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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

LAHS Coaches Kathy and Rob Hipwood Nominated For National Award

on April 23, 2014 - 10:49am

Kathy Hipwood


The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has announced the advancement of Kathy and Rob Hipwood from Los Alamos High School as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year in the sport of cross country.

Rob Hipwood

Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet, which will take place June 18 at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

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.

History of Earth Day

on April 22, 2014 - 10:43am

Earth Day 1970. Courtesy/


Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans.


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.