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LANL’s R&D 100 Award ... A Lot Of Credit To Go Around

on November 26, 2015 - 12:29pm
LANL Engineering Institute inside the Los Alamos Research Park, 4200 West Jemez Road. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Like Oscars for films and Emmys for television, R&D 100s are among the best known annual awards in the domain of new inventions, setting standards of excellence and spotlighting new technologies.

Engineering Institute Director Chuck Farrar

The awards are named for a leading research and development magazine whose expert panels choose each year the 100 most significant new discoveries from consumer products to scientific breakthroughs.

For 2015,

Governor Unveils Series Of Powerful TV Ads To Fight Drunk Driving

on November 26, 2015 - 10:43am
ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled a series of powerful TV ads to fight drunk driving on the state’s roads and highways.
These new ads feature New Mexico State Police officers sharing their personal stories of coming face-to-face with the real and horrible consequences of drunk driving, witnessing the devastating fatal crashes and having to inform families that their loved ones have been killed.
To view these new ads, visit here.
“Our police officers are often the first on the scene. They see firsthand  with their own two eyes  the horror when someone decides to take

Udall Introduces Updated Bill To Expand DOE Tech Transfer, Build NM’s Economy

on November 26, 2015 - 10:36am
WASHINGTON ― U.S. Sen. Tom Udall unveiled his updated bill to streamline the process for moving cutting-edge research and development from our national labs into the marketplace.
Udall has championed technology transfer as a way to advance high-tech industries and create jobs in New Mexico.
While Udall has successfully pushed the Department of Energy (DOE) to improve tech transfer, there is still much work to do.
The Accelerating Technology Transfer to Advance Innovation for the Nation (ATTAIN) Act will cut bureaucracy and better facilitate public-private partnerships at the

New Mexico Ranks 35th On Tax Competitiveness

on November 26, 2015 - 10:20am
TAX News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New Mexico has the 35th most competitive tax code in the nation according to the 12th annual edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index released by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.
The report measures how well-structured each state’s tax code is by analyzing over 100 tax variables in five different categories: corporate, individual income, sales, property, and unemployment insurance taxes.

The breakdown of New Mexico ranking this year is as follows (1st is best, 50th is worst):
  • Overall Tax Climate: #35
  • Corporate tax structure: #27
  • Individual income tax structure:

Martinez Announces $1 Million Expansion Of CYFD’s Family Support Worker Program

on November 26, 2015 - 10:09am
LOS LUNAS — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced a $1 million expansion of the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) Family Support Worker program, which she initiated as a pilot program in Bernalillo County in April of 2014.
The program will now serve six New Mexico counties and provides specifically high-risk families with service and support aimed at preventing child maltreatment. 
Martinez also urged legislators to enact stiffer penalties for those who assault child abuse caseworkers in New Mexico.
“Expanding the number of family support workers is critical to our

MADD, Senator Udall, Sheriff Gonzales Remind New Mexicans Drive To Sober Or Get Pulled Over

on November 25, 2015 - 10:23am

  • DWI-related deaths spike from Thanksgiving through New Year’s

ALBUQUERQUE - Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico (MADD) have teamed up with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales to kick off the 2015 holiday season anti-drunken driving campaign.

The holidays are a particularly deadly time of year on the roads, with DWI-related crashes and deaths spiking from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.

Udall, Heinrich Urge LWCF Reauthorization, Funding Before Year Ends

on November 25, 2015 - 6:57am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and a bipartisan coalition of 12 other senators sent a letter asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kent.) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to include the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) along with full mandatory funding in one of the bills Congress must pass before adjourning for the year.
“The LWCF is funded with offshore oil royalties and was designed not to use taxpayer dollars.

Christmas Trees Available Starting Friday At Valles Caldera National Preserve - Help Restore The Forest!

on November 24, 2015 - 10:00am
LAVC News:
Los Amigos de Valles Caldera will once again be helping the Valles Caldera National Preserve to thin overgrown forested areas to protect it from further large wildfires.
These freshly cut trees will be available for four weekends, starting on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, at the Valle Grande Staging Area, off N.M. 4 between mile marker 39 and 40.
The Los Amigos de Valles Caldera will be there 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturdays and Sundays thereafter including Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5-6, Dec. 12-13 and Dec. 19-20.
The trees will generally be White Fir of varying sizes from about 4 feet

Andrew J. Wong Of Los Alamos Wins Grand Prize In 2015 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest

on November 21, 2015 - 11:43am

Out of more than 1,700 entries from around the world, Andrew J. Wong of Los Alamos just won the Grand Prize in the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta photo contest. The annual fiesta is the world's most photographed event. Wong's winning photo is this striking silhouette of a crew and their hot air balloon. Wong works at Los Alamos National Laboratory and his wife Charissa Wong owns Photo Essence by Charissa, a local photography business. For his award winning photograph, Wong is receiving a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens. Photo by Andrew J. Wong

Luján Discusses Need To Improve New Mexico’s Mental And Behavioral Health System

on November 21, 2015 - 6:41am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee markup earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District discussed the need to improve the mental and behavioral health systems in New Mexico and across the nation. 
New Mexico’s behavioral health system is in a state of crisis following the freezing of payments to15 behavioral health providers and the eventual closure of a number of these organizations, as well as the exit of some of the Arizona providers that came into replace them. 
Luján offered an amendment to

IRS, States And Tax Industry Announce New Steps To Help Public Protect Personal Tax Data

on November 21, 2015 - 6:37am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service, state tax administrators and the private-sector tax industry today announced a new campaign aimed at encouraging more people to protect their personal and financial data online and at home.

The “Taxes. Security. Together.” campaign is designed to raise public awareness that even routine actions on the Internet and their personal devices can affect the safety of their financial and tax data.
The education campaign will complement the expanded series of protections the IRS, states and tax industry are putting in place for the start of the 2016

REPORT: Governor’s REAL ID Proposal To ‘More Than Double’ Wait Times At MVD

on November 20, 2015 - 12:10pm

Imagine your worst MVD experience … now double it. Courtesy/ProgressNow New Mexico

ProgressNow New Mexico News:

  • New Mexicans Petition Governor & Legislative Leaders To Pass Simpler Bi-partisan Fix

MVD lines are about to get a lot longer if a driver’s license proposal supported by Gov. Susana Martinez passes the state legislature this January, a national report of state legislatures says.

According to a report from the non-partisan, non-profit National Council of State Legislatures:

“To comply with the requirement that all DL/ID (Driver’s license or identification) card holders re-verify

NEA-NM Applauds Game Commission Decision

on November 20, 2015 - 11:39am

NEA-NM News:

The New Mexico State Game Commission approved an easement agreement between the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the New Mexico State Land Office for hunting access on State Trust Lands.

The easement is for next year’s hunting season, and the Game Department will pay $1 million for access. The previous easement was only $200,000, which equates to just two cents per acre.

The additional $800,000 will benefit New Mexico’s public education – which is the primary beneficiary, receiving approximately 95 percent of the money collected by the Land Office.

“I congratulate

First Spaceport America Drone Summit March 11-13

on November 20, 2015 - 11:04am


Spaceport America – Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, announced today the launch of the first Spaceport America Drone Summit to be held March 11-13, 2016 at Spaceport America in Southern New Mexico.

“We are thrilled to host this exciting and educational summit for small drones at Spaceport America,” Spaceport America CEO Christine Anderson said. “Our 12,000-foot spaceway and north campus are perfect for this type of multifaceted event and can easily accommodate thousands of participants.”

Over 1,000 attendees are expected for

Brown Mackie College & EDMC Schools To Forgive $632,000 In Loans Made To New Mexico Students

on November 20, 2015 - 9:08am
EDMC News:
ALBUQUERQUE  For-profit education company Education Management Corporation (EDMC) will significantly reform its recruiting and enrollment practices, and forgive more than $632,000 in loans for approximately 553 New Mexico former students, through a qui tam settlement with Attorney General Hector Balderas and a group of state attorneys general.
EDMC, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, operates 110 schools in 32 states and Canada through four education systems, including Argosy University, The Art Institutes, Brown Mackie College and South University.
EDMC operates a

Los Alamos Technology Gains National Backing

on November 19, 2015 - 1:16pm

Descartes Labs artificial intelligence can race through mountains of data and read a landscape in seconds. An early emphasis for this technology is in evaluating and predicting agricultural output, like these irrigated fields near Roswell. Courtesy/2015 NASA/LANDSAT


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos pixels and Los Alamos dots were both riding high this week.

Descartes Labs, Inc., a one-year-old company specializing in satellite imagery recognition and analysis, announced Tuesday that it had raised $5 million in a venture capital round, thanks to a group of investors

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Discusses Consent Order Negotiations With NMED And EM-LA

on November 19, 2015 - 12:24pm

RCLC News:

HERNANDEZ -- The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) hosted representatives from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the Los Alamos Environmental Management Field Office (EM-LA) to discuss the Consent Order agreement guiding the regulatory environment for cleanup of legacy nuclear waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn gave an overview of the current consent order and expected changes to the upcoming version to be signed, and EM-LA Manager Doug Hintze presented the new campaign approach that will be utilized to clean up

Luján Calls For Action On Immigration Reform

on November 19, 2015 - 12:02pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District spoke today at a press conference with House Democratic leaders calling for action on comprehensive immigration reform. 
Below are Luján’s remarks as prepared:
“I join my colleagues in expressing my thoughts and prayers to the people of France. As we gather this morning to have a conversation on comprehensive immigration reform in the United States, we have to make sure that we work together.

Udall, Heinrich Applaud Decision To Begin Nonstop Flight Service Between Roswell And Phoenix

on November 19, 2015 - 9:16am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich applauded the decision by American Airlines to begin daily, nonstop commercial flight service between Roswell International Air Center (RIAC) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Flights are set to begin in March of 2016.

"Flights between Roswell and Phoenix will help make travel to and from Southeastern New Mexico more convenient, opening up business opportunities in the entire region that can create jobs and boost the economy," Udall said.

DOE Awards $42.4 Million Contract To Portage, Inc.

on November 19, 2015 - 7:09am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that Portage, Inc., the incumbent contractor, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, has been awarded a $42.4 million contract to provide technical support services to the DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) in all program areas.
The contract includes a three-year base period of performance with one two-year option period. This contract includes the option to issue both Time-and-Materials (T&M) and Fixed-Price task orders.
Services to be provided by the contractor include:
  • Regulatory oversight
  • Quality Assurance Auditing and

WIPP Conducts Limited Scope Performance Tests

on November 19, 2015 - 6:45am
Members of the WIPP Emergency Operations Center participate in a drill, simulating an emergency occurrence at the WIPP Facility. Courtesy/WIPP
WIPP News:
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Emergency Operations Center staff conducted a series of Limited Scope Performance Tests (LSPT) Nov. 3‐4, designed to evaluate the readiness of the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) and the Emergency Operations Center.
A series of four exercises were conducted (i.e. earthquake, radiological release, etc.) to thoroughly test the ERO system and staff. The U.S.

Electric Vehicle Cross-Country Driver Visits Los Alamos Nature Center

on November 18, 2015 - 4:15pm

Brian Kent and his electric car this morning during a visit to the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Chris Clark/


By Rebecca Shankland
Los Alamos
Brian Kent, tired of hearing people say that they couldn't take road trips in their Leaf all-electric vehicles, decided to drive his Leaf cross country, visiting every state capital, and even planting trees in every state to offset the small amount of carbon required to generate electricity for the vehicle.
Wednesday Kent checked his charging station possibilities and found one at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

New Mexico Recognized For Raising Awareness Of Prescription Drug Abuse

on November 18, 2015 - 3:47pm


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Human Services Department’s (HSD) campaign to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse, called A Dose of Reality, has been awarded the 2015 Silver Cumbre Award for public service campaigns from the New Mexico chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

“This campaign is an important tool in getting the word out to more New Mexicans about the dangers of prescription drug abuse,” said Wayne Lindstrom, director of the HSD Behavioral Health Services Division, which oversees New Mexico’s efforts to fight prescription drug abuse.

The A Dose of

Valles Caldera National Preserve Holiday Closures

on November 18, 2015 - 3:28pm

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera National Preserve will close the Valle Grande visitor center and main entrance Thanksgiving and Christmas days to allow employees to spend the holidays with their families. 

Visitors are welcome to access the preserve via the Coyote Call and Valle Grande trailheads. 

The visitor center and main entrance will re-open at 9 a.m. the day after each holiday. Visitors can hike, bike, fish the East Fork River, or ride their own horses within the preserve until the snow falls.

AFTNM On Approval Of State’s Plan To Provide Equal Access To Excellent Educators

on November 18, 2015 - 3:22pm


ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“We are disappointed to hear the United States Department of Education has approved New Mexico’s State Equity Plan to Provide Equal Access to Excellent Educators.

“The goal of this plan is to close the equity gap in education, meaning all students, especially those attending low-income or rural schools receive equal access to high quality public educators, however the New Mexico Public Education failed to meaningfully incorporate stakeholder input from parents,