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  • — by Mark Oswald
    SANTA FE – A federal judge has thrown a wrench into the federal government’s plans to house most of the nation’s production of the plutonium cores for nuclear weapons at a facility in South Carolina instead of Los Alamos National Laboratory. A federal judge has at least temporarily halted shutdown of the mixed-oxide fuel...
  • — by Morgan Chalfant
    A Democratic senator is looking to add an amendment to annual defense policy legislation to force President Trump to appoint a cybersecurity coordinator at the White House after the administration’s controversial decision to eliminate the role. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is offering an amendment to the Senate’s version of the fiscal...
  • — by Maria Curi
    A group of Democratic lawmakers asked for a threat assessment looking at risks posed by President Donald Trump’s cellphone use and whether foreign adversaries could have accessed classified information as a result. Trump routinely uses cellphones to tweet and communicate with friends that don't have the same level of security as his...
  • — by Susan Montoya Bryan
    ALBUQUERQUE — Two U.S. senators from Western states joined the legislative fight Thursday to repeal President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels, saying the higher taxes on foreign producers are jeopardizing jobs in the U.S. Republican Dean Heller of Nevada and Democrat Martin Heinrich of New Mexico introduced a measure...
  • — by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich
    COMMENTARY: When I think about immigration, I always wonder how different my own life would be if America had turned my father away, or broken up his family, when he immigrated here from Germany as a young boy in the 1930s. That’s not an abstract question for thousands of families in the wake of an immoral policy by the Trump...
  • — by Ron Sanchez and Faith Karimi
    With hurricane season about a week away and thousands of Puerto Ricans still without electricity, the US Army Corps of Engineers last Friday officially halted its work to restore power lines downed by Hurricane Maria in September. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it had approved an extension of the Army Corps' oversight of more...
  • — by KRWG News
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Drilling across a swath of northwestern New Mexico's oil and gas country would be prohibited under legislation drafted by the state's two U.S. senators. The measure being unveiled Tuesday by Democrats Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich would prevent any future leasing or development of minerals owned by the federal...
  • — by Susan Montoya Bryan
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A swath of northwestern New Mexico’s oil and gas country would be off limits to drilling under proposed federal legislation that seeks to make permanent a buffer zone that has kept development away from Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other sites held sacred by Native American tribes. The measure...
  • — by DeJenay Booth
    Fernando and Lilia Santana were uncertain about becoming homeowners. The couple started off with what they described as a "tiny house" before they purchased their current home in Loving about 35 years ago. "I never thought that we were going to have a house," Lilia Santana said. "Me and him, we said 'Can we make it?' I said, 'Let's do it one day at...
  • — by Ron Davis
    When President Donald Trump imposed a 30 percent tariff on solar panel imports, energy leaders in New Mexico said the industry would see it through, but had to brace for some unpleasant times. On Tuesday, Mercom Capital Group, an Austin-based research and communication service, released a first-quarter report on corporate and venture...
  • — by Nicole Acevedo
    Hurricane season starts in exactly two weeks, prompting worries that the island — still in recovery mode from Hurricane Maria — is not ready to face another storm season. On Tuesday, several members of the Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition, comprised of several nonprofits and advocacy groups issued a warning to the federal...
  • — by Tris DeRoma
    Local and laboratory officials expressed optimism and relief following the decision by the National Nuclear Security Administration to include the Los Alamos National Laboratory in its plutonium pit manufacturing program. An internal memo from Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace Jr. to employees Thursday and obtained by the Los...
  • — by Carol A. Clark
    WASHINGTON, D.C. Following a report that the Department of Defense (DoD) revised a January 2018 vulnerability assessment by removing references to climate change and key findings on the risks from sea level rise, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Energy and Natural Resources...
  • — by Associated Press
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Laguna Pueblo has received funding from the Bureau of Indian Education to rebuild its elementary school campus that serves about 220 students.U.S. Sen. Tom Udall on Friday confirmed approval of $26 million to replace worn-down classrooms at the elementary school serving the Laguna tribal community about 45 miles (72...
  • — by Liliana Castillo
    The Questa mine, a few miles east of the town that shares its name, has been on the list of the country’s most polluted Superfund sites for nearly two decades. For while mining operations have ceased, heavy metals and other pollutants continue to leach through the rock and contaminate the area’s water, including the nearby Red...
  • — by Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board
    President Herbert Hoover established it as a national monument in 1933 and now U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich has introduced legislation to elevate White Sands to a national park. That would certainly be good for New Mexico, resulting in increased visitation and enhanced recognition for the breathtaking site. Elected officials and community leaders have...
  • — by Maddy Hayden
    SANTA FE, N.M. — Jimmie Lueder worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the 1950s during the Cold War. All she’ll say is that she worked as “support staff.” Now 88 and living in Albuquerque, Lueder has suffered from several cancers since the ’70s, likely due to her work with radioactive materials all those years...
  • — by Jacqueline Toth
    They may not agree on all of the details, but Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), who both sit on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, concur on the necessity of updating national energy policies and addressing questions surrounding national electric transmission infrastructure. A nationwide conversation is playing...
  • — by John Shannon
    On today's Wake-Up Call, host Tom Trowbridge features Senator Martin Heinrich’s questioning of President Trump’s choice for CIA Director. Also: KSFR's John Shannon reports on an artist who’s working with prosecutors to stop native art and jewelry counterfeiting; Ellen Lockyer has an update from Wednesday's Santa Fe...
  • — by Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON — A day after Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to lead the C.I.A., refused during her confirmation hearing on Wednesday to condemn the agency’s torture of Qaeda suspects, several lawmakers and human-rights advocates said aspects of her testimony merited greater scrutiny. While Ms. Haspel, the agency’s acting...