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DOE Renews Grant To NMED

on June 29, 2017 - 12:11pm
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD, NM  The Department of Energy ‘s Carlsbad Field Office yesterday renewed a grant with New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) by extending the project period five years to June 30, 2022. The five-year renewal cost is estimated at $2 million.
 
Through the grant, the DOE provides funding to NMED to conduct non-regulatory environmental oversight and monitoring to evaluate activities conducted at DOE’s facilities.

NMED will evaluate the adequacy of DOE facility activities related to Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s environmental monitoring.
 
WIPP is the nation’s only

Los Alamos Scientist Sherri R. Bingert Honored

on June 29, 2017 - 11:36am

Sherri R. Bingert

SCIENCE News:

Sherri R. Bingert, retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) after 28 years where she was a Guest Scientist, received the "Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy" award from the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) for her outstanding career achievements.

Established in 1968, the award was presented by MPIF President Patrick McGeehan at POWDERMET2017, the International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Pearce Introduces Bill To Honor Bataan Veterans

on June 29, 2017 - 8:01am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Tuesday introduced legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the troops and nurses who fought in the defense of Bataan, Corregidor, Guam, Wake Island and the Philippine Archipelago during World War II.
 
“This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Bataan Death March. The events associated with the March, and the March itself, hold tremendous historical significance for New Mexico. Nearly 2,000 of the men involved were members of New Mexico National Guard units.

DEA Releases 2017 Drugs Of Abuse Resource Guide

on June 29, 2017 - 7:55am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration released the 2017 edition ofDrugs of Abuse, A DEA Resource Guide.
 
The Drugs of Abuse guide is released on a periodic basis and designed to be a reliable resource on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the United States. The guide provides important science-based information about the harms and consequences of drug use, describing a drug’s effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key factors.
 
The 2017 edition updates the 2015 Drugs of Abuse publication with the

Udall: EPA's Budget Proposes ‘Offensive’ Widespread Cuts Threatening Public Health, Clean Air, Clean Water

on June 29, 2017 - 7:54am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 27, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), demanded that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt explain the administration’s dangerous and “offensive” proposal to slash funding for programs essential to the EPA’s core mission of protecting clean air, clean water, and public health.
 
 
During a hearing on the EPA's

Nuclear Crisis Group Urges Steps To Prevent Nuclear Conflict

on June 29, 2017 - 7:53am
NCG News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Global Zero’s Nuclear Crisis Group (NCG), a newly-formed team of seasoned diplomats, military leaders and national security experts from nuclear-armed and allied countries, released a set of urgent recommendations to avoid the use of nuclear weapons and called on national leaders to act now to reduce the unacceptably high risk of nuclear conflict.
 
The report comes as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Washington to discuss, among other things, the escalating crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Specifically:
  • The

Bandelier Hosts Annual Naturalization Ceremony July 4

on June 28, 2017 - 5:57pm

A previous Naturalization Ceremony at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS Photo 

BANDELIER News:

For Americans, July 4th is traditionally a day to celebrate freedom and independence. For the sixth year, Bandelier National Monument is proud to partner with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to host a naturalization ceremony at the park on that day.  

Fourteen candidates, after working for years to fulfill their requirements, will be taking the oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States.  

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

Attorney General Hector Balderas Endorses Lujan Grisham For Governor

on June 28, 2017 - 3:05pm
POLITICAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday his endorsement of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham for governor of New Mexico.
 
The endorsement is the first made by a sitting statewide elected official in New Mexico’s 2018 gubernatorial race.
 
“As Attorney General, I am committed to building on the progress we’ve made to make New Mexico safer for children and families, protect seniors from fraud and abuse, and ensure big corporations do not take advantage of consumers,” Balderas said.

Los Alamos Ranked #3 Of Best Public Schools In U.S.

on June 28, 2017 - 8:32am

EDUCATION News:

Out of 2,770 counties in the United States, research conducted by Niche finds that Los Alamos County is ranked the #3 County with the Best Public Schools in America.

This ranking assesses 2,770 counties in the U.S. The same methodology is used to produce the Public Schools Grade for each ranked county as well as additional places.

Statistics are primarily obtained from the U.S. Census and represent the most recent data available.

Pearce On Proposed Rule Rolling Back WOTUS

on June 28, 2017 - 6:32am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to rollback the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Rule:
 
“This is great news for stronger job growth throughout New Mexico. Under the WOTUS Rule, Washington bureaucrats were given complete authority to regulate small streams along with natural and manmade ditches on lands owned by farmers, ranchers, and small businesses.

Pearce Voices Priorities Of New Mexico Resources

on June 27, 2017 - 11:51am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M. voiced New Mexico land and resource priorities Monday at the House Committee on Natural Resources hearing with Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
 
“New Mexico is rich with natural wonders and abundant resources. From natural resource production, to the management and maintenance of federal lands, New Mexican’s are greatly affected by decisions that come out of the Department of the Interior.

IRS Cautions Taxpayers On Summertime Scams

on June 27, 2017 - 9:32am

IRS News:

PHOENIX The Internal Revenue Service today issued a warning that tax-related scams continue across the nation even though the tax filing season has ended for most taxpayers. People should remain on alert to new and emerging schemes involving the tax system that continue to claim victims.

“We continue to urge people to watch out for new and evolving schemes this summer,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “Many of these are variations of a theme, involving fictitious tax bills and demands to pay by purchasing and transferring information involving a gift card or iTunes card.

New Mexico Communities Receive $38.5 Million In PILT

on June 27, 2017 - 7:42am
USDI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Monday that 32 local governments in New Mexico are receiving a total of $38.5 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2017.
 
The payments are New Mexico’s share of the record $464.6 million distributed to 1,900 local governments around the country this year -- the largest amount ever allocated in the PILT program’s 40-year history. This continues to underscore the Trump Administration’s commitment to rural communities. A full list of funding by state and county is available at 

2017’s Best & Worst Places To Celebrate 4th Of July

on June 27, 2017 - 5:59am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With the Fourth of July just days away, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2017's Best & Worst Places to Celebrate 4th of July to go along with interesting stats about the holiday in its Independence Day Facts & Figures infographic. 

To determine the best places to celebrate the most star-spangled occasion, WalletHub’s data team compared the 100 largest U.S. cities based on how well they balance holiday cost and fun.
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NNSA To Issue Public Notice For Intent To Compete Management And Operating Contract For LANL

on June 26, 2017 - 10:23pm

News Alert:

The Los Alamos Daily Post has obtained a copy of an email issued this afternoon by the director of NNSA's Office of Governmental Affairs. The email states that DOE/NNSA will issue a public notice Tuesday alerting potential offerors of its intent to conduct a competition for the management and operating (M&O) follow-on contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

The public notice will be available on various websites for which links will go live by close of business Tuesday.

The projected budget for the LANL M&O contract is approximately $2.5 billion per year or $25

Luján: Safety Of LANL Workers And Los Alamos Community Must Be Paramount

on June 26, 2017 - 9:21pm

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today issued the following statement after press reports that Los Alamos National Laboratory is under investigation for violating nuclear shipping regulations:

“The alleged violations of nuclear material shipping regulations at LANL, if true, are deeply concerning. The safety of the workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and in the Los Alamos community must be paramount.

“LANL has rigorous protocols that govern the shipping of nuclear material, and if something in this process failed or

James M. Boncella, Los Alamos Actinide Chemist, Named Fellow In American Chemical Society

on June 26, 2017 - 10:35am

James M. Boncella selected as a 2017 Fellow in the American Chemical Society. Courtsy/LANL 

LANL News:

James M. Boncella, deputy group leader in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Inorganic, Isotope and Actinide Chemistry group, has been selected as a 2017 Fellow in the American Chemical Society (ACS). 

The ACS Fellows Program recognizes members who have both made exceptional scientific contributions and who have provided excellent volunteer service to the ACS community.

Boncella was selected as Fellow for his seminal discoveries in actinide chemistry and for his long and distinguished

Yellowstone Grizzly Bears: Conservation Success, Uncertain Future

on June 26, 2017 - 9:04am
ESC News:
 
Derek Goldman, Northern Rockies representative for the Endangered Species Coalition released the following statement regarding the Yellowstone grizzly bear:
 
“Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, the Yellowstone grizzly bear has made a remarkable comeback from near extinction, and we want to see this conservation success story endure for future generations. However, we are concerned that the 2016 draft rule and management plans failed to set enforceable conservation standards throughout the Yellowstone grizzly bears’ range.
 
“We don’t want to see grizzly bear expansion

Luján Bill To Help Enroll More Kids In Health Insurance

on June 26, 2017 - 8:53am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced legislation June 22 that will help states enroll more children in healthcare coverage by expanding the outreach and enrollment grant program.
 
Luján’s bill also allows for the inclusion of parent mentors in the grants program. Outreach and enrollment grants help to identify and enroll children who are eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
 
Luján noted that Medicaid and CHIP provide no-cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible

Coro De Cámara Welcomes Princeton Girlchoir

on June 26, 2017 - 7:37am
Princeton Girlchoir performs with Coro de Camara Tuesday, July 11 in Los Alamos. Courtesy/Princeton Girlchoir
 
CORO DE CAMARA News:
 
Coro de Cámara welcomes the acclaimed Princeton Girlchoir’s advanced touring ensemble Tuesday, July 11, to Los Alamos on its first concert stop of a summer Southwest tour. This is a unique opportunity for the Los Alamos community to hear two premier choruses in concert together. 
 
The choruses will participate in an afternoon workshop together and then present a 7 p.m.

Scientists Solve Mystery Of Unexplained 'Bright Nights'

on June 26, 2017 - 7:12am
The different layers of Earth’s airglow can be seen from the International Space Station as it orbits Earth. The very thin green layer above the bottom of the window occurs 95 kilometers (59 miles) above Earth’s surface; the red region above is a different type of airglow. The rectangle represents the portion of the airglow measured in a single WINDII image. Courtesy/American Geophysical Union
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Pearce Leads Hearing To Combat Trafficking Cultural Artifacts That Fund Terrorist Organizations, Activities

on June 25, 2017 - 9:20am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, chairman of the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee, led a hearing to examine the best ways to combat the trafficking of cultural artifacts that fund terrorist organizations and activities:

“During times of conflict we see an increased interest in the theft, fraud, looting, and trafficking of priceless religious and cultural sites for artifacts and other antiquities.

Scenes From Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club Event

on June 25, 2017 - 7:29am

Justin Webster of the Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club makes contact with an amateur radio operator in Arkansas during the National Amateur Radio Field Day contest Saturday at North Mesa Picnic Grounds. The event continues through noon Sunday and the community is invited to observe and make contact with ham operators throughout North America. The contest involves making contact with as many amateur radio stations as possible and using generator, solar and battery-powered equipment to make radio contacts during the 24-hour emergency preparedness exercise. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

AGU: Extraordinary Storms Cause Massive Antarctic Sea Ice Loss In 2016

on June 25, 2017 - 6:39am
By LAUREN LIPUMA
American Geophysical Union
 
A series of unprecedented storms over the Southern Ocean likely caused the most dramatic decline in Antarctic sea ice seen to date, a new study finds.
 
Antarctic sea ice – frozen ocean water that rings the southernmost continent – has grown over the past few decades but declined sharply in late 2016. By March of 2017 – the end of the Southern Hemisphere’s summer – Antarctic sea ice had reached its lowest area since records began in 1978.
 
In a new study, scientists puzzled by the sudden ice loss matched satellite images of Antarctica with

Udall Statement On One-Year Anniversary Of Landmark Chemical Safety Reform

on June 25, 2017 - 6:36am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement Thursday on the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing into law Udall’s landmark bipartisan legislation, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, to overhaul the nation’s broken chemical safety program:
 
“A year ago, Republicans and Democrats came together with President Obama to sign into law the most sweeping environmental legislation in over 20 years, the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

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