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Entry Gift To National Parks Benefits Bandelier

on December 16, 2014 - 7:21am



When looking for holiday gifts, Bandelier suggests considering giving gifts of entry to all the National Park areas in the country for a full year.
Drop by the Visitor Center at Bandelier and buy an Interagency Annual Pass. With this pass, the recipient can visit all the National Park Service areas across the country (think Petroglyph, Pecos, Grand Canyon, Everglades, Glacier, Rocky Mountain and 395 others.
The pass also includes areas under the Bureau of Land Management like Tent Rocks - Kasha Katuwe, US Forest Service including Mount St Helens and the

Udall Secures Tech Transfer Provisions For N.M. Labs

on December 15, 2014 - 7:21pm

  • Provisions in defense and appropriations bills increase funding and direct Energy Department to emphasize tech transfer 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall today announced that two major bills passed by Congress last week include key reforms he has championed to improve technology transfer at New Mexico's national laboratories and create new businesses and jobs in New Mexico. 

Udall is pushing the federal government to improve its tech transfer efforts to bring to market research being done at Los Alamos and Sandia national labs as well as White Sands Missile Range and the

Los Alamos Names New Laboratory Fellows For 2014

on December 15, 2014 - 8:15am

LANL News:
  • Honorees span sciences in physics, astrophysics, chemistry

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows list expands by five this week as a new group of high achievers is named.

The honorees this year are Christopher L. Fryer, Herbert O. Funsten, John C. Gordon, Jaqueline L. Kiplinger and David S. Moore.

“The sustained scientific excellence demonstrated by the work of Chris, Herb, John, Jaqueline and David exemplifies the outstanding people and capabilities we apply to today’s national security mission, and positions the Laboratory to be prepared to meet future challenges,”

Heinrich Introduces Bill To Establish Tech Transfer Maturation Program

on December 15, 2014 - 7:34am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced S. 2973, the National Laboratory Technology Maturation Act.

The bill would launch a new National Laboratory Technology Maturation Program (NLTMP) at the U.S. Department of Energy to facilitate successful commercialization of laboratory-developed technologies.

The new program would provide funding to each national laboratory to be used by small businesses with a licensed technology from a laboratory, such as Sandia National Laboratories or Los

Reprimanded Los Alamos Surgeon Practicing In Iowa

on December 14, 2014 - 1:24pm

John Dirk Wassner, M.D.


Former Los Alamos surgeon John Dirk Wassner was granted reinstatement of his permanent Iowa medical license subject to a Consent Agreement Dec. 8.

Wassner, 67, who studied medicine at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, was disciplined by the New Mexico Medical Board, which issued him a public reprimand Oct. 3, 2013 for failing to report an adverse action taken by a healthcare entity in violation of the New Mexico Medical Practice Act.    

Under the terms of the Dec.

LANL Programs Among Items Approved In Appropriations Bill

on December 14, 2014 - 9:16am

  • Appropriations bill funds PILT, lab programs including B61, N.M. military bases, WIPP recovery, technology transfer, water projects and other programs  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich joined the full Senate in voting 56-40 for a so-called “omnibus” appropriations bill to fund the government, including critical New Mexico programs, through September 2015, the end of the Fiscal Year.

The bill includes full funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which helps pay

Udall, Heinrich Announce Momentous Gains For New Mexico With Passage Of Public Lands Package

on December 13, 2014 - 1:26pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., applauded the passage of a historic public lands package today. Several conservation and energy bills championed by the senators were included in the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act. The end of year package passed the Senate by a vote of 89 to 11 and now goes to the President for his signature.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

"This is an exciting day for everyone who enjoys public lands and parks in New Mexico.

Heinrich To Serve On Senate Armed Services Committee

on December 13, 2014 - 10:01am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


  • Position will be instrumental in Senator’s commitment to New Mexico

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement after receiving an assignment to serve on the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services.

Heinrich currently serves, and will continue to serve, on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources, Intelligence, and Joint Economic Committees.

"I look forward to serving on the Senate Armed Service Committee to ensure our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to keep our nation safe and to

Moniz Announces Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group

on December 13, 2014 - 8:04am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

  • Partnership to Deepen Relationship Around Critical Nuclear Energy Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Building on President Obama’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with Tribal Nations, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced Friday the formalization of the Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group (NETWG), providing a forum for Tribal Leaders to engage with the Department on a wide scope of nuclear energy issues. 

“Through the Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group, the Department hopes to incorporate the unique and important

Valles Caldera Trust Commits To Smooth Transition To National Park Service Management

on December 13, 2014 - 7:45am

VCNT News:

Jemez Springs - The Valles Caldera Trust has issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate's passage of legislation transferring management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service:

The Valles Caldera Trust’s Board and Executive Director are committed to a smooth transition to National Park Service management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Congress Approves Valles Caldera National Preserve And Manhattan Project National Historical Park!

on December 12, 2014 - 7:00pm

Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/NPS

NPCA News:

With today’s Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, Congress has approved the most significant expansion of the National Park System in nearly three decades.

The legislation includes the approval of Valles Caldera National Preserve and the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Las Alamos as well as Hanford, Wash., and Oak Ridge, Tenn.

“This bipartisan legislation represents years of work by community members, business leaders, scientists and National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA),” said Clark

IRS Reminder – Take Required Distributions By Dec. 31

on December 12, 2014 - 11:48am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service recently reminded taxpayers born before July 1, 1944, that they generally must receive payments from their individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Dec. 31.

Known as required minimum distributions (RMDs), these payments normally must be made by the end of 2014. But a special rule allows first-year recipients of these payments, those who reached age 70½ during 2014, to wait until as late as April 1, 2015 to receive their first RMDs.


Luján Issues Statement On Passage Of Spending Bill

on December 12, 2014 - 9:15am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement Thursday after voting against an omnibus appropriations bill.

“It is deeply disappointing that Congressional Republicans have used this process to pass damaging provisions that roll back critical Wall Street reforms and further undermine campaign finance rules.

Udall Urges Congress To Pass Bill, Avoid Shutdown

on December 10, 2014 - 8:00pm

U.S. SENATE News:    
  • Appropriations bill funds PILT, lab programs including B61, N.M. military bases, WIPP recovery, technology transfer, water projects and other priorities    

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, welcomed the release of a so-called “omnibus” appropriations bill, which includes critical funding for New Mexico and keeps the government running through September 2015, the end of the fiscal year.

The bill funds many New Mexico priorities that Udall has fought for, such as the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program,

IRS Issues 2015 Optional Standard Mileage Rates

on December 10, 2014 - 5:47pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be:

  • 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 56 cents in 2014;
  • 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down half a cent from 2014; and 
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.

The standard mileage rate for

WIPP Waste Techs Encounter Abnormal Odor

on December 10, 2014 - 10:57am

WIPP News:

Late last week, four waste handling technicians at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) were performing surface temperature measurements on transuranic waste containers in the Waste Handling Bay when they encountered an abnormal odor. 

The odor was described as a “cleaning solution-like” odor, similar to odors that have been detected in the past when opening shipping containers during routine waste operations at WIPP.

Employees stopped work, notified their supervisor and left the area.

Heinrich Remarks On Release Of Report On CIA Detention, Interrogation Program

on December 9, 2014 - 11:41am

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, will deliver the following remarks today on the release of the executive summary and the findings and conclusions of the committee’s five-year review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. Senator Heinrich has been a leading proponent of declassifying the report. 

A copy of the report is available HERE.

Heinrich's remarks as prepared for delivery are below:


Los Alamos Physicist Hockaday Honored For National Security Contributions

on December 9, 2014 - 11:11am

LANL's Associate Director for Experimental Physical Sciences Mary Hockaday is the recipient of two significant honors. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Associate Director for Experimental Physical Sciences Mary Hockaday of Los Alamos National Laboratory is the recipient of two significant honors this week. She earned a 2014 fellowship from the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and also a Distinguished Alumni Award from the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Alumni Association.

“I have been truly surprised, humbled and honored by these awards; I greatly appreciate the folks who

Clay And Dorothy Perkins Turn Over Deed Of Hans Bethe House To Los Alamos Historical Society

on December 8, 2014 - 9:00pm

Clay, center, and Dorothy Perkins turn over the deed of 1350 Bathtub Row Saturday to the Los Alamos Historical Society. Ron Wilkins, left, president of the Historical Society, accepted the deed on behalf of the organization. Always with the intention of donating it, the Perkins purchased the flood-damaged house in 2013 and put in $130,000 worth of repairs and gave $100,000 for exhibits.

GSUSA Unveils Protraits In Leadership

on December 8, 2014 - 12:19pm

Albuquerque Girl Scout Annika Cushnyr interviews Rep. Michelle Lujan-Grisham for the video series 'Portraits in Leadership' that can be viewed at Courtesy photo


  • Tomorrow’s Female Leaders Absorb Life Lessons From Today’s Female Trailblazers


New York Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the world’s preeminent girl leadership development organization, today announced the release of an inspiring new video series called Portraits in Leadership. In an intimate and candid series of profiles, Girl Scouts across the country conducted interviews about

Udall Statement On State's Decision To Fine DOE Following Accident At WIPP

on December 7, 2014 - 10:38am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement Saturday on the state of New Mexico's decision to fine the U.S. Department of Energy over $54 million for numerous violations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Los Alamos National Laboratory:

"The investigation by the state of New Mexico found that the accident last February put at risk the health of workers and the nearby community. The action the state has taken is appropriate and shows why I have long fought for state environmental authority over WIPP waste operations.

Valles Caldera Trust Proposes More Affordable Fee Structure

on December 6, 2014 - 8:52am

Snowshoeing in the Valles Grande. Photo by Ryan Heffernan

VCTB News:

Jemez Springs - The Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to amend the fees assessed for admission to, and the use and occupancy of, the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The proposal will replace the current system, in which fees are assessed based on an a la carte, per person basis, with a more streamlined and cost-effective entry fee system.

Udall Recruiting Spring Interns For New Mexico Offices

on December 5, 2014 - 11:25am
  • Positions available in Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Portales and Santa Fe offices

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for spring semester internships in his Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Portales and Santa Fe offices. 

For more information and to apply for an internship, visit Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to submit their applications early. 


Udall Statement On Nomination of Ashton Carter As Secretary of Defense

on December 5, 2014 - 9:53am
Ashton 'Ash' Carter
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement on the president’s decision to nominate Ashton Carter to serve as Secretary of Defense: 
"The United States and the broader international community are confronting multiple quickly evolving threats in the Middle East, including the emergence of the brutal terrorist organization ISIS. Ashton Carter has the respect of senior military leaders having served under multiple secretaries of defense, managed large budgets and handled many demands under scrutiny.

Sandia's Sean Dunagan New Senior WIPP Recovery Manager

on December 5, 2014 - 8:58am

WIPP News:

Sean Dunagan, Research and Development Manager with Sandia National Laboratories, has been appointed as the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Senior WIPP Recovery Manager, effective Dec. 8, 2014. He replaces Tom Teynor, who returned to Hanford to be the Federal Project Manager of the Plutonium Finishing Plant project.

Directly leading and representing the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Recovery Project, Mr.