State, Nation & World

Governor: Peaceful Transfer Of Power On Inauguration Day

Joe Biden addressing the nation this morning during his inauguration as the 46th president. Screenshot/LADP 

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement today upon the inauguration of President Joe Biden:

“The peaceful transfer of power is a cornerstone of American democracy. And the change in leadership enacted today is one of the most meaningful in the recent history of our nation. Better days are ahead for all of us. I congratulate President Biden and Vice President Harris, and I am praying for them and their families. Their success

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N3B, Triad Cooperate To Ship Radioactive Waste To WIPP

Jan. 14 marks the first comingled TRU waste shipment by N3B and Triad to WIPP. Courtesy/N3B

N3B/Triad News:

N3B and Triad have successfully partnered to combine transuranic (TRU) waste shipment for additional efficiency.

The shipment, loaded at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Radioassay and Nondestructive Testing (RANT) facility at Technical Area 54, comingled legacy and new generation radioactive waste, resulting in more efficient shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

Jan. 14 marked the first comingled shipment by N3B and Triad to WIPP.

By comingling loads,

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Skolnik: Global Health Challenges In The Age Of COVID

Los Alamos

(Based on remarks given to the Honors Program of the Erasmus Medical College, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Global Health Challenges in the Age of COVID

The Key Issues

The present pandemic is the quintessential global health problem. Yet, it is not the only global health challenge that we face. I comment below both on the pandemic and on other critical issues in global health.

Getting COVID under Control

“The health of anyone, anywhere, is the health of everyone, everywhere”. COVID highlights the importance of this, since no country can be safe, as long as the virus

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Heinrich, Luján Support Biden Plan To Utilize Defense Production Act, Increase Medical Equipment And Supplies

From the Office of U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján joined 24 of their Senate colleagues in a letter to President-elect Joe Biden, supporting his incoming administration’s plan to quickly utilize all available authorities under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to rapidly increase the production and stockpiling of medical, testing and protective equipment supplies.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Heinrich and Luján have been calling on the Trump administration to fully utilize the DPA to ramp up nationwide production

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New Senate President Pro Tem Mimi Stewart Issues Call For Unity At Opening Day Of 2021 Legislative Session

Senate President Pro Tem Mimi Stewart


Newly elected Senate President Pro Tem Mimi Stewart issued the following statement calling for unity from Democrats and Republicans on opening day of the 2021 New Mexico Legislative Session Tuesday:

“I am humbled and gratified by the trust my colleagues in the New Mexico State Senate have placed in me. But today is about all of us, together.

“The continuing COVID pandemic and our national crisis have threatened all of those we love and represent. These threats have shown us, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that if we define the stakes as winner-take-all,

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One Los Alamos Diversity Week Int’l. Recipe: Day 3 Italy

Pasta Alla Norma. Courtesy photo

Recipe by Elena E. Giorgi

Elena E. Giorgi is a scientist, award-winning author and IPA-awarded photographer.

She likes to say she spends her days analyzing genetic data, her evenings chasing sunsets and her nights pretending she’s somebody else.

Giorgi has shared two of her favorite recipes here.

Pasta Alla Norma


  • 2 large, firm eggplants
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • optional: 1 dried red chili, crumbled
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced
  • a large bunch of fresh basil, stems finely chopped, leaves reserved
  • 2 14-ounce

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New Mexico Takes Leadership Role In Recreation Economy

San Andres Canyon in Lincoln National Forest, White Sands National Park in background. Photo by Meghan Curry

Outdoor Recreation Director Axie Navas


SANTA FE — Outdoor Recreation Director Axie Navas has been elected to chair an organization of 13 states where developing and protecting recreation opportunities are now a policy priority, New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced Tuesday.

The Confluence of States is a bipartisan agreement between states to promote and grow the outdoor economy in the United States.

The Confluence

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2021 New Mexico Legislative Session Opens Quietly

The Republican side of the state House of Representatives was full during the first day of the 2021 legislative session on Tuesday. Republican representatives didn’t work remotely. Luis Sánchez Saturno/SFNM

The Democratic side of the House of Representatives was mostly empty during the first day of the 2021 legislative session on Tuesday. Democratic representatives worked mostly remotely. Luis Sánchez Saturno/SFNM


After all the concerns about a potential demonstration (or worse) interrupting the proceedings, the 2021 session of the New Mexico

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VIDEO: U.S. Sen. Heinrich Questions Defense Secretary Nominee On New Mexico Priorities, Modernization

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

  • U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is asking that Secretary-designate Austin look into the recent Space Command basing decision, prepare plans for PFAS remediation among other action, if confirmed
  • If confirmed, Sen. Heinrich also has asked that Austin work to ensure that Los Alamos National Laboratory is able to complete its mission of producing 30 plutonium pits by 2026.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) participated in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to consider the nomination of retired U.S. Army General Lloyd

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 691 New Cases, Total Now 164,954 With 20 New Deaths And 88,982 Patients Recovered


SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 691 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County again today reports no new cases … the total remains at 393 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 20 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 257 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 22 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 19 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 85 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 22 new cases in Eddy County
  • 10

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