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MOWW Meeting Features Sig Hecker Tuesday Feb. 19

on February 17, 2019 - 10:56am

Dr. Sigfried Hecker

MOWW  News:

This month’s meeting of the Miitary Order of the World Wars is Tuesday, Feb. 19. Guest speaker Dr. Sigfried Hecker, with present “A conversation About Global Nuclear Issues”, during which he will briefly summarize nuclear issues around the globe and then take questions to elaborate on those issues of greatest interest to the attendees.

Dr. Hecker is a professor emeritus at Stanford University. He served as the fifth director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The meeting is at the Los Alamos Research Park in the 2nd floor conference room.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Recruits Summer Interns For His Office In Washington, D.C.

on February 17, 2019 - 6:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or communications experience to apply forsummer internships in his Washington, D.C. office.
 
During the upcoming summer internship program, Udall's office in Washington, D.C., will host two five-week summer internship sessions: May 28 to June 28, and July 1 to Aug. 2. There also may be limited availability for students who prefer an internship for the full summer, May 28 to Aug.

Documentary On Assisted Death 6 p.m. Tuesday

on February 17, 2019 - 6:29am

U.S. Election Assistance Commission Awards Secretary Of State Toulouse Oliver ‘Outstanding Innovations’

on February 15, 2019 - 3:56pm

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver on the floor of the House of Representatives during opening day of the session Jan. 15 in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

STATE News:

  • Blind and Visually Impaired Absentee Ballot System Recognized

SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has received the 2018 “Clearie” Award for Outstanding Innovations in Elections by the U.S.

Los Alamos Historical Society Offering Overnight Guided Tour To Trinity Site April 5-6

on February 15, 2019 - 9:02am
A group visiting the Trinity Site. Courtesy/LAHS
 
Los Alamos Historical Society News:
 
Trinity Site where the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated July 16, 1945 is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site April 5-6 for the spring opening.
 
The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one-night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range.

Balderas Signs Multi-State Letter Urging FTC To Protect New Mexicans From Identity Theft

on February 15, 2019 - 8:55am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas and a coalition of 31 Attorneys General sent a letter Wednesday to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging the commission to maintain and strengthen its Identity Theft Rules, which were originally adopted in November 2007.
 
The letter cites the proliferation of identity theft in many states, and the growth in technology since the rules were adopted.
 
“Banks in our state have a responsibility to protect New Mexican consumers when they see signs of fraud,” Balderas said. “These banks will

NNSA Approves ‘Critical Decision 1’ For Advanced Sources And Detectors Project, A New Tool To Advance Stockpile Stewardship

on February 15, 2019 - 8:50am
An abbreviated concept illustration shows a portion of the ASD accelerator and target vessel. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has approved Critical Decision-1 (CD-1) for the Advanced Sources and Detectors Project (ASD), a cornerstone of the Enhanced Capabilities for Subcritical Experiments portfolio (ECSE).
 
ASD is a proposed 20-million electron volt (MeV) accelerator that will generate X-ray images, or radiographs, of subcritical implosion experiments for the nuclear weapons program.
 
“The ECSE portfolio is designed to better

NOAA Announces Arrival Of El Nino

on February 15, 2019 - 8:23am
Difference from average sea surface temperatures during January 2019 at the equator in the tropical Pacific. Courtesy/NOAA
 
NOAA News:
 
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued an El Nino Advisory today, indicating the climate pattern has taken effect and is likely to continue through the spring.
 
While the El Nino is expected to be weak, it may bring wetter conditions across the southern half of the U.S. during the coming months.
 
“El Nino conditions across the equatorial Pacific have come together and we can now announce its arrival,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director, NOAA’s

Udall & McCain’s 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act Clears Senate

on February 15, 2019 - 7:48am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

  • Legislation championed by Udall and the late Senator John McCain would engage young people, veterans, Native communities in conservation service projects

WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Tuesday that the Senate has passed the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act of 2019 (21CSC), legislation he championed with the late Sen.

Udall, Heinrich Secure Historic New Mexico Conservation Wins In Public Lands Package

on February 14, 2019 - 10:43am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich voted to pass the Natural Resources Management Act, a historic bipartisan public lands package that includes several New Mexico conservation priorities championed by Udall and Heinrich, including landmark legislation to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), along with three major bills to establish wilderness within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument and Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.
 
The historic package of over 100 land and water

LANL Foundation: W.K. Kellogg Foundation Selects RJ Martinez Community Leadership Network Fellow

on February 13, 2019 - 6:34pm

Richard Julian (RJ) Martinez III. Courtesy/LANLF

LANL FOUNDATION News:

ESPAÑOLA — LANL Foundation is proud to announce that Richard Julian (RJ) Martinez III was selected by the Center for Creative Leadership® (CCL) and W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) as a fellow in Class Two of the WKKF Community Leadership Network. This 18-month fellowship program develops leaders from across the United States and sovereign tribes who can unite people to create transformational change toward a more equitable society.

From a pool of more than 800 national applicants, Martinez was selected as one of 17

LANL: World's Finest Gold Specimen Probed With Los Alamos Neutrons

on February 13, 2019 - 11:23am

The Ram’s Horn wire gold specimen Courtesy/Harvard University

LANL News:

  • Unraveling a 132-year-old gold wire structure mystery

Using neutron characterization techniques, a team of scientists have peered inside one of the most unique examples of wire gold, understanding for the first time the specimen's structure and possible formation process.

The 263 gram, 12 centimeter tall specimen, known as the Ram's Horn, belongs to the collection of the Mineralogical and Geological Museum Harvard University (MGMH).

"Almost nothing other than the existence of the specimen is known about wire gold,"

AHF: Learning From Hiroshima And Nagasaki

on February 13, 2019 - 9:11am

Paper cranes. Courtesy/AHF

Atomic Heritage Foundation News:

The Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the 7,700 members of the Mayors for Peace urge that the world remember the devastation and suffering caused by the world’s first atomic bombings. Their goal is both timely and urgent.

Cynthia C. Kelly, founder and president of the Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF), is traveling in Japan to interview Mayor Kazumi Matsui, president of Mayors for Peace, Thursday in Hiroshima. She also will interview Mayor Tomihisa Taue of Nagasaki Feb.

Senate Passes SB47 – Historic Win For Public Lands

on February 13, 2019 - 7:08am
TRCP News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C — Leading conservation organizations and hunting and fishing groups are celebrating Senate passage of a critical public lands bill, which would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and support other important conservation programs.
 
43 groups recently called on the Senate to vote on the bipartisan legislation (S.47) that was negotiated by U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) last Congress.
 
“Today’s vote sends a strong message that we can find consensus in our support for our public lands,” said Whit

SMU, LIFT Literacy App Tied For Grand Prize In $7 Million XPRIZE Competition

on February 12, 2019 - 6:51am
SMU News:
 
DALLAS, Texas A treasure-hunting smartphone app developed by Southern Methodist University (SMU) and Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) to help low-literate adults learn to read tied for the grand prize Thursday in the competition hosted by the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE.
 
The SMU-LIFT team, PeopleforWords, won $1.5 as a grand prize winner and $1 million in a tie for most effective app to help adult English language learners and native English learners learn to read in the competition presented by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
 
Using the video game

Heinrich On American Artificial Intelligence Initiative

on February 11, 2019 - 3:25pm

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.), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Senate Intelligence committees, issued the following statement on the executive order to be signed today launching the American Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiative:

“I welcome the administration’s announcement to invest more in the research and development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and to build a workforce that is prepared to take on the enormous changes that will come as a result of this technology.

New Mexico House Celebrates African American Day

on February 11, 2019 - 10:28am

The Roundhouse celebrates African American Day Friday with Congressional House Majority Whip James Clyburn, Rev. Donna Maria Davis, pastor of Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and House Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

  • Joint Session  African American Community With Congressman James Clyburn

SANTA FE – The Roundhouse celebrated African American Day Friday with Congressional House Majority Whip James Clyburn, Rev. Donna Maria Davis, pastor of Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church and Gov.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Nearly $2.5 Million For Rail Runner Safety Upgrades

on February 11, 2019 - 9:17am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján have announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $2,496,842 in federal funding to the Rio Metro Regional Transit District (RTD) to make critical improvements to the New Mexico Rail Runner Express system’s Wi-Fi network that will support full implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) technology, a federally mandated safety system designed to prevent train accidents and derailments.
 
The improved technology is essential to providing a reliable path

Heinrich, Udall Introduce Measures To Enhance Safety In Remote Border Areas, Boost Trade At Ports Of Entry

on February 10, 2019 - 9:38am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) have introduced three key proposals to address the needs in remote areas of the nation's southern border region and invest in our southern ports of entry to increase international trade and bolster economic development in border communities.
 
As congressional negotiators continue to work on a path forward for funding border security measures and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the end of the fiscal year, Heinrich and Udall want to make smart

On The Job In Los Alamos: AJ+ Reporter Jen Cloudy

on February 10, 2019 - 9:28am

On the job in Los Alamos is reporter Jen Cloudy with AJ+, an international multimedia news company launched in 2014 by Al Jazeera Media Network. She visited with the news team Friday afternoon at the Los Alamos Daily Post and checked out the most recent print edition. Cloudy said she decided to drive through Los Alamos after visiting friends on the Navajo Nation in the southern part of the state. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

LAHS Advances To National Science Bowl ... Again!

on February 10, 2019 - 9:25am

Sponsors Kathy and Steve Boerigter with the Los Alamos High School team from left, Michael Chigaev, Elijah Pelofske, Conner Rittner, Steven Zhao (captain) and Do Vo. The team won the regional competition and is going to the National Science Bowl again. This is the ninth time in the last 10 years that the LAHS team has advanced to represent New Mexico at the national competition. Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that tests the knowledge of middle and high school students in all areas of science and mathematics. Courtesy photo

Heinrich Leads Border State Senators On Legislation To Improve Health & Safety In Remote Southern Areas

on February 9, 2019 - 9:11am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In response to recent child migrant deaths, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) led fellow border state Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) in introducing the Remote, Emergency, Medical, Online Training, Telehealth, and EMT (REMOTE) Act to improve health and safety in all remote areas of the southern border.
 
The legislation would provide additional medical training and resources to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
 
The tragic deaths of 7-year-old Jakelin

Feds To Boost Troops At Border As Lujan Grisham Pulls Guard Members Out

on February 9, 2019 - 8:50am
By ANDREW OXFORD
The federal government is sending more troops to the U.S. border with Mexico just as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham pulls back National Guard personnel from the state's southern frontier.
 
But the Department of Defense is not saying whether any of 3,750 additional troops headed to the border will be coming to New Mexico.
 
"The specific units and locations are still being finalized," Maj. Mark Lazane said Wednesday. "We hope to release that information when it becomes available, but we aren't able to do so at this time."
 
The move, which

National Science Foundation Awards $224,780 Grant To Tibbar Plasma Technologies Of Los Alamos

on February 9, 2019 - 8:39am

NSF News:

Tibbar Plasma Technologies, Inc. (TPTI) received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant of $224,780 from the National Science Foundation Feb. 1 to develop a plasma heat engine for efficient production of fusion energy.

Over the next year, TPTI will be exploring the properties of oscillating plasmas with the goal of creating an experimental fusion device.

Confining plasma has always been a significant challenge in the development of fusion energy, but Tibbar’s approach is radically different from other fusion systems.

Udall, Heinrich Lead Effort To Address Crisis Of Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women

on February 8, 2019 - 8:00am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and eight others to introduce Savanna’s Act, legislation to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Indigenous women (MMIW) by improving the federal government's response to the crisis.
 
The bipartisan bill increases coordination among all levels of law enforcement, increases data collection and information sharing, and empowers tribal governments with the resources they need in cases involving missing

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