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Udall’s Measure To Solidify Drone Testing Hub At NMSU Signed Into Law

on July 25, 2016 - 10:44pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s measure to solidify Southern New Mexico’s position as a leading testing center for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, commonly referred to as “drones”) was signed into law as part of the bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration.
New Mexico State University’s UAS Flight Test Center was the FAA’s original UAS test center; it served as a model for six sites across the country that were authorized by Congress in 2012. Udall’s language adds NMSU, creating a group of test ranges that can equally compete for federal projects —

Odyssey High School Is Finalist In XQ: The Super School Project Contest

on July 25, 2016 - 9:54am
The XQ Superschool Team from left, Ken Holmes, David Daniel, Michele Alterr, radical media NYC representative, Bill Hargraves, Marvel Harrison, Kurt Steinhaus and radical media NYC representatives. Courtesy photo
By XQ Superschool Team

It is with great excitement that we share, the Los Alamos Team creating “Odyssey High School” in the XQ competition is ine step close to realizing the vision of expanding the possibilities of education for our students.

The team just received notice that we are in the top 50 finalists out of more than 1,400 teams, from the XQ Institute in Oakland,

Final Scenes From GOP National Convention

on July 25, 2016 - 8:54am
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez surrounded by delegates during the state roll call at the GOP National Presidential Convention in Cleveland. See convention balloon drop here. Courtesy photo
New Mexico Delegate Lisa Shin of Los Alamos delivers a speech July 14 at the 2016 Republican Presidential Convention in Cleveland on behalf of Asians For Trump. Watch full speech here. Photo by Kelly Benner
New Mexico Delegate Lisa Shin of Los Alamos during a television interview with NBC News at the GOP convention. Photo by Kelly Benner
The New Mexico Delegation gathers for a photo at the GOP

Local Democrats Invited To Convention Watch Party

on July 24, 2016 - 3:19pm

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County is hosting a Democratic National Convention watch party at 7 p.m., Monday at its campaign headquarters at 170 Central Park Square in the heart of downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 


Calling all Los Alamos Democrats! The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County is hosting a watch party on Monday night.

Join us for the first night of the Democratic National Convention. Scheduled speakers include Sen. Bernie Sanders and First Lady Michelle Obama.

  • Democratic Convention Watch Party
  • Monday, July 25 at 7

Attorney General Balderas Participates In U. S. Army War College Commandant's National Security Program

on July 24, 2016 - 7:52am
Attorney General Balderas, left, and Lt. Col. Thomas Gonzales at the Carlisle Barracks. Courtesy photo
From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:
CARLISLE BARRACKS, PA  This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Lt. Col. Thomas Gonzales, the joint counter drug coordinator of the New Mexico National Guard, participated in the United States Army War College's 11th Annual Commandant's National Security program: "Strategic Leadership for Global Challenges to National Security." 
This intensive program ran from July 18-21 and brought together a wide variety of

Video Of New Mexico Roll Call At GOP Convention

on July 24, 2016 - 7:51am
Los Alamos
Ever since I was little kid, I have dreamt of going to a convention and being on the floor as a delegate.
As an alternate delegate, Lisa Shin has been very generous in sharing her delegate badge with me so I can be on the floor. I have been able to spend a huge amount of time on the floor and yet, have no responsibility for voting. For me, it's a dream come true. 
Regardless who the candidate is, to enjoy the convention process, and spend time with members of the New Mexico Delegation has been an experience come true.

Nuclear Watch New Mexico Seeks To Invalidate New Cleanup Order For LANL

on July 24, 2016 - 7:09am

DOE News:

Nuclear Watch New Mexico amended its complaint against the U.S. Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, which alleges 12 cleanup violations of the 2005 Consent Order issued by the New Mexico Environment Department for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

The amendment is asking the federal court to invalidate the recently issued Consent Order because the Department did not hold a formal public hearing as required by federal and state hazardous waste laws and regulations.

The U.S.

NMHM Partners With Link TV To Screen ARTBOUND

on July 24, 2016 - 6:57am
NMHM News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico History Museum has partnered with Link TV for a special screening of the Emmy® award-winning arts and culture series ARTBOUND, which showcases the new documentary film "Charles Lummis: Reimagining the American West."
The event is free to the public and explores Charles Fletcher Lummis – one of the Southwest's key and most controversial figures, at 6 p.m. July 29, at the New Mexico History Museum. Lummis had a profound impact on the Santa Fe region, having lived on the Isleta Pueblo where he was a strong advocate for American Indian rights.

Heinrich, Udall Introduce Buffalo Tract Protection Act

on July 23, 2016 - 7:44am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) have introduced the Buffalo Tract Protection Act in response to deep concerns from local communities in southern Sandoval County about the negative impacts of a proposed gravel mine in the area.
The bill will withdraw four parcels of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands, including the Buffalo Tract and the Crest of Montezuma, from any mineral development, including gravel mining.
In 2012, the BLM released a draft of the new resource management plan for BLM lands in central New

DPNM To Send Diverse Delegation To Democratic National Convention In Philadelphia

on July 23, 2016 - 7:32am


The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) will send a diverse delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week, where 43 delegates will represent New Mexico.

The New Mexico delegation ranges in age from recent high school graduates to a 93-year-old World War II Veteran, members of the LGBT community and consists of a majority minority, which stands in stark contrast to the lack of diversity at the Republican National Convention last week.

“The Democratic Party of New Mexico is proud to have such a diverse delegation to represent our state at the

Udall, Heinrich On Bill Passage To Provide Cost Of Living Increases To Veterans' Disability Compensation

on July 22, 2016 - 5:47pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed Senate passage of a bill to implement an annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for veterans' disability compensation.
As of Dec. 1, 2016, all veterans and their family members who receive service-related disability compensation through Wartime Disability Compensation, Compensation for Dependents, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation for surviving spouses and children, and clothing allowances will receive annual increases in their compensation. The bill passed the U.S.

ACEEE To Rank U.S., 22 Other Major Countries On Energy Efficiency

on July 20, 2016 - 10:42am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Which major nation has the most energy-efficient economy? Is the United States ahead of or behind other nations—including the U.K., China, Germany, India, South Korea, Australia, and Japan—when it comes to energy efficiency?

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will issue its 3rd edition of the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard report measuring the energy efficiency of 23 of the world’s largest energy-consuming countries.
The new ACEEE scorecard will be released during a phone-based news event at 11 a.m. EDT/4 p.m.

Los Alamos Alternate Delegate Kelly Benner Shares Scenes From GOP Convention In Cleveland

on July 19, 2016 - 8:37pm

Los Alamos resident Kelly Benner is an alternate delegate from New Mexico to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Courtesy/Kelly Benner

Los Alamos Alternate delegate Kelly Benner with CBS Washington Bureau News Chief / Face The Nation Anchor Bob Schieffer at the GOP Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Courtesy/Kelly Benner

Donald Trump introduces his wife Melania at Monday night's GOP Convention in Cleveland. Trump officially became the Republican Party's presidential nominee today after a roll call vote.

World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2016 Released

on July 19, 2016 - 8:50am

The year 2016, marking the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe and the 5th year since the Fukushima disaster started unfolding, strangely might go down in history as the period when the notion of risk of nuclear power plants turned into the perception of nuclear power plants at risk. Indeed, an increasing number of reactors is threatened by premature closure due to the unfavorable economic environment. Increasing operating and backfitting costs of aging power plants, decreasing bulk market prices and aggressive competitors.

The development started out in the U.S., when

IRS Awards New Mexico Legal Aid $40,678

on July 19, 2016 - 7:08am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service announced $385,678 in matching grants to New Mexico Legal Aid in Albuquerque and eight additional recipients for development of qualified Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) in underserved areas around the country for the last six months of the 2016 grant year. New Mexico Legal Aid was awarded $40,678.
The LITC program is a federal grant program administered by the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS, led by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson.

Oppenheimer Lecture: National Academy Of Sciences President Examines Question Of Climate Intervention

on July 18, 2016 - 7:20pm

National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt will deliver the 46th annual J. Robert Oppenheimer lecture Wednesday night in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

A few years back, the American geophysicist Marcia McNutt was one of three distinguished scientists who were asked by a British publication -- if they could go to any time in the past, which event would they most like to see. At that time she was executive director of the U.S.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Thanks Los Alamos Native For Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

on July 18, 2016 - 7:16pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall thanks Gillian Hsieh Ratliff of Los Alamos for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall thanked Los Alamos native Gillian Hsieh Ratliff for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her seven weeks on Capitol Hill, Hsieh Ratliff worked primarily on health related issues.

“Gillian has worked on a number of important health policy issues this summer and has been of great help in my Washington, D.C. office,” Udall said.

U.S. House Democrats Unveil Stronger America: New Security Agenda

on July 18, 2016 - 12:29pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (D-SC), Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-CA), U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-NY), U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Robin Kelly (D-IL), Seth Moulton (D-MA), and members of the House Democratic Caucus unveiled House Democrats' Stronger America: A New American Security Agenda <

Los Alamos Delegates Arrive At GOP Convention

on July 18, 2016 - 8:59am

GOP Convention Delegates Lisa Shin, left, and Kelly Benner of Los Alamos arrive in Cleveland, Ohio Sunday to participate in the 2016 Republican National Convention. They are standing in front of the Rock and Roll Museum and preparing to attend Sunday evening's RNC Convention Welcome Party. Shin is speaking at the convention on behalf of 'Korean Americans for Trump' at around 6 p.m. Thursday. Courtesy photo


Two Los Alamos women arrived Sunday at the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) gets underway today and runs through Thursday at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland,

Udall, Tester, Cantwell Introduce Bill To Launch Businesses And Create Jobs In Indian Country

on July 16, 2016 - 7:20am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced legislation to help launch businesses and create more jobs in Indian Country.
Their bill, the Native American Business Incubators Program Act, will establish and fund business incubators in Indian Country to help start and cultivate Native American-owned small businesses. 
"Small businesses create jobs and opportunity and empower people to shape their own future, and that's why I'm doing all I can to support New Mexico's entrepreneurs, especially in Indian

Historical Marker Installed At Los Alamos Post Office

on July 15, 2016 - 8:07am
A worker installs a plaque on the front of the Post Office in downtown Los Alamos stating that the bulilding, contructed in 1948, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of The Interior. Postmaster Jim Hunter, left, watches the proceedings with at right, Chair Mark Rayburn of the Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board. Photo by Chris Clark/
Scene from historical marker installation Wednesday at the Los Alamos Post Office. Photo by Chris Clark/
Scene from historical marker installation Wednesday at

Government Accountability Office Releases Report On Whistleblower Retaliation At DOE

on July 15, 2016 - 7:53am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., were joined Thursday by federal contractor whistleblowers Sandra Black and Walt Tamosaitis to release a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on whistleblower retaliation at the Department of Energy (DOE).
Black, a contractor employee at DOE’s Savannah River site in South Carolina for more than 30 years was fired for cooperating with the GAO during its collection of information for the report.

NWTF Supports Bipartisan Bill To Enhance Funding For Fish And Wildlife

on July 15, 2016 - 7:32am
NWTF News:
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation acknowledges and thanks U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) for recently introducing the bipartisan Recovering America's Wildlife Act (H.R. 5650), a bill that calls for the dedication of $1.3 billion in existing revenue to the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program.
The Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program is currently unfunded.

Udall Kicks Off Panel On Civic Engagement At Senate Latino Summit

on July 15, 2016 - 7:29am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall opened a panel discussion Thursday on the importance of the Latino electorate in the 2016 election, and he urged participants to get out and voice their values at the ballot box in November.
Speaking with U.S. Sen.

DOE Issues Final RFP For WIPP Transportation Services

on July 15, 2016 - 7:27am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) for Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Transportation Services.
An Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract, utilizing Firm-Fixed Price (FFP) task orders, that may include separate Contract Line Item Numbers (CLINs) (within Task Orders) for specified cost reimbursable (no fee) items such as State permits and Use fees, New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax, fuel, and a safe driving bonus.
The Final RFP is