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Local Swim Team Helping Oklahoma Tornado Victims

on May 22, 2013 - 10:53am


Charger Aquatics – Los Alamos swim team is setting up a donation collection table 3-6 p.m. Thursday, May 22 in front of Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, 535 Central Ave., in Los Alamos to help with the relief efforts for injured and displaced pets affected by the devastating tornados in Moore, Okla. this week. 

All contributions will be given to the New Mexico Dogs Deserve Better, which is partnering with Bernalillo County Animal Services, Good Shepherd Animal Clinic and many local retailers – including Los Alamos’ Pet Pangea. 

A collection drop box will be available

Today is National Kids to Parks Day

on May 18, 2013 - 2:04pm
What better way to get ready for summer break than getting kids to parks, and getting them interested in visiting more parks?
Today, Saturday May 18, is a good day to bring the whole family to Bandelier National Monument to become Junior Rangers. Most National Parks participate in the Junior Ranger Program, which is a fun way to learn about parks, and to get rewarded for your efforts by earning a Junior Ranger patch.
At Bandelier Visitor Center, workbooks with some fun, fairly easy activities are available to complete during your visit.

Los Alamos IT Specialist Named Federal Employee of the Year

on May 17, 2013 - 11:06am

Jerry Massee

NNSA News:

Jerry Massee, a member of the Los Alamos Field Office Cyber Security Team, recently earned recognition as New Mexico Federal Employee of the Year by the New Mexico Federal Executive Board.

Massee, a Santa Fe resident, provides oversight of the Information Technology (IT) and Records Management (IRM) programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The two programs account for $250-$300 million of the lab’s $2.1 billion annual budget.

“Oversight of LANL’s technology and records systems is a huge responsibility that we take very seriously,” said Geoff Beausoleil,

Luján: To Combat Climate Change We Need a Workforce Prepared to Work in a Clean Energy Economy

on May 17, 2013 - 7:43am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District and a member of the Safe Climate Caucus spoke on the House floor last night about how enhancing green job training programs at community colleges can prepare workers for careers in a clean energy economy that helps address the impacts of climate change.

The Safe Climate Caucus, a group of Democratic members who are highlighting the need for action on climate change through daily floor speeches and other activities. Watch Luján's speech here:

Letter to the Editor: 501c4 Organizations!

on May 16, 2013 - 10:39am
501c4 Organizations!
Los Alamos

I believe the IRS should withdraw all tax exempt status from any organization which endorses any political candidate.

This should extend to other categories in addition to this particular 501c organization group, including religious and social organizations!

No 501c organization should be allowed to make contributions to PACs or to candidates. Certainly political action groups are allowed to do whatever they want but they should not be tax exempt. Any tax exempt 501c organization should make public their financial contributors!


Udall Addresses DOJ's Collection of AP Records, IRS Targeting and Mineral Royalties Bill

on May 15, 2013 - 7:29am
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio press conference call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed legislation he's introducing with Wyoming's senators to protect New Mexico’s mineral royalties from sequestration cuts.
He also expressed strong concern over the Department of Justice’s collection of Associated Press phone records and reacted to reports that the IRS targeted groups based on political ideology.
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
0:00 – Udall

Udall Initiative Would Increase Graduation Rate, Help Underperforming Schools

on May 15, 2013 - 7:00am
Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With graduation season underway, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced a bill today that would increase the graduation rate in New Mexico and across the nation.
Nationwide, approximately one-fifth of high school students drop out of school each year. According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, the state's graduation rate was 70.3 percent in 2012, with a 67.7 percent rate for Hispanic students and 64.9 percent for Native Americans.

Luján Cosponsors Bill to Protect New Mexico Royalty Payments from Sequester Cuts

on May 15, 2013 - 6:51am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District joined with a number of Representatives from Western states to introduce legislation that protects state mineral royalty payments from cuts due to the sequester.

The States Mineral Protection Act allows states the option of directly collecting their share of federal mineral royalties under the Mineral Leasing Act.

Historic Los Alamos Gathering

on May 14, 2013 - 2:15pm

Regional Coalition Pleased with DOE Reprogramming Request for LANL Clean Up Funding

on May 14, 2013 - 12:41pm

RCLC News:

SANTA FEThe Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is pleased to announce that New Mexico is one step closer to receiving critical federal funding needed to maintain ongoing environmental management efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Last week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) and the White House sent a reprogramming request to Congress in the amount of $19 million.

American Legion National Commander Visits Los Alamos

on May 14, 2013 - 11:17am
American Legion National Commander James Koutz of Indiana is touring New Mexico and Monday visited local American Legion Post 90 on Trinity Drive. The national commander toured the Post and met with Post, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion members. He was presented $550 in donations for Operation Comfort Warriors. Koutz, second from left, with Post 90 Commander William Cooper, left, American Legion Department of New Mexico Commander Robert Jaramillo, second from right and American Legion Riders Chapter 19 President David Bullock. Photo by Leland Lehman

Searching for Clandestine Graves with Geophysical Tools

on May 13, 2013 - 8:31am

Workers examine remains at a mass grave in eastern Bosnia in 2004. Photo by Polargeo

AGU News:

By Carlos M. Molina, National University of Colombia, Bogota and Orlando Hernandez, National University of Colombia, Bogota

Cancún, Mexico — It’s very hard to convict a murderer if the victim’s body can’t be found. And the best way to hide a body is to bury it.

Developing new tools to find those clandestine graves is the goal of a small community of researchers spread across several countries, some of whom are presenting their work on Tuesday, May 14, at the Meeting of the Americas in Cancún,

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Make Progress Restoring LANL Cleanup Funding

on May 11, 2013 - 9:44am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Energy and the White House have responded to their calls for critical funding needed to maintain ongoing environmental management efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory by sending a reprogramming request to Congress in the amount of $19 million.

They are now urging the necessary Congressional Committees to approve the without delay and advocating for an additional $21 million from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to meet a

Valles Caldera's 2013 Recreation Program Highlights

on May 10, 2013 - 8:41am


VCNP News:

Thirteen years ago, July 25, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the Valles Caldera Preservation Act, which created the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

To celebrate that occasion and the many accomplishments of past and present staff, volunteers and contributors, we will host the second annual Valles Caldera Preservation Act Celebration from July 25-28. A new addition to this year’s celebration will be the Jemez Valley Storytellers Jamboree July 27-28. Storytellers from across New Mexico will gather to share their tall tales and legends from the Land of

Bandelier Announces Weekend Activities

on May 9, 2013 - 11:30pm
Upper Falls. Photo by Sally King/BNM
BNM News:
Visitors to Bandelier National Monument may enjoy participating in some special programs this weekend.
Saturday May 11 all day: Bring your binoculars to Bandelier for Internationa Migratory Bird Day. Still time to sign up!
Many migratory birds have left their wintering areas to the south and are heading towards breeding sites to the north. Spring migration bird counts conducted across the continent on IMBD provide a snapshot of bird migration in progress.

The 2013 International Migratory Bird Day focuses on bird life cycles.

Udall, Hirono, Polis Introduce Bill to Support Pregnant and Parenting Students

on May 9, 2013 - 11:11am
  • Measure Would Help Teen Parents Graduate and Become College or Career Ready
WASHINGTON, D.C. – To mark National Teen Pregnancy Month, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) have joined with U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) to introduce a bill that would help states and local school districts support pregnant and parenting youth who face unique challenges staying in school and graduating ready for college or a career.
Each year in the U.S., approximately 750,000 teens get pregnant and almost one-fifth of students across the country drop out of

NNSA Launches Program Review and Analysis Office

on May 9, 2013 - 10:56am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the creation of the Office of Program Review and Analysis (PR&A) to serve as an independent broker of strategic information and analysis across NNSA’s programs.

PR&A will provide NNSA’s administrator and senior leadership with independent analytical advice regarding strategic and programmatic resource allocations. The creation of the office is designed to improve NNSA’s ability to budget and plan, and to increase accountability for programmatic goals and ideas.


Luján and McMillan Discuss LANL's Cleanup Funding

on May 8, 2013 - 4:05pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. right, and LANL Director Charlie McMillan meet in DC to Discuss Funding for Environmental Cleanup at the Lab. Courtesy photo


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District met today with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Director Charles McMillan in Luján's Washington office to discuss a number of issues regarding the lab, including funding for environmental cleanup.

Luján joined with Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich earlier this week to write to Congressional committees

Udall Talks LANL Cleanup & Water Conference Report

on May 8, 2013 - 11:50am
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio press conference call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed efforts to secure critical funding for cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory through DOE and NNSA reprogramming.
Udall also recapped last week’s water conference report release.
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
0:00 –Udall discusses last week’s release of policy recommendations following July’s 37th Annual New Mexico WRRI Water Conference, entitled “Hard

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

on May 5, 2013 - 9:43am


Today is Cinco de Mayo—the fifth of May—which commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867.)

A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.

History of Cinco de Mayo: Battle of Puebla

In 1861 the

Bandelier: Alcove House Open ... Kiva Remains Closed

on May 4, 2013 - 7:27am
The climb to Alcove House requires four sets of ladders ascending some 140-feet. Courtesy/BNM
BNM News:
The Alcove House site at Bandelier National Monument reopened Friday May 3 after Monument staff closed it April 10 due to concerns over the structural stability of the archaeological site.
The reconstructed kiva in Alcove House remains closed until further notice. Visitors must follow closure guidelines for their safety.
The public should expect another closure in late fall when crews will repair the cracks in the walls of the structure.
A few weeks ago, staff from

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

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
  • 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