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The Taos News: United for wilderness in Taos County

During their Saturday (Feb. 16) visit, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Luján, all Democrats from New Mexico, heard from those who would like to see full wilderness protection for the 46,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area north of Taos. Several dozen wilderness supporters, including elected officials, business owners and nonprofit representatives, gathered at […]

POLITICO: Lawmakers protect home turf from sequester

In some lawmakers’ minds, there’s no stopping the sequester. So they’re making a plea to the Obama administration: Just don’t cut in my backyard. With the automatic budget cuts set to strike all aspects of the federal government March 1, members of the House and Senate are beseeching administration officials — both in private and […]

Santa Fe New Mexican: Udall: Sharp cuts would devastate state’s labs, bases

New Mexico’s senior senator, speaking at his first U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee meeting in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, warned that automatic cuts to the federal budget, threatened by an impasse in Congress, would devastate the national research labs and military installations in the state. “I believe the sequester’s across-the-board cuts, including [a] 9.4 percent cut […]

ABQ Journal: Senator calls for partnerships

Sen. Tom Udall told the Legislature on Monday that the state and federal governments should expand investment in public-private partnerships as a tool to grow the New Mexico economy. Udall, a Democratic first-term U.S. senator from New Mexico, said those partnerships are a good investment to address critical needs in the state with the help […]

Las Cruces Sun News: Arrowhead Center to accept $1 million check

LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center will host an award presentation to accept a $1 million check from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, with NMSU and its partners matching the awarded $1 million. The ceremony will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 20, in the Genesis Center, […]

ABQ Journal: New bill shifts control of Valles Caldera

WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s U.S. senators are once again trying to persuade Congress to transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, both New Mexico Democrats, on Tuesday reintroduced a bill that would make the change, citing inconsistent funding, a need for infrastructure improvements […]

Las Cruces Sun-News: NM delegates push for new Rio Grande conservation area

Some members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are renewing a push to protect more than 240,000 acres of federal land in northern New Mexico.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan have reintroduced legislation that would establish the Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area.

Efforts to conserve the area – including stretches of the Rio Grande Gorge and Ute Mountain – have been ongoing since 2009. Last October, members of the delegation sent letters to President Barack Obama asking that he consider designating the area for national monument status.