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LANL Hosts Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast

on July 25, 2012 - 3:30pm

From left, Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan, Lori Heimdahl Gibson and Mellis Schmidt mingle at the Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast Tuesday at LANL. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com.

By Greg Kendall

Tuesday morning, the Los Alamos National Laboratory held a Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast at the J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  

LANL community breakfast events are held periodically. The focus of this event was LANL's partnerships with industry and governments.

Terry Wallace, Principal LANL Associate Director, Global Security, described

Law Enforcement Explorers Hold National Conference

on July 24, 2012 - 8:36am

DEA News:

Ft. Collins, Colo. – Nearly 2,500 young men and women from all 50 states will took part in a week-long Law Enforcement & Fire/EMS Explorers Conference on the campus of Colorado State University July16-20.

Students in the program learned law enforcement and fire/EMS skills and tips from some of the highest-ranking law enforcement and fire/EMS officials in the country including the U.S. Secret Service, FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Park Police, U.S.

NNSA Awards First NNSA Science and Technology Excellence Award to Michel McCoy from LLNL

on July 20, 2012 - 7:25am

NNSA News:

Mike McCoy shows off his NNSA Science and Technology Award to a standing ovation crowd of his peers. Photo by Jacqueline McBride

LIVERMORE, Calif. – Administrator Thomas D’Agostino of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today awarded the first NNSA Science and Technology Excellence Award to Dr. Michel McCoy from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for his leadership with the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program.

McCoy serves as the program director for ASC in the Weapons and Complex Integration Principal Directorate at LLNL.

University, Industry Experts Recommend Steps to “Invigorate” U.S. Manufacturing

on July 18, 2012 - 9:13am

NIST NEWS:

A new report by a national committee of U.S. industry and university leaders details 16 recommendations “aimed at reinventing manufacturing in a way that ensures U.S. competitiveness, feeds into the nation’s innovation economy, and invigorates the domestic manufacturing base.”

 

The report was prepared by the 18-member steering committee of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) that was launched by President Obama in June 2011 and co-chaired by Susan Hockfield, now president emerita of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Andrew Liveris, president, chairman and

Feds Forbid Crosses on Bridge Panels in Jemez Springs

on July 17, 2012 - 4:54pm

Image: Sample of a U.S. Postal Service stamp that has a picture of "San Xavier Del Bac Mission" and the title "HISTORIC PRESERVATION" across the bottom. Courtesy

UPDATE: Tonight during an interview with Jemez Springs Mayor Edmond Temple, he said Bill Hutchinson of the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) had previously informed him that the feds would not permit artwork depicting crosses be attached to two new bridges in the village.

DEA Uncovers Cross-Border Drug Smuggling Tunnel

on July 16, 2012 - 6:56am
Cross-border tunnel discovered in San Luis, Ariz. Courtesy/DEA
 
Exterior view of entryway to tunnel found in a storage room inside a business in San Luis, Ariz. Courtesy/DEA
 
DEA News:
  • Passageway Stretches Length of Two Football Fields

Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) along with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Border Patrol, Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and Arizona Department of Public Safety executed a search warrant July 7 at a business used to conceal the U.S.

Natural Resources Committee Approves Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on July 11, 2012 - 10:04am

Los Alamos contingent members visited Hanford as part of a Manhattan Project National Historical Park spring conference including from left, Los Alamos Buffalo Tours owner Georgia Strickfaden, County Administrator Harry Burgess and Suzette Fox of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. Photo by Katy Korkos

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Natural Resources Committee today approved by unanimous consent H.R. 5987, a bipartisan bill introduced by Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) and Congressman Ben Lujan (NM-03) to establish a

Legal Notice of Decision for Travel Management on the Santa Fe National Forest Published

on July 6, 2012 - 6:10pm

SFNF News:

Illustration: Map of the Santa Fe National Forest showing the widely separated Ranger Districts. Courtesy/SFNF

SANTA FE—The legal notice of decision, which triggers the appeal period, for travel management on the Santa Fe National Forest was published today, July 6, 2012, in the Albuquerque Journal. The Notice of Availability for the Santa Fe National Forest’s Decision and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for managing motorized travel were also published in the Federal Register today.

The decision makes changes to the forest's motorized transportation system and

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

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