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Udall, Rockefeller Welcome National Academies' Study on Concussions in Youth Sports

on October 24, 2012 - 11:14am
Sen. Tom Udall speaks at a Senate Commerce Hearing on sports concussions and safety equipment marketing with Alexis Ball, a former UNM soccer player who testified about how sports concussions have impacted her life. Courtesy photo
 
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
Today U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, D-W.V. commended the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies for creating a committee to study sports-related concussions in youth.
 
"I appreciate the decision by the Institute of Medicine to move forward with our request," Udall said.

Deborah Jin Receives 'For Women in Science' Award

on October 23, 2012 - 6:02am

Deborah Jin. Courtesy/University of Colorado Boulder

NIST NEWS:

Deborah Jin, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) who works at JILA, has been selected as the North American recipient for the 2013 For Women in Science Awards.

JILA is a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder.

The award is given annually by the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO as part of an international program recognizing women in science and supporting scientific vocations.

Five women scientists are recognized each year, one for each of five regions of the world.

High-Value Muscle Cars on the Auction Block

on October 18, 2012 - 10:07am

U.S. MARSHALS News:

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Marshals Service will sell more than 50 high-value muscle cars, sports cars, motorcycles and jet skis via a live auction at 10 a.m. Thursday at Apple Auctioneering Co., 14851 NW 27th Ave., Opa-Locka, Fla.

The vehicles were seized and forfeited to the federal government as part of a pill mill takedown in Broward and Miami-Dade counties in 2011.

Proceeds generated from the auction will be deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund, which is used to compensate victims, supplement law enforcement programs and support community

U.S. Attorney Names New Mexico District Election Officer

on October 18, 2012 - 9:09am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced Wednesday that Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathon M. Gerson will lead his office’s efforts in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming Nov. 6 general elections.

As the District Election Officer for the District of New Mexico, AUSA Gerson is responsible for overseeing the district’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

The Department of Justice has an important role in deterring

Column: Hope isn't Enough

on October 14, 2012 - 6:15am
By Allen E. Weh
New Mexico Businessman and former Candidate for Governor

Webster’s definition of hope is “to cherish a desire with expectation of fulfillment,” but hope is not a plan.

Regrettably, this country’s foreign policy has been largely based on hope during the past three plus years, and it shows.

People can desire this, and hope for that, but without good policies these things can never be fulfilled, and the recent violence in the Middle East reinforces this indisputable truth.

The brutal murder of our Ambassador and three other Americans in Libya by radical Islamists, along

Bandelier Celebrates National Archeology Day

on October 12, 2012 - 9:01am


BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument invites the public to celebrate National Archeology Day Saturday, Oct. 20.

“This day is set aside to encourage exploration and discovery of the rich cultural resources in the monument,” Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Several events will be held in Bandelier for the public to enjoy.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., join the monument’s archeologist, Rory Gauthier, for a hike to explore Duchess Castle and the Conquistador.

Participants will visit the complex site known as Duchess Castle which contains pueblo

sites occupied for over two hundred years and

FBI Volunteer Internship Program Seeks Applicants

on October 5, 2012 - 7:07am

FBI News:

The 2013 FBI Volunteer Internship Program (VIP) is open for students to apply through Oct. 22 at the following link: https://www.fbijobs.gov/239.asp

All applications will be processed through the FBI’s job website and students must meet the required qualifications at the time of submission.

Direct questions to the FBI Albuquerque Applicant/Recruiting Program via the main number, 505-889-1300.

Volunteer Internship Program Overview

The FBI Volunteer Internship Program is an unpaid internship opportunity that offers undergraduates (Junior or Senior), graduates or post-doctorate

American Legion Honors 2012 Delegation

on October 3, 2012 - 6:34am
Back row, from left, Chairman Vernon Kerr of Boys State Los Alamos, Commander Post 90 William J. Cooper, Unit 90 President Shaughnessy Nadeau and Chairwoman Marie Todd of Girls State Los Alamos. Front row from left, Aaron Roybal, Kyle Partin, Dory Geyer, Conlon McCoy, Benjamin Mitsunaga, not shown, Girls State participant Amanda Milligan. Courtesy Photo
 
AMERICAN LEGION News:
 
The American Legion held a Boys & Girls State Dinner Sunday, Sept. 30 to honor its 2012 Delegation.
 
American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government
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Bingaman: Health Care Reform Benefiting Women

on October 3, 2012 - 6:33am

By Sen. Jeff Bingaman

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a majority of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The decision allows us to move forward with the law’s implementation, which I believe will be a great benefit to New Mexicans.

Since the law’s passage in 2010, seniors and those with disabilities have saved more than $21.5 million on prescription drugs and seen the Medicare “donut hole,” a gap in reimbursements for certain prescription costs, begin to close.
 
More than 122,000 New Mexico children cannot be denied coverage by insurance companies because of their
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Science Education Solutions Awarded $2.6 Million Grant

on September 27, 2012 - 10:01am
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced Wednesday that Science Education Solutions of Los Alamos will receive a $2.6 million award from the National Science Foundation. 
 
Science Education Solutions, owned by Michelle Hall of Los Alamos, is active in a wide range of programs to help learners of all ages discover and understand the world through science, will use the funding to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with high school students.
 
“Educating students in the STEM fields is vital to a stronger

Military Control of U.S. Nuclear Security if Bill Passes

on September 24, 2012 - 11:30am

Anti-nuclear arms protesters display a banner during the April 2011 Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) rally at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.  Photo Credit: Brian Stansberry under CCA 3.0 Unported license.

Staff Report

Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), Chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, has submitted legislation that would station American troops at the Defense Department's atomic weapons facilities and at nuclear installations controlled by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration NNSA. 

Local Woman Witnesses Endeavour's Final Flight

on September 22, 2012 - 8:59am
 
Yvonne M. Deshayes of Los Alamos was in California's Bay Area Friday where she captured history on camera. Strapped to the back of a 747 jumbo jet, the Space Shuttle Endeavour flew over the Berkeley Lab during its final flight. After a nearly five-hour aerial tour around California landmarks, the Endeavour touched down at 1 p.m. at the Los Angeles International Airport. In a few weeks, the Endeavour will move to its final home - the California Science Center, which is paying the estimated $28 million cost for shipping and handling the Endeavour's final flight. Photo by Yvonne M. Deshayes
 
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Manhattan Project National Historical Park Fails to Pass House

on September 20, 2012 - 4:05pm

Staff report

Earlier this afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Resolution 5987. 

A 2/3 vote was require to pass the "Yeas and Nays" vote. The Park received 257 Yeas and 158 Nays, however, 276 Yea votes were needed to pass the park through the House and on to the Senate for consideration.

H.R. 5987 is titled, "To establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington, and for other purposes."

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director

Colorado's Chimney Rock to Become National Monument

on September 20, 2012 - 6:02am

Chimney Rock, Colo. Courtesy

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, R-Colo., Wednesday praised the decision by President Obama to designate Chimney Rock as a national monument. The president will use his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to make the designation.

"Chimney Rock contains the rare combination of a spectacular geologic formation with extraordinary cultural, historical and archeological significance. Coloradans have made it clear that those attributes should be matched with national monument status," Bennet said. "It will be an extraordinary boost for the region and the state.

Luján: Decision ... Step in Right Direction

on September 19, 2012 - 6:13am

Photo: U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

Santa Fe – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District called a decision Tuesday by the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health a step in the right direction to help workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) who have suffered illnesses as a result of their work at the Lab.

The board’s 12 to one decision to recommend compensation for all workers, contractors, and subcontractors who were employed at LANL between 1976 and 1995 is a vital step in the process that has dragged on since the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) petition was submitted

AUDIO: Udall Talks Burn Pits & Senate Business

on September 19, 2012 - 6:10am

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed the Senate Veterans Committee’s unanimous passage of his legislation to create an open burn pits registry and this week’s Senate business.
 
 
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
 
0:00 - Udall expresses his support for Americans serving in the Middle East and discusses the loss of four Americans in Libya last week, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
 
0:28 - “Ambassador Stevens had a deep commitment to the people

Washington Post Columnist Claims Los Alamos in Disrepair

on September 17, 2012 - 6:15am
ON THE MESA FACING NORTH
Column by Greg Kendall

In the Washington Post's National Security section is a two-part report, "Aging U.S. nuclear arsenal slated for costly and long-delayed modernization," published on Saturday, Sept. 15.

 

 

 

A frontal view of four B-61 nuclear free-fall bombs on a bomb cart. Courtesy/DoD

Dana Priest writes:


"... parts of Los Alamos are in serious disrepair. Inside one critical building, pipes carrying dangerous wastewater are duct-taped together at the joints to plug leaks; plastic bags have been wrapped around the tape to trap seepage.

The building,

Luján Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 15, 2012 - 9:42am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today:

“Hispanic Heritage Month represents an opportunity to reflect on the enduring contributions of a community that has strengthened the fabric of a nation whose diversity is a source of strength and pride.

Udall Introduces VOW to Hire Heroes Extension

on September 14, 2012 - 10:06am
Bill Would Simplify Hiring Of Unemployed Vets
 
WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has joined Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., in introducing the bipartisan VOW to Hire Heroes Extension Act of 2012 (S. 3536), a bill that simplifies the hiring of unemployed and disabled veterans.
 
Senators Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Jim Webb, D-Va. and Dean Heller, D-Nev., are also original cosponsors of the legislation.
 
"New Mexico has 180,000 veterans who risked their lives to defend our freedom, often at a physical or emotional cost to themselves," Udall said. "In

Senate Vets Committee Advances Udall's Burn Pit Legislation

on September 13, 2012 - 11:58am
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., reported Wednesday that the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee unanimously passed legislation that includes S. 1798, The Open Burn Pits Registry Act.
 
Udall became an advocate for a burn pit registry after meeting Albuquerque veteran Msgt. Jessey Baca and his wife Maria. MSgt Baca was stationed at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, which hosted approximately 25,000 personnel at the height of operations and over 10 acres of land for burning toxic debris.
 
MSgt Baca has faced a multitude of health problems believed to be associated with burn pits,

Luján Announces $1.2 Million Grant for LANL to Improve Energy Efficiency of Vehicles

on September 12, 2012 - 8:16am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced Tuesday that Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is receiving a $1.2 million grant through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicles Technology program. 

The program is investing in three new projects that focus on increasing the efficiency of engines and powertrain systems for future highway transportation vehicles. 

The federal government will contribute $1.2 million to the project, while the private sector will invest $300,000.

LANL will use the grant to develop a low cost and robust nitrogen

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

on September 11, 2012 - 8:40am

Staff report

Solemn ceremonies are taking place around the community and throughout the nation today; remembering lives lost and heroes who rose up when terrorists attacked America 11 years ago.

At 8:45 a.m. on the clear Tuesday morning of Sept. 11, 2001, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors.

As the evacuation of

Udall Recruits New Mexico Applicants for Internships

on September 3, 2012 - 8:17am
  • Positions Available in New Mexico and Washington Offices

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for fall internships in his Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces offices.

To apply online or download an application, visit Udall’s website at www.tomudall.senate.gov.

The deadline to apply for positions is flexible, but students interested in fall internships are encouraged to submit their applications by Friday, Sept. 7.

“While working in one of my offices, students will

Redbook Names Albuquerque and Santa Fe Among 'Most Romantic Date Destinations' in America

on August 31, 2012 - 11:10am

Image/Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons, Attribution 3.0 Unported

Staff report:

Redbook magazine has released its list of the "Most Romantic Date Destinations" in America and Los Alamos has three of them in its own back yard ... or just a day's drive away. 

Redbook's list:

  • The Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York
  • St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Top of the Rock, New York City
  • The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.V.
  • St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Harvest Inn, Napa Valley, Calif.
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Newport, RI.
  • Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Rincon, Puerto Rico
  • Sedona, Ariz.
  • Charleston, S.C.

In Albuquerque,

National Park Service to Host Two Public Meetings

on August 31, 2012 - 8:07am
Courtesy/BNM
 
BANDELIER News:
 
The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated a process to complete a Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) to improve transportation conditions in Bandelier National Monument.
 
In an effort to inform the public and solicit input regarding the plan/EA, NPS will be hosting two public meetings.
 
The format of the public meetings will include a brief (30-minute) open house followed by a presentation about the project and a question/answer session.
 
Park staff will be available to discuss the plan/EA and answer questions.
 
Monday,

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