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DNC Announces Framework For 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debates

on December 26, 2018 - 7:36am
DNC News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Since his campaign for chair of the Democratic National Committee, DNC Chair Tom Perez has promised to conduct a presidential primary process that is transparent, fair, inclusive, and puts the party in the best possible position to take back the White House in 2020.
 
Perez has followed through on this promise by passing historic reforms that have expanded the use of primaries, made caucuses more accessible, reduced the influence of superdelegates, and increased transparency of the DNC’s budget and operations.

DOJ Juvenile Arrests In 2016 Lowest Since 1980

on December 26, 2018 - 7:27am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has released Juvenile Arrests, 2016.
 
Findings presented in this bulletin show that the number of juvenile arrests in 2016 was at its lowest level since 1980, with much of the decline occurring within the past 10 years.
 
The bulletin describes the current arrest trends for juveniles from 1980 to 2016, using data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. Overall, juvenile arrests have been on the decline for more than a decade, but patterns vary by offense and demographics.

NMMNHS Hosts ‘Encounter Party’ Following New Horizons Fly-By Of Kuiper Belt’s Ultima Thule

on December 25, 2018 - 5:32pm

Illustration of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69 – nicknamed ‘Ultima Thule’ – a Kuiper Belt object that orbits one billion miles beyond Pluto. Set for New Year’s 2019, New Horizons’ exploration of Ultima will be the farthest space probe flyby in history. Courtesy image/NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

NMMNHS News:

ALBUQUERQUE – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto July 14, 2015, but its mission didn’t end there. On New Year’s Day, the probe will perform another flyby of a Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (is

DOE Releases Final EIS For Cleanup Of Area IV And Northern Buffer Zone At Santa Susana Field Laboratory

on December 25, 2018 - 9:04am
DOE News:
 
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Remediation of Area IV and the Northern Buffer Zone of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) in Ventura County, California.
 
Publishing the Final EIS is an important step to proceed with the cleanup process at SSFL's Area IV and the Northern Buffer Zone.
 
“The release of the Final EIS is a major milestone in the Department’s mission to clean up the former Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC) site at the SSFL,” ETEC Federal Project Director John

Merry Christmas Los Alamos!

on December 25, 2018 - 8:47am

A depiction of the Nativity of Jesus. Photo by Jeff Weese

Staff Report:

The news team at the Los Alamos Daily Post wishes our readers in Los Alamos, across the nation and around the world a very Merry Christmas.

Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon.

For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature.

Bandelier National Monument Closes To All Visitors

on December 24, 2018 - 10:20am

BANDELIER News:

During the federal government shutdown, Bandelier National Monument is closed to all visitors. Also, during the federal government shutdown, the Bandelier website will not be updated and may not reflect current conditions.

Some national parks may remain accessible to visitors; however, access may change without notice. Some parks are closed completely. Some visitor services may be available when provided by concessioners or other entities.

For most parks, there will be no National Park Service-provided visitor services, such as restrooms, trash collection, facilities or road

Udall, Heinrich Vote To Reform Broken Criminal Justice System, Improve Public Safety

on December 24, 2018 - 9:21am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the Senate in voting 87-12 to pass the bipartisan First Step Act, an important step in reforming America’s federal prison and sentencing system to reduce recidivism, save taxpayer dollars, and promote safe communities.
 
The legislation uses evidence-based recidivism reduction programs to help inmates successfully return to society after serving their sentence.

RSF: 2018 Round-Up Of Deadly Attacks And Abuses Against Journalists – Figures Up In All Categories

on December 24, 2018 - 9:12am
 
RSF News:
 
A total of 80 journalists were killed this year, 348 are currently in prison, and 60 are being held hostage, according to the annual worldwide round-up of deadly violence and abusive treatment of journalists released today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which shows an unprecedented level of hostility towards media personnel.
 
The RSF round-up figures have risen in all categories. Murders, imprisonment, hostage-taking and enforced disappearances have all increased. Journalists have never before been subjected to as much violence and abusive treatment as in 2018.
 

Valles Caldera Closed During Government Shutdown

on December 23, 2018 - 7:27am

All access to Valles Caldera National Preserve is closed due to the government shutdown. Courtesy/VCNP

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Due to the lapse of federal appropriations and the subsequent shutdown of the federal government, all access to Valles Caldera National Preserve is closed for the safety and protection of visitors and park resources.

Many other national park sites across the country will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures.

Interior Secretary Secures Historic Interagency Memorandum Of Agreement Between 12 Agencies

on December 23, 2018 - 7:26am

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

 

DOI News:

 

WASHINGTON, D. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Friday the completion of a historic interagency memorandum of agreement (MOA) between 12 federal agencies for expanded participation by federal agencies in the 477-Demonstration Project (“477-initiative”).

 

The MOA is a key requirement identified in amendments provided under the Indian Employment, Training, and Related Services Consolidation Act of 2017, Public Law 115-93, as signed by President Donald Trump Dec.

BLM Announces Appointment Of Tim Spisak As State Director For New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas And Kansas

on December 22, 2018 - 8:10am
New BLM State Director Tim Spisak
 
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Bureau of Land Management today announced the appointment of Tim Spisak, a 34-year career BLM employee, as state director for New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.  
 
Spisak, who has been serving as acting New Mexico State Director since October, previously served as the BLM’s Deputy Assistant Director for Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management.
 
In making the announcement, BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs Brian Steed said, “Tim Spisak is a true professional with decades of experience contributing

Heinrich: Nominees To U.S. Service Academies

on December 22, 2018 - 7:07am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has announced his nominees to the United States Service Academies including Javier McTeigue and Neil Wilkerson of Los Alamos.
 
A nomination is required to attend the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy–the Coast Guard Academy does not require a nomination. Being nominated is a significant honor.

Gosar Forest Management Policies Signed Into Law

on December 21, 2018 - 4:28pm
Courtesy photo
 
U.S. Rep. Paul A. Gosar
 
FIRE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) has issued the following statement after two of his important active forest management policies were signed into law by President Donald J. Trump:
 
“Following one of the most devastating wildfire seasons in our nation’s history, it is critical that we do everything in our power to provide the Forest Service and public land management agencies with the tools they need to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires and protect our communities," Gosar said.

Two Chinese Hackers Associated With The Ministry Of State Security Charged With Global Computer Intrusion

on December 21, 2018 - 4:17pm
DOJ News:
 
The unsealing of an indictment charging Zhu Hua (朱华), aka Afwar, aka CVNX, aka Alayos, aka Godkiller; and Zhang Shilong (张士龙), aka Baobeilong, aka Zhang Jianguo, aka Atreexp, both nationals of the People’s Republic of China (China), with conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft was announced Thursday.
 
The announcement was made by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York, Director Christopher A. Wray of the FBI, Director Dermot F.

UA: Stellar Corpse Reveals Clues To Missing Stardust

on December 21, 2018 - 7:09am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — Everything around you – your desk, your laptop, your coffee cup – in fact, even you – is made of stardust, the stuff forged in the fiery furnaces of stars that died before our sun was born.
 
Probing the space surrounding a mysterious stellar corpse, scientists at the University of Arizona have made a discovery that could help solve a long-standing mystery: Where does stardust come from?
 
When stars die, they seed the cosmos around them with the elements that go on to coalesce into new stars, planets, asteroids and comets.

President Trump Signs Farm Bill Into Law

on December 21, 2018 - 6:55am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Members of the Congressional Western Caucus released statements following signing of the Farm Bill into law by President Donald J. Trump:
 
Chief Defense and Interior Officer Chris Stewart (UT-02): “Westerners have cause to celebrate the signing of the Farm Bill. Not only did it provide certainty for our farmers, it included many of my priorities that will deliver much needed habitat restoration for sage grouse and mule deer. Restoring western landscapes while mitigating the risk of catastrophic wildfires is a win for everyone.”
 
Chief

Udall Congratulates Northern And Northwestern New Mexico Nominees To United States Service Academies

on December 20, 2018 - 4:16pm

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced the 44 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2019, including Jacob Torrez and Neil Wilkerson of Los Alamos and six other students from Northern and Northwestern New Mexico. 

A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus: Systemic Failures Contributed To Child’s Death In U.S. CBP Custody

on December 19, 2018 - 9:06am
Congressional Hispanic Caucus News:
 
LORDSBURG — Chairman Elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Joaquin Castro led a delegation Tuesday to Antelope Wells Port of Entry and Lordsburg Border Patrol Station to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin in U.S. CBP custody.
 
Following their investigation of Jakelin’s journey, the Members briefed the press on how these stations are equipped to protect the health and safety of those seeking refuge at our borders:
 
Highlights from today’s press conference:

 

Chairman Elect Castro

DOE: Heavy Lifts Move Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Construction Forward

on December 19, 2018 - 8:53am
Using a heavy-lift crane, workers install a 40-ton evaporator unit inside the effluent management facility under construction at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant. The module was constructed at ground level as a unit and then lifted into place. Courtesy photo
 
A 40-ton structural steel roof module is lifted into place atop the effluent management facility under construction at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant. The module was assembled at ground level and then lifted into place to increase worker safety and allow other concurrent construction. Courtesy

United Blood Services Is Now Vitalant; New Name, Unified Brand For 127 Nationwide Donation Centers

on December 19, 2018 - 8:47am
VITALANT News:
 
Blood Systems has announced that its 10 blood center brands, including United Blood Services, will unite as one cohesive brand under the new name Vitalant.
 
As one of the nation’s oldest and largest comprehensive transfusion medicine organizations serving local communities across 40 states including New Mexico, Vitalant’s 127 nationwide donation centers and 30,000 mobile blood drives welcome more than 780,000 donors who supply 1.8 million donations per year.
 
“Our organization has grown to encompass blood donation centers and specialty services from coast to coast.

LANL: Machine Learning-Detected Signal Predicts Time To Earthquake ... Fault Displacement ‘Fingerprint’ Forecasts Magnitude

on December 18, 2018 - 10:34am
LANL researchers applied machine-learning expertise to predict quakes along Cascadia, a 700-mile-long fault from northern California to southern British Columbia that flanks cities such as Seattle. The results are published in two papers in Nature Geoscience. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
  • ‘Fingerprint’ of fault displacement also forecasts magnitude of rupture
 
Machine-learning research published in two related papers in Nature Geosciences reports the detection of seismic signals accurately predicting the Cascadia fault’s slow slippage, a type of failure observed to precede large

Udall Secures Measures To Grow Next Generation Of New Mexico Farmers And Ranchers In Farm Bill

on December 18, 2018 - 10:27am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen Tom Udall:

  • Will break down financial barriers that prevent new farmers and ranchers from starting out in agriculture

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced the passage of a measure that he has championed that will help shore up the future of farming and ranching in New Mexico and across the country by attracting younger generations to pursue careers in agriculture. 

Udall’s bipartisan Farmers of Tomorrow Act, S.

Lujan Grisham Advances Tribal Sovereignty In Farm Bill

on December 18, 2018 - 10:05am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released a statement following the passage of the bipartisan Farm Bill.

The legislation advanced the federal government's trust responsibility to Tribal governments by promoting tribal sovereignty through a variety of USDA programs including tribal forest management demonstration projects:

“I am proud to have worked with my colleagues to insert language into the Farm Bill empowering Tribal governments to conduct forestry management demonstration projects through 638 contracts,”

NIST: Fire-Breathing Dragon Helps Fight Ember Attacks On Thatched-Roof Structures

on December 18, 2018 - 9:47am
The NIST Dragon showering firebrands (embers) onto a model of a water reed thatched roof. Courtesy/NIST
 
Workers build the thatched roof of a gassho-zukuri (‘constructed like hands in prayer’) style house in Japan. A new NIST study looks at the impact of firebrands on these and other thatched-roof structures. Courtesy/Bernard Gagnon via Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA
 
NIST News:
 
Visitors to the historic mountain villages in central Japan marvel at the elegance of the steep thatched-roof farmhouses found there. Known as “gassho-zukuri,” Japanese for “constructed

DOJ Leadership Participate In Coordinating Council On Juvenile Justice And Delinquency Prevention

on December 18, 2018 - 8:45am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will discuss resources and support for at-risk youth, as well as for American Indian and Alaska Native youth.
 
The discussion will be held during the Council’s next meeting Wednesday, Dec. 19 Office of Justice Programs, 810 7th St NW, Washington, D.C.
 
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs will host this public meeting, which feature remarks from Department leaders, including Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio.
 

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