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Heinrich Promotes Conservation And Water Initiatives In Columbine Hondo

on October 22, 2014 - 10:20am
Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Forest Service Ranger Eric Garner during a hike in the Columbine-Hondo Wildernes Study Area. Courtesy photo


TAOS - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, highlighted conservation and water initiatives and growing the outdoor recreation economy during a hike in the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area with the U.S. Forest Service, regional stakeholders and local officials.

Heinrich also marked the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act at a campfire celebration and emphasized the

First Liquid Fueled Vehicle Returned To Service In WIPP Underground

on October 21, 2014 - 8:35pm

WIPP News:

The first piece of diesel-powered equipment has been returned to service in the WIPP underground facility.

Last week, workers inspected the four-ton forklift and performed preventative maintenance so that it could be returned to service. The forklift will support various activities over the next several weeks, including resumption of bolting activities, final waste hoist inspections, and moving equipment associated with project REACH.

Preventative maintenance activities and inspections are also being performed on the roof bolting machine and the mobile vehicle that supplies

Region 6 States Receive More Than $1.1 Million In FEMA

on October 21, 2014 - 3:16pm

FEMA News:

DENTON, Texas — Agencies in five Region 6 states – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas –have been awarded more than $1.1 million in non-disaster hazard mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

These grants are part of FEMA’s Community Assistance Program – State Support Services Element (CAP-SSSE). The CAP-SSSE grants provide funding for technical assistance to communities in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and to evaluate community performance in implementing NFIP floodplain management activities.

The agencies that

EM Chief Visits WIPP For First Underground Tour Since February Incidents

on October 18, 2014 - 4:01pm

CBFO Manager Joe Franco, left, points to a location on a map of the WIPP underground as EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney looks on. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Mark Whitney visited WIPP Thursday and became the first non‐WIPP employee to tour the underground facility since a truck fire and unrelated radiological release temporarily closed the facility in February.

"EM, and the greater DOE, is committed to reopening WIPP to support the important mission of cleaning up the nation’s legacy of nuclear waste," Whitney said.

Purple Pinkie Day Coming To Los Alamos!

on October 16, 2014 - 9:14am


 As world health officials struggle to respond to the Ebola epidemic, Pakistan has passed a grim milestone in its efforts to combat another major global health crisis: the fight against polio. 

Los Alamos Public Schools has generously agreed to support Rotary's effort to raise awareness and funds to counter polio. Hopefully, the community and its children will wish to participate and wear their "purple pinkie" as a badge of honor for saving the life of another child.

To support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is holding an awareness and

CDC 'Rethinking' Ebola Strategy

on October 14, 2014 - 8:27am

Image Courtesy/CDC

HSNW News:

U.S. federal health officials have urged hospitals to think Ebola as officials in Texas are anxiously trying to identify all staff involved in the care of Americas patient zero following the news that a nurse -- Nina Pham, 26 -- who was involved in his care is the first person to contract the disease in the United States.

"We have to rethink the way we address Ebola infection and control because even a single infection is unacceptable," Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said on Monday.

CDC officials are now watching the Dallas hospital personnel as they put

Heinrich Discusses High-Tech Manufacturing, Job Creation At Albuquerque Photonics Facility

on October 14, 2014 - 7:54am

Sen. Heinrich with OptiSource staff Oct. 10 in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., toured OptiSource, a photonics manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, to discuss its latest projects and how research and development can help spur innovation and job creation.

Optisource, a local photonics business, manufacturers wave plates, mirrors, prisms, and laser beamsplitters for purchase by industry and research and development groups at universities and laboratories. 

"Photonics manufacturing facilities like OptiSource help provide

Los Alamos Named 2014 Google eCity For New Mexico

on October 13, 2014 - 10:08am


Los Alamos has been named the 2014 Google eCity of New Mexico. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state – the digital capitals of America.

These cities’ businesses are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fuel their local economies. Los Alamos joins the ranks of America’s leading cities in the digital economy. 

Google will recognize the Los Alamos' innovative businesses by holding a community celebration with the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct.

Dr. Donald J. Dudziak Honored With Rockwell Lifetime Achievement Award

on October 12, 2014 - 12:46pm

American Nuclear Society honors Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Emeritus Dr. Donald J. Dudziak. Courtesy photo

ANS News:

LA GRANGE PARK, Ill. – For his 50 years of service, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) has awarded Dr. Donald J. Dudziak the Rockwell Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award recognizes Dr. Dudziak’s half-century of contributions to research, development, education and mentoring related to radiation shielding and protection.

“Outstanding professionals such as Dr.

Jeremy Davis Shares Volunteer Experience With Catch-A-Dream Hunt On Valles Caldera

on October 11, 2014 - 4:00pm
Catch-a-Dream hunter Tyler Gunlogson
Catch a Dream in 2014
By Jeremy Davis

Jeremy Davis is from Bluff Dale, Texas and a vegetation ecologist for the Valles Caldera Trust. He writes about his volunteer experience with Catch-A-Dream hunt on the Preserve.

There was only one thing was bigger than 15 year old Tyler Gunlogson’s size 15 hunting boots on the morning of the 28th of September; his smile. Why was he all grins? Well, that’s just what happens when you fulfill a lifelong dream within a 24 hour span of time. This is his story.

Mornings start early in the hunting camp but that

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $780,000 To Spur Entrepreneurship, Economic Development

on October 11, 2014 - 2:04pm


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced more than $780,000 in federal funding for two projects to spur economic development in New Mexico.

These funds, made available by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), will increase access to microloans for small businesses and support the renovation the iconic Santo Domingo Trading Post.

The EDA has awarded $270,000 to support the implementation of ACCION New Mexico’s Presto Loan program to promote and develop entrepreneurship throughout New Mexico.

Udall, Heinrich Announce $15 Million For Expanded Telehealth Services Through UNM Health Sciences Center

on October 9, 2014 - 11:32am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center has been awarded $15,120,767 to test expansion of their telehealth infrastructure system that will provide 30 hospitals statewide with remote emergency neurological and neurosurgical consultations.

The funding is being awarded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center.

Council On International Relations Sponsors Lecture On East/West Ukraine Conflict Oct. 14 In Santa Fe

on October 8, 2014 - 11:38am

Dr. Eugene Rumer

CIR News:

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations, (CIR) whose mission is to engage citizens in Santa Fe and surrounding communities on the subject of world affairs, has announced its Fall international lecture series.

CIR is bringing several distinguished scholars and statesmen to Santa Fe to discuss the current crisis in Ukraine. CIR is a nonpartisan 501c(3) non-profit organization.

CIR's forthcoming lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at The Santa Fe Women's Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. The guest lecturer is Dr.

WIPP’s Primary Hoist Begins Inspection Processes

on October 8, 2014 - 11:34am

WIPP News:

The waste hoist, which is the largest and primary conveyance into the WIPP underground facility, is undergoing the final inspections necessary to return to operation.

The conveyance consists of a large enclosed platform, similar to an elevator, that transports people, equipment and waste containers from the surface to the WIPP underground facility.

The waste hoist has not been operated since the Feb. 5 fire event because of soot that accumulated on electrical components.

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes President’s Disaster Declaration For Summer Floods

on October 7, 2014 - 3:33pm


  • Lawmakers had urged ‘prompt action’ to help state recover from widespread 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 that President Obama has declared a major disaster for the state of New Mexico for the severe storms and flooding July 27 through Aug. 5.

The declaration means the president has ordered federal aid to help state, tribal, and local recovery efforts.

Los Alamos Chamber Of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge Trains For 2014 Avon Walk For Breast Cancer

on October 6, 2014 - 1:39pm

Nancy Partridge at the 39-mile mark of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in 2013 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The 'Every Three Minutes' ribbon she is wearing represents the statistic that every three minutes, there is a new diagnosis of invasive breast cancer in the United States. Courtesy photo


When Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge is not at work, chances are, you’ll see her walking around North Mesa, around Barranca Mesa, around Northern Area, around Western Area, around Downtown and back again.

Partridge is training to walk the 2014 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $550,000 To Strengthen Markets For New Mexico Produce

on October 6, 2014 - 12:53pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $550,750 in grants to strengthen markets for New Mexico produce by providing tools and resources to help agricultural producers successfully enhance their competitiveness and expand their operations. 

The funding is being awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Block Grant Program, and grants will be administered through the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. The grants are authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill, which Udall and Heinrich strongly supported. 


NM Delegation Welcomes Photonics Manufacturing For DOD Innovation Institute Competition

on October 6, 2014 - 8:42am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomed an announcement by the White House to award more than $200 million in public and private investment to create an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute, led by the Department of Defense (DoD), and the second of four new institute competitions to be launched this year.

This selection comes just four months after the delegation wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressing their strong support

Energy Department Officials Kick Off National Energy Action Month

on October 3, 2014 - 12:19pm

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will kick off National Energy Action Month with events in New York and Texas to highlight President Obama’s recent proclamation calling on stakeholders across the country to work together to combat climate change while spurring job creation and a low-carbon energy future.

Throughout the month of October, Moniz and other Energy Department officials will participate in events across the country to emphasize the important role that the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy plays in strengthening

SBA Awards $547,000 For Research Innovation Cluster

on October 2, 2014 - 7:52am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded $547,000 to support a Regional Innovation Cluster in southeastern New Mexico. 

The award to Emerging Technology Ventures (ETV), a New Mexico company, supports work to create an unmanned systems research center that provides specialized tech transfer assistance, which both Udall and Heinrich have championed.

DOE Issues Draft Loan Guarantee Solicitation For Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects

on October 2, 2014 - 7:35am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Energy has issued a draft solicitation that would provide up to $12.6 billion in loan guarantees for Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects, supporting the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy and bringing the nation closer to its low-carbon future.

Once finalized, these loan guarantees will provide critical financing to help commercialize advanced nuclear energy technologies, supporting projects that are often unable to secure full commercial financing due to their scale and use of innovative technology.

This draft solicitation

DOE Secretary Hosts Energy Security Symposium, Honors Dr. Daniel Yergin With First Schlesinger Medal

on October 1, 2014 - 9:25am

Daniel Howard Yergin

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—To commemorate the 37th anniversary of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) opening in 1977 and to kick off National Energy Action Month, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today hosted the first Schlesinger Medal Ceremony and Symposium on Energy Security.

The Secretary began the event by presenting the new James R. Schlesinger Medal to world-renowned energy expert and Pulitzer-Prize winning author Dr. Daniel Yergin.

DOE Releases WIPP Recovery Plan

on October 1, 2014 - 8:11am

WIPP News:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the WIPP Recovery Plan Tuesday, which outlines the key activities, management approach and strategies that will be used to meet the current goal of resuming operations by the first quarter of calendar year 2016.

The plan also includes the projected schedule and costs associated with resumption of waste emplacement at WIPP.

Ten LAHS Seniors Named 'Commended Students' In 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program

on October 1, 2014 - 8:01am

Los Alamos High School Principal Dr. Deborah Belew-Nyquist presented Letters of Commendation recognizing LAHS Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program to from front row left, Eleanor Devlin, Helen Lu, Aletta Marciano and James Sinnis Back row from left, Samuel Wolfe, Sudeep Dasari, Gerald Collom and Jacob Holesinger. Not pictured, Megan Kuzmack and Wesley Skidmore. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:


Bandelier Announces October Events

on October 1, 2014 - 6:29am
View from Cerro Grande trail. Photo by David Halpern


Bandelier National Monument has announced five special programs being offered in October – two photo hikes with the park Artist-in-Residence, two Night Sky Programs being presented by a staff ranger who is a long-time astronomy enthusiast and teacher, and a Wilderness hike with the park Trails Lead.

Saturday, Oct. 4, Artist-in-Residence David Halpern will lead a photo hike on the Cerro Grande Trail. The trail is about 5 miles round trip with a rise of 2,000 feet, to the rim of the Valles Caldera at nearly 11,000 feet.