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NMC/LANL Researcher Receives NSF Award

on October 28, 2013 - 2:43pm

Photo credit: Astronomy North, Yellowknife, Canada


  • NMC/LANL researcher engages social media to forecast and track space weather.

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) has announced that the aurora monitoring project, Aurorasaurus, has been awarded support by the Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) program.

Bandelier Volunteer George Best Gives Back

on October 28, 2013 - 6:24am

George Best. Photo by Kirsten Laskey


George Best may be retired but he still has a job. Every Monday, he dons a uniform and heads to Bandelier National Monument to work as a volunteer.

Best, 93, provides assistance to the staff at the visitor center, which includes answering questions and greeting visitors as they disembark the shuttle buses. Additionally, Best said he walks the trails to answer questions as well as point out archeological features. He added he also keeps an eye out for anyone who needs help.

Best has a lot of history with Bandelier; he first traveled to

Governor Announces Programs to Hire Military Veteran Medics and Truck Drivers

on October 28, 2013 - 5:39am


ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Susana Martinez has announced two efforts to speed up the hiring of National Guard, Reserve, Active Duty service members, and veterans for trucking and EMT jobs in New Mexico. Martinez says her administration is implementing initiatives to expedite the transition of qualified military veterans into jobs in the transportation industry and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) programs in New Mexico.

Speaking at the New Mexico Patriotic Employer Recognition Luncheon today at the Albuquerque National Guard Armory, the Governor announced details of Heroes to Highways—a

Los Alamos Police Collect 353 Pounds of Pills

on October 27, 2013 - 10:59am

Pill image. Courtesy/DEA

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris reported that the Los Alamos Police Department collected 353 pounds of prescription drugs at Saturday's "National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day" events in Los Alamos and White Rock.

Law enforcement agencies throughout the United Stated participated in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) seventh national event that gives the American public an opportunity to discard unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, bedside tables and kitchen drawers.

The previous event,

Statement from Gov. Susana Martinez

on October 27, 2013 - 7:47am

Gov. Susana Martinez



SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez issued a statement Saturday night following the shooting of law enforcement officers in Albuquerque. According to reports, a gunman ordered a citizen to call police and when they arrived - he opened fire - wounding two Albuquerque police officers and a Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy. All three law enforcement officers were hospitalized with gunshot wounds. The gunman died at the scene.

Governor's statement:

"I spoke tonight to Chief Banks and Sheriff Houston to offer my unwavering support for their departments and

Udall, Heinrich, Coalition of Senators Call for Extension of Open Enrollment

on October 26, 2013 - 9:36am
U.S. SENATE news:
  • As technical glitches persist, Senators urge HHS Secretary to push back health insurance exchange enrollment deadline
WASHINGTON – As Americans continue to experience technical difficulties with federal and state health insurance enrollment, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich called on U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to extend the open enrollment period to give Americans more time to obtain health insurance coverage.
“As long as these substantial technology glitches persist, we are losing valuable time to educate and enroll

Los Alamos and Sarov Officials Meet as Part of Sister City Program

on October 26, 2013 - 8:14am

From left, Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, County Administrator Harry Burgess and County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers meet with leaders of Sarov, Russia. Courtesy photo

From left, LASSCI Board Member Paul White, interpreter Tatiana Klimov, Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, County Administrator Harry Burgess, County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers and at far right, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, meet with leaders of Sarov, Russia. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos County Council Chair

A delegation of Los Alamos leaders is meeting in Sarov, Russia, the Sister City of Los

Two Los Alamos Businesses Garner New Mexico 20/20 Awards

on October 26, 2013 - 7:50am

NNM20/20 News:

SANTA FE – The most recent class of high-growth companies honored with the Northern New Mexico 20/20 Campaign awards include:

  • Don Quixote Distillery; and
  • GeoEnergy Monitoring Systems.

Both Los Alamos businesses were among eight New Mexico businesses recognized.

The Regional Development Corporation of Española launched the campaign in 2012, which aims to develop at least 20 companies who are on track to double their workforce and/or revenues before the year 2020. Key partners in the Campaign are Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Bank, the Regional Economic