Skip directly to content


Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bill To Preserve And Expand Native American Languages

on May 29, 2015 - 12:31pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Thursday that they have introduced a bill to preserve endangered Native languages.
The Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act creates a new grant initiative to establish or expand Native language immersion programs. The grants will support the revitalization and maintenance of Tribal languages while increasing educational opportunities for Native American students.
"Native language education fosters pride and a feeling of interconnectedness between generations and has been linked to

WIPP Successfully Completes ISO 14001 Certification

on May 29, 2015 - 9:39am

WIPP News:

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site successfully demonstrated to independent auditors that the WIPP Environmental Management System (EMS) meets all the requirements of the ISO 14001 standard.

After a recent three days of reviewing the 17 elements of ISO 14001, the auditors concluded the EMS program and procedures properly manage the environmental aspects and impacts of WIPP operations to meet the standard’s requirements. As a result, the certification of the WIPP EMS will continue for three years.

ISO 14001 is an international standard for the development of effective

Governor Announces Funding To Hire, Support, Retain Math And Science Teachers In Underserved Areas

on May 29, 2015 - 9:01am

Gov. Susana Martinez

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez will announce a significant increase in funding to hire, support and retain math and science teachers in low-income and rural areas in New Mexico.

The additional funds also will ensure that these teachers have the resources they need to help students succeed. 

The Governor will make the announcement during the 2015 Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Symposium this morning in Albuquerque.

NNSA Conducts Experiment To Improve U.S. Ability To Detect Foreign Nuclear Explosions

on May 28, 2015 - 2:28pm

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, a National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) led-team successfully conducted the fourth in a series of experiments designed to improve our ability to detect underground nuclear explosions.

The Source Physics Experiment (SPE-4 Prime) is a fundamental step forward in the U.S. effort to improve arms control verification, and will eventually be used to assure compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, Anne Harrington, noted that “The seismic Source Physics

Los Alamos High School Standout Jared Mang Named Gatorade New Mexico Baseball Player of the Year!

on May 28, 2015 - 1:27pm

Jared Mang

CHICAGO — In its 30th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Jared Mang of Los Alamos High School as its 2014-15 Gatorade New Mexico Baseball Player of the Year.

Mang is the first Gatorade New Mexico Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Los Alamos High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Mang as New

NDI Student Dancers Shine In Front Of 1,700 People

on May 28, 2015 - 11:38am

More than 500 student dancers and an audience of 1,700 people fill Española Valley High School Gymnasium Wednesday evening for the annual NDI End-of-Year performance. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

Special guests participating in Wednesday's event include businessman Omar Sanchez, in blue t-shirt, who owns Time Out Pizzeria restaurants in Los Alamos and White Rock. Sanchez also is a retired New Mexico State Police officer and Wednesday marked his 8th year participating in the event. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

Staff Report

ESPAÑOLA – The National Dance Institute

NMMA Appoints Rebecca Aubin To Newly Created Position Of Head Of Education And Visitor Experience

on May 28, 2015 - 7:58am
New Mexico Museum of Art. Courtesy/NMMA
NMMA News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Museum of Art welcomes Rebecca Aubin to the newly created position of Head of Education and Visitor Experience.
Aubin will develop a comprehensive vision for the museum's educational and public programs with the goal of improving and enhancing overall visitor experience. Enhancing the museum's position as a community center for the arts and extending its statewide outreach are also in the works.
The museum's First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare exhibition in February 2016 will see the

SFBG Refocuses Programming Toward Museum Hill & Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve Sites

on May 28, 2015 - 7:51am
SFBG News:
After eight years of providing programs at the Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve, the Botanical Garden’s Board of Directors has voted to discontinue their hikes on wilderness property owned by Santa Fe County.
In announcing this change, CEO Clayton Bass noted, “Our mission of educational programming has grown 10-fold over the last few years and we are placing our staffing and efforts where we have the greatest impact for children and adults of the region.

New Mexico History Museum Unveils June Events

on May 28, 2015 - 7:47am
NMHM News:
SANTA FE — Bring the family, bring your friends, or just come by yourself. Besides great exhibits, we have something for everyone:
Friday, June 5, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Palace Guard trip to Glorieta
Members of the museum’s Friends group journey to the Civil War battle site at Pecos National Historic Park for a tour with Ranger Eric Valencia, a picnic lunch, and a visit to Casa Escuela, a private museum with historic firearms and military ephemera. $30. Reserve a spot by calling (505).982.6366, ext. 4. Not a Palace Guard member? Call (505).982.6366, ext. 100 to join.

Heinrich Introduces Energy Storage Promotion And Deployment Act

on May 27, 2015 - 3:34pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. introduced S. 1434, the Energy Storage Promotion and Deployment Act, to establish an energy storage portfolio standard for electric utility companies.
A utility may meet the standard with any combination of storage technologies and ownership, including storage located at homes or businesses. U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine is a cosponsor of the bill.
The bill would set national targets for energy storage in order to meet the growing demand on the electric grid and encourage the

New Mexico Regulators Delay Final Ruling On PNM Plan To Continue Burning Coal

on May 27, 2015 - 3:28pm
PRC News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) announced plans to postpone a final ruling on PNM’s proposal to continue burning coal at the San Juan Generating Station until the utility is able to secure final coal supply and ownership agreements.
Earlier this month, PNM filed draft, non-binding contracts with the PRC that threatens to lock the utility into burning coal at the aging San Juan Generating Station for the foreseeable future.

Mars Rover’s ChemCam Instrument Gets Sharper Vision

on May 27, 2015 - 8:46am

Yellowjacket is the first rock targeted by the NASA Mars Rover’s ChemCam device after checkout of the auto-focus repair. It is a layered sedimentary rock. The laser analysis yielded a composition very close to that of Mars soil and unlike the lakebed sedimentary compositions observed at lower elevations and earlier in the mission. The soil-like composition may indicate that these rocks formed from sediment transported by wind, rather than by water. The ChemCam image also shows millimeter-size spherules of unknown origin, not seen in most earlier sedimentary rocks.

Align Up 4-Week Workshop Begins June 7

on May 27, 2015 - 7:30am
AU News:
Each day, 22 veterans of war take their own lives. In fact, more veterans from the past two wars have taken their own lives than have actually been killed on active duty. Staggering.
Acts of war have their effect on everyone who has experienced them whether or not a veteran is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress. Chronic Pain continues to be a problem that has not been addressed. Education is crucial for this population. The physiology and nervous systems of people with PTS or challenges with stress are completely different.

LA School Of Gymnastics Compete In Denver

on May 26, 2015 - 4:34pm
Los Alamos School of Gymnastics platinum and gold gymnasts, who will be competing in Regionals later this month, traveled to Denver this past weekend to compete against 12 Colorado teams at Encore Gymnastics.
In the senior platinum division Ashley Bustos took the gold in the all around with 37.15. Bustos also took gold on balance beam with 9.45, silver on floor with 9.50, and bronze on vault (9.40) and bars (8.80). Team mate Carley Stilwell was seventh all around with 35.45. Stilwell took the gold on vault with her personal best score ever of 9.80. Stilwell also tied for

WIPP: Work Begins On Interim Ventilation System

on May 26, 2015 - 3:59pm
WIPP News:
Recovery operations at the WIPP facility continue to move forward with work beginning on installation of the interim ventilation system.
This system will increase the overall amount of airflow in the underground facility from the 60,000 cubic feet per minute (CFM) available under the current configuration up to 114,000 CFM. Following the radiological event of February 2014, all air exiting the WIPP underground passes through High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters prior to being released into the environment.
As a result, the amount of air that can be used to

LAHS Junior EliseAnne Koskelo Receives Prestigious Awards For Work In Art, Design And Science

on May 26, 2015 - 7:40am

LAHS student EliseAnne Koskelo wearing the medal she received from the YoungArts Foundation. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

EliseAnne Koskelo, a junior at Los Alamos High School, is the recipient of several prestigious awards for her work in art, design and science. 

In December of 2014, Koskelo was awarded a Merit designation from the National Young Arts Foundation for her work. Koskelo's portfolio was chosen from more that 11,000 applications from across the United States.

As one of 700 winners of this award, she travelled to New York City earlier this month to attend master classes in her

NM Hosts National Conference On Court Interpreters

on May 26, 2015 - 7:01am
SANTA FE  Managers of programs providing interpreting services for state courts across the country gathered in New Mexico last week for a national conference.
New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara J. Vigil and Artie Pepin, director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, officially opened the conference. Supreme Court Justice Edward L. Chávez delivered a keynote address.

Other New Mexico presenters included Paul Kippert, assistant general counsel with the Department of Finance and Administration, and Lisa Dignan and Roger Robb with the Commission for the

Emergency Funding For Magistrate Courts Denied

on May 25, 2015 - 2:57pm



SANTA FE – Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin expressed disappointment Friday that the state Board of Finance denied a request for emergency funding of $750,000 for magistrate court operations in the final weeks of the current budget year.


AOC sought the emergency funding because magistrate courts do not have enough money to cover operating expenses through June after the governor vetoed a $750,000 supplemental appropriation approved by the Legislature. Lawmakers approved the money to address underfunding partly caused by a loss of revenues from

AIA: Mark Von Hagen Lecture On Ukraine May 31

on May 25, 2015 - 1:46pm

Dr. Mark Von Hagen

AIA News:


ALBUQUERUQE – The Albuquerque International Association (AIA) will host a public lecture by Dr. Mark Von Hagen titled “Ukraine between East and West: Linking the Past to the Present” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at UNM Continuing Education Auditorium, 1634 University Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

There is no one in the country better able to explain Ukraine in terms of its current problems, as well as in terms of its troubled history than Von Hagen.


Memorial Day At Santa Fe National Cemetery

on May 25, 2015 - 12:39pm

With every grave marked by an American flag and visits by many friends and loved ones, Santa Fe National Cemetery celebrated another Memorial Day this morning. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/

According to a history included in this morning's Memorial Day ceremonies, the Santa Fe National Cemetery has grown from 1/3 acre at the close of the Civil War when it was established to bury the remains of Union soldiers who died within the territory of New Mexico. Today, the Santa Fe National Cemetery is comprised of approximately 78 developed acres with more than 50,000 burials.

VIDEO: Heinrich, Udall's Northern NM Wilderness Bill Gains Momentum In Committee Hearing

on May 25, 2015 - 11:41am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A bill introduced by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Tom Udall, D-N.M. to establish two wilderness areas, the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness and Rio San Antonio Wilderness, within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument northwest of Taos, received a positive hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining.
In his opening statement, Heinrich, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, said that the bill "helps further the community‘s vision for

Large Solar Power Dedication In Springer Tuesday

on May 25, 2015 - 10:47am

USDA News:
  • USDA Rural Development Funds Seven Acre Project

ALBUQUERQUE – USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced today that 3rd District Rep. Ben Ray Luján will join him and the management of the Springer Electric Cooperative to celebrate the completion of construction of a $14 million solar power project.

The event is 10 a.m., Tuesday at the Springer Electric Cooperative Sub-Station one mile north of exit 441 on the I-25 east frontage road.

Funding for the project, provided by USDA Rural Development, also includes the expansion and upgrade of 74 miles of electric line


Officials Share Memorial Day Tributes

on May 25, 2015 - 9:43am

Today marks Memorial Day, a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May. Courtesy photo


President Barack Obama:

This weekend is Memorial Day—a time to pay tribute to all our men and women in uniform who’ve ever given their lives so that we can live in freedom and security. This year, the holiday is especially meaningful. It’s the first Memorial Day since our war ended in Afghanistan. 

On Monday, at Arlington Cemetery, I’ll join our

New Options For Plutonium Pit Production At LANL

on May 24, 2015 - 12:49pm

Pit Production would continue at PF-4, according to new report by the Congressional Research Service. Courtesy/LANL


Los Alamos Daily Post
  • Would relocating Royal Crest help solve safety problem?

The Royal Crest trailer park may have a role to play in fulfilling a Congressional mandate for Los Alamos National Laboratory to resume production of plutonium pits, the imploding, hollow cores that detonate thermonuclear weapons.

A report by the Congressional Research Service that became available this week proposes several options to solve manufacturing, safety and delivery

Los Alamos Memorial Day Remembrance At Guaje Pines Cemetery 11 A.M. Monday

on May 24, 2015 - 12:42pm



This year’s Los Alamos Memorial Day Remembrance is 11 a.m., Monday at the Guaje Pines Cemetery.

The event is hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and local organizations, and the general public is invited to attend. The local theme is “Where the Fallen Rest.”

Memorial Day is a national holiday in the United States for remembering those who died while serving in the country's armed forces.