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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Announces $14.9 Million Air Force Contract For Albuquerque Space Company

on March 17, 2019 - 7:46am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has announced that the U.S. Air Force awarded Albuquerque company LoadPath, LLC a $14,899,737 contract to assist the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base with advanced spacecraft systems.
 
“This is another big step forward in building New Mexico's integral role in major advances in the development of the military’s more responsive and resilient space architecture,” Heinrich said.

NWS: Today’s High Near 50, Tonight’s Low Around 30

on March 17, 2019 - 7:45am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 50 with msunny skies and tonight’s low around 30. Courtesy/NWS

2019 New Mexico Legislative Session Has Ended

on March 16, 2019 - 12:14pm

DPNM News:

Today is the last day of the 2019 New Mexico legislative session and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first session as our chief executive. In celebration, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Marg Elliston released this statement:

“Transformative—that’s how you describe this session. From investments in our children, working families, renewable energy, and infrastructure, to overdue changes like decriminalization of cannabis, common sense gun safety, and raising the minimum wage, New Mexico is on the move.

“Gov.

Weather Experts Call Windstorm ‘Bomb Cyclone’

on March 16, 2019 - 12:04pm

NMDHSEM News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico experienced an unprecedented weather pattern this past week designated by weather experts as a “bomb cyclone.”

The storm caused extensive damage in several counties throughout the state. Interstate 25 was temporarily closed due to the risks of high-profile vehicles. Reports of 80-100 mile-an-hour winds were reported throughout the state.

The winds were so powerful they caused a freight train to be derailed off a truss bridge near Logan, falling approximately 50 feet into an arroyo causing complete destruction of the train and cargo.

Fortunately, in this

Balderas Announces Grand Jury Indictment Of Guardianship Angels CEO Pamela Crumpler

on March 16, 2019 - 10:26am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced the grand jury indictment of Pamela Crumpler, CEO of Guardian Angels. Crumpler is indicted on two counts, including 2nd-degree felony Embezzlement (Over $20,000), and 3rd-degree felony Tampering with Evidence.
 
“No one should take advantage of vulnerable individuals in our community,” Balderas said. “We are prepared to present this case at trial.”
 
Crumpler faces a total jurisdiction of 12 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

World Futures: Electricity And Other Energy – Part Two

on March 16, 2019 - 10:14am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In part one of this series we identified, in broad terms, two forms of energy available to us: arriving energy and stored energy. The arriving energy comes from the sun and, if not stored, must be used right away. 

Of course, it must be transformed into a useful form of energy except, perhaps, for the warming it provides and assisting in our ability to see. One might argue that it causes winds and other atmospheric changes, but this too is conservation. So what are the forms of stored energy even if not readily to do work?
Beyond solar and

Gov. Lujan Grisham Signs Senate Bill 10, Significantly Boosting Small Business Investment

on March 16, 2019 - 10:10am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday signing Senate Bill 10. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday signed Senate Bill 10, doubling the funding for the state Small Business Investment Corporation, delivering $50 million into new and growing New Mexico small businesses.
 
For almost two decades, the self-sustaining SBIC has supported small businesses across New Mexico through loans to finance business expansion and job creation.
 
Both chambers overwhelmingly approved the legislation.
 
“This is a perfect example of a reasonable permanent

USFS Moves Forward With Massive Timber Sale

on March 16, 2019 - 9:58am
Defenders of Wildlife Senior Alaska Representative Patrick Lavin
 
FOREST News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Forest Service has announced that it is signing the Record of Decision for the Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project today, March 16.
 
The project entails widespread old-growth clearcutting on the largest island in our nation’s largest forest. In 2016, the USFS committed to a transition out of old-growth logging and away from uneconomical and destructive timber sales like this proposal.
 
Defenders of Wildlife Senior Alaska Representative, Patrick Lavin, issued

Weekly Fishing Report March 16

on March 16, 2019 - 9:35am
By George Morse
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The wet winter weather continues this week here in New Mexico. Across the United States, this has been the wettest winter on record, with the state of Tennessee recording its wettest winter ever. This has been great for our state as we recover from years of drought and reservoirs at extremely low levels.
 
Measuring stations for the Natural Resource Conservation Service are all reading above average for snow water equivalent and total precipitation.
 
A rapid melting of the big snowpack and a heavy spring runoff could lead

Governor Signs Education Legislation

on March 16, 2019 - 8:48am

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed three bills that will create new and boost existing education efforts across the state, welcoming legislative sponsors to brief signing ceremonies in the Cabinet Room.

 

Senate Bill 576 increases access to area vocational high schools by removing restrictions on where those schools can be located. The new law also places the responsibility of approving such a school solely in the hands of the Public Education Department.

 

House Bill 7 establishes four centers of excellence at colleges and universities across the

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