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Udall Fights For Funding Increase For Arts & Humanities

on May 8, 2017 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee overseeing funding for arts and culture programs, announced that the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities each are on track to receive an additional $1.9 million in funding over last year as part of a bipartisan agreement to fund the government through September 2017.
Udall and other supporters on the subcommittee secured the funding despite President Trump's proposal to eliminate both agencies.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Nebel

on May 8, 2017 - 6:57am
Portola Valley, Calif. 
(Los Alamos resident 1968-2014)

I was a signatory to the letter published in the May 4 edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), in which 18 retired LANL scientists expressed concern regarding federal plans to suppress scientific research and monitoring related to environmental protection and public health.

In the May 6 edition of the Daily Post, Richard Nebel responded thoughtfully, pointing to the productivity of private industry, the bureaucratic ineptness of government, and the feelings of laborers (link). However, he missed the essence of

Udall, Heinrich Secure Vital Funding For New Mexico Priorities In Budget Bill

on May 7, 2017 - 6:30am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations committee, and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich have joined the full Senate in voting 79-18 for an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the government through September 2017.
The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill yesterday, and the president is expected to sign it into law. 
The bill includes funding for several critical New Mexico priorities that Udall and Heinrich fought for, including: New Mexico’s national labs and military bases, emergency wildfire suppression, Gold

PEER: The Thin Green Line Patrolling National Parks Is In Danger Of Snapping ...

on May 6, 2017 - 2:53pm

PEER News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of rangers protecting the national parks and their visitors is steadily shrinking even as new parks are added and the number of park visitors balloons to new records, according to figures posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

Aggravating its diminishing resources, the National Park Service’s (NPS) law enforcement program is adrift because it does not possess any real planning capacity, budgetary stability or overall leadership.

Figures released by NPS to PEER indicate that the number of permanent law enforcement

Heinrich Highlights Nexus Between Small Businesses And NM Labs, Urges Hiring At Kirtland And WSMR

on May 6, 2017 - 2:05pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, highlighted the nexus between small businesses and Labs in New Mexico during a hearing yesterday.
He questioned former directors of Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories—such as the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base and the Army Research Laboratory at White Sands Missile Range— on how to accelerate small business contracting hiring for vital research missions.
Heinrich helped create a

Udall At 2017 National Tribal Energy Summit

on May 6, 2017 - 6:28am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivers remarks Tuesday at the Department of Energy Tribal Energy Office’s 2017 National Tribal Energy Summit. Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, delivered remarks Tuesday at the Department of Energy Tribal Energy Office’s 2017 National Tribal Energy Summit.
In his remarks, Udall spoke about the importance of nurturing strategic partnerships to help achieve Tribal energy independence by investing in renewable energy sources.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

on May 5, 2017 - 4:58pm


Today is Cinco de Mayo ... Spanish for “Fifth of May”. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes

Opening Statement Of Ranking Member Heinrich On National Labs, Contributions To Military Operations And Readiness

on May 5, 2017 - 4:03pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing, "Department of Defense Laboratories and Their Contributions to Military Operations and Readiness." 
Below is the opening statement of Ranking Member Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) as prepared for delivery and a video is available here.
Let me begin by thanking Senator Ernst for holding this hearing on our nation's defense laboratories and technology innovation.

It’s OK To Ask: Hand Hygiene As A Frontline Defense Against Infection

on May 5, 2017 - 10:35am
By JOYCE RICHINS, RN, Infection Control Specialist
Los Alamos Medical Center

Wash your hands. How many times have we heard that oft-repeated refrain over our lifetimes? Since we were children, we’ve been encouraged to wash our hands after playing outside, before eating, after using the restroom and any one of a number of other occasions.

And not without reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 80 percent of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch.

Eighteen Area Students Gaining STEM Research Experience At Prestigious Institutions

on May 5, 2017 - 7:16am

Northern New Mexico College students Alondra Villalba and Britney Martinez. Photo by John T. Denne

NNMC News:

Eighteen students from Northern New Mexico College’s Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science programs have secured summer research experiences at prestigious institutions around the country.

In alignment with the National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, the students will be associated with a research project in their field of study at a host institution, where they will work closely with the institution’s faculty and other

AG Balderas To U.S. Senate: Let Reckless House Health Care Bill Die

on May 4, 2017 - 11:30pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas sent the following letter to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Schumer:


LAHS Latin Students Win Medals And Certificates On National Latin Exam

on May 4, 2017 - 10:23pm

Award winners on the National Latin Exam. Courtesy photo


Latin students at Los Alamos High School participated in the 2017 National Latin Exam in March. Seven students won gold medals, three won silver medals, and six earned Magna Cum Laude certificates. Overall, 22 students won a medal or certificate.

Gold Summa Cum Laude Medal Winners

  • Latin I: Marissa Smith
  • Latin II: Annika Davenport, Catherine Rousculp, Isabella Stephens, Carter Begnaud
  • Poetry III: Kevin Parkinson
  • Poetry IV: Zephram Tripp

Silver Maxima Cum Laude Medal Winners

  • Latin I: Aidan Nakhleh
  • Latin II: Andres Vigil

Retired LANL Scientists: Attacks On Science, EPA Are Foolhardy, Dangerous

on May 4, 2017 - 10:11am

By retired LANL scientists: Chris Barnes, Ph.D.; Fairley Barnes, Ph.D.; James Bradbury, Ph.D.; James Cost, Ph.D.; Margaret Cox, Ph.D.; Larry Deaven, Ph.D.; Terry Foxx; Mikkel Johnson, Ph.D. and Laboratory Fellow; Charles F. (Chick) Keller, Ph.D.; Arvid S. Lundy; F.J. (Jeff) Martin; Caroline (Cas) Mason, Ph.D.; Rodney (Rod) Mason, Ph.D.; Donald A. Neeper, Ph.D.; Cheryl Rofer; Marvin VanDilla, Ph.D.; David Watkins, Ph.D. and Mike Williams, Ph.D.

On April 22, New Mexicans across the state stood up for scientific integrity in the face of attacks on the role of science in our daily lives.


New Mexico Second Best State For Nurses

on May 4, 2017 - 8:06am
With National Nurses Week kicking off May 6, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst States for Nurses.   

In order to help newly minted nurses find the best markets for their profession, WalletHub’s analysts compared the relative attractiveness of the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 18 key metrics. The data set ranges from monthly average starting salary for nurses to health-care facilities per capita to nursing-job openings per capita.
The Nursing Market in New Mexico (1=Best; 25=Avg.)
  • 24th – Monthly Avg.

Bandelier Announces 2016 Economic Benefits: $12.5 Million Locally; $35 Billion Nationwide

on May 3, 2017 - 6:47pm

Ancestral Pueblo cavate in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
Ancestral Pueblo village of Tyuonyi in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

The National Park Service (NPS) had a big year in 2016. Besides being the Centennial of its establishment, parks nationwide broke records for visitation, with more people than ever going to these places that are often called America's jewels. Having started with Yellowstone, there are now 417 areas, with at least one in every state.

A recent study brought to light the economic benefits that these

County Proclaims May ‘Mental Health Awareness Month’

on May 3, 2017 - 12:54pm
Accepting the ‘May Is Mental Health Awareness Month’ proclamation at Tuesday's Council meeting, from left, John Whiteside, LAMC; Deni Fell, County; Carole Rutten, LANL; Christine Hazard, LAPS; Cindy Rooney, UNM-LA; Kim Gabaldon, County;  Mary Beth Maassen, LAMC; Olivia Ortega and Kristy Ortega, UWNNM; Fire Chief Troy Hughes; County Councilor Rick Reiss, Police CHief Dino Sgambellone and  Stephanie Koch, Mesa Vista Wellness. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost
UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega speaks on behalf of the mental health awareness group initiative during Tuesday's Council

Udall: Omnibus Appropriations Bill Includes Key Funding For New Mexico

on May 3, 2017 - 8:55am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and lead Democrat on the subcommittee overseeing funding for the Interior Department, environment and arts and culture programs, issued the following statement on the bipartisan agreement to fund the government through September 2017.
“At a time when Washington is more polarized than I've ever seen it, I'm pleased that we were able to reach this agreement for New Mexicans and the American people.

Udall, Luján, Lujan Grisham Join Over 130 Members Of Congress Urging Education Secretary To Reinstate Student Loan Protections

on May 2, 2017 - 10:12pm
WASHINGTON D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Congressman Ben Ray Luján and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham this week joined more than 130 members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to reverse a recent decision to rescind Obama-era efforts on student loan servicing reforms.
The reforms include new consumer protections for borrowers and improvements to the quality of federal loan servicing.
“Your decision to rescind these [initiatives]—including the guidance making servicers’ past performance and record of compliance with

Would You Know When You’ve Gone Too Far?

on May 2, 2017 - 9:39am



United Way of Northern New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratory Partner to Make a Difference in Northern New Mexico

  • This is part of a series that will run throughout the month of May as part of the United Way of Northern New Mexico Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative.

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

LANL: Roelofs Takes Director Role At Center For Integrated Nanotechnologies

on May 2, 2017 - 9:10am

Noted physicist Andreas Roelofs is the new director of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Noted physicist Andreas Roelofs is the new director of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), a Department of Energy-funded nanoscience research facility with a core center at Sandia National Laboratories and a gateway research site at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

CINT provides users from around the world with access to state-of-the-art expertise and instrumentation in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment with a focus on nanoscience

Udall On Interior And Environment Funding In Bipartisan Budget Agreement

on May 2, 2017 - 6:16am

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the finalized bipartisan budget agreement to fund the government through September. 

“This bill is a strong, bipartisan agreement, and I thank lawmakers and staff on both sides of the aisle for their hard work to achieve a workable compromise.

Reporters Without Borders Releases 2017 World Press Freedom Index

on May 2, 2017 - 5:25am
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has released its 2017 World Press Freedom Index. 
The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by RSF reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise ... an age of post-truth, propaganda and suppression of freedoms – especially in democracies.
RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index highlights the danger of a tipping point in the state of media freedom in many countries. Media freedom has retreated wherever the authoritarian strongman model has triumphed.

DOE Awards Technical Assistance Contract For Los Alamos Field Office To S&K Logistics LLC

on May 1, 2017 - 7:33pm

DOE EM News:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Management – Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) awarded a Requirements Contract, utilizing Fixed Price and Time and Materials Task Orders, to S&K Logistics LLC, a certified small business of St. Ignatius, Montana, to provide technical and business support services.

The contract will have a maximum value of $17.4 million over five years.

S&K will provide support in the following areas: records management, project controls, training, safeguards and security, safety, quality assurance, property management, community relations,

LAPD Collects 32 pounds Of Prescription Medications During DEA Sponsored Drug Take Back Day April 29

on May 1, 2017 - 4:26pm

LAPD Evidence Technician, Anthony Lucero stands next to the collected medications last Saturday that will be turned over to the DEA for destruction. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department facilitated another DEA sponsored drug take back day Saturday, April 29.

Two collections locations were staffed by officers for citizens to turn in unwanted and unused prescription medications at the Los Alamos Smith’s Marketplace and the White Rock Visitor Center.

Despite the snow storm LAPD collected 32 pounds of prescription medications.

This national take-back initiative continues

AHF: 'Ranger In Your Pocket: Hans Bethe House'

on May 1, 2017 - 2:35pm
AHF News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) and the Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS) have launched an online “Ranger in Your Pocket” program on the Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row at Los Alamos.
AHF President Cindy Kelly explained, “During the Manhattan Project, two famous scientists lived in the Hans Bethe House. This program gives a unique glimpse into life at Los Alamos with first-hand accounts.”
The Hans Bethe House is now the Harold Agnew Cold War Gallery of the Los Alamos History Museum.