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LAHS Seniors Matilde Jacobson And Ben Rees Named Semifinalists In U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

on April 24, 2018 - 5:46pm
LAHS senior Ben Rees is a semi finalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Here, he receives a ‘Compete with Class’ scholarship during the state basketball game held in March. Photo by John McHale/
Los Alamos High School senior Matilde Jacobson is a semifinalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Photo by Samantha D’Anna Photography
Los Alamos High School seniors Matilde Jacobson and Ben Rees are named semifinalists in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Jacobson and Rees are among 630 semifinalists in the 2018 U.S.

Hazlett: Participate In National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 28

on April 24, 2018 - 12:52pm
Assistant to the Secretary for USDA Rural Development
In 2016, Ohio corn and soybean farmer Roger Winemiller lost two of his three children to drugs. 
Roger is not alone. Last year, over 64,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. At almost 174 people each day, this is more than the number of Americans who died in a car accident or a gun-related homicide. Each person who died was someone’s mother or father, son or daughter, brother or sister. Many of these mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters were also part of rural America. 
Today, in the

Pearce, Himes Take Part In Bipartisan Conversation On Countering Criminal And Terrorist Networks

on April 24, 2018 - 12:34pm
From left, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, U.S. Institute of Peace President Nancy Lindborg and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes participating in the USIP Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue. Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), chairman of the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee, participated April 17 in the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue entitled “Countering Illicit Funding of Terrorism: A Congressional Approach” with his colleague and Subcommittee Member, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT). 
“Innovation in

NNSA: Albuquerque Complex Project Authorized To Begin Construction

on April 24, 2018 - 9:10am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) authorized Friday the start of construction of the Albuquerque Complex Project.

The project will provide a modern, safe and reliable workspace for approximately 1,200 employees in Albuquerque, who support NNSA’s vital national security missions.

“Our dedicated employees at sites across the country deserve high-quality workspace,” said Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, DOE under secretary for nuclear security and NNSA administrator.

Udall: Future Of Tribal Self-Governance Is Bright, But Much Work Remains

on April 24, 2018 - 7:51am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a recent oversight hearing on Tribal self-governance, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, urged Congress, federal agencies, and others to continue to work with Tribes to ensure more opportunities for shaping policies and programs that affect their land, people and communities.
“When the self-governance compacting program was made permanent in 1994, bureaucratic regulation and control of Indian programs administered by Tribes should have been a thing of the past.

USDA Seeks Applications For Investments To Encourage Use Of Bioenergy

on April 24, 2018 - 5:38am
USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett has announced that USDA is accepting applications to encourage the use of renewable biomass as an alternative for fossil fuels to operate eligible biorefineries.
Funding is being made available under the Repowering Assistance Program. To be eligible, biorefineries must have been in existence on or before June 18, 2008. This program provides financial incentives to install new systems that use or produce new energy from renewable biomass.
Applications are due July 19, 2018. For more

Heinrich Announces $12 Million Air Force Contract For Albuquerque’s Applied Technology Associates

on April 23, 2018 - 6:14pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Air Force that it will award a $11.9 million contract to Albuquerque-based Applied Technology Associates (ATA) for a ground-based, multi-aperture space imaging system.

“Applied Technology Associates is a great example of a homegrown small business that is creating good-paying jobs and positioning our state as a national leader in emerging high-tech fields,” Sen. Heinrich said.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce ‘Choose Medicare Act’ To Make Medicare Available To Everyone

on April 23, 2018 - 12:47pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced the Choose Medicare Act to give every individual who is not already eligible for Medicaid or Medicare the opportunity to enroll in Medicare as an individual or every employer to purchase Medicare for their employees.
“Every New Mexican and every American should be able to see a doctor, and have the affordable, quality health care they need to keep themselves and their families healthy.

LANL: New High-resolution Exascale Earth-modeling System Announced For Energy

on April 23, 2018 - 10:16am

The high-resolution E3SM earth system model simulates the strongest storms with surface winds exceeding 150 mph—hurricanes that leave cold wakes that are 2 to 4 degrees Celsius cooler than their surroundings. This simulation from E3SM represents how sea surface temperature changes evolve as a hurricane (seen here approaching the U.S. East Coast) moves across the Atlantic and how the resultant cold wake affects subsequent intensification of the next hurricane. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Supercomputing advances will improve analysis of Earth system variability and energy sector needs

A new

AG Balderas Announces Settlement With Visa & MasterCard Over Excessive Credit & Debit Card Fees

on April 23, 2018 - 8:41am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Wednesday that he reached a settlement with Visa and MasterCard, the United States’ two largest payment card networks, over a lawsuit brought by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General alleging excessive fees charged during credit and debit card transactions.
“We negotiated an agreement that will compensate the harm to New Mexico’s economy, enforce our strong consumer protection statutes, and deter companies that seek to exploit our citizens and violate our consumer protection

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Hails Nation-Leading Year Of Wind Power Growth In State

on April 22, 2018 - 8:05am
New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham have issued the following joint statement hailing a new report, the 2017 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, that shows the state grew wind power at a faster rate than any other state in 2017:
“We are proud to represent a state that is advancing American energy production, adding 570 megawatts of wind capacity in 2017. Today, there are 1,682 MW installed across the state – that’s over 1,000

Udall, McCollum Statement On GAO Report Finding Pruitt Phone Booth Purchase Violated Federal Law

on April 22, 2018 - 7:27am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Government Accountability Office (GAO) Tuesday responded to a request from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) with a finding that the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal law by purchasing a $43,000 phone booth for Administrator Scott Pruitt’s office – and then hiding that purchase from Congress.
In its report, the GAO found: “The U.S.

Luján Introduces Workforce Development Bills To Spur Employment Opportunities

on April 21, 2018 - 12:25pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at boosting employment in the technology sector and New Mexico’s National Laboratories.
Luján’s first bill, the TechSmart Workforce Development Act, will help increase opportunities and innovate pathways to prepare more workers for employment opportunities in the technology sector. The bill establishes the TechSMART Workforce Development Program to provide competitive grants for technology-based job training and education programs.

CDC Alert: Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak … Egg Recall For Salmonella Braenderup

on April 21, 2018 - 7:18am

Stop Foodborne Illness News:

Public health officials are telling consumers to avoid all types of romaine lettuce because of an E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable that has spread to at least 16 states and sickened at least 60 people, including eight inmates at an Alaska prison.

What: US Center for Disease Control and Prevention Alert:

  • Lettuce E. coli Outbreak; and
  • Eggs Recall for Salmonella Braenderup.

Re: Lettuce E. coli Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that new information about the illnesses in Alaska led them to expand a warning beyond chopped

AG Balderas To Congress: Protect Elderly, Disabled & Impoverished New Mexicans From Abusive Debt Collection Practices By Lawyers

on April 21, 2018 - 7:02am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas and a bi-partisan coalition of 20 state attorneys general submitted a letter Thursday urging Congress to oppose the Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2018, which would strip away protections against debt collection attorneys who take unfair advantage of state courts to intimidate, harass and deceive consumers.
“I am urging Congress to protect New Mexico’s elderly, disabled and impoverished populations from abusive and predatory debt collection practices,” Balderas said.

DOI Awards $17.68 Million Contract For Dam Work

on April 20, 2018 - 6:45am
DOI News:
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah  The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation Wednesday awarded a $17.68 million contract to Weeminuche Construction Authority of Towaoc, Colo., which is 100 percent owned by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, for modification work at Steinaker Dam near Vernal, Utah.
“This award represents the Administration’s commitment to infrastructure improvement, public safety, and supporting the tribe in building its economy,” Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said.
Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman noted that, “Beyond improving the structure of

Hazlett Visits Prescribed To Death Opioid Memorial

on April 20, 2018 - 6:42am
Anne Hazlett
USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett visited the Prescribed to Death opioid memorial Tuesday at President’s Park.
The exhibit features 22,000 pills memorializing the 22,000 Americans who died of a prescription drug overdose in 2016.
Hazlett issued the following statement:
“Over the course of the last year, I have seen firsthand the impact of the opioid epidemic on rural America.

Rafael Caro-Quintero Wanted For Kidnapping; Murder Of Federal Agent Added To FBI’s 'Ten Most Wanted' List

on April 19, 2018 - 2:46pm
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director David L. Bowdich, Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson, U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary James Walsh, and U.S. Marshals Service Acting Associate Director Derrick Driscoll announced Thursday the addition of fugitive Rafael Caro-Quintero to the FBI’s list of “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.” 
Fugitive Rafael Caro-Quintero marks the 518th addition to the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list.

Heinrich Holds Senate Armed Services Hearing On Accelerating Tech Transfer For The Pentagon

on April 19, 2018 - 1:31pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) presided as Ranking Member of a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities hearing on the importance of technology transfer and ways to move technologies and systems more rapidly into the hands of operational forces.
In his opening statement, Heinrich highlighted New Mexico as a perfect example of a research and development hub, and noted that

Pearce Supports Bipartisan Efforts To Redesign IRS

on April 19, 2018 - 1:27pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives this week voted and passed multiple bipartisan bills to redesign the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), putting taxpayers first while prioritizing accountability, transparency, and security.
“Much like our old tax code, the IRS is still operating under antiquated technologies and processes. This week, Congress took action to improve and modernize the IRS by making customer service the top of their mission. This means putting the American taxpayer first.

LANL: Student Teams Showcase Computing Projects

on April 19, 2018 - 8:43am

More than 200 New Mexico students and teachers will come together April 23-24 at Los Alamos National Laboratory to showcase their computing research projects. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • The Supercomputing Challenge is project-based learning geared to teaching a wide range of skills including computational thinking and computer programming.

More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will come together April 23-24 at Los Alamos National Laboratory to showcase their computing research projects at the 28th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony.

“One of

NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Completes Analysis Of Sitewide Environmental Impact Statement

on April 19, 2018 - 8:16am

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office has completed and posted a Supplement Analysis for the 2008 “Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico” (SWEIS).

The document provides an analysis of changes in operations at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) since the publication of the 2008 SWEIS, which covered the period from 2008 through 2017.

It also evaluates the continued adequacy of the 2008 SWEIS for the future of LANL operations from 2018 through 2022.


DEA Reaches Prescription Drug Information Sharing Agreement With 48 Attorneys General

on April 19, 2018 - 6:48am
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has reached a prescription drug information sharing agreement with 48 Attorneys General.
“Better information means better decisions,” Sessions said. “Today’s agreement with 48 Attorneys General will give DEA and the states alike more information they can use to prosecute the criminals who are contributing to our national drug emergency. That means more prosecutions and ultimately fewer drugs on our streets.

Udall Questions National Guard On Border Strategy

on April 19, 2018 - 6:11am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, questioned the chief of the National Guard Bureau about President Trump’s apparently unplanned announcement that he would send National Guard members to the border with Mexico. 
Udall has been a vocal opponent of Trump’s call for a wall along the entire border and he has called into question Trump’s plan to send troops there. During Tuesday’s hearing about the fiscal year 2019 budget for the

National History Day State Finals April 27

on April 19, 2018 - 5:48am
NMHC News:
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico State Competition for the 2018 National History Day is April 27 in Albuquerque.
More than 240 students from 20 schools across the state will compete in 18 different categories to determine who will represent New Mexico at the 2018 National History Day Contest. 
First and second place winners will advance to the National Contest, which is held in June on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park.