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Los Alamos National Laboratory Contributes $3 Billion Annually To New Mexico State Economy

on January 15, 2019 - 6:25am

The Laboratory’s NMSBA program helped optimize a new crate for shipping valuable artwork developed by Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Innovations, a for-profit business subsidiary of the world-renowned museum. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Economic development initiatives created or retained nearly 1,500 in-state jobs
  • More than half of goods and services came from New Mexico businesses 

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s average annual total impact on economic output across New Mexico from 2015 to 2017 was $3.1 billion, according to preliminary independent research from the University of New Mexico’s

Human Services Dept. Working Overtime To Ensure All Eligible SNAP Families Receive February Benefits

on January 15, 2019 - 6:16am
HSD News:
 
SANTA FE — The state Human Services Department is urging all SNAP recipients who are due for renewal of benefits in January to submit their renewal form no later than today, Jan. 15, in order to receive their February benefit.
 
There are more than 25,000 SNAP households that are due for renewal, of which 14,500 are still outstanding.
 
“HSD wants to ensure every eligible family maintains their benefit and is working overtime to get that done,” HSD Secretary-Designate David R. Scrase, MD, said.

Heinrich: New Mexicans Are Paying The Price For Longest Government Shutdown

on January 15, 2019 - 6:05am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As President Trump’s shutdown becomes the longest in American history, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) shared some of the stories he’s received from New Mexicans who have been adversely impacted by the shutdown.
 
According to public data, over 10,000 federal workers in New Mexico have been impacted by the shutdown, many of whom are furloughed or working without pay.
 
“New Mexicans are paying the price for the longest government shutdown in American history because President Trump refuses to stop holding our

SFCC; SFHEC To Close For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

on January 14, 2019 - 12:58pm

Courtesy/MLKF

SFCC News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available. Both campuses will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 22, which is the first day of classes for the spring semester for SFCC.

The college’s child care center, Kids Campus, and gym, the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center, also will be closed. The fitness center will reopen at 6:30 a.m. Jan.

BJS Releases Source And Use Of Firearms Involved In Crimes: Survey Of Prison Inmates, 2016

on January 14, 2019 - 6:58am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics today released Source and Use of Firearms Involved in Crimes: Survey of Prison Inmates, 2016, which presents statistics that describe firearm possession of state and federal prisoners who were serving a sentence in 2016.
 
This report describes:
  • Firearm possession during the crime for which prisoners were serving time and by type of offense
  • How the firearm was used during the crime
  • Type of firearms possessed
  • Methods, sources and processes of obtaining firearms
 
Findings are based on BJS’s 2016 Survey

Congress Introduces Bill To Expand Chiropractic Access To Military Retirees, National Guard And Reserves

on January 14, 2019 - 6:56am
ACA News:
 
ARLINGTON, VA The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has announced that Congress yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation that would expand access to chiropractic services to military retirees as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve through the Department of Defense TRICARE health program.
 
The legislation--S. 30, introduced by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and H.R. 344, introduced by Rep.

New Year, New Goals, New Family Member!

on January 14, 2019 - 6:52am
ASSE News:
 
ASSE Student Exchange Program, a highly respected, non-profit, public-benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea, and the former Soviet Republics.
 
Students are already awaiting word on who their host families will be for the 2019-2020 academic school year. If your goal was to try something new for the new-year, this will fulfill that! Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a teenager(s) living thousands of miles from home.

Senators Urge Extension On Comment Period For Oil And Gas Development In Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

on January 14, 2019 - 6:52am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), wrote to U.S. Department of the Interior Acting Secretary David Bernhardt urging him to extend the public comment period for a draft Environmental Impact Statement on potential oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
 
The letter follows the Trump administration’s decision to rush through the environmental review process in an attempt to rapidly begin exploration without fully considering the

New Farm Bill Activity Halted Due To Shutdown

on January 14, 2019 - 6:46am
Anna Johnson
 
CRA News:
 
LYONS, Nebr.A partial government shutdown has been in effect for 20 days after lawmakers in Washington, D.C., failed to pass funding bills.
 
Anna Johnson, policy manager of the Center for Rural Affairs, says the timing and length of this shutdown is cause for concern, and the new Congress should pass a bill to reopen the government, immediately.
 
“Legislators spent the better part of 2018 negotiating a new farm bill,” she said. “While not perfect, it offers a great deal of certainty for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities for the next five years.”

BJS Releases Victims Of Identity Theft Report

on January 14, 2019 - 6:46am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics has released Victims of Identity Theft, 2016, which details the number, percentage and demographic characteristics of victims who experienced one or more incidents of identity theft during a 12-month period. It focuses on the most recent incident and describes:
  • how victims discovered the crime
  • financial losses and other consequences of identity theft, including the amount of time victims spent resolving associated problems
  • reporting of the incident to credit card companies, credit bureaus and law

Cuban Lovelorn Crickets, Not A Sonic Weapon, Made U.S. Diplomats Ill: Study

on January 14, 2019 - 6:42am
HSNW News:
 
In late 2016, U.S. diplomats in Havana began to report ear pain, dizziness, confusion – and some showed symptoms of mysterious brain injury.
 
The diplomats said that their symptoms occurred after they repeatedly heard a high-frequency noise. The State Department withdrew half its embassy staff, and several studies concluded that the high-frequency noise was generated by a sonic weapon. A new study argues that the high-frequency noise was created by local crickets.

 

In late 2016, U.S.

Letter To The Editor: Government Shutdown Talks – A Better Story

on January 13, 2019 - 1:10pm
By MARY SNOW
Los Alamos
 
Jan. 10, BBC published a more impartial and accurate story about the meeting between the Democratic leaders and President Donald Trump [see link] than I have seen from any other reports on the meeting by US media.
 
The direct quotes from the BBC article in this section cover most of the article:
 
President Donald Trump has walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders as negotiations broke down on the 19th day of a partial US government shutdown.
 
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer stuck by their refusal to fund his US-Mexico border wall, prompting Mr.

Los Alamos School Board Recognizes Teachers Who Received National Board Certifications

on January 13, 2019 - 7:26am

During its meeting Tuesday evening, the Los Alamos School Board recognized teachers who received their National Board Certifications, including Rebecca Cabildo, Kate Hovey, Britt Williams and Janelle Maestas. Los Alamos High School Teacher Katie Lake helped support these staff through the writing process. The National Board Certification is designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. Courtesy/LAPS

Courtesy/LAPS

On First Day Employees Miss Paychecks, Udall And Heinrich Fight to Protect Federal Workers; Contractors

on January 11, 2019 - 9:00pm

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Legislation cosponsored by Udall and Heinrich to ensure that workers hurt during shutdown get paid retroactively passes the Senate
  • In separate letter, Senators also press Trump Administration to guarantee that federal contractor employees receive backpay

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As hundreds of thousands of federal workers miss their first paychecks today due to the Trump shutdown, the U.S. Senate passed a bill cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich that ensures that impacted federal and other government workers will receive their back pay.

The Government

Head2Head: The Currents Of Populism And Pluralism

on January 11, 2019 - 7:03pm
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The term “populism” is a vague and contested term that has been used in reference to a diverse variety of things. Populism can generally be defined as opposition of “the people” to a social elite.

The term originated with the People’s Party, active in the 19th century American Midwest. Its platform included calling for the nationalization of railways, the banning of strikebreakers, support for small farmers and so on.

The party gained representation in several state legislatures during the 1890s but was not powerful

Dr. Siegfried Hecker Presents ‘A Look Ahead At 2019 Nuclear Hotspots Around The World’ Lecture Saturday In Los Alamos

on January 11, 2019 - 9:23am

Dr. Siegfried Hecker

 
By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society

Although the North Korean nuclear crisis took a bit of a breather in 2018, the rest of the world turned more dangerous.

Dr. Siegfried Hecker will review developments around the world and look ahead at 2019 during the Second Annual Alice and Lawry Mann Lecture at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1967 18th St. in Los Alamos.

Dr.

LANL: More Stable Light Comes From Intentionally ‘Squashed’ Quantum Dots

on January 10, 2019 - 12:21pm

Novel colloidal quantum dots are formed of an emitting cadmium/selenium (Cd/Se) core enclosed into a compositionally graded CdxZn1-xSe shell wherein the fraction of zinc versus cadmium increases towards the dot's periphery. Due to a directionally asymmetric lattice mismatch between CdSe and ZnSe, the core, at top right, is compressed more strongly perpendicular to the crystal axis than along it. This leads to modifications of the electronic structure of the CdSe core, which beneficially affects its light-emission properties.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Background Check Expansion Act To Reduce Gun Violence

on January 10, 2019 - 11:34am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have introduced the Background Check Expansion Act to expand federal background checks to all gun sales.
 
Under current federal law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm. Research indicates that as many as a quarter of all gun sales in the United States may occur without a background check even though 97 percent of Americans support comprehensive background checks.
 
“Like so many Americans across the country, New

Heinrich Fights To Protect Victims Of Shutdown

on January 10, 2019 - 9:44am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the Federal Employee Civil Relief Act that would protect federal workers and their families from foreclosures, evictions and loan defaults during a government shutdown.
 
The partial government shutdown, now in its third week, hurts more than 800,000 federal workers in all 50 states, including nearly 6,000 in New Mexico.
 
“Federal employees and their families across New Mexico are being hit especially hard by President Trump’s reckless and unnecessary shutdown,”

Human Services Department Working Hard To Minimize Impact Of Government Shutdown On New Mexicans

on January 9, 2019 - 6:30pm
Human Services Department News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Human Services Department announced today its decision to participate in a waiver option from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will provide an early issuance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for February.
 
Late last night, the USDA made this option available to states, which will be required to issue the February benefits for approved and ongoing SNAP recipients on or before January 20, 2019. Prior to this announcement, the SNAP program was not funded beyond Jan.

Explore Discoveries Of NASA’s Kepler Mission Friday

on January 9, 2019 - 1:30pm

Join Joyce Guzik at 7 p.m. Friday at the nature center to discuss the discoveries of the NASA Kepler Mission and preview first results from the TESS spacecraft. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join local scientist Joyce Guzik at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium to explore the discoveries of the NASA Kepler Mission.

The spacecraft was officially retired in October 2018, and Guzik will highlight a few of the many discoveries of the mission and preview first results from the follow-up TESS spacecraft, which launched in April 2018.

The Kepler Mission launched in

Waste Removal For Tank Closure Project Underway At Savannah River Site

on January 9, 2019 - 9:17am
The Tank Closure Cesium Removal project at the H Tank Farm at the Savannah River Site. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
AIKEN, SC EM is taking a significant step in the startup of Tank Closure Cesium Removal (TCCR) at the Savannah River Site (SRS).
 
Crews have initiated salt dissolution, the first phase of TCCR operations, in the waste feed tank for the TCCR process. Low-level salt waste accounts for more than 90 percent of waste in the SRS tank farms.
 
TCCR is a pilot project designed to accelerate removal of radioactive waste from the SRS underground tanks to support tank closures.

Heinrich Highlights Damaging Impacts Of Shutdown To New Mexico, Urges Trump To Reopen Government

on January 9, 2019 - 9:17am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) spoke Tuesday on the Senate Floor to highlight the damaging impact the Trump Shutdown is having on communities across New Mexico and to call on the president and Senate Republicans to reopen the government immediately.
 
Already into its 18th day, almost 6,000 federal workers in New Mexico have been furloughed or are working without pay because of President Trump's unnecessary and irresponsible shutdown.  
 
During his remarks, Senator Heinrich shared stories from federal workers in

Udall, Luján, Lujan Grisham On Presidential Address

on January 9, 2019 - 8:42am

POLITICAL News:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued statements this morning in seperate press releases in response to the address to the nation by President Donald Trump Tuesday night, the 18th day of the government shutdown.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “President Trump needs to end his shutdown now, before his reckless tantrum hurts more New Mexico families. New Mexicans didn’t hear anything new tonight from the president.

Los Alamos Pro Michael Phillips Named To U.S. Top 50 Youth Golf Coach List

on January 8, 2019 - 4:05pm

Los Alamos Golf Professional Michael Phillips

SPORTS News:

Peachtree Corners, Ga. – Golf Professional Michael Phillips from Los Alamos Golf Course, has been named to U.S. Kids Golf’s annual list of Top 50 Kids Teachers.

The Award recognizes the world’s most outstanding youth golf instructors, and Phillips is part of a select group that earned Top 50 accolades among nearly 350 applicants.

Since 2004, U.S. Kids Golf has honored the best youth golf teachers with the Top 50 Kids Teacher Award.

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