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Udall, Heinrich Urge USDA To Use Clear, Consumer-Friendly On-Package GMO Labeling

on November 12, 2017 - 6:15am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have pressed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to clearly label genetically engineered food to ensure all New Mexicans have the right to know what is in their food.
 
In a letter, the senators urged USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to prioritize clear, consumer-friendly on-package text labels and discouraged the use of electronic codes and labeling that would require access to a smartphone or broadband internet and would not help the thousands of New Mexicans living in rural communities. 
 
“All

UT Regents Postpone Vote On LANL Contract Proposal

on November 11, 2017 - 4:56pm

University of Texas News:

University of Texas System Board of Regents has postponed until Nov. 27 a vote on whether to submit a proposal to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory.

In September the Board voted to spend $4.5 million to pursue the contract and when the final request for proposals was published Oct. 26, Deputy Chancellor David E. Daniel issued a statement that the UT team was “deeply engaged in developing the most responsive thoughtful plan possible” for future management of the Lab.

UT representatives have

Luján: Thank Them For All They Do

on November 11, 2017 - 4:30pm

By U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

Today, we honor the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces, who stood guard for our nation at home and abroad, and who fought to protect our freedom and uphold our democracy. 

On Veterans Day, we thank them. We show gratitude to those who put the good of others ahead of their own. They risked life and limb to protect our country, and for that, we are eternally grateful.

Our freedoms should never be taken for granted and they all rest upon one fundamental truth: the ultimate price was paid innumerable times for our benefit. 

We, as a nation, are

Video: Secretary Zinke Honors Vietnam War Fallen

on November 11, 2017 - 7:30am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of the Interior and retired U.S. Navy SEAL Commander Ryan Zinke participated in the Reading of the Names and the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
 
The secretary read 60 names. The event marks the 35th anniversary of The Wall. It spans three days and features over 1,000 volunteers reading every name of the fallen who are enshrined on The Wall.

Boy Scouts Ready To Accept Donations To Letter Carrier Food Drive Nov. 18

on November 11, 2017 - 7:25am
By BILL BLUMENTHAL
Sangre de Cristo District – Boy Scouts of America
Food Drive Coordinator
 
Local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Venture Scouts are prepared to help our local food bank, LA Cares, to collect, sort, and store your donations of food and supplies during the 21th Scouting for Food - Atomic City Letter Carriers Food Drive Saturday, Nov. 18.
 
All we need is your help by donating non-perishable foods and household supplies.
 
Even in our prosperous community there are dozens of families who need help in addition to those in our neighboring communities.

DEA News: Department Of Justice Announces Significant Tool To Prosecute Opioid Traffickers

on November 11, 2017 - 7:19am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Justice Thursday announced that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) intends to take immediate action against the flow of illicit fentanyl analogues into this country and the alarming increase in overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids by scheduling all fentanyl-related substances on an emergency basis.  
 
When the DEA’s order takes effect, anyone who possesses, imports, distributes, or manufactures any illicit fentanyl analogue will be subject to criminal prosecution in the same manner as for fentanyl and other controlled

Happy Veterans Day

on November 11, 2017 - 7:14am

VFW hosts 2017 Veterans Day Celebration: Honor, Duty and Sacrifice ... 11 a.m. today at Ashley Pond. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

VETERANS DAY:

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, John D. Gamble Post 8874 in Los Alamos is hosting a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. today at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos. The community is invited to attend the ceremony and have lunch afterward at the VFW Post on Deacon Street.

In the United States, Veterans Day annually falls on Nov.

Report Criticizes LANL Emergency Preparedness And Response Program

on November 10, 2017 - 5:46pm
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A report sent Oct. 11 to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board alleges weaknesses in federal oversight of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s emergency preparedness and response program, the Lab’s demonstrated emergency response during drills and exercises, the site emergency exercise program and facility-level emergency planning and drills.

The Board told Secretary Perry that its staff team performed a review of the Lab’s emergency preparedness and response program in April 2016 and

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Leads Hearing On Safeguarding U.S. Financial System

on November 10, 2017 - 10:45am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Nov. 8 led the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance entitled, “Financial Intelligence and Enforcement: Treasury’s Role in Safeguarding the American Financial System.”
 
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI) plays a vital role in combatting terrorist financing, money laundering, financial crimes, and other threats to our national security.
 
“TFI, and the bureaus and agencies that comprise it, play a vital role in exposing the

Heinrich Statement In Honor Of Veterans Day

on November 10, 2017 - 7:59am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

LAS CRUCES – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day:

“Today and every day, I join communities across New Mexico and our nation in offering sincere gratitude for our veterans for their service to our country. Few sacrifices are as selfless as those made by our military service men and women. Their unwavering devotion and extraordinary courage reflect the core principles we share as Americans.

“The tradition of answering the call of duty runs deep in New Mexico’s

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Holds Roundtable Discussion On Opioid Crisis In Indian Country

on November 10, 2017 - 7:54am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

  • Presses administration for action to help Native communities fight the opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, hosted a roundtable discussion to hear from and learn about best practices from Tribes, the federal government, and industry for responding to the opioid crisis in Indian Country.

Native Hawks Host Fundraiser At Smith's

on November 10, 2017 - 7:44am

The Native Hawks including, from left, Keegan Medina-Torres, Cameron Medina-Torres and Isiah Harrison, from Los Alamos Middle School at Smith's Marketplace last week selling teal ribbons and scented pencils to raise money during Native American Heritage month. The teal ribbons show support for the Native students, especially during Rock your Mocs week, Nov. 13-17, in which students wear moccasins to share their culture. The fundraising goal is to provide a cuisine sampling event for fellow students before the end of the month. To learn more, email B.Lauritzen@laschools.net. Courtesy photo

Heinrich Bipartisan Legislation To Safeguard Tribal Items Receives Key Committee Hearing

on November 9, 2017 - 2:27pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) delivered opening remarks at a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing to consider the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, a bipartisan bill he introduced to prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for stealing and illegally trafficking tribal cultural patrimony.
 
The STOP Act has received widespread, bipartisan support and continues to demonstrate growing momentum.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Delivers Keynote Address At Cyber Security Conference

on November 9, 2017 - 7:56am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich delivers the keynote address Nov. 8 at the 2017 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S. in Washington D.C. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich honored at Nov. 8 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S. in Washington D.C. Courtesy photo

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered a keynote speech at the 2017 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S.

Rep. Luján Statement Recognizing National Native American Heritage Month

on November 9, 2017 - 7:42am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today in recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, celebrated each year during the month of November:
 
“Every November, we come together to recognize the timeless history and heritage of Native Americans in New Mexico and across the country. The foundation of our entire nation has been indelibly shaped by the language, culture, art, and faith of our indigenous brothers and sisters.

LAPS: A Powerful Tribute For Veterans

on November 8, 2017 - 10:02am
Honoring Los Alamos Veterans. Courtesy/LAPS
 
By Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Pubic Schools

Today and tomorrow at school, we are honoring the wartime service and sacrifice of men and women in the armed forces. Originally proclaimed Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate peace at the end of World War I, it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to include American veterans of all wars. In Los Alamos, we also honor everyone in our community working on national security.

America was founded on the principles of liberty, opportunity, and justice for all, and on Veterans Day we

AG Balderas Shuts Down Deceptive Veterans Charity

on November 8, 2017 - 8:50am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a settlement between 27 states and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s dissolution.
 
The states alleged thousands of deceptive solicitation violations against VietNow for misrepresenting its charitable programs to donors, including in New Mexico. The investigations of VietNow by Attorney General Balderas and other states led to the present negotiated resolution.
 
“Preying on New Mexicans’ generosity and desire to help our veterans is

VFW Hosts 2017 Veterans Day Celebration: Honor, Duty And Sacrifice ... 11 a.m. At Ashley Pond Saturday

on November 8, 2017 - 8:01am

Courtesy/VFW

VFW News:

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, John D. Gamble Post 8874 in Los Alamos is hosting a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos.

The community is invited to attend the ceremony and have lunch afterward at the VFW Post on Deacon Street.

Program:

  • Opening Salute Los Alamos High School NJROTC 
  • Master of Ceremonies Corina Gonzales, MAJ, Ret. VFW John D. Gamble Post 8874 
  • March of the Colors Los Alamos High School NJROTC 
  • National Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner” Alicia Solomon
  • Pledge of Allegiance Girl Scouts of America Boy Scouts of

State Museums Offer Free Admission To Vets In Honor Of Veteran’s Day Saturday

on November 8, 2017 - 7:26am
Courtesy/NMDCA
 
NMDCA News:
 
SANTA FE  All museums under the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) will offer free admission to active duty military, veterans, and National Guard personnel in celebration of Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.
 
“Offering a free admission day in honor of their service is a small token of the gratitude we share for the service and sacrifice of our military men and women,” DCA cabinet Secretary Veronica Gonzales said.  
 

AG Balderas Files Supreme Court Brief To Require Out-of-State & Online Retailers To Pay State & Local Taxes

on November 8, 2017 - 7:23am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE  Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review and reconsider the Court’s outdated “physical presence” rule, which restricts states’ ability to collect certain taxes from out-of-state retailers.
 
With the decline of brick and mortar shopping and the rise of online shopping, out-of-state retailers – including online retailers – have used the physical presence rule set forth in Bellas Hess, and later reaffirmed in the U.S.

NNMC Students Present Research At ABRCMS

on November 8, 2017 - 7:22am
Britney Martinez, Alondra Villalba, Naomi Lehman and Antonio Serrano last week at the ABRCMS conference in Phoenix. Courtesy photo
 
NNMC News:
 
Four students from Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) in Espanola presented their research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) last week in Phoenix, Ariz.
 
Naomi Lehman, Alondra Villalba, Britney Martinez and Antonio Serrano traveled to ABRCMS, the largest conference for undergraduate students in the United States, with Northern's Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Mario Izaguirre-Sierra.
 
In

DEA Collects Record Number Of Unused Pills During Prescription Drug Take Back Day

on November 7, 2017 - 4:40pm
DEA and its more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners set record in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Courtesy/DEA
 
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Americans nationwide did their part this month to reduce the opioid crisis by bringing the DEA and its more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners a record-setting 912,305 pounds—456 tons—of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at more than 5,300 collection sites. 
 
That is almost six tons more than was collected at last spring’s event.

DOE Completes Remediated Nitrate Salts Treatment At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on November 7, 2017 - 3:12pm

For several months, technicians practiced and refined the treatment method using a mock-up glovebox closely resembling the glovebox used during the actual treatment. Courtesy/NNSA

The RNS containers were stored inside a climate-controlled steel enclosure. Courtesy/NNSA

 

NNSA News:

 
The EM and National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos field offices and contractor Los Alamos National Security, LLC have finished treating the remediated nitrate salts (RNS) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). 

“Safe and successful completion of the RNS treatment is due to effective

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Trade Adjustment Aid For New Mexicans Affected By Questa Mine Closure

on November 7, 2017 - 10:35am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Labor has granted Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers who lost their jobs when Chevron closed its molybdenum mine in Questa, N.M.
 
The TAA will help former employees of the mine transition to new jobs by providing career training, employment services and other support. 
 
Since Chevron closed the mine in Questa in 2014, the lawmakers have supported the mine workers’ application for TAA.

Los Alamos Security Professional Adolfo Meana Jr. Earns DOE’s Highest Security Award

on November 7, 2017 - 6:56am

Adolfo Meana Jr. receives DOE’s highest award for a security professional. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Los Alamos resident Adolfo Meana Jr., a security specialist at the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy’s highest award for a security professional.

This is the first year of the Department of Energy Outstanding Security Award. In May, Meana received the Bradley A. Peterson Federal Security Professional of the Year award.

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