Heinrich To Visit Lincoln And Otero Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) will travel to Otero and Lincoln Counties beginning Friday, July 12, to participate in several briefings and events in Alamogordo, Capitan, and Fort Stanton.

On Friday, July 12, Senator Heinrich will be in Alamogordo to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy's 2012 Better Buildings Federal Award ceremony. The Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility received the award for its impressive energy reduction through very low-cost physical modifications and operations and maintenance practices. The Research Facility is the only facility in the United States dedicated specifically to developing technologies for the desalination of brackish and impaired groundwater. Sen. Heinrich will also tour the facility and receive a briefing on the latest research being done there.

While in Alamogordo, Sen. Heinrich will also kick-off the Iron Hide Ride's Military Motorcycle Mentorship Ride and Safety Awareness Rally. The rally is expected to bring more than 1,000 troops on motorcycles from Fort Bliss, White Sands Missile Range, and Holloman Air Force Base to the area.

On Saturday, July 13, Sen. Heinrich will tour Little Bear Fire recovery sites and be briefed on wildfire recovery, flood mitigation efforts, and community partnerships in Lincoln County. The Little Bear Fire burned 44,330 acres in 2012, and is the most destructive wildfire in New Mexico history. Fire and post-fire impacts affect communities for years after the fire has burned.

Also on Saturday, Sen. Heinrich will tour the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area (NCA) and attend a presentation from the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project on current research efforts in the NCA. The conservation area includes approximately 25,080 acres and was established in 2009 to conserve the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave System.

The information below is for planning purposes only. Media must RSVP to press@heinrich.senate.gov to attend.

Alamogordo - Friday, July 12, 2013
WHAT: Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility
WHEN: Presentation of Better Building Federal Award from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility, 500 LaVelle Road, Alamogordo, NM 88310

Alamogordo - Friday, July 12, 2013
WHAT:  Iron Hide Ride Military Motorcycle Mentorship Ride and Safety Awareness Rally
WHEN: Sen. Heinrich will deliver welcoming remarks at approximately 11 a.m.
WHERE: Alameda Park, 1400 block of White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo, NM 88310

Capitan - Saturday, July 13, 2013
WHAT: Little Bear Fire Recovery Sites Briefing and Tour
WHEN: Members of the press should arrive at Bonito Luz by 10:10 a.m.
WHERE: Little Bear Fire Recovery Sites, Capitan, NM 88316

Fort Stanton - Saturday, July 13, 2013
WHAT: Fort Stanton Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area
WHEN: Study Project presentation and press availability from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
WHERE: Fort Stanton Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area Bunkhouse, on Hwy. 220 near Equestrian Trail Head, approx. 2 miles south of the junction of Hwy. 220 and Hwy. 380 Junction, Fort Stanton, NM 88338