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The Five Largest Landowners in America

A ranch in Wyoming. Courtesy/MSNBC


The five largest landowners in America include:

1. John Malone: The cable tycoon has 2.2 million acres stretching from Wyoming to Maine. One of his crown jewels is the Bell Ranch, a 290,100-acre cattle empire.

2. Ted Turner: The media magnate has 2 million acres in Nebraska, New Mexico and other states. He is a strong advocate of wildlife conservation.

3. The Emmerson family: This low-profile family holds 1.8 million acres through Sierra Pacific Industries, the nation’s second largest lumber producer.

4. Brad Kelley: The reclusive Read More

‘Report From Santa Fe’ Features a Founder of Environmental Movement

Gus Speth

PBS News:

“Report From Santa Fe will feature Gus Speth, one of the founders of the environmental movement at 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 on New Mexico PBS, Ch. 5.1.

as well as environmental advisor to two presidents.  He outlines the economic policies that underlie some of the failures of environmental policy to make the kind of changes that are imperative to the survival of the planet.

Speth talks about his time in jail protesting the tar sands pipeline with Bill McKibben , and what individuals can do to move towards a better America, which he terms “America The Possible.” Read More

Senate Sends House Defense Authorization with NNSA Amendment

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall reported the Senate on Friday passed legislation that contains critical funding for New Mexico’s military bases, national laboratories and military families by a vote of 81-14.
Sen. Tom Udall
The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which also includes Udall’s amendment to reform the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), must now be cleared by the House of Representatives before being sent to the president for signature.
“This bill will ensure that New Mexico’s bases and
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NNSA Administrator D’Agostino Retiring in January

Thomas P. D’Agostino. Courtesy Photo

NNSA News:

National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Thomas P. D’Agostino announced today that he will retire Jan. 18, 2013.

NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Neili Miller will serve as Acting Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Acting Adminstrator of the NNSA.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu issued the following statement:

From the reactor room on the U.S.S. Skipjack to the Roosevelt Room at the White House, Tom D’Agostino has proven himself to be a talented leader, a trusted adviser, and a true confidant. Rising through the ranks

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Corker Burn Pit Registry Passes Senate Unanimously

Sen. Udall in June with MSgt. Jessey Baca and his wife Maria of Albuquerque who detailed Jessey’s ailments believed caused by exposure to open burn pits. Courtesy/Tom Udall’s Office
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced today that their bipartisan legislation to create a registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan has passed the Senate.
The Burn Pit Open Registry Act was included as part of an omnibus veterans
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Council Adopts 2013 Federal Agenda

In its final meeting together because three members leave office Dec. 31, the Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 to adopt the 2013 Los Alamos County Federal Agenda. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff Report
Los Alamos County Council voted unanamously to adopt the 2013 (FY 2014) Los Alamos County Federal Agenda. The County has many important relationships with the federal government. It regulates a variety of aspects of County functions.
The County must continuously work to understand, comply with, and provide input to federal laws and regulations that impact
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NNSA Tops $290 Million in Small Business Contract Obligations in FY 2012

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of its commitment to working with small business partners, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it provided more than $290 million in small business obligations for federal prime contracts in fiscal year 2012.

Nearly 80 percent of new federal award actions went to small businesses. NNSA’s Management & Operating (M&O) contractors provided an additional $1.65 billion to small businesses in FY 2012, equal to 49 percent of all money subcontracted by the M&Os.

“Small businesses are the heart of the Read More

NNSA Highlights Achievements and Improvements in 2012


NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As 2012 draws to a close, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has compiled a list of some of its most important accomplishments and improvements over the past year.

Thomas P. D’Agostino

The NNSA, in conjunction with its Management & Operating contractor partners, reached significant milestones in its nonproliferation and counterterrorism portfolios, made a host of significant achievements through its work with the United States’ nuclear weapons stockpile, and maintained a constant focus on continuous improvement. Read More

What’s in a Number?



By Ken Voytek: 1212-12, the Mayan calendar, your lucky number, or your birth number. We obsess about data. Well, maybe only I do. Maybe I should take up numerology.

The most recent BLS reports compiling data on manufacturing provides an interesting picture. Uncertainty seems to the word of the day given the broader economic and policy environment.

If you read the headlines as my colleague Mark Schmit does, you come away with one picture. It appears that job growth in manufacturing has stalled according to BLS data and has leveled off since the spring of this year. Read More

Obama Delivers Statement on Mass Shooting

President Obama delivers a statement regarding the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, 2012. Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson


President Barack Obama made the following statement Dec. 14, from the White House Briefing Room on the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.:

We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would — as a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there’s not a parent in America

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