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EPA Appoints Ken McQueen Region 6 Administrator

on August 5, 2019 - 4:34pm

Ken McQueen

EPA News:

DALLAS, Texas -–– U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced today the appointment of Ken McQueen of New Mexico to become regional administrator for Region 6.

McQueen will oversee environmental protection efforts in the states of New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas and in 66 Tribal Nations. He has extensive experience in public service and industry working in the south central region of the United States on water, natural resource and energy issues.

McQueen will join the agency having most recently worked as New Mexico

Udall Statement On El Paso; Dayton Shootings

on August 5, 2019 - 7:18am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement Sunday on the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio:

 “In the span of less than 24 hours, two communities have been ravaged by the scourge of gun violence. It has never been clearer that Congress needs to take urgent action to end this preventable epidemic.

“In New Mexico, El Paso is like a sibling — a community where many New Mexicans have family, friends, loved ones.

FBI Statement On Shootings In El Paso And Dayton

on August 4, 2019 - 9:43pm

FBI News:

The attack in El Paso, Texas, underscores the continued threat posed by domestic violent extremists and perpetrators of hate crimes.

The FBI is supporting its state and local partners in Texas through investigative, intelligence and technical assistance. The El Paso investigation also is being supported by the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism-Hate Crimes Fusion Cell, which was established in spring 2019.

Composed of subject matter experts from both the Criminal Investigative and Counterterrorism Divisions, the fusion cell offers program coordination from FBI Headquarters, helps ensure

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution To Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections

on August 4, 2019 - 6:59am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined House and Senate Democrats in unveiling a resolution that would roll back the “1332 waiver” rule, which is another Trump administration effort to sabotage Americans’ health care and another attack on the 130 million Americans who rely on the critical pre-existing condition protections the administration is trying to eliminate. 
The Trump administration rule, if left in place, would allow states to greenlight substandard, junk insurance plans that don’t fully protect people with

American Red Cross Response To El Paso Tragedy

on August 3, 2019 - 9:50pm

From the American Red Cross:

EL PASO – At this time our team is on the ground, focused on supporting the community, and will not be providing interviews related to the tragic shooting in El Paso.

Our hearts go out to all those who are affected by the tragic shooting in El Paso, Texas. The Red Cross is working in close coordination with emergency officials to provide comfort and support now. The Red Cross is supporting the family assistance center and mobilizing mental health volunteers.

Over the coming days, the Red Cross will continue to coordinate closely with local officials and

AGU: US Infrastructure Unprepared For Increasing Frequency Of Extreme Storms

on August 3, 2019 - 6:47am
Hurricane Florence’s unprecedented rainfall caused extensive damage to infrastructure in North and South Carolina after it made landfall in fall of 2018. Courtesy/U.S. Air Forces Central Command
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Current design standards for United States hydrologic infrastructure are unprepared for the increasing frequency and severity of extreme rainstorms, meaning structures like retention ponds and dams will face more frequent and severe flooding, according to a new study.
Extreme weather events are on the rise, but U.S.

Phys.Org: Black Bears Adapt To Life Near Humans By Burning The Midnight Oil

on August 2, 2019 - 8:53am
Easy dinner pickings. Courtesy/Florida Fish and Wildlife

Amid reports that human activities are pushing many wild species to the edge of extinction, it’s easy to miss the fact that some animal populations are expanding.

Across North America, a number of species that were reduced by overhunting and loss of forested habitat in the 1800s are rebounding. This sometimes results in wildlife living near populated areas.

In a recent study, my colleagues and I analyzed one of these comeback species: American black bears (Ursus americanus). In the early 1900s, black bears

Crews Build Mercury Treatment Facility In Oak Ridge

on August 1, 2019 - 9:14am
Oak Ridge Site workers remove asphalt and concrete on the east end of the Y-12 National Security Complex to prepare the site of the Mercury Treatment Facility’s treatment plant. Courtesy/ORNL
Employees installed fences and barriers to identify the boundaries of the Mercury Treatment Facility’s treatment plant and headworks facility, ensuring safety and security. Courtesy/ORNL
DOE News:
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Oak Ridge Site crews recently mobilized to begin constructing the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatmen tFacility, vital infrastructure to fulfill Em’s regulatory commitments to reduce

New Mexico Shares Critical Data With The National Missing And Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

on July 31, 2019 - 7:12pm
SANTA FE -- New Mexico joined seven other states, which passed legislation mandating the sharing of missing and unidentified persons information with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).
“The scope of the Mark Daniel Aguilar Information Sharing Requirement law is simple,” said Mark R. Shea, secretary of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
“Within 30 days of receipt of a missing person's report, the Department of Public Safety will share with NamUs all information in the missing persons information clearinghouse and all information the

Heinrich Calls For McConnell To Protect American Democracy, Act On Election Security Legislation

on July 31, 2019 - 8:22am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, joined Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and fellow Democrats Tuesday to call out the legislative graveyard that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has created, including blocking legislation to protect American elections from foreign interference.
“We can act now in advance of the 2020 elections.

DOE: DIII-D University Collaborators Receive Funding

on July 31, 2019 - 8:08am
The inside of the tokamak at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego. Courtesy photo
DOE News:
SAN DIEGO, Calif. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Monday $14 million in awards to 10 universities across the country to pursue fusion energy research at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego, Calif.
A major goal of the research is to develop and test innovative methods for understanding and sustaining high-temperature fusion plasmas, a key enabling step towards making fusion a virtually limitless source of practical energy.
The projects range from

Udall And Senate Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United V. FEC

on July 31, 2019 - 7:57am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), led the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing Tuesday the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and other disastrous court decisions, help get big money out of politics, and put power back in the hands of the American people.
The full text of the amendment is available HERE. A background summary is available HERE, and a section-by-section with FAQs is available HERE

NNSA: Finding Of No Significant Impact Issued For LANL Wildland Fire Mitigation And Forest Health Plan

on July 31, 2019 - 7:25am
NNSA News:
The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the implementation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) 2019 Wildland Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Plan (Plan).
The FONSI was based on the analysis presented in the Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Forest Health Improvement Program at LANL that there would be no significant effect on the human environment from Plan implementation.
The SEA evaluated

National Association Of Counties Statement On America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act

on July 31, 2019 - 7:10am

NACo News:


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week unveiled the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA), which authorizes $287 billion in funding from the Highway Trust Fund for the nation’s surface transportation programs over the next five years.


ATIA represents a 27 percent increase over the highway funding previously authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Director Matthew Chase issued the following statement:


“Counties own and operate the

Catch Of The Week: Equifax Data Breach Settlement

on July 30, 2019 - 7:21pm
Los Alamos

Good news! If you were affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach, you may be entitled to compensation.You can receive free credit monitoring for 10+ years from three credit agencies or up to $125 in compensation instead of the credit monitoring. If you had additional expenses as a result of the breach (and have documentation to prove it), you could file a claim for up to $20,000.

How can you check if you were affected by the data breach and file? The safest way is to go directly to the FTC’s website on the Equifax data breach settlement and click the “file a

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Before Debate

on July 30, 2019 - 5:46pm

President AFL-CIO


Good evening. My name is Richard Trumka, president of the 12.5 million member, 55 union AFL-CIO.


Our organization’s mission is simple. We raise the voices of working people—the 99 percent of Americans who make a living by getting up and putting in a hard day’s work.


We’re everywhere. We make this country run. We ARE this country, yet more and more, the economic and political rules have been rigged against us.


Today, here in Michigan, an autoworker woke up with a pain in her stomach, terrified that she’ll be the next to lose her job to

Aerospace: Building Gateway To The Galaxy

on July 30, 2019 - 6:39am
A NASA infographic shows the current lineup of parts comprising the Gateway. Modules shown in blue are U.S. contributions; modules shown in purple are proposed international components; and modules in yellow are both U.S. and international, or yet to be determined. Courtesy/NASA
Astronauts Stephanie Wilson, left, Shannon Walker and Raja Chari evaluate an American-made deep space habitat for the Gateway. Astronauts are participating in the evaluations to provide their perspectives as those who may one day live aboard the lunar outpost, which would be located about 250,000 miles from Earth.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tapped For National Governors Association Executive Committee

on July 30, 2019 - 6:15am

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photo
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Friday was named as a member of the National Governors Association Executive Committee.
“I am honored to join this dynamic group of governors,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “We have a unique opportunity to show the nation that bipartisanship and pragmatism are alive and well at the state level, despite what we hear from Washington. I look forward to working with Chairman Hogan on his infrastructure initiative and advancing other New Mexico priorities at the national level.”

LANL: Numerical Model Pinpoints Source Of Pre-Cursor To Seismic Signals

on July 29, 2019 - 3:00pm

These before and after simulations show the collapse of a stress chain after a laboratory quake. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Research could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes

Numerical simulations have pinpointed the source of acoustic signals emitted by stressed faults in laboratory earthquake machines. The work further unpacks the physics driving geologic faults, knowledge that could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes.

“Previous machine-learning studies found that the acoustic signals detected from an earthquake fault can be used to predict when the next

Udall, Lofgren, Matsui Introduce Bill To Give Americans Opportunity To Invest In Clean Energy Future

on July 29, 2019 - 3:00pm
U.S. Senators Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) introduced bicameral legislation to give all Americans the opportunity to buy Clean Energy Victory Bonds and empower regular people to do their part in building our country’s clean energy future.
Modeled after the highly successful victory bonds sold during World War I and World War II, which raised billions of dollars to finance the costs of war, Clean Energy Victory Bonds would help communities across

Los Alamos High School Biology Teacher Stephanie Mitchell Earns National Award

on July 29, 2019 - 10:11am

Stephanie Mitchell

LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School biology teacher Stephanie Mitchell has been named Outstanding Biology Teacher for New Mexico by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT).

“I am really honored that I was nominated for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award and thrilled that I received it,” Mitchell said.

NABT Awards recognize teachers for their expertise in science, for contributions to the profession and service to life science teaching or leadership in learning communities.

“Stephanie is a teacher who is continually, quietly pursuing excellence in her

Forbes And Statista Name Del Norte Credit Union Best-In-State Credit Union For Second Year In A Row

on July 29, 2019 - 9:33am

DNCU CEO/President Chuck Valenti

DNCU News:

  • The best banks and credit unions in every state were chosen based on an independent survey from 25,000 U.S. citizens

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative has received national recognition for outstanding services for a second year by the Best-In-State independent survey conducted by Forbes and Statista.

The banks and credit unions with the highest scores in the following five categories were recognized:

  • Trust;
  • Terms and conditions;
  • Branch services;
  • Digital services; and
  • Financial advice.

These are

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Fair Elections Now Act

on July 29, 2019 - 6:39am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 23 Senate colleagues, have introduced the Fair Elections Now Act, which would dramatically change the way U.S. Senate elections are financed.
Under the legislation, qualified Senate candidates would earn grants, matching funds, and television vouchers to run competitive campaigns based on small-dollar contributions, rather than rely on funding from wealthy donors and corporate special interests.
The Fair Elections Now Act would help reduce the influence of wealthy donors and big-money

America’s Largest Seed Fund In Albuquerque Aug. 14

on July 29, 2019 - 6:33am
Regional Administrator, Region VI
The nation’s booming economy is buoyed by small business innovators who are looking to turn a big idea into an American success story. 
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s National SBIR Road Tour is coming to Albuquerque Aug. 14 as part of a 16-stop tour to connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to 11 federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health.
Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the Small Business Innovation