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Posts From The Road: Singing Wind Bookshop

on December 8, 2019 - 6:53am

Headquarters: You know that you are drawing near when you travel north on Ocotillo Road out of Benson, Ariz., and you see the Headquarters for Books About the Southwest sign at 700 Singing Wind Road. About a half mile drive down the dirt road is the Singing Wind Bookshop. Photo by Gary Warren/

The Bell: The bell and sign still stand in front of the bookshop. Today, the shop is manned by employees and volunteers so you probably won't need to ring the bell for service.

Science On Tap: Elizabeth Hunke On CICE Software Addressing Ice And Climate Changes On Global Scale

on December 8, 2019 - 6:41am

Elizabeth Hunke

LACD News:

The community is invited to join the Bradbury Science Museum and Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 at projectY cowork.

This On Tap will feature a conversation with Elizabeth Hunke about CICE, a flexible thermal modeling software that addresses issues about ice and climate changes on a global scale.

Hunke’s modeling software has helped track the changes and effects of ice melting and moving and how it interacts with global patterns.

Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor 78 Years Ago Today

on December 7, 2019 - 6:48pm

U.S. Navy took this photo of the USS Arizona on fire following the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Courtesy/Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Pearl Harbor News:

President Franklin Roosevelt called Dec. 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy”.

On that day, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory. The bombing killed more than 2,300 Americans. It completely destroyed the American battleship U.S.S. Arizona and capsized the U.S.S. Oklahoma.

The attack sank or beached 12 ships, damaged nine

Metropolitan Opera Star Eric Owens Poses With General Groves Prior To Los Alamos Concert Performance

on December 6, 2019 - 5:16pm

Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens poses with General Groves prior to his Thursday performance for the Los Alamos Concert Association. Owens created the role of General Groves in the San Francisco Opera’s world premiere of Dr. Atomic, an opera about the Manhattan Project by composer John Adams. He subsequently made his Metropolitan Opera debut in that role. In September, he sang the title role in the Met’s smash hit revival of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

Heinrich Wants Answers On Abandoning Kurdish Allies

on December 6, 2019 - 4:16pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

  • U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is warning of the dangerous precedent this sets for U.S. relations in the region.

WASHINGTON, D.C. In a key Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned Secretary of Defense for Policy John C. Rood on the Trump administration’s reckless decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria.

The removal of U.S.

Over 27,000 New Mexicans May Lose Food Assistance

on December 6, 2019 - 11:42am


ALBUQUERQUE—Federal food assistance was created to increase nutrition levels and eliminate hunger. However, the Trump administration published a final rule yesterday that threatens food assistance for more than 27,255 New Mexicans and 755,000 low-income adults nationwide.

The rule will go into effect April 1, 2020.

Federal law already required that states limit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility to just three months out of every three years for unemployed and underemployed adults without dependent children unless they can document 20 hours of work a

GOP Reacts To Speaker Pelosi; Articles Of Impeachment

on December 6, 2019 - 11:26am

RPNM News: 

Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce issued this statement, Thursday, regarding Speaker Nancy Pelosi's call for articles of impeachment against President Trump:

“What Speaker Pelosi did today was a disgrace to our nation and to our Constitution. Our Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves after getting a ‘history lesson’ from the Speaker. She has asked President Trump to prove his innocence: what happened to the 5th Amendment and to Due Process? She hasn’t defended the Constitution herself, particularly on 2nd Amendment rights.

SFIS To Host Hour Of Code Week Kickoff Monday

on December 6, 2019 - 6:47am
SFIS News:
SANTA FE The City of Santa Fe has the extraordinary privilege of being selected as the host city for the national kickoff event of Computer Science Education Week (aka Hour of Code), live streamed 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9 from the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) Everett F. Chavez Pueblo Pavilion.
SFIS is partnering with, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the Computer Science Alliance (a new non-profit in NM) to celebrate the 7th Annual Hour of Code.
This year, and CSTA decided to change the message of CS Ed Week and have the opening at a school.

Two Russians Charged with Series of Hacking, Bank Fraud Offenses, Malware Deployment

on December 6, 2019 - 6:08am

Maksim V. Yakubets indicted for international computer hacking and bank fraud schemes. Courtesy/FBI

HSNW News:

The U.S. Justice Department announced computer hacking and bank fraud charges against Russian national Maksim Yakubets, the alleged leader of a cybercriminal organization that has illicitly earned more than $100 million since 2016.

Simultaneously, the U.S.

EPA Awards $4 Million To Protect America’s Estuaries And Coastal Waters

on December 5, 2019 - 8:05pm
EPA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $4 million cooperative agreement with Restore America’s Estuaries to help fund projects supporting National Estuary Program coastal watersheds and estuaries.
Restore America’s Estuaries will operate a competition that provides entities from across the country an opportunity to apply for funding for projects that will improve the health of our nation’s waters.
“EPA is pleased to work with Restore America’s Estuaries to advance our shared goal of protecting our nation’s waters and supporting

John Blair Discusses Election Security; Voting Rights

on December 5, 2019 - 10:28am
District 3 Congressional District Candidate and former New Mexico Deputy Secretary of State John Blair speaks at the Voices of Los Alamos meeting Monday at the Unitarian Church. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
By Bonnie J. Gordon
Los Alamos Daily Post

District 3 Congressional District Candidate and former New Mexico Deputy Secretary of State John Blair spoke to Voices of Los Alamos Monday on election security and voting rights in New Mexico.

Blair left his post to run for Congress in August 2019.  

He began with the good news.

“We’re ahead of most

Udall Delivers Remarks At U.S. Capitol Tree Lighting

on December 5, 2019 - 10:06am
New Mexico delegation to light this year’s US Capitol Christmas Tree from the land of enchantment. Courtesy photo
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) delivered remarks at the official lighting ceremony for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree, also known as the ‘People’s Tree,’ is a 60-foot blue spruce from Carson National Forest in New Mexico.

EPA Celebrates 49th Birthday And Kicks Off Year-Long 50th Anniversary Celebration

on December 5, 2019 - 10:05am
EPA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrates it’s 49th birthday and kicked off a year-long celebration leading up to the agency’s 50th anniversary Dec. 2, 2020.
“Since the agency’s inception under the leadership of the late Administrator William Ruckelshaus, EPA staff have worked tirelessly to clean up our air, water, and land for the American people,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said. “Together, we have achieved significant milestones in support of our mission to protect human health and the environment.

Amid E-Cigarette Public Health Crisis, Udall And Senators Slam Reversal On Strong Tobacco Regulation

on December 5, 2019 - 8:11am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Amid a national public health crisis, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined 22 Senate Democrats to call out the Trump administration’s recent flip-flop to abandon a critical pledge to clear the market of unauthorized, flavored e-cigarettes.
Despite President Trump’s public commitment to pull any unapproved, non-tobacco flavored products from the market in September amid epidemic usage rates by youth and ongoing instances nationwide of severe lung disease, the Trump administration has suddenly reversed course and once again is putting the profits

With Interest In Space Soaring, Spaceport America Launches E-Commerce Merchandise Store

on December 5, 2019 - 7:51am

Spaceport America lightweight fleece blanket costs $16 and rolls up and includes a carry handle for easy transport and storage. To shop for Spaceport America and space-themed merchandise, visit Courtesy/SA
With 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo landing on the moon, as well as major advances being made in the aerospace industry, public interest in space is at an all-time high.
To celebrate this renewed interest in space, Spaceport America has launched an e-commerce site, offering Spaceport America and

Ethnic Minority Women Least Likely To Be Offered Speaking Opportunities At Scientific Conferences

on December 5, 2019 - 7:17am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new study finds scientists from racial and ethnic minority populations, already underrepresented in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), were likely to have relatively fewer speaking opportunities at scientific conferences.
The disadvantage was found to be more severe for women of color, according to the new research.
The new commentary, published in the journal Nature, is the first of its kind to evaluate speaking opportunities for ethnic and racial minorities at scientific conferences.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Cosponsors Legislation To Help Protect People’s Personal Data Online

on December 4, 2019 - 4:29pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

  • The Data Care Act will stop websites and apps from using personal data to harm users, protect user information from hacks, and hold companies accountable for misuse.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has joined 15 senators in reintroducing legislation to protect people’s personal data online. The Data Care Act would require websites, apps, and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and stop the misuse of users’ data.

“Private and sensitive information

Heinrich Hires Edward Tabet-Cubero As State Director

on December 4, 2019 - 9:46am

Edward Tabet-Cubero

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced this morning that Edward Tabet-Cubero will serve as his state director.

Tabet-Cubero brings more than 20 years of experience in the education, nonprofit and public policy sectors, including serving as the executive director of Learning Alliance of New Mexico and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, as well as associate director of Dual Language Education of New Mexico.

“Throughout his career, Edward has proven to be a strong advocate and leader committed

Roger Montoya Races To CNN Hero 2019 Finish Line

on December 4, 2019 - 8:00am

Roger Montoya of Moving Arts Espanola is a top 10 finalist for CNN Hero of the Year 2019. Courtesy/MAE 

CNN Hero of the Year 2019 Roger Montoya said, ‘when we lift just one child, we all rise’. Courtesy/MAE


MAE News:
ESPANOLA  Roger Montoya, founder of Moving Arts Espanola, is a top 10 finalist for CNN Hero of the Year 2019. 
The community is invited to a gathering Sunday, Dec. 8 at Buffalo Thunder to find out if he is the winner. The winner receives $100,000 to continue their work.
A live broadcast of the Anderson Cooper All Star Tribute Hero of the Year will be shown

Senate Confirms Dan Brouillette For Energy Secretary

on December 2, 2019 - 4:32pm

Dan Brouillette

Western Caucus News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Paul Gosar (AZ-04) released the following statement after the Senate confirmation of Dan Brouillette to be Secretary of Energy:

“Dan Brouillette’s track record of success and service makes him the ideal person to fill the void left behind by Rick Perry at the Department of Energy,” Gosar said. “Brouillette has been a tireless advocate for President Trump’s energy dominance agenda and will hit the ground running on day one.

Four Short Films About Manhattan Project National Historical Park Debut Tuesday At Nature Center

on December 2, 2019 - 10:34am

Join the National Park Service at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 to see the debut of four short films that were developed for Manhattan Project National Historical Park. This event is free to attend and open to the public. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The National Park Service is hosting a debut of four short films that were developed for Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

The event will be held in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, and followed by a brief update from the park, along with a presentation on dark skies.

Udall, Welch Introduce Legislation To Reform Renewable Fuel Standard To Benefit Environment

on December 2, 2019 - 9:31am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) have introduced companion bills in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by mitigating harmful environmental impacts of the corn ethanol mandate and advancing the next generation of biofuels that actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The GREENER Fuels Act (Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible Fuels Act) would phase out the corn ethanol mandate and immediately reduce the amount of

NASA Awards UbiQD Of Los Alamos Second, Larger Contract To ‘Tailor The Solar Spectrum For Enhanced Crop Yield For Space Missions’

on December 2, 2019 - 9:30am

UbiQD’s quantum dot-enabled retrofit greenhouse film, UbiGro™, deployed above rows of tomatoes in a research greenhouse in the Netherlands. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.


  • The Phase II STTR contract will fund further collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center to develop new light recipes using UbiQD’s quantum dot technology

UbiQD, Inc., a New Mexico-based nanotechnology development company, announced today that it has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract by the National Aeronautics and Space

EPA Wraps Up Historic Recycling Innovation Fair

on December 2, 2019 - 8:17am
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, right, tours booths at the America Recycles Innovation Fair. Courtesy photo
EPA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted the first-ever America Recycles Innovation Fair Nov. 14 that featured entrepreneurs from across the recycling system showcasing their innovative products, services, outreach and technologies.
At the fair, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) President Darrell Smith and NWRA Board Chair Ben Harvey presented challenge coins to veterans recognizing

Udall Applauds House Committee Passage Of Reform Legislation To Make Mining Companies Pay Fair Share

on December 2, 2019 - 7:47am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) applauded House committee passage of legislation Wednesday sponsored by House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) to reform the nation’s badly outdated 1872 hardrock mining law.
Udall is the lead sponsor of mining law reform legislation in the Senate, the Hardrock Mining Reform Act of 2019, which would also require companies to pay royalties for the first time for the ability to extract mineral resources like gold, silver, and copper from public lands to help ensure that