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New Mexico Shares Portion Of More Than $1.6 Million In FEMA Preparedness Grants

on September 22, 2014 - 5:38pm

FEMA News:

DENTON, Texas — Emergency management agencies in five states – New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas – have been awarded more than $1.6 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

In New Mexico, grants totaling $120,016 cover firefighting equipment for:

  • Ohkay Owingeh Fire Department;
  • Newkirk Fire Department in Santa Rosa; and
  • Health screenings and physicals for the Santa Fe Fire Department.

In Arkansas, the grants total $149,515 and cover:

  • Stretchers, backboards and splints for the El Dorado Fire Department;
  • Firefighting

Luján Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 22, 2014 - 4:26pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released this video in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

"This is an exciting time for the Hispanic community. Every year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, America comes together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. It represents an opportunity to reflect on the enduring contributions of a community that has strengthened the fabric of a nation.

"As the fastest growing ethnic group, the future of our country is increasingly in the hands of Hispanic families and communities.

DEA's Ninth And Final Drug Take Back Day Sept. 27

on September 22, 2014 - 12:25pm

DEA News:

  • New Disposal Rules in Effect Next Month Provide for Convenient, Ongoing Disposal Opportunities for Patients’ Unwanted Pharmaceuticals

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This Saturday, Sept. 27, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and nearly 4,000 of its national, tribal and community law enforcement partners will hold the ninth and final National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. 

Americans may take their expired, unneeded and unwanted prescription drugs to one of more than 5,200 collection sites across the country between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. local time.

WIPP: No Evidence Of Second Breached Drum

on September 20, 2014 - 8:17am

WIPP News:

Recent news reports have incorrectly suggested that there is a second breached drum in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground facility. There is no evidence to suggest a release from a second drum.

The site conducted initial surveys that showed no evidence of a radiological release from Panel 6, and WIPP personnel have seen no evidence since then that suggests anything different.

Worker safety is the Department's highest priority and workers entering radiologically controlled areas of the WIPP underground facility are trained and equipped with state of the art

Heinrich Co-sponsors Bill to Expand STEM Education

on September 20, 2014 - 7:26am

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.

WASHINGTON D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. cosponsored a bill to expand engagement in afterschool programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and encourage New Mexico students to pursue STEM careers.

The bill, S. 2543, the Supporting Afterschool STEM Act, would help provide resources to support afterschool and STEM programs by strengthening state, local, and community partnerships.

"It has become increasingly important to engage students in STEM education.

Top White House National Security Council Official Confirmed As DOE Deputy Secretary

on September 19, 2014 - 8:54am

Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall. Courtesy/cisac.fsi.stanford.edu

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall was confirmed by the Senate Thursday, as the Department of Energy’s deputy secretary.

“Liz’s confirmation comes at a historic time in our nation’s energy evolution,” Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said. “She joins us with deep expertise in the Department’s nuclear security mission, including both nuclear weapons and countering proliferation.

DNFSB Reports Deficiencies In U.S. Nuclear Labs’ Emergency Preparedness Plans

on September 19, 2014 - 7:34am

HSNW News:

A recently released study of 17 U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), which examined operations at the labs over the last three years, found deficiencies in emergency preparedness plans.

Three New Mexico labs — the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, and Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque — exemplify various gaps in disaster preparedness throughout the nation’s nuclear defense system.

The assessment comes as the Energy and Defense Department are looking to

Los Alamos Hosts 307th Bombardment Group Friday

on September 17, 2014 - 1:22pm

Courtesy/307th

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos will host the 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy) Association, Inc. Friday morning at the Bradbury Science Museum.

Members of the association are expected to arrive around 10:45 a.m. These individuals are the last remaining veterans and family members of the pilots, navigators, bombardiers, radio operators, gunners and maintenance crews of the 370th, 371st, 372nd and 424th Bomb Squadrons known as the Long Rangers. They defended the entire Pacific Theater during World War II, flying missions that sometimes never made it home.

Udall, Barrasso Hail Senate Passage Of Bill To Streamline BLM Energy Permits

on September 17, 2014 - 8:09am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and John Barrasso, R-WY announced Tuesday that the Senate passed their bipartisan bill to extend a pilot program that has helped the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) balance complex demands, including oil and gas permitting and environmental management, in New Mexico, Wyoming and other parts of the West.

The BLM Permit Processing Improvement Act of 2014, which passed the Senate by unanimous consent, permanently extends a pilot program from the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that was designed to help the agency deal with a backlog

DOE Secretary Showcases National Labs On Hill

on September 16, 2014 - 4:12pm

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

  • Lab Day Demonstrations Highlight Labs’ Contribution to U.S. Competitiveness and Innovation

Washington, D.C. – Today, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz joined Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL and Sen. Jim Risch, R-ID for National Lab Day on the Hill.

The event highlighted several notable research projects from across the National Laboratory system.

Heinrich Marks Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 16, 2014 - 7:05am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, released the following statement in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, observed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15:

"This month, we celebrate the achievements and immeasurable contributions that Hispanic-Americans make every day to shape and enrich our nation. From serving in our Armed Forces, to starting businesses that strengthen our economy, to fighting for civil rights, the Hispanic community helps build a stronger, more resilient America.

Udall Votes For Equal Pay For Women

on September 15, 2014 - 11:46pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Disappointed that Republicans again chose to filibuster Paycheck Fairness Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall expressed his disappointment that Republicans again blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.

Although the bill received support from a majority in the Senate, 52-40, it failed to receive the 60 votes necessary to overcome the Republican filibuster. Today's vote was the second time this year that Republicans have filibustered equal pay for equal work.

Udall issued the

Heinrich Marks 20 Years Of AmeriCorps

on September 15, 2014 - 10:32am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., is the first AmeriCorps alum to serve in the United States Senate and a member of the National Service Congressional Caucus.

Heinrich is a cosponsor of a resolution recognizing the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. He released the following statement commemorating the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps, Sept. 12, 2o14:

"For 20 years, more than 900,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1 billon hours of service to strengthen communities across the country, solve problems, and expand economic and educational

Los Alamos County 2nd Most Affordable Wedding Destination Across America

on September 15, 2014 - 9:11am

Courtesy/NerdWallet.com

Getting married is not only one of life’s most exciting experiences, with an average cost of more than $25,000, it’s also one of the most expensive. According to a new NerdWallet study, residents of Los Alamos County may be better off – they live in the second most affordable place to have a wedding in the nation.

 

By SREEKAR JASTHI 
NerdWallet.com

Everyone knows weddings are expensive, but they don’t have to be.

Udall Encouraged By Growing Support For Constitutional Amendment

on September 14, 2014 - 2:27pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Disappointed GOP sided with corporations and billionaires in filibuster of measure to limit influence of big money on American elections
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall led the Senate in rallying historic support for a constitutional amendment on campaign finance. The amendment, S.J. Res. 19, won 54 votes, a majority of the Senate, but failed to reach the 60 votes needed to overcome the Republican filibuster and advance to a final vote.
 
An outspoken critic of the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions,

WIPP: Waste Hoist Transformer Replacement Nearly Complete

on September 13, 2014 - 9:43am

WIPP has been disposing of legacy TRU waste since 1999, cleaning up 22 generator sites nationwide. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Cleaning and soot removal activities on the waste hoist and associated components have been completed at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

One additional repair is necessary before the hoist can be powered, inspected and returned to service.

Employees are currently working to replace the electrical transformer necessary to operate the hoist.

Heinrich: President's Counterterrorism Strategy Makes Sense

on September 12, 2014 - 7:39am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement Wednesday on President Obama's speech on the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):

"I remain adamantly opposed to returning American combat troops to battlegrounds in the Middle East, but I believe the President's counterterrorism strategy outlined tonight makes sense and stands in stark contrast to the previous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"ISIL has barbarically killed and tortured

Heinrich Statement on 13th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

on September 11, 2014 - 8:54am

Courtesy photo

 

NATIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:

"Today our nation pauses to remember those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. We will never forget them or the brave first responders who risked their lives to help their fellow Americans.

Fourteen LAHS Students Named Semifinalists in 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program

on September 10, 2014 - 4:07pm

The 14 LAHS students named semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program pictured with LAHS Principal Dr. Deborah Belew-Nyquist, front left, and Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn, front right, and from front, left to right, Sally Grindstaff, Leyla Akhadov, Sarah Wallstrom, Sara Stubben, Katharine Margevicius, David Murphy. Back, left to right, Daniel Ben-Naim, William Zhao, Colin Redman, Harrison Williams, Alexander Swart, Benjamin Reichelt, AJ Makela and Vincent Tang. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

LAHS News:

Today officials of National Merit Scholarship

WIPP: Additional Areas Cleared in Underground Facility

on September 10, 2014 - 3:56pm

WIPP: personnel continue to work diligently to restore normal access to the WIPP underground facility. The graphic identifies areas that have been surveyed for radiological contamination. The areas highlighted in green have been found to be contamination free. The surveys are conducted on the salt surfaces of the mine, but also include survey and release of any equipment or other structures located in these areas. Individuals conducting radiological surveys are trained on use of radiation detection equipment and the actions that are required should they identify radioactive contamination.

Udall Warns Utility Consumers About Scam During Service Outages

on September 10, 2014 - 11:44am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, which oversees and funds the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), warned New Mexicans about scams directed at utility customers. 
 
The FTC recently issued a consumer alert about scammers who claim to work for a utility company and seek cash payment for reconnecting service during power outages caused by severe weather or other events. 
 
The scammer may dress in a uniform, display a fake identification card, and claim that the

DEA Releases New Rules Creating Convenient, Safe, Secure Prescription Drug Disposal Options

on September 9, 2014 - 8:45am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Final Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances, which implements the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, was made available online Monday for preview by the Federal Register at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-20926.pdf

The Act, in an effort to curtail the prescription drug abuse epidemic, authorized DEA to develop and implement regulations that outline methods to transfer unused or unwanted pharmaceutical controlled substances to authorized collectors

Heinrich Highlights National Labs R&D Program

on September 8, 2014 - 11:46am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE - During a visit to the University of New Mexico's Science & Technology Park Aug. 28, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., was briefed on Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

The projects ranged from software that helps prevent cybersecurity attacks to reducing water usage for the energy industry.

In an effort to foster and develop research in the area of national security, Congress in 1992 authorized national laboratories to begin the LDRD program.

FEMA Region 6 Urges Public To 'Be Disaster Aware, Take Action To Prepare'

on September 8, 2014 - 11:15am

Courtesy/FEMA

FEMA News:

September is National Preparedness Month, so the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 6 office is urging the public to “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action To Prepare.”

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is part of a campaign called America’s PrepareAthon! The theme this year for NPM is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action To Prepare.” Emergency managers are asking individuals, families, friends and co-workers to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around Sept.

Veterans of USS Curtiss Visit Los Alamos

on September 5, 2014 - 3:35pm
Veterans, spouses and widows of veterans of the USS Curtiss during a tour Thursday of the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Archive photo of the USS Curtiss. Courtesy/LANL
 
STAFF REPORT

Some 25 WWII veterans, spouses and widows of veterans of the USS Curtiss paid a special visit Thursday to Los Alamos. 

Members of the American Legion Riders escorted the group during their visit. Los Alamos National Laboratory Historian Alan Carr presented a talk to the group at the Bradbury Science Museum on the Lab’s history and impact on the world.

"We were privileged

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