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AFL-CIO: Veterans Among Hardest Hit With Shutdown

on January 8, 2019 - 6:26am
Will Attig
Statement from AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attig on the government shutdown:
It is disgraceful that an estimated 248,400 veterans across the country are not receiving paychecks because of dysfunction in Washington, D.C. Our veterans who continue to serve by protecting our borders, guarding prisoners and stopping terrorist attacks at airport do not deserve to be used as political pawns.
Many of our union veterans believe we should improve border security but their financial security should not be put at stake.

Sunflower Bank ABC Program Supporting Education Kicks Off It's 18th Year With New Benefits

on January 7, 2019 - 5:48pm
SBFN News:
DENVER, Colo. Sunflower Bank’s annual signature ABC Program has raised more than $1.2 million since 2001 for local schools and students in its Sunflower Bank and First National 1870 communities.
The ABC Program runs Jan. 1 through March 31, 2019 and supports approximately 300 schools across Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas. Recipients use the ABC Program funds for much needed educational supplies, equipment and books.
“We believe in solving problems and making possibilities a reality for our customers and our communities,” Sunflower Bank Chairman

Udall, Merkley On Democracy Reform Package

on January 7, 2019 - 6:40am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) applauded House Democrats’ introduction of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a comprehensive democracy reform package to fight corruption and fix broken politics.
Udall and Merkley will introduce companion legislation in the U.S. Senate in the coming weeks. The legislation builds off of the We The People Democracy Reform package, which Udall and Merkley introduced in the 115th Congress. Udall and Merkley issued the following joint statement:
“Today, Democrats are opening the new

Michael Moore Of Los Alamos Completes U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Sea Year At USMMA

on January 6, 2019 - 5:39am


Kings Point, NY – Midshipman Michael Moore, son of Patricia and Murray Moore of Los Alamos recently completed Sea Year training at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point, NY. 

Moore was nominated by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. Moore is a graduate of Los Alamos High School.

“The World is Our Campus” is emblematic of Sea Year, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy's signature training program where midshipmen spend one year training aboard ocean going vessels.

Midshipman Moore traveled to Europe, Alaska and the

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Joins House Democrats In Introducing H.R. 1: For The People Act

on January 6, 2019 - 5:12am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has joined House Democrats in introducing H.R. 1, the For the People Act.
The legislation, sponsored by Congressman Jon Sarbanes (D-MD), would enact reforms to expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants across all three branches of government.
“I am thrilled to join my colleagues in introducing this historic reform package to restore the promise of our nation's democracy, end the culture

Heinrich Sworn To 2nd Term As U.S. Senator For NM

on January 4, 2019 - 9:00am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich sworn in for his second term as a U.S. senator representing New Mexico by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) was sworn in Thursday for his second term as a U.S. senator representing New Mexico.
In a video to constituents, Heinrich shared his commitment to continue fighting for New Mexico’s values and priorities.
"Today, I start my new term in the U.S. Senate and I want you to know that I’m as committed as ever to delivering real results for New Mexico," Heinrich said.

Udall Continues Serving On Five Key Committees

on January 4, 2019 - 8:40am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) welcomed the opening of the 116th Congress and announced that he will continue to serve on five key committees for New Mexico:
  • Committee on Appropriations
  • Committee on Indian Affairs – Vice Chairman
  • Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Committee on Rules and Administration
“I’m deeply honored to continue serving New Mexico as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations, Indian Affairs, Commerce, Foreign Relations, and Rules and Administration

Testing Einstein: University Of Arizona Student Simulates Thousands Of Black Holes

on January 4, 2019 - 8:10am
Lia Medeiros is a Steward Observatory graduate student whose research is supported by the NSF's PIRE Project. Photo by Robert Demers/University of Arizona
UA News:
What: Modeling Variability and non-Kerr Spacetime Effects in Black Hole Images with Lia Medeiros, a doctoral student at the University of Arizona, 2:10-2:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, at 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, Washington State Convention Center at 705 Pike Street in Seattle, Washington.
Medeiros is developing mathematical models that will allow researchers to pit Einstein's Theory of General

Head2Head: Trumped!

on January 3, 2019 - 8:42am

Los Alamos Daily Post

Hopefully, those who’ve been on this trip from 1950 to 2016 with me will have seen that we didn’t just wake up post-election day 2016 and find ourselves polarized.

We’ve been going there for more than 60 years. While Republican Donald Trump pulled off a surprising (for most) upset in beating Democrat Hillary Clinton, he failed to win the majority of the popular vote. We’re clearly a divided country.

There has been endless speculation about how and why Trump won.

U.S. Rep.-Elect Deb Haaland: My Team Is Ready To Work For New Mexico On Day 1

on January 2, 2019 - 9:32am

U.S. Rep.-elect Deb Haaland. Courtesy photo


  • Haaland announces majority minority staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep.-elect Deb Haaland has announced staff hires for her team, which will begin work Thursday.

Haaland made history in the 2018 midterm when she was elected as one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress. She will take the oath of officeThursday, the first day of the 116th Congress.

“My team is ready to work for New Mexico starting on day 1,” Haaland said.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Enters Close Orbit Around Bennu, Breaking Record

on January 1, 2019 - 7:30am
Orbital A Beauty shot. Photo by Pam Scott/UA
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — At 2:43 p.m. EST, Monday Dec. 31, while many on Earth prepared to welcome the New Year, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) away, carried out a single, eight-second burn of its thrusters – and broke a space exploration record.
The spacecraft entered into orbit around the asteroid Bennu, and made Bennu the smallest object ever to be orbited by a spacecraft.
“The team continued our long string of successes by executing the orbit-insertion maneuver perfectly,” said Dante Lauretta,

Environmental Law Institute Enters 50th Year

on January 1, 2019 - 7:14am
ELI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Dec. 22, 2019, will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Environmental Law Institute. While ELI’s official birthday is still nearly a year away, ELI will celebrate its 50th during the entirety of 2019, holding special events, programs, and publications that look back at the last 50 years and look forward to the next.
ELI traces its origins to a national conference on the emerging field of environmental law held at the Airlie House in Virginia in September 1969.
Attended by 50 lawyers, practitioners, and academics from across the country, the conference

Udall On Democratic Proposal To End Shutdown

on January 1, 2019 - 7:13am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement Monday after Democratic leaders announced a plan to end President Trump’s government shutdown and reopen the federal government:
“Democrats are offering a responsible path forward to end the Trump shutdown, reopen the government, and provide certainty for New Mexico workers, families, and our economy.

Los Alamos National Laboratory World-Class User Facilities Foster Rich Research Opportunities

on December 30, 2018 - 7:03am

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory's Pulsed Field Facility at LANL has a $30 million pulsed power infrastructure that includes this 1.43 gigawatt motor generator. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Through its technology transfer efforts, Los Alamos National Laboratory can implement user facility agreements that allow its partners and other entities to conduct research at many of its unique facilities.

Its national user facilities are the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT). They

Western National Parks Association On Shutdown

on December 29, 2018 - 9:11am

WNPA News:

TUCSON, Ariz.—Due to the federal government shutdown, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed most of its park facilities.

Until the shutdown ends, Western National Parks Association (WNPA) has ceased operations at its park stores in 71 national parks.

WNPA understands the impact this will have on our NPS park partners, visitors to national parks, and our mission, which is to advance education, interpretation, research, and community engagement to ensure national parks are increasingly valued by all.

Chevel Shepherd Performs At Governor’s Inauguration

on December 29, 2018 - 7:57am
Chevel Spehert, 16, of Farmington is winner of The Voice. Courtesy photo



Chevel Shepherd, 16, of Farmington will perform at the upcoming inauguration of Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham. She is this season's winner of The Voice.


Shepherd will perform “God Bless America” at the Inaugural Ceremony Jan. 1 as well as various songs at the two Inaugural Balls.


“We are honored to have Chevel join us to mark this historic occasion after her incredible performance,” Lujan Grisham said.

NHCC Opens Exhibit Focused On ‘Braceros’ Program

on December 29, 2018 - 7:38am
Image from the exhibit ‘Braceros’ at the NHCC. Courtesy/NHCC

NHCC News:

At 6 p.m. Jan. 25, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC), will hold an opening reception in its History and Literary Arts (HLA) building at 1701 4th St. SW in Albuquerque.

The reception for the exhibit “Braceros”, photographed by the Hermanos Mayo, is free and open to the public through June 30, during the hours the HLA building is open.

The exhibition features more than 30 black and white photographs of braceros taken by the photojournalist collective known as the Hermanos Mayo.

Heinrich On Resignation Of Defense Secretary Mattis

on December 29, 2018 - 7:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis:
“Secretary Mattis has been a voice of stability in an otherwise chaotic administration. Throughout his decades of service, Secretary Mattis has proven to be a tough leader on and off the battlefield.

IFPTE: Government Shutdown Places Unnecessary Burden On Highly-Skilled Professionals

on December 28, 2018 - 9:15am
IFPTE President
Our union, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) represents thousands of highly-skilled professionals employed by the federal government who work in a wide range of occupations including Immigration Judges at the Department of Justice and rocket scientists at NASA.
The professionals just mentioned are among the 800,000 federal employees whose lives have been placed on hold by the shutdown of the government.
Ninety-five percent of the workers at NASA, for example, are locked out of their offices and

Kenneth Starr To Lecture At UNM School Of Law

on December 28, 2018 - 8:43am

Kenneth Starr

UNM News:

Kenneth Winston Starr, J.D., will present, “Investigating the President, Now and Then: Living in a Constitutional Quagmire” at The University of New Mexico School of Law on Wednesday, Jan. 23. 

Starr will present his lecture as a Distinguished John Field Simms, Sr. Memorial Lecturer. 

The event — which was postponed in October and now rescheduled — includes a book signing beginning at 4:45 p.m., followed at 5:30 p.m. by the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be completed on the UNM School of Law website or by phone

Child Advocates Disappointed Over Congressional Inability To Reauthorize LWCF

on December 27, 2018 - 9:19am
NMVC News:
ALBUQUERQUE — James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding the failure of Congress to move a public lands package that included the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF):
“We are disappointed that Congress was unable to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund as part of the continuing resolution they passed before recessing for the holidays.

Bureau Of Justice Statistics Releases 2017 National Crime Victimization Survey Results

on December 27, 2018 - 8:32am
DOJ News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bureau of Justice Statistics Dec. 21 announced the results of the 2017 National Crime Victimization Survey, which BJS has conducted annually since 1973.
There was no statistically significant increase from 2016 to 2017 in the number of residents age 12 and over who had been victims of violent crime during the prior six months, while there was a statistically significant increase from 2015 to 2017. The overall number of victimizations that occurred, reflecting the total number of times people were victimized, did not increase significantly over either

Head To Head: Got Hope?

on December 27, 2018 - 8:20am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Nov. 4, 2008, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois was elected president of the United States over U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Obama was the first African American to be elected president. He was born to an American mother and a Kenyan father in Hawaii.

Although he would graduate from Harvard Law School, Obama had a background in community organizing in Chicago. He became a state senator in 1996 and earned a reputation for working well with Republicans as well as his own party. In 2004, he moved on to the U.S. Senate.

Preview Super Moon Total Eclipse At NMMNHS Jan. 4

on December 26, 2018 - 9:19am
ALBUQUERQUE  Another Super Moon Total Eclipse is coming to the skies over New Mexico the evening of Jan. 20, 2019.
That night the moon will be full and relatively close to the Earth, which in recent years has become known as a Super Moon, and it will also be totally eclipsed!  
During the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s (NMMNHS) $5 First Friday event Jan. 4, there will be a preview event of this astronomical convergence.
Each first Friday evening of the month, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is open 5:30-9

New Oversight Report Shines Spotlight On Sexual Assault, Harassment In Key Industries

on December 26, 2018 - 7:41am
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a new report on the scourge of workplace harassment, entitled, “‘…So I Tolerated It:’ How Workplaces Are Responding to Harassment and the Clear Need for Federal Action.”
The report is a result of a nearly-yearlong examination, initiated by Sen. Murray after so many brave women and men came forward and shared their stories of sexual harassment and assault in the wake of the #MeToo movement.