Non-Local News Releases

This category will feature news releases from out-of-area government agencies and representatives, as well as events that are not taking place in the four-county area of Grant, Catron, Hidalgo or Luna. For those events please visit Local News Releases.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of the Interior (DOI), secured a commitment from DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke to improve public input while considering lease sales on public land, after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) updated its guidelines to severely limit public input.
Questioning Zinke about BLM's new guidelines for considering lease sales on public lands Udall said, "In January, BLM issued new guidance about how to conduct oil and gas lease sales. This guidance makes public participation optional, allows only 10 days for the public to protest a lease sale, directs agencies to avoid doing any new environmental review. Just to name a few things. This takes away flexibility from the field staff to use their best judgement about where, when, and how to lease parcels. I understand under this new process decisions on removing parcels from lease sales must be made by the Deputy Secretary, not the local, field or state director, as has previously been the case…. Secretary Zinke, why has your administration taken these steps to limit the public process for oil and gas leasing? Doesn't the public have a right to comment on the development of their public lands? Will you commit to allowing for broader public comment and returning to a minimum of 30 days of public comment on draft lease sales and 30 days to lodge protests?"
In response, Zinke agreed to work with Udall on the public input process saying, "Public land deserves public input."
Video of the exchange is available HERE.
Udall also pressed Zinke on recent reports of a lease sale scheduled near Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Zinke agreed to heed the concerns of the National Park Service and community members that drilling near the caverns could cause damage to the cavern systems, while his agency considers the lease sale.
"I have heard that some of the potential parcels could impact the cavern systems, or are located in other environmentally sensitive areas. I also understand that the Park Service has shared its concerns with BLM about the impacts to this cave and karst ecosystem from oil and gas drilling," Udall said during the hearing. "Are you aware of these objections? Will you heed them and delay leasing around Carlsbad Caverns National Park until a full assessment can be done, as we have done around Chaco, to ensure that development will not jeopardize the national and natural treasure that Carlsbad Caverns is?"
Zinke agreed to work with Udall on the issue to ensure Carlsbad Caverns is not harmed, saying, "there are some places that oil and gas production is fine and other places that are too sensitive…. If there's a legitimate reason – based on science, on either cultural or scientific impact – we withdraw it."
Video of the exchange is available HERE.
Udall's opening remarks and video of the full hearing are available HERE.

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall called on the Senate to reject Gina Haspel's nomination to serve as CIA Director due to her involvement with the CIA's unlawful "enhanced interrogation" program:
"The CIA's torture of detainees in U.S. custody was a stain on our history and our standing in the world. While Acting Director Haspel's qualifications and expertise are evident, her oversight of the CIA's now outlawed torture program, and refusal to fully repudiate it, should be disqualifying.

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall called on the Senate to reject Gina Haspel's nomination to serve as CIA Director due to her involvement with the CIA's unlawful "enhanced interrogation" program:
"The CIA's torture of detainees in U.S. custody was a stain on our history and our standing in the world. While Acting Director Haspel's qualifications and expertise are evident, her oversight of the CIA's now outlawed torture program, and refusal to fully repudiate it, should be disqualifying.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 11, 2018) - 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. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined a group of senators in calling on Defense Secretary James Mattis to release the unpublished draft of the report and explain why the omissions were made.

"These are substantive, not stylistic, changes—and it is not the way we expect DoD to conduct business," the senators wrote. "If DoD is not publishing data that it collects from our installations because they do not fit a particular political narrative, the department is failing to let the science inform its understanding of how changes in the environment may pose a risk to the ability to train our forces, the safety of our facilities and service members, and the long-term readiness of our military."

Taos, NM (May 17 - May 31):

Unique Events:

Saturday May 19, Shannon & Southern Soul, an uptempo, country and blues ensemble that have collectively been playing music around the Taos area for many years. Shannon's voice is unparalleled and will be sure to turn heads and draw the crowd in. Friday May 18, Shannon & Southern Soul, 7 p.m., NO COVER.

Friday May 25, The Rifters, will be in the house with some legendary Taos Country Music! Don't miss Don Richmond's country trio, The Rifters, offering beautiful three part harmonies and the music to back it up! The Rifters are well known for keeping the crowd moving so when you come out be sure to bring you dancing shoes! Friday, May 25, 7 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Showtime. $10 general admission.

Saturday May 26, Hot Minute, is Taos' fresh new dance band that formed in Jan 2018! Singer-Katie Hagan, Drummer-Jeremiah Glauser, Bassist-Giles Shelton and Guitarist/Synths-Sarah Martinez, weave an eclectic blend of Indie pop songs and electronica covers into their own sweet style of bootylicious dance tunes!! Hot Minute, Saturday May 26, 8 p.m., $5 General Admission.

Weekly Events:

Every Monday at 6 p.m., Art n' a Glass with Jim Cox sponsored by Taos Art Supply. Paint away those Monday blues at Art n' a Glass! You're the Artist! A night of painting in a social setting. No experience required! Learn the fundamentals of painting with local professional Artists Jim Cox as well as a Special Guest Artist. Templates available. Take your painting home! Limited space available. $20 per event! Admission includes: Canvas, Paint, Brushes, and Extended Happy Hour Pricing! Hand Selected Special Wines Weekly!

Every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. is Fiesta Tuesdays with Daniel Cordova on KTAO 101.9FM. It's also Fiesta Tuesdays in the Club! Food Specials from 6-9 and a Pool Table available for everyone all night!

Every Tuesday and Friday, KTAOS Solar Volleyball League, KTAOS Solar Volleyball League in your Community's Backyard!!! (Weather Permitting) Every Tuesday and Friday!
FREE- No Teams Necessary - Doors open at 3. Games Commence at 5 p.m..

Every Thursday, "The KTAOS Solar Center" is holding another weekly installment of their "Ladies' Night" featuring great music performed by Katy P and the Business 3.0! Ladies get into the show free of charge, and guys have a $5 cover. Show begins at 9 p.m., come dance the night away! Ages 21 and up only.

Friday's, KTAOS Solar Cinema! We will be showing a family movie on a giant 20ft screen with theatre quality audio! Bring blankets, pillows, and pajamas and get comfortable! This is a no-babysitter-needed kind of evening so bring the whole family! 6PM - Free - All Ages (with parent/guardian supervision) (Solar Cinema is sponsored by Wanda Lucero at StateFarm).

  • 5/18/18 - Wall-E
  • 6/01/19 - Coco

Every Sunday, starting May 27, Soular Yoga! Under the Sacred Taos Mountains, outside at the KTAOS Solar Center, Enjoy a variety of exquisite yoga offerings by a special guest yoga teacher from our local yoga studios! Indulge in the sweetness of practicing with your friends at the feet of our own sacred mountains. $15 per person - kids are welcome and FREE. Register now - space is limited.

  • 5/27/18 - Heather Promise of Taos Yoga Festival/ SRI
  • 6/03/18 - Alana Lee of High Frequency Loft

KTAOS is located at 9 State Road 150 in El Prado, where the 150 and 68 freeways meet. For more information, please visit ktaos.com, become a fan at facebook.com/KTAOS101.9FM, or follow us at twitter.com/KTAOS.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – On Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7 p.m. MT, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will be the keynote speaker at the University of New Mexico School of Engineering Spring 2018 Convocation.

"I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to deliver the keynote address to the 2018 graduating class of the University of New Mexico's School of Engineering," said Senator Heinrich, a lifelong advocate for technology, innovation, and clean energy, and one of only two engineers in the U.S. Senate. "An engineering education, and any good education, is all about problem-solving and experiential learning. I'm looking forward to seeing this next generation of innovators lead New Mexico in science and technology for years to come."

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced a total of $959,500 in grants from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) for arts programs throughout New Mexico. The grants will fund 11 music, theater, and visual arts projects across the state.
"New Mexico is home to over 4,300 arts-related businesses that employ over 15,600 people, and with more artists per capita than any other state, New Mexico stands as one of the most vibrant artistic communities in the nation. Our artists play a vital role in shaping our culture, attracting tourists, and creating jobs, and these grants will boost funding for existing programs and promote the local artists that are driving New Mexico's creative economy," Udall said. "I know how vital the arts are to New Mexico's communities and tribes and that's why as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I fought hard to increase funding for the NEA and NEH – despite attempts by the Trump administration to zero out funding."

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and Senator Martin Heinrich announced funding has been granted to Laguna Pueblo to rebuild their elementary school. After many years of fighting for funding to rebuild the school, the tribe was finally awarded the design-build contract and funding to soon begin breaking ground on a new school.
"This funding is great news for the entire Laguna Pueblo community and, especially, Laguna Elementary School's students, parents, and teachers. We have been working with tribal and community leaders for many years to replace the elementary school's worn-down classrooms," Udall said. "Laguna students deserve a high-quality education and positive learning environment in a state of the art facility where they can focus on learning – not worry whether the school's rusty pipes will burst or if bad weather will make the school walls unstable. Elementary school is vital to child development and we need to give all Native students throughout New Mexico and Indian Country the best possible opportunity to succeed from an early age. I will keep fighting for resources for infrastructure investments that matter most to New Mexico and tribal families."

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