National Association Of Counties To Congress: A Deal Without Aid To State And Local Governments Is A Bad Deal

NACo News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the coronavirus pandemic continues, state and local governments and residents are feeling the devastating health and economic impacts.

With negotiations on the next federal coronavirus relief package nearing an end, counties continue to call for responsible federal relief, ensuring existing and any new federal resources reach county governments on the front lines of the public health pandemic and related economic fallout.

National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Director Matthew Chase released the following statement:

“As White House officials


U.S. House Assistant Speaker Luján Leads Bipartisan Effort To Tear Down Health Data Barrier For Native Americans


NAMBE — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, joined bipartisan members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in introducing the Tribal Health Data Improvement Act, legislation that would reaffirm that Tribal public health authorities are entitled access to public health data.

This bill comes after Politico reported earlier this summer that the federal government was withholding life-saving information from Tribal health authorities.

Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) sponsored the legislation, and Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA),


Megaripple Migration Offers Insights Into Martian Atmosphere

Large, bright-toned ripples in the sand within Proctor Crater on Mars. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

AGU News:

Scientists show for the first time that large sand ripples known as megaripples are migrating on Mars, according to a new study. The findings suggest Mars’s dusty surface might be much more active than previously suspected, offering clues about the Red Planet’s poorly understood atmosphere.

Sand dunes and ripples are typical features of deserts on both Earth and Mars. Megaripples are distinguished from smaller ripples by the coarser sand grains that gather


FBI: Fugitive On The Lam For Decades Nabbed In Española

FBI News:

Luis Archuleta, (aka Larry Pusateri), a former Colorado resident wanted by the FBI since 1977 on a charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution/confinement, has been apprehended and is being returned to Colorado following his arrest Wednesday in Española.

Special Agents from the Albuquerque FBI Division, working with the Española Police Department, arrested Archuleta.

A federal arrest warrant was issued for Archuleta in 1977 on charges stemming from his escape from a Colorado Department of Corrections facility in 1974. At the time of his escape Archuleta was serving a prison


AHCA/NCAL: COVID-19 Testing Positivity Rates And PPE Supply Shortages For Nursing Homes Across Nation

State-By-State Breakdown: COVID-19 Testing Positivity Rates Among The General Population. Courtesy/AHCA

State-By-State Breakdown: Percent Of Nursing Homes With Less Than One Week Supply Of PPE And COVID-19 Testing Positivity Rates Among The General Population. Courtesy/AHCA

AHCA News:

Using data from Johns Hopkins University, the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) compiled a state-by-state breakdown of the positive COVID-19 test rate and number of nursing homes in those states.

The second page includes data, released July 30,


Take Guided ‘Tour’ Of SuperCam On New Mars Rover

Mars Technica podcast gives listeners a virtual peek inside the most versatile instrument aboard the Perseverance rover. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
  • Mars Technica is a new, limited- series podcast where experts talk about the science behind the Mars Perseverance mission.
NASA’s new Perseverance rover, which just started its seven-month journey to Mars, carries on board what is likely the most versatile instrument ever created to understand the planet’s past habitability: SuperCam—and a new podcast will tell listeners all about it.
“SuperCam sits on the rover’s mast and has a laser that


Santa Fe Activist Shares Hiroshima Day Recollections

Photograph of Hiroshima shortly after the dropping of the atomic bomb. Photo by Shiegeo Hayashi

Stephen Fox

Los Alamos Daily Post

On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it dropped an atomic bomb  on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.

On Aug. 6, 1945, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton


DOE/NNSA: Los Alamos Field Office Approves Climate, Atmospheric Data Collection Project


The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office (DOE/NNSA) has issued a categorical exclusion for the Tracking Aerosol Convection Interactions Experiment (TRACER) Project.

The project is a collaboration between the DOE Office of Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Southern Great Plains Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Research Facility, and the University of Houston.

Temporary, mobile facilities will be deployed for one-year at three previously disturbed sites in Harris, Brazoria


Lillian Petersen Of Los Alamos Wins First Place In Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020

Lillian Petersen during the filming of her competition video. Courtesy/Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020

Los Alamos Daily Post

Lillian Kay Petersen, a 2020 graduate of Los Alamos High School, has won First Place in the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

Petersen, 17, will receive the top prize of $250,000. More than $1.8 million was awarded to the finalists, who were evaluated based on the scientific rigor of their projects, their exceptional