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Udall: Omnibus Appropriations Bill Includes Key Funding For New Mexico

on May 3, 2017 - 8:55am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and lead Democrat on the subcommittee overseeing funding for the Interior Department, environment and arts and culture programs, issued the following statement on the bipartisan agreement to fund the government through September 2017.
 
“At a time when Washington is more polarized than I've ever seen it, I'm pleased that we were able to reach this agreement for New Mexicans and the American people.

Udall, Luján, Lujan Grisham Join Over 130 Members Of Congress Urging Education Secretary To Reinstate Student Loan Protections

on May 2, 2017 - 10:12pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Congressman Ben Ray Luján and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham this week joined more than 130 members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to reverse a recent decision to rescind Obama-era efforts on student loan servicing reforms.
 
The reforms include new consumer protections for borrowers and improvements to the quality of federal loan servicing.
 
“Your decision to rescind these [initiatives]—including the guidance making servicers’ past performance and record of compliance with

Would You Know When You’ve Gone Too Far?

on May 2, 2017 - 9:39am

Courtesy/UWNNM

UWNNM News:

United Way of Northern New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratory Partner to Make a Difference in Northern New Mexico

  • This is part of a series that will run throughout the month of May as part of the United Way of Northern New Mexico Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative.

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

LANL: Roelofs Takes Director Role At Center For Integrated Nanotechnologies

on May 2, 2017 - 9:10am

Noted physicist Andreas Roelofs is the new director of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Noted physicist Andreas Roelofs is the new director of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), a Department of Energy-funded nanoscience research facility with a core center at Sandia National Laboratories and a gateway research site at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

CINT provides users from around the world with access to state-of-the-art expertise and instrumentation in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment with a focus on nanoscience

Udall On Interior And Environment Funding In Bipartisan Budget Agreement

on May 2, 2017 - 6:16am

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the finalized bipartisan budget agreement to fund the government through September. 

“This bill is a strong, bipartisan agreement, and I thank lawmakers and staff on both sides of the aisle for their hard work to achieve a workable compromise.

Reporters Without Borders Releases 2017 World Press Freedom Index

on May 2, 2017 - 5:25am
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has released its 2017 World Press Freedom Index. 
 
The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by RSF reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise ... an age of post-truth, propaganda and suppression of freedoms – especially in democracies.
 
RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index highlights the danger of a tipping point in the state of media freedom in many countries. Media freedom has retreated wherever the authoritarian strongman model has triumphed.

DOE Awards Technical Assistance Contract For Los Alamos Field Office To S&K Logistics LLC

on May 1, 2017 - 7:33pm

DOE EM News:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Management – Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) awarded a Requirements Contract, utilizing Fixed Price and Time and Materials Task Orders, to S&K Logistics LLC, a certified small business of St. Ignatius, Montana, to provide technical and business support services.

The contract will have a maximum value of $17.4 million over five years.

S&K will provide support in the following areas: records management, project controls, training, safeguards and security, safety, quality assurance, property management, community relations,

LAPD Collects 32 pounds Of Prescription Medications During DEA Sponsored Drug Take Back Day April 29

on May 1, 2017 - 4:26pm

LAPD Evidence Technician, Anthony Lucero stands next to the collected medications last Saturday that will be turned over to the DEA for destruction. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department facilitated another DEA sponsored drug take back day Saturday, April 29.

Two collections locations were staffed by officers for citizens to turn in unwanted and unused prescription medications at the Los Alamos Smith’s Marketplace and the White Rock Visitor Center.

Despite the snow storm LAPD collected 32 pounds of prescription medications.

This national take-back initiative continues

AHF: 'Ranger In Your Pocket: Hans Bethe House'

on May 1, 2017 - 2:35pm
AHF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) and the Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS) have launched an online “Ranger in Your Pocket” program on the Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row at Los Alamos.
 
AHF President Cindy Kelly explained, “During the Manhattan Project, two famous scientists lived in the Hans Bethe House. This program gives a unique glimpse into life at Los Alamos with first-hand accounts.”
 
The Hans Bethe House is now the Harold Agnew Cold War Gallery of the Los Alamos History Museum.

LAHS Champions At National Science Bowl Today

on May 1, 2017 - 9:43am

Los Alamos High School Regional Science Bowl Champions are participating in the National Science Bowl through today in Washington, D.C. The students are shown here with LAHS Science Bowl Coach Kathy Boerigter, center. Students include, Steven Zhao, David Gao, Wilbur Wang, Phillip Martin and Radika Iyer. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos High School Regional Science Bowl Champions glow purple under a black light at the National Science Bowl today in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

Bear Mauling Doesn't Deter VCNP Trail Run

on May 1, 2017 - 8:58am

PEER News:

Washington, D.C. — Just months after a female runner was mauled by a black bear during a race through a national park, that same park has approved a new trail race through bear country, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  

Despite admitting adverse impacts on wildlife and danger to participants, the park gave summary approval for a new race concluding that any problems would be “minimal.”

In June 2016 during a half-marathon through Valles Caldera National Preserve, a woman runner in her 50s scared a black bear cub up

GOP Hosts Senate Candidate Mick Rich Thursday

on May 1, 2017 - 8:46am

U.S. Senatorial candidate Mick Rich. Photo by James Robinson

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos is hosting a presentation by U.S. Senatorial candidate Mick Rich of Taos.

Rich is running for the seat held by Democratic U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich.

The local GOP meeting begins at 6 p.m., Thursday in the Jeannette Wallace Lecture Hall at UNM-Los Alamos.

Raven Swamp Crowned 2017 Miss Indian World

on May 1, 2017 - 8:26am

Raven Swamp Crowned Miss Indian World 2017. Courtesy photo

Gathering of Nations News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Raven Swamp, of Kahnawake, Quebec and member of the Mohawk tribe was crowned the 2017 Miss Indian World, Saturday at the 34th Annual Gathering of Nations, the most prominent Native American powwow in the world.

Swamp received the honor out of 23 Native American women representing their different tribes and traditions who competed in the areas of tribal knowledge, dancing ability, public speaking and personality assessment.

“Miss Indian World is one of the most prestigious honors in the

Letter To The Editor: Reply To Senator Heinrich

on April 30, 2017 - 8:23pm
By JAMES GRIFFIN
Los Alamos

Sen. Martin Heinrich predicts doom if drilling in the arctic for oil is permitted (link). He uses amazing statistics from the Department of Interior to back up this claim.

Evidently there is a 75 percent chance of a 42,000-gallon spill. Let's pretend to be rational. Assume this to be true. How large is the arctic?

Will 42,000 gallons have any impact! No!

US underwater drilling for oil began in 1891, approximately 126 years ago. Notice that the oceans are devastated.

Letter To The Editor: Overtly Exclusionary National Day Of Prayer At Ashley Pond?

on April 30, 2017 - 6:23am
By AMY STOREY
And
STEPHANIE NAKLEH
Los Alamos

In an April 27 press release published in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), Leilani Christensen is quoted as saying,“Our forefathers founded National Day Of Prayer. Many of them had escaped persecution for their beliefs in their homeland. In the news today, we see that people are still fleeing their homeland because of persecution.” [sic]

Our forefathers, the ones fleeing persecution, didn’t found the National Day of Prayer. (They also didn’t found this nation on prayer itself; in fact, they explicitly stated, in the Treaty of Tripoli, “the

FBI: 2016 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

on April 30, 2017 - 6:23am

Recipients of the 2016 Director’s Community Leadership Awards were honored in a ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

FBI Director James Comey formally recognized 58 individuals and organizations from around the country Friday for their efforts to build stronger, safer, and more cohesive communities.

“This is one of the very best days in the life of this organization,” Director Comey said during the April 28 ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “We get to recognize and thank people who made the FBI better and the country better.”

The annual

May Is Mental Health Month: Spotlight On Stigma – Doctors And Suicide

on April 30, 2017 - 6:22am
MENTAL HEALTH News:
 
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to encourage people to talk to their doctor about mental illness.
 
But what if a doctor is struggling with their own mental health? According to Michael F. Myers, MD—known as “the doctors’ doctor—that struggle is more common than we think, and at least once a day, it ends in suicide.
 
“Doctors are killing themselves at an alarming rate, due to a multitude of triggers—such as burnout, depression, bipolar illness and PTSD,” Dr. Myers said.

Heinrich: Opening Up Arctic Ocean To Drilling Poses Serious Risks

on April 29, 2017 - 8:35am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to President Trump’s executive orders removing protections and moving to reopen risky offshore drilling, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to introduce the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act, a major piece of legislation to permanently protect the Arctic from offshore drilling.

The legislation would prevent any new or renewed leases for the exploration, development, or production of oil, natural gas, or any other mineral in the Arctic Ocean planning

May Is Motorcycle Awareness Month

on April 28, 2017 - 5:46pm
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
LANL’s Motorcycle Safety Committee would like to remind the residents of Los Alamos that May is “Motorcycle Awareness Month.” 
 
This year, the Committee is driving safety awareness throughout our local community in the form of kid’s motorcycle safety awareness activity and coloring sheets. 
 
Committee members designed and have distributed the sheets to local restaurants in the Los Alamos area and beyond. We hope that as you visit these establishments, you will take advantage of the safety sheets to promote motorcycle awareness among your family and friends.
 

New Mexicans March For Climate, Jobs And Justice

on April 28, 2017 - 10:54am
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
New Mexicans are invited to take to the streets Saturday, April 29, to call for a strong government response to the global climate crisis.
 
People’s Climate Marches are planned in the state’s largest three cities: Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe. New Mexicans will join more than 100,000 people nationwide in more than 300 cities, representing a growing popular movement for climate justice.
 
From the disruption of ecosystems, a loss of biodiversity, an increase in extreme weather, rising seas, and the spread of new diseases, to resource scarcity that exacerbates

Udall Statement On Trump Dropping Demands For Border Wall Money In Funding Bill

on April 27, 2017 - 11:01am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — April 25, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement after President Trump reportedly backed off his threat to force a government shutdown unless a funding bill to keep the government open included money for his plans to build a wall along the entire border with Mexico:
 
"Last week, I visited with New Mexicans on the border — business owners, immigrants, community leaders, farmers and others — and the overwhelming message I heard was that they oppose President Trump's proposal to build a $70 billion border wall.

LAHS Grad Wins Prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

on April 27, 2017 - 8:43am

Anna Scott, a senior majoring in chemistry at Montana State University, inspects a vial containing a protein for enzyme research on Monday, March 27, 2017, in Bozeman, Montana. Scott recently won a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. MSU photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez
By ANNE CANTRELL
MSU News Service

BOZEMAN — A Montana State University student who would like to contribute to renewable energy efforts throughout her career in research has received a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

Anna Scott, a senior and 2013

AG Launches Investigation Of National Cattle Industry

on April 27, 2017 - 8:31am
Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

LAS CRUCES ― This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a multi-pronged investigation to review unfair and anticompetitive practices in the national cattle industry that harm New Mexican families, and our ranchers and cattle farmers-- who are the backbone of New Mexico’s economy.

Family-owned farms and ranches that have been in operation for generations are vital to the health of New Mexico, which is why Attorney General Balderas is extremely concerned about the possibility of those businesses being threatened, especially by harmful

LAHS Students Excel On National German Exams!

on April 26, 2017 - 6:49pm
Several of LAHS German teacher Anita Boshier's National German Exam students proudly show their medals and certificates! Courtesy photo
 
LAHS News:
 
Twenty six Los Alamos High School students from German level 3 and 4 earned medals in the 2016 National German Exam for High School Students. Twelve of those students won
gold medals and 11 students won silver medals.
 
Several LAHS German Exam students also won special recognition on the Presidential Honor Roll for outstanding performance.

IRS Tips On What To Do After Tax-Filing Deadline

on April 26, 2017 - 4:08pm
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  Tax day has come and gone for most people, but some taxpayers may still be dealing with their taxes. The IRS offers these tips for handling some typical after-tax-day issues:
 
Didn’t File by April 18?
 
There is no penalty for filing a late return after the tax deadline if the taxpayer receives a refund. Penalties and interest only accrue on unfiled returns if taxes are not paid by April 18. Anyone who did not file and owes tax should file a return as soon as they can and pay as much as possible to reduce penalties and interest. IRS Free File is available on
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