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Thanksgiving During The Manhattan Project

on November 27, 2014 - 10:10am

Thanksgiving feast preparation in the kitchen at Camp Hanford. Courtesy/AHF

A typical Manhattan Project era Thanksgiving meal. Courtesy/AHF

AHF News:

Manhattan Project workers around the country were usually not allowed to travel home for vacation - even for Thanksgiving.

Top scientists had important meetings on Thanksgiving, preventing them from spending the holiday with family. The communities banded together to celebrate Thanksgiving. New traditions were begun, new friends made, and a good meal was had by all.

Udall Nominates Three Los Alamos Students To United States Service Academies

on November 27, 2014 - 8:38am

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced 43 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2015, including three students from Los Alamos.

A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Udall, Heinrich Back DOD Plan To Better Protect Military Families From Abusive Financial Practices

on November 27, 2014 - 8:02am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. are supporting the Department of Defense's (DOD) plan to update the Military Lending Act (MLA) and close existing loopholes in order to better protect soldiers and their families from abusive financial practices. In a letter sent today to U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the Senators expressed strong support for the proposed new rule to help prevent lenders from charging excessive fees and taking advantage of military families.

"As our service members are asked to take on even more tasks in

Couple Follows Dream With Cross Country Trek

on November 26, 2014 - 8:08am
Mike and Julie Pearson on the road. Mike Pearson joked that if any married couples need counseling, they should try a cross-country walk. You learn a lot about your spouse, he said. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
SANTA FE Follow your dreams is a popular statement to make although it is not always practiced. Aspirations can get lost in day-to-day routines or ignored in order to fulfill other obligations. Sometimes the statement seems to be nothing more than fluff-an unrealistic piece of advice.

Udall Statement On DOD's Chuck Hagel Stepping Down

on November 24, 2014 - 10:15am
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after President Obama announced that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will step down: 
“Over the last year, we have seen the emergence of a brutal terrorist organization as well as other security threats that have required a targeted, strategic response, with little room for mistakes. As the commander in chief, President Obama needs to have a strong defense secretary who will handle these challenges with authority and clear leadership.

WalletHub Study: New Mexico Has Third Biggest Spenders

on November 24, 2014 - 9:16am


WalletHub, a leading personal finance social network has issued an in-depth analysis of 2014’s States with the Biggest Spenders and ranks New Mexico as number three.

On the heels of its recent report on the Best & Worst Retailers for Black Friday Deals, the group sought to identify the states where Americans are spending the most cash. They did so by examining 10 key metrics such as personal spending on various categories, the number of cars per household, and auto and credit card debt.  

Spending in New Mexico (1=Biggest; 25=Average)

  • 3rd in Personal Expenditure on Food &

Udall, Heinrich Seek Additional Resources For WIPP

on November 23, 2014 - 9:35am


WASHINGTON, D.C.As Congress finalizes its fiscal year 2015 spending bills, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced they are seeking continued support for funding for the recovery of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

In a letter to Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, the senators urged them to provide an additional $113 million above 2014 funding levels to ensure ongoing recovery efforts are maintained and the facility can safely resume operation.

WIPP has been closed

Heinrich Introduces Bill To Boost Tech Transfer

on November 23, 2014 - 8:57am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced S. 2932, the Microlab Technology Commercialization Act of 2014, a bill to accelerate technology transfer by establishing off-campus microlabs that would serve as the "front-door" to national laboratories.

The microlabs would give academia, local government, businesses owners, and communities direct access to the equipment, facilities and personnel of our national labs. 

"If we are going to realize the true potential

Heinrich Introduces Bill To Modernize Nation’s Electric Transmission Grid

on November 22, 2014 - 7:55am

Sen. Martin Henrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thursday, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced a bill (S. 2947) to remove barriers to creating a cleaner, more consumer-friendly electric grid.

The bill clarifies that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the legal authority to require regional grid operators in interstate wholesale markets to allow consumers to be compensated for voluntarily reducing their electricity consumption-a tool referred to as demand response.

Udall Responds To President’s Immigration Decision

on November 21, 2014 - 8:12am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTONU.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement on the president’s decision to take executive action on immigration: 
“Over 40,000 people in New Mexico and millions more around the country are living in immigration limbo while they work and raise families here in the United States. Deporting these children and families isn’t a realistic option. We need to focus our limited resources on securing the border and going after drug dealers, gang members and potential terrorists.
“New Mexicans have seen firsthand the problems caused by House

Significant Activities Resume At WIPP

on November 20, 2014 - 11:08am

WIPP News:

Two functions that are vital to recovery operations resumed this week at the WIPP site. Over the weekend, crews resumed roof bolting operations necessary for ground control and continued safe access to many areas of the underground facility.

Roof bolts, sometimes as long as 12 feet, are inserted into predrilled holes and tightened to required specifications to help secure the roof and walls of the access routes in the underground facility. Under normal operations, roof bolts are added or replaced on a routine basis, as necessary.

Atomic Heritage Foundation Releases Audio Interview With Dorothy Scarritt McKibbin

on November 19, 2014 - 6:47pm
Dorothy Scarritt McKibbin. Courtesy/AHF
AHF News:

Washington, D.C. – The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) is pleased to announce the release of a never-before-heard audio interview with Dorothy Scarritt McKibbin taken in 1965 on the “Voices of the Manhattan Project” website.
Known as the “Gatekeeper to Los Alamos,” McKibbin was the first reassuring face that fatigued Manhattan Project recruits saw upon arriving in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The rare, hour-long interview provides novel insight into the mind of the woman who became one of the most beloved figures on “The Hill.”


NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Blocked

on November 19, 2014 - 10:14am

HSNW News:

The USA Freedom Act, a bill introduced last year aiming to curtail some of the NSA’s data collection programs, especially those focusing on U.S. phone data, failed last night to reach the 60-vote threshold required to cut off debate and move to a vote.

Nearly a year-and-a-half after the Edward Snowden’s revelations, the act was considered the most politically viable effort in four decades to place curbs on NSA activities.

Heinrich Discusses Vote Against Keystone XL Pipeline

on November 19, 2014 - 7:13am
Sen. Martin Henrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after voting against the Keystone XL Pipeline legislation:

"This debate is not about a pipeline,” Heinrich said. “It's really about market signals. A vote to approve Keystone sends the signal that carbon pollution and climate are not serious economic concerns and that even the dirtiest fuels, such as tar sands, are a good place to invest capital.

Heinrich, Flake Lead 30 Senators In Call For Monthly Bipartisan Lunches

on November 17, 2014 - 6:44am

  • Senators Push To Bridge Partisan Divide To Address Common Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. led a bipartisan group of 30 senators Friday in calling on their party leaders to schedule monthly lunches between their caucuses in the next Congressional session in the hope of building better and more productive relationships among all members of the Senate.

"We believe that regular bipartisan meetings like the one in July 2013 can help foster the kind of productive relationships that will be critical for the Senate to live up to

DOE Awards $425 Million In Next Generation Supercomputing Technologies

on November 16, 2014 - 12:47pm

Secretary Ernest Moniz learns about the work underway in high performance computing and additive manufacturing. Photo by Sarah Gerrity/DOE

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced two new High Performance Computing (HPC) awards to put the nation on a fast-track to next generation exascale computing, which will help to advance U.S. leadership in scientific research and promote America’s economic and national security. 


Moniz announced $325 million to build two state-of-the-art supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge and Lawrence

DOE Awards New Contract To Manage and Operate Brookhaven National Laboratory

on November 15, 2014 - 6:33am

Brookhaven National Laboratory. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a new five-year, $3.2 billion contract to Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) to manage and operate Brookhaven National Laboratory.

The award was the result of a DOE competition for the management and operations (M&O) contract for the laboratory, which has been operated by BSA for the Department since 1998. A major, multi-program laboratory and an internationally recognized center for scientific research, Brookhaven is one of 17 in a system of National Laboratories

DOE Secretary Moniz, Senator Alexander, Other Members Of Congress To Make Major Investment Announcement Friday

on November 13, 2014 - 9:59am

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday morning, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will join U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Representatives Eric Swalwell, Dan Lipinski, Chuck Fleischmann and Bill Foster to make an announcement on a major investment that will keep the United States on the cutting edge of scientific advancement.

This announcement will mark another step toward President Obama’s and Secretary Moniz’s commitment to promote American leadership in science, technology and innovation.   

Scenes From American Legion's Veterans Day Event

on November 13, 2014 - 7:39am

Keynote Speaker Vernon Kerr addresses the crowd at the Veterans Day 2014 event 'Honoring all who served' Tuesday at the American Legion on Trinity Drive. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Community members turn out Tuesday to honor veterans at the American Legion. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Officials gather at Tuesday's Veterans Day event including, at left, newly elected County Councilor Rick Reiss and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Photo by Leland Lehman/

County Councilor Rick Reiss reads a Veterans Day proclamation on behalf of the Los Alamos

State Of LGBT Equality In Five New Mexico Cities

on November 12, 2014 - 8:49am

Municipal Equality Index. Courtesy/HRC

HRC News:

  • Many municipalities extend vital protections to their LGBT citizens and employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today released its third annual report assessing LGBT equality in 353 cities across the nation, including five in New Mexico.

The 2014 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the only nationwide rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law and policy, shows that cities across the country, including New Mexico, continue

My Hero, My Dad

on November 11, 2014 - 9:56am

Wendell Goffe Armour

My hero, my Dad

Los Alamos

Army First Sergeant Wendell Goffe Armour was 92 years old when he left this world June 26, 2014. He was a brave solider and a man proud of country. He experienced the horrors of war, and once said to me, “you don’t know what its like to have a buddy die in your arms.”

At 17, he joined the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard in Pittsburgh. They were called to active duty in February 1941 to Europe, but because he had a mother living in Germany, the Army sent him to the South Pacific.

IRS Clarifies One-Per-Year Limit On IRA Rollovers

on November 11, 2014 - 9:10am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued guidance clarifying the impact a 2014 individual retirement arrangement (IRA) rollover has on the one-per-year limit imposed by the Internal Revenue Code on tax-free rollovers between IRAs.

The clarification relates to a change, announced ( earlier this year, in the way the statutory one-per-year limit applies to rollovers between IRAs. The change in the application of the one-per-year limit reflects an interpretation by the U.S.


Udall Statement In Honor Of Veterans Day

on November 11, 2014 - 8:07am

U.S. Sen Tom Udall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen Tom Udall released the following statement in honor of our nation's veterans, and to commemorate Veterans Day: 

"Americans throughout the country gather on Veterans Day to thank the brave men and women of our military and to recognize their service to our nation. We honor the great sacrifices of those who have risked their lives to protect our freedoms and keep us safe. We thank those who are still serving today and we pay tribute those who have given their all in defense of our country and its ideals.

"New Mexico has a long and proud tradition of

Today Is Veterans Day - Honoring People Who Have Served In U.S. Armed Forces

on November 11, 2014 - 6:25am

Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War. Courtesy/

Staff Report

Today is Veterans Day, an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is a federal holiday observed Nov. 11.

It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I

Udall Statement On President’s Net Neutrality Plan

on November 10, 2014 - 12:12pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, welcomed the president’s support for a free and open Internet as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares new net neutrality rules and issued the following statement:
“Net neutrality is about leveling the playing field, and I am encouraged that the president has joined the call for strong rules by the FCC to protect the open Internet.