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Letter To The Editor: Surely Worth It To Save Lives?

on October 3, 2015 - 11:20am
By VIVIEN ZAPF
Los Alamos

It's time to drive home from LANL, and time for another round of "dodge the mother with child running across the street."

There is no place for a pedestrian to safely cross the street on Trinity between Diamond and Oppenheimer, and nowhere on Central between Diamond and Ashley Pond.

In this space there are numerous apartment and condo complexes filled with families with children, as well as the swimming pool, library, a children's dentist and orthodontist, a school, several churches, dance, art and music classes, a demonstration garden/park, a teen center,

NNSA Awards Mo-99 Cooperative Agreement To General Atomics

on October 3, 2015 - 8:55am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, DC  Wednesday Sept. 30, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced that it will award a cooperative agreement to General Atomics (GA) to support its project for domestic production of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) without highly enriched uranium (HEU).  
 
Mo-99 is the parent isotope of technetium-99m, which is the most widely used radioisotope in medical diagnostic imaging and is used in approximately 80 percent of nuclear diagnostic imaging procedures in the United States, equating to about 50,000 medical procedures every day. 
 
The

FBI: Roswell Fugitive Arrested, Another Added In Multi-Agency Drug Investigation

on October 3, 2015 - 8:48am
FBI News:
 
Susana Ceballos, 35, of Roswell, who was wanted in connection with a multi-agency drug investigation, has been arrested in Roswell by the FBI.
 
Javier A. Madrid, 27, of Roswell, has been added as a fugitive in connection with this operation. Madrid is 5’7”, weighs approximately 168 pounds, has brown eyes and brown hair.
 
This investigation is led by the FBI, DEA, Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force, Roswell Police Department, Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, and New Mexico State Police.
 
Anyone with information about Madrid’s whereabouts is asked to notify the FBI

WIPP Emergency Response Team Member Earn Advanced Training Certifications

on October 3, 2015 - 8:39am
WIPP News:
 
Recovery activities at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant continue to move in a positive direction.
 
As part of increased emergency response capabilities, the WIPP Fire Department and Emergency Response Team are participating in advanced training, improving overall capabilities and receiving advanced certifications.
 
Training and validation testing has included written examinations, as well as intense physical and practical testing. All WIPP firefighters are certified at Firefighter Level I/II.

AG Urges Passage Of Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act For Heroin And Opioid Addiction Epidemic

on October 3, 2015 - 8:25am
Attorney General Balderas
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
SANTA FE   Tuesday Sept. 29, Attorney General Balderas and attorneys general from 36 states plus the District of Columbia sent a letter to the leadership of the Committee on the Judiciary for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (S. 524/HR 953).
 
This comes as New Mexico and other states continue to address the epidemic of heroin and opioid-based painkiller abuse and addiction and its devastating effect on public health and safety in communities.
 
The Comprehensive

Letter To The Editor: The Most Dangerous Thing I Do Every Day

on October 2, 2015 - 11:33am
By ANDREW M. FRASER
Los Alamos

'I think that the most dangerous thing that I do every day is bike home. In particular, I don't know how I should navigate the combination of the security area, the Omega Bridge, and the lights on Diamond at Trinity and at Canyon.' I wrote that in May of 2010, a little more than five years before I was struck by a truck at the intersection of West Road and Diamond Drive.

As I was being knocked on to the pavement in the middle of Diamond, I realized what was happening and understood that my life depended on the driver stopping immediately.

Udall, Markey, Durbin Announce Agreement On Chemical Safety Reform Bill

on October 2, 2015 - 9:47am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Markey, Durbin to cosponsor after Senate vote, bringing total support to 60 senators

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, as the full Senate prepares to begin debate on a historic bill to overhaul the broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass. and Richard Durbin, D-Ill. announced they have agreed on new improvements to the bill.
 
With the changes, Markey and Durbin have agreed to support the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which Udall wrote with U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La.

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