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CCNS Calls For Independent Investigation of WIPP

on April 5, 2014 - 10:24am

Courtesy/WIPP

CCNS News:

By Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS)

It has been almost two months since the vehicle fire and radiation release from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and we don’t know the essential facts about what happened. We do know that the radiation release was never supposed to happen, and the federal government is unprepared to safely address the situation. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency, charged with determining whether WIPP would leak in 10,000 years, said it would not.  

On Wednesday, two eight-person teams traveled down an elevator to the

FBI Honors Community Leaders

on April 5, 2014 - 9:54am

Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and law enforcement agencies around the country diligently work for the good of the communities they serve and for the nation as a whole. But they can’t do it alone—they also need the support of the people who live in those communities.

Friday, at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Director James Comey publicly recognized 58 individuals and organizations from communities around the country for giving the FBI that support.

Heinrich Addresses CIA Detention, Interrogation Report

on April 5, 2014 - 8:06am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C- Thursday, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after he voted to declassify the committee’s Executive Summary and the Findings and Conclusions of its Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) detention and interrogation program:

“America has paid a huge price for torturing detainees. Not only is torture morally wrong, it just doesn’t work. It’s a grave stain on our history costing us global credibility on the issue of human rights.

Nuclear Materials Safeguards and Security Upgrade Project Completed $1 Million Under Budget

on April 4, 2014 - 7:45am

 LANL Acting Deputy Director Paul Henry 

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Nuclear Materials Safeguards and Security Upgrade Project (NMSSUP) was recently completed approximately $1 million under its original budget of $245 million.

NMSSUP upgrades security at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Technical Area-55, a facility that houses high-security plutonium assets and operations.

NNSA Acting Chief of Defense Nuclear Security Michael Lempke

“The security of our nation’s nuclear material is our most important responsibility,” said

NIST Launches New U.S. Time Standard: NIST-F2 Atomic Clock

on April 3, 2014 - 12:03pm

NIST physicists Steve Jefferts, foreground, and Tom Heavner with the NIST-F2 'cesium fountain' atomic clock, a new civilian time standard for the United States. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

BOULDER, Colo. -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has officially launched a new atomic clock, called NIST-F2, to serve as a new U.S. civilian time and frequency standard, along with the current NIST-F1 standard.

NIST-F2 would neither gain nor lose one second in about 300 million years, making it about three times as accurate as NIST-F1, which has

DOE Announces First Quadrennial Energy Review Public Meeting

on April 3, 2014 - 9:18am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

  • Topics and Locations for First Six Meetings Also Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy released information on the first six public meetings to collect stakeholder input into the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER).

As the Secretariat for the QER Task Force, DOE will hold a series of meetings to discuss and receive comments on issues related to the development of a comprehensive strategy for the infrastructure needed to transport, transmit and deliver energy to consumers.

The first of these meetings is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Heinrich: President Heeds Call To Rein In N.S.A.'s Bulk Collection Of Phone Records

on April 2, 2014 - 1:14pm

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, released the following statement on President Obama's proposal to rein in the N.S.A.'s bulk phone records collection program: 

"The President’s proposal to end the mass collection of phone records for millions of innocent Americans is welcome news. I appreciate his willingness to listen to those of us who have considered this policy misguided for some time.

Udall Responds to Supreme Court’s McCutcheon Decision - Renews Call For Campaign Finance Reform

on April 2, 2014 - 12:38pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down aggregate limits on campaign donations.

The McCutcheon v. FEC decision will allow a federal politician to solicit – or a wealthy donor to give – a $3.6 million check to benefit a political party and federal candidates over a two-year election cycle.

Udall issued the following statement:

“Americans already believe the election system has been fundamentally corrupted by big money from corporate special interests.

Alert: FBI Seeking Individuals Who May Have Information About Suspected Child Sexual Predator

on April 2, 2014 - 11:31am

FBI News:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. 

Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are attached to this email with the request that media publish and broadcast this information as widely as possible.

The materials also can be found online at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.

Initial images and video of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 28, engaging in sexually explicit

Meet U.S. Senate Candidate Dave Clements at Fusion Cafe Thursday

on March 31, 2014 - 1:19pm

Dave Clements

POLITICAL News:

U.S. Senate candidate Dave Clements will be at the Fusion Cafe, 723 Central Ave., at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to meet the public.

The event is organized by the Los Alamos Branch of the Northern New Mexico Tea Party.

For information, contact Rose Stephens at 505.662.5776.

Heinrich, Udall Honor César Chávez Legacy

on March 31, 2014 - 11:10am

 Civil rights leader César E. Chávez. Courtesy/wnmu.edu 

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., both members of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, cosponsored a resolution to honor civil rights leader César E. Chávez.

“César Chávez was a fearless leader and deeply committed to improving the lives of others. He was a champion of justice, tirelessly fighting for better working conditions and fair wages, and inspired a generation of community organizers across the country,” Heinrich said.

“César Chávez’s ability to bring the

Today is 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day'

on March 30, 2014 - 11:00am

Today is 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day' and to all the Vietnam veterans living in Los Alamos - thank you and welcome home. Flags flying at North Mesa home in honor of Vietnam veterans. Photo by SFC Jim Douglass USA RET

Staff Report

March 30, 1973, all US troops withdrew from Vietnam. In Vietnam, the day was March 29, 1973.

Recognized as a day of commemoration, reflection and respect to veterans who sacrificed so much during the Vietnam War. This is a good day to visit the local American Legion and VFW posts and say - welcome home and thank you for your service.

 

Welcome Home

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Receives Congressional Accolades

on March 30, 2014 - 9:48am

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Receives Congressional Accolades

  • SIPI Receives Grants Totaling More Than $923,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham congratulated the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) on its recent progress and achievements in Albuquerque Thursday.

On March 12, Assistant Secretary of the Interior-Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn announced that SIPI was awarded two separate grants in excess of $923,000 to support undergraduate research, and to encourage students to engage in science, technology,

Heinrich Statement on Endangered Species Act Listing for the Lesser Prairie Chicken

on March 30, 2014 - 9:42am

Lesser prairie chicken. Courtesy/wikipedia

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., made the following statement Thursday on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to list the lesser prairie chicken, found in New Mexico as well as four other states, as a threatened species:

“New Mexico communities, oil and gas producers and farmers and ranchers deserve credit for implementing voluntary habitat conservation measures through the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances process, USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and Farm Service

Many Retirees Face April 1 Deadline To Take Required Retirement Plan Distributions

on March 29, 2014 - 8:35am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently reminded taxpayers who turned 70½ during 2013 that in most cases they must start receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

The April 1 deadline applies to owners of traditional IRAs but not Roth IRAs. Normally, it also applies to participants in various workplace retirement plans, including 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans.

The April 1 deadline only applies to the required distribution for the first year.

IRS Releases Virtual Currency Guidance

on March 28, 2014 - 1:05pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX -– The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued a notice providing answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) on virtual currency, such as Bitcoin. These FAQs provide basic information on the U.S. federal tax implications of transactions in, or transactions that use, virtual currency.

 

In some environments, virtual currency operates like “real” currency -- i.e., the coin and paper money of the United States or of any other country that is designated as legal tender, circulates, and is customarily used and accepted as a medium of exchange in the country of

Luján Calls for Vote on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

on March 28, 2014 - 7:00am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, first vice chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, called for a vote on comprehensive immigration reform in the House of Representatives.
 
House Democrats have introduced a discharge petition that would require an up or down vote on H.R. 15, a bipartisan immigration bill, once a 218-member majority of the House signs that petition. Luján signed the petition Wednesday.
 
“Enough is enough - it is time to bring immigration reform to the House floor for a vote.” Luján said.

$20.7 Million Excise Tax Revenue Will Support New Mexico Wildlife and Conservation Programs

on March 27, 2014 - 8:26am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, welcomed the U.S. Department of Interior's announcement Tuesday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute $20,698,851 in excise tax revenues paid by sportsmen, recreational shooters, and boaters to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects across New Mexico.

"Hunting and fishing are a way of life for thousands of New Mexicans and the taxes paid by sportsmen in our state help support wildlife management and

EPA to Deploy Mobile Air Monitors to WIPP Within Two Weeks

on March 26, 2014 - 9:42am

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Tuesday that within the next two weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will deploy mobile environmental monitoring units to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

In a Feb. 27 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the senators had asked the EPA to send the additional air monitors to conduct independent tests and help respond to questions that have arisen from the community about safety following the Feb. 14 radiation leak at WIPP. For a copy of the senators' letter, click

Government Openness and Transparency Highlighted During Sunshine Week

on March 23, 2014 - 10:10am

Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of government openness and transparency ran March 16-22. Leading up to and during the week, events were held nationwide to highlight transparency in government.

There were legislative hearings, film screenings, public discussions, editorials, reports published, and awards presented recognizing those who have advanced government openness and transparency.

It all began in 2002 when Florida newspapers launched Sunshine Sunday as a single day to highlight the importance of government transparency.

Cell Phones and Cable Signals: Interference Can Happen

on March 21, 2014 - 11:46am

Jason Coder, left, and John Ladbury in the reverberation chamber used for studying interference between cell phones and various kinds of telecommunications equipment. The angled metal surfaces are 'stirrers' that are rotated in order to vary the direction and polarization of the signal. At front on the tripod is a microwave horn used in testing. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

When your cell phone talks to your cable TV connection, the conversation can get ugly.

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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

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