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Importance of Science Education to National Security will be Los Alamos Director's Topic at TEDxABQ

on July 12, 2013 - 11:31am

Charles McMillan

Importance of Science Education to National Security will be Los Alamos Director's Topic at TEDxABQ 

  • Physicist Charles McMillan to provide unique perspective 

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan will be one of 17 speakers at this year's TEDxABQ, event organizers announced this week. TEDxABQ, scheduled for Saturday, September 7 at Popejoy Hall, is an independently organized event in Albuquerque affiliated with the popular TED Talks series.

McMillan will discuss the linkage between early education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

Luján and Lujan Grisham Highlight Importance of LDRD Program at National Labs

on July 12, 2013 - 8:09am

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New Mexico Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham spoke on the House floor last night on the importance of the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program at the national laboratories. 

The members engaged in a colloquy with Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) and Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) to highlight the need to work together to prevent cuts to this program that supports research and development at the labs.

Click here to watch their remarks.

$2.2 Million to Increase NM’s Health Insurance Enrollment

on July 11, 2013 - 8:18am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced Wednesday that 15 community health centers across New Mexico will receive more than $2.2 million in grants to help enroll uninsured individuals into new affordable health coverage options that will go into effect Oct. 1.

Approximately 20 percent of New Mexico residents are uninsured.

The awards are issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration, within the U.S.

TODAY: Udall to Speak on the Floor About Keeping Student Loans Affordable

on July 10, 2013 - 10:21am
U.S. SENATE News:
            
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico will deliver remarks on the Senate floor about the need to find a comprehensive solution to keep loans affordable for college students in New Mexico and across the country.
 
The Senate is voting today on the Keep Student Loans Affordable Act of 2013. On July 1, because of Senate inaction, a temporary measure to keep interest rates low expired. As a result, the interest rates on new federal Stafford loans doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.
 
Udall is a cosponsor of the Keep Student Loans

Three Hundred Million Reasons to Federate Identity: An IRS Case Study

on July 10, 2013 - 7:24am

NSTIC News:

  • Study indicates IRS net savings up to $305 million annually by adopting an improved identity management system. By adopting an NSTIC-aligned solution, the IRS could save up to $111 million up-front and $19 million annually relative to deploying a proprietary system.

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) envisions an “Identity Ecosystem” in which organizations and individuals may leverage trusted identities for access to services on the Internet.

Vernon Kerr Briefs Council on Boys and Girls State

on July 9, 2013 - 7:12pm

Longtime Los Alamos resident Vernon Kerr briefs members of the County Council on recent Boys and Girls State activities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Udall Announces $1 Million to Expand NM Children's Health Insurance

on July 7, 2013 - 7:05am

Sen. Tom Udall
U.S. SENATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has announced that the New Mexico Human Services Department is receiving $1 million in federal grant money to expand health insurance for children in New Mexico through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP.)

The funding comes from the Affordable Care Act and will be used to to increase the number of children eligible, but not yet enrolled in, Medicaid and CHIP, and to keep them covered for as long as they qualify.

Photographer Remembers the 19 Fallen Firefighters

on July 6, 2013 - 12:47pm

Several members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots discuss the fire behavior of a night burnout operation on the Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera

 

Photographer Remembers the 19 Fallen Firefighters
By KRISTEN HONIG, Valles Caldera  

Like many of you, I was in complete shock after hearing initial reports of 19 fatalities on a fire in Arizona last Sunday.

After a little investigating, I realized the fire was near Prescott, home base of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and that they were assigned to the fire. My heart sank.

Bandelier Hosts 4th of July Naturalization Ceremony for 15 New Citizens

on July 6, 2013 - 12:17pm
Candidates taking citizenship oath July 4 at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS
 
The Naranjo Family Dancers perform the Butterfly Dance. Courtesy/NPS
 

BANDELIER News:

Under the auspices of Chief United States District Judge M. Christina Armijo, and in the spectacular scenery of Frijoles Canyon, 15 new citizens took their oath on the Fourth of July.  

Included were candidates from Australia, Canada, Eduador, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom. 

In his keynote speech, Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott told them: "America is the land of opportunity,

Visit New Mexico's Only Boy Scout Museum

on July 6, 2013 - 9:25am

Boy Scout flags hang from the ceiling in the Boy Scout Museum in Raton. Courtesy photo

LABSMS News:

The Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society has scheduled a trip Saturday, July 13 to Raton to visit New Mexico’s only Boy Scout Museum.

It is one of only 26 such museums in the United States and privately owned by Dennis and Susan Downing. The museum has been in existence for 20 some years, or about one half the scouting experience time of Dennis Downing─40 years in scouting.

Any person who desires to accompany Society members on this trip can meet at 7:30 a.m.

Fifteen Firefighters Monitor Thompson Ridge Fire

on July 6, 2013 - 9:13am

Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire News:

Continued minimal fire behavior at the Thompson Ridge Fire has led to a reduction in the original 47 person Type IV team charged with monitoring the perimeter.

Since fire officials declared 100 percent containment Monday July 1, there has been neither new fire growth nor smoke within 500 feet of the perimeter.

Minimal fire behavior observed during the last week is expected to continue and will be monitored by a team of 15 firefighters until the fire is fully suppressed.

IRS: Tax Tips for Newlyweds

on July 6, 2013 - 7:05am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - Late spring and early summer are popular times for weddings. Whatever the season, a change in your marital status can affect your taxes.

Here are several tips from the IRS for newlyweds.

  •  It’s important that the names and Social Security numbers that you put on your tax return match your Social Security Administration records. If you’ve changed your name, report the change to the SSA. To do that, file Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. You can get this form on their website at SSA.gov, by calling 800-772-1213 or by visiting your local SSA office.
  • If your
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Bradbury Ranks No. 5 on Mensa Top Ten Museums List

on July 5, 2013 - 8:13am

Mensa Top Ten: Bradbury Science Museum Ranks 5

The top 10 list of America's best science museums selected by Mensa members:

1. National Air and Space Museum (Washington, D.C.)

2. Academy of Natural Science Museum of Drexel University (Philadelphia)

3.Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago)

4. California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco)

5. Bradbury Science Museum (Los Alamos, N.M.)

6. Arkansas Museum of Discovery (Little Rock, Ark.)

7. California Science Center (Los Angeles)

8. Exploratorium (San Francisco)

9. Museum of Science (Boston)

10. Center of Science and Industry (Columbus, Ohio)

Visit:

Happy Birthday America!

on July 4, 2013 - 8:22am

The Liberty Bell: According to tradition, the Liberty Bell, which was used to mark important occasions, was rung on July 4, 1776, to summon the people of Philadelphia for a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Photo by Bob Krist/Corbis

Staff Report:

Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4 has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83.)

In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle

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Tom Udall's Statement on Cousin's Death

on July 4, 2013 - 7:28am
James "Randy" Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement on the death of his cousin, James "Randy" Udall:
 
"My family and I are moved by the overwhelming support and condolences for my cousin Randy Udall. He was an extraordinary person who touched so many lives with his spirit, his intelligence and his example. His death is a tremendous loss, and we will miss him more than I can express. There was no one like him.
 
"Randy and I were especially close.

Jake Trujillo Qualifies for Third National High School Finals Rodeo

on July 2, 2013 - 7:48am

Jake Trujillo Qualifies for his third National High School Finals Rodeo. Courtesy photo

By JAKE TRUJILLO

I am a graduating senior from Los Alamos High School. This year, I ended up reserve state champion steer wrestler and qualified for my third consecutive National High School Finals Rodeo.

This year we will be traveling to Rock Springs, Wyo. to compete with more than 1,500 contestants from 41 U.S. states, five Canadian Provinces, and Australia. The National High School Finals is the world's largest rodeo.

Thompson Ridge Fire Declared 100 Percent Contained

on July 2, 2013 - 7:14am

BAER Assessment Team sifts through ash from the Thompson Ridge Fire. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The Thompson Ridge fire was officially declared 100 percent contained last night.

Mop-up and patrol will continue.

While many wildfires cause minimal damage to the land and pose few threats to the land or people downstream, some fires result in damage that requires special efforts to reduce impacts afterwards. Loss of vegetation exposes soil to erosion; water run-off may increase and cause flooding.

IRS Summertime Tax Tips Available Through August

on July 1, 2013 - 10:33pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX - Even though taxes may not be on your mind, the IRS wants to help you with your 2013 federal tax planning now.

Summer is a good time for you to learn ways to reduce your taxes.

Beginning July 1, the IRS will offer its annual Summertime Tax Tip series of useful information affecting millions of taxpayers. Tax Tip subscribers receive a new Tip via email three times a week during the summer.

IRS Tax Tips are plain language messages that are easy to understand. They often include links to helpful IRS.gov references, IRS YouTube videos and podcasts.

  • Sample Tax Tip topics

Hilltalkers Excel at National Tournament

on July 1, 2013 - 3:35pm

Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers. Photo by Margo Batha

Speech and debate awards announced. Photo by Margo Batha

LAPS News:

Seven Los Alamos High School speech and debate students traveled to the National Forensic League National Tournament June 16-21 in Birmingham, Ala.

The group consisted of Daniel Ahrens, Antonia Batha, Sam Baty, Ali Berl, Naftali Burakovsky, Katie Haynes and Jessie Zhao. Margo Batha and Janet Newton, who coach the speech and debate team, stated this was the Hilltalkers “most successful national tournament since 2003.”

Katie Haynes competed in six

Luján Addresses Doubling of Student Loan Rates

on July 1, 2013 - 12:39pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today on the doubling of interest rates on federal student loans.

"As of today, the interest rates on all new federal student loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, adding thousands of dollars to the cost of a college education for millions of young adults.

Mountain Lion Visits Backyard Habitat in Los Alamos

on July 1, 2013 - 12:13pm

A mountain lion drinks water from a local backyard habitat. Over the last year, Hari Viswanathan setup a camera trap to observe the critters visiting his parent's pond on Barranca Mesa in Los Alamos. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) took notice of the amazing variety of wildlife visiting Selvi Viswanathan's NWF Certified Backyard Habitat and asked Hari to write an article about it. Here is the article that describes the history of Selvi's Certified Backyard Habitat, with links to certifying your own yard, and preventing problematic wildlife encounters:

NM Governor Addresses Arizona Firefighter Deaths

on July 1, 2013 - 11:56am

STATE News:

 

Albuquerque - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez released the following statement this morning about the tragic deaths of Arizona Hotshot Firefighters this weekend in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Central Arizona:

 

"I was saddened to hear the news about the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters in Arizona, members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, based in Prescott. They were killed when the wind suddenly shifted as they fought the fast-moving Yarnell Hill Fire, sparked by lightning.

 

"For New Mexicans, this news hits especially close to home because just a few short weeks ago,

NNSA Announces Selection of Centers of Excellence for Academic Computational Science Partnerships

on July 1, 2013 - 9:25am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced the selection of its six new centers of excellence whose primary focus will be on the emerging field of predictive science.

Six universities were selected either as a Multidisciplinary Simulation Center (MSC) or as a Single-Discipline Center (SDC). The MSCs will receive $3.2 million and the SDCs will receive $1.6 million each year for five years under NNSA’s Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program II (PSAAP II) agreement. The six universities include:

  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City,

Congressional Delegation Seeks to Help New Mexicans with Genetic Brain Disorder

on July 1, 2013 - 9:11am
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The New Mexico Congressional Delegation has introduced legislation to expand needed research, treatment and education efforts related to Cerebral Cavernous Malformation (CCM), a relatively unknown disorder of the brain and spinal cord more common among New Mexico Hispanics than any other group.
 
The Cavernous Angioma Research and Treatment Act would build upon an existing network of clinical and research labs to increase coordination, information sharing and awareness about the disease for both professional and patient education.

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