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Veterans Ben And Cresta Bateman Continue To Serve

on August 3, 2017 - 11:48am
Veterans Ben and Cresta Bateman of Los Alamos continue serving fellow warriors. Courtesy photo
 
Ben Bateman, left, with his forward observer on patrol in Iraq. Courtesy photo
 
Ben Bateman at a memorial for two of his comrades during his deployment in Ramadi, Iraq in 2007. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

He served his country for eight and a half years as a commissioned officer in the U. S. Army, including three years as a Special Forces officer and a Green Beret. She spent seven and a half years in the Army as a Logistics Officer.

Sen. Martin Heinrich Urges Congress To Pass Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Fix In Senate Bill

on August 3, 2017 - 10:56am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

 

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As wildfire season rages across the West, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today urged the Senate to pass a wildfire funding fix included in new legislation to address funding for floods and other natural disasters.

He joined U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee.

A wildfire funding fix similar to the Wildfire Disaster Funding

New Program Explores University Of Chicago’s Role In Manhattan Project

on August 3, 2017 - 9:40am
AHF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  “For the first time, atomic power had been released. It had been controlled and stopped,” Arthur Holly Compton declared.
 
Dec. 2, 1942, Compton, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, and 48 other Manhattan Project scientists and workers witnessed Chicago Pile-1 (CP-1), the first controlled, self-sustained nuclear chain reaction, go critical under Stagg Field at the University of Chicago.
 
This year marks the 75th anniversary of this landmark event that ushered in the Atomic Age.

VIDEO: Udall Urges Ban Of Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Linked To Brain Damage In Children

on August 3, 2017 - 8:57am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday in a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall made the case for why Congress must act to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, a dangerous neurotoxin linked to brain damage in children.
 
Udall said his Protect Children, Farmers & Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act is urgently needed after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt rejected EPA scientists’ determination that all food applications of the pesticide are unsafe and that the chemical risks harm to children, farmers, and

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor Bill To Allow Medicare To Negotiate A Better Deal On Prescription Drug Costs

on August 3, 2017 - 7:19am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Yesterday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined in cosponsoring legislation led by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to unleash the bargaining power of seniors for a better deal on prescription drug costs.
 
The legislation would allow for Medicare to negotiate the best possible price of prescription drugs to cut costs for nearly 41 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D.

Udall, Heinrich Announce Passage Of Bipartisan G.I. Bill Reforms To Help N.M. Veterans And Their Families

on August 2, 2017 - 4:07pm

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Ends the arbitrary 15-year period that a veteran is required to use their G.I. Bill so they can use their benefits at any time in their professional career’ education benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced the passage of bipartisan legislation they introduced with U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) that will modernize and strengthen veterans’ education benefits and enhance the post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The Harry W.

NASA: Total Solar Eclipse Monday, Aug. 21

on August 2, 2017 - 2:46pm

Total solar eclipse Aug. 21. Courtesy/NASA

NASA News:

All of North America will be treated Monday, Aug. 21, to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights ... a total solar eclipse.

This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Ore. to Charleston, S.C. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.

NASA created this website (link) to provide a guide to this amazing

WalletHub Study: 2017’s States With Most And Least Student Debt

on August 2, 2017 - 6:49am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With college students preparing for the fall semester and 11 percent of all student loans in delinquency or default as of Q1 2017, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s States with the Most and Least Student Debt.

To determine the states that are friendliest toward student-loan debtors, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 10 key metrics. The data set ranges from average student debt to unemployment rate among the population aged 25 to 34 to share of students with past-due loan balances.
  

Letter To The Editor: Laboratory Retiree Group Comments On NNSA Draft Request For Proposals

on August 1, 2017 - 5:00pm
By LABORATORY RETIREE GROUP
Los Alamos

 

The Board of Directors of the Laboratory Retiree Group (LRG) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Draft RFP for the Management and Operating (M&O) contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory (“the Laboratory”).

 

In Part A below are some initial remarks about the LRG and the unique circumstances of Los Alamos and northern New Mexico. These are intended to help provide a better understanding and appreciation of the LRG comments about the draft RFP that follow in part B.

Part A. Initial Remarks

The Laboratory Retiree Group.

The

Heinrich On New FBI Director Christopher Wray

on August 1, 2017 - 4:59pm

New FBI Director Christopher Wray

From the Desk of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement after voting to confirm Christopher Wray to be the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who will replace Acting Director Andrew McCabe who replaced James Comey who was fired by President Donald Trump:

“It’s deeply troubling we are in this position in the first place.

House Ethics Committee Dismisses Complaint And Closes Case Against U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

on August 1, 2017 - 4:52pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Ethics Committee announced today that it is dismissing the complaint against U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and closing the case without further action.

The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust raised a concern in June whether Luján had improperly used images of Democrats on the House floor in fundraising emails.

Luján's Communication Director Joe Shoemaker released today the following statement:

“Today the Ethics Committee dismissed the allegations against Congressman Luján.

WIPP Strategic Planning Workshop Aug. 8

on August 1, 2017 - 12:12pm

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Interested stakeholders are invited to attend an Aug. 8 workshop on strategic planning for transuranic waste operations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) through Fiscal Year 2050.

The workshop is 9-11 a.m. at the AECOM Office, One Park Square, 6501 Americas Parkway NE in Albuquerque.

The workshop is being held in response to requests from stakeholders wanting to learn more about WIPP’s strategic planning process in the areas of site infrastructure, waste emplacement rates, mining, and

New Mexico Unveils Nation’s ‘First-Of-Its-Kind’ High-Tech Enhancement Of Emergency Response Network

on August 1, 2017 - 11:53am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez joined AT&T New Mexico President Jerry Fuentes and FirstNet CEO Mike Poth to unveil a dramatic high-tech enhancement to the first responder communication network throughout the state – a first-of-its-kind undertaking in the nation.

AT&T in partnership with FirstNet will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for New Mexico’s emergency response network at no cost for the next 25 years.

“We have to keep doing more to keep our communities safe,” Martinez said.

Interior Announces Revised Strategy, Policies To More Effectively Reduce Fractionation Of Tribal Lands

on August 1, 2017 - 9:10am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Following extensive analysis and feedback received from tribal leaders and American Indian landowners, the Department of the Interior has announced a revised strategy for the consolidation of fractional land interests through the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Program).
 
The strategy, which will more effectively allocate the remaining Program funds to reduce the maximum amount of fractional interests, includes a revised schedule for implementation, as well as new opportunities for tribal governments to use the Program’s tools and systems to

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor DISCLOSE Act To Protect American Elections From Foreign Interference

on August 1, 2017 - 8:16am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With more details of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election emerging daily, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich cosponsored legislation led by U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to address threats to America’s campaign finance system.
 
“The Supreme Court’s disastrous decision in Citizens United has allowed secret, dark money to flood into our elections – drowning out the voices of regular citizens.

Sen. Mimi Stewart Named Most Effective Legislator

on August 1, 2017 - 7:23am
Sen. Mimi Stewart
 
SENATE News:
 
Congratulations to Sen. Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque, who has been named one of the nation’s most effective legislators – and New Mexico’s most effective legislator – by the bipartisan FiscalNote organization, based in Washington, D.C. this week.  
 
The award is given based on how successful a legislator is at sponsoring and steering legislation through the legislative process, all the way through enactment.
 
Sen. Stewart has been a champion for New Mexico’s students and school throughout her career, and the award is well earned.
 
Read more: 

WalletHub Study: 2017’s Best Places To Flip Houses

on August 1, 2017 - 6:42am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With more than 126,000 house-flipping investors in 2016 – the highest rate since 2007 – and an average gross profit of nearly $63,000, also a new ceiling since 2000, the personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2017's Best Places to Flip Houses.

To help serious real-estate investors find the best markets to list their flipped properties, WalletHub’s data team compared the 150 largest U.S. cities across 22 key metrics. The data set ranges from median purchase price to average full home remodeling costs to housing-market health index.

 
Best Cities to Flip

LANL: Single-Photon Emitter Has Promise For Quantum Info-Processing

on July 31, 2017 - 1:00pm

LANL researchers have produced the first known material capable of single-photon emission at room temperature and at telecommunications wavelengths, using chemically functionalized carbon nanotubes. These quantum light emitters are important for optically-based quantum information processing and information security, ultrasensitive sensing, metrology and imaging needs and as photon sources for quantum optics studies. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Carbon nanotubes form first known tunable room-temperature quantum emitters at telecom wavelengths

Los Alamos National Laboratory has produced the first

Supreme Court Asked To Prevent Email Providers From Hiding Crime Evidence On Overseas Servers

on July 31, 2017 - 10:15am

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE -- Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a bipartisan coalition of 33 states and Puerto Rico to support the U.S. Department of Justice’s request in United States v. Microsoft, that the U.S. Supreme Court decide whether email service providers can shield evidence of a crime from law enforcement by storing data outside the United States.

“New Mexico’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force does critical work protecting our children and we hope that the Supreme Court agrees with our law enforcement coalition so that work is not jeopardized,” Attorney General

General Lori Robinson Statement In Light Of Friday's North Korean ICBM Launch

on July 31, 2017 - 10:02am
General Lori Robinson
 
NORAD News:
 
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  North Korea’s launch on Friday of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile was detected, closely tracked, and determined not to be a danger to North America. 
 
However, this provocative launch served as yet another reminder of North Korea’s continued threat to the United States and our allies with their missile program.

Pearce To Support Armed Forces And National Security

on July 31, 2017 - 8:41am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The House of Representatives voted to fund critical national defense programs through H.R. 3219, Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018. 
 
This appropriations package, also known as a “minibus,” included the Department of Defense, Military Construction – Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Energy and Water Development, and Legislative Branch funding bills.
 
“I remain committed to providing our armed forced with the tools and resources they need to complete their critical mission and protect the security of our nation.

Readout Of Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Trip To The West

on July 31, 2017 - 7:50am
Secretary Ryan Zinke meets with ranchers, local stakeholders on variety of topics. Courtesy photo
 
DOI News:
 
LAS CRUCES Thursday, Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior participated in Day One of his five-day trip to the Western United States.
 
Zinke started the morning with a helicopter tour of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, as part of his ongoing review of National Monument designations in the United States. Organ Mountains is one of the National Monuments under review in accordance with President Donald Trump's April 26, 2017 Executive Order

WalletHub Study: New Mexico Has Second Worst School Systems In America

on July 31, 2017 - 6:39am

WALLETHUB News:
 
With Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently facing criticism for her guidance on the new Every Student Succeeds Act and state governments contributing nearly half of public-school funding, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017's States with the Best & Worst School Systems.

In order to determine the best school systems in America, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 21 key measures of quality and safety.

Orthodox Church Hierarchy To Visit Los Alamos

on July 30, 2017 - 8:00am

Archbishop Daniel, President of the Consistory and Ruling Hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church's Western Eparchy in the United States is visiting Los Alamos Aug.4-6. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The weekend of Aug. 4-6 promises much excitement at St. Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Christian Church in Los Alamos with the visit of Metropolitan Antony, Prime Hierarch and Ruling Hierarch of the church’s Eastern Eparchy, and Archbishop Daniel, President of the Consistory and Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy.

Metropolitan Antony and Archbishop Daniel are the two

Armed Robbery Suspect Lane M. Reed Faces Additional Charges Following Multiple Jurisdiction Crime Spree

on July 30, 2017 - 7:29am
NMSP News:
 
SANDOVAL COUNTY Tuesday, July 25, New Mexico State Police arrested Lane M. Reed, 23, of Killeen, Texas for multiple charges after he led officers on an approximate 25 mile pursuit, during which Lane fired gunshots at officers at least three separate times.
 
The incident began around 8:30 a.m. when New Mexico State Police officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call at the Pecos River Station, a gas station and convenience store located on Interstate 25 at mile marker 319 in San Miguel County.
 
Officers received information that a male subject had entered the Pecos

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