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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Legislation To Establish Tech-Transfer Maturation Program

on May 2, 2019 - 10:30am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

The Energy Technology Maturation Program Act would help national laboratories work with the private sector to commercialize innovative energy technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) reintroduced legislation to authorize an Energy Technology Maturation Program at the U.S.

EM Assistant Secretary Anne White Tours WIPP, LANL Projects, Meets With Workers

on May 1, 2019 - 10:56am
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White joins waste management staff from Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to mark the second shipment of transuranic waste from LANL’s Area G to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant this year. Courtesy photo
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White meets with early career professionals during a visit to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant last week. Courtesy photo
WIPP News:
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White visited the cleanup program's New Mexico sites last week.
Following is her report on the trip:
I had a

Haaland: State Land Commissioner’s Action Reinforces Efforts To Protect Chaco Canyon

on May 1, 2019 - 10:23am
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-01) released the following statement Tuesday after New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard signed an executive order placing a moratorium on new oil and gas development on state trust land in a buffer zone around Chaco Canyon.
"Land Commissioner Garcia Richard's move to protect heritage sites at Chaco is a great step that reinforces our efforts to protect Chaco on the federal level.

NMDOT Supports Motorcycle Awareness Month

on May 1, 2019 - 9:49am


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Traffic Safety Division, would like to remind everyone, motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges as any other driver.

The National “Share the Road”, and “Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles” campaigns, focus on promoting motorcyclist awareness and safety for both riders and drivers.

“Motorcyclists are at great risk on our roadways. It’s vitally important to educate New Mexico about motorcycle safety,” NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Michael Sandoval said.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Scientists Track Giant Ocean Vortex From Space

on May 1, 2019 - 7:46am

Researchers have found a new way to use satellites to monitor the Great Whirl. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON—Researchers have found a new way to use satellites to monitor the Great Whirl, a massive whirlpool the size of Colorado that forms each year off the coast of East Africa, they report in a new study.

Using 23 years of satellite data, the new findings show the Great Whirl is larger and longer-lived than scientists previously thought.

LANL: SuperCam One Step Closer To Mars

on April 30, 2019 - 8:14am

The SuperCam has completed testing and evaluation at LANL and is on its way to JPL for full system integration. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The SuperCam instrument – designed, built and tested at Los Alamos National Laboratory in partnership with the French Space Agency – and destined for the exploration of Mars – has completed testing and evaluation at Los Alamos and is on its way to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California for full system integration. 

The SuperCam instruments left Los Alamos Monday, April 29. SuperCam will be one of two* Los Alamos instruments on the next rover, called

LAHS Team Competing At National Science Bowl

on April 30, 2019 - 8:06am

Members of the Los Alamos High School team including Do Vo, Michael Chigaev, Elijah Pelofske, Conner Rittner and Steven Zhao competing April 25-19 in Washington, D.C. at the National Science Bowl. Team sponsors are Kathy and Steve Boerigter. This is the ninth time in the last 10 years that the LAHS team has advanced to represent New Mexico at the national competition. Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that tests the knowledge of middle and high school students in all areas of science and mathematics.

Mississippi River One Of America’s Most Endangered

on April 29, 2019 - 10:19am
AR News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. American Rivers today named the Upper Mississippi River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2019, citing the grave threat that climate change and illegal levee raises pose to public safety and river health.
American Rivers and its partners called on state and federal agencies to prohibit the reckless raising of levees and promote better flood protection solutions.
“The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that face a critical decision in the coming year,” Eileen Shader with American Rivers said.

Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force Takedown Results In Charges Against 60 Individuals

on April 29, 2019 - 10:13am
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Attorney General William P. Barr and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II, together with multiple law enforcement partners, has announced enforcement actions involving 60 charged defendants across 11 federal districts.
Those indicted include 31 doctors, seven pharmacists, eight nurse practitioners and seven other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in the illegal prescribing and distributing of opioids and other dangerous narcotics and for health care fraud schemes.
In addition, HHS announced

Six Rules Changes Approved In HS Swimming, Diving

on April 29, 2019 - 9:56am
NFHS News:
INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Effective with the 2019-20 high school season, a legal finish now requires the competitor to contact either the touchpad or the finish end coinciding with the individual stroke of the race.
With this change, swimmers can legally complete a race by touching the finish end (end wall), regardless of whether the touchpad is activated.
This rules revision, which affects the finish of all strokes used in swimming, was one of two swimming and four diving changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and

Lawsuit Challenges BLM Oil And Gas Leasing

on April 29, 2019 - 9:42am
BLM News:
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) has filed a federal lawsuit challenging two decisions by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to offer, sell, and issue 35 oil and gas leases totaling 54,508 acres of public lands for development on the doorstep of Bears Ears, Hovenweep and Canyons of the Ancients National Monuments.
The lawsuit, filed Friday, April 19 aims to protect some of the most culturally and archaeologically rich public lands in the United States.

Udall, Heinrich On Militia Group In New Mexico

on April 29, 2019 - 8:17am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have issued the following statement in response to reports of a militia group illegally detaining migrant families and asylum seekers at the border in New Mexico:
“Reports of a militia group illegally operating in New Mexico and intimidating asylum seekers must be immediately investigated by the proper authorities. Vigilante groups attempting to utilize authorities reserved for law enforcement cannot be tolerated.
Threatening innocent children and families fleeing violence and

USS Santa Fe Returns From Deployment

on April 28, 2019 - 7:41am
CSP News:
PEARL HARBOR, HI (NNS) The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) returned April 22 from a deployment to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
"I am exceptionally proud of the crew’s efforts to prepare for, sustain, and successfully execute every phase of this deployment,” said Cmdr. Chris Hedrick, a native of Glendale, California and Santa Fe’s commanding officer.

Ingle Bids Farewell To U.S. Rep. Manuel Lujan, Jr.

on April 27, 2019 - 9:06am
Manuel Lujan, Jr.
New Mexico Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle commented Friday on the death of former Secretary and former U.S. Rep. Manuel Lujan, Jr., R-NM.
“It has always been a source of pride for us here in New Mexico that the high and important office of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior was held by a New Mexican under the George H.W. Bush administration,” Ingle said. “As we reflect on the tremendous public service of the late congressman and secretary of the Interior, Manuel Lujan, Jr., I believe we can honor him in a very fine and respectable way by trying

Measles Cases Hit New High; AAP Urges Vaccination

on April 27, 2019 - 7:47am
ALBUQUERQUE — Measles cases this year have climbed to 695, the highest number since the virus was eliminated almost two decades ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging families to vaccinate their children and lawmakers to make it harder to opt out of vaccine requirements for school entry.
"It is frustrating to see so many children suffering unnecessarily from a preventable disease.

Luján Receives School-Based Health Care Award

on April 25, 2019 - 2:38pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
SANTA FE Tuesday evening, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, received the “School-Based Health Care Champion” award from the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care organization at their 20th Anniversary Award Ceremony.
This award recognizes leaders in the advancement of health care programs and services for students in their school environments, and highlights Congressman Luján’s efforts to expand health care access and improve health care services for New Mexicans.
“The health of our

Odyssey Of The Mind Team Qualifies For World Finals

on April 25, 2019 - 8:05am

Aspen Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind Team poses early Tuesday evening outside the school board room, from left, Grace Virgilio, Sophia Pacheco, Vickie Daley, Alea Kretz, Matthew Allen, Jayden Garcia, Xander Wilson and Mike Coggeshall. Courtesy/LAPS


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos School Board recognized a group of Aspen Elementary School students during its meeting Tuesday evening who participated in the Odyssey of the Mind competition and qualified for World Finals being held in May at Michigan State University.

Odyssey of the Mind

NM GOP Calls For Secretary Of State To Resign

on April 25, 2019 - 8:04am
RPNM News:
The Republican Party of New Mexico Wednesday called for the immediate resignation of Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate.
“As the state’s chief election officer, Toulouse Oliver should not make voters question the integrity of this election by overseeing a high-stakes primary election in which she is a candidate for another office,” states the New Mexico GOP. “For this reason, we’re sure that all voters, regardless of party, would agree with us that she must resign immediately.”

EM Update Marks WIPP's 20th Year With Special Issue

on April 24, 2019 - 6:05pm
Sunrise at EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy photo
EM News:
This special issue of the EM Update provides coverage of the 20th anniversary of EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
This issue's articles, photos, employee video testimonials, infographics, and other content illustrate the critical role WIPP has played in the cleanup program’s mission to address the nation’s Cold War environmental legacy.
Toread the special issue, click here: EM Update.

Heinrich Urges Increased Funding For Affordable Housing

on April 24, 2019 - 6:02pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 40 of his colleagues on a bipartisan letter urging increased funding for the Section 4 Capacity Building program.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 4 Program works with local community development organizations to improve affordable housing, finance small businesses, and provide for other community needs.

LANL: Two New Mexico Small Businesses Win National Department Of Energy Awards

on April 24, 2019 - 11:19am
Charlie Smith, director of the DOE Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization presents awards to Jennifer Barajas of RG Construction Services, left, and John Santoru of Holmans USA, right. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Two New Mexico companies that work with Los Alamos National Laboratory received small business awards from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at the 18th annual DOE Small Business Forum and Expo April 16 in Pittsburgh.
Albuquerque-based Holmans USA won the award for 8(a)/Small Disadvantaged Business of the Year, while RG Construction Services, based in Rio

LANL: Scientists Create First Billion-Atom Biomolecular Simulation Of Entire Gene Of DNA

on April 23, 2019 - 9:24am
A Los Alamos-led team created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model and will help researchers to better understand and develop cures for diseases like cancer.
“It is important to understand DNA at this level of detail because we want to understand precisely how genes turn on and off,” said Karissa Sanbonmatsu, a structural

Collecting Antler ‘Sheds’ In Bandelier, Valles Caldera And Other National Park Service Areas Is Illegal

on April 23, 2019 - 8:55am
Collecting antlers is illegal at Bandelier, the Valles Caldera and other National Park Service areas. Courtesy photo
BLM News:
Deer and elk shedding their antlers is a sure sign of spring in the Jemez Mountains. Many people like to collect these “sheds”, which is fine on private land or areas administered by the Bureau of Land Management or the US Forest Service.
However, it is illegal at Bandelier National Monument and in the Valles Caldera National Preserve, as well as other National Park Service areas.
The National Park Service was establish in 1916 and administers NPS

GAO Study Finds Agencies Tribal Consultation Policies For Infrastructure Projects Inconsistent, Inadequate

on April 23, 2019 - 8:12am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), along with Representatives Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Calif.) and Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), announced the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled “Tribal Consultation: Additional Federal Actions Needed for Infrastructure Projects.”
The report is the first-ever comprehensive review of 21 federal agencies’ Tribal consultation processes for the development and implementation of federal

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Torres Small Announce $24 Million For Construction Projects At BIE Schools In NM

on April 21, 2019 - 7:42am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and Sen. Martin Heinrich, along with Rep. Ben Ray Luján, Assistant Speaker of the House, and Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, announced that the U.S.