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Heinrich Continues Call For Wildfire Budget Fix

on November 28, 2015 - 8:57am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  During a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) underscored the need to increase wildfire suppression efforts and continued his call for wildfire funding reform.
The hearing focused on a review of previous wildfire seasons to inform and improve future federal wildland fire management strategies.
The committee heard testimony from U.S. Government Accountability Office Director for Natural Resources and Environment Team Anne-Marie Fennell.
Last month, Heinrich initiated a 

Udall Responds To Senate Resolutions Opposing Steps To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

on November 28, 2015 - 8:53am
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted against two resolutions expressing Congress' opposition to steps the administration has taken to reduce global warming-causing greenhouse gas emissions. 
Earlier in the day, he delivered a speech on the Senate floor about the pending resolutions, which express disapproval of the administration's Clean Power Plan and its regulations of new and existing power plants.
Udall urged Congress to work together to develop a diverse energy portfolio and a comprehensive climate strategy instead of wasting time on symbolic resolutions that the

LANL’s R&D 100 Award ... A Lot Of Credit To Go Around

on November 26, 2015 - 12:29pm
LANL Engineering Institute inside the Los Alamos Research Park, 4200 West Jemez Road. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Like Oscars for films and Emmys for television, R&D 100s are among the best known annual awards in the domain of new inventions, setting standards of excellence and spotlighting new technologies.

Engineering Institute Director Chuck Farrar

The awards are named for a leading research and development magazine whose expert panels choose each year the 100 most significant new discoveries from consumer products to scientific breakthroughs.

For 2015,

Udall Introduces Updated Bill To Expand DOE Tech Transfer, Build NM’s Economy

on November 26, 2015 - 10:36am
WASHINGTON ― U.S. Sen. Tom Udall unveiled his updated bill to streamline the process for moving cutting-edge research and development from our national labs into the marketplace.
Udall has championed technology transfer as a way to advance high-tech industries and create jobs in New Mexico.
While Udall has successfully pushed the Department of Energy (DOE) to improve tech transfer, there is still much work to do.
The Accelerating Technology Transfer to Advance Innovation for the Nation (ATTAIN) Act will cut bureaucracy and better facilitate public-private partnerships at the

Heinrich Urges President To Work With Bipartisan Group To Protect Working Americans From Cadillac Tax

on November 26, 2015 - 10:07am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and U.S. Reps. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) in sending a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a bipartisan, bicameral meeting to discuss a plan to eliminate the "Cadillac Tax," a 40 percent excise tax on health insurance plans set to take effect in 2018.

Heinrich and Heller introduced bipartisan legislation last month to fully repeal the onerous tax.
"If we do not act to eliminate this harmful tax, it is inevitable that more health

Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

on November 26, 2015 - 10:03am

‘Home To Thanksgiving’, Currier and Ives (1867). Courtesy/

Staff Report

Today is Thanksgiving and the Los Alamos Daily Post news team extends the warmest of wishes to our readers in the local community, across the country and around the world.

In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly, but not universally, traced to a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts.

The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest.

Udall, Heinrich Urge LWCF Reauthorization, Funding Before Year Ends

on November 25, 2015 - 6:57am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and a bipartisan coalition of 12 other senators sent a letter asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kent.) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to include the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) along with full mandatory funding in one of the bills Congress must pass before adjourning for the year.
“The LWCF is funded with offshore oil royalties and was designed not to use taxpayer dollars.

SCEC Improves Understanding Of Earthquake Hazards With Supercomputers, Achieves Societal Impacts

on November 25, 2015 - 6:54am
SCEC News:
LOS ANGELES  Decision-makers from various sectors now have better knowledge to assess and mitigate earthquake risk owing to high-performance computing research by the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), headquartered at the University of Southern California.
On Thursday at the 2015 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Network Storage, and Analysis (“Supercomputer 2015”) in Austin, Texas, SCEC Director Tom Jordan will present an invited talk on the societal impacts of SCEC’s research and development in using supercomputers.
“By using the nation’s

ARPA-E Awards Tibbar Plasma Technologies Of Los Alamos $3.5M For Transformational Energy Technology

on November 24, 2015 - 11:19am

Tibbar Plasma Technologies owner Richard Nebel and colleague Bill Gibson standing next to 'the machine.' Courtesy photo


Los Alamos based company, Tibbar Plasma Technologies Inc, announced today that it was awarded $3.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

The funding will be used to develop plasma-based AC-DC electrical transformers for High Voltage DC Electrical Transmission.

“Plasma-based electrical transformers have the potential to reduce the cost of transforming power by a factor of 2x-10x.

Moniz Awards $125 Million For 41 Transformational Energy Technology Projects Ahead Of COP21 In Paris

on November 24, 2015 - 10:47am

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $125 million across 41 cutting-edge energy technologies awarded by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

These new projects are funded under ARPA-E’s OPEN 2015 program and come in advance of the COP21 U.N. Climate Negotiations in Paris next week. The announcement was made at D.C.

43k Sign Petition Asking J.C. Penney To Stay Closed During Thanksgiving

on November 22, 2015 - 11:17am


J.C. Penney plans to open its doors at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, a day activists say should be reserved for relaxation.

"Thanksgiving is one of the few days per year when we are all given an opportunity to pause our busy lives and enjoy the company of our family and friends. Unfortunately, this opportunity will not be extended to J.C. Penney employees,” petition author Chris Wolverton told Care2. “Last year, despite stores opening early on Thanksgiving, sales dropped 11 percent.

Andrew J. Wong Of Los Alamos Wins Grand Prize In 2015 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest

on November 21, 2015 - 11:43am

Out of more than 1,700 entries from around the world, Andrew J. Wong of Los Alamos just won the Grand Prize in the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta photo contest. The annual fiesta is the world's most photographed event. Wong's winning photo is this striking silhouette of a crew and their hot air balloon. Wong works at Los Alamos National Laboratory and his wife Charissa Wong owns Photo Essence by Charissa, a local photography business. For his award winning photograph, Wong is receiving a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens. Photo by Andrew J. Wong

IRS, States And Tax Industry Announce New Steps To Help Public Protect Personal Tax Data

on November 21, 2015 - 6:37am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service, state tax administrators and the private-sector tax industry today announced a new campaign aimed at encouraging more people to protect their personal and financial data online and at home.

The “Taxes. Security. Together.” campaign is designed to raise public awareness that even routine actions on the Internet and their personal devices can affect the safety of their financial and tax data.
The education campaign will complement the expanded series of protections the IRS, states and tax industry are putting in place for the start of the 2016

Los Alamos Technology Gains National Backing

on November 19, 2015 - 1:16pm

Descartes Labs artificial intelligence can race through mountains of data and read a landscape in seconds. An early emphasis for this technology is in evaluating and predicting agricultural output, like these irrigated fields near Roswell. Courtesy/2015 NASA/LANDSAT


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos pixels and Los Alamos dots were both riding high this week.

Descartes Labs, Inc., a one-year-old company specializing in satellite imagery recognition and analysis, announced Tuesday that it had raised $5 million in a venture capital round, thanks to a group of investors

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Discusses Consent Order Negotiations With NMED And EM-LA

on November 19, 2015 - 12:24pm

RCLC News:

HERNANDEZ -- The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) hosted representatives from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the Los Alamos Environmental Management Field Office (EM-LA) to discuss the Consent Order agreement guiding the regulatory environment for cleanup of legacy nuclear waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn gave an overview of the current consent order and expected changes to the upcoming version to be signed, and EM-LA Manager Doug Hintze presented the new campaign approach that will be utilized to clean up

Luján Calls For Action On Immigration Reform

on November 19, 2015 - 12:02pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District spoke today at a press conference with House Democratic leaders calling for action on comprehensive immigration reform. 
Below are Luján’s remarks as prepared:
“I join my colleagues in expressing my thoughts and prayers to the people of France. As we gather this morning to have a conversation on comprehensive immigration reform in the United States, we have to make sure that we work together.

Today's The Day That Quitters Win...

on November 19, 2015 - 9:26am



Get ready to lose the habit, and become victorious over tobacco.

The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event is your chance to triumph over addiction. Every November, we set aside the third Thursday to encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking.

About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States.

Udall, Heinrich Applaud Decision To Begin Nonstop Flight Service Between Roswell And Phoenix

on November 19, 2015 - 9:16am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich applauded the decision by American Airlines to begin daily, nonstop commercial flight service between Roswell International Air Center (RIAC) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Flights are set to begin in March of 2016.

"Flights between Roswell and Phoenix will help make travel to and from Southeastern New Mexico more convenient, opening up business opportunities in the entire region that can create jobs and boost the economy," Udall said.

Senate Panel Advances Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act

on November 19, 2015 - 8:29am


The bipartisan package of bills would prioritize recreation on federal lands and reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted to advance S.556, “The Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015,” which would protect and enhance public access for hunting, fishing, and target-shooting on federal lands.

The legislative package would require federal land managers to consider how management plans affect opportunities to engage in hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting and that the Bureau of Land

WIPP Conducts Limited Scope Performance Tests

on November 19, 2015 - 6:45am
Members of the WIPP Emergency Operations Center participate in a drill, simulating an emergency occurrence at the WIPP Facility. Courtesy/WIPP
WIPP News:
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Emergency Operations Center staff conducted a series of Limited Scope Performance Tests (LSPT) Nov. 3‐4, designed to evaluate the readiness of the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) and the Emergency Operations Center.
A series of four exercises were conducted (i.e. earthquake, radiological release, etc.) to thoroughly test the ERO system and staff. The U.S.

Electric Vehicle Cross-Country Driver Visits Los Alamos Nature Center

on November 18, 2015 - 4:15pm

Brian Kent and his electric car this morning during a visit to the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Chris Clark/


By Rebecca Shankland
Los Alamos
Brian Kent, tired of hearing people say that they couldn't take road trips in their Leaf all-electric vehicles, decided to drive his Leaf cross country, visiting every state capital, and even planting trees in every state to offset the small amount of carbon required to generate electricity for the vehicle.
Wednesday Kent checked his charging station possibilities and found one at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

AFTNM On Approval Of State’s Plan To Provide Equal Access To Excellent Educators

on November 18, 2015 - 3:22pm


ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“We are disappointed to hear the United States Department of Education has approved New Mexico’s State Equity Plan to Provide Equal Access to Excellent Educators.

“The goal of this plan is to close the equity gap in education, meaning all students, especially those attending low-income or rural schools receive equal access to high quality public educators, however the New Mexico Public Education failed to meaningfully incorporate stakeholder input from parents,

LANL Structure-Damage Software Wins R&D 100 Award

on November 18, 2015 - 10:52am

LANL News:
  • SHMTools monitoring project takes home prestigious award

A software package called SHMTools, which can detect damage in a variety of structures and was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, won an R&D 100 Award Friday.

“This R&D100 award highlights the Laboratory’s tremendous strength in structural health monitoring, and our long-standing collaborations with the University of California,” said Carol Burns, deputy principal associate director of the Laboratory’s Science, Technology and Engineering directorate.

Meet Man Traveling US To Prove Viability Of Electric Vehicles At Nature Center 10 a.m. Today

on November 18, 2015 - 7:18am
Brian Kent of New York will be topping off the batteries in his LEAF at 10 a.m. today at the charging station at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Everyone is invited to stop by and meet him. Courtesy photo
Staff Report
Johnny Appleseed meets the electric highway. Proving the viability of electric vehicles while planting trees in each of 48 U.S. States, Brian Kent of New York will charge his batteries at 10 a.m. today at the charging station at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
The community is invited to stop by and meet Kent and hear about his efforts to change the public's perceptions of

'This Is Only A Test' Of Emergency Alert System At 2:20 p.m. Today

on November 17, 2015 - 10:33am

FEMA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in cooperation with state, local, and tribal emergency managers and state broadcasters’ associations, will conduct a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) in six states at 1:20 p.m. PST, 2:20 p.m. in Los Alamos, today.

FEMA will send the voluntary EAS test message signal through its Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) from the exhibit floor of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) meeting in Las Vegas, Nev.