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Local Man Retires From U.S. Army

on October 22, 2015 - 7:24am
Lt. Col. Brian D. Ray
 
By SHIRLEY RAY
White Rock
 
Lt. Col. Brian D. Ray was born in Los Alamos Dec. 21, 1964. He attended local schools and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1983. He attended Eastern New Mexico University and received his BA in Criminal Justice in 1997.
 
While in college, Ray started his career in the U.S. Army by joining the ROTC and the New Mexico National Guard. He was honored at a retirement ceremony at the New Mexico National Guard in Santa Fe Oct. 13, 2015.
 
In attendance were his wife Ida; daughters Jamie and Felicia; grandchildren Athena, Brianna, Leandro and

Los Alamos American Legion Riders Participate In The Escort And Ceremony Of 28 Un-claimed New Mexico Veterans

on October 21, 2015 - 1:16pm
NMDVS News:
 
Los Alamos American Legion Riders, Chapter 19, along with Legion Riders, Chapter 26 of Santa Fe were contacted by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Service (NMDVS) to participate in the Escort and Ceremony of 28 Unclaimed New Mexico Veterans as part of the New Mexico Forgotten Heroes Funeral Program.
 
This event was held Oct. 13 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Legion Riders, Patriot Guard Riders and Veteran Motorcycle riders participated in the escort from Riverside Funeral home in Albuquerque to the Santa Fe National Cemetery. 
 
All 28 were honorably discharged veterans of

Heinrich Against Bill To Punish Sanctuary Cities, Underscores Need For Comprehensive Immigration Reform

on October 21, 2015 - 7:49am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today after voting against S.2146, a bill to punish sanctuary cities by withholding federal law enforcement funding:
 
"This bill fails to offer pragmatic reforms needed to fix our broken immigration system, while jeopardizing critical funding for public safety. 
 
This is a politically driven effort that would punish cities that have worked hard to build community trust to reduce crime, including domestic violence.
 
When residents feel comfortable contacting the police to report a crime, everyone

IRS, States, Industry Continue Progress To Protect Taxpayers From Identity Theft

on October 21, 2015 - 7:36am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service, state tax administrators and leaders of the tax industry announced today continued progress to expand and strengthen protections against identity theft refund fraud for the 2016 tax season.
 
The public-private sector partnership announced success in identifying and testing more than 20 new data elements on tax return submissions that will be shared with the IRS and the states to help detect and prevent identity-theft related filings.
 
In addition, the software industry is putting in place enhanced identity requirements and validation procedures

Dedication Of Memorial Sculptures Nov. 11

on October 20, 2015 - 10:58am
Warriors Repose. Courtesy of González + Sisneros Studio

 

Cristina Gonzales and Jacob Sisneros with mockette of Warriors Repose. Courtesy/González + Sisneros Studio

 
 
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Department of Cultural Affairs, National Hispanic Cultural Center, New Mexico Arts, and the families of Manuel Mora and Pete Padilla are proud  to announce the upcoming dedication of two, completed sculptures to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by Hispanic veterans and, in particular, Pete Padilla and Manuel Mora.  
 
The dedication is 10 a.m., Veteran’s Day, Nov.

NNSA Announces Procurement Of Penguin Computing Clusters To Support Stockpile Stewardship At National Laboratories

on October 20, 2015 - 10:01am

Doug Wade

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory today announced the awarding of a subcontract to Penguin Computing – a leading developer of high-performance Linux cluster computing systems based in Silicon Valley – to bolster computing for stockpile stewardship at its three national security laboratories.

Under the terms of the contract, awarded by Lawrence Livermore for NNSA’s tri-lab Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program, Penguin Computing will receive $39 million to provide over 7 Petaflops

PARCC Results For Los Alamos Public Schools

on October 19, 2015 - 4:52pm

LAPS News:

In Los Alamos, PARCC scores for English Language Arts were higher than in mathematics, especially Algebra 1. The PARCC results for Los Alamos High School were better than the statewide aggregate scores for the tests.

PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.  Students in grades 3-11 took the PARCC tests last March and April. This is the first time results have been released.

School-wide results for elementary and middle schools are scheduled to be released by the state Oct.

Public Input And Concerns Sought At Road Map Meeting Oct. 20

on October 19, 2015 - 3:42pm

NMED News:
  • State of New Mexico Develops Collaborative Plan for Monitoring of Gold King Mine Spill’s Long-Term Effects

SANTA FE—The State of New Mexico’s multi-agency Long-Term Impact Review Team, named by Gov. Susana Martinez during the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gold King Mine Spill last August, is developing the Road Map for continuing environmental monitoring activities that are informed by continuing public input. 

By collaborating with San Juan County’s civic and regional leaders, academia, stakeholder groups, and concerned citizens, and by reaching out to the Tribes, the

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