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LAHS Champions At National Science Bowl Today

on May 1, 2017 - 9:43am

Los Alamos High School Regional Science Bowl Champions are participating in the National Science Bowl through today in Washington, D.C. The students are shown here with LAHS Science Bowl Coach Kathy Boerigter, center. Students include, Steven Zhao, David Gao, Wilbur Wang, Phillip Martin and Radika Iyer. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos High School Regional Science Bowl Champions glow purple under a black light at the National Science Bowl today in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

Bear Mauling Doesn't Deter VCNP Trail Run

on May 1, 2017 - 8:58am

PEER News:

Washington, D.C. — Just months after a female runner was mauled by a black bear during a race through a national park, that same park has approved a new trail race through bear country, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  

Despite admitting adverse impacts on wildlife and danger to participants, the park gave summary approval for a new race concluding that any problems would be “minimal.”

In June 2016 during a half-marathon through Valles Caldera National Preserve, a woman runner in her 50s scared a black bear cub up

GOP Hosts Senate Candidate Mick Rich Thursday

on May 1, 2017 - 8:46am

U.S. Senatorial candidate Mick Rich. Photo by James Robinson

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos is hosting a presentation by U.S. Senatorial candidate Mick Rich of Taos.

Rich is running for the seat held by Democratic U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich.

The local GOP meeting begins at 6 p.m., Thursday in the Jeannette Wallace Lecture Hall at UNM-Los Alamos.

Raven Swamp Crowned 2017 Miss Indian World

on May 1, 2017 - 8:26am

Raven Swamp Crowned Miss Indian World 2017. Courtesy photo

Gathering of Nations News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Raven Swamp, of Kahnawake, Quebec and member of the Mohawk tribe was crowned the 2017 Miss Indian World, Saturday at the 34th Annual Gathering of Nations, the most prominent Native American powwow in the world.

Swamp received the honor out of 23 Native American women representing their different tribes and traditions who competed in the areas of tribal knowledge, dancing ability, public speaking and personality assessment.

“Miss Indian World is one of the most prestigious honors in the

Letter To The Editor: Reply To Senator Heinrich

on April 30, 2017 - 8:23pm
By JAMES GRIFFIN
Los Alamos

Sen. Martin Heinrich predicts doom if drilling in the arctic for oil is permitted (link). He uses amazing statistics from the Department of Interior to back up this claim.

Evidently there is a 75 percent chance of a 42,000-gallon spill. Let's pretend to be rational. Assume this to be true. How large is the arctic?

Will 42,000 gallons have any impact! No!

US underwater drilling for oil began in 1891, approximately 126 years ago. Notice that the oceans are devastated.

Letter To The Editor: Overtly Exclusionary National Day Of Prayer At Ashley Pond?

on April 30, 2017 - 6:23am
By AMY STOREY
And
STEPHANIE NAKLEH
Los Alamos

In an April 27 press release published in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), Leilani Christensen is quoted as saying,“Our forefathers founded National Day Of Prayer. Many of them had escaped persecution for their beliefs in their homeland. In the news today, we see that people are still fleeing their homeland because of persecution.” [sic]

Our forefathers, the ones fleeing persecution, didn’t found the National Day of Prayer. (They also didn’t found this nation on prayer itself; in fact, they explicitly stated, in the Treaty of Tripoli, “the

FBI: 2016 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

on April 30, 2017 - 6:23am

Recipients of the 2016 Director’s Community Leadership Awards were honored in a ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

FBI Director James Comey formally recognized 58 individuals and organizations from around the country Friday for their efforts to build stronger, safer, and more cohesive communities.

“This is one of the very best days in the life of this organization,” Director Comey said during the April 28 ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “We get to recognize and thank people who made the FBI better and the country better.”

The annual

May Is Mental Health Month: Spotlight On Stigma – Doctors And Suicide

on April 30, 2017 - 6:22am
MENTAL HEALTH News:
 
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to encourage people to talk to their doctor about mental illness.
 
But what if a doctor is struggling with their own mental health? According to Michael F. Myers, MD—known as “the doctors’ doctor—that struggle is more common than we think, and at least once a day, it ends in suicide.
 
“Doctors are killing themselves at an alarming rate, due to a multitude of triggers—such as burnout, depression, bipolar illness and PTSD,” Dr. Myers said.

Heinrich: Opening Up Arctic Ocean To Drilling Poses Serious Risks

on April 29, 2017 - 8:35am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to President Trump’s executive orders removing protections and moving to reopen risky offshore drilling, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to introduce the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act, a major piece of legislation to permanently protect the Arctic from offshore drilling.

The legislation would prevent any new or renewed leases for the exploration, development, or production of oil, natural gas, or any other mineral in the Arctic Ocean planning

May Is Motorcycle Awareness Month

on April 28, 2017 - 5:46pm
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
LANL’s Motorcycle Safety Committee would like to remind the residents of Los Alamos that May is “Motorcycle Awareness Month.” 
 
This year, the Committee is driving safety awareness throughout our local community in the form of kid’s motorcycle safety awareness activity and coloring sheets. 
 
Committee members designed and have distributed the sheets to local restaurants in the Los Alamos area and beyond. We hope that as you visit these establishments, you will take advantage of the safety sheets to promote motorcycle awareness among your family and friends.
 

New Mexicans March For Climate, Jobs And Justice

on April 28, 2017 - 10:54am
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
New Mexicans are invited to take to the streets Saturday, April 29, to call for a strong government response to the global climate crisis.
 
People’s Climate Marches are planned in the state’s largest three cities: Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe. New Mexicans will join more than 100,000 people nationwide in more than 300 cities, representing a growing popular movement for climate justice.
 
From the disruption of ecosystems, a loss of biodiversity, an increase in extreme weather, rising seas, and the spread of new diseases, to resource scarcity that exacerbates

Udall Statement On Trump Dropping Demands For Border Wall Money In Funding Bill

on April 27, 2017 - 11:01am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — April 25, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement after President Trump reportedly backed off his threat to force a government shutdown unless a funding bill to keep the government open included money for his plans to build a wall along the entire border with Mexico:
 
"Last week, I visited with New Mexicans on the border — business owners, immigrants, community leaders, farmers and others — and the overwhelming message I heard was that they oppose President Trump's proposal to build a $70 billion border wall.

LAHS Grad Wins Prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

on April 27, 2017 - 8:43am

Anna Scott, a senior majoring in chemistry at Montana State University, inspects a vial containing a protein for enzyme research on Monday, March 27, 2017, in Bozeman, Montana. Scott recently won a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. MSU photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez
By ANNE CANTRELL
MSU News Service

BOZEMAN — A Montana State University student who would like to contribute to renewable energy efforts throughout her career in research has received a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

Anna Scott, a senior and 2013

AG Launches Investigation Of National Cattle Industry

on April 27, 2017 - 8:31am
Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

LAS CRUCES ― This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a multi-pronged investigation to review unfair and anticompetitive practices in the national cattle industry that harm New Mexican families, and our ranchers and cattle farmers-- who are the backbone of New Mexico’s economy.

Family-owned farms and ranches that have been in operation for generations are vital to the health of New Mexico, which is why Attorney General Balderas is extremely concerned about the possibility of those businesses being threatened, especially by harmful

LAHS Students Excel On National German Exams!

on April 26, 2017 - 6:49pm
Several of LAHS German teacher Anita Boshier's National German Exam students proudly show their medals and certificates! Courtesy photo
 
LAHS News:
 
Twenty six Los Alamos High School students from German level 3 and 4 earned medals in the 2016 National German Exam for High School Students. Twelve of those students won
gold medals and 11 students won silver medals.
 
Several LAHS German Exam students also won special recognition on the Presidential Honor Roll for outstanding performance.

IRS Tips On What To Do After Tax-Filing Deadline

on April 26, 2017 - 4:08pm
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  Tax day has come and gone for most people, but some taxpayers may still be dealing with their taxes. The IRS offers these tips for handling some typical after-tax-day issues:
 
Didn’t File by April 18?
 
There is no penalty for filing a late return after the tax deadline if the taxpayer receives a refund. Penalties and interest only accrue on unfiled returns if taxes are not paid by April 18. Anyone who did not file and owes tax should file a return as soon as they can and pay as much as possible to reduce penalties and interest. IRS Free File is available on
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Former Republican Party Of New Mexico Political Director Todd Johnson Takes Job At Pentagon

on April 26, 2017 - 3:19pm

STATE GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Todd Johnson, the Republican Party of New Mexico's former Political Director under Chairman Debbie Maestas, has left New Mexico to take a job as Advance Officer to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Johnson left RPNM in August to serve as the Trump Campaign's New Mexico state director.

“Todd had a strong impact on New Mexico politics, and his hard work in support of our candidates and building the party will not be forgotten,” said former Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Debbie Maestas.

Los Alamos High School Sophomore Emily Jones Wins 2017 Congressional Art Competition

on April 26, 2017 - 7:52am

LAHS student Emily Jones with her winning art. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) announced Tuesday that Emily Jones, a sophomore at Los Alamos High school, is this year’s winner of the Congressional Art Competition.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

LANL: Jaqueline L. Kiplinger To Receive Award For Pioneering Contributions To Chemistry

on April 26, 2017 - 7:49am

Jaqueline Kiplinger is the recipient of the 2017 Violet Diller Professional Excellence Award. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Iota Sigma Pi society to recognize advances in uranium and thorium chemistry  

Jaqueline Kiplinger, Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow within the Inorganic, Isotope and Actinide Chemistry Group, is the recipient of the 2017 Violet Diller Professional Excellence Award given triennially by Iota Sigma Pi (the National Honor Society of Women in Chemistry). The award recognizes contributions to chemistry that have had widespread significance to the scientific community or

LANL: Managing Disease Spread Through Accessible Modeling

on April 26, 2017 - 7:23am

The research draws on Los Alamos’ expertise in computational modeling and health sciences and contributes to the Laboratory’s national security mission by protecting against biological threats. Infectious diseases are a leading cause of death globally. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lower computing requirements and streamlined data analysis support public-health decision making

A new computer modeling study from Los Alamos National Laboratory is aimed at making epidemiological models more accessible and useful for public-health collaborators and improving disease-related decision making.

“In a

Patriot's Day Dinner Features U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

on April 25, 2017 - 5:10pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce is the keynote speaker at the Republican Party of Los Alamos Patriot's Day Dinner Friday at De Colores. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
RPLA First Vice Chair and County Councilor James Chrobocinski, left, and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce at Friday's Patriot's Day Dinner at De Colores. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

U.S.

Heinrich Co-Chairs Outdoor Recreation Caucus

on April 25, 2017 - 3:38pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The outdoor recreation economy directly contributes $887 billion in consumer spending annually and employs more than 7.6 million Americans according to a new report released today by the Outdoor Industry Association.
 
Given the outdoor industry’s significant economic impact, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is co-chairing the bipartisan Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus, along with U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), to promote policies that invest in the outdoor industry and to ensure it continues to grow and thrive. 
 
"New Mexicans' livelihoods are rooted

2017’s Most Gambling-Addicted States & Kentucky Derby Facts & History Infographic – WalletHub Reports

on April 25, 2017 - 2:55pm
WALLETHUB News:
 
With Americans losing roughly $100 billion through gambling each year and the Kentucky Derby soon to kick off, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released an in-depth report on 2017’s Most Gambling-Addicted States as well as a collection of fun facts about the first leg of the Triple Crown.

Below are some highlights from each report.
 
 
Most Gambling-Addicted States
 
Least Gambling-Addicted States
 
1
Nevada
 
41
Florida
 
2
South Dakota
 
42
Arizona
 
3
Montana
 
43
North Carolina
 
4
West Virginia
 
44
Alaska
 
5
Mississippi
 
45
Vermont
 
6
New Jersey
 
46
Wisconsin
 
7
Oklahoma
 
47
Kentucky
 
8
Oregon
 
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IRS Reminds Those With Foreign Assets Of U.S. Tax Obligations; New Filing Deadline Now Applies

on April 25, 2017 - 2:53pm
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service reminded U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including those with dual citizenship, to check if they have a U.S. tax liability and a filing requirement.
 
At the same time, the agency advised anyone with a foreign bank or financial account that a new deadline now applies to reports for these accounts, often referred to as FBARs.
 
Here is a rundown of key points to keep in mind.
 
New Deadline for Reporting Foreign Accounts
 
Starting this year, the deadline for filing the annual Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR)
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Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Team Supports ICBM Test Launch

on April 25, 2017 - 1:48pm
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AFB  A team of Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center experts supported the recent launch of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile to verify its accuracy and reliability, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.
 
An unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III missile equipped with three test reentry vehicles was launched Feb. 8 during an operational test flight. The Minuteman III reentry vehicles contained test instrumentation and traveled about 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
 
The flight tests

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