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New Mexico Delegation Calls On New Army Secretary To Bring Active Duty Mission To WSMR

on November 19, 2017 - 6:17am
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In a letter to incoming Secretary of the Army Mark Esper, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) urged him to consider White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) as a garrison host for a Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB), which could bring close to 500 Army officers to WSMR.
 
Secretary Esper was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday afternoon.

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time (Part Six)

on November 19, 2017 - 5:50am
ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute

Last week we looked at the banking system in the United States and the emergence of the Federal Reserve System (The Fed) and its 12 Federal Reserve Banks. At the end of the article, we examined a current dollar bill (paper), noting that it says “Federal Reserve Note.” In the United States, this is legal tender, meaning that it is valid for meeting a financial obligation.

NNSA Delivers Annual Reports To Congress On Progress Of Stockpile Stewardship, Nuclear Nonproliferation

on November 18, 2017 - 9:39pm
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) released the Fiscal Year 2018 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan (SSMP) and the Prevent, Counter, and Respond—A Strategic Plan to Reduce Global Nuclear Threats (NPCR).
 
These annual reports to Congress outline the strategic direction for maintaining a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent and for reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation and terrorism.

Birth Defects Provoke Challenges For NM Families

on November 18, 2017 - 9:38pm

NMDH News:

Being a parent is a challenge under any circumstance, but for 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States this year, there are challenges above and beyond the day-to-day raising of the child.

One in 33 is the rate of babies born nationally with birth defects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that means about one child in every school classroom in the country might be affected.

Birth defects come in many forms. Here in New Mexico, the Department of Health (NMDOH) tracks the rate of 12 major birth defects.

Heinrich Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation To Improve Background Check System For Firearms Purchases

on November 18, 2017 - 9:11am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has cosponsored the bipartisan Fix NICS Act led by U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to ensure federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

The bill penalizes federal agencies who fail to properly report relevant records and incentivizes states to improve their overall reporting.

Fire Crews Monitor Prescribed Burn Unit In Santa Fe Municipal Watershed

on November 18, 2017 - 8:02am

Ignitions underway Thursday in Santa Fe Watershed. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

Picture-perfect outcome of prescribed burn in Santa Fe Watershed. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service
Needle cast and duff adjacent to the prescribed burn unit. This is the type of fuel the prescribed burn is designed to eliminate. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire crews conducted both aerial and on-the-ground surveys Friday of the 248-acre unit within the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed that was treated with prescribed fire yesterday.

Balderas Announces Sen. Phil Griego Convicted On Five Counts In Corruption Trial

on November 18, 2017 - 7:44am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that a Santa Fe jury found former Sen. Phil Griego guilty on five counts in the corruption trial prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General.
 
After a two and half week trial, the jury found Griego guilty of Violation of Ethical Principles of Public Service, Violation of Ethical Principles of Public Service (Requesting or Receiving Thing of Value), Bribery, Fraud (Over $20,000), and Unlawful Interest in a Public Contract (Over $50).
 
The case involves the 2014 sale of

Los Alamos National Laboratory Trinity Supercomputer Lands On Two Top-10 Lists

on November 17, 2017 - 4:23pm
The Trinity supercomputer, with both Xeon Haswell and the Xeon Phi Knights Landing processors, is the seventh fastest supercomputer on the TOP 500 list, and number three on the High Performance Conjugate Gradients Benchmark project. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
 
The Trinity Supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory was recently named as a top 10 supercomputer on two lists: it made number three on the High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) Benchmark project, and is number seven on the TOP500 list.
 
“Trinity has already made unique contributions to important national security

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