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Udall Statement In Honor Of Veterans Day

on November 11, 2014 - 8:07am

U.S. Sen Tom Udall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen Tom Udall released the following statement in honor of our nation's veterans, and to commemorate Veterans Day: 

"Americans throughout the country gather on Veterans Day to thank the brave men and women of our military and to recognize their service to our nation. We honor the great sacrifices of those who have risked their lives to protect our freedoms and keep us safe. We thank those who are still serving today and we pay tribute those who have given their all in defense of our country and its ideals.

"New Mexico has a long and proud tradition of

Today Is Veterans Day - Honoring People Who Have Served In U.S. Armed Forces

on November 11, 2014 - 6:25am

Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War. Courtesy/

Staff Report

Today is Veterans Day, an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is a federal holiday observed Nov. 11.

It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I

Udall Statement On President’s Net Neutrality Plan

on November 10, 2014 - 12:12pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, welcomed the president’s support for a free and open Internet as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares new net neutrality rules and issued the following statement:
“Net neutrality is about leveling the playing field, and I am encouraged that the president has joined the call for strong rules by the FCC to protect the open Internet.

WIPP Reports Air Monitoring Results Following Fan Restart

on November 7, 2014 - 9:29am

WIPP News:

Laboratory results from air samplers located on and around the WIPP facility following the restart of the 860A fan Oct. 21 showed minimal levels of radioactive contamination detected at two of the on‐site air sampling locations.

The levels were well below that which would impact worker health or the environment, according to WIPP.

The 860A fan, which is part of the underground ventilation and filtration system, ran for approximately two months following the radiological incident before being taken off‐line for maintenance. Since that time, the 860B
or the 860C fans have been

EPA, DOE Release 2015 Fuel Economy Guide For Car Buyers

on November 7, 2014 - 9:29am


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) today released the 2015 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with a valuable resource to help them choose the most fuel-efficient and low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles that meet their needs.

In comparison to previous years, the 2015 models include a greater number of fuel efficient and low-emission vehicles in a broader variety of classes and sizes.

“Automakers’ innovation is thriving, and Americans are benefiting from new consumer choices that limit carbon emissions and slow the effects

U.S. Treasury Awards $4.4 Million To New Mexico To Aid Small Business And Economic Development

on November 6, 2014 - 1:57pm

Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Treasury Department today announced that New Mexico has received $4,477,239 in State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funds to help small businesses access the capital they need to grow and create jobs.

To date, $13,168,350 in SSBCI funds have been disbursed to the New Mexico Economic Development Department and the New Mexico Finance Authority to support businesses and the local economy.

“Small businesses are the engines of our nation’s economy, and they need access to capital in order to expand

DOE Announces New Investments In Gasification Research

on November 6, 2014 - 9:00am

DOE News:
  • Advanced Technologies Improve Gasification Systems, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, as part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy approach, the Department of Energy has selected four projects to receive funding for next-generation gasification systems that also reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Awardees will receive approximately $16 million to advance the gasification process, which converts carbon-based materials like coal into syngas for use as power, chemicals, hydrogen, and transportation fuels.

“By partnering with industry on

Udall Addresses Re-Election To U.S. Senate

on November 5, 2014 - 9:50am

Sen. Tom Udall

Staff Report:

Sen. Tom Udall won re-election to the U.S. Senate Tuesday with 279.820 votes or 55.42 percent to Republican challenger Allen Weh's 225,085 votes or 44.58 percent.

Udall released the following statement:

“I’m very grateful to the many volunteers, supporters, and especially the voters who sent a powerful message tonight that we can work together to lift up all New Mexico families.

“For me, this election has been about one thing: Fighting to move our state forward.

CIR Presents: Resolving Ukraine Crisis With Former US Ambassador To Ukraine Thursday

on November 5, 2014 - 7:56am

Ambassador John E. Herbst

CIR News:

Speaker: Ambassador John E. Herbst, former U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine (2003-06)

Thursday, Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. 

Santa Fe Woman's Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe

$15 CIR Members/$20 Non-members & Guests

*Students (25 and under) FREE with proper identification

Richard Eed's radio program on KVSF, 101.5 FM featured a live interview with Ambassador John Herbst Wednesday, Oct. 29. For an introduction to Thursday's lecture, click here and listen to a podcast of the interview.

Los Alamos County Chief Appraiser Lucas Fresquez Tapped For Nat'l. Institute For Newly Elected Officials

on November 4, 2014 - 10:01am

Lucas Fresquez

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Chief Appraiser Lucas Fresquez has been accepted to attend the NALEO Educational Fund’s 2014 National Institute for Newly Elected Officials. Fresquez works in the Los Alamos County Assessor's Office and is president of the Espanola Public School Board.

"We received a number of applications for the Institute this year and we have strived to assemble a group that reflects the great diversity of Latino elected officials.

Valles Caldera Trust Education Program Earns A+

on November 4, 2014 - 8:21am
VCNP Lead Educator Brittney Van Der Werff helps a young student 'load' the atlatl. Courtesy/VCNP

Students collect forest monitoring data for Preserve restoration work. Courtesy/VCNP

The report card is in and Valles Caldera Trust Education programs bested last year’s scores. The program includes class field trips, hands-on-learning activities and experiments conducted by Lead Educator Brittney Van Der Werff.

When students and teachers are unable to travel to the open air classroom of the Preserve, Van Der Werff brings a bit of the caldera to them (See Bubble Gum

IRS Saver’s Credit Could Be Financial Sweet Spot

on November 4, 2014 - 6:38am

IRS News:

PHOENIX Low and moderate income workers can take steps now to save for retirement and earn a special tax credit in 2014 and years ahead, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The saver’s credit helps offset part of the first $2,000 workers voluntarily contribute to IRAs and 401(k) plans and similar workplace retirement programs. Also known as the retirement savings contributions credit, the saver’s credit is available in addition to any other tax savings that apply.

Eligible workers still have time to make qualifying retirement contributions and get the saver’s

LAHS Junior Kaylie Burk Selected To Attend Congress of Future Medical Leaders

on November 3, 2014 - 3:19pm


LAHS News:

Kaylie Burk, a junior at Los Alamos High School, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders on Nov. 14, 15 and 16 in Washington, D.C.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Burk was nominated by Dr.

Daylight Saving Time Ends: Set Clocks Back One Hour

on November 2, 2014 - 6:15am


Staff Report:

Daylight Saving Time ended at 2 a.m. today. Residents across the United States set their clocks back one hour to return to Standard Time. This does not apply for most of Arizona or Hawaii.

Daylight saving time was instituted Feb. 9, 1942. On this day, Congress pushed ahead standard time for the United States by one hour in each time zone, imposing daylight saving time - then called "war time."

Daylight saving time, suggested by President Roosevelt, was imposed to conserve fuel, and could be traced back to World War I, when Congress imposed one standard time

CIR: Former US Ambassador To Ukraine Delivers Final Fall Lecture Thursday Nov. 6

on October 31, 2014 - 4:15pm

John E. Herbst

CIF News:

Former US Ambassador to Ukraine John E. Herbst will deliver our fourth and final Fall lecture on the crisis in that beleaguered country at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

The venue is The Santa Fe Women's Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. A full house is anticipated for this presentation, so interested parties should reserve their tickets as soon as possible. They may do so on line at or by calling 505.982.4931. Tickets are priced at $15 for members and $20 for non-members and guests. Full-time students 25 and under are admitted free with proper ID.

DOE: New Investments In Advanced Nuclear Power Reactors

on October 31, 2014 - 4:14pm

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, as part of the President’s all-of-the-above energy approach and Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced awards for five companies to lead key nuclear energy research and development projects supporting advanced reactor technologies.

These projects will receive $13 million in cost-share agreements to help address significant technical challenges to the design, construction and operation of next generation nuclear reactors, based off needs identified by industry designers and technical experts.

“This type of

Students Asked To Submit Idea For Volunteer Project With Meaningful Impact Abroad

on October 31, 2014 - 12:33pm

  • Winning student will get to put their vision into action on a free, two-week program abroad

New York—AFS-USA, a global leader in intercultural student exchange programming, is asking American 8th-12th graders: What is one problem in the world that you would like to solve, and what type of volunteer project would you design to help solve it?”

Students are asked to submit a short essay or video outlining their idea for a volunteer project that could have a meaningful impact abroad.

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes President's Disaster Declaration For September Floods

on October 30, 2014 - 9:45am

  • Lawmakers had requested expedited action to help state recover from storm damage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday that President Obama has issued a major disaster declaration for the state of New Mexico for the severe storms and flooding that occurred between Sept. 15 and Sept. 26. 

The disaster declaration provides the counties of Colfax, Eddy, Lea, Lincoln, Otero, San Miguel, Santa Fe and Sierra with access to Federal Emergency

WIPP Continues To Restore Activities Underground

on October 28, 2014 - 3:46pm

WIPP News:

WIPP employees recently completed the 100th entry into the WIPP underground facility since the February events that temporarily shut down access.

Radiological control technicians continue to conduct “rollback” surveys and sampling necessary to re‐establish additional areas of the mine as radiological buffer areas. Preventive maintenance activities are underway on various pieces of heavy equipment so they can be safely returned to service.

MADD New Mexico Partners Locally During Red Ribbon Week To Prevent Underage Drinking

on October 28, 2014 - 11:28am

MADD News:

New Pledge Campaign, #ProtectUrSelfie invites teens to say no to alcohol

Teen alcohol use kills about 4,700 each year, more than all illegal drugs combined. In connection with Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) New Mexico is launching a new social media pledge campaign that asks teens to #ProtectUrSelfie by staying alcohol-free until 21 and never getting in the car with a drinking driver.

This takes the place of the traditional pen and paper pledge and asks teens to grab a couple of friends and invite other peers to take a “selfie” with their

NCRTD Receives FTA Administrators Award For Outstanding Public Service In Rural Public Transportation

on October 28, 2014 - 10:54am

NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro


The North Central Regional Transit District today received the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Public Service in Rural Public Transportation. 

The Award was presented to NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro by FTA Acting Administrator, Therese McMillian, during the 21st National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation conference in Monterey, Calif.

In a letter acknowledging the Award, the FTA stated that, “This year’s award features rural transit providers who

White Rock Woman Runs In 2014 NYC Marathon

on October 27, 2014 - 3:14pm

Ellen McGehee of White Rock at mile 20 of the Poulsbo, Wash., marathon course - her last major training run before Sunday's NYC Marathon. Courtesy photo


Ellen McGehee of White Rock and her sister Martha Teck are running in Sunday's New York City Marathon to raise awareness of a specific type of cancer.

As Team IBC, they are raising awareness for inflammatory breast cancer, a form of cancer that McGehee's friend has and is difficult to diagnose through mammography because there is generally no lump.

T-shirt designed by Celeste Levy. Courtesy photo

McGehee's daughter

Los Alamos Chamber Manager Completes Avon Walk For Breast Cancer In Charlotte, N.C.

on October 27, 2014 - 8:07am

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge, right, with her sister Valerie Partridge crossing the finish line Sunday at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer event in Charlotte, N.C. Courtesy photo 

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge, left, with her sister Valerie Partridge making the world a better place Sunday at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer event in Charlotte, N.C. Courtesy photo 

Los Alamos Chamber Manager Participates In Avon Walk For Breast Cancer In Charlotte, N.C.

on October 25, 2014 - 3:10pm

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge, left, with her sister Valerie Partridge today at mile marker 20 of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer event from the Nascar Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. The sisters started at 6:30 a.m. today and have six more miles to go. They will camp overnight and walk another 13 miles Sunday in an effort to bring awareness to breast cancer. Courtesy photo 

WIPP Ventilation Fan Restarted

on October 24, 2014 - 7:54am

WIPP News:

Tuesday evening, workers at WIPP successfully restarted the 860A fan that is part of the mine ventilation and filtration system currently operating at the site.

The 860A fan was started Feb. 14, when continuous air monitors (CAM) in the WIPP underground facility detected elevated levels of radioactive contamination and shifted the underground ventilation system into filtration mode, forcing all air exiting the facility through High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. The WIPP underground facility has remained in filtration mode since the event occurred.

The 860A fan ran