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New Mexico Shares Portion Of More Than $1.6 Million In FEMA Preparedness Grants

on September 22, 2014 - 5:38pm

FEMA News:

DENTON, Texas — Emergency management agencies in five states – New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas – have been awarded more than $1.6 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

In New Mexico, grants totaling $120,016 cover firefighting equipment for:

  • Ohkay Owingeh Fire Department;
  • Newkirk Fire Department in Santa Rosa; and
  • Health screenings and physicals for the Santa Fe Fire Department.

In Arkansas, the grants total $149,515 and cover:

  • Stretchers, backboards and splints for the El Dorado Fire Department;
  • Firefighting

Luján Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 22, 2014 - 4:26pm

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 this video in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

"This is an exciting time for the Hispanic community. Every year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, America comes together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. It represents an opportunity to reflect on the enduring contributions of a community that has strengthened the fabric of a nation.

"As the fastest growing ethnic group, the future of our country is increasingly in the hands of Hispanic families and communities.

DEA's Ninth And Final Drug Take Back Day Sept. 27

on September 22, 2014 - 12:25pm

DEA News:

  • New Disposal Rules in Effect Next Month Provide for Convenient, Ongoing Disposal Opportunities for Patients’ Unwanted Pharmaceuticals

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This Saturday, Sept. 27, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and nearly 4,000 of its national, tribal and community law enforcement partners will hold the ninth and final National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. 

Americans may take their expired, unneeded and unwanted prescription drugs to one of more than 5,200 collection sites across the country between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. local time.

Renaissance Fair At Rancho De Las Golondrinas Underway In Santa Fe

on September 20, 2014 - 9:45am

Renaissance Fair at Rancho de las Golondrinas is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., today and tomorrow in Santa Fe. Tickets and information is available at www.sfrenfair.org. Photo by Kimber Wallwork-Heineman

Photo by Kimber Wallwork-Heineman

WIPP: No Evidence Of Second Breached Drum

on September 20, 2014 - 8:17am

WIPP News:

Recent news reports have incorrectly suggested that there is a second breached drum in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground facility. There is no evidence to suggest a release from a second drum.

The site conducted initial surveys that showed no evidence of a radiological release from Panel 6, and WIPP personnel have seen no evidence since then that suggests anything different.

Worker safety is the Department's highest priority and workers entering radiologically controlled areas of the WIPP underground facility are trained and equipped with state of the art

Heinrich Co-sponsors Bill to Expand STEM Education

on September 20, 2014 - 7:26am

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.

WASHINGTON D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. cosponsored a bill to expand engagement in afterschool programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and encourage New Mexico students to pursue STEM careers.

The bill, S. 2543, the Supporting Afterschool STEM Act, would help provide resources to support afterschool and STEM programs by strengthening state, local, and community partnerships.

"It has become increasingly important to engage students in STEM education.

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone Selected For Leadership New Mexico Core Program

on September 19, 2014 - 5:49pm

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone

LNM News:

Leadership New Mexico has announced that Los Alamos County Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone is among the 42 leaders from 19 communities across the state selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Core Program. This is the 19th class for the Leadership New Mexico Core Program.

Open to all citizens of the state, Leadership New Mexico’s Core Program involves leaders who represent the various geographic regions and communities, from the public, private, government and non-profit sectors.

Gov. Declares Today Texting And Driving Day Of Action

on September 19, 2014 - 9:36am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

Today is the third annual day of action to stop texting and driving as part of the It Can Wait campaign. 

This year, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez officially proclaimed Sept. 19 to be the “It Can Wait Day of Action” statewide. See her proclamation here: http://bit.ly/Xq6FWN  

Once again, AT&T and partner organizations are calling on New Mexico drivers to get involved today in the movement to end texting while driving, which is involved in more than 200,000 vehicle crashes each year.

New Mexico drivers are encouraged to:

  • Text “ICWNM” (stands for It Can

Bandelier: Comments Sought On Replacement Of Motor And Pedestrian Bridge

on September 18, 2014 - 11:24am

Map of Project Area and road and trailhead maintenance. Proposed actions would restore park infrastructure and help ensure the safety of visitors and protection of the monument’s natural and cultural resources. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

The National Park Service (NPS) is considering replacement of a motor vehicle bridge and two pedestrian bridges that were lost during recent flooding.

The purpose of the proposed project is to reestablish safe access to the picnic area, parking, and trailheads on the west side of the Rito de los Frijoles (Frijoles Creek). The Las Conchas Fire in June

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Friday In Los Alamos

on September 18, 2014 - 9:32am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hosts its regular business meeting 9-11 a.m.,  Friday in Los Alamos.

The meeting is in the Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., Suite 350. The agenda includes important updates and information on economic development issues, including the subcontractor situation and upcoming, possible new major construction at Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as a response to new safety disclosures. 

Friday's meeting also includes guest speakers from NNSA, the Feynman Center and REDI-Net.

Governor Announces $100,000 Investment To Triple Alzheimer’s Caregivers Trained In New Mexico

on September 17, 2014 - 1:35pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

  • Targeted Investment and Programs Designed to Improve Alzheimer’s Treatment and Care in Rural and Underserved Areas

SANTA FE — Today Gov. Susana Martinez announced nearly $100,000 in funding to greatly expand training for family caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, particularly in rural and underserved areas.

“Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia presents so many physical and emotional challenges,” Martinez said. “Caregivers often don’t know where to turn for help.

Udall, Barrasso Hail Senate Passage Of Bill To Streamline BLM Energy Permits

on September 17, 2014 - 8:09am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and John Barrasso, R-WY announced Tuesday that the Senate passed their bipartisan bill to extend a pilot program that has helped the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) balance complex demands, including oil and gas permitting and environmental management, in New Mexico, Wyoming and other parts of the West.

The BLM Permit Processing Improvement Act of 2014, which passed the Senate by unanimous consent, permanently extends a pilot program from the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that was designed to help the agency deal with a backlog

Valles Caldera Trust Public Meeting Sept. 24

on September 16, 2014 - 6:10pm

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) Board of Trustees (Board) will conduct a meeting in public 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the Courtyard Marriott, 3347 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.

The agenda will include a summary of 3rd quarter activities, status of the Transportation, Recreation, and Infrastructure Plan (TRIP), review of the fiscal year 2015 budget, plans for winter recreation, review of elk hunt lottery system and presentations by Trust staff.

Public comments will be heard after the last report with adjournment scheduled immediately thereafter.

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Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Postponed

on September 16, 2014 - 3:48pm

SFNF News:

 SANTA FE – Fire managers from Santa Fe National Forest’s Espanola Ranger District have postponed the Santa Fe Watershed prescribed fire that was scheduled for ignition this week. 

The Southwest Coordination Center and the Weather Predictive Service have predicted that remnants of former Hurricane Odile will bring significant moisture and poor ventilation through the end of this week and possibly into next week. Weather conditions such as wind, temperature and humidity must meet specific criteria before any prescribed fire can be implemented. 

Because the forecasted conditions

Heinrich Marks Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 16, 2014 - 7:05am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, released the following statement in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, observed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15:

"This month, we celebrate the achievements and immeasurable contributions that Hispanic-Americans make every day to shape and enrich our nation. From serving in our Armed Forces, to starting businesses that strengthen our economy, to fighting for civil rights, the Hispanic community helps build a stronger, more resilient America.

Udall Votes For Equal Pay For Women

on September 15, 2014 - 11:46pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Disappointed that Republicans again chose to filibuster Paycheck Fairness Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall expressed his disappointment that Republicans again blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.

Although the bill received support from a majority in the Senate, 52-40, it failed to receive the 60 votes necessary to overcome the Republican filibuster. Today's vote was the second time this year that Republicans have filibustered equal pay for equal work.

Udall issued the

Bench Warrant Sweep Collects More Than $140,000 In Child Support

on September 15, 2014 - 11:31am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — For the third year in a row, Gov. Susana Martinez has announced the success of New Mexico’s annual child support bench warrant round up, which collected more than $140,000 in unpaid child support.

“Parents have a responsibility to contribute to the upbringing of their children,” Martinez said. “This annual round up continues to show real results for kids and families in improving their economic stability. New Mexico remains committed to providing as many tools as possible to help parents support their children emotionally and financially.”

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Heinrich Marks 20 Years Of AmeriCorps

on September 15, 2014 - 10:32am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., is the first AmeriCorps alum to serve in the United States Senate and a member of the National Service Congressional Caucus.

Heinrich is a cosponsor of a resolution recognizing the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. He released the following statement commemorating the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps, Sept. 12, 2o14:

"For 20 years, more than 900,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1 billon hours of service to strengthen communities across the country, solve problems, and expand economic and educational

Udall Encouraged By Growing Support For Constitutional Amendment

on September 14, 2014 - 2:27pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Disappointed GOP sided with corporations and billionaires in filibuster of measure to limit influence of big money on American elections
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall led the Senate in rallying historic support for a constitutional amendment on campaign finance. The amendment, S.J. Res. 19, won 54 votes, a majority of the Senate, but failed to reach the 60 votes needed to overcome the Republican filibuster and advance to a final vote.
 
An outspoken critic of the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions,

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $4 Million In Funding For New Mexico Health Centers

on September 13, 2014 - 10:11am

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Funding will create jobs, help more than 16,000 new patients access health care

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich announced Friday that 16 health centers in New Mexico will receive more than $4 million to expand primary care services.

This includes hiring an estimated 52 staff, extending operating hours, and offering new services including oral health, behavioral health, vision services, and pharmacies. The funding was made possible under the Affordable Care Act, and will help health centers reach an estimated 16,943 new patients.

WIPP: Waste Hoist Transformer Replacement Nearly Complete

on September 13, 2014 - 9:43am

WIPP has been disposing of legacy TRU waste since 1999, cleaning up 22 generator sites nationwide. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Cleaning and soot removal activities on the waste hoist and associated components have been completed at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

One additional repair is necessary before the hoist can be powered, inspected and returned to service.

Employees are currently working to replace the electrical transformer necessary to operate the hoist.

NCRTD 10th Celebrates Anniversary

on September 13, 2014 - 8:29am

Among the speakers at an event honoring the certification of the North Central Regional Transit District as the first regional transit district in the State of New Mexicoe from left, Patricia Dominguez, representing U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich; Leticia Delgado, representing U.S. Sen. Tom Udall; U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan; Dan Barrone, NCRTD chair, Taos County Commissioner and Mayor of the Town of Taos; James Rivera, First NCRTD Board chair, Pueblo of Pojoaque; and Dave Harris, New Mexico Department of Transportation director, Transit and Rail Division. Barrone holds the Sept.
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Heinrich: President's Counterterrorism Strategy Makes Sense

on September 12, 2014 - 7:39am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement Wednesday on President Obama's speech on the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):

"I remain adamantly opposed to returning American combat troops to battlegrounds in the Middle East, but I believe the President's counterterrorism strategy outlined tonight makes sense and stands in stark contrast to the previous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"ISIL has barbarically killed and tortured

Espanola Fire District Plans Controlled Burn

on September 11, 2014 - 7:06am

FOREST SERVICE News:

SANTA FE–Fire managers from Santa Fe National Forest’s Espanola Ranger District have been working with the support of the City of Santa Fe, the Nature Conservancy, the Santa Fe Watershed Association, and New Mexico State Forestry to develop a long-term plan to improve forest health in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed.  Several fuel reduction treatments have been completed to date and another prescribed fire will be conducted as soon as weather conditions are favorable, perhaps as early as next week. 

Hand and aerial ignitions will be used to treat 844-acres in an area

Governor Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of Sept. 11, 2011 Terrorist Attacks

on September 10, 2014 - 4:39pm

Courtesy photo

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Thursday, Sept. 11, in honor and remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The full text of the Governor’s executive order:

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2014-014 - FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR AND REMEMBRANCE OF THE VICTIMS OF THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 TERRORIST ATTACKS

WHEREAS, 13 years ago on an otherwise peaceful fall morning, our nation was attacked in New York City, Washington D.C., and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania by

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