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Scenes From March For Science - Santa Fe Today

on April 22, 2017 - 3:26pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan with PEC Board Member Karyl Ann Armbuster at today's March For Science in downtown Santa Fe. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall ad Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales also spoke at today's event and a letter sent by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich was read to the crowd. Courtesy photo

Thousands of people participate in today's March for Science in Santa Fe. There are many booths on science with topics such as Chaco Canyon with the danger of fracking and science in the schools, experiments, solar and some hands on science for kids and adults set up all around the Roundhouse. Courtesy photo

Ahead Of March For Science, Udall Urges President To Fill Key Science Posts Throughout Administration

on April 21, 2017 - 5:47pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in advance of the March for Science, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, joined a group of senators in urging President Trump to appoint well-qualified experts for critical science posts at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and throughout the federal government.

Nearly 100 days into his presidency, President Trump still has not appointed a science advisor, director for the White House OSTP, or a chief technology officer.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Commends Los Alamos Police For Success Of Operation Spring Cleaning

on April 21, 2017 - 11:34am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials commended Los Alamos Police Department personnel Friday for the success of Operation Spring Cleaning, the March 20 drug sweep that resulted in the arrest of seven people on trafficking charges.

“An impressive amount of investigation and preparation was dedicated to this operation,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Sean Waite. “The results of this operation are a testament to the efforts of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Letter To The Editor: No Science Rally In Los Alamos

on April 21, 2017 - 9:13am
By CATHERINE HENSLEY
Los Alamos

I have to respond to a letter in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link) suggesting that we are sleeping through the current challenges to science in our country. I think rather that it is a matter of preaching to the choir.  

In a town that exists for the pursuit of science, it seems silly to shout that we believe it. Therefore, three generations of my family will be going to Santa Fe Saturday to remind our state government that we believe in science, and that they should, too. My friends and neighbors already know that.

Los Alamos Ranks #8 Best Place To Live In America

on April 21, 2017 - 5:07am
NICHE News:
 
Niche just released its new 2017 Best Places to Live rankings. Out of more than 15,000 towns and neighborhoods in the US, Los Alamos is the #8 best place to live in America.
 
These new rankings explore 228 cities and over 15,000 towns and neighborhoods to find the best places to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Data used in this ranking was pulled directly from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS and CDC, as well as millions of reviews from residents.
 
Here's a first look at the 2017 Best Places to Live in New

Los Alamos/Japan Project Making History

on April 21, 2017 - 4:52am
HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:
 
In just one year since it’s founding, the Los Alamos/Japan Project is already building a bridge of understanding between Los Alamos, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki—and making history around the globe.
  • For the second year in a row, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has awarded a grant to the Los Alamos/Japan Project.

Community Encouraged To Wear Blue & Green Friday

on April 20, 2017 - 4:26pm
Cathy Walters is encouraging local residents to wear blue and green Friday to bring awareness to the issue of organ and tissue donation. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Every April, people are encouraged to wear blue and green to raise awareness of the life-saving potential have as organ and tissue donors. Friday, April 21 is National Donate Life Blue & Green Day, Cathy Walters of Los Alamos is asking local community members to wear blue and green, too.

Walters received a donor heart in 2013. At 65, she was diagnosed with a progressive

Rally For Science In Santa Fe ... But Not Los Alamos

on April 19, 2017 - 9:30pm
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

Los Alamos isn’t hosting a Rally or a March for Science. Santa Fe is, though. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Earth Day, at the Roundhouse. Get out there with your dedication and brilliance. Remember, there is no planet B, and scientists can prove it. 

The organizers of the March state: “The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter.

Luján Introduces Series Of Bills To Help States Improve Behavioral Health Systems; Address Inequities

on April 19, 2017 - 8:52pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) has introduced a series of three bills that will help states to address health care inequities, improve services for patients seeking behavioral health treatment and deal with critical shortages in the behavioral health care workforce.
 
The New Mexico lawmaker noted that today, due to lack of services, those who battle mental health and substance abuse issues often cycle between emergency rooms, jails, and homeless shelters.

Culture & Collaboration: Los Alamos Japan Project Friday

on April 19, 2017 - 2:59pm
HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:
 
The Los Alamos Japan Project is an expansive, long-term project to develop dialogue with international museum colleagues and pursue understanding between Los Alamos, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.
 
Founded by Museum Director Judith Stauber, the project is building a bridge of understanding between Los Alamos History Museum, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.
 
The global histories of the United States and Japan are inexorably linked, but the cultures reveal a separateness.

Letter To The Editor: This Could Happen To You...

on April 19, 2017 - 8:44am
By DIANA NORWOOD
Los Alamos
 
As everyone's voicing their opinions on "current immigration policies"... here's what's actually happening. My mother is "at this very moment", being fingerprinted, and back ground checked at a facility in Santa Fe. My mother, Lilly, is a "legal immigrant" with a permanent green card for almost 60 years. She's the wife of a retired U.S. Army Major. My father is a veteran of Korea and Viet Nam. My mother has a social security card, a U.S. military ID card, and a New Mexico drivers license ... and has been a New Mexico resident for well over 30 years.

Los Alamos Named Tops In Diversity

on April 18, 2017 - 11:22pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory was recognized as top employer by four diversity magazines: Latino Leaders, Minority Engineer, Woman Engineer and Winds of Change. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Latino Leaders, Minority Engineer, Woman Engineer and Winds of Change recognize LANL for recruiting; supporting a diverse workforce

Los Alamos National Laboratory was named a top employer by four diversity magazines: Woman Engineer Magazine and Minority Engineer Magazine named the Lab as a top 20 government employer; Winds of Change (the American Indian Science and Engineering Society) recognized Los Alamos

Periodic Model Predicts Spread Of Lyme Disease

on April 18, 2017 - 5:34pm
SIAM News:
 
PHILADELPHIA, PA — Lyme disease is among the most common vector-borne illnesses in North America, Europe, and some parts of Asia. A spirochete bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi causes the disease, and blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are responsible for the majority of North American transmissions.
 
Commonly known as deer ticks, blacklegged ticks exhibit two-year life cycles with the following four stages: eggs, larvae, nymphs, and adults. Larvae primarily attack white-footed mice, then become nymphs upon obtaining a blood meal.

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Stand Strong Against Anti-Science Forces

on April 18, 2017 - 7:07am
By STEPHANIE NAKHLEH
Los Alamos

This Saturday, April 22, people from all over northern New Mexico will gather in Santa Fe in support of science. As the event organizers put it, “The March for Science champions science as a pillar for the advancement of human knowledge, progress and prosperity. We unite on April 22, Earth Day, as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for the freedom of science in the interest of the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.”

In Los Alamos, we benefit especially from federally-funded science,

LAHS Staff Promote National Crime Victims' Rights Week

on April 18, 2017 - 6:19am

Los Alamos High School staff members help LAPD's Cpl. Adele McKenzie promote National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 7. A collaboration of local, regional and state entities worked to provide educational outreach to victims of any crime. Information on available resources can be obtained by calling the Los Alamos Victim Advocate at 505.663.3511. A police report does not need to be filed to receive assistance. Courtesy photo

President Trump In Syria: A New Foreign Policy?

on April 17, 2017 - 8:48am

Professor Nader Hashemi

SFCIR News:

Following the recent missile strike in Syria, and the new chill with Russia, is President Trump's foreign policy in the Middle East taking shape? What will the administration's policy toward ISIS be? Toward Syrian refugees? Toward Assad?

The
Santa Fe Council on International (SFCIR) invites the community to hear Professor Nader Hashemi share his insights Thursday on evolving US foreign policy considerations.

Professor Hashemi is director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.

“It’s no

Letter To The Editor: Will Los Alamos Remain ‘Home Of The Brave’?

on April 17, 2017 - 8:25am
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos

As I was an authorized immigrant to and am now a citizen of the United States, you might think that, having followed the legal requirements, I would not be supportive of all refugees and immigrants, whatever their status. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although I did not leave Canada out of fear or persecution, I did learn some relevant history there that most Americans are not likely to have encountered.

The two main early European waves of immigrants to North America were from England and France, but they were of completely different characters.

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes And Naval Postgraduate Program Target Safe Travel

on April 17, 2017 - 7:41am

Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes is taking part in the Naval Postgraduate Program and is enlisted as a member of a small working group that consists of a TSA agent, California Highway Patrol captain, Fairfax, Va., Fire captain, Seattle Police commander and deputy chief of the Tucson Police. As a class assignment, Hughes and his group have written several columns related to travel with the focus on how to be safe while traveling.

Here is the first column in the series:

Hello current and future travelers, welcome aboard!

Court Grants EPA Delay In Smog Standards Battle

on April 16, 2017 - 8:01am
EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A federal court granted a request from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to delay court proceedings over the more protective 2015 smog standards.
 
The agency had requested the delay to give it additional time to review those standards. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the EPA’s request in a summary order.
 
Attorneys for public health and environmental organizations think the delay is likely an indication that the federal government will seek to stop defending or weaken implementation of the smog standards.
 

WIPP Receives First Shipment Since Reopening

on April 16, 2017 - 7:24am
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has announced receipt of its first shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste since WIPP reopened in January.
 
The shipment from Idaho is an important milestone for WIPP and for DOE host communities that have had to store TRU waste since WIPP suspended operations in February 2014 when a truck fire and unrelated radiological event temporarily closed the facility.
 
“To see shipments arriving again at WIPP is celebrated not only by the WIPP workforce and the Carlsbad community but also by our DOE host communities that support the

Heinrich Statement On March Jobs Report

on April 16, 2017 - 7:22am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement after the March jobs report.
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 98,000 jobs in March.
 
“Today’s jobs numbers show there are still challenges ahead that this administration must address. President Trump and Republicans should focus on job creation and raising wages.

National Park Week At Bandelier And Throughout System April 15-23

on April 15, 2017 - 10:42am
Entrance sign at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
All across the country, National Park Service units are celebrating National Park Week April 15-23. For parks that charge entrance fees, including Bandelier National Monument, both weekends, April 15-16 and April 22-23, will be fee free days, with no entry fees being charged.
 
During both weekends, everything in the bookstore in the Bandelier Visitor Center will be discounted 15 percent, and select items in the Gift Shop and Snack Bar will be on sale.
 
At 1 p.m.

Inert Nuclear Gravity Bomb Passes First F-16 Flight Test

on April 15, 2017 - 10:37am

Air Force F-16 aircraft. Courtesy/Kirtland AFB

KIRTLAND AFB News:

The non-nuclear bomb assembly used for the flight test was designed and manufactured by LANL and SNL

An Air Force F-16 aircraft released an inert B61 nuclear bomb in a test recently, demonstrating the aircrafts capability to deliver the weapon and testing the functioning of the weapon's non-nuclear components, including the arming and fire control system, radar altimeter, spin rocket motors and weapons control computer.

The F-16 from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nevada, released the weapon over

Udall On Trump Refusal To Release Visitor Logs

on April 15, 2017 - 10:35am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement Friday on the Trump administration’s decision that it will not release White House visitor logs, breaking with the pro-transparency precedent set by the Obama administration.

“This stunning decision from the Trump White House raises an obvious question: what is President Trump trying to hide? Once again, this administration is stonewalling information that Congress and the American people have a right to see.

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