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Los Alamos High School Biology Teacher Stephanie Mitchell Earns National Award

on July 29, 2019 - 10:11am

Stephanie Mitchell

LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School biology teacher Stephanie Mitchell has been named Outstanding Biology Teacher for New Mexico by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT).

“I am really honored that I was nominated for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award and thrilled that I received it,” Mitchell said.

NABT Awards recognize teachers for their expertise in science, for contributions to the profession and service to life science teaching or leadership in learning communities.

“Stephanie is a teacher who is continually, quietly pursuing excellence in her

Forbes And Statista Name Del Norte Credit Union Best-In-State Credit Union For Second Year In A Row

on July 29, 2019 - 9:33am

DNCU CEO/President Chuck Valenti

DNCU News:

  • The best banks and credit unions in every state were chosen based on an independent survey from 25,000 U.S. citizens

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative has received national recognition for outstanding services for a second year by the Best-In-State independent survey conducted by Forbes and Statista.

The banks and credit unions with the highest scores in the following five categories were recognized:

  • Trust;
  • Terms and conditions;
  • Branch services;
  • Digital services; and
  • Financial advice.

These are

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Fair Elections Now Act

on July 29, 2019 - 6:39am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 23 Senate colleagues, have introduced the Fair Elections Now Act, which would dramatically change the way U.S. Senate elections are financed.
Under the legislation, qualified Senate candidates would earn grants, matching funds, and television vouchers to run competitive campaigns based on small-dollar contributions, rather than rely on funding from wealthy donors and corporate special interests.
The Fair Elections Now Act would help reduce the influence of wealthy donors and big-money

America’s Largest Seed Fund In Albuquerque Aug. 14

on July 29, 2019 - 6:33am
Regional Administrator, Region VI
The nation’s booming economy is buoyed by small business innovators who are looking to turn a big idea into an American success story. 
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s National SBIR Road Tour is coming to Albuquerque Aug. 14 as part of a 16-stop tour to connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to 11 federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health.
Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the Small Business Innovation

Pentagon Announces PFAS Task Force To Address Contamination At Military Bases

on July 28, 2019 - 7:28am
EWG News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Defense Department will establish a new task force to address drinking water contamination from the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS at military facilities and in nearby communities, according to a news release by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
The announcement of the task force comes days after Defense Secretary Mark Esper pledged to Shaheen during his July 16 confirmation hearing to “approach the (PFAS) problem in an aggressive and holistic way.”

Posts From The Road: Headwaters Of Mississippi River

on July 28, 2019 - 7:18am
Scene of the mighty Mississippi River during a road trip this month. The river has a humble beginning as it flows from a small glacial Lake Itasca in Minnesota. The headwaters are about 20 feet wide and knee deep as it begins its 2,348 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Shown are swimmers as they enjoy the cool waters at the headwaters in Lake Itasca State Park. ‘Posts from the Road’ appear in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn travel around the country and he shares scenes they encounter while on the road. Photo

NFHS, Butler University Announce Research Study On Value Of High School Activity Programs

on July 28, 2019 - 7:16am
NFHS News:
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 23, 2019) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Butler University will work together on a 10-year research study to assess the value of high school sports and other activity programs from the perspective of students’ mothers.
The partnership was announced last week during a signing ceremony on the Butler University campus in Indianapolis, which involved leaders from Butler and the NFHS and more than 150 high school student leaders who are attending the NFHS National Student Leadership Summit at the Hyatt Regency in

Udall, Heinrich Announce $2 Million To New Mexico Small Businesses To Support Scientific Innovation

on July 26, 2019 - 5:14pm

Courtesy image


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that two New Mexico businesses were awarded $2,100,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) to support research and development and advance innovation.

Mesa Photonics LLC and Woodruff Scientific Inc., both based in Santa Fe, were awarded $1,100,000 and $1,000,000, respectively.

Haaland Introduces Bill To Bolster Efforts To Address Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis

on July 26, 2019 - 8:04am
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) introduced a bill Thursday to bolster efforts to address the missing and murdered indigenous women crisis with bipartisan support from Paul Cook (R-Calif.), Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Sharice Davids (D-Kan.).
The Justice for Native Survivors of Sexual Violence Act, H.R.

Wine Spectator Reveals 2019 Award Winners

on July 26, 2019 - 7:46am
Wine Spectator News:
NEW YORK, NY — Finding a place to drink great wine around the globe has never been so easy. Wine Spectator has uncorked the winners of the 2019 Restaurant Awards, which honors the world’s best restaurants for wine.
This year, the Restaurant Awards program honors 3,800 dining destinations from all 50 states in the U.S. and 79 countries internationally.
Launched in 1981, the Restaurant Awards are judged on three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award, with 2,447; 1,244; and 100 winners this year in each respective

Albuquerque Baker Appears On Netflix ‘Sugar Rush’

on July 26, 2019 - 7:29am
Courtesy Sugar Rush/Netflix
Albuquerque baker Brittany Church. Courtesy Sugar Rush/Netflix
ALBUQUERQUE Albuquerque baker Brittany Church will appear on the upcoming season of Netflix’s popular baking competition show, Sugar Rush, which premieres today.

Time is of the essence on this cooking show that features teams racing against the clock to bake the best-tasting sweets. Four teams of bakers showcase their kitchen skills in each episode as they whip up cakes and other confections with the hope of leaving with the $10,000 grand prize.

The series returns today

Country’s Oldest Museum Magazine Goes Digital

on July 25, 2019 - 10:26am





SANTA FE — El Palacio magazine, first published within a year of New Mexico’s statehood, became a digital publication in 2019.


The quarterly museum magazine’s new platform will provide readers with broader access and web-friendly, easily shareable content. El Palacio will continue publishing the print edition concurrently, maintaining its reach as it expands.


El Palacio became the country’s first museum magazine in November 1913. Its namesake, the Palace of the Governors, distributed the first iteration as a reference for works and artifacts curated

AGU: Scientists Take High-Speed Video Of Waves To Better Understand Sea Spray

on July 25, 2019 - 10:11am
AGU News:
Waves crashing on seashores generate tiny droplets of water known as sea spray. Sea spray moves heat and water from the ocean to the atmosphere, but scientists are unsure which part of the wave-breaking process generates the most spray, whether it be wind shear, splashing, or the popping of air bubbles at the surface of the wave.
To address this question, scientists generated breaking waves experimentally in a lab.

EPA Administrator Signs MOU With American Conservation Coalition For Environmental Education

on July 25, 2019 - 9:53am
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signs MOU with ACC President Benji Backer. Courtesy/ACC
EPA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a first-time Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the American Conservation Coalition (ACC) to attract, educate, inspire and prepare students for careers and opportunities within today's various environmental fields.
“Today’s MOU with the American Conservation Coalition will help educate and encourage more students to get involved in important environmental issues like combatting

Snyder: The Journey Of Mrs. Frey’s Piano

on July 25, 2019 - 9:49am
Mrs. Frey sitting at her piano in Bandelier (date unknown). Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society
Los Alamos Historical Society
Recently I met up with friends who were visiting Bandelier National Monument for an afternoon. I hadn’t seen them in a long time, nor had I visited Bandelier in several years. We had a fine afternoon, and at times I found myself reminiscing about a lifetime of visits to the park.
One of my clearest memories of my teen years is of Mrs. Frey, an elderly woman who was always present somewhere in the visitor center or the curio shop.

Udall, Murphy Introduce Bill To Help Beginning Farmers Pay Student Loan Debt

on July 24, 2019 - 5:01pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. As the U.S. Congress begins debate on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) reintroduced the Student Loan Forgiveness for Farmers and Ranchers Act, to create a loan forgiveness program for beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as other groups such as women, veterans, and minority farmers.
Student loan debt is a major hurdle for beginning farmers and this legislation will serve as an incentive for farmers to enter—and stay—in the agricultural industry, and strengthen

Air Force Research Laboratory Launches Largest Unmanned Space Structure On SpaceX Falcon Heavy

on July 24, 2019 - 4:10pm

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying 24 satellites as part of DOD’s Space Test Program-2 mission launches June 25 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Four NASA technology and science payloads, which will study non-toxic spacecraft fuel, deep space navigation, ‘bubbles’ in the electrically-charged layers of Earth’s upper atmosphere, and radiation protection for satellites are among the two dozen satellites put into orbit. Courtesy NASA/Joel Kowsky

AFRL News:

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE - A satellite spanning nearly the length of a football field was launched on

Senators Udall, Heinrich Lead Democratic Policy And Communications Committee Hearing On Mistreatment Of Children At The Border

on July 24, 2019 - 12:16pm
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
WASHINGTON, D.C. In face of the Senate Republicans’ refusal to hold a hearing on conditions at the southern border, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in leading a Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) hearing Tuesday entitled “America Speaks Out: Stop Trump’s Cruel Treatment of Children at the Border.”
During the hearing, the senators heard testimony from a range of medical and legal experts on the Trump administration’s failed

NIST Physicists Create Record-Setting Quantum Motion

on July 24, 2019 - 11:30am
NIST physicist Katie McCormick adjusts a mirror to steer a laser beam used to cool a trapped beryllium ion (electrically charged atom). McCormick and her colleagues got the ion to display record-setting levels of quantum motion, an advance that can improve quantum measurements and quantum computing. Courtesy/J. Burrus/NIST
NIST News:
Showcasing precise control at the quantum level, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a method for making an ion (electrically charged atom) display exact quantities of quantum-level motion — any specific

CIR Ambassador Roundtable In Santa Fe Addresses State Of The State Department At Luncheon Aug. 9

on July 24, 2019 - 11:29am
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations is hosting an event at 11:30 a.m., Aug. 9 at the Estancia Primera Clubhouse, 450 Avenida Primera South in Santa Fe.
The event includes lunch and a panel discussion to hear Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, Ambassador Mark Asquino and Ambassador Pat Hawkins discuss the current status of the State Department under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
What comes next with Iran? With North Korea? With Venezuela? What are the effects of “foreign policy by tweet”? Has Secretary Pompeo restored morale at State?

Balderas Urges FDA To Partner With States To Protect New Mexican Consumers Of Cannabis-Derived Products

on July 24, 2019 - 11:13am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas joins a coalition of 37 bipartisan State Attorneys General urging federal cooperation with the states to protect consumers from false advertising and harms to their health from products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD).
In a public comment filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the AGs highlight the need for research into the risks and potential benefits of cannabinoid products to inform consumers and assist in state-level regulation.

AGU: Airborne Research Shows East Coast Cities Emitting Twice As Much Methane As Estimated

on July 24, 2019 - 9:47am
A NOAA Twin Otter aircraft over the Hudson on a 2018 research mission. Courtesy/Eric Kort/U of M
Genevieve Plant of the University of Michigan and NOAA’s Colm Sweeney review measurements of methane and other gases during an airborne research project in 2018. Courtesy/Eric Kort/U of M
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Atmospheric methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that also contributes to ground-level ozone pollution.
In the past decade, there has been intense scientific focus on improving the accuracy of methane emissions estimates in the United States, with most of the effort

Ahead Of Mueller Testimony, Udall Calls For Senate Action To Secure Elections

on July 24, 2019 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Ahead of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) Tuesda, lead Senate sponsor of the For The People Act, called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to stop standing in the way of critical efforts to secure our elections and prevent foreign interference before the 2020 elections:
“Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found with the utmost certainty that Russia, a foreign adversary, meddled in our

NASA’s First Flight Director Christopher Kraft Dies At 95

on July 24, 2019 - 8:22am

Christopher C. Kraft, at Johnson Space Center, was NASA’s first flight director. Courtesy/NASA




ALAMOGORDO The New Mexico Museum of Space History and International Space Hall of Fame (ISHF) staff is saddened to note the passing of Christopher C. Kraft, Jr. who passed away July 22. Kraft was a 1988 inductee into the ISHF.


Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll stated, “Kraft was key to the initial operations of the NASA missions. His outstanding leadership and management led to his eventual selection as the head of the Manned Spacecraft Center.


Heinrich Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation To Protect Native American Seeds And Traditional Foods

on July 24, 2019 - 8:21am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), U.S. Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Don Young (R-Alaska), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) announced Tuesday the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral Native American Seeds Protection Act of 2019.
The purpose of the Native American Seeds Protection Act is to clearly identify ways to protect Native American seeds and traditional food products, and assist tribes in