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NMSP: Four Missing Endangered Runaway Juveniles Arrested For Armed Robbery In Guadalupe County

on March 18, 2019 - 6:10pm

NMSP News:

Guadalupe County – New Mexico State Police responded at about 5:09 p.m., Friday, March 15, to an armed robbery at the Milagro Gas Station off Interstate 40, near mile post 243, west of Santa Rosa.

The initial investigation determined two individuals armed with a firearm, later determined to be a BB gun, entered the gas station, robbed the business and left with an undisclosed amount of money. The individuals fled eastbound onto I-40 in a grey passenger car after the robbery.

At about 5:50 p.m., State Police officers located the suspect vehicle traveling east on I-40 near mile

USDA Launches Start Simple With MyPlate Campaign

on March 18, 2019 - 8:26am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a continuing effort to help Americans make healthy food choices, and in honor of National Nutrition Month®, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced a new campaign to help simplify the nutrition information that surrounds us each day.
 
Start Simple with MyPlate is a new initiative to reduce confusion surrounding healthy eating and help people start with the basics.
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Lunch With A Leader: Skolnik Presents ‘Fifty Countries Later – A Global Perspective On Healthcare In The US’

on March 17, 2019 - 9:54am

Richard Skolnik

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters’ monthly Lunch with a Leader event for the community is 11:45 a.m., March 19 at Mesa Public Library.

Featured speaker Richard Skolnik, who moved to Los Alamos a few years ago, will present “Fifty Countries Later – A Global Perspective on Healthcare in the US”.

During his presentation, Skolnik will address the fact that although the United States spends 50 percent more of its national income on health than any other country, its citizens are not living longer or healthier.

Skolnik has given scores of guest lectures and in 2011was the

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Announces $14.9 Million Air Force Contract For Albuquerque Space Company

on March 17, 2019 - 7:46am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has announced that the U.S. Air Force awarded Albuquerque company LoadPath, LLC a $14,899,737 contract to assist the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base with advanced spacecraft systems.
 
“This is another big step forward in building New Mexico's integral role in major advances in the development of the military’s more responsive and resilient space architecture,” Heinrich said.

USFS Moves Forward With Massive Timber Sale

on March 16, 2019 - 9:58am
Defenders of Wildlife Senior Alaska Representative Patrick Lavin
 
FOREST News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Forest Service has announced that it is signing the Record of Decision for the Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project today, March 16.
 
The project entails widespread old-growth clearcutting on the largest island in our nation’s largest forest. In 2016, the USFS committed to a transition out of old-growth logging and away from uneconomical and destructive timber sales like this proposal.
 
Defenders of Wildlife Senior Alaska Representative, Patrick Lavin, issued

Udall Statement On EPA Methylene Chloride Rule

on March 16, 2019 - 8:41am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Friday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, issued the following statement on EPA’s final rule on methylene chloride:
 
“The Trump administration has again failed to live up to the letter and spirit of the historic bipartisan reform of TSCA that Congress passed in 2016. In that law, we explicitly authorized EPA’s work to ban methylene chloride-based paint strippers because of their dangerous effects on both workers and the

Friends Of Manhattan Project National Historical Park – Los Alamos To Hold Annual Meeting Noon April 11

on March 15, 2019 - 1:07pm

Members of the Board of the Friends of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park – Los Alamos, from left, Treasurer Ron Wilkins, President Kristin Henderson, Dr. Ben Neal, Park Ranger Alecks Pitt, David Jolly, Heather McClenahan, Vice President Rick Reiss and Carol A. Clark (taking the photo) gathered to set a work plan Thursday afternoon in the Nambe Room at Fuller Lodge. The Board’s annual meeting with a potluck meal is scheduled for noon, April 11 in the Nambe Room at Fuller Lodge.

Heinrich, Gardner Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation To Address Workforce Shortage In Tech Industry

on March 15, 2019 - 1:05pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) reintroduced the Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (CHANCE in Tech) Act Wednesday to provide workers from all backgrounds with the skills and training they need to fill good-paying tech jobs.
 
The American economy is dependent on the technology industry to create jobs and expand economic growth. In New Mexico, the average tech industry wage is $87,400 a year, which is almost double the average state wage.

AGU: Arctic Change Has Widespread Impacts

on March 15, 2019 - 8:36am
As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. And these changes not only affect the infrastructure, economies and cultures of the Arctic, they have significant impacts elsewhere as well – according to a commentary in the AGU journal Earth’s Future, led by research scientist Twila Moon of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of

LANL: Handling Trillions Of Supercomputer Files Just Got Simpler

on March 14, 2019 - 11:44am

Gary Grider, left, and Brad Settlemyer discuss the new Los Alamos and Carnegie Mellon software product, DeltaFS, released to the software distribution site GitHub this week. Courtesy/LANL

Carnegie Mellon team members, from left, Chuck Cranor, Qing Zheng and George Amvrosiadis. Courtesy/Carnegie Mellon University

LANL News:

  • Exascale file system Delta FS breaks the ‘the metadata bottleneck’ by handling extreme numbers of files and amounts of data with unprecedented performance

A new distributed file system for high-performance computing being distributed today via the software collaboration

Los Alamos Realtor® Carrie Montoya-Pegg Recognized Nationally ‘For Protecting, Investing In Real Estate Industry’

on March 13, 2019 - 2:16pm

Los Alamos Realtor® Carrie Montoya-Pegg

National Association of Realtors® News:

The National Association of Realtors® has announced that Carrie Montoya-Pegg, a Realtor® from Los Alamos, has become a Sterling R investor in the Realtors® Political Action Committee.

RPAC is a national bipartisan grassroots-based political advocacy organization that works to protect the real estate industry and the dream of homeownership for Los Alamos residents and across the country.

Montoya-Pegg has supported RPAC for six years and has been a member of the National Association of Realtors® since 2013. 

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, Rob Portman Launch Bipartisan Artificial Intelligence Caucus

on March 13, 2019 - 12:59pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced today the formation of the bipartisan Senate Artificial Intelligence (AI) Caucus.

AI is a transformative technology with implications spanning a number of fields including transportation, health care, agriculture, manufacturing and national security. The AI Caucus will help connect members and staff with AI experts in private industry, academia and the executive branch.

“I am proud to announce the formation of the bipartisan AI Caucus in the Senate with Sen.

DEA Warns Of Alarming Increase Of Scam Calls

on March 13, 2019 - 9:48am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Drug Enforcement Administration urges its DEA-registered practitioners and members of the public to be cautious of telephone calls from criminals posing as DEA or other law enforcement personnel threatening arrest and prosecution for supposed violations of federal drug laws or involvement in drug-trafficking activities.

DEA continues to receive reports from practitioners and the general public, alike, indicating that they have received calls threatening legal action if an exorbitant fine is not paid immediately over the phone.

Annual Recuerda César Chávez Day March & Fiesta

on March 11, 2019 - 4:53pm

NHCC News:

ALBUQUERQUE - Civil rights and labor leader César Chávez was born March 31, 1927 in Yuma, Ariz. Every year since his untimely death (1993), the Recuerda a César Chávez Committee has commemorated the birth of this humble civil rights leader by marching in his honor and celebrating his life with music, dancing, poetry and fun, culturally enriched activities for children.

This event is designed to educate the entire family about César Chávez and the farm worker movement.

U.S. Senators Udall And Heinrich Introduce Legislation To Celebrate, Honor Successes Of Indigenous Women

on March 11, 2019 - 8:07am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich introduced a resolution to celebrate and honor the successes of indigenous women across the country.
 
This resolution recognizes the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States, highlighting the importance of promoting equity, providing safety, and upholding the interests of strong, diverse women.
 
“During Women’s History Month, let us reflect on the contributions, the

Udall Introduces Alamogordo Native VFW Commander-In-Chief To Present Legislative Agenda To Congress

on March 10, 2019 - 6:26am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall introduces Vincent ‘B.J.’ Lawrence, Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Alamogordo who has dedicated a lifetime of service to New Mexico and the United State. Courtesy image

U.S. SENATE News:

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall introduced Vincent “B.J.” Lawrence, Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), to present the VFW’s legislative agenda for the year at a joint hearing hosted by the Senate and House Committees on Veterans’ Affairs.
 
During the hearing, Commander Lawrence advocated for important VFW legislative

Daylight Saving Time Begins 2 a.m. Today!

on March 10, 2019 - 12:02am

Daylight Saving News:

Sunday, March 10, most Americans will set their clocks forward an hour, as daylight saving time (sometimes erroneously called daylight savings time) begins at 2 a.m., and most of the United States will "gain" an hour of daylight.

These spring and fall clock changes continue a long tradition started by Benjamin Franklin to conserve energy.

Starting in 2007, DST begins in the United States on the second Sunday in March, when people move their clocks forward an hour at 2 a.m. local standard time (so at 2 a.m. on that day, the clocks will then read 3 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Presses Military Leaders On Improving Military Housing Conditions

on March 9, 2019 - 1:23pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned top military leaders Thursday during a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing on the chain of command’s accountability to provide safe military housing and other building infrastructure to servicemembers and their families.
 
 
Recent reports have revealed the pervasive and dismal living conditions that thousands of military members and their families are subjected to on military bases

SOS Toulouse Oliver On ‘For The People Act’ Passage

on March 9, 2019 - 9:22am
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released the following statement Friday after the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 1, the “For the People Act”:
 
“The United States House of Representatives took a bold and long-overdue step today to strengthen ethics rules, make it easier for eligible voters to register and vote, end partisan gerrymandering, and limit the influence of wealthy and well-connected special interests.

DOE Releases Final Request For Proposal For Savannah River Site (SRS) Paramilitary Security Services

on March 7, 2019 - 7:16am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tuesday issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Savannah River Site (SRS) Paramilitary Security Services.
 
This contract will provide security functions in the areas of Program Management, Protective Force, Physical Protection, Information Security, Personnel Security, Law Enforcement, Aviation Operations and Material Transportation Security and Coordination. The total estimated value of the contract is approximately $600M-$1 billion over a 10-year period.

Los Alamos Schools Credit Union Receives National Recognition For Mobile Branch Program

on March 6, 2019 - 7:14pm

Darel Madrid, left, of Pinon Elementary School with Los Alamos Schools Credit Union CEO Matt Schmidt. Courtesy/LASCU

LASCU CEO Matt Schmidt with Los Alamos Middle School teacher Ellie Simons. Courtesy/LASCU

Pinon teacher Jodi Hughes and LASCU CEO Matt Schmidt. Courtesy/LASCU

LASCU News:

  • Los Alamos Schools CU, serving area educators, innovates new way to deliver financial services to members

A local financial institution that provides financial services to educators and their families has received a 1st place national award for a “mobile branch” program that delivers the teller window

NMDOH: Flu Activity In New Mexico Higher Than National Average

on March 6, 2019 - 4:16pm
NMDOH:

Rates of children hospitalized high; still not too late for flu vaccination

SANTA FE -- The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports that flu activity remains high across the state with the rate of flu-related hospitalizations in New Mexico being the second highest among states that participate in CDC’s influenza hospitalization tracking.

 

 

The rate of hospital admissions among children aged four and younger is particularly high.

LANL: New Reactor-Liner Alloy Material Offers Strength, Resilience

on March 5, 2019 - 2:20pm

Osman El Atwani, left, and Enrique Martinez at the transmission electron microscope. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Tungsten blend resists fractures, could be valuable for magnetic fusion facilities

A new tungsten-based alloy developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory can withstand unprecedented amounts of radiation without damage.

Essential for extreme irradiation environments such as the interiors of magnetic fusion reactors, previously explored materials have thus far been hobbled by weakness against fracture, but this new alloy seems to defeat that problem. 

“This material showed

SFCIR: Former LANL Director, Sig Hecker, To Discuss 'What's Next For North Korea?' March 21

on March 5, 2019 - 7:41am
Dr. Sig Hecker
 
SFCIR News:
 
Dr. Sig Hecker, former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory will present a discussion entitled "What’s Next for North Korea?" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Spa, 1501 Paseo de Peralta.
 
The presentation will be introduced and moderated by Valerie Plame, former covert CIA operations officer.
 
2017 was a very dangerous year on the Korean Peninsula, with regular nuclear tests and a war of words with President Trump – from “dotard” to “Little Rocket Man”. However, rapid North/South rapprochement and the Singapore

Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján Statement On House Vote To Close Charleston Loophole

on March 4, 2019 - 9:18am
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the House vote Thursday to close the “Charleston Loophole:”
 
“For an entire generation, Congress has responded to the murder of children, churchgoers, and individuals within our communities due to gun violence with a hollow call for thoughts and prayers. But while we prayed, Americans were murdered by the thousands.
 
“Today, we took another action to end senseless violence.

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