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LANL Draft Consent Order Released For Public Comment

on March 30, 2016 - 2:51pm

NMED News:
  • Updated Cleanup Agreement Will Enhance Legacy Waste Cleanup and Support Stronger Federal Funding Requests


SANTA FE – Today the New Mexico Environment Department released the Draft Consent Order for public review and comment. 


The Draft Consent Order, an agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy, guides and governs the cleanup of legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


“We are pleased to open the Draft Consent Order to public review and comment as we continue our dialogue with stakeholder groups and individuals.

Democratic Party Of New Mexico Vice-Chair Juan Sanchez Celebrates César Chávez Day

on March 30, 2016 - 2:01pm
Democratic Party of New Mexico Vice-Chair Juan Sanchez 
NMDP News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The Democratic Party of New Mexico Vice-Chair Juan Sanchez  joined the Grant County Democratic Party and LULAC Council #8003 for a Day of Service to celebrate César Chávez Day in Silver City Community Gardens.
Sanchez worked with participants at the community gardens during the event.
The community gardens service project is part of a full-day event organized by the Grant County Democratic Party and LULAC Council #8003. Following the service project, there was a march for social justice at Gough

Los Alamos Police Settle Major Contract

on March 29, 2016 - 8:32pm



The Los Alamos Police Association Local #14, a unit of the International Union of Police Associations (I.U.P.A.), successfully negotiated and outstanding contract with the County of Los Alamos. 


The fact that the contract was unanimously approved by officers in the unit is a clear indication of the quality of the agreement.


Commenting on the successful negotiations, President Monica Salazar-Casias of the Los Alamos Police Association Local #14 said, “When we ratified the contract it was a 25-0 vote. I think we have presented a united front to the County. This is proof of

DOE Announces Millions In Funding For 16 Indian And Alaska Native Community Clean Energy Projects

on March 29, 2016 - 7:50am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced funding for 24 American Indian and Alaska Native communities to deploy clean energy and energy efficiency projects. DOE plans to invest more than $9 million in 16 facility- and community-scale energy projects in 24 tribal communities.
As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner with Tribal Nations, these projects provide Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages with clean energy solutions that will save communities money and reduce carbon pollution.

Letter To The Editor: Open Letter To The Council

on March 28, 2016 - 9:17am
By Vice Chair Susan O’Leary
Los Alamos County Council

Fellow Councilors:

I’ve given the many large dollar value lawsuits settled by the County’s insurer a lot of thought. I have a few observations and suggestions to share with you in the spirit of seeing the Council move forward in a productive manner.

There is no doubt in my mind that each of us serve on the council because we care about our community and want it to be the best it can be. I respect each of you for your commitment to public service.

Clinton Said She Will Open Area 51 Files To Public

on March 28, 2016 - 8:41am

Col., USMC Ret. John Glenn with then President Bill Clinton in 1998 at Area 51. Courtesy/NASA

HSNW News:

Hillary Clinton said that if she is elected president, she would open up the files on the mysterious Area 51 and make public as much as possible about what military or other activities have been taken place there.

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel’s Talk Show, Clinton said she would go through the files on the secret military area and allow anything, which would not pose a national security risk to become public.

The Express reports that her comments by Kimmel, who said he said that he had

Heinrich Secures $10 Mil For Directed Energy Development In New Mexico

on March 28, 2016 - 7:52am
ALBUQUERQUE  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced a $10 million investment in directed energy development in New Mexico. 
A $4.8 million award from the U.S Air Force will go to Raytheon Ktech in Albuquerque to continue the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile, also known as CHAMP, for use aboard the Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM).
Additionally, Sandia National Laboratories will receive $1.4 million and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) will receive $3.8 million for

National Security And Export Controls – A Conversation With Eric Hirschhorn April 14

on March 28, 2016 - 7:47am
CIR News:
The Council on International Relations and Congregation Beit Tikva are pleased to present Eric L. Hirschhorn, Under Secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department for the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 14  at Congregation Beit Tikva, 2230 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.
Hirschhorn’s talk is entitled, “National Security and Export Controls.” Cost is $20 for non-members; $15 for CIR members.
The discussion (with moderator John Liebman) will focus on current challenges and tools for limiting the loss of valuable U.S.