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NMC/LANL Researcher Receives NSF Award

on October 28, 2013 - 2:43pm

Photo credit: Astronomy North, Yellowknife, Canada

NM CONSORTIUM News:

  • NMC/LANL researcher engages social media to forecast and track space weather.

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) has announced that the aurora monitoring project, Aurorasaurus, has been awarded support by the Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) program.

Bandelier Volunteer George Best Gives Back

on October 28, 2013 - 6:24am

George Best. Photo by Kirsten Laskey

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

George Best may be retired but he still has a job. Every Monday, he dons a uniform and heads to Bandelier National Monument to work as a volunteer.

Best, 93, provides assistance to the staff at the visitor center, which includes answering questions and greeting visitors as they disembark the shuttle buses. Additionally, Best said he walks the trails to answer questions as well as point out archeological features. He added he also keeps an eye out for anyone who needs help.

Best has a lot of history with Bandelier; he first traveled to

Los Alamos Police Collect 353 Pounds of Pills

on October 27, 2013 - 10:59am

Pill image. Courtesy/DEA

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris reported that the Los Alamos Police Department collected 353 pounds of prescription drugs at Saturday's "National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day" events in Los Alamos and White Rock.

Law enforcement agencies throughout the United Stated participated in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) seventh national event that gives the American public an opportunity to discard unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, bedside tables and kitchen drawers.

The previous event,

Udall, Heinrich, Coalition of Senators Call for Extension of Open Enrollment

on October 26, 2013 - 9:36am
U.S. SENATE news:
  • As technical glitches persist, Senators urge HHS Secretary to push back health insurance exchange enrollment deadline
 
WASHINGTON – As Americans continue to experience technical difficulties with federal and state health insurance enrollment, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich called on U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to extend the open enrollment period to give Americans more time to obtain health insurance coverage.
 
“As long as these substantial technology glitches persist, we are losing valuable time to educate and enroll

United Nations Day Founded 68 Years Ago

on October 24, 2013 - 8:15am

The United Nations was founded 68 years ago on Oct. 24, 1945. The olive branches on the UN flag symbolize peace. The world map depicts the area of concern to the United Nations in achieving its main purpose, peace and security. Photo by Skip Dunn

 

UNITED NATIONS DAY
By SKIP DUNN

Following the failure and collapse of the post World War I League of Nations and subsequent World War II, a group of 51 nations drew up the Charter for a new United Nations. The preamble to the Charter rings true today for the now 193 member states (nations):

WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED

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Udall Welcomes Conservation Plan for Lesser Prairie-Chicken

on October 24, 2013 - 7:55am

Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) decision to endorse the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan (RWP). 

Udall has been a leading supporter for the groundbreaking, five-state effort to conserve the habitat of the lesser prairie-chicken, which was proposed for listing as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The FWS endorsement is an important step toward protecting the species

NIST Carbon Nanotube Chips Go Ballooning for Climate Science

on October 23, 2013 - 9:10am

Scientific balloon launched from New Mexico in September 2013 carrying an experimental instrument designed to collect and measure the energy of light emitted by the Sun, with the help of NIST chips coated with carbon nanotubes. Courtesy/LASP

NIST News:

A huge plastic balloon floated high in the skies over New Mexico Sept. 29, carrying instruments to collect climate-related test data with the help of carbon nanotube chips made by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The onboard instrument was an experimental spectrometer designed to collect and measure visible and

LAHS 9th Grader Takes Best Junior Handler at National Show

on October 22, 2013 - 8:44am

Jennifer Necker of Los Alamos and Owen ready for judging in the Veteran class at the 2013 English Setter Association of America national show. Courtesy photo

Jennifer Necker, 2013 English Setter Association of America Best Junior Handler, with Judge Dr. BJ Parsons, left, and club president, Janet Gray. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos High School 9th grader, Jennifer Necker, traveled to Huron, Ohio last week to compete in the 2013 English Setter Association of America annual national show.

Victoria Rygh: Proud to be an American

on October 20, 2013 - 2:04pm

Los Alamos resident Victoria Rygh displays her certificate of American citizenship with her husband Scott Rygh, left, and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., left, with Patti Reynolds and representatives from Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Lujan's office applaud the newly sworn American citizens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

ALBUQUERQUE—Los Alamos resident Victoria Rygh of Honduras joined 68 other New Mexico residents, representing 29 countries, to become a U.S.

Letter to the Editor: Happy 40th Birthday, 1973 Oil Crisis

on October 20, 2013 - 8:41am
By RICHARD DUNN
Los Alamos

On Oct. 17, 1973, OPEC launched a full oil embargo against the U.S. For months we were faced with gasoline shortages and price spikes across the U.S.
55 mph limits were imposed, CAFE mileage standards were established, carpools were formed.

The USA became a net importer of oil and, shortly thereafter, became a debtor nation. The "Japanese invasion" blossomed with little Honda Civics. Locally, a small group of citizens started Los Alamos Bus to commute to the Lab. I joined four other high school teachers and administrators in a carpool.

Los Alamos Resident to Become U.S. Citizen

on October 18, 2013 - 9:36am

STATE News:

Los Alamos resident Victoria Rygh of Honduras will be among the 68 New Mexico residents representing 29 countries who will become U.S. citizens today in Albuquerque

Rygh has lived in Los Alamos for five years and works at Los Alamos Medical Center.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico will deliver the keynote address for the naturalization ceremony. The ceremony, to be held at the South Broadway Cultural Center, will celebrate the naturalization of these citizens – the process by which U.S.

Curiosity Confirms Origins of Martian Meteorites

on October 17, 2013 - 10:20am

Scientists identified meteorites, such as this one nicknamed 'Black Beauty,' as Martian in origin. Courtesy/NASA

 

AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Earth’s most eminent emissary to Mars has just proven that those rare Martian visitors that sometimes drop in on Earth -- a.k.a. Martian meteorites -- really are from the Red Planet. A key new measurement of Mars’ atmosphere by NASA’s Curiosity rover provides the most definitive evidence yet of the origins of Mars meteorites while at the same time providing a way to rule out Martian origins of other meteorites. 
 
The new measurement is a

Two of New Mexico's Three Representatives Vote to End Government Shutdown

on October 16, 2013 - 9:02pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Luján Votes to End Shutdown, Avoid Government Default, and Keep Labs Open
 
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted tonight for compromise legislation that will end the government shutdown, raise the debt ceiling so the government can pay its bills, and establishes a conference committee for the House and Senate to negotiate on a budget for the coming year.
 
“While I would have preferred legislation that extends the debt limit for a longer period of time and that funds the government at a higher level,

U.S. House Passes Bill to End Government Shutdown!

on October 16, 2013 - 8:25pm

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

The United States House of Representatives just passed a Senate-brokered bill to fully reopen the government and raise the federal government's debt ceiling.

In a 285 to 144 vote, the action came after 16 days of a partial government shutdown and one day before the Treasury Department warned that the nation could run out of money to pay its bills unless it raised its borrowing limit.

The bill now goes to President Barack Obama who said he will sign it and vowed to get things back up and running as soon as possible.

"I will sign it immediately," the President said.

Udall; Heinrich Hail Senate Vote to Re-Open Federal Government

on October 16, 2013 - 7:52pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement on the Senate vote to end the government shutdown:
 
“Reason has finally prevailed in Congress, and we have a bipartisan agreement that will enable us to re-open the government, pay our bills and begin to restore the damage the shutdown caused to our economy. I'm also pleased the agreement includes a provision I fought for that will ensure retroactive pay for federal workers in New Mexico and across the country who were furloughed through no fault of their own.
 
"I hope we've reached a

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Avoid Default; Reopen Government!

on October 16, 2013 - 7:18pm

U.S. SENATE News:

The United States Senate voted 81-18 this evening to avoid a financial default and reopen the government. The measure is now in the House, which is expected to pass the bill by midnight.

This bill comes after a 16-day partial shutdown and will reopen the government through Jan. 15 and permit the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7 or possibly a month longer. Senate passage of the bill came several hours after Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced a bipartisan agreement.

Reid spoke on the Senate floor earlier today regarding the

Breaking News: Agreement Reached to Reopen Government!

on October 16, 2013 - 1:14pm

U.S. SENATE News:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced an agreement has been reached to reopen the government and avert the nation's first-ever default on U.S. debt.

The Senate's bill will end an impasse that has shut down the government for 16 days.

According to news reports, Reid hailed the agreement saying that "in the end, political adversaries put aside their differences."

Now the agreement must win approval in the Senate and then the House before reaching President Barack Obama's desk, perhaps by the end of today to ensure there is

Heinrich Delivers Senate Floor Speech Underlining Devastating Impacts of Shutdown on New Mexico’s Economy

on October 15, 2013 - 10:15am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., just delivered a speech on the Senate floor to underline the devastating impacts of the government shutdown on New Mexico’s economy and middle-class families.

Heinrich mentions several of the hardships faced by the Los Alamos community. 

Below are Heinrich's remarks as prepared for delivery:

Mr. President, in the midst of the current crises there have been some who have questioned the relevance of the federal government to our overall economy.

NBC News Interviews Los Alamos Businesses on Government Shutdown

on October 14, 2013 - 11:19am

NBC News Producers Dennis Funes and Dana Roecker visited Los Alamos Sunday to learn more about the impact of the government shutdown on small business. They met with Manager Dan Saxton of Metzger's Do-it-Best Hardware in White Rock and owner Cyndi Wells of Pet Pangaea in Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos and also interviewed Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Katy Korkos. The interview air dates will be scheduled soon on NBC. Photo by Katy Korkos

NBC News Producers Dennis Funes interviews Manager Dan Saxton of Metzger's Do-it-Best Hardware in White Rock Sunday about the impact

Columbus Day Became Federal Holiday in 1937

on October 14, 2013 - 7:54am

Christopher Columbus

Staff Report

Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on Oct. 12, 1492.

It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century but did not become a federal holiday until 1937. For many, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus' achievements and celebrating Italian-American heritage. Throughout its history, Columbus Day and the man who inspired it have generated controversy, and many alternatives to the holiday have appeared in recent years.

As historians have

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Poll: Majority of Americans Would Vote to Replace Entire Congress

on October 13, 2013 - 12:21pm

Results of a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll show if given the chance, 60 percent of Americans would vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress, including their own representative. Read the full poll here (.pdf)  Courtesy photo

Lujan Grisham: Protect New Mexico’s National Labs

on October 13, 2013 - 11:51am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) spoke on the House floor Saturday night about the importance of New Mexico’s national laboratories and the need to pass a clean funding bill that will reopen the government, restore funding to the national labs and prevent lab employees from being furloughed.

Below is a transcript of her remarks and a link to the video.

Click HERE to watch the video.

“Thank you very much to my friend and colleague from California.

“Mr.

Viet Nam Moving Wall to Visit New Mexico

on October 13, 2013 - 8:14am

The Moving Wall. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

RIO RANCHO—New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Timothy Hale is scheduled to be among the dignitaries officially welcoming the New Mexico arrival of The Moving Wall, a traveling half-sized replica of the National Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall, at a special ceremony at 10 a.m., Oct. 18 at the Rio Rancho Sports Complex, 3501 High Resort Blvd.

The Moving Wall, which arrives Thursday, Oct. 17, will be on public display 24-hours a day until 4 p.m., Oct. 21, when it will be taken down and prepared for its next stop in Camden, Tenn.

House Approves NNSA Temporary Funding

on October 12, 2013 - 10:38am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 248-176 Friday to fund the National Nuclear Security Administration through Dec. 15. NNSA is the agency that oversees Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

“Today’s vote to fund the NNSA is key to the security of our nation, and assures that the hard-working employees of Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs will continue to have jobs,” said Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M.

Luján Signs Petition to Force Vote to End Government Shutdown

on October 12, 2013 - 9:53am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced this morning that he has signed a petition to reopen the government. This effort launched by House Democrats would force an up or down vote on a clean continuing resolution, which would end the government shutdown when a majority of the House, 218 members, sign on to the petition.

Despite the fact that 200 Democrats (http://1.usa.gov/1gdTnlK) have said they would compromise on the clean continuing resolution passed by the Senate and more than 20 Republicans (http://wapo.st/1fIQVG3) have

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