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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall On Treasury Department Ending Disclosure Requirements For Dark Money Donors

on July 18, 2018 - 11:14am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the Treasury Department ended a requirement that “dark money” groups must disclose their donors to the IRS:

“Secret, undisclosed money has flooded our electoral system and completely drowned out the voices of everyday citizens. Now, the Trump administration is making an already rigged system even worse -- ending some of the limited disclosure we have about who is spending these unlimited sums of money to try to buy our democracy.

Indian Affairs, Rules Committees Hold Bipartisan Roundtable On Protecting Voting Rights In Indian Country

on July 18, 2018 - 8:50am


WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Senate Committees on Indian Affairs and Rules and Administration held a bipartisan roundtable Tuesday on “Voting Rights, Access, and Barriers in Indian Country.”

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, led the hearing and were joined by tribal and state leaders.

Delegation Urges ITC To Reverse Newsprint Tariffs Hurting New Mexico Newspapers

on July 18, 2018 - 7:29am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham have urged the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to reverse the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on Canadian newsprint, which threaten to devastate local newspapers across New Mexico.
In a letter sent to USITC Chairman David S.

DEA-Led Probe Leads To Second Honduran Congressman Charged With Drug Trafficking And Weapons Crimes

on July 18, 2018 - 7:25am
DEA News:
NEW YORK DEA and the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that charges have been filed in New York federal court against Honduran congressman Midence Oqueli Martinez Turcios, and in a separate indictment, Arnaldo Urbina Soto, Carlos Fernando Urbina Soto and Miguel Angel Urbina Soto.
The charges in each indictment include conspiring to import cocaine into the United States and related weapons offenses involving the use and possession of machine guns and destructive devices. The United States is seeking the defendants’ extraditions from Honduras.
“DEA and

Michelle Lujan Grisham Introduces Antiquities Act

on July 18, 2018 - 7:20am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) led a group of 61 Democratic Members of Congress in introducing legislation Tuesday to enhance protections for national monuments against the Trump administration’s attacks on public lands.
The America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States (ANTIQUITIES) Act of 2018 is the House companion to Senator Tom Udall’s (D-NM) ANTIQUITIES Act (S.

LANL: Feeding Plants To This Algae Could Fuel Cars

on July 17, 2018 - 3:47pm

LANL scientist Amanda Barry studies how biofuel-producing algae can be fed various grasses to improve their productivity. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:


Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and partner institutions provided today the first published report of algae using raw plants as a carbon energy source.


The research shows that a freshwater production strain of microalgae, Auxenochlorella protothecoides, is capable of directly degrading and utilizing non-food plant substrates, such as switchgrass, for improved cell growth and lipid productivity, useful for boosting the

Idzorek Is Delegate At Daughters Of The American Revolution National Convention In Washington, D.C.

on July 17, 2018 - 10:25am
Valle Grande Chapter Regent Roberta Day Idzorek, left, of Los Alamos with National Society Daughters of the American Revolution President General Ann Turner Dillon, in the President General's Reception Room, NSDAR Headquarters, Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo
DAR News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. More than 3,500 members of the Daughters of the American Revolution convened in the nation’s capital in June for the 127th Continental Congress, the latest gathering of the longstanding service organization’s annual meeting.
The week-long convention consists of business sessions, committee

DOJ: Regulatory Steps To Address Opioid Epidemic

on July 16, 2018 - 8:02am
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Justice Wednesday announced the finalization of an April proposal to improve the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to control the diversion of dangerous drugs in the midst of the national opioid crisis.
Announced in April by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the final rule sent for publication today in the Federal Register establishes that DEA will take into consideration the extent that a drug is diverted for abuse when it sets its annual opioid production limits.
If DEA believes that that a particular opioid or a particular company’s

MPNHP-Los Alamos Friends Group And National Park Service Sign Philanthropic Partnership Agreement

on July 15, 2018 - 10:37am

Members of the Board of the Friends of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park - Los Alamos gathered Friday afternoon for a special signing ceremony with the National Park Service at the powerhouse (stone house) on Bathtub Row. Back row from left, Ranger Josh Nelson and Board members Carol A. Clark, Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher; LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan; Vice President/County Councilor Rick Reiss; Treasurer Ron Wilkins; Metzger’s General Manager David Jolly; Shannon Corporation owner Shannon C’de Baca and Karen Henderson.

Naval Nuclear Laboratory Contracts Awarded To FMP

on July 13, 2018 - 8:40am


NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Naval Reactors, a joint program of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Navy (DON), announced the selection of Fluor Marine Propulsion, LLC (FMP) as the new DOE and DON contractor for the Naval Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

FMP, a limited liability company, is a wholly owned, special-purpose subsidiary of Fluor Corporation.

Naval Reactors conducted a full and open competition for the new NNL contracts. 

The estimated combined award value of these contracts is approximately $30 billion over ten years if all options are

Trinity Test ‘Gadget’ Anniversary July 16

on July 13, 2018 - 8:02am
Courtesy photo
AHF News:
July 16 is the 73rd anniversary of the Trinity Test, the world’s first nuclear weapons test. At 5:29 a.m., the “Gadget” exploded with a yield of about 15-20 kilotons of TNT.
Manhattan Project veterans recall their reactions to the explosion. For example, chemist Lilli Hornig describes the mushroom cloud: “I remember these boiling clouds and vivid colors like violet, purple, orange, yellow, red, just everything. It was fantastic. We were all shaken up.”

For more on the Trinity Test, visit Veterans Remember the Trinity Test, Trinity Test Eyewitnesses and

Udall Leads Roundtable On School Infrastructure Needs In Indian Country

on July 13, 2018 - 7:35am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a roundtable discussion with tribal leaders, tribal organizations, and administration officials Thursday to document the infrastructure needs of schools that serve Native communities.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that more must be done to deal with school infrastructure needs,” Udall said. “There exists a huge gap between the resources and the needs in schools throughout Indian country.”
Udall pressed Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and

NMED Accepting Applications For Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Funding

on July 12, 2018 - 3:31pm
NMED News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) will accept applications for projects relating to the Volkswagen Settlement Agreement July 2 and Sept. 14.
Qualifying projects must demonstrate a reduction in NOx, and meet the criteria outlined in the Settlement Agreement. The Settlement Agreement allows NMED to approve funding for up to one-third of the State’s initial allocation in the first year.
There will be at least two additional opportunities to submit applications for funding future projects.

Los Alamos County Officials Announce Washington Trip To Address Triad Taxability Issue

on July 11, 2018 - 1:19pm

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz and Vice Chair Chris Chandler discuss their itinerary for their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. Also traveling are fellow Councilor Morrie Pongratz and County Manager Harry Burgess. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Just 24 hours ahead of its special session on the budget impact of Triad National Security, LLC taking over the Los Alamos National Laboratory management and operating contract, Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved travel expenses for Council Chair

Udall And Heinrich On Supreme Court Nomination

on July 10, 2018 - 4:31am


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen Tom Udall (D-NM) and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) released the statements after President Trump announced Monday he is nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court:

Sen. Udall:

“It is the Senate’s constitutional duty to advise and consent on Supreme Court nominees. But after Mitch McConnell made a mockery of the Supreme Court nomination process in 2016, the only advice and consent that Donald Trump has sought out is from the extreme, right-wing groups who hand-picked this nominee.

A Path Forward On Net Neutrality

on July 10, 2018 - 3:49am
York Dispatch Contributor
Of the many unmistakable and powerful messages coming from voters after the Parkland massacre, one is the notion that Americans are tired of leaders putting politics ahead of the nation’s business. Members of Congress, for their own good, should see this canary in the coal mine, not just on gun safety but just about everything else as well.
And while protecting the open internet may not, rightfully, stir the same passions as protecting our children from semi-automatic weapons, the devolving debate about internet freedom illustrates just how

LAHS Hilltalkers Strike Gold At National Tournament

on July 9, 2018 - 5:49pm
Members of the New Mexico Gold World Schools Debate team comprised of LAHS Hilltakers, from left, Sonyia Williams, Sam Menefee, Donald Poston and Antonio Dowdy. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:
The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team returned from the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with trophies and many great memories.
The New Mexico Gold World Schools Debate team, comprised of Hilltalkers Antonio Dowdy, Sam Menefee, Donald Poston and Sonyia Williams, advanced to the quarterfinal round of World Schools Debate

Balderas Joins 20 AG's In Opposition To U.S. Supreme Court Decision That Cuts Back On Union Rights

on July 7, 2018 - 4:34pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE AG Balderas has joined 20 Democratic attorneys general, in strongly disagreeing with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.
The case involved public employees paying fees to support the cost of critical representation during collective bargaining. These union fees, along with member dues, are used to represent all employees – both union and non-union employees.
“Our teachers, firefighters, police officers, nurses, and other public employees – often underpaid and whose pensions are being attacked

Democratic Party Welcomes Heinrich To Los Alamos

on July 6, 2018 - 6:33am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) speaks to a large gathering of Los Alamos Democrats Thursday evening during his Meet & Greet at Unquarked in Central Park Square. Heinrich was in town as part of a campaign sweep during which he visited Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos County Council Chair Christine Chandler, a candidate for House Dist. 43, speaks with fellow Democrats Thursday evening at UnQuarked. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Karyl Ann Armbruster, secretary of the NM PED Public Education

21 Children Have Died In Hot Cars In U.S. This Year

on July 6, 2018 - 5:56am
KAC News:
PHILADELPHIA, PA Already this year there have been 21 confirmed child vehicular heatstroke deaths in the United States. Every year on average, 37 children die in hot cars in the U.S. Last year 43 young children died.
These tragedies are predictable and preventable. is urging parents and caregivers to be extra vigilant. president and founder Janette Fennell said, “We always see an increase in child injuries and deaths around holidays.

Lujan Grisham Releases Plan To Fight Fires

on July 6, 2018 - 5:46am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
ALBUQUERQUE Monday, U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham released her plan to prevent and fight fires in New Mexico.
“As families throughout New Mexico prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, federal and state parks across our state are closed because of severe fire threats. The changing climate and ongoing drought mean that New Mexico is at an even greater risk to experience devastating fires this season.

Officials Weigh In On EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resignation

on July 5, 2018 - 10:12pm

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

EPA News:

A variety of officials released statements today following President Donald Trump's announcement via Twitter that he has accepted the resignation of embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall: “Scott Pruitt’s tenure at EPA was an utter disgrace. He should have been fired long ago.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on July 5, 2018 - 4:49pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is introduced to Los Alamos Daily Post student intern Connor Hoch during his visit this afternoon to the newspaper to meet with the news team. Hoch is a freshman at Los Alamos High School who is spending his summer working at the newspaper. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post world headquarters this afternoon and spoke with staff about tech transfer, Los Alamos National Laboratory and other topics.

“Every year, the DOE gets

NNSA Awards $10 Million To Texas A&M University

on July 5, 2018 - 4:35pm
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has designated a new Center of Excellence to be led by Texas A&M University in the area of Low Energy Nuclear Science as part of the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Program.
“These grants are instrumental in developing the next generation of scientists in areas of relevance to the stockpile stewardship mission,” said Dr. Kathleen Alexander, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation in NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs.

Izraelevitz: The Honor And Blessing Of Becoming An American Citizen

on July 5, 2018 - 7:28am
Los Alamos County Council Chair

When the Publisher of this newspaper asked if I would write a column celebrating the Fourth of July, I couldn’t help but look back to the previous July 4th at the Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center, where I was invited to speak at a new citizenship ceremony. I shared with them my feelings about the honor and blessing of becoming an American citizen as an adult. I hope you will enjoy an abbreviated version of my talk.

July 4, 2017

Thank you very much for your invitation to speak here today.