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AGU: Study Bolsters Case That Climate Change Is Driving Many California Wildfires

on July 16, 2019 - 7:02am
Area burned by California wildfires in thousands of square kilometers, 1972-2018. Specific regions studied are at upper left. Courtesy/Williams et al., 2019
 
A satellite image, Aug. 6, 2018, shows smoke from multiple large California wildfires. The fires themselves, detected by thermal imagery, are in red. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Against a backdrop of long-term rises in temperature in recent decades, California has seen ever higher spikes in seasonal wildfires, and, in the last two years, a string of disastrous, record-setting blazes.
 
This has led

Udall, Heinrich: $1 Million Grant For Veterans Housing

on July 16, 2019 - 6:57am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have announced that the New Mexico Affordable Housing Charitable Trust in partnership with New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority will receive a $1 million competitive grant for a Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program.
 
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
The U.S.

Luján Calls On Nexstar And AT&T/DirecTV To End Blackout Of News Programs In New Mexico

on July 15, 2019 - 6:24pm

Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. House Assistant Speake Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) called on Nexstar and AT&T/DirecTV to restore access to critical news programs in New Mexico as the two companies continue negotiations.

In the letter to Nexstar Chief Executive Officer Perry Sook and AT&T/DirecTV Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson, Luján, Haaland and Torres Small criticized that ongoing negotiations have put their constituents at risk because of a loss of access to KRQE and Fox New

Valerie Plame Off To Strongest Start In New Mexico 3rd Congressional District Race

on July 15, 2019 - 5:52pm

Valerie Plame

From the Valerie Plame For CD3 Campaign:

SANTA FE Valerie Plame announces the strongest fundraising haul in the Democratic primary race for the New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District, according to FEC filings.

Plame reports having raised $236,373.44 and received 3,889 individual donations. Her campaign reports that her average donation was just $60.78. Candidate filings were due today for the 2nd quarter, which covered April 1 to June 30. 

Plame raised the most money for the quarter despite having announced her campaign roughly halfway through the quarter, on May 9.

“I’m

DEA: Pence Attends $569 Million Cocaine Offload

on July 15, 2019 - 5:10pm
DEA News:
 
CORONADO, Calif. Vice President Mike Pence, Office of National Drug Control Policy Director James W. Carroll, Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon and Vice Admiral Linda Fagan, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area, attended a United States Coast Guard drug offload July 11 at Naval Base Coronado.
 
Agents with the DEA, FBI, Customs and Border Protection and the crew of the USCG Cutter Munro offloaded more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana, worth a combined estimated $569 million, which was seized in international waters

LANL Director Thom Mason Shares Plans For Working With Local Communities During RCLC Board Meeting

on July 15, 2019 - 9:25am
LANL Director Thom Mason briefs board members Friday during the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting in Council Chambers at Española City Hall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Councilor and RCLC liaison David Izraelevitz, right, speaks with LANL Director Thom Mason, left, as RCLC Executive Director Eric Vasquez, second from left, and Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives listen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

ESPAÑOLA “It’s a scary world out there,” Los Alamos National

Los Alamos Scientists Abigail Hunter And Shea Mosby Win 2019 Presidential Early Career Awards

on July 15, 2019 - 8:24am

Abigail Hunter and Shea Mosby are recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Abigail Hunter, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Computational Physics Division, and Shea Mosby, of the Laboratory’s Physics Division, have received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

“Abigail has become a technical thought leader within the Laboratory’s weapons program and our materials modeling community, as well as an internationally recognized expert in materials science and the physics of solid-state materials,”

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small: Over $3.2 Million To Help Modernize Pueblo Of Laguna Wastewater Systems

on July 15, 2019 - 8:19am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small have announced that the Pueblo of Laguna was awarded $3,242,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development for three projects to renovate and improve wastewater infrastructure in Seama Village, Paquate Village, and New Laguna Village.
 
The funding will help modernize the Pueblo of Laguna’s wastewater systems, eliminating the use of septic tanks and connecting residents to sewer services.
 
The projects will benefit 1,241 residents in

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Fights For Communities Impacted By PFAS Contamination

on July 15, 2019 - 6:56am
 
Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small continued to fight last week for communities and businesses impacted by PFAS contamination in groundwater around Air Force bases in New Mexico and across the country.
 
Earlier this year, the New Mexico delegation introduced the PFAS Damages Act to provide relief to communities and businesses affected by PFAS, including farms and ranches in New Mexico that have been upended by PFAS contamination from Cannon Air

Researchers Find Probiotic Bacteria Reduces Impact Of White-Nose Syndrome In Bats

on July 15, 2019 - 6:43am
A little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) covered in the fungus, P. destructans, which causes white-nose syndrome. Photo by Joseph Hoyt
 
VT News:
 
It is widely accepted that probiotic bacteria are beneficial to human health, but what if they also could be used to reduce wildlife disease and conserve biodiversity?
 
Researchers from Virginia Tech and UC Santa Cruz did just that in a field trial on the effect of probiotic bacteria on white-nose syndrome in bat populations.
 
They found that it reduces the impact of the disease about five-fold. These findings were published recently in

Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján Named REFORMA Legislator Of The Year

on July 15, 2019 - 6:24am
REFORMA named U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Legislator of the Year. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján addresses the crowd at the REFORMA event in which he was named Legislator of the Year. Courtesy photo
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. REFORMA - The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking has named Assistant Speaker U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico Legislator of the Year for his ongoing commitment to improving library services at the national and local levels.
 
Luján gained the attention of the REFORMA

Visitor Spending At National Wildlife Refuges Boosts Local Economies By $3.2 Billion

on July 14, 2019 - 3:15pm
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has announced that 53.6 million people visited national wildlife refuges in 2017, which had an economic impact of $3.2 billion on local communities and supported more than 41,000 jobs.
 
The figures come from a new economic report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service titled Banking on Nature 2017: The Economic Contributions of National Wildlife Refuge Recreational Visitation to Local Communities. The report is the sixth in a series of studies since 1997 that measure the economic contributions of national

AFRL & Catalyst Space Accelerator Announce Applications Open For New Space-Based ISR Cohort

on July 14, 2019 - 7:32am
Courtesy/CSA
 
Courtesy/CSA
 
CSA News:
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Catalyst Space Accelerator is excited to announce the opening of applications for the next cohort, the Space-Based ISR Cohort #CAISR, set for Sept. 9 through Nov. 22.
 
The deadline for applications for entry is Aug. 7. Applications may be found here.
 
The problem set for this cohort, by the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate, was born during the August 1960 Discoverer 14 delivery of the first space-based reconnaissance imagery on photographic film. 
 
Since that day, intelligence,

Senators Request Feedback From American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Community Leaders On Effects Of Climate Change On Native Communities

on July 14, 2019 - 7:20am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), chair of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, along with U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), John Tester (D-Mont.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeffrey A.

Udall Calls For Action On PFAS In Senate Floor Speech Opposing Nomination Of Peter Wright To EPA

on July 13, 2019 - 7:49am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), spoke Thursday on the Senate floor to call for action for New Mexico farmers, businesses, and families affected by exposure to toxic PFAS chemicals.
 
Udall outlined his opposition to the nomination of Peter Wright to serve as assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), which oversees the Superfund program that is responsible for regulating

Assistant Speaker Luján Secures Major Environmental And Scientific Investments For New Mexicans

on July 13, 2019 - 6:37am
U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced Friday that he secured major environmental and scientific victories for New Mexican families in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which Friday passed the House.
 
“As President Trump continues to undermine our country’s national security and economy, House Democrats took the responsible step to keep Americans safe, invest in our communities, support our servicemembers, and protect our environment.

Catch Of The Week: Tech Support Scams

on July 12, 2019 - 6:33pm
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

Your phone rings, you pick up, and it’s “Microsoft” calling to let you know that you have “a virus” on your computer. What do you do?

  1. Pay whatever they are asking to have them remove it.
  2. Hang up.
  3. My computer has a virus?? OH NO!!! Kill it with fire!!!

Hopefully, you answered, “B. Hang up.”  Microsoft, Apple, Dell, etc. will NEVER ever call you to tell you there is a problem with your computer.  These scammers will try to get you to hand over remote access to your computer so they can “fix” it.

NM Delegation Applauds Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Bill To Reauthorize Native American Language Programs

on July 12, 2019 - 4:26pm
Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded the Senate passage of the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act to strengthen Tribally-developed Native American language revitalization programs.
 
The bill is named after Esther Martinez, an Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo traditional storyteller and Tewa language advocate who passed away

U.S. Climate Alliance Governors Issue ‘Nation’s Clean Car Promise’

on July 12, 2019 - 4:17pm
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE — New Mexico joined 23 other states of the U.S. Climate Alliance Tuesday in condemning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) vehicle rule.
 
The rule would replace national car emissions standards enacted in 2012. Rolling back these standards will result in increased greenhouse gas emissions and weakened environmental protections.
 
“States have been stepping up to protect our environment and our citizens and will continue to do so until we have a viable partner at the federal level,” Gov.

American Statistical Association Pleased With Decision To Leave Citizenship Question Off 2020 Census

on July 12, 2019 - 3:44pm
ASA News:
 
The American Statistical Association (ASA) supports the conclusion of the 2020 census citizenship question debate, as the President announced in a White House news conference this evening that the administration will not further pursue its efforts to include the question on the form.
 
This decision puts at ease the most immediate threat to the data integrity of the 2020 census. However, the ASA emphasizes there is still much work to be done.
 
“We are reassured that the form for the decennial Census has been decided.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Delivers Opening Remarks In Key Energy Subcommittee Hearing

on July 12, 2019 - 8:34am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy, delivered opening remarks during today’s hearing on a number of important issues, including energy efficiency, energy storage, artificial intelligence, and carbon capture.
 
Heinrich called for increased research, development, and deployment of long-term energy storage capabilities and to strengthen the U.S.

Luján, Torres Small Criticize Veto Threat Harming National Security, New Mexico Dairy Farmers

on July 12, 2019 - 7:34am
Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) Thursday sharply criticized the threats from the Trump administration to undercut the country's national security and harm dairy farmers in New Mexico.
 
U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small
 
This week, President Trump threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act – legislation that responsibly funds the nation's defense systems – over the inclusion of language requiring the Air Force to replace or clean water found to

NIST’s Compact Atomic Gyroscope Has New Twists

on July 11, 2019 - 2:44pm

NIST physicist Elizabeth Donley holds a card used to trace the paths of laser beams in the atomic gyroscope. The atoms are in a small glass container inside the magnetic shield box with the pink tape on it. Photo byJ. Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have upgraded their compact atomic gyroscope to enable multitasking measurement capabilities and measure its performance, important steps toward practical applications.

Described in a new paper, the quantum gyroscope design and evaluation processes were led by three women — a

NM Delegation Applauds Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Bill To Reauthorize Native American Language Programs

on July 11, 2019 - 1:51pm
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded the Senate passage of the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act to strengthen Tribally-developed Native American language revitalization programs.
 
The bill is named after Esther Martinez, an Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo traditional storyteller and Tewa language advocate who passed away in 2006. It

Ranking Member Sen. Martin Heinrich Delivers Opening Remarks In Key Energy Subcommittee Hearing Tuesday

on July 11, 2019 - 1:15pm

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U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy, delivered opening remarks during a hearing Tuesday on a number of important issues, including energy efficiency, energy storage, artificial intelligence, and carbon capture.
 
Heinrich called for increased research, development, and deployment of long-term energy storage capabilities and to strengthen the U.S.

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