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Heinrich: Congress Must Take Energy Innovation Seriously

on June 20, 2017 - 6:49am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joint Economic Committee Democrats today released a report on the barriers to clean energy innovation that are preventing the U.S. economy from fully capitalizing on clean energy’s economic potential.
 
Instead of prioritizing energy innovation to position the United States as the global leader, Congressional Republicans often cite federal funding in climate change as government waste, and President Trump’s budget proposes deep cuts to energy innovation programs at the Department of Energy.
 

Los Alamos High School’s Sydne Ashford And Miriam Wallstrom Shine At National History Day Competition

on June 19, 2017 - 9:54am

Los Alamos High School students Sydne Ashford and Miriam Wallstrom win 5th place in the U.S. in National History Day Contest. Courtesy photos

EDUCATION News:

In a town where science fair is all the rage, a similar, unique competition showcasing history is just as exciting for local students. Los Alamos High School students Sydne Ashford and Miriam Wallstrom competed in the National History Day Contest (NHD), held June 11-15 at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Washington D.C. area.

National Amateur Radio Field Day June 24-25

on June 19, 2017 - 9:25am
LAARC News:
 
The Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the National Amateur Radio Field Day exercise June 24-25 at the North Mesa Picnic Ground off North Mesa Road in Los Alamos.
 
Ham radio operators across North America will be operating noon Saturday to noon Sunday using generator, solar and battery power equipment in order to make radio contacts during this 24 hour emergency preparedness exercise.
 
The public is invited to attend and see a demonstration of the Radio Amateur’s skills and readiness in providing self-supporting communications when infrastructure is

Summer Road Rage Risk Reduction Check-List

on June 19, 2017 - 7:31am

Photo by Nabeel Syed

 

By STEVE KARDIAN, Instructor
Certified FBI Defensive Tactics
 
If you drive on our nation’s roadways on a regular basis, your chances of being involved in a road rage incident are very high.
 
Road rage can be triggered through a gesture, such as being flipped off, by being cut off or through tailgating. It can lead to serious physical injury and even death. Most of the minor events go unreported.
 
There is something about being behind the wheel of a car that can prompt rage or aggression in even the mildest mannered people.

Regional Coalition Discusses LANL's Small Business Program Support And Waste Classifications Overview

on June 19, 2017 - 7:21am
RCLC News:
 
SANTA FE  The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) hosted its regular Board Meeting June 9 in the Española Council Chambers.
 
The meeting focused its discussion on the efforts of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Small Business Program Office and how it supports local contractors to do business with LANL and other federal programs.

2017’s Best States For Summer Road Trips

on June 19, 2017 - 7:12am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With 79 percent of summer travelers driving to their destination and this summer possibly being the cheapest for gas since 2005, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released a pair of reports to help folks find savings along the way: 2017's Best & Worst States for Summer Road Trips and Best Gas Credit Cards.
 
WalletHub’s data team compared the 50 U.S. states in terms of 22 key indicators of a fun and frugal summer road trip. The data set ranges from average gas prices to the quality of roads to the number of attractions.

 
 
Best States for Summer Road Trips

 

 
Worst

More Scenes From Los Alamos Rally For Healthcare

on June 18, 2017 - 11:01am

Dr. Tyler Taylor of Los Alamos spoke at the rally for healthcare Saturday at LAMC about common myths about healthcare that are used to confuse the debate. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos residents rally for healthcare Saturday near LAMC. Courtesy photo

Staff Report:

Saturday, New Mexicans rallied at 20 simultaneous events throughout the state to voice their concern over changes to the healthcare system that the “American Health Care Act “(aka Trumpcare) would bring if it becomes law.

Medical professionals and local elected officials spoke at the rally in Los Alamos near Los Alamos Medical

Rev. Duncan Lanum Undertakes 2,000 Mile Joy Ride

on June 18, 2017 - 7:45am
Rev. Duncan Lanum, 78, heading out on a 2,000 mile bicycle ride from Santa Fe to Tampa, Fl., to honor the memory of his beloved wife. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
SANTA FE Rev. Duncan Lanum, 78, Rector at St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, headed out June 12 on a 2,000 mile bicycle ride from Santa Fe to Tampa, Fl., to honor the memory of his beloved wife, Joy Rose Lanum and raise funds for Many Mothers.
 
Many Mothers is a volunteer, community-based organization that is the 21st century version of an extended family.

Librarian Of Congress Names Tracy K. Smith Poet Laureate Consultant In Poetry For 2017-2018

on June 18, 2017 - 7:27am
Tracy K. Smith
 
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS  News:
 
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced the appointment of Tracy K. Smith as the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2017-2018.
 
Smith will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season in September with a reading of her work at the Coolidge Auditorium. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a professor at Princeton University, succeeds Juan Felipe Herrera as Poet Laureate.
 
“It gives me great pleasure to appoint Tracy K. Smith, a poet of searching,” Hayden said.
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Locals Rally Against Repeal Of Affordable Care Act

on June 17, 2017 - 5:16pm
Local residents and Democrats rally against repeal of the ACA this morning near Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Kyle Wheeler

Scene from this morning's rally near LAMC against repeal of the ACA. Photo by Kyle Wheeler
 
DPLA News:
 
Los Alamos residents and members of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos joined people around the state and across the nation in rallies against repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
 
The local rally was held near Los Alamos Medical Center and attended by about two dozen people from the very young to the elderly.

State Secures Federal Funds To Fight El Cajete Fire

on June 17, 2017 - 4:15pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico has secured federal funding to help fight the Cajete Fire.

New Mexico’s request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Funds through the grant will help cover costs of emergency protective measures and firefighting activities.

“Our coordinated response, through state agencies and our local partners, is working hand in hand with the Forest Service to fight the fire and protect the lives and property of New Mexicans,” Martinez said.

DOE Releases Full Text Of EM’s FY18 Budget Request

on June 17, 2017 - 9:12am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  DOE released Wednesday the full text of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Congressional Budget Request of $6.5 billion for EM. Access the document here
 
This marks EM’s largest budget request in a decade, and provides the resources necessary to continue making safe, steady and significant progress in tackling the environmental legacy of decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. 
 
EM’s FY 2018 request provides the resources necessary to achieve progress on the facilities and capabilities necessary to tackle

Heinrich Statement On Federal Interest Rate Hike

on June 17, 2017 - 9:09am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement after the Federal Reserve announced its decision to raise interest rates:
 
“I am deeply concerned that the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates for the third time in six months. Job and wage growth have yet to return to many parts of the country. Today’s decision will make workers struggle to realize income gains.”
 
The Federal Reserve has raised its key interest rate by a quarter-point - 1 percent

Letter To The Editor: Saudi Arabia, Iran And US Politics

on June 17, 2017 - 8:47am
By Dr. T. DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos
 
Saudi Arabia:
 
Consider Saudi Arabia and the status of women:
  • It is the only country in the world where women can not drive.
  • The reason is the belief that driving injures a woman's ovaries.
  • A male must drive a woman to work.
  • From age 8 to death a woman must wear a black burkah whenever she is outside the house in major cities like Riyahd, Mecca and Medina. In some smaller villages women may be able to uncover their faces, and may wear collorful head scarves.
  • Women are second, if not lower, citizens because of the Law of Guardianship.
  • A woman's Guardian

Udall, Heinrich Advance Legislation To Address Drought Challenges In New Mexico

on June 17, 2017 - 6:51am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced the New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act that would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of water management across the state.
 
The New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act is derived from policy recommendations generated by a variety of stakeholders from New Mexico including conservancy districts, farmers, ranchers, Tribes, municipalities, and others that collaborated to put together proposals to help New Mexico deal with future water supply challenges.
 
At the request of Senators Udall and

Daily Postcard: Firetruck Hangs United States Flag

on June 17, 2017 - 6:34am

Daily Postcard: A Los Alamos County firetruck hangs the United States flag Friday morning in preparation for the Los Alamos Fire Department Cadet Academy Class #27 graduation at the White Rock Baptist Church on N.M. 4. This picture pretty much says it all about our town and our country... Photo by Christine Peters

Heinrich Votes To Codify And Expand Russia Sanctions

on June 16, 2017 - 9:14am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, voted for bipartisan legislation that codifies and expands sanctions against the government of Russia in response to its cyber-attacks and interference in elections; its violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine; and its continuing aggression in Syria.
 
The legislation, the Countering Russian Aggression and Cyberattacks Act of 2017, passed the Senate overwhelmingly by a vote of 97 to 2.
 
“This bipartisan

Udall's Co-sponsored Bill To Expand AMBER Alert System In Indian Country Clears Committee

on June 16, 2017 - 7:44am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, welcomed passage of a bill he cosponsored to expand the AMBER Alert warning system in Indian Country.
 
The AMBER alert in Indian Country Act comes in response to the tragic abduction and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike on the Navajo Nation in 2016 – when authorities did not issue an AMBER Alert until a day after Ashlynne’s abduction was reported. 
 
The bipartisan legislation led by Senator John

Rio Grande Foundation Urges U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Case Challenging Mandatory Union Fees

on June 16, 2017 - 7:27am
RGF News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Public school teachers, state social workers and other government employees should not be forced to pay money to a union just so they can keep their jobs. That’s why the Rio Grande Foundation is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Janus v. AFSCME.
 
Janus v. AFSCME has the potential to finally end the decades-old requirement of forcing government employees to pay mandatory union fees regardless of whether they want to be represented by a union.

At House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus EM Highlights More Than $100 Million In Cost-Saving Initiatives

on June 16, 2017 - 7:10am
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee, chairman of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, speaks at the June 7 event in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo
 
EM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  EM and federal contractor officials at a panel discussion June 7 on Capitol Hill highlighted more than $100 million in costs savings at cleanup sites.
 
Acting EM Assistant Secretary Sue Cange outlined the effort to members of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus and more than 100 others attending the event.
 
It was one of three gatherings held each year by the caucus whose members represent cleanup

Los Alamos Scientist Awarded Giuliano Preparata Medal

on June 15, 2017 - 10:35am

 

Los Alamos scientist Dr. Thomas Claytor was awarded the Giuliano Preparata Medal June 8 in Piedmont, Italy. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos
 

A Los Alamos scientist known for a modified cold fusion experiment in which he repeatedly got radioactive tritium produced in a low energy system, has been presented with the prestigious Giuliano Preparato Medal. Dr.

Zinke Announces New Mexico Will Receive $21,574,904 Share Of Billion-Dollar National Distribution

on June 15, 2017 - 6:20am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
INTERIOR DEPARTMENT News:
 
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced $1.1 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts.
 
New Mexico will receive a total of $21,574,904, including $6,107,387 in Sport Fish Restoration program funds and $15,467,517 in Wildlife Restoration program funds.
 
The announcement was made during day one of a four-day trip across the Northeast, where the Secretary met with state

NIST Awards $38.5 Million To Accelerate Public Safety Communications Technologies

on June 14, 2017 - 9:40am
Courtesy photo
 
NIST News:
 
BOULDER, Colo.  The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded $38.5 million to 33 research and development (R&D) projects aimed at advancing broadband communications technologies for first responders.
 
The multiyear grants are intended to help modernize public safety communications and operations by supporting the migration of data, video and voice communications from mobile radio to a nationwide public safety broadband network, as well as accelerating critical technologies related to indoor location

Udall On Shooting At Congressional Baseball Practice

on June 14, 2017 - 9:14am
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise
 
U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement on the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.:

“Jill and I are praying for Congressman Scalise, my colleagues, their staff, and the heroic Capitol Police officers affected by today’s tragic shooting.

“I want to extend my deepest thanks to the brave first responders on the scene, and I join the entire Congress and country in wishing a speedy recovery for all those injured in this horrific event.

Scalise was shot today at a Republican Party

Ex Jerry Seinfeld Porsche Supercar To Cross The Block At Russo And Steele Monterey Auction

on June 14, 2017 - 8:41am

 

This Porsche 911 GT3 RS once owned by comedian Jerry Seinfeld is going up auction. Courtesy/Russo and Steele

Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Courtesy/Russo and Steele

Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Courtesy/Russo and Steele

AUCTION News:

SCOTTDALE, Ariz. -- Ex Jerry Seinfeld Porsche 911 GT3 RS is up for bid Aug. 17-19 at Russo and Steele’s 17th Annual Monterey Collector Automobile Auction in Monterey. Calif.

In February 2006, Porsche revealed the first generation 997 GT3, commonly now known as the 997.1 GT3. In addition to a new 415 PS (305 kW) 3.6 litre flat-six engine, the vehicle featured "zero lift"

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