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DOE Awards $425 Million In Next Generation Supercomputing Technologies

on November 16, 2014 - 12:47pm

Secretary Ernest Moniz learns about the work underway in high performance computing and additive manufacturing. Photo by Sarah Gerrity/DOE

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced two new High Performance Computing (HPC) awards to put the nation on a fast-track to next generation exascale computing, which will help to advance U.S. leadership in scientific research and promote America’s economic and national security. 


Moniz announced $325 million to build two state-of-the-art supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge and Lawrence

DOE Awards New Contract To Manage and Operate Brookhaven National Laboratory

on November 15, 2014 - 6:33am

Brookhaven National Laboratory. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a new five-year, $3.2 billion contract to Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) to manage and operate Brookhaven National Laboratory.

The award was the result of a DOE competition for the management and operations (M&O) contract for the laboratory, which has been operated by BSA for the Department since 1998. A major, multi-program laboratory and an internationally recognized center for scientific research, Brookhaven is one of 17 in a system of National Laboratories

DOE Secretary Moniz, Senator Alexander, Other Members Of Congress To Make Major Investment Announcement Friday

on November 13, 2014 - 9:59am

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday morning, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will join U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Representatives Eric Swalwell, Dan Lipinski, Chuck Fleischmann and Bill Foster to make an announcement on a major investment that will keep the United States on the cutting edge of scientific advancement.

This announcement will mark another step toward President Obama’s and Secretary Moniz’s commitment to promote American leadership in science, technology and innovation.   

Scenes From American Legion's Veterans Day Event

on November 13, 2014 - 7:39am

Keynote Speaker Vernon Kerr addresses the crowd at the Veterans Day 2014 event 'Honoring all who served' Tuesday at the American Legion on Trinity Drive. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Community members turn out Tuesday to honor veterans at the American Legion. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Officials gather at Tuesday's Veterans Day event including, at left, newly elected County Councilor Rick Reiss and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Photo by Leland Lehman/

County Councilor Rick Reiss reads a Veterans Day proclamation on behalf of the Los Alamos

State Of LGBT Equality In Five New Mexico Cities

on November 12, 2014 - 8:49am

Municipal Equality Index. Courtesy/HRC

HRC News:

  • Many municipalities extend vital protections to their LGBT citizens and employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today released its third annual report assessing LGBT equality in 353 cities across the nation, including five in New Mexico.

The 2014 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the only nationwide rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law and policy, shows that cities across the country, including New Mexico, continue

My Hero, My Dad

on November 11, 2014 - 9:56am

Wendell Goffe Armour

My hero, my Dad

Los Alamos

Army First Sergeant Wendell Goffe Armour was 92 years old when he left this world June 26, 2014. He was a brave solider and a man proud of country. He experienced the horrors of war, and once said to me, “you don’t know what its like to have a buddy die in your arms.”

At 17, he joined the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard in Pittsburgh. They were called to active duty in February 1941 to Europe, but because he had a mother living in Germany, the Army sent him to the South Pacific.

IRS Clarifies One-Per-Year Limit On IRA Rollovers

on November 11, 2014 - 9:10am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued guidance clarifying the impact a 2014 individual retirement arrangement (IRA) rollover has on the one-per-year limit imposed by the Internal Revenue Code on tax-free rollovers between IRAs.

The clarification relates to a change, announced ( earlier this year, in the way the statutory one-per-year limit applies to rollovers between IRAs. The change in the application of the one-per-year limit reflects an interpretation by the U.S.


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