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Spring Forward ... Daylight Saving Time Begins 2 a.m. Sunday

on March 8, 2013 - 9:49am

NIST News:

Information about the Current Daylight Saving Time (DST) Rules:

Daylight Saving Time (DST) rules changed in 2007 for the first time in more than 20 years. The NIST Time Services continue to operate properly under the new DST rules.

Let's take a brief look at what DST is, what the new DST rules are, and how the NIST Time Services have handled the DST changes. Information is also provided for people who may still be having problems with some information technology systems (such as the clock on your computer) since the changes.

What is Daylight Saving Time?

Daylight Saving Time,

LANL's New Box Line Facility Largest of its Kind Ever Built

on March 8, 2013 - 8:39am

The record-setting new box line facility where transuranic waste will be repackaged at Los Alamos National Laboratory is 110 feet long by 48 feet wide. Courtesy/LANL

A worker transports the first box of waste to be repackaged at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s newest box line facility. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory opens new waste repackaging facility

Box line facility is largest of its kind ever built

Los Alamos National Laboratory has brought a third waste repackaging facility online to increase its capability to process nuclear waste for permanent disposal.

Udall Issues Statement on DOE and EPA Nominations

on March 4, 2013 - 8:33pm
DOE Secretary Nominee Dr. Ernest Moniz
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall,D-N.M., issued the following statement after President Obama nominated Dr. Ernest Moniz and Gina McCarthy to lead Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), respectively:
 
"I look forward to meeting with the two candidates President Obama has put forth to lead the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency.

Luján Statement on Failure to Prevent Sequester

on March 1, 2013 - 9:53am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today after Congress failed to pass legislation to prevent the sequester's budget cuts that are scheduled to begin tomorrow.

"Today is a disappointing day, when partisanship and ideology stood in the way of compromise and the best interests of the American people. The arbitrary cuts from the sequester will impact education, public safety, health care, and more - leading to job losses and harming an economic recovery.

Valles Caldera Trust Welcomes New Trustee

on March 1, 2013 - 8:23am

Catherine Allen

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS - Catherine Allen was officially appointed as the newest member of the Valles Caldera Trust, Board of Trustees Thursday.

She is the fifth trustee appointed by President Barack Obama and joins Kent Salazar and Karyn Stockdale, who were also appointed by the Obama administration.

“The Valles Caldera is a national treasure and must be respected as such,” said Allen, who served on President Obama’s Economic Development and Small Business Committee during the
first Administration.

Bandelier Tourism Creates $9 Million in New Mexico Economic Benefit

on February 28, 2013 - 9:53pm

Bandelier. Courtesy/BNM

BNM News:

  • New report shows visitor spending supports 252,000 jobs nationwide


A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 193,914 visitors in 2011 spent $9,218,000 in Bandelier National Monument and in communities near the park.

That spending supported 139 jobs in the local area.


“Bandelier National Monument is a wonderful place to relax, get exercise and learn about America’s story,” park superintendent Jason Lott said. “And the people in our nearby communities are invested in the park.

Luján Hosts Briefing Highlighting Latino Support to Combat Climate Change and Carbon Pollution Solution

on February 28, 2013 - 7:02am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico hosted a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday designed to offer solutions to climate change that featured a proposal by the Natural Resources Defense Council, and discussed a new poll showing that Latinos strongly support taking action against climate change.

Luján convened the briefing for Members of Congress, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, policy staffers, and Latino organizations concerned about climate change.

From extreme storms to drought, wildfires and floods, climate change is increasingly

Udall Gives Sepich Family Signed 'Katie's Law' Legislation

on February 27, 2013 - 6:35am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall in his Washington, D.C. office Tuesday with the family of murdered NMSU student Katie Sepich. Courtesy/Tom Udall's Office
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the Sepich family to his Washington office Tuesday to present them with signed copies of the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012, the federal legislation President Obama recently signed into law.
 
Udall met with Jayann and Dave Sepich and their two children to give them copies of the legislation and praise their efforts to expand "Katie's Law" nationwide.
 

Column: How Will Sequestration Cuts Affect New Mexico?

on February 26, 2013 - 2:26pm
Column by CATHY WIGET KING
Los Alamos

According to the information put forward on the White House website, Sequestration will cut funding to New Mexico by millions including providing fewer funds for everything from education and military bases to meals for senior citizens.

The total amount of cuts for the entire country is $85 billion.

Here are the details:

Primary Cuts:

MILITARY READINESS (Dept. of Def.): $42 million in cuts from Army base(s) ($32 mil.) and Air Force base(s) ($10 mil.) (National Laboratory cuts were not mentioned.)

EDUCATION CUTS: $6.1 million for primary and

Luján: New Report Reinforces Need to Prevent Sequester

on February 25, 2013 - 1:57pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. Congressional News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District highlighted a new report that was released by the Obama Administration that reinforces the need to prevent the sequester's indiscriminate cuts from taking place.

The cuts are scheduled to begin on Friday, and threaten to harm the economy and result in significant job losses in New Mexico and around the country.

The sequester was part of the Budget Control Act of 2011, which Luján voted against.

"From education to public safety, the sequester's arbitrary cuts will hurt

Valles Caldera Trust Awarded $545,000 For Solar Powered Shuttle System

on February 23, 2013 - 12:40pm

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS—Valles Caldera Trust has been awarded a $545,000 federal grant that will allow visitors to tour the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the quiet comfort of a solar powered all-electric shuttle bus.

The grant is one of 29 awarded nationally by the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in the Parks Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Authority.

The grant will fund the purchase of an all-electric 26-passenger ADA-compliant shuttle bus to replace two gasoline-powered 12-passenger vans currently in use.

Construction of a solar photovoltaic

AAUW Screens Film on Rape in the Military

on February 18, 2013 - 8:17am

AAUW News:

See “The Invisible War,” a groundbreaking investigation into what Newsweek has called "the most underreported crime in America": the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.  

The film will be shown in the Jeannette Wallace Hall (Bldg. 5) at UNM-LA by the Los Alamos branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW.)

The screening is a fundraiser for AAUW's Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF.) Admission is $10 adults and $5 students. All proceeds will be donated to LAF.

AAUW is committed to improving the way the military deals with sexual assault by

Senators Challenge Postal Plan to End Saturday Delivery

on February 17, 2013 - 11:32am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Unauthorized proposal would hurt rural communities, cost jobs
 
WASHINGTON – Twenty-four senators, led by Tom Udall of New Mexico, are challenging the postmaster general’s authority to discontinue Saturday mail delivery later this year without congressional approval.
 
In a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, the senators acknowledge the financial challenges the Postal Service is facing and urge him to work with Congress to address these problems through bipartisan reform, such as the Senate legislation passed last year.
 
They also point out that a shift

Senators Launch Effort to Employ Youth for Restoring Public Lands

on February 17, 2013 - 7:48am
Courtesy photo
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich Friday reintroduced legislation to expand job training and educational opportunities for youth, while helping repair and restore the country's public lands.
 
The Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013 improves on the existing Public Lands Corps by expanding the scope of projects to reflect new challenges. It would also add incentives to attract new participants, including Native Americans and veterans, that suffer from disproportionately high rates of unemployment.
 
“As many of our public

CryoSat-2 Mission Reveals Major Arctic Sea-Ice Loss

on February 15, 2013 - 8:00am

Sea ice scape photo by Dr. Katherine Giles, a research fellow at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modeling at University College London (UCL) and a member of the scientific team studying sea-ice loss. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Arctic sea ice volume has declined by 36 percent in the autumn and 9 percent in the winter between 2003 and 2012, an international team of scientists has discovered. 

Researchers used new data from the European Space Agency's CryoSat-2 satellite spanning 2010 to 2012, and data from NASA's ICESat satellite from 2003 to 2008 to estimate the volume of

Udall Hosts NM’s MVD Express at Senate Meeting on Job Creation

on February 14, 2013 - 7:05am

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. meets with Janice Lucero, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MVD Express. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Mexico small business leader Janice Lucero of Albuquerque was the guest of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall at a Capitol Hill discussion on best practices creating jobs and strengthening America’s economy.

Lucero is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MVD Express, a public-private partnership with the State of New Mexico that provides high-quality, efficient motor vehicle services throughout 11 locations in the state.

Representatives

Senators Reintroduce Measure to Make Valles Caldera a National Park

on February 12, 2013 - 3:28pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced legislation today to transfer the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service (NPS.).
 
Udall and retired Sen. Jeff Bingaman first introduced this legislation in 2010 in light of inconsistent funding, the need for infrastructure improvements and concerns that the Preserve would not achieve financial self-sustainability by 2015, as directed by the Valles Caldera Preservation Act of 2000.
 
"Millions of years in the making, the Valles Caldera is a natural wonder, rich

Udall Meets With Secretary of Defense Nominee

on February 12, 2013 - 6:29am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall meets with Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel Feb. 11. Courtesy/Udall's Office

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Monday issued the following statement after a meeting with Secretary of Defense nominee, Sen. Chuck Hagel:
 
“My meeting today with Senator Chuck Hagel was very useful. We had the opportunity to touch on a variety of issues facing our country and how New Mexico contributes to the strength of our national security.
 
“Senator Hagel conveyed that if confirmed, he will be committed to keeping safe, reliable and secure

NM Senators Seek U.S. Attorney Applicants

on February 11, 2013 - 11:43am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are accepting applications for the position of United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico.
 
President Obama nominated current U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales to a federal court judgeship Jan. 4, 2013.
 
Upon Gonzales’ confirmation by the Senate, the position of U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico will become vacant.
 
In accordance with their constitutional responsibility to provide advice and consent with respect to federal appointments, Udall and Heinrich will recommend a short

Bandelier is Your Backyard!

on February 9, 2013 - 7:36am

The overall winner in the 2012 GBBC photo contest features this Cedar Waxwing. Photo by Ben Thomas, Georgia

BANDELIER News:

Come visit Bandelier for the 16 annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), Feb. 15-18.

After 15 years of success in North America, GBBC is now global. In 2013, anyone, from anywhere on earth, can participate by visiting www.ebird.com or www.birdcount.org and reporting the kinds and numbers of birds they see during the annual count.

During the 2012 count, participants reported 17.4 million bird observations on 104,000 checklists.

Lawmakers Request Strong New NNSA Administrator

on February 9, 2013 - 7:26am

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation, Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, are asking President Obama to nominate a candidate to lead the Nuclear National Security Administration (NNSA) who will work with Congress to reform the agency and maintain the highest scientific and technical capabilities at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.

In a letter to President Obama, the federal lawmakers who represent the two labs say, “The NNSA has recently suffered from a series

Native Women Have Waited Too Long for Justice

on February 8, 2013 - 11:19pm
Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON –In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. Thursday urged the Senate to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with tribal provisions to protect Native American women from domestic abuse.
 
To watch Udall’s speech, click here.
 
Since VAWA’s passage, domestic violence has decreased by over 50 percent. Yet, one in three Native women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime, and Native women are victims of domestic violence at a disproportionately higher rate.
 
The VAWA provisions would help tribal courts prosecute domestic

Udall, Heinrich & Luján: Protect Río Grande del Norte

on February 7, 2013 - 9:49am

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Luján, have reintroduced legislation in the Senate and House to protect the Río Grande del Norte in Northern New Mexico, an area comprised of more than 240,000 acres of BLM-managed lands in Taos and Rio Arriba Counties.

 
Since 2009, the three lawmakers and former Sen. Jeff Bingaman have worked -- with the support of the local communities - to pass legislation to designate the culturally and recreationally significant lands as a National Conservation Area.
 
"Some of Northern New Mexico's most

Postal Service Plans to Cut Saturday Delivery

on February 7, 2013 - 9:48am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON,
D.C.—U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today following the U.S. Postal Service's announcement that it plans to stop delivering letters and other first-class mail on Saturdays, beginning in August.

"Post offices are a staple of our rural communities and six-day service is a necessary service for New Mexicans to communicate, pay bills, and receive important documents.

The U.S.

Udall Issues Statement on Sally Jewell's Nomination for Interior Secretary

on February 7, 2013 - 9:46am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Under consideration for Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement Wednesday after President Obama nominated Sally Jewell:

"Sally Jewell is a unique and exciting pick to head up the Department of the Interior. If confirmed, she would bring to the position an array of skills from her business background in energy development and as the CEO of a wildly successful outdoor outfitter.

"I look forward to meeting with her as she works through the nomination process and learning more about her personal

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