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E.U. and U.S. to Extend Scientific Cooperation on Measurements and Standards

on July 19, 2013 - 8:13am

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-PA, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, Joint Research Centre Director General Dominique Ristori and European Parliament Member Edit Herzog at a signing ceremony July 17. Photo by K. Delak/NIST

NIST News:

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the U.S.

Udall Calls for Reform to Fix Broken Senate

on July 17, 2013 - 8:04am


WASHINGTON –Tuesday, following a rare meeting of Republicans and Democrats to discuss how to end unprecedented obstruction, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said he was hopeful that the Senate would move forward to confirm several nominees for key administration positions.

But he added that “obstruct and delay” has become the norm, and said a permanent change in the Senate rules must be made so the Senate can get work done for the American people.

Since 2009, Udall has called on the Senate to reform its rules – including by requiring a talking filibuster. 

“I have said for a

Emergency Stabilization Plan Approved for Thompson Ridge

on July 16, 2013 - 10:39am


VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Thompson Ridge Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has received final approval for its emergency stabilization request and recommendations involving burned areas affected by the Thompson Ridge Fire.

“Now that the plan is approved, we can move forward with the treatments suggested by the assessment team,” said John Barksdale, Thompson Ridge BAER implementation team leader. “Once we are staffed with specialists to oversee projects, we will begin implementing those treatments.”

Initial treatments could begin as early as next week.

'Canes of Power' Showing at Bandelier July 20

on July 16, 2013 - 9:58am
Three Laguna Canes. Photo by Silver Bullet Productions at Laguna Pueblo


Saturday, July 20 at noon, Bandelier will present the very special documentary, "Canes of Power" in the theater at the park Visitor Center.

In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln presented silver-headed ebony canes to the Governors of the 19 New Mexico Pueblos to recognize their authority, sovereignty, and relationship with the Federal government. Similar canes had been presented by the government of Spain in 1620 and that of Mexico in 1821.

Narrated by actor Wes Studi, the Silver Bullet Productions film "Canes of

Comment on State Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Through Aug.15

on July 16, 2013 - 8:43am


The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is in the process of updating the State Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The Plan presents the State's mitigation strategy for reducing the impact of natural disasters.

The State Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan includes the following sections: natural hazard profiles, risk assessment, vulnerability, capability and recommended mitigation actions. The Plan provides an overall strategy that can be used to guide natural hazard mitigation planning and project implementation throughout the State.

Approximately 70

Luján Discusses LANL, Sandia With Moniz

on July 15, 2013 - 11:51am

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, left, met with Rep. Ben Ray Luján to discuss the role of Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District and a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee released the following statement after meeting with Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz: 

"Today I had an opportunity to discuss with Secretary Moniz the important role that Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories play in New Mexico.

“As Co-Chair of the Technology Transfer Caucus, I was

Letter to the Editor: Climate Must Be Considered Over Profitability

on July 15, 2013 - 8:13am
Los Alamos

President Obama’s leadership on capping carbon emissions is long overdue with the impending climate crisis. 

Special interest groups can no longer decide the fate of the environment we all share. New Mexico is already experiencing the effects of climate change. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than 60 percent of New Mexicans live in conditions of exceptional drought. This drought is aggravated by increasing global temperatures and extended periods of time without precipitation.

We need to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, but natural gas is not an

Udall: $1.9 Million in Grants for Homeless Veterans

on July 15, 2013 - 8:09am
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, has announced that three New Mexico nonprofit organizations will receive a combined $1.9 million in grant funding to provide services to veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Goodwill Industries of New Mexico will receive $1,085,481 to serve veterans in 26 counties throughout the state, including the tribal lands of Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Zia, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Santo Domingo, Navajo,

Udall Statement on Historic Gridlock in Washington

on July 14, 2013 - 9:41am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON–U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, issued the following statement on the need to end gridlock in Washington:

"I have said for a long time: the Senate is a graveyard for good ideas. Gridlock, hyper-partisanship, delay, obstruction – it all adds up to one thing: broken.

“I have been calling for changes in the Senate rules since I was elected to the Senate – for a simple reason: the Senate is not serving the American people. It's not serving the people of my home state of New Mexico.

"What we're seeing is historic abuse of the filibuster and other

Luján Opposes Bill That Deletes Nutrition Programs

on July 13, 2013 - 8:08am

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 a Republican Farm Bill that stripped out provisions to fund nutrition programs under the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.

"Last month, House Republicans brought a Farm Bill up for a vote that slashed $20 billion from food assistance programs that help families and their children from going hungry when they fall on hard times,” Luján said.

“Today, House Republicans went one step further by bringing


Importance of Science Education to National Security will be Los Alamos Director's Topic at TEDxABQ

on July 12, 2013 - 11:31am

Charles McMillan

Importance of Science Education to National Security will be Los Alamos Director's Topic at TEDxABQ 

  • Physicist Charles McMillan to provide unique perspective 

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan will be one of 17 speakers at this year's TEDxABQ, event organizers announced this week. TEDxABQ, scheduled for Saturday, September 7 at Popejoy Hall, is an independently organized event in Albuquerque affiliated with the popular TED Talks series.

McMillan will discuss the linkage between early education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

Luján and Lujan Grisham Highlight Importance of LDRD Program at National Labs

on July 12, 2013 - 8:09am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - New Mexico Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham spoke on the House floor last night on the importance of the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program at the national laboratories. 

The members engaged in a colloquy with Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) and Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) to highlight the need to work together to prevent cuts to this program that supports research and development at the labs.

Click here to watch their remarks.

$2.2 Million to Increase NM’s Health Insurance Enrollment

on July 11, 2013 - 8:18am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced Wednesday that 15 community health centers across New Mexico will receive more than $2.2 million in grants to help enroll uninsured individuals into new affordable health coverage options that will go into effect Oct. 1.

Approximately 20 percent of New Mexico residents are uninsured.

The awards are issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration, within the U.S.

TODAY: Udall to Speak on the Floor About Keeping Student Loans Affordable

on July 10, 2013 - 10:21am
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico will deliver remarks on the Senate floor about the need to find a comprehensive solution to keep loans affordable for college students in New Mexico and across the country.
The Senate is voting today on the Keep Student Loans Affordable Act of 2013. On July 1, because of Senate inaction, a temporary measure to keep interest rates low expired. As a result, the interest rates on new federal Stafford loans doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.
Udall is a cosponsor of the Keep Student Loans

Three Hundred Million Reasons to Federate Identity: An IRS Case Study

on July 10, 2013 - 7:24am


  • Study indicates IRS net savings up to $305 million annually by adopting an improved identity management system. By adopting an NSTIC-aligned solution, the IRS could save up to $111 million up-front and $19 million annually relative to deploying a proprietary system.

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) envisions an “Identity Ecosystem” in which organizations and individuals may leverage trusted identities for access to services on the Internet.

Vernon Kerr Briefs Council on Boys and Girls State

on July 9, 2013 - 7:12pm

Longtime Los Alamos resident Vernon Kerr briefs members of the County Council on recent Boys and Girls State activities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Udall Announces $1 Million to Expand NM Children's Health Insurance

on July 7, 2013 - 7:05am

Sen. Tom Udall

ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has announced that the New Mexico Human Services Department is receiving $1 million in federal grant money to expand health insurance for children in New Mexico through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP.)

The funding comes from the Affordable Care Act and will be used to to increase the number of children eligible, but not yet enrolled in, Medicaid and CHIP, and to keep them covered for as long as they qualify.

Photographer Remembers the 19 Fallen Firefighters

on July 6, 2013 - 12:47pm

Several members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots discuss the fire behavior of a night burnout operation on the Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera


Photographer Remembers the 19 Fallen Firefighters
By KRISTEN HONIG, Valles Caldera  

Like many of you, I was in complete shock after hearing initial reports of 19 fatalities on a fire in Arizona last Sunday.

After a little investigating, I realized the fire was near Prescott, home base of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and that they were assigned to the fire. My heart sank.

Bandelier Hosts 4th of July Naturalization Ceremony for 15 New Citizens

on July 6, 2013 - 12:17pm
Candidates taking citizenship oath July 4 at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS
The Naranjo Family Dancers perform the Butterfly Dance. Courtesy/NPS


Under the auspices of Chief United States District Judge M. Christina Armijo, and in the spectacular scenery of Frijoles Canyon, 15 new citizens took their oath on the Fourth of July.  

Included were candidates from Australia, Canada, Eduador, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom. 

In his keynote speech, Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott told them: "America is the land of opportunity,

Visit New Mexico's Only Boy Scout Museum

on July 6, 2013 - 9:25am

Boy Scout flags hang from the ceiling in the Boy Scout Museum in Raton. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society has scheduled a trip Saturday, July 13 to Raton to visit New Mexico’s only Boy Scout Museum.

It is one of only 26 such museums in the United States and privately owned by Dennis and Susan Downing. The museum has been in existence for 20 some years, or about one half the scouting experience time of Dennis Downing─40 years in scouting.

Any person who desires to accompany Society members on this trip can meet at 7:30 a.m.

Fifteen Firefighters Monitor Thompson Ridge Fire

on July 6, 2013 - 9:13am

Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire News:

Continued minimal fire behavior at the Thompson Ridge Fire has led to a reduction in the original 47 person Type IV team charged with monitoring the perimeter.

Since fire officials declared 100 percent containment Monday July 1, there has been neither new fire growth nor smoke within 500 feet of the perimeter.

Minimal fire behavior observed during the last week is expected to continue and will be monitored by a team of 15 firefighters until the fire is fully suppressed.

IRS: Tax Tips for Newlyweds

on July 6, 2013 - 7:05am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - Late spring and early summer are popular times for weddings. Whatever the season, a change in your marital status can affect your taxes.

Here are several tips from the IRS for newlyweds.

  •  It’s important that the names and Social Security numbers that you put on your tax return match your Social Security Administration records. If you’ve changed your name, report the change to the SSA. To do that, file Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. You can get this form on their website at, by calling 800-772-1213 or by visiting your local SSA office.
  • If your

Bradbury Ranks No. 5 on Mensa Top Ten Museums List

on July 5, 2013 - 8:13am

Mensa Top Ten: Bradbury Science Museum Ranks 5

The top 10 list of America's best science museums selected by Mensa members:

1. National Air and Space Museum (Washington, D.C.)

2. Academy of Natural Science Museum of Drexel University (Philadelphia)

3.Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago)

4. California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco)

5. Bradbury Science Museum (Los Alamos, N.M.)

6. Arkansas Museum of Discovery (Little Rock, Ark.)

7. California Science Center (Los Angeles)

8. Exploratorium (San Francisco)

9. Museum of Science (Boston)

10. Center of Science and Industry (Columbus, Ohio)


Happy Birthday America!

on July 4, 2013 - 8:22am

The Liberty Bell: According to tradition, the Liberty Bell, which was used to mark important occasions, was rung on July 4, 1776, to summon the people of Philadelphia for a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Photo by Bob Krist/Corbis

Staff Report:

Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4 has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83.)

In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle