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U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson Announces Full-Time Assistant U.S. Attorney In Roswell

on November 19, 2019 - 5:43am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson has announced the appointment of a full-time Assistant U.S. Attorney to be stationed permanently in Roswell.
 
This position will strengthen the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office to serve the citizens of southeastern New Mexico, and to enhance the office’s partnerships with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies in the region.
 
“We are the U.S.

Request For Information/Sources Sought For Moab UMTRA Project, Remedial Action Contract

on November 18, 2019 - 1:45pm
DOE News:
 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Monday issued a Request for Information (RFI)/Sources Sought for the Moab UMTRA Project, Remedial Action Contract– hereafter, the “Moab RAC”.
 
The Office of Environmental Management (EM) is currently in the acquisition planning phase for a potential upcoming procurement to relocate mill tailings, associated wastes, and other contaminated materials from the former uranium-ore processing facility site (presently the Moab Site), and contaminated materials from one off-site vicinity property in Moab, Utah, to a DOE-constructed engineered

Acoma Ceremonial Shield Making Its Way Home

on November 18, 2019 - 7:15am

Pueblo of Acoma News:

ACOMA – The Pueblo of Acoma is pleased to announce that the Acoma Shield is making its way home. The sheild has arrived in New Mexico and will be returned to Acoma shortly.

Traditional Pueblo leaders visited with the Shield while it remains in the custody of the United States Department of Justice pending dismissal of the pending action in federal court. Governor Brian D. Vallo expressed great appreciation for the action and cooperation of many parties:

“Acoma has looked forward to this day for the last four years, steadfastly working with many people for this result,”

LAPS Celebrates Rock Your Mocs Day

on November 17, 2019 - 8:12am

Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Guy, left, introduces Julie Dare Thursday during the Rock Your Mocs celebration at Los Alamos High School. Dare was recently hired as the Native American Liaison for Los Alamos Public School District. Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com

Los Alamos High School students Rock Their Mocs Thursday during the Rock Your Mocs celebration. Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com

 

By JAMES R. MOUNTAIN
Valley Daily Post

Students, parents, administrators, school board members and teachers gathered Thursday in Los Alamos to celebrate and recognize

New Mexico Delegation: $12.5 Million Grant To Improve Safety On Permian Basin Transportation Corridor

on November 17, 2019 - 5:36am
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) have announced that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) a $12,500,000 grant.
 
NMDOT will use the funds to repair and add safety enhancements along a section of US Highway 285 between Loving and the Texas border.

Udall Amendment In NASA Bill Combats Space Junk

on November 17, 2019 - 5:32am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, has announced the passage of two Udall-authored amendments and two additional Udall-cosponsored amendments to the NASA Reauthorization Act of 2019.
 
The Committee accepted all four amendments on a unanimous voice vote and voted to advance the NASA reauthorization bill to the Senate floor.
 
“Outer space is both a strategic national security priority and an economic engine for communities in New Mexico and across the

AGU Awards 2019 Presidential Citation For Science And Society To 100-Year-Old David Perlman

on November 17, 2019 - 5:11am
David Perlman, 100, retired science editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, was awarded AGU’s 2019 Presidential Citation for Science and Society. Courtesy/Katy Perlman
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — David Perlman, longtime science editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and the “dean of science journalism,” has been awarded the 2019 AGU Presidential Citation for Science and Society.
 
Established in 2012, the AGU Presidential Citation recognizes leaders whose work has helped advance Earth and space science and increased the understanding and appreciation of its value to society.
 
There are few,

Medical Associates Of Northern New Mexico Earns Echocardiography Re-Accreditation From IAC

on November 16, 2019 - 11:40am

MANNM News:

Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico, 3917 West Road, Suite A in Los Alamos Medical Center, was granted an additional three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the areas of Adult Transthoracic.

This latest accreditation awarded to the Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to comply with the published Standards.

Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation

DEA And Partners Collect Thousands Of Pounds Of Unwanted Medications And Vaping Products During The 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

on November 16, 2019 - 9:32am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Americans nationwide have once again shown their strong support for DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day by dropping off nearly 883,000 pounds of medications during the October 2019 Take Back event.
 
DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has now collected nearly 12.7 million pounds of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications since the inception of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative in 2010. On Oct.

Marco Serna Releases Health Care Position Paper

on November 15, 2019 - 7:30am
Third Congressional District candidate Marco Serna
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Third Congressional District candidate Marco Serna has released his position statement on Health Care.
 
While highlighting the fact that the country has come a long way since 1912 when Theodore Roosevelt first proposed the idea of national health insurance, and in 2010 Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act, Serna said, “I believe everyone can agree that much still has to be done to ensure health care is provided to all Americans”.
 
“If for no other reason, we have allowed our country to be put at an

UArizona Moon Researchers Helped NASA Nail Apollo 12 Pinpoint Landing

on November 14, 2019 - 12:57pm
A view of Apollo 11 landing sites in the Sea of Tranquility or Mare Tranquillitatis. Photo by Pete Lawrence
 
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Eagle swooped over the craggy, monochromatic terrain, keenly searching for a smooth landing place. Nothing but an unwelcoming host of craters and boulders streamed below. Pushing its limits, it flew on.
 
The Apollo 11 Lunar Module touched down in the Sea of Tranquility, in what could be considered one of the greatest human accomplishments. But with its fuel nearly drained, the Eagle landed nearly four miles from the intended landing site.
 

NIST: Getting Food On Our Tables From U.S. And Around The World, Safely And Less Wastefully

on November 14, 2019 - 12:33pm
Standardized data will connect farmers, inspectors, manufacturers, shippers, and ultimately consumers to ensure the freshest, most high quality food possible. Courtesy/Natasha Hanacek/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
I’m still amazed to see strawberries, avocados and watermelons in my grocery store out of their “normal” season.
 
As amazing as this is, I know it means that my food is arriving from far-flung destinations and may be subjected to poor conditions or handling along the way.
 
So, now, even more so than before, I regularly check where the fresh fruit or produce is hauled in from.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, Senate Democrats Introduce Violence Against Women Act

on November 14, 2019 - 7:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and all Democratic senators in introducing the Senate companion to the House-passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.
 
The bill, which would reauthorize VAWA through 2024, preserves advancements made in previous reauthorizations and includes a number of additional improvements to the current law. 
 
"All people, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or ethnic background should have the same

Luján Introduces Legislation To Improve Diagnostic Research And Save Lives

on November 14, 2019 - 7:23am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday with U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) to bolster diagnostic research in medicine and improve patient outcomes.
 
The Improving Diagnosis in Medicine Act makes critical investments to advance research and progress in diagnostic quality, safety, and value in health care.

NIST: Light At End Of Nanotunnel For Future Catalysts

on November 14, 2019 - 7:10am
The new nanoreactor allows us to investigate individual catalytic active nanoparticles isolated in separate liquid-filled nanotunnels. Illustration: Sune Levin and Nature Communications. Courtesy/Chalmers
 
Chalmers University of Technology News:
 
Using a new type of nanoreactor, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have succeeded in mapping catalytic reactions on individual metallic nanoparticles. Their work could help improve chemical processes, and lead to better catalysts and more environmentally friendly chemical technology.
 
The results are published in

UA: Mysteries Behind Interstellar Buckyballs Answered

on November 13, 2019 - 2:10pm

An artist’s concept depicting the presence of buckyballs in space. Courtesy/NASA / JPL-Caltech

UA News:

Tucson, Ariz. — Scientists have long been puzzled by the existence of so-called “buckyballs” – complex carbon molecules with a soccer-ball-like structure – throughout interstellar space.

Now, a team of researchers from the University of Arizona has proposed a mechanism for their formation in a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Carbon 60, or C60 for short, whose official name is Buckminsterfullerene, comes in spherical molecules consisting of 60 carbon atoms organized

Udall, Senate Democrats Introduce VAWA Reauthorization Bill With Strong Tribal Provisions For Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Epidemic

on November 13, 2019 - 1:51pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall today joined U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Senate Democrats in introducing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019. Courtesy photo

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

  • Violence Against Women Act reauthorization is needed to protect women in New Mexico and across the U.S.
  • Udall-championed Tribal provisions will enhance public safety for Native women and families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today joined U.S. Sen.

Scenes From Veterans Day 2019 At Ashley Pond

on November 13, 2019 - 10:52am

Captain Daniel Patrick Mack US Navy (retired) is the guest speaker at the annual Veterans Day event Monday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Paul Elkins

VFW Cmdr. Roger Anaya, Art Brown, Cristina Gonzales, Fr. Theophan Mackey and Vocalist Alicia Solomon. Photo by Paul Elkins

From left, Council Vice Chair Pete Sheehey, Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler, Vocalist Alicia Solomon, VFW Cmdr. Roger Anaya, Art Brown, Christina Gonzales and Fr. Theophan Mackey. Photo by Paul Elkins

Father and son bagpipers Anthony and David Puckett. Photo by Paul Elkins

Udall, Heinrich Praise Senate Vote Designating November As National Native American Heritage Month

on November 13, 2019 - 10:14am
U.S. SENATE 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.) praised the Senate’s vote to recognize November as National Native American Heritage Month.
 
“I’m proud that the Senate passed our bipartisan resolution recognizing November as Native American Heritage Month. This resolution honors the countless ways Native American have shaped New Mexico and our national identity. It also challenges us to examine how we can better stand with Tribes to meet our trust and treaty obligations,” Udall

Los Alamos County Finance Department Honored 28th Time With Highest Form Of Recognition From GFOA

on November 13, 2019 - 7:45am

Members of the Los Alamos County Finance Department display their awards received from the Government Finance Officers Association. Staff members from left, Zhen Liu, Beatrice Odezulu, Karen Kendall, Julie Brothers, Mauricia Chavarria-Quam, Sonya Ortiz, Deputy Chief Financial Officer Melissa Meyer and Chief Financial Officer Helen Perraglio. Not pictured, Nicholle Cordova, Nicole Avila, David Griego and Yvette Atencio. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

COUNTY News:

 

The Los Alamos County Council recognized the County Finance Department during Turesday's Council meeting for

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, Members Of Congress Introduce Legislation To Support Student Veterans

on November 13, 2019 - 7:35am
U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and Members of Congress, introduced bipartisan legislation to support student veterans and address wage disparities.
 
The Wage Adjustment for Veterans Enrolled in School Act would require that Veterans Affairs work-study wage match the local minimum wage if higher than the state minimum wage - ensuring that student veterans are paid fairly for their work.
 
Full time or 3/4-time students who served in the military and are

Catch Of The Week: Small Business Cyber Updates

on November 13, 2019 - 7:11am
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos
 
Cisco Small Business Router Vulnerabilities
 
Security researchers at SEC Consult/IoT Inspector found numerous security issues for the Cisco RV320 and RV325 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN router series.
 
Issues included hardcoded password hashes and static X.509 certificates with corresponding public/private key pairs and one static Secure Shell (SSH) host key.
 
Cisco stated that this was an oversight by their developers, and the certificates and keys were never intended to be shipped with the products.

Group Pledges To Plant 500 Million Trees By 2025

on November 12, 2019 - 5:16pm
TREES News:
 
SILVER SPRING, MD International development nonprofit Trees for the Future (TREES) has pledged to plant 500 million trees by 2025.
 
Their recently released Strategic Growth Plan sets clear pathways to advance their regenerative agriculture approach worldwide.
 
“We know we’ve set a lofty goal for ourselves, but it is attainable and it is absolutely vital to the health of our environment and the well-being of people living on dying land,” says TREES Executive Director John Leary.

New Study: NM Ranks No. 18 For Military Membership

on November 12, 2019 - 7:43am

Courtesy/ Security.org.

MILITARY News:

A new study has found that the state of New Mexico has the No. 18 highest concentration of active and reservist military members of any state with 839.7 service members per 100,000 residents. The national average is 780 per 100,000.

Military enlistment has declined dramatically over the past several decades, falling from about 3.5 million at the height of the Vietnam War to just 1.3 million active-duty service members today.

Rock Your Mocs Week Underway In Los Alamos

on November 11, 2019 - 9:50pm

Students gather for a Rock Your Mocs pose during an event at UNM-LA. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

COMMUNITY News:

Rock Your Mocs Week runs through Saturday in Los Alamos, across the nation and around the world.

Jessica Jaylyn Atsye of Laguna Pueblo founded Rock Your Mocs in 2011 as a Native American and Indigenous Peoples social media event held annually and during National Native American Heritage Month in November in the U.S.

Beginning in 2013, Rock Your Mocs has been organized and produced by Native American event producer Melissa Sanchez (Acoma/Laguna Pueblos) of Emergence Prod

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