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Manhattan Project Historical Park Site Bill Moves Through Congress

on June 14, 2012 - 7:22pm

Chairman Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) today introduced legislation that would designate Manhattan Project sites around the country as a National Historic Park. 

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Patty Murray (D-WA) are cosponsors of S. 3300

In the House of Representatives, Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) said today that he will introduce a similar bill when the House returns to session next week.

As an expert panel of historians reported in 2001, the top-secret program to create an atomic bomb during World War II centered in Los

AUDIO: Udall Discusses Farm Bill & Burn Pit Registry

on June 13, 2012 - 3:36pm
Sen. Tom Udall
 
WASHINGTON – On his weekly radio call today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed the Farm Bill reauthorization currently being considered in the Senate, including two amendments he plans to introduce to the bill.  
 
Udall also talked about his upcoming Veterans’ Affairs Committee testimony this Wednesday on legislation to create a registry for veterans who may be suffering health problems due to their proximity to open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
 
 
Below are highlights from

Congressman Lujan Attends Today's Drug Summit

on June 13, 2012 - 1:12pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, left, listens as White House Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske answers questions from the media during today’s drug summit at the convention center in Santa Fe. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Director Gil Kerlikowske of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and President Obama’s top drug policy advisor participated in a summit with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján from New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District in Santa Fe this morning.

Kerlikowske discussed how local and regional efforts can sync up with the Administration’s pursuit of

Flag Day Celebrated at Bataan Memorial Saturday

on June 10, 2012 - 12:24pm

The 17th annual Flag Day celebration was held Saturday at the Bataan Memorial in Santa Fe. Photo by N.S. Mills

Military officials spoke to the crowd gathered at Saturday's Flag Day event in Santa Fe. Photo by N.S. Mills

Photo by N.S. Mills

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Caldera Work Party Helps Calves Stay with Herd

on June 10, 2012 - 9:26am

A work party coming from the visitor center and another from the highway are separated by elk herd as Saturday's fence tear-down endeavor got underway at the Valle Caldera National Preserve. Forty people from Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque with organizations including Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Sierra Club, Wild Earth Guardians and the New Mexico Environment Department joined Caldera Chief Scientist Bob Parmenter to remove fences built for sheep in the 1930s. These fences have hindered elk movement.

Check our "Social" page for Breaking State / Nation News

on June 5, 2012 - 8:44pm

Check our Social page for breaking state and national news. We are monitoring news source breaking tweets and will "re-tweet" them to our social page.  Click the social button in our menu at the top each page to see the latest breaking news statewide and nationally.

For example: TV Networks are predicting Walker will win his recall election in Wisconsin.

CDC Reports there is NO Zombie Apocalypse

on June 4, 2012 - 6:41pm

By Greg Kendall

CDC promotional image.

Is a Zombie Apocalypse sweeping the nation?

After a string of grizzly incidents of crazed flesh eating struck the United States, the CDC has let it be known that it “does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms),”  David Daigle as spokesman for the CDC, gave this message to The Huffington Post on Friday.

The CDC, trying to capitalize on the Zombie Apocalypse frenzy brought on by TV shows such as The Walking Dead and other zombie themed movies, has released promotional materials on

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Evaluating NRC's Progress on Open Government

on June 4, 2012 - 5:27pm

In its Open Government Directive, dated Dec. 8, 2009, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) called upon Government agencies to open their doors and data to the American people.

To evaluate progress toward that goal, OMB instructed the Federal Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) to develop an Open Government Dashboard. Initially, that Dashboard focused on the various deliverables explicitly identified in the OMB Directive, but the current revision offers a more holistic set of metrics, informed by each agency's Open Government Plan.

Consistent with that

Open World Leadership Center Official Here for Russian Visit

on June 4, 2012 - 2:31pm

District 43 Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties is participating in a tour with a group of visiting Russians scheduled at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe at 9 a.m., June 13 followed by a meeting at 10 a.m. with Gov. Susana Martinez.

Lawry Mann of the Los Alamos-Sarov Sister Cities organization announced that Maura Shelden, the head of public relations for the Open World Leadership Center in Washington, D.C. will travel to the area for the event.

Mann reported that Shelden said her organization wants to use the Los Alamos exchange program as a “poster child” for their

County Sends Letter Supporting Manhattan National Park

on May 31, 2012 - 10:51pm

Los Alamos County has sent a letter of support for the proposed Manhattan National Park to three congressional leaders.

Clear HERE to view the letter.

For more information on the status of the potential Manhattan National Park, read the newsletter story from the Atomic Heritage Foundation:

MP National Historical Park Legislation Moves Ahead

 

Los Alamos Daily Post Launches 'Social' Page

on May 31, 2012 - 9:50pm

Check out the new "Social" page on the Los Alamos Daily Post!

We are now showing the Post's Tweeter and Facebook feeds. On the Post's Tweeter feed you will find retweeted stories that are of interest to Los Alamos.

Retweets are small story blurbs from around Los Alamos, the state of New Mexico and beyond. 

The staff of the Los Alamos Daily Post selects only stories to "retweet" that are likely to be of interest to past and present Los Alamos citizens.

You can click on the links within the retweets to view the full external stories that are described.

It is a great way to see what is

Elk's Lodge Hosts Memorial Day Events

on May 28, 2012 - 7:00pm

Marilynn and Barry Smith stop at the grave of a deceased friend at Guaje Pines Cemetery during today's Memorial Day Ceremony hosted by the Los Alamos Elk's Lodge. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Three Cub Scouts listen as James Hay delivers his speech at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Photo by Salvador Zapien

James Hay, Commission for the Governor's Commission on Disability and disabled U.S. Army Sargent, delivers a speech at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Steven Aumack of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874 waits for the

Healing Field Honors Soldiers with 1,000 Flags

on May 28, 2012 - 5:02pm

The Healing Field in Questa, a few miles north of Taos, is the site of a Memorial Day service today. There are 1,000 flags in the field honoring all who have served for America's freedom. Photo by Gary Warren

The Healing Field in Questa, N.M. Photo by Gary Warren
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Memorial Day 2012 Observed

on May 28, 2012 - 7:22am

In Memorium

Have you ever looked, really looked, at a soldier's face? Sometimes it's young, barely an adult the hopes of youth still painted in its features.

Sometimes it's old older than faith, older than wisdom, older than time. And sometimes ... sometimes it's a bit of both all at once.

Sometimes it's gritty and pained, remembering the face of another who has fallen.

Sometimes it's laughing, pleased to have a moment of peace. Most of the time it's proud because it knows, oh yes it knows, the world is a different place a better place because of it.

Next time you look at a soldier's

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Elks Honor Fallen Soldiers Monday

on May 25, 2012 - 9:09am

Courtesy/Elks

This year’s community Memorial Day Celebration: “Remembering All Who Have Fallen,” by James Hay, Commissioner, Governor’s Commission on Disability

State of New Mexico for the Disabled, will be hosted by the Los Alamos Elk’s Lodge at 11 a.m., Monday at Guaje Pines Cemetery.

The planning committee consists of the Elk’s Lodge BPOE 2083; The American Legion Post 90; Knights of Columbus 4th Degree – Donald A. Larson Assembly; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874; Ladies Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874; and Daughters of the American Revolution.

A complimentary lunch

House Passes Luján's Lab Mission Amendment

on May 19, 2012 - 11:01am

NNSA News:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District offered an amendment Friday to the National Defense Authorization Act, which in response to recent reports, calls for a study about broadening the mission of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) national laboratories.

The amendment passed with unanimous support.

"Our national labs provide a tremendous resource that is essential to our efforts to spur innovation and economic development, but multiple reports have called attention to the need to expand the labs’ mission in order to

Active Duty U.S. Military Offered Free Entrance to All National Parks Beginning Saturday

on May 18, 2012 - 9:28am

BANDELIER News:

The National Park Service has announced that on Saturday May 19, which is Armed Forces Day, it will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397
National Park Service areas for active duty military members and their dependents.

This military version of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass also permits free entrance to sites managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Forest Service.

The pass is available at these locations as well.

“We all owe a

Andrew Zhao Named 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholar

on May 4, 2012 - 10:08pm

LAHS News:

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced the selection of Los Alamos High School senior Andrew Zhao as a 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholar.

Zhao is one of 141 outstanding American high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community.

The U. S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., June 16–19.

“Honoring Presidential Scholars is an important celebration of students showing the dedication, creativity and

Los Alamos High School Advances to "Sweet 16" in the National Science Bowl

on April 29, 2012 - 10:11pm

A team of students from Los Alamos High School is competing this week in the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl (NSB) in Washington, D.C. and has advanced to the "sweet sixteen" from an original field of 69 high school teams from across the country.
 

Members of the Los Alamos High School team, Los Alamos, NM concentrate on the answer to a question at the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Washington DC on April 29, 2012. Photograph by Dennis Brack, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science/Courtesy
 
The National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition

War on Women

on April 29, 2012 - 8:27am

My wife and I joined the "War on Women" rally and march on Saturday in Santa Fe.  With the Republican party shifting far to the right on women's issues, we felt that it is high time to join the fight against this growing trend.

We have watched with disbelief as top GOP candidates advocated for outlawing contraception on moral and religious grounds. We always believed that America had a clear seperation between church and state.

DOE Launches National Science Bowl Lithium-Ion Battery-Powered Model Car Race

on April 28, 2012 - 10:30pm
 
Middle School Regional Champions From Around the Country to Compete
 
Beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 44 middle school teams from across the nation will race against one another in the Lithium-Ion Battery-Powered Model Car Challenge as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl Competition.
 
The middle school teams designed and built their model cars from everyday household materials and brought them to D.C. to compete.
 
The teams will be judged on two criteria – time trials and car design.
 
The three middle school teams with the fastest cars and the

Los Alamos Ranked Among Nation's Top Hunting and Fishing Spots

on April 13, 2012 - 11:10am

Courtesy/outdoorlife.com

Los Alamos is ranked 28 among the "35 Best Hunting and Fishing Towns in the U.S.," according to OutdoorLife magazine.

The publication says about Los Alamos: "Stay close to home for walleyes, catfish, bass and trout, in waters like Abiqui Lake, Rio Chama and Rio Grande. The nearby Valles Caldera National Preserve runs a lottery program for monster elk."

Now in its fifth year, the annual “Best Towns for Sportsmen” feature is an OotdoorLife institution: "Readers love to argue the merits of their burgs based on our rankings; local newspapers crow about the inclusion

Overall, Three Mile Island Operated Safely in 2011

on April 2, 2012 - 8:02am

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Middletown, Penn., was the site of a March 28, 1979 power plant accident that brought about sweeping changes involving emergency response planning, reactor operator training, human factors engineering, radiation protection, and many other areas of nuclear power plant operations. Courtesy Photo

 

U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION News:

 

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will conduct an open house April 11 in Middletown, Penn., regarding the agency’s annual assessment of safety performance for the Three Mile Island 1 nuclear power plant.

$7 Million Available for Earthquake Research

on March 31, 2012 - 2:25pm

USGS News:

Scientists interested in earthquake research will be pleased to hear that the U.S. Geological Survey is awarding up to $7 million in grants and cooperative agreements for earthquake research in 2013.

Applications are due May 17 and researchers can apply online at GRANTS.GOV under the funding opportunity number G12AS20013.

There are four National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) agencies that work in close coordination to improve the nation's understanding of earthquake hazards and to mitigate their effects.

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