enhance scenic, recreational and culturally significant land. 

The new monument would be managed by the

White Sands Expansion Provision Included in Defense Authorization Act

on December 14, 2013 - 6:37am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Tom Udall, D-N.M. made the following statements in response to a provision included in the compromise language of the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), released yesterday. The provision is part of a bill the New Mexico senators introduced earlier this year, which passed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, to strengthen the missions at White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss.

"I am pleased that both the House and Senate came together to support this important provision for

Luján Addresses Budget Vote

on December 13, 2013 - 8:28am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today after voting for a compromise budget plan that reduces sequester cuts over the next two years.

"While this budget plan is not perfect, and neither side got everything they would have liked, it represents a compromise that takes important steps to chip away at the devastating cuts of the sequester. It rejects the calls of the extreme Tea Party elements that have demanded even deeper cuts that would harm New Mexico.

Governor’s Proposal Would Raise Starting Teacher Salaries

on December 12, 2013 - 9:41am

STATE News:

Wednesday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced proposals to better recruit, retain, and compensate new teachers, as well as reward teachers and school leaders whose students are achieving strong academic growth in the classroom.

Martinez’s plan would increase the minimum base starting salary for teachers in New Mexico by 10 percent and allow every school district to propose a plan to utilize new state funding to provide significant financial rewards to its high-performing teachers and school leaders.

“Teaching is an honorable profession," Martinez said.

Udall: Filibuster Rule Change Reducing Senate Gridlock

on December 12, 2013 - 7:17am

Sen Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON —Tuesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. praised the confirmation of Patricia Millett to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She is the first nominee to be confirmed by the Senate since changing its rules to prohibit filibusters of executive branch and judicial nominees, other than those to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Since 2009, Udall has led the fight in the Senate to cut through gridlock, and he said Millett's confirmation by a vote of 56-38 is evidence that the Senate is finally working again when it comes to these

Affordable Care Act to Increase Access to Mental Health Benefits

on December 11, 2013 - 4:05pm

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District highlighted recent data that shows the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expanding mental health and substance use disorder benefits for approximately 60 million Americans - including approximately 403,000 New Mexicans. This expansion of coverage for mental health and substance use disorders is one of the largest in a generation.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies in the individual and small group market are required for the first time to cover mental health and substance use disorder

Governor Launches Heroes to Highways Program to Help Returning Veterans

on December 11, 2013 - 8:07am

STATE News:

  • Governor’s Program Eases Transition to Civilian Workforce for Qualified Veterans

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez announces that the new Heroes to Highways Program, helping returning veterans obtain New Mexico commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) more easily, will officially start today, Wednesday Dec. 11. Heroes to Highways will recognize military transportation credentials to help veterans, as well as Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel, obtain employment in the civilian workforce.

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Dec. 13

on December 10, 2013 - 8:11am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is holding its Regular Business Meeting at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in the City of Santa Fe Council Chambers, 200 Lincoln Ave., in Santa Fe.

For more information, visit the Regional Coalition website at http://regionalcoalition.org.

The Regional Coalition is comprised of eight cities and counties surrounding the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL.) Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns.

New Job Training Program for Prison Inmates

on December 10, 2013 - 7:49am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

Gov. Susana Martinez announced a new program to provide job training for prison inmates. This program will have inmates repair and refurbish broken wheelchairs and bicycles, and send them to those in need.

The New Mexico Corrections Department has partnered with Joni and Friends Wheels for the World. The non-profit organization will provide the broken wheelchairs, and active gang members at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility (SNMCF) will refurbish the wheelchairs.

Governor to Honor Fallen Military Members at Wreaths Across America Ceremony

on December 9, 2013 - 7:55am

Courtesy/WAA

 

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez will honor fallen military members by delivering the keynote address at New Mexico's Wreaths Across America ceremony at the New Mexico State Capitol.

 

The special event is at 10 a.m., today, Dec. 9 at the New Mexico State Capitol Rotunda, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe.

 

Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies all across the country to honor America's fallen military members.

DPU's Bob Westervelt at Lunch with a Leader Dec. 17

on December 9, 2013 - 7:43am
Robert Westervelt
 
LWV News:
 
The League of Women Voters' monthly Lunch with a Leader that is open to  the  community will be Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 11:40 a.m. upstairs at  Mesa Library.
 
This month's speaker is Robert Westervelt, Deputy Utility Manager of Finance and Administration. If you live on Barranca Mesa or North Mesa and are participating in the Smart Meter Study, do you wonder what those rates on your emails mean? Are you in the punishment group or the reward group? What does that mean? These and other questions as well as other information will be shared with those

Sen. Tom Udall Visits NMC's Bio Lab

on December 8, 2013 - 10:00am
Sen. Tom Udall, center, questions scientist Natalia Friedland, left, about her research on plants to be used as biofuel. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Sen. Tom Udall addresses guests at a reception during his visit to the New Mexico Consortium’s Biological Laboratory and Greenhouse Friday. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., visited the New Mexico Consortium’s Biological Research Laboratory and Greenhouse in Los Alamos Friday.

Udall Issues Statement on Renewable Energy

on December 7, 2013 - 8:56am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE - Thursday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., welcomed the president's "Presidential Memorandum," challenging federal agencies to nearly triple their renewable energy consumption to 20 percent by 2020.

Udall, who has led the effort to set a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), requiring utilities to generate 25 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025, issued the following statement:

"The United States should lead the world in clean energy jobs, innovation and in efforts to fight global warming.

Veterans Get 1.5 Percent Cost-of-Living Increase

on December 6, 2013 - 7:56am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

CONGRESSIONAL News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) announced that veterans, their families and survivors who receive disability compensation and pension benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

“New Mexico’s veterans, their families and their survivors have sacrificed a great deal in service to our country, and they deserve the added financial stability that next year’s cost-of-living increase will provide,”

GOP Women Host Holiday Luncheon

on December 6, 2013 - 7:43am

LAFRW News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold a Christmas Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at the home of Lawry and Alice Mann. 

All registered Republican women are invited, and guests are welcome. Please bring a dish to share. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for charity donations. 

For further information about the luncheon, contact Donna MacDonald at 505.662.4001. For information on the LAFRW "Adopt-A-Family" for Christmas project, call Kathy Walters at 505.662.5266 or 505.423.0132.

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Udall Hosts Women's Career Success Conference

on December 6, 2013 - 7:29am

Sen. Tom Udall at a previous Women’s Career Success Conference held in October. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is hosting an additional Women’s Career Success Conference at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. 

The Women's Career Success Conference will bring together businesses, nonprofit organizations and federal agency officials to help women in New Mexico learn how to enhance their careers and increase their competitiveness in the job market.

Space is limited, so women interested in attending are asked to

Udall Presents Two New Mexico Consortium Outstanding Achievement Awards for Mentored Research

on December 5, 2013 - 10:57am

Sangeeta Negi works with Dr. Richard Sayre, a joint NMC-LANL scientist. Courtesy/LANL

Loreen Lamoureux of UNM. Photo by Ann Kuiper 

LANL News:

  • Sangeeta Negi of the NMC and Loreen Lamoureux of UNM to receive awards for their work in Algal Bio-technology and Bio-medical Engineering.

Senator Tom Udall will recognize Dr. Sangeeta Negi of the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) for achieving a two-fold increase in bio-mass productivity in algae this Friday. Loreen Lamoureux, a graduate student at the University of New Mexico (UNM) will be recognized for her work on rapid E. coli detection methods.

Senators: End the N.S.A. Dragnet, Now

on November 30, 2013 - 8:45am

U.S. SENATE News:

The following op-ed by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, Mark Udall, and Martin Heinrich about their fight for privacy rights, was published in The New York Times Nov. 26:

 

End the N.S.A. Dragnet, Now
By RON WYDEN, MARK UDALL and MARTIN HEINRICH

WASHINGTON, D.C. — THE framers of the Constitution declared that government officials had no power to seize the records of individual Americans without evidence of wrongdoing, and they embedded this principle in the Fourth Amendment.

Help Your Community ... Shop Local This Holiday Season

on November 28, 2013 - 9:02am

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Udall Cosponsors "Small Business Saturday" resolution in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement announcing his cosponsorship of a resolution to designate Nov. 30, 2013, as “Small Business Saturday” and to increase awareness of the importance of locally owned small businesses. On Saturday, Udall will visit Albuquerque small businesses to talk to owners and shoppers about the important role small business plays in our economy.

“Small businesses have been the economic foundation of communities across America since our nation’s

Governor to Light New Mexico State Christmas Tree

on November 27, 2013 - 12:50pm

Christmas candle. Courtesy photo

 

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez will participate in the annual lighting of the New Mexico State Christmas Tree Monday in Santa Fe.

 

The public is invited to attend this event and hot apple cider and biscochitos will be served.

 

When: Monday Dec. 2, 5:15 p.m.

 

Where: Southwest corner of State Capitol Grounds, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail.

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1.49 Million Federal Grant for Innovation Center

on November 27, 2013 - 12:36pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced federal funding to help develop a new high-tech business district in Albuquerque.
 
STC.UNM, the technology-transfer and economic-development arm of the University of New Mexico (UNM), will receive a $1,498,048 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) to go toward the purchase of property to be developed into an innovation center between downtown Albuquerque’s central business district and the University of New Mexico.

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