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Ponderosa Montessori School In White Rock Celebrates Read Across America 2017

on March 2, 2017 - 8:29pm

Students at the Ponderosa Montessori School in White Rock enjoyed books with an Earth Day theme and a birthday cake in honor of Dr. Seuss during today’s was ‘Read Across America Day’ a celebration commemorating the birthday of Theodore Seuss Geisel, American writer, cartoonist, animator, book publisher, and artist best known for authoring children's books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. Courtesy photo

Roger This: How To Stop Worrying And Have More Fun With Bombs

on March 2, 2017 - 4:45pm

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is not only inspiration for Loony Tunes, but is probably going to be confirmed this week as Secretary of Energy, at which point his lack of qualifications will become downright scary.

As one of Trump’s typical cabinet appointments, Perry will most likely come into office with outstanding conflicts of interest, including his stake in Energy Transfer Partners, the builders of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. As of Feb. 23, the company’s stock, according to Market Watch, had gone up 14.5 percent since Jan.

Udall Statement On Confirmation Of Ryan Zinke As Secretary Of The Interior

on March 2, 2017 - 10:32am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the confirmation of Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to serve as Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Udall joined the Senate in voting 68-31 to confirm Zinke. 
 
“The Department of the Interior is an agency of enormous significance to the lives of New Mexicans, Native Americans, and people across the

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Joins Facebook To Release New Life Saving Tools

on March 2, 2017 - 10:25am
MHA-NYC News:
 
NEW YORK, N.Y.  At the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, we are proud of our ongoing relationship with Facebook and our long collaboration to provide innovative suicide prevention resources and support to their digital community.
 
Today’s announcement of Facebook’s latest efforts to expand their tools to help individuals in crisis and their loved ones is the next step in this dedicated work, and the Lifeline, and the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC), which administers the Lifeline, are excited to embark on this step with them.

IRS Has Refunds Totaling $8,162,000 For New Mexicans Who Have Not Filed 2013 Return

on March 2, 2017 - 10:10am

IRS News:

PHOENIX -- The Internal Revenue Service announced today that unclaimed federal income tax refunds totaling more than $1 billion may be waiting for an estimated 1 million taxpayers who did not file a 2013 federal income tax return.

Here in New Mexico, the IRS estimates $8.1 million may be available to an estimated 8,100 taxpayers who have yet to file for 2013. To collect the money, taxpayers must file a 2013 tax return with the IRS no later than this year's tax deadline, Tuesday, April 18.

"We’re trying to connect a million people with their share of 1 billion dollars in

Zinke Sworn In As 52nd Secretary Of The Interior

on March 2, 2017 - 8:27am

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

DOI News:

5th-generation Montanan pledges to uphold President Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ryan Zinke (pronounced Zink-EE) was confirmed and sworn in Wednesday as the 52nd Secretary of the Interior.

The Senate voted 68-31 to confirm Zinke the morning of March 1, 2017, and he was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence at a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building later that evening. Zinke is the first Montanan to serve as a cabinet secretary and also the first U.S. Navy SEAL in the cabinet.

“I am honored and humbled to

Join March For Science At State Capitol April 22

on March 1, 2017 - 11:47am

MARCH FOR SCIENCE News:

The March for Science champions science as a pillar for the advancement of human knowledge, progress, and prosperity. They unite 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.

“The March for Science is a celebration of science, and of public engagement with science, but it’s not only about scientists,” says march organizer Daniel Larremore.

Republican Party Of New Mexico Responds To President Trump’s First Address To Joint Session Of Congress

on March 1, 2017 - 10:01am

POLITICAL News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, the Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement on President Donald Trump's first address to a joint session of the United States Congress:

“Last night, President Donald Trump laid out to the American people and their representatives in Congress a thoughtful, bold legislative vision that should transcend partisanship," said Republican Party of New Mexico Spokesman Tucker Keene.

“In his first 40 days, President Trump has already delivered on many of his biggest campaign promises, from bringing jobs back to our country, nominating a

Udall, Heinrich And Luján Statements On President Trump’s First Address To Joint Session of Congress

on March 1, 2017 - 9:53am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

POLITICAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján issued the following statements on President Donald Trump's Tuesday evening address to a joint session of Congress:

Sen. Udall: “Over the last few months, I’ve heard from an unprecedented number of New Mexicans. Overwhelmingly, they are telling me that they feel unsettled and fearful about the direction President Trump wants to take this country.

Heinrich, Heller Introduce Legislation To Safeguard Jewish And Other Faith-Based Community Centers

on March 1, 2017 - 8:41am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Dean Heller (R-N.V.) introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that the Department of Homeland Security provides state and local law enforcement with adequate resources to protect faith-based community centers across the United States.
 
The Senators have been deeply concerned with the significant number of bomb threats facing Jewish Community Centers (JCC). In three weeks alone, JCC's saw 63 bomb threats, forcing the evacuations of hundreds across the country and twice in Albuquerque. 
 
Last week, Sen.

Heinrich Joined By UNM Interim President Chaouki Abdallah For Trump’s Joint Session Speech Tonight

on February 28, 2017 - 5:22pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, left, in his Washington, D.C. office meets with UNM Interim President Chaouki Abdallah. Courtesy photo

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has announced that at President Trump's speech tonight to a Joint Session of Congress, he will bring as his guest the acting president of The University of New Mexico (UNM), Chaouki Abdallah.

Abdallah, who was named provost and executive vice president of academic affairs in 2011, also has served as head of the electrical engineering department and a member of the

NM Delegation Introduces Bill To Expand Research On Rare Genetic Disease Prevalent Among Hispanics

on February 28, 2017 - 4:22pm

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced they have introduced a bill to increase research, education and treatment for Cavernous Cerebral Malformations (CCM), an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord and is more common among New Mexico Hispanics than any other group.
 
Due to limited research, there is no cure for CCM.

Bandelier Featured In National Park Service ‘Getaways’

on February 28, 2017 - 3:30pm

View of Tyuonyi Pueblo and cliff homes along the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS

 

Visitors at reconstructed Ancestral Pueblo home along the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
The National Park Service (NPS) website includes a section called National Park Getaways, in which a different NPS area is featured each month. 
 
Beginning Wednesday, March 1, Bandelier National Monument will be the highlighted park, with a writeup and lots of photos, all done by local rangers. The section can be found at https://www.nps.gov/

Cameron Chrobocinski Honors James Joseph Bramble

on February 27, 2017 - 6:10pm
Academic Decathlon winner Cameron Chrobocinski with his father Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski. Courtesy photo
 
Staff Report:
 
Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski's son Cameron Chrobocinski, 18, is a senior at King High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. He has been competing in an Academic Decathalon and he and his team made it all the way to Texas State Competition this past weekend in El Paso.
 
Cameron won 1st place in the speech category with a perfect score of 1,000 points in the second most populous state in the nation.

IRS Offers Tax Guides To Help With Common Issues

on February 26, 2017 - 8:17am

IRS News:
  • IRS Releases Tax Time Guide To Answer Tax Questions

PHOENIX -- The Internal Revenue Service encourages taxpayers to take advantage of the online tools and resources available on IRS.gov. 

This is the first in a series of 10 IRS tips called the Tax Time Guide. The guide is designed to help taxpayers navigate common tax issues as this year’s April 18 deadline approaches. There are a variety of easy-to-use, online tools on IRS.gov. Through these tools, taxpayers can check the status of their refund, prepare and file their taxes or get answers to tax questions around the clock.

Fort Union National Monument Receives Funding

on February 26, 2017 - 8:03am

Fort Union National Monument in Mora County. Courtesy/NPS

Fort Union National Monument in Mora County. Courtesy/NPS

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE News:

WATROUS -- Fort Union National Monument in Mora County, has received funding for new visitor center exhibits as part of a three-year project funded from the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) with a phase completed each year.

Fort Union National Monumen is a ruined adobe and brick fortification along with a seperate earthwork fortification. Originally begun as a post in 1851, it was established by Lt. Col.

February Is American Heart Month

on February 25, 2017 - 6:41am
By the American Heart Association, and
Donna McHenry, MS,
Los Alamos Fire Department
 
There are more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) annually in the U.S., nearly 90 percent of them fatal, according to the American Heart Association’s newly released Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics - 2017 Update.
 
According to the report, the annual incidence of EMS-assessed non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in 2015 is estimated to be 356,500. Estimates also suggest 7,037 children suffer OHCA each year.
 
The American Heart Association wants to help everyone

Precision Rifle Team Takes 2nd At Nationals

on February 23, 2017 - 4:45pm
LAHS precision rifle team members Holly Hayes, Samantha Miller, Steffie Nielsen, Jacob Torrez and Jonathan Chavez. Courtesy photo
 
SPORTS News:
 
This past weekend the Los Alamos High School precision rifle team traveled to Alabama to compete in the Navy National Air Rifle Championships.
 
The team finished second against a field of the top teams from across the nation. Samantha Miller placed second overall in the individual category. Stephanie Nielsen was awarded her distinguished air rifle badge which is a major accomplishment.
 
By finishing second, the team earns an invitation

NNSA: W88 ALT 370 Program Reaches Milestone

on February 23, 2017 - 9:10am

NNSA News:

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) officially authorized the start of the production engineering phase for the W88 Alteration (Alt) 370 program Feb. 22.

The alteration of the W88 nuclear warhead is part of NNSA’s multi-faceted strategy to ensure the American nuclear arsenal continues to be safe, secure, and effective. 

“Thanks to a team of talented scientists and engineers, we reached this important milestone in the W88 Alt 370 program on schedule,” said NNSA Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank G.

Professor Emerita Denise Fort: How Can U.S. Retain Scientific Leadership In Environmental Protection?

on February 23, 2017 - 7:27am
By DENISE D. FORT
Professor Emerita UNM School of Law
Former director, NM Environmental Improvement Division
 
The upheaval in Washington, D.C. that is occurring now has one surprising objective - the discrediting of scientists. Science is under attack in numerous ways.
 
The assertion that climate change is a Chinese hoax was bad enough. Now the Administration has nominated a climate denier to head the EPA, taken down web pages that inform the public about agency work, and threatened to slash funding at EPA.
 
The threat comes from the Congress as well; 114 representatives have

Update On Pursuit Of USS Los Alamos

on February 22, 2017 - 11:00pm

James Nesmith testifying Dec. 15, 2015 to Los Alamos County Council. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

On Dec. 15, 2015, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously passed and adopted a resolution endorsing the naming of a United States Navy Submarine as the U.S.S. Los Alamos. 

That was the beginning of an intensive yearlong effort by the USS Los Alamos Commissioning Committee to gather documentation from across the state substantiating the wide spread support for our effort.

In that year, memorials were passed by both houses of the State legislature, and letters of support were obtained from

Councilor Rick Reiss At Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meeting In Washington, D.C.

on February 22, 2017 - 5:00pm

From left, Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives, Los Alamos County Councilor Rick Reiss and Santa Fe County Commissioner Robert Anaya at today's Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Federal Legislative Agenda meetings in Washington, D.C.Courtesy photo

China Announces Scheduling Controls Of Carfentanil And Other Fentanyl Compounds

on February 22, 2017 - 2:12pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  China’s National Narcotics Control Commission last week announced that scheduling controls against four fentanyl-class substances -- carfentanil, furanyl fentanyl, valeryl fentanyl, and acryl fentanyl -- will begin March 1, 2017.  
 
This announcement is the culmination of ongoing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Government of China, and reaffirms the shared commitment to countering illicit fentanyl.
 
"Fentanyl-related compounds represent a significant and deadly component of the current opioid crisis.

Udall On Trump's Plans For Mass Deportation

on February 22, 2017 - 2:05pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement in response to recently released memos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security establishing new guidelines for carrying out President Trump’s immigration orders:
 
"President Trump’s guidelines amount to a plan to begin mass deportations. These plans are unrealistic, inhumane, bad for the economy, and an extremely inefficient use of already thin resources.

Sig Hecker To Address Nuclear North Korea, Moderated By Valerie Plame Thursday

on February 22, 2017 - 1:41pm
CIR News:
 
Sig Hecker, Stanford University Research Professor and Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus will offer his thoughts and opinions on the timely topic of “Nuclear North Korea and Lessons for the Iran Deal.” 
 
His talk is 5:50 p.m., Thursday at the Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de Los Marquez.
 
Dr. Hecker is an internationally recognized expert in plutonium science, global threat reduction and nuclear security.

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