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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Opposes Confirmation Of Rick Perry For Secretary Of Energy

on February 4, 2017 - 4:57am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted against the confirmation of the former governor of Texas Rick Perry, President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Department of Energy Secretary.
Heinrich made the following statement: 
“Since the Trump Administration took office, we have seen executive order after executive order that ignores the will of the American people.

New Mexico GOP On Trump's Supreme Court Pick

on February 4, 2017 - 4:44am

RPNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE ― The Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement Wednesday on President Donald J. Trump's choice to nominate Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill Antonin Scalia's seat on the Supreme Court:

“Aside from bringing some much-needed geographic diversity to the court, Judge Gorsuch is exceptionally well-qualified and we welcome his thoughtful, reasoned approach to the law on the Supreme Court once he is confirmed," spokesman Tucker Keene said.

Udall To Sponsor Global Trade Conference For Local Businesses To Help Them Grow New Mexico's Economy

on February 3, 2017 - 2:31pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Feb. 1, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he will be holding a conference for New Mexico businesses of all sizes Feb. 21, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, to help business leaders and entrepreneurs learn about ways they can take advantage of international trade opportunities.
Titled "Growing New Mexico's Economy—Exporting to Global Markets," the all-day conference will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about regional developments that impact them, network with fellow business leaders

LANL: Exascale Computing Project (ECP) Announces Formation Of ECP Industry Council

on February 3, 2017 - 8:29am

LANL News:

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Exascale Computing Project (ECP), a collaborative project led by six Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories with the project management office established at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Wednesday announced the formation of the ECP Industry Council, an external advisory group of executives from some of the nation’s most prominent companies with a collaborative interest in bringing the potential of exascale computing to a wide range of industry segments.

Exascale refers to computing systems operating at least 50 times faster than the

Udall Outlines Priorities For Senate Committee On Indian Affairs For The New Congress

on February 3, 2017 - 7:44am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement Tuesday at the first business meeting of the committee in the 115th Congress:
"Congratulations, Senator Hoeven. I look forward to working with you to address the many issues affecting Indian Country. I’m sure you’ll agree that we need to work with Tribes to improve health care and education in their communities; housing; economic development; infrastructure; public safety – and the many other pressing issues before our Native communities.

Phishing Schemes Lead IRS 'Dirty Dozen' List

on February 3, 2017 - 7:18am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service warns taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. These “phishing” schemes continue to be on the annual IRS list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2017 filing season.
The IRS saw a big spike in phishing and malware incidents during the 2016 tax season. New and evolving phishing schemes have already been seen this month as scam artists work to confuse taxpayers during filing season.

Houston Deploys Jemez Analytics to Ensure Public Safety at Super Bowl LIVE

on February 2, 2017 - 10:46am


FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Jemez Technology’s Eagle-i Edge® advanced video analytics solution for real-time threat detection and tracking has been deployed as an integral part of the security technology selected by The City of Houston Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security to protect the more than one million fans expected to experience the 10-day Super Bowl LIVE event at the city’s 12-acre Discovery Green Park.

Jemez Technology was founded by former scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, bringing decades of national security experience to its

Heinrich Supports Confirmation Of Ryan Zinke For Interior Secretary, Highlights Success Of National Monuments In New Mexico

on February 2, 2017 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, right, meets Jan. 10 with Interior Secretary Nominee Ryan Zinke. Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON, D.C.   U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted Jan. 31 in support of Secretary of the Interior nominee U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources business meeting.
“While we are clearly not going to agree on every issue, I believe its very important to have a Westerner in this role -- particularly one who is committed to keeping public lands in public hands,” Heinrich said.
Earlier this month,

Letter To The Editor: Trump’s Misleading Attacks On Mex­ico

on February 2, 2017 - 9:16am
Los Alamos

Throughout the election process and now as President, Donald Trump has viciously and relentlessly attacked Mexico and its people over trade and immigration. In reality, Trump’s attacks are baseless and contrived.

First, there is no rational basis to blame Mexico for the NAFTA trade agreement involving the US, Mexico and Canada. Mexico did not initiate NAFTA, and it did not coerce the US government to sign the trade agreement.

The Reagan administration initiated negotiations with Mexico to expand the global economy, the negotiations were concluded with

CIR: Emile Nakhleh On Trump And The Middle East

on February 1, 2017 - 9:31am
Professor Emile Nakhleh
CIR News:
As the world takes an increasingly isolationist, nativist turn, how do we navigate between our values–such as a commitment to cultural diversity–and our national self-interest, which may feel that such an approach to diversity opens opportunities for instability and terror?
CIR brings Professor Emile Nakhleh this Thursday to Santa Fe. In exploring the interplay between our national interest and values, he will help us put some context into President Trump's recent ban on immigration from several Middle Eastern countries. 
Thursday, Feb.

John Yeager Wins Presidential Early Career Award

on January 31, 2017 - 7:56pm

John Yeager is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

  • Award honors leading early-career scientists and engineers

John Yeager of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s High Explosives Science and Technology group is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

The Presidential Early Career Awards are intended to encourage and accelerate American innovation to grow our economy and tackle our greatest challenges.

“I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful

New Mexico State Police Locate Kidnapped Victim

on January 31, 2017 - 2:43pm
UPDATE: Both suspects have been arrested and charged with Kidnapping (first degree), False Imprisonment, and Conspiracy. They were booked around 5 p.m. today into the Santa Fe County Detention Center.
NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police officers stationed Jan. 30 in Española received information related to a "be on the lookout" (BOLO) request from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in Nevada for a white van with a potential kidnapped victim inside.
Around 11 p.m.

Luján’s Staff Holding Mobile Office Hours In Central Park Square Until Noon Today

on January 31, 2017 - 10:56am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s staff is holding mobile office hours until noon today at projectY cowork, 150 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.  
Mobile office hours provide constituents who may not have the means or time to travel to one of Luján’s six district offices greater access to the services offered ( with-a-federal-agency/). 
Staff is on hand to assist residents who have questions regarding Social Security benefits, immigration applications, veterans’ services and other federal programs.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You For The Coverage

on January 31, 2017 - 10:19am

Udall, Heinrich Urge Trump To Exempt Department Of Veterans Affairs From Hiring Freeze

on January 31, 2017 - 9:03am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 51 of their Senate and House colleagues in urging President Trump to exempt the entire Department of Veterans Affairs and all veterans seeking federal jobs from his executive order that freezes federal hiring.
In a letter to the president, the lawmakers emphasized the devastating impacts that a hiring freeze would have on veterans and their families by delaying their access to health care and the resolution of their disability claims, and providing fewer jobs for veterans transitioning from military to

Public View Of Police And Body-worn Cameras

on January 31, 2017 - 8:03am

Example of a body-worn camera. Courtesy image

HSNW News:

With heightened public and media interest, there is a national push to expand the use of body-worn cameras (BWCs) by law enforcement. However, there is limited research and only anecdotal evidence suggesting that the public supports the use of these cameras in policing.

FAU says that to help fill the gap, researchers at Florida Atlantic University and collaborators from the University of West Florida conducted a study to gage perceptions of residents in two Florida counties, Palm Beach County and Escambia County, on their views on

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Relief For Victims Of Radiation Exposure

on January 30, 2017 - 11:17am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have renewed efforts to expand restitution for New Mexicans and others who have been affected by exposure to radiation during the development and testing of nuclear weapons in the Cold War by reintroducing the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).  
Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) joined Udall and Heinrich in introducing the bill that would expand compensation eligibility to more areas of New Mexico, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, Montana,

Heinrich To Trump: Read The 2014 Torture Report

on January 30, 2017 - 10:17am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Jan. 26, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to read the classified version of the committee's 2014 report on the CIA detention and interrogation program before considering the possible resumption of such activities.
Heinrich strongly supported the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program and backs a series of reforms to prevent the future use of torture. 
The letter was led by

Chapman: Thoughts On The First Lady…

on January 30, 2017 - 9:49am
Los Alamos
Original parts ©Ralph E. Chapman 2017

As part of a series of columns on our Society, including our responsibilities (duties) to it, (see the link to the starting column).

I wanted to start with a discussion in more detail of a very small part of the current political environment – a general discussion on The First Lady. In this, I am actually talking in generalities and not of the specific/current First Lady Melania Trump, although I will obviously discuss some things relevant to her.

I do this in the hopes of making a very small contribution to the

First GPS Data Release To Boost Space-weather Science

on January 30, 2017 - 9:32am

An image illustrating the six orbital planes in which GPS satellites (‘navigational satellites’ or ns) fly around Earth. This configuration shows the orbits just before the start of this solar cycle’s biggest geomagnetic storm, which occurred March 17, 2015. The darkest orbital lines indicate the position of the satellites in that moment; the lightest lines indicate where they were 12 hours prior. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

Today, more than 16 years of

Udall On Trump Immigration Executive Order

on January 30, 2017 - 7:10am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement on President Trump's executive order banning refugees and immigrants to the U.S. from several majority Muslim nations:

"President Trump's anti-muslim, anti-immigrant executive order is shameful, and it is an affront to our history and our values. Beyond its moral repugnance, I believe there are serious constitutional problems with this new Trump policy.

Luján On Removal Of Chairman Of Joint Chiefs And Director Of Intelligence From National Security Council

on January 29, 2017 - 6:18pm

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 issued the following statement after President Trump today removed the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from the Principals Committee of the National Security Council. Trump added his chief political strategist, Steve Bannon and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

“Today’s move by President Trump to stack the National Security Council with political strategists is a worrisome, ill-considered and a dangerous move by the

The March For Life And The Anti-Trump Women’s March: A Study In Contrasts

on January 29, 2017 - 11:33am
Scene from Friday's 44th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/
Townhall Columnist
I’m writing this article on the eve of the 44th annual March for Life, but I can tell you in advance how it will differ dramatically from the recent Women’s March, organized in protest of the inauguration of President Trump.

First, the media coverage of the events will be totally different.

Whereas the Women’s March was in the mainstream media’s spotlight, the March for Life will be a mere footnote for most mainstream outlets, regardless of how many people

Udall Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United; Get Big Money Out Of Politics

on January 29, 2017 - 10:56am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Just days after the seventh anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC decision allowing unlimited corporate spending in elections, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, joined by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and other cosponsors in the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, reintroduced Jan. 24 the Democracy for All amendment to restore democratic power to the American people.
The constitutional amendment would overturn Citizens United and allow limits on corporate political spending to get big money out of politics.

Heinrich Introduces Bill To Safeguard DREAMer Data

on January 29, 2017 - 8:31am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has led a group of Senate Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), in introducing S. 229, the Protect DREAMer Confidentiality Act of 2017, a bill to safeguard the private information—such as addresses and telephone numbers—of the young immigrants known as DREAMers to ensure that they are not targeted by the Trump Administration for deportation.
The introduction of this bill comes as President Donald Trump has begun a series of executive actions on immigration that may affect the nearly 1 million DREAMers