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Local Law Enforcement Rape Kit Backlog Cleared

on December 14, 2018 - 10:40am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

  • State Crime Lab To Test Albuquerque Crime Lab Kits 

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that the State Crime Lab has cleared a backlog of 1,388 sexual assault evidence kits (SAEK) for New Mexico law enforcement agencies.

The Governor also announced that the agency will soon begin to process SAEKs for the Albuquerque crime lab to help tackle their backlog.

“Since day one, this project has been focused on bringing justice to victims of sexual assault,” Martinez said.

Beta Sigma Phi Donates To Help California Fire Victims

on December 14, 2018 - 10:29am

BETA SIGMA PHI News:

Following the recent terrible fires in California, Beta Sigma Phi City Council has made a donation to their organization’s Disaster Relief Fund to help their fellow sisters who lost homes and need assistance.  

Los Alamos City Council President Claire Swinhoe said that she felt it was very important to contribute to the fund to show support and let people know that they were not alone. She hoped that this gesture would encourage others to do what they can for the victims. 

“Thousands of homes were lost and any way we can make a difference is important,” Swinhoe said.

Nobel Laureate Niels Bohr Brought Winter Cheer To Los Alamos

on December 14, 2018 - 8:59am

Neils Bohr was an avid skier long before coming to Project Y at Los Alamos and assuming the codename of Nicholas Baker. Photographs were strictly forbidden during those days, but someone snapped this picture of Bohr on skis at Sawyer’s Hill. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society

By HEATHER MCCLENAHAN
Los Alamos Historical Society

Los Alamos has had its share of prominent and important visitors through the years. One of the most significant was in December 1943, when brilliant Danish physicist Niels Bohr visited.

Bohr won the 1922 Nobel Prize for contributions that laid the foundations for

Final Farm Bill Includes Luján’s Priorities For Land Grants And Acequias

on December 14, 2018 - 8:52am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has announced that the Conference Report for H.R. 2, the final Farm Bill that will be voted on in the House, includes several of his priorities.
 
“I am pleased that, in addition to rejecting the House GOP’s cuts to SNAP, this final Farm Bill includes several provisions that will help New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers maintain their quality of life.
 
“Specifically, the final Farm Bill includes language I authored that will enable acequias to access essential federal funds.

Study Finds Organic Food Worse For Climate

on December 14, 2018 - 7:54am
The crops per hectare are significantly lower in organic farming, which, according to the study, leads to much greater indirect carbon dioxide emissions from deforestation. Courtesy/Yen Strandqvist/Chalmers University of Technology
 
Chalmers University of Technology News:
 
Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required.
 
This is the finding of a new international study involving Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, published in the journal Nature.
 
The researchers developed a new method for

Farm Bill Agreement Includes Boost For Access And Habitat Programs

on December 14, 2018 - 7:22am
TRCP News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on provisions to be included in the 2018 Farm Bill, setting lawmakers up to pass legislation that makes significant investments in land and water conservation and boosts support for hunting and fishing access.
 
This is welcome news to farmers, ranchers, landowners, and sportsmen and women, who depend on farm bill programs to restore and improve wildlife habitat, enhance water quality, and make private acres available for hunting and fishing.  
 
“We’re relieved to see a Farm Bill move forward before

NOAA: Remote Coral Reefs In Better Condition Than Those Near Human Populations In U.S. Pacific

on December 14, 2018 - 7:20am
Corals at Pagan Island, an uninhabited volcanic island in the Mariana Islands archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, seem to have fared much better than other areas. Here is a close-up of an Acropora coral, typically more susceptible to bleaching events, which appears to be doing just fine. Courtesy/NOAA
 
NOAA News:
 
Coral reefs in remote, uninhabited areas of the American Pacific are generally in good condition, while reefs in the regions that are closer to human populations show more signs of impacts, according to five status reports on reef ecosystems released Thursday by NOAA.
 
The

Andrews: Education, Training & The Five ‘W’s’ Part 2

on December 14, 2018 - 7:18am
By ANDY ANDREWS
World Futures Institute
 
In the previous column, we looked at the rapid growth of knowledge and the growing challenge of staying current in a knowledge hyper-expansion. The five “Ws,” or who, what when, why and where were not even mentioned, except collectively in the title. I believe exploring these areas is essential to the continued existence of humanity, individually, collectively and societally. So let’s get started.
 
WHO needs education and training considering the individual, or is it whom should we educate or train? The simple answer is everyone.

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