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Deputy Secretary Bernhardt: $660,000 In Historic State And Tribal Preservation Grants To New Mexico

on August 20, 2017 - 5:40am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt with the National Park Service has announced the distribution of $341,169 in historic preservation grants to New Mexico as well as $322,404 for historic preservation grants to eleven Tribal Historic Preservation Offices in the state.
 
This funding, part of $25.5 million going to states and tribes across the country today, represents a total of $58 million that the National Park Service has invested in the preservation efforts to every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the U.S.

Fr. Glenn: One People Under God

on August 20, 2017 - 5:38am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

This last week we were treated to yet another example of the truth of scripture—that “there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) The wall-to-wall coverage about the Charlottesville and subsequent protests and counter-protests reminded of the riots of the 60’s and 70’s. Sigh. Perhaps the birthing pains of eventually moving toward a more civilized society, we can only hope.

Predictably, there were myriad reactions over the Charlottesville protests and events.

Udall, Heinrich Announce Open Application Process For 2018 United States Senate Youth Program

on August 20, 2017 - 5:38am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has begun its annual statewide selection process and encouraged New Mexico high school students to apply.

Each year, two students from each state and the District of Columbia – as well as two children of service members stationed and living abroad — are selected to participate in a week-long study of the federal government and its leaders.

NOAA Satellites To Capture Moon’s Shadow Against Earth During 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Monday, Aug. 21

on August 20, 2017 - 5:29am

Photo by NASA/NOAA

NOAA News:

While most of America will be looking up during the solar eclipse Monday, America’s newest weather satellite, NOAA's GOES-16, will be looking down on the earth, tracking the moon’s shadow across the United States with its highly sophisticated Advanced Baseline Imager.

And NOAA plans to issue images of the eclipse from GOES-16 and its other polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites as they become available.

The satellite’s imager will provide three, high-resolution, color animations and still pictures of the eclipse.

LAHS Students Travel To Wyoming For Eclipse

on August 19, 2017 - 10:30am

From left, Maddie Mas, Maya Rogers, (on shoulders are Isabelle Crooker, Beth Short), LAHS Science Teacher Steph Miller and husband/volunteer Mark Mitchell, Prescott More, Elijah Pelofske, School Board Member/Volunteer Steve Boerigter, Stephen Gulley and Jack Benner. LAHS Science teacher/trip coordinator Deborah Grothaus isn’t on the trip due to prior commitments. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Eight Los Alamos High School students left Friday, to travel to Wyoming as part of the Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse Experiment.

The students are traveling with LAHS Science teacher Steph

Letter To The Editor: Worry Over USA-DPRK Conflict

on August 19, 2017 - 7:17am
 
Dr. T. Douglas Reilly
Los Alamos
 
Much is reported regarding the war of words between the leaders of North Korea and the USA. Unfotunately, little is said about the history of North Korea; whose official name is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). North Korea is often called the Hermit Kingdom, because it is so closed to the outside world.
 
President Trump's words feed directly into the policy and mind of Kim Jong Un. I don't think continental USA is threatened by the North. However, South Korea (Republic of Korea (ROK)), Japan, and other islands are threatened by

Udall, Heinrich: G.I. Bill Reforms For NM Veterans And Families Becomes Law

on August 18, 2017 - 3:36pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich to modernize and strengthen veterans’ education benefits and enhance the post-9/11 G.I. Bill became law Thursday.
 
The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 further invests in the proven educational success of our veterans and helps propel them toward becoming our nation’s civic, business, and public leaders. 
 
“New Mexico’s men and women in uniform sign up willing to risk everything for our country, and they deserve a modern post 9/11 G.I.

Governor Announces NM Participation In National DWI Crackdown: ‘Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over’

on August 18, 2017 - 3:34pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that New Mexico will participate in the national DWI crackdown: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’. The crackdown begins today and runs through Labor Day weekend.
 
“Getting drunk drivers off our streets is a top priority,” Martinez said. “When you get behind the wheel drunk you’re putting lives in danger – that’s unacceptable. If you do make the reckless decision to drive drunk, you will be caught.”
 
So far this year, preliminary data shows there have been 76 DWI related traffic fatalities on New Mexico roads – that’s down

Science On Tap Presentation Targets Lightning

on August 18, 2017 - 8:35am

Tess Light discusses what is shocking about lightning during a Science on Tap presentation Thursday at Unquarked. She is with the Lab’s Space and Remote Sensing Group and touched on research that dates back to the 1960s when it was developed in connection with space payloads that monitor the Earth for evidence of nuclear treaty violation. Learning more about lightning is an outgrowth of those sensors. Courtesy photo

IRS: Don’t Take The Bait ... Watch Out For W-2 Email Scam

on August 18, 2017 - 8:34am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry urge tax professionals and businesses to beware of a recent increase in email scams targeting employee Forms W-2.
 
The W-2 scam – called a business email compromise or BEC – is one of the most dangerous phishing email schemes trending nationwide from a tax administration perspective. The IRS saw a sharp increase in the number of incidents and victims during the 2017 filing season.
 
Increasing awareness about business email compromises is part of the “Don’t Take the Bait” campaign, a 10-part series aimed at tax
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Balderas Urges Congress To Fix Child Trafficking Law

on August 18, 2017 - 8:24am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas joined 49 other state and territorial attorneys general in a bi-partisan coalition urging Congress to affirm that all law-enforcement agencies retain their traditional authority to fight sex trafficking.
 
In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general ask representatives to amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to clarify that states, localities and territories retain authority to investigate and prosecute facilitators of child sex trafficking wherever they operate, including online.

August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

on August 18, 2017 - 7:24am
National Immunization Awareness Month highlights the importance of vaccinations for all ages.  Courtesy image ​
 
HEALTH News:
 
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.
 
NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them.

IRS: Don’t Take The Bait ... Beware Of Data Breaches And Business Identity Theft

on August 18, 2017 - 7:07am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry have made significant progress in the past two years against tax-related identity theft aimed at individuals but warned business identity theft is on the upswing.
 
Some of the increase in business and partnership return identity theft is fueled by cybercriminals’ increasing focus on breaching tax professionals’ systems and stealing client data. The Security Summit has launched a 10-week awareness campaign called “Don’t Take the Bait,” which encourages tax professionals to step up their security measures.
 
“The IRS,

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Rise

on August 17, 2017 - 7:43pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

My heart is heavy with sadness for the lives lost at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. A helicopter patrolling during the violence crashed and killed the two state troopers on board.

Heather Heyer was a 32-year-old paralegal who showed up to peacefully protest. She was killed by a self-professed Nazi-sympathizer who drove his car into the crowd, injuring many others. Some vile acts of violence can’t be anticipated by those with healthy minds.

Years ago I was a political activist.

Medical Imaging Research Leader Ken Hanson Of Los Alamos Receives SPIE Directors’ Award

on August 16, 2017 - 5:37pm

Medical imaging research scientist Dr. Ken Hanson from Los Alamos National Laboratory has been selected for a top award by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Dr. Hanson received the 2017 SPIE Directors’ Award last week during SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, Calif. Photo by Vitaliy Gyrya

SPIE News:

BELLINGHAM, Wash., and SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Ken Hanson, a medical imaging research scientist at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL), has been selected as this year’s recipient of a top award from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Dr.

Redondo And Stauber Visit Popular Los Alamos History Museum Exhibit Creator Isao Hashimoto

on August 16, 2017 - 5:18pm

Los Alamos Historical Society Board Member Michael Redondo, left, and Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber with Japanese digital artist Isao Hashimoto during their recent visit to Japan on behalf of the Los Alamos/Japan Project. Hashimoto’s time lapse animation of the world’s nuclear explosions is a popular yet sobering Cold War exhibit in the Hans Bethe House in Los Alamos. Flashing lights on a world map indicate the locations of explosions that have occurred while differing sounds reveal the countries that conducted the tests.

Library Of Congress To Host Appointment Ceremony Of 2017 National Student Poets

on August 16, 2017 - 9:02am
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS News:
 
The Library of Congress will host the appointment ceremony of the sixth class of the National Student Poets Program, honoring five outstanding youth poets from across the United States for their original work Thursday, Aug. 31.
 
The National Student Poets, who represent five different regions of the country, will read original works as part of the ceremony, which will be led by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Kathryn K. Matthew.
 
Special guest speakers will include 2016 National Student Poet Joey

LANL: Unique Imaging Of Dinosaur’s Skull Tells Evolutionary Tale

on August 15, 2017 - 4:19pm

A 3D image of Bistahieversor sealeyi, which was found in the Bisti Badlands in New Mexico and Imaged at Los Alamos' unique facilities. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Collaboration creates highest-resolution scan of a large tyrannosaur skull

Researchers using Los Alamos’ unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done.

Supernova Hunters: ‘Get Them Young’

on August 15, 2017 - 9:30am

Bright blue dot: Supernovae such as SN 2017cbv appear as "stars that weren't there before," which is why multiple images taken over time are necessary to reveal their true identity. SN 2017cbv lies in the outskirts of a spiral galaxy called NGC 5643 that lies about 55 million light-years away and has about the same diameter as the Milky Way (~100,000 light-years). Data are from the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Supernova Project and the Carnegie-Irvine Galaxy Survey. Courtesy/B.J. Fulton/Caltech)

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AG Balderas Statement On Virginia Crisis

on August 15, 2017 - 8:13am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the Virginia white supremacy crisis:
 
"The First Amendment should not be weaponized to terrorize Americans and our condolences are with the Commonwealth of Virginia," said Attorney General Hector Balderas. "New Mexicans stand united against hatred and bigotry."
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Griggs: Taking The Train To Los Alamos

on August 15, 2017 - 8:11am

The train station in Lamy, only a few miles from Santa Fe. Board Amtrak’s Southwest Chief here. Westbound Train #3 goes to Los Angeles, and Eastbound #4 goes to Chicago. Photo by David Griggs/ladailypost.com

 

By DAVID GRIGGS
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

Good news for train travelers: You can book a reservation through Amtrak to travel to and from Los Alamos and White Rock.

 

Heading for Chicago or Los Angeles? You can take Amtrak from either Los Alamos or White Rock. Calling them “Thruway Bus Connections”, Amtrak goes the extra mile and delivers you to many destinations that are not on the rail lines.

 

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Judge Grants Final Approval To Settlement Barring San Juan County Jail From Honoring ICE Detainers

on August 15, 2017 - 8:03am
SUPU News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― Thursday, as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions continued his attempt to coerce local jurisdictions across the country, including Bernalillo County, into enforcing federal immigration law, U.S. District Court Judge William P. Johnson granted final approval to a class action settlement barring the San Juan County Detention Center from honoring ICE Immigration Detainers in the case of Susana Palacios-Valencia and Somos un Pueblo Unido v. San Juan County Board of Commissioners.

"The federal government cannot force local jails or municipalities into violating the

Study: 2017’s Best & Worst Places To Retire

on August 15, 2017 - 6:42am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With retirement confidence declining in 2017 and nearly four in 10 American workers having little or no money saved for their golden years, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst Places to Retire.

To help Americans plan for a comfortable retirement without breaking the bank, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest U.S. cities across 40 key measures of affordability, quality of life, health care and availability of recreational activities.
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Los Alamos Gathers In Solidarity With Charlottesville

on August 15, 2017 - 2:12am

Candlelight vigil organizer Ellen Ben-Naim welcomes some 150 community members who gathered Monday evening in solidarity with Charlottesville, Va., where a woman was killed and others injured Saturday during a white supremacist rally. Voices of Los Alamos in conjunction with other local organizations hosted the peaceful gathering to take a stand against hatred and violence. The gathering was meant to show unity and resolve to stand up against white supremacy, racism, bigotry and any form of oppression. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Vigil organizer Ellen Ben-Naim speaks to the

Automated Fingerprint Analysis Now Closer To Reality

on August 14, 2017 - 10:47am

Fingerprints left at a crime scene—so-called latent prints—are often partial, distorted and smudged. Courtesy/Chugh et al., Hancek/NIST

The first big case involving fingerprint evidence in the United States was the murder trial of Thomas Jennings in Chicago in 1911. Jennings had broken into a home in the middle of the night and, when discovered by the homeowner, shot the man dead.

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