U.S. Senator Tom Udall will be at the University of New Mexico School of Law, 1117 Stanford Dr. NE, on Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. when he chairs an official Senate field hearing, "Fighting Drunk Driving: Lessons Learned from New Mexico." Limited space available for the public.

The visit is part of Udall's August work period that features a southern New Mexico jobs tour through Doña Ana, Luna, and Sierra counties. He will also visit Raton for a fire damage tour and briefing.

Other sites on his trip include speaking at the construction launch of the Union Pacific Santa Teresa Rail Facility. The project is expected to create thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of permanent jobs once the facility is complete.

Udall will tour Macho Springs Wind Farm, a 50-megawatt facility that has been awarded a Department of Treasury Renewable Energy Grant. The wind farm has already created 150 construction jobs and is expected to create additional permanent jobs. Following the tour, Udall will meet with Luna County small business and economic development leaders to discuss alternative energy projects targeting unemployment in the area.

Udall will tour New Mexico State University's Energy Research Laboratory with researchers from their Algal Bioenergy Program and the College of Business. The lab is the recipient of a Department of Energy grant to study the commercialization of algae-based fuel.

Udall will announce a new initiative to encourage the state's developing algae industry.

Udall will also travel to Truth or Consequences to participate in a Sierra County Economic Development Organization (SCEDO) fund announcement ceremony. The funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program will provide assistance, including the creation of a business incubator, to area small businesses.

For questions about Udall's tour, contact Jessica Borchert at, (202) 228-6870 news@tomudall.senate.gov.