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Heinrich-Led Directed Energy Weapons Program Gains Support From Key Pentagon Nominee Michael Griffin

on January 21, 2018 - 7:47am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) received a commitment from Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering nominee Dr. Michael Griffin to implement and advance the directed energy weapons program.
The $100 million program was established by Heinrich and Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) under Section 215 of the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and is focused on getting directed energy weapons like high-energy-lasers and high-powered-microwaves out of the

Fr. Glenn: The Prescience Of Rodney King

on January 21, 2018 - 7:12am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Well … this weekend the government “shut down”—the perennial threat tactic when the two major parties can’t agree (Can’t agree?! Gee, what a surprise). The news thereafter becomes a blame game shouting match … accusations a’flyin’… and weariness for all of us on the receiving end of the news. It seems that whatever one party proposes, the other party feels duty-bound to oppose, lest the first party get the least particle of political benefit.

Jewish Council For Public Affairs Joins Forces With Dreamers, Latino Organizations, And Jewish Activists For Passage Of Dream Act

on January 21, 2018 - 7:10am
Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), on behalf of a broad coalition of 25 national Jewish organizations, sent a letter Thursday urging Congress to ensure that a clean Dream Act was included in the must-pass spending bill that Congress.
This latest action comes as part of a week of critical advocacy surrounding the Dream Act, in which JCPA is playing a leading role.

JCPA’s Tammy Gilden spoke at an historic Latino-Jewish press conference on Capitol Hill with 140 Dreamers, joined by organized the Rep.

Most Of Bandelier Closed During Government Shutdown

on January 20, 2018 - 7:35am

Most of Bandelier National Monument is closed to visitor use due to the current situation with the budget of the federal government. Courtesy/NPS


As of today, Saturday, Jan. 20, most of Bandelier National Monument will be closed to visitor use due to the current situation with the budget of the federal government.

The closure is necessary for visitor safety and preservation of the fragile archeological and natural resources. The closure will last until the budget situation allows for park staff to return to duty.

DEA Speeds Up Application Process For Research On Schedule I Drugs

on January 20, 2018 - 6:16am
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Drug Enforcement Administration is streamlining the application process for researchers who study or wish to study Schedule I substances not currently approved for medical use. Schedule I drugs are defined as drugs, substances, or chemicals with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse, such as ecstasy or LSD.
By taking the process online, both existing and new researchers can submit their applications through a dedicated web portal (, improving efficiency and security.

Luján Statement Opposes Short-Term Spending Bill

on January 20, 2018 - 5:37am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) Thursday issued the following statement on the Republican short-term spending bill offered in the House:
“Republican leaders, who control both Houses of Congress and the Executive Branch, have needlessly wasted months instead of passing a bill to fund basic government services – everything from providing Social Security payments and veterans’ benefits to disaster assistance and defense spending.
Democrats have been working in a bipartisan way to reach an agreement and meet our fiscal

Heinrich Votes Against Expanding Warrantless Government Surveillance

on January 20, 2018 - 5:35am
Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after voting against renewing Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act (FISA) for six years:
“Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was originally intended to collect the communications of foreign targets, which is without controversy.

State, Federal Prison Populations Decline Third Year

on January 20, 2018 - 4:36am
DOJ News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bureau of Justice Statistics has announced that the number of prisoners in state and federal correctional facilities fell by 1 percent from year-end 2015 to 2016. This was the third consecutive year that the U.S. prison population declined.
State and federal prisons held an estimated 1,505,400 prisoners in 2016, which is 21,200 fewer than in 2015. The population of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) accounted for more than a third (34 percent) of the total change in the prison population, dropping by 7,300 prisoners, from 196,500 to 189,200 prisoners.

As Solar Tariff Decision Looms, Heinrich Says Trump Has Opportunity To Stand Up For American Workers

on January 19, 2018 - 7:47am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, issued the following statement ahead of President Trump's decision on whether to impose tariffs on imported solar panels and modules that would negatively impact the growing solar industry in New Mexico and the American solar industry as a whole. 
“President Trump has an opportunity to actually stand up for American workers.

NNSA Collaborates With Global Healthcare Company To Complete Conversion Of Mo-99 Production To LEU-Based Process

on January 19, 2018 - 7:35am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) Wednesday announced that Curium, a global healthcare company, has completed the conversion of its molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production process from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU).
This conversion to LEU represents a key milestone in the global effort to end the use of HEU in Mo-99 production. Mo-99 is the most widely used medical radioisotope for nuclear imaging and is used in approximately 40,000 patient procedures daily in the United States.

Pearce On DOJ And DHS New Security Report

on January 18, 2018 - 10:30am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security issued a new report showing an overview of how many convicted terrorists entered the United States through the nation’s flawed homeland security policies:
“We can all agree that our policies to keep the border and our homeland secure has significant flaws. It doesn’t reflect life in the 21st Century and Congress has a job to change it.

Los Alamos High School Student Miriam Wallstrom Selected For United States Senate Youth Program

on January 18, 2018 - 9:42am

Miriam Elizabeth Wallstrom. Photo by Don Taylor


Washington, D.C. — The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announces that Los Alamos High School student Miriam Elizabeth Wallstrom will join Sen. Tom Udall and Sen. Martin Heinrich in representing New Mexico in the nation’s capital, March 3-10, during the 56th annual USSYP Washington Week.

Wallstrom was selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who also will each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

Heinrich Opposes House Short-Term Spending Bill Without Dream Act

on January 17, 2018 - 3:36pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the proposed House Republican short-term spending bill: 

“Members on both sides of the aisle have been working to reach agreement and meet our basic responsibilities, including veterans funding, disaster relief, and finally passing the Dream Act, but President Trump and his right-wing supporters in Congress seem intent on steering the country off a funding cliff.

Pearce Signs Amicus Brief Upholding First Amendment

on January 17, 2018 - 3:32pm

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce signs the Amicus Brief. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after signing on to an Amicus Brief recommending the Supreme Court of the United States reverse the Ninth Circuit’s decision in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Xavier Becerra, Attorney General, challenging the constitutionality of California’s Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act.

“The American people have a Constitutional right to religious

Udall To Lead Two Events On Indian Country Priorities In The Upcoming Farm Bill Reauthorization

on January 17, 2018 - 3:05pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will lead an oversight hearing to discuss agribusiness in Indian Country and will co-host a roundtable discussion on advancing Native food traditions. 
Today the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Breaking New Ground in Agribusiness Opportunities in Indian Country.” Successes in Native agribusiness have created job opportunities and contributed to greater food security across Indian Country.

Hayley Schake Makes Hastings College Dean’s List

on January 16, 2018 - 3:26pm
HASTINGS, Neb.  Hastings Collegein Nebraska has announced the Dean’s List for its fall 2017 semester including Hayley Schake of Los Alamos.
For the semester, 397 students from 24 states and three countries were named to the Dean’s List, with 246 students achieving a 4.0 grade point average.
To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.7 to 4.0 scale and be registered for full-time coursework.

Attorney General Hector Balderas Sues To Stop Illegal Rollback Of Net Neutrality

on January 16, 2018 - 1:56pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General

SANTA FE Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government.

“Today we are taking aggressive legal action to stop the illegal rollback of net neutrality protections because New Mexico already struggles to

Los Alamos On Forbes List Of Richest Counties In 2017

on January 16, 2018 - 1:28pm

Los Alamos is number six on Forbes list of the top 10 richest counties in America for 2017. Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers


Los Alamos County again made the Forbes annual list of the top 10 richest counties in America for 2017. This year Los Alamos has a reported median household income of $107,126 and comes in at number 6 on the list.

New Mexico is one of the poorest states in the Union, which makes Los Alamos County stand out. The affluent Los Alamos County makes it on the list thanks to Los Alamos National Laboratory, employing 10,500 of the 18,147 residents.

The median

Heinrich Raises Serious Concerns Over Reports Of Preemptive ‘Bloody Nose’ Strategy Against North Korea

on January 16, 2018 - 5:36am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis expressing his deep concerns regarding reports that the Administration is considering a “bloody nose” strategy against North Korea in which the United States would conduct a preemptive, targeted military strike.
“As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I understand the importance of keeping all options on the table, including military options, in terms of negotiations and

BLM Seeks Public Input In Planning Process For Bears Ears National Monument

on January 16, 2018 - 5:34am
BLM News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dec. 4, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Proclamation 9681 modifying the boundary of the Bears Ears National Monument to the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of important objects of historic and scientific interest.
This action is part of a larger effort by President Trump and the Department of the Interior to ensure that the broad powers granted to the President under the Antiquities Act are not used as a tool to unnecessarily restrict access to public land on a large scale. 
The Bureau of Land Management Utah State

Webber: Honoring Teachings Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

on January 15, 2018 - 11:48am
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Courtesy/Alan Webber
Santa Fe Mayoral Candidate

In 1963 when I was 15 years old, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to preach at my family’s synagogue, Temple Israel in St. Louis, Missouri. (See the story here.) There were 3,000 people there that day. But I can remember exactly where I sat and what Dr. King talked about in his sermon. He talked about the love that connects and unites people of all faiths, all races, all cultures, and all creeds. Just to be in the presence of a man of Dr.

Luján And Schakowsky Push Data Analytics Company For Answers Following Significant Data Breach

on January 15, 2018 - 8:00am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) last week sent a letter to the computer software and data analytics company Alteryx after it was disclosed in December that the company failed to properly secure sensitive consumer data and accidentally exposed personal information affecting 123 million American households.
The data breach by Alteryx comes after a series of high profile data breaches including the disclosure of consumer data by the credit reporting agency Equifax and the ride-share

Sig Hecker Appears On 60 Minutes Tonight

on January 14, 2018 - 6:22am

Former LANL Director Dr. Sig Hecker


Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Sig Hecker is scheduled to appear in an interview on 60 Minutes at 7 p.m., ET/PT today, Jan. 14.

Hecker has visited North Korea seven times and will discuss his perception of the county's nuclear program.

Pearce: As Sovereign Entities, Tribes Must Be Respected

on January 14, 2018 - 6:20am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 140, to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010, which included the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017 and legislation to allow the Pueblo of Santa Clara and the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo to lease all of their lands:
“When the National Labor Relations Board reversed their longstanding status of recognizing the sovereignty of tribal governments, they did so without warning and

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Closure Announced

on January 13, 2018 - 8:20am
FOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The plan to close California’s last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, at the end of its current operating lease was approved Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission.
Pacific Gas and Electric, Friends of the Earth, and other environmental and labor organizations reached a historic agreement in 2016 to shut down the two reactors at Diablo Canyon and replace them with renewable energy, efficiency and energy storage. Thursday’s decision makes a nuclear-free California one step closer.
In response to the decision, Damon Moglen, Senior