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Toulouse Oliver Hosts National Association Of Secretaries Of State Conference In Santa Fe Sunday

on June 29, 2019 - 7:05am
Maggie Toulouse Oliver
SANTA FE Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver will welcome Secretaries of State and Lieutenant Governors from 38 states and Puerto Rico to Santa Fe Sunday as the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) 2019 Summer Conference kicks off.
Secretary Toulouse Oliver serves on the NASS Executive Board as Treasurer and is the incoming President Elect.
“It’s an honor to host this year’s summer conference and to welcome Secretaries of State and Lieutenant Governors from all over the country here to New Mexico,” Secretary Toulouse

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Encourages DACA Recipients To Continue Seeking Renewals

on June 29, 2019 - 6:10am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is encouraging individuals protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to renew their status, and is calling for Senate action to protect DREAMers.
This is in response to reports that the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next term.
“Immigrants have long helped write the economic, social, and cultural story of New Mexico.

AGU: Space Station Mold Survives Ionizing Radiation

on June 28, 2019 - 2:41pm
Mold grows on the International Space Station on a panel where exercise clothes were hung to dry. Courtesy/NASA
Scanning electron micrograph of a Pennicillium mold producing chains of spores. Courtesy/David Gregory & Debbie Marshall, CC BY
AGU News:
BELLEVUE, Wash. — The International Space Station, like all human habitats in space, has a nagging mold problem.
Astronauts on the ISS spend hours every week cleaning the inside of the station’s walls to prevent mold from becoming a health problem.
New research being presented here finds mold spores may also survive on the

State Targets Unlicensed Contractors Via Social Media

on June 28, 2019 - 7:03am
Marguerite Salazar
SANTA FE New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent Marguerite Salazar announced Thursday that the Construction Industries Division participated with the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) in a national coordinated enforcement effort, the weeks of June 3-21, which included 11 NASCLA state members who took part in this event across the country.
Participating states included New Mexico, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas and Utah.

Los Alamos Hilltopper And Second Lieutenant Kyle Partin Returns Home An Air Force Pilot

on June 28, 2019 - 7:00am
Second Lieutenant Kyle Partin of Los Alamos standing in front of a T-1. Courtesy photo
T-6. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos
He started as a Chamisa Cheetah, ended up a stellar NJROTC Hilltopper and now Second Lieutenant Kyle Partin returns home as a newly minted Air Force pilot.
Partin attended Texas Tech University as a mechanical engineering student and ROTC cadet. His schooling involved leadership training opportunities and developing skills needed for military life.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Secures Major Wins For New Mexico In Annual Defense Spending Bill

on June 28, 2019 - 6:37am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich



WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 27, 2019) – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted to pass the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that supports New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), Artificial Intelligence, and job-creating initiatives throughout the state.

The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 86-8.

Heinrich, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, secured a

Mary Fellman Of Los Alamos Appears On Jeopardy!

on June 27, 2019 - 8:59am
Los Alamos resident and Jeopardy! contestant Mary Fellman on the set with host Alex Trebek. Fellman said Trebek is nice and not at all grumpy! Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

When Los Alamos Jeopardy! fans tuned in Monday, June 10, they got a surprise to find Los Alamos resident Mary Fellman, who manages Close Knit Yarn Co-op on Central Avenue, manning one of the buzzers!

It started when Fellman and her husband Pat Harding took the online test Jeopardy! runs every six months on its website.

“They emailed me in December with the

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief; Fire Marshal Complete National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program

on June 27, 2019 - 8:12am

Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department congratulates Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald and Division Chief-Fire Marshal Wendy Servey on their graduation from National Fire Academy (NFA) and completion of the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO).

Division Chief-Fire Marshal Wendy Servey

NFA’s Executive Fire Officer Program is a 4-year program that provides senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Receives Olmsted Medal

on June 27, 2019 - 5:58am

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehous

ASLA News:

The American Society of Landscape Architects awarded U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse the prestigious Olmsted Medal for his unwavering support for projects that utilize sustainable, resilient design to protect the environment, preserve the coasts, and promote the health, safety and welfare of communities.

Every week, Sen. Whitehouse gives a speech on the Senate floor in Washington, D.C., calling his colleagues to action to combat climate change. In his 200th speech, he said:

“[…] he most obvious fact standing plainly before me is not the measured sea level rise

Renewable Electricity Standard Legislation Introduced

on June 27, 2019 - 5:33am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Angus King (I–Maine), introduced legislation to achieve at least 50 percent renewable electricity nationwide in just 15 years – putting the U.S. on a trajectory to decarbonize the power sector by 2050.
Starting in 2020, the Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) Act of 2019 would require electricity providers across the country to increase their supply of renewable energy from sources like wind and solar each year.

NNSA Announces Availability Of Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

on June 26, 2019 - 2:33pm

NNSA News:


The NNSA is making a Draft Supplement Analysis (SA) of the Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) available for public review and comment.


NNSA also will publish a Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register June 28, 2019 to announce the availability of the Draft SA.

Applicants Sought To Fill US District Court Vacancy

on June 26, 2019 - 8:39am
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Honorable Judith C. Herrera announced her intention Sept. 28, 2018, to assume senior status after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench.
Judge Herrera’s announcement, effective July 1, 2019, will create a vacancy in Albuquerque for a U.S. District judge for the District of New Mexico.
In accordance with their constitutional responsibility as senators to provide advice and consent with respect to federal appointments, U.S.

EM Crews Think Outside Box For Hanford Tank Waste

on June 26, 2019 - 7:52am
A Hanford Site team created unique tools to remove a radiologically contaminated thermocouple from single-shell tank AX-103. The team built a radiation-shielding box and remote extension tools to allow workers to complete the task more safely. Courtesy/Hanford Site
DOE News:
RICHLAND, Wash. EM Office of River Protection tank operations contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) recently developed unique tools to remove contaminated pieces of equipment from single-shell waste storage tanks at the Hanford Site.
WRPS developed a special shielding box and remote

Purgatory Resort Announces Summertime Operations

on June 26, 2019 - 7:40am
Divinity Flow Trail at Purgatory Resort. Courtesy/Purgatory
Inferno Mountain Coaster at Purgatory Resort. Courtesy/Purgatory
Purgatory lift. Courtesy/Purgatory
DURANGO, Colo. — Following a historic 2018-19 ski season, Purgatory Resort announces its summer operating schedule.
Purgatory is the ideal summertime destination with over a dozen on-mountain activities, pleasant temperatures and breathtaking views.
Available year round, the new Inferno Mountain Coaster is a family friendly thrill ride with incredible mountain vistas.

Luján Initiative To Protect Chaco Canyon Passes House

on June 26, 2019 - 6:49am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján’s initiative to secure a one-year moratorium on oil and gas drilling near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park was passed Tuesday by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Assistant Speaker Luján’s amendment was included in the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations package that passed Tuesday – a critical move toward securing a permanent ban on oil and gas drilling in the greater Chaco region.
A one-year moratorium is an environmental victory for

Catch Of The Week: Software Vulnerabilities - Stay Up To Date

on June 25, 2019 - 6:44pm
Los Alamos

Two significant vulnerabilities have recently caused headaches for users; an issue with Dell’s SupportAssist and a Windows vulnerability known as BlueKeep.

It’s essential to check your operating system (OS) and software regularly and make sure they are up to date. New flaws and “patches,” software fixes for the flaws, are released all the time. Be sure you are always running the most up to date versions of your OS and other software to protect yourself.   

Dell SupportAssist Vulnerability

Own a Dell PC running Windows 10? Your computer probably came with

FBI: Cyber Actors Exploit ‘Secure’ Websites In Phishing Campaigns

on June 25, 2019 - 6:12pm

FBI News:

Websites with addresses that start with “https” are supposed to provide privacy and security to visitors. After all, the “s” stands for “secure” in HTTPS: Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure.

In fact, cyber security training has focused on encouraging people to look for the lock icon that appears in the web browser address bar on these secure sites. The presence of “https” and the lock icon are supposed to indicate the web traffic is encrypted and that visitors can share data safely.

Unfortunately, cyber criminals are banking on the public’s trust of “https” and the lock icon.

Udall, Heinrich Secure $30 Million In Reimbursement For Border Communities & Organizations Providing Humanitarian Relief To Asylum Seekers

on June 25, 2019 - 10:25am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced Wednesday that the Senate agreement on border humanitarian assistance includes $30 million in reimbursement funds for localities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in New Mexico and elsewhere that are providing much-needed humanitarian relief to asylum seekers.
In May, the full New Mexico delegation – Udall and Heinrich and U.S.

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Announces $2.5 Million To UNM To Research Chronic Kidney Disease Risk Factors Among Native Americans

on June 25, 2019 - 7:33am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small announced Monday that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded approximately $2.5 million over five years to the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center to research chronic kidney disease risk factors among Native Americans in the southwestern United States.
The funding, which was championed by the New Mexico delegation, will enable UNM to conduct a study to identify risk factors associated with

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Cosponsors Amendment To NDAA To Protect Elections From Foreign Interference

on June 24, 2019 - 6:26pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee, cosponsored an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to help protect our elections from foreign interference by requiring candidates, campaign officials and their family members to notify law enforcement if offered illegal assistance by a foreign national.
The NDAA is being debated on the Senate floor.
“Protecting our elections from foreign

DOI: Climbing Opportunities With Interactive Maps

on June 24, 2019 - 4:53pm
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a series of interactive online maps designed to promote climbing and other recreational opportunities on BLM-managed public lands.
Developed in cooperation with Access Fund and Mountain Project, the maps allow individuals to easily plan exciting climbing experiences at sites around the western United States.
“The Trump Administration is committed to expanding and promoting the untold number of recreational opportunities for Americans to enjoy on public lands," said U.S.

Los Alamos Makerspace Launches New Training, Collaboration And Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot

on June 24, 2019 - 11:59am

Alexandra De Lucia, a gifted LANL post-baccalaureate intern, learning how to solder and taking a stab at building hardware at the local makerspace. De Lucia researches machine learning-based monitoring tools on the LANL High Performance Computing Design team. She has been a seasonal volunteer with Los Alamos Makers since the summer of 2017. At that time, she mentored teens during the summer Coder Dojo. She has come back this year and led a weekly Python Club for teens and adults.

Udall, Heinrich Propose Amendments To Protect And Strengthen Nuclear Safety Board Oversight Mission In Major Defense Bill

on June 24, 2019 - 10:01am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have proposed three amendments to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a major defense policy bill, to protect and strengthen the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board’s (DNFSB) critical safety oversight mission at New Mexico’s Department of Energy (DOE) facilities.
The amendments filed by the senators to the NDAA would help ensure that the DNFSB continues to provide strong oversight to protect public health and safety, including the workers at New Mexico’s national security

Luján Announces $400 Million For Women’s Health

on June 24, 2019 - 8:25am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) has announced that the House will consider his effort to invest $400 million in the Title X family planning programs that support the health needs of women and families.
More than 190 House Democrats signed onto Luján’s push for the Title X funds, which have been systematically cut by congressional Republicans and the Trump administration. In New Mexico, there are 67 health care clinics that receive Title X funding.
Title X offers health care and support to women

Attorney General Hector Balderas Urges Congress To Take Action To Protect Integrity Of America’s Elections

on June 24, 2019 - 7:45am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE — In expressing his “significant concern regarding the persistent threats to our election systems,” Attorney General Hector Balderas joined 21 attorneys general around the country to urge Congress to take action to protect the integrity of America’s elections.
In a letter addressed to key U.S.