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NNSA Awards $25 Million Grant to Improve Capabilities for Detecting Nuclear Proliferation

on April 16, 2014 - 11:40am

Anne Harrington, Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development today announced the award of a $25 million grant to a North Carolina State University-led consortium for research and development (R&D) in enabling capabilities for nonproliferation.

This sizeable, long-term investment will support the consortium at $5 million per year for five years.

LANL Physicist Honored With E.O. Lawrence Award

on April 16, 2014 - 11:17am

LANL physicist John Sarrao is being honored with the 2013 Ernest O. Lawrence Award. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • John Sarrao’s research in plutonium, superconductivity, magnetism praised

Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist John Sarrao is being honored by the U.S. Department of Energy with the 2013 Ernest O. Lawrence Award in Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences.

"John Sarrao's exciting advances in actinide studies exemplify the quality of research performed at Los Alamos National Laboratory,” said LANL Director Charlie McMillan.

NNSA’s Nevada Field Office Transfers ACAVs to FBI

on April 13, 2014 - 9:43am

NNSA's Nevada Field Office recently transferred two Advanced Concept Armored Vehicles to the local FBI office in Nevada. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

  • Transfer provides cost avoidance of $474,000

LAS VEGAS – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Nevada Field Office recently transferred two Advanced Concept Armored Vehicles (ACAVs) to The Department of Justice’s local FBI office in Nevada.

The transfer created $474,000 in savings to the government as the NFO security force no longer had a mission need for the specialized and expensive tactical vehicles.

Udall Bill to Curb False Advertising Claims on Protective Sports Gear Clears Commerce Committee

on April 11, 2014 - 11:48am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that the Youth Sports Concussions Act (S. 1014), a bill he introduced with Commerce Committee Chairman John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV, D-W.V., cleared a major hurdle when it passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
 
The legislation would help protect youth athletes from the dangers of concussions by curbing false advertising claims made by sports equipment manufacturers to increase protective sports gear sales. Action on S.

IRS Aggressively Goes After Tax Crooks

on April 11, 2014 - 7:38am

IRS News:

IRS Criminal Investigation Enforcement Actions Underway Across the Nation

PHOENIXAs the April 15 tax deadline approaches, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced Thursday it has started more than 200 new investigations this filing season into identity theft and refund fraud schemes.

IRS Criminal Investigation has started 295 new identity theft investigations since January, pushing the number of active cases to more than 1,800.

The coast-to-coast effort by Criminal Investigation is underway as part of a larger effort at the IRS to combat identity theft and refund fraud by

Atomic Heritage Foundation Launches 'Ranger in Your Pocket' Website

on April 10, 2014 - 8:42am
Ranger in Your Pocket website. Courtesy/AHF

AHF News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Heritage tourists around the world are now able to tour the historic B Reactor and learn about life at the Hanford site on a new website. “Ranger in Your Pocket,” launched Wednesday at RangerInYourPocket.org. The website features dozens of first-hand accounts of working on the top-secret Manhattan Project from solving the mysterious “poisoning” of the B Reactor to enduring the “termination winds.”   

The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) has created a powerful new interpretive tool called “Ranger in Your Pocket,” based

Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

on April 10, 2014 - 8:32am

Sen. Tom Udall

CONGRESSIONAL News:

ALBUQUERQUE. – Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is now accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Staff for Udall will also host several information sessions throughout the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying. In northern New Mexico, the session is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at Santa Fe High School at 2100 Yucca St.

Four of the five service academies – the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S.

NNSA Announces Recipient of $25 Million Grant to Improve Nuclear Arms Control Verification Technology

on April 10, 2014 - 7:46am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development March 31 announced the award of a $25 million grant to a consortium, which includes Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), for research and development (R&D) in nuclear arms control verification technologies, including nuclear safeguards effectiveness.
 
The long-term investment will support the consortium, led by the University of Michigan, at $5 million per year for five years.

Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz Confirmed as DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security

on April 9, 2014 - 10:16am

Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON D.C. – Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz, United States Air Force (Ret), was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday as the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

Lt. Gen. Klotz’s confirmation comes at a critical point for the National Nuclear Security Administration,” Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said.

Luján Highlights Equal Pay Day and Importance of Passing Paycheck Fairness Act

on April 9, 2014 - 10:10am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., highlighted Equal Pay Day and the importance of taking steps to close the wage gap that still exists between men and women, including passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act. 

Equal Pay Day symbolizes when, more than three months into the year, women's wages finally catch up to what men were paid the previous year. Luján is a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that strengthens and closes loopholes in the Equal Pay Act that was signed into law nearly 51 years ago.

"Equal pay for equal work

Udall Recruiting Summer Interns for New Mexico Offices

on April 9, 2014 - 7:42am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON –Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for internships in his Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Portales and Santa Fe offices. 

For more information and to apply for an internship, visit http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/internships. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to submit their applications early. 

"Congressional internships provide an unparalleled educational opportunity for students to gain first-hand

CCNS Calls For Independent Investigation of WIPP

on April 5, 2014 - 10:24am

Courtesy/WIPP

CCNS News:

By Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS)

It has been almost two months since the vehicle fire and radiation release from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and we don’t know the essential facts about what happened. We do know that the radiation release was never supposed to happen, and the federal government is unprepared to safely address the situation. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency, charged with determining whether WIPP would leak in 10,000 years, said it would not.  

On Wednesday, two eight-person teams traveled down an elevator to the

FBI Honors Community Leaders

on April 5, 2014 - 9:54am

Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and law enforcement agencies around the country diligently work for the good of the communities they serve and for the nation as a whole. But they can’t do it alone—they also need the support of the people who live in those communities.

Friday, at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Director James Comey publicly recognized 58 individuals and organizations from communities around the country for giving the FBI that support.

Heinrich Addresses CIA Detention, Interrogation Report

on April 5, 2014 - 8:06am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C- Thursday, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after he voted to declassify the committee’s Executive Summary and the Findings and Conclusions of its Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) detention and interrogation program:

“America has paid a huge price for torturing detainees. Not only is torture morally wrong, it just doesn’t work. It’s a grave stain on our history costing us global credibility on the issue of human rights.

Nuclear Materials Safeguards and Security Upgrade Project Completed $1 Million Under Budget

on April 4, 2014 - 7:45am

 LANL Acting Deputy Director Paul Henry 

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Nuclear Materials Safeguards and Security Upgrade Project (NMSSUP) was recently completed approximately $1 million under its original budget of $245 million.

NMSSUP upgrades security at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Technical Area-55, a facility that houses high-security plutonium assets and operations.

NNSA Acting Chief of Defense Nuclear Security Michael Lempke

“The security of our nation’s nuclear material is our most important responsibility,” said

NIST Launches New U.S. Time Standard: NIST-F2 Atomic Clock

on April 3, 2014 - 12:03pm

NIST physicists Steve Jefferts, foreground, and Tom Heavner with the NIST-F2 'cesium fountain' atomic clock, a new civilian time standard for the United States. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

BOULDER, Colo. -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has officially launched a new atomic clock, called NIST-F2, to serve as a new U.S. civilian time and frequency standard, along with the current NIST-F1 standard.

NIST-F2 would neither gain nor lose one second in about 300 million years, making it about three times as accurate as NIST-F1, which has

DOE Announces First Quadrennial Energy Review Public Meeting

on April 3, 2014 - 9:18am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

  • Topics and Locations for First Six Meetings Also Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy released information on the first six public meetings to collect stakeholder input into the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER).

As the Secretariat for the QER Task Force, DOE will hold a series of meetings to discuss and receive comments on issues related to the development of a comprehensive strategy for the infrastructure needed to transport, transmit and deliver energy to consumers.

The first of these meetings is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Heinrich: President Heeds Call To Rein In N.S.A.'s Bulk Collection Of Phone Records

on April 2, 2014 - 1:14pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on President Obama's proposal to rein in the N.S.A.'s bulk phone records collection program: 

"The President’s proposal to end the mass collection of phone records for millions of innocent Americans is welcome news. I appreciate his willingness to listen to those of us who have considered this policy misguided for some time.

Udall Responds to Supreme Court’s McCutcheon Decision - Renews Call For Campaign Finance Reform

on April 2, 2014 - 12:38pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down aggregate limits on campaign donations.

The McCutcheon v. FEC decision will allow a federal politician to solicit – or a wealthy donor to give – a $3.6 million check to benefit a political party and federal candidates over a two-year election cycle.

Udall issued the following statement:

“Americans already believe the election system has been fundamentally corrupted by big money from corporate special interests.

Alert: FBI Seeking Individuals Who May Have Information About Suspected Child Sexual Predator

on April 2, 2014 - 11:31am

FBI News:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. 

Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are attached to this email with the request that media publish and broadcast this information as widely as possible.

The materials also can be found online at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.

Initial images and video of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 28, engaging in sexually explicit

Meet U.S. Senate Candidate Dave Clements at Fusion Cafe Thursday

on March 31, 2014 - 1:19pm

Dave Clements

POLITICAL News:

U.S. Senate candidate Dave Clements will be at the Fusion Cafe, 723 Central Ave., at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to meet the public.

The event is organized by the Los Alamos Branch of the Northern New Mexico Tea Party.

For information, contact Rose Stephens at 505.662.5776.

Heinrich, Udall Honor César Chávez Legacy

on March 31, 2014 - 11:10am

 Civil rights leader César E. Chávez. Courtesy/wnmu.edu 

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., both members of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, cosponsored a resolution to honor civil rights leader César E. Chávez.

“César Chávez was a fearless leader and deeply committed to improving the lives of others. He was a champion of justice, tirelessly fighting for better working conditions and fair wages, and inspired a generation of community organizers across the country,” Heinrich said.

“César Chávez’s ability to bring the

Today is 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day'

on March 30, 2014 - 11:00am

Today is 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day' and to all the Vietnam veterans living in Los Alamos - thank you and welcome home. Flags flying at North Mesa home in honor of Vietnam veterans. Photo by SFC Jim Douglass USA RET

Staff Report

March 30, 1973, all US troops withdrew from Vietnam. In Vietnam, the day was March 29, 1973.

Recognized as a day of commemoration, reflection and respect to veterans who sacrificed so much during the Vietnam War. This is a good day to visit the local American Legion and VFW posts and say - welcome home and thank you for your service.

 

Welcome Home

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Receives Congressional Accolades

on March 30, 2014 - 9:48am

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Receives Congressional Accolades

  • SIPI Receives Grants Totaling More Than $923,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham congratulated the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) on its recent progress and achievements in Albuquerque Thursday.

On March 12, Assistant Secretary of the Interior-Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn announced that SIPI was awarded two separate grants in excess of $923,000 to support undergraduate research, and to encourage students to engage in science, technology,

Heinrich Statement on Endangered Species Act Listing for the Lesser Prairie Chicken

on March 30, 2014 - 9:42am

Lesser prairie chicken. Courtesy/wikipedia

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., made the following statement Thursday on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to list the lesser prairie chicken, found in New Mexico as well as four other states, as a threatened species:

“New Mexico communities, oil and gas producers and farmers and ranchers deserve credit for implementing voluntary habitat conservation measures through the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances process, USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and Farm Service

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