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SSCI’s Cybersecurity Bill Would Chill News Reporting

on June 29, 2014 - 10:44am

NNA News:

By RICK BLUM / The Sunshine in Government Initiative

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 (CISA), released as a draft by Chairman Dianne Feinstein June 17 and soon to be considered by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, would threaten the flow of accurate news and information to the public and policymakers.

The bill would allow government agencies to collect, without a warrant or other traditional legal process, journalists’ phone and other records if the government considers the journalists or their sources threats to the security of information stored on

WIPP: Plans Ongoing to Evaluate All Drums in Panel 7, Room 7

on June 29, 2014 - 10:17am

WIPP has created a mock-up of Room 7 to test various 'reach' tools. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

As the investigation into the cause of the Feb. 14 radiological release continues, WIPP teams are working to create a system to examine all containers in Panel 7, Room 7. To date, visual inspection of the room's 24 rows of
waste containers has been limited to rows 15 to 24.

Workers are evaluating several different systems that would allow recovery teams to obtain video imaging, thermography, and sampling data on the waste containers in rows 1-14 – those that are the furthest back in the room.

Udall Secures Resources for N.M. Wildfire Prevention, Border Security, FLETC in DHS Appropriations Bill

on June 28, 2014 - 8:08am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the Appropriations Committee June 26 in approving a bill that provides critical Fiscal Year 2015 funding to protect New Mexico’s border, ensure our ports of entry operate smoothly and address the use of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia to detain women and children in removal proceedings.

Udall also included an amendment that would help New Mexico communities prevent serious wildfires.

Heinrich on Immigration Reform: A Year of Inaction

on June 28, 2014 - 7:33am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement June 27 calling on House Republicans to act on the Senate bipartisan immigration reform bill that passed the Senate one year ago:

"After a vigorous public debate last year, the Senate passed a common-sense proposal to reform our country's immigration policies.

DOE Launches Micro-grid 2014 MVP Challenge

on June 27, 2014 - 8:38am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Micro-grid 2014 MVP Challenge, a competition to support resiliency and adaptation in communities across America.

The Challenge will recognize local organizations that have adopted successful grid strategies that are able to continue providing vital public services during power disruptions caused by severe weather and other events. As part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the competition advances the President’s commitment to helping the nation prepare for the impacts of climate change. 

The

Senate Votes to Improve Training & Education for New Mexico Workers, Job Seekers

on June 27, 2014 - 8:29am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. joined the Senate in voting 95-3 to pass a bipartisan bill that will help New Mexico workers get updated workforce and skills training to better enable them to compete for new jobs and career advancement.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which is expected to pass the U.S. House of Representatives soon, will also help employers find the qualified workers they need to grow and expand their businesses.

"This bill is a critical investment in New Mexico’s workforce,” Udall said.

DOE Project Captures Million-plus Metric Tons of CO2

on June 27, 2014 - 8:25am
DOE News:
 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., has announced a major milestone: successfully capturing more than one million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) at the hydrogen-production facility in Port Arthur, Texas.
Using an innovative technology called vacuum swing adsorption, the project captures more than 90 percent of the CO2 from the product stream of two commercial-scale steam methane reformers that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere.
 
In addition to the secure storage, captured carbon from the project will

Heinrich Votes For Bill To Improve NM Workforce Programs

on June 27, 2014 - 7:57am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., voted to pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a bipartisan bill to improve existing federal workforce development programs in New Mexico.

"It is critical now more than ever to equip New Mexicans with the tools they need to compete in today's job market," Heinrich said. "This bill helps update and streamline some of New Mexico's federal workforce development programs, which means more training and education opportunities for job seekers or those looking to sharpen their skills.

New Energy Efficiency Standards for Furnace Fans to Reduce Carbon Pollution, Save on Energy Bills

on June 27, 2014 - 7:37am

DOE News:

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a new energy efficiency standard for furnace fans, the latest of eight finalized standards, and nine proposed standards issued since the Climate Action Plan was announced last year.

These efficiency standards cut carbon pollution and save American families and businesses money by saving energy.

NBA Draft Prospect Alex Kirk Thanks Los Alamos

on June 26, 2014 - 5:18pm
2014 NBA Draft Prospect Alex Kirk expressed his appreciation to the people of Los Alamos during an interview today at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos native Alex Kirk, center, with former Lobos athlete Emmanuel Negedu and his father Los Alamos County Municipal Judge Alan Kirk today outside the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos Native Alex Kirk will go down in history as the first player ever to make it to the NBA Draft who

Senators Press Increased Transparency on U.S. Drone Policy

on June 26, 2014 - 4:10pm

From left, Senators Ron Wyden, Martin Heinrich and Mark Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mark Udall, D-Colo. pressed the Obama administration today for additional transparency on U.S. drone policy, including its interpretations of when it can take lethal action outside of declared war zones and against Americans.

The senators - all members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence - also said the American people have a right to know the "limits and boundaries" of the president's power to take lethal action against them.

"We

Launch of VA Open Burn Pit Registry Helps Veterans Get Needed Care

on June 24, 2014 - 7:28am

Msgt. Jessey Baca

POLITICAL News:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed news that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, which he was instrumental in creating through bipartisan legislation.

Similar to the Agent Orange and Gulf War registries, the burn pit registry will enable the VA to track service members and veterans exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Heinrich Cosponsors Net Neutrality Legislation

on June 24, 2014 - 7:14am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to ensure an open Internet, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. cosponsored S. 2476, the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, a bill that would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish rules that prohibit preferential treatment or prioritization of Internet traffic.

The legislation would ensure that start-ups and entrepreneurs have access to the marketplace and consumers can access all content on the Internet equally.

"New Mexicans have made it clear that they want to protect net neutrality,"

Luján Writes to DOJ on Veterans Treatment at Albuquerque VA Facility

on June 24, 2014 - 7:07am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District wrote a letter Monday to U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney General Eric Holder concerning reports of mismanagement at the Albuquerque Veterans Affairs (VA) facility and mistreatment of veterans.

In the letter, Luján highlights the similarities in problems that have been exposed in Phoenix and in Albuquerque and the fact that DOJ is actively investigating the Phoenix VA facility, and should consider expanding its investigation to Albuquerque if necessary.

Below is the text of the

President Urged to End Bulk Collection of Phone Records

on June 22, 2014 - 8:01am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged President Obama to take immediate steps, while Congress works to pass true surveillance reform, to end the ongoing bulk collection of Americans' phone records.

The senators, who all serve on the U.S.

DOE Releases Water-Energy Nexus Report

on June 21, 2014 - 8:36am

DOE News:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a new report that presents an integrated challenge and opportunity around the water-energy nexus for DOE and its partners, and lays the foundation for future efforts.  

Present day water and energy systems are closely intertwined. Water is used in all phases of energy production and electricity generation. Energy is required to extract and deliver clean water for a broad spectrum of human uses. 

Recent developments have focused national attention on the connection between water and energy production.

IRS Revisions to Offshore Programs Help Taxpayers Come into Compliance

on June 20, 2014 - 10:12am

IRS News:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced major changes in its offshore voluntary compliance programs, providing new options to help taxpayers who reside in the U.S. and abroad.

The changes are expected to provide thousands of people a new avenue to come into compliance with their U.S. tax obligations.

Changes include an expansion of the streamlined filing compliance procedures announced in 2012, and important modifications to the 2012 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). The streamlined procedures are intended for U.S.

Patent Office Cancels 'Redskins' Trademark Registration

on June 20, 2014 - 8:39am

U.S. SENATE NEWS:

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s decision to cancel the Washington, D.C. football team's trademark registration.

"The U.S. Patent Office took a positive step today toward the goal of changing the Washington, D.C. football team's name,” Heinrich said. “Racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports. Our tribal communities have always enhanced New Mexico's rich culture and traditions. It's past time for the football team to change its name."

Last month, Heinrich along with several of his colleagues in the U.S.

Heinrich Votes to Advance New Mexico FERC Nominations

on June 20, 2014 - 8:07am

U.S. Sen. Martin Henrich

U.S. SENATE News:

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. voted Wednesday in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to advance Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner nominees Norman C. Bay and Estevan López for membership on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Both nominees are New Mexico natives.

President Obama has indicated his intention to designate Bay as chairman of the FERC once he is confirmed. Bay and López’s nominations will move forward for a final Senate confirmation vote at a later date.

During their nomination hearings in May, Heinrich

DOE Awards $100 Million for Innovative Energy Research

on June 20, 2014 - 8:05am

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced the awarding of $100 million for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to accelerate scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st-century energy economy. The research supported by the initiative will enable fundamental advances in energy production, storage and use.

“Today, we are mobilizing some of our most talented scientists to join forces and pursue the discoveries and breakthroughs that will lay the foundation for our nation’s energy future,” Moniz said.

As Many as 75 CDC Scientists Exposed to Anthrax After Violation of Handling Procedure

on June 19, 2014 - 4:33pm

Image of antrax spores. Courtesy photo

SECURITY News:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said earlier today that as many as 75 scientists working in CDC laboratories in Atlanta, Ga., may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria after researchers deviated from established pathogen handling procedures.

The scientists are now being treated to prevent infection. The New York Times reports that so far none of the scientists has exhibited any symptoms. The exposure occurred after researchers working in a high-level biosecurity laboratory located at the CDC’s Atlanta campus

Garret Nelson of Los Alamos Promoted to Captain in United States Marine Corps

on June 19, 2014 - 9:10am

Garret Nelson with his father Lew Nelson, mother Lori Nelson and grandmother Nina Laird. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Garret Nelson of Los Alamos was promoted June 6 to the rank of Captain in the United State Marine Corps.

Capt. Nelson is a 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School. He received his bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 2010.  

Cap. Nelson is currently stationed at Marine Air Corp New River, N.C. He is assigned to Squadron HMLA 167, where he pilots the AH-1W Super Cobra.

DOE Launches 'How Energy Works Week' at Energy.gov

on June 16, 2014 - 9:41am

DOE News:

  • Learn the Ins and Outs of Game-Changing Energy Technologies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week DOE is celebrating the launch of a new series on Energy.gov: How Energy Works. Each day DOE will break down the inner workings of a different energy technology - including particle accelerators, microgrids, 3D printers and wind turbines - while presenting the public with daily opportunities to ask leading experts about the technology of the day on Twitter at 2 p.m. ET. Use the hashtag #HowEnergyWorks on social media to stay engaged throughout the week.

Schedule:

  • Tuesday, June 17 at 2 p.m.

IRS Adopts 'Taxpayer Bill of Rights'

on June 16, 2014 - 9:20am

IRS Commissioner John A. Koskinen

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service has announced the adoption of a "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" that will become a cornerstone document to provide the nation's taxpayers with a better understanding of their rights.

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights takes the multiple existing rights embedded in the tax code and groups them into 10 broad categories, making them more visible and easier for taxpayers to find on IRS.gov.

Publication 1, "Your Rights as a Taxpayer," has been updated with the 10 rights and will be sent to millions of taxpayers this year

Does Biostimulation Accelerate Algae Growth?

on June 12, 2014 - 1:29pm

Courtesy/AlgaStar

SCIENCE News:

Does Biostimulation Accelerate Algae Growth?

Algae and bacteria are the fastest growing organisms on our planet. A single algae cell can produce over one million daughter cells in one day. Is this fast enough? All algae producers are limited by sustainable biomass accumulation. Growth rates impact both capital and operational costs. A 20 percent increase in growth rate could give some growers a 30 percent increase in revenue.

John Ericsson, CEO, AlgaStar Inc. presented at the 2013 Algae Biomass Summit in Orlando, Fla., a session titled: Increasing Algal

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