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U.S. House Of Representatives Passes Water Rights Protection Bill With Pearce Amendment

on July 13, 2017 - 10:48am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water (Grow) Act, with an amendment sponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce. This provision ensures that current and future tribal water rights are protected under the bill.
“Water is a vital resource in New Mexico and is essential for economic growth to occur,” Pearce said.

Korean War Veteran Paul Elkins Shares Story, Part 2

on July 13, 2017 - 6:21am

Korean War veteran Paul Elkins of Los Alamos on Hill 324 in Korea in 1952. Courtesy photo

Outpost Yoke was the first place Paul Elkins served in Korea in January 1952. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

When we left MSgt. Paul Elkins in Korea in Part One of this series, his regiment had arrived and he had led two squads to the Company outpost, which was about three-quarters of a mile ahead of the front line and Chinese troops were manning the line they were facing. By this time, it had started to snow and the conditions were miserable.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Carry Someone To Shore

on July 13, 2017 - 6:20am

Los Alamos

Did you read this inspiring story? It has been all over the news and social media:

On Saturday in Panama City, Florida, a group of swimmers were pulled out to sea by a powerful rip current. Rescue attempts had been made by various individuals, all of whom became stranded in the riptide themselves.

Jessica Simmons and her husband Derek were taking a walk when flashing emergency lights alerted them to a group of a dozen stranded swimmers shouting for help. Jessica and husband, both strong swimmers, rallied and organized the crowd into a human chain.

New Mexicans Testify To Protect EPA Methane Rules

on July 13, 2017 - 5:29am
WASHINGTON, D.C. An array of New Mexicans and Four Corners area residents testified Monday in Washington, D.C. against a delay of the EPA's methane pollution standards.
The agency should have implemented the Leak Detection and Repair aspect of the rule at the beginning of June, but attempted to stay these rules for 90-days, and action which a DC court denied. The Washington hearings are part of an additional, formal public process to delay the rule for 2 years.

Senior Lifetime NPS Passes $10 Until Aug. 28

on July 13, 2017 - 5:22am

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott 


Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott suggests anyone 62 or older and thinking about buying a National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass do so before Aug. 28 at Bandelier.

“That’s when the price of the pass will increase from $10 to $80,” Lott said. “After that, it will cost $20 a year for a senior pass or $80 for a lifetime senior pass.”

The passes grant U.S. citizens and permanent residents age 62 or older access to more than 2,000 national parks and recreational facilities, including those run by the U.S.

NNSA Releases Draft RFP For LANL M&O Contract

on July 12, 2017 - 6:57pm

Staff Report

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today released the draft RFP for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Management and Operations (M&O) contract:


Day Of Action For Net Neutrality Breaks Records

on July 12, 2017 - 6:52pm


There has been such a surge in activity -- and the traffic is not showing signs of slowing down -- that organizers are still scrambling to document everything that has happened but so far through the site alone (not including the Internet Association’s page or other aligned efforts) we’ve seen:

 NOTE: these numbers represent only a portion of the final totals, and due to the massive numbers, comments and emails will be delivered over several days.  We will release additional updates as we continue documenting what has happened:

  • More than 10 million

McDonald’s To Give Away Free Vanilla Soft Serve For All And Special Golden Opportunity For One

on July 12, 2017 - 12:14pm
ALBUQUERQUE  In celebration of National Ice Cream Day, July 16, McDonald’s USA is celebrating its iconic vanilla soft serve – made with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives – by treating fans in two ways: at participating restaurants nationwide, free vanilla cones will be offered all day long through the McDonald’s app and one lucky guest will have the chance to win free soft serve for life.
Guests wishing to enjoy a free Vanilla Cone need only download the McDonald’s mobile app and redeem the Free Vanilla Cone offer on July 16 to enjoy this delicious

Greenland’s Ocean Bloom Likely Fueled By Iron

on July 12, 2017 - 10:55am

Satellite photo of glacial meltwater runoff from the Greenland Ice Sheet. A new study finds iron particles washed off Greenland’s rocks and soil and ferried into the sea by the meltwater are driving a recently-discovered summer algal bloom. Courtesy/NASA



Iron particles catching a ride on glacial meltwater washed out to sea by drifting currents is likely fueling a recently discovered summer algal bloom off the southern coast of Greenland, a new study finds.

Microalgae, also known as phytoplankton, are plant-like, marine microorganisms that form the base of the food

Protest For Net Neutrality Spreads Across Internet

on July 12, 2017 - 7:08am

Courtesy image


More than 100,000 websites, Internet users and organizations are participating in a massive online protest today against the FCC’s plan to gut protections that keep the web free from censorship, throttling and extra fees.

Many of the most popular websites on the web are participating in today's Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality to oppose the FCC’s plan to slash Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation.

Starting at midnight, a flood of major web platforms like Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, Spotify,

Heinrich, Udall On Support For National Monuments

on July 12, 2017 - 6:28am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall at press conference Tuesday outside the U.S. Capitol. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich at press conference Tuesday outside the U.S. Capitol. Courtesy photo


  • More than 2.5 million comments were submitted opposing the Department of the Interior’s unprecedented national monument review.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich led a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol with U.S. Sen.

LANL Holds Accountable Those Individuals Responsible For Improper Shipment Of Special Nuclear Material

on July 11, 2017 - 10:15pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory has taken swift action against those responsible for improperly shipping small quantities of special nuclear material to both Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Savannah River National Laboratory last month.

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) issued a press release June 24 stating it had been informed that the shipments should have been made using commercial ground cargo services, and were packaged and containerized for this mode of transportation.

Largest Websites On Earth Prepare For Net Neutrality Day Of Action Wednesday July 12

on July 11, 2017 - 3:54pm

  • More than 80,000 websites, Internet users and organizations plan massive online protest Wednesday, July 12. Participants include Twitter, Amazon, Facebook. Google, Reddit, Netflix, OK Cupid, Mozilla, Etsy, Kickstarter, Vimeo and PornHub...

Airbnb, Spotify, Yelp, Snapchat, and Dropbox are the latest major players to announce their participation in the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality scheduled for July 12 to oppose the FCC’s plan to slash Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation.

‘Secret Pass’ Opens At Bradbury Science Museum

on July 11, 2017 - 10:58am

The Behind the Fence exhibit gives visitors a 360-degree immersive experience of key park properties at the Lab.

LANL News:

The Bradbury Science Museum will open three new exhibits and a video as part of a new experience called “Manhattan on the Mesa.” The exhibits will be dedicated 4-6 p.m., July 14 at a public opening.

“With these exhibits we help visitors to the Manhattan Project National Historical Park experience the park properties at the Laboratory that are not yet open to the public,” Museum Director Linda Deck said.

Manhattan on the Mesa includes:


  • A new video, titled Racing

IRS: Security Summit Launches ‘Don’t Take The Bait’

on July 11, 2017 - 6:47am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The IRS today warned tax professionals to increase their computer security and to beware of their inbox – specifically the successful email scams dubbed spear phishing that identify themselves as a friend, customer or company.
As part of the Security Summit effort, the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry next week will kick off another series in the Protect Your Clients, Protect Yourself campaign called “Don’t Take the Bait.” It’s critical that tax professionals remember they have not just an obligation but a legal requirement under federal law to protect

National History Day Nationals Contest Finalists

on July 11, 2017 - 6:43am

NMHC News:

Sixty-seven National History Day state finalists proudly represented New Mexico at the national competition June 12-15 at the University of Maryland.

Projects from Los Alamos High School, Moriarty High School, Silver City High School, Albuquerque Christian School and Academy for Technology and the Classics in Santa Fe went on to compete in the final rounds of their respective categories:

Sydne Ashford and Miriam Wallstrom (Los Alamos High School) for their Group Website Containment Begins: How the Berlin Airlift Took a Stand Against Soviet Communism; Steven West (Albuquerque

BLM Helium Sales Generate $115 Million For Taxpayers

on July 10, 2017 - 8:40am
BLM News:
AMARILLO, Texas  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that $115 million generated from the 2016 sale and auction of crude helium from the Federal Helium Reserve is being transferred to the U.S. Treasury.
The Federal Helium Reserve is a resource owned by the American people and managed by the BLM’s Amarillo, Texas, Field Office. The helium revenues were received in accordance with the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013, which provided for market-based pricing and competitive auctions for the sale of Federal helium.
The BLM's Federal Helium Program has returned over

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Announce Federal Review Of Behavioral Health Access In New Mexico

on July 10, 2017 - 8:36am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will review the level of access that New Mexicans have to behavioral health services provided through the Medicaid program.
The OIG agreed to a request from Rep. Lujan Grisham, along with Sens. Udall and Heinrich and Rep.

Atomic Heritage Foundation Collaborates With Local Partners To Preserve Oral History Of Manhattan Project

on July 8, 2017 - 9:42am
Painting at El Convento in Española commemorating local contributions to the Manhattan Project. Courtesy photo
Washington, D.C. – “It was an entirely different world,” Eulalia “Eula” Quintana Newton remembered, describing life in the northern Rio Grande valley before the coming of the Manhattan Project. “Our lives changed entirely.” 

The Manhattan Project, the top-secret World War II effort to build an atomic bomb, had a profound impact on the communities of northern New Mexico.

Heinrich Issues Statement On June Jobs Report

on July 8, 2017 - 8:10am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


U.S. SENATE News: 


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, recently issued the following statement after the Department of Labor announced 222,000 jobs were added in June:  


“Today’s jobs report underscores the risk that Republican’s TrumpCare poses for the U.S. economy. Health care, as the fastest growing sector, is an important economic driver, and TrumpCare threatens this growth.

LANL: A Universal Biosensor For Infectious Disease

on July 7, 2017 - 12:06pm

LANL News:

With increased travel and globalization, the spread of new diseases has become a threat to global health—and global security. Whether in a rural village or an urban medical clinic, healthcare workers need diagnostics that provide answers then and there, for any disease, in order to effectively treat individual patients or widespread outbreaks.

That’s why Harshini Mukundan and her team at Los Alamos National Laboratory are working to develop a universal biosensor.

“If we are able to mimic the body’s immune recognition in the laboratory, we could have a universal strategy for the


Shelly Wiemann Of Los Alamos Receives ‘TNT’ Client Development Award

Shelly Wiemann


Edward Jones Financial Advisor Shelly Wiemann of Los Alamos recently received the “TNT” Client Development Award for her outstanding service efforts over the past year. Only 483 of the firm’s more than 15,000 financial advisors received the award.

The award derives its name from firm legends who, in the 1950s, traveled the Midwest from Tuesday through Thursday each week, becoming known as “TNT” brokers.

“When you work for a firm that is known for its outstanding service, it’s quite an honor to be singled out for your service record,” Wiemann said.


Facebook And Google Say They're Joining Net Neutrality Day Of Action July 12

on July 7, 2017 - 9:06am
Representatives for Facebook and Google have told multiple reporters that the web giants plan to participate in the Internet wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality scheduled for July 12 to oppose the FCC’s plan to slash Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation.
Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Private Internet Access, Mozilla, OK Cupid, Imgur, PornHub, Medium, and hundreds of other major sites are also participating.
“We have not heard directly from either Facebook or

Heinrich Aims To Increase Access To Pell Grants, Make College More Affordable

on July 7, 2017 - 8:32am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) have introduced bicameral legislation, the Middle Class Creating Higher Education Affordability Necessary to Compete Economically (CHANCE) Act, to increase access to affordable post-secondary education for low- to moderate-income students.
The bill would address the significant loss in value of Pell Grants by adjusting them for inflation, reinstate year-round Pell Grants, and increase the number of eligible semesters from 12 to 15.
"As the cost of tuition continues to

Veterans Honored By 33-Mile July 4th Flag Carry

on July 6, 2017 - 6:35pm

Stephen Betts and his son Miroslav Betts run the last stretch of the Independence Day Flag Carry from Santa Fe National Ceremony to White Rock. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

The flag flies before the somber background of gravestones at 3 a.m. Tuesday at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Photo by Maire O'Neill


Los Alamos Daily Post

When a small group of people gathered at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe on the July 4 at 3 a.m. it was in fact the beginning of a huge patriotic endeavor to honor veterans of the United States military.