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WIPP: Investigation Continues in Room 7

on July 12, 2014 - 10:36am

WIPP News:

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) employees are continuing their efforts to develop a system that allows workers to obtain additional video footage, photographs and samples in Room 7 of Panel 7.

The Accident Investigation Board requested this work to gather more information on the waste containers beyond what has already been obtained. To date, the project has been able to examine the first 16 rows of waste containers. After evaluating and testing a variety of options, the Reach team selected a 90-foot carbon adjustable boom with a base that rides on a beam system.

This will

BBBS Charity Golf Tournament July 26

on July 12, 2014 - 8:44am

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BBBS News:

The Los Alamos Golf Course is hosting the “Drive For Matches” Golf Tournament, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties.

The event is 11 a.m. to  6 p.m., with tee-off at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 26. This event will help BBBS support existing matches and goes toward matching more local children with caring adult mentors.

The cost is $100 per individual or $400 for a team of four. The price also includes greens fees, driving range access and range balls, golf-cart, 18 holes of golf, dinner and awards.

Bandelier Events Calendar Update Through Aug. 24

on July 11, 2014 - 11:33am
Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Bandelier Events Calendar Update through Aug. 24:

JULY

11        Frijoles Canyon Nightwalk
            9 p.m. Silent walk among the Ancestral Pueblo dwellings. Fee, reservations required 505.672.3861 x 517
 
12        Evening Ranger Talk – Juniper Campground Amphitheater
            8:45 p.m. Topic tonight: “Wild About Bandelier.” Free. Campers and non-campers welcome.
 
12, 13  Cultural Demonstrator – Back porch, Visitor Center
            10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This weekend: Josephine Toya, Jemez Pueblo, pottery
 
18        Frijoles Canyon Nightwalk
            9 p.m.

ACI Calls Out State for Paying Outside Company to Create 'New Mexico True' Campaign

on July 11, 2014 - 9:31am
ACI News:
 
The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) led a panel of business leaders and experts who testified July 8 on issues with New Mexico's procurement procedures.
 
Concerns were raised that major opportunities are being lost for local businesses when the state government spends tax dollars outside New Mexico.
 
Dr. Beverlee McClure, ACI’s President and CEO, explained that the presentation was intended to empower the committee to take action on a key issue that is costing New Mexico jobs.
 
“When the state government spends money in New Mexico, that money

State Receiving $500,000 Through LWCF

on July 11, 2014 - 9:02am

STATE News:

U.S. Senators Tom Udall D-N.M., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., have announced more than $500,000 in funding for the state of New Mexico through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

The designated resources will help fund outdoor recreation and conservation projects as part of a $43 million investment in all 50 states, the territories and the District of Columbia.

"New Mexico is blessed with precious lands that are a part of our culture and way of life," Luján said.

'New Mexico True' Proves Powerful Tourism Tool

on July 11, 2014 - 8:32am

STATE News:

Gov. Susana Martinez lauded members of the tourism industry for the role they have played in delivering a second straight year of record-breaking tourism growth by putting their support and money behind community-specific “New Mexico True” messages.

“It is gratifying to see so many New Mexico communities working together to create a unified message about our wonderful state,” Martinez said.

Los Alamos County All Stars 9-10's in Round One of State Play Friday

on July 10, 2014 - 11:32am

Los Alamos County All Stars 9-10's beat Pojoaque last Wednesday and won the District Championship. The team advances to round one of State play Friday in Bayard, N.M. Courtesy photo
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An Open Invitation to Los Alamos Community From Valles Caldera Trust Executive Director

on July 10, 2014 - 10:21am

Executive Director Jorge Silva-Bañuelos of the Valles Caldera Trust. Courtesy/VCT

By JORGE SILVA-BANUELOS News:

I am excited to be returning home after 10 years of living and working in Washington, D.C. For eight of those years, I rode my bike past the Capitol on my daily commute to Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s office. The sight made me feel privileged to be a public servant working in the halls of Congress.

Above all, I was fortunate that my job with Sen. Bingaman kept me connected to New Mexico and allowed me to work on matters related to public land management, including the Valles Caldera.

Sipapu, Los Alamos County, Pajarito Collaborate on New Mexico’s Most Powerful Season Ski Pass

on July 10, 2014 - 9:23am

Courtesy/Sipapu

NEW MEXICO SKI News:

As part of its continued commitment to give skiing enthusiasts open and unlimited access to Pajarito Mountain, the Los Alamos Ski Area and Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will offer skiers and snowboarders unlimited access to both mountains this upcoming winter, plus free lift tickets at more than 20 other resorts in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and throughout the country on one season pass: the New Mexico Power Pass.

The New Mexico Power Pass is available for adults for $299 now through Aug.

Lujan Grisham Advocates For Federal Labs

on July 10, 2014 - 9:13am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, spoke on the floor of the House today to advocate for policy changes needed to support the work of federal laboratories like Sandia National Labs.

Her speech was delivered during debate on the House’s Energy and Water Appropriations bill:

“I thank my colleague for yielding time, and I commend her and the Chairman for their efforts to put together a bipartisan bill and bring it to the floor. But I do have a couple of concerns with the bill that I would like to address today.

“First, it

Luján Calls for Environmental Cleanup Funding at LANL

on July 10, 2014 - 7:47am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M.-03, spoke on the House floor July 9 in an exchange with the chairman of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho.

Luján encouraged appropriate funding for environmental cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory and to restore operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). The exchange occurred during debate on the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act. Below are their remarks. 

Lujan: "Mr.

Heinrich Releases Statement On Cybersecurity Act

on July 10, 2014 - 7:41am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement July 8 after voting to approve the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act:

"Cybersecurity is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation. The future of warfare is moving further away from the battlefield and closer to the machines and the networks everyday citizens have become so dependent on. 

"The ability to defend our nation against cyber-attacks requires a comprehensive approach that

HD3 hosts ‘Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food’ Nov. 5-6 in Roswell

on July 10, 2014 - 7:10am

HD3 News:

High Desert Discovery District (HD3) – New Mexico’s first privately-lead high-technology start-up accelerator – will partner with the Association of Commerce and Industry, Roswell Chaves County Economic Development Corporation and Delicious New Mexico, to host the next HD3 Discovery Day™ themed “Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food,” Nov. 5-6 in Roswell.

This two-day HD3 signature event will focus on statewide innovation and commercialization opportunities that impact the agriculture, value-added food products and food industries.

Man Wearing Gardening Gloves Robs Albuquerque Bank

on July 9, 2014 - 10:51pm

Suspected bank robber. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

A man wearing gardening gloves robbed a BBVA Compass Bank branch on 9500 Sage Road SW in Albuquerque Monday.

The suspect is described as a heavy-set Hispanic male in his 30s, approximately 5’10” tall, either bald or with close-croppped hair. He wore a dark, long-sleeved shirt; dark pants; a black bandana that covered part of his face; a red baseball cap with yellow writing and a yellow bill and light-colored gardening gloves.

Suspected bank robber. Courtesy/FBI

The man entered the bank at approximately 12:24 p.m.

Udall, Heinrich Support Bill to Protect Women's Health in Wake of Hobby Lobby Decision

on July 9, 2014 - 1:20pm

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined their Senate colleagues July 9 in introducing the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement and other services guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act, and prevent employers from imposing their beliefs on their employees by denying benefits.

The bill was filed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 split decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby. 

"New Mexicans know that a woman's personal health care decisions should

Los Alamos Lab Admits Mishandling Toxic Waste, Causing Repository Radiation Leak

on July 9, 2014 - 9:31am

Courtesy/WIPP

HSNW News:

In a letter addressed to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), lab officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) have admitted to mishandling toxic waste shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, the nation’s only permanent repository for plutonium-contaminated waste from government nuclear facilities.

The letter, released by state regulators last Thursday, does not confirm whether the violations or LANL’s use of an organic absorption material in waste containers is to blame for the underground radiation leak, which occurred Feb.

Public Meeting to Discuss NPDES Stormwater Individual Permit at 5:30 p.m. Today

on July 8, 2014 - 3:05pm

LANL News:

A public meeting will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 8, at the Cities of Gold Conference Center, 10 Cities of Gold Road in Pojoaque to discuss the bi-annual update on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Storm Water Individual Permit.

The agenda is as follows:

  • 5:30 p.m. Poster Session
  • 5:50 p.m. Welcome
  • 6:00 p.m. Flood Event Mitigations
  • 6:20 p.m. Canyon Gage Network
  • 6:40 p.m. Permit Renewal
  • 7:10 p.m. Communities for Clean Water
  • 7:30 p.m. Wrap-up

The Individual Permit authorizes the discharge of storm water associated with industrial

Governor Announces 7 Percent Increase in Tourism Revenue

on July 8, 2014 - 7:47am

STATE News:

Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday, yet another record-breaking year for tourism in New Mexico.

Overall spending by visitors to New Mexico increased by 7 percent in 2013, which translates to roughly $300 million in new revenue taken in by communities throughout the state. As a result of this growth, the leisure and hospitality industry was able to create 1,700 new jobs last year, with an additional 700 new jobs already created between January and May of 2014.

“Tourism is a strong economic driver and a critical component of the diverse economy we are working to create in

LANL Foundation's Susan Herrera Receives Luminaria Award

on July 8, 2014 - 7:43am

Susan Herrera

NMCF News:

New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) has announced its 2014 Luminaria Awards, a proud NMCF tradition paying tribute to outstanding individuals from throughout the state who make a profound difference in their communities.

Luminarias are selected because they motivate, inspire and support the dreams of others, promote diversity and equity, and build community strength through their leadership and vision while embodying the values of NMCF.

Seven awards will be presented at the NMCF 2014 Luminaria Galaon Nov. 1, at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe.

Among this

Valles Caldera Trust Invites Public Input On Stewardship Plan

on July 8, 2014 - 7:20am

Meander Cutoff Work. Photo by Van Clothier

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS - The Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Landscape Restoration and Stewardship Plan (Stewardship Plan).

The Stewardship Plan proposes a 10-year strategy for the restoration and stewardship of the forest, grassland, shrubland, and riparian ecosystems of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

CYFD Awards $517,500 Grant to First Born® Los Alamos

on July 7, 2014 - 1:51pm

LANLF News:

First Born® Los Alamos has been awarded a $517,500 grant from the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department to resume providing support for families having their first child.

CYFD will award $172,500 a year over five years to serve 58 families each year. First Born Los Alamos, which opened in 2008, had been closed for two years due to lack of funding. A project of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, home visitors provide free support for first-time parents from pregnancy until a child is three years old.

FBI Seeks Information on Truck in Navajo Death Investigation

on July 7, 2014 - 10:55am

FBI News:

The FBI is releasing additional details on the death of a 21-year-old Native American man whose body was found June 22 on a road near Shiprock on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

A witness reported seeing a man run after a bright red GMC or Chevy pickup truck, possibly a 2012 model, with rims, tires and a tailgate that were shiny, shortly before the man was discovered dead at approximately 9:26 p.m. on Mesa Farm Road, about six miles west of Shiprock.

The truck had a man and three possibly Native American women in the back and an unknown number of people in the cab, whose windows were

Santa Fe Council on International Relations: Champagne Brunch & Film July 22

on July 7, 2014 - 9:16am

CIR News:

Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) is hosting a Champagne Brunch and viewing of the film "Welcome," 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 at the CIR's new location at 413 Grant Avenue, Suite D in Santa Fe.

Join the Council on International Relations for a delightful champagne brunch and film entitled: Welcome, directed by Phillippe Lioret on Tuesday, July 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at CIR’s new location: 413 Grant Avenue, Suite D in Santa Fe.

The multi award-winning new film from writer/director Philippe Lioret, WELCOME is a compassionate and inspiring

Valles Caldera Board Meets in Los Alamos Friday

on July 7, 2014 - 7:18am

VCT News:

The Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees will conduct a meeting in public 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 11 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 60 Entrada Dr., in Los Alamos. 

The agenda includes an update on public access and use, planning, a review of post fire conditions and the introduction of new Executive Director Jorge Silva-Bañuelos. Silva-Bañuelos was named to the post May 28 after the Board completed a nationwide search. He fills the vacancy created when Dennis Trujillo retired in January.

Public comments will be heard after the last report with adjournment scheduled

Fifteen People Become American Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony at Bandelier

on July 5, 2014 - 4:30pm

Peace Izabayo listens intently to instructions on how the ceremony will proceed. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Bandelier's Chief Ranger, Tom Betts, explains to the candidates that the flags they are to be given once flew at the US Embassy in each of their home countries. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Jerome Daligault's family wait for him to be declared a citizen of the United States. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Michele Jacquez-Ortiz of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall's Santa Fe Office, reads a prepared statement from the senator.

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