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Lujan Grisham: Protect New Mexico’s National Labs

on October 13, 2013 - 11:51am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) spoke on the House floor Saturday night about the importance of New Mexico’s national laboratories and the need to pass a clean funding bill that will reopen the government, restore funding to the national labs and prevent lab employees from being furloughed.

Below is a transcript of her remarks and a link to the video.

Click HERE to watch the video.

“Thank you very much to my friend and colleague from California.

“Mr.

Viet Nam Moving Wall to Visit New Mexico

on October 13, 2013 - 8:14am

The Moving Wall. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

RIO RANCHO—New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Timothy Hale is scheduled to be among the dignitaries officially welcoming the New Mexico arrival of The Moving Wall, a traveling half-sized replica of the National Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall, at a special ceremony at 10 a.m., Oct. 18 at the Rio Rancho Sports Complex, 3501 High Resort Blvd.

The Moving Wall, which arrives Thursday, Oct. 17, will be on public display 24-hours a day until 4 p.m., Oct. 21, when it will be taken down and prepared for its next stop in Camden, Tenn.

House Approves NNSA Temporary Funding

on October 12, 2013 - 10:38am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 248-176 Friday to fund the National Nuclear Security Administration through Dec. 15. NNSA is the agency that oversees Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

“Today’s vote to fund the NNSA is key to the security of our nation, and assures that the hard-working employees of Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs will continue to have jobs,” said Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M.

Luján Signs Petition to Force Vote to End Government Shutdown

on October 12, 2013 - 9:53am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced this morning that he has signed a petition to reopen the government. This effort launched by House Democrats would force an up or down vote on a clean continuing resolution, which would end the government shutdown when a majority of the House, 218 members, sign on to the petition.

Despite the fact that 200 Democrats (http://1.usa.gov/1gdTnlK) have said they would compromise on the clean continuing resolution passed by the Senate and more than 20 Republicans (http://wapo.st/1fIQVG3) have

Piecemeal Funding Bill Picks Winners and Losers, Would Still Leave Lab Employees Furloughed

on October 12, 2013 - 9:14am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District spoke Friday on the House floor on the importance of swiftly passing a clean funding bill that will end the government shutdown, fund the national laboratories, and ensure that Lab employees are not furloughed. 

House Republicans are bringing up piecemeal bills that fund portions of the federal government, but fail to provide full funding to end the shutdown, he said. 

Click here to watch Luján's speech.

Luján's remarks on the floor:

"Mr.

Digital Billboards Promote Adoption of Foster Kids

on October 12, 2013 - 8:57am

STATE News:

Albuquerque - Governor Susana Martinez today announced digital billboards that will promote adoption of New Mexico foster kids. The billboards begin running next Monday throughout the Albuquerque metro area and were donated by Clear Channel Outdoor. They raise awareness about CYFD’s Heart Gallery and will run until next March.

CYFD Cabinet Secretary Yolanda Deines and representatives of Clear Channel Outdoor joined the governor Friday to introduce the new digital billboard PSAs dedicated to familiarizing individuals from Albuquerque and its surrounding areas with The Heart

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Special Shape Balloon Glow Friday Night

on October 12, 2013 - 8:40am

The special shape balloon glow Friday night in Albuquerque. Photo by Glen Wurden

AMBER Alert Issued For New Mexico Ranch Boys

on October 12, 2013 - 7:09am

Suspect Scott Chandler. Courtesy/amberalert.com

Staff Report

An Amber Alert has been issued for nine boys who went missing overnight from the Tierra Blanca Youth Ranch in Sierra County New Mexico.

It is believed that these boys are in danger due to the circumstances involving this abduction. Reports indicate that this southern New Mexico ranch program for troubled teens is under a state investigation into allegations that ranch residents were shackled and beaten by staff members.

The missing boys include Charlie Lamb, 13, Mayson Myers, 13, Michael Rozell, 15, Ryan Sibbett, 16, Peter

I-25 Northbound Lane Closures

on October 12, 2013 - 7:08am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation started bridge work on the I-25 northbound bridge (MP 282.5) Oct. 10. 

This bridge work is north of the St. Francis Interchange. The contactor will be completing work that started earlier this year, and they will be back in the spring for final paving when temperatures allow.

There will be left and right lane closures and the one lane closure will remain overnight. The lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and this work is anticipated to be completed in four weeks.

NMDOT urges motorists to proceed

Community Partners Announce Assistance for Furloughed Federal Employees

on October 11, 2013 - 1:34pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) today announced that several New Mexico community partners have offered to assist federal employees furloughed as a result of the government shutdown.

At Rep. Lujan Grisham’s Oct. 6 roundtable meeting with furloughed federal employees, participants expressed fear and concern that the government shutdown would cause serious financial hardship for them and their families.

Luján: Republican Piecemeal Funding Bill Picks Winners and Losers, Would Still Leave Lab Employees Furloughed

on October 11, 2013 - 11:09am

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 spoke today on the House floor on the importance of swiftly passing a clean funding bill that will end the government shutdown, fund the national laboratories, and ensure that lab employees are not furloughed. 

House Republicans are bringing up piecemeal bills that fund portions of the federal government, but fail to provide full funding to end the shutdown. Below are Luján's remarks on the floor. Click here to watch his speech.

"Mr.

Significant Wind Impacts Today; Northern Mountain Snow

on October 10, 2013 - 8:24am

Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

The National Weather Service anticipates another vigorous early season cold front to usher in strong wind, cooler temperatures and northern mountain snow. The main impact period is mid-morning to mid-evening today. Wind impacts are expected areawide with accumulating snow limited to the highest terrain of north-central and northwest New Mexico and generally above 9,500 feet.

Key Impacts:

  • Windy to very windy conditions to expand across the area Thursday
  • Potentially damaging wind gusts (up to 60 mph) possible higher terrain and areas to the lee of the central mountain

No RTD Bus Service Columbus Day

on October 10, 2013 - 8:16am

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service on Monday Oct.14, in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume on Tuesday, Oct.15.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses over 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and

Comments Sought on State Rail Plan

on October 10, 2013 - 8:11am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The public is invited to provide final comment on the New Mexico State Rail Plan that will serve as a five year plan for the railroad program.

The Rail Plan, which is a federal requirement, sets forth state policy regarding passenger and freight rail transportation. It identifies current and future passenger and freight rail facilities, services, needs, issues and opportunities.

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N.M. Delegation Working to Protect Federal and Lab Workers Hurt by Shutdown

on October 9, 2013 - 8:39am
STATE News:
  • Urges DOE to compensate national lab employees for back pay if furloughed because of shutdown

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham are working to ensure that federal workers in New Mexico are not financially hurt in the long-term by the federal government shutdown.

New Mexico is home to roughly 27,000 federal workers, and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employ an additional 18,000 New Mexicans.

All four lawmakers are strong supporters of the Federal

NMDOT Holding Outdoor Advertising Hearings

on October 8, 2013 - 9:37am

NMDOT NEWS:

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will hold public hearings this month to receive oral and written public comment on Rule Number 18.21.5 NMAC, New Mexico Department of Transportation Outdoor Advertising Requirements. 

The purpose of the proposed rule change is to establish procedures and standards for all off-premises outdoor advertising in New Mexico including the use of changeable electronic variable message signs, to amend the current fee structure, to update and clarify the rule where necessary including definitions and permit-related processes,

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Scenes From Balloon Fiesta 2013

on October 7, 2013 - 8:44am

The 42nd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta kick off Saturday with more than 500 hot air balloons representing 20 countries. The fiesta runs through Oct. 13 at Balloon Fiesta Park. The hot air balloon competitive flying starts today with pilots competing to win cash prizes. Competitive flying will continue throughout the week, taking a break on Wednesday for the Flight of the Nations. The Flight of the Nations will honor the 20 countries participating in the 42nd event, as each flies their nation’s flag from their balloon.

Luján Wants LANL Employees Compensated if Furloughed Due to Government Shutdown

on October 5, 2013 - 11:00am

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 spoke today on the House floor in support of H.R. 3223, legislation that ensures furloughed federal employees retroactively receive their pay.

During his remarks, Luján highlighted that it is the intent of Congress to also support contract employees at the national laboratories.

In addition, he submitted into the Congressional Record a letter he is sending Department of Energy Secretary Earnest Moniz to emphasize that fact.

Luján: It’s Time House Republicans End Political Games, Allow Vote to End Shutdown

on October 5, 2013 - 7:08am

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 the following statement on the government shutdown and House Republicans’ refusal to allow a vote on the Senate-passed Continuing Resolution:

“Enough is enough. New Mexico families are hurting as workers have been off the job for days and critical services have been delayed. It is long past time for Congress to act to end the government shutdown and make sure that the employees who have been furloughed through no fault of their own are made whole.

Heinrich on Thursday's Capitol Hill Incident

on October 4, 2013 - 8:10am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., was in his office in the Hart Senate Building in Washington. D.C., Thursday when gunshots were reported. The Senator and the few staffers who were working quickly followed procedure, locking the doors and gathering in a designated secure place in the office, while the police worked to secure the area, Heinrich said in a statement. Unaccounted for staff were contacted and told to stay away from the building.
"On behalf of everyone in my office, I want to thank the Capitol Police and our first responders for the risks

Public Forum on Local Response to Climate Change Oct. 8 at SFCC

on October 3, 2013 - 8:13am

RDC News:

What: SFCC, LANL, Sen. Tom Udall, the RDC, the City of Santa Fe and others have come together to present a community forum: "Local Response to Climate Change." The forum will focus on strategies that communities can use to deal with this all-important issue.

The event will include an introduction from SFCC President, Dr. Ana M. Guzman, leading climate researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as a recorded speech from Sen. Tom Udall.

Stronger Winds; Colder Temps On The Way

on October 3, 2013 - 7:40am

Courtesy/NWS

Note: Due to the federal government shutdown, NOAA.gov and most associated websites are unavailable. However, because the information http://www.weather.gov/abq provides is necessary to protect life and property, it will be updated and maintained during the federal government shutdown.

Courtesy/NWS

Courtesy/NWS

Event:

Type – Seasonably strong cold front to usher in strong winds and colder temperatures.

Timing – Thursday night, and remainder of the area Friday.

Location northern two-thirds of New Mexico

Key Impacts:

  • Windy conditions to expand across eastern New Mexico

Governor Joins New Mexico Kindergarteners in World Record Reading Attempt

on October 3, 2013 - 7:09am

STATE news:

Santa Fe – Gov. Susana Martinez will join students in Santa Fe today to participate in the national "Read for the Record" Event.

Martinez and the students will join millions of others in reading the same book, on the same day to promote literacy and attempt to break the current world record.

For the last two years, Martinez and students in New Mexico have participated in breaking the world record for adults reading to children in a single day.

Public Comments Requested for Replacing Frijoles Canyon Section of Park's Electrical System

on October 2, 2013 - 9:56am

BANDELIER News:

The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated the process to plan an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the replacement of the Frijoles Canyon section of electrical systems at Bandelier National Monument.

The purpose of the proposed action is to provide the Monument with a reliable electrical system that is readily and easily serviceable and complies with Los Alamos County and federal regulations. The current electrical system is approximately 50 years old. It has exceeded its life expectancy of 30-40 years, and is in need of replacement.

Further, the existing lines were

Luján Encourages Uninsured New Mexicans to Sign Up for Health Care on New Exchange

on October 2, 2013 - 8:02am

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District encourages uninsured New Mexicans, those with insurance who are seeking a more affordable plan, and small businesses with less than 50 employees to sign up for coverage through the new health care exchange that opened Tuesday.

As of Oct. 1, individuals can sign up for health insurance that will begin Jan. 1, 2014. Small businesses can start comparing plans today and can sign up beginning Nov. 1.

New Mexicans can sign up through the exchange, also called a marketplace, online at www.bewellnm.com or by calling

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