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Motivational Speaker Kacey McCallister Visits Schools

on June 1, 2019 - 1:42pm
Motivational speaker Kacey McCallister at Mountain Elementary School. Courtesy/LAPS
 
Former Chamisa Principal Suzanne Lynne, left, with motivational speaker Kacey McCallister. Courtesy/LAPS
 
LAPS News:
 
Chamisa Language Arts teacher David Parsons showed his students a fun motivational video in class one day about a man named Kacey McCallister.
 
Three months later, that same man stood before Chamisa’s student body with an inspirational message of courage and hope.
 
After the students’ initial positive reaction to the YouTube video, Parsons decided to dig deeper and reached out

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Responds To President Trump’s Threat To Increase Tariffs On Mexico

on May 31, 2019 - 11:50am
 

Fact sheet detailing figures concerning New Mexico's trade relationship with Mexico. Courtesy/Governor's Office

From the Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

 

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement that his administration would impose escalating tariffs on Mexican imports until “illegal” migrants are stopped from arriving at the southern U.S. border:
 
“The president is threatening the employment of tens of thousands of New Mexicans whose livelihoods and families absolutely depend on a

FBI: Former LANL Scientist Charged With Making False Official Statements About His Contacts And Involvement With A Chinese Government Program

on May 30, 2019 - 4:58pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Turab Lookman, 67, of Santa Fe, made an initial appearance in federal court today on charges of making false official statements about his involvement with a program established by the Chinese government to recruit people with access to and knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property.

The FBI arrested Lookman yesterday after a grand jury indicted him on Wednesday on three counts of making false official statements about being recruited by and applying to participate in China’s Thousand Talents Program for personal compensation.

The indictment alleges that

Scenes From International Science & Engineering Fair

on May 30, 2019 - 4:47pm

A massive crowd of students and judges assemble prior to entering the exhibition hall May 13-17 for the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Ariz. Los Alamos students earned six prizes and awards during the ISEF.  LAHS student Lillian Kay Peterson earned a $21,000 scholarship for practice robotics innovation as well as the Sigma Xi first place physical science award, which totaled $2,000. She also won the USAID Science and Developmental second place award, which totaled $3,000, and a $1,000 NOAA grand award.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Statement On Special Counsel Mueller’s Public Remarks About Russia Investigation

on May 30, 2019 - 8:42am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHIGNTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s public remarks regarding the Russia investigation:
 
“Today, Robert Mueller made two things crystal clear. First, a foreign adversary meddled in our presidential election with the express intention of tipping the scales to benefit the Trump campaign. Second, the special counsel was unable to charge the president with obstruction of justice solely due to Department of Justice policy -- not lack of evidence.

AGU: Aftershocks Of 1959 Earthquake Rocked Yellowstone In 2017-18

on May 30, 2019 - 6:20am
State Highway 287 slumped into Hebgen Lake; damage from the August 1959 Hebgen Lake (Montana-Yellowstone) earthquake. Photo by I.J. Witkind/USGS
 
AGU News:
 
Aug. 17, 1959, back when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, the U.S. had yet to send a human to space and the nation’s flag sported 49 stars, Yellowstone National Park shook violently for about 30 seconds.
 
The shock was strong enough to drop the ground a full 20 feet in some places. It toppled the dining room fireplace in the Old Faithful Inn. Groundwater swelled up and down in wells as far away as Hawaii.

Rotary: Veteran Mike Katko On The Poetry Of War

on May 30, 2019 - 6:18am

Veteran and Los Alamos Rotarian Mike Katko recently presented a program at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos in honor of Memorial Day. Entitled ‘The Poetry of War’, Katko read poetry inspired by the tragedy of battlefields of the Civil War, the World Wars and Vietnam. With primarily black-and-white photographs as a backdrop, he also added period music with powerful wartime lyrics. At the conclusion of his presentation, Katko asked members to share the names of veterans who had been important in their lives. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Heinrich Secures Commitments From Interior Secretary David Bernhardt To Protect Chaco Canyon

on May 30, 2019 - 6:08am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, secured key commitments from U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt following his visit to Chaco Canyon.
 
"I invited Secretary Bernhardt to New Mexico to see firsthand how special Chaco Canyon is and I’m pleased with the outcome of his visit. The Secretary had the opportunity to meet with local tribal leaders who are united in protecting the area surrounding the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

Los Alamos National Laboratory: Quantum Information Gets Boost From Thin-Film Breakthrough

on May 29, 2019 - 11:00am

An innovative method for controlling single-photon emission for specific locations in 2D materials may offer a new path toward all-optical quantum computers and other quantum technologies. This image shows a false-color scanning electron micrograph of the array used to create place single-photon sources in epitaxial tungsten diselenide. Inset shows the Hanbury-Brown Twiss interferometry measurement proving quantum emission. Image by Michael Pettes/Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Method opens new path to all-optical quantum computers, other technologies

 

Efforts to create reliable light-based

LANL Postdoctural Program Manager Mary Anne With Receives 2019 NPS Distinguished Service Award

on May 29, 2019 - 7:33am

2019 NPS Distinguished Service Award Recipient Mary Anne With

LANL News:

Mary Anne With of the Office of Partnerships and Pipeline, PPO, at Los Alamos National Laboratory is the recipient of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award.

The community is invited to join the Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows in a celebration of With's incomparable contributions to the Laboratory since she joined the Postdoc program in 1991.

The event is 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 4 at Fuller Lodge.

2019 Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Mary Anne With: The Heart and

Udall And Census Director Dillingham Tour Los Lunas

on May 29, 2019 - 7:09am
U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham joins U.S. Sen. Tom Udall in Los Lunas Tuesday to discuss challenges ahead in the 2020 Census. ‘Diversity is our greatest strength—and we need to make sure every New Mexican is counted. The stakes are high,’ Udall said. Courtesy/Sen.Udall's Office
 
U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham, center left, and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, center right, in Los Lunas Tuesday to discuss challenges ahead in the 2020 Census. Courtesy/Sen.Udall's Office
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Sen.

DNCU Named Among Healthiest Credit Unions In US

on May 29, 2019 - 5:49am
DNCU News:
 
SANTA FE — DepositAccounts.com, a subsidiary of LendingTree, has released its list of the 2019 Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America.
 
Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, made the cut out of more than 5,000 credit unions nationwide.
 
“It is such an honor to have our credit union recognized among the top 200 healthiest in America.” DNCU CEO/President Chuck Valenti said. “Being part of this list shows our commitment to excellence and financial stability.”
 
DepositAccounts.com evaluates the financial health of over 10,000 banks and credit

Former Obama Appointee Rob Apodaca Announces Run For Congress In New Mexico CD-03

on May 28, 2019 - 4:09pm

Rob Apodaca

POLITICAL News:

SANTA FE – Lifelong resident of New Mexico and former Assistant Chief of the West for the USDA, Rob Apodaca formally announced today his campaign to succeed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.

In launching his campaign, Apodaca stressed the need to continue to develop economic opportunities in the district, expand access to quality healthcare while also protecting women’s rights to control their own health decisions, and to protect New Mexico lands and water for future generations.

“I have lived in New Mexico my entire life,”

Former Ice Caps Buried Under North Polar Ice On Mars

on May 28, 2019 - 5:59am
A view of Mars showing the planet’s northern polar ice cap. A new study led by The University of Texas at Austin has found remnants of ancient ice caps buried in the north polar region. Courtesy/ISRO / ISSDC / Emily Lakdawalla.
 
A vertically exaggerated view of Mars’ north polar cap. Researchers estimate that if melted, the massive ice deposits discovered in this region would cover the planet in 1.5 meters (5 feet) of water. Courtesy/SA/DLR/FU Berlin; NASA MGS MOLA Science Team.
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Scenes From 2019 Memorial Day Ceremony At Guaje Pines Cemetery In Los Alamos

on May 27, 2019 - 10:31pm
The fallen were honored this morning at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Guaje Pines ceremony hosted by
the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874. Anthony Puckett and David Puckett perform 'High Road to Gairlock' on bagpipes. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com
 
Members of the Knights of Columbus prepare to participate in the Flag Ceremony. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com
 
Preparing to lay a wreath on the grave of a veteran. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com
 
Members of the Los Alamos High School Navy Junior ROTC salute the colors.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Statement On Memorial Day

on May 27, 2019 - 8:19am

 

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

SANTA FE – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will join veterans, service members, and their families at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

At the ceremony, Udall will deliver remarks honoring the brave women and men from New Mexico and across the nation who sacrificed their lives to defend our values and protect our freedoms. Udall issued the following statement commemorating our fallen service members on Memorial Day:

“Today, we honor the service and sacrifices of the women and men in New Mexico and

New Mexicans To Raise Awareness And Funds To Fight Alzheimer’s On ‘The Longest Day’ June 21

on May 27, 2019 - 8:01am
ALZHEIMERS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE People around the world, including numerous teams in New Mexico, will participate Friday, June 21, in The Longest Day, the Alzheimer’s Association’s “do-it-yourself” creative fundraiser.
 
June 21 is the longest day on earth, the day with the most light — the summer solstice. On that day, thousands of participants across the world come together to raise funds to fight Alzheimer's through an activity of their choice. The theme in 2019 is: “Do something you love, for someone you love.”
 
The Longest Day symbolizes the challenging journey of those living

Udall And Five Leading Senators Call On FCC, DOJ To Reject T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

on May 27, 2019 - 7:19am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s statement indicating he will recommend approval of the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and five leading Democratic senators called on the FCC and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reject the merger and to open a 30-day public comment period on the proposal.
 
“We are concerned that this four-to-three merger does not serve the public interest and would result in substantial anticompetitive effects, harming consumers, workers, and

Ten Tips For Getting Through Airport Security Faster

on May 27, 2019 - 6:57am

Courtesy/ATL

All Time Lists News:

Airline travel is more accessible now than ever before with nearly 2.5 million people flying each day on more than 42,000 flights. That is a lot of people going through security checkpoints at the airport. Depending on the airport and the time of day, lines can be long and frustration levels can be high.

Here are 10 tips for making your way through airport security easier and quicker:

10. Dress appropriately

Travel is exciting and you may want to look your best for when you land, but adding loads of accessories and complicated garments can slow down your

Interior Department Finalizes First Ever Categorical Exclusion As Part Of Improved Title Transfer Process

on May 27, 2019 - 5:55am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced Wedensday two actions that will expedite the transfer of eligible Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) facilities into local ownership and management:
 
  • A new Categorical Exclusion; and
  • An update of Reclamation’s operating manual procedures to streamline the title transfer process.
 
These actions make it easier for water users to take title – ownership – to simple and non-complicated Reclamation facilities by expediting the process following direction from President Trump and Congress.

Udall, Torres Small, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Enable All Military Women To Count Maternity Leave Toward Years Of Service

on May 26, 2019 - 7:17am

CONGRESSIONAL News:
  • Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act would ensure women serving in National Guard and Reserves receive pay and points toward retirement during time spent on maternity leave

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Xochitl Torres Small introduced bipartisan legislation to support military mothers by ensuring that women serving in the National Guard and Reserves can take maternity leave without worrying about how it will affect their creditable military service. Their bill, the Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act, would

Barranca Elementary School 4th Grade Student Aditya Viswanathan Winner Of Ranger Rick Photo Contest

on May 26, 2019 - 7:14am

Barranca Elementary School fourth grade student Aditya Viswanathan is one of the winners of the 2019 Ranger Rick photo contest. He took this photo of a mother leopard climbing down a tree at the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya when he was 8 years old on safari with his family in June 2017. A leopard is one of the more difficult animals to see and Aditya managed to capture this fleeting moment nicely framed between the trunks of acacia trees. Look closely and see some blood on her paw since she was feeding at the wildebeest kill she had stashed up in the tree. Courtesy photo

LAHS Student Lillian Petersen Wins Intel ISEF Award

on May 25, 2019 - 5:33am
USAID News:
 
The U.S. Agency for International Development has presented the 2019 Science for Development Award to Lillian Petersen of Los Alamos, at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Phoenix, Ariz.
 
Petersen won second place ($3,000 prize) in USAID’s Digital For Development Category for her project, Novel Computational Tool to Inform Cost-Effective Nutrition Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa project. She is a past USAID Science for Development Award recipient.
 
This year Petersen teamed up with another high school student, Garyk Brixi of Potomac,

Senator Heinrich Welcomes Passage Of ‘TRACED’ Act To Crack Down On Illegal Robocall Scams

on May 24, 2019 - 8:50am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) this morning welcomed the Senate passage of S. 151, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act.

Sen. Heinrich cosponsored this bill, which gives regulators more time to find scammers, increase civil forfeiture penalties for those caught, promote call authentication and blocking adoption, and bring relevant federal agencies and state attorneys general together to address impediments to criminal prosecution of robocallers who intentionally flout laws.

The

SUWA: BLM Opens Scenic Factory Butte Area In Utah To Off-Road Vehicle Destruction

on May 24, 2019 - 8:05am
Left, a spring wildflower bloom enhances Factory Butte’s unique photographic appeal in Utah. Right, Extensive ruts left by ORVs near Factory Butte remain visible even after torrential rainfall. Courtesy/Ray Bloxham/SUWA
 
SUWA News:
 
MOAB, Utah The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) reports that without prior notice or opportunity for public input, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Richfield Field Office announced Wednesday that it is opening 5,400 acres of public lands surrounding Utah’s iconic Factory Butte to unfettered cross-country off-road vehicle (ORV) use.
 
The

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