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Nominees Sought for 2013 Citizens Medal

WHITE HOUSE News:

Who deserves the Citizens Medal?

Each year President Obama honors a handful of extraordinary Americans with the Citizens Medal, one of our nation’s highest civilian honors.

The Citizens Medal recognizes Americans for exemplary deeds of service outside of their regular jobs — people who feed the needy, who take care of our veterans, or who support our children.

Is there someone in your life who deserves to be recognized by President Obama?

There are nine days left before we close nominations on the 2013 Citizens Medal. Complete this easy nomination process before Read More

NM Delegation Applauds Creation of Río Grande del Norte Monument

Río Grande del Norte. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. – Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation today applauded the decision by President Barack Obama to create a national monument to protect the Río Grande del Norte in Northern New Mexico.
 
The president will hold a National Monument Proclamations Signing Ceremony at the White House Monday.
 
The Bureau of Land Management, under the direction of the Department of the Interior, currently manages the 240,000 acres of land in Northern New Mexico.
 
The Río Grande del Norte monument
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Luján Urges House Leaders to Include IDEA Funding Provision in Continuing Resolution

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

  • Senate-Passed Provision Could Significantly Benefit New Mexico

WASHINGTON. D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today urging them to support the inclusion of an import provision in the final continuing resolution (CR) that addresses IDEA funding.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi

The Senate-passed CR includes a provision that changes the penalty for states that fail to meet the maintenance of effort requirement for IDEA funding (Individuals Read More

Valles Caldera: Elk Hunting Lottery Closes March 20

Courtesy/VCNP

VCNP News:

The Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of New Mexico’s premier elk hunting locations with between 2,500 and 3,500 elk occuping the Preserve for breeding, calving and foraging.

Hunts on the Preserve are designed to pay homage to man’s oldest relationship with animals by providing the public with a hunting experience that otherwise would be prohibitively expensive.

At the mandatory hunt orientation session, hunters will be assigned a hunting unit within the Preserve. These hunting units are 3-6,000 acres in size and are comprised of forest and grasslands. Read More

Luján Questions DOE Officials About Hanford Waste Going to New Mexico

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee questioned officials from the Department of Energy Wednesday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBY9C4ZHQR4&feature=youtu.be

He questioned the officials on their plans to move millions of gallons of highly radioactive waste from the Hanford site in Washington state to New Mexico for storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plan (WIPP.)

While the leaks at Hanford are an environmental disaster, moving this waste to New Read More

Followup to Lost Treasure Hunter at Bandelier

BNM News:

Saturday March 9, search and rescue personnel found a missing hiker in good condition after she spent a freezing night hiking through difficult terrain in and adjacent to Bandelier National Monument.

The Carrolton, Texas woman had been searching for the buried treasure of multimillionaire Forrest Fenn.

The search and rescue operation involved three aircraft, dog teams and more than 40 volunteers and staff from the National Park Service, the U.S. Department of Energy, New Mexico Search and Rescue, Los Alamos Police Department and the Los Alamos Fire Department.

“Before you get Read More

Luján Celebrates Women’s History Month

Women of 1913. Courtesy photo

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in recognition of Women’s History Month, which is celebrated during March.

“Owing its roots to a protest by female factory workers over working conditions more than a century ago, Women’s History Month is an opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary contributions that women make in all facets of life. It is also a time consider the progress that women have made across history and examine the steps we can take to ensure that all women Read More

Spring Forward … Daylight Saving Time Begins 2 a.m. Sunday

NIST News:

Information about the Current Daylight Saving Time (DST) Rules:

Daylight Saving Time (DST) rules changed in 2007 for the first time in more than 20 years. The NIST Time Services continue to operate properly under the new DST rules.

Let’s take a brief look at what DST is, what the new DST rules are, and how the NIST Time Services have handled the DST changes. Information is also provided for people who may still be having problems with some information technology systems (such as the clock on your computer) since the changes.

What is Daylight Saving Time?

Daylight Saving Time, or

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LANL’s New Box Line Facility Largest of its Kind Ever Built

The record-setting new box line facility where transuranic waste will be repackaged at Los Alamos National Laboratory is 110 feet long by 48 feet wide. Courtesy/LANL

A worker transports the first box of waste to be repackaged at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s newest box line facility. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory opens new waste repackaging facility

Box line facility is largest of its kind ever built

Los Alamos National Laboratory has brought a third waste repackaging facility online to increase its capability to process nuclear waste for permanent disposal. Read More

Udall Issues Statement on DOE and EPA Nominations

DOE Secretary Nominee Dr. Ernest Moniz
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall,D-N.M., issued the following statement after President Obama nominated Dr. Ernest Moniz and Gina McCarthy to lead Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), respectively:
 
“I look forward to meeting with the two candidates President Obama has put forth to lead the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency. These critical agencies ensure that America benefits from our diverse energy resources in a manner that is economically
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