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Letter To The Editor: This Could Happen To You...

on April 19, 2017 - 8:44am
By DIANA NORWOOD
Los Alamos
 
As everyone's voicing their opinions on "current immigration policies"... here's what's actually happening. My mother is "at this very moment", being fingerprinted, and back ground checked at a facility in Santa Fe. My mother, Lilly, is a "legal immigrant" with a permanent green card for almost 60 years. She's the wife of a retired U.S. Army Major. My father is a veteran of Korea and Viet Nam. My mother has a social security card, a U.S. military ID card, and a New Mexico drivers license ... and has been a New Mexico resident for well over 30 years.

Los Alamos Named Tops In Diversity

on April 18, 2017 - 11:22pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory was recognized as top employer by four diversity magazines: Latino Leaders, Minority Engineer, Woman Engineer and Winds of Change. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Latino Leaders, Minority Engineer, Woman Engineer and Winds of Change recognize LANL for recruiting; supporting a diverse workforce

Los Alamos National Laboratory was named a top employer by four diversity magazines: Woman Engineer Magazine and Minority Engineer Magazine named the Lab as a top 20 government employer; Winds of Change (the American Indian Science and Engineering Society) recognized Los Alamos

Periodic Model Predicts Spread Of Lyme Disease

on April 18, 2017 - 5:34pm
SIAM News:
 
PHILADELPHIA, PA — Lyme disease is among the most common vector-borne illnesses in North America, Europe, and some parts of Asia. A spirochete bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi causes the disease, and blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are responsible for the majority of North American transmissions.
 
Commonly known as deer ticks, blacklegged ticks exhibit two-year life cycles with the following four stages: eggs, larvae, nymphs, and adults. Larvae primarily attack white-footed mice, then become nymphs upon obtaining a blood meal.

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Stand Strong Against Anti-Science Forces

on April 18, 2017 - 7:07am
By STEPHANIE NAKHLEH
Los Alamos

This Saturday, April 22, people from all over northern New Mexico will gather in Santa Fe in support of science. As the event organizers put it, “The March for Science champions science as a pillar for the advancement of human knowledge, progress and prosperity. We unite on 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.”

In Los Alamos, we benefit especially from federally-funded science,

LAHS Staff Promote National Crime Victims' Rights Week

on April 18, 2017 - 6:19am

Los Alamos High School staff members help LAPD's Cpl. Adele McKenzie promote National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 7. A collaboration of local, regional and state entities worked to provide educational outreach to victims of any crime. Information on available resources can be obtained by calling the Los Alamos Victim Advocate at 505.663.3511. A police report does not need to be filed to receive assistance. Courtesy photo

President Trump In Syria: A New Foreign Policy?

on April 17, 2017 - 8:48am

Professor Nader Hashemi

SFCIR News:

Following the recent missile strike in Syria, and the new chill with Russia, is President Trump's foreign policy in the Middle East taking shape? What will the administration's policy toward ISIS be? Toward Syrian refugees? Toward Assad?

The
Santa Fe Council on International (SFCIR) invites the community to hear Professor Nader Hashemi share his insights Thursday on evolving US foreign policy considerations.

Professor Hashemi is director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.

“It’s no

Letter To The Editor: Will Los Alamos Remain ‘Home Of The Brave’?

on April 17, 2017 - 8:25am
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos

As I was an authorized immigrant to and am now a citizen of the United States, you might think that, having followed the legal requirements, I would not be supportive of all refugees and immigrants, whatever their status. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although I did not leave Canada out of fear or persecution, I did learn some relevant history there that most Americans are not likely to have encountered.

The two main early European waves of immigrants to North America were from England and France, but they were of completely different characters.

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes And Naval Postgraduate Program Target Safe Travel

on April 17, 2017 - 7:41am

Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes is taking part in the Naval Postgraduate Program and is enlisted as a member of a small working group that consists of a TSA agent, California Highway Patrol captain, Fairfax, Va., Fire captain, Seattle Police commander and deputy chief of the Tucson Police. As a class assignment, Hughes and his group have written several columns related to travel with the focus on how to be safe while traveling.

Here is the first column in the series:

Hello current and future travelers, welcome aboard!

Court Grants EPA Delay In Smog Standards Battle

on April 16, 2017 - 8:01am
EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A federal court granted a request from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to delay court proceedings over the more protective 2015 smog standards.
 
The agency had requested the delay to give it additional time to review those standards. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the EPA’s request in a summary order.
 
Attorneys for public health and environmental organizations think the delay is likely an indication that the federal government will seek to stop defending or weaken implementation of the smog standards.
 

WIPP Receives First Shipment Since Reopening

on April 16, 2017 - 7:24am
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has announced receipt of its first shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste since WIPP reopened in January.
 
The shipment from Idaho is an important milestone for WIPP and for DOE host communities that have had to store TRU waste since WIPP suspended operations in February 2014 when a truck fire and unrelated radiological event temporarily closed the facility.
 
“To see shipments arriving again at WIPP is celebrated not only by the WIPP workforce and the Carlsbad community but also by our DOE host communities that support the

Heinrich Statement On March Jobs Report

on April 16, 2017 - 7:22am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement after the March jobs report.
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 98,000 jobs in March.
 
“Today’s jobs numbers show there are still challenges ahead that this administration must address. President Trump and Republicans should focus on job creation and raising wages.

National Park Week At Bandelier And Throughout System April 15-23

on April 15, 2017 - 10:42am
Entrance sign at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
All across the country, National Park Service units are celebrating National Park Week April 15-23. For parks that charge entrance fees, including Bandelier National Monument, both weekends, April 15-16 and April 22-23, will be fee free days, with no entry fees being charged.
 
During both weekends, everything in the bookstore in the Bandelier Visitor Center will be discounted 15 percent, and select items in the Gift Shop and Snack Bar will be on sale.
 
At 1 p.m.

Inert Nuclear Gravity Bomb Passes First F-16 Flight Test

on April 15, 2017 - 10:37am

Air Force F-16 aircraft. Courtesy/Kirtland AFB

KIRTLAND AFB News:

The non-nuclear bomb assembly used for the flight test was designed and manufactured by LANL and SNL

An Air Force F-16 aircraft released an inert B61 nuclear bomb in a test recently, demonstrating the aircrafts capability to deliver the weapon and testing the functioning of the weapon's non-nuclear components, including the arming and fire control system, radar altimeter, spin rocket motors and weapons control computer.

The F-16 from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nevada, released the weapon over

Udall On Trump Refusal To Release Visitor Logs

on April 15, 2017 - 10:35am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement Friday on the Trump administration’s decision that it will not release White House visitor logs, breaking with the pro-transparency precedent set by the Obama administration.

“This stunning decision from the Trump White House raises an obvious question: what is President Trump trying to hide? Once again, this administration is stonewalling information that Congress and the American people have a right to see.

First Native Home Loan Intermediary Approved

on April 15, 2017 - 6:36am
Eric Vigil
 
USDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Eric Vigil announced, Native Community Finance (NCF) has been approved to become the agency’s newest “intermediary” or packager.
 
This certification is crucial since it is the first one given to a Native entity in the nation. This means NCF will help Native residents living in New Mexico apply for home loans utilizing USDA Rural Development’s Direct Home Loan Program on Tribal trust lands.
 
In making the announcement Vigil said, “The agency strongly believes by establishing a vast network of

Some Taxpayers Get Extensions Without Asking; Living Abroad, In Combat Zones, Disaster Areas...

on April 15, 2017 - 6:01am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  Even though April 18 is the tax-filing deadline for most people, some taxpayers in special situations qualify for more time without having to ask for it, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
 
Taxpayers in Presidentially-declared disaster areas, members of the military serving in a combat zone and Americans living and working abroad get extra time to both file their returns and pay any taxes due. Here are details on each of these special tax relief provisions.
 
Victims of Natural Disasters
 
Taxpayers in several disaster area localities qualify for more
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U.S. Postal Service Releases Annual Dog Attack List

on April 13, 2017 - 7:35am
USPS News:
 
LOS ANGELES — The number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 6,755 in 2016 — more than 200 higher than the year before.
 
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) released its annual ranking of top dog attack cities today, highlighted safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offered tips to pet owners.
 
“Even good dogs have bad days,” said U.S.

NASA's MAVEN Mission Reveals Mars Has Metal In Its Atmosphere

on April 12, 2017 - 6:13pm
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mars has electrically charged metal atoms (ions) high in its atmosphere, according to new results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. 
 
The metal ions can reveal previously invisible activity in the mysterious electrically charged upper atmosphere (ionosphere) of Mars.
 
"MAVEN has made the first direct detection of the permanent presence of metal ions in the ionosphere of a planet other than Earth," said Joseph Grebowsky of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and lead author of a new study detailing MAVEN’s results.
 
"Because metallic

LANL: On-The-Range Detection Technology Could Corral Bovine TB

on April 12, 2017 - 12:13pm

In cattle, Mycobacterium bovis causes the disease, which easily spreads among large herds, periodically resulting in the quarantine and destruction of thousands of cattle in the United States, Canada and abroad and restricting international shipments. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Biomarker-based assay offers ranchers immediate, on-site test results

A research breakthrough allowing the first direct, empirical, blood-based, cow-side test for diagnosing bovine tuberculosis (TB) could spare ranchers and the agriculture industry from costly quarantines and the mass slaughter of animals infected with

Letter To The Editor: Respect, Justice And Compassion Is The American Way

on April 12, 2017 - 6:50am
By KATE GARDUNO-KING
Los Alamos

Treating all people with respect, justice and compassion seems like something we can all agree on, doesn’t it? I was surprised to find this statement being treated as controversial as I watched the April 4 County Council meeting.

Councilor Pete Sheehey proposed a resolution stating that “we support and observe the fundamental American value that all people, including immigrants and refugees, should be treated with respect, justice and compassion.” This sounds simple enough.

Heinrich Seeks Permanent Reauthorization Of Land And Water Conservation Fund

on April 12, 2017 - 5:45am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, joined Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Susan Collins (R-ME), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) to introduce bipartisan legislation to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to conserve parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. 
 
“The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect some of our most treasured

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation To Fully Restore Broadband Privacy Protections

on April 11, 2017 - 10:24am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to restore broadband privacy rules that will protect consumers from having their personal, sensitive information sold to the highest bidder without their consent. 
 
The legislation reinstates the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules that require internet service providers to obtain consent before sharing their subscribers’ sensitive information and adopt reasonable data security protections.
 
“It’s outrageous that President Trump signed into law a bill to let your cable

Letter To The Editor: Show Me A Legal Immigrant Who Has Not Been Vetted

on April 11, 2017 - 8:17am
By That Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos

Reply to Martha Jones (link) and Dave Jones (link), thank you to both of you for some historical background on US immigration laws. That was definitely interesting for me as an immigrant that learned US history later in life. Some rules are puzzling for me in the context of modern history and that they have been applied in the past, does not make them right. It should rather be a lesson for a better future.

I do not feel knowledgeable enough to talk about the discussions in the Los Alamos County Council meeting but want to point out that bigger cities

IRS Extends Call Service Hours To Assist Taxpayers

on April 10, 2017 - 5:39pm
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  To help meet the high demand to its toll-free call center that typically comes as the tax deadline nears, the Internal Revenue Service is extending its customer service hours.
 
The first two weeks of April are typically some of the busiest times of the year for IRS telephone assistors, as they field thousands of calls per hour. The IRS reminds taxpayers that most questions can be answered online by using the numerous tools available at IRS.gov.
 
The IRS toll-free telephone lines will be available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Heinrich Statement On Recusal Of Nunes From House Russia Investigation

on April 10, 2017 - 9:42am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the recusal of Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) from the House Intelligence Committee’s probe of Russian election meddling last year amid ethics accusations:
 
“Chairman Nunes’ bizarre behavior and inappropriate coordination with the White House compromised the integrity of the House investigation.

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