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Bandelier's First Fee Free Day of 2013 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

on January 17, 2013 - 4:23pm

BANDELIER News:

On Monday, Jan. 21, visitors may enjoy Bandelier as well as other national parks and monuments throughout the United States free of charge. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the first of eleven days throughout 2013 when all National Park Service sites will open their gates to visitors without charging entrance fees.

If you are planning a trip in 2013 that includes multiple national parks and monuments, you may consider buying the $80 annual America the Beautiful pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other

NNSA, Maryland Partner to Improve Radiological/NuclearSecurity, Emergency Preparedness and Response

on January 17, 2013 - 10:36am

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the State of Maryland today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) intended to strengthen efforts to prevent, mitigate and respond to radiological/nuclear threats and incidents in Maryland.

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the MOU, providing a strategic framework for areas of ongoing collaboration between NNSA and the State of Maryland.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley

“This agreement represents the

Luján Writes Napolitano on REAL ID Implementation

on January 17, 2013 - 8:56am

Secretary Janet Napolitano

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL NEWS:

WASHINGTON D.C.U.S.Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Wednesday urging the department to provide New Mexico with policy options that respect the state's need to ensure that drivers carry insurance and comply with the REAL ID Act.

Below is the text of the letter:

January 16, 2013

Secretary Janet Napolitano
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528


Secretary Napolitano,

I appreciated working with you and your staff in the days and

Udall Statement on Departure of Interior Secretary Salazar

on January 17, 2013 - 8:30am
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued this statement Wednesday following Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's announcement that he will return to Colorado in March:
 
"I want to extend my thanks and best wishes to Ken Salazar for his years in public office and dedicated service as Secretary of the Interior.
 
"Over the last four years, Ken has worked tirelessly to expand our nation's domestic energy resources and worked with tribal leaders to build stronger, healthier Native American communities.
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A Brief History of Psychotropic Drugs Prescribed to Mass Murderers

on January 16, 2013 - 11:37am

A Brief History of Psychotropic Drugs Prescribed to Mass Murderers
By Daren Savage

Then-Senator Joe Biden noted during the Democratic primary debate on Apr. 26, 2007, “We have let the country down in the way in which we have not focused on mental illness,” Biden said. “We should know that when you send a kid to college, you're going to be safe on college.”

“My wife is a doctor of education, a teacher at a community college,” Biden said.

Administration Unveils Initial Design Plans for National Network

on January 16, 2013 - 11:24am

NIST News:

The Administration's National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) today released a report based on the input of nearly 900 stakeholders that describes an approach to implementing and managing a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI)—a proposed national network of up to 15 manufacturing institutes around the country that would serve as regional hubs of innovation to boost U.S. competitiveness and strengthen state and local economies.

The NNMI was announced by President Obama last March and is designed to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge

NNSA Awards Largest Federal Wind Farm Contract to Siemens

on January 16, 2013 - 6:40am

 

Siemens wind turbine. Courtesy photo

NNSA News:

AMARILLO–The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded a contract to Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., (Siemens) to construct and operate the federal government’s largest wind farm.

The Pantex wind farm, a first in the NNSA enterprise, will consist of five 2.3 megawatt turbines located on 1,500 acres of government-owned property east of the Pantex Plant.

Energy savings from the wind farm average $2.9 million annually over a 20-year contract term and the project will enable Pantex to meet the President’s energy

Black Carbon Much Larger Cause of Climate Change Than Previously Assessed

on January 15, 2013 - 9:22am

Cutting back on emissions from diesel engines could slow global warming immediately, according to a new study. Courtesy/EPA

Schematic overview of the primary black carbon emission sources and the processes that control the distribution of black carbon in the atmosphere and determine its role in the climate system. Courtesy/ AGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON—Black carbon is the second largest man-made contributor to global warming and its influence on climate has been greatly underestimated, according to the first quantitative and comprehensive analysis of this pollutant’s climate impact..

The

Emerge New Mexico Women Sworn in to State House

on January 15, 2013 - 6:42am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

ENM News:

Monday, Jan. 14, Stephanie Garcia Richard, Emily Kane, Georgene Louis, Patricia Roybal Caballero and Elizabeth Thomson begin their tenures as New Mexico State Representatives.

All five have participated in Emerge New Mexico, the premier training program for Democratic women.

“All of these women are inspiring and true leaders,” said Ambrosia Ortiz y Prentice, Executive Director of Emerge New Mexico. “Their dedication to public service and willingness to work hard to attain these positions are commendable.”

Rep.

NIST Patent Could Give 'Lab on a Chip' Technology Long Shelf Life

on January 15, 2013 - 6:38am

A recent NIST patent shows that nanopores, which may one day help doctors perform quick analysis of blood samples, are not harmed by the polymerization process that could help nanopores operate in biochips. Polymerization hardens and stabilizes the membrane surrounding the nanopores, both of which are beneficial effects. Courtesy Robertson/NIST

NIST News:

Having blood drawn and analyzed to diagnose disease is a process that can take a few days, but what if your doctor could perform this analysis in moments, right before your eyes?

That’s the promise of “lab on a chip” technology, and

Bataan Survivors' Stories Entered Into Library of Congress

on January 11, 2013 - 9:27am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUEIn partnership with the office of Sen. Tom Udall and The Oasis Veterans History Project in New Mexico, New Mexico PBS has been asked to submit the unedited footage of interviews conducted for the television program BATAAN: A 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION, for inclusion into the permanent collection at the Library of Congress.
 
As a companion to the documentary TRAGEDY OF BATAAN, New Mexico PBS produced the program BATAAN: A 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION, with survivors of the surrender of Bataan.
 
New Mexico PBS recorded 1 1/2 hours of interviews

President Signs Katie Sepich Bill Into Law

on January 10, 2013 - 12:29pm
President Barack Obama. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall reported that today President Barack Obama signed the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012 into law.
 
Katie's Law will expand DNA collection efforts from serious criminal offenders in order to save lives, solve crimes and prevent future tragedies from occurring at the hands of repeat offenders.
 
The bill was named for a New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003.
 
Because New Mexico did not collect DNA from felony arrestees at

New Mexico in Focus Features Udall, Martinez

on January 10, 2013 - 6:22am

Host/Commentator Gene Grant

NMiF News:

With a new Congress assembling in Washington, D.C. and the upcoming legislative session in Santa Fe, this week NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS talks to key leaders.

• U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., just four years into his first term, is now the senior senator from New Mexico. NMiF producer Matt Grubs speaks with Udall about the fiscal cliff’s real cost to middle class taxpayers and the battle the senator is leading to reform the filibuster in the Senate.

• New Mexico Gov.

NNSA Selects CNS to Manage Consolidated Contract for Nuclear Production Operations

on January 8, 2013 - 9:47am

NNSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

  • New Partnership Shapes Future of Nuclear Security, Saves Taxpayers more than $3 Billion

WASHINGTON, D.C.–In a move that shapes the future of the United States’ nuclear security enterprise and will save $3.27 billion in taxpayer dollars over the next decade, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) has been selected to be the management and operating contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Pantex Plant near Amarillo,

Bringing Calorimetry to CT Dose Assessment

on January 8, 2013 - 9:07am

Heather Chen-Mayer at the PET/CT scanner with HDPE phantoms. The large sections are for whole-torso measurements; the small cylinder is one of two other sizes tested in the course of the project. Courtesy/NIST.

NIST News:

In the United States, about 80 million x-ray computed tomography (CT) scans are made every year – 7 million of them on children – according to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM.)

Not surprisingly, there is intense interest in accurate determination of the radiation doses that patients receive from CT machines, and researchers are actively seeking

Quantum Gas Goes Below Absolute Zero

on January 5, 2013 - 5:50am

Temperature in a gas can reach below absolute zero thanks to a quirk of quantum physics. Michal Bednarek/Thinkstock

NATURE News:

Quantum Gas Goes Below Absolute Zero
By Zeeya Merali

It may sound less likely than hell freezing over, but physicists have created an atomic gas with a sub-absolute-zero temperature for the first time1.

Their technique opens the door to generating negative-Kelvin materials and new quantum devices, and it could even help to solve a cosmological mystery.

Lord Kelvin defined the absolute temperature scale in the mid-1800s in such a way that nothing could be

Luján Appointed Chief Deputy Whip

on January 5, 2013 - 5:45am

Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District was appointed Chief Deputy Whip today for the 113 Congress by House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.

“I look forward to this new opportunity to work with Whip Hoyer and assist in House Democrats’ efforts to promote an agenda that creates jobs and opportunities for the American people,” Luján said.

Senators Introduce Rules Resolution to Restore Senate Debate and Accountability

on January 4, 2013 - 8:55am

U.S. SENATE News:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced on Thursday a resolution to enact meaningful Senate rules reforms that would end filibuster abuse and restore debate to the chamber.
 
In accordance with Article 1, section 5 of the Constitution, a majority of senators have the power to adopt or amend the operating rules of the chamber at the beginning of a new Congress, a procedure known as the Constitutional Option.
 
Earlier on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the Senate will remain in the first

Udall Statement on Senate Fiscal Cliff Vote

on January 2, 2013 - 10:31am
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement after the Senate voted 89-8 on a measure to avert the fiscal cliff:
 
"I remain disillusioned with the short-term nature of the deal that came through the Senate last night, but ultimately felt we had to pass it. We managed to make progress on middle-class tax cuts, wind energy tax incentives and unemployment insurance, but squandered an opportunity to implement a long-term vision to deal with the debt and deficit.
 
"Instead, the bill we passed kicked the can down a very

'Katie's Law' Bill Clears Senate - Goes to President

on December 29, 2012 - 1:42pm
Katie Sepich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall applauded last night's passage of the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012, a bill named for a New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003.
 
Because New Mexico did not collect DNA from felony arrestees at the time, her killer Gabriel Avila  was not identified when he was arrested in 2003 for unrelated crimes.
 
It wasn't until three years later, after his conviction for other crimes, that his DNA was taken that identified him as

Column: New Gun-Control ... Just Another Fool's Folly!

on December 28, 2012 - 7:42am
By B. Zerker
Weapons Specialist and Constitutionalist
Los Alamos

New Gun-Control ... Just Another Fool's Folly!

For the last few days, I’ve been hearing the endless cries of, “We need more gun-control!” “Ban those evil semi-automatic military assault-weapons! Nobody needs those for hunting!” “Ban all high-capacity magazines,!” etc., all of them now permeating the airwaves in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy.

I’ve also heard the statement in the past, and I’m paraphrasing, that our Second Amendment’s guarantee that a citizen’s "right to keep and bear arms" is no longer relevant these days

NNSA Conducting Radiation Survey Over Washington

on December 27, 2012 - 9:09am

Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will be flying a helicopter over portions of Washington, D.C., between Dec. 27, 2012, and Jan. 11, 2013.

The purpose of these flights is to measure naturally occurring radiation in the Washington, D.C., area.

The radiation assessment will cover approximately 70 square miles and NNSA will complete the assessment using a helicopter equipped with remote gamma radiation sensing technology.

The helicopter will fly in a grid pattern over the areas, 150 feet or higher above the ground surface, at a speed of

DEA Publishes Proposed Regs for Pill Disposal

on December 27, 2012 - 7:35am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Disposal of Controlled Substances in the Federal Register Dec. 21.  

The proposed regulations seek to implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010.

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. 

That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or

The Five Largest Landowners in America

on December 24, 2012 - 5:59am

A ranch in Wyoming. Courtesy/MSNBC

REAL ESTATE News:

The five largest landowners in America include:

1. John Malone: The cable tycoon has 2.2 million acres stretching from Wyoming to Maine. One of his crown jewels is the Bell Ranch, a 290,100-acre cattle empire.

2. Ted Turner: The media magnate has 2 million acres in Nebraska, New Mexico and other states. He is a strong advocate of wildlife conservation.

3. The Emmerson family: This low-profile family holds 1.8 million acres through Sierra Pacific Industries, the nation's second largest lumber producer.

4. Brad Kelley: The reclusive

'Report From Santa Fe' Features a Founder of Environmental Movement

on December 23, 2012 - 6:42am

Gus Speth

PBS News:

“Report From Santa Fe will feature Gus Speth, one of the founders of the environmental movement at 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 on New Mexico PBS, Ch. 5.1.

as well as environmental advisor to two presidents.  He outlines the economic policies that underlie some of the failures of environmental policy to make the kind of changes that are imperative to the survival of the planet.

Speth talks about his time in jail protesting the tar sands pipeline with Bill McKibben , and what individuals can do to move towards a better America, which he terms "America The Possible."

Speth is

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