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Udall Recruiting Spring Interns For New Mexico Offices

on December 5, 2014 - 11:25am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Positions available in Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Portales and Santa Fe offices

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for spring semester internships in his Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Portales and Santa Fe offices. 

For more information and to apply for an internship, visit http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/internships. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to submit their applications early. 

"Congressional

Udall Statement On Nomination of Ashton Carter As Secretary of Defense

on December 5, 2014 - 9:53am
Ashton 'Ash' Carter
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement on the president’s decision to nominate Ashton Carter to serve as Secretary of Defense: 
 
"The United States and the broader international community are confronting multiple quickly evolving threats in the Middle East, including the emergence of the brutal terrorist organization ISIS. Ashton Carter has the respect of senior military leaders having served under multiple secretaries of defense, managed large budgets and handled many demands under scrutiny.

Sandia's Sean Dunagan New Senior WIPP Recovery Manager

on December 5, 2014 - 8:58am

WIPP News:

Sean Dunagan, Research and Development Manager with Sandia National Laboratories, has been appointed as the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Senior WIPP Recovery Manager, effective Dec. 8, 2014. He replaces Tom Teynor, who returned to Hanford to be the Federal Project Manager of the Plutonium Finishing Plant project.

Directly leading and representing the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Recovery Project, Mr.

House Passes Manhattan Project Park Act!

on December 4, 2014 - 2:54pm

The Oppenheimer House in Los Alamos. Courtesy/AHF

ATOMIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION News:

The House of Representatives today passed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park! There may be skirmishes ahead, but if all goes well the Senate may vote on the NDAA next week.

Today the House of Representatives passed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included a provision to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park at Los Alamos, NM; Hanford, WA; and Oak Ridge, TN. The Senate is

Joseph Hezir Confirmed As DOE's New CFO

on December 4, 2014 - 9:43am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joseph Hezir was confirmed by the Senate this morning as the Department of Energy’s Chief Financial Officer.

“Joe’s experience in the energy, environmental and budgetary realms and his strategic approach to challenges make him a great fit as Chief Financial Officer for the agency,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “I look forward to working with him as CFO and I thank the Senate for approving his nomination.”

As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Hezir will work to assure the effective management and financial integrity of Department of Energy.

Dr. Franklin Orr Confirmed As Under Secretary For Science And Energy At DOE

on December 4, 2014 - 8:19am

Franklin M. 'Lynn' Orr Jr.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Franklin (Lynn) Orr was confirmed by the Senate this morning, as the Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the Department of Energy.

“Lynn Orr is an outstanding scientist and has successfully led a major multidisciplinary program on energy sources, technology and analysis at one of the top research universities. This experience will serve him well as the DOE Under Secretary for Science and Energy,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.

Udall Secures Provisions In NDAA To Improve Tech Transfer At New Mexico's National Laboratories

on December 4, 2014 - 7:31am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Wednesday that he has successfully pushed for key reforms to fund technology transfer at New Mexico's national laboratories and upgrade how the federal government buys and manages information technology (IT) as part of a critical national defense bill.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Udall has championed tech transfer and IT reform, and the inclusion of his provisions in the end-of-year National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will help researchers spin off new businesses from New

Heinrich Secures Provisions In Defense Authorization Act To Strengthen N.M. Military Bases, National Security

on December 4, 2014 - 7:22am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., successfully included several key provisions in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to strengthen national security and New Mexico's military bases, and boost the economy.

The NDAA sets the Department of Defense (DOD) spending levels and policies for the upcoming fiscal year.

"New Mexico's military bases are home to thousands of men and women who dedicate their lives to the safety and security of our great nation," Heinrich said.

Manhattan Project National Historical Park Included In National Defense Authorization Act Finalized Tonight!

on December 2, 2014 - 10:47pm

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

Several landmark conservation and energy bills, including the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act, championed by Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall have been included in the National Defense Authorization Act, which was finalized tonight.

Sen. Martin Heinrich

The critical annual bill is expected to be voted on by the House and Senate before the end of the year. http://rules.house.gov/.

"We are closer than ever to making historic gains in protecting some of New Mexico's most treasured landscapes," Heinrich said.

Urgent Response Needed From Community Now!

on December 2, 2014 - 11:01am

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

It looks like the legislation for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park may be crashing today but it's still being discussed on the floor so urgent action from the community is needed now.

Please call Sen. Martin Heinrich, p: (202) 224-5521, and Sen. Tom Udall, (202) 224-6621 immediatley and ask them to talk to their colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee to support the Park as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.

If you can't get through on the phone, please e-mail them at http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=contact and

NMSA Santa Clara Student Selected As Ambassador To White House Tribal Nations Conference

on December 2, 2014 - 6:51am

Kayleigh Warren of Santa Clara Pueblo. Courtesy photo

NMSA News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) is deeply honored and proud to announce that NMSA student Kayleigh Warren has been selected to serve as the Santa Clara Pueblo Tribal Youth Ambassador at the 2014 Tribal Nations Conference, which is Dec. 1-3 at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Warren, an outstanding NMSA student, will be accompanied by the Santa Clara Pueblo Gov. J.

Heinrich Calls For Full Funding Of PILT, SRS For Critical Local Government Services

on December 2, 2014 - 6:44am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., joined a bipartisan coalition urging Senate leaders to fully fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) in any end-of-year legislation.

"Moving forward, we hope that we can work together to seek a long-term solution to provide a consistent and stable source of funding for the nation's counties containing federal lands," the lawmakers wrote to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $400,000 For Navajo Distance Learning

on November 29, 2014 - 8:33am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $447,748 in funding for a distance learning initiative for the Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, N.M. 

This funding, made possible through the Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine program, is intended to counteract high unemployment and poverty in the Navajo community. Quality distance learning is an important tool, especially for the large Navajo Nation, where many students have to travel long distances in order to take classes on campus.

Valles Caldera Board Of Trustees Meets Dec. 4

on November 28, 2014 - 8:49am

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) Board of Trustees (Board) will conduct a public meeting 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 in Albuquerque.

The meeting is at the Hilton Garden Inn – Albuquerque Airport, 2601 Yale Blvd. SE, Albuquerque.

 The agenda will include an update on recreation activities planned for the upcoming winter and summer seasons, the status of visitor use and recreation planning, proposed revisions to the Trust’s fee structure, and the development of a wildlife management policy for the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Public comments will be heard

IRS Outlines Year-End Gifts To Charity Rules

on November 28, 2014 - 8:46am

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminds individuals and businesses making year-end gifts to charity that several important tax law provisions have taken effect in recent years.

Some of the changes taxpayers should keep in mind include:

Rules for Charitable Contributions of Clothing and Household Items

Household items include furniture, furnishings, electronics, appliances and linens. Clothing and household items donated to charity generally must be in good used condition or better to be tax-deductible.

Thanksgiving During The Manhattan Project

on November 27, 2014 - 10:10am

Thanksgiving feast preparation in the kitchen at Camp Hanford. Courtesy/AHF

A typical Manhattan Project era Thanksgiving meal. Courtesy/AHF

AHF News:

Manhattan Project workers around the country were usually not allowed to travel home for vacation - even for Thanksgiving.

Top scientists had important meetings on Thanksgiving, preventing them from spending the holiday with family. The communities banded together to celebrate Thanksgiving. New traditions were begun, new friends made, and a good meal was had by all.

Udall Nominates Three Los Alamos Students To United States Service Academies

on November 27, 2014 - 8:38am
U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced 43 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2015, including three students from Los Alamos.

A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Udall, Heinrich Back DOD Plan To Better Protect Military Families From Abusive Financial Practices

on November 27, 2014 - 8:02am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. are supporting the Department of Defense's (DOD) plan to update the Military Lending Act (MLA) and close existing loopholes in order to better protect soldiers and their families from abusive financial practices. In a letter sent today to U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the Senators expressed strong support for the proposed new rule to help prevent lenders from charging excessive fees and taking advantage of military families.

"As our service members are asked to take on even more tasks in

Couple Follows Dream With Cross Country Trek

on November 26, 2014 - 8:08am
Mike and Julie Pearson on the road. Mike Pearson joked that if any married couples need counseling, they should try a cross-country walk. You learn a lot about your spouse, he said. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
SANTA FE Follow your dreams is a popular statement to make although it is not always practiced. Aspirations can get lost in day-to-day routines or ignored in order to fulfill other obligations. Sometimes the statement seems to be nothing more than fluff-an unrealistic piece of advice.

Udall Statement On DOD's Chuck Hagel Stepping Down

on November 24, 2014 - 10:15am
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after President Obama announced that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will step down: 
 
“Over the last year, we have seen the emergence of a brutal terrorist organization as well as other security threats that have required a targeted, strategic response, with little room for mistakes. As the commander in chief, President Obama needs to have a strong defense secretary who will handle these challenges with authority and clear leadership.

WalletHub Study: New Mexico Has Third Biggest Spenders

on November 24, 2014 - 9:16am

STAFF REPORT

WalletHub, a leading personal finance social network has issued an in-depth analysis of 2014’s States with the Biggest Spenders and ranks New Mexico as number three.

On the heels of its recent report on the Best & Worst Retailers for Black Friday Deals, the group sought to identify the states where Americans are spending the most cash. They did so by examining 10 key metrics such as personal spending on various categories, the number of cars per household, and auto and credit card debt.  

Spending in New Mexico (1=Biggest; 25=Average)

  • 3rd in Personal Expenditure on Food &

Udall, Heinrich Seek Additional Resources For WIPP

on November 23, 2014 - 9:35am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.As Congress finalizes its fiscal year 2015 spending bills, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced they are seeking continued support for funding for the recovery of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

In a letter to Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, the senators urged them to provide an additional $113 million above 2014 funding levels to ensure ongoing recovery efforts are maintained and the facility can safely resume operation.

WIPP has been closed

Heinrich Introduces Bill To Boost Tech Transfer

on November 23, 2014 - 8:57am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced S. 2932, the Microlab Technology Commercialization Act of 2014, a bill to accelerate technology transfer by establishing off-campus microlabs that would serve as the "front-door" to national laboratories.

The microlabs would give academia, local government, businesses owners, and communities direct access to the equipment, facilities and personnel of our national labs. 

"If we are going to realize the true potential

Heinrich Introduces Bill To Modernize Nation’s Electric Transmission Grid

on November 22, 2014 - 7:55am

Sen. Martin Henrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thursday, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced a bill (S. 2947) to remove barriers to creating a cleaner, more consumer-friendly electric grid.

The bill clarifies that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the legal authority to require regional grid operators in interstate wholesale markets to allow consumers to be compensated for voluntarily reducing their electricity consumption-a tool referred to as demand response.

Udall Responds To President’s Immigration Decision

on November 21, 2014 - 8:12am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
WASHINGTONU.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement on the president’s decision to take executive action on immigration: 
 
“Over 40,000 people in New Mexico and millions more around the country are living in immigration limbo while they work and raise families here in the United States. Deporting these children and families isn’t a realistic option. We need to focus our limited resources on securing the border and going after drug dealers, gang members and potential terrorists.
 
“New Mexicans have seen firsthand the problems caused by House

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