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Heather McClenahan Speaks at Washington, D.C. Hearing in Favor of Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on June 28, 2012 - 10:09pm

Gary Petersen and Colleen French from Hanford, Cindy Kelly of the Atomic Heritage Foundation, Heather McClenahan of the Los Alamos Historical Society, and Carl Aiden from Hanford in the Longworth House Office Building after the hearing on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park bill today. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

The House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing on H.R. 5987, a bill to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park today.

Co-sponsored by Congressman Doc Hastings from Washington, Ben Ray Lujan of

Hall Weighs in on Supreme Court's Health Care Decision

on June 28, 2012 - 1:18pm

By Rep. Jim Hall
House District 43

I am currently in Washington, D.C., attending a conference for state legislators on Medicaid put on by the non-partisan Council of State Governments.

The primary focus of the conference has been how to address the ongoing, large increases in Medicaid costs on state finances.

Today's decision by the Supreme Court makes these issues even more timely and important.

The predicted growth in New Mexico Medicaid before the Court’s decision was an increase in New Mexico Medicaid enrollees by between 172,000 and 212,000 at a yearly cost increase of between

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BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

on June 28, 2012 - 8:58am

In a 5-4 majority, the U.S. Supreme Court, moments ago, announced that it upholds the Obama Administration law that requires most Americans to get health insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty.

"The Affordable Care Act's requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court's majority. "Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness."

The decision can be found on the Supreme Court

LATA Leads List of Top Revenue Companies

on June 28, 2012 - 8:55am

A Los Alamos field crew member from LATA uses a hand auger to collect environmental samples in northern New Mexico. Courtesy/LATA

By Carol A. Clark

A Los Alamos Company stood out among New Mexico’s top high-tech companies recognized last week for their achievements by New Mexico Flying 40, which annually honors the state’s fastest-growing companies.

Los Alamos Technical Associates (LATA), 999 Central Ave., led the list of Top 10 revenue companies for the second consecutive year.

LATA is a technical project management services company with total revenues of $237.8 million in 2011, which

Naturalization Ceremony Set for July 4 at Bandelier

on June 28, 2012 - 12:13am

BANDELIER News:

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As America celebrates its 236th birthday next week, 15 immigrants will be sworn in as new U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Bandelier National Monument.

This 11 a.m. event Wednesday, July 4 is one of more than 40 special naturalization ceremonies taking place across the United States in celebration of Independence Day, and the first one ever held at Bandelier.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Field Office Director Patti JMK Reynolds will administer the Oath of Allegiance to the new U.S. citizens.

Special remarks will be provided

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ECA Testifying Today in Washington in Support of Manhattan Project National Historical Park Project

on June 27, 2012 - 3:25pm

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources filled in at a hearing today for National Parks Subcommittee Chair Mark Udall of Colorado who was fighting wildfires back home. Courtesy/ECA

ECA News:

The Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) will testify today before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, United States Senate, in support of S.3300, a bill to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico and Hanford, Washington.

Celebration Marks 1,000th TRU Waste Shipment

on June 27, 2012 - 1:38pm

Employees of the Transuranic (TRU) Waste processing facility are joined by local and state officials to celebrate the 1,000th (1,014th) shipment of TRU waste to WIPP. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Greg Kendall

New Mexico's governor and other dignitaries gathered at Los Alamos National Laboratory Tuesday for a special event marking the 1,000th shipment of nuclear waste to a permanent repository at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad.

“I am pleased we continue to make progress on our environmental cleanup commitment to protect this beautiful place where we live

Hall Prefers Civility of New Mexico Politics

on June 26, 2012 - 7:56am
District 43 Report
By State Representative Jim Hall

This is the fourth report in the series on State House District 43. The district is large, diverse, and filled with active people and events. This report is necessarily brief and only covers a few events. 

First, there is now more background information on the Las Conchas Fire, the science, and proposed policy and technical responses. 

As I mentioned in my special report, one of the major events was the EPSCoR sponsored meeting on “Fire and Water: The Las Conchas Fire.”

The final meeting report is at: (

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Luján Named Ranking Member of Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs

on June 26, 2012 - 7:56am

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced today that he has been named Ranking Member of the House Natural Resource Committee’s Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.

Luján, who is serving in his second term, will replace Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma as Ranking Member.

“It is an honor to be named to this important position that is critical for the many states that are home to native communities,” Luján said.

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