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Udall Announces $2 Million Grant For New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services

on September 2, 2014 - 2:46pm
U.S. SENATE News:

New pilot program seeks to improve veterans’ access to health care and benefits in rural and underserved communities

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services has been selected to participate in a new pilot program to help better serve rural veterans.

The department will receive $2 million in federal grants to increase access to health care and benefits for veterans and their families living in rural and underserved New Mexico communities. The N.M.

Labor Day Celebrates Union Movement Achievements

on September 1, 2014 - 11:06am
First labor Day Parade in New York City in 1882. Courtesy/wikipedia.org

Staff Report

Today is Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, which originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters.

In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living.

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AHF: A Secrecy Sieve

on August 31, 2014 - 11:29am

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AHF News:

 

In 1944, General Leslie Groves commissioned a history of the Manhattan Project. The Department of Energy has just released the 36-volume, declassified history. There are many interesting stories in the texts, from the science to counterespionage programs. Science blog io9 did a story on the "Manhattan District History," focusing on the security leaks investigated during the project.


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"Since September 1943, investigations were conducted of more than 1,500 'loose talk' or leakage of information cases and corrective action was taken in more than

Explosive Interest In WGN's 'Manhattan'

on August 30, 2014 - 9:19am

Scene from WGN's television show 'Manhattan.' Courtesy/wgnamerica

AHF News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The WGN America television show “Manhattan” has galvanized the interest of millions of viewers. Shown on Sunday nights, national audiences are riveted by the dramatic tension between rival groups of scientists and the omnipresent security police in Los Alamos in 1943.

“Manhattan” follows the scientists as they confront the challenges of making a workable atomic bomb while dealing with an intrusive military force, intense rivalries, and strained marital relations where couples can no longer

Los Alamos Photographer Phillip Noll's Work Displayed At Smithsonian Beginning Sept. 3

on August 29, 2014 - 12:37pm
Phillip Noll's photograph of Mt Sneffels goes on display at the Smithsonian Sept. 3. Courtesy/Phillip Noll
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

So far this year, 4.9 million people have walked through the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. While this massive number has viewed flora and fauna from all over the world, starting in September, the crowds will see Los Alamos represented on the museum’s walls.

Phillip Noll during a photo shoot. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Photographer Phillip Noll of Raven Images earned honorable mention in the Wilderness50 photography contest.

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Senators Visit Sandia to Discuss Tech Transfer

on August 28, 2014 - 7:45am

Senators Tom Udall and Richard Durbin meet with scientists at Sandia National Laborator. Courtesy/Office of Sen. Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Tuesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. visited Sandia National Laboratories with fellow Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois to discuss ways to support New Mexico's national labs and promote technology transfer to create new well-paying jobs.

Udall welcomed Durbin, who chairs the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, to receive an update on Sandia's work on the B61 Life Extension Project.  

Udall has fought to maintain adequate funding for this and

Yellowstone Supereruption Would Send Ash Across North America

on August 27, 2014 - 10:34am
An aerial flight over Yellowstone’s Midway Geyser Basin in 2004 shows Grand Prismatic Spring and Excelsior Geyser Crater, which drain into the nearby Firehole River. Courtesy/USGS
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the unlikely event of a volcanic supereruption at Yellowstone National Park, the northern Rocky Mountains would be blanketed in meters of ash, and millimeters would be deposited as far away as New York City, Los Angeles and Miami, according to a new study.
 
An improved computer model developed by the study’s authors finds that the hypothetical, large eruption would create a

Today is Women’s Equality Day

on August 26, 2014 - 9:21am

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Women’s Equality Day

By JUDY PRONO
AAUW Los Alamos

Today is Women’s Equality Day. This day marks the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote 94 years ago.

Thousands of women and their allies worked for decades to make that day in 1920 possible. It took years of lobbying and demonstrations, passing out pamphlet after pamphlet, publishing editorials and giving speeches to make it happen.

The right to vote was a great step in women gaining equality—many of today’s elected leaders are sticking up for women and their rights because

JILA Team Finds First Direct Evidence Of 'Spin Symmetry' In Atoms

on August 25, 2014 - 11:10am

Illustration of symmetry in the magnetic properties—or nuclear spins—of strontium atoms. JILA researchers observed that if two atoms have the same nuclear spin state (top), they interact weakly, and the interaction strength does not depend on which of the 10 possible nuclear spin states are involved. If the atoms have different nuclear spin states (bottom), they interact much more strongly, and, again, always with the same strength. Image by Ye and Rey groups and Steve Burrows/JILA

NIST News:

Just as diamonds with perfect symmetry may be unusually brilliant jewels, the quantum world has a

Highway Use Tax Return Due Sept. 2 for Most Truckers

on August 24, 2014 - 10:07am

Tax due for 18 wheelers. Courtesy/txdps.state.tx.us

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service reminds truckers and other owners of heavy highway vehicles that in most cases, their next federal highway use tax return is due Tuesday, Sept. 2.

This year’s Sept. 2 due date, pushed back two days because the normal Aug. 31 deadline falls on a Sunday, generally applies to Form 2290 and the accompanying tax payment for the tax year that begins on July 1, 2014, and ends on June 30, 2015.

Returns must be filed and tax payments made by Sept. 2 for vehicles used on the road during July.

DOE Dedicates New National Security Campus

on August 24, 2014 - 9:24am

National Security Campus in Kansas City. Courtesy/NNSA

DOE News:

  • New Facilities Are Part of NNSA's Effort to Transform Cold War Era Infrastructure into a 21st Century Nuclear Security Enterprise

KANSAS CITY – Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz was joined by the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz, United States Air Force (Ret), U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver II and Vicky Hartzler, and other local officials Friday to officially dedicate the new National Security Campus in Kansas City.

As the manufacturer of non-nuclear components

Udall Staff Host Military Service Academy Information Session Tuesday In Albuquerque

on August 24, 2014 - 9:06am
The United States Corps of Cadets assembled on the Plain, Aug. 16, for the Acceptance Day Parade to officially welcome the Class of 2018 into the Long Gray Line. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Bunkley/USMA Public Affairs
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE - Staff for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will host an information session Tuesday in Albuquerque at the University of New Mexico Student Union Building for high school students and recent graduates interested in applying to the U.S. military service academies.
 
Udall is accepting applications for nominations to the academies.

WIPP: Samples Taken From Materials Surrounding Suspected Waste Drum In Underground Facility

on August 23, 2014 - 11:10am

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WIPP News:

Workers entered the underground facility to collect additional samples Aug. 15, in support of the Accident Investigation Board’s (AIB) ongoing investigation into the cause of the February radiological event at WIPP.

The AIB requested additional samples of the materials surrounding the waste drum that is the suspected source of the radiological release in Room 7 of Panel 7. The samples will be sent to offsite laboratories for analysis in an effort to further evaluate what types of material were released from the drum at the time of the event.

Another key component of

Entire Manhattan Project History Declassified And Online

on August 23, 2014 - 10:55am

Cover of Manhattan District History - Book 1, Volume 1. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

General Leslie Groves, head of the Manhattan Engineer District, in late 1944 commissioned a multi-volume history of the Manhattan Project called the Manhattan District History.

Prepared by multiple authors under the general editorship of Gavin Hadden, a longtime civil employee of the Army Corps of Engineers, the classified history was "intended to describe, in simple terms, easily understood by the average reader, just what the Manhattan District did, and how, when, and where."

The Office of Classification and

Udall Seeks To Protect Service Members From Abusive Loan Contracts

on August 23, 2014 - 4:58am

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U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTONThursday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. announced that he and several colleagues sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, urging them to close a loophole in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) that leaves service members vulnerable to abusive loan contracts.

The letter follows a ProPublica report on USA Discounters, a business that appears to be using an FDCPA loophole to sue thousands of service members in a venue where they often

DEA Publishing Final Rule Rescheduling Hydrocodone Combination Products

on August 22, 2014 - 9:02am

DEA News:

U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will publish in the Federal Register the Final Rule moving hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Schedule III to the more-restrictive Schedule II, as recommended by the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and as supported by the DEA’s own evaluation of relevant data Aug. 22.

The Federal Register has made the Final Rule available for preview on its website at http://go.usa.gov/mc8d. This Final Rule imposes the regulatory controls and sanctions applicable to Schedule II

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Worker Sentenced for Violating Atomic Energy Act Violations

on August 21, 2014 - 11:35am

Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni and Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni. Courtesy photo

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—The Justice Department today announced that a former contract employee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) was sentenced this morning for conspiring to violate the Atomic Energy Act by communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person believed to be a Venezuelan government official, and making false statements to the FBI.

Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 71, of Los Alamos was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William P.

Energy Department Invests $67 Million to Advance Nuclear Technology

on August 20, 2014 - 11:30am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON – Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s efforts to expand clean energy innovation, the Energy Department announced today nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards.

Eighty-three projects were selected from across the country based on their potential to create scientific breakthroughs that both help strengthen the nation’s energy security and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

“The Department’s support for cutting-edge nuclear science and engineering across our universities, national

WIPP Modifies Underground Entry Requirements

on August 20, 2014 - 10:08am

WIPP News:

Entries into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground facility are becoming more frequent, a sign that recovery efforts are progressing.

Recently, radiological control personnel began conducting the surveys and sampling necessary to reclassify areas in the underground facility from areas of potential airborne contamination to radiological buffer areas. A buffer area is an uncontaminated area immediately adjacent to the contaminated area and is usually located at the exit or entrance point of the contamination zone.

The initial areas being surveyed, sampled and

U.S. Ranks Second in Installed Capacity in the World in Wind Energy

on August 18, 2014 - 9:00am

DOE News:

The U.S. continues to be a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world, according to two reports released by the Department of Energy.

Wind power is a key component of the nation’s all-of-the-above strategy to reduce carbon pollution, diversify our energy economy, and bring innovative technologies on line. With increasing wind energy generation and decreasing prices of wind energy technologies, the U.S. wind energy market remains strong and the U.S.

Video: DOE Secretary at Special WIPP Town Hall Meeting

on August 17, 2014 - 11:48am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce and New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn visited Carlsbad earlier this week, participating in a town hall meeting and an all-employee meeting at the WIPP site. They also toured the above ground portions of the WIPP facility. Photos and a link to a video of the town hall meeting can be viewed at http://www.wipp.energy.gov/wipprecovery/photo_video.html. PrintScreen photo/WIPP video

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DOE Secretary Addresses Employees At WIPP

on August 13, 2014 - 10:12am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz addresses employees Tuesday at WIPP. Also on hand were DOE Deputy Under Secretary David M. Klaus for Management and Performance, second from left, and U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

This week, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visited Carlsbad to tour the site and see firsthand the recovery efforts underway at the WIPP facility. In addition to meeting with local officials, Moniz spoke to area residents about WIPP recovery efforts at a town hall meeting, which also included Sen. Tom Udall, Sen.

Udall, Heinrich Host Energy Secretary at WIPP

on August 12, 2014 - 4:31pm

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich host Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at WIPP. Courtesy photo
CARLSBAD - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for an "all hands" employee meeting and surface tour of the site. Moniz and the senators also attended a townhall with Carlsbad residents on Monday evening.
 
WIPP operations have been halted since the radiation release at WIPP earlier this year. Following the release, Udall, Heinrich and U.S. Rep.

NM Congressional Delegation Calls For Increased Oversight of State's Human Services Department; Greater Access To Behavioral Health Services

on August 12, 2014 - 7:51am

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham wrote a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell requesting increased oversight of New Mexico Human Services Department to ensure New Mexicans in greatest need of behavioral health services are able to access care. 

In 2013, HSD suspended Medicaid payments to 15 nonprofit behavioral health providers due to so-called "credible allegations of fraud." This led to the closure and

American Actor/Comedian Robin Williams Has Died

on August 12, 2014 - 6:28am

Robin Williams 1951-2014. Courtesy/robinwilliams.com

Staff Report:

Actor and comedian Robin Williams died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63 and according to authorities, had been battling severe depression for some time.

Williams rose to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy. He went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting and earned an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Good Will Hunting.

Born: July 21, 1951, Chicago, IL

Died: Aug. 11, 2014, Tiburon, Calif.

Children: Zelda Rae Williams,

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