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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,

Gov. Susana Martinez: In America, Everything is Possible [Video]

on August 30, 2012 - 7:24am

Watch New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez as she addressed the Republican National Convention Wednesday night:

Astronaut Neil Armstrong Has Died

on August 26, 2012 - 10:48am

Astronaut Neil Armstrong in April 1969, while training for the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. Photo by Bettmann/Corbis

Staff report

American astronaut Neil Armstrong died Saturday Aug. 25, 2012, at age 82 following complications from recent heart surgery, according to a statement released by his family.

On July 20, 1969, Armstrong stepped off the lunar landing module Eagle, and became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.

Nearly 240,000 miles from Earth, Armstrong spoke these words to more than a billion people listening at home: "That's one small step for man, one giant

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Is It Really Cheating If You Don't Get Caught?

on August 24, 2012 - 11:17am

Column: On the Mesa Facing North by Greg Kendall

Today, Lance Armstrong threw in the towel in his fight to clear his name in the ongoing Tour De France doping scandals.  Armstrong issued a statement that has been published in an earlier Los Alamos Daily Post story (see link below.)

In his statement, Armstrong discusses how "enough is enough" after dealing with claims that he cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning his seven Tours since 1999.

As I read through his statement, I kept looking for one sentence from Armstrong, "I never used performance enhancing drugs to help me win."

Will the Metric System Make a Comeback?

on August 24, 2012 - 10:18am

One of eight proposed logos under consideration by Linda Anderman. Courtesy

METRIC SYSTEM News:

Los Alamos resident Linda Anderman has an ambitious plan: to produce an independent documentary about what happened to the metric system in the United States.

"As a product of the 1950s, I was taught that the metric system was an eventuality, but as a child, it didn't really occur to me that it never came to pass," Anderman said.

A discussion with a colleague near the end of last year prompted her to do some research about what had happened in the intervening years.  

"As a writer, I'm

Case Study: How Standards Can Make U.S. More Secure

on August 24, 2012 - 7:00am

NIST News:

Courtesy/NIST

By Erik Puskar

Before 9/11, most radiation detectors were designed for use in laboratories. After 9/11, the new Office of Homeland Security, which became the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), needed to plan for the possibility that terrorists would try to smuggle "dirty bomb" components into the country.

Consequently the first responder community needs radiation detectors that are accurate, reliable, rugged, and easy to use.

DHS needed to develop and deploy rugged detector equipment that non-specialists and first responders could use easily to scan massive

Gov. Martinez Speaks Tuesday at GOP Convention

on August 23, 2012 - 8:56am

GOP News:

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has announced that the theme for the 2012 Republican National Convention will be “We Built It.”

Location: Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.

Dates: Aug. 27-30

Official Convention Website: 2012 GOP Convention

 

Press release on the convention from the 2012 GOP Convention:

History will be made in Tampa August 27-30, when 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S.

Explosions for Research at Los Alamos

on August 22, 2012 - 9:43am
 
The Bradbury Science Museum has provided the following video depicting some of what goes on behind the fence at Los Alamos National Laboratory:

The science of explosives has been important at Los Alamos since 1943. A variety of experiments with explosives are represented in this video. Music Credit: Nerves - by Kevin MacLeod,  Larva - by PhreDdy M.

Click HERE to view other videos provided by the Bradbury Science Museum including an interview with KRSN AM1490 owner David Sutton regarding the Las Conchas Fire and a video of President John F. Kennedy's 1962 visit to Los Alamos.

For more

FTC Takes Action on Misleading Sports Equipment

on August 16, 2012 - 10:29am

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., joined Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller today to commend the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for taking action against a company for making marketing claims about its product’s ability to reduce the risk of concussions that were not supported by sound scientific evidence.

 

"I applaud the FTC for taking action to stop Brain-Pad from making marketing claims about whether their mouth guards can reduce the risk of concussions," Rockefeller said.

Bingaman Discusses Manhattan Project National Historical Park at Los Alamos Historical Museum Event

on August 14, 2012 - 11:26am

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman spoke today at a gathering at the Los Alamos Historical Museum of the importance of establishing a Manhattan Project National Historical Park with sites in Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Hanford, Wash. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was honored Monday afternoon at a gathering at the Los Alamos Historical Museum for his support of Los Alamos during his 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover presented Bingaman with a plaque of appreciation on behalf of the

Heather Wilson Meets with Local Business Community

on August 13, 2012 - 10:21am

U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson shares a lighter moment with Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and members of the Los Alamos business community during a luncheon Saturday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant on Central Avenue. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover speaks with U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson during a lunch meeting with local business people at the Dixie Girl Saturday.

Romney Picks Ryan as Running Mate

on August 11, 2012 - 12:31am

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has chosen Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate, according to reports. Ryan, 42, has served in Congress since 1999.and is chairman of the House Budget Committee. Courtesy photo

Bingaman to Address LANL Employees Monday

on August 9, 2012 - 4:05pm
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman will be in Los Alamos Monday, Aug. 13 and will address Los Alamos National Laboratory employees.
 
Bingaman will talk about the economy, the federal deficit and what Congress can do to address these issues, among other things.
 
Bingaman will also attend a reception hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society at the Los Alamos Historical Museum to talk about a bill he has introduced to designate Manhattan Project sites around the country as National Historical Parks.
 
Bingaman's schedule Monday, Aug. 13:
  •   10 a.m.

Order of Merit Awarded to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart

on August 9, 2012 - 7:20am
Photo:DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart is awarded the Order of Merit by Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez. Courtesy/DEA
 
DEA News:

Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez has awarded the Order of Merit to DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart for her effort and commitment to battling global drug trafficking.

The Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez, and Mella is the principal order of the Dominican Republic, and is conferred by the President to both civilians and militaries for distinguished services.

Founded in 1931 as the Order of Merit of Juan Pablo Duarte and

Member of Joint Chiefs Asks for Nuclear Stockpile Cuts

on August 8, 2012 - 8:38am

Editor's note: Update 9:25 a.m. with change of command ceremony information and recent photo.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz responds to questions at the Pentagon July 24, during a media availability to discuss his time as Chief of Staff. Schwartz finishes a four-year term in office shortly. U.S. Air Force photo/James Varhegyi

Staff report

The Boston Globe reports General Norton A. Schwartz, chief of staff of the Air Force and member of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff is asking for cuts in the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal.

"We have more backup systems in terms

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'CBS This Morning' Features Los Alamos in National Historic Park Video

on August 6, 2012 - 5:15pm

The V-Site buildings and nearby Gun Site are the last significant structures still standing at Los Alamos associated with the development and assembly of the world's first nuclear devices. Courtesy photo

On Monday, the CBS This Morning Show ran an interesting video segment on the topic of the potential Manhattan Project National Historic Park. Los Alamos was a key feature of the story.

Click the following link to read the story and view the video: "Atom bomb historic sites may become national park."

Watch NASA TV Live

on August 5, 2012 - 10:45am

Live NASA Television coverage of the Curiosity Rover Mars Mission. Curiosity is scheduled to land on Mars at 11:31PM MST.:

Watch the landing coverage at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos.  Click here for details.

Udall Advocates Constitutional Amendment to Rein in Flood of Secret Money

on July 30, 2012 - 8:59am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall speaking at a congressional hearing Tuesday. Courtesy photo
 
Washington, D.C. – At a committee hearing on Capitol Hill last week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. built support for the constitutional amendment he is sponsoring to give Congress the authority to undo dangerous Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and rein in the unprecedented flood of secret money in the campaign finance system.
 
"Money has poisoned our political system," Udall said.

Local Artist Creates Mural Honoring America's Veterans

on July 27, 2012 - 3:28pm

Local artist Danne De Backer, Vietnam Veteran and life member of the American Legion, is in the process of creating a memorial mural to honor all veterans from all wars and conflicts in the nation’s history for their service to America. De Backer’s work can be seen at the American Legion Post 90, 1325 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos. Photo by Leland S. Lehman

Artwork by Danne De Backer. Photo by Leland S. Lehman

Artwork by Danne De Backer. Photo by Leland S. Lehman

Artwork by Danne De Backer. Photo by Leland S. Lehman

LANL Fuel Cell Research and Partnership with Chevron - Tour

on July 26, 2012 - 2:02pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fuel Cell Research Scientist, Tommy Rockward, displays a fuel cell's catalyzing membrane to community members. Photo Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com.

 

Editor's note: This is the second part of a two-part report on LANL's Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast meeting and tours. Part one can be viewed by clicking HERE.

By Greg Kendall

Energy security for the United States is a rapidly growing mission of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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