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Roger This: A White House Uncomfortable With Truth

on March 23, 2017 - 7:58am
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
So it’s fake news vs. alternative facts, is it?
 
Well, alternative facts are a contradiction in terms. Something is either a fact or not. Nothing is in between. There are no alternative facts.
 
We’re talking about Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President of the United States, trying to help her boss wriggle around his still-unfounded tweet that Barack Obama tapped his phone in Trump Tower. The President’s charge of fake news as a blanket statement can’t possibly apply to every case and is at the very least carelessly imprecise.

LANL: Ultrafast Measurements Explain Quantum Dot Voltage Drop

on March 22, 2017 - 9:50am

A femtosecond laser pulse launches a photocurrent transient in a quantum dot solid, which is time-resolved using ultrafast sampling electronics. This technique provides unprecedented insights into early time photoconductance in quantum dot assemblies for solar cells and photodetectors. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Insights pave way for solar cells and photodetectors based on tunable nanoparticles

Solar cells and photodetectors could soon be made from new types of materials based on semiconductor quantum dots, thanks to new insights based on ultrafast measurements capturing real-time

Heinrich, Udall Introduce Resolution To Honor Legacy Of Los Alamos National Laboratory On 75th Anniversary

on March 21, 2017 - 11:49am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
  • The resolution urges the Secretary of the Navy to name the next U.S. Navy submarine “USS Los Alamos” in recognition of the contributions of Los Alamos National Laboratory, the people of Los Alamos, and nearby communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall introduced a resolution urging the Secretary of the Navy to name the next nuclear-powered submarine of the United States Navy “USS Los Alamos” to honor and recognize the contributions the residents of Los Alamos have made to the United States Navy.

“Los

Breaking The Supermassive Black Hole Speed Limit

on March 21, 2017 - 11:08am

Quasar growing under intense accretion streams. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A new computer simulation helps explain the existence of puzzling supermassive black holes observed in the early universe. The simulation is based on a computer code used to understand the coupling of radiation and certain materials.

“Supermassive black holes have a speed limit that governs how fast and how large they can grow,” said Joseph Smidt of the Theoretical Design Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, “The relatively recent discovery of supermassive black holes in the early development of the universe

LANL: Less Radiation In Inner Van Allen Belt Than Previously Believed

on March 21, 2017 - 7:55am

This artist’s rendering of the Van Allen Probes mission shows the path of its two spacecraft through the radiation belts that surround Earth, which are made visible in false color. Courtesy/NASA  

LANL News:

  • New study shows scientists the ‘snowflake in a rainstorm’

The inner Van Allen belt has less radiation than previously believed, according to a recent study in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Observations from NASA’s Van Allen probes show the fastest, most energetic electrons in the inner radiation belt are actually much rarer and harder to find than scientists expected.

ATR President Grover Norquist To Keynote RGF Event

on March 21, 2017 - 6:18am

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. Courtesy photo

RGF News:

The Rio Grande Foundation (RGF) announces its keynote speaker this year is Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). ATR is a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR works to limit the size and cost of government and opposes higher taxes at the federal, state and local levels and supports tax reform that moves toward taxing consumed income one time at one rate.

Courtesy photo

ATR organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for

Heinrich Launches #KeepMeCovered Campaign

on March 20, 2017 - 6:38am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) launched “Keep Me Covered,” a social media campaign calling for New Mexicans and people across the country to share a video or photo using the hashtag #KeepMeCovered to highlight what they stand to lose under President Trump and congressional Republicans’ health care plan. 
 
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported yesterday that the bill will cancel health care for 14 million people in just one year, with 24 million losing care by 2026. 
 
“President Trump and

Letter To The Editor: Quoting Tweets And So Much More...

on March 20, 2017 - 6:27am
By “That” Concerned Citizen Again
Los Alamos

Mr. Visel, I am glad that we agree on the importance of the First Amendment for this country. However, I take exceptions to some statements in your letter (link).

It is telling that you complain about biased reporting of exactly the same “mainstream” media, as our president. You could as well just have posted Mr. Trump's tweets. If this is your reliable source of news, than we already disagree here. His tweets for years have been proven (by facts) as rarely being truthful or respectful … but we have the First Amendment, so I guess this is ok.

Let us

House Subcommittee Probes Nuclear Weapons Windfall

on March 18, 2017 - 10:41am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan appears Thursday before House Armed Services oversight and investigations subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/HASC webcast

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

President Trump’s budget priorities were on parade in the House Armed Services subcommittee hearing Thursday, as the White House was releasing a sketch of its fiscal plans for the next 18 months. The White House projection for the nuclear security enterprise proposes strong support for a “nuclear force that is second to none.”

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan spoke

Study Suggests Brain Injury Effects Last Seven Years

on March 18, 2017 - 8:43am
HEALTH News:
 
A new study that was presented Feb. 10 to the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, suggests brain injury long-term effects in children may still be present as long as seven years after the injury is sustained.
 
Furthermore, researchers found that children who sustain brain injuries are at increased risk to develop other functioning issues. The research highlights the importance of protecting children from brain injuries, especially children involved in high-risk sports or activities linked to traumatic brain injury.
 
“More than 630,000 children

Organizations Prepare To March For Science April 22

on March 18, 2017 - 7:33am
SCIENCE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Less than two months after the March for Science event was first announced, the num ber of partners now approaches 100 organizations, which includes global institutions, and ranges from scientific societies to unions. 
 
New major partners include the Alliance for Science, American Federation of Teachers, American Public Health Association, California Academy of Sciences, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, The Field Museum, Genetics Society of America, Phi Beta Kappa, Society for Neuroscience, and United Automobile, Aerospace,

Radio Shack In Los Alamos Is Going Strong

on March 17, 2017 - 4:53pm

Los Alamos Radio Shack Owner Bill Cabral assures the community that although the coporation may be in trouble, his store is not. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

Radio Shack Corporation may be facing difficulties with bankruptcy and reorganization but the locally-owned Radio Shack store is going strong, owner Bill Cabral said.

 

“We’re a franchise and we’re independently, locally owned and they couldn’t close us even if they wanted to,” Cabral said.

 

Being independently owned means Cabral purchases inventory from Radio Shack

Udall, Tester, Cantwell Introduce Measure To Create Jobs By Fostering Entrepreneurship In Indian Country

on March 17, 2017 - 8:42am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and former committee chairs Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced the Native American Business Incubators Program Act, legislation to help launch small businesses and encourage job creation in Indian Country. 
 
Their bill, S. 607, creates a competitive grant program to establish and fund business incubators that will assist in cultivating Native American-owned small businesses.

Secretary Zinke Issues Lease For 56 Million Tons Of Coal

on March 17, 2017 - 8:28am
USDI News:
 
WASHINGTON. D.C.  U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the approval of a $22 million coal lease on the Greens Hollow tract in central Utah to Canyon Fuel Company, LLC, a subsidiary of Bowie Resource Partners, LLC.
 
Coal mining in the area currently supports nearly 1,700 mining and related jobs.
 
Secretary Zinke also announced Bureau of Land Management (BLM) career veteran Michael Nedd will serve as Acting-Director of the BLM.

Heinrich Calls On Trump To Address Wiretap Claim

on March 17, 2017 - 7:53am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement calling on President Trump to come clean on his unsubstantiated accusation that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower prior to last year's election:
 
“If President Trump wanted to put this to bed, he’d come clean with whatever ‘evidence’ he claims to have.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

on March 17, 2017 - 7:43am

A St. Patrick's Day religious procession in March of 2010 in Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland, where Saint Patrick is said to be buried. Photo by Ardfern

COMMUNITY News:

Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held March 17, which is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick depicted in a stained glass window at Saint Benin's Church, Ireland. Courtesy image

Saint Patrick's Day was made an

Sen. Martin Heinrich: President Trump’s Budget Outline Does Not Reflect Our Core Values And Principles

on March 16, 2017 - 7:56am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich issued the following statement after President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2018 budget outline that cuts $54 billion from non-defense discretionary spending.

The President's budget boosts Defense Department spending by 10 percent, cuts the State Department by 28 percent and the Environmental Protection Agency by 25 percent, eliminates funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and provides $1.5 billion for construction of the border wall.

“President Trump’s proposal irresponsibly robs $54

Freedom Of The Press ... Sunshine Week Editorial

on March 16, 2017 - 6:35am
By CHRIS WOOD, President
New Mexico Press Association

Recognizing that a representative government is dependent upon an informed electorate, the intent of the legislature in enacting the Inspection of Public Records Act is to ensure, and it is declared to be the public policy of this state, that all persons are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of public officers and employees.

Letter To The Editor: How Ironic ...

on March 15, 2017 - 4:52pm
By ANDREW DELOREY
Los Alamos
 
How ironic that the Los Alamos GOP chairman should write, “No matter what political party a citizen chooses to associate with, it should be their first and most precious duty to protect the republic.” (link)

We have a GOP president that likely has many undisclosed conflicts of interest regarding his domestic and international business relationships. He has assaulted the first amendment by threatening and excluding the media. The media is diverse and every president has adversaries; that is by design. He has assaulted the first amendment by discriminating based on

Udall, Heinrich Invite Energy Secretary Rick Perry To Visit New Mexico National Laboratories

on March 15, 2017 - 10:06am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry inviting him to visit Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico.

“The work at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories is critical to meeting DOE’s mission of assuring national security through stewardship of the nuclear weapons stockpile, nuclear non-proliferation, and homeland security,” wrote the senators.

Heinrich: GOP Healthcare Plan Disastrous As Expected

on March 15, 2017 - 8:29am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored the GOP healthcare plan.
 
According to CBO estimates, 14 million would be uninsured by 2018 and 26 million by 2026.
 
“The Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that the Republican healthcare bill will be as disastrous as we expected.

Udall Celebrates Sunshine Week By Advocating Open Government, Defending Free Press

on March 15, 2017 - 8:09am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, will today mark Sunshine Week — a national initiative to educate the public on the importance of an open and transparent government — by advocating for transparency in our government, defending the critical role of the free press, and calling for campaign finance reform to shine a light on dark money in politics.

Starting at 10 a.m.

Nationally Recognized Summer STEM Program Coming To Barranca Mesa Elementary Week Of June 19

on March 14, 2017 - 10:37pm

EDUCATION News:

Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is coming to Barranca Mesa the week of June 19. Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. What makes this camp truly unique is that the curriculum is inspired by some of our nation’s most brilliant minds — the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

For students entering kindergarten through sixth

IRS: Payment Options For Those Who Owe

on March 14, 2017 - 4:47pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX -- The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that it’s easier than ever to pay taxes electronically. For those unable to pay on time, several quick and easy solutions are available.

This is the seventh in a series of 10 IRS tips called the Tax Time Guide. Taxpayers can use these tips to find solutions to common tax issues as the April 18 tax deadline approaches.

Taxpayers who owe taxes can now choose among several quick and easy electronic payment options, including the following:

Los Alamos Daily Post Surpasses 7,000 FB Likes!

on March 14, 2017 - 2:59pm

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Daily Post extends its heartfelt appreciation to the local community and readers around the world for helping the Post’s Facebook page hit 7,000 “likes” this week!

Along with this latest milestone, Publisher Carol A. Clark and her team have had a lot to celebrate so far this year. On Feb. 7, they celebrated the fifth anniversary of the online newspaper and the Post becoming the official newspaper of record in Los Alamos County.

Reaching 7,000 Facebook likes is another sign that readers in the area are enjoying the instant availability of local news and certainly

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