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Scenes From 10th Annual Small Business Saturday

on December 1, 2019 - 8:05am

Pet Pangaea Owner Cyndi Wells in her store Saturday in Central Park Square brought Small Business Saturday to Los Alamos 10 years ago. Visit Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Participating in Small Business Saturday at projectY cowork in Central Park Square from left, Pajarito Press Co-owner/Publisher Mark Rayburn, Author Liddie Martinez and Jennifer Bartlit of Pajarito Press. Visit Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Sha-Marie Arnaudville of The Great Escape Vacations chats with a customer during Small Business Saturday at projectY

EPA Seeks Nominations For Farm, Ranch And Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee

on December 1, 2019 - 8:03am
EPA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. ⁠— Thursday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler is announcing a solicitation for 20-30 nominees to serve on the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC).
Established in 2008, the FRRCC provides independent policy advice, information, and recommendations to EPA’s Administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities.
“One of our key priorities at EPA is to strengthen and solidify our relationship with agricultural stakeholders and rural communities

USDA, BIA Partner To Spur Economic Development, Strengthen Tribal Communities In Indian Country

on December 1, 2019 - 7:42am
USDA News:
CATOOSA, Okla. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve tribes’ and tribal members’ access to farm conservation programs to advance conservation in Indian Country.
The MOU was signed in Catoosa, Okla., where USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey was joined by BIA Director Darryl LaCounte at the National Tribal Conservation Districts Conference, organized by the Indian Nations Conservation Alliance.

Posts From The Road: Tyler State Park In Texas

on December 1, 2019 - 7:35am
Mist Fog: On the afternoon of our arrival, the weather was misty and foggy. It was not conducive to many outdoor activities but did create some interesting photos around the lake. Fortunately for us the weather cleared overnight and we woke up to sunny skies the next morning. Photo by Gary Warren/
Formerly of Los Alamos 
Tyler State Park is a state park in Texas located about 100 miles east of Dallas near the town of Tyler.
The centerpiece of the park is a small lake, which provides fishing and many other water activities.
Miles of hiking and

Q&A With Congressional Candidate Karen Bedonie

on November 30, 2019 - 6:58pm

CD3 Candidate Karen Bedonie
Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series in which the Los Alamos Daily Post presents the same set of questions to each of the candidates running for Congressional District 3, which serves the northern half of New Mexico.

Republican candidate Karen Bedonie provided the following answers:

POST: Why do you believe you are qualified to represent New Mexico in Congress?

BEDONIE: A representative of the people must come directly from the people he/she is created from and not the minimal 10

Animal Wellness Forms National Veterinary Council

on November 30, 2019 - 6:49pm
AWF News:
The Animal Wellness Foundation (AWF) and Animal Wellness Action (AWA) have announced the formation of their National Veterinary Council, with members bringing collective medical and advocacy experience for companion animals, farm animals, horses and wildlife.
The volunteer members of the Council will extend the reach of the organization’s programs and priorities and more meaningfully place veterinarians at the forefront of the animal protection movement.

Eighty-Eight LAHS Students Recognized At National Honors Society Annual Induction Ceremony

on November 30, 2019 - 8:43am
NHS Officer and Los Alamos High School Senior Steven Stravell leads the National Honors Society induction ceremony Monday evening at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by Nate Limback/

LAHS Student Body Vice President Rebekah Lockhart speaks to the audience. Photo by Nate Limback/

LAHS News:

The National Honors Society hosted its annual induction ceremony Monday evening at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
Eighty-eight students were recognized in the ceremony.
Keynote speaker Alison Renner gave a motivational speech to the students and parents,

Support RSF USA: Protect Press Freedom In 2020

on November 30, 2019 - 8:42am
The First Amendment is a cornerstone of American democracy. When the press comes under attack, our democracy falters. Right now, American democracy is faltering.
Day in and day out, Reporters Without Borders (RSF USA) carries out critical research, publishes reports, influences policy, and organizes events to advance press freedom and protect citizens' right to know.
RSF USA is launching its year-end fundraising campaign to allow us to continue our crucial work in 2020.
Next year we are mobilizing around three main objectives: 
  • Restoring respect

National Mutt Day Celebrated Monday Dec. 2

on November 30, 2019 - 8:41am
Monday, Dec. 2 is National Mutt Day. Courtesy photo
Friends of Fido, unite! Monday, Dec. 2 is National Mutt Day.
The holiday experts at National Today are here to help people celebrate the mighty mutts in their lives who are so often (and sadly) overlooked in favor of their purebred brethren. 
The fact is, mixed breed dogs are just as wonderful as purebred dogs and in some cases actually beat out those with better pedigrees.
Here are a few reasons to celebrate mutts:
Yes, it is true.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Urges Americans To Fill Bellies, Not Landfills During Thanksgiving Week

on November 30, 2019 - 8:38am
EPA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As America celebrates Thanksgiving this week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler reminds U.S. families and communities to be mindful about finishing, donating, or simply cutting back on the amount of food they prepare to help prevent food waste this holiday season.
“This week, millions of Americans will gather for Thanksgiving to share a traditional family meal,” Wheeler said. “One way to act on the gratitude we feel this holiday season is to use food without waste.

Udall Joins 19 Senate Colleagues On Bipartisan Resolution To Advance Equal Rights Amendment

on November 30, 2019 - 7:57am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined 19 of his Senate colleagues on a bipartisan resolution to advance the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a proposed Constitutional amendment to guarantee equal rights regardless of sex.
The bipartisan resolution Udall is supporting would remove a 1982 deadline for ratification of the ERA, thereby paving the way for full and equal protections for women under the Constitution.
Thirty-seven states have already ratified the ERA, just one short of the 38 needed to adopt the amendment to the

Tales Of Our Times: Efficient Rules For Fracking Stem From Unique Tracers

on November 29, 2019 - 10:25pm

Tales of Our Times

New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Efficient Rules For Fracking Stem From Unique Tracers 
Politics is lightning quick in using social media. Still, politics lags years behind in using smart tools for efficient regulation. Up till now, talking fast has not helped politics be more businesslike in putting digital devices to their best uses.

People at work in other fields prize the latest tools that work wonders, saving time and money all around. Smart tools are common in homes, schools, commerce and industry.

LANL: Drought Impact Study Shows New Issues For Plants And Carbon Dioxide

on November 29, 2019 - 11:04am
Drought is already the most widespread factor affecting plant production via direct physiological impacts such as water limitation and heat stress. Courtesy/Dreamstime
LANL News:
Extreme drought’s impact on plants will become more dominant under future climate change, as noted in a paper out today in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Analysis shows that not only will droughts become more frequent under future climates, but more of those events will be extreme, adding to the reduction of plant production essential to human and animal populations. 
“Even though plants can, in

UP Aerospace Launches Space Loft-14 Rocket

on November 29, 2019 - 8:25am
UP Aerospace News:
Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico and UP Aerospace, a space launch and flight test service provider based in Highlands Ranch, Colo. with facilities at Spaceport America, announced the successful launch Friday, Nov. 22 of UP Aerospace’s Space Loft 14 (SL-14) rocket from the Spaceport America Vertical Launch Area.
With NASA and multiple university programs present, the launch—which was part of the NASA Flight Opportunities Program—marked UP Aerospace’s thirteenth launch from Spaceport America.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall And Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Stop Cyber Grinches From Ruining Holidays

on November 28, 2019 - 7:22am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), and U.S. Representative Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), announced the introduction of the Stopping Grinch BOTS Act, legislation that will crack down on the use of digital “bot” technology being used to buy up large batches of trending holiday toys in order to resell them at grossly inflated prices.
These third-party sellers are using these automated tools to manipulate online sales

Happy Thanksgiving 2019!

on November 28, 2019 - 6:11am

The Los Alamos Daily Post news team wishes our readers in Los Alamos, across the nation and around the world a Happy Thanksgiving! Courtesy image

New Mexico Small Businesses May Get Holiday Boost

on November 27, 2019 - 9:22am
SBA News:
America’s booming economy is having a positive effect on both holiday shoppers and retailers, as seasonal sales are expected to increase this year by up to 4.2 percent, according to the National Retail Federation.
It’s become an American tradition to officially focus on spending in our neighborhoods supporting independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday which, this year is Nov. 30, the day after Black Friday.
Nearly 60 percent of entrepreneurs said Small Business Saturday sales contribute significantly to their holiday revenue, according to a survey

Still Time To Sign Up For 8th Grade Washington Trip

on November 27, 2019 - 7:08am
LAMS News:
It's not too late to sign up for the 8th grade Los Alamos Middle School trip to Washington, D.C. next March.
The deadline for sign up has been extended until Dec. 13. Although it may be possible to sign up after Dec. 13, it might be difficult to secure an airline ticket.
Airline seats are more difficult to obtain for large groups because of the grounding of the 737 planes. Visit and use TRIP ID 173688 to secure a spot on this 36-year Los Alamos Middle School tradition and highly educational experience.
For more information, see

Silver City Museum Receives AAM Accreditation

on November 27, 2019 - 6:41am
Silver City Museum. Courtesy photo
SCM News:
SILVER CITY The Silver City Museum in Silver City, New Mexico—known for its wealth of cultural heritage and history—has received accreditation from the prestigious American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
The museum, which had been previously accredited and had not gone through the accreditation process in 15 years, now joins the seven other accredited museums in the state. One of the smaller museums on the elite list, Silver City Museum also was awarded the AAM’s Gold Standard Award.
“We’re thrilled to have received this

Chemist Jennifer Hollingsworth Named AAAS Fellow

on November 26, 2019 - 9:22am

Los Alamos Chemist Jennifer A. Hollingsworth is a new Fellow of the AAAS. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Noted Los Alamos chemist honored by American Association for the Advancement of Science

Los Alamos National Laboratory chemist Jennifer A. Hollingsworth is being honored as a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her work in materials chemistry. 

“We’re thrilled that Jennifer is receiving this well-deserved honor and joining the ranks of Los Alamos staff that are AAAS Fellows.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces $11.2 Million In Grants To Revitalize New Mexico’s Bus Infrastructure

on November 26, 2019 - 9:14am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will award $423 million in transit infrastructure grants nationwide to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders.
Two projects in New Mexico will receive $11.2 million from FTA’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. A list of the selected projects is available online.
“Public bus systems throughout the country provide millions of Americans access to jobs, healthcare, grocery stores, and other

LANL: Should Santa Deliver By Drone?

on November 26, 2019 - 9:04am

A promising solution to coordinated vehicle/drone delivery to a grid of locations. The black curves are the routes the truck follows at 5 meters per second, and the blue lines inticate the route a drone takes while flying at 25 meters per second. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • A new routing algorithm anticipates the day trucks and drones cooperate to drop packages at your doorstep quickly and efficiently

Santa has always run a one-sleigh operation, but a new analysis could help him speed deliveries and save energy, if he ever decided to add a drone to his route.

“People have considered

Boutwell: In Anticipation Of 75th Anniversary...

on November 26, 2019 - 8:52am
Los Alamos
I had the privilege to give a talk on Nov. 12 to the Los Alamos Historical Society focusing on the Polish physicist Josef Rotblat and his decision to leave Los Alamos and end his participation in the Manhattan Project in December of 1944 when it became clear that Nazi Germany was nowhere close to acquiring atomic weapons.
Often called the “Keeper of the Nuclear Conscience”, Rotblat was much criticized for “deserting” the atomic bomb project, yet he did so for fundamental reasons of personal conscience and fears that development of the “Gadget”

FBI Releases Lone Offender Terrorism Report

on November 25, 2019 - 6:51am


HSNW News:

The FBI’s Behavioral Threat Assessment Center (BTAC) On Wednesday released its Lone Offender Terrorism Report.

The study, reflecting BTAC’s focus on past terrorism and targeted violence events, reviewed 52 lone offender terrorist attacks within the United States between 1972 and 2015.

BTAC is a national-level, multi-agency, multi-disciplinary task force focused on the prevention of terrorism and targeted violence through the application of behaviorally based operational support, training, and research.

Senators Heinrich, Udall Request Investigation Of Conditions For ICE Detainees In All Detention Facilities

on November 25, 2019 - 6:33am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) have sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari requesting an investigation into the conditions and oversight for detainees held at all Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities.
The Senators are asking that the DHS Office of Inspector General evaluate violations of detention standards and to make that report public.
“We are troubled by continued reports of inhumane treatment at ICE