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Bandelier: Tsankawi Comment Period Extended

on February 18, 2015 - 12:21pm

Part of the trail in the Tsankawi section of Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS


Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott announced today that the public review period for the Tsankawi Unit Management Plan and Environmental Assessment has been extended through March 16, 2015.  

The plan and environmental assessment evaluate a range of alternatives to improve resource protection, address safety concerns, and enhance visitor opportunities at the Tsankawi section of Bandelier.

Udall Announces Major Legislation To Improve Health And Well-being Of New Mexico Children

on February 16, 2015 - 11:37am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced major legislation to help improve the health and education of New Mexico children by increasing access to federal education and anti-poverty programs.

The Saving Our Next Generation (SONG) Act is based on outreach and research Udall conducted during the last year, including workshops that brought together child care experts from across the state to discuss how the federal government can help lift New Mexico from the bottom of national rankings for children's well-being. 

“Every day across New

Luján, Fleischmann Lead Nuclear Cleanup Caucus

on February 16, 2015 - 10:09am

From left, Co-Chairman Chuck Fleischmann, Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Mark Whitney and Co-Chairman Ben Ray Luján. Courtesy/BRLO


Washington, D.C. – Fifty years of government nuclear weapons development stemming from the Manhattan Project during World War II has affected communities across the nation and resulted in the need for environmental cleanup at numerous sites.

In response, U.S.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Gets Confirmation WIPP Recovery Efforts Are On Track

on February 16, 2015 - 8:28am


WASHINGTON, D.C. During a recent Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., confirmed with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz that the recovery effort at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad is on track to return the facility to normal operation by the current target date of 2018.

WIPP is the only active facility in the United States that disposes defense-generated transuranic (TRU) waste. The facility halted operations in February 2014 following two separate accidents - a fire and a radiation release.

Heinrich On Ashton Carter’s Confirmation For Defense Secretary

on February 15, 2015 - 9:20am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questions Defense Secretary nominee Dr. Ashton Carter during his Tuesday confirmation hearing. ScreenShot/LADP

Scene from Tuesday's confirmation hearing for Defense Secretary nominee Dr. Ashton Carter. ScreenShot/LADP


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich voted to confirm Dr. Ashton Carter to be the next Department of Defense Secretary. The senate confirmed Carter by a vote of 93 to five.


WIPP: Initial Analysis Indicates No Additional Breached Containers Contributed To Radiological Release

on February 15, 2015 - 6:01am

Project Reach’s 90-foot boom is positioned over the top of waste containers in Panel 7, Room 7, as a remotely operated video camera collects photographic evidence. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

  • AIB: No Additional Breached Containers Contributed to WIPP Radiological Release
  • Watch a short video clip of Project Reach

Initial analysis of the photographic data obtained by Project Reach indicates that no additional breached waste containers contributed to the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological event at WIPP.

According to Ted Wyka, chairman of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Accident Investigation Board (AIB), “a

Heinrich Appointed Ranking Member Of National Parks Subcommittee

on February 14, 2015 - 1:18pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., was appointed Thursday as the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on National Parks. Heinrich also will serve on the Energy and Public Lands, Forests, and Mining Subcommittees.

"America's public lands are part of the fabric of our democracy. In New Mexico, our way of life depends on the region's land and water, and outdoor recreation contributes enormously to our economy," Heinrich said.

Congressional Delegation Visits Los Alamos 3 P.M. Today

on February 14, 2015 - 9:53am

Sen. Tom Udall

Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation including Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Luján are visiting Los Alamos at 3 p.m. today to celebrate passage of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

Sen. Martin Heinrich

The community is invited to attend this special event in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

Join the senators and representative at 3 p.m. for a reception and chance to thank them for all of the work they did to ensure passage of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. At 3:30 p.m., the delegation will

Luján Introduces RECA Legislation To Expand Compensation For Those Exposed To Radiation

on February 13, 2015 - 7:17pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District introduced legislation in the House of Representatives today that expands compensation for those exposed to radiation while working in uranium mines or living downwind from atomic weapons tests. 

Companion legislation has been introduced in the Senate by a bipartisan coalition of Senators, including New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich.

Among the provisions in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2015 are much needed changes that

Bradbury Science Museum Introduces Climate Prisms Project In Evening Lecture Feb. 17

on February 13, 2015 - 9:49am

BSM News:

Arctic climate change scientist Cathy Wilson of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Earth System Observations Group, Francesca Samsel of the Applied Computer Science Group, visual artist and research associate at the Center for Agile Technology at University of Texas, Austin and Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck talk about methods they are using to help the public understand climate change research in a special lecture at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the Bradbury Science Museum downtown.

The talk is free and open to the public and introduces “Climate Prisms,” the latest

Valles Caldera Honors Presidents Day With Free Activities All Weekend

on February 13, 2015 - 9:25am

Winter on the Valles. Courtesy/VCNT

VCNT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Free hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing will be offered to visitors of the Valles Caldera National Preserve this weekend in honor of Presidents Day.

Beginning Friday and running through Monday, Presidents Day, all day use permit fees will be waived for listed activities. Equipment rental and guided events fees will remain.

If snow cover permits, visitors will enjoy access to miles of groomed trails or be able to blaze their own trail over the 5,000 acres of the Valle Grande.

Heinrich Urges U.S. To Fund DHS, Support DREAMers

on February 12, 2015 - 8:41am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., delivered a speech on the Senate floor this week urging Senate Republicans to pass a clean appropriations bill to fund the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The House-passed DHS funding bill includes a number of anti-immigrant provisions, including deporting DREAMers. Funding for DHS is set to expire Feb. 27.

"With threats emerging everyday both at home and abroad, casting doubt on future funding for the Department of Homeland Security is a terrible idea," Heinrich said.

Congressional Delegation: Right-to-Work Legislation Has Consequences For New Mexico Working Families

on February 11, 2015 - 2:39pm


U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following against right-to-work legislation in the legislature:

As the national economy shows signs of real improvement, New Mexico's recovery has been challenging and slow. Working families want to know when we will see more jobs, higher salaries and access to quality education at every level. The state legislature has an opportunity to put New Mexico in a position to provide that economic security and rebuild the middle class.

DOE Launches New Office Of Technology Transitions

on February 11, 2015 - 9:21am

Acting Director Jetta Wong of the Office of Technology Transitions. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the launch of the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) to help expand the commercial impact of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) research.

The office will work closely with the national laboratories and engage with industry to commercialize technology and strengthen the global competitiveness of U.S. industries based on scientific and technological innovations.

“Through technology transfer, commercialization, and deployment

A Different Big Bang Theory: Los Alamos Unveils Explosives Detection Expertise

on February 11, 2015 - 8:47am

Instructors discuss the production of aluminum based explosives, part of an advanced course in worldwide threats from homemade explosives created by the Los Alamos Collaboration for Explosives Detection (LACED). Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Collaboration project defeats explosives threats through enhanced detection technologies

Having long kept details of its explosives capabilities under wraps, a team of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists is now rolling out a collaborative project to defeat explosives threats through enhanced detection technologies.

“We’re aiming to create a

USDA Announces Funding For Renewable Energy Projects

on February 11, 2015 - 7:33am

Geothermal heating and cooling equipment being installed by the Central Valley Electric Cooperative in Artesia. The equipment was partially paid for by the REAP program. Courtesy/USDA

USDA News:

  • REAP Program Reduces Energy Costs for 47 Ag Producers and Small Rural Businesses in NM Since 2009

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that rural agricultural producers and small business owners can now apply for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.

These efforts help farmers, ranchers and other small

‘Bathtub Row Brewing’ In Los Alamos Becomes Fourth Beer Co-op In United States

on February 10, 2015 - 3:56pm

LABC News:

After a six-month process, the Los Alamos Beer Coop (LABC) announced today that it has received its brewer’s license from the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, officially making Los Alamos’ first and only brewery the fourth cooperative-owned brewery in the United States.

The LABC’s brewery will be called “Bathtub Row Brewing” – a reference to the city’s historic Bathtub Row, named during the Manhattan Project era since the buildings on that street were the only ones that contained bathtubs.

“The state licensing employees were incredibly helpful with guidance and

Senators Murkowski, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act

on February 10, 2015 - 5:48am

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski


  • Bill Aims To Enhance Opportunities For Hunters, Anglers, Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., have introduced the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

Access to public lands is the number one issue for America's sportsmen and women.

NNSA, Air Force Complete Successful B61-12 Life Extension Program Instrumented Flight Tests

on February 9, 2015 - 2:23pm

NNSA reaches B61-12 Life Extension Program milestone. Courtesy/NNSA


NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and United States Air Force completed eight successful B61-12 Life Extension Program (LEP) Vibration Fly Around/ Instrumented Measurement Vehicle (VFA/IMV) tests at Eglin Air Force Base and Edwards Air Force Base during July to December 2014.

The VFA/IMV test series collected and verified flight environment data for the B61-12 LEP.

“These tests are a major achievement for the B61-12 LEP to evaluate flight environments,” said NNSA Deputy

Udall And Heinrich To Visit Los Alamos To Celebrate Passage Of Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on February 9, 2015 - 11:20am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


The community is invited to join Sen. Tom Udall and Sen. Martin Heinrich 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda for a special reception and chance to thank them for all of the work they did to ensure passage of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

U.S. Sen.Martin Heinrich

At 3:30 p.m., the senators will participate in a short program to talk about the importance of the park and its importance to Los Alamos.

Bandelier Celebrates 99 Years Wednesday

on February 9, 2015 - 9:26am

Old entrance sign for Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS


Bandelier National Monument has two special events this week including the park's 99th anniversary Wednesday and three fee-free days over the Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 14, 15 and 16.

Feb. 11, 1916, then-President Woodrow Wilson used the power provided to him by the Antiquities Act to authorize a little-known, remote area in a little-known, remote state to be protected as Bandelier National Monument.

Luján Joins Bipartisan Effort To Improve Privacy Protections For Electronic Communications

on February 6, 2015 - 3:39pm

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., announced today that he has joined in a bipartisan effort to update and improve privacy protections for electronic communications.

Luján and more than 230 members of the House introduced legislation to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which has not been updated since 1986 despite substantial changes in technology.

“In the nearly 30 years since ECPA was written we have seen amazing technological progress that has brought us new tools to communicate.

DOE Secretary: Today's National Security Strategy Update Reaffirms US Commitment

on February 6, 2015 - 10:02am


DOE News:

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz made the following statement regarding the National Security Strategy (NSS) announced today:

“The vision that President Obama laid out in the latest National Security Strategy positions the United States to be a continued global leader in promoting a safe and secure world while mitigating the risks of climate change. When President Obama spoke nearly six years ago in Prague, he laid out many of the challenges that the world faces, from climate change to the global economic crisis to nuclear proliferation.

Energy Secretary Moniz Dedicates World’s Brightest Synchrotron Light Source

on February 6, 2015 - 9:50am

Brookhaven National Lab's National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II). Courtesy/BNL

DOE News:

  • NSLS-II at Brookhaven National Lab will Accelerate Unprecedented Advances in Energy, Environmental Science, and Medicine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz today dedicated the world’s most advanced light source, the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

The NSLS-II is a $912-million DOE Office of Science User Facility that produces extremely bright beams of x-ray,

Project Reach Completes Photographic Work In Room 7, Panel 7

on February 5, 2015 - 2:46pm

Project Reach team members work to obtain video of emplaced waste located in Panel 7, Room 7 where the radiological event occurred. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Photographic work in support of the Accident Investigation Board (AIB) has been completed in Room 7 Panel 7, the location of the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological event at WIPP.

Using Project Reach, a specially designed and manufactured 90-foot composite boom equipped with high resolution photographic equipment, WIPP employees completed video mapping of all waste stacks and packages in Room 7. Waste in the WIPP underground facility is