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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

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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.

New Missile Defense Work Coming To New Mexico

on October 1, 2014 - 5:33am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. announced Wednesday that IEC-SoCal Braiding and Continental Machine were awarded contracts to manufacture missile defense components in Albuquerque.

The contracts are part of a $149 million contract awarded to Raytheon by Rafael for the Iron Dome Weapon short-range rocket defense system. 

"New Mexico plays a pivotal role in our national security and defense," Heinrich said. "This work is a good start and reflects our state's unique capabilities.

Udall, Heinrich Announce Nearly $15 Million For New Mexico Community Colleges

on September 30, 2014 - 8:53am

U. S. SENATE News: 
  • The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos to receive $579,961

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that 11 community colleges in New Mexico will receive $14,999,863 in federal funding to provide innovative training programs, in partnership with local businesses, to help New Mexican adults advance into high-wage careers.

The funding, provided under Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, will allow these community colleges to expand and improve their ability to deliver

NIST Scientists Improve Microscopic Batteries With Homebuilt Imaging Analysis

on September 30, 2014 - 8:30am

A 'nanoforest’ of nanowire lithium-ion batteries. Images by Oleshko/NIST

NIST News:

In a rare case of having their cake and eating it too, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and other institutions have developed* a toolset that allows them to explore the complex interior of tiny, multi-

layered batteries they devised. It provides insight into the batteries’ performance without destroying them—resulting in both a useful probe for scientists and a potential power source for micromachines.

A STEM image of an individual battery. Images by Oleshko/NIST

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $1 Million To Promote Agriculture Marketing In New Mexico

on September 30, 2014 - 7:39am


WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $538,279 in funding to New Mexico organizations to help farmers and ranchers develop new market opportunities for their products.

The grants, provided through U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farmers Marketing and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP), will support a wide array of local projects designed to bolster economic opportunities for family farmers, support rural communities and increase access to fresh, healthy food.

Udall, Heinrich Invite Underserved New Mexico Communities To Apply For Promise Zone Designation

on September 28, 2014 - 8:13am

U.S. SENATE News: 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich invited underserved urban, rural and tribal communities in New Mexico to apply for the second round of designations for the Promise Zone Initiative, part of a plan developed by the president to create jobs, increase economic mobility, improve educational opportunities and reduce crime in high-poverty communities throughout the country.

The initiative helps communities create a pathway to the middle class by connecting groups and business with federal programs and resources that accelerate economic growth

CIR Presents How Did We Get Here: The 'New Russia'

on September 27, 2014 - 10:53am

Ambassador Jack F. Matlock

CIR News:

Do you wish you knew more about why Russia has annexed Crimea and destabilized Eastern Ukraine and what should the West do about it? You have the perfect opportunity in Santa Fe to learn the answers to these and many other questions regarding the complex and evolving situation between Ukraine and Russia. This will be the focus of the Santa Fe Council on International Relations' fall International Lecture Series.

The series begins with a the talk How Did We Get Here: The "New Russia" by Ambassador Jack F. Matlock, Jr. at 3 p.m.

DOE Secretary Hosts Schlesinger Medal Ceremony And Energy Security Symposium Wednesday

on September 27, 2014 - 7:03am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will kick off Energy Action Month Wednesday, Oct. 1 and mark the 37th anniversary of the Department’s formal opening by hosting the first Schlesinger Medal Ceremony and Symposium on Energy Security.

The Secretary will make keynote remarks and present a new medal to an individual whose contributions have advanced our understanding of threats, opportunities, and policy choices impacting the energy security interests of the United States.

DOE Issues Statement On LANL Cleanup Work Transition

on September 26, 2014 - 9:21am

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

Today, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz directed the Office of Environmental Management (EM) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to develop a plan for the transition of legacy environmental cleanup work at the Department's Los Alamos site from NNSA to EM.

DOE issued the following statement this morning:

"The safe and efficient cleanup of the Los Alamos Site in New Mexico is a high priority for the Department of Energy.

Udall Encourages New Mexicans To Participate In National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

on September 26, 2014 - 7:28am

Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, encourages New Mexicans to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event this Saturday, Sep. 27 and turn in unused or expired medication at designated locations in their communities - dropoff booth in Los Alamos is in the parking lot at LAMC.

He also praised a new U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) policy, similar to legislation he has sponsored, that will enable pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and other authorized collectors to serve as drop-off sites for unused prescription drugs in the future.

Saturday’s event,

F-22 Raptor Makes Debut Monday

on September 25, 2014 - 7:27am

The F-22 Raptor. Courtesy/

Staff Report:

The Pentagon’s newest fighter jet saw combat for the first time on Monday during the U.S.-led attacks against Islamic militants inside Syria. The $67 billion F-22 program is one of the most expensive in Pentagon history.

The F-22 Raptor is considered the first 5th-generation fighter in the U.S. Air Force inventory, using low observable technologies, modern avionics and efficient engines to offer an air superiority fighter unmatched by any other modern military.

The F-22 Raptor, a critical component of the Global Strike Task Force, is designed

WIPP Facilities Mostly Unscathed As SENM Deals With Hurricane Odile

on September 23, 2014 - 4:05pm

WIPP News:

Hurricane Odile left its mark on Southeastern New Mexico, but the WIPP facility came away mostly unscathed with two brief partial power outages that delayed entries into the underground facility last week.

Over the past 10 days, areas of Carlsbad and Eddy County received about 15 inches of rain that wreaked havoc on infrastructure and left dozens of people stranded.

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


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/

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