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Heinrich, Udall: Congress Needs Additional Oversight Of Treatment Of Migrant Children In Custody

on July 11, 2019 - 7:30am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. After recent horrific reports of sexual assault and the inhumane treatment of migrant children in U.S. detention facilities, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall have sent a letter to Chairman Ron Johnson and Ranking Member Gary Peters of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to request a hearing on standards for U.S. Border Patrol detention facilities.
 
“We believe there is an immediate need to hold a hearing calling Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Border Patrol

Rotary: Galen Gisler On Threat Of Near-Earth Asteroids

on July 10, 2019 - 4:09pm

Dr. Galen Gisler, retired LANL astrophysicist and community volunteer, recently spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the threat of near-Earth asteroids. He described the impacts of the Chicxulub impact in present-day Yucatan that is responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, as well as those impacts in our modern age: Tunguska, Siberia in 1908 and Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013. To study the threat, scientists find potentially hazardous asteroids, calculate their orbits, monitor and characterize them, and if necessary, develop and execute a deflection mission.

New Partnership To Preserve Manhattan Project History

on July 9, 2019 - 7:54am
Courtesy/AHF
 
Courtesy/AHF
 
AHF News:
 
With an agreement signed June 28, 2019, the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History are forging a new partnership to preserve the history of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Age.
 
This significant agreement will ensure that the Atomic Heritage Foundation’s extensive collection of oral histories, interpretive vignettes, and articles about the Manhattan Project and its legacy will remain available to the public for the foreseeable future.
 
Founded in 2002, the Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) is a

Patagonia Founder, CEO To Receive Prestigious ELI 2019 Environmental Achievement Award

on July 9, 2019 - 7:48am
ENVIRONMENTAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is pleased to announce that it will present its 2019 Environmental Achievement Award to Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Rose Marcario, Patagonia’s president and CEO, in recognition of their visionary leadership and outstanding environmental stewardship at Patagonia.
 
ELI will present the 2019 Environmental Achievement Award Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Washington, D.C. As this is its 50th anniversary year, ELI will also present a Founders Award to the people who helped create ELI 50 years ago, as well as an

VIDEO: Heinrich Calls For A Price On Carbon

on July 8, 2019 - 6:14pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich today speaking on the Senate Floor and calling for implementing real solutions to eliminate carbon pollution. Courtesy photo

To watch video, click here.

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

  • In a speech on the Senate Floor, Heinrich calls for putting a price on carbon to curb pollution; cites letters from New Mexico students on climate change

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen.

Sign Of Solidarity With USDA Scientists Spotted July 4

on July 8, 2019 - 10:45am
Showing solidarity, Los Alamos Scientist Brinson Willis holds up a sign saying ‘Please Don’t Fire USDA Scientists’ during the annual fireworks show Thursday at Overlook Park in White Rock. For more details on this issue, click here. Courtesy photo

House Approves Investments To Research, Test For, Battle Chronic Wasting Disease In Deer And Elk

on July 7, 2019 - 10:01am
TRCP News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. A House spending bill for federal agriculture, interior and environmental agencies (H.R. 3305) has passed with amendments that create new dedicated funding to research, test for, and battle chronic wasting disease, a fatal disease discovered in deer and elk populations across more than half the U.S.
 
Led by Representatives Veasey, Gosar, Kind, and Abraham, an amendment to the House’s Agriculture Appropriations bill will send $15 million to the states to combat the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer.
 
“Chronic wasting disease is a dangerous

HSNW: First Responders Radiological Preparedness

on July 7, 2019 - 8:23am

First responders and emergency managers train on how to plan for the first minutes of a radiological dispersal device detonation response. Courtesy/HSNW

HSNW News:

A radiological dispersal device (RDD), or “dirty bomb,” detonation in a local jurisdiction will have significant consequences for public safety, responder health and critical infrastructure operations.

First responders and emergency managers must quickly assess the hazard, issue protective action recommendations, triage and treat the injured, and secure the scene in support of the individuals, families and businesses in the

Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, NM Partnership Team With Coach Jackson To Sell Land Of Enchantment To World

on July 7, 2019 - 8:05am
From left, Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, Coach Greg Jackson and Tim Nitti teaming up to promote New Mexico tourism, businesses, brands and products Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, the New Mexico Partnership, and Coach Greg Jackson’s New Mexico Experience are teaming up to promote New Mexico tourism, businesses, brands, and products at MMA events worldwide.
 
The New Mexico Experience was launched in early 2019 by Coach Greg Jackson, co-owner of the JacksonWink Academy in Albuquerque.

SBA: Eight Federal Agencies Receive A+ Rating

on July 7, 2019 - 7:32am
SBA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that the federal government exceeded its small business federal contracting goal for the sixth consecutive year, awarding 25.05 percent in federal contract dollars to small businesses totaling $120.8 billion, an increase from the previous fiscal year of nearly $15 billion.
 
The Fiscal Year 2018 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard marks the first time more than $120 billion in prime contracts has been awarded to small businesses.

AGU: New Study Solves Mystery Of Salt Buildup On Bottom Of Dead Sea

on July 6, 2019 - 12:21pm
An aerial view of the Dead Sea taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. New research explains why salt crystals are piling up on the deepest parts of the Dead Sea’s floor, a finding that could help scientists understand how large salt deposits formed in Earth’s geologic past. Courtesy/NASA/Hubble
 

Researchers walk along the bank of the Dead Sea, one of Earth’s saltiest bodies of water. It is nearly 10 times saltier than the ocean. Courtesy/Nadav Lensky/Geological Survey of Israel
Salt crystals form on instruments dipped into the Dead Sea. Courtesy/Nadav Lensky/Geological Survey of Israel

 

Scenes From 9th Naturalization Ceremony At Bandelier

on July 5, 2019 - 12:32pm
Twenty candidates from many countries took the oath and became the newest citizens of the United States during the ninth annual Naturalization Ceremony Thursday, July 4 at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy photo

Scene from the ninth annual Naturalization Ceremony July 4 at Bandelier. Courtesy photo
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos provides refreshments at the ninth annual Naturalization Ceremony Thursday, July 4 at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy photo
 

COMMUNITY News:

For the ninth year, Bandelier National Monument partnered with the United States Citizenship and Immigration

Former Councilor Pongratz Changes Political Party

on July 5, 2019 - 11:11am

Former Los Alamos County Councilor Morrie Pongratz switching his voter registration to Independent this morning at the County Clerk’s Office. Courtesy photo

POLITICAL News:

Former Los Alamos County Councilor Morrie Pongratz registered as an Independent this morning at the County Clerk’s Office.

“I changed my voter registration from Republican to Independent. My wife asked me why? I replied, ‘Two words: Donald Trump’,” Pongratz said.

“I like the Republicans’ philosophy of subsidiarity – look for solutions at the level of government close to the people, but I can’t support this egotistical,

AGU: Climate Change Transforming Northernmost Arctic Landscapes

on July 5, 2019 - 8:02am
A. Map of the study area showing permafrost monitoring site locations. B. Examples of the even terrain at each site at the start of monitoring (2003, 2004, 2005) and the terrain after a decade of monitoring (2016). Thermokarst development was observed at all sites. C. Examples of thermokarst topography and landforms observed at each site in 2016: i), ii) subsidence and trough formation at Isachsen, iii) trough formation and pond development at Mould Bay, iv) subsidence and trough formation at Green Cabin.

Tales Of Our Times: Recall Our Joshua Chamberlains In The Building Of Our Nation

on July 4, 2019 - 7:36am

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Recall Our Joshua Chamberlains In The Building Of Our Nation

Every Fourth of July is a special day for recalling people of all walks who have moved our nation forward from the times of its origin to today.

The holiday known for its brass bands and fireworks is also time to weigh the grimmer work of patriotism. The words of our time grow less civil each year: Partisan vitriol smokes the air as would rifle shots at Gettysburg. History leaves clues.

The Civil War of 1861-1865 is rich with lessons for our time.

Bald Eagle Is Great Symbol Of American Patriotism

on July 4, 2019 - 7:10am

This bald eagle perched in a tree was spotted Wednesday during a road trip in Big Timber, Mont., near the Boulder River. Congress chose the bald eagle as the emblem of the United States of America June 20, 1782 because of its long life, great strength and majestic appearance, and also because it was then believed to exist only on this continent. Benjamin Franklin thought the wild turkey would be a better symbol because it was a much more respectable bird. The other members of Congress did not agree with Mr. Franklin. Source: bensguide.gpo.gov. Photo by Gary Warren/Posts From The Road

Balderas Warns CFPB That Weakening Debit Card Overdraft Fee Rule Will Harm New Mexican Consumers

on July 3, 2019 - 8:27am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 25 State Attorneys General Tuesday in opposing any effort by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to roll back or limit its Overdraft Rule.
 
The rule currently in place permits banks to charge fees to consumers for overdraft services on ATM and one-time debit transactions only after consumers have been provided with important information about those services and fees in a model notice, and only after those consumers have made the affirmative choice to opt in to

Luján Raises $1.1 Million For U.S. Senate Campaign

on July 3, 2019 - 8:23am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
NAMBE, NM Democratic Senate Candidate Ben Ray Luján raised more than $1.1 million in his first quarter - posting a higher total-raised figure for an announcement quarter than any other New Mexico Senate candidate in history.
 
Other highlights from the quarterly fundraising report include:
  • More than 13,000 unique donors supported Ben Ray's campaign 
  • The average online donation was $29.72
  • 97.5 percent of all contributions were $100 or less
  • Contributions from individuals in each of New Mexico's 33 counties
 
Congressman Luján is committed

WIPP Reaches 12,500-Shipment Milestone

on July 3, 2019 - 8:21am
A shipment of transuranic waste approaches EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. Courtesy/WIPP
 
WIPP News:
 
CARLSBAD Just before midnight June 27, EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received its 12,500th transuranic (TRU) waste shipment since operations began there in 1999.
 
The shipment originated from the EM program at Idaho National Laboratory, which has sent WIPP the most TRU waste shipments — 6,500 and counting — of all DOE generator sites over the past 20 years.
 
WIPP drivers have safely traveled more than 14.9 million loaded miles, transporting more than

Letters Going To Troops With Ties To Los Alamos

on July 3, 2019 - 7:34am

Letters from local students and residents are sent to more than 10 service men and women with ties to Los Alamos. This ‘Dear Soldiers’ letter is from a local student and sent in time for the Fourth of July. Local nonprofit Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) welcomes more cards, letters, post cards and notes with small or large messages or drawings. Donations of postage also are welcome. Items can be dropped by the Betty Ehart Senior Center or for large pick ups, call 505.695.9139. For more information, visit www.cya-nm.org.

Udall: Department Of Interior Failing To Answer Questions About President’s July 4 Event

on July 3, 2019 - 7:08am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, issued the following statement Tuesday after the Department of Interior (DOI) failed to respond to a June 18 letter from Udall and U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) calling on DOI Secretary David Bernhardt to provide information to Congress about the president’s reported Fourth of July plans and how the additional costs will be funded.
 
The senators, all

Citizenship Question Removed From 2020 Census

on July 3, 2019 - 7:01am
CCP News:
 
Oriana Sandoval, CEO of the Center for Civic Policy (CCP), issued the following statement on the U.S. government’s decision to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census and begin printing the forms:
 
“Today marks a great victory for all those who fought so hard against this partisan ploy to weaponize the 2020 census and rig our democracy through the addition of a citizenship question to the Census form.
 
“Now we double down on the work to ensure a fair and accurate count in New Mexico.

LANL: Researchers Cast Neural Nets To Simulate Molecular Motion

on July 2, 2019 - 12:15pm

New deep learning models predict the interactions between atoms in organic molecules. These models will help computational biologists and drug development researchers understand and treat disease. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Machine learning allows quantum mechanics to be efficiently applied to molecular simulations for drug development, detonation physics and more

New work from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Florida is showing that artificial neural nets can be trained to encode quantum mechanical laws to describe the

Irby: Big Wins For Animals In House Spending Bill...

on June 30, 2019 - 8:14am
Courtesy photo
 
By MARTY IRBY
Executive Director 
Animal Wellness Action
 
This week, the U.S. House passed a multi-agency spending bill, including the Agriculture, Interior, Justice, and Veterans Affairs departments.
 
At Animal Wellness Action, we worked on a wide range of issues across the agencies that affect animals. We had some great outcomes, but now it’s time to pivot to the U.S.

Udall On Court Blocking Census Citizenship Question

on June 29, 2019 - 7:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement Friday after the Supreme Court blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 Census for the time being:
 
“Today's decision from the Supreme Court is a relief for New Mexico communities. Ensuring an accurate census count is critical to making sure that every community in our state gets its rightful share of federal resources—hundreds of millions of dollars are stake.

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