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EDF: New Initiative Will Map And Measure Methane Emissions Across The Permian Basin

on October 8, 2019 - 8:30am
EDF News:
AUSTIN, Texas A comprehensive new data initiative organized by Environmental Defense Fund will use advanced emissions monitoring technologies to determine how much methane is escaping from the Permian Basin, one of the world’s largest oil and gas producing regions.
The coordinated year-long research effort will generate scientifically robust emissions data to map and measure the scale of the problem, and facilitate better, faster solutions.
More than half of U.S. oil rigs are now in the Permian Basin.

Udall Chairs Indian Affairs Field Hearing On The Legacy Of Uranium Mining In New Mexico And Indian Country

on October 8, 2019 - 8:20am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, center, chairing an official Indian Affairs Committee oversight field hearing Monday in Albuquerque. He was joined by U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Deb Haaland of New Mexico. Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, chaired an official Indian Affairs Committee oversight field hearing Monday entitled “America’s Nuclear Past: Examining the Effects of Radiation on Indian Country” at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque.
Udall was

Catch Of The Week: FBI Warning On Ransomware

on October 8, 2019 - 7:40am
Los Alamos
What is ransomware? Ransomware is a subset of malware, where all data on a victim’s computer is held for ransom by means of data encryption. Payment is demanded, usually via Bitcoin, before the ransomed data is decrypted so the victim can access their data again.
Oct. 1, three hospitals owned by Alabama based DCH Health Systems were struck by ransomware. The hospitals were forced to limit services to only the most critical new patients after the ransomware attack. The ransomware affected all 1,500 of the hospital’s computers, including its email server.

LANL: Modified Quantum Dots Capture More Energy From Light And Lose Less To Heat

on October 7, 2019 - 1:31pm

Doping a quantum dot with manganese (right half of graphic) speeds the capture of energy from a hot electron to 0.15 picoseconds, outpacing losses to phonons in the crystal lattice. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers discover a new approach for capturing energy from light-generated, ‘hot’ electrons, avoiding wasteful heat loss

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have synthesized magnetically-doped quantum dots that capture the kinetic energy of electrons created by ultraviolet light before it’s wasted as heat.


“This discovery can potentially

LANL: Ancient Oasis Once Existed On Mars ... New Findings From ChemCam Show Dynamic Climate

on October 7, 2019 - 12:19pm

The ChemCam – short for ‘chemistry’ and ‘camera’ – sits atop NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover. It shoots a laser at Martian rocks to analyze their chemical make-up, which gives researchers clues into the planet’s past habitability. The instrument was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in conjunction with the French space agency. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech


LANL News:


The surface of Mars was once home to shallow, salty ponds that went through episodes of overflow and drying, according to a paper published today in Nature Geoscience.


These findings result from an analysis of

New Mexico Delegation Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort In Project ECHO To Expand Telehealth Care

on October 7, 2019 - 12:11pm
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 Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) led a group of 39 lawmakers Wednesday in calling on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to support Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a telehealth mentoring model developed in New Mexico that enhances health care and workforce capacity in underserved areas.
Project ECHO provides community-based primary care teams with the

Senate Committee Funds Cattlemen’s Mass Mustang Roundup & Incarceration To Tune Of $35 Million

on October 7, 2019 - 11:28am
AWA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a Fiscal Year 2020 spending bill Thursday that includes a $35 million in funding to implement a potentially catastrophic mass mustang roundup proposal.
The proposal is promoted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the so-called “American Mustang Foundation” and other agribusiness lobbying groups and, shockingly, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the ASPCA, and Return to Freedom, a sanctuary.
The proposal, misleadingly dubbed a “Path Forward for Wild

National Building Museum In Washington, D.C. To Temporarily Close To Public For Great Hall Repairs

on October 7, 2019 - 8:41am
The historic Great Hall in the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. is scheduled to undergo repairs beginning Dec. 2 and reopen to the public in spring 2020. Courtesy/NBM
NBM News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Building Museum will close to the public Dec. 2 to begin necessary repairs in its historic Great Hall.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will oversee the extensive project to replace the current concrete floor with a modern foundation, ensuring the long-term preservation of the Museum’s historic home.
The Museum will reopen in spring 2020.

NPS Awards Historic Preservation Grants To American Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiian Groups

on October 7, 2019 - 8:27am
Documenting Klukwan's Woolen Weaving Traditions -- An Oral History and Documenting Cultural Traditions Project Lani Hotch - Chilkat Indian Village. Courtesy/NPS
NPS News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Park Service Sept. 13 announced $524,000 in grants for 12 projects from across the country to support the protection of America’s native cultures. 
Congress appropriates funding for the Tribal Heritage Grant Program through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, providing assistance for a broad range of

Udall Secures Protections For Chaco Canyon Area In Major Interior & Environment Funding Bill

on October 7, 2019 - 8:26am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), has lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, announced that the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill includes language for the preservation and safekeeping of the area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
The bill, which passed committee unanimously, and now heads to the full Senate, includes report language directing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to refrain from

National Park Service And Partners Announce $12.6 Million In Save America’s Treasures Grants

on October 7, 2019 - 8:26am
Built in the late 1820s, Hill House was the first home built on the farm of prominent Southern novelist and short-story writer, Flannery O’Connor. The home was restored through a Save America’s Treasures grant in 2010. Courtesy/Hill House, Flannery O’Conner’s Andalusia, Georgia College & State University, 2018
NPS News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Park Service (NPS) announced $12.6 million in Save America’s Treasures grants to assist funding 41 preservation and conservation projects in 23 states.
The NPS, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS),

Posts From The Road: San Leon, Texas

on October 6, 2019 - 9:14am
Galveston Bay: A view from a dock shows boaters as they prepare to dock in San Leon, Texas with Galveston Bay seen beyond the docking area. Photo by Gary Warren/
Pelicans: Sea gulls and pelicans are prevalent in most areas along the Texas coastline. Shown are two pelicans sitting on the dock of the bay while a third takes flight. Photo by Gary Warren/
Formerly of Los Alamos
San Leon, Texas is a small community in northeast Galveston County on a peninsula of land that is on Galveston Bay and Trinity Bay.
The community relies

Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Generate $7.4 Billion In GDP And 129,000 Jobs In 2018

on October 5, 2019 - 7:29am
17 Alfred St. storefront in Biddeford, Maine. Photo by Trent Bell
NPS News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. According to the Rutgers University’s Center for Urban Policy Research, the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program contributed more than $14.4 billion in output in terms of goods and services to the U.S. economy and added $7.4 billion in gross domestic product in Fiscal Year 2018.
The program is administered by the National Park Service and the Internal Revenue Service, in partnership with State Historic Preservation Offices. 
"Historic preservation tax incentives

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Luján Introduces Legislation To Bridge Digital Divide; Promote Training

on October 5, 2019 - 7:29am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. This week, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, joined colleagues to introduce the Digital Equity Act of 2019 to bridge the digital divide.
The legislation, introduced by Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) and Congresswomen Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), and Lucy McBath (D-GA), would close gaps in broadband adoption and promote digital skills training and digital literacy.
The Digital Equity Act would establish two grant programs that would be administered by the

Assistant Speaker Luján And U.S. Sen. Warren Announce Plan To Reintroduce Accountable Capitalism Act

on October 4, 2019 - 11:37am

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren

From the Office of U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and United States Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced they will reintroduce the Accountable Capitalism Act to help eliminate skewed market incentives and return to the era when the success of American corporations translated into success for American workers.

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján

The legislation aims to reverse the harmful trends over the last 30 years that have led to record corporate profits,

Fire Prevention Week: Red Cross Urges Everyone To Practice Escape Plans, Test Smoke Alarms

on October 4, 2019 - 8:36am
American Red Cross News:
ALBUQUERQUE — National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6 to 12, and the American Red Cross urges everyone to practice their home fire escape plan and test their smoke alarms.
“As cold weather increases the risk of home fires, please prepare your family now during Fire Prevention Week,” Regional Communication Manager Jim Gilloon said. “Install and test smoke alarms on every level of your home and practice your escape plan until everyone can get out in two minutes or less.”
PRACTICE YOUR PLAN, TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARMS For free home fire safety resources, visit

BSMA: Trinity Site Myths & Things You Might Not Know

on October 3, 2019 - 8:35pm

Jim Eckles leading a tour at the Trinity Site, will speak on the subject at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Courtesy/BSMA

BSMA News:

The basic events of Trinity Site, where the first atomic bomb was tested on July 16, 1945, have been told and retold in dozens upon dozens of books, articles and television features.

Jim Eckles also has written about Trinity Site but has the perspective of conducting innumerable tours of the site and meeting veterans of the test since 1977.  He will explain that the dunes at White Sands National Monument were NOT bleached by the atomic blast, that the soldiers at

LAHS Teacher Stephanie Mitchell Finalist For Golden Apple Award Award For Excellence In Teaching

on October 3, 2019 - 6:31pm

LAHS Teacher Stephanie Mitchell

LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School teacher Stephanie Mitchell is a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Mitchell has been teaching biology at Los Alamos High School for more than 13 years. She was recently named the Outstanding Biology Teacher for New Mexico by the National Association of Biology Teachers.  

A total of seven award recipients will be selected over the next several weeks. This year, 88 teachers were nominated from 26 different New Mexico communities.

The award includes induction into the Golden Apple Academy of Fellows, a

Water Distribution Affects Exoplanets Habitable Zone

on October 3, 2019 - 6:54am
Earth is an example of an aqua planet that maintains its water in a habitable zone. This image of Earth taken by the spacecraft Galileo shows its vast Pacific Ocean. Courtesy/NASA/JPL
Mars is an example of a potentially Earth-like planet that lost its liquid water and atmosphere. Courtesy/NASA/JPL/USGS
AGU News:
Earth-like exoplanets with dry tropical regions can remain habitable at a closer distance to their host star than previously thought, a new study suggests.
Because life on Earth requires liquid water, researchers looking for life beyond Earth’s solar system search for

RCLC Issues Response To DOE-IG Report

on October 2, 2019 - 1:46pm

RCLC News:

SANTA FE – The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) issued the following response today to the Department of Energy Inspector General report:

The RCLC is pleased to see the Department of Energy Inspector General report issued and is working with the Department of Energy to provide them with the information they need to complete this process.

The RCLC looks forward to continuing to represent our local communities to the Washington leadership who control the lab.

There are benefits and challenges to hosting a DOE facility.

Conservation Groups File Lawsuit To Protect Dunes Sagebrush Lizard In New Mexico And Texas

on October 2, 2019 - 9:48am
A dunes sagebrush lizard. Courtesy/wikipedia
Defenders of Wildlife News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Conservation groups filed a lawsuit in federal district court Tuesday challenging the Trump administration’s continued failure to protect severely imperiled dunes sagebrush lizards under the Endangered Species Act.
The groups petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) to list the species as threatened or endangered in May 2018. The agency had 90 days to determine whether the petition showed the lizard could warrant listing, and if so, initiate a status review.

Unemployment Insurance Division Receives Two U.S. Department Of Labor Performance Excellence Awards

on October 2, 2019 - 8:46am
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ (NMDWS) Unemployment Insurance (UI) Division received two national awards from the United States Department of Labor for Performance Excellence in Benefit Payments and Program Integrity Excellence.
The awards were presented in Boston, MA during the 2019 National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) Workforce Summit.
The awards criteria reflect an array of UI system and performance areas most critical to its success and allow for recognition to be given to the top-performing agencies from small,

New Mexico GOP Chairman Steve Pearce Issues Statement On Forest Service Suspensions

on October 1, 2019 - 7:55pm
GOP Chairman Steve Pearce
New Mexico GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce released the following statement in response to today’s announcement from the U.S. Forest Service lifting the suspension of sales of fuelwood permits:

“Today’s announcement lifting the suspension of fuelwood permits only addresses one of the four main problems created by the U.S. district court judge who made a ruling against the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

New Mexico Delegation Announces HHS Grant To Taos For Rural Maternity And Obstetrics Development

on October 1, 2019 - 8:14am
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 Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $2,982,779 to Taos Health Systems, Inc. in New Mexico as part of the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program.
A total of $9 million was awarded to address health disparities in rural communities

Posts From The Road: Split Rock Lighthouse

on September 30, 2019 - 9:25pm
A view from Highway 61 gives visitors a nice view of the Split Rock Lighthouse, which sits high on a cliff overlooking Lake superior. Photo by Gary Warren/
The lighthouse stands 54 feet high. The building to the left is the Fog Signal Building, which is equipped with two huge fog horns. Photo by Gary Warren/
Formerly of Los Alamos
The North Shore Scenic Drive, or Minnesota Highway 61, is a scenic route that starts in Duluth, MN running in a northeasterly direction along the shores of Lake Superior for more than 150 mile to the