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The Science of WIPP

on April 26, 2014 - 11:01am

WIPP News:

In recent weeks, there have been many questions about the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and why southeastern New Mexico was selected as the location for the world’s only repository for transuranic waste disposal.

Government officials and scientists chose the WIPP site through a selection process that started in the 1950s. At that time, the National Academy of Sciences conducted a nationwide search for geological formations stable enough to contain radioactive wastes for thousands of years.

Potentially Damaging Wind Event This Weekend

on April 25, 2014 - 1:19pm

NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued the following wind advisory:


Type – A strong late season cold front will sweep the area from west to east late Saturday through Sunday,  generating strong to potentially damaging winds. Accumulating snow in the northern mountains and below normal temperatures area-wide will also accompany the weekend storm system.

Timing – Strongest winds expected to develop Saturday afternoon and continue through Sunday, with the most critical period expected Saturday afternoon and evening.

Udall, Heinrich Statement on DOE WIPP Radiological Release Investigation Report

on April 24, 2014 - 10:39am


WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today issued the following statement on the release of the Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management initial accident investigation report related to the Feb. 14 radiological release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad. 

The senators urge WIPP and DOE officials to fully implement all necessary corrective actions before restarting operations:

"The report on the response to the radiation release at WIPP includes many of the same deeply troubling findings as the report after the

Local Student Places First in State Drill Meet

on April 24, 2014 - 10:07am

Sarah Kirkland. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos resident Sarah Kirkland earned a top award at the New Mexico State Military Skills Championships held April 12 at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque.

Kirkland placed first in the Drill Down, an individual competition to determine who is most proficient at executing drill commands properly.

Students from more than 20 schools attended the drill meet and participated in the drill down. Kirkland is a high school freshman at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell.

Valles Caldera Trust Board Meets 1 p.m. Today

on April 24, 2014 - 6:57am

VCT News:

The Valles Caldera Trust Board will meet at 1 p.m., today, April 24 at its administrative offices in Jemez Springs.

Items on the agenda include an update on the search for a new executive director, presentations on restoration activities and planning, as well as weather status, stream flow and post-fire successional recovery. The meeting is open to the public.

For more information on this and other Valles Caldera meetings, go to

LAFSE Hosts 'Meet & Greets' Monday for Gubernatorial Candidate Howie Morales

on April 23, 2014 - 8:52am


The Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE) will hold a "meet and greet" for its endorsed gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Howie Morales 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, April 28 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

A reception will follow, hosted by LAFSE President Ellen Mills and Karyl Ann Armbruster, former LAFSE president, 6-7:30 p.m. at Armbruster's home at 605 Totavi to allow additional opportunity to meet Morales. Refreshments will be served.

Morales grew up in Silver City.

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on April 21, 2014 - 6:13pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is set to hold its Regular Business Meeting 9-11 a.m. Friday, April 25 in Los Alamos County Chambers, 1000 Central Ave., Suite 350.

Presenters for the April 25 meeting:

  • Charlie McMillan, LANL Laboratory Director
  • Ryan Flynn, Secretary of the State Environmental Department
  • Joe Franco, WIPP Management and Operating Contractor

For more information, visit the Regional Coalition website at

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any

Filter Bank Mock-up Complete; HEPA Filters Arriving at WIPP

on April 21, 2014 - 4:19pm

WIPP News:

Experts from the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site have arrived in Carlsbad to train WIPP employees on replacing the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters – a crucial component of the WIPP Ventilation System.

New filters are required to replace those that captured material following the Feb. 5 fire and Feb. 14 radiation event. The Savannah River Site is utilizing their expertise in changing contaminated filters to prepare WIPP site employees for potential levels of contamination on the filters.

Los Alamos Team 4-H Plants 49 Ponderosa Pine Seedlings at North Mesa Stables

on April 21, 2014 - 9:15am

Courtesy/Los Alamos Team 4-H

Courtesy/Los Alamos Team 4-H

4-H News:

Los Alamos Team 4-H planted 49 Ponderosa Pine seedlings Saturday at the Los Alamos County Stables on North Mesa as part of their community service project for 2014.

The group obtained the seedlings from the New Mexico State Forestry Conservation Seedling Program.

For more than 40 years, the Division has offered low cost seedlings to landowners to plant for reforestation, erosion control, windbreaks or Christmas tree plantations.

PowerTalk 21: Talk to Teens About Dangers of Underage Drinking Today

on April 21, 2014 - 8:36am

MADD News:

April 21 is recognized as PowerTalk 21 Day, a day set aside to encourage parents to speak with their teens about the dangers of underage drinking, and to set a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking in their households.

Through both State of New Mexico and City of Albuquerque official proclamations and in partnership with the New Mexico Office of the Governor, Albuquerque Office of the Mayor, Bernalillo County’s Department of Substance Abuse Program, Albuquerque Public Schools, and other stakeholders statewide, MADD NM will conduct Power of Parents workshops, Power of

Easter Sunday Events At Jemez Historic Site

on April 20, 2014 - 11:12am

Jemez Historic Site just north of Jemez Springs 7 a.m. sunrise service, with the Jemez Valley Baptist Church, the Jemez Mountain Baptist Church, the Jemez Springs Community Presbyterian Church and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church participating. Photo by Matthew J. Barbour, manager, Jemez Historic Site

Easter Service this morning at the Jemez Site (Jemez State Monument). Photo by Matthew J. Barbour


Easter Sunday events at the Jemez Historic Site (formerly Jemez State Monument) just north of Jemez Springs began today with a 7 a.m.


Luján Visits UNM-LA on STEM Tour

on April 17, 2014 - 1:19pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján toured the UNM-LA campus Tuesday as part of his STEM Tour of northern New Mexico. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, right, talks with robotics students about their projects at UNM-LA Tuesday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District visited UNM-Los Alamos Tuesday as part of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Tour of northern New Mexico.

Luján met with students and educators and to discuss the need to encourage

La Sotella Prescribed Burn Near Española April 22-25

on April 17, 2014 - 6:33am

Prescribed burn. Courtesy/

SFNF News:

ESPAÑOLA—April 22-25, fire managers on the Española Ranger District will be conducting a prescribed burn to 1,760 acres of the Santa Fe National Forest, approximately 10 miles northwest of Española and 8 miles south of Abiquiu.

Smoke from the burn will be visible from Española, Abiquiu, Canones, Medanales, Chama Highway (84/285), and Highway 96. It is expected to settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas during the evenings, but should lift by mid-morning. After ignitions are complete, smoke will still be visible for a few days.

Celebrate National Park Week at Bandelier April 19-27

on April 17, 2014 - 6:32am

View of Long House, Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

View of Tyuonyi Pueblo and nearby cavates, Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


All over the country, units of the National Park System will be celebrating National Park Week from April 19-27, including fee free days April 19-20 and Bandelier is joining in the festivities.

“Spring is a terrific time to be at Bandelier,” Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Corrections Department Eliminates Overnight Visits

on April 16, 2014 - 10:07am

NMCD News:

SANTA FE—In an effort to continue to provide opportunities for inmates to reconnect with their families, the New Mexico Corrections Department has made changes to its family visit policy.

The department has decided to eliminate overnight family visits effective May 1. Only a small portion of the nearly 7,000 inmates in the Corrections Department qualified for overnight family visits.

Inmates will now have more frequent contact visits with family during special seminar days.

Santuario de Chimayó Pilgrimage Joint Information Center Issues Annual Safety Alert For Walkers

on April 15, 2014 - 9:11am

Pilgrims gather on Good Friday in 2013 at the El Santuario de Chimayó. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

EMO News:

SANTA FE – The annual journey to El Santuario de Chimayó is underway. Dozens of walkers have already begun their trek to the church. The Santuario de Chimayó Pilgrimage Joint Information Center would like to remind pedestrians and motorists to be safe as they make their way along the route. 

The public safety for this event is a joint coordinated effort between the Emergency Management Offices (EMO)  in Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties.

Residents Asked to Sign Petition To Ban Trapping

on April 15, 2014 - 7:41am

TFNM News:

Trap Free New Mexico (TFNM) is asking residents to sign a petition here to ban animal trapping in New Mexico. 

TFNM is a coalition of citizens, conservation organizations and animal welfare groups who oppose the cruel, damaging and dangerous practice of trapping in New Mexico. Under-regulated and outdated, traps put citizens, pets and non-target species at risk, including the endangered Mexican gray wolf.

"We seek to ban traps in New Mexico for the sake of public safety and New Mexico's native wildlife," TFNM said.

New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair

on April 15, 2014 - 7:39am


Los Aamos sent 27 6-12th graders to the 62nd New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair on the New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro April 4-5.

New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair is an affiliate of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and is bound by the rules governing that organization. The fair also is a member of the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA). NMSEF is a non-profit program hosted by New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology (New Mexico Tech).

Financial support for the Fair comes from New Mexico Tech, the State of New Mexico,

RTD Adds Buses to Accommodate Chimayo Pilgrams on Good Friday, April 18

on April 14, 2014 - 2:42pm


The North Central Regional Transit District is adding additional buses along its Española to Chimayo route to accommodate people making the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday, April 18.

Two ADA accessible buses will run on a continuous loop 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., throughout the day (the first bus begins at 8 a.m. and the second at 8:30 a.m.) departing from the RTD stop on the north side of the Big Rock Phillips 66 Station in front of the Santa Claran Hotel. 

The route will traverse N.M. 76 with multiple stops in each direction along the way.

NMSARC Announces Annual Search and Rescue Conference

on April 14, 2014 - 11:46am



The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council (NMSARC) is hosting ESCAPE (Emergency Services Annual Preparedness Event), its annual training event for search and rescue volunteers April 25-27 at the Buffalo Thunder Resort, Spa, and Casino in Pojoaque.

More than 100 volunteers from throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma are attending to train in all aspects of effective search and rescue.

The three-day conference also has vendors, featuring the latest in search and rescue gear, communications equipment and performance clothing, a silent auction

Udall Bill to Curb False Advertising Claims on Protective Sports Gear Clears Commerce Committee

on April 11, 2014 - 11:48am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that the Youth Sports Concussions Act (S. 1014), a bill he introduced with Commerce Committee Chairman John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV, D-W.V., cleared a major hurdle when it passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
The legislation would help protect youth athletes from the dangers of concussions by curbing false advertising claims made by sports equipment manufacturers to increase protective sports gear sales. Action on S.

Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary Invites Community to Two-Day Open House and Birthday Party

on April 11, 2014 - 10:26am

Mitch. Courtesy/KSAS

Mitch is an older dog who was part of a hoarding case in Edgewood. He was brought to Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, just outside of Santa Fe, which offers eldercare and hospice to older companion animals; dogs, horses and poultry. Mitch is blind and finally feels safe in his new home.

Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary is hosting its annual Spring Open House and Collective Birthday Party for all the animals at the sanctuary.

The event is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11. Each day offers free workshops in successful Wellness Care, healthy

Rep. Lujan Grisham Urges APD to Accept All DOJ Recommendations

on April 10, 2014 - 10:55pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement in response to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) report on the Albuquerque Police Department.

“The Albuquerque community has waited a long time – too long – for someone to acknowledge and take decisive action against the violence we’re all witnessing. The DOJ has confirmed longstanding allegations that the department has used excessive force and violated civil rights.

“After being briefed by the DOJ, I am confident that we are headed toward a

Zia Award Honors Three Outstanding Children’s Book Authors

on April 10, 2014 - 11:21am

NMPW News:

Four outstanding New Mexico women writers will be honored for their children’s books on Saturday, April 26, at noon at the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces as part of the New Mexico Press Women’s annual conference.

 The 2014 Zia Book Award finalists for the Picture Book category are (in alphabetical order) Kitten Caboodle, written by Paige Grant and illustrated by Lisa Williams, and Tia’s Tamales, written by Ana Baca and illustrated by Noël Chilton. The finalists in the Youth category are (in alphabetical order) Children of Time: Evolution and the Human Story by Anne Weaver and


Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

on April 10, 2014 - 8:32am

Sen. Tom Udall


ALBUQUERQUE. – Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is now accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Staff for Udall will also host several information sessions throughout the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying. In northern New Mexico, the session is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at Santa Fe High School at 2100 Yucca St.

Four of the five service academies – the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S.