LACDC Blue Bucks Program Earns International Economic Development Council Excellence Award

From left, Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann, Enterprise Bank LA Region President Liddie Martinez and Los Alamos MainStreet Director Lauren McDaniel hold up the Bronze Award from the International Economic Development Council for their Small Business Saturday Blue Bucks Raffle Promotion. Courtesy/LACDC


Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) recently won a Bronze Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for its Small Business Saturday Blue Bucks Raffle Promotion.

The program, sponsored by Enterprise Bank & Trust, was recognized


Los Alamos National Laboratory Scientists Find Quick Way To Test Rust On Graphene-protected Cars, Planes, Ships

Chemical vapor deposited (CVD) graphene is an excellent gas barrier material as illustrated by oxygen gas molecules (non-glowing red spheres) being bounced off by graphene (gray spheres). Using oxygen gas molecules with imparted kinetic energy (glowing red sphere), decades worth of information on gas permeation through graphene can be acquired in a minute. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • It’s about creating and using extra-corrosive air and observing its accelerated effect on the graphene-protected materials. – Hisato Yamaguchi
Hisato Yamaguchi

Trace amounts of graphene could


Following Request From Heinrich And Alexander, DOI Extends Every Kid Outdoors Passes To Fifth Graders

DOI News:

WASHINGTON  — Following a request from U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) last month, the U.S. Department of the Interior has agreed to extend the 2019-2020 Every Kid Outdoors pass into the 2020-2021 school year, given the hurdles the pandemic has presented for students and families to accessing America’s public lands, waters and historic sites.

“Expanding opportunities in our parks and public lands has to be a part of our national recovery. These are the places where all of us belong. These lands are our lands, and they heal us in a way few things


As COVID-19 Cases Rise In New Mexico, Delegation Calls On Federal Agencies To Provide Full Transparency Regarding State’s Share Of PPE To Combat Spikes Amid Flu Season

Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) urged officials in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to distribute adequate supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) to New Mexico so the state and its Native communities may properly prepare for the coming winter months.

New Mexico is experiencing


Drug Policy Alliance Issues Statement In Response To Santa Fe Banning No-Knock Warrants

Emily Kaltenbach

Drug Policy Alliance News:

…Paramilitary Searches for Drugs Cannot Be Valued Over Dignity, Privacy, Injury or Death

SANTA FE – In response to the Santa Fe City Council passing an ordinance Wednesday night to ban no-knock warrants in the city, Emily Kaltenbach, Senior Director of Resident States and New Mexico for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), released the following statement:

Tonight, the city of Santa Fe joins a handful of municipalities across the nation to outright ban no-knock warrants. Santa Fe is doing the right thing by standing up against a paramilitary practice


Field Office: Second Virtual Public Information Session On FTWC Venting At Los Alamos National Laboratory Nov. 5

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Los Alamos Field Office is hosting a second virtual public information session 5-7 p.m. MDT, Thursday, Nov. 5 to inform the public about the process of venting four Flanged Tritium Waste Containers (FTWCs) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

A FTWCs factsheet and PowerPoint presentation about the project are available on the LANL FTWCs webpage. The webpage also has a link to register for the meeting as well as an Information Meeting FAQ link to help with connecting from various devices.

The public information session will be hosted via WebEx Events,


As Firefighters Battle Luna Fire, Senators Udall And Heinrich Request National Guard Wildfire Readiness Assessment


WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a group of 12 senators in a letter to Chief of the National Guard Bureau, General Daniel R. Hokanson requesting an assessment of the  National Guard’s current firefighting capabilities to better coordinate resources with state and local efforts.

The senators requested that the National Guard provide an assessment of trained personnel and equipment availability and work to develop coordinated regional planning with governors.

New Mexico’s National Guard and Air National Guard have been critical


USDA: Resolution On Mexican Spotted Owl Litigation Moves Forest Restoration Forward

A pair of Mexican spotted owls. Courtesy/USFS

USDA News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and WildEarth Guardians reached an out-of-court resolution Tuesday in the case WildEarth Guardians vs. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, et al. CV-13-00151-TUC-RCC in U.S. District Court in Arizona concerning the Mexican spotted owl.

Per the resolution, the parties have jointly filed for dismissal of the associated injunction with the Court.

Once the Judge approves the motion, the injunction that has limited certain timber


County: Five-year Anniversary For Manhattan Project National Historical Park Offers Special Events In November 


Los Alamos County will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the institution of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) during the second week of November, with a guest panel of speakers, special programming with partners in the national park initiative, and other virtual events planned that promise to be fun for families and online visitors interested in joining the celebration.

Events kick off at noon Tuesday, Nov. 10 with a proclamation and welcome from Council Chair Sara Scott on Zoom, followed by a panel of guest speakers discussing the early history of the MPNHP,