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Los Alamos National Laboratory Gains Role In High-Performance Computing For Materials Program

on September 21, 2017 - 11:42am

 The Trinity Supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Companies to compete for inclusion, workshop in October

A new high-performance computing (HPC) initiative announced this week by the U.S. Department of Energy will help U.S. industry accelerate the development of new or improved materials for use in severe environments.

Los Alamos National Laboratory, with a strong history in the materials science field, will be taking an active role in the initiative.

“Understanding and predicting material performance under extreme environments is a foundational

LANL: Pew! Pew! Curiosity’s ChemCam Zaps Half Million Martian Rocks!

on September 21, 2017 - 10:41am

 

A graph illustrating the number of laser shots by ChemCam per Martian day (or ‘sol’). Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • ChemCam instrument aboard Mars Curiosity rover passes milestone

Late Tuesday, the ChemCam instrument that sits atop NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover fired its 500,000th shot at a Martian rock. That’s big news for the ChemCam team at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which developed the instrument in conjunction with CNES (Centre National d’Études Spatiales) in France and continues to help direct operations.

Data collected from ChemCam has helped quantify elements like hydrogen, boron,

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

on September 21, 2017 - 7:30am
NIOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice 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.

Udall, Heinrich Honor Hispanic Heritage Month, Hispanic-Serving Institutions

on September 21, 2017 - 7:13am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, members of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, have cosponsored a Senate resolution to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 and recognizes the culture, heritage, history and contributions of the Hispanic community in New Mexico and across the nation.
 
Udall and Heinrich also cosponsored a Senate resolution designating the week of Sept.

Heinrich Questions Inaccuracies In Department Of Interior Monument Report, Confirms Local BLM Managers Were Not Part Of Review Process

on September 20, 2017 - 10:23am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 19 in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) raised concerns with the Department of Interior’s (DOI) report on national monuments and highlighted the lack of involvement from local land managers in the review process.
 
 
During the hearing, Heinrich questioned John Ruhs, Acting Deputy Director of Operations at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), on Secretary Zinke’s recommendations to the president regarding

Regional Coalition Remembers Pete Domenici: Strong Leader Of NNM Communities And LANL

on September 20, 2017 - 9:51am

RCLC News:

SANTA FE — Upon receiving news of former U.S. Sen. Pete V. Domenici’s recent passing, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere condolences to Domenici’s family and to all those who mourn the passing of a much-respected leader and public servant.

As we reflect on Domenici’s steadfast service to Northern New Mexico communities, we are reminded of the Senator’s commitment to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) national security mission and ensuring a strong pledge to the Laboratory into the future.

Domenici was New

Balderas Joins 37 States, Territories In Fight Against Opioid Incentives

on September 20, 2017 - 7:00am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  As an expansion of Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention and Education Network, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 37 states and territories urging health insurance companies to examine financial incentives that contribute to the opioid epidemic in New Mexico.
 
The bipartisan coalition announced today a two-step strategy intended to identify problematic policies and encourage reforms to spur increased use of non-opioid alternatives for treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain.

NNSA Partners With Kazakhstan Research Institute To Remove All Of Its Highly Enriched Uranium

on September 20, 2017 - 6:50am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), in partnership with the Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, has repatriated the last remaining highly enriched uranium (HEU) from the institute’s VVR-K reactor.
 
“This final removal will make INP HEU-free, ensuring that a bad actor can never acquire material from the site for a nuclear weapon,” said Dave Huizenga, NNSA’s acting deputy administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.

CCA Welcomes Civil Rights Hero Dolores Huerta

on September 19, 2017 - 2:48pm

Dolores Huerta, one of America’s most influential activists of the past 100 years be at the CCA Oct. 5 in Santa Fe. Courtesy/CCA

CCA News:

  • CCA, IATSE, New Mexico History Museum, PBS and Somos Un Pueblo Unido team up to host legendary civil rights hero, Oct. 5

The legendary Dolores Huerta, one of America’s most influential activists of the past 100 years, visits Santa Fe to attend an event held in her honor Oct. 5, at the Center for Contemporary Arts.

After a visit to Capital High School, where she will address the student body, Huerta will be present at a free community feed at the CCA,

Los Alamos Recognized As Top Diversity Employer

on September 19, 2017 - 10:18am

LANL is recognized as a top diversity employer by LATINA Style and STEM Workforce Diversity Magazine. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

For the second straight year, Los Alamos National Laboratory is recognized as a top diversity employer by LATINA Style and STEM Workforce Diversity magazine. Los Alamos rose in ranking to 10 on STEM Workforce Diversity magazine’s Top Government Employers list and to 41 on LATINA Style’s Top 50 Companies list.

“We are pleased that the Laboratory is being recognized for its efforts to build a diverse and engaged workforce.

Kim Davis Lebak Leaving Los Alamos And DOE

on September 19, 2017 - 8:38am

Los Alamos Field Office Manager Kim Davis Lebak. Courtesy/DOE
 
By DAN LEONE
ExchangeMonitor

Kim Davis Lebak, manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office, will retire after nearly 30 years at the Energy Department.

Davis, who has managed the Los Alamos Field Office for the past three years or so, will leave the agency in “early October,” a spokesperson for the semiautonomous Department of Energy agency said Monday.

Steve Goodrum, now NNSA’s assistant deputy administrator for stockpile management in the Defense Programs office, will replace Lebak.

As manager of

Udall And Moran’s Bipartisan MGT Act Clears Senate In FY18 National Defense Authorization Act

on September 19, 2017 - 8:20am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) Monday applauded the inclusion of their Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act as part of the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018 (FY18).
 
Their bipartisan legislation was introduced as an amendment (#1006) to the FY18 NDAA to modernize government information technology (IT), eliminate wasteful spending and strengthen cybersecurity.
 
“The MGT Act is a perfect example of what we can accomplish when we seek common-sense solutions in a bipartisan way,”

Udall, Heinrich Urge U.S. Trade Rep. To Support New Mexico’s Pecan Farmers, Lower Export Tariffs

on September 19, 2017 - 7:29am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of six other senators Sept. 18 urging U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer to help New Mexico's pecan farmers increase exports by taking action to lower the tariffs on pecan exports to India.
 
India’s current high tariffs on pecans are impacting New Mexico and American pecan farmers, and have created a trade barrier not imposed on other tree nut producers. 
 
In a letter to Lighthizer, the senators note that the current tariff on U.S.

Study: New Mexico 2017’s 6th Most Diverse State In U.S.

on September 19, 2017 - 7:02am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With Hispanic Heritage Month in full swing and the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy in question, drawing economic and demographic implications for the U.S., the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Most & Least Diverse States in America.

To determine where the most idea and identity exchanges have occurred at the highest level in the U.S.
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Hard Work Pays Off On Bandelier’s Frijoles Canyon Trail

on September 19, 2017 - 6:25am

Trail volunteers using a 2-person crosscut saw to remove a fallen tree from the trail. Courtesy/NPS

Volunteers who just finished making stonework to support trail. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

One of Bandelier National Monument’s most scenic and popular trails, the Frijoles Canyon Trail between Upper Crossing and Alcove House, can now be hiked without having to climb over the huge logjams and other barriers caused by the floods following the 2011 Las Conchas Fire.  

For several years volunteer crews have been gradually working their way up the canyon, making spaces in the debris piles,

DOI Announces $62 Million Construction Contract On Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

on September 19, 2017 - 5:02am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of the Interior announced Friday that the Bureau of Reclamation is awarding a construction contract of almost $62 million for part of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project in New Mexico to increase the supply of clean drinking water to surrounding communities.
 
“This contract is a big step toward completing the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, which is a top priority as it fits into the administration's commitment to improving infrastructure,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said.

Udall, Heinrich Join Effort To Protect Consumers From Equifax's Forced Arbitration Clauses

on September 19, 2017 - 4:38am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Senators Also Ask Equifax to Clarify if It Supports New Consumer Financial Protection Rule That Would Limit Forced Arbitration

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a broad Democratic effort led by Sens.

Luján Statement Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 18, 2017 - 4:16pm

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today released a statement honoring Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept.r 15 to Oct. 15:

“As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, I am proud to honor the history, culture and achievements of our Hispanic communities. In New Mexico, we know well the indelible mark that Hispanic communities have had on our culture.

Alert: AG Warns Of Equifax Security Breach Scam

on September 18, 2017 - 8:48am

From the Attorney General's Office:

ALBUQUERQUE – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert warning New Mexicans to protect themselves against callers attempting to use the recent security breach at Equifax to perpetrate a new kind of scam.

The new scam involves callers pretending to represent Equifax and asking for personal and financial information over the phone. Equifax will not be calling anyone asking for their personal or financial information.

“Equifax is not going to call and ask for your information,” Balderas warns, noting that his office has already

Study: 2017’s Most Fun Cities In America

on September 18, 2017 - 6:48am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With the upcoming fall season bringing cooler weather to enjoy more activities indoors and out, the personal-finance website WalletHub took a close look at 2017's Most Fun Cities in America.

To help Americans find the cities with the greatest number and variety of cheap, fun activities, WalletHub’s data crunchers compared the 150 largest U.S. cities across 58 key metrics, ranging from fitness clubs per capita to movie costs to average open hours of breweries.

 
Top 20 Most Fun Cities in America
 
 
1
Las Vegas, NV
 
11
Denver, CO
 
2
Orlando, FL
 
12
Los Angeles, CA
 
3
New York, NY
 
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Lujan Grisham Secures $5 million In Additional Funding For High-Crime Cities

on September 18, 2017 - 6:42am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham successfully added four amendments to the omnibus appropriations bill, including increased funding for the hiring of state and local police officers in high-crime communities like Albuquerque.
 
The House passed the appropriations bill today, which now heads to the Senate for consideration.
 
The legislation includes an amendment from Rep. Lujan Grisham that increases funding by $5 million under the Byrne JAG Program. This is the same program highlighted recently by U.S.

Bob Hautman Wins 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

on September 17, 2017 - 7:01am

Bob Hautman's winning entry in the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. Courtesy photo

USF&WS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bob Hautman, an artist from Delano, Minn., is the winner of the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The announcement was made Saturday by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Principal Deputy Director Greg Sheehan at the annual art contest, held at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at the Noel Fine Arts Center.

Hautman’s acrylic painting of a pair of mallards will be made into the 2018-2019 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or Duck Stamp, which

DOE Announces WIPP Contract Extension

on September 17, 2017 - 7:00am

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad. Courtesy photo

WIPP News:

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a three-year extension to the AECOM Management and Operations Contract for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad:

“WIPP is a major contributor to the Carlsbad economy and plays a critical role in our nation’s security.

Monday Is National Cheeseburger Day

on September 17, 2017 - 6:56am

Courtesy/New Mexico True

STATE News:

  • Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day on the New Mexico True Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail

This Monday, carnivores across the country will unite to recognize one of America’s most iconic and beloved dishes. National Cheeseburger Day falls annually on Sept. 18, and while numerous states lay claim to the invention of the cheeseburger itself only one state can say it’s perfected the burger by adding a single magnificent ingredient: green chile.

The New Mexico Tourism Department is encouraging you to celebrate the occasion on the New Mexico True Green Chile

Appropriations Bill Passes With Pearce Amendments

on September 17, 2017 - 6:27am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of 2018, which finishes the FY18 appropriations process for the House of Representatives by providing funding levels for eight funding bills.
 
This package included two amendments by U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce that rollback excessive and duplicative regulations on the oil and gas industry. Inclusion of these amendments will greatly benefit New Mexico.
 
“New Mexico’s oil and gas industry represents nearly

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