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Udall, Commerce Committee Request FCC Oversight Hearing On President's Threats To Freedom Of Press

on October 19, 2017 - 6:23am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  This week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, joined fellow Democrats on the committee in calling for a hearing on President Trump’s attacks on the media and his latest threat to interfere with the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) television station license renewal proceedings.
 
In a letter to Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), respectively the chairman and ranking member of the committee, which has jurisdiction over the FCC, the senators wrote, "Since taking office, this administration

AGU: Waves In Lakes Make Waves In The Earth

on October 19, 2017 - 6:22am
Yellowstone Lake. Photo by Miguel Hermoso Cuesta
 
AGU News:
 
Beneath the peaceful rolling waves of a lake is a rumble, imperceptible to all but seismometers, that ripples into the earth like the waves ripple along the shore.
 
In a study published today in the Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth, scientists at the University of Utah report that these small seismic signals can aid science.
 
As a record of wave motion in a lake, they can reveal when a lake freezes over and when it thaws.

Los Alamos Medical Center PINKS IT OUT For October Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

on October 18, 2017 - 6:48pm

Be Bold. Be Fearless. Be Brave. Los Alamos Medical Center staff PINKS IT OUT for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month as they support the fighters, celebrate the survivors and honor those who have lost their lives. Every Tuesday during the month of October, LAMC staff wears pink in honor of the men and women who have or have had breast cancer and to remind everyone that early detection is the best protection.

EM Manager Doug Hintze Briefs RCLC Board

on October 18, 2017 - 11:11am

Doug Hintze, head of Environmental Management at the Los Alamos Field Office addresses Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board members Friday at their quarterly meeting in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Topping the list of main priorities for Fiscal Year 2017 is enhancing oversight and maintaining focus on safety, efficiency and transparency, said Doug Hintze, manager of the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management at the Los Alamos Field Office.

Hintze told board members at the Regional

Joint Economic Committee Democrats; Congressional Hispanic Caucus Release 'Economic State Of Latino Community In America'

on October 18, 2017 - 8:55am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  As we continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Joint Economic Committee Democrats and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have released a fact sheet on the “Economic State of the Latino Community in America.”
 
The fact sheet outlines the latest statistics on the economic well-being of the nation’s Latino community, including population, employment, and earnings statistics, and other key indicators.
 
Latinos continue to be one of the fastest growing minority groups in the United States, and account for a combined $1.3 trillion in

Los Alamos Researchers And Supercomputers Help Interpret Latest LIGO Findings

on October 18, 2017 - 6:56am
LANL News:
 
Astrophysicist Chris Fryer was enjoying an evening with friends Aug. 25, 2017, when he got the news of a gravitational-wave detection by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory.
 
The event appeared to be a merger of two neutron stars—a specialty for the Los Alamos National Laboratory team of astrophysicists that Fryer leads. As the distant cosmic cataclysm unfolded, fresh observational data was pouring in from the observation—only the fifth published since the observatory began operating almost two years ago. ​
 
“As soon as I heard the news, I knew

NNSA Completes FPU Of W80-1 Alt 369

on October 18, 2017 - 6:08am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has completed the First Production Unit (FPU) of the W80-1 Alteration (Alt) 369.
 
This accomplishment is an important step toward maintaining nuclear capabilities that will help deter attacks on the United States and its allies.
 
“The dedicated team at Pantex went above and beyond to complete this milestone before fiscal year 2017 came to a close,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, NNSA’s principal assistant deputy administrator for military application.

New Mexico Ranks 34th On Tax Competitiveness

on October 17, 2017 - 11:58am
 
TAX FOUNDATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  New Mexico has the 34th most competitive tax code in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation’s newly-released 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index.
 
This annual report measures how well each state’s tax code is structured, analyzing over 100 tax variables in five different tax categories: corporate, individual income, sales, property, and unemployment insurance.
 
The breakdown of New Mexico’s 2018 ranking is as follows (1st is best, 50th worst):
  • Overall Tax Climate: 34
  • Corporate Tax Structure: 24
  • Individual Income Tax Structure: 35

Growing Quantum Dot Manufacturer, UbiQD, Named Breakout Labs Portfolio Company

on October 17, 2017 - 7:10am

Photo of the UbiQD team taken at its recent September board of directors meeting a short walk from the quantum dot company’s headquarters in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

UbiQD, Inc. News:

  • The Thiel Foundation is supporting development of UbiQD’s solar concentrator technology

UbiQD, Inc., a New Mexico-based quantum dot manufacturer, announced today that it has been recognized as one of the newest portfolio companies in Breakout Labs, a fund within the Thiel Foundation that finances and nurtures early-stage science-based companies.

NNSA And Partners Launch Project To Reduce Use Of Radioactive Source Based Devices

on October 17, 2017 - 5:43am
NNSA News:
 
NEW YORK, NY  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has partnered with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) to launch the first citywide initiative to reduce the reliance on risk significant devices in medical and research applications.
 
This combined effort will serve as a way to reduce the risk of a terrorist acquiring this material for a radiological dispersal device (“dirty bombs”).
 
NNSA’s Acting Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear

DEA Kicks Off Annual Red Ribbon Campaign Oct. 23

on October 17, 2017 - 5:20am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration will kick off its annual Red Ribbon Campaign, the nation’s largest drug prevention effort, Oct. 23. 
 
The National Red Ribbon Campaign began after drug traffickers in Mexico tortured and brutally murdered Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in March 1985. Red Ribbon Week is officially celebrated nationally Oct. 23-31; however, communities and school districts nationwide hold events throughout the month.
 
The Red Ribbon Campaign is dedicated to helping to preserve Special Agent Camarena's memory and

LANL: Chemical Treatment Improves Quantum Dot Lasers

on October 16, 2017 - 5:29pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemist Jaehoon Lim works on an apparatus that synthesizes quantum dots along with Los Alamos researcher Young-Shin Park (also with the University of New Mexico Center for High-Technology Materials). In a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology, Los Alamos colleagues Kaifeng Wu and Victor Klimov worked with Lim and Park to demonstrate that negatively charged quantum dots show promise for low-power laser applications or quantum dot laser diodes. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • Doctored dots release laser light more efficiently, use less power

One of the secrets to

County Council Receives Update On MPNHP

on October 16, 2017 - 8:59am

Los Alamos Site Manager of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Charlie Strickfaden provides an update on the park during the Oct. 10 County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

​Work is progressing on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP), the Los Alamos County Council learned during its regular meeting Oct. 10. The park's Site Manager Charlie Strickfaden gave a short presentation to the Council about the park. 

​In his presentation, Strickfaden identified the draft version of the park's purpose:  “Managed in partnership by the

Aspen Institute Names Top 150 U.S. Community Colleges Eligible For 2019 Aspen Prize

on October 16, 2017 - 6:40am
Aspen Institute News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.
 
With a singular focus on student success, the Aspen Prize recognizes institutions with outstanding achievements in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and

Study: 2017’s Best Foodie Cities In America

on October 16, 2017 - 6:31am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With Oct. 16 being World Food Day and restaurant prices rising, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2017’s Best Foodie Cities in America.

To determine the best and cheapest local foodie scenes, WalletHub compared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities across 24 key metrics. The data set ranges from affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants to food festivals per capita to craft breweries and wineries per capita.

 
Top 20 Foodie Cities in America
 
 
1
San Francisco, CA
 
11
Tampa, FL
 
2
Portland, OR
 
12
Atlanta, GA
 
3
New York, NY
 
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IRS: Fake Insurance Tax Form Scam Aims At Stealing Data From Tax Professionals And Their Clients

on October 16, 2017 - 6:24am

IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service Thursday alerted tax professionals and their clients to a fake insurance tax form scam that is being used to access annuity and life insurance accounts.
 
Cybercriminals currently are combining several tactics to create a complex scheme through which both tax professionals and taxpayers have been victimized.
 
There may be variations but here’s how one scam works: The cybercriminal, impersonating a legitimate cloud-based storage provider, entices a tax professional with a phishing email.

Supercuts Clip For The Cure Saturday, Oct. 21

on October 15, 2017 - 9:19am

Supercuts in Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos is hosting a Clip for the Cure event Saturday, Oct. 21, as part of the company's nationwide effort to help fight breast cancer. The store will donate 10 percent of every haircut Oct. 21 to the Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. Gathered for a photo Saturday afternoon, from left, local Supercuts Manager Sarafina Aguino, Mariela Dominguez, Amanda Maestas, Assistant Manager Debra DeLaRosa and Leila Herrera. Supercuts is open seven days a week: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Pearce Bill Supports Veterans Choice Program

on October 15, 2017 - 8:27am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Thursday introduced H.R. 4031, Beneficiary Travel Act of 2017, to bolster the Veterans Choice Program, which provides services to millions of veterans in rural communities across the nation.
 
“As a veteran, I strongly support cutting government red tape that prevents our nation’s former service members from receiving the quality and timely care they deserve. Our veterans sacrificed so much in defense of our freedoms and liberties, and we must honor our commitments to them.

DOE Awards Contract For Liquid Waste Services At Savannah River Site

on October 15, 2017 - 7:14am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Thursday announced the award of a contract to Savannah River EcoManagement, LLC for Savannah River Site Liquid Waste Services.
 
The contract is cost-plus-award-fee and includes an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract line item. The total estimated value of the contract is approximately $4.7 billion. The period of performance includes a base period of seven years (including a transition period of 90 days) and an option period of three years. Three proposals were received in response to the solicitation.
 

IRS: Tax Filing Extension Expires Oct. 16 For Millions

on October 15, 2017 - 7:13am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service recently urged taxpayers who have a filing extension through Oct. 16 to check their returns for often-overlooked tax benefits.
 
When they are ready to file, the IRS recommends they file their return electronically using IRS e-file or the Free File system. Both are still available for taxpayers who still need to file their return.
 
Although Oct. 16 is the last day for most people to file, some individuals -- such as members of the military serving in a combat zone -- are allowed more time to file.
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Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Help Address Crisis Of Missing And Murdered Native American Women

on October 14, 2017 - 4:05pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined in introducing legislation led by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and cosponsored by Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Native women and girls. 
 
Native women are murdered at ten times the national average, and 84 percent of Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime. The bill, Savanna’s Act, is named in honor of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was tragically killed in August. 
 
“All people,

Persons Prosecuted For Commercial Exploitation Of Children Nearly Doubled Between 2004 And 2013

on October 14, 2017 - 6:18am
OJP News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The annual number of persons prosecuted for commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) cases filed in U.S. district court nearly doubled between 2004 and 2013, increasing from 1,405 to 2,776 cases, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced Thursday.
 
During the period, a CSEC crime was the most serious offense or lead charge for 37,105 suspects referred to U.S. attorneys for investigation.

IRS Warns Of New E-Services Scam

on October 14, 2017 - 6:12am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The IRS recently warned all e-Services users to beware of a new phishing scam that tries to trick tax professionals into “signing” a new e-Services user agreement. The phishing scam seeks to steal passwords and data.
 
The scam email claims to be from “e-Services Registration” and uses “Important Update about Your e-Services Account” in the subject line.
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New Mexico Delegation Announces New Funding To Combat Opioid & Substance Abuse Crisis In NM

on October 14, 2017 - 6:08am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $1,173,835 in grants to New Mexico for efforts to combat opioid and substance abuse in the state.
 
The grants include $580,247 for the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) to expand and improve identification of and support for individuals who survive drug overdoses; $298,594 for the city of Santa Fe to implement the Santa Fe Opioid Overdose Outreach

Officials Paint Domestic Violence Awareness Rock

on October 13, 2017 - 5:06pm

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and others turn out this morning to paint a Domestic Violence Awareness Month message on the rock on N.M. 4 in White Rock. ‘You are a hero, because you are changing the world by saying no to abuse.’ –A domestic violence abuse victim. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurt Steinhaus helps paint a Domestic Violence Awareness Month message this morning on the rock on N.M. 4 in White Rock. Courtesy photo

The White Rock rock shares the message that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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