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NNSA: No Risk Of An Inadvertent Criticality At LANL From Aug. 18 Event

on September 27, 2017 - 10:52am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Reaction has been widespread to a memorandum issued Sept. 1 by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board regarding what it calls a criticality safety event that occurred Aug. 18 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Plutonium Facility.

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) officials are now saying that the amount of material involved was well within parameters known to be safe and that there was no risk of an inadvertent criticality at any time.

The DNFSB memorandum indicates that the event occurred in the casting

Heinrich: Preliminary CBO Score Of Graham-Cassidy

on September 27, 2017 - 7:53am
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 Sept. 25 after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a preliminary score of Graham-Cassidy.
 
Although not able to provide point estimates on health insurance coverage and premium increases at this time, the CBO concluded that millions fewer people will have insurance that covers high-cost medical events and Medicaid will be cut by $1 trillion over a decade:
 
“Republicans’ latest attempt to rush

Los Alamos County Clerk Registers New Voters

on September 27, 2017 - 7:52am

Los Alamos County Clerk Office staff members take part in National Voter Registration Day Tuesday in the lobby at the Municipal Building. The event was part of a massive 50-state effort to register thousands of voters. In addition to being at the Municipal Building, clerk staff went to Starbucks and Los Alamos High School. Here Office Specialist Jordan Duran, Deputy Clerk Victoria Martinez, seated, Election Manager Gloria Maestas and County Clerk Naomi Maestas stand ready to register new voters. As of noon Tuesday, Clerk Maestas reported that 10 people had registered to vote.

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce, Luján Announce Federal Funds For Economic Development Projects In New Mexico

on September 27, 2017 - 7:40am
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 25, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján announced federal funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce for economic development projects at the Village of Questa and New Mexico State University. 
 
The Village of Questa will receive $1.2 million in matching funds to expand the Business Park and improve the roadways, drainage system, water and sanitary sewer, signage, parking, roadway lighting, and utilities connections in the area.

NNSA Collaborates With South African Firm On Groundbreaking Conversion To Low-Enriched Uranium-Based Molybdenum-99 Production

on September 27, 2017 - 7:23am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd (NTP) completed conversion of their critical medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production process from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU) in August.
 
“South Africa and NTP Radioisotopes have demonstrated outstanding global leadership in completing this lengthy and technically challenging Mo-99 conversion project,” said David Huizenga, the NNSA’s acting deputy administrator

Udall Joins In Introducing Bill To Expand Access To Affordable, Quality Child Care For New Mexico Families

on September 27, 2017 - 7:20am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 14, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined a number of Democrats in introducing major legislation to ensure working families throughout New Mexico and across the country have access to affordable, high-quality child care.
 
The Child Care for Working Families Act is a comprehensive early learning and child care bill to ensure working families can afford high-quality child care and preschool programs.
 
The Child Care for Working Families Act would create a partnership between the federal and state governments to ensure families

DOE Extends Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract

on September 26, 2017 - 4:50pm

EM-LA News:

The U.S. Department of Energy today extended the Environmental Management - Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Bridge Contract by a period of six months.

The period of extension is valued at approximately $65 million. With the extension, the contract will expire March 31, 2018.

The contract was originally set to expire Sept. 30, 2017. The Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Bridge Contract is a Cost-Plus-Award Fee (CPAF) contract that is for the purpose of providing environmental remediation services at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The cleanup work is

IRS Issues Guidance For Allowance Of Credit For Increasing Research Activities

on September 26, 2017 - 10:29am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance to Large Business & International (LB&I) Division examiners regarding the examination of the credit for increasing research activities under IRC Section 41 (“Research Credit”) claimed by LB&I taxpayers.
 
Independently determining the correct amount of Research Credit claimed by LB&I taxpayers can be resource intensive for those taxpayers and LB&I examiners.
 
The directive is intended to provide an efficient approach for determining the amount of qualified research expenses (“QREs”) for LB&I taxpayers while, at the
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Researchers Find New Way To Manipulate Magnetism

on September 26, 2017 - 9:46am
Schematic shows how different energies of argon (Ar) ions bombarding a thin film of cobalt (Co) sandwiched between platinum (Pt) layers can twist or rotate the spin of electrons in a particular direction, by controlling an effect known as the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI). Credit: NIST
 
NIST News:
 
In a pioneering effort to control, measure and understand magnetism at the atomic level, researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have discovered a new method for manipulating the nanoscale properties of magnetic materials.
 
The ability to

County Celebrates Customer Service Week With Community Event In Municipal Building Lobby Oct. 4

on September 26, 2017 - 8:49am

COUNTY News:

In celebration of Customer Service Week, Oct. 2-6, the Los Alamos County Customer Care Center will sponsor an informational event 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 in the Municipal Building lobby at 1000 Central Ave.

Members of the public are welcome to drop by for refreshments. Various County departments will host tables in the lobby with information on projects, programs and services during the event.

The U.S. Congress created national Customer Service Week in 1992, and it is traditionally held the first week in October.

Representatives of the Customer Care Center will receive a

Letter To The Editor: Note On Trump’s UNGA Address

on September 26, 2017 - 8:00am
By DR. T. DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos
 
Tuesday I read a transcript of and Guardian article on President Trump’s address to the UN General Assembly with sadness and disbelief. The book title, Cry the Beloved Country, comes to mind; also the quote of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, “there never was a good war, or a bad peace...”
 
When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn?
 
the dead have seen the end of war” (Plato)
 
I wish to add President John Quincy Adams definition of a leader:
 
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more,

New Mexico Delegation Encourages Boeing To Conduct Phantom Express Development Contract At SPA, WSMR

on September 26, 2017 - 6:56am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham have encouraged Boeing to conduct the Phantom Express development contract at Spaceport America (SPA) with support of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR).
 
“New Mexico offers a number of strategic advantages for Boeing’s spaceplane contract, and I’m confident that a partnership with Spaceport America and White Sands Missile Range will lead to the successful completion of this program.

Secretary Zinke Declares October National Hunting And Fishing Month

on September 26, 2017 - 6:53am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has declared October will officially be recognized as National Hunting and Fishing Month at the Department. National Hunting and Fishing Day – is Sept. 23 each year.
 
Zinke championed the order to recognize the lasting and positive impact of hunters and anglers on wildlife and habitat conservation in America. This order comes on the heels of several major sportsmen actions from Interior including Wednesday'sannouncement of the addition of 600 acres of land in Arizona's

Study: New Mexico 8th Worst State For Teachers

on September 26, 2017 - 6:22am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With World Teachers’ Day around the corner and a number of states, such as Kentucky, Michigan and Minnesota, currently facing pension crises that adversely affect their educators, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst States for Teachers.

In order to help educators find the best opportunities and teaching environments in the U.S., WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 21 key metrics, ranging from teachers’ income growth potential to pupil-teacher ratio to teacher safety.
 

Today Is Native Women's Equal Pay Day

on September 25, 2017 - 9:24am

AAUW News:

Native Women Have to Work 9 Extra Months to Make the Same Salary as White Men Made Last Year

Editor’s note: This post was originally written by Elizabeth Bolton in 2015 and updated in 2017 by Senior Researcher Kevin Miller, Ph.D.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: There’s a pay gap between women and men, and that gap is widest on average for Latinas, black women, and Native women. In fact, American Indian and Alaska Native women are paid just 57 cents for every dollar white men are paid. For Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander women, that number is 59 cents.

Today,

LANLF: An Encomium For Senator Pete Domenici

on September 25, 2017 - 9:00am
Sen. Pete Domenici with a group of his scholarship winners from 2011. Courtesy/LANL Foundation, Andrea Multari
 
LANLF News:
 
As the citizens of New Mexico mourn the passing of Sen. Pete Domenici, we reflect upon his many legacies that have enriched our State. One such legacy is the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation.
 
Without the vision and legislative acumen Domenici, the nonprofit LANL Foundation would not have the resources needed to make sustainable investments in public education in Northern New Mexico.

Luján Statement On Sec. Zinke’s Recommended Changes To Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

on September 24, 2017 - 7:26am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) Sept. 20 issued the following statement in response to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s recommendations to President Trump on several national monuments.
 
Among the recommendations contained in Secretary Zinke’s report to the President are suggested changes to the management of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, located near Taos, including an expansion of activities which are currently not allowed at the monument.
 
“Secretary Zinke’s recommendations on the Rio Grande

Senators Introduce Bill To Reform Antiquated Hardrock Mining Laws

on September 24, 2017 - 7:00am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 19, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017, legislation to modernize the nation’s antiquated hardrock mining laws.
 
The bill requires companies to pay royalties for the first time for the ability to extract mineral resources like gold, silver, and copper from public lands, helps ensure that taxpayers aren’t on the hook for cleaning up abandoned mines, and seeks to prevent another toxic

Pearce: Chinese Action Against North Korea Is Sign U.S. Is A Global Leader

on September 23, 2017 - 5:59am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Sept. 21 released the following statement after President Trump announced increased United States (U.S.) sanctions on North Korea following China’s central bank decision to limit North Korea’s access to Chinese financial institutions:
 
“North Korea’s continuing work on a nuclear weapons program poses a significant threat to global stability.

Heinrich, Sarbanes Lead Democratic Coalition Calling On FEC To Help Prevent Foreign Governments From Using Social Media Ads To Influence U.S. Elections

on September 22, 2017 - 1:51pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) have led a coalition of Democratic House and Senate members in sending a letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging the agency to consider new rules that would prevent foreign nationals from using online advertising platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, to influence U.S. elections.
 
Following the revelation that Russia purchased Facebook

LANL Director Shares Insights At Radioactive And Hazardous Materials Committee Meeting At UNM-LA

on September 22, 2017 - 11:31am
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan speaks to legislators at the Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee meeting Thursday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
From left, Sen. Carlos Cisneros, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Rep. Steven Smith and Sen. Richard Martinez listen to the Lab Director's presentation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LANL Director Charlie McMillan, left, responds to a question about Lab safety from Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily

NORAD: U.S. Sends Search And Rescue Teams In Response To Mexico Earthquake

on September 22, 2017 - 10:42am
U.S. Urban Search and Rescue team arrives in Mexico. Courtesy/NORAD
 
NORAD News:
 
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  At the request of the Mexican government, a U.S. Urban Search and Rescue team arrived in Mexico to support search and rescue efforts after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the country. 
 
USAID has deployed USAR internationally approximately 16 times since 1988, most recently for the 2015 Nepal earthquake and the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.
 
Below are links to relevant imagery from the U.S.

National Institute Of Justice Examines Impact Of Mobile Technology On Public Safety Agencies

on September 22, 2017 - 6:44am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice Sept. 18 announced an article online that discusses how the use of mobile broadband technology improves law enforcement operations. The article provides valuable guidance for agencies considering installing a wireless network.
 
Public safety agencies are moving toward using dedicated wireless networks to improve information sharing with other agencies, decrease paperwork and improve response times.
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Udall, Heinrich Urge President Trump To Reject Zinke’s Recommended Changes To National Monuments

on September 22, 2017 - 6:11am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich released the following joint statement Sept. 18 on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s report on national monuments, which was leaked to the media late Sunday:
 
“During Secretary Zinke’s review process, almost 3 million Americans — including thousands of New Mexicans – made their opinions clear. They believe our existing national monuments are vitally important to our economy, community and culture, and they don’t want them changed. 
 
“The Department of Interior’s report to the president completely ignores

County Takes Part In National Voter Registration Day

on September 21, 2017 - 4:56pm

COUNTY News:

Tuesday, Sept. 26, the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office will host National Voter Registration Day 2017 events, as part of a massive 50-state effort to register thousands of voters.

Founded in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right – the right to vote. More than 2 million Americans have registered to vote on this day since the inaugural National Voter Registration Day.

“With the 2018 Elections fast approaching, the goal of National Voter Registration

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