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Two Sandia Researchers Win Nation’s Most Prestigious 'Early Career' Awards

on August 8, 2014 - 7:29am

Recipients of the PECASE. Courtesy/

SNL News:

Of eight DOE researchers selected to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), two were researchers at Sandia National Laboratories.

The awards, presented at a White House ceremony in mid-December, are the U.S. government’s most prestigious commendation for scientists and engineers at early stages in their career. PECASE winners — this year, there were 67 — receive up to five years of funding from their agency to advance their research.

Sandia researchers Wei Pan and Bert Debusschere were

Prescribed Fire Planned for Santa Fe National Forest

on August 8, 2014 - 7:24am

SFNF News:

Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a pile prescribed fire Aug. 18 to Sept. 28 on the Jemez Ranger District.

The Los Griegos pile prescribed burn may be conducted only on favorable days as conditions allow. A total of 500 acres of piles may be treated in an area adjacent to the Sierra Los Pinos community, 17 miles southwest of Los Alamos. Small blocks of land may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire dependent ecosystems.


Gov.: Child Support Bench Warrant Round Up

on August 7, 2014 - 7:48am

Gov. Susana Martinez


For the third year in a row, Gov. Susana Martinez announces a two-part crack-down on non-custodial parents who aren’t paying child support.

The child support bench warrant operation runs through the end of August.

Non-custodial parents with an outstanding bench warrant due to unpaid child support obligations may visit one of the 14 child support offices across the state, pay the full amount of the bond by Aug. 29, and get the warrant quashed or cancelled without fear of arrest.

During the final week of August, New Mexico State Police (NMSP) and local law

Udall, Heinrich Voice Concerns Over Plan to Reduce Hours at U.S. Post Offices in New Mexico

on August 7, 2014 - 7:47am


U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe Wednesday to express their concerns about the Postal Service's multi-year "Post Plan" to reduce costs and streamline operations, which may impact more than 140 post offices in New Mexico. 

USPS announced the Post Plan in 2012 in response to financial challenges it was facing at the time, which included declining revenues and mail volume.

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Aug. 15

on August 7, 2014 - 7:39am

RCLC News:

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Regular Business Meeting is 9-11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15 in the Santa Fe County Chambers, 102 Grant Ave., in Santa Fe.

The meeting will include up-to-date presentations on the WIPP situation.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing of the meeting, contact the Coalition Office at 505.577.1347 at least one week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible.

Public documents including the

Safety Enhancements Continue at WIPP

on August 7, 2014 - 7:37am

WIPP News:

The Accident Investigation Board report for the underground truck fire was issued in March and the Radiological Release (Phase I) report was issued in May.

Corrective Action Plans have been developed and are currently being reviewed, awaiting final approval from the U.S. Department of Energy. Although these plans are still undergoing formal reviews, a number of organizational and safety related actions have already been implemented.

The site developed an Executive Safety and Quality Review Board to ensure adequate oversight as changes and updates to all safety related programs

Secretary of the Interior Visits Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Aug. 8

on August 7, 2014 - 7:36am

Sally Jewell


Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Friday, Aug. 8 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and its positive impact on New Mexico.

Jewell and U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich with U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham will join U.S.

DOE Secretary Visits WIPP Aug. 12

on August 6, 2014 - 8:18am
Sec. Moniz. Courtesy/
Energy Sec. Ernest Moniz will host several meetings on the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) and visit the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad this month.
Friday, Aug. 8, Moniz will join other federal and local officials, including Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx for two public meetings to receive public input on the QER, an administration-wide effort to make recommendations regarding key infrastructure needed for transmission, storage and distribution of energy.
In Chicago, the discussion will focus on rail, truck and barge

USDA Increasing Investment Opportunities In Rural America For Private Entities

on August 6, 2014 - 8:11am

USDA News:

Recently the White House Rural Council, chaired by the United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, announced the creation of a new U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund to allow private entities to invest in rural infrastructure projects across the nation. 

Ten billion dollars have been pledged to start the Fund and it expects to grow with additional funds. Co Bank, a national cooperative bank serving rural America, is the anchor investor and Capital Peak Asset Management will manage the new fund.

With assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture

Safety Tips Offered For Flash Flooding

on August 5, 2014 - 10:32am


Eighteen to 24 inches of moving water can wash an SUV off of the road. In fact, according to the National Weather Service, more than half of all flood-related deaths are people driving through flooded roads.

With the risk of flash flooding in the area over the next few days, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® reminds residents to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!” and offers the following flood safety tips to protect your home and family:

Before the Flood

  • Clear yard of any debris, plant material or items (garden décor, foliage, or garbage cans) that can

WIC: More Than Milk And Cheese

on August 5, 2014 - 9:04am
Santa Fe WIC Supervisor
Los Alamos Breastfeeding Taskforce Member

WIC is an acronym visible throughout America including the aisles of the new Smith’s Marketplace, however it is an acronym that tends to be underestimated or thought of as the milk and cheese program. 

WIC is far more than milk and cheese, and as we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week it is important to recognize the contributions the WIC program has made over the years and continues to make every day to breastfeeding women throughout America, New Mexico and Los Alamos County. 

Formally established

Taos Celebrates Smokey's 70th Birthday

on August 5, 2014 - 9:03am



Carson National Forest, Taos Bureau of Land Management and the Town of Taos are joining to host a birthday party 2:30-5 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Aug. 9 in honor of Smokey Bear’s 70th Birthday.

Smokey’s Birthday celebration will include a birthday cake, songs, games, a Smokey Bear poster exhibit and an opportunity for children to have their picture taken with Smokey.


Senators: WIPP's Missed Inspections 'Unacceptable'

on August 5, 2014 - 8:47am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Monday that the Department of Labor has responded to their March request for an explanation detailing why the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) failed to conduct legally required regular safety inspections at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

The senators asked for the information after an investigation into a February truck fire at WIPP revealed that MSHA had done only two inspections during the three years before the accident.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


Dedie Snow Delivers Annual Santa Fe Fiesta Lecture

on August 5, 2014 - 8:25am

Artist's concept of the Palace of the Governors in the early 17th century, by Scott G. Jaquith. Courtesy/


Since 1609, the Palace of the Governors remains the nation’s oldest continuously occupied government building.

But before and especially after the 1680 Pueblo Revolt and 1693 Reconquest, one of the most common complaints found in early descriptions of it came down to four important words: “In need of repair.”

For the museum’s annual Santa Fe Fiesta Lecture, noted archaeologist Cordelia “Dedie” Thomas Snow pulls together the various descriptions of the

Valencia County Elementary Schools Guaranteed Meal Funding For Underprivileged Kids

on August 5, 2014 - 8:15am

Sen. Michael Sanchez


Sen. Michael S. Sanchez, D-Valencia, Bernalillo, announced that thanks to funding from a state appropriation, children enrolled in Belen and Los Lunas elementary schools will again be eligible to receive free or reduced price school meals. 

The much needed program, coordinated by New Mexico Appleseed, continues at a time when the state ranks first in the nation for the highest rate of childhood hunger.

“Child hunger has been directly related to poor performance in school.

NMAA Launches 'Compete With Class' Sportsmanship Initiative

on August 4, 2014 - 12:03pm

NMAA News:

ALBUQUERQUE - The New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) is excited to announce that a new sportsmanship initiative has been launched with the start of the 2014-2015 school year. 

The “Compete with Class” initiative was introduced during the NMAA’s annual back to school athletic directors’ meeting July 29. 

“Compete with Class” was developed through a collaboration process involving athletic directors, coaches and school administrators as well as input from student and adult communities with the purpose of restoring the placement of interscholastic activities in an

Sen. Al Franken Attends Democratic Campaign Headquarters Opening Event in Santa Fe Saturday

on August 4, 2014 - 9:52am
Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos introduces Sen. Tom Udall to a crowd of several hundred at Saturday's opening of the Democratic Campaign Headquarters in Santa Fe.
Photo by Brad Storey
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., addresses the crowd at the opening of Democratic Campaign Headquarters office Saturday in Santa Fe office. Photo by Brad Storey

Sen. Tom Udall speaks to the crowd at Saturday's event in Santa Fe. Photo by Brad Storey

Sen. Al Franken with Public Education Commission candidate Karyl Ann Armbruster of Los Alamos at the opening of  the Democratic Headquarters Saturday

Heinrich on CIA's Redactions in Interrogation Study

on August 4, 2014 - 9:11am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the CIA's redactions to the executive summary of the Committee's study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program.

"I was disappointed to learn of the CIA's extensive use of redactions on the Committee's executive summary. Redactions are supposed to remove names or anything that could compromise sources and methods, not to undermine the source material so that it is impossible to understand.

Heinrich Votes to Reform VA System

on August 4, 2014 - 8:23am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. released the following statement Thursday after voting to pass the Conference Report for the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act.

The proposal, cosponsored by Heinrich, will improve veterans' access to health care services and address serious systemic problems facing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

"I'm pleased we were able to work together and pass a bipartisan compromise that addresses the chronic mismanagement and systemic problems facing VA facilities

Flash Flood Watch In Effect Beginning 2 p.m. Today

on August 4, 2014 - 8:05am


NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Flash Flood Watch for a portion of North and Central New Mexico.

Areas included in the watch are the Jemez Mountains, Santa Fe metro area, South Central Highlands, lower Chama River valley, Albuquerque metro area, Estancia Valley, Lower Rio Grande Valley, Northwest Highlands, Sandia/manzano Mountains, Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains above 9,500 feet, Southwest Mountains, West Central Highlands, west central mountains, West Central Plateau and west slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

  • 2 p.m.

Anti-Nuke Group Gathers To Remember Hiroshima

on August 3, 2014 - 9:02am

Father John Dear of Santa Fe Pax Christi speaks to the group of about 40 people gathered at Ashley Pond Saturday to remember Hiroshima. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Father John Dear and members of Pax Christi spent 30 minutes sitting in silence Saturday on the grass at Ashley Pond Park in remembrance of the Aug. 6 atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 69 years ago.

“We gathered to remember Hiroshima and to repent for the sins of nuclear weapons and beg

D.H. Lawerence Ranch Reopens To Public

on August 3, 2014 - 8:19am

Image from the D.H. Lawerence Ranch. Courtesy/

TCF News:

The historic D.H. Lawrence Ranch in Taos County will now be open to the public, thanks to a cooperative agreement between the University of New Mexico (UNM), D.H. Lawrence Ranch Alliance and the Taos Community Foundation (TCF).

The ranch, which has been closed to the public since 2010, is accessible 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through October.

The Taos Community Foundation established a grant to hire a UNM staff member who will provide public tours and information of the property.


Heinrich: It's Irresponsible To Believe Refugee Crisis Will Fix Itself

on August 3, 2014 - 8:15am

Sen. Martin Heinrich



 U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a leading voice in addressing the current Central American refugee crisis on the southern border and staunch advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, voted Thursday in favor of S.2648, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act.


The bill failed on a procedural vote that would have allowed it to get a final up or down vote. 

"Inaction is not a viable solution to this incredibly serious problem. It is absolutely irresponsible to believe that this humanitarian crisis will somehow fix itself.

Funding Provided For Food Entrepreneurship Project

on August 3, 2014 - 8:12am

Terry Brunner


USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner presented Rio Grande Community Development Corporation a certificate of obligation last week, which will begin the funding for the establishment of a food manufacturing entrepreneurship project in southwest New Mexico. 

During the presentation Brunner said, “This project offers an exciting opportunity to build a food network of locally grown products which will provide our families and children with a healthier food supply.


Udall: VA Reform Bill Improves NM Veterans Care

on August 3, 2014 - 8:08am

Sen. Tom Udall


U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the Senate Thursday in approving a bipartisan measure to reform veterans' care and begin to restore accountability and transparency at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in New Mexico and across the country.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill, which passed by a vote of 91-3, earlier this week. It now goes to the president, who is expected to sign it into law. 

The bill will address barriers that have led to long wait times for doctors' appointments by allowing veterans to get care outside the VA system if