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Los Alamos Schools Earn High Marks From State

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools received high marks from the New Mexico Public Education Department. Three schools were awarded “A” grades and four schools earned “B” grades for 2014. 

Just released report cards by the NMPED reflected the high quality of instruction by Los Alamos schools. Schools receiving “A” grades included Los Alamos High School, Barranca Mesa Elementary and Mountain Elementary. Aspen, Chamisa, Pinon and Los Alamos Middle School received “B” grades.

All seven school principals were pleased with their school grades. Sandy Warnock, retired LAHS Principal, Read More

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Chairs Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee Meeting In Los Alamos

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard chairs Wednesday’s Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

Committee Chair Sen. Peter Wirth, second from left, and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard at Wednesday’s Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee meeting at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

New Mexico senators and representatives traveled to Los Alamos Wednesday to hold a public hearing on the Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee.

Los Alamos’ Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard chaired the hearing at UNM-LA, Read More

O’Neill Reintroducing Bill Protecting Homeless From Hate Crimes

Sen. Bill O’Neill

STATE News:

Sen. Bill O’Neill, D-Bernalillo, is planning to once again introduce a bill that was unanimously endorsed by the bi-partisan Courts Corrections and Justice Committee in the 2013 regular legislative session that protects homeless individuals from being targeted for harm.

Senate Bill 124 from our 2013 session enjoyed strong bi-partisan support, and made it to the Senate Floor. But time ran out before it could be moved into the House for further consideration,” O’Neill said. “Many of my legislative colleagues did not realize that homeless men and women are often Read More

Luján Amendment to Examine New Broadcasting Markets Passes House

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-NM, highlighted the passage of legislation July 23 that included an amendment he offered as part of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) reauthorization. 

Luján’s amendment explores how new broadcasting markets could be created if they are based upon the potential of current and future technologies instead of the limitations of aging broadcasting antennas.  The STELA bill reauthorizes the nation’s satellite television law, ensuring that 1.5 million subscribers Read More

Taos Fall Arts Festival Celebrates 40 Years

Projection installation of featured artist Markus Dorninger Courtesy/http://www.paseotaos.org

TAOS ARTS News:

The oldest art festival in Taos, Taos Fall Arts Festival, is celebrating its 40th year by expanding and enhancing the festival, adding new features such as The Paseo on opening night. The 2014 festival is scheduled for Sept. 26-Oct. 5 with an opening reception 4-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26.

“We chose to create a community focus group and listen to local artists to find out how we could better serve the arts community going forward and local businesses,” spokesman Paul Figueroa Read More

NMpreps.com’s Elite Combine Showcases State’s Top High School Football Players

SPORTS News:

The seventh annual NMpreps.com’s Elite Combine powered by Defined Fitness is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, and will showcase more than 200 of New Mexico’s best high school athletes.

The event is at the Cleveland High School Football Stadium, 4800 Laban Road, NE in Rio Rancho. Admission is free.

Each high school athlete will be tested in five core events:

  • Bench Press;
  • 40-Time;
  • Vertical Jump;
  • Standing Broad Jump; and
  • Shuttle Run.

The 2014 premier event will showcase the athletic talent of top New Mexico high school football players. The Combine gives excellent Read More

Three Los Alamos Scientists Named ‘Most Influential Scientific Minds’

LANL News:

  • Aiken, Korber and Perelson spotlighted in Thomson Reuters report

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Allison Aiken, Bette Korber and Alan Perelson have been named to Thomson Reuters list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.”

“To have three of our premier scientists recognized on this list is a great honor and attests to the intellectual vitality that feeds the breadth of disciplines essential to our national security mission,” LANL Director Charles McMillan said. “The fact that one of those named is a former student and postdoctoral researcher makes me confident Read More

Nobel Laureate to Deliver Lecture in Los Alamos

Dr. Harold Varmus. Courtesy/vcihr.ca

JROMC News:

  • The upcoming lecture by Dr. Harold Varmus, co-recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, is sponsored by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee

Nobel laureate Dr. Harold Varmus will deliver the 44th Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos.

The lecture, titled “The History and Future of Cancer Research,” is free and open to the public.

 

Dr. Varmus, co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for studies of the genetic basis of cancer, became director Read More

Udall On Report That U.S. Military’s Burn Pits May Have Broken Federal Law

Open-Air Burn Pit, Feb. 14, 2014, at Shindand Airbase, with unused Afghan-operated incinerators in background. Courtesy/SIGAR

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall responded to a new report that the U.S. military’s use of open-air burn pits at Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan may have violated federal law.

According to the report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), made public today, most of the solid waste at Shindand Air Base was disposed of for years in open burn pits rather than incinerators. Despite the potential health

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Madelyn Creedon Confirmed as NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator

Madelyn Creedon

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON – Madelyn Creedon was confirmed by the Senate this morning as the Department of Energy’s (DOE) principal deputy administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

“Madelyn Creedon’s confirmation comes at a critical point for the National Nuclear Security Administration,” DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz said.  “She is well-prepared for her new role at the Department as it follows a long career of public service in national security, including at the Department of Defense, with the Senate Armed Services Committee, and, previously, Read More

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