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SFNF Offices Close For National Day Of Mourning To Honor President George H. W. Bush Wednesday, Dec. 5

on December 3, 2018 - 3:59pm

SFNF offices will close Wednesday for the National Day of Mourning in honor of President George H.W. Bush. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest (Forest) Offices and all Ranger District offices will close Wednesday, Dec. 5 for the National Day of Mourning in honor of President George H.W. Bush who passed away Friday.

All offices will resume regular business hours Thursday, Dec. 6.

If you plan to visit the forest, please follow “Leave No Trace” principles:

  • Plan ahead and prepare;
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces;
  • Dispose of waste properly;
  • Leave what you find;

State GOP Expresses Happy Hanukkah Wishes

on December 3, 2018 - 3:26pm
NMGOP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE – RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi made the following statement to mark the beginning of Hanukkah:

“We wish a joyous and blessed Hanukkah to all our friends who are celebrating. Hanukkah is a reminder to persevere through adversity with faith and courage. May this celebration be joyous for the Jewish community in New Mexico, across the country, throughout Israel, and around the world. I pray that it brings peace and hope.

Udall Issues Statement On NAFTA Deal

on December 3, 2018 - 7:56am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the signing Friday of a replacement NAFTA agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada at the G20 summit:
 
“Today’s signing comes after two years of pointless uncertainty and reckless threats to NAFTA from the Trump administration, which raised roadblocks to investment and economic progress across New Mexico. This new deal — the full extent of which has not been released — will require approval in the next Congress.

International Women’s Forum Hosts Annual Event

on December 2, 2018 - 7:24am

Attending the annual holiday gathering of the International Women’s Forum, members from left, Linda Deck - director of the Bradbury Science Museum; Ann Hillerman - author; Nancy Bartlit - Los Alamos Historian and Carol A. Clark - publisher of the Los Alamos Daily Post (taking the picture). The event took place Saturday night on Museum Hill in Santa Fe. IWF is comprised of more than 6,800 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents. IWF is dedicated to building better leadership locally and globally.

NIST: New Device Widens Light Beams By 400 Times

on December 2, 2018 - 7:24am
This mode expansion device is made of a linear waveguide, a slab waveguide, and a grating. Light enters the device through the linear waveguide. When the waveguide makes contact with the slab, the light expands laterally. The grating then converts the expanded light into waves through free-space. The process also can happen in reverse, bringing free-space light into the waveguide. This enables researchers to connect two mode expansion devices together. For instance, they can use two devices to prove an unknown gas. By Sean Kelley/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
By using light waves instead of electric

NIJ Examines Ways To Improve Officer Safety In Vehicles And On Roadways

on December 1, 2018 - 5:41am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice has published an article examining the results of two projects; one that studied the circumstances behind law enforcement line-of-duty deaths in vehicle crashes and roadside incidents and a second report that conducted an evaluation of an enhanced vehicle safety program.
 
The research is the result of a ten-year collaboration between NIJ and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which seeks ways to improve officer safety on the roadways.
 
More information about the

George H.W. Bush Has Died

on November 30, 2018 - 10:55pm

George H.W. Bush June 12, 1924 – Nov. 30, 2018. Courtesy/whitehouse.gov

NATIONAL News:

George Herbert Walker Bush died today at age 94. His death was announced late today in a statement released by family spokesman Jim McGrath.

‘Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,’ said his son former President George W. Bush. ‘George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.

Heinrich Urges Increased Funding To Protect Places Of Worship, Community Centers

on November 30, 2018 - 3:20pm

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in pressing for robust community safety funding in any FY19 appropriations package.

Specifically, the Senators have called for a minimum of $50 million for the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) and $10 million for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Nonprofit Security Grant program, which helps nonprofit organizations like religious institutions, schools and community centers make security improvements.

This follows the mass shooting last

Heinrich Fights To Improve Care For Military Families Covered By TRICARE

on November 30, 2018 - 9:40am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing held Thursday to consider the nomination of Thomas McCaffery to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) pressed McCaffery on improving delivery of care for TRICARE West, which serves military retirees, service members, and military families – including 83,800 TRICARE beneficiaries in New Mexico.
 
 
During the hearing, Heinrich raised concerns over

NIST: Atomic Clocks Now Keep Time Well Enough To Improve Models Of Earth

on November 30, 2018 - 9:36am
NIST physicist Andrew Ludlow and colleagues achieved new atomic clock performance records in a comparison of two ytterbium optical lattice clocks. Laser systems used in both clocks are visible in the foreground, and the main apparatus for one of the clocks is located behind Ludlow. Courtesy/Burrus/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
Experimental atomic clocks at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have achieved three new performance records, now ticking precisely enough to not only improve timekeeping and navigation, but also detect faint signals from gravity, the early universe and

Supreme Court To Hear Timbs v. Indiana, Groundbreaking Case Challenging Constitutionality Of Justice System Fines

on November 29, 2018 - 8:50am
NMSC News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Supreme Court of the United States of America this week will hear Timbs v. Indiana, a case concerning the constitutionality of excessive fines and fees by local and state governments.
 
Juvenile Law Center led an amicus effort to educate the Court on how exorbitant fines and fees in the juvenile justice system affect youth and their families. Forty other youth advocacy organizations joined the Center’s amicus effort.
 
“Across the country, youth are pushed into the justice system and even into correctional settings because they can’t afford fines and

Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Legislation To Help Improve Veterans’ Health Care

on November 29, 2018 - 8:30am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Angus King (I-Maine), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), introduced bipartisan legislation to help improve veterans’ health care by increasing collaboration among federal agencies and authorizing the Department of Energy's (DOE) national laboratories, including Los Alamos National Laboratory, to develop technologies that solve complex data challenges.
 
“We need to do everything we can to improve health care for our veterans.

Colleagues Elect U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján To Serve As Assistant Democratic Leader Of 116th Congress

on November 28, 2018 - 3:59pm

Colleagues today unanimously elect U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico to serve as Assistant Democratic Leader in the 116th Congress. Photo by Lawrence Jackson/whitehouse.gov

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) was unanimously elected today by his colleagues to serve as Assistant Democratic Leader in the 116th Congress.

“I am honored to receive the trust of my colleagues to serve as a member of the Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” Luján said.

Three LANL Scientists Named Fellows By AAAS

on November 28, 2018 - 1:18pm

Los Alamos newest AAAS Fellows from left, Manvendra Dubey, David Janecky and Greg Swift. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Manvendra Dubey, David Janecky and Greg Swift honored for their lasting impacts in climate, oceanic and thermoacoustic science

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Manvendra Dubey, David Janecky and Greg Swift have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon Association members by their peers.

“Becoming an AAAS fellow is a tremendous honor.

LANL: Innate Fingerprint Could Detect Tampered Steel

on November 28, 2018 - 11:34am

David Mascarenas, a research and development engineer at LANL, used Barkhausen noise to find unique-looking ‘fingerprints’ in steel that could help to verify weapons treaties and reduce the use of counterfeit bolts in the construction industry. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Treaty compliance aided by spotting illicit artillery exchange and duplication

Researchers using magnetic signals have found unique “fingerprints” on steel, which could help to verify weapons treaties and reduce the use of counterfeit bolts in the construction industry.

 

“Magnetic signals provide a wide range of possible

New Report And Public Briefing On Disposal Of Surplus Plutonium At WIPP Nov. 30

on November 28, 2018 - 5:49am
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) outside Carlsbad. Courtesy photo
 
NASEM News:
 
The U.S. government plans to dispose of 34 metric tons of surplus plutonium under the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement, signed by the U.S. and Russian Federation in 2000 and revised in 2010.
 
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has developed conceptual plans for disposing of the surplus plutonium in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) outside Carlsbad.
 
Congress asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to

Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing 40th Anniversary Of Indian Child Welfare Act

on November 28, 2018 - 5:35am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), vice chairman and chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, respectively, along with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and U.S. Representatives Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.), led 46 members of Congress Tuesday in introducing a bipartisan resolution commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and recognizing its importance to promoting the stability and security of Tribal communities and families.
 
ICWA sets best-practice standards

UbiQD Of Los Alamos Launches Quantum Dot Greenhouse Film Product

on November 27, 2018 - 4:05pm

UbiQD launched its retrofit greenhouse film product called UbiGro on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

Greenhouse Technology Engineer Damon Hebert checks on a tomato study grown under UbiGro films at the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) greenhouse in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

UbiQD News:

  • The company has garnered EPA approval to manufacture its first commercial product, a luminescent film called UbiGro that improves crop quality and yield

UbiQD, Inc., a Los Alamos-based nanotechnology development company, announced today that it has launched its first commercial quantum dot

Elected Officials, Tribes, Activists Protest ‘Double Drilling’ During Oil Conservation Commission Hearing

on November 27, 2018 - 2:37pm
The Nov. 19 hearing before the State of New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Commission. Courtesy photo

The Nov. 19 hearing before the State of New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Commission. Courtesy photo

SIERRA CLUB News:
 
The Nov. 19 hearing before the State of New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Commission (NMOCC) drew more than 70 people to hear a decision on Hilcorp Energy’s (Case No. 16403) application request to double the number of wells in the Blanco-Mesaverde Gas Pool in San Juan and Rio Arriba counties in northwest New Mexico.
 
Hilcorp Energy—an infamously bad actor—was granted permission to avoid

Udall, Inhofe Introduce Legislation Designating Route 66 A National Historic Trail

on November 27, 2018 - 8:20am

The Route 66 National Historic Trail. Courtesy/googlemaps

 

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced S. 3609, The Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act, which would amend the National Trails System Act to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail, administered by the National Park Service (NPS). In June of this year, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass the bipartisan legislation. 

 

Route 66, also known as the Will Rogers Highway, is more than 2,400 miles long, stretching from

Today Is #GivingTuesday 2018 Around The Globe

on November 27, 2018 - 8:12am

Today is #GivingTuesday around the world. Courtesy/#GivingTuesday.org

COMMUNITY News:

Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

One of the best ways to get involved is in the local community. Here is a directory listing some of the organizations, charities, events and more in Los Alamos.

The Food Depot Receives Top National Ranking

on November 27, 2018 - 6:51am
FOOD DEPOT News:
 
SANTA FE — The Food Depot has been named one of “The 40 Best Food Banks in America,” by 24/7 Wall St., a financial news and opinion website.
 
The Food Depot at 1222 Siler Road in Santa Fe, ranked 26 out of 40, with 24/7 Wall St. utilizing data from the charity-rating website, Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator evaluates nonprofits annually based on several factors including information on the organization’s website and their IRS 990 form.
 
“We are incredibly proud of this recognition,” Sherry Hooper, executive director of The Food Depot said.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Welcome New Pricing Preferences For Northern NM Businesses Contracting With LANL

on November 25, 2018 - 7:06am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján welcomed a new agreement for procurement opportunities for northern New Mexico businesses contracting with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Under LANL’s new management and operating (M&O) contract between Triad National Security, LLC and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, that went into effect Nov.

Udall, Heinrich Celebrate Native American Heritage Month With Senate Resolution

on November 24, 2018 - 11:10am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced the introduction of a bipartisan resolution to mark the month of November as Native American Heritage Month.

The resolution celebrates the immeasurable contributions that Native Americans have made to our nation through their diverse cultures, rich heritages, and unique traditions.

“During Native American Heritage Month, we recognize and celebrate the influence of Native Americans on the arts, languages, and cultures of New Mexico

AGU: Oil Extraction Likely Triggered Mid-Century Earthquakes In Los Angeles

on November 23, 2018 - 10:27am

Oil fueled the growth of Los Angeles from 50,000 people in 1890 to 1.5 million in 1940. By the 1940s, the Signal Hill field alone had a forest of 20,000 derricks among its residential homes. Los Angeles County still has 3,000 active wells. Signal Hill postcard c. 1926 Courtesy/Werner Von Boltenstern Postcard Collection, Loyola Marymount University library archive

AGU News:

  • New study revisits data, eyewitness accounts from the early instrumentation age

 
By LIZA LESTER
AGU

World War II-era oil pumping under Los Angeles likely triggered a rash of mid-sized earthquakes in the 1930s and

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