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LANL Director Thom Mason Reflects On First 90 Days

on January 31, 2019 - 9:39am
LANL Director Thom Mason. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Thom Mason today completes his first 90 days at the helm of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

During an interview in his office last Thursday, Mason spoke of his admiration for the scientists, engineers and staff at the Lab and his gratitude to the community for its warm welcome. He also touched on the best thing about his job as well as the challenges.

“During these first 90 days one thing that has really struck me as I’ve visited the various areas of the

Heinrich, Kennedy, Cassidy, Carper, And Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Restore Wetlands And Migratory Bird Habitat

on January 31, 2019 - 9:38am
WASHINGTON, D.C. On the 30th anniversary of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and a member of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, U.S. Senators John Kennedy (R-La.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and colleagues introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize NAWCA through 2024.
The legislation would also increase authorized annual funding for the program to $60 million.
NAWCA was originally enacted in 1989 to provide

National Weather Service Announces Major Upgrade To Cannon Air Force Base Doppler (KFDX) Radar

on January 31, 2019 - 9:30am
NOAA News:
The Cannon Air Force Base WSR-88D Doppler Radar near Clovis will undergo a major hardware upgrade beginning Wednesday, Feb. 6.
The radar will be shut down for approximately three weeks while technicians replace the pedestal, as well as the stand that rotates and positions the antenna.
Once the antenna is disassembled, the protective radar dome and pedestal will be removed by a crane. A new pedestal will then be installed, the protective dome replaced, and the antenna reassembled.
Once the estimated three-week project commences, the radar cannot and will not be

Who Are The Four Last Graduates Of Los Alamos Ranch School?

on January 31, 2019 - 9:01am

Boys of the Los Alamos Ranch School at dinner in the Dining Hall at Fuller Lodge, ca. 1930s before the final group of graduates left the school in 1943. Courtesy/LAHS

By Sharon Snyder
Los Alamos Historical Society

In the 25 years of the Los Alamos Ranch School’s existence, more than 550 boys came to the Pajarito Plateau as students and/or summer campers. Almost all of them went on to earn college degrees and make contributions to their chosen communities and, in many cases, to the nation.

The last four boys to graduate from the ranch school in late January of 1943 went on to make the school

Udall, Tester, Hoeven, Isakson Fight To Curb Veteran Homelessness In Indian Country

on January 31, 2019 - 8:19am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), reintroduced bipartisan legislation to better serve homeless or at-risk Native American veterans.
The senators' Tribal HUD-VASH Act will formally codify a joint tribal housing initiative between the U.S.

Astronomy Superstar’s ‘Failed Retirement’ Benefits UA

on January 30, 2019 - 9:23am
Robert C. Kennicutt Jr.
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — An astronomer whose discoveries helped explain how stars are born and plumb the depths of the cosmos more accurately is back at the University of Arizona because he “failed at retiring”, as he puts it.
Robert C. Kennicutt Jr. first joined the UA Steward Observatory as an associate professor 30 years ago. In 2008, he was lured to the University of Cambridge, whose faculty roster has included Sir Isaac Newton and the late Stephen Hawking.

Los Alamos High School Educator Margo Batha Named National Award Finalist

on January 29, 2019 - 5:46pm

Los Alamos High School Speech and Debate Teacher Margo Batha 

National Speech & Debate Association News:

  • Margo Batha is one of five finalists for the National Educator of the Year Award.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2019 NSDA National Educator of the Year award.

This award was created to honor an individual who has enhanced the quality of education in the field of speech and debate.

From more than 5,000 member coaches and teachers, the following educators were named as finalists for the national award.

  • Margo

RSF: Will China Ever Stop Harassing Foreign Reporters?

on January 29, 2019 - 1:30pm

RSF News:

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its appeal to the Chinese government to stop harassing foreign reporters and their sources after the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) revealed in its annual report, published today, that harassment of its members increased yet again in 2018.

Based on the 109 responses that the Beijing-based FCCC received to the questionnaire it sent to its 204 members from 31 countries and territories in December, the report described the situation as “worse now than it has been in the past 20 years,” except 2011, when coverage of

University Ranking Site Puts NMT No. 11 For Online Master’s In Engineering Management

on January 29, 2019 - 12:48pm
NMT News:
SOCORRO A new national ranking shows that New Mexico Tech has one of the best online programs in the nation for master’s in engineering management.
The website recently released its ranking of top engineering management programs, slotting New Mexico Tech as the No. 11 in the nation.
The website praises NMT for offering a “structured master's in engineering management program for students who are able to log in and participate in synchronous classroom sessions.
The coursework is delivered from the main campus … giving distance learners an exact

Sen. Mimi Stewart Appointed To National Conference Of State Legislatures National Education Committee

on January 28, 2019 - 9:49am

Majority Whip Mimi Stewart




Sen. Mimi Stewart has been appointed to serve as a national vice-chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Education Committee.

The Committee is one of 10 national committees that deal with both state and state-federal issues. The jurisdictions of the standing committees are similar to those of committees in state legislatures.

“NCSL has benefitted from Sen. Stewart’s expertise over her more than 20 years as a legislator,” NCSL’s executive director Bill Pound said. “Sen.

Bandelier National Monument Reopens Wednesday!

on January 27, 2019 - 1:04pm

Bandelier reopens 9 a.m. Wednesday to the public. Courtesy/NPS


With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Bandelier National Monument will resume regular operations Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Winter Visitor Center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and staff is working diligently to safely clean sidewalks and trails of ice and snow that accumulated during the 5-week federal government shutdown.

“Warmer days and cold nights have left a dense blanket of icy white on everything,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said.

New Mexico Leads World In Space Tourism

on January 27, 2019 - 10:01am
Spaceport America is an FAA-licensed spaceport on 18,000 acres of State Trust Land in the Jornada del Muerto desert basin in southern New Mexico directly west and adjacent to White Sands Missile Range. Courtesy photo
NMT News:
SANTA FE The future is now. For nearly a decade New Mexico has partnered with Virgin Galactic to take tourism out of this world to new heights.
During a recent interview on “CBS This Morning,” Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group said 2019 is the golden year.
“I will hope to go up in the middle of this year myself,” Branson said.

Air Force Selects Prime Contractor For NTS-3

on January 27, 2019 - 9:08am
KAFB News:
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASEM The Air Force Research Laboratory and the Space and Missile Systems Center has selected Harris Corporation as the prime contractor to build Navigation Technology Satellite-3, the next-generation experimental Position, Navigation and Timing spacecraft.
The satellite, called NTS-3, is expected to launch in 2022.
As a unique testbed in geosynchronous orbit, NTS-3 will integrate several advanced technologies to demonstrate resiliency and new concepts of operation to include experimental antennas, flexible and secure signals, increased automation, and use

December 1942 War Department Letter Spelled The End For Los Alamos Ranch School

on January 26, 2019 - 1:15pm
The Los Alamos Ranch School boys of Spruce Patrol, Spring of 1942. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Historical Society
The last days of the Los Alamos Ranch School were rushed and heartrending. A letter from the War Department in Washington had arrived in early December 1942 and confirmed what the staff and students already knew or suspected after a visit in early November by Robert Oppenheimer, Gen. Leslie Groves and others.
The letter began, “You are advised that it has been determined necessary to the interests of the United States in the prosecution of the War that

Balderas Announces $120 Million Settlement With Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary Over Marketing Practices

on January 26, 2019 - 1:11pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday that he and 45 other Attorneys General reached a $120 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson and DePuy to resolve allegations that DePuy unlawfully promoted its metal-on-metal hip implant devices, the ASR XL and the Pinnacle Ultamet.
Depuy claimed the devices were much more reliable than they actually were. Contrary to DePuy’s claims of reliability, these hip implants were found to fail at rates more than eight times higher than rates advertised.
“Doctors and patients

Udall, Senate Democrats Introduce Bill To Protect Essential Federal And Tribal Programs From Future Budget Uncertainty

on January 26, 2019 - 8:14am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Friday U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, along with U.S.

Heinrich To NM Legislature: Don’t Wait, Legislative Session Represents Once-In-A-Generation Opportunity

on January 26, 2019 - 7:37am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
SANTA FE U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) Friday addressed a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature.
Heinrich began his remarks by highlighting the devastating impact President Trump's shutdown is having on families and communities in New Mexico.
“The longest shutdown in American history continues to have a devastating impact for families and in our communities all across New Mexico. I’m grateful for how much the State has done to have the back of those affected by this shutdown.

Heinrich Statement On Reopening Government

on January 25, 2019 - 3:10pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement in response to President Trump's announcement on the deal to reopen the government:

“I am pleased that President Trump has taken this important step to end his prolonged, costly, and unnecessary shutdown.

“For over a month, he thrust our country into the longest government shutdown in history, using federal workers and contractors as bargaining chips, and leaving long lasting damage to our communities.

“Now we must ensure

RE/MAX First Organizes Aid For Furloughed Workers

on January 25, 2019 - 12:00pm

RE/MAX First News:

RE/MAX First has been collecting funds in their office at 116 Central Park Square, to assist in the purchase of Smith’s gift cards for furloughed government employees. 

“In doing so, we realized that we could have more impact if we invited other community members to contribute,” RE/MAX First owner Chris Ortega said. “RE/MAX First is collecting funds through Sunday, Jan. 26. We will take all funds raised to purchase $50 gift cards at Smith's. The RE/MAX First office is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to receive contributions and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.”


Heinrich Votes To End Government Shutdown

on January 25, 2019 - 8:53am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted for a clean spending bill to reopen the government immediately.
The measure, which received bipartisan support, would reopen currently closed agencies and fund the federal government through Feb. 8. The proposal failed to reach the 60-vote threshold to advance in the Senate.
“New Mexicans are paying the price for the longest government shutdown in American history because President Trump refuses to stop holding our federal workers and basic government services

Luján Joins Colleagues To Launch PFAS Task Force

on January 24, 2019 - 10:01am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) joined his colleagues to launch the bipartisan PFAS Task Force, with the goal of bringing PFAS clean-up to the forefront of the congressional agenda.
In November of 2018, Cannon Air Force Base informed the New Mexico State Government that water from several wells on and off the Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) had been contaminated with PFAS. These chemicals are found in foam used for firefighting and are associated with an increased risk of cancer.
“Because of this

LAFD’s Stephen Rinaldi Receives Prestigious Appointment To NFPA Technical Committee

on January 23, 2019 - 12:25pm

LAFD Senior Fire & Life Safety Specialist Stephen Rinaldi

Staff Report:

Senior Fire & Life Safety Coordinator Stephen Rinaldi was honored recently with an appointment to serve on a Technical Committee tasked with the revision of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.

The process to serve on one of the NFPA’s committees is a competitive selection process, with dozens of applications submitted each year by fire investigators and subject matter experts internationally.

NFPA Technical Committees serve as the principal consensus

LANL Physicist Michelle Thomsen Wins $100,000 Award ... 2019 Arctowski Medal

on January 23, 2019 - 10:46am

Michelle F. Thomsen. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Michelle F. Thomsen, Planetary Science Institute and Los Alamos National Laboratory, will receive the 2019 Arctowski Medal.

Over the past 40 years, Thomsen has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the relationships between the sun and its planetary bodies, with a particular emphasis on the physics of collisionless shocks and the dynamics of the planetary magnetospheres of Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn.

Beginning with her graduate work, Thomsen analyzed data from the early planetary missions Pioneer 10 and 11 and made some of the

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Of New Mexico Leads Reintroduction Of Bill To Protect Dreamer Data

on January 23, 2019 - 7:18am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) leads a group of Senate Democrats in reintroducing the Protect DREAMer Confidentiality Act of 2019, a bill to safeguard the private information—such as addresses and telephone numbers—of the young immigrants known as Dreamers to ensure they are not targeted by the Trump Administration for deportation.
President Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September 2017, impacting nearly 1 million Dreamers across the nation, including more than 7,000

Team USA Wins Double Gold, Retains World No. 1

on January 23, 2019 - 6:55am
From left, May Tieu, Delphine DeVore, Lauren Scruggs and Sylvie Binder won gold in the women's team event at the Zagreb Junior World Cup. Courtesy/Bizzi Team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Team USA's women's foil fencers finished 1-2-3 in individual and won gold for the second time this season in team at the Zagreb Junior World Cup in Croatia over the weekend.
Three of the four members of the squad that won the 2018 Junior World Championship title won gold, silver and bronze individually, showing the strength of a squad whose fencers have visions of both individual and