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Udall, Heinrich Unveil Renewable Electricity Standard

on May 13, 2015 - 11:24am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced a bill to create jobs, save consumers money and reduce pollution by creating a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES).
The legislation, which would help the United States diversify its energy sources while establishing our leadership in clean energy production, would require utilities to generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.
The bill would create the first national threshold for utilities to provide a certain percentage of their electricity from

NM Environment Department And Stericycle Reach $120k Settlement For Hazardous Waste Violations

on May 13, 2015 - 10:23am
NMED News:
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) entered into a settlement agreement with Stericycle Specialty Waste Solutions, Inc., with a total monetary value of $120,813, resolving alleged violations of the Hazardous Waste Act and Regulations. 
Stericycle’s Bernalillo County facility is permitted by NMED’s Hazardous Waste Bureau. The facility manages hazardous waste from conditionally exempt small quantity generators, non-hazardous waste, universal waste, household hazardous waste, and used oil.
NMED inspectors discovered 15 alleged violations during a

Attorney General Balderas Announces First Meeting As Chair Of New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board; Sets Priorities

on May 13, 2015 - 9:51am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
LEA News:
ESPANOLA  Attorney General Hector Balderas commented on chairing the upcoming meeting of the Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) Board:
“As New Mexico’s chief law enforcement officer, I am acutely aware of the solemn duties and responsibilities that fall to me as the chair of the Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) board when I raise the gavel for my first meeting with the board in Española.
“I intend to be a thoughtful and active chair and expect that this will be among the most aggressive and active boards in the country.

Public To Receive 24-Hour Notice Of Prescribed Burns

on May 13, 2015 - 8:07am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest will provide 24-hour notice to the public before commencing the previously announced prescribed burn in the lower portion of the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed. 

Unpredictable spring weather has made it difficult to schedule ignition on 844 acres within the project area. The advance notice will advise the public, including smoke-sensitive individuals who may need to take precautionary measures, that conditions are optimal to proceed. 

The Santa Fe National Forest will send notifications by 10 a.m. the day before the scheduled burn.

House Democrats Push For Better Behavioral Healthcare

on May 13, 2015 - 7:46am

Members of the Legislative Finance Committee at Tuesday's Behavioral Health presentation in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discusses New Mexico's behavioral health crisis at Tuesday's meeting. Courtesy photo


  • Serious Questions Arise At Legislative Finance Committee Behavioral Health Presentation

SANTA FE – New Mexico House Rep.

Udall Bill To Help Veterans Through Claims Process

on May 12, 2015 - 12:30pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall this week joined several senators to introduce a bill to help improve the quality and consistency of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims appeals and help address the VA’s oldest pending claims.
Specifically, the bill would improve and expand pro bono legal services for veterans during their appeals process, and provide the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with additional authority to expedite consideration of unreasonably delayed claims.  
"The backlog of veterans' disability claims

New Partnership To Benefit New Mexico Entrepreneurs

on May 11, 2015 - 11:27am
SANTA FE — A new partnership promises to make launching startups in New Mexico significantly easier.
The creators of BowTie have joined forces with Startup Santa Fe, a public private partnership between the City of Santa Fe and local non-profit Creative Santa Fe, and led by Silicon Valley veteran Shawn Patrick, to launch a new app and web portal focused on meeting the needs of startups and entrepreneurs in New Mexico.
Startup Santa Fe will provide an unprecedented platform of interconnected resources for entrepreneurs within the State, built on the BowTie platform.

Bill Introduced For Tech-Transfer Maturation Program

on May 11, 2015 - 11:13am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Michael Bennet, D-Colo. introduced legislation to launch a new National Laboratory Technology Maturation Program (NLTMP) at DOE to facilitate successful commercialization of laboratory-developed technologies and boost regional, technology-driven economic impacts.

The bill, S.1259, the National Laboratory Technology Maturation Act, will be considered June 4 during a hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Under the National Laboratory Technology Maturation Program, small businesses with

Report Changes In Circumstances To The Marketplace That Could Affect Your 2015 Premium Tax Credit

on May 11, 2015 - 7:57am


If you – or anyone in your household –  have enrolled for 2015 health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace and advance payments of the premium tax credit are paid to your insurance company, it is important that you report changes in circumstances, such as changes in your income or family size, to your Marketplace.

Advance payments of the premium tax credit provide financial assistance to help you pay for the insurance you buy through the Marketplace.

House Speaker Tripp On Special Session Negotiations

on May 10, 2015 - 11:06am

House Speaker  Don L. Tripp


SANTA FE – In response to the Senate Democrats claiming a deal has been struck on capital outlay, House Speaker Don L. Tripp issued the following statement:

"It is stunning that the Senate Democrats would publicly trumpet 'mission accomplished' on a capital outlay deal by agreeing to their own proposal when no one else even knows the details of the proposal. It's unfortunate that the Senate Democrats would rather govern by press releases than engage in good faith negotiations with the House and the Executive. 

"We've been engaged from the beginning

Udall, Boosman, Lujan Grisham Introduce Bill To Cut Small Business Red Tape

on May 9, 2015 - 11:42am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – During National Small Business Week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and John Boozman, R-Ark., and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., announced legislation to help business owners who operate primarily out of their homes deal with the often-complicated process of filing income taxes.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

The bipartisan Helping Our Middle Class Entrepreneurs (HOME) Act is the result of conversations with small business owners about ways the federal government can reduce unnecessary red tape.

The HOME Act would

Senate Democrats Address Need For Special Session

on May 8, 2015 - 9:43am

STATE News:  


SANTA FE — Senate Democrats released the following statement regarding a Special Session of the New Mexico Legislature:

New Mexicans from across the state have called for a Special Session on capital outlay. The Senate Democrats have heard that call, and are ready to go into Session to pass a capital outlay bill.

The Senate Democrats agreed tonight on a capital outlay proposal put forth by lead caucus negotiator Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra. The package restores funding to senior centers, higher education institutions, and tribal communities.

Luján: 134,000 New Mexicans With Student Loans Would Benefit From Bill To Allow Refinancing

on May 8, 2015 - 7:59am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


SANTA FE ― U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District highlighted the impact of legislation that would allow New Mexican’s with student loan debt to refinance their loans to take advantage of low interest rates. 

Luján is a cosponsor of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which according to the Department of Education, would help 134,000 New Mexicans with student loan debt.

“Whether it’s buying that first home, raising a child, or saving for a dignified retirement, student loan debt is making it difficult for

Heinrich, Udall Introduce Bill To Establish Wilderness Areas In Río Grande Del Norte National Monument

on May 8, 2015 - 7:41am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Tom Udall, D-N.M. have introduced a bill to establish two wilderness areas, the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness and Rio San Antonio Wilderness, within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument northwest of Taos.

In 2013, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved a previous version of the legislation.

U.S. Sen.Tom Udall

"For many years now, a broad coalition of northern New Mexicans has worked to conserve these two very special areas within the Río Grande del Norte National

NMED Approves Transuranic Waste Storage Extension

on May 8, 2015 - 7:31am

WIPP News:

On May 1, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) approved a request from the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) and Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) for an extension of storage in the Waste Handling Building at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant until June 30, 2016.

Waste placement operations at the WIPP site have been suspended since the February 2014 fire and radiological events. Waste containers that were on the surface at the time of the events have been safely stored in the on-site Waste Handling Building.

The WIPP Hazardous Waste Facility Permit limits storage in the Waste

Udall Votes For Congressional Review Of Iran Nuclear Deal

on May 8, 2015 - 7:30am


Bipartisan agreement would enable congressional oversight without jeopardizing negotiations


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, joined a majority of senators in voting 98-1 Thursday for legislation that would allow Congress 30 days to review a proposed nuclear deal with Iran. He issued the following statement:

“A nuclear armed Iran is a serious threat, and any nuclear nonproliferation agreement affects the Middle East, our nation and our

Udall, Price, Van Hollen Introduce Empower Act To Modernize Presidential Campaign Public Financing

on May 7, 2015 - 2:31pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and U.S. Representatives David Price, D-N.C. and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. announced that they have introduced legislation to reduce the influence of money in presidential elections by empowering candidates who decline support from wealthy special interests.
With mega-donors exerting increasing influence on elections and increasing public disgust for out-of-control special interest electioneering, the Empowering Mass Participation to Offset the Wealthy’s Electoral Role (EMPOWER) Act would modernize the presidential

Celebrate National Nurses Week May 6-12

on May 7, 2015 - 2:12pm

ANA News:

National Nurses Week is May 6-12 and is about celebrating nurses and all the ways nurses are making a difference in the lives of patients and communities.

The National Nurses Week 2015 theme "Ethical Practice. Quality Care." recognizes the importance of ethics in nursing and acknowledges the strong commitment, compassion and care nurses display in their practice and profession. The theme is an important part of the American Nurses Association (ANA) 2015 Year of Ethics outreach to promote and advocate for the rights, health and safety of nurses and patients.

In 1981, ANA, along

Changes In Public Access And Fees At Valles Caldera

on May 7, 2015 - 12:46pm
Aerial view of Valle Grande. Photo by Dan Monaghan
Missing cabin view. Photo by Rob Dixon
VCNP News:
JEMEZ SPRINGS  When the Valles Caldera National Preserve opens the summer season May 15, visitors will be greeted with expanded public access plus a more streamlined and cost-effective fee system.
The new format, approved by the Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees last December, features an entrance fee of $20 per vehicle and $10 per person when entering on foot or bicycle.

Heinrich Urges Full Funding For Police Body Cameras

on May 7, 2015 - 10:45am

Body camera. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. With a Republican budget agreement that could cut funding by $24 million for a critical grant program that helps police departments utilize body cameras and other innovative technology, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. joined 17 senators in calling for full funding of the U.S. Department of Justice Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program.

More than 600 JAG recipients nationwide have used federal funding for police camera technology.

Santa Fe Youth Symphony Performs At White Sands

on May 7, 2015 - 10:19am

Members of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Orchestra (SFYSO) prepare for their moonlight performance Sunday at White Sands National Monument. Courtesy photo


Sunday, May 4, the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Orchestra (SFYSO) performed in a concert under the moonlight at White Sands National Monument. 

Three Los Alamos High School musicians currently play with the SFYSO. SFYSO, under the direction of Mr. William Waag, joined the El Paso Youth Symphony Orchestras, under the direction of Mr. Andy Moran, for the classical music performance.

Guest conductor Dr.

Heinrich: Court Of Appeals Rules NSA Dragnet Illegal

on May 7, 2015 - 9:57am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, called on the White House to finally end the mass surveillance of Americans, following a decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that the National Security Agency is violating the law by collecting millions of Americans' phone records.

"This ruling affirms that the government does not have the authority to collect and retain the private telephone activity of innocent, law-abiding Americans," Heinrich said.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on May 7, 2015 - 9:33am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) board will meet 9-11 a.m., Friday, May 8, in the Taos Council Chambers at 120 Civic Plaza Dr, Taos.

Agenda items include:

  • New Mexico Congressional Delegation Updates;
  • Presentation by Executive Director Kathy Keith of the Regional Development Corporation; 
  • Presentation by Acting Manager Christine Gelles of the Environmental Management, Los Alamos Field Office, DOE;
  • Invitation and Information on Manhattan Park by Deputy Manager Brian Bosshardt of Los Alamos County;
  • RCLC Budget Update by Brian Bosshardt; 
  • Report from the Executive

Team Los Alamos 4H Club Competes At State Shoot

on May 6, 2015 - 9:13am
Team Los Alamos 4H Club competed in the shotgun competition May 1-2 at the 4H State Shoot at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton. This year was the first that Los Alamos sent competitors to the event in more than a decade. Teammates Chris Bond, Kes Luchini and Joanna O’Neill  received 5th place ribbons despite heavy rain and windy conditions. If you have a youth who is interested in 4H, contact the Los Alamos County Cooperative Extension Office at 505.662.2656. Front row from left, Josh Smith, Chris Bond, Andrei Popa-Simil and David Smith.

SFI: Chaos To Complexity Creative Collaboration May 30

on May 6, 2015 - 8:58am
SFI Professor Mirta Galesic
SFI News:
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) explore the creative process in art and science through a discussion between SFI Professor Mirta Galesic and artist Raven Chacon, moderated by SFI’s Valerie Plame. 
Mirta Galesic is Cowan Chair in Human Social Dynamics at the Santa Fe Institute, and an adjunct researcher at the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany.
Galesic studies how simple cognitive mechanisms interact with properties of the