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USDA Applauds Construction of Biomass Facility

on October 21, 2013 - 5:27am

Director Terry Brunner

USDA News:

Albuquerque – USDA Rural Development State congratulated AGPower Field Processing I, LLC for its commitment to begin the construction of a facility which will address a major environmental issue with cattle manure while at the same time producing bio-energy and bolstering Chaves County with new jobs.

“Dating back to 2007, USDA has been working in Chavez County to bring a dairy-based biomass facility on-line and we are glad to see this new facility become a reality,” Brunner said.

In 2007, USDA Rural Development provided a $50-thousand Value Added


Victoria Rygh: Proud to be an American

on October 20, 2013 - 2:04pm

Los Alamos resident Victoria Rygh displays her certificate of American citizenship with her husband Scott Rygh, left, and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., left, with Patti Reynolds and representatives from Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Lujan's office applaud the newly sworn American citizens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

ALBUQUERQUE—Los Alamos resident Victoria Rygh of Honduras joined 68 other New Mexico residents, representing 29 countries, to become a U.S.

Santa Fe National Forest Recreation Sites Reopen

on October 20, 2013 - 10:06am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest has begun its process of reopening developed recreational facilities that were closed during the government shutdown. 

We expect to reopen developed sites this weekend after employees have had the chance to evaluate the cleanliness and safety of each individual facility and open locked gates and restrooms. During the fall, we normally winterize and close some developed recreation sites, therefore some places will remain closed for the season. Other areas are still closed due to impacts from flooding.

The following recreation sites will

Letter to the Editor: Happy 40th Birthday, 1973 Oil Crisis

on October 20, 2013 - 8:41am
Los Alamos

On Oct. 17, 1973, OPEC launched a full oil embargo against the U.S. For months we were faced with gasoline shortages and price spikes across the U.S.
55 mph limits were imposed, CAFE mileage standards were established, carpools were formed.

The USA became a net importer of oil and, shortly thereafter, became a debtor nation. The "Japanese invasion" blossomed with little Honda Civics. Locally, a small group of citizens started Los Alamos Bus to commute to the Lab. I joined four other high school teachers and administrators in a carpool.

Udall, Heinrich Stand Up for N.M. Priorities in Budget Agreement

on October 18, 2013 - 10:38am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced that the budget agreement to end the government shutdown will provide additional funding over the previous fiscal year’s levels for a number of programs important to New Mexicans.
The bill – a continuing resolution to fund the government through Jan. 15 – was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president late Wednesday night.
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Udall successfully fought during the negotiations over the bill to increase resources for veterans, wildfire

Los Alamos Resident to Become U.S. Citizen

on October 18, 2013 - 9:36am


Los Alamos resident Victoria Rygh of Honduras will be among the 68 New Mexico residents representing 29 countries who will become U.S. citizens today in Albuquerque

Rygh has lived in Los Alamos for five years and works at Los Alamos Medical Center.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico will deliver the keynote address for the naturalization ceremony. The ceremony, to be held at the South Broadway Cultural Center, will celebrate the naturalization of these citizens – the process by which U.S.

Curiosity Confirms Origins of Martian Meteorites

on October 17, 2013 - 10:20am

Scientists identified meteorites, such as this one nicknamed 'Black Beauty,' as Martian in origin. Courtesy/NASA


AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Earth’s most eminent emissary to Mars has just proven that those rare Martian visitors that sometimes drop in on Earth -- a.k.a. Martian meteorites -- really are from the Red Planet. A key new measurement of Mars’ atmosphere by NASA’s Curiosity rover provides the most definitive evidence yet of the origins of Mars meteorites while at the same time providing a way to rule out Martian origins of other meteorites. 
The new measurement is a

Rural Action Caucus Steering Committee Visits Northern New Mexico

on October 17, 2013 - 9:32am
Los Alamos County Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith provides an overview of the Los Alamos Smart Grid and Smart House collaboration to the members of the Rural Action Caucus. Photo by Sharon Stover
Rural Action Caucus members learn about the unique history of Los Alamos from the ancient pueblos to the atomic age during the Los Alamos Historic Society Walking Tour. Photo by Sharon Stover
Los Alamos County Clerk

More than 50 elected officials from around the nation attended the Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Steering Committee meeting in Santa Fe, Oct. 10-12.

The Rural

Two of New Mexico's Three Representatives Vote to End Government Shutdown

on October 16, 2013 - 9:02pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


Luján Votes to End Shutdown, Avoid Government Default, and Keep Labs Open
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted tonight for compromise legislation that will end the government shutdown, raise the debt ceiling so the government can pay its bills, and establishes a conference committee for the House and Senate to negotiate on a budget for the coming year.
“While I would have preferred legislation that extends the debt limit for a longer period of time and that funds the government at a higher level,