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Heinrich Cosponsors Bill To Ensure Married Same-Sex Couples Are Treated Equally Under Federal Law

on January 8, 2015 - 8:25am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • “Guaranteeing equal protection under the law is right and just."

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., cosponsored S. 29, the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill to ensure all legally-married, same-sex couples are treated equally under federal law.

The bill seeks to fully implement the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.

"All couples who have solidified their life-long commitment to each other through marriage deserve the same rights and responsibilities regardless of where they live," Heinrich said.

Luján Statement At Start Of 114th Congress

on January 8, 2015 - 7:44am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement Tuesday after being sworn in as a member of the 114th Congress.

"As we start the new Congress it is a tremendous honor to serve the people of New Mexico and to have the opportunity to again represent our great state. In New Mexico we are a family, and to solve the challenges we face we need to work together, from every level of government to the private sector.

Heinrich Cosponsors Net Neutrality Legislation

on January 8, 2015 - 7:35am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

  • The Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act would protect consumers, prevent a two-tiered Internet system

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., is cosponsoring net neutrality legislation that would help prevent the creation of a two-tiered Internet system by requiring the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ban so-called "paid prioritization" agreements between a broadband provider and a content provider. 

Introduction of the legislation, the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, comes as the FCC prepares to

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Sworn In For Second Term

on January 7, 2015 - 6:13pm

Vice President Joe Biden administers the oath of office to U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico Tuesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C., as his wife Jill Cooper Udall  holds the Bible. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At just after noon Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall was sworn in for his second term in the U.S. Senate. He issued the following statement: 

“Public service is a true honor, and I’m humbled to be able to work on behalf of New Mexicans for another term in the U.S. Senate.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Jan. 16

on January 7, 2015 - 10:59am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is set to meet 9-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16 at the City of Santa Fe Council Chambers, 200 Lincoln Ave.

For its first meeting of 2015, the Regional Coalition will revisit the Strategic Plan and set goals for 2015. 

Pursuant to New Mexico Open Meetings Act Section 10-15-1 (H) Subsection (2) limited personnel matters by the public body, a closed session will be held following the regular business meeting pertaining to executive director interviews.

Along The Way: Mary Libby Campbell Making A Difference In Harding County

on January 7, 2015 - 10:49am
Along the way in his travels across New Mexico, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner met Mary Libby Campbell, a rancher whom he describes as a very concerned citizen of Harding County. Courtesy photo 
 
Along the Way, Mary Libby Campbell Making a Difference in Harding County
 
By TERRY BRUNNER, State Director
USDA Rural Development

This is Terry Brunner, and I’m the State Director for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture reporting to you on some of the people I see “Along the way” making a difference in rural New Mexico.

Driving on the western edge of

Heinrich, Barrasso Introduce Bill To Speed Up American LNG Exports

on January 7, 2015 - 10:17am

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, DC - Tuesday,  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., joined U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., to introduce the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act.

The bipartisan legislation will speed up the approval process for exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have free trade agreements with the United States. It specifically requires the Secretary of Energy to make a decision on any LNG export application within 45 days after the environmental review document for the project is published.

"Natural gas has significant environmental

New Mexico Hoosiers Are MAYB 2014 New Year’s Tip Off 8th Grade Boys Champions!

on January 7, 2015 - 8:50am

New Mexico Hoosiers athletes from left, Kameron Valencia, Royce Olney, Jevon Montoya, Coach Grant Blankenship, Coby Coon, Mike Johnson, Remsa Troy, Coach Robert Powell, Jed Edgar, Jack Blankenship, Dakota Powell. Not pictured, Cameron Carter, Ryan Ozatalar and Thomas Judkins. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

The New Mexico Hoosiers were privileged to participate in the MAYB 2014 New Year’s Tip Off Tournament at the Johnson Center in Albuquerque Dec. 27-28. The NM Hoosiers amassed four wins culminating with a Championship Victory over the New Mexico Thunder. 

The NM Hoosiers are an AAU

DOE Issues Safety Assessments For Diesel-Operated Equipment Underground At WIPP

on January 6, 2015 - 10:46am

WIPP News:

The Office of Nuclear Safety and Environmental Assessments, within the U.S. Department of Energy’s independent Office of Enterprise Assessments (EA), recently issued reports following reviews conducted on the WIPP Recovery Plan for Operating Diesel Equipment with available underground airflows and the Conduct of Maintenance and associated planned program enhancements.

The onsite portions of the reviews were completed in October 2014.

The EA reports identified concerns associated with the ventilation plans and engineering approach to the evaluation of diesel equipment operations

Heinrich Backs Reforms To Prevent Use Of Torture

on January 6, 2015 - 8:08am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is supporting a series of reforms to prevent the future use of torture.

The recommendations, which were derived from the committee’s five-year review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, were outlined in a letter from Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sent to President Obama last week.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Senator Heinrich made the following statement today:

“In her letter to the President, Senator

2015 Legislative Preview At Fuller Lodge Jan. 8

on January 5, 2015 - 7:29am

LWVLA News:

The 2015 New Mexico legislative session will begin Jan. 20 and continue for 60 days.

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos is coordinating with the American Association of University Women to hold a legislative preview 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, in Fuller Lodge. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend this annual event.

Legislators planning to come and share their views on the upcoming session include Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Senators Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez. Also, Rep.

Registration Opens For 'Not Forgotten Outreach' Appreciation Ski Weekend At Taos And Angel Fire

on January 4, 2015 - 11:50am

Veterans and their families and surviving familes break bread togather during Military Appreciation Ski Weekends. Courtesy/NFO

VETERANS News:

The "Not Forgotten Outreach" Appreciation Ski Weekend for surviving families, Veterans, Active Military and their families is set for two weekends and two locations:

  • Jan. 23, 24 and 25 at Taos Ski Valley; and
  • Feb. 20, 21 and 22 at Angel Fire.

The event provides alpine skiing and snowboarding for the Military Family and includes:

  • $25 "All Day" lift tickets;
  • Free Ski/Snowboard Rental Equipment at TSV and $15 Rentals at Angel Fire Resort;
  • Half Price

DPS New Year’s Enforcement Results

on January 3, 2015 - 12:19pm

DPS News:

SANTA FE - From noon Dec. 31 to noon Jan. 01, the New Mexico State Police, along with Motor Transportation Police Department and the Special Investigation Division were proactive in making it a safe New Year’s for New Mexico residents, visitors and travelers.

The following is a breakdown of the enforcement activity.

State Police and Motor Transportation Police:

  • 11 Saturation Patrols were conducted.
  • 17 DWI Arrest were made.
  • 4 Injury Accidents were investigated.
  • 19 Non-Injury Accidents were investigated.
  • 2 Cell Phone Use citations were issued.
  • 79 Commercial Motor Vehicles were

IRS Begins Accepting Tax Returns Jan. 20

on January 3, 2015 - 11:45am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - Following the passage of the extenders legislation, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) anticipates opening the 2015 filing season as scheduled.

The IRS will begin accepting tax returns electronically Jan. 20. Paper tax returns will begin processing at the same time.

The decision follows Congress renewing a number of "extender" provisions of the tax law that expired at the end of 2013. These provisions were renewed by Congress through the end of 2014. The final legislation was signed into law Dec. 19, 2014.

"We have reviewed the late tax law changes and determined there

Letter to the Editor: PRC - Urge PNM To Invest In NM

on January 3, 2015 - 9:55am
By EVAN ROHAR, Employee-Owner
Positive Energy Solar

Esteemed Public Regulations Commissioners,

My name is Evan Rohar; I am a residential solar installer working in Albuquerque for Positive Energy Solar.

I humbly request that you reject both PNM’s proposed power replacement plan for the San Juan Generating Station and the proposed rate case on economic, public health, and environmental grounds to make way for clean, renewable energies in the Land of Enchantment.

In its 2013 Commission Code of Conduct (Res. No.

More Snow Likely Through Saturday Morning

on January 2, 2015 - 8:02am

Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

A strong low pressure system is expected to bring another round of accumulating snow to much of New Mexico through Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts this low pressure system will continue to inch east toward New Mexico, bringing wintry precipitation to the southern and eastern tiers of the state as well as many central parts.

Significant snowfall accumulations of a few to several inches will impact many parts of New Mexico. Snow accumulations will begin tallying up in the late morning and into the afternoon for many central areas today.

Governor Martinez Delivers Second Inaugural Address

on January 1, 2015 - 8:47am

Gov. Susana Martinez being sworn into office this morning in the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives in Santa Fe. Photo by Sharon Stover

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The following is the text of Gov. Susana Martinez’s second inaugural address as prepared for delivery from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives today:

My fellow citizens of New Mexico, I thank you. I am incredibly grateful and honored that you have once again given me the opportunity and the privilege to serve as your governor.

I understand and appreciate the important responsibilities that come with

How NMDOT Keeps Roads Safe In Wintry Weather

on January 1, 2015 - 7:27am

NMDOT snow plow. Courtesy/NMDOT

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation is in charge of maintaining many of the roads across the state.

Those roads are listed below and numbered according to priority for being plowed and cleared.

  • Interstates
  • U.S. Highways
  • School Bus Routes on state-maintained roads
  • State Highways

Road clearing process:

A couple of hours before the storm is set to hit, road maintainer crews are called in as a preventative measure to ensure the equipment is ready and the trucks are loaded with materials (salt and cinder.

Learn About Foster And Adoptive Parenting Jan. 14

on January 1, 2015 - 7:13am

Courtesy/CYFD

CYFD News:

ESPANOLA – The public is invited to an information meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14 to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. 

The information meeting will be at the local CYFD office at 912 N. Railroad in Espanola.

There are 52 children in Los Alamos/Rio Arriba counties in the foster care system. There is an urgent need for more foster parents in these communities.

Governor Susana Martinez Sworn In For Second Term

on January 1, 2015 - 7:02am

New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge J. Miles Hanisee administers the oath of office to Gov. Susana Martinez Wednesday night, with first gentleman Chuck Franco holding the Bible. Photo by Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal

STATE News:

Santa Fe – Gov. Susana Martinez was sworn in Wednesday night to begin her second term during a midnight ceremony at the Governor’s Residence in Santa Fe. Administered by New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge J.

More Snow Predicted This Evening Into Thursday

on December 31, 2014 - 12:04pm

NWS News:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE:

...ANOTHER ROUND OF SNOW TO IMPACT WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO THIS EVENING INTO NEW YEARS DAY...

A STRONG UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL APPROACH NEW MEXICO THIS EVENING INTO THURSDAY...PRODUCING ANOTHER ROUND OF WIDESPREAD ACCUMULATING SNOW. SNOW WILL FAVOR WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO...WHERE A FEW TO SEVERAL INCHES OF ACCUMULATION ARE EXPECTED. SNOW PACKED ROADS AND REDUCED VISIBILITY WILL RESULT IN TREACHEROUS TRAVEL FOR THE NEW YEARS HOLIDAY.

SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-WEST

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Underway Across New Mexico

on December 31, 2014 - 9:53am

NMSP News:

STATEWIDE—New Mexico State Police (NMSP) are conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in every county across the state. 

These efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities, NMSP report. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive.

Juntos Brings Latino Voices And Stories To Forefront At Clean Energy Rally Jan. 5

on December 31, 2014 - 6:34am

CVNM News:

SANTA FE - Their first week back in the office will be a tough one for members of the state's Public Regulation Commission (PRC).

Monday, Jan. 5 the commissioners are opening their doors for more than a week of public comment on a proposal by PNM, the state's largest utility, to import coal and nuclear energy instead of increasing generation of clean energy in the state.

The Latino community joins organizations from across the state to weigh in and call on the commissioners to send PNM's proposal back to the drawing board to map out a plan that invests in clean energy that

NMDOT Crews Working Around The Clock

on December 30, 2014 - 11:04am

New Mexico Department of Transportation snow plows. Courtesy/NMDOT

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The weather over the next few days is already posing challenges for drivers in some areas of New Mexico.

The first of two forecasted winter storms has already ushered in bitterly cold temperatures as well as snow, freezing rain and high winds to some regions. New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) crews are working around the clock to keep state maintained roads safe and clear for motorists.

Winter Storm Watch Effective Dec. 31 - Jan. 1

on December 30, 2014 - 8:34am

NWS News:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE REPORTING ARCTIC AIR WITH LIGHT SNOW AND WIND TO MAKE TRAVEL HAZARDOUS.

A BACK DOOR COLD FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO USHER VERY COLD ARCTIC AIR SOUTHWARD OVER EASTERN NEW MEXICO TODAY AND WEDNESDAY. AN EASTERLY UPSLOPE FLOW WILL ALSO PRODUCE AN INCH OR TWO OF DRY SNOW ACCUMULATION. TEMPERATURES WILL BE PLENTY COLD THAT THE SNOW WILL STICK TO ROADS MAKING TRAVEL HAZARDOUS.

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