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House Committee to Vote July 11 on Manhattan Project Park

on July 6, 2012 - 3:36pm

U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings. Courtesy/Atomic Heritage Foundation

 

U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-WA, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, announced July 6 that his committee will vote on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act Wednesday, July 11.

 

Hastings said"I expect the Committee will vote to favorably advance the bill to the full House for consideration.

Ranger's Son Intends to Fight Fires From Sky

on July 6, 2012 - 10:28am

Chief Ranger Tom Betts of Bandelier National Monument with his son Drew Betts, 14, at Wednesday's naturalization ceremony in Frijoles Canyon. Drew Betts has learned to fly planes from his skilled bush pilot father and said that as a career, he intends to become a helicopter pilot to fight forest fires from the sky. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Bandelier Celebrates 15 New U.S. Citizens

on July 4, 2012 - 5:33pm

All stand during this morning's Naturalization Ceremony as the U.S. and New Mexico flags are marched into Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument where 15 people from 11 countries became American citizens. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

USCIS Field Office Director Patti Reynolds, left, poses with Anne Laurent who received her certificate of citizenship at today's naturalization ceremony. Laurent was born in Canada to British parents. She has lived in the United States since she was 4 years old.

'Enchanted Parks' Opening Reception Stirs Patriotism

on July 4, 2012 - 7:50am

Photographer Leslie Bucklin at the Tuesday night opening of her 195-piece exhibit, "Enchanted Parks: A Photographic Tale of Life in Our National Parks," on display through Aug. 6 in the gallery at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photographer Leslie Bucklin discusses her work with patrons at her show's opening Tuesday evening at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photographer Leslie Bucklin discusses her exhibit with Los Alamos County Councilor Fran Berting during Tuesday's opening reception in the gallery at Mesa Public Library. Photo

Happy Fourth of July Los Alamos!

on July 4, 2012 - 7:25am

Today is the 4th of July or Independence Day, the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776.

Patriotic displays and family events are organized throughout the United States. Many people display the American flag on their homes.

The celebrations have deep roots in the American tradition of political freedom.

In 1775, people in New England began fighting the British for their independence.

On July 2, 1776, the Congress secretly voted for independence from Great Britain.

Leslie Bucklin's 'Enchanted Parks' Exhibit Opens Tuesday

on July 2, 2012 - 10:01am

MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News:

Yellowstone Buffalo. Photo by Leslie Bucklin

A public reception for Enchanted Parks: A Photographic Tale of Life in Our National Parks by Leslie Bucklin is set for 5-7 p.m., Tuesday July 3 in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery. Join Bucklin for a gallery walk of her work.

As the Los Alamos Historic District prepares for the possibility of becoming part of this nation's first non-contiguous National Park, we have the opportunity to look at not only what makes our current National Parks so extraordinary, but what has always made North Central New Mexico

Heather McClenahan Speaks at Washington, D.C. Hearing in Favor of Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on June 28, 2012 - 10:09pm

Gary Petersen and Colleen French from Hanford, Cindy Kelly of the Atomic Heritage Foundation, Heather McClenahan of the Los Alamos Historical Society, and Carl Aiden from Hanford in the Longworth House Office Building after the hearing on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park bill today. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

The House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing on H.R. 5987, a bill to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park today.

Co-sponsored by Congressman Doc Hastings from Washington, Ben Ray Lujan of

BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

on June 28, 2012 - 8:58am

In a 5-4 majority, the U.S. Supreme Court, moments ago, announced that it upholds the Obama Administration law that requires most Americans to get health insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty.

"The Affordable Care Act's requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court's majority. "Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness."

The decision can be found on the Supreme Court

Naturalization Ceremony Set for July 4 at Bandelier

on June 28, 2012 - 12:13am

BANDELIER News:

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As America celebrates its 236th birthday next week, 15 immigrants will be sworn in as new U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Bandelier National Monument.

This 11 a.m. event Wednesday, July 4 is one of more than 40 special naturalization ceremonies taking place across the United States in celebration of Independence Day, and the first one ever held at Bandelier.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Field Office Director Patti JMK Reynolds will administer the Oath of Allegiance to the new U.S. citizens.

Special remarks will be provided

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ECA Testifying Today in Washington in Support of Manhattan Project National Historical Park Project

on June 27, 2012 - 3:25pm

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources filled in at a hearing today for National Parks Subcommittee Chair Mark Udall of Colorado who was fighting wildfires back home. Courtesy/ECA

ECA News:

The Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) will testify today before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, United States Senate, in support of S.3300, a bill to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico and Hanford, Washington.

Bandelier Chief Called to Mt. Rainier Tragedy

on June 24, 2012 - 1:59pm

Mount Rainier. Courtesy/NPS

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott was activated Thursday night with the National Park Service Incident Command Team and flew out early Friday morning to help with rescue operations and logistics at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state.

Lott is expected to be on scene in Washington State for the next week or so.

Eight Mount Rainier National Park rangers have been waiting out a ground blizzard on Mt. Rainier to retrieve the body of their colleague.

Ranger Nick Hall, 34, fell more than 3,000 feet to his death Thursday while attempting to rescue four

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Udall: Senate Farm Bill Contains Significant Reforms

on June 22, 2012 - 5:53am
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today issued the following statement on the Senate’s 64-35 passage of the Farm Bill:
 
"Today's Farm Bill contains significant reforms that will positively impact the lives of countless Americans. It's also a rare example of how business should be done in the Senate — with bipartisan cooperation. 
 
"The reauthorization is most notably marked by a complete overhaul of an antiquated commodity subsidies program that costs about $5 billion a year and benefits some land owners who don't actually farm.
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Elks Lodge Celebrates Flag Day with Community

on June 15, 2012 - 12:09pm

Historical flags line the wall inside Elks Lodge #2083 at 1601 Trinity Dr. in preparation for the organizations annual Flag Day Ceremony Thursday. From left, the Pine Tree Flag, the Snake Flag, the Grand Union and the Flag of 1776. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
From left, Shirley Ray, Marie Todd, Lucille Bonner, Mary Wilhoit and Mary Brooks attend the Flag Day Ceremony at the Elks Lodge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
Alan Woodward holds one of the flags to be used in the Flag Day Ceremony at the Elks Lodge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
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Open World Delegation from Sarov Emmerses in Los Alamos Business and Economic Development Culture

on June 15, 2012 - 10:42am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Technology Transfer Division Leader David Pesiri talks with Open World Russian delegation members from Sarov Thursday about the Lab's program during meetings at the Small Business Development Center. Photo by Katy Korkos

Los Alamos Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher educates Open World delegation from Sarov on the County's economic development strategy. Photo by Katy Korkos

Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation speaks with the Russian delegation about his organization's mission. Photo by Katy Korkos

Manhattan Project Historical Park Site Bill Moves Through Congress

on June 14, 2012 - 7:22pm

Chairman Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) today introduced legislation that would designate Manhattan Project sites around the country as a National Historic Park. 

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Patty Murray (D-WA) are cosponsors of S. 3300

In the House of Representatives, Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) said today that he will introduce a similar bill when the House returns to session next week.

As an expert panel of historians reported in 2001, the top-secret program to create an atomic bomb during World War II centered in Los

AUDIO: Udall Discusses Farm Bill & Burn Pit Registry

on June 13, 2012 - 3:36pm
Sen. Tom Udall
 
WASHINGTON – On his weekly radio call today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed the Farm Bill reauthorization currently being considered in the Senate, including two amendments he plans to introduce to the bill.  
 
Udall also talked about his upcoming Veterans’ Affairs Committee testimony this Wednesday on legislation to create a registry for veterans who may be suffering health problems due to their proximity to open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
 
 
Below are highlights from

Congressman Lujan Attends Today's Drug Summit

on June 13, 2012 - 1:12pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, left, listens as White House Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske answers questions from the media during today’s drug summit at the convention center in Santa Fe. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Director Gil Kerlikowske of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and President Obama’s top drug policy advisor participated in a summit with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján from New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District in Santa Fe this morning.

Kerlikowske discussed how local and regional efforts can sync up with the Administration’s pursuit of

Flag Day Celebrated at Bataan Memorial Saturday

on June 10, 2012 - 12:24pm

The 17th annual Flag Day celebration was held Saturday at the Bataan Memorial in Santa Fe. Photo by N.S. Mills

Military officials spoke to the crowd gathered at Saturday's Flag Day event in Santa Fe. Photo by N.S. Mills

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Caldera Work Party Helps Calves Stay with Herd

on June 10, 2012 - 9:26am

A work party coming from the visitor center and another from the highway are separated by elk herd as Saturday's fence tear-down endeavor got underway at the Valle Caldera National Preserve. Forty people from Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque with organizations including Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Sierra Club, Wild Earth Guardians and the New Mexico Environment Department joined Caldera Chief Scientist Bob Parmenter to remove fences built for sheep in the 1930s. These fences have hindered elk movement.

Check our "Social" page for Breaking State / Nation News

on June 5, 2012 - 8:44pm

Check our Social page for breaking state and national news. We are monitoring news source breaking tweets and will "re-tweet" them to our social page.  Click the social button in our menu at the top each page to see the latest breaking news statewide and nationally.

For example: TV Networks are predicting Walker will win his recall election in Wisconsin.

CDC Reports there is NO Zombie Apocalypse

on June 4, 2012 - 6:41pm

By Greg Kendall

CDC promotional image.

Is a Zombie Apocalypse sweeping the nation?

After a string of grizzly incidents of crazed flesh eating struck the United States, the CDC has let it be known that it “does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms),”  David Daigle as spokesman for the CDC, gave this message to The Huffington Post on Friday.

The CDC, trying to capitalize on the Zombie Apocalypse frenzy brought on by TV shows such as The Walking Dead and other zombie themed movies, has released promotional materials on

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Evaluating NRC's Progress on Open Government

on June 4, 2012 - 5:27pm

In its Open Government Directive, dated Dec. 8, 2009, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) called upon Government agencies to open their doors and data to the American people.

To evaluate progress toward that goal, OMB instructed the Federal Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) to develop an Open Government Dashboard. Initially, that Dashboard focused on the various deliverables explicitly identified in the OMB Directive, but the current revision offers a more holistic set of metrics, informed by each agency's Open Government Plan.

Consistent with that

Open World Leadership Center Official Here for Russian Visit

on June 4, 2012 - 2:31pm

District 43 Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties is participating in a tour with a group of visiting Russians scheduled at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe at 9 a.m., June 13 followed by a meeting at 10 a.m. with Gov. Susana Martinez.

Lawry Mann of the Los Alamos-Sarov Sister Cities organization announced that Maura Shelden, the head of public relations for the Open World Leadership Center in Washington, D.C. will travel to the area for the event.

Mann reported that Shelden said her organization wants to use the Los Alamos exchange program as a “poster child” for their

County Sends Letter Supporting Manhattan National Park

on May 31, 2012 - 10:51pm

Los Alamos County has sent a letter of support for the proposed Manhattan National Park to three congressional leaders.

Clear HERE to view the letter.

For more information on the status of the potential Manhattan National Park, read the newsletter story from the Atomic Heritage Foundation:

MP National Historical Park Legislation Moves Ahead

 

Los Alamos Daily Post Launches 'Social' Page

on May 31, 2012 - 9:50pm

Check out the new "Social" page on the Los Alamos Daily Post!

We are now showing the Post's Tweeter and Facebook feeds. On the Post's Tweeter feed you will find retweeted stories that are of interest to Los Alamos.

Retweets are small story blurbs from around Los Alamos, the state of New Mexico and beyond. 

The staff of the Los Alamos Daily Post selects only stories to "retweet" that are likely to be of interest to past and present Los Alamos citizens.

You can click on the links within the retweets to view the full external stories that are described.

It is a great way to see what is

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