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New Mexico Delegation Responds To Report By WIPP Technical Assessment Team

on March 28, 2015 - 10:11am

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján issued the following joint statement on the report by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Technical Assessment Team, analyzing the scientific cause of the drum failure that led to the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). 

"Today's report answers some of the questions about what led to the radiological release at WIPP on Feb.

DPS Reorganization Act Signed Into Law

on March 28, 2015 - 9:32am

DPS Cabinet Secretary Greg Fouratt

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law Senate Bill 95, the Department of Public Safety Reorganization Act.

This landmark bill represents the first statutory reorganization of the New Mexico State Police Division (DPS) in its 28-year history and takes effect July 1, 2015. This bill enjoyed widespread legislative support, having passed the Senate 31-9 and the House 54-1.

The primary effect of this bill is the merger of all three DPS law enforcement entities into the DPS:

  • New Mexico State Police;
  • Motor Transportation Police

Mountain Student Explores Plastic Bag Issue

on March 28, 2015 - 8:51am
Mountain Elementary School 6th grade student Karin Ebey. Courtesy photo
 
By KARIN EBEY
Mountain Elementary School

Los Alamos county should incorporate the bag ban because plastic is drastically affecting our planet in many harmful ways.

Currently carbon dioxide levels are the highest yet, 385 ppm (parts per million). Carbon dioxide reflects infrared rays back to Earth, thus warming our planet.

Plastic bags release a lot of carbon dioxide when they are made. To make one kilogram of plastic it takes six kilograms of carbon dioxide.

LAPD Alerts Community About Credit Card Fraud

on March 27, 2015 - 4:52pm

LAPD News:

In March of 2015, the Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) noticed a specific increase of credit card fraud from Los Alamos citizens and visitors to the community reporting unauthorized charges on their credit card accounts as well as “on-line” postings of fraudulent activity in the area.

LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris explained that LAPD began to investigate circumstances that there may be a “skimmer” in Los Alamos County or a malware hack of point-of-sale software used by local businesses.

The LAPD Investigations section began compiling victim’s card usage to address the issue.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Leads Effort To Keep Dark Money Out Of Elections

on March 27, 2015 - 11:42am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the Senate debating amendments to this year’s proposed budget resolution, Republicans voted against an amendment offered by Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. aimed at making it more difficult for corporations and billionaires to secretly influence federal elections through unlimited and undisclosed campaign expenditures – so-called “dark money.”

Their amendment would have facilitated passage of legislation that promotes transparency in political spending and prevents big corporate and wealthy donors from evading campaign

Five-Year Plan Released To Protect Antibiotics

on March 27, 2015 - 11:35am
Courtesy image

NMPIRG News:

  • Some Good, Some Bad in Obama Administration Plan to Protect Antibiotics ... Plan fails to adequately address growing public health threat

The New Mexico Public Interest Research Group (NMPIRG) reports that the National Task Force for Combatting Resistant Bacteria released a five-year action plan today to tackle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

While the plan takes several important steps necessary to control the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it misses the opportunity to call for critical reforms in the agricultural sector that are

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