U.S. Senator Tom Udall will discuss economic development with small business owners in northern New Mexico, as well as host a discussion about extending the Land and Water Conservation Fund at Valles Caldera National Preserve.
Udall, the senior senator from the state, will be in Española Thursday and the preserve Friday.
During his Thursday visit to Española, Udall will also meet with Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo leaders and visit a historic preservation project at the pueblo. That meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
Friday, Udall will host a roundtable discussion on the future of the LWCF with New Mexico Wildlife Federation leaders and other partners at Valles Caldera.
During his visit to the area, Udall will make a Thursday morning stop at Angelina’s, a popular restaurant in the valley. According to Udall’s office, the senator will met with Angelina’s owner, Fidel Gutierrez, to discuss the federal minimum wage and how it affects economic development.
That meeting at the restaurant is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
Also on Thursday morning, he will meet with the owners of Avanyu, a Native American and woman-owned construction company at La Tierra Montessori School of the Arts and Sciences in Alcalde. Avanyu is owned by Liana Sanchez and Mateo Peixinho.