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Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Receives Congressional Accolades

on March 30, 2014 - 9:48am

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Receives Congressional Accolades

  • SIPI Receives Grants Totaling More Than $923,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham congratulated the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) on its recent progress and achievements in Albuquerque Thursday.

On March 12, Assistant Secretary of the Interior-Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn announced that SIPI was awarded two separate grants in excess of $923,000 to support undergraduate research, and to encourage students to engage in science, technology,

Heinrich Statement on Endangered Species Act Listing for the Lesser Prairie Chicken

on March 30, 2014 - 9:42am

Lesser prairie chicken. Courtesy/wikipedia

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., made the following statement Thursday on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to list the lesser prairie chicken, found in New Mexico as well as four other states, as a threatened species:

“New Mexico communities, oil and gas producers and farmers and ranchers deserve credit for implementing voluntary habitat conservation measures through the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances process, USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and Farm Service

Many Retirees Face April 1 Deadline To Take Required Retirement Plan Distributions

on March 29, 2014 - 8:35am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently reminded taxpayers who turned 70½ during 2013 that in most cases they must start receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

The April 1 deadline applies to owners of traditional IRAs but not Roth IRAs. Normally, it also applies to participants in various workplace retirement plans, including 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans.

The April 1 deadline only applies to the required distribution for the first year.

IRS Releases Virtual Currency Guidance

on March 28, 2014 - 1:05pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX -– The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued a notice providing answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) on virtual currency, such as Bitcoin. These FAQs provide basic information on the U.S. federal tax implications of transactions in, or transactions that use, virtual currency.

 

In some environments, virtual currency operates like “real” currency -- i.e., the coin and paper money of the United States or of any other country that is designated as legal tender, circulates, and is customarily used and accepted as a medium of exchange in the country of

Luján Calls for Vote on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

on March 28, 2014 - 7:00am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, first vice chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, called for a vote on comprehensive immigration reform in the House of Representatives.
 
House Democrats have introduced a discharge petition that would require an up or down vote on H.R. 15, a bipartisan immigration bill, once a 218-member majority of the House signs that petition. Luján signed the petition Wednesday.
 
“Enough is enough - it is time to bring immigration reform to the House floor for a vote.” Luján said.

$20.7 Million Excise Tax Revenue Will Support New Mexico Wildlife and Conservation Programs

on March 27, 2014 - 8:26am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, welcomed the U.S. Department of Interior's announcement Tuesday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute $20,698,851 in excise tax revenues paid by sportsmen, recreational shooters, and boaters to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects across New Mexico.

"Hunting and fishing are a way of life for thousands of New Mexicans and the taxes paid by sportsmen in our state help support wildlife management and

EPA to Deploy Mobile Air Monitors to WIPP Within Two Weeks

on March 26, 2014 - 9:42am

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Tuesday that within the next two weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will deploy mobile environmental monitoring units to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

In a Feb. 27 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the senators had asked the EPA to send the additional air monitors to conduct independent tests and help respond to questions that have arisen from the community about safety following the Feb. 14 radiation leak at WIPP. For a copy of the senators' letter, click

Government Openness and Transparency Highlighted During Sunshine Week

on March 23, 2014 - 10:10am

Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of government openness and transparency ran March 16-22. Leading up to and during the week, events were held nationwide to highlight transparency in government.

There were legislative hearings, film screenings, public discussions, editorials, reports published, and awards presented recognizing those who have advanced government openness and transparency.

It all began in 2002 when Florida newspapers launched Sunshine Sunday as a single day to highlight the importance of government transparency.

Cell Phones and Cable Signals: Interference Can Happen

on March 21, 2014 - 11:46am

Jason Coder, left, and John Ladbury in the reverberation chamber used for studying interference between cell phones and various kinds of telecommunications equipment. The angled metal surfaces are 'stirrers' that are rotated in order to vary the direction and polarization of the signal. At front on the tripod is a microwave horn used in testing. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

When your cell phone talks to your cable TV connection, the conversation can get ugly.

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DOE Invests $17 Million in Small Businesses

on March 21, 2014 - 7:45am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to continue U.S. leadership in clean energy innovation, the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has awarded $17 million in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects to help small businesses in 13 states develop prototype technologies that could improve manufacturing energy efficiency, reduce the cost of installing clean energy projects, and generate electricity from renewable energy sources. 

These projects will include technologies such as wind turbine blades that

VA Pressed on Delay of Open Air Burn Pit Registry

on March 20, 2014 - 7:30am

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric K. Shinseki Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittee and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, pressed the VA for answers regarding its failure to diligently and expeditiously implement the Open Air Burn Pit Registry as mandated under Section 201 of PL 112-260, which Udall and Corker coauthored and introduced in 2011. 

“As you know from previous

Los Alamos American Legion Riders Escort 'The Wall That Heals' to Santa Fe

on March 20, 2014 - 7:23am
Members of the Los Alamos Chapter of the American Legion Riders joined the New Mexico Patriot Guard in escorting 'The Wall That Heals' Tuesday from west of Albuquerque to Ft. Marcy Park in Santa Fe where it will be on display this week. Los Alamos American Legion Riders from left, Jim Hay, Fred Humphry, Ron Shuttles, Ken Nadeau, Dave Bullock and Chris Larribas. Photo by Los Alamos Rider Randi Moore
 
Staff Report

SANTA FE—A half-size replica of the National Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., is now in Santa Fe for a six-day stop. The Wall That Heals arrived Tuesday Ft.

Heinrich Co-signs Letter to Protect LGBT Workers

on March 20, 2014 - 7:18am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. co-signed a letter Wednesday calling on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The letter was led by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and is signed by more than 175 members of Congress.

"[We] urge you to fulfill the promise in your State of the Union address to make this a 'year of action' and

Deep Energy Retrofits Make 50 Percent Energy Savings Possible

on March 19, 2014 - 10:57am
By RACHEL CLUETT
Research Analyst, ACEEE

The need for innovative ways to reduce residential energy use is growing. States are setting increasingly aggressive energy savings targets for utilities and program administrators, as well as longer-term energy reduction goals that call for even greater savings.

In California, for example, their goal calls for a 40 percent reduction in existing homes’ energy use by 2020. While this is an ambitious goal, considering that savings from the highest-performing residential retrofit programs top out at about 30 percent, it is increasingly feasible.

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Heinrich: I Support Sen. Feinstein's Effort to Set the Record Straight on CIA Misconduct

on March 19, 2014 - 7:35am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. responded to a floor statement made last week by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, chair of the Select Committee on Intelligence, on Congress's oversight of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA):

"I thank and recognize Chairman Feinstein for her efforts to set the factual record straight regarding the deeply disturbing events and indefensible judgment exhibited by the CIA with respect to the Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program.

New Airborne GPS Technology For Weather Conditions Takes Flight

on March 17, 2014 - 10:44am

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego geophysicist Jennifer Haase is seated at the controls of GISMOS, a 205-pound GPS atmospheric measurement system, testing the equipment prior to flights during a 2010 campaign. The equipment is installed in the cabin of a reconfigured Gulfstream V business jet. Courtesy/Scripps Institution of Oceanography

AGU News:

LA JOLLA – GPS technology has broadly advanced science and society’s ability to pinpoint locations and motion, from driving directions to tracking ground motions during earthquakes.

Udall Introduces Tech Transfer Legislation

on March 15, 2014 - 7:29am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall introduced legislation to improve the Department of Energy’s (DOE) technology transfer process and help innovators turn research into marketable products and businesses. 

Udall’s Accelerating Technology Transfer to Advance Innovation for the Nation (ATTAIN) Act would help New Mexico entrepreneurs create jobs and revolutionary products. The changes it proposes are critical to helping leverage research at the state’s two DOE labs and develop high-tech private sector businesses. 

Udall discussed the importance of the bill

Internships Target Migrant/Seasonal Farmworking Students

on March 14, 2014 - 7:31am

NMSHSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Five migrant/seasonal farmworker college students will be selected to live and work in Washington, D.C. for an intensive eight week internship and professional mentoring program. The goal is to provide life altering experiences and networks to help students make the intellectual, cognitive, and emotional transition from agricultural life to that of a professional. 

Instead of youth working in the fields harvesting fruits or vegetables in the sweltering summer heat, they will live with host families, be placed in positions from the Department of Agriculture or

2015 Budget Proposal Makes Critical Investments in All-Of-The-Above Energy Strategy and Nat'l. Security

on March 11, 2014 - 7:20am

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz detailed President Barack Obama’s $27.9 billion Fiscal Year 2015 budget request for the Energy Department. Secretary Moniz emphasized the President’s continued commitment to a low-carbon future, improved energy infrastructure resilience, U.S. science and technology leadership and stronger national security.

This budget request represents a 2.6 percent increase above the FY 2014 enacted level, reflecting the importance of the Department’s core focus areas:

  • Energy and Science;
  • Nuclear Security and

Heinrich To Participate In 'All-Nighter' To Urge Action On Climate Change

on March 10, 2014 - 3:58pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Immediately following votes tonight until approximately 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, March 11, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. will join senators from the Senate Climate Action Task Force on the Senate floor to urge action on climate change. A significant number of senators are expected to participate throughout the night. 

"Tonight we will illustrate that climate change is not theoretical and cannot be ignored. We will discuss how sound science can be used to better understand and manage climate impacts.

NCRTD Sees 5.8 Percent Ridership Hike in 2013

on March 10, 2014 - 9:29am

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has seen a 5.8 percent increase in annual bus transit ridership in 2013 over 2012. A record total of 201,368 riders used the service in 2013 over a total of 190,186 passengers in 2012. 

Among the factors contributing to the increase are greater awareness and acceptance of public transit overall in the predominantly rural region where public transit options are a relatively recent phenomenon.

Daylight Saving Time Begins Today

on March 9, 2014 - 9:37am

Staff Report:

Daylight Saving Time began at 2 a.m. today. Springing forward may seem simple enough, but daylight saving’s history has actually been quite complex—and misconceptions about it persist today. While preparing to reset clocks, watches, alarms and microwaves, explore eight facts about daylight saving time:

  • It’s “daylight saving time,” not “daylight savings time.” Many people render the term’s second word in its plural form. However, since the word “saving” acts as part of an adjective rather than a verb, the singular is grammatically correct.
  • Though in favor of maximizing
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American Legion Post 90 Honors WWII/Korea Veteran Wendell Armour of Los Alamos

on March 8, 2014 - 9:10am

From left, Wendell Armour is honored with an American flag by American Legion Post 90 members Mark Hamilton, Ken Nadeau and Ed Miller. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Wendell Armour rides his scooter. Photo by Christine Bullock

Staff Report:

Members of the Los Alamos American Legion Post 90 presented an American flag to Wendell Armour Thursday in appreciation of his service in WWII and Korea.

Armour is one of the most decorated veterans in Los Alamos. He received Purple Hearts, Bronze and Silver Stars and several other awards including the Combat Infantry Badge.

Wendell is 92 and

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Press Energy Secretary Moniz on Next Steps for WIPP

on March 7, 2014 - 6:58am

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce met Thursday with Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to discuss the agency’s ongoing response to the incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.

The lawmakers together reiterated the message that it is critical for the DOE to be as open and responsive to the Carlsbad community, where residents understandably are concerned about health and safety in the wake of the accident.

'The Wall That Heals' Vietnam Memorial Wall Replica Spending Six Days in Santa Fe

on March 5, 2014 - 12:52pm

One panel of 'The Wall', displaying some of the names of fallen U.S. service members from the Vietnam War. Courtesy/wikipedia

NMDVS News:

SANTA FE—A half-size replica of the National Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., is traveling to Santa Fe for a six-day stop. The Wall That Heals is scheduled to arrive at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at Ft. Marcy Park.

The 18-wheel truck carrying the Wall will be escorted by motorcycle-riding members of the American Legion Riders Post 26 and the Patriot Guard Riders on the Wall’s last leg of its arrival into the city.

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