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DOE Invests $17 Million in Small Businesses

on March 21, 2014 - 7:45am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to continue U.S. leadership in clean energy innovation, the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has awarded $17 million in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects to help small businesses in 13 states develop prototype technologies that could improve manufacturing energy efficiency, reduce the cost of installing clean energy projects, and generate electricity from renewable energy sources. 

These projects will include technologies such as wind turbine blades that

VA Pressed on Delay of Open Air Burn Pit Registry

on March 20, 2014 - 7:30am

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric K. Shinseki Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittee and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, pressed the VA for answers regarding its failure to diligently and expeditiously implement the Open Air Burn Pit Registry as mandated under Section 201 of PL 112-260, which Udall and Corker coauthored and introduced in 2011. 

“As you know from previous

Los Alamos American Legion Riders Escort 'The Wall That Heals' to Santa Fe

on March 20, 2014 - 7:23am
Members of the Los Alamos Chapter of the American Legion Riders joined the New Mexico Patriot Guard in escorting 'The Wall That Heals' Tuesday from west of Albuquerque to Ft. Marcy Park in Santa Fe where it will be on display this week. Los Alamos American Legion Riders from left, Jim Hay, Fred Humphry, Ron Shuttles, Ken Nadeau, Dave Bullock and Chris Larribas. Photo by Los Alamos Rider Randi Moore
 
Staff Report

SANTA FE—A half-size replica of the National Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., is now in Santa Fe for a six-day stop. The Wall That Heals arrived Tuesday Ft.

Heinrich Co-signs Letter to Protect LGBT Workers

on March 20, 2014 - 7:18am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. co-signed a letter Wednesday calling on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The letter was led by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and is signed by more than 175 members of Congress.

"[We] urge you to fulfill the promise in your State of the Union address to make this a 'year of action' and

Deep Energy Retrofits Make 50 Percent Energy Savings Possible

on March 19, 2014 - 10:57am
By RACHEL CLUETT
Research Analyst, ACEEE

The need for innovative ways to reduce residential energy use is growing. States are setting increasingly aggressive energy savings targets for utilities and program administrators, as well as longer-term energy reduction goals that call for even greater savings.

In California, for example, their goal calls for a 40 percent reduction in existing homes’ energy use by 2020. While this is an ambitious goal, considering that savings from the highest-performing residential retrofit programs top out at about 30 percent, it is increasingly feasible.

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Heinrich: I Support Sen. Feinstein's Effort to Set the Record Straight on CIA Misconduct

on March 19, 2014 - 7:35am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. responded to a floor statement made last week by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, chair of the Select Committee on Intelligence, on Congress's oversight of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA):

"I thank and recognize Chairman Feinstein for her efforts to set the factual record straight regarding the deeply disturbing events and indefensible judgment exhibited by the CIA with respect to the Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program.

New Airborne GPS Technology For Weather Conditions Takes Flight

on March 17, 2014 - 10:44am

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego geophysicist Jennifer Haase is seated at the controls of GISMOS, a 205-pound GPS atmospheric measurement system, testing the equipment prior to flights during a 2010 campaign. The equipment is installed in the cabin of a reconfigured Gulfstream V business jet. Courtesy/Scripps Institution of Oceanography

AGU News:

LA JOLLA – GPS technology has broadly advanced science and society’s ability to pinpoint locations and motion, from driving directions to tracking ground motions during earthquakes.

Udall Introduces Tech Transfer Legislation

on March 15, 2014 - 7:29am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall introduced legislation to improve the Department of Energy’s (DOE) technology transfer process and help innovators turn research into marketable products and businesses. 

Udall’s Accelerating Technology Transfer to Advance Innovation for the Nation (ATTAIN) Act would help New Mexico entrepreneurs create jobs and revolutionary products. The changes it proposes are critical to helping leverage research at the state’s two DOE labs and develop high-tech private sector businesses. 

Udall discussed the importance of the bill

Internships Target Migrant/Seasonal Farmworking Students

on March 14, 2014 - 7:31am

NMSHSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Five migrant/seasonal farmworker college students will be selected to live and work in Washington, D.C. for an intensive eight week internship and professional mentoring program. The goal is to provide life altering experiences and networks to help students make the intellectual, cognitive, and emotional transition from agricultural life to that of a professional. 

Instead of youth working in the fields harvesting fruits or vegetables in the sweltering summer heat, they will live with host families, be placed in positions from the Department of Agriculture or

2015 Budget Proposal Makes Critical Investments in All-Of-The-Above Energy Strategy and Nat'l. Security

on March 11, 2014 - 7:20am

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz detailed President Barack Obama’s $27.9 billion Fiscal Year 2015 budget request for the Energy Department. Secretary Moniz emphasized the President’s continued commitment to a low-carbon future, improved energy infrastructure resilience, U.S. science and technology leadership and stronger national security.

This budget request represents a 2.6 percent increase above the FY 2014 enacted level, reflecting the importance of the Department’s core focus areas:

  • Energy and Science;
  • Nuclear Security and

Heinrich To Participate In 'All-Nighter' To Urge Action On Climate Change

on March 10, 2014 - 3:58pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Immediately following votes tonight until approximately 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, March 11, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. will join senators from the Senate Climate Action Task Force on the Senate floor to urge action on climate change. A significant number of senators are expected to participate throughout the night. 

"Tonight we will illustrate that climate change is not theoretical and cannot be ignored. We will discuss how sound science can be used to better understand and manage climate impacts.

NCRTD Sees 5.8 Percent Ridership Hike in 2013

on March 10, 2014 - 9:29am

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has seen a 5.8 percent increase in annual bus transit ridership in 2013 over 2012. A record total of 201,368 riders used the service in 2013 over a total of 190,186 passengers in 2012. 

Among the factors contributing to the increase are greater awareness and acceptance of public transit overall in the predominantly rural region where public transit options are a relatively recent phenomenon.

Daylight Saving Time Begins Today

on March 9, 2014 - 9:37am

Staff Report:

Daylight Saving Time began at 2 a.m. today. Springing forward may seem simple enough, but daylight saving’s history has actually been quite complex—and misconceptions about it persist today. While preparing to reset clocks, watches, alarms and microwaves, explore eight facts about daylight saving time:

  • It’s “daylight saving time,” not “daylight savings time.” Many people render the term’s second word in its plural form. However, since the word “saving” acts as part of an adjective rather than a verb, the singular is grammatically correct.
  • Though in favor of maximizing
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American Legion Post 90 Honors WWII/Korea Veteran Wendell Armour of Los Alamos

on March 8, 2014 - 9:10am

From left, Wendell Armour is honored with an American flag by American Legion Post 90 members Mark Hamilton, Ken Nadeau and Ed Miller. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Wendell Armour rides his scooter. Photo by Christine Bullock

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Members of the Los Alamos American Legion Post 90 presented an American flag to Wendell Armour Thursday in appreciation of his service in WWII and Korea.

Armour is one of the most decorated veterans in Los Alamos. He received Purple Hearts, Bronze and Silver Stars and several other awards including the Combat Infantry Badge.

Wendell is 92 and

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Press Energy Secretary Moniz on Next Steps for WIPP

on March 7, 2014 - 6:58am

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce met Thursday with Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to discuss the agency’s ongoing response to the incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.

The lawmakers together reiterated the message that it is critical for the DOE to be as open and responsive to the Carlsbad community, where residents understandably are concerned about health and safety in the wake of the accident.

'The Wall That Heals' Vietnam Memorial Wall Replica Spending Six Days in Santa Fe

on March 5, 2014 - 12:52pm

One panel of 'The Wall', displaying some of the names of fallen U.S. service members from the Vietnam War. Courtesy/wikipedia

NMDVS News:

SANTA FE—A half-size replica of the National Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., is traveling to Santa Fe for a six-day stop. The Wall That Heals is scheduled to arrive at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at Ft. Marcy Park.

The 18-wheel truck carrying the Wall will be escorted by motorcycle-riding members of the American Legion Riders Post 26 and the Patriot Guard Riders on the Wall’s last leg of its arrival into the city.

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Heinrich: Senate Intelligence Committee Oversees The CIA, Not The Other Way Around

on March 5, 2014 - 11:43am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today released the following statement on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and its congressional oversight:

“The Senate Intelligence Committee oversees the CIA, not the other way around. Since I joined the Committee, the CIA has refused to engage in good faith on the Committee’s study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program.

NNSA: FY2015 Budget Request - Preserving President Obama’s Nuclear Security Vision

on March 5, 2014 - 11:13am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The President’s FY2015 Budget Request for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), delivered to Congress Tuesday, includes $11.7 billion to support NNSA’s continued efforts to keep the American people safe by modernizing the U.S. nuclear stockpile, executing an aggressive international nuclear nonproliferation agenda and supporting U.S. Navy requirements.

“NNSA’s budget reaffirms the President’s commitment to nuclear security and nonproliferation.

Udall: President’s Budget Proposal Good News For New Mexicans Overall

on March 5, 2014 - 10:10am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement about the President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request:

“The president’s budget is a statement of the administration’s priorities for the year to come, and overall, it contains good news for New Mexicans. It continues to roll back the devastating sequestration cuts that risked jobs and threatened our state’s economy.

Senators: Assess Risk; Deploy Mobile Monitors to WIPP

on February 28, 2014 - 7:46am

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad. Courtesy/wikipedia

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy Thursday asking her to provide public health analysis and deploy mobile environmental monitoring units to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

The mobile monitors would conduct independent tests and help respond to questions that have arisen from the community about safety following the Feb. 14 radiation leak at WIPP.

“The health and safety of the

Heinrich Votes to Advance Veterans Benefits Package

on February 26, 2014 - 7:37am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tuesday, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. voted to advance an omnibus veterans bill that includes key provisions he fought for on behalf of veterans and military families across New Mexico.

S.1982, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act, introduced by the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Senator Bernie Sanders, and cosponsored by Heinrich, passed by a vote of 99-0 today. clearing the way for a Senate debate on the bill.

The omnibus veterans bill includes

IRS Filing Season Statistics So Far

on February 22, 2014 - 5:42am

IRS News:

PHOENIX─The IRS released 2014 tax filing season statistics showing that 15 percent more refunds were already issued this year, compared to 2013 figures.

Additionally, the average federal refund totaled $3,211, an increase of $190 compared with the same period a year ago.

The statistics issued last week, covering the period through Feb. 14, show that while the overall number of tax returns filed this year is down slightly, less than a percentage point, nearly 95 percent of all returns received were filed electronically.

For more information on tax credits available for this

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'Stop Fracking' Say 25 Health Professionals

on February 21, 2014 - 8:35am

ENM News:

ALBUQUERQUE–Environment New Mexico delivered a letter from 25 doctors, nurses and other health professionals in New Mexico Thursday to President Obama asserting that fracking should be stopped, given the overwhelming threats to public health.

Environment New Mexico’s federal arm, Environment America, and its other state affiliates delivered similar letters to decision-makers from more than 1,000 health professionals nationwide.

The letters, which include signers from all 50 states, come as public awareness of the health and environmental impacts of fracking is on the rise.

Energy Secretary Moniz to Make Major 'All of the Above' Energy Announcement

on February 18, 2014 - 9:24am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will address the National Press Club Wednesday, where he will make a major announcement regarding the Administration’s "all of the above energy strategy" and the path toward a low carbon energy future.

Building on his recent travel across the country, the Moniz will discuss the importance of developing a diverse energy portfolio and offer insight into the Department’s next step in supporting cutting-edge energy technologies.

'Helping Our Middle Class Entrepreneurs' Act Introduced

on February 18, 2014 - 5:32am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. HOUSE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-1, has introduced the Helping Our Middle Class Entrepreneurs (HOME) Act (H.R. 4052), legislation to support small businesses and encourage entrepreneurship.

Specifically, the bill would simplify the income tax filing process for small business owners who operate primarily out of their homes by creating a permanent $1,500 standard home office deduction. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, home-based enterprises make up 52 percent of all small businesses.

Currently,

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