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Luján Statement On Shooting In Clovis

on August 29, 2017 - 7:31am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has released the following statement following reports of a shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library this evening:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of the tragic shooting at the Clovis – Carver Public Library in Clovis tonight.

While the details are still coming in, we grieve for the innocent victims shot in a senseless act of violence; lives disrupted and futures cut short; and a community reeling. We must come together to heal, but this trend must not continue.”

DOE/NNSA: B61-12 Meeting Qualification Test Schedule

on August 28, 2017 - 2:50pm

DOE/NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and U.S. Air Force completed two qualification flight tests of B61-12 gravity bombs August 8 at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. 

The non-nuclear test assemblies, which were dropped from an F-15E based at Nellis Air Force Base, evaluated the weapon’s non-nuclear functions and the aircraft’s capability to deliver the weapon.

These tests are part of a series over the next three years to qualify the B61-12 for service. The first qualification flight test occurred in March.

“The

Privacy And The Internet

on August 28, 2017 - 8:32am

HSNW News:

In the Internet era, consumers seem increasingly resigned to giving up fundamental aspects of their privacy for convenience in using their phones and computers, and have grudgingly accepted that being monitored by corporations and even governments is just a fact of modern life.

In fact, Internet users in the United States have fewer privacy protections than those in other countries. In April, Congress voted to allow Internet service providers to collect and sell their customers’ browsing data.

Shin: County Council's Immigration Proclamation ... An Undercurrent Of Obstructionism

on August 28, 2017 - 8:01am

By LISA SHIN
Los Alamos

The Los Alamos County Council will consider an immigration proclamation this coming Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. This is a toned-down version from the April resolution, to which Councilor Antonio Maggiore stated, “could have easily been deemed as geared toward Donald Trump”.

While this resolution does not change how we treat immigrants, its local advocates are aligned with Indivisible, a grassroots movement formed to resist the Trump agenda. Nationwide, these activists protect sanctuary cities, and speak out for the rights of “undocumented” immigrants.

This proclamation

Study: 2017’s Best Real-Estate Markets

on August 28, 2017 - 7:04am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With home sales recently falling to their lowest level this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best Real-Estate Markets.

To determine the most attractive real-estate markets in the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared 300 cities across 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from median home-price appreciation to home sales turnover rate to job growth.

 
 
Best Real-Estate Markets
 
Worst Real-Estate Markets
 
1
Frisco, TX
 
291
New Haven, CT
 
2
McKinney, TX
 
292
Montgomery, AL
 
3
Allen, TX
 
293
Waterbury, CT
 
4
Cary, NC
 
294
Detroit, MI
 
5

Spencer: War And Other Historical Memorials Aren’t Created Equal

on August 27, 2017 - 10:23am

Memorial in Frank Ortiz Park. The camp was at what is now the Casa Solana residential area. Courtesy/N. Mesa Mutts 

By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.

Shovel them under and let me work—
I am the grass; I cover all.

And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.

Two years, ten years, and the passengers ask the conductor:
What place is this?
Where are we now?

I am the grass.
Let me work.

Grass, by Carl Sandburg

There is quite a bit of uproar over the de-emphasis of United States Civil War

More Americans Have Epilepsy Than Ever Before

on August 25, 2017 - 11:07am

CDC News:

The number of U.S. adults and children with epilepsy is increasing, with at least 3.4 million people living with the disorder, according to data released today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

It’s the first time epilepsy estimates have been available for every state.

The data show the disorder is widespread. In 2015, about 3 million U.S.

CDC: Travelers To Europe ... Protect Against Measles

on August 25, 2017 - 11:03am

CDC News:

With the peak summer travel season under way, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding travelers to Europe and other global destinations to take steps to protect themselves against measles amid outbreaks of the disease.

More than 14,000 cases of measles have been reported in Europe since January 2016, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. In the past year, 35 people across Europe have died from the disease, according to the World Health Organization.

“Most measles cases in the United States are the result of international

Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.4 Million For Restoration Projects In Carson, Cibola, Gila, Lincoln National Forests

on August 25, 2017 - 9:40am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $3.4 million in funding from the U.S. Forest Service for restoration projects in four of New Mexico's national forests.
 
The projects will aim to promote healthy watersheds, reduce the threat of wildfires, and improve the functioning of forest ecosystems by reducing the number and density of small diameter trees on public forest lands in New Mexico. The funding comes from the U.S.

Tales Of Our Times: Foes Find There Is No Free Lunch

on August 25, 2017 - 7:50am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 
Foes Find There Is No Free Lunch

Should we worry about the national debt? Should we cut down a mountainside full of trees to meet current needs? The questions together are a curious pair.
 
Or more to the point, how curious is it never to hear the questions asked together? They are but two forms of the same question: How do we husband assets so as to maintain capabilities for those who come later? The puzzle is posed.

Air Force Announces Nuclear Missile Contract Awards

on August 25, 2017 - 7:39am
AFNWC News:
 
The Air Force is on track to replace the aging AGM-86B Air Launched Cruise Missile with modernized weapon capabilities designed for its nuclear bomber fleet, to include the B-21.
 
Thursday, the Air Force awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Raytheon Company to mature design concepts and prove developmental technologies for the new Long Range Standoff weapon.
 
"This weapon will modernize the air-based leg of the nuclear triad," Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said.

DNA Detectives Crack Case On Biothreat Look-alikes

on August 24, 2017 - 4:51pm

Principal investigator Jean Challacombe, left, assisted by Cheryl Gleasner who runs the sequencing machines, and who participated in the sequencing of most, if not all, of the Francisella genomes sequenced at Los Alamos. The device shown is an Illumina NextSeq 500, used in high-throughput sequencing in the laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Distinguishing virulent from harmless bacteria could aid biological surveillance

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are improving the identification of the bacterium that causes tularemia (“rabbit fever”) and considered a “Category A”

AGU: Elevated Zinc And Germanium Levels Bolster Evidence For Life On Mars

on August 24, 2017 - 4:39pm
This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows a site with a network of prominent mineral veins below a cap rock ridge on lower Mount Sharp. The APXS instrument on Curiosity discovered unusual material in these veins that has the highest germanium concentrations found in Gale Crater. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
New data gathered by the Mars Curiosity rover indicates a potential history of hydrothermal activity on the red planet, broadening the variety of habitable conditions once present there, scientists report in a new study.
 
Researchers found

Over 52K Sign Care2 Petition Calling On The FBI To Label KKK A Terrorist Organization

on August 24, 2017 - 8:09am
CARE2 News:
 
A Care2 petition has garnered over 52,000 signatures targeting the FBI to create a domestic terrorist list to be managed and published by the US State Department and include the KKK and their affiliated white supremacist hate groups, following the violence in Charlottesville.
 
View the Care2 petition here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/946/021/684/ 
 
“The KKK is a HATE group responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people of color through the decades,” Naomi Miller writes on her Care2 petition.
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U.S. Treasury Extends Order To Tackle Abuse Of High-End Real Estate By Money Launderers In Seven Hotspot Markets

on August 24, 2017 - 7:50am
U.S. TREASURY News:
 
Aug. 22, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN) announced that it will renew and expand an order aimed at cracking down on bad actors laundering money through high-end US real estate.
 
The Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) could also target potentially illicit money coming from countries under US sanctions, such as Russia and North Korea. 
 
Global Witness welcomes this decision as another small but significant step towards stemming the vast tide of illicit flows entering the US through real estate purchases.
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LANL Officials Present Update To Community Leaders

on August 24, 2017 - 6:28am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan told Los Alamos community leaders Wednesday morning that the Lab is committed to executing its national security mission safely and securely while the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) carries out their process of finding a new contractor.

“We will remain strong through the transition as we work on what the Lab does on behalf of the nation,” he told more than 270 gathered for updates from McMillan,

Regional Coalition Discusses Future Of LANL Cleanup With DOE Officials

on August 24, 2017 - 6:23am

Deputy Assistant Secretary of DOE-EM Jim Owendoff

RCLC News:

SANTA FE -- The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) and Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) met with several Department of Energy Environmental Management (DOE-EM) officials Wednesday, Aug. 8 for a reception dinner in Española.

The opportunity allowed for relationship building and an open dialogue on the future vision of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and DOE-EM cleanup campaigns with Deputy Assistant Secretary of DOE-EM, Jim Owendoff, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Roger Jarell, and other

DOE Releases Final RFPs For Low-Level Waste / Mixed Low-Level Waste Disposal Procurement

on August 24, 2017 - 6:16am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) has issued a final Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking proposals for the Low-Level Waste/Mixed Low-Level Waste (LLW/MLLW) Disposal procurement.
 
This effort will require contractors to safely dispose of LLW/MLLW; Section 11e.(2) byproduct material; technologically-enhanced, naturally-occurring radioactive material (TENORM); and sealed sources.
 
The government expects to award one or more indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts in response

NNSA Responds To Concerned Stakeholder Letters Regarding LANL M&O Contract Draft Solicitation

on August 23, 2017 - 3:52pm

RCLC News:

SANTA FE — An overwhelming number of letters were submitted by local governments and community stakeholders to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concerning the Draft Request For Proposal (RFP) for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Management & Operation (M&O) Contract competition currently underway.

The NNSA released preliminary responses Aug. 11 to community concerns regarding the upcoming RFP.

Los Alamos/Japan Project Hosts Two September Events

on August 23, 2017 - 3:37pm

Hand-folded origami crane. Courtesy photo

LA HISTORY MUSEUM News:

 
Community Welcome Tea & Conversation
Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Pajarito Room, Fuller Lodge

In celebration of our global partnership, Los Alamos History Museum is thrilled to welcome Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum staff on their historic visit to Los Alamos. Please join us for this special event with Hiroshima Museum Director Kenji Shiga and Outreach Manager Kahori Wada. Also with us for the event will be the UNM students from Los Alamos who joined us in Hiroshima for the memorial ceremony.

Visit Eight National Parks In NM Fee Free Friday

on August 23, 2017 - 3:03pm

Descend into the cool cave climate at Carlsbad Caverns, the iconic national park known for its cave systems, which are laced with remarkable pinnacles and spires of rock. Courtesy/NPS

NPS News:

All of New Mexico's 15 parks and monuments that are a part of the National Park Service will be "fee free" Friday in celebration of the NPS's 101st birthday.

Eight of the 15 properties, which include Bandelier National Monument, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Capulin Volcano National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Gila Cliff Dwellings National

Northern Receives $433,000 National Science Foundation Grant To Develop Cybersecurity Program

on August 23, 2017 - 2:45pm
NNMC News:
 
The College of Engineering and Technology (CET) at Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) has been awarded $433,689 by the National Science Foundation to develop a cybersecurity concentration in its ABET-accredited Bachelor in Information Engineering Technology (IET).
 
The Principal Investigator of the project is Dr. Jorge Crichigno, chair of the CET. The project is the result of several years of preparation that include state-of-the-art laboratory technology and advanced instruction capability in cybersecurity.
 
Dr.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Keynotes 2017 Wildlife Corridor And Connectivity Summit

on August 23, 2017 - 2:38pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich speaking Aug. 22 at the 2017 Wildlife Corridor and Connectivity Summit in Taos. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, was the keynote speaker at the 2017 Wildlife Corridor and Connectivity Summit hosted Aug. 22 by the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Colorado Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Federation and Trout Unlimited.
 
The summit focused on U.S.

Udall ‘Serving You Office Hours’ Los Alamos Thursday

on August 23, 2017 - 1:35pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
Next week, a representative from the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will hold "Udall Serving You Office Hours" in northern New Mexico for Los Alamos, Taos, Raton, Mora, Dixon and Santa Fe residents who need help with issues related to federal agencies. 
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, in Taos at the Taos Senior Program.
  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, in Raton at the Raton County Commissioners’ Chambers;
  • 1:30-3 p.m. in Mora at the Mora Senior Center;
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.

NWTF Supports Tooke As New Forest Service Chief

on August 23, 2017 - 7:41am
NWTF News:
 
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation strongly supports Secretary Sonny Purdue’s announcement of Tony Tooke as the new chief of the USDA Forest Service.
 
“Tony is a phenomenal choice for chief of the Forest Service,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “As someone who has dedicated a career to working for our public lands, he understands the importance of the Forest Service and truly values its partners and the role of active forest management.”
 
Took has worked for the Forest Service since age 18, and is currently the regional forester for the Southern Region.

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