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Former Republican Party Of New Mexico Political Director Todd Johnson Takes Job At Pentagon

on April 26, 2017 - 3:19pm

STATE GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Todd Johnson, the Republican Party of New Mexico's former Political Director under Chairman Debbie Maestas, has left New Mexico to take a job as Advance Officer to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Johnson left RPNM in August to serve as the Trump Campaign's New Mexico state director.

“Todd had a strong impact on New Mexico politics, and his hard work in support of our candidates and building the party will not be forgotten,” said former Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Debbie Maestas.

Los Alamos High School Sophomore Emily Jones Wins 2017 Congressional Art Competition

on April 26, 2017 - 7:52am

LAHS student Emily Jones with her winning art. Courtesy photo

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) announced Tuesday that Emily Jones, a sophomore at Los Alamos High school, is this year’s winner of the Congressional Art Competition.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

LANL: Jaqueline L. Kiplinger To Receive Award For Pioneering Contributions To Chemistry

on April 26, 2017 - 7:49am

Jaqueline Kiplinger is the recipient of the 2017 Violet Diller Professional Excellence Award. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Iota Sigma Pi society to recognize advances in uranium and thorium chemistry  

Jaqueline Kiplinger, Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow within the Inorganic, Isotope and Actinide Chemistry Group, is the recipient of the 2017 Violet Diller Professional Excellence Award given triennially by Iota Sigma Pi (the National Honor Society of Women in Chemistry). The award recognizes contributions to chemistry that have had widespread significance to the scientific community or

LANL: Managing Disease Spread Through Accessible Modeling

on April 26, 2017 - 7:23am

The research draws on Los Alamos’ expertise in computational modeling and health sciences and contributes to the Laboratory’s national security mission by protecting against biological threats. Infectious diseases are a leading cause of death globally. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lower computing requirements and streamlined data analysis support public-health decision making

A new computer modeling study from Los Alamos National Laboratory is aimed at making epidemiological models more accessible and useful for public-health collaborators and improving disease-related decision making.

“In a

Patriot's Day Dinner Features U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

on April 25, 2017 - 5:10pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce is the keynote speaker at the Republican Party of Los Alamos Patriot's Day Dinner Friday at De Colores. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
RPLA First Vice Chair and County Councilor James Chrobocinski, left, and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce at Friday's Patriot's Day Dinner at De Colores. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

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Heinrich Co-Chairs Outdoor Recreation Caucus

on April 25, 2017 - 3:38pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The outdoor recreation economy directly contributes $887 billion in consumer spending annually and employs more than 7.6 million Americans according to a new report released today by the Outdoor Industry Association.
 
Given the outdoor industry’s significant economic impact, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is co-chairing the bipartisan Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus, along with U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), to promote policies that invest in the outdoor industry and to ensure it continues to grow and thrive. 
 
"New Mexicans' livelihoods are rooted

2017’s Most Gambling-Addicted States & Kentucky Derby Facts & History Infographic – WalletHub Reports

on April 25, 2017 - 2:55pm
WALLETHUB News:
 
With Americans losing roughly $100 billion through gambling each year and the Kentucky Derby soon to kick off, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released an in-depth report on 2017’s Most Gambling-Addicted States as well as a collection of fun facts about the first leg of the Triple Crown.

Below are some highlights from each report.
 
 
Most Gambling-Addicted States
 
Least Gambling-Addicted States
 
1
Nevada
 
41
Florida
 
2
South Dakota
 
42
Arizona
 
3
Montana
 
43
North Carolina
 
4
West Virginia
 
44
Alaska
 
5
Mississippi
 
45
Vermont
 
6
New Jersey
 
46
Wisconsin
 
7
Oklahoma
 
47
Kentucky
 
8
Oregon
 
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IRS Reminds Those With Foreign Assets Of U.S. Tax Obligations; New Filing Deadline Now Applies

on April 25, 2017 - 2:53pm
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service reminded U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including those with dual citizenship, to check if they have a U.S. tax liability and a filing requirement.
 
At the same time, the agency advised anyone with a foreign bank or financial account that a new deadline now applies to reports for these accounts, often referred to as FBARs.
 
Here is a rundown of key points to keep in mind.
 
New Deadline for Reporting Foreign Accounts
 
Starting this year, the deadline for filing the annual Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR)
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Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Team Supports ICBM Test Launch

on April 25, 2017 - 1:48pm
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AFB  A team of Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center experts supported the recent launch of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile to verify its accuracy and reliability, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.
 
An unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III missile equipped with three test reentry vehicles was launched Feb. 8 during an operational test flight. The Minuteman III reentry vehicles contained test instrumentation and traveled about 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
 
The flight tests

Tips On Determining If It’s Really IRS At Your Door

on April 25, 2017 - 8:26am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service has created a special new page on IRS.gov to help taxpayers determine if a person visiting their home or place of business claiming to be from the IRS is legitimate or an imposter.
 
With continuing phone scams and in-person scams taking place across the country, the IRS reminds taxpayers that IRS employees do make official, sometimes unannounced, visits to taxpayers as part of their routine casework. Taxpayers should keep in mind the reasons these visits occur and understand how to verify if it is the IRS knocking at their door.
 

GOP Senatorial Candidate Mick Rich Discusses Race

on April 25, 2017 - 7:53am
Mick Rich, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate speaks at Friday's Patriot's Day Dinner at De Colores. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Mick Rich, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich criticized Heinrich Friday evening for not voting for the confirmation of Gov. Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy.

“We’re up here on the hill and this guy can’t even vote for the confirmation of Gov. Rick Perry.

LAHS' Faith Koh Is Presidential Scholar Semifinalist

on April 23, 2017 - 12:16pm

Faith Koh

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School Senior Faith Koh has been named one of 722 semifinalists in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The semifinalists were selected from nearly 5,100 candidates expected to graudate from U.S. high schools this year.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 53rd year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic acheivements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

The

WIPP’s Mine Rescue Team Wins Competition

on April 23, 2017 - 8:05am
Members of the WIPP Red Team prepare to begin the field portion of the mine rescue competition recently in Carlsbad.  Courtesy/WIPP
 
WIPP News:
 
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) mine rescue teams (Red and Blue) recently competed in the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Association Competition in Carlsbad.
 
The WIPP Red Team came away with top honors, being named the Overall Contest Champion and taking first in the field competition, and WIPP Blue Team members (Heath Fowler and Nico Dominguez) won the team technician category.
 
“We have, arguably, the two best mine rescue teams

Earth Day Statement From The Nature Conservancy

on April 23, 2017 - 12:54am
By Justin Adams
Global Managing Director, Lands
 
We’re absolutely thrilled to see so much public support out on the streets for science and scientists. My field of environmental science has probably never been more important as today - and yet it has never felt more insecure. It is environmental science that tells us that natural climate solutions – planting trees and using less fertilizer, for example - are as important as solar panels and electric cars in the fight against climate change. 

The Earth Day Network’s mission to plant a tree for every person by 2020 is a good example and could

Scenes From March For Science - Santa Fe Today

on April 22, 2017 - 3:26pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan with PEC Board Member Karyl Ann Armbuster at today's March For Science in downtown Santa Fe. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall ad Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales also spoke at today's event and a letter sent by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich was read to the crowd. Courtesy photo

Thousands of people participate in today's March for Science in Santa Fe. There are many booths on science with topics such as Chaco Canyon with the danger of fracking and science in the schools, experiments, solar and some hands on science for kids and adults set up all around the Roundhouse. Courtesy photo

Ahead Of March For Science, Udall Urges President To Fill Key Science Posts Throughout Administration

on April 21, 2017 - 5:47pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in advance of the March for Science, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, joined a group of senators in urging President Trump to appoint well-qualified experts for critical science posts at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and throughout the federal government.

Nearly 100 days into his presidency, President Trump still has not appointed a science advisor, director for the White House OSTP, or a chief technology officer.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Commends Los Alamos Police For Success Of Operation Spring Cleaning

on April 21, 2017 - 11:34am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials commended Los Alamos Police Department personnel Friday for the success of Operation Spring Cleaning, the March 20 drug sweep that resulted in the arrest of seven people on trafficking charges.

“An impressive amount of investigation and preparation was dedicated to this operation,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Sean Waite. “The results of this operation are a testament to the efforts of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Letter To The Editor: No Science Rally In Los Alamos

on April 21, 2017 - 9:13am
By CATHERINE HENSLEY
Los Alamos

I have to respond to a letter in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link) suggesting that we are sleeping through the current challenges to science in our country. I think rather that it is a matter of preaching to the choir.  

In a town that exists for the pursuit of science, it seems silly to shout that we believe it. Therefore, three generations of my family will be going to Santa Fe Saturday to remind our state government that we believe in science, and that they should, too. My friends and neighbors already know that.

Los Alamos Ranks #8 Best Place To Live In America

on April 21, 2017 - 5:07am
NICHE News:
 
Niche just released its new 2017 Best Places to Live rankings. Out of more than 15,000 towns and neighborhoods in the US, Los Alamos is the #8 best place to live in America.
 
These new rankings explore 228 cities and over 15,000 towns and neighborhoods to find the best places to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Data used in this ranking was pulled directly from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS and CDC, as well as millions of reviews from residents.
 
Here's a first look at the 2017 Best Places to Live in New

Los Alamos/Japan Project Making History

on April 21, 2017 - 4:52am
HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:
 
In just one year since it’s founding, the Los Alamos/Japan Project is already building a bridge of understanding between Los Alamos, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki—and making history around the globe.
  • For the second year in a row, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has awarded a grant to the Los Alamos/Japan Project.

Community Encouraged To Wear Blue & Green Friday

on April 20, 2017 - 4:26pm
Cathy Walters is encouraging local residents to wear blue and green Friday to bring awareness to the issue of organ and tissue donation. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Every April, people are encouraged to wear blue and green to raise awareness of the life-saving potential have as organ and tissue donors. Friday, April 21 is National Donate Life Blue & Green Day, Cathy Walters of Los Alamos is asking local community members to wear blue and green, too.

Walters received a donor heart in 2013. At 65, she was diagnosed with a progressive

Rally For Science In Santa Fe ... But Not Los Alamos

on April 19, 2017 - 9:30pm
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

Los Alamos isn’t hosting a Rally or a March for Science. Santa Fe is, though. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Earth Day, at the Roundhouse. Get out there with your dedication and brilliance. Remember, there is no planet B, and scientists can prove it. 

The organizers of the March state: “The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter.

Luján Introduces Series Of Bills To Help States Improve Behavioral Health Systems; Address Inequities

on April 19, 2017 - 8:52pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) has introduced a series of three bills that will help states to address health care inequities, improve services for patients seeking behavioral health treatment and deal with critical shortages in the behavioral health care workforce.
 
The New Mexico lawmaker noted that today, due to lack of services, those who battle mental health and substance abuse issues often cycle between emergency rooms, jails, and homeless shelters.

Culture & Collaboration: Los Alamos Japan Project Friday

on April 19, 2017 - 2:59pm
HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:
 
The Los Alamos Japan Project is an expansive, long-term project to develop dialogue with international museum colleagues and pursue understanding between Los Alamos, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.
 
Founded by Museum Director Judith Stauber, the project is building a bridge of understanding between Los Alamos History Museum, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.
 
The global histories of the United States and Japan are inexorably linked, but the cultures reveal a separateness.

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