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Udall Votes Against Confirmation Of Mike Pompeo As CIA Director

on January 24, 2017 - 9:32am
U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement Monday after voting against confirming U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA):
 
“America draws strength from our values, and Americans put their lives on the line every day to defend those values. I believe that Congressman Pompeo’s views on a set of fundamental questions – including human rights, constitutional rights, and the rule of law – will undercut our nation’s moral authority and undermine our national security.

Heinrich Statement On Expected Nomination Of Heather Wilson For Secretary Of The Air Force

on January 24, 2017 - 8:39am

Heather Wilson

 

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on President Trump's expected nomination of Heather Wilson for Secretary of the Air Force:

“I congratulate Heather Wilson on her expected nomination to be Secretary of the Air Force. Her distinguished service in the Air Force, experience working on the National Security Council, and her firsthand knowledge of New Mexico’s Air Force installations would offer a unique and valuable perspective at the Pentagon.

Heinrich On Vote To Confirm Secretary Of Defense

on January 23, 2017 - 4:36pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on his vote last week to confirm General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense:
 
“As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and with New Mexico’s tremendous contributions to national security, I take the responsibility of vetting and confirming our nation’s Secretary of Defense very seriously.
 
"Marine General James Mattis is a well-respected leader in the military and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to his country.

Los Alamos Women Brave Storm To March In Santa Fe

on January 22, 2017 - 12:08pm

Los Alamos women brave the storm to get to Saturday's Women’s March on Washington in Santa Fe. Photo by Jeff Bloch

Los Alamos Folks At ‘Women’s March On Washington’

on January 22, 2017 - 11:46am

Judith F. Stauber of Los Alamos with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján at Saturday’s ‘Women’s March on Washington’. Courtesy photo

Front row from left, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham with Mickey Wright of Jemez Springs at Saturday's march in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo 

 

Many marchers wore shirts or hats with slogans. Photo by Rebecca Shankland
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

The day after the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, millions of people across the U.S. and around the world marched in support of equality for women.

Udall Statement On Inauguration Of Donald Trump

on January 22, 2017 - 9:09am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall attended the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. He issued the following statement:
 
"The peaceful transition of power is a hallmark of our democracy. Since George Washington, each United States president has peacefully turned the office over to the next. I don't agree with much of what Donald Trump stands for, but our nation is bigger than any one person. I am a proud American, and I felt it was important to attend today's inaugural ceremony.
 
"President Trump made many

New Mexico Celebrates School Choice Week

on January 22, 2017 - 8:33am

EDUCATION News:
  • The Land of Enchantment plays key role in National School Choice Week, Gov. Martinez issues proclamation.

SANTA FE –– National School Choice Week begins today in New Mexico and across the country. There are 190 events planned in the Land of Enchantment to raise awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.

The events in New Mexico, which are independently planned and independently funded, include everything from information sessions and open houses at schools to rallies, policy discussions, and movie screenings organized by community groups.

Seafloor Valleys Found Below West Antarctic Glaciers

on January 22, 2017 - 8:32am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Glaciologists have uncovered large valleys in the ocean floor beneath some of the massive glaciers flowing into the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica.
 
Carved by earlier advances of ice during colder periods, the troughs enable warm, salty water to reach the undersides of glaciers, fueling their increasingly rapid retreat.
 
“These oceanic features are several hundreds to a thousand meters deeper than what we thought before,” said Romain Millan, a graduate student in Earth system science at UCI and lead author of the new study.

Tales Of Our Times: Tie Smart Tools To New Pipelines

on January 22, 2017 - 8:30am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Tie Smart Tools To New Pipelines

Politics leads the nation in constant fights for and against new pipelines. So why do so few partisans on either side sing out for smart tools on pipelines? No matter how you view pipelines, President Trump has timely chances to change the old ways.
 
“Smart tools” is a broad term for the steady stream of 21st century devices with computer chips that continuously inspect, analyze and report on the state of health of almost everything.

Dozens From Los Alamos Participate In Women's March

on January 21, 2017 - 3:00pm

Several dozen residents from Los Alamos are participating in today's 'Women's March On Washington Santa Fe' in downtown Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Scene from today's 'Women's March On Washington Santa Fe' in downtown Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Scene from today's 'Women's March On Washington Santa Fe' in downtown Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Scene from today's 'Women's March On Washington Santa Fe' in downtown Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Scene from today's 'Women's March On Washington Santa Fe' in downtown Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Dr. Steve Girrens Tapped For Nuclear Deterrence Associate Lab Director At Sandia National Laboratories

on January 21, 2017 - 2:02pm

Dr. Steven Girrens to serve as NTESS Nuclear Deterrence Associate Lab Director

SNL News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration awarded the management contract of Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS) Jan. 16 and Dr. Steven Girrens of Los Alamos will serve as the nuclear deterrence associate lab director at SNL.

Girrens will lead nuclear weapons, stockpile management, Office of Research & Development, Safeguards & Security Technology Programs, and operating and managing nuclear facilities.

Heinrich Questions Trump's Decision To Let Management Of Nuclear Stockpile Run On 'Auto-Pilot'

on January 21, 2017 - 12:47pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump expressing his serious concerns regarding continuity of government operations related to national security positions in the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Department of Defense. 
 
Read the full text of the letter: PDF is available here.

Letter To The Editor: Inaugurations And Power ... Let Us All Take This Day To Be Thankful For Our Nation And Government

on January 20, 2017 - 8:29pm

By JAMES ROBINSON
Chairman, Republican Party of Los Alamos

Today, Jan. 20, we all got to witness the transition of power without an apparent heir, a war, murder or violence.

Emotions have run very high since the start of this presidential contest, and they will continue to be high, but that is the nature of our republic.

What we witnessed today was one leader with IMMENSE power graciously hand over that power to a citizen who spent over a year challenging his authority and platform.

Udall Statement After Meeting With Rep. Ryan Zinke, Trump's Nominee For Interior Secretary

on January 20, 2017 - 12:16pm
Rep. Ryan Zinke, Trump's nominee to lead the Interior Department
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jan. 19, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and lead Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Department of the Interior budget, made the following statement after meeting one-on-one with Rep. Ryan Zinke, President-elect Trump's nominee to lead the Interior Department:
 
“I appreciate that Congressman Zinke sat down with me today to discuss his vision for the Department of the Interior, an agency of great significance to New

Honoring Oppenheimer’s Legacy By Developing Future Science And Energy Leaders

on January 20, 2017 - 9:49am

Los Alamos National Laboratory presents an award to J. Robert Oppenheimer, second from left, at the end of World War II, c. 1945. Courtesy photo

DOE News:

Last year, the Department of Energy (DOE) launched a pilot program, the Energy Sciences Leadership Group, to develop the next generation of leaders in the science and energy fields.

DOE has diverse missions spanning basic science, energy, nuclear security and environmental remediation and it draws upon the scientific, technical, and engineering expertise of the national laboratories to address the toughest challenges associated with

Udall Joins Democratic Senators Calling Attention To Education Secretary-designate DeVos’ Stonewalling Of Information On Campaign Finance Violations

on January 20, 2017 - 7:26am
Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) denounced Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos for stonewalling their request for information about the millions of dollars in unpaid campaign finance violation fines owed by her political action committee, "All Children Matter".
 
As the senators noted, DeVos has failed to ensure payment of the record $5.3 million fine for illegal campaign finance activities by her

IRS Fact Sheet On 2016 Tax Changes

on January 19, 2017 - 7:17am
IRS News:
 

Three Extra Days to File and Pay

 
Taxpayers will have until Tuesday, April 18, 2017 to file their 2016 returns and pay any taxes due. That’s because of the combined impact of the weekend and a holiday in the District of Columbia.
 
The customary April 15 deadline falls on Saturday this year, which would normally give taxpayers until at least the following Monday. But Emancipation Day, a D.C. holiday, is observed on Monday, April 17 giving taxpayers nationwide an additional day. By law, D.C. holidays impact tax deadlines for everyone in the same way federal holidays do.
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Trout Unlimited Applauds Expansion Of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

on January 18, 2017 - 8:30am
TROUT News:
 
ASHLAND, Ore. — Trout Unlimited praised President Obama’s expansion of Cascades-Siskiyou National Monument, saying this action will better protect a population of native redband trout and one of the country’s most unique ecosystems.
 
Steve Kandell, Sportsmen’s Conservation Project director for Trout Unlimited, said, “We are very pleased this expansion has included more of the Jenny Creek watershed, which will help protect supplies of clean, cold water for this stream and its rare redband trout.

DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg Meets With Drug Control Officials In China

on January 16, 2017 - 10:03am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  At the invitation of the China Ministry of Public Security (MPS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg visited China this week to discuss issues of mutual concern and to build on DEA’s existing relationship with Chinese counter-narcotics law enforcement authorities.  
 
Rosenberg emphasized the increased cooperation between the DEA and the MPS and recognized China’s actions toward combating global synthetic drug trafficking and illicit money laundering.

On MLK Day, Udall Urges ‘Work Toward Unity’…

on January 16, 2017 - 8:43am

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall sent the following statement in recognition of today’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday:

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is an inspiration to our nation and to the world. And now more than ever, we should recommit ourselves to his teachings and legacy.

“Many of us are concerned and about the divides among us that have surfaced. But now is the time to regroup, rejuvenate, and reaffirm the values of Dr. King, and the values upon which our nation was founded.

“He said, 'Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.

IRS Asks Who Will Prepare Your Tax Return?

on January 14, 2017 - 9:01am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  As the start of tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers to start thinking about who will prepare their 2016 federal tax return.
 
The IRS will begin processing tax returns on Monday, Jan. 23. Many software companies and tax professionals will accept and submit tax returns before the IRS systems open on Jan. 23.
 
In 2016, more than 131 million individual and family tax returns were e-filed, the most accurate, safest and easiest way to file.
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Obama Designates Five New National Monuments

on January 14, 2017 - 8:43am
CLF News:
 
DURANGO, Colo.  The Conservation Lands Foundation applauds the five national monument designations and the announcement of efforts to make the country's parks and monuments more inclusive for all Americans.
 
“President Obama is an exceptional conservationist. His actions to safeguard America’s natural, cultural and historic sites have been heroic. Our nation will look back on his achievements with admiration, and celebrate these national monuments for generations,” said Brian O’Donnell, executive director of the Conservation Lands Foundation.

Heinrich Questions Defense Secretary Nominee On Threats To U.S., Temperament Of Trump Administration, Nuclear Weapons, National Labs

on January 13, 2017 - 4:17pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), questioned President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Defense Retired General James Mattis, Thursday during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing.
 
Heinrich asked Mattis about the key threats to the security of the United States. Mattis replied, "I would consider the principle threats to start with Russia."
 
 
Earlier in the hearing, Heinrich invoked the Cuban

Rio Grande Foundation: Experiences From Other States Show Merit Of Dental Therapy

on January 13, 2017 - 7:23am
Courtesy photo
 
Rio Grande Foundation News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — With Santa Fe deeply divided between a Democrat-controlled legislature and a Republican-led executive branch, the potential for stagnation and stalemate is high as lawmakers convene for the 2017 session.

One issue that has generated support from across the political spectrum, won’t break the bank, and will result in both jobs and improved lives for thousands of New Mexicans is dental therapy.

The Rio Grande Foundation and Health Action New Mexico rarely see eye-to-eye, but on the issue of mid-level dental providers, both

Santa Fe National Forest Waives Recreation Fees In Honor Of MLK Day; Offices Closed Jan. 16

on January 13, 2017 - 7:19am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Jan. 16, to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Jan. 17.
 
Fees will be waived at Santa Fe National Forest sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the National Recreation Reservation System. Since many recreation sites on the

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