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Governor Launches Heroes to Highways Program to Help Returning Veterans

on December 11, 2013 - 8:07am


  • 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

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


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





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/

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/
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


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


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


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.


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


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


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

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


  • 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




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
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.

Saturday: Udall to Discuss Toy Safety

on November 26, 2013 - 1:05pm


  • Udall, CPSC, UNM to provide tips to help parents avoid hazards, keep kids safe during the holidays

ALBUQUERQUE – As the holiday shopping season begins, parents across New Mexico will head to the stores to buy children’s gifts. Saturday, Nov. 30, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will hold an informational news conference at UNM Children’s Hospital to announce tips that will help parents ensure the toys they buy are safe for their kids. Joining Udall at the event will be Commissioner Marietta Robinson of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Dr.

Heinrich Addresses Agreement on Iran's Nuclear Program

on November 25, 2013 - 6:31am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the agreement reached on Iran's nuclear program:

"The agreement reached today is a positive first step to limit Iran's nuclear program. The United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, China, and the European Union have all worked to negotiate strict oversight, enforcement mechanisms, and daily inspections that are critical to overseeing this agreement.

"While I welcome this important first step, I realize that

Nov. 22 Marked 50-Year Anniversary of JFK Death

on November 23, 2013 - 10:46am

'Fast for Families' Calls for Immigration Reform

on November 23, 2013 - 8:43am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


ALBUQUERQUE – In conjunction with the National "Fast for Families" in Washington, D.C., and echo fasts being held across the nation, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico's First Congressional District, faith leaders, local and state elected officials, workers and families impacted by the broken immigration system will fast in Albuquerque after Mass Sunday, Nov. 24.

The fast is being taken to draw attention to the moral crisis and suffering being caused by the broken immigration system.

Participants will fast, as able, in phases during a

Governor Appoints Los Alamos Housing Manager Paul Andrus to Regional Board

on November 23, 2013 - 7:47am

Paul Andrus


Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Paul Andrus of Los Alamos to the Northern Regional Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

Andrus has more than 20 years of experience in community development and affordable housing. He serves as Los Alamos County's manager of Housing and Special Projects in the Community and Economic Development Department.

Andrus was hired for the post one year ago, replacing former manager Steve Brugger who took a position with the County of Santa Fe.

Andrus is from Aurora, Colo., has a wife, children and three schnauzers.

Efforts to Designate Columbine-Hondo as Wilderness Continue

on November 23, 2013 - 6:29am

Courtesy/Jan Studebaker


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday, during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., who serves on the committee, continued their effort to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness.

Udall and Heinrich introduced the proposal, S. 776, the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act, earlier this year. A companion bill, H.R. 1683, was introduced in the House by Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.-03).

The legislation would expand the Wheeler Peak Wilderness by

Heinrich Votes to End Stalemate on Nominations

on November 23, 2013 - 6:13am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., issued the following statement after the Senate voted 52-48 to change its rules and end filibusters on presidential executive and judicial nominations, except to the U.S. Supreme Court:

"Opposition and obstructionism rather than accountability and deliberation have become far too common in Washington. 

"Today, we put an end to Senate Republicans repeatedly blocking qualified judicial and public service nominees from receiving an up or down vote.

Governor Proposes $2 Million to Boost Water Research

on November 23, 2013 - 6:05am

Gov. Susana Martinez

ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled a proposal to invest an additional $2 million to boost water research and innovation in New Mexico.

Addressing the 58th Annual New Mexico Water Conference via video, Martinez called on the New Mexico Legislature to allocate $2 million dollars in additional funding to the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NMWRRI) during the upcoming legislative session. NMWRRI works to solve New Mexico’s pressing water problems through supporting research projects at New Mexico’s colleges and universities.

“Earlier this week I

Governor Proposes $112 Million Capital Investment in Water Infrastructure

on November 22, 2013 - 6:19am

Gov. Susana Martinez


ALBUQUERQUE-Governor Susana Martinez today proposed a $112 million capital investment in New Mexico’s water infrastructure. This investment amounts to approximately 60 percent of the capital outlay funding that will be available when the New Mexico Legislature convenes in January.

Martinez’s proposal prioritizes water investments in communities that are in danger of going dry, or struggling with poor water quality, as well as water projects such as watershed and dam rehabilitation to help communities survive and thrive economically.


Bill Reducing Veterans Disability Claims Backlog Clears Committee

on November 22, 2013 - 6:17am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced key progress in his continued effort to reduce the veterans disability claims backlog after the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs earlier this week passed by a voice vote, S. 1581, the Veterans Programs Improvements Act of 2013.

The omnibus veterans bill includes language from S. 1148, the Veterans Benefits Claims Faster Filing Act, a proposal Senator Heinrich and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced in June.

"I'm pleased the committee took quick action to pass this