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Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Join Federal/Local Officials To Announce $8 Million To Improve Access To Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

on October 15, 2014 - 6:10pm

From left, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Sen. Tom Udall, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Bernalillo County Commissioner Art De La Cruz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Regional Director Dr. Benjamin Tuggle and Mountain View Neighborhood Association President Angela West at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge this afternoon. Courtesy photo


ALBUQUERQUE At the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge this afternoon, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham joined U.S.

Heinrich Discusses High-Tech Manufacturing, Job Creation At Albuquerque Photonics Facility

on October 14, 2014 - 7:54am

Sen. Heinrich with OptiSource staff Oct. 10 in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., toured OptiSource, a photonics manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, to discuss its latest projects and how research and development can help spur innovation and job creation.

Optisource, a local photonics business, manufacturers wave plates, mirrors, prisms, and laser beamsplitters for purchase by industry and research and development groups at universities and laboratories. 

"Photonics manufacturing facilities like OptiSource help provide

Court: Water Quality Control Commission Hearing Illegal

on October 13, 2014 - 2:42pm


In response to a petition by the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, District Court Judge Sarah Singleton has ordered New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn and the Water Quality Control Commission to explain the illegal scheduling of a hearing on groundwater-protection rules for the dairy industry.

Although 57 percent of New Mexico dairies have polluted groundwater in excess of health standards, Flynn’s Environment Department has not been enforcing a groundwater-protection rule the commission passed in 2011 specifically for the dairy industry.

The Environment Department and

Los Alamos Named 2014 Google eCity For New Mexico

on October 13, 2014 - 10:08am


Los Alamos has been named the 2014 Google eCity of New Mexico. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state – the digital capitals of America.

These cities’ businesses are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fuel their local economies. Los Alamos joins the ranks of America’s leading cities in the digital economy. 

Google will recognize the Los Alamos' innovative businesses by holding a community celebration with the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct.

'Stand Down' For Homeless/Near-Homeless Veterans Oct. 24-25 In Santa Fe

on October 12, 2014 - 2:25pm

  • Free Clothing, Backpacks, Blankets, Shoes, Jackets, Toiletries

SANTA FE - Homeless and near-homeless veterans in northern New Mexico can receive free clothing, food and services at the Fourth Annual Vet MissionPossible Stand Down for homeless and near-homeless veterans on Friday, Oct. 24 and continuing Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design.

This year’s stand down is once again at university’s Alumni Hall. Oct. 24 is set aside for veterans only; Oct. 25 is open to veterans and non-veterans. The hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

The Fourth Annual Vet

Jeremy Davis Shares Volunteer Experience With Catch-A-Dream Hunt On Valles Caldera

on October 11, 2014 - 4:00pm
Catch-a-Dream hunter Tyler Gunlogson
Catch a Dream in 2014
By Jeremy Davis

Jeremy Davis is from Bluff Dale, Texas and a vegetation ecologist for the Valles Caldera Trust. He writes about his volunteer experience with Catch-A-Dream hunt on the Preserve.

There was only one thing was bigger than 15 year old Tyler Gunlogson’s size 15 hunting boots on the morning of the 28th of September; his smile. Why was he all grins? Well, that’s just what happens when you fulfill a lifelong dream within a 24 hour span of time. This is his story.

Mornings start early in the hunting camp but that

Jemez Ranger District Temporarily Closed For Protection Of New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse

on October 11, 2014 - 3:03pm

New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse. Credit/USFWS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Effective immediately, portions of Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District will be under a special closure order for the protection of occupied habitat for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.

This is in compliance with the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The mouse was listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as endangered earlier this year and these protections are needed until consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can be concluded.

Specifically, the closure area is located in the


Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $780,000 To Spur Entrepreneurship, Economic Development

on October 11, 2014 - 2:04pm


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced more than $780,000 in federal funding for two projects to spur economic development in New Mexico.

These funds, made available by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), will increase access to microloans for small businesses and support the renovation the iconic Santo Domingo Trading Post.

The EDA has awarded $270,000 to support the implementation of ACCION New Mexico’s Presto Loan program to promote and develop entrepreneurship throughout New Mexico.

Udall, Heinrich Announce $15 Million For Expanded Telehealth Services Through UNM Health Sciences Center

on October 9, 2014 - 11:32am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center has been awarded $15,120,767 to test expansion of their telehealth infrastructure system that will provide 30 hospitals statewide with remote emergency neurological and neurosurgical consultations.

The funding is being awarded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center.

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across New Mexico In October

on October 9, 2014 - 9:16am

NMSP News:

State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of October 2014.

Our efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities. 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.

Miffed Aide Who Hacked Governor’s Emails Gets 9-Month Sentence

on October 9, 2014 - 8:51am

Jamie Estrada leaves an Albuquerque federal courthouse Wednesday after getting a nine-month sentence for hacking into the email account of Gov. Susana Martinez. Photo by Rob Nikolewski


New Mexico Watchdog 
ALBUQUERQUE — Email hacking is a crime and a former campaign manager who turned on the Republican governor in New Mexico is going to do time.

Jamie Estrada was sentenced Wednesday to nine months in federal prison for breaking into the email campaign account of Gov. Susana Martinez and disseminating some of the messages to her political opponents

“To whom much is

Council On International Relations Sponsors Lecture On East/West Ukraine Conflict Oct. 14 In Santa Fe

on October 8, 2014 - 11:38am

Dr. Eugene Rumer

CIR News:

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations, (CIR) whose mission is to engage citizens in Santa Fe and surrounding communities on the subject of world affairs, has announced its Fall international lecture series.

CIR is bringing several distinguished scholars and statesmen to Santa Fe to discuss the current crisis in Ukraine. CIR is a nonpartisan 501c(3) non-profit organization.

CIR's forthcoming lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at The Santa Fe Women's Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. The guest lecturer is Dr.

WIPP’s Primary Hoist Begins Inspection Processes

on October 8, 2014 - 11:34am

WIPP News:

The waste hoist, which is the largest and primary conveyance into the WIPP underground facility, is undergoing the final inspections necessary to return to operation.

The conveyance consists of a large enclosed platform, similar to an elevator, that transports people, equipment and waste containers from the surface to the WIPP underground facility.

The waste hoist has not been operated since the Feb. 5 fire event because of soot that accumulated on electrical components.

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes President’s Disaster Declaration For Summer Floods

on October 7, 2014 - 3:33pm


  • Lawmakers had urged ‘prompt action’ to help state recover from widespread storm damage 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that President Obama has declared a major disaster for the state of New Mexico for the severe storms and flooding July 27 through Aug. 5.

The declaration means the president has ordered federal aid to help state, tribal, and local recovery efforts.

Fall Prescribed Burn Planned On 818 Acres Of Valles Caldera National Preserve

on October 6, 2014 - 5:09pm

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera Trust is planning to implement a prescribed burn project that may begin as early as Tuesday, Oct. 14 and last for two to four days.

If conditions are not right next week, the burn may occur later in the season. The prescribed burn will be on 818 acres of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of N.M. 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30. Because of the location and elevation, smoke from the burn will be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area. Smoke will linger a few days after the burn.

Think New Mexico Launches Health Care Affordability Initiative

on October 6, 2014 - 1:20pm

TNM News:

Think New Mexico is launching a new initiative to make health care more affordable by increasing transparency and ending price discrimination.

These reforms are aimed at making it possible for patients to shop around for the highest quality, most affordable health care by providing price and quality information for common medical procedures on a user-friendly public website, similar to those in fourteen other states (five more states are currently developing them).

In addition, we propose to end the practice of price discrimination, in which patients at the same hospital receiving

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $550,000 To Strengthen Markets For New Mexico Produce

on October 6, 2014 - 12:53pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $550,750 in grants to strengthen markets for New Mexico produce by providing tools and resources to help agricultural producers successfully enhance their competitiveness and expand their operations. 

The funding is being awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Block Grant Program, and grants will be administered through the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. The grants are authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill, which Udall and Heinrich strongly supported. 


NM Delegation Welcomes Photonics Manufacturing For DOD Innovation Institute Competition

on October 6, 2014 - 8:42am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomed an announcement by the White House to award more than $200 million in public and private investment to create an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute, led by the Department of Defense (DoD), and the second of four new institute competitions to be launched this year.

This selection comes just four months after the delegation wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressing their strong support

Lujan Grisham Statement On Negotiations Between Smith’s And Employee Union

on October 3, 2014 - 9:57am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement on negotiations between the Smith’s Food and Drug grocery chain and its employee union:

“I am deeply concerned about the stalled labor negotiations between Smith's grocery stores in New Mexico and the employee union - UFCW Local 1564 - representing more than 2,000 workers who continue to work without a new contract.

“New Mexico is struggling to break out of a double-dip recession and it is more important than ever that those who have jobs are provided

I-25 Bridge Rehabilitation Work Underway At Waldo Canyon

on October 2, 2014 - 9:57am


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) began bridge rehabilitation work on I-25, mile maker 267 at Waldo Canyon, approximately one mile north of the La Bajada Rest Area south of Santa Fe. 

The I-25 northbound and southbound lanes is now reduced to one lane 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. There will be NO work scheduled on the weekends of Oct. 4 and Oct. 11 in observance of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The bridge rehabilitation project is scheduled to be completed Oct. 19; weather permitting.

LAHS NJROTC Hosts New Mexico Tri-Meet

on October 2, 2014 - 8:56am

LAHS NJROTC Sporter marksmen competing in the Northern New Mexico Tri-Meet from left, Victor Kim, Jodi Thomas, Tom Hanlon, Jacob Torres, Stephanie Nielsen and Felicity Kubic. Photo by JoAnna O'Neill


Los Alamos High School NJROTC unit hosted Albuquerque's La Cueva High School and Farmington's Piedra Vista High School for the Northern New Mexico Tri-Meet for marksmanship Saturday.

Some 23 cadets competed in the event and participated in an informal orienteering activity. 

La Cueva's Maggie Guetersloh finished in first place precision with 581 followed by LAHS's JoAnna O'Neill

SBA Awards $547,000 For Research Innovation Cluster

on October 2, 2014 - 7:52am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded $547,000 to support a Regional Innovation Cluster in southeastern New Mexico. 

The award to Emerging Technology Ventures (ETV), a New Mexico company, supports work to create an unmanned systems research center that provides specialized tech transfer assistance, which both Udall and Heinrich have championed.

Learn About Foster And Adoptive Parenting Oct. 21

on October 1, 2014 - 1:57pm

CYFD News:

ESPANOLA – The public is invited to an information meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. 

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

Currently, there are 44 children in Rio Arriba/Los Alamos counties in the foster care system. There is an urgent need for more foster parents in these communities.

DOE Releases WIPP Recovery Plan

on October 1, 2014 - 8:11am

WIPP News:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the WIPP Recovery Plan Tuesday, which outlines the key activities, management approach and strategies that will be used to meet the current goal of resuming operations by the first quarter of calendar year 2016.

The plan also includes the projected schedule and costs associated with resumption of waste emplacement at WIPP.

Bandelier Announces October Events

on October 1, 2014 - 6:29am
View from Cerro Grande trail. Photo by David Halpern


Bandelier National Monument has announced five special programs being offered in October – two photo hikes with the park Artist-in-Residence, two Night Sky Programs being presented by a staff ranger who is a long-time astronomy enthusiast and teacher, and a Wilderness hike with the park Trails Lead.

Saturday, Oct. 4, Artist-in-Residence David Halpern will lead a photo hike on the Cerro Grande Trail. The trail is about 5 miles round trip with a rise of 2,000 feet, to the rim of the Valles Caldera at nearly 11,000 feet.