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LAMS Native American Club Sells Pencils Thursday

on October 31, 2017 - 7:42am

Native Hawk logo designed by LAHS student Zach Moquino. Courtesy image

LAMS News:

November is Native American Heritage Month and Los Alamos Middle School Native American Club - the Native Hawks - will be selling scented pencils and teal ribbons 3:30-5 p.m. at Smith’s Marketplace Thursday.

The pencils are $1 each and come in scents like rootbeer, cotton candy and bubblegum.

“Smith`s Marketplace has always and will continue to support the diversity of Northern New Mexico and our customers,” said Community Specialist Kathryn Fulton.

The Native Hawk logo was designed by Los Alamos High School student

Heinrich Statement On Special Counsel Indictments

on October 30, 2017 - 4:27pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 30, 2017) - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the indictments of former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI:

“President Trump’s campaign chairman and a top advisor have been indicted for conspiracy against the United States, and another senior advisor has pled guilty to false statements to the FBI about coordinating with Russians

Udall, Heinrich Challenge Proposal To Raise National Park Visitor Fees While Cutting Budgets

on October 30, 2017 - 7:35am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Senators: ‘Fee increases … will price out many visitors and deny American families the opportunity to visit and experience some of our nation’s most popular and iconic national parks’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 11 Democratic senators in writing to Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke requesting that he withdraw his proposal to dramatically increase national park entrance fees, especially while he proposes to cut the National Park Service budget by over $300 million.

The senators asked Zinke to provide Congress

Study: 2018’s Best Colleges & Universities In America

on October 30, 2017 - 6:33am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming Nov. 1 and the price of college tuition and fees rising three times faster than inflation over a decade, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its 2018’s Best College & University Rankings, in addition to separate rankings for colleges and for universities.

To help college-bound seniors make the most informed school choices, WalletHub’s analysts compared nearly 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S.

Udall On Vote For Dourson To Lead EPA’s Toxics Bureau

on October 30, 2017 - 6:06am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, co-author of the landmark Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, released this statement following the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee’s recent party-line vote to advance Dr. Michael Dourson’s nomination to serve as assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. 
 
“Today’s party-line vote in the EPW Committee is dangerous for public health and safety.

SBA Celebrates National Veterans Small Business Week 2017 With Boots To Business Reboot Seminar Nov. 2

on October 29, 2017 - 9:52am

SBA Administrator Linda McMahon

SBA News:

 ALBUQUERQUE – The U.S. Small Business Administration New Mexico District Office and the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services Veterans Business Outreach Center will host Boots to Business Reboot, a free business development seminar for veterans, Guard/Reserve personnel and their spouses, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell.

This business development seminar is a local observance of National Veterans Small Business Week, Oct. 30 – Nov.

Udall Speaks At NM NAACP State Conference

on October 29, 2017 - 9:39am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
LAS CRUCES — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Saturday addressed the N.M. NAACP's 66th Annual State Conference. 
 
The following are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
 
Thank you mayor (Ken Miyagishima) for that kind introduction. You have been a positive leader who has helped shape Las Cruces into one of New Mexico's best-managed cities with a great quality of life. Thanks for your steady hand. 
 
Thank you Dona Ana County NAACP for organizing this year’s conference. And for your contributions to social justice throughout the community. 
 
I want to be sure to

Scenes From Prescription Drug Take Back Day And Gun Buyback Events In Los Alamos Saturday

on October 29, 2017 - 8:49am

Los Alamos Police Det. Joey Robinson, left, and Evidence Technician Anthony Lucero show some of more than 90 lbs. of prescription drugs turned over to an Albuquerque Drug Enforcement Agency agent for disposal following Saturday's National Prescription Drug Takeback Day event. Prescription drugs may be dropped off at any time at the Los Alamos Police Station at 2500 Trinity Dr. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Volunteers from New Mexicans To Prevent Gun Violence purchased 22 firearms from members of the public during their first ever Guns to Gardens Gun Buyback event Saturday in the Los

Pearce Meets With Community Members

on October 29, 2017 - 8:32am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce speaks to community members during a luncheon Friday in the community room at Cottonwood on the Greens restaurant at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Pearce, a candidate for New Mexico governor, told the group that as governor he will target more jobs and higher earnings, better education, poverty and crime. ‘Of long term importance for the state and nation are these national labs and that is something I will support as governor to ensure we stay strong and resilient,’ Pearce told the Los Alamos Daily Post following his talk and before heading to LANL for a meeting.

Udall, Leahy, Feinstein, Blumenthal Question Why Nominees Are Serving Without Senate Confirmation

on October 28, 2017 - 9:48am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter Wednesday to Office of Presidential Personnel (OPP) Director John DeStefano in response to reports that the Trump administration is allowing individuals nominated by the president to perform the duties of their appointed positions prior to receiving Senate confirmation.
 
If true, the senators said, such actions are unlawful and circumvent the Senate’s constitutional role to provide advice and

Interior Department Releases Energy Burdens Report

on October 28, 2017 - 9:30am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, the U.S. Department of the Interior released the "Review of the Department of the Interior Actions that Potentially Burden Domestic Energy" report, which was produced in response to Executive Order 13783.
 
The report identified agency actions that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources, with particular attention to oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy resources.

Zinke Cheers Gardner Nomination For Interior Post

on October 28, 2017 - 7:40am
Steven Gardner
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. President Donald J. Trump has announced the nomination of Steven Gardner to be the Director of the office of Surface Mining, Reclamation & Enforcement (OSMRE) at the U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke hailed Gardner’s nomination.
 
“When confirmed, Steve will be an unbelievable asset to coal country and the entire team at the Department of the Interior,” Zinke said. “Steve is highly regarded in the mining industry for his extensive experience and insight.

Heinrich Leads Effort To Protect Dreamer Data

on October 27, 2017 - 9:05am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is continuing to lead efforts to ensure that the information provided by individuals as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is protected and not used for enforcement purposes.
 
Heinrich, along with U.S. Senators Kamala D.

2017’s Best Baseball Cities & World Series Facts: Dodgers vs. Astros

on October 27, 2017 - 9:03am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With the 2017 World Series in full gear and tickets to see the games live costing hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its Best Baseball Cities report to go along with its World Series Facts – Dodgers vs. Astrosinfographic.

To determine the best places to be a fan of America’s second most followed sport, WalletHub compared more than 360 U.S. cities with at least one college or professional baseball team across 31 key metrics.

Care2 Petition Demands NPS Scrap Proposal To Charge $70 Entrance Fee For 17 National Parks

on October 27, 2017 - 8:59am
CARE2 News:
 
A new Care2 petition is demanding the The National Park Service stop its proposal to more than double the entrance fees at 17 national parks, including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone. It has gathered 7,000 signatures.
 
VIEW THE CARE2 PETITION HERE: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/254/666/488/
 
“This new proposal will make it even more difficult for all of us to visit and enjoy our public lands — and will especially prohibit lower-income Americans from visiting the public lands that their tax dollars help maintain,” the Care2 petition reads.

LWV Forum On Spent Nuclear Fuel Nov. 2

on October 26, 2017 - 3:42pm
 
LWV News:
 
The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos will present the forum, “Spent Nuclear Fuel Disposal from Power Reactors” 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Jeannette Wallace Room, Building 5 at UNM-LA.
 
Despite the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 that was to have managed the disposal of high-level nuclear waste through safe, permanent disposal, the high-level waste produced by power plants is still not stored in a permanent location. Instead it is currently located in 78 separate installations across the country.

Udall Urges Bipartisan Action To Fund CHIP And Health Programs Critical To New Mexico

on October 26, 2017 - 9:53am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, in a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall urged Republicans to work with Democrats to fund critical health programs that benefit thousands of N.M. children, low-income families, and Native Americans.
 
Udall also voiced his support for bipartisan efforts in the Senate to stabilize the individual health insurance markets and protect against President Trump's efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
 
Last month, while Republicans were trying pass their fourth attempt to repeal Obamacare, they

Heinrich Calls On Secretary Perry To Withdraw Proposal To Force Consumers To Subsidize Uncompetitive Coal And Nuclear Companies

on October 26, 2017 - 9:41am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In an op-ed today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) called on Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to withdraw a recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) directing federal regulators at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to create rules that would favor coal and nuclear plants that are no longer the most cost-effective producers of energy.

“If FERC were to adopt Secretary Perry’s proposed rule, or anything even remotely similar, it would unravel wholesale energy markets and

Tax Help New Mexico Needs Community Volunteers

on October 26, 2017 - 6:21am

IRS News:
PHOENIX  United Way Tax Help New Mexico, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the Internal Revenue Service need community volunteers to help New Mexico families and other residents to complete their income tax returns.
 
Community tax volunteers are needed across New Mexico and especially in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Roswell.
 
“Who volunteers? People like you,” said Jeffery Ledbetter, Tax Help New Mexico spokesperson. “The United Way Tax Help New Mexico program must have community volunteers to continue the good work.

Udall Urges Enhanced Public Safety, More Resources For Crime And Victim Services In Indian Country

on October 26, 2017 - 6:13am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has urged improvements to public safety in Indian Country, calling for additional resources to fight crime and provide victim services to Native Americans.

In a legislative hearing, Udall led the Indian Affairs Committee in reviewing three bills to promote public safety in Tribal communities:

 
S. 1870, Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment Act 2017, the “SURVIVE Act"
S. 1953, Reauthorization of the Tribal and Law Order Act of 2010
S. 1942, A bill

DOE/NNSA Issues RFP For LANL Management & Operating Contract

on October 25, 2017 - 4:55pm

DOE/NNSA News:

DOE/NNSA issued today the solicitation/Request for Proposal (RFP) for a full and open competition for the management and operating (M&O) contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

In May 2016, NNSA extended the period of performance of the LANL M&O contractor, Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), through Sept. 30, 2018. The pursuit of a full-and-open competition will provide the Department the best opportunity for improving the terms and conditions of the contract to incentivize mission performance and cost savings for the taxpayer.

This competition also

AGU: Scientists Use Seismic Waves When Touched Down To Measure Tornado Intensity

on October 25, 2017 - 11:20am
Tornado with dust and debris cloud forming at surface. Photo by NOAA Photo Library/Flickr
 
AGU News:
 
Seismic waves generated by tornadoes when they touch down could be used to measure a twister’s intensity, according to a new study.
 
The new research examined a catastrophic tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri in May 2011 and revealed the size of seismic waves produced by the tornado on the ground correlated with its strength.
 
The results suggest researchers can estimate a large tornado’s strength by measuring the seismic waves it creates, a finding that could open the door to

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Join Luján In Introducing Bicameral Legislation To Create Health Care Public Option

on October 25, 2017 - 11:16am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) today introduced the State Public Option Act, bicameral legislation to create a Medicaid-based public health care option on the insurance marketplace, which will provide Americans with a new high-quality, low-cost choice when purchasing health insurance.
 
The bill already has more than 35 cosponsors in both the House and Senate including Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-MN).
 
“Our goal with this bill is simple – to

UN Flag Flies At Skip And Hedy Dunn Residence

on October 25, 2017 - 9:26am

 

Skip and Hedy Dunn fly the United Nations flag Tuesday at their residence in White Rock in honor of United Nations Day. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Skip and Hedy Dunn flew the United Nations flag Tuesday at their residence in White Rock in honor of United Nations Day.
 
In December 2015, the UN accomplished an unbelievable task; 195 nations -- almost the whole world -- committed to the Paris Climate Accord. Seeing as how it is often difficult to be in accord with even one, loved person (e.g. spouse), this is truly incredible.

The United States of America brokered artfully

Study: 2017’s Best Cities For Vegetarians & Vegans

on October 25, 2017 - 6:53am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With Nov. 1 being World Vegan Day and research showing that skipping meat can save the average person at least $750 per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2017’s Best Cities for Vegans & Vegetarians.

To determine the best and cheapest places for following a plant-based diet, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest cities across 15 key indicators of vegan- and vegetarian-friendliness.
 
The data set ranges from the share of restaurants serving meatless options to the cost of groceries for vegetarians to salad shops per capita.
 

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