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Heinrich Welcomes $6.4 Million For Operationally Responsive Space Program At Kirtland Air Force Base

on February 27, 2015 - 1:12pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced $6.4 million for the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) program in the Air Force's fiscal year 2016 budget request, which still must be approved by Congress. 

For the past three years, the Air Force has attempted to terminate ORS, and this budget request marks the first time it has reinvested in the program.

Last October, Heinrich wrote a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James requesting ORS funding in the budget so

IRS Issues Nearly 40 Million Tax Refunds

on February 27, 2015 - 9:43am

IRS News:

PHOENIX—Almost 40 million tax refunds worth nearly $125 billion have been issued as of Feb. 20, according to Internal Revenue Service statistics released Thursday.

The average refund is $3,120.

The IRS has processed nearly 50 million returns, about one-third of the total individual federal income tax returns the agency expects to receive this year, with almost 83 percent of those returns resulting in refunds. More than 92 percent of refunds have been directly deposited into taxpayer accounts.

Udall Applauds FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules

on February 26, 2015 - 11:41am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed a vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve updated open Internet rules.

The new rules prevent broadband providers from blocking or throttling lawful online content and ban agreements between broadband providers and online companies that create Internet “toll lanes.” 

Udall has been outspoken in his support for a free and open Internet for all Americans.

Rep. Lujan Grisham Calls On DOE To Suspend APD Access To National Training Center Coyote Canyon

on February 26, 2015 - 10:12am

Members of the Wackenhut Services Inc. Oak Ridge team sprint for the next station in the Super Team competition in 2008 at the National Training Center known as Coyote Canyon. The last team member is carrying a 40-lb simulated special nuclear material canister. Courtesy/DOE

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., has asked the U.S.

LANL Major Subcontractors Report 'Washington Got The Message'

on February 25, 2015 - 10:36pm

LANL MSC members in Washington, D.C., from left, Jeff Lunsford, Joseph Sanchez, Liddie Martinez, Floyd Archuleta and Aaron Scutt. Courtesy photo

LANL MSC News:

  • Local Subcontractors Trip to DC Yields Big Results in Protecting Local Businesses from Contract Loss

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Major Subcontractors Consortium (LANL MSC), a collaborative of the 35 largest LANL subcontractors travelled to Washington, D.C. the week of Feb.

Udall Leads Push To Ensure Homeland Security Employees Are Paid Despite Potential GOP Shutdown

on February 25, 2015 - 12:06pm

U.S. SENATE News:
  • More than 2,300 DHS employees in New Mexico could be hurt by shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has joined several of his Democratic colleagues in introducing legislation that would ensure Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees are paid if congressional Republicans refuse to fund DHS by the end of this week.

Out of anger at President Obama's immigration policies, Republicans have proposed legislation with harsh anti-immigrant penalties and threatened to block DHS funding — including programs that are critical for New Mexico —

Plan Put Forward To Avoid DHS Shutdown

on February 25, 2015 - 8:43am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

HSNW News:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has put forth a plan to avoid a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shutdown after Senate Democrats on Monday refused to approve a Republican-backed $40 billion DHS appropriation which would defund President Barack Obama’s 2014 immigration actions in order to fund DHS.

According to the Hill, McConnell’s plan would let some Democrats who want to vote against Obama’s 2014 immigration actions do so, while clearing the way for a separate vote on DHS funding.

“Some Democrats give the impression

Reward Of Up To $3 Million Offered For Information On FBI Cyber Fugitive

on February 25, 2015 - 8:17am

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev is wanted by the FBI for Conspiracy to Participate in Racketeering Activity; Bank Fraud; Conspiracy to Violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; Conspiracy to Violate the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act; Aggravated Identity Theft; Conspiracy; Computer Fraud; Wire Fraud; Money Laundering; Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

Today in Washington, D.C., the U.S.

Los Alamos Team Wins National Navy JROTC Championships For 2015

on February 24, 2015 - 11:58am

From left, LCDR Shumaker, David Murphy, Holly Hayes, Samantha Miller, JoAnna O’Neill and Samuel Wolfe. Courtesy/Stephanie Miller
 
NJROTC News:

Los Alamos High School NJROTC precision air rifle team has won the National Navy JROTC Championships for 2015.

Shooters JoAnna O'Neill, Samantha Miller, Samuel Wolfe, David Murphy and Holly Hayes traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., for the three day event last week.   

Individually O'Neill placed second nationally, Miller ninth and Wolfe 10th. In the regional results, O'Neill placed first, Miller second, Wolfe third, Hayes fifth and Murphy ninth.

LANL Scientists Join Prestigious Ranks Of APS Fellows

on February 23, 2015 - 11:02am

Nine Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists were selected as fellows of the American Physical SocietyCourtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Nine Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are new Fellows of the American Physical Society. Cristian Batista, Malcolm Boshier, Dana Dattelbaum, Stephen Doorn, Michelle Espy, George Rodriguez, Avadh Saxena, Sergei Tretiak and Lin Yin are the new honorees.

“Selection as American Physical Society fellows is de facto proof of the vibrant engagement Los Alamos scientists are having with the larger technical community,” LANL Director Charlie McMillan said.

MapLight: Platts' Nuclear Conference - $60 Million In Lobbying From Top Five Companies

on February 23, 2015 - 10:35am

MAPLIGHT News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Top representatives of the nuclear energy industry gathered in Washington, D.C., last week for the Platts' Annual Nuclear Energy Conference. Scheduled speakers were industry heavyweights like Bill Pitesa, the chief nuclear officer at Duke Energy, and David Brown, the senior vice president for federal government affairs at Exelon.

Since Jan. 1, 2013, the top five U.S. nuclear power operating companies and the Nuclear Energy Institute have spent a combined $60.4 million on lobbying Congress and federal agencies.

MapLight analysis of lobbying spending by the

Udall Announces Support For Investing Portion Of $14B Permanent Fund In Early Childhood Education

on February 23, 2015 - 7:59am

Sen. Tom Udall

STATE News:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., recently challenged state lawmakers to address the needs of New Mexico’s children and he proposed using the Land Grant Permanent Fund to benefit the state’s youngest citizens’ education needs.

Udall has endorsed the constitutional amendment proposal to invest 1.5 percent of the more than $14 billion in the Land Grant Permanent Fund to expand early childhood education in New Mexico.

Congressional Delegation Shares Los Alamos Celebration Of Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on February 22, 2015 - 1:17pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall speaks to the importance of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park as Council Chair Kristin Henderson and Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan listen at left. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, former Councilor Fran Berting, paleontologist Ralph Chapman and his wife Linda Deck, director of the Bradbury Science Museum listen to Sen. Tom Udall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation including Sen. Tom Udall, Sen.

New Emphasis On Industry Partnerships At Los Alamos

on February 22, 2015 - 1:02pm

David Pesiri

By DAVID PESIRI, Division Leader
Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation
Los Alamos National Laboratory

We believe innovation is the key to addressing many challenges facing the Nation today. On all levels, Los Alamos National Laboratory is being asked to move the needle on issues of domestic and global security, advancing the scientific enterprise on energy concerns, and effective leveraging of the latest technologies and capabilities to bolster US industry and, ultimately, the US economy.

This is our charge by the public trust, a duty to both country and the world community.

President's Science Advisor Is At Your Fingertips

on February 22, 2015 - 11:10am

Dr. John Holdren

WHITE HOUSE News:

Have a question about our changing climate? You've got the President's science advisor at your fingertips.

Since November, Dr. John Holdren has been encouraging the public to ask him anything about climate change on social media using the hashtag #AskDrH.

You've been asking -- and he's been answering. Most recently, students asked what the U.S. is doing to prepare for future storms, and how we can cut carbon dioxide emissions without hurting our economy -- among other critical questions.

Watch video here.

"No challenge poses a greater threat to future

Udall Asks Legislators To Prioritize Child Well-Being

on February 22, 2015 - 11:08am

Sen. Tom Udall

STATE News:

SANTE FE – More than one-third of New Mexico’s children live below the poverty line and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., called on state lawmakers last week to address this problem during his address to a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature.

“Our state is dead last in overall child well-being and next to last in education, in children’s health and economic well-being. This troubles all of us. It has to change. The future of our state – and not just for our children, but for our economy – depends on changing it,” Udall said. “How do we fix it?

HHS Awards More Than $4 Million To New Mexico Home Visiting Program

on February 22, 2015 - 8:30am

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell
STATE News:

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced recently that more than $4 million in grants were awarded to New Mexico to support the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

These funds will allow New Mexico to continue to expand voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy and to parents with young children. Nationally, $386 million was awarded to states, territories, and nonprofit organizations to support the Home Visiting Program.

“Home visits by a

Students Enrolled In LANSCE Neutron Program Gather For Dinner At China Palace

on February 20, 2015 - 9:11pm

Professor Heinz Nakotte, left, is dining this evening at China Palace in Mari-Mac Plaza with 36 graduate students and a few post docs enrolled in a 10-day LANSCE Neutron Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The students hail from across the United States, Hungary, United Kingdom, Argentina and Spain. Nakotte is a professor in the Department of Physics & Engineering Physics Program at New Mexico State University. Nakotte and LANL's Anna Llobet co-chair the 10-day LANSCE Newtron Program. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Students from across the U.S.

Luján Delivers Address To NM Legislature

on February 19, 2015 - 7:24pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

STATE News:

SANTA FE – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District addressed a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature this afternoon. 

Below are his remarks as prepared.

“To the distinguished members of the New Mexico House of Representatives, the New Mexico Senate, Governor Martinez, Speaker Tripp, President Pro-Tem Papen, tribal leaders, honored guests, family, and friends, thank you for welcoming me here today to discuss our shared commitment to the people of New Mexico and our common goal of building a brighter future for the New Mexico families

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Announces Successful Meetings Regarding Clean-up Initiatives And Funds

on February 19, 2015 - 9:58am

RCLC News:

SANTA FE—The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (Coalition) announced successful meetings last week in Washington, D.C.

The group visited the Capitol to meet with the New Mexico Congressional Delegation members, House and Senate Armed Services, Appropriations and Department of Energy (DOE) officials regarding clean-up issues and funding for Los Alamos National Lab (LANL).

The Coalition believes that funding for FY16 environmental clean-up at LANL should be $255 million and stated that request in all meetings.

Free Tax Controversy Fair In Albuquerque

on February 19, 2015 - 7:32am

IRS News:

The University of New Mexico, School of Law and the International Revenue Service (IRS) Taxpayer Advocate for New Mexico, are hosting a free income tax controversy fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 28 at 1117 Stanford Dr., N.E., in Albuquerque.

Third-year law students, supervised by licensed attorneys, will consult with low income taxpayers who have disputes with the IRS in any of five common areas: the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, Head of Household filing status and dependency claims or collection issues.

Bandelier: Tsankawi Comment Period Extended

on February 18, 2015 - 12:21pm

Part of the trail in the Tsankawi section of Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott announced today that the public review period for the Tsankawi Unit Management Plan and Environmental Assessment has been extended through March 16, 2015.  

The plan and environmental assessment evaluate a range of alternatives to improve resource protection, address safety concerns, and enhance visitor opportunities at the Tsankawi section of Bandelier.

Udall Announces Major Legislation To Improve Health And Well-being Of New Mexico Children

on February 16, 2015 - 11:37am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced major legislation to help improve the health and education of New Mexico children by increasing access to federal education and anti-poverty programs.

The Saving Our Next Generation (SONG) Act is based on outreach and research Udall conducted during the last year, including workshops that brought together child care experts from across the state to discuss how the federal government can help lift New Mexico from the bottom of national rankings for children's well-being. 

“Every day across New

Luján, Fleischmann Lead Nuclear Cleanup Caucus

on February 16, 2015 - 10:09am

From left, Co-Chairman Chuck Fleischmann, Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Mark Whitney and Co-Chairman Ben Ray Luján. Courtesy/BRLO

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. – Fifty years of government nuclear weapons development stemming from the Manhattan Project during World War II has affected communities across the nation and resulted in the need for environmental cleanup at numerous sites.

In response, U.S.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Gets Confirmation WIPP Recovery Efforts Are On Track

on February 16, 2015 - 8:28am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. During a recent Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., confirmed with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz that the recovery effort at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad is on track to return the facility to normal operation by the current target date of 2018.

WIPP is the only active facility in the United States that disposes defense-generated transuranic (TRU) waste. The facility halted operations in February 2014 following two separate accidents - a fire and a radiation release.

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