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Nuclear Security Training Center Opens In Kazakhstan

on May 17, 2017 - 9:33am
NNSA News:
 
The Republic of Kazakhstan, in cooperation with the United States Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), opened its Nuclear Security Training Center (NSTC) May 12 in Alatau, Kazakhstan.
 
The training center allows Kazakhstan to train personnel from local, regional, and international nuclear facilities and organizations. It will focus on fundamental and advanced nuclear security topics and provide a venue for discussing best practices.
 
“This training center demonstrates the Republic of Kazakhstan’s commitment to nuclear security.

Four LAHS Students Compete At Intel ISEF

on May 17, 2017 - 8:53am

LAHS juniors Priyanka Velappan, Alex Ionkov and Sophia Li and freshman Lillian Peterson are competing this week at the Intel ISEF in Los Angeles, Calif. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Four Los Alamos High School students are competing May 14-19 at Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Los Angeles, Calif.

LAHS juniors Priyanka Velappan, Alex Ionkov and Sophia Li, along with freshman Lillian Peterson won all expense paid trips to Intel ISEF by winning Grand Awards at the Northeastern New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair and the New Mexico State Science and Fair.

LAPD Hosts Memorial Ceremony For Fallen Officers

on May 15, 2017 - 9:47pm
Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone speaks at this morning's Memorial Ceremony for fallen officers. Similar ceremonies took place today across the country as part of Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Cpl. Pete Garcia presents scrolls with the imprint of a name plate honoring the late Chief Gary Bequette to his daughters, Diana Bequette, left, and Laura Hughes. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos Police Officers and Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero at this morning's Memorial Ceremony.

Experts Expect Surge In Ransomware Attacks ... This Time Without ‘Kill Switch’

on May 15, 2017 - 8:56am

WannaCry image. Courtesy/systweak

HSNW News:

A second version of the disruptive WannaCry ransomware – a version which does not contain the “kill switch” used by a young security analyst to shut down many of last week’s cyberattacks – is set to be released by the same group of hackers.

Costin Raiu, of cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, told Hacker News that his firm had already seen versions of the malware, which did not contain the website domain name used to shut down the program.

He later backtracked, saying this was not actually the case. 

Hacker News quotes other experts who warned it

Five Los Alamos Young Guns Members Qualify For 2017 Shotgun National Junior Olympics

on May 14, 2017 - 9:14am
Five members of the Los Alamos Young Guns qualified Saturday during trials at the at Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club to compete in the 2017 Shotgun National Junior Olympics June 11-13 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Los Alamos Young Guns members in front row from left, Alison Pimentel, Cade Pimentel and Lauren Williams. Back row from left, Sam Bond and Kevin Dors. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Young Guns members, parents and coaches celebrate the team members qualifying for Junior Olympics. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

National Nuclear Security Administration Notice Of Proposed Floodplain And Wetland Actions At LANL

on May 14, 2017 - 6:26am
NNSA News:
 
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing activities within the 100-year floodplain in Delta Prime (DP) Canyon and within a wetland in Mortandad Canyon in Technical Areas-(TA) 21 and TA-03 respectively, at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
 
In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations 1022 Compliance with Floodplain and Wetland Environmental Review Requirements, NNSA has prepared a joint floodplain and wetland assessment for the proposed actions.

New Mexico Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham Named 2017 National Mother Of The Year

on May 14, 2017 - 6:09am
Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Tourism Department is honored to announce that Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham was named the 2017 National Mother of the Year by American Mothers, Inc.
 
This marks only the second time in the organization’s 82-year history that a mother from New Mexico has received this prestigious honor.

“We are so proud of Secretary Latham,” Gov. Susana Martinez said. “Through her incredible passion, integrity and hard work, I know that she will continue to show the world what being a New Mexico True mom is all about.”

Latham

NNSA Awards NNSS Site Management & Operating Contract To Mission Support And Test Services, LLC

on May 13, 2017 - 5:22pm
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced today it has awarded Mission Support and Test Services LLC (MSTS) with the management and operating contract for the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) near Las Vegas, Nev.
 
MSTS is a limited liability company consisting of Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell), Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs), and Stoller Newport News Nuclear, Inc. (SN3).
 
NNSA conducted a full and open competition for the follow-on NNSS M&O contract.

DEA Brings In Record Amount Of Unused Prescription Drugs On National Prescription Take Back Day

on May 13, 2017 - 3:26pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and more than 4,200 of its law enforcement and community partners collected more unused prescription drugs than at any of the 12 previous National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events.
 
On Saturday, April 29, the event brought in 900,386 pounds (450 tons) at close to 5,500 sites across the nation. Marking the 13th National Prescription Take Back Day since September 2010, these events have altogether collected 8,103,363 pounds (4,052 tons) of prescription drugs.
 
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Udall, Heinrich Call On FCC To Protect Net Neutrality

on May 13, 2017 - 6:50am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined in sending a letter led by U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass) to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai expressing strong opposition to the Chairman’s plans to gut net neutrality protections.
 
In 2015, the FCC adopted the Open Internet Order which reclassified broadband as a telecommunication service and prohibited internet service providers from setting up internet fast and slow lanes, ensuring all online traffic is treated the same.

Udall Secures Commitment From Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin Not To Close Facilities That Provide Care For Veterans

on May 12, 2017 - 10:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall questioned Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin on the steps he is taking to ensure veterans are getting the health care and coverage they have earned.
At the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies hearing, "Reducing Burden & Increasing Access to Healthcare: Improving VA Community Care," Udall asked Secretary Shulkin for clarification on his statements about "realigning" the VA and reports of planned closures of various

AG Balderas Sues President To Properly Compensate State For Coal Extraction And Its Climate Change Impact On New Mexico

on May 12, 2017 - 5:25am
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas joined with the Attorneys General of California, Washington and New York to file a challenge in federal District Court in Montana to the Trump Administration’s decision to resume federal coal leasing without completing the required environmental impact statement as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
 
“Yet again, President Trump is breaking the law and New Mexicans stand to pay the price for his illegal actions,” Attorney General Hector Balderas said.

Pearce Meets With Local Leaders In Los Alamos

on May 11, 2017 - 8:17am
During a meeting in a Zia Realty Group conference room Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, left, shows Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski a video clip on his cell of his plane as it takes off from Grants Tuesday morning as he headed to Los Alamos to meet with local leaders. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce visited Los Alamos Tuesday as part of a sweeping trip through Northern New Mexico this week.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry Praises National Laboratories During Los Alamos Visit

on May 10, 2017 - 6:54pm
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks with the media this afternoon following his talk with Laboratory employees at TA-3. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Energy Secretary Rick Perry during his press conference today at TA-3. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Energy Secretary Rick Perry met with media representatives Wednesday afternoon after he had toured Los Alamos National Laboratory and addressed lab employees.

NEA-NM President Betty Patterson On National Teacher Appreciation Week

on May 10, 2017 - 5:02pm
By BETTY PATTERSON, President
NEA-New Mexico

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. We have wonderful Teacher's, and Education Employees! We need to celebrate the incredible teaching happening all over New Mexico.

New Mexico has more students graduating and better test results, thanks to teachers!

Everyday teachers give of themselves and their small paychecks. Gena in the South Valley supplies snacks and fruit so her students are not hungry. Sylvia in Las Cruces helps students learn English.

IRS: Home Office Deduction Often Overlooked By Small Business Owners

on May 10, 2017 - 9:55am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service today reminded small business owners who work from a home office that there are two options for claiming the Home Office Deduction. The Home Office Deduction is often overlooked by small business owners.
 
As part of National Small Business Week (April 30-May 6), the IRS is highlighting a series of tips and resources available for small business owners.
 
Regular Method
 
The first option for calculating the Home Office Deduction is the Regular Method.

Udall: Senate Rejects Repeal Of Commonsense Natural Gas Waste Prevention Rule

on May 10, 2017 - 9:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after the Senate voted 49-51, defeating a measure to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) natural gas waste prevention rule through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Udall helped lead the fight against the repeal.
 
"This is a victory for taxpayers and school children in New Mexico — because we were able to fend off this dangerous repeal, New Mexico will continue to benefit from the BLM's commonsense steps to prevent the waste of taxpayer-owned natural gas, create

Luján Introduces Legislation To Make It Easier For Families To Save For College

on May 10, 2017 - 7:20am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has introduced the Save for Success Act, which creates a fully refundable savings credit program to better help middle class and working families save money for college expenses and to help address the growing student debt crisis.
 
Nationwide, total student loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion. In 2015, nearly 70 percent of seniors who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges had an average of $30,100 in student loan debt. 
 
Currently, college tuition and savings programs, such as

Heinrich On FBI Director James Comey Firing

on May 9, 2017 - 7:39pm

Former FBI Director James Comey

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, today released the following statement on the firing of FBI Director James Comey:

“President Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director Comey smacks of President Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre. If this is an effort to stop the investigations into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, it won’t succeed.

“This is a direct attack on the integrity and independence of the FBI.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry Visits LANL Wednesday

on May 9, 2017 - 4:42pm

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

LANL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of Energy Rick Perry will visit Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday, where the nation’s nuclear weapons program began during World War II as part of the Manhattan project. 

During the visit, Secretary Perry will receive briefings on the Laboratory’s extensive capabilities in support of national security, nuclear deterrence, stockpile stewardship, and nuclear non-proliferation.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Visits Los Alamos Today

on May 9, 2017 - 4:15pm

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce from New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District spent several hours today in Los Alamos meeting with various community and civic leaders and County and laboratory officials. He also stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post to visit with Publisher Carol A. Clark and the news team. He explained that he is spending the week traveling throughout northern New Mexico to hear local concerns as well as test the waters for a possible run for governor of New Mexico. Read the full story of the Congressman’s visit to Los Alamos in the Thursday print edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Interior Department Releases List Of Monuments Under Review, Announces Formal Public Comment Period

on May 9, 2017 - 3:16pm
USDI News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  The Department of the Interior announced the first ever formal public comment period for members of the public to officially weigh in on monument designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906, and the Department released a list of monuments under review under the President’s Executive Order 13792, issued April 26, 2017.
 
A public comment period is not required for monument designations under the Antiquities Act; however, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and President Trump both strongly believe that local input is a critical component of federal land

Washington, D.C. Avon Walk Raises $4.8 Million

on May 9, 2017 - 2:59pm

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Partridge participates over the weekend in the annual Avon Walk in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Partridge at last weekend's Avon Walk in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

AVON FOUNDATION News:

  • More than 1,900 Women and Men conquered 39.3-miles to crush breast cancer

WASHINGTON, D.C. – AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer continued its 14th annual event series in Washington, D.C.

LANL: Data Analysis Could Trigger New Shale Gas Revolution

on May 8, 2017 - 7:53pm

Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Manipulating ‘tail production’ could yield huge long-term gains while minimizing environmental impacts

Extensive data mining and analysis of 20,000 shale gas wells has revealed how “refracturing” existing wells with new technology could transform them from diminished producers into high-performers long after their initial peak production period has ended.

“Our analysis could potentially aid in reducing the number of new wells to be drilled,” said Richard Middleton, lead author of the study by a team of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists.

Heinrich Proposal To Reinstate Year-Round Pell Grants Included In Bipartisan Budget Deal

on May 8, 2017 - 11:43am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has announced that his proposal to reinstate year-round Pell Grants was secured in the omnibus appropriations bill approved in the Senate.
 
The deal includes provisions from the Year-Round Pell Grant Restoration Act, which Heinrich co-sponsored, that would allow low- and moderate-income students to use Pell Grants for three semesters each academic year, rather than the current law’s limit of two semesters. 
 
"Pell Grants are the primary form of financial aid for millions of

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