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Udall, Energy Secretary Discuss Technology Transfer and Economic Development Aug. 11

on August 8, 2014 - 10:10am


ALBUQUERQUE - Monday, Aug. 11, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will visit HT Micro in Albuquerque, a business that exemplifies the successful transfer of technology from New Mexico's national labs into the marketplace.
HT Micro is a leading manufacturer of ultra miniature switches, sensors and precision components. Udall and Moniz will tour the company's facility, and meet with its founder, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Todd Christenson to discuss the importance of technology transfer and economic development in New Mexico. 

Two Sandia Researchers Win Nation’s Most Prestigious 'Early Career' Awards

on August 8, 2014 - 7:29am

Recipients of the PECASE. Courtesy/

SNL News:

Of eight DOE researchers selected to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), two were researchers at Sandia National Laboratories.

The awards, presented at a White House ceremony in mid-December, are the U.S. government’s most prestigious commendation for scientists and engineers at early stages in their career. PECASE winners — this year, there were 67 — receive up to five years of funding from their agency to advance their research.

Sandia researchers Wei Pan and Bert Debusschere were

A Measure of Worth?

on August 6, 2014 - 9:41am
Pajarito Lactation  

True confession. I fed my babies formula - at least for a little while.

There. It's out in the open. And guess what? I feel no shame. 

It's World Breastfeeding Week and the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force, Los Alamos Chapter, is highlighting community support for breastfeeding. However, sometimes highlighting an issue can trigger strong emotions.  

World Breastfeeding Week, including the Ban the Bags campaign, is meant to protect and promote breastfeeding as a healthy choice for mom and baby.

DOE Secretary Visits WIPP Aug. 12

on August 6, 2014 - 8:18am
Sec. Moniz. Courtesy/
Energy Sec. Ernest Moniz will host several meetings on the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) and visit the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad this month.
Friday, Aug. 8, Moniz will join other federal and local officials, including Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx for two public meetings to receive public input on the QER, an administration-wide effort to make recommendations regarding key infrastructure needed for transmission, storage and distribution of energy.
In Chicago, the discussion will focus on rail, truck and barge

USDA Increasing Investment Opportunities In Rural America For Private Entities

on August 6, 2014 - 8:11am

USDA News:

Recently the White House Rural Council, chaired by the United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, announced the creation of a new U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund to allow private entities to invest in rural infrastructure projects across the nation. 

Ten billion dollars have been pledged to start the Fund and it expects to grow with additional funds. Co Bank, a national cooperative bank serving rural America, is the anchor investor and Capital Peak Asset Management will manage the new fund.

With assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture

Luján: House GOP Wants to Weaken Protections for Kids Fleeing Human Trafficking & Go After DREAMers

on August 5, 2014 - 9:15am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District and first vice chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) joined members of the House Democratic Leadership and CHC at a press conference in the Capitol. 

Luján discussed House Republicans' attempts to weaken human trafficking laws and DREAMer protections as part of legislation addressing the humanitarian crisis at the border.  Below are his remarks. 

"Yesterday we saw a House Republican conference that was in disarray because Ted Cruz and a sizable number of their members were not

WIC: More Than Milk And Cheese

on August 5, 2014 - 9:04am
Santa Fe WIC Supervisor
Los Alamos Breastfeeding Taskforce Member

WIC is an acronym visible throughout America including the aisles of the new Smith’s Marketplace, however it is an acronym that tends to be underestimated or thought of as the milk and cheese program. 

WIC is far more than milk and cheese, and as we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week it is important to recognize the contributions the WIC program has made over the years and continues to make every day to breastfeeding women throughout America, New Mexico and Los Alamos County. 

Formally established

Senators: WIPP's Missed Inspections 'Unacceptable'

on August 5, 2014 - 8:47am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Monday that the Department of Labor has responded to their March request for an explanation detailing why the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) failed to conduct legally required regular safety inspections at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

The senators asked for the information after an investigation into a February truck fire at WIPP revealed that MSHA had done only two inspections during the three years before the accident.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


Sen. Al Franken Attends Democratic Campaign Headquarters Opening Event in Santa Fe Saturday

on August 4, 2014 - 9:52am
Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos introduces Sen. Tom Udall to a crowd of several hundred at Saturday's opening of the Democratic Campaign Headquarters in Santa Fe.
Photo by Brad Storey
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., addresses the crowd at the opening of Democratic Campaign Headquarters office Saturday in Santa Fe office. Photo by Brad Storey

Sen. Tom Udall speaks to the crowd at Saturday's event in Santa Fe. Photo by Brad Storey

Sen. Al Franken with Public Education Commission candidate Karyl Ann Armbruster of Los Alamos at the opening of  the Democratic Headquarters Saturday

Heinrich on CIA's Redactions in Interrogation Study

on August 4, 2014 - 9:11am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the CIA's redactions to the executive summary of the Committee's study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program.

"I was disappointed to learn of the CIA's extensive use of redactions on the Committee's executive summary. Redactions are supposed to remove names or anything that could compromise sources and methods, not to undermine the source material so that it is impossible to understand.

Heinrich Votes to Reform VA System

on August 4, 2014 - 8:23am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. released the following statement Thursday after voting to pass the Conference Report for the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act.

The proposal, cosponsored by Heinrich, will improve veterans' access to health care services and address serious systemic problems facing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

"I'm pleased we were able to work together and pass a bipartisan compromise that addresses the chronic mismanagement and systemic problems facing VA facilities

Anti-Nuke Group Gathers To Remember Hiroshima

on August 3, 2014 - 9:02am

Father John Dear of Santa Fe Pax Christi speaks to the group of about 40 people gathered at Ashley Pond Saturday to remember Hiroshima. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Father John Dear and members of Pax Christi spent 30 minutes sitting in silence Saturday on the grass at Ashley Pond Park in remembrance of the Aug. 6 atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 69 years ago.

“We gathered to remember Hiroshima and to repent for the sins of nuclear weapons and beg

LAMC 'Bans the Bag' in Support of Breastfeeding

on August 3, 2014 - 8:40am
Northern New Mexico Women's Health, Obstetrical Nurse

In support of breastfeeding the nursing staff at Los Alamos Medical Center’s (LAMC) Women’s Health and Childbirth Center no longer distribute formula company diaper bags as discharge gifts to new families.

Numerous studies over the last 20 years demonstrate that distribution of free diaper discharge bags, gifted to hospitals at no cost by formula companies, decrease exclusive breastfeeding rates.

Heinrich: It's Irresponsible To Believe Refugee Crisis Will Fix Itself

on August 3, 2014 - 8:15am

Sen. Martin Heinrich



 U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a leading voice in addressing the current Central American refugee crisis on the southern border and staunch advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, voted Thursday in favor of S.2648, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act.


The bill failed on a procedural vote that would have allowed it to get a final up or down vote. 

"Inaction is not a viable solution to this incredibly serious problem. It is absolutely irresponsible to believe that this humanitarian crisis will somehow fix itself.

Udall: VA Reform Bill Improves NM Veterans Care

on August 3, 2014 - 8:08am

Sen. Tom Udall


U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the Senate Thursday in approving a bipartisan measure to reform veterans' care and begin to restore accountability and transparency at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in New Mexico and across the country.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill, which passed by a vote of 91-3, earlier this week. It now goes to the president, who is expected to sign it into law. 

The bill will address barriers that have led to long wait times for doctors' appointments by allowing veterans to get care outside the VA system if

NIST: Hazard Lurks Beneath Many Gas Stations

on August 2, 2014 - 8:01am

Optical micrographs of severe corrosion on steel alloy samples exposed to ethanol and acetic acid vapors - conditions typical of underground gas storage tanks - after 355 hours, 643 hours and 932 hours. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

A hidden hazard lurks beneath many of the roughly 156,000 gas stations across the United States.

The hazard is corrosion in parts of underground gas storage tanks—corrosion that could result in failures, leaks and contamination of groundwater, a source of drinking water.

Heinrich On Failure To Pass Bill To Protect Jobs

on August 2, 2014 - 7:53am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. released the following statement Wednesday after S. 2569, the Bring Jobs Home Act, failed to overcome a procedural hurdle that requires 60 votes, with a vote of 54 to 42.

 The bill, supported by Heinrich, would protect and promote U.S. job growth by ending a tax incentive for moving jobs overseas and creating a new tax incentive for bringing jobs back to the U.S.

"We shouldn't reward companies that ship jobs overseas with special tax breaks. To most people, that's just common sense.

Heinrich on Confirmed CIA Spying on Senate Panel

on August 1, 2014 - 11:20am

CIA Director John Brennan apologized today for the actions of some agents. Courtesy/


"The Senate Intelligence Committee oversees the CIA, not the other way around." U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S.

Los Alamos Laser Selected For 2020 Mars Mission

on August 1, 2014 - 9:41am


LANL News:

  • New ‘SuperCam’ instrument adds capabilities to successful ChemCam

NASA announced Thursday that laser technology originally developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been selected for its new Mars mission in 2020.

“We are extremely excited to be going to Mars again,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory planetary scientist Roger Wiens, Principal Investigator of the newly selected SuperCam team and current principal investigator of the Curiosity Rover’s ChemCam Team.

Energy Department Conditionally Authorizes Oregon LNG to Export Liquefied Natural Gas

on August 1, 2014 - 9:25am

DOE News:

The Energy Department announced Thursday that it has conditionally authorized LNG Development Co., LLC (Oregon LNG) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, from the Oregon LNG Terminal in Warrenton, Ore.

The Oregon LNG application was next in the order of precedence and review of the application was initiated before the Department issued the recent proposed procedural change. Subject to environmental review and final regulatory approval, the facility is conditionally authorized

Heinrich Calls For Action: Central American Refugee Crisis, Broken Immigration System

on August 1, 2014 - 9:22am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., delivered remarks on the Senate Floor Wednesday calling for action on the current Central American Refugee Crisis and the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill that passed more than a year ago.

In his speech, Heinrich emphasized the need to pass the Senate's Emergency Supplemental Funding Bill, a proposal introduced by Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., that includes $2.73 billion to help stem the current Central American refugee crisis.

Heinrich also called for action on the Senate's

USDA Extends Deadline for Livestock, Honeybees, Farm-Raised Fish Program Emergency Assistance

on August 1, 2014 - 9:07am

USDA News:

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15.

Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1.

 The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires or colony collapse disorder between Oct. 1, 2011 and Sept.


Luján on House Republicans Suing President Obama

on July 31, 2014 - 11:21am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Ben Ray Luján D-N.M. released the following statement after House Republicans moved forward with legislation supporting a lawsuit against the President rather than addressing critical issues facing the country.

"Today House Republicans hit a new low with their frivolous lawsuit against President Obama.

Udall Disappointed in Filibuster of Bill to Protect New Mexico Jobs

on July 31, 2014 - 9:58am

Sen. Tom Udall


U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after Republicans blocked the Bring Jobs Home Act, which he supported to protect and create jobs in New Mexico and across the nation by offering incentives for companies that insource jobs and eliminating a tax loophole that benefits companies moving offshore: 

"Today, we had an opportunity to do right by workers in New Mexico and across the country by moving forward on legislation to help build up communities and create jobs right here at home.

DOE Shares Steps For Modernizing Natural Gas Infrastructure

on July 31, 2014 - 9:48am

DOE News:

Building on the President’s Climate Action Plan, the White House and the Department of Energy hosted the fifth in a series of meetings on reducing methane emissions from natural gas systems.

Following the meeting, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced several new initiatives as DOE’s part of the larger Administration Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.

“By expanding our discussions through these methane roundtables, we have heard from several different groups about the benefits to finding workable solutions to the problem of methane leakage,” Secretary Moniz said.