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Military Control of U.S. Nuclear Security if Bill Passes

on September 24, 2012 - 11:30am

Anti-nuclear arms protesters display a banner during the April 2011 Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) rally at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.  Photo Credit: Brian Stansberry under CCA 3.0 Unported license.

Staff Report

Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), Chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, has submitted legislation that would station American troops at the Defense Department's atomic weapons facilities and at nuclear installations controlled by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration NNSA. 

Local Woman Witnesses Endeavour's Final Flight

on September 22, 2012 - 8:59am
 
Yvonne M. Deshayes of Los Alamos was in California's Bay Area Friday where she captured history on camera. Strapped to the back of a 747 jumbo jet, the Space Shuttle Endeavour flew over the Berkeley Lab during its final flight. After a nearly five-hour aerial tour around California landmarks, the Endeavour touched down at 1 p.m. at the Los Angeles International Airport. In a few weeks, the Endeavour will move to its final home - the California Science Center, which is paying the estimated $28 million cost for shipping and handling the Endeavour's final flight. Photo by Yvonne M. Deshayes
 
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Manhattan Project National Historical Park Fails to Pass House

on September 20, 2012 - 4:05pm

Staff report

Earlier this afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Resolution 5987. 

A 2/3 vote was require to pass the "Yeas and Nays" vote. The Park received 257 Yeas and 158 Nays, however, 276 Yea votes were needed to pass the park through the House and on to the Senate for consideration.

H.R. 5987 is titled, "To establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington, and for other purposes."

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director

Colorado's Chimney Rock to Become National Monument

on September 20, 2012 - 6:02am

Chimney Rock, Colo. Courtesy

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, R-Colo., Wednesday praised the decision by President Obama to designate Chimney Rock as a national monument. The president will use his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to make the designation.

"Chimney Rock contains the rare combination of a spectacular geologic formation with extraordinary cultural, historical and archeological significance. Coloradans have made it clear that those attributes should be matched with national monument status," Bennet said. "It will be an extraordinary boost for the region and the state.

Luján: Decision ... Step in Right Direction

on September 19, 2012 - 6:13am

Photo: U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

Santa Fe – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District called a decision Tuesday by the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health a step in the right direction to help workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) who have suffered illnesses as a result of their work at the Lab.

The board’s 12 to one decision to recommend compensation for all workers, contractors, and subcontractors who were employed at LANL between 1976 and 1995 is a vital step in the process that has dragged on since the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) petition was submitted

AUDIO: Udall Talks Burn Pits & Senate Business

on September 19, 2012 - 6:10am

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed the Senate Veterans Committee’s unanimous passage of his legislation to create an open burn pits registry and this week’s Senate business.
 
 
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
 
0:00 - Udall expresses his support for Americans serving in the Middle East and discusses the loss of four Americans in Libya last week, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
 
0:28 - “Ambassador Stevens had a deep commitment to the people

Washington Post Columnist Claims Los Alamos in Disrepair

on September 17, 2012 - 6:15am
ON THE MESA FACING NORTH
Column by Greg Kendall

In the Washington Post's National Security section is a two-part report, "Aging U.S. nuclear arsenal slated for costly and long-delayed modernization," published on Saturday, Sept. 15.

 

 

 

A frontal view of four B-61 nuclear free-fall bombs on a bomb cart. Courtesy/DoD

Dana Priest writes:


"... parts of Los Alamos are in serious disrepair. Inside one critical building, pipes carrying dangerous wastewater are duct-taped together at the joints to plug leaks; plastic bags have been wrapped around the tape to trap seepage.

The building,

Luján Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 15, 2012 - 9:42am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today:

“Hispanic Heritage Month represents an opportunity to reflect on the enduring contributions of a community that has strengthened the fabric of a nation whose diversity is a source of strength and pride.

Udall Introduces VOW to Hire Heroes Extension

on September 14, 2012 - 10:06am
Bill Would Simplify Hiring Of Unemployed Vets
 
WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has joined Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., in introducing the bipartisan VOW to Hire Heroes Extension Act of 2012 (S. 3536), a bill that simplifies the hiring of unemployed and disabled veterans.
 
Senators Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Jim Webb, D-Va. and Dean Heller, D-Nev., are also original cosponsors of the legislation.
 
"New Mexico has 180,000 veterans who risked their lives to defend our freedom, often at a physical or emotional cost to themselves," Udall said. "In

Senate Vets Committee Advances Udall's Burn Pit Legislation

on September 13, 2012 - 11:58am
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., reported Wednesday that the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee unanimously passed legislation that includes S. 1798, The Open Burn Pits Registry Act.
 
Udall became an advocate for a burn pit registry after meeting Albuquerque veteran Msgt. Jessey Baca and his wife Maria. MSgt Baca was stationed at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, which hosted approximately 25,000 personnel at the height of operations and over 10 acres of land for burning toxic debris.
 
MSgt Baca has faced a multitude of health problems believed to be associated with burn pits,

Luján Announces $1.2 Million Grant for LANL to Improve Energy Efficiency of Vehicles

on September 12, 2012 - 8:16am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced Tuesday that Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is receiving a $1.2 million grant through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicles Technology program. 

The program is investing in three new projects that focus on increasing the efficiency of engines and powertrain systems for future highway transportation vehicles. 

The federal government will contribute $1.2 million to the project, while the private sector will invest $300,000.

LANL will use the grant to develop a low cost and robust nitrogen

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

on September 11, 2012 - 8:40am

Staff report

Solemn ceremonies are taking place around the community and throughout the nation today; remembering lives lost and heroes who rose up when terrorists attacked America 11 years ago.

At 8:45 a.m. on the clear Tuesday morning of Sept. 11, 2001, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors.

As the evacuation of

Udall Recruits New Mexico Applicants for Internships

on September 3, 2012 - 8:17am
  • Positions Available in New Mexico and Washington Offices

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for fall internships in his Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces offices.

To apply online or download an application, visit Udall’s website at www.tomudall.senate.gov.

The deadline to apply for positions is flexible, but students interested in fall internships are encouraged to submit their applications by Friday, Sept. 7.

“While working in one of my offices, students will get

Redbook Names Albuquerque and Santa Fe Among 'Most Romantic Date Destinations' in America

on August 31, 2012 - 11:10am

Image/Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons, Attribution 3.0 Unported

Staff report:

Redbook magazine has released its list of the "Most Romantic Date Destinations" in America and Los Alamos has three of them in its own back yard ... or just a day's drive away. 

Redbook's list:

  • The Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York
  • St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Top of the Rock, New York City
  • The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.V.
  • St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Harvest Inn, Napa Valley, Calif.
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Newport, RI.
  • Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Rincon, Puerto Rico
  • Sedona, Ariz.
  • Charleston, S.C.

In Albuquerque,

National Park Service to Host Two Public Meetings

on August 31, 2012 - 8:07am
Courtesy/BNM
 
BANDELIER News:
 
The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated a process to complete a Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) to improve transportation conditions in Bandelier National Monument.
 
In an effort to inform the public and solicit input regarding the plan/EA, NPS will be hosting two public meetings.
 
The format of the public meetings will include a brief (30-minute) open house followed by a presentation about the project and a question/answer session.
 
Park staff will be available to discuss the plan/EA and answer questions.
 
Monday,

Gov. Susana Martinez: In America, Everything is Possible [Video]

on August 30, 2012 - 7:24am

Watch New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez as she addressed the Republican National Convention Wednesday night:

Astronaut Neil Armstrong Has Died

on August 26, 2012 - 10:48am

Astronaut Neil Armstrong in April 1969, while training for the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. Photo by Bettmann/Corbis

Staff report

American astronaut Neil Armstrong died Saturday Aug. 25, 2012, at age 82 following complications from recent heart surgery, according to a statement released by his family.

On July 20, 1969, Armstrong stepped off the lunar landing module Eagle, and became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.

Nearly 240,000 miles from Earth, Armstrong spoke these words to more than a billion people listening at home: "That's one small step for man, one giant

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Is It Really Cheating If You Don't Get Caught?

on August 24, 2012 - 11:17am

Column: On the Mesa Facing North by Greg Kendall

Today, Lance Armstrong threw in the towel in his fight to clear his name in the ongoing Tour De France doping scandals.  Armstrong issued a statement that has been published in an earlier Los Alamos Daily Post story (see link below.)

In his statement, Armstrong discusses how "enough is enough" after dealing with claims that he cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning his seven Tours since 1999.

As I read through his statement, I kept looking for one sentence from Armstrong, "I never used performance enhancing drugs to help me win."

Will the Metric System Make a Comeback?

on August 24, 2012 - 10:18am

One of eight proposed logos under consideration by Linda Anderman. Courtesy

METRIC SYSTEM News:

Los Alamos resident Linda Anderman has an ambitious plan: to produce an independent documentary about what happened to the metric system in the United States.

"As a product of the 1950s, I was taught that the metric system was an eventuality, but as a child, it didn't really occur to me that it never came to pass," Anderman said.

A discussion with a colleague near the end of last year prompted her to do some research about what had happened in the intervening years.  

"As a writer, I'm

Case Study: How Standards Can Make U.S. More Secure

on August 24, 2012 - 7:00am

NIST News:

Courtesy/NIST

By Erik Puskar

Before 9/11, most radiation detectors were designed for use in laboratories. After 9/11, the new Office of Homeland Security, which became the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), needed to plan for the possibility that terrorists would try to smuggle "dirty bomb" components into the country.

Consequently the first responder community needs radiation detectors that are accurate, reliable, rugged, and easy to use.

DHS needed to develop and deploy rugged detector equipment that non-specialists and first responders could use easily to scan massive

Gov. Martinez Speaks Tuesday at GOP Convention

on August 23, 2012 - 8:56am

GOP News:

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has announced that the theme for the 2012 Republican National Convention will be “We Built It.”

Location: Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.

Dates: Aug. 27-30

Official Convention Website: 2012 GOP Convention

 

Press release on the convention from the 2012 GOP Convention:

History will be made in Tampa August 27-30, when 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S.

Explosions for Research at Los Alamos

on August 22, 2012 - 9:43am
 
The Bradbury Science Museum has provided the following video depicting some of what goes on behind the fence at Los Alamos National Laboratory:

The science of explosives has been important at Los Alamos since 1943. A variety of experiments with explosives are represented in this video. Music Credit: Nerves - by Kevin MacLeod,  Larva - by PhreDdy M.

Click HERE to view other videos provided by the Bradbury Science Museum including an interview with KRSN AM1490 owner David Sutton regarding the Las Conchas Fire and a video of President John F. Kennedy's 1962 visit to Los Alamos.

For more

FTC Takes Action on Misleading Sports Equipment

on August 16, 2012 - 10:29am

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., joined Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller today to commend the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for taking action against a company for making marketing claims about its product’s ability to reduce the risk of concussions that were not supported by sound scientific evidence.

 

"I applaud the FTC for taking action to stop Brain-Pad from making marketing claims about whether their mouth guards can reduce the risk of concussions," Rockefeller said.

Bingaman Discusses Manhattan Project National Historical Park at Los Alamos Historical Museum Event

on August 14, 2012 - 11:26am

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman spoke today at a gathering at the Los Alamos Historical Museum of the importance of establishing a Manhattan Project National Historical Park with sites in Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Hanford, Wash. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was honored Monday afternoon at a gathering at the Los Alamos Historical Museum for his support of Los Alamos during his 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover presented Bingaman with a plaque of appreciation on behalf of the

Heather Wilson Meets with Local Business Community

on August 13, 2012 - 10:21am

U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson shares a lighter moment with Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and members of the Los Alamos business community during a luncheon Saturday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant on Central Avenue. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover speaks with U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson during a lunch meeting with local business people at the Dixie Girl Saturday.

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