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Korea Increases Support of NNSA’s Anti-Nuclear Smuggling Efforts

DOE and Korean officials sign a memorandum of understanding in 2010. Courtesy/NNSA News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Republic of Korea announced Wednesday that the Republic of Korea renewed its partnership to combat nuclear smuggling with a $300,000 contribution to support NNSA’s ongoing nonproliferation work in Azerbaijan.

The funding, provided by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and facilitated by the U.S. Department of State’s Nuclear Smuggling Outreach Initiative (NSOI), will be used for the installation of radiation


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Hazardous Fuels Treatment in Forest Begins Jan. 8

SNFN News:

The Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management plans a 20-acre hazardous fuels treatment on the Forest for January and February.

Santa Fe Watershed, Espanola Ranger District:

  • Approximately 20 acres of piles are to be treated at any point in time in the Santa Fe Watershed from Tuesday, Jan. 8 through the end of February, if conditions are favorable;
  • The pile burn location is approximately six miles east of Santa Fe, one mile east of McClure Reservoir;
  • The pile burn is expected to take place while snow is on the ground, which will help keep smoke levels low;
  • Smoke from the burning activities

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LWVLA’s 2013 Legislative Preview Set for Jan. 9

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos and the American Association of University Women will hold a legislative preview 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Fuller Lodge.

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. for this event in which the public is invited to participate.

Sen. Carlos Cisneros

New Mexico legislators including Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Senators Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez have all agreed to attend and share their views on the upcoming session.

Also, Dick Mason of Health Action New Mexico and Marcela Diaz of Somos Un Pueblo


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Udall Statement on Senate Fiscal Cliff Vote

Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement after the Senate voted 89-8 on a measure to avert the fiscal cliff:
 
“I remain disillusioned with the short-term nature of the deal that came through the Senate last night, but ultimately felt we had to pass it. We managed to make progress on middle-class tax cuts, wind energy tax incentives and unemployment insurance, but squandered an opportunity to implement a long-term vision to deal with the debt and deficit.
 
“Instead, the bill we passed

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Correctional Officer Treated for Smoke Inhalation

CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT News:

On Dec. 30, at approximately 4:50 p.m., an inmate housed at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility, Alternative Placement Area intentionally set a fire in his cell for the purposes of causing himself harm.

The Special Operations Response Team responded immediately to extinguish the fire and rescue the inmate. After the fire was extinguished and the inmate was rescued, the entire pod was evacuated.

One of the team’s first responders was treated and released from an area hospital for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

The inmate was cooperative


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NMDOT Saves Taxpayers Millions

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE—The New Mexico Department of Transportation recently saved $32.9 million in taxpayer money that will be returned to road projects over the next four years. 

The savings are generated by refinancing bond debt at lower interest costs on the market.

“We went from an average interest rate of 5.02 percent to 1.83 percent, achieving $32.9 million savings by refinancing fixed rate debt of $220.4 million. This is a great deal for the state,” said Marcos Trujillo, Bond Manager for the NMDOT.

Standard and Poor’s rating agency upgraded the NMDOT bond rating to AAA based on the


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‘Katie’s Law’ Bill Clears Senate – Goes to President

Katie Sepich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall applauded last night’s passage of the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012, a bill named for a New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003.
 
Because New Mexico did not collect DNA from felony arrestees at the time, her killer Gabriel Avila  was not identified when he was arrested in 2003 for unrelated crimes.
 
It wasn’t until three years later, after his conviction for other crimes, that his DNA was taken

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Hundreds Pay Tribute to Speaker Ben Lujan

Former Sen. Steve Stoddard of Los Alamos, State Auditor Hector Balderas, Ray Powell, Santa Fe Mayor David Coss and nearly all New Mexico representatives and senators joined hundreds of people at the State Capital Building Thursday to pay tribute to Speaker Ben Lujan who lay in state in the rotunda. Photo by Karyl Ann Armbruster
 
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan with his family greeted hundreds of mourners who came to pay tribute to his father. Photo by Karyl Ann Armbruster
 
Dist. 43 Representative-elect Stephanie Garcia Richard shares memories of the Speaker with State Auditor Hector

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Column: New Gun-Control … Just Another Fool’s Folly!

By B. Zerker
Weapons Specialist and Constitutionalist
Los Alamos

New Gun-Control … Just Another Fool’s Folly!

For the last few days, I’ve been hearing the endless cries of, “We need more gun-control!” “Ban those evil semi-automatic military assault-weapons! Nobody needs those for hunting!” “Ban all high-capacity magazines,!” etc., all of them now permeating the airwaves in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy.

I’ve also heard the statement in the past, and I’m paraphrasing, that our Second Amendment’s guarantee that a citizen’s “right to keep and


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NNSA Conducting Radiation Survey Over Washington

Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will be flying a helicopter over portions of Washington, D.C., between Dec. 27, 2012, and Jan. 11, 2013.

The purpose of these flights is to measure naturally occurring radiation in the Washington, D.C., area.

The radiation assessment will cover approximately 70 square miles and NNSA will complete the assessment using a helicopter equipped with remote gamma radiation sensing technology.

The helicopter will fly in a grid pattern over the areas, 150 feet or higher above the ground surface, at a speed of approximately


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