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HDA Statement On Senate Passage Of Legislation To Address Opioid Abuse Epidemic

on September 22, 2018 - 4:48pm
HDA CEO John M. Gray
 
HDA News:
 
ARLINGTON, VA — Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) President and CEO John M. Gray released the following statement on the Senate passage of comprehensive opioid legislation, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6):
 
“We applaud the bipartisan passage of this legislation, which represents a comprehensive approach and critical step forward in advancing meaningful solutions to the opioid crisis.
 
“To strengthen and improve communication between distributors and the DEA, HDA and its members strongly support two core provisions — Sec.

Forest Service Teams Work To Increase Prescribed Burns To Protect Water Sources, Wildlife & Reduce Risk

on September 22, 2018 - 2:15pm
FOREST SERVICE News:
 
SANTA FE The USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild are working together to increase the use of prescribed fire to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk.
 
The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is unique in that it is designed to stand-up a fully qualified team to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions.
 
The practice of prescribe fire promotes ecological health in frequent fire forests, reduces hazardous

DOE Awards Five Year Grant Renewal To National Conference Of State Legislatures (NCSL)

on September 22, 2018 - 10:56am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI, Ohio ― The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) Monday issued a renewal Agreement to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The Agreement, entitled “National Conference of State Legislatures” was renewed Sept. 17 for a five-year period of performance.

This grant is intended to continue to help states and tribal nations understand the policies, programs and activities undertaken by DOE’s Office of Environmental Management (EM), Office of Indian Energy (IE), Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and Office of Legacy

Final FY19 Appropriations: NNSA Weapons RDT&E

on September 22, 2018 - 1:51am

Technicians inspect an optics assembly at the National Ignition Facility. Photo by Jason Laurea/LLNL

 

NNSA News:
 
The final fiscal year 2019 appropriations bill for the Department of Energy includes a 4 percent overall increase for the National Nuclear Security Administration, bringing its total budget to $15.2 billion.
 
Congress approved the appropriation last week as part of a three-bill package, and President Trump is expected to sign it into law today at an event in Las Vegas.
 
The bill continues a multi-year spending surge that is financing a comprehensive modernization of the U.S.

Seven Los Alamos High School Students Named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists

on September 21, 2018 - 5:07pm
Seven LAHS students were named semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. They were honored during a luncheon Wednesday attended by parents, LAHS administrators and the superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools. Pictured are: Principal Carter Payne, Liam Devin, Alina Bulthuis, Sonyia Williams, Steven Zhao, Do Vo, Peter Watson and Dr. Kurt Steinhaus. Not pictured: Antonio Dowdy. Courtesy photo
 
LAHS News:
 
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Gov. Gary Johnson Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on September 21, 2018 - 4:28pm

U.S. Senatorial candidate Gary Johnson stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post today to discuss his campaign. He is holding the popular Post mascot Tyrone and chatting with local Republican and longtime friend JoAnn Johnson, left, and Post Advertising Manager KayLinda Crawford. Johnson, who served two terms as governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, is running on the Libertarian ticket against Democratic incumbent Martin Heinrich and Republican Mick Rich. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who is now running for U.S.

Udall, Heinrich On Bill Prohibiting ‘Gag Clauses’ That Cause Consumers To Overpay For Prescriptions

on September 21, 2018 - 8:03am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced the passage of the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act to put an end to the use of "gag clauses" by health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers, an egregious practice that conceals lower prescription drug prices from patients at the pharmacy, causing consumers to needlessly overpay.
 
The bipartisan bill, introduced by U.S.

Lujan Grisham Denied Entry To Conduct Unannounced Inspection Of USPS Facility In Albuquerque

on September 21, 2018 - 7:51am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, right, attempting to conduct an unannounced inspection Thursday of the USPS Five Points Post Office in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Sept. 20, after receiving numerous complaints from United States Postal Service (USPS) union representatives about mismanagement and poor working conditions at facilities and urging USPS Acting Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb to launch an investigation into the matter, U.S. Rep.

Rutgers Teaches Caregivers To Focus On Themselves

on September 20, 2018 - 2:08pm
UBHC News:
 
Family members who care for loved ones with mental or physical disabilities are at risk for increased stress, which can affect not only their health but also the health of the person in their charge. Often, these individuals must balance care with work and other family commitments, leaving little time to attend to their own health and wellbeing.
 
George Brice of Willingboro, New Jersey, began experiencing from “compassion fatigue” and depression after his father passed away last year, leaving him as the sole caregiver for his sister who lives with schizoaffective disorder.

USDA Releases Standard Indicators And Laboratory Procedures To Assess Soil Health For Public Comment

on September 20, 2018 - 6:54am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is releasing a set of standard indicators and associated laboratory procedures to assess soil health.
 
These measures – recommended through a multi-organizational collaboration among soil health experts in the federal, university, public and private sectors – are being developed to improve conservation planning and implementation across the United States.
 
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has posted a draft Technical Note detailing these soil health indicators and associated laboratory

Lujan Grisham Hosts Economic Development Roundtable With UNM, National & Defense Laboratories

on September 19, 2018 - 2:18pm
Courtesy photo
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Tuesday, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) joined executives from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the University of New Mexico for a discussion on collaboration, improving the workforce pipeline, and the Open Campus and I-Corps policies. Rep. Lujan Grisham released the following statement after the meeting:
 
“New Mexico’s national and defense laboratories play a critical role in our national security, and each one is a vital job creator and source of economic

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Extend Electric Vehicle Tax Credit For 10 Years

on September 19, 2018 - 7:45am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced the introduction of S. 3449, the Electric Cars Act of 2018, legislation to extend the electric vehicle tax credit for 10 years.
 
"At a time when electric cars are making advances in scale of production and becoming more competitive in the marketplace, we need to continue encouraging the progress we've seen--not take our foot off the pedal," Heinrich said.

Jack Ammerman Wins Constitution Day Poster Contest

on September 18, 2018 - 4:46pm

Jack Ammerman, winner of the 2018 Constitution Day Poster Contest, receives his $100 cash prize from Dawn Voss, president of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Jack Ammerman is the winner of the 2018 Constitution Day Poster Contest. President Dawn Voss of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women presented Ammerman with a $100 cash prize.

The award ceremony was held Sunday at Urban Park during the Constitution Day Picnic sponsored by the Republican Party of Los Alamos.

Ammerman is an eighth grade student and is homeschooled.

Udall Named To House-Senate Conference Committee To Finalize Interior And Environment Funding

on September 18, 2018 - 9:51am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, has been named to the conference committee that will finalize the fiscal year 2019 Interior & Environment Appropriations bill, which funds the Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Forest Service, and various other agencies.
 
The conference committee includes leaders of four House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees and

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rejects Invitation To Heritage Month Celebration At White House

on September 18, 2018 - 8:07am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump rejecting his invitation to attend a reception honoring Hispanic Heritage Month and detailing the ways this administration’s rhetoric and actions have stood in stark contrast to the history and values of Hispanic Heritage Month.
 
The letter opens, “I write to inform you that I decline your invitation to attend a reception for Hispanic Heritage Month at the White House because your

LANL Scientist Jonathan Dowell Discusses Lighthouse Directional Radiation Detector During Science On Tap

on September 18, 2018 - 7:15am

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Jonathan Dowell presented the talk, ‘Simple sophistication: Detecting radiation one beam at a time’ Monday evening at UnQuarked in Central Park Square. Like its namesake, the lighthouse directional radiation detector is all about maintaining a safe distance from harm. Whether the goal is confirming absence of radioactive materials or tracking them, the latest engineering innovation by Dowell and his colleagues brings a radiation-detection tool with immense potential to keep workers and the public safe.

Libertarian: End Taxation Of Currency, Gold, Silver

on September 18, 2018 - 6:17am
 
LIBERTARIAN News:
 
A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Sept. 7 would eliminate capital gains taxes on most transactions conducted with precious metals.
 
West Virginia Rep. Alex Mooney introduced the Money Metals Tax Neutrality Act, which was quickly cosponsored by Rep. French Hill of Arkansas and Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho. If passed, the bill’s tax exemptions would encompass “(1) gold, silver, platinum, or palladium coins minted and issued by the (U.S.

Attorney General Hector Balderas Urges Congress To Support Funding Under Violence Against Women Act

on September 17, 2018 - 3:47pm

 

Courtesy image

 

From the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined 55 other state and territory attorneys general to urge Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

The attorneys general sent a letter earlier today to congressional leaders and the chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, urging lawmakers to vote to reauthorize VAWA before it expires this year.

“Congressional leaders have a responsibility to fight for women in dangerous situations,” Balderas said.

Balderas On EPA Rollback Of Methane Emission Regs

on September 17, 2018 - 6:16am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
From the Office of the Attorney General:
 
Attorney General Hector Balderas issued this statement Sept. 11, in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s dangerous plan to roll back methane regulations:
 
“By rolling back critical methane waste regulations, President Trump’s EPA continues to put industry profits before New Mexican families’ safety and our environment.
 
“Wasting New Mexico’s natural resources not only harms our families, but jeopardizes our precious environment, so I will continue to fight these harmful acts with every tool

Lujan Grisham Requests Funding For National Caregiving Grants

on September 17, 2018 - 6:06am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) led a bipartisan letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as well as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) to request $10 million in Care Corps grant funding in the fiscal year 2019 LHHS Appropriations bill.
 
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been working to enact and fund Care Corps grants since her first term in Congress.

Los Alamos Living Treasure Stephanie Sydoria Delivers Keynote At Ukraine’s 27 Years Of Independence Event

on September 16, 2018 - 5:57am

Ukrainian Americans gathered Wednesday in Albuquerque for a celebration of Ukraine’s Independence Day. Los Alamos Living Treasure Stephanie Sydoria, behind sign and 5th from right, delivered the keynote address. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Ukrainian Americans of New Mexico celebrated both the 27th and the 100th anniversaries of the declarations of Ukrainian independence by gathering Aug. 26 at the Albuquerque Civic Plaza to read aloud the official proclamation issued by Mayor Tim Keller.

Father Artur Bubnevych of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Byzantine Catholic Church blessed the

Udall Addresses National Congress Of American Indians

on September 16, 2018 - 5:25am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, addressed the National Congress of American Indians Wednesday at its 2018 Tribal Unity Impact Days.
 
In his remarks, Udall discussed the committee’s work to achieve Indian Country’s priorities and his commitment to fighting for issues vital to tribal communities – including reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and strengthening its tribal provisions. Udall also highlighted his concerns regarding U.S.

DOT Announces $1.49 Million For Advanced Bus Technology Project In New Mexico

on September 15, 2018 - 7:50am
DOT News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced Aug. 24 $84.45 million in grant selections through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program, which funds the deployment of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced propulsion technologies.
 
Fifty-two projects in 41 states will receive a share of the funding.
 
“Communities across America will benefit from these investments in their transportation infrastructure,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said.
 
Eligible projects include the purchase or lease

AGU: U.S. Wildfire Smoke Deaths May Double By 2100

on September 15, 2018 - 7:48am
A helicopter drops water on the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., as firefighters continue to battle the blaze in 2012. Courtesy/U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock
 
This image, captured by the NOAA-20 satellite’s VIIRS instrument Aug. 19, 2018, shows thick plumes of smoke over British Columbia. Courtesy/NOAA
 
Courtesy/NOAA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of deaths associated with the inhalation of wildfire smoke in the U.S. could double by the end of the century, according to new research.
 
A new study simulating the effects of wildfire smoke on human

Luján Introduces Legislation Leveraging Telehealth To Combat Opioid Epidemic

on September 14, 2018 - 4:58pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced the Medicaid Substance Use Disorder Treatment via Telehealth Act, which would provide states with options to leverage telehealth to increase services and treatment for Medicaid patients.
 
Similar legislation authored by Senator Carper was included in the Senate opioid package, the Opioid Crisis Response Act, as section 2203. The House version introduced by Luján contains additional language that focuses on treatment for individuals with co-occurring serious mental illness and

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