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LANL Breaks Ground On National Security Office Space

on October 24, 2018 - 1:32pm

Breaking ground Monday on a new national security office building on LANL property, from left, Steve Goodrum, manager of NNSA’s Los Alamos  Field Office; Nancy Jo Nicholas, principal associate director for Global Security at LANL and Terry C. Wallace, Jr., director of LANL. Courtesy/LANL

LANL Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., speaks at the groundbreaking next to an artist’s rendering of the new national security office building that will be constructed on Lab property. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Monday morning, Terry C.

Heinrich Joins Advocates To Highlight Importance Of Health Care & Social Security In Midterm Election

on October 24, 2018 - 1:26pm
Dr. Mark Epstein, left, Melanie Stansbury, Elva Santos and Sen. Martin Heinrich. Courtesy photo

From the Martin Heinrich for Senate Campaign:

ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich joined volunteers and community advocates Monday for a Protect Our Health Care & Social Security Phone Bank to highlight what's at stake in the midterm election.
Speakers at the event included Heinrich, candidate for U.S. Senate, as well as candidate for House Dist. 28 Melanie Stansbury, Chief Medical Officer at True Health New Mexico Dr.

LANL: Clues To Creating An HIV Vaccine: HIV Sugars Are Key For Effective Immune Responses

on October 24, 2018 - 9:42am

Artistic rendition of antibodies targeting ‘gaps’ in the HIV virus’s sugar shield. Blue protein is antibody, and the HIV surface protein called Env is depicted using the predicted sugar shield – dark blue are sites where sugars are attached, green is the predicted sugar shield, and magenta/pink are uncommon gaps in the sugar shield. Study author Kshitij Wagh et al. show that the completeness of sugar shield of the infecting virus is key to developing effective antibody responses in HIV infected individuals. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The search for a vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes

AGU: New Research Shows Strong Indian Monsoons Steer Atlantic Hurricanes Toward Land

on October 24, 2018 - 6:34am
Hurricane Maria near peak intensity, moving north towards Puerto Rico, Sept. 19, 2017. New research finds strong monsoons in the Indian Ocean can induce easterly winds that push Atlantic Ocean hurricanes westward, increasing the likelihood they’ll make landfall in the Americas. Courtesy/Naval Research Laboratory/NOAA
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Strong monsoons in the Indian Ocean can induce easterly winds that push Atlantic Ocean hurricanes westward, increasing the likelihood they’ll make landfall in the Americas, according to new research.
A new study finds that in years where

Luján Applauds Grants To Benefit New Mexico’s Acequias And Tribal And Pueblo Farmers And Ranchers

on October 24, 2018 - 6:30am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) applauded the announcement Monday that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded more than $330,000 in grants to benefit New Mexico’s acequias and farmers and ranchers from tribal and pueblo communities.
Both grants have been awarded through the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (or, the 2501 program).
The New Mexico Acequia Association (NMAA) has received a grant of more than

Zinke Announces Public-Private Partnership Bringing $2.7 Million To Habitat Conservation Of Big Game Migration Corridors And Winter Range

on October 24, 2018 - 6:17am
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and ConocoPhillips, has announced a new NFWF $2.7 million grant program to enhance and improve the quality of habitat in state identified, priority big-game winter range, stopover areas, and migration corridors on federal land and/or voluntary efforts on private land.
This grant program is possible from funding support provided by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S.

ORNL: Past And Present DOE Missions Displayed In American Museum Of Science & Energy At Oak Ridge

on October 23, 2018 - 12:05pm

Participants in the Oct. 18 opening of the new American Museum of Science and Energy facility gather for the ribbon cutting. Courtesy/ORNL

From left, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thomas Zacharia, DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar and U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann tour the new American Museum of Science &d Energy facility with Museum Director Julia Bussinger. Courtesy/ORNL

Visitors are greeted by an interactive map of Oak Ridge and five exhibit areas when they enter the new American Museum of Science & Energy facility. Courtesy/ORNL

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Office Of Juvenile Justice And Delinquency Prevention Awards Over $172 Million To Support Juvenile Justice

on October 23, 2018 - 10:33am
DOJ News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs today announced awards of more than $172 million in grant funding to establish and enhance state and local juvenile justice systems; provide gang prevention and intervention services; fund mentoring and reentry services for youth and families; and help states comply with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.
OJP’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention awarded these grants to 48 states and more than 100 local jurisdictions, research and academic institutions, and other public and private

DEA & Museum Work With Team Of Local Partners

on October 23, 2018 - 9:34am
DEA Task Force meeting Sept. 13 at New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Photo by Mary Ann Hatchitt
DEA Museum exhibition: Drug Costs & Consequences. Courtesy/DEA Museum
DEA Museum exhibition: Drug Costs & Consequences. Courtesy/DEA Museum
ALBUQUERQUE An impressive panel of federal and local law enforcement, state agencies, justice, school system, medical fields, behavioral health, addiction and aftercare treatment organizations, faith-based groups, involved community sponsors like Blake’s LotaBurger, and a representative of the funeral industry have

Luján Convenes Roundtable In Rio Arriba County On Opioids Epidemic

on October 23, 2018 - 8:33am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) convened a roundtable last week with health care providers, local law enforcement, community leaders and stakeholders to discuss a path forward to continue the fight against the opioid epidemic in New Mexico.
Congress recently passed an opioids package that included ten of Congressman Luján’s pieces of legislation. Attendees at the roundtable in Española discussed how this legislative package is a step forward in what needs to be a sustained effort to combat the opioid epidemic in local communities.

DEA Holds Nat’l. Prescription Drug Take Back Day Oct. 27 ... Expects To Collect 10 Million Pounds Of Pills

on October 22, 2018 - 5:12pm

  • DEA aims to dispose of 10 million pounds of unused pills

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After collecting a total of more than 9.9 million pounds (nearly 5,000 tons) of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications during 15 previous events over the past eight years, the Drug Enforcement Administration expects to reach a total of 10 million pounds collected following the upcoming fall 2018 Take back event.

DEA and its national, tribal and community partners will hold the 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day across the country on Saturday, Oct.

CIR 2018 Gala With Ambassador Michael Mcfaul, Former U.S. Ambassador To Russia Nov. 1

on October 21, 2018 - 7:04am
Ambassador Michael McFaul
CIR News:
The keynote speaker for the Santa Fe Council on International Relations 2018 Annual Gala will be Ambassador Michael McFaul, former United States Ambassador to Russia and currently Stanford professor of political science.
CIR’s 2018 Annual Gala is Thursday, Nov. 1 at La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E. San Francisco St. in the ballroom. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., followed by keynote speaker Ambassador McFaul. This is CIR’s preeminent fundraising and social event.

U.S. Rep. Lujan Grisham Announces Official OIG Investigation Into Claims Of Fraud, Mismanagement And Facility Issues At Albuquerque USPS

on October 20, 2018 - 7:57am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
ALBUQUERQUE TU.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) announced Friday that the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will open an independent investigation into claims of fraud, mismanagement, and dilapidated USPS facilities in Albuquerque.
The Congresswoman was informed about the investigation in a letter from USPS following a recent meeting between the USPS Post Master, local USPS managers, Rep. Lujan Grisham, and American Postal Workers Union (APWU) representatives.
The investigation is the result

Udall Joins Protect Our Care Bus Tour Fighting To Protect Health Care For New Mexico Families

on October 20, 2018 - 7:17am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, along with local health care advocates, community members, and elected officials, joined Protect Our Care on its nationwide Care Force One Bus Tour at its stop Wednesday in Albuquerque.
During the event, he called on Republicans to end their relentless attacks on New Mexicans’ health care, and pledged to work to defend and improve access to comprehensive coverage for hardworking New Mexico families.
Udall began by committing to defend comprehensive health care coverage against Republican attacks, saying,

Steve Pearce Outlines Vision To Make New Mexico An International Trade Hub

on October 20, 2018 - 6:57am
From the Steve Pearce for Governor Campaign:
ALBUQUERQUE — Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, announced Friday his vision to make New Mexico an international trade hub between the United States, Latin America and Canada.
In a speech to the Economic Forum of Albuquerque, Pearce laid out a roadmap for taking advantage of New Mexico’s strategic advantages.
“New Mexico must strike now to make our competitive advantages work for the people of this state and the world.

Reps. Lujan Grisham And Luján Demand Air Force Secretary Address Cannon AFB Water Contamination

on October 19, 2018 - 3:08pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) and Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) sent a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, after New Mexico’s Environment Department (NMED) issued a warning that water from several wells on and off the Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) have been contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

These chemicals are found in foam used for firefighting and are associated with an increased risk of cancer.


Heinrich Releases Resource Guide On Federal Funding Opportunities To Address Opioid Crisis

on October 19, 2018 - 9:24am
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.) released a Resource Guide on Federal Funding Opportunities to Address the Opioid Crisis to offer helpful information and guidance to local governments, tribes and service providers.
In addition to providing a clearinghouse of resources, Heinrich also encouraged eligible grant seekers in New Mexico to contact his office for assistance in identifying and competing for available funding opportunities.
"The opioid epidemic is one of the greatest public

Heinrich Releases ‘Labs & Bases’ TV Ad

on October 18, 2018 - 9:09am

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From the Martin Heinrich for Senate Campaign:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich’s campaign for U.S. Senate released a new television ad titled “Labs & Bases”.

The ad features former Sandia National Laboratories Director Jill Hruby, President and Chief Technical Officer of Pajarito Powder Barr Zulevi, General Atomics physicist Robert Peterkin and retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Gene Sisneros, speaking about Sen. Heinrich’s work to strengthen New Mexico's labs and bases and bolster the state’s economy.


Barr Zulevi: “Martin Heinrich is

Hall: The ‘Regime Change’ Part 2

on October 18, 2018 - 7:00am

Los Alamos

Who is Poor, who is Middle Class, and who are the Elites?To start with, the definition of “Poor”, “Middle Class”, and “Elites” varies from author to author and study to study.  For example, the Cato study (referenced below) sets an upper limit of the bottom quintile at $25,000 per year with no reference to family size.  A Brookings study (referenced below) sets the upper limit at $36,000 for a family of three, while the Urban Institute sets it at $30,000 for a family of three. Other studies use “median” and “average” incomes.

EM’s Office Of River Protection Energizes Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Analytical Laboratory

on October 18, 2018 - 6:12am
The Analytical Laboratory will analyze samples of vitrified low-activity waste to ensure it meets regulatory requirements and standards. Courtesy photo
An electrician tests control panel switches in Hanford’s Analytical Laboratory. The laboratory is the first of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization’s four primary facilities to be fully energized. Courtesy photo
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Udall, Heinrich, Klobuchar Introduce Care Corps Demonstration Act

on October 18, 2018 - 6:08am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N. M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the Care Corps Demonstration Act to build and strengthen America’s caregiving workforce, and help meet the growing demand for caregivers working with seniors and people living with disabilities.  
Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.).
By 2030, older Americans are expected to make up nearly 20 percent of the population and over the next ten years, the United States is expected

Arctic Ice Sets Speed Limit For Major Ocean Current

on October 18, 2018 - 6:06am
A large pool of meltwater over sea ice in the Beaufort Sea. Courtesy NASA/Operation IceBridge
The evolution of sea ice over the Beaufort Gyre: In springtime, as ice thaws and melts into the sea, the gyre is exposed to the Arctic winds. Courtesy of the researchers
AGU News:
The Beaufort Gyre is an enormous, 600-mile-wide pool of swirling cold, fresh water in the Arctic Ocean, just north of Alaska and Canada. In the winter, this current is covered by a thick cap of ice.

LANL: Arctic Greening Thaws Permafrost, Boosts Runoff

on October 17, 2018 - 4:20pm

NGEE-Arctic researchers from Los Alamos, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Oak Ridge National Laboratory dig deep snow pits in tall shrub patches to understand the warming effect of snow-shrub interactions on underlying permafrost. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Study finds shrubs trap snow, creating permanently thawed zones that destroy permafrost and create pathways for increased water and carbon flow

A new collaborative study has investigated Arctic shrub-snow interactions to obtain a better understanding of the far north’s tundra and vast permafrost system.

U.S. Senate Passes Udall-Heinrich Resolution Honoring Nuclear Weapons Workers

on October 16, 2018 - 11:45am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution, with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and others, to designate Oct. 30, 2018 as the 10th National Day of Remembrance to honor the thousands of New Mexicans and Americans who helped develop, support, and maintain the nation’s nuclear weapons efforts during the Cold War.

The full text of the resolution is available HERE.

“During the Cold War, thousands of New Mexicans sacrificed their health – and in many cases, even their lives – to bolster the

N3B Awards $1.5 Million In Cleanup Work To TerranearPMC/Envirocon

on October 16, 2018 - 10:04am

Potential cleanup contractors tour TA-21 in August to get an idea of the scope of work, which includes removing old fencing, telephone poles, hundreds of tons of cement and rebar, other contaminated and uncontaminated above-ground debris, and decontaminating two facilities (background) and six excavators. Courtesy/N3B

N3B News:

Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) has awarded a subcontract to TerranearPMC of Los Alamos and teaming partner Envirocon of Missoula, Mont., to perform cleanup activities at Technical Area-21, a former research site at Los Alamos National Laboratory.