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National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Underway

on April 18, 2015 - 7:51am

APNM News:

The week of April 12-18 marks National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week.

The staff of Animal Protection of New Mexico and all who care about the welfare of animals know the importance of honoring the men and women who protect the animals and communities in which they live and serve.

Often the first responders on the scene, Animal Control Officers (ACOs) frequently find themselves in dangerous, volatile situations. A call concerning an injured dog turns out to be an incident of domestic violence.

DOE Issues WIPP Radiological Release Phase II Investigation Report

on April 17, 2015 - 11:06am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) released Thursday the Accident Investigation Board (AIB) Phase II Report related to the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological event at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad. 

The AIB completed an exhaustive investigation at WIPP and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to examine the cause of the radiological release at WIPP and identify managerial controls and safety measures necessary to prevent or minimize the probability or severity of a recurrence of this type of accident.

Based on

New Awards For Advanced Nuclear Energy Development

on April 17, 2015 - 10:56am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Building on the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy and efforts to expand clean energy innovation, the Department of Energy today awarded more than $5 million to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing nuclear engineering degrees and other nuclear science and engineering programs relevant to nuclear energy.

The awards include 59 undergraduate scholarships and 32 graduate-level fellowships for students at American colleges and universities.

“The awards announced today will directly help support the future of the nuclear energy research workforce, as

Breidenbach Replaces McQuinn As NWP President And Project Manager At WIPP

on April 17, 2015 - 7:26am

Philip Breidenbach

NWP News:

CARLSBAD – Philip Breidenbach, a nuclear expert with more than 30 years of experience in Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear and high-hazard operations, will replace Bob McQuinn as president and project manager of Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), the management and operating contractor at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

“Bob has done a tremendous job leading the recovery effort at WIPP since he arrived in March 2014,” said James Taylor, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Nuclear and Environment for AECOM’s Management Services Group.

Luján Addresses Holocaust Remembrance Day

on April 16, 2015 - 11:46am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“More than 70 years ago, millions of Jews were persecuted, imprisoned, and millions more were murdered because of their faith, heritage, and identity. To this very day, the terrible atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis shock the conscience of humanity.

VIDEO: Heinrich Advocates Tech Transfer Legislation, ‎Labs’ Role In Monitoring Iran’s Nuclear Program

on April 16, 2015 - 10:04am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. advocated for legislation he sponsored to encourage technology transfer and highlighted the national laboratories' role in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for Iran's Nuclear Program.

At the hearing with leadership from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Senator Heinrich highlighted the Microlab Technology Commercialization Act, a bill he introduced with

Luján: Equal Pay Day Reminds Us Of Importance Of Paycheck Fairness Act

on April 14, 2015 - 11:11am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District marked Equal Pay Day today, which symbolizes when, more than three months into 2015, women’s wages will finally catch up to what men earned last year. 

On average, women earn 78 cents for every dollar that a man earns. Luján has co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would provide effective solutions and protections for women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work.

“The pay gap between men and women doesn’t just impact hard-working women – it

Heinrich Joins Migratory Bird Conservation Commission

on April 14, 2015 - 9:33am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich meeting Monday with A. Eric Alvarez, the Secretary to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, in his Washington, D.C. office. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. has been appointed to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission.

The Commission, currently chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and includes members of Congress and cabinet secretaries, was established in 1929 by the passage of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act.

LANL: Promising Future Of Quantum Dots Explored In Conference In Santa Fe This Week

on April 13, 2015 - 8:14pm

Quantum dot LSC devices under ultraviolet illumination. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • ‘20 Years of Quantum Dots at Los Alamos’ Runs April 12-16

Researchers from around the world are gathering this week in Santa Fe to reflect on two decades of quantum dot research at a special topical conference, “20 Years of Quantum Dots at Los Alamos.”

The conference is hosted by the New Mexico Consortium and its program committee includes several past and present members of the Nanotechnology and Advanced Spectroscopy Team (NanoTech team) of the Chemistry Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Gathering of Nations April 23-25

on April 12, 2015 - 9:20am

American Princess. Photo by Kimber Wallwork-Heineman

Pow wow dancer. Photo by Kimber Wallwork-Heineman

GON News:

The Gathering of Nations (GON) three day event starts Thursday evening, April 23 with the Miss Indian World Talent Presentations at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Downtown Albuquerque.

The Gathering of Nations PowWow is a two day and night event, April 24-25; also included with the price of the Gathering of Nations PowWow admission is the Indian Traders Market and Stage 49. 

The Gathering of Nations PowWow is held at the UNM Arena “The Pit” in Albuquerque.

NCRTD Asks Congress To Renew Transportation Bill

on April 12, 2015 - 7:09am


The North Central Regional Transit District has joined more than 240 organizations and community groups throughout the U.S. to call for action as expiration of Federal Transportation Bill approaches May 31.

It has been determined by APTA (American Public Transportation Association), without a long-term federal transportation funding bill, NCRTD (North Central Regional Transit District), along with many other transit organizations, could face tremendous uncertainty, and a bill is needed for better and expanded transportation options, and to continue to grow the economy.

For more

Valles Caldera Trust Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle Grande

on April 10, 2015 - 12:49pm

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera Trust is looking for an opportunity to conduct a prescribed burn project on the Valles Caldera National Preserve in April or early May. 

The project will last for 1-3 days. The prescribed burn will target up to 1,471 acres of grassland in the Valle Grande, adjacent to N.M. 4 near mile marker 39.2. If conditions are suitable to implement the burn, some traffic delays may occur during the ignition phases of the burn but road closures are not expected.

If conditions permit, burn operations will occur during mid day in order to minimize impacts to morning and

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $3.5 Million To Restore Nambé Falls Reservoir, Reimburse Firefighting For Tres Lagunas Fire

on April 10, 2015 - 9:26am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced Thursday that more than $3.5 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding will be awarded to New Mexico to help San Miguel and Santa Fe counties recover from severe fires and flooding.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

Pojoaque Valley Irrigation District will receive $1,028,174 for emergency repairs to the Nambé Falls Reservoir to clear out debris and sediment that flowed into the reservoir during severe storms and flooding in

DOE Awards $200 Million For Next-Generation Supercomputer At Argonne National Laboratory

on April 9, 2015 - 10:27am

DOE Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr

DOE News:

  • Under Secretary Announces Next Steps in Pursuit of Exascale Supercomputing to Accelerate Major Scientific Discoveries and Engineering Breakthroughs

Argonne, Ill. – Today, U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr announced two new High Performance Computing (HPC) awards that continue to advance U.S. leadership in developing exascale computing. 

The announcement was made alongside leaders from Argonne National Laboratory and industry partners at Chicago’s tech start-up hub, 1871. 

Under the joint

Women's Continued Pay Gap Spotlighted By National Equal Pay Day April 14

on April 9, 2015 - 8:58am
Courtesy/U.S. Dept. of Labor
AAUW News:
National Equal Pay Day is April 14 and AAUW New Mexico is sponsoring forums informing businesses and the legal community about the 2013 NM Fair Pay for Women Act.  

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Completes FBI National Academy Program

on April 8, 2015 - 7:09pm

FBI Director James Comey, left, presents a certificate to Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera has graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va.

The 259th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 49 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 24 International Countries, six military organizations and five federal civilian organizations. 

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the

Charles Strickfaden To Serve As Interim Superintendent Of Valles Caldera National Preserve

on April 8, 2015 - 10:09am

Charles Strickfaden

VCNP News:

DENVER – Charles Strickfaden, a 30-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been named interim Superintendent of the newly established Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico, according to Intermountain Regional Director Sue Masica.

Strickfaden will assume his new duties in mid-April.

“Charles’s diverse and wide-ranging skills and knowledge in all aspects of park management have prepared him well to assist with the transition of Valles Caldera National Preserve as the newest addition to National Park Service,” Masica said.

NM National Guard Hosts Ceremony Commemorating 73rd Anniversary Of Surrender Of Bataan

on April 8, 2015 - 10:07am

NMNG News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico National Guard (NMNG) will host a ceremony honoring the 73rd anniversary of the surrender of Bataan in the Pacific theater of World War II.

The event is 10 a.m., Thursday, April 9 at the Bataan Building, 407 Galisteo St., in downtown Santa Fe. 

Following the ceremony, a special unveiling of Bataan Death March and other WWII artifacts will be dedicated and placed on permanent display inside the Bataan Memorial Building.

DHS Again Seeks License Plate Readers Technology

on April 7, 2015 - 10:37am


HSNW News:

A year after privacy concerns led DHS to recall its solicitation for bids by private companies to help the department create a national license-plate database, which would allow unlimited access to information obtained from commercial and law enforcement license plate readers (LPRs), the agency has renewed its solicitation on the basis that privacy concerns raised by civil liberties groups and lawmakers could be addressed and managed.

In a privacy impact assessment issued last month, DHS said it is not seeking to build a national database or contribute data

New FEMA Region 6 Deputy Is Moises Dugan

on April 7, 2015 - 8:59am

Moises Dugan

DENTON, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 6 Office has a new deputy administrator. Moises Dugan was officially sworn in Monday by FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Robinson.

“Moises Dugan is an effective leader and brings a wealth of experience to this critically important position at FEMA Region 6,” Robinson said. “As Deputy Regional Administrator, he will work very closely with our federal, state, local and tribal partners in our Region 6 states – New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma Arkansas, Louisiana, and ”

Dugan began his emergency management career in

SBA Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

on April 6, 2015 - 11:58am

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

SBA News:

  • National Winner to be formally recognized in Washington, D.C., May 8

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced today this year’s Small Business Person of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A panel is currently reviewing all the packages and a national winner and two runners-up will be selected and announced at a future date.

NNSA Hosts NPT Parties At LANL And Sandia

on April 6, 2015 - 10:20am
Ambassador Adam Scheinman
U.S. Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) on March 25-27, hosted representatives from 11 members of the States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and one representative from the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. 

The officials from non-nuclear-weapon states visited facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) related to U.S. implementation of the NPT.


New Mexico Receives Nearly $2.5 Million In Federal Disaster Assistance For Tres Lagunas Fire

on April 5, 2015 - 7:49am


DENTON, Texas – The state of New Mexico has been awarded nearly $2.5 million in federal disaster assistance in the aftermath of the Tres Lagunas Fire that happened in late May, early June 2013.

The funding, which is made possible by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Fire Management Assistance Grant Program, serves as reimbursement for firefighting costs incurred while fighting the fire.

In 2013, the Tres Lagunas Fire threatened hundreds of homes, as well as roads and bridges, and burned thousands of acres of land in San Miguel County.

Los Alamos High School Graduate Anna Scott Named 2015 Goldwater Scholar

on April 4, 2015 - 12:31pm

Anna Scott. Photo by Don Taylor


Anna Scott was named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar last week. She is a 2013 graduate of Los Alamos high school and is currently a sophomore at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont.

She also was a 2014 summer student at Los Alamos National Laboratory (she worked in the Materials Science and Technology Division for Dr. Ken McClellan).

From the press release at


Udall Issues Statement Regarding Diplomatic Framework Of Iran’s Nuclear Program

on April 4, 2015 - 10:26am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement Friday on the diplomatic framework reached by the United States, five other world powers and Iran on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran’s nuclear program:

"The goal of the framework presented yesterday — accomplished through an intensive diplomatic effort by multiple countries — is to reduce Iran's nuclear capability while providing for extensive verification measures to preclude nuclear weapons development.