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Udall, 11 Senators Demand Explanation For Why White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter Had Access To Classified Information After Security Clearance Denied

on February 9, 2018 - 3:35pm
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As new details continue to emerge about what the White House knew about former Staff Secretary Rob Porter’s history of alleged abuse – and when they knew it – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) joined 11 other senators in writing to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Counsel Don McGahn today to raise serious concerns regarding Porter’s ongoing access to classified information even after Kelly was notified that Porter was unable to obtain a security clearance.

The senators – including members of the Senate Homeland

Officials Congratulate Post On 6-Year Anniversary

on February 8, 2018 - 8:52am

Staff Report

Equipped with her laptop and camera, award-winning journalist Carol A. Clark launched the Los Alamos Daily Post at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 from her home in White Rock.

Start-up team members Bonnie Gordon and Greg and Karen Kendall worked with Clark to build and populate the news site for weeks leading up to the launch. The Kendall’s and Gordon had day jobs, so the group gathered many long nights and weekends to get it all done.

“I am very grateful to them for their extraordinary talents and their continued friendship.

Los Alamos Daily Post Turns 6 Years Old Today!

on February 7, 2018 - 6:12am

The Los Alamos Daily Post is celebrating its 6-year anniversary today at its world headquarters at 1247 Central Ave. The news team wants to take this opportunity to thank our many readers throughout the community, state, nation and 129 countries around the globe ... it is a privilege to bring you the news each and every day! Read the full story in Thursdays print edition of the Post. Photo by Erika Clark

Smoking Is Down, But Almost 38 Million American Adults Still Smoke

on February 7, 2018 - 4:44am

CDC News:

Overall, cigarette smoking among U.S. adults (aged ≥18 years) declined from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 15.5 percent in 2016.

Yet, nearly 38 million American adults smoked cigarettes (“every day” or “some days”) in 2016, according to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The new data, from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), show that among adults who have ever used cigarettes, the percentage who have quit increased from 50.8 percent in 2005 to 59.0 percent in 2016. During 2005–2016, the largest increase in quitting was among adults

BLM Oil And Gas Lease Sales Generate $360 Million In 2017

on February 1, 2018 - 7:15am
BLM News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.
 In advancing the administration’s goals of promoting America’s energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) state offices in 2017 generated nearly $360 million from oil and gas lease sales, an 86 percent increase over the previous year’s results of $192.5 million. 

Among these sales, which together were the highest in nearly a decade, rights to a total of 949 parcels, covering 792,823 acres, were sold.

“Oil and gas lease sales on public land directly support domestic energy production and the President’s energy dominance and job growth priorities for

BLM And Forest Service Announce 2018 Grazing Fees

on January 31, 2018 - 7:30am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Federal grazing fee for 2018 will be $1.41 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.41 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.
 
The 2017 public land grazing fee was $1.87.
 
An AUM or HM—treated as equivalent measures for fee purposes—is the use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month.

New Mexico Dreamer And Teacher Of The Year To Join Heinrich As Honored Guest For State Of The Union

on January 29, 2018 - 12:59pm

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.) today announced that Dreamer and 2018 New Mexico Teacher of the Year Ivonne Orozco-Acosta will be his special guest Tuesday at President Trump’s State of the Union Address.

Orozco-Acosta, a teacher at the Public Academy for Performing Arts in Albuquerque and a graduate of the University of New Mexico, is one of the estimated 7,000 Dreamers who live in New Mexico.

“Dreamers like Ivonne represent the future of a great America.

Study: Los Alamos County Among Best Places In New Mexico To Save Money

on January 28, 2018 - 7:59am
SMART ASSEST News:
 
SmartAsset, a New York financial technology company, has released a study on the best places to save money in the U.S.
 
The study compares each county’s income, cost of living, purchasing power and taxes to determine the places where it is easiest to save money.
 
For a look at how Los Alamos County performed compared to other counties in New Mexico, check out the table below:
 
Rank
County
Median Household Income
Cost of Living
Purchasing Power
Estimated Tax Rate
Best Places to Save Index
1
Los Alamos, NM
$101,934
$32,586
3.10
13.60%
100.00
2
Lea, NM
$57,533
$29,874
1.90
13.60%

Pearce On White House Immigration Framework

on January 27, 2018 - 10:34am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Friday released the following statement after the White House released priorities and principles for immigration reform and border security:
 
“As we know firsthand in New Mexico, our immigration system is broken. We need pragmatic reforms to ensure flaws and failures intertwined throughout the system do not continue for generations to come. It is the responsibility of Congress to find a solution and we have made serious progress in bipartisan negotiations to get to where we are today.
 
“We

LAPS Foundation Sends LAMS Band Director Ryan Finn To World’s Largest Music Conference

on January 27, 2018 - 6:55am

LAMS Band Director Ryan Finn with his students. Courtesy/LAPS Foundation

LAPS FOUNDATION News:

Last fall, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation awarded nearly $11,000 for LAPS educators to pursue professional development opportunities in their fields. One of the recipients, Los Alamos Middle School Band Director Ryan Finn, recently attended the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, which is the largest of its kind in the world.

The renowned conference hosts thousands of music educators from around the country who work together attending workshops, clinics, and other professional

Alaska Lifts Tsunami Warning Following 7.9 Earthquake

on January 27, 2018 - 5:53am
Courtesy/US National Tsunami Warning Center
 
HSNW News:
 
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake, which struck 170 miles off the Alaska coast early Tuesday, led the Alaska government to issue a tsunami advisory — but the warning was lifted four hours later.
 
The USGS reported the magnitude 7.9 quake at 12:31 a.m. Alaska time. Officials had feared that tsunami waves could reach far inland, and issued tsunami guidance for the entire coastal area stretching from Alaska to the U.S. border with Mexico.
 
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake, which struck 170 miles off the Alaska coast early Tuesday, led the

Student Call For Abstracts: Due Jan. 29

on January 26, 2018 - 10:07am
NIST News:
 
Fellow Students and Student Advisors:
 
We would like to invite you to participate of an excellent opportunity to present your work at the upcoming 26th annual meeting of the Council of Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards (CIRMS). CIRMS will be awarding up to eight student travel grant awards. These awards will cover conference registration, a one-year membership to CIRMS, and $700 to cover travel and lodging costs. 
 
The meeting is April 16-18, 2018 in Gaithersburg, Md., at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)
 
The abstract submission

Experts To Preview Launch Of NOAA’s GOES-S Satellite

on January 26, 2018 - 8:21am
Technicians in the clean room at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Fla. closely inspect and continue working to prepare NOAA's GOES-S for its March 1 launch. Credit/NOAA
 
NOAA News:
 
Top officials from NOAA, NASA and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will hold a media teleconference to discuss how NOAA’s GOES-S, the second in a series of next-generation geostationary weather satellites, will help provide faster, more accurate data for tracking lightning, storm systems, wildfires, dense fog and other hazards that threaten the western U.S., Hawaii and

Los Alamos Has Viome!

on January 25, 2018 - 10:59am
From left, Viome’s Head of Project Management Miranda Intrator, President Deepak Savadatti, Chief Science Officer Momo Vuyisich and Research Associate Andy Hatch at the lab Monday afternoon at 81 Camino Entrada in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Viome employees gather with Chief Science Officer Momo Vuyisich, seated third from right, to celebrate the company’s first year anniversary Saturday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sig Hecker: Update On Nuclear North Korea Jan. 27

on January 25, 2018 - 10:48am
Former LANL Drector Siegfried S. Hecker
 
COMMUNITY News:

A presentation on “Update on Nuclear North Korea and a Tour around the Rest of the Nuclear World” with former LANL Director Siegfried S. Hecker of Stanford University is 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th St. in Los Alamos.

The fear of a nuclear crisis in North Korea that gripped much of the United States in 2017 was followed by a ray of hope in early 2018. Hecker will provide an assessment of the North’s nuclear program today and what the future may bring.

Hecker also will provide a

Bandelier Celebrates ‘Year Of The Bird’

on January 25, 2018 - 10:11am
Bandelier has chosen a local bird to celebrate each month in 2018, the Year of the Bird, and the bird for January is the raven. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
In October 1918, a profoundly important law was passed – the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It made it unlawful to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, or sell birds listed in the Act as migratory birds.   
 
It came into being in a time when the survival of many bird species was threatened by the commercial trade in birds and especially bird feathers.
 
Since 2018 is the centennial of the Act, people all over the world are

Udall, Heinrich Urge Secretary Zinke To Keep Public Lands In Public Hands

on January 25, 2018 - 7:34am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall led a letter, also signed by Sen. Martin Heinrich, urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep public lands public by prohibiting widespread sale and transfer of public lands.
 
The senators asked Zinke to uphold the Department of the Interior's responsibility to retain America's public lands so every American can continue to access public lands.
 
In response to a growing movement by some states to sell or transfer federal lands to states or give states management authority, a coalition of sportsmen, hunters, anglers, hikers,

Heinrich Slams Solar Tariff Decision

on January 24, 2018 - 8:03am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, issued the following statement after President Trump announced his decision to impose up to 30 percent tariffs on imported solar panels and modules that will jeopardize tens of thousands of American solar jobs:
 
“Imposing these tariffs isn't going to create a single manufacturing job and instead harms hundreds of locally-owned companies, jeopardizes tens of thousands of workers, and stifles billions of dollars in

USDA Provides Funding To Increase Access To Educational And Health Care Services In Rural Areas

on January 24, 2018 - 7:42am
USDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett Friday announced that USDA is awarding grants for broadband projects to increase access to job training, educational and health care services in rural areas in 35 states.
 
“Broadband technology helps provide career opportunities and deliver critical medical services to rural residents,” Hazlett said. “It allows rural hospitals to better diagnose and treat patients. It helps treat people who are struggling with opioid and other substance use disorders. It also helps bring jobs to rural areas.”
 

DEA On Step To Increase Opioid Addiction Treatment

on January 24, 2018 - 7:15am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration Tuesday announced a deregulatory measure that will make it easier for residents of underserved areas to receive treatment for opioid addiction.
 
As published today in the Federal Register, nurse practitioners and physician assistants can now become DATA-Waived qualifying practitioners, which give them authority to prescribe and dispense the opioid maintenance drug buprenorphine from their offices.

Public Education Dept., Arts Education Community Join Forces To Adopt National Core Standards

on January 23, 2018 - 3:11pm

Public Education Secretary-Designate Christopher Ruszkowski

ART EDUCATION News:

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Public Education Department announced the adoption of statewide New Mexico Core Arts Standards. The new standards are expected to enrich the state’s educational communities with tradition, innovation and creativity – and make New Mexico’s students more globally competitive.

“A 21st century multi-medium arts education is an essential component of preparing our children for their futures—especially in a state with some of the greatest artistic talent in the world.

Pearce Addresses Three-Day Government Shutdown

on January 23, 2018 - 2:54pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the three-day government shutdown ended Monday and federal operations resumed:
 
“What the Democrats did, playing politics with paychecks for service members and risking access to health care for rural, low-income children, to get their way on full amnesty for illegal immigrants is astounding and down-right irresponsible.

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Seek Applicants To Fill Two Upcoming Vacancies On US District Court

on January 23, 2018 - 2:26pm
COURT News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Nov. 30, 2017, the Honorable Robert C. Brack announced his intention to assume senior status after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench. Judge Brack’s announcement, effective July 25, 2018, will create a vacancy in Las Cruces for a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.
 
On Dec. 26, 2017, the Honorable Christina Armijo announced her intention to assume senior status after 16 years of distinguished service on the federal bench, including more than five years as Chief Judge for the District.

UCOR Earns 87 Percent Of Fee At Oak Ridge

on January 23, 2018 - 10:00am

URS | CH2M Oak Ridge workers demolish the K-802 Pumphouse at East Tennessee Technology Park during the April-September 2017 fee evaluation period. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) cleanup contractor URS | CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) earned almost $3.3 million for its performance from April through September 2017, nearly 87 percent of the total award fee available for the evaluation period.

OREM recently issued its latest six-month fee determination scorecard for UCOR.

Heinrich: Bold Action Needed To Better Support New Mexico Families, Invest In Early Childhood Education

on January 23, 2018 - 6:23am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Following the release of the 2017 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) expressed serious concern about the findings and called for bold action to create economic opportunities and address the needs of both vulnerable children and their parents in New Mexico.
 
He urged the state to invest a portion of its Land Grant Permanent Fund in the most effective early childhood programs.

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