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U.S. Senate Through Filibuster Defeats Background Checks

on April 21, 2013 - 9:23am

Hundreds of people from Los Alamos and throughout Northern New Mexico gathered on the plaza in Santa Fe last week to support background checks to purchase a gun. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate through filibuster defeated the measure. Courtesy photo

Call For Students Interested in Military Service Academies

on April 21, 2013 - 8:50am

U.S. Military Academy's Washington Hall and Cadet Chapel. Courtesy/USMA


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Staff for members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation will hold information sessions for high school students interested in applying to the U.S. military service academies.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall began holding Service Academies Nights in 2012 to give prospective applicants and their families the opportunity to speak to representatives from each military service academy and in-state ROTC programs.

Udall's Office will be joined this year by staff members for Sen.

Super-Nanotubes: 'Remarkable' Spray-on Coating Combines Carbon Nanotubes with Ceramic

on April 21, 2013 - 8:23am

Micrograph of one strand of a new spray-on super-nanotube composite developed by the NIST and Kansas State University. The multi-wall nanotube core is surrounded by a ceramic shell. The composite is a promising coating for laser power detectors. (Color added for clarity) Courtesy/KSU

NIST News:

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Kansas State University have demonstrated a spray-on mixture of carbon nanotubes and ceramic that has unprecedented ability to resist damage while absorbing laser light.*

Coatings that absorb as much of the energy of


Regional Coalition Meets With Sen. Martin Heinrich

on April 21, 2013 - 8:17am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities recently hosted a meeting in Santa Fe with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and representatives attended the Spring Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) meeting in Washington, DC.

The Regional Coalition met with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich to discuss cleanup funding for LANL and thanked him for the letter he submitted along with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan to Secretary Steven Chu urging him to include $255 million for LANL cleanup funding in the FY 2014 budget.

Last week, Taos City Councilor Andrew Gonzales

Senators Reintroduce RECA Amendments Act

on April 20, 2013 - 10:01pm

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., led a bipartisan group of senators in renewing their efforts to expand restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living downwind of atomic weapons tests.

April 19 was the 24-year anniversary of the introduction of the original Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) in the U.S. Senate.


Governor's Chief of Staff Addresses LANL Consortium

on April 20, 2013 - 8:18am
From left, Chief of Staff Keith Gardner, Consortium President Floyd Archuleta, Consortium Secretary/Treasurer Liddie Martinez, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Rep. Carl Trujillo and Robert Hollen. Courtesy Photo
RDC News
Wednesday April 17, Keith Gardner, Chief of Staff to Gov. Susana Martinez addressed the Consortium of Major LANL Subcontractors, an organization made up of LANL’s 33 largest subcontractors.

Police Capture Surviving Suspect in Boston Marathon Bombings

on April 19, 2013 - 9:01pm

Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. Courtesy/FBI

Staff report

Police captured the 19-year-old suspected Boston Marathon bomber after a day-long manhunt that shut down the city of Boston and several suburbs and left one police officer dead.

Residents flooded into the streets cheered following the arrest of the Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev to celebrate the end to five days horrendous days since the bombs wounded more than 175 people and killed three.

Tsarnaev's older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in an overnight police chase and shootout.

Reports indicate that Tsarnaev was found