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Obama Announces Key DOE Administration Posts

on November 7, 2013 - 9:18am


WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Madelyn Creedon – Principal Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy

Madelyn Creedon is the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs, a position she has held since 2011. From 2001 to 2011, Creedon was counsel for the Democratic staff on the U.S.

Udall to Honor Veterans Monday

on November 7, 2013 - 7:49am


Monday, Nov. 11, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will honor and celebrate New Mexico's veterans during the 28th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the New Mexico State Veterans' Home in Truth or Consequences.

Udall will offer the keynote address at the ceremony. Afterward, he will visit with residents and join Lori Montgomery, director of the State Veterans' Home, to discuss the facility's expansion project.  

Udall, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, is the author or cosponsor of a number of bills to ensure service

DEA: Americans with Pills Turn Out in Droves

on November 6, 2013 - 11:24am


DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American people have again responded in droves to the most recent DEA-led National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Last Saturday citizens turned in 647,211 pounds (324 tons) of expired and unwanted medications for safe and proper disposal at the 4,114 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

This is the second-largest collection of medications in seven Take-Back Days. When the results of the seven events to date are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal


Udall Addresses Employment Non-Discrimination Act

on November 5, 2013 - 7:06am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Monday issued the following statement after the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) cleared an important procedural step in the U.S. Senate, winning a bipartisan filibuster-proof 61 votes for the first time in history and moving a significant step closer to passage:

"Today the Senate has taken an important step toward protecting LGBT Americans from workplace discrimination. Clearing this procedural hurdle with a bipartisan vote shows the progress we've made in the Senate and in our country.”

"I am proud to be a

Rising Temperatures Challenge Salt Lake City’s Water Supply

on November 4, 2013 - 6:30am

Dell Creek in Parley’s Canyon, is a source of water for Salt Lake City. A new study shows how climate change is likely to affect the various creeks and streams.Photo by Patrick Nelson/ SLC DPU


WASHINGTON, DC—In an example of the challenges water-strapped western cities will face in a warming world, new research shows that every degree fahrenheit of warming in the Salt Lake City region could mean a 1.8 to 6.5 percent drop in the annual flow of streams that provide water to the city.

By midcentury, warming western temperatures may mean that some of the creeks and streams that


Luján Salutes Native American Heritage Month

on November 2, 2013 - 7:41am


SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District and Co-Vice Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus released the following statement today on Native American Heritage Month, which is celebrated during November.

"Native American Heritage Month is a time to look back at the many contributions of the First Americans, while also looking forward to ways we can build a brighter future for tribal communities.

"As home to one of the richest indigenous tribal populations in the United States, New Mexico is proud of the influences and contributions

Udall, Heinrich Back End To Dragnet Collection Of Phone Data

on November 2, 2013 - 7:30am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are backing legislation that seeks to restore Americans' privacy rights by ending the government's dragnet collection of phone records and requiring greater oversight, transparency, and accountability with respect to domestic surveillance authorities. 

"In 2001, I voted against the Patriot Act because I believed it was hastily written and had the power to undermine the constitutional rights of our citizens.

IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

on November 1, 2013 - 9:07am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

“This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country.

Heinrich: FISA Improvements Act Doesn’t Go Far Enough To Protect American Privacy Rights

on November 1, 2013 - 7:59am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., was one of four senators to vote against the FISA Improvements Act citing that the bill did not go far enough in curbing the bulk collection of law-abiding Americans' private records:

"This bill falls short of implementing necessary reforms to balance the government's need to keep our nation safe with protecting our civil liberties.

NMC/LANL Researcher Receives NSF Award

on October 28, 2013 - 2:43pm

Photo credit: Astronomy North, Yellowknife, Canada


  • NMC/LANL researcher engages social media to forecast and track space weather.

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) has announced that the aurora monitoring project, Aurorasaurus, has been awarded support by the Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) program.

Bandelier Volunteer George Best Gives Back

on October 28, 2013 - 6:24am

George Best. Photo by Kirsten Laskey


George Best may be retired but he still has a job. Every Monday, he dons a uniform and heads to Bandelier National Monument to work as a volunteer.

Best, 93, provides assistance to the staff at the visitor center, which includes answering questions and greeting visitors as they disembark the shuttle buses. Additionally, Best said he walks the trails to answer questions as well as point out archeological features. He added he also keeps an eye out for anyone who needs help.

Best has a lot of history with Bandelier; he first traveled to

Los Alamos Police Collect 353 Pounds of Pills

on October 27, 2013 - 10:59am

Pill image. Courtesy/DEA

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris reported that the Los Alamos Police Department collected 353 pounds of prescription drugs at Saturday's "National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day" events in Los Alamos and White Rock.

Law enforcement agencies throughout the United Stated participated in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) seventh national event that gives the American public an opportunity to discard unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, bedside tables and kitchen drawers.

The previous event,

Udall, Heinrich, Coalition of Senators Call for Extension of Open Enrollment

on October 26, 2013 - 9:36am
U.S. SENATE news:
  • As technical glitches persist, Senators urge HHS Secretary to push back health insurance exchange enrollment deadline
WASHINGTON – As Americans continue to experience technical difficulties with federal and state health insurance enrollment, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich called on U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to extend the open enrollment period to give Americans more time to obtain health insurance coverage.
“As long as these substantial technology glitches persist, we are losing valuable time to educate and enroll

United Nations Day Founded 68 Years Ago

on October 24, 2013 - 8:15am

The United Nations was founded 68 years ago on Oct. 24, 1945. The olive branches on the UN flag symbolize peace. The world map depicts the area of concern to the United Nations in achieving its main purpose, peace and security. Photo by Skip Dunn



Following the failure and collapse of the post World War I League of Nations and subsequent World War II, a group of 51 nations drew up the Charter for a new United Nations. The preamble to the Charter rings true today for the now 193 member states (nations):


  • to

Udall Welcomes Conservation Plan for Lesser Prairie-Chicken

on October 24, 2013 - 7:55am

Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) decision to endorse the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan (RWP). 

Udall has been a leading supporter for the groundbreaking, five-state effort to conserve the habitat of the lesser prairie-chicken, which was proposed for listing as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The FWS endorsement is an important step toward protecting the species

NIST Carbon Nanotube Chips Go Ballooning for Climate Science

on October 23, 2013 - 9:10am

Scientific balloon launched from New Mexico in September 2013 carrying an experimental instrument designed to collect and measure the energy of light emitted by the Sun, with the help of NIST chips coated with carbon nanotubes. Courtesy/LASP

NIST News:

A huge plastic balloon floated high in the skies over New Mexico Sept. 29, carrying instruments to collect climate-related test data with the help of carbon nanotube chips made by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The onboard instrument was an experimental spectrometer designed to collect and measure visible and

LAHS 9th Grader Takes Best Junior Handler at National Show

on October 22, 2013 - 8:44am

Jennifer Necker of Los Alamos and Owen ready for judging in the Veteran class at the 2013 English Setter Association of America national show. Courtesy photo

Jennifer Necker, 2013 English Setter Association of America Best Junior Handler, with Judge Dr. BJ Parsons, left, and club president, Janet Gray. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos High School 9th grader, Jennifer Necker, traveled to Huron, Ohio last week to compete in the 2013 English Setter Association of America annual national show.

Victoria Rygh: Proud to be an American

on October 20, 2013 - 2:04pm

Los Alamos resident Victoria Rygh displays her certificate of American citizenship with her husband Scott Rygh, left, and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., left, with Patti Reynolds and representatives from Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Lujan's office applaud the newly sworn American citizens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

ALBUQUERQUE—Los Alamos resident Victoria Rygh of Honduras joined 68 other New Mexico residents, representing 29 countries, to become a U.S.

Letter to the Editor: Happy 40th Birthday, 1973 Oil Crisis

on October 20, 2013 - 8:41am
Los Alamos

On Oct. 17, 1973, OPEC launched a full oil embargo against the U.S. For months we were faced with gasoline shortages and price spikes across the U.S.
55 mph limits were imposed, CAFE mileage standards were established, carpools were formed.

The USA became a net importer of oil and, shortly thereafter, became a debtor nation. The "Japanese invasion" blossomed with little Honda Civics. Locally, a small group of citizens started Los Alamos Bus to commute to the Lab. I joined four other high school teachers and administrators in a carpool.

Los Alamos Resident to Become U.S. Citizen

on October 18, 2013 - 9:36am


Los Alamos resident Victoria Rygh of Honduras will be among the 68 New Mexico residents representing 29 countries who will become U.S. citizens today in Albuquerque

Rygh has lived in Los Alamos for five years and works at Los Alamos Medical Center.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico will deliver the keynote address for the naturalization ceremony. The ceremony, to be held at the South Broadway Cultural Center, will celebrate the naturalization of these citizens – the process by which U.S.

Curiosity Confirms Origins of Martian Meteorites

on October 17, 2013 - 10:20am

Scientists identified meteorites, such as this one nicknamed 'Black Beauty,' as Martian in origin. Courtesy/NASA


AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Earth’s most eminent emissary to Mars has just proven that those rare Martian visitors that sometimes drop in on Earth -- a.k.a. Martian meteorites -- really are from the Red Planet. A key new measurement of Mars’ atmosphere by NASA’s Curiosity rover provides the most definitive evidence yet of the origins of Mars meteorites while at the same time providing a way to rule out Martian origins of other meteorites. 
The new measurement is a

Two of New Mexico's Three Representatives Vote to End Government Shutdown

on October 16, 2013 - 9:02pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


Luján Votes to End Shutdown, Avoid Government Default, and Keep Labs Open
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted tonight for compromise legislation that will end the government shutdown, raise the debt ceiling so the government can pay its bills, and establishes a conference committee for the House and Senate to negotiate on a budget for the coming year.
“While I would have preferred legislation that extends the debt limit for a longer period of time and that funds the government at a higher level,

U.S. House Passes Bill to End Government Shutdown!

on October 16, 2013 - 8:25pm


The United States House of Representatives just passed a Senate-brokered bill to fully reopen the government and raise the federal government's debt ceiling.

In a 285 to 144 vote, the action came after 16 days of a partial government shutdown and one day before the Treasury Department warned that the nation could run out of money to pay its bills unless it raised its borrowing limit.

The bill now goes to President Barack Obama who said he will sign it and vowed to get things back up and running as soon as possible.

"I will sign it immediately," the President said.

Udall; Heinrich Hail Senate Vote to Re-Open Federal Government

on October 16, 2013 - 7:52pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement on the Senate vote to end the government shutdown:
“Reason has finally prevailed in Congress, and we have a bipartisan agreement that will enable us to re-open the government, pay our bills and begin to restore the damage the shutdown caused to our economy. I'm also pleased the agreement includes a provision I fought for that will ensure retroactive pay for federal workers in New Mexico and across the country who were furloughed through no fault of their own.
"I hope we've reached a

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Avoid Default; Reopen Government!

on October 16, 2013 - 7:18pm


The United States Senate voted 81-18 this evening to avoid a financial default and reopen the government. The measure is now in the House, which is expected to pass the bill by midnight.

This bill comes after a 16-day partial shutdown and will reopen the government through Jan. 15 and permit the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7 or possibly a month longer. Senate passage of the bill came several hours after Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced a bipartisan agreement.

Reid spoke on the Senate floor earlier today regarding the