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DEA Kicks Off Annual Red Ribbon Campaign Oct. 23

on October 16, 2018 - 9:51am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration is gearing up to kick off its annual Red Ribbon Campaign, the nation’s largest drug prevention effort, which launches Oct. 23.

The National Red Ribbon Campaign began after drug traffickers in Mexico tortured and brutally murdered Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in March 1985. Red Ribbon Week is officially celebrated nationally Oct. 23-31; however, communities and school districts nationwide hold events throughout the month.

The Red Ribbon Campaign is dedicated to helping to preserve Special Agent

Interior Department ‘Open Science’ Directive Echoes Environmental Protection Agency Effort

on October 16, 2018 - 8:13am
The directive on ‘Promoting Open Science’ was issued by Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, pictured above at the Bureau of Land Management’s Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center in New Mexico. Courtesy/DOI
 
DOI News:
 
In a directive titled “Promoting Open Science” released late last month, the Department of the Interior outlined steps it plans to take to increase the transparency of its decision-making.
 
Those steps include requiring the department’s offices to make the data from scientific studies they use to develop regulations publicly available, with certain exceptions for

LANL: Three Los Alamos Medal Winners Changed The Course Of Science

on October 15, 2018 - 3:20pm

From left, Paul Whalen, Geoffrey West and John M. Pedicini are awarded the Los Alamos Medal—Los Alamos National Laboratory’s highest honor. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory today announced that three individuals have been awarded the Los Alamos Medal, the Laboratory’s highest honor, for groundbreaking contributions to science and national security. John M.

Udall, Heinrich Announce $435,000 In Federal Funding To Address Food Insecurity

on October 15, 2018 - 11:06am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have announced $435,000 in new federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Community Foods Project and Planning grant program to address food insecurity in New Mexico.

“Far too many New Mexicans facing food insecurity suffer from serious health issues, financial hardship, and endless anxiety – about where the next meal will come from, and how to put food on the table for their families,” Sen. Udall said.

Heinrich Cosponsors Invest in America Act Bill To Grow Workforce In Rural Communities

on October 14, 2018 - 4:54am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is an original cosponsor of the Invest in America Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) to create competitive grant programs to expand the workforce, modernize training tools, and promote job creation-especially in rural communities.
 
The bill would establish two complementary grant programs through the Department of Labor to assist local and regional entities plan and implement efforts to support job creation and workforce training in areas experiencing

Congress Let Land & Water Conservation Fund Expire

on October 13, 2018 - 7:03am
By JEREMY ROMERO
Wildlife Corridor Coordinator
National Wildlife Federation

Valles Caldera is the largest land acquisition in New Mexico made through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), one of the primary tools for protecting our national and local parks and public lands. LWCF contributed over $100 million to acquire the Preserve, help promote recreational opportunities and public access, and conserve habitat for wildlife including elk, mule deer, and mountain lions. And LWCF accomplishes things like this all over America at no cost to taxpayers.

Heinrich, Capito Introduce Public Land Recreational Opportunities Improvement Act

on October 12, 2018 - 10:27am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) have introduced the Public Land Recreational Opportunities Improvement Act to improve the permitting process for commercial outfitters and other businesses on public lands.
 
"Our public lands are where locals and visitors alike go to camp under the stars, chase bugling elk or wet a fly in a mountain stream, and they fuel the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy that directly sustains 7.6 million American jobs-many in rural communities," Sen. Heinrich said.

LANL: John, Reichhardt And Viswanathan Honored

on October 12, 2018 - 10:17am

LANL scientists from left, Kevin John, Cynthia Reichhardt and Hari Viswanathan will be honored Oct. 25 with the Laboratory’s Fellows Prizes for 2018. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Three Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists will be honored Oct. 25 with the Laboratory’s Fellows Prizes for 2018.

Cynthia Reichhardt and Hari Viswanathan will receive the annual Fellows Prize for Research, and Kevin John will receive the Fellows Prize for Leadership.

“I congratulate Cynthia, Hari and Kevin for their outstanding achievements,” said John Sarrao, principal associate director for Science, Technology and

LANL Scientists Honored With APS Fellowships

on October 12, 2018 - 6:49am
The American Physical Society Fellows inductees, top left to right), Brian Albright and Jennifer Hollingsworth and bottom left to right, Brian J. Jensen and Brian Kendrick. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
 
The American Physical Society (APS) has selected the Society's 2018 Fellows, four of which are Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists: Brian Albright, Jennifer Hollingsworth, Brian J. Jensen and Brian Kendrick.
 
“I congratulate Brian, Jennifer, Brian, and Brian on their selection as American Physical Society Fellows,” said John Sarrao, principal associate director for Science, Technology

Udall Secures Amtrak Commitment To Halt Plans To Replace Portions Of SW Chief Rail Line With Buses

on October 12, 2018 - 6:41am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) secured a commitment from top Amtrak official and Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek to stop plans to turn a segment of the Southwest Chief rail line from Dodge City, Kansas to Albuquerque, New Mexico into a bus route during Fiscal Year 2019.
 
Before this public commitment, the Southwest Chief route, which serves several New Mexico communities, faced an uncertain future after Amtrak threatened to withhold millions of dollars in funding necessary to

Crews Stabilizing Hanford Waste Storage Tunnel

on October 12, 2018 - 5:42am
Trucks carry engineered grout from a nearby batch plant to the PUREX Plant Tunnel 2, where pumps insert the grout using piping connected to existing openings in the top of the tunnel. Courtesy photo
 
A mobile batch plant near PUREX Plant Tunnel 2 will mix approximately 43,000 cubic yards of grout to stabilize the tunnel. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
RICHLAND, Wash. Trucks are delivering engineered grout to stabilize a waste storage tunnel on the Hanford Site.
 
Last week, EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) authorized contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) to

National Week Of Conversation Oct. 5-13

on October 12, 2018 - 5:40am

By PEARCE GODWIN
Executive Director, National Conversation Project
CEO, Listen First Project

During this National Week of Conversation, Oct. 5-13, a renewed debate has erupted among public figures and commentators regarding the merits of ‘civility.’ Pearce Godwin—Executive Director of the new National Conversation Project and CEO of Listen First Project—offers the following response:

The current debate on the merits of ‘civility’—erupting between and within ideological camps—epitomizes the hyper-polarization and tribalism that has gripped American society.

N3B Begins LANL Waste Shipments To WIPP

on October 10, 2018 - 9:39am

NB3 workers load waste from LANL into a transport container bound for WIPP, marking the resumption of regular shipments from LANL to WIPP for the first time in four years.

N3B News:

Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) last week began shipments of transuranic waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

“This is the first of what will be regular shipments of waste from Area G, a LANL waste management area, in more than four years,” said Danny Nichols, manager of the N3B Contact-handled Transuranic Waste Program.

The

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month ... Local Task Force Supports #SurvivorSpeaks Movement

on October 9, 2018 - 3:14pm

Los Alamos Police Officers, John Hughes of Metzger's in White Rock and Chamisa Guidance Councilor Michelangelo Loboto painted the rock Oct. 15, 2014 in White Rock in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

ADVTF News:

In conjunction with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Los Alamos Domestic Violence Task Force (LADVTF) looks forward to bringing awareness to Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October by showing support of the #SurvivorSpeaks movement. 

They also are painting the “Rock” in White Rock noon to 1 p.m. Oct.

Paleontologists Converge On Albuquerque On National Fossil Day With Keynote Speaker Steve Brusatte

on October 9, 2018 - 6:51am
Bisti Beast (Bistahieversor sealeyi) Skull. Courtesy/NMMNHS
 
Miocene Gomphotherium skull being prepared. Courtesy/NMMNHS
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE A world-class repository for fossils, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s latest exhibition Back to Bones: New Mexico’s Links to the Pastfeaturing rarely seen specimens from the permanent collection is on display to greet the 78th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Oct. 17-20, in Albuquerque.
 
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) is an international organization of scientists and other

Capt. Billy Cooper Of Los Alamos Awarded His Wings

on October 8, 2018 - 5:18pm

LAHS graduate Billy Cooper was awarded his Naval Aviator Wings at a ceremony Oct. 5 at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. Courtesy photo

Capt. Billy Cooper with his 5th grade teacher at Barranca Mesa, Tammy Hinckley and her spouse Rick, who attended his ceremony. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Billy Cooper, a 2011 graduate of Los Alamos High School, was awarded his Naval Aviator Wings in a special ceremony Friday, Oct. 5 at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. He also has been selected for the rank of Captain.

Cooper’s 5th grade teacher at Barranca Mesa Tammy Hinckley and her

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day

on October 8, 2018 - 7:30am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday which celebrates the Indigenous peoples of America.

Los Alamos Public Schools calendar listing for today states: No school - Indigenous Peoples’ Day and San Ildefonso Pueblo Gov. James Mountain commends that acknowledgment by LAPS.

“I would like to recognize and commend the Los Alamos Public Schools for their forward thought and courage to establish today as Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” Mountain said.

Heinrich On Kavanaugh Confirmation

on October 7, 2018 - 7:54am

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.) issued the following statement after voting against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court.

Sen. Heinrich spoke in opposition to Judge Kavanaugh in a speech delivered Thursday on the Senate Floor.

“By making nominations to the highest court--perhaps the most consequential votes we take as senators--subject to only a simple-majority vote, Republicans rigged the system to made it possible for the most extreme nominees to make it to

Presidential Proclamation: President Donald J. Trump On Flying The Flag At Half-Staff In Honor Of The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

on October 6, 2018 - 4:38am
By DONALD J. TRUMP
President of the United States of America
 
A Proclamation
 
During Fire Prevention Week, we renew our commitment to preparedness, fire safety awareness, and individual responsibility. We also honor our brave firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty and their families, as well as those firefighters who continue to put themselves in harm's way to safeguard our lives and property. Our Nation's firefighters are heroes, and they deserve our deepest respect and gratitude for the selfless service they provide to our communities.
 
Each year, an average

USDA Launches Interactive Data Tool To Help Rural Communities Address Opioid Crisis

on October 5, 2018 - 10:40am
Anne Hazlett
 
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched an interactive data tool to help community leaders build grassroots strategies to address the opioid epidemic.
 
“Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural America in addressing this monumental challenge,” Hazlett said.

LANL: Newly Detected Microquasar Gamma-Rays ‘Call For New Ideas’

on October 5, 2018 - 10:36am
The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory, 13,500 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mexico’s Volcán Sierra Negra. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
The first-ever detection of highly energetic radiation from a microquasar has astrophysicists scrambling for new theories to explain the extreme particle acceleration.
 
A microquasar is a black hole that gobbles up debris from a nearby companion star and blasts out powerful jets of material.
 
“What’s amazing about this discovery is that all current particle acceleration theories have difficulties explaining the

‘Spies, Lies & Nukes’ Two-Day Conference Nov. 3-4

on October 4, 2018 - 5:04am

Former covert CIA officer Valerie Plame
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Spies, Lies, & Nukes: Inside International Espionage is an intensive 2-day conference hosted by former covert CIA officer Valerie Plame and featuring experts with extraordinary experiences and access to the highest levels of US policy-makers.

The community is invited to attend this unique forum and join Valerie Plame and several of her highly decorated CIA colleagues as they discuss their perspectives and experiences on cyber warfare, covert action, international affairs, and

Udall, Heinrich Conservation Bills Impacting New Mexico Pass Energy And Natural Resources Committee

on October 4, 2018 - 4:56am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources markup Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich worked to advance two long-standing and critical New Mexico conservation bills he joined U.S. Sen. Tom Udall in introducing: the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act and the New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act. Both bills were passed on a voice vote.
 
The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act, S.

Senior DOT Official Recognizes NCRTD, Other Rural Public Transportation Agencies For Outstanding Service

on October 4, 2018 - 3:59am
FTA News:
 
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams recognized six rural transit systems Monday that exemplify good community service.
 
The agencies received the Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Public Transportation Service in Rural Public Transportation during the bi-annual National Conference on Rural and Intercity Bus Transportation in Breckenridge, Colo.
 
"These transit agencies have proven their dedication to helping people in rural America access jobs, schools, healthcare, and

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Senate Democrats Introduce Native American Voting Rights Act

on October 3, 2018 - 3:22pm

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

...Landmark legislation to ensure equal access to the ballot box for Native peoples

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with U.S.

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