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NOAA Satellite Photo Of Hurricane Dorian

on August 30, 2019 - 11:01am

Photo of Hurricane Dorian taken early this morning by NOAA Satellite. Photo prepared and enhanced by David Ponton, wildearthlight.com

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Seeks Congressional Support For Autism Services

on August 30, 2019 - 9:26am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Wednesday that he is joining a bipartisan coalition of 47 attorneys general calling upon Congress to authorize the Autism CARES Act of 2019.
 
This legislation provides ongoing federal support for research into autism spectrum disorders (“ASD”) and services to those affected by these conditions.
 
“We must protect vulnerable New Mexicans and provide them all of the services possible to ensure their safety and well being,” Balderas said.

Heinrich, Balderas Announce Major Progress On Xcel Energy’s Sagamore Wind Project In Roosevelt County

on August 29, 2019 - 9:00am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, center, tours the future site of the Sagamore Wind Project in April 2018, which will be the largest wind farm in New Mexico's history. Courtesy/Heinrich Office
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statements after Xcel Energy announced that construction on the 522-megawatt Sagamore Wind Project in Roosevelt County will move forward this year.
 
The $900 million project will be New Mexico’s largest wind farm, and once completed will provide enough clean,

Haaland Delivers Keynote At Statewide Census 2020 Gathering, Emphasizes Importance Of Accurate Count

on August 28, 2019 - 4:07pm
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE As part of her work to ensure New Mexico receives its fair share of resources and representation, U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-01) delivered the keynote address to the Statewide Census 2020 Gathering.
 
In April, Haaland and her congressional colleagues sent a letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee urging them to fully fund the Census Bureau and combat the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
 
When the courts postponed the citizenship question from being added to the 2020

EM’s Ike White Tours SRS Liquid Waste Facilities

on August 28, 2019 - 7:09am
Ike White, right, Senior Advisor for EM, engages DOE-Savannah River employees at a meeting after touring Savannah River Site (SRS) liquid waste facilities. Also pictured is SRS Manager Mike Budney. Courtesy/DOE
 
Ike White, left, Senior Advisor for EM, tours the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) with Cliff Conner, cognizant system engineer and process manager for Parsons, EM’s SWPF contractor at the Savannah River Site. Courtesy/DOE
 
DOE News:
 
AIKEN, S.C. EM Senior Advisor Ike White recently visited the Savannah River Site (SRS), where he toured liquid waste facilities and met

Posts From The Road: Loneliest Road In America

on August 25, 2019 - 6:18am

Nevada Highway 50 is known as‘The Loneliest Road in America’. The road spans just over 400 miles across the state but travelers pass through only six towns. Three of those towns are located near the California border leaving only three small towns between Fallon, Nev. and the eastern border of Nevada, a distance of over 300 miles. Drivers travel more than 17 mountain ranges on the drive making it fell like a roller coaster with miles of straight road between passes. The route of the road follows the same path as the Pony Express during in the 1860s.

USDA Invests in Energy Efficiency Improvements ... Seven Businesses In New Mexico Among Recipients

on August 25, 2019 - 6:14am

USDA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Bette Brand has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding grants for projects in all staates and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions.

“Lowering energy costs helps rural businesses improve their bottom line create jobs,” Brand said.

Scenes From Hazmat Challenge At LANL

on August 24, 2019 - 10:43am

The entrance to the Los Alamos Hazardous Training Facility located on Laboratory property. The facility is one of the most complete in the United States and draws participant for all over the United States and abroad. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

A Hazmat Team working in a decimation exercise following an event. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

A team from Los Alamos work the Voodoo simulation of a biological lab found by a hotel manager in his hotel. The biolab was in the process of creating rabies powder from rabid bats to be spared in the public. Photo by John

Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Announce $295,375 For CNM Community College To Expand ABQid Seed Fund

on August 24, 2019 - 9:56am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $295,375 to Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) to enhance and develop the ABQid Seed Fund, which will support a diverse, inclusive population of entrepreneurs and business owners in Central New Mexico.
 
The project will expand the ABQid Seed Fund by merging two non-profit organizations -- ABQid and CNM Ingenuity -- under the umbrella of CNM to support entrepreneurs and

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce $750,000 To NMSU To Develop Clean Energy Workforce

on August 24, 2019 - 7:54am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $750,000 to New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) College of Engineering to create the Innovation and Commercialization for Regional Energy Workforce (I-CREW).
 
The I-CREW program will focus on accelerating clean energy technology and developing a statewide clean energy workforce.
 
“This funding will harness New Mexico’s unique strengths as a state to foster

New Mexico Tourism Department Wins National Award: Best In Destination Storytelling

on August 24, 2019 - 7:13am
Courtesy/NMTD
 
NMTD News:
 
The New Mexico Tourism Department is bringing home the first-ever 2019 Brand USA Video Storytelling Award for video series “New Mexico True Stories;” rising above all other participating states to earn this award. 
 
"We are incredibly honored to receive the first-ever Brand USA Video Storytelling Award,” Tourism Secretary Jen Paul Schroer said. “The New Mexico Tourism Department's marketing and creative efforts set the standard for destination marketing, and further illustrates that the New Mexico True brand is a bright spot for New Mexico."
 

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall And U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum To BLM: Press Pause On Headquarters Relocation Plan

on August 23, 2019 - 11:43am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

  • Citing a lack of meaningful analysis and consultation, Udall & McCollum call on BLM to suspend any efforts to move headquarters and abruptly relocate staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), the ranking member and chair of the U.S.

U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland Speaks At Los Alamos Nature Center On Climate Change; Support Of Green New Deal

on August 23, 2019 - 8:51am
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland speaks Wednesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium on the Green New Deal. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

A Los Alamos crowd welcomes U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland at the nature center planetarium Wednesday afternoon where she spoke about the Green New Deal. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) was in Los Alamos Wednesday to talk about her support for the Green New Deal.

She spoke at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Bandelier Fee Free Day Sunday Celebrates National Park Service 103rd Birthday

on August 23, 2019 - 8:50am

BANDELIER News:

Entrance fees at Bandelier National Monument will be waived Aug. 25 to celebrate the National Park Service's 103rd birthday! 

Every year, Bandelier National Monument gets to celebrate two birthdays: the park was authorized Feb. 11, 1916, and the National Park Service was established the same year Aug. 25, now known as Founders Day.

“The agency now cares for over 415 of the most significant and amazing historical, cultural, and natural areas in the country,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Three National Park Superintendents Present Status Report To Los Alamos County Council

on August 22, 2019 - 8:42am

From left, Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott, Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) Superintendent Kris Kirby, Valles Caldera National Perserve Superintendent Jorge Silva-Banuelos and MPNHP Education Specialist Valerie Glowinski. Photo by Linda Matteson/LAC  
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Local three National Parks enjoy a lot of successes; however, the parks also face lengthy to-do lists and many challenges.

Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) Superintendent Kris Kirby, Valles Caldera National Preserve

Harrison Western-Shaft Sinkers Awarded $75 Million Key Utility Shaft Construction Contract At WIPP

on August 22, 2019 - 8:02am
WIPP. Courtesy/DOE
 
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) and Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) announced the award of a key utility shaft construction contract at the Department’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
 
NWP President and Project Manager Bruce Covert confirmed that Harrison Western-Shaft Sinkers Joint Venture has been awarded a $75 million contract to construct a new utility shaft at WIPP.

LAFRW: 2019 Constitution Day Essay Contest

on August 22, 2019 - 7:14am
LAFRW News:
 
The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women (LAFRW) is sponsoring its annual Constitution Day Essay Contest.
 
Students in grades 4-12 who reside in or attend school in Los Alamos County may enter to write a winning essay and win cash:
  • $300 high school;
  • $200 middle school; and
  • $100 grades 4-6.
 
Constitution Day, Sept. 17, celebrates the U.S. Constitution and the freedoms it protects. The Constitution Day Essay Contest is designed to challenge students to learn more about the U.S. Constitution and to express original, thoughtful ideas in essay writing.

Congressional Candidate Marco Serna Releases Position Paper On Opioid Epidemic

on August 22, 2019 - 6:51am
By MARCO SERNA
3rd Congressional District Candidate
 
Today I am releasing the first of many position papers I will be issuing during the course of  my campaign for the 3rd Congressional seat in New Mexico.
 
It is my firm belief that voters not only need to know where their elected officials stand on the important issues of the day but also their underlying reasons.
 
The opioid epidemic is one of the most compelling issues facing our country today, yet it is an issue that has received little attention and even less action on the part of our public officials.
 
When I first ran for

NPS: $1.17 Million To Preserve American Battlefields

on August 21, 2019 - 2:27pm
Cannon Manassas National Battlefield. Courtesy/NPS
 
NPS News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Park Service announced Tuesday that $1.17 million in Battlefield Preservation Planning Grants for 16 battlefields across 10 states.
 
Grants will help preserve endangered battlefields representing more than 500 years of American history. Historians and preservationists will use these funds to assist in research, documentation and interpretive planning.
 
“As the nation’s steward of history, the National Park Service seeks to preserve and interpret all Americans’ stories, from the lesser

LAPD Cmdr. Ballew And Sgt. Ross Graduate From Northwestern Executive Management Program

on August 21, 2019 - 9:20am

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew, right, graduates earlier this month from the prestigious Northwestern Executive Management Program. Courtesy/LAPD

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross, right, graduates earlier this month from the prestigious Northwestern Executive Management Program. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew and Sgt. Chris Ross recently graduated from the prestigious Northwestern Executive Management Program.

This three-week program, the third in a series of law enforcement leadership programs, provides the policy-making executive with an

Luján Honors Distinguished Vietnam War Veteran

on August 21, 2019 - 7:54am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
TAOS U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, presented a local Vietnam War veteran with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin – a commendation of the nation's lasting thanks to U.S. military veterans who served during the Vietnam War.
 
At a ceremony Monday in Taos, Luján presented Louis Trujillo with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to thank and honor Trujillo for his service to the country.
 
“Louis Trujillo is a valued community member whose sacrifice to our country has earned him the Purple Heart award, the Bronze Star, and a Combat Infantry

National Park Service Awards More Than $2.8 Million In Grants To Preserve And Interpret World War II Japanese American Confinement Sites

on August 20, 2019 - 5:02pm
Among the new grant projects, the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation will continue to restore the only remaining root cellar at the site. In 1942, incarcerees constructed the root cellar to store produce grown as part of the center’s agricultural program. Courtesy/Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation
 
NPS News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Park Service today announced more than $2.8 million in Japanese American Confinement Sites grants to fund 19 preservation, restoration, and education projects.

On The Job At FBI National Academy: Oliver Morris

on August 20, 2019 - 10:41am

On the job at the FBI National Academy is Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris. As a part of the FBI National Academy program, Cmdr. Morris traveled to New York City recently to visit New York Police Department (NYPD) Police One Plaza headquarters. ‘We learned about how precinct commanders address crime in their area and are held accountable through ‘compstat’. We were able to view a joint operations center and viewed how NYPD and various public safety partners manage emergencies.

DOI Treats Over 1.2 Million Acres This Wildfire Season

on August 20, 2019 - 8:33am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. With peak wildfire activity predicted in the coming months, the Department of the Interior (DOI) has been working to implement preventative measures to limit the size and scope of wildfires, treat current wildfires already underway, and protect wildfire-prone areas to best safeguard people and their communities. 
 
“As stewards of one-fifth of the country’s public lands, primarily in the West, we know that our ability to be prepared for wildfires and reduce their severity is paramount to protecting communities and saving lives,” said U.S.

Registration: 8th Grade Washington Spring Break Trip

on August 20, 2019 - 6:51am
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or Tomb of the Unknowns is a monument dedicated to deceased U.S. service members whose remains have not been identified. It is in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Courtesy photo
 
EDUCATION News:

Registration opens for this year's annual 8th grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C. This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school 8th grade students.

The trip is a private trip and not school sponsored. 

Sign up online at www.worldstrides.org using ID Number 173688 or call 1.800.468.5899 using the same ID Number.

The trip

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