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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Introduces Resolution Recognizing National Public Health Week

on April 9, 2017 - 6:49am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has introduced a resolution in Congress this week to in support of the goals and mission of National Public Health Week, April 3-9, as a part of the efforts to continue working towards a healthier America.

The theme for this year's National Public Health Week, organized by the American Public Health Associateion (APHA), is “Healthiest Nation 2030”, emphasizing a goal of making America the healthiest nation in one generation. A similar resolution was introduced in the U.S.

Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador For Young People's Literature, To Launch 'Reading Without Walls'

on April 9, 2017 - 6:43am
Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, will launch his Reading Without Walls reading program during a Library of Congress event April 10  in Washington, D.C.
The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Attendees will be seated on a first-come, first served basis.  
The program will be an informal conversation between Yang and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, followed by a question-and-answer period with local students. 
Reading Without Walls, a concept Yang introduced during his inauguration as National

Los Alamos Observes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

on April 8, 2017 - 3:10pm
Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adele McKenzie and Case Coordination Specialist Deni Fell of Los Alamos County Social Services Division speaks with community members at their National Crime Victims’ Rights Week table Friday inside Smith's Marketplace. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Several agencies observed National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Los Alamos and White Rock Friday with a community outreach event coordinated by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adele McKenzie. This year’s theme is “Strength, Resilience, Justice”. 

“People think there are no

Helicopter Parenting: Male And Female College Students React Differently To Misguided Parenting

on April 8, 2017 - 6:31am
SMU News:
DALLAS (SMU)  Male and female college students react differently to misguided parenting, according to a new study that looks at the impact of helicopter parenting and fostering independence.
Measuring both helicopter parenting as well as autonomy support — fostering independence — was important for the researchers to study, said family dynamics expert Chrystyna Kouros, an assistant professor of psychology at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, (SMU) and an author on the study.
“Just because mom and dad aren’t helicopter parents, doesn’t necessarily mean they are

Luján Statement On U.S. Missile Strikes In Syria

on April 7, 2017 - 10:23am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today issued the following statement after Thursday night's U.S. missile strikes in Syria:

“Syria’s use of chemical weapons against civilians and children is a despicable and heinous act,” Luján said. “While this missile strike was clearly meant to deter their use, chemical weapons need to be dealt with by a global coalition.

Celebrate National Poetry Month With The Library

on April 7, 2017 - 9:34am

The Poe-Tree in the White Rock Branch Library. Photo by Katy Korkos


National Poetry Month is celebrated in libraries and schools each year in April. The Los Alamos County Library System has a full calendar of poetry-related events, beginning with a poetry reading by Los Alamos Native Allison Cobb at 1 p.m., Sunday in the White Rock Branch Library.

Los Alamos Native Allison Cobb. Courtesy photo

Cobb will read from her latest book, After We All Died, as well as from the manuscript for an ongoing project, “Plastic, an autobiography.” She was a finalist for the National Poetry

CIR Statement On Proposed State Department Budget

on April 6, 2017 - 10:01am
President of the Board of Directors
Santa Fe Council on International Relations
Since its founding in 1965, the Council on International Relations (CIR), has hosted international visitors through the State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). This venerable program has been a key element in citizen diplomacy between our country and other countries worldwide for the past 77 years, described by the State Department itself as its “premier professional exchange program.”
Approximately 5,000 emerging leaders visit the United States each year and more than

Udall, Blumenthal, Markey Call On Trump To Withdraw Ricketts’ Nomination For Deputy Commerce Secretary

on April 6, 2017 - 9:19am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) have called on President Donald Trump to withdraw his nomination of Todd Ricketts to serve as Deputy Secretary of Commerce, saying that Ricketts’ “actions to date suggest he is unfit to be confirmed.”
In calling for the nomination to be withdrawn, the senators cited Ricketts’ failure to respond to their inquires into his reported heavy involvement with a Super PAC and associated dark money group that have spent millions on behalf of President Trump’s

Letter To The Editor: Immigrant Is Not A Bad Word

on April 6, 2017 - 7:51am
By That Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos
Dear Mr. Savage,
I am glad to see that you acknowledge the constitution and call human beings born in the US “citizens” (link).
In the present political climate in this country (including the present administration and immigration enforcement), there are areas where it is viewed differently. Way too often the news reports White Straight Americans (predominantly among those who voted for Mr. Trump) equate people who do not look “acceptable” to them to terrorists or illegal immigrants and are aggressive against them.

National Wild Turkey Federation Appoints Becky Humphries As New Chief Executive Officer

on April 6, 2017 - 7:23am
Newly appointed NWTF CEO Becky Humphries
NWTF News:
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation Board of Directors has announced Becky Humphries as its new chief executive officer, a role she will assume effective April 10.
“I am honored to be appointed CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation,” Humphries said. “I came to this organization because I wanted to help save the habitat and the hunt, and we are well on our way to achieving all of our goals through the strength and great work of our dedicated staff and volunteers”.
Humphries previously served the NWTF as

Heinrich Statement On Steve Bannon Removal From National Security Council

on April 5, 2017 - 3:49pm

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
  • ‘Mr. Bannon has rightly been demoted and removed from the National Security Council, but he never should have been there in the first place.’ –U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Service Committee, released the following statement on news reports that Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's chief political strategist, has been removed from the National Security Council (NSC). In February, Senator Heinrich led a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis questioning the

Heinrich Requests Answers From Trump Administration On Children Separated From Deported Parents

on April 5, 2017 - 9:57am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is requesting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide data within 30 days regarding the effect of the increased immigration enforcement actions on children of deported parents and how the Trump Administration identifies and assists children in need of support. 
Heinrich joined a group of 15 Senators led by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in sending a letter to the agencies today.
“We are particularly concerned about

Celebrate National Library Week April 9-15

on April 5, 2017 - 9:48am
During the week of April 9–15, the New Mexico State Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries are transforming their communities every day through the services and invaluable expertise they offer.
April 9-15 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

IRS: Avoid Common Tax-Filing Errors

on April 5, 2017 - 9:44am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  As the April 18 income tax filing deadline approaches, millions of taxpayers may be rushing to complete their taxes and many may realize they're going to need more time. 
The IRS encourages taxpayers to take extra time to complete their tax return if needed.
Rushing to complete a tax return at the last minute can result in mistakes. Making a mistake on a tax return means it will likely take longer for the IRS to process it. That could delay a tax refund. Avoid many common errors by filing electronically.

Udall, Heinrich Fight For Equal Pay For Women

on April 4, 2017 - 3:44pm

  • Women in New Mexico make 85 cents compared to their male counterparts — and Hispanic women make just 56 cents compared to white men

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich marked Equal Pay Day and reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable.

“It’s long past time that Congress passed the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure that women in New Mexico and across the country receive equal pay for equal work,”

Udall Opens Application Process For Military Service Academy Nominations

on April 4, 2017 - 12:04pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

  • Service academy information sessions Begin April 13

Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has begun accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Throughout April and May, members of Udall's staff will host information sessions across the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying to enter an academy in the fall of 2018. The first session will be held on April 13 in Santa Fe.

Four of the five service academies — the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S.

Four LAHS Students Win Coveted Spots At ISEF

on April 4, 2017 - 11:22am

LAHS students heading to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 14-19  in Los Angeles, from left, Alex Ionkov, Priyanka Velappan, Lillian Peterson and Sophia Li. Courtesy photo


Four Los Alamos High School students recently won coveted spots to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) May 14-19, 2017, in Los Angeles, Calif. Winners of all expense paid trips to the Intel Fair are Sophia Li (11th grade), Lillian Peterson (9th grade) and team project of Priyanka Velappan and Alex Inokov (11th grade).

This is the 13th straight year

Letter To The Editor: So Let's Stop Hyperventilating

on April 4, 2017 - 6:49am
Los Alamos

I was out of town for a week but managed to read Pete Sheehey's proposed resolution (link) while sitting in a Washington, D.C. area hotel and thought it was interesting but not anything to set off anyone's blood pressure.

Therefore, I am a little amazed at the hyperbole in Mr. Antos (link) and Ms.Shin's (link) letters. Nothing in the resolution says anything about being a “sanctuary city” but it does reaffirm our commitment to treat everyone here with respect, justice, and compassion. So what exactly is wrong with that?

As far as Lisa Shin's comment regarding

Could Fast Radio Bursts Be Powering Alien Probes?

on April 3, 2017 - 4:39pm
CFA News:
CAMBRIDGE, MA ― The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has looked for many different signs of alien life, from radio broadcasts to laser flashes, without success.
However, newly published research suggests that mysterious phenomena called fast radio bursts could be evidence of advanced alien technology. Specifically, these bursts might be leakage from planet-sized transmitters powering interstellar probes in distant galaxies.
"Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we

Council Proclaims Crime Victims' Rights Week April 2-8

on April 3, 2017 - 10:09am

County Councilor Chris Chandler, center, presents a crime victims' rights week proclamation to Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Cpl. Adele Girmendonk during Tuesday’s Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Los Alamos County Councilor proclaimed April 2-8 as Crime Victims' Rights Week.

The proclamation states that between 2015 and the first half of 2016, while violent crime in the nation increased 5.3 percent, Los Alamos experienced an 11.4 percent decrease in violent crime and property crime.



Letter To The Editor: Pay Equity Makes ‘Cents’

on April 3, 2017 - 9:36am
Public Policy Chair
AAUW-Los Alamos 

Equity pay makes “cents” … that’s an understatement. In fact, for women in the workplace, pay equity would increase lifetime earnings by as much as $2 million for those with graduate degrees and by more than $1 million for those with undergraduate degrees.

That would mean more money to pay off student loans, put food on the table, and save for retirement. And pay equity isn’t just a women’s issue—it’s a family issue.

Letter To The Editor: Is Los Alamos A Sanctuary City?

on April 3, 2017 - 8:03am
Los Alamos

Wikipedia defines a sanctuary city as one that permits residence by illegal immigrants to help them avoid deportation. Municipal policies include prohibiting law enforcement and city employees from questioning people about their immigration status. Mayors of sanctuary cities would certainly proclaim that “we are a nation of immigrants and refugees. It is our moral obligation to treat all people as we would be treated, with justice and compassion.”

Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey has assured us that his proposed resolution is “not about sanctuary cities or

Local Police Officer Helps Pool Funding And Collaboration To Aid Crime Victims

on April 2, 2017 - 5:27pm

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adele Girmendonk. File photo
Los Alamos

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adele Girmendonk has worked to pool funding and community collaboration for National Crime Victims’ Rights week - April 2-8.

“This project is supported by a National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Project subgrant awarded by the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators under a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice,” Girmendonk said.

The goal of the grant is

Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman Endorses Michelle Lujan Grisham For Governor Of New Mexico

on April 2, 2017 - 6:23am

Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingam


ALBUQUERQUE – Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman has announced his endorsement of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham in her bid for the Democratic nomination for governor of New Mexico.

“In my 30 years in the United Stated Senate, I saw some excellent leadership,” Bingaman said. “It was clear who was in politics for personal gain and who was really there for their constituents. So I can tell you with certainty: Michelle Lujan Grisham is a true leader who fights tooth and nail for New Mexicans in Washington. That is why I proudly support her for Governor.

Luján Urges New White House Commission On Drug Addiction To Support Treatment And Prevention Efforts

on April 2, 2017 - 6:11am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM)  sent a letter to the head of the new White House Commission to Combat Drug Abuse, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, urging him to prioritize funding for drug treatment and prevention initiatives as the commission begins its work.

Luján wrote: “Congress took an important first step to address the opioid abuse epidemic by providing additional resources to states to support treatment and prevention ... Congress has already delivered the first portion of this funding, $500