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U.S. Demonstrates Production Of Fuel For Missions To The Solar System And Beyond

on December 26, 2015 - 8:31am
DOE News:
 
The first U.S. production in nearly 30 years of a specialized fuel to power future deep space missions has been completed by researchers at the Department of Energy‘s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee.
 
The production of 50 grams of plutonium-238–roughly the mass of a golf ball–marks the first demonstration in the United States since the Savannah River Plant in South Carolina ceased production in the late 1980s.
 
Radioisotope power systems convert heat from the natural radioactive decay of the isotope plutonium-238 into electricity.
 
These systems have been used to

Statement From Senate Democratic Leaders On Governor’s El Dorado Hotel Situation

on December 26, 2015 - 8:30am
NMSD News:
 
SANTA FE  Statement of Sen. Michael S. Sanchez, Senator Majority Leader:
 
“The recent incident involving Gov. Susana Martinez’s activities at the El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe, which has been of intense interest in the national media, is very regrettable for our state. It is embarrassing that this is how New Mexico makes the national news, and it does real harm to our state. It also comes on the heels of being named worst-run state in the nation, worst in unemployment, and worst in high school graduation.
 
“We also regret that some of the Albuquerque media in its coverage of this case

Udall Secures Sports Safety Provisions To Protect Youth Athletes From Concussions

on December 26, 2015 - 8:14am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Commerce committees, announced that the president has signed into law as part of the "omnibus" appropriations measure several sports safety provisions that Udall has championed to help protect youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries.
 
Udall has led efforts in Congress to improve equipment safety standards and curb false advertising claims, focusing on ensuring parents, coaches and players have the information they need to make important

DEA Eases Requirements For FDA-Approved Clinical Trials On Cannabidiol

on December 26, 2015 - 8:04am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently eased some of the regulatory requirements imposed by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for those who are conducting Food and Drug Administration-approved clinical trials on cannabidiol (CBD), an extract of the marijuana plant.
 
These modifications will streamline the research process regarding CBD’s possible medicinal value and help foster ongoing scientific studies. The DEA notified affected researchers by letter of the changes, which take effect immediately. 
 
Federal Regulation 21 CFR 1301.18

First Lady Takes Calls In NORAD Tracks Santa Program

on December 25, 2015 - 9:32am

Mrs. Obama taking calls on Santa's journey as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program. Courtesy/NORAD

NORAD News:

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – For the sixth consecutive year and marking the 60th Anniversary of NORAD tracks Santa, First Lady Michelle Obama took time from her holiday schedule to deliver cheer to children across America by personally answering phone calls on Santa's journey as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Mrs.

Voter Registration Deadline Is Dec. 29

on December 25, 2015 - 8:57am

COUNTY News:

In order to participate in the upcoming Los Alamos Public School Special All Mail Election, Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover would like to remind residents who are not registered, or have moved, to complete a voter registration form.

Voter registration forms are available in the County Clerk’s Office at 1000 Central Avenue, 2nd Floor, Suite 240, as well as at the Motor Vehicle Department and libraries.

The deadline to update your address, register or submit an alternate address for your ballot is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 in the Clerk’s Office.

Congressional Delegation Secures Pledge From DHS On Delay Of REAL ID Enforcement

on December 24, 2015 - 10:17am
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has informed them that the state of New Mexico can still get an extension of the deadline for REAL ID enforcement if Gov. Susana Martinez and the leadership of the N.M. House and Senate can verify to DHS that they agree on legislation that ensures REAL ID compliance. 
 
Seeking answers on behalf of New Mexicans about the standards and procedures that DHS will follow to enforce REAL ID, the state's

Rep. Nate Gentry Pre-Files Legislation To Keep New Mexicans Safer From Violent Repeat Criminals

on December 24, 2015 - 10:13am
Rep. Nate Gentry
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Rep. Nate Gentry pre-filed “Jaydon’s Law,” legislation to ensure judges have access to the full criminal histories of violent offenders. 
 
Current law prohibits judges from considering the juvenile record of an adult offender during bond and sentencing decisions. Jaydon’s Law would change the Criminal Procedure Act to allow judges to review an adult defendant’s prior record as a youth offender. 
 
It will also give judges access to other information, such as evidence presented during past hearings for youth offenses.   
 
The bill would not apply to

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