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Udall Hosts Roundtable To Highlight Need To Extend LWCF At Valles Caldera National Preserve Friday

on September 3, 2015 - 2:30pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


U.S. Sen. om Udall will host a roundtable discussion Friday on the urgent need to extend the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The LWCF conserves and promotes public access to the country’s national parks, forests and public lands, but it is set to expire at the end of the month without congressional action. New Mexico Wildlife Federation leaders and several other conservation partners will join the conversation.

While at the Valles Caldera, Udall also will receive an update on the management transition

Postal Workers Fight For Improved Service, Good Jobs

on September 3, 2015 - 11:27am
APWU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  As the nation observes Labor Day, more than 200,000 members of the American Postal Workers Union are fighting for a good contract and improved service for postal customersmore than three months after their collective bargaining agreement with the U.S. Postal Service expired.
“The Postal Service is in the grips of a manufactured financial crisis that is being used to justify an all-out assault on postal workers, on service to the people, and on the USPS as a great public institution,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said.

Los Alamos County Fire Department Awarded International Accreditation

on September 2, 2015 - 12:05pm

At the awards banquet Thursday in Atlanta from left, CPSE Technical Advisor Gerard Kay, Deputy Chief Justin Grider, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, CFAI Commission Chair Steven Westermann, County Manager Harry Burgess, CPSE Technical Advisor Team Lead Gary Aleshire, IAFF President Bert Quintana and EMS Battalion Chief Ben Stone. Courtesy/LAFD

During the accreditation hearing last week in Atlanta, from left, County Manager Harry Burgess, Gary Aleshire, Chief Troy Hughes, Deputy Chief Justin Grider and EMS Division Chief Stone. Courtesy/LAFD


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Pajarito Environmental Education Center Leads Efforts To Certify Los Alamos As A Community Wildlife Habitat

on September 1, 2015 - 6:38pm

PEEC Board members celebrating the certification of the nature center as a Wildlife Habitat, from left, Jeremy Campbell, Bob Walker, Jennifer Macke, Selvi Viswanathan, Esta Lee Albright, Michele Altherr, Nancy Arendt, Felicia Orth, Ann Shafer, Sue Watts, Mary Carol Williams, Becky Shankland, Talia Dreicer, Karla Sartor and Rebecca Oertel. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

A team of Pajarito Environmental Education Center volunteers is working to make Los Alamos the first certified Community Wildlife Habitat in New Mexico.

To date, our community consists of 126 backyards, four common areas, and

Udall Announces New Chief Of Staff

on September 1, 2015 - 11:22am

Bianca Ortiz Wertheim


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has hired Bianca Ortiz Wertheim to serve as his new chief of staff starting Sept. 8.

A native of Nambé, north of Santa Fe, Ortiz Wertheim has worked for Udall for six years as the director of his state offices, supervising his constituent service work and team of local representatives. She will move to Washington with her husband, attorney and businessman John Wertheim.

She succeeds Michael Collins, of Taos, who is leaving for the private sector. Collins has worked in Udall’s U.S.

Attorney General Balderas Searching For Relatives Of Former Attorneys General

on September 1, 2015 - 11:10am
DOJ News:
The Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas is actively searching for relatives of past Attorneys General to be included in the unveiling of a photo gallery honoring AGs serving from 1846 to present.
The gallery housed in the Santa Fe OAG building is open to the public for tours during normal business hours.
Anyone who is related to a past AG or who knows relatives of past AGs is encouraged to contact the OAG Constituent Affairs Unit to provide contact information at
Classes of students wishing to tour the historical gallery may also contact the OAG here.

DEA Drug Take-Back Initiative Returns To Los Alamos

on September 1, 2015 - 10:31am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department would like to announce that it will once again host three collection sites 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 as a part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s drug take-back day initiative. 

  • Site 1: Los Alamos Police Department lobby at 2500 Trinity Dr. (please deposit prescription medications into the drop box)
  • Site 2: White Rock Visitor Center at 115 N.M. 4, east side parking lot.
  • Site 3: Smith’s Marketplace at 751 Trinity Dr., south side parking lot near the patio.

If there is inclement weather, sites 2 and 3 will move inside the White Rock

ENR Magazine Awards Nature Center 'Best Project'

on September 1, 2015 - 7:17am

Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy image


Mullen Heller Architecture were notified that the Los Alamos Nature Center has been selected as the ‘Best Project under $10 Million’ by ENR, a regional design and construction publication.

"This is quite a prestigious award and we are very excited on behalf of the County’s design/construction project team and PEEC at the new Nature Center!" County Communications Direcor Julie Habiger said.

The awards ceremony is Nov. 3 in Phoenix.

A panel of seven judges represented the varied demographic imprints in the industry — from a recently

Los Alamos Arms Control Group Considers Support Of Iran Policy

on August 31, 2015 - 1:18pm
The Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (LACACIS) is considering the adoption of a statement of support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the US, UK, France, Russia, China, Germany, and the European Union.  
The LACACIS draft policy statement can be read by visiting and clicking on Policy Statements.  
The position will be discussed and voted on at a meeting at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, at the United Church Christian Education Building Lounge (room 212), 2525 Canyon Road.  
The public is invited, but

LANL: Gene Regulation Tool Makes Medical And Biofuel Advances Possible

on August 30, 2015 - 9:37am

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have manufactured molecular 'dimmer' switches to control cellular metabolism with exquisite precision. The research has potential widespread application in biomedicine and bioenergy. The switches (pink) are made of RNA molecules and designed to control transmission of information (green/blue) to molecular machines (grey/orange) inside living cells. Courtesy LANL

LANL News:

  • Tunable riboregulator switches for post-translational control of gene expression

Recent work by Los Alamos National Laboratory experimental and theoretical biologists describes

Udall Welcomes Committee On Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing On Gold King Mine Disaster

on August 29, 2015 - 8:27am

Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Tom Udall welcomed an announcement by Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming,chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), that the committee will hold an oversight hearing to examine the harmful impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Gold King Mine spill on Indian Country.

Udall and fellow committee member Sen. John McCain of Arizona, wrote a letter earlier this month to Barrasso and SCIA Vice Chairman Jon Tester of Montana requesting the hearing.

The hearing, titled “EPA’s Gold King Mine Disaster: Examining

NMED, State Engineer, RMSC Win Injunction

on August 28, 2015 - 8:49am

NMED News:

Santa Fe – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez’s executive agencies - the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the Office of the State Engineer (OSE) - along with 12 other co-plaintiff states (States) prevailed in their motion to block the Aug. 28 implementation of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). 

Chief Judge Ralph Erickson granted the States’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction in the U.S.

LAFD Earns International Accredited Agency Status!

on August 27, 2015 - 8:19pm

Personnel in the LAFD Administration Office in Los Alamos watch today's accreditation hearing in Atlanta. Courtesy/LAFD

Staff Report

For the fourth time in its history, the Los Alamos County Fire Department has achieved International Accredited Agency status.

The award was presented this evening at a special ceremony in the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in downtown Atlanta. County Manager Harry Burgess, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, LAFD Union President Bert Quintana and EMS Supervisor Ben Stone traveled to Atlanta to accept the award on behalf of the department.

Program Members Help Park, Learn Skills At Bandelier

on August 27, 2015 - 5:16pm
Members of the Bandelier Preservation Corps working on the Ancestral Pueblo walls at Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Mnument. Courtesy/NPS
Members of the Bandelier Conservation Corps and the Bandelier Preservation Corps, with visiting U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich. Courtesy/NPS

Bandelier News:


This summer, two programs at Bandelier National Monument, the Bandelier Conservation Corps and the Bandelier Preservation Corps, provided local young people the opportunity to learn skills and help improve and maintain the park. 
Funding came from project money, the

Luján Celebrates Women’s Equality Day

on August 27, 2015 - 2:00pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement Wednesday highlighting Women’s Equality Day, which marks the anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing a woman’s right to vote.
“Today we celebrate a monumental day for equality and justice in our nation’s history. Ninety-five years ago, thanks to the tireless work of a group of dedicated advocates, the 19th Amendment was adopted, ensuring the right to vote for America’s women.

Heinrich Celebrates National Park Service Anniversary

on August 26, 2015 - 2:53pm

Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Martin Heinrich, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, released the following statement on the 99th anniversary of the National Park Service Aug. 25.

"Our national parks not only celebrate some of the most beautiful natural places in our country, they are also part of the fabric of our democracy.

Ray McGovern On Putin, Russia & Ukraine Aug. 28

on August 26, 2015 - 11:25am

Ray McGovern

CIR News:

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents the lecture by Ray McGovern, 'Nyet Means Nyet' - A Redline on Ukraine, 5-7 p.m., Friday at The Forum, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael's Dr. in Sana Fe.

McGovern came from his native Bronx to Washington in the early 1960s as an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then served as a CIA analyst for 27 years, from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush.

Heinrich Makes Tickets Available To New Mexicans To Watch Simulcast Of Pope Francis Address To Congress

on August 26, 2015 - 10:46am

Pope Francis during the canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II April 27, 2014. Couresy/


WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. is encouraging New Mexicans interested in attending the outdoor simulcast of Pope Francis addressing a Joint Session of Congress Thursday, Sept. 24, to contact his Washington, D.C. office for tickets.

Pope Francis will be the first Pope to address a joint meeting of Congress. Heinrich will be allotted 200 tickets for the simulcast on the West Front grounds of the U.S. Capitol.

“This will be a very special moment

Udall, Heinrich Press Senate Leadership To Begin Bipartisan Budget Negotiations

on August 25, 2015 - 4:53pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the full Senate Democratic Caucus to urge Senate Republican leadership to schedule bipartisan budget negotiations immediately to prevent another budget crisis when the current fiscal year ends this fall.
The call was made in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signed by all 46 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus. 
In the letter, Udall and Heinrich stressed their deep concern that, with less than two months left in the fiscal year, Leader McConnell has yet to schedule

Cost Of Nukes

on August 25, 2015 - 11:21am

Nuclear power plant cost-effectiveness measure - interactive tool roots discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence. Courtesy/

HSNW News:

Despite the ever-changing landscape of energy economics, subject to the influence of new technologies and geopolitics, a new tool promises to root discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence rather than speculation.

Over the last two years, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has developed the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator, an online interface that provides a nuanced look at the economic

Luján And DeGette Call For Oversight Hearing On Spill

on August 25, 2015 - 11:12am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Representatives Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico and Diana DeGette of Colorado have called for an oversight hearing on the Gold King Mine spill that released 3 million gallons of wastewater into the Animas and San Juan Rivers. 
Both members serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. DeGette is Ranking Member on the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
The lawmakers sent a letter to Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy requesting the hearing.
“The EPA’s Office of

LAHS Grads Honored For Natural History Day Project

on August 24, 2015 - 10:53am
Daniel Wang, Kimberly Pestovich, Kaylen Pocaterra and NHD Advisor Allen Andraski, a teacher at LAHS, at Frederick Douglass House in Washington D.C. Courtesy photo
Kimberly Pestovich, Kaylen Pocaterra and Daniel Wang, all graduates of Los Alamos High School and past club members of National History Day (NHD), an academic competition focusing on history, recently won an accomplishment award from Honorable Gov. Susana Martinez for their achievement at the National Competition.
On top of this honor, they won two awards.

Gov't. To Stockpile 75 Million Doses Of Anthrax Vaccine

on August 24, 2015 - 9:12am

Pfenex is a leading-edge biologics company. Courtesy/

HSNW News:

San Diego, California-based Pfenex Inc. has announced that it has signed a five year, cost plus fixed fee contract valued at up to $143.5 million with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for the advanced development of Px563L, a mutant recombinant protective antigen anthrax vaccine.

“This contract for the development of Px563L offers the potential for a dramatic improvement in the rapid production of large amounts of a high value

Bandelier Waives Fees On NPS Founders Day Aug. 25

on August 22, 2015 - 10:09am

Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


Tuesday, Aug. 25, is a special day in more than 400 very special places all over the country – Founders Day, the anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service (NPS) Aug. 25, 1916. 

Every year it is celebrated with free admission to all the parks, national seashores, national monuments, and the many other kinds of areas in the park system, including, of course, Bandelier National Monument.  And this is the 99th birthday of the NPS, so it's extra special, leading up to next year's centennial celebration.

“This is a

SFNF Releases Final EIS For Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project

on August 22, 2015 - 8:24am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) announced the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and draft Record of Decision (ROD) for one of the largest forest restoration projects in the Southwest.

The Southwest Jemez Mountains (SWJM) Landscape Restoration Project is a long-term collaborative effort to restore forest ecosystems at the landscape scale and improve resilience to major disturbances, including fire, insects and disease, and climate change. 

SFNF Supervisor Maria T.