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VIDEO: Udall Leads Bipartisan Coalition Of Senators Pushing For Vote On Chemical Safety Reform

on October 8, 2015 - 8:38am
WASHINGTON  As the Senate prepares to begin debate on chemical safety reform, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M) led a bipartisan coalition of senators calling on Congress to finally protect families from dangerous chemicals by passing the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which Udall wrote with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.).
The bill is named for the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who worked for many years to reform the broken and outdated Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA).
It would overhaul TSCA by requiring — for the first time —

Udall, Heinrich Announce $4.39 Million For Tribal Suicide, Drug Abuse And Domestic Violence Prevention

on October 8, 2015 - 8:35am
WASHINGTON U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that several New Mexico Tribes and organizations will be receiving a total of $4.39 million over five years to prevent suicide, fight drug abuse and combat domestic violence through the Indian Health Service's Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) programs.
The MSPI programprovides support for Tribal communities to develop culturally appropriate prevention and treatment methods for suicide and drug abuse, particularly methamphetamine.

Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich, Aziz Sancar Awarded Nobel Prize In Chemistry 2015

on October 7, 2015 - 7:57am


The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2015 “for mechanistic studies of DNA repair" to:

  • Tomas Lindahl Francis Crick Institute and Clare Hall Laboratory, Hertfordshire, UK;
  • Paul Modrich Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA; and
  • Aziz Sancar University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

The cells’ toolbox for DNA repair

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015 is awarded to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar for having mapped, at a molecular level, how cells repair damaged DNA and

White House Invites New Mexico’s Senate Majority Leader To Plenary Panel For Worker Voice Summit

on October 7, 2015 - 7:03am

President Barack Obama

New Mexico’s Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez is one of six members of the plenary panel, “The Importance of Worker Voice,” for the White House Summit on Worker Voice.  

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez

President Barack Obama is hosting the 2015 “Worker Voice Summit” at the White House to discuss the benefits of empowering employees to become partners in growing the economy.

Obama and Labor Secretary Tom Perez join summit members Sanchez, Sarita Gupta, Ambereen Khan-Baker, Gregory Adams, Joe Schmidt and Robert Hathorn.

The panel will establish the

LANL's Dee Magnoni New President Elect Of Special Libraries Association

on October 6, 2015 - 8:19am

LANL Research Library Director Dee Magnoni 

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory's Research Library (SRO-RL) Director Dee Magnoni is the new president elect of the Special Libraries Association beginning in January 2016.

She will serve one year as president-elect, followed by a year as president (2017) and a year as past president. Additionally, Magnoni will serve a three-year-term on the association's Board of Directors.

Magnoni became Los Alamos' Research Library director in January 2014. Magnoni is a Fellow of the Special Library Association, where she has served in several

2015 Saint Bernard Club of America National Specialty Show Crowns 'Big Winners' In Santa Fe

on October 6, 2015 - 6:52am
Best of Breed Winner Blissful's Armani took home the big prize at Saturday's Saint Bernard Club of America National Specialty Show in Santa Fe. Owner Tricia Kenworthy Gingerich is on the right. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Judy and Roger Goldie of Los Alamos (in hats) are long-time St. Bernard fanciers. They've owned two St. Bernards, have been members of the St. Bernard Club of America since 1995 and enjoy seeing the breed on display. They are pictured with Blissful's Armani, Best of Breed winner. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Winners of the brace

Udall, Heinrich Welcome $5.7 Million To Build Veterans Cemetery At Fort Stanton

on October 5, 2015 - 11:27am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced that they have secured $5,741,388 to cover the full cost of construction for a veterans cemetery near Fort Stanton.
Currently, the state has only two veterans cemeteries — located in Santa Fe and at Fort Bayard — and many veterans and their families have to travel a great distance to honor loved ones. 
The new cemetery at Fort Stanton will serve more than 7,500 veterans and their families. Ground breaking for the project is expected this coming Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
“More than 170,000 veterans call

LANL EM Support Contract Goes To Sigma Science

on October 5, 2015 - 10:08am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract to Sigma Science Inc. (SSI) of Los Alamos.

SSI is a Small Business Administration (SBA) Certified 8(a) Program Participant. The contract will have a maximum value of $4 million with a five year ordering period. Firm-fixed-price and time-and-material task orders may be issued from the basic contract.

SSI has 18 years of experience providing nuclear safety, operations, maintenance, engineering, environmental management, project management and

Twenty Individuals From 10 Countries Take Oath During Saturday's Naturalization Ceremony At Fuller Lodge

on October 4, 2015 - 9:29am
Chief U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo conducts the Oath of Allegiance during the Naturalization Ceremony sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Saturday morning at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Twenty individuals from 10 countries take the Oath of Allegiance during Saturday's Naturalization Ceremony at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Chief U.S.

NNSA Awards Mo-99 Cooperative Agreement To General Atomics

on October 3, 2015 - 8:55am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, DC  Wednesday Sept. 30, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced that it will award a cooperative agreement to General Atomics (GA) to support its project for domestic production of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) without highly enriched uranium (HEU).  
Mo-99 is the parent isotope of technetium-99m, which is the most widely used radioisotope in medical diagnostic imaging and is used in approximately 80 percent of nuclear diagnostic imaging procedures in the United States, equating to about 50,000 medical procedures every day. 

WIPP Emergency Response Team Member Earn Advanced Training Certifications

on October 3, 2015 - 8:39am
WIPP News:
Recovery activities at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant continue to move in a positive direction.
As part of increased emergency response capabilities, the WIPP Fire Department and Emergency Response Team are participating in advanced training, improving overall capabilities and receiving advanced certifications.
Training and validation testing has included written examinations, as well as intense physical and practical testing. All WIPP firefighters are certified at Firefighter Level I/II.

LAHS Has Eight Commended Students In 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program

on October 2, 2015 - 2:33pm

LAHS students named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program here with Principal Brad Parker are from left, Camille Rousculp, Kaelan Prime, Faith Koh, Julia O’Brien, Nathan Delgado, Sydney Schoonover, Faith Montano and Val Jackson-Hundley. Courtesy/LAPS

LAHS News:
Los Alamos High School Principal Brad Parker announced that seven students at the school have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

“We are very pleased to recognize the academic achievement of these students and congratulate them on this honor,” Parker said. 


Udall, Markey, Durbin Announce Agreement On Chemical Safety Reform Bill

on October 2, 2015 - 9:47am
  • Markey, Durbin to cosponsor after Senate vote, bringing total support to 60 senators

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, as the full Senate prepares to begin debate on a historic bill to overhaul the broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass. and Richard Durbin, D-Ill. announced they have agreed on new improvements to the bill.
With the changes, Markey and Durbin have agreed to support the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which Udall wrote with U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La.

Los Alamos Police Collect 312 Pounds Of Old Prescriptions During Saturday's Drug Take Back Day

on October 1, 2015 - 11:58am

The Los Alamos Police Department collection site set up Saturday near the patio at Smith’s Maketplace. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD Evidence Technician Anthony Lucero assists a citizen with a drop off. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department collected 312 pounds of unwanted and unused prescriptions during Saturday’s drug take back day.

The total collection amount was from drop offs made to the LAPD drug box located in the police station lobby at the Judicial Complex and the two collection sites in Los Alamos and White Rock. 

“This National Initiative to take controlled

Heinrich Statement On Final Passage Of Clean Continuing Funding Resolution

on October 1, 2015 - 9:57am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. released the following statement today after voting to pass a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded through December 11, 2015:

“It’s my hope that this marks the end of governing by manufactured crises and a return to focusing on growing the economy and making sure all Americans get a fair shake at getting ahead.

Naturalization Ceremony At Fuller Lodge Saturday

on October 1, 2015 - 9:34am
Courtesy photo
By James Nesmith, Chair
Naturalization Ceremony

Los Alamos is incredibly diverse and culturally rich. We have people from more than 90 countries in our midst and their contributions are incalculable, not just their professional contributions but their cultural contributions.

They are a part of the story and the complex tapestry that is Los Alamos. and at 11 a.m. this Saturday, some of these individuals will take the last step in becoming full-fledged members of our society.

Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson Assumes Command Of Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center At Kirtland AFB

on October 1, 2015 - 9:34am

Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson


KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE – Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson will assume command of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) in a ceremony this morning at Hardin Field.

Before coming to the AFNWC, Jansson was the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons and director of the Armament Directorate at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

Jansson replaces Maj. Gen. Sandra Finan, who is going to the Pentagon to be the deputy chief information officer for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers. Gen.

Udall Welcomes OK Of Short-Term Budget Agreement, Urges Responsible Long-Term Budget For NM

on September 30, 2015 - 10:48pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Appropriations Committee, joined the full Senate in voting today for a short-term agreement to keep the federal government running until Dec. 11.

The measure, which passed the Senate 78-20 and passed the U.S. House of Representatives 277-151, is now headed to the president to be signed into law.

TSA Agents Find Record Number Of Guns In Carry-on Luggage At Airports

on September 30, 2015 - 9:34am

Loaded gun discovered at airport screening center. Courtesy/TSA

HSNW News:

TSA agents in airports across the United States discovered 67 guns in carry-on luggage during the week ending Sept. 17, which broke an earlier record of 65 firearms found during one week in May 2013.

TSA officers found nearly 1,900 firearms in carry-on luggage between Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, 2015. This year is thus on track to see a 28 percent spike in the number of firearms found compared to the 2,212 guns — an average of about 40 a week — discovered by TSA agents in 2014.

TSA notes that of those 67 guns discovered

NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows On Present Day Mars

on September 30, 2015 - 7:32am
NASA News:
New findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present day Mars.

Using an imaging spectrometer on MRO, researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet. These darkish streaks appear to ebb and flow over time. They darken and appear to flow down steep slopes during warm seasons, and then fade in cooler seasons.

Moniz On Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

on September 30, 2015 - 6:52am
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Secretary Of Energy Ernest Moniz released the following statement on the occasion of the 2015 conference on facilitating entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty:
"In 1992, the United States government voluntarily implemented a moratorium on nuclear explosive testing—a policy that has been observed ever since, by four presidential administrations, both Democrat and Republican. 
"Four years later, the United States was the first country to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) when it

Talks Target Redrock Canyon Country Issue

on September 30, 2015 - 6:39am
Monument Arch. Photo by James Kay
PEEC News:
The redrock canyon country of southern Utah is one of most stunningly beautiful landscapes on this planet, containing spectacular geologic formations, amazing cliff dwellings and rock art of ancient peoples, and world class hiking, climbing, rafting and biking. Yet most of this magnificent region lies unprotected. And this year, the future of Utah's redrock hangs in the balance.

The Utah delegation is poised to introduce public lands legislation for the entire eastern half of Utah, which may diminish, rather than increase, protection for

NNSA Partnership Successfully Removes All Remaining HEU From Uzbekistan

on September 29, 2015 - 3:50pm
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, DC  Today, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced the successful return of the final 5 kilograms (approximately 11 pounds) of highly enriched uranium (HEU) spent fuel from the IIN-3M “Foton” research reactor in Tashkent, Uzbekistan to Russia.
This is the eighth shipment of HEU from Uzbekistan since 2004 and marks the removal of all HEU from the country.
Since the Russian Research Reactor Fuel Return program began in 2002, DOE/NNSA has collaborated with the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation and the Federal Center

More Blood Moon Photos From Los Alamos

on September 28, 2015 - 10:17pm

The blood moon photographed at 8:48 p.m. Sunday at the end of DP Road. Photo by Joel Williams

The blood moon photographed Sunday near Trinity and Diamond Drive. Photo by Eric Fairfield

IRS: Tax-filing Extension Expires Oct. 15 For Estimated 88,300 New Mexicans – Are You One?

on September 28, 2015 - 9:32pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX -- The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers whose tax-filing extension runs out on Oct. 15 to double check their returns for often-overlooked tax benefits and then file their returns electronically using IRS e-file or the Free File system.

About a quarter of the 13 million taxpayers across the county who requested an automatic six-month extension this year have yet to file.