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History On Tap: Women's History Month Monday

on March 3, 2019 - 9:29am
COMMUNITY News:
 
Join the Los Alamos Historical Society and the Creative District at 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 4, at UnQuarked Wine Room for a special History On Tap during Women's History Month.
 
The conversation will open with a live preview performance of the play, TREASON, written by local playwright Robert F. Benjamin, directed by Trish Ebbert, and performed by local actors.
 
The play is an anachronism-infested comedy about the life and times of Mary Katherine Goddard, who first published the Declaration of Independence with signers listed in January 1777 and today is considered

Former Lobo To Run Boston Marathon To Raise Money For New Mexico Chapter Of Alzheimer’s Association

on March 2, 2019 - 1:45pm
Former Lobo football player Ryan Mummert
 
Alzheimer’s Association News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Albuquerque resident and former Lobo football player Ryan Mummert has announced he will run the Boston Marathon April 15 as a fundraiser to benefit the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
After losing a family member to Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, Mummert says he will use this opportunity to raise money and awareness to combat the devastating disease.
 
For Mummert, a youth football coach and former offensive lineman for the UNM Lobos, his wife Brandi and teenage sons William and

National Speech & Debate Association Selects Los Alamos Teacher Margo Batha 2019 Educator Of The Year

on March 1, 2019 - 5:16pm

2019 NSDA National Educator of the Year Margo Batha

National Speech & Debate Association News: 

  • Margo Batha selected from five finalists and more than 5,000 educators across the country.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) is excited to announce Margo Batha from Los Alamos High School in New Mexico as the 2019 NSDA National Educator of the Year.

“Margo has dedicated her life’s work to speech and debate,” said National Speech & Debate Association Executive Director J. Scott Wunn.

Heinrich Questions Top Military Officials On Trump’s National Security Declaration

on February 27, 2019 - 5:04pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday on the Department of Defense budget, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned Commander of United States Strategic Command General John Hyten and head of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command General Terrence O’Shaughnessy on President Trump’s national emergency declaration to fund his border wall.  
 
Earlier this month, President Trump declared a national emergency and said that he would take up to $3.6 billion dollars from

Unsung Women Heroes Of The Space Race

on February 27, 2019 - 8:11am
The women of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) helped launch the first American satellites, lunar missions and planetary explorations. Those 'human computers' as they were called, are seen here in 1953. Janez Lawson was the first African American hired into a technical position at JPL. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
 
NMMSH News:
 
ALAMOGORDO Katherine Johnson, Barbara Paulson, Margaret Brunn, Helen Ling and Susan Finley, to name just a few, all have one thing in common. They are the women who worked alongside the men to make the space program succeed.
 
Not all were computer

LAPD: Program Receives Community Awareness Project Funding For 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

on February 27, 2019 - 8:05am

LAPD News:

The Incorporated County of Los Alamos, New Mexico, through the Los Alamos Police Department, has received federal funding to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during the April 7-13 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

The funding will be used to place victim resource directories, in the form of rack cards, on Atomic City Transit buses, and New Mexico Park and Ride buses, as part of a Community Awareness Project in Los Alamos County and surrounding communities.

NACo Hosts Legislative Conference March 2-6

on February 26, 2019 - 10:22am

NACo News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Counties (NACo) will convene its annual Legislative Conference March 2-6.

Nearly 2,000 elected and appointed county officials from across the country will focus on pressing federal policy issues facing county governments.

Attendees will hear from national experts, consider policy resolutions and meet with administration officials and members of Congress.

Conference highlights include:

 

Featured General Session Speakers:

Monday, March 4
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ET
Washington Hilton Hotel, International Ballroom (Concourse Level)

  • Hon.

CPB To Present ‘Strengthening Civil Society’ Thought Leader Award To U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

on February 26, 2019 - 9:01am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CPB News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) will present U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico with its distinguished “Strengthening Civil Society” Thought Leader Award at the America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) Public Media Summit today in Washington, D.C.

CPB’s Thought Leader Award recognizes and honors American leaders who affirm the essential services that public media provides to citizens in areas of education, journalism and the arts.

“Rep.

Udall Fights To Improve VA Outreach, Health Care And Benefits For Native American Veterans

on February 25, 2019 - 7:48am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to introduce bipartisan legislation to improve VA outreach, health care and benefits for Native American veterans through establishment of a VA Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs.
 
The Advisory Committee will facilitate communication and understanding between the VA and Tribal governments to better address the unique barriers Native American veterans face when accessing VA services.
 

U.S. Marshals Launch Mobile Web-Based Tip App

on February 25, 2019 - 7:26am
USMS News:
 
The U.S. Marshals recently launched a new mobile and web-based app that allows the public to anonymously report information they believe will help authorities track down and arrest wanted fugitives.
 
"We value the information that we receive from the public, and wanted to ensure that people could provide that information to us with confidentiality using the USMS Tips app," said U.S. Marshals Criminal Intelligence Branch Chief Jennifer Armstrong. "All tip submissions are safe, secure, and discreet."
 
The Marshals also want the public to use the app to report non-compliant

FBI: Federal, State, Local Law Enforcement In New Mexico Team Up To Recruit Women March 11

on February 23, 2019 - 7:03am
 
 FBI News:
 
A team of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies has organized a recruiting event in Albuquerque focused on women interested in public safety careers.
 
The FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, New Mexico State Police, Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department, Albuquerque Police Department and Rio Rancho Police Department will be available to answer questions about law enforcement careers, 5-7 p.m., March 11 at Sid Cutters Pilots' Pavilion in Balloon Fiesta Park,
 
Doors will open at 4 p.m.

Interior & Environment Funding Bill Signed Into Law

on February 22, 2019 - 5:33pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, announced that the funding bill his subcommittee authored, the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, was signed into law as part of the government funding package which passed Congress last week.
 
The bill provides critical funding for New Mexico’s public lands, infrastructure, environmental protection and stewardship, and programs for Indian Country.
 
In

CDD Building Department Earns National Accreditation

on February 21, 2019 - 9:07am
Front row from left, Kellee Fernandez of IAS, left, holds up the IAS accreditation plaque along with the Community Development Department building staff, which includes Chief Building Official Michael Arellano and Lenora Maes. Back row from left, Building staff David Martinez, left, Adrienne Lovato, Larry Valdez, Michael Marquez, Department Director Paul Andrus and Joe Dudziak. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Community Development Department (CDD) achieved a major milestone.

Udall Calls For Infrastructure Improvements To Bolster New Mexico Border Economies

on February 21, 2019 - 8:50am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall questioned transportation leaders on opportunities for infrastructure improvements at ports of entry during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing titled “America’s Infrastructure Needs: Keeping Pace with a Growing Economy.”
 
As a member of the Senate Commerce and Appropriations Committees, Udall has long championed strong federal investment to improve infrastructure and technology throughout New Mexico, including along the U.S.-Mexico border, which would bolster economic development in New Mexico’s border

LANL: Collaboration Opportunity To Harness Top Algae Strains For Bioenergy

on February 20, 2019 - 3:16pm

LANL and partners are inviting the algae industry and academia to contribute to research to find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • DOE project aims to boost productivity, lower cost of algae biofuels and bioproducts

Los Alamos National Laboratory and partners are inviting the algae industry and academia to contribute to research to find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts and to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. 

The U.S.

Udall, Heinrich Secure Strong Investments For New Mexico In Bipartisan Government Funding Agreement

on February 20, 2019 - 6:33am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in voting 83-16 to pass a bipartisan agreement to fund the government through September 2019, avert another partial government shutdown, and invest in essential New Mexico priorities.
 
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the bill, and the president has signed it into law.
 
The funding package includes several measures to benefit New Mexico that Udall and Heinrich successfully championed.

‘River Of Stars’ Streaming Through Milky Way ... Hiding In Plain Sight For 1 Billion Years

on February 19, 2019 - 1:56pm

In this stereographic projection, the Milky Way curves around the entire image in an arc, with the newly discovered river of stars displayed in red and covering almost the entire southern Galactic hemisphere. Courtesy/Astronomy & Astrophysics

LiveScience News:

One billion years ago, a cluster of stars formed in our galaxy. Since then, that cluster has whipped four long circles around the edge of the Milky Way. In that time, the Milky Way's gravity has stretched that cluster out from a blob into a long stellar stream.

Heinrich, Udall Reintroduce Buffalo Tract Protection Act

on February 19, 2019 - 1:56pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) have reintroduced the Buffalo Tract Protection Act to withdraw four parcels of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in southern Sandoval County, including the Buffalo Tract and the Crest of Montezuma, from any mineral development, including gravel mining.
 
In 2012, the BLM released a draft of the new resource management plan for BLM lands in central New Mexico.

Hanford Workers Remove Contaminated Structure

on February 19, 2019 - 1:54pm

Debris and soil removed from a remediated waste site is packaged in large containers and transported to Hanford’s onsite landfill for safe disposal. Courtesy/Hanford

A worker with CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company checks for radioactive contamination during remediation of a small radioactive waste site near the former K East Reactor. Courtesy/Hanford

HANFORD News:

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers with EM Richland Operations Office (RL) contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) recently removed a radioactive wastewater structure at Hanford.

Workers dug more than 40 feet to

February Is National Bird Feeding Month

on February 18, 2019 - 4:02pm

A bird spots a tasty treat hanging from a tree branch today at a residence on Mesa Verde in White Rock. Photo by Mary Lou Oothoudt

Yum! Photo by Mary Lou Oothoudt

Luján, Schatz Reintroduce Legislation To Create Public Health Care Option

on February 18, 2019 - 3:43pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) reintroduced the State Public Option Act, bicameral legislation to create a Medicaid-based public health care option to strengthen the Affordable Care Act by providing Americans with a new high-quality, low-cost choice when purchasing health insurance.
 
“Democrats are hard at work developing solutions to strengthen the ACA, expand health coverage, and drive down health care costs for the American people,” Luján said.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Secure Additional $50 Million To Keep Southwest Chief On Track

on February 18, 2019 - 6:58am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján have announced that their bipartisan measure to provide an additional $50 million in federal funding to help maintain Amtrak train services along the established, long-distance passenger rail route of the Southwest Chief was signed into law as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) appropriations bill.
 
The Udall-Heinrich-Luján measure would provide resources for maintenance and safety improvements along the

Happy Presidents Day 2019!

on February 18, 2019 - 6:16am

NATIONAL News:

Today is Presidents Day, a state and federal holiday observed on the third Monday of February each year. Though the official name of the holiday is Washington's Birthday, the day has been widely known since the mid-1980s as Presidents Day.

Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the holiday became known as Presidents Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.

While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of

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