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LAHS Student Lillian Petersen Wins Intel ISEF Award

on May 25, 2019 - 5:33am
USAID News:
 
The U.S. Agency for International Development has presented the 2019 Science for Development Award to Lillian Petersen of Los Alamos, at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Phoenix, Ariz.
 
Petersen won second place ($3,000 prize) in USAID’s Digital For Development Category for her project, Novel Computational Tool to Inform Cost-Effective Nutrition Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa project. She is a past USAID Science for Development Award recipient.
 
This year Petersen teamed up with another high school student, Garyk Brixi of Potomac,

State Supreme Court Affirms Conviction Of Albuquerque Man For Fatal Shooting In Dispute Over $30 Drug Debt

on May 25, 2019 - 5:28am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The state Supreme Court has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of an Albuquerque man for a fatal shooting in a dispute over a $30 drug debt, but threw out a first-degree felony murder conviction for the same killing.
 
Jason Comitz was sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 15 years for the murder and other crimes during the Feb. 1, 2015 shooting at the home of Paul Randy Rael. Rael died, and his son and stepson were wounded. Rael’s wife and a son’s 10-year-daughter were inside the home but unharmed.
 
In its unanimous ruling, the Court also

NWS: Today’s High Near 72; Tonight’s Low Around 48

on May 25, 2019 - 4:50am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 72 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 48. Courtesy/NWS

New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf Releases Statement On The Passing Of State Senator John Pinto

on May 24, 2019 - 8:21pm

Sen. John Pinto

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf released the following statement on the passing this morning of Sen. John Pinto:

“Today New Mexico lost a giant. Senator Pinto served our nation and our state with honor and distinction.

“Few, if any, have fought as hard as he did to improve the lives of the Navajo people. He never gave up, and never backed down when it came to helping anyone in need.

In life, we seldom have the pleasure of meeting and knowing a true hero.

Gallup State Veterans Cemetery Hosts Grand Opening Ceremony At 1 p.m. Memorial Day

on May 24, 2019 - 2:48pm
NMDVS News:
 
GALLUP — The New Mexico Department of Veterans Servcies (DVS) will formally open the Gallup State Veterans Cemetery with a Grand Opening Ceremony at 1 p.m., Memorial Day (May 27).
 
Veterans, families, and the public are invited to attend this special event at the cemetery at 333 National Cemetery Drive (across the street from the McKinley County Juvenile Detention Center).
 
This will be the second state veterans cemetery developed by DVS as part of a State Veterans Cemetery Initiative to build veterans cemeteries in rural areas of the state. The first cemetery, the Ft.
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Senator Heinrich Welcomes Passage Of ‘TRACED’ Act To Crack Down On Illegal Robocall Scams

on May 24, 2019 - 8:50am

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) this morning welcomed the Senate passage of S. 151, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act.

Sen. Heinrich cosponsored this bill, which gives regulators more time to find scammers, increase civil forfeiture penalties for those caught, promote call authentication and blocking adoption, and bring relevant federal agencies and state attorneys general together to address impediments to criminal prosecution of robocallers who intentionally flout laws.

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SFCC-AAUP Reach Collective Bargaining Agreement

on May 24, 2019 - 8:14am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College and the faculty union, known as SFCC-AAUP (American Association of University Professors), have come to an agreement on collective bargaining.
 
SFCC-AAUP members ratified the contract in a mid-May vote and members of the SFCC Governing Board approved the agreement during a May 22 meeting.
 
“This is a positive outcome for the college and its labor relations negotiation process,” Linda Siegle, chair of the SFCC Governing Board said.

SUWA: BLM Opens Scenic Factory Butte Area In Utah To Off-Road Vehicle Destruction

on May 24, 2019 - 8:05am
Left, a spring wildflower bloom enhances Factory Butte’s unique photographic appeal in Utah. Right, Extensive ruts left by ORVs near Factory Butte remain visible even after torrential rainfall. Courtesy/Ray Bloxham/SUWA
 
SUWA News:
 
MOAB, Utah The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) reports that without prior notice or opportunity for public input, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Richfield Field Office announced Wednesday that it is opening 5,400 acres of public lands surrounding Utah’s iconic Factory Butte to unfettered cross-country off-road vehicle (ORV) use.
 
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U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich; Shelley Capito Introduce Simplifying Outdoor Access For Recreation Act ‘SOAR’

on May 24, 2019 - 7:56am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) introduced S. 1665, the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act Thursday to improve the permitting process for outfitters, educational organizations, and community groups to access and enjoy our public lands.
 
"Our public lands are where locals and visitors alike go to camp under the stars, chase bugling elk or wet a fly in a mountain stream, and they fuel the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy that directly sustains 7.6 million

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