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CIR: Former US Ambassador To Ukraine Delivers Final Fall Lecture Thursday Nov. 6

on October 31, 2014 - 10:05am

John E. Herbst

CIF News:

Former US Ambassador to Ukraine John E. Herbst will deliver our fourth and final Fall lecture on the crisis in that beleaguered country at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

The venue is The Santa Fe Women's Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. A full house is anticipated for this presentation, so interested parties should reserve their tickets as soon as possible. They may do so on line at sfcir.org or by calling 505.982.4931. Tickets are priced at $15 for members and $20 for non-members and guests. Full-time students 25 and under are admitted free with proper ID.

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes President's Disaster Declaration For September Floods

on October 30, 2014 - 9:45am

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
  • Lawmakers had requested expedited action to help state recover from storm damage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday that President Obama has issued a major disaster declaration for the state of New Mexico for the severe storms and flooding that occurred between Sept. 15 and Sept. 26. 

The disaster declaration provides the counties of Colfax, Eddy, Lea, Lincoln, Otero, San Miguel, Santa Fe and Sierra with access to Federal Emergency

WIPP Continues To Restore Activities Underground

on October 28, 2014 - 3:46pm

WIPP News:

WIPP employees recently completed the 100th entry into the WIPP underground facility since the February events that temporarily shut down access.

Radiological control technicians continue to conduct “rollback” surveys and sampling necessary to re‐establish additional areas of the mine as radiological buffer areas. Preventive maintenance activities are underway on various pieces of heavy equipment so they can be safely returned to service.

MADD New Mexico Partners Locally During Red Ribbon Week To Prevent Underage Drinking

on October 28, 2014 - 11:28am

MADD News:

New Pledge Campaign, #ProtectUrSelfie invites teens to say no to alcohol

Teen alcohol use kills about 4,700 each year, more than all illegal drugs combined. In connection with Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) New Mexico is launching a new social media pledge campaign that asks teens to #ProtectUrSelfie by staying alcohol-free until 21 and never getting in the car with a drinking driver.

This takes the place of the traditional pen and paper pledge and asks teens to grab a couple of friends and invite other peers to take a “selfie” with their

NCRTD Receives FTA Administrators Award For Outstanding Public Service In Rural Public Transportation

on October 28, 2014 - 10:54am

NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District today received the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Public Service in Rural Public Transportation. 

The Award was presented to NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro by FTA Acting Administrator, Therese McMillian, during the 21st National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation conference in Monterey, Calif.

In a letter acknowledging the Award, the FTA stated that, “This year’s award features rural transit providers who

White Rock Woman Runs In 2014 NYC Marathon

on October 27, 2014 - 3:14pm

Ellen McGehee of White Rock at mile 20 of the Poulsbo, Wash., marathon course - her last major training run before Sunday's NYC Marathon. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Ellen McGehee of White Rock and her sister Martha Teck are running in Sunday's New York City Marathon to raise awareness of a specific type of cancer.

As Team IBC, they are raising awareness for inflammatory breast cancer, a form of cancer that McGehee's friend has and is difficult to diagnose through mammography because there is generally no lump.

T-shirt designed by Celeste Levy. Courtesy photo

McGehee's daughter

Los Alamos Chamber Manager Completes Avon Walk For Breast Cancer In Charlotte, N.C.

on October 27, 2014 - 8:07am

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge, right, with her sister Valerie Partridge crossing the finish line Sunday at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer event in Charlotte, N.C. Courtesy photo 

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge, left, with her sister Valerie Partridge making the world a better place Sunday at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer event in Charlotte, N.C. Courtesy photo 

Los Alamos Chamber Manager Participates In Avon Walk For Breast Cancer In Charlotte, N.C.

on October 25, 2014 - 3:10pm

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge, left, with her sister Valerie Partridge today at mile marker 20 of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer event from the Nascar Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. The sisters started at 6:30 a.m. today and have six more miles to go. They will camp overnight and walk another 13 miles Sunday in an effort to bring awareness to breast cancer. Courtesy photo 

WIPP Ventilation Fan Restarted

on October 24, 2014 - 7:54am

WIPP News:

Tuesday evening, workers at WIPP successfully restarted the 860A fan that is part of the mine ventilation and filtration system currently operating at the site.

The 860A fan was started Feb. 14, when continuous air monitors (CAM) in the WIPP underground facility detected elevated levels of radioactive contamination and shifted the underground ventilation system into filtration mode, forcing all air exiting the facility through High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. The WIPP underground facility has remained in filtration mode since the event occurred.

The 860A fan ran

Heinrich Promotes Conservation And Water Initiatives In Columbine Hondo

on October 22, 2014 - 10:20am
Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Forest Service Ranger Eric Garner during a hike in the Columbine-Hondo Wildernes Study Area. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

TAOS - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, highlighted conservation and water initiatives and growing the outdoor recreation economy during a hike in the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area with the U.S. Forest Service, regional stakeholders and local officials.

Heinrich also marked the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act at a campfire celebration and emphasized the

First Liquid Fueled Vehicle Returned To Service In WIPP Underground

on October 21, 2014 - 8:35pm

WIPP News:

The first piece of diesel-powered equipment has been returned to service in the WIPP underground facility.

Last week, workers inspected the four-ton forklift and performed preventative maintenance so that it could be returned to service. The forklift will support various activities over the next several weeks, including resumption of bolting activities, final waste hoist inspections, and moving equipment associated with project REACH.

Preventative maintenance activities and inspections are also being performed on the roof bolting machine and the mobile vehicle that supplies

Region 6 States Receive More Than $1.1 Million In FEMA

on October 21, 2014 - 3:16pm

FEMA News:

DENTON, Texas — Agencies in five Region 6 states – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas –have been awarded more than $1.1 million in non-disaster hazard mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

These grants are part of FEMA’s Community Assistance Program – State Support Services Element (CAP-SSSE). The CAP-SSSE grants provide funding for technical assistance to communities in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and to evaluate community performance in implementing NFIP floodplain management activities.

The agencies that

EM Chief Visits WIPP For First Underground Tour Since February Incidents

on October 18, 2014 - 4:01pm

CBFO Manager Joe Franco, left, points to a location on a map of the WIPP underground as EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney looks on. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Mark Whitney visited WIPP Thursday and became the first non‐WIPP employee to tour the underground facility since a truck fire and unrelated radiological release temporarily closed the facility in February.

"EM, and the greater DOE, is committed to reopening WIPP to support the important mission of cleaning up the nation’s legacy of nuclear waste," Whitney said.

Purple Pinkie Day Coming To Los Alamos!

on October 16, 2014 - 9:14am

ROTARY News:

 As world health officials struggle to respond to the Ebola epidemic, Pakistan has passed a grim milestone in its efforts to combat another major global health crisis: the fight against polio. 

Los Alamos Public Schools has generously agreed to support Rotary's effort to raise awareness and funds to counter polio. Hopefully, the community and its children will wish to participate and wear their "purple pinkie" as a badge of honor for saving the life of another child.

To support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is holding an awareness and

CDC 'Rethinking' Ebola Strategy

on October 14, 2014 - 8:27am

Image Courtesy/CDC

HSNW News:

U.S. federal health officials have urged hospitals to think Ebola as officials in Texas are anxiously trying to identify all staff involved in the care of Americas patient zero following the news that a nurse -- Nina Pham, 26 -- who was involved in his care is the first person to contract the disease in the United States.

"We have to rethink the way we address Ebola infection and control because even a single infection is unacceptable," Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said on Monday.

CDC officials are now watching the Dallas hospital personnel as they put

Heinrich Discusses High-Tech Manufacturing, Job Creation At Albuquerque Photonics Facility

on October 14, 2014 - 7:54am

Sen. Heinrich with OptiSource staff Oct. 10 in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., toured OptiSource, a photonics manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, to discuss its latest projects and how research and development can help spur innovation and job creation.

Optisource, a local photonics business, manufacturers wave plates, mirrors, prisms, and laser beamsplitters for purchase by industry and research and development groups at universities and laboratories. 

"Photonics manufacturing facilities like OptiSource help provide

Los Alamos Named 2014 Google eCity For New Mexico

on October 13, 2014 - 10:08am

BUSINESS News:

Los Alamos has been named the 2014 Google eCity of New Mexico. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state – the digital capitals of America.

These cities’ businesses are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fuel their local economies. Los Alamos joins the ranks of America’s leading cities in the digital economy. 

Google will recognize the Los Alamos' innovative businesses by holding a community celebration with the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct.

Dr. Donald J. Dudziak Honored With Rockwell Lifetime Achievement Award

on October 12, 2014 - 12:46pm

American Nuclear Society honors Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Emeritus Dr. Donald J. Dudziak. Courtesy photo

ANS News:

LA GRANGE PARK, Ill. – For his 50 years of service, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) has awarded Dr. Donald J. Dudziak the Rockwell Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award recognizes Dr. Dudziak’s half-century of contributions to research, development, education and mentoring related to radiation shielding and protection.

“Outstanding professionals such as Dr.

Jeremy Davis Shares Volunteer Experience With Catch-A-Dream Hunt On Valles Caldera

on October 11, 2014 - 4:00pm
Catch-a-Dream hunter Tyler Gunlogson
 
Catch a Dream in 2014
By Jeremy Davis

Jeremy Davis is from Bluff Dale, Texas and a vegetation ecologist for the Valles Caldera Trust. He writes about his volunteer experience with Catch-A-Dream hunt on the Preserve.

There was only one thing was bigger than 15 year old Tyler Gunlogson’s size 15 hunting boots on the morning of the 28th of September; his smile. Why was he all grins? Well, that’s just what happens when you fulfill a lifelong dream within a 24 hour span of time. This is his story.

Mornings start early in the hunting camp but that

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $780,000 To Spur Entrepreneurship, Economic Development

on October 11, 2014 - 2:04pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced more than $780,000 in federal funding for two projects to spur economic development in New Mexico.

These funds, made available by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), will increase access to microloans for small businesses and support the renovation the iconic Santo Domingo Trading Post.

The EDA has awarded $270,000 to support the implementation of ACCION New Mexico’s Presto Loan program to promote and develop entrepreneurship throughout New Mexico.

Udall, Heinrich Announce $15 Million For Expanded Telehealth Services Through UNM Health Sciences Center

on October 9, 2014 - 11:32am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center has been awarded $15,120,767 to test expansion of their telehealth infrastructure system that will provide 30 hospitals statewide with remote emergency neurological and neurosurgical consultations.

The funding is being awarded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center.

Council On International Relations Sponsors Lecture On East/West Ukraine Conflict Oct. 14 In Santa Fe

on October 8, 2014 - 11:38am

Dr. Eugene Rumer

CIR News:

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations, (CIR) whose mission is to engage citizens in Santa Fe and surrounding communities on the subject of world affairs, has announced its Fall international lecture series.

CIR is bringing several distinguished scholars and statesmen to Santa Fe to discuss the current crisis in Ukraine. CIR is a nonpartisan 501c(3) non-profit organization.

CIR's forthcoming lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at The Santa Fe Women's Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. The guest lecturer is Dr.

WIPP’s Primary Hoist Begins Inspection Processes

on October 8, 2014 - 11:34am

WIPP News:

The waste hoist, which is the largest and primary conveyance into the WIPP underground facility, is undergoing the final inspections necessary to return to operation.

The conveyance consists of a large enclosed platform, similar to an elevator, that transports people, equipment and waste containers from the surface to the WIPP underground facility.

The waste hoist has not been operated since the Feb. 5 fire event because of soot that accumulated on electrical components.

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes President’s Disaster Declaration For Summer Floods

on October 7, 2014 - 3:33pm

CONGRESSIONAL News:

  • Lawmakers had urged ‘prompt action’ to help state recover from widespread storm damage 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that President Obama has declared a major disaster for the state of New Mexico for the severe storms and flooding July 27 through Aug. 5.

The declaration means the president has ordered federal aid to help state, tribal, and local recovery efforts.

Los Alamos Chamber Of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge Trains For 2014 Avon Walk For Breast Cancer

on October 6, 2014 - 1:39pm

Nancy Partridge at the 39-mile mark of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in 2013 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The 'Every Three Minutes' ribbon she is wearing represents the statistic that every three minutes, there is a new diagnosis of invasive breast cancer in the United States. Courtesy photo

STAFF REPORT

When Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge is not at work, chances are, you’ll see her walking around North Mesa, around Barranca Mesa, around Northern Area, around Western Area, around Downtown and back again.

Partridge is training to walk the 2014 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in

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