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Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $220 Million In Contract Opportunities For Uranium Mine Cleanup On Navajo Nation

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $220 Million In Contract Opportunities For Uranium Mine Cleanup On Navajo Nation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to award multiple contracts worth an estimated $220 million over a five-year period to address the legacy of uranium contamination from abandoned mines in the Navajo Nation area. 

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Public Transit Vital To New Mexico Veterans The Valley Daily Post welcomes op-eds from members of the public and candidates for political office but does not support or endorse any candidate for political office. Send your op-ed to valleydailypost@gmail

Public Transit Vital To New Mexico Veterans 

By Richard Aguino, Veteran and Former AARP Staff Member 

As a veteran and an advocate for those on tribal lands, as well as an advocate for the elderly, I have seen firsthand the need for public transit across rural New Mexico. Personally, I have relied upon public transit for years, to get me to and from work, to get me to different communities, and to get me to medical appointments at the VA. 

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Longtime Public Transit User Grateful for Blue Buses

Longtime Public Transit User Grateful for Blue Buses

Pearl Torrez, Local Resident

As an individual who has been commuting and utilizing public transit for at least the past 20 years, I couldn’t be more dependent on the system in my everyday life. To say I am grateful for this option in my life would be a gross understatement. I rely on the NCRTD’s Blue Buses to do the simple tasks that many of us take advantage of in our day-to-day activities. Things such as going to the store, getting to appointments and volunteering would not be possible for me without the Blue Bus.

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Public Transportation Removes Barriers, Provides Access

Public Transportation Removes Barriers, Provides Access

Richard J. Bailey, President, Northern New Mexico College

At Northern New Mexico College, we pride ourselves on removing barriers to access to higher education opportunities.  For example, even with all of our nationally recognized and accredited programs, we are still hands down the most affordable four-year college in all of the Southwest United States. We know we have to do that because of the community we serve. We know the demographic that makes up our student body, and we work with all of our students to make sure they have access to a high-quality education by offering scholarships, financial aid and work-study opportunities.

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Condensed Protest Period For Lease Sales On Public Lands In New Mexico

Condensed Protest Period For Lease Sales On Public Lands In New Mexico

By Liz Trotter-Press Contact  

BLM and Sec. (Ryan) Zinke have opened their condensed protest period on their sale notice of 114 parcels covering 89,162 acres of public lands in New Mexico, including lands in northwestern New Mexico where local tribal communities have raised concerns about the impacts of drilling. 

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Public Transit Provides Independence and Freedom

Public Transit Provides Independence and Freedom

Liz Garcia, Española Resident

Imagine being housebound, unable to do simple tasks like go to the gym or the grocery store on your own. Day after day, week after week, alone in your home. As a legally blind individual, this would be my reality if not for public transit.

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Congress Let Land & Water Conservation Fund Expire

Congress Let Land & Water Conservation Fund Expire

By JEREMY ROMERO
Wildlife Corridor Coordinator
National Wildlife Federation

Valles Caldera is the largest land acquisition in New Mexico made through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), one of the primary tools for protecting our national and local parks and public lands. LWCF contributed over $100 million to acquire the Preserve, help promote recreational opportunities and public access, and conserve habitat for wildlife including elk, mule deer, and mountain lions. And LWCF accomplishes things like this all over America at no cost to taxpayers. LWCF is completely funded from offshore oil and gas drilling royalties.