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Udall, Kyl Announce NNSA Reform in Defense Bill

on December 6, 2012 - 12:00pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., announced the adoption of their amendment to the Senate-passed 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to evaluate the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in light of major management issues, cost overruns and security breaches in recent years.

 

“The NNSA has been plagued with problems that have impacted the scientific and stockpile stewardship work being done at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, as well as the security and safety of the workers there,” Udall and Kyl said.

Bandelier Team Receives Partnership Award

on December 6, 2012 - 10:06am

From left, Associate directors Mariela Melero and Soraya Correa, Bandelier Chief Ranger Tom Betts, District Field Office Director Patti Reynolds and Director Alejandro Mayorkas of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at Washington, D.C. awards ceremony. Courtesy/BNM 

BANDELIER News:

Under the soaring cliffs of Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument, 15 immigrants were sworn in as U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony on the 4th of July.

This past month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) awarded the Bandelier incident command team the USCIS

Tom Udall Op-Ed: 'Constitutional Option' will fix Senate

on December 5, 2012 - 9:55am
  • Filibuster abuse has prevented us from tackling important issues facing our nation.

Sen. Tom Udall

Debate and deliberation are rare in the Senate these days. Unprecedented abuse of the filibuster and other procedural rules has prevented the Senate from tackling important issues facing our nation.

Since Democrats became the majority party in the Senate in 2007, we have faced the highest number of opposition filibusters ever recorded. Lyndon Johnson faced one filibuster during his six years as Senate majority leader.

Public Invited to Valles Caldera Trust Board Meeting

on December 4, 2012 - 1:48pm

VCT News:

Jemez Springs – The Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees will conduct a meeting in public scheduled from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa in Albuquerque.

The meeting agenda will include a year-end budget update for Fiscal Year 2012, a report on the State of the Preserve, a presentation on restoration and stewardship projects, and a review of the 2012 livestock program and public visitation.

Public comments will be heard after the last report with adjournment scheduled immediately thereafter.

Bandelier Screening 'Canes of Power' Dec. 4

on December 3, 2012 - 3:11pm
Courtesy/indianartsandculture.org
 
BANDELIER News:

This is an 11th-hour announcement, but all Bandelier National Monument employees and the general public are invited to Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center for a screening of "Canes of Power."

"Canes of Power" is a documentary about the governors' canes given to the Pueblos by President Abe Lincoln.

Cochiti Pueblo Lt. Gov. Michael Pecos will present the screening at 2 p.m. for those who gather in the Visitor Center Auditorium.

With the recent big screen production on Lincoln, there has been increased interest in these canes, which have

NNSA Exceeds 2012 Goal for Nuclear Weapons Dismantlements

on December 3, 2012 - 10:37am

U.S. nuclear weapons declared excess to the stockpile are sent to Pantex Plant, America's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. Pantex Plant is on a 16,000-acre site 17 miles northeast of Amarillo, Texas. Courtesy/Pantex

NNSA's Don Cook

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has accomplished 112 percent of its goal for planned stockpile dismantlements in FY 2012.

“NNSA delivered on President Obama’s commitment to reduce the numbers of U.S.

Was Hurricane Sandy New Storm Breed?

on December 3, 2012 - 9:39am

'Inside the Megastorm' takes viewers moment by moment through Hurricane Sandy, its impacts and the future of storm protection. Through first person accounts from those who survived, and from experts and scientists, 'Inside the Megastorm' gives scientific context to a new breed of storms. Courtesy/PBS

PBS News:

Was Hurricane Sandy a freak combination of weather systems? Or are hurricanes increasing in intensity due to warming climate?

Learn more at this month's New Mexico PBS Science Café: “Inside the Megastorm.”

This Science Café will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Los

Obama Signs Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act

on December 2, 2012 - 7:56am
President Barak Obama signs 'long overdue’ Whistleblower Protection Act signed into law. Courtesy/examiner.com
 
CCNS News:

After a historic campaign waged by the Make It Safe Coalition, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act became law when President Obama signed it earlier this week.

The Act restores, modernizes and expands federal whistleblower protections from the original scope of the 1989 Whistleblower Protection Act.

A whistleblower is a federal employee who discloses to the public or those in authority, mismanagement, waste, fraud, abuse and other illegalities and protects

Local Efforts Should Guide Decisions on Lesser Prairie Chicken

on December 2, 2012 - 7:42am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Friday that local conservation efforts should help guide the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) proceedings on a draft rule review process that would list the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act.
 
In a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel Ashe, Udall highlighted the work of state and local efforts, which have been working in partnership on habitat conservation efforts.
 
“As you know, private citizens, companies and public land management agencies in New Mexico have been

Tonight's Powerball Skyrockets to $550 Million

on November 28, 2012 - 8:37pm

Powerball lottery tickets are selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute across the United States today, according to reports, and the jackpot has risen to $550 million. Unlike the long lines seen in cities across the nation, local ticket sales were much slower this evening with a line beginning to form at Smiths on Central Avenue at 7 p.m. and just two people in line at Chevron on Trinity Drive. Victor Martinez is shown purchasing four tickets at 7:15 p.m. from Chevron clerk Robert Torres. "The first thing I will do if I win is help the homeless," Martinez said.

Man Who Shot Crop Duster Plane Pleads Guilty

on November 21, 2012 - 8:47am

Crop duster plane. Courtesy photo

FBI News:

Weilding a Ruger Number One 25-06 caliber single shot rifle with a Redfield scope, James R. Cate, 68, shot a crop duster plane as it flew over a field neighboring his land near Talpa, Texas dusting crops last February.

Before he actually shot the aircraft, Cate fired three rounds from the rifle into the air, according to documents filed in the case.

Cate admits that he threatened the aircraft to frighten the pilot away from his crops.

The last round that Cate fired hit the propeller of the aircraft, penetrated the engine cowling traveling

Udall Presents Medals to Navajo WW II Veteran

on November 21, 2012 - 7:25am

At a ceremony held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, Sen. Tom Udall presents Navajo veteran Wilson Halona five medals of recognition for his service to the United States Army during World War II. Courtesy photo

 

UDALL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE – At a ceremony held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., presented veteran Wilson Halona five medals of recognition for his service to the United States Army during World War II.
 
"Wilson Halona's service is a wonderful example of heroism and duty," Udall said.

Pinon Elementary Students Exceed Hurricane Sandy Fundraising Goal

on November 20, 2012 - 12:22pm

Pinon Elementary School students presented a check for $2301.14, which more than doubled the $1,000 goal they originally set to aid Hurricane Sandy victims, to New Mexico Red Cross CEO Rahim Balsara at the school Monday. Pinon Elementary Principal Jill Gonzales poses with Rahim and students including Hailey Norman, Jonathan Kieltyka, Maya Cannon, Katurah Sherrill, Rachel Norman, Kenneth Inbody, Brooklyn Belyeu and Kaya Blue. Courtesy photo

NNSA Delivers W76-1 Units to Navy for 2012

on November 18, 2012 - 11:16am

W76-1 units. Courtesy/SNL

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that it delivered all of its scheduled W76-1 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile warhead units to United States Navy in FY 2012.

“As our stockpile ages, we have to put ourselves in a position where the president can be certain that it is safe, secure and effective,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Don Cook. “Our continued success with the W76-1 Life Extension Program is key to the United States’ nuclear deterrent.

Udall Offices Recruit Spring Interns

on November 17, 2012 - 10:00am
WASHINGTONU.S. Sen. Tom Udall is inviting New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for spring internships in his Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces offices.
 
To apply online or download an application, click here or visit tomudall.senate.gov/internships.
 
The deadline to apply for positions is flexible, but students interested in spring internships are encouraged to submit their applications by Dec. 16.
 
“Congressional internships are an invaluable experience for anyone interested in public service,” Udall

Four U.S. Organizations Receive 2012 Baldrige National Quality Award

on November 16, 2012 - 6:10am

BALDRIGE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank Thursday named four U.S. organizations as recipients of the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

The winners in this, the 25th anniversary year of the award, represent four different sectors, one repeat recipient and a health network recognized for the same honor earned previously by its flagship hospital.

The 2012 Baldrige Award recipients—listed with their category—are:

De Colores Hosts Benefit For Hurricane Sandy Victims

on November 15, 2012 - 8:11pm

Sue Dummer of De Colores Restaurant sings a song Thursday evening during a benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims. Dummer is originally from New York and has family and friends who still live there. She and De Colores owner Joan Duran hosted the event. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladalypost.com

Local police officers and firefighters including Firefighter Brian Hanson, center, and Police Commander Jason Wardlow-Hererra, participated in arm wrestling competitions Thursday evening at De Colores Restaurant to help raise money, which will be given to the Red Cross to aid Hurricane Sandy victims.

Lujan Honors Nation’s Veterans

on November 11, 2012 - 6:58am

VETERANS DAY News:

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day and the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces.

“All across the country this weekend, communities will come together to celebrate Veterans Day, an opportunity to take time out of our busy schedules and pause to reflect on the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform have made to protect our freedom and ensure the safety of our great nation.

"We thank them for their extraordinary service and sacrifices that they and their families have

CIA Director Resigns Citing Poor Judgement

on November 9, 2012 - 10:11pm

CIA News:

Message from General David H. Petraeus (US Army Retired) to employees
Nov. 9, 2012

Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA.  After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.

As I depart Langley, I want you to know that it has been the greatest of

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NNSA Completes 50th Shipment Under Threat Reduction Program

on November 1, 2012 - 12:10pm

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Cooperative Program Removes Highly Enriched Uranium from Uzbekistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the successful removal of 72.8 kilograms of highly enriched uranium (HEU) spent fuel from the Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Today’s announcement marks the 50th shipment under NNSA’s cooperative program with Russia to return Russian-origin HEU.

Since the program began 10 years ago, NNSA and its Russian counterparts have closely cooperated to

American Legion Post 90 to Host 2012 Veterans Day Ceremony

on October 28, 2012 - 11:15pm

AMERICAN LEGION News:

This year's Veterans Day community celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at the American Legion Post 90, 1325 Trinity Dr.

All Veterans, their families and friends, as well as the general public are invited to attend. The local theme is “Honoring the Vietnam Veteran.”

More than 3 million men and women served in Vietnam, and more than 58,000 made the ultimate sacrifice.

Veterans Day is a National Holiday to thank and honor the 23 million living Veterans who have honorably served their country in both wartime and peacetime. 

There are currently 1.4

Udall, Rockefeller Welcome National Academies' Study on Concussions in Youth Sports

on October 24, 2012 - 11:14am
Sen. Tom Udall speaks at a Senate Commerce Hearing on sports concussions and safety equipment marketing with Alexis Ball, a former UNM soccer player who testified about how sports concussions have impacted her life. Courtesy photo
 
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
Today U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, D-W.V. commended the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies for creating a committee to study sports-related concussions in youth.
 
"I appreciate the decision by the Institute of Medicine to move forward with our request," Udall said.

Deborah Jin Receives 'For Women in Science' Award

on October 23, 2012 - 6:02am

Deborah Jin. Courtesy/University of Colorado Boulder

NIST NEWS:

Deborah Jin, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) who works at JILA, has been selected as the North American recipient for the 2013 For Women in Science Awards.

JILA is a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder.

The award is given annually by the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO as part of an international program recognizing women in science and supporting scientific vocations.

Five women scientists are recognized each year, one for each of five regions of the world.

High-Value Muscle Cars on the Auction Block

on October 18, 2012 - 10:07am

U.S. MARSHALS News:

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Marshals Service will sell more than 50 high-value muscle cars, sports cars, motorcycles and jet skis via a live auction at 10 a.m. Thursday at Apple Auctioneering Co., 14851 NW 27th Ave., Opa-Locka, Fla.

The vehicles were seized and forfeited to the federal government as part of a pill mill takedown in Broward and Miami-Dade counties in 2011.

Proceeds generated from the auction will be deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund, which is used to compensate victims, supplement law enforcement programs and support community

U.S. Attorney Names New Mexico District Election Officer

on October 18, 2012 - 9:09am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced Wednesday that Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathon M. Gerson will lead his office’s efforts in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming Nov. 6 general elections.

As the District Election Officer for the District of New Mexico, AUSA Gerson is responsible for overseeing the district’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

The Department of Justice has an important role in deterring

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