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Public Response to DEA’S National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Keeps Growing

on May 2, 2013 - 10:11am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past Saturday collected 50 percent more pills than the previous event.

This demonstrates the American public’s continued appreciation and need for the opportunity to discard unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, bedside tables and kitchen drawers.

On April 27, 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public at more than 5,829 locations manned by 4,312 state, local, and

New Bill on Horizon to End Doping of Racehorses

on May 2, 2013 - 8:06am
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:

Ahead of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ken., and Joe Pitts, R-Penn., revealed draft legislation they intend to introduce to end doping in horseracing and kick cheaters out of the sport.
 
The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act would provide the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) with authority to cleanup the sport and enforce anti-doping standards in races with simulcast wagering.  
 
USADA is a non-governmental organization that is designated as the official anti-doping agency for the U.S.

Udall to Unveil 'Hard Choices' Water Policy Findings

on April 28, 2013 - 2:52pm
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Senator will visit Otero and Doña Ana Counties
 
LAS CRUCES – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will be in Las Cruces next week to announce policy recommendations following last summer’s 57th Annual New Mexico WRRI Water Conference.
 
He will also present service medals to a Korean vet's family and give remarks at the ribbon cutting for the new East Mesa Campus of the Doña Ana Community College.
 
In August 2012, Udall co-hosted the water conference, entitled "Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity," which focused on drought and water

NNSA Hosts Nordic Countries in Technical Exchange Meeting

on April 25, 2013 - 9:10am

The technical exchange at the Remote Sensing Laboratory in Las Vegas, Nev. consisted of sharing information regarding techniques, processes, systems, capabilities and data analysis for aerial measuring. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

LAS VEGAS – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Emergency Operations last week hosted a Nordic Aerial Measuring System (AMS) Technical Exchange at its Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) in Las Vegas, Nev.

The technical exchange consisted of sharing information regarding techniques, processes, systems, capabilities and data analysis for

Luján: Sequester Cuts Will Impact Ability to Address Climate Change

on April 24, 2013 - 8:54am

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 spoke on the House floor last night on the negative impact that the sequester's arbitrary cuts will have on the effort to address climate change.

"Mr. Speaker, at a time when our communities are dealing with the impact of climate change, cuts from the sequester will negatively impact our long-term efforts to combat this challenge.

"Energy conservation is a vital component of reducing carbon emissions.

Atomic Flying Pickles Attend White House Science Fair

on April 23, 2013 - 9:12am

The Atomic Flying Pickles. Courtesy Photo

GIRL SCOUT News:

The Atomic Flying Pickles of Los Alamos were selected to attend the third annual White House Science Fair Monday, April 22.

President Obama hosted the event and celebrated the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. 
 
The Atomic Flying Pickles are a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team includes Catherine, 12, Summer, 12, Evelyn, 11, Haylee, 11, and Lauren, 12, all sixth graders at Mountain Elementary School and Girl Scout Cadettes of Girl Scouts of New

First Lt. Garret Nelson Receives His Wings

on April 23, 2013 - 7:50am

USMC News:

Los Alamos High School graduate First Lt. Garret M. Nelson, USMC, received his wings April 12, as a United States Naval Aviator in the Marine Corps.

He will be flying the AH-1W Cobra Helicopter. Lt. Nelson will be training in San Diego and then stationed in North Carolina.

Lt. Nelson is a 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School and a 2010 United States Naval Academy graduate, with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
 
Garret is the son of Lori and Lew Nelson and grandson of Nina and Allie Laird.
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Udall, Heinrich, Luján Introduce Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act

on April 23, 2013 - 7:38am

Columbine-Hondo Wheeler Peak Wilderness Legislative Map.

NM DELEGATION News:

In celebration of Earth Day, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced legislation Monday to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness – a proposal with strong support from the local community.

A companion bill will be introduced today in the House by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. 

Located in the Carson National Forest, the Columbine-Hondo has been managed as a “Wilderness Study Area” since 1980.
 
“For more than 30 years, we have considered the Columbine Hondo’s

U.S. Senate Through Filibuster Defeats Background Checks

on April 21, 2013 - 9:23am

Hundreds of people from Los Alamos and throughout Northern New Mexico gathered on the plaza in Santa Fe last week to support background checks to purchase a gun. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate through filibuster defeated the measure. Courtesy photo

Call For Students Interested in Military Service Academies

on April 21, 2013 - 8:50am

U.S. Military Academy's Washington Hall and Cadet Chapel. Courtesy/USMA

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Staff for members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation will hold information sessions for high school students interested in applying to the U.S. military service academies.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall began holding Service Academies Nights in 2012 to give prospective applicants and their families the opportunity to speak to representatives from each military service academy and in-state ROTC programs.

Udall's Office will be joined this year by staff members for Sen.

Super-Nanotubes: 'Remarkable' Spray-on Coating Combines Carbon Nanotubes with Ceramic

on April 21, 2013 - 8:23am

Micrograph of one strand of a new spray-on super-nanotube composite developed by the NIST and Kansas State University. The multi-wall nanotube core is surrounded by a ceramic shell. The composite is a promising coating for laser power detectors. (Color added for clarity) Courtesy/KSU

NIST News:

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Kansas State University have demonstrated a spray-on mixture of carbon nanotubes and ceramic that has unprecedented ability to resist damage while absorbing laser light.*

Coatings that absorb as much of the energy of

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Regional Coalition Meets With Sen. Martin Heinrich

on April 21, 2013 - 8:17am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities recently hosted a meeting in Santa Fe with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and representatives attended the Spring Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) meeting in Washington, DC.

The Regional Coalition met with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich to discuss cleanup funding for LANL and thanked him for the letter he submitted along with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan to Secretary Steven Chu urging him to include $255 million for LANL cleanup funding in the FY 2014 budget.

Last week, Taos City Councilor Andrew Gonzales

Senators Reintroduce RECA Amendments Act

on April 20, 2013 - 10:01pm

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., led a bipartisan group of senators in renewing their efforts to expand restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living downwind of atomic weapons tests.

April 19 was the 24-year anniversary of the introduction of the original Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) in the U.S. Senate.

Sens.

Police Capture Surviving Suspect in Boston Marathon Bombings

on April 19, 2013 - 9:01pm

Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. Courtesy/FBI

Staff report

Police captured the 19-year-old suspected Boston Marathon bomber after a day-long manhunt that shut down the city of Boston and several suburbs and left one police officer dead.

Residents flooded into the streets cheered following the arrest of the Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev to celebrate the end to five days horrendous days since the bombs wounded more than 175 people and killed three.

Tsarnaev's older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in an overnight police chase and shootout.

Reports indicate that Tsarnaev was found

Heinrich Seeks DOE Assurance for LANL Cleanup Funds

on April 19, 2013 - 12:58pm

U.S. SENATE News:

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing yesterday to consider the president's proposed budget for the Department of Energy for fiscal year 2014.

During that hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., sought assurance from DOE’s Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Poneman that waste cleanup efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory would receive sufficient funding this year.

This is part of Heinrich’s ongoing effort to ensure all priority cleanup efforts at LANL stay on schedule.

On April 3, Senators Heinrich and Tom Udall

One Boston Marathon Suspect Dead, Brother on the Run

on April 19, 2013 - 12:50pm

Boston is on lockdown as Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, died overnight and his brother Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge is thought to be on the run in Watertown, Mass. Courtesy/FBI

Staff report

A search is underway for the second Boston Marathon suspect, following the fatal shooting of a MIT campus police officer Thursday night.

The suspects involved in the Boston Marathon bombing were brothers from the Russian Caucasus who moved to Kazakhstan before coming to the United States several years ago, according to multiple news sources.

The dead brother is

FBI Releases Photos of Two Men at Boston Marathon

on April 18, 2013 - 3:54pm

Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI has released photos of two individuals of interest related to the Boston Marathon bombings.

Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack.

Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate.

To Provide Tips in the Investigation:

If you have visual images, video, and/or details regarding the explosions along the Boston Marathon route and elsewhere, submit them on https://bostonmarathontips.fbi.gov/.

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Udall Statement on Defeat of Bipartisan Background Check Amendment

on April 18, 2013 - 1:04pm
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued this statement following the Senate’s consideration of amendments to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, including the Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks on commercial gun sales:
 
"The bipartisan Manchin-Toomey agreement would have expanded criminal background checks to reduce gun violence while upholding the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.
 
"Fifty-four United States senators voted in agreement with 90 percent of the American people that

Bandelier National Monument Celebrates National Park Week

on April 18, 2013 - 10:59am

A look from the mesa top affords a breathtaking view of Frijoles Canyon, as well as a bird's-eye view of Long House. Sally King/NPS

 

BNM News:

  •  National Park Week at Bandelier - Crafts, Stars, Fee Free Days and More
Beginning Saturday, April 20, Bandelier National Monument and other National Park Service areas around the country will be observing National Park Week. With more than 400 areas, there's a lot to celebrate.
 
Of course Bandelier is always a great place to visit, and special events during that week will make it even better.
 
Monday, April 22, through Friday, April 26, will be

US, China Hold Joint Meeting to Discuss Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology

on April 17, 2013 - 10:12am

Beijing, China. Courtesy photo

NNSA News:

  • Eighth U.S.-China PUNT Joint Coordinating Committee Meeting Held in Beijing

NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington

BEIJING – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the China National Energy Administration (NEA) this week held the 8th Joint Coordinating Committee meeting of the 1998 U.S.-China Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology (PUNT) Agreement.

NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington and Director General of the NEA Nuclear Power Department Hao

Luján, Lujan Grisham Write to President Obama with Concerns over Proposed Cuts to Social Security Benefits

on April 17, 2013 - 9:41am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New Mexico Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham wrote to President Obama recently to express their concerns with provisions in the President's budget that would impact Social Security and reduce benefits for New Mexico seniors.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
Below is the text of the letter:

April 16, 2013

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20502

Dear Mr. President:

It was with great interest that we reviewed the 2014

Luján: Cybersecurity Enhancement Act Passage Important Step

on April 17, 2013 - 8:14am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District voted today in support of legislation to address the evolving cyber threats facing the nation.

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act passed with wide bipartisan support. Luján is a cosponsor of the legislation that includes provisions he worked on last Congress to enhance the role of the national laboratories, to encourage the rapid transfer of research and development advances into new commercial cybersecurity technologies, and to improve consumer privacy protection.

"As our country and our economy

U.S. Marshals Selling Russian Spy House

on April 16, 2013 - 10:49am

Russian spy for sale at 31 Marquette Rd., Montclair, N.J. Courtesy/USMS

U.S. MARSHALS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Marshals Service is selling a single family home in Montclair, N.J., whose previous owners were part of a Russian spy ring busted by the FBI in 2010.

Richard and Cynthia Murphy were the names used by the two Russian spies who lived in the Montclair house.

FBI Agents and analysts watched these and eight other deep-cover operatives for years as they established themselves in the U.S.

Los Alamos Police Expand 'Prescription Drug Take Back Day' to White Rock

on April 16, 2013 - 9:49am

Courtesy/DEA

LAPD News:

Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris and his team at the Los Alamos Police will host a "Prescription Drug Take Back Day" 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in the east parking lot of Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Road.

Morris explained that senior citizens in White Rock contacted his office saying they would have difficulty going up to Los Alamos to turn in their unused and out of date pills.

"We were able to get an additional drop off site registered with the DEA and have made arrangements to have officers set up at the White Rock Library parking lot from 10 a.m.

Local Couple Recounts Boston Marathon Experience

on April 16, 2013 - 8:05am
Whitney and Matt Dreier at the 'Run the Caldera' race at the Valles Caldera. Courtesy photo
 
Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post
 
A Los Alamos couple who ran Monday's Boston Marathon recount their experience and try to make sense of the horrific terrorist attack near the finish line.
 
In 2008, Matt Dreier, from Missouri, and Whitney Spivey, from Virginia, ran the Boston Marathon.
 
They didn't know each other at the time, and so when they were married in 2010, going back to Boston was on their list of things to do as a couple.
 
After qualifying in 2012, the Dreiers, now living in Los Alamos,

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