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Heinrich To Be Featured Speaker At National Clean Energy Week Symposium

on September 26, 2018 - 9:04am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. At 4:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. MT, today, Sept. 26, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the son of a utility lineman and one of just a few engineers in Congress, will be a featured speaker at the National Clean Energy Week Policy Makers Symposium to discuss his vision for America's clean energy future.
Through his role on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Heinrich has advocated for growing the clean energy economy in New Mexico.

NIST: Quantum Information Science - Making The Leap

on September 26, 2018 - 8:51am
The first fully programmable and reconfigurable quantum computer module developed in 2016 by scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute, a partnership of NIST and the University of Maryland. The pioneering device takes advantage of the unique properties offered by trapped ions to run any algorithm. Quantum computers promise speedy solutions to some difficult problems, but building large-scale, general-purpose quantum devices is a problem fraught with technical challenges. Courtesy/E. Edwards/JQI and S. Debnath/IonQ
NIST News:
Quantum information science will contribute to one of the

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $1.3 Million To NTU For Metrology And Materials Center

on September 26, 2018 - 8:48am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján have announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $1.3 million to Navajo Technical University (NTU) in Crownpoint, NM to build a Metrology and Materials Center (MMTC).
The MMTC will offer training for displaced energy sector workers to develop competitive skills for emerging industries including 3D metal printing, machining, robotics and advanced manufacturing.

FBI Warns Texas Leaders Of Foreign Threats To Research And Academic Institutions

on September 25, 2018 - 3:01pm
FBI News:
HOUSTON, Texas — Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Perrye K. Turner welcomed Thursday, Sept. 13, the Assistant Director (AD) of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, Bill Priestap, and leaders of Texas medical, scientific research, and academic institutions.
AD Priestap discussed the challenges of protecting educational and research opportunities while mitigating potential risks to U.S. national and economic security. “Enhanced protection begins with enhanced awareness,” concluded AD Priestap.
The FBI works closely with private partners and government agencies to ensure

Western Caucus Urges Repeal Of WOTUS

on September 25, 2018 - 2:52pm
CWC News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Sept. 20, members of the Congressional Western Caucus released the following statements calling for full repeal of the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule through the final conference report of the Farm Bill or through the passage of the Department of the Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act of 2019:
Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (OR-02): “In my meetings throughout rural Oregon, farmers, ranchers, and property owners have repeatedly expressed their concerns about

Congress Must Extend Farm Bill By Sept. 30

on September 25, 2018 - 6:37am
CRA News:
LYONS, NE Congress has five days to act before the 2014 farm bill expires.
In response, Center for Rural Affairs Policy Associate Cora Fox said failing to pass a new farm bill or extend the current farm bill lets down farmers and ranchers.
She said at this point, passage of a 2018 farm bill before the Sept. 30 deadline seems unlikely.
“In the absence of a new farm bill, it is imperative that lawmakers extend current legislation,” Fox said. “Farmers and ranchers across the country rely on important programs that will sunset without an extension of the 2014 farm bill.”

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $400,000 In Rural Opioid Grants For Rio Arriba County

on September 25, 2018 - 6:04am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Monday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded two grants totaling $400,000 to combat the opioid epidemic in Rio Arriba County.
The County of Rio Arriba and El Centro Family Health each received $200,000 in grants through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to support the treatment and prevention of substance use disorder (SUD) in rural high-risk

Marc Kippen Awarded Inaugural Global Security Medal

on September 24, 2018 - 6:05pm

Los Alamos Global Security Medal recipient Marc Kippen. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • R. Marc Kippen is an expert in space-based sensing and nuclear detonation detection ... he is the first recipient of LANL’s Global Security Medal
  • Medal honors commitment to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s mission

R. Marc Kippen has been awarded the inaugural Los Alamos Global Security Medal in recognition of his innovative professional and scientific excellence supporting Los Alamos National Laboratory’s global security mission.

Specifically, Kippen is recognized for his leadership and achievements in

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Announce $20 Million From NSF For NM SMART Grid Center At UNM

on September 24, 2018 - 4:50pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the University of New Mexico (UNM) was awarded a $20 million, five-year grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create the New Mexico SMART (Sustainable, Modular, Adaptive, Resilient and Transactive) Grid Center, an interdisciplinary research and education program to help support development of a modern electric grid.
The center will coalesce ongoing independent research efforts throughout New Mexico in academia, national laboratories

Valuable Resource Offered On Flood-Damaged Vehicles

on September 24, 2018 - 11:22am
DOJ News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance recognizes that the anticipated high volume of flood-damaged automobiles following Hurricane Florence may present the potential for widespread harm to consumers.
The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) overseen by BJA is designed to prevent concealment of flood damage and other negative vehicle histories.
Severe water damage to vehicles can make electrical systems and airbag sensors prone to failure.

Udall, Heinrich: $1 Million For Veterans Housing

on September 24, 2018 - 11:18am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have announced that the New Mexico Affordable Housing Charitable Trust has won a $1 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help disabled veterans modify their homes to help them live independently.
In partnership with the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, the Trust will use this funding to rehabilitate or modify an estimated 90 primary residences for eligible veterans statewide.  
"Veterans and their families have sacrificed

Fifth Helium Auction Generates Nearly $59 Million

on September 23, 2018 - 7:02am
BLM News:
AMARILLO, Texas Serving demand for resources that support economic activity around the nation and the world, and fulfilling the Trump Administration's commitment to an all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Bureau of Land Management auctioned 210 million cubic feet (MMcf) of crude helium from the Federal Helium Reserve for a total of $58,700,000 in revenue, which will be deposited in the Treasury for use in funding for national programs and projects.
Eight bidders representing companies from several countries participated in the auction, which offered 12 lots ranging in

Udall, Klobuchar Introduce Resolution Recognizing 50th Anniversary Of Indian Civil Rights Act

on September 23, 2018 - 7:01am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, introduced S. Res. 631, a Senate resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Indian Civil Rights Act and the importance of expanding voting rights access for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
This resolution honors Native voting rights advocates from around the nation, including Miguel Trujillo, a Marine Corps veteran and Isleta Pueblo

HDA Statement On Senate Passage Of Legislation To Address Opioid Abuse Epidemic

on September 22, 2018 - 4:48pm
HDA CEO John M. Gray
HDA News:
ARLINGTON, VA — Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) President and CEO John M. Gray released the following statement on the Senate passage of comprehensive opioid legislation, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6):
“We applaud the bipartisan passage of this legislation, which represents a comprehensive approach and critical step forward in advancing meaningful solutions to the opioid crisis.
“To strengthen and improve communication between distributors and the DEA, HDA and its members strongly support two core provisions — Sec.

Forest Service Teams Work To Increase Prescribed Burns To Protect Water Sources, Wildlife & Reduce Risk

on September 22, 2018 - 2:15pm
SANTA FE The USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild are working together to increase the use of prescribed fire to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk.
The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is unique in that it is designed to stand-up a fully qualified team to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions.
The practice of prescribe fire promotes ecological health in frequent fire forests, reduces hazardous

DOE Awards Five Year Grant Renewal To National Conference Of State Legislatures (NCSL)

on September 22, 2018 - 10:56am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI, Ohio ― The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) Monday issued a renewal Agreement to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The Agreement, entitled “National Conference of State Legislatures” was renewed Sept. 17 for a five-year period of performance.

This grant is intended to continue to help states and tribal nations understand the policies, programs and activities undertaken by DOE’s Office of Environmental Management (EM), Office of Indian Energy (IE), Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and Office of Legacy

Final FY19 Appropriations: NNSA Weapons RDT&E

on September 22, 2018 - 1:51am

Technicians inspect an optics assembly at the National Ignition Facility. Photo by Jason Laurea/LLNL


NNSA News:
The final fiscal year 2019 appropriations bill for the Department of Energy includes a 4 percent overall increase for the National Nuclear Security Administration, bringing its total budget to $15.2 billion.
Congress approved the appropriation last week as part of a three-bill package, and President Trump is expected to sign it into law today at an event in Las Vegas.
The bill continues a multi-year spending surge that is financing a comprehensive modernization of the U.S.

Seven Los Alamos High School Students Named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists

on September 21, 2018 - 5:07pm
Seven LAHS students were named semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. They were honored during a luncheon Wednesday attended by parents, LAHS administrators and the superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools. Pictured are: Principal Carter Payne, Liam Devin, Alina Bulthuis, Sonyia Williams, Steven Zhao, Do Vo, Peter Watson and Dr. Kurt Steinhaus. Not pictured: Antonio Dowdy. Courtesy photo
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Gov. Gary Johnson Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on September 21, 2018 - 4:28pm

U.S. Senatorial candidate Gary Johnson stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post today to discuss his campaign. He is holding the popular Post mascot Tyrone and chatting with local Republican and longtime friend JoAnn Johnson, left, and Post Advertising Manager KayLinda Crawford. Johnson, who served two terms as governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, is running on the Libertarian ticket against Democratic incumbent Martin Heinrich and Republican Mick Rich. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who is now running for U.S.

Udall, Heinrich On Bill Prohibiting ‘Gag Clauses’ That Cause Consumers To Overpay For Prescriptions

on September 21, 2018 - 8:03am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced the passage of the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act to put an end to the use of "gag clauses" by health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers, an egregious practice that conceals lower prescription drug prices from patients at the pharmacy, causing consumers to needlessly overpay.
The bipartisan bill, introduced by U.S.

Lujan Grisham Denied Entry To Conduct Unannounced Inspection Of USPS Facility In Albuquerque

on September 21, 2018 - 7:51am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, right, attempting to conduct an unannounced inspection Thursday of the USPS Five Points Post Office in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
ALBUQUERQUE Sept. 20, after receiving numerous complaints from United States Postal Service (USPS) union representatives about mismanagement and poor working conditions at facilities and urging USPS Acting Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb to launch an investigation into the matter, U.S. Rep.

Rutgers Teaches Caregivers To Focus On Themselves

on September 20, 2018 - 2:08pm
UBHC News:
Family members who care for loved ones with mental or physical disabilities are at risk for increased stress, which can affect not only their health but also the health of the person in their charge. Often, these individuals must balance care with work and other family commitments, leaving little time to attend to their own health and wellbeing.
George Brice of Willingboro, New Jersey, began experiencing from “compassion fatigue” and depression after his father passed away last year, leaving him as the sole caregiver for his sister who lives with schizoaffective disorder.

USDA Releases Standard Indicators And Laboratory Procedures To Assess Soil Health For Public Comment

on September 20, 2018 - 6:54am
USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is releasing a set of standard indicators and associated laboratory procedures to assess soil health.
These measures – recommended through a multi-organizational collaboration among soil health experts in the federal, university, public and private sectors – are being developed to improve conservation planning and implementation across the United States.
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has posted a draft Technical Note detailing these soil health indicators and associated laboratory

Lujan Grisham Hosts Economic Development Roundtable With UNM, National & Defense Laboratories

on September 19, 2018 - 2:18pm
Courtesy photo
ALBUQUERQUE Tuesday, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) joined executives from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the University of New Mexico for a discussion on collaboration, improving the workforce pipeline, and the Open Campus and I-Corps policies. Rep. Lujan Grisham released the following statement after the meeting:
“New Mexico’s national and defense laboratories play a critical role in our national security, and each one is a vital job creator and source of economic

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Extend Electric Vehicle Tax Credit For 10 Years

on September 19, 2018 - 7:45am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced the introduction of S. 3449, the Electric Cars Act of 2018, legislation to extend the electric vehicle tax credit for 10 years.
"At a time when electric cars are making advances in scale of production and becoming more competitive in the marketplace, we need to continue encouraging the progress we've seen--not take our foot off the pedal," Heinrich said.