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Fort Union Hosts Dark Sky Star Party Nov. 2

on October 27, 2019 - 11:31am
The Milky Way and a sky full of stars as seen above the adobe ruins at Fort Union National Monument. Photo by Harun Mehmedinovic
FUNM News:
WATROUS Join Fort Union National Monument, your backyard International Dark Sky Park, at 7 p.m. Nov. 2, for the first star party of the winter season.
Step out onto the high-prairie and immerse yourself in the stories and the starlight of a natural dark sky as rangers guide you through the remains of the old fort, and help you to identify distant stars and galaxies with the naked eye and telescope.
This program, weather permitting, will

Pumpkin Carvers Flood Downtown Los Alamos

on October 27, 2019 - 8:36am
Pumpkin carvers as far as the eye and lens could see during the world record attempt Saturday in downtown Los Alamos ... No word yet on whether they were successful. Photo by JJ Mortensen 

What If The U.S. Had Invaded Japan On Nov. 1, 1945?

on October 27, 2019 - 8:16am
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Los Alamos
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed Europe at Normandy in the D-Day landing. This successful operation hastened the collapse of Nazi Germany, and we rightly commemorate this day and celebrate the enormous contribution of our armed forces. 
But another date, November 1, 1945, should also be remembered for what did not take place as originally planned and for the lives that were not lost. This was the date the United States had chosen for the invasion of the Japanese Home Islands.

Mail Censorship ... A (Mostly) Serious Business In Los Alamos During World War II

on October 27, 2019 - 8:08am

This letter was received by Sgt. K. Patterson, a member of the Women’s Army Corps in Los Alamos. At one time, she feared she might lose her job because her brother, who was stationed overseas, sent letters to her claiming that he knew inside secrets about Los Alamos. When her commanding officer found out about the incident, she didn’t write to her brother for the duration of the war, and she received no further mail from him. Later she learned her brother was friends with a soldier who had lived in the Los Alamos area prior to the war! Courtesy/Debra Krikorian


By Heather McClenahan

Five LANL Scientists Elected 2019 APS Fellows

on October 27, 2019 - 8:04am
2019 Fellows of the American Physical Society top row from left, Hans Herrmann, Scott Hsu and Alan Hurd. Bottom row from left, Katherine Prestridge and Richard Van de Water. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
Five LANL scientists have been elected 2019 Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS).
Hans Herrmann, Scott Hsu, Alan Hurd, Katherine Prestridge and Richard Van de Water and were chosen for their “exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise”.
Fewer than one half of one percent of APS members are elected as Fellows each year.
These five scientists represent the

NMG&F Votes To Rejoin Wolf Recovery Program

on October 27, 2019 - 7:27am
DW News:
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico State Game Commission has voted to rejoin the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program including becoming a signatory to the Cooperating Agencies MOU and engaging in on the ground management activities.
The state game commission voted in 2011 to leave the program during a change in leadership at the state level.
Southwest Program Director Bryan Bird of Defenders of Wildlife issued this statement:
“We commend the Game Commission for its vote to recommit to saving the Mexican gray wolf.

NM Delegation Hails $3 Million For UNM Program Focused On Improving Autonomous Technology

on October 27, 2019 - 7:20am
Congressional Delegation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) have announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of New Mexico (UNM) $3,254,834 for its Cognitive Autonomy for Human CPS: Turning Novices into Experts program.
This program will help develop improvements to make autonomous technology more adaptable to real-life behavior while also preparing underrepresented students for future

Heinrich Lays Out New Ways To Build A More Resilient 21st Century Electric Grid, Announces Plans For Transmission Investment Tax Credit Legislation

on October 26, 2019 - 4:43pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, delivered the keynote address at the International Summit on the Electric Transmission Grid. At the event, held at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Sen. Heinrich announced plans to introduce legislation to create an investment tax credit for regionally significant transmission projects.
"There is a disconnect right now between transmission access and the best large-scale clean energy resources.

RPNM Chair Releases Statement On Republican National Committee Passage Of Resolution Condemning Democrats Secretive Impeachment Investigation

on October 26, 2019 - 10:51am
RPNM News:
ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce released the following statement in response to the Republican National Committee’s resolution in support of President Trump and the Graham-McConnell resolution:
“Today, the RNC Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution supporting President Trump and the Graham-McConnell resolution condemning the secretive, illegitimate impeachment inquiry being conducted by House Democrats. Every American, including our President, has the right to the due process.
The closed-door impeachment proceedings

Main Street Alliance Business Owners Support The Corporate Transparency Act

on October 25, 2019 - 4:18pm
MSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. With the passage of the Corporate Transparency Act (H.R. 2513), Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance, Amanda Ballantyne, had this to say:
“Main Street Alliance and its small business owner members applaud the House passing the Corporate Transparency Act. This bill will increase transparency and level the playing field so that businesses can engage in open competition based on product or service quality, organizational efficiencies, and talent. That is a market in which we can compete.
Requiring secretive businesses to come out from the

Sen. Udall Addresses 2019 Democratic Latino Summit

on October 25, 2019 - 4:07pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) delivered remarks at the 2019 Democratic Latino summit along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chair, Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chair, Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and numerous other Democratic senators.
The summit with Latino leaders and advocates from across the country provided the opportunity to discuss the challenges facing

Serna Releases Position Statement On Rural America

on October 25, 2019 - 9:38am
CD3 Candidate Marco Serna
From the Marco Serna for Congress Campaign:
ESPANOLA 3rd Congressional District Candidate Marco Serna believes that voters need to know where their elected officials stand on the important issues and is releasing his position statement that addresses the issues facing our rural communities.
Serna highlights that his extensive travels through every one of the 16 counties of the 3rd Congressional District leaves a deep impression of the size and diversity of the district he hopes to represent.
He focuses on several issues facing rural New Mexico,

LANL: Bruce Carlsten Wins Prestigious Wilson Prize

on October 24, 2019 - 2:48pm

LANL Radio Frequency Engineer Bruce Carlsten

LANL News:

Bruce Carlsten, a radio frequency engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was awarded the 2020 Robert R. Wilson Prize for Achievement in the Physics of Particle Accelerators, presented by the American Physical Society.

He will receive this prize at the 2020 International Particle Accelerator Conference.

Open to all members of the scientific community in the U.S. and abroad, this award is the premier recognition of achievement in the accelerator science and technology field.

Foundation for free-electron lasers

Carlsten is a

University Of Arizona: Cosmic Yeti From The Dawn Of The Universe Found Lurking In Dust

on October 24, 2019 - 10:53am
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — Astronomers accidentally discovered the footprints of a monster galaxy in the early universe that has never been seen before.
Like a cosmic Yeti, the scientific community generally regarded these galaxies as folklore, given the lack of evidence of their existence, but astronomers in the United States and Australia managed to snap a picture of the beast for the first time.
Published in the Astrophysical Journal, the discovery provides new insights into the first growing steps of some of the biggest galaxies in the universe.
University of Arizona

Q&A With Congressional Candidate Valerie Plame

on October 24, 2019 - 10:49am

CD3 Candidate Valerie Plame
Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series in which the Los Alamos Daily Post presents the same set of questions to each of the candidates running for Congressional District 3, which serves the northern half of New Mexico.

Democratic candidate Valerie Plame provided the following answers:

POST: Why do you believe you are qualified to represent New Mexico in Congress?

Plame: I served my country for many years as a covert CIA operations officer.

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Developing Space Solar Power Beaming

on October 24, 2019 - 10:47am
AFRL is developing space-based solar power transmission capability. Courtesy/KAFB
KAFB News:
KIRTLAND AFB The Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, is developing space-based solar power transmission capability using high-efficiency solar cells to collect the sun’s energy, convert it to radio frequency, and beam it to earth.
“Energy is a strategic enabler and potential vulnerability for our nation and our Department of Defense” said Col. Eric Felt, director of AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate.

DEA Announces Additional Regulatory Steps To Address Opioid Epidemic

on October 24, 2019 - 10:47am
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Drug Enforcement Administration announced proposed regulations to improve DEA’s ability to oversee the production of dangerous drugs at the height of the national opioid crisis.
This proposed regulation would further limit excess quantities of medications that might be vulnerable to diversion for illicit distribution and use.
The proposal published today in the Federal Register incorporates important and necessary changes to DEA’s quota regulations resulting from comprehensive legislation passed by Congress last year to address the nation’s

Los Alamos Police Conduct DEA Drug Take Back Day

on October 23, 2019 - 8:08pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is conducting its biannual DEA Drug Take Back Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in the north parking lot of the police station off Central Avenue.

This drug diversion program is part of a national initiativeby of the DEA. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means to dispose of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Direct questions to Det. Joseph Robinson 505.663.1888.

USDA Forest Service Resumes Select Timber Management Activities In New Mexico And Arizona

on October 23, 2019 - 7:56pm
A court order in September halted timber management actions pending consultation regarding potential effects to the Mexican spotted owl. Courtesy photo
USDA News:
ALBUQUERQUE The United States District Court for the District of Arizona issued an order Wednesday approving the recently filed stipulation to modify the ongoing court-ordered injunction, allowing select timber management activities to resume on five national forests in New Mexico and on the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.
In September, USDA Forest Service received an order from the court stating that the agency’s “timber

LANL AI Model Wins CDC Flu Forecasting Challenge

on October 23, 2019 - 9:04am
Dave Osthus, a statistician at Los Alamos National Laboratory, developed Dante, a predictive computer model that won the CDC’s FluSight Challenge for the 2018-2019 flu season. Courtesy/LANL
Influenza-like illness (ILI) activity is highly spatially variable, with higher than typical levels of flu activity (pink) concentrated around the Gulf of Mexico, and typical (white) to below typical (green) ILI levels seen throughout the rest of the country. The spatial variability illustrates the challenge and importance of jointly modeling ILI for forecasting. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:

Udall, Bennet Introduce Major Resolution To Set National Conservation Goal: Conserve 30% Of U.S. Lands And Ocean By 2030

on October 23, 2019 - 9:03am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) introduced a major Senate resolution to set a national goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the land and 30 percent of the ocean within the territory of the United States by 2030.
The Udall-Bennet Thirty by Thirty Resolution to Save Nature recognizes that nature – like climate change – has reached a tipping point. The resolution responds to a growing group of scientists, who say that conserving at least 30% of the ocean and land by 2030 is the minimum step necessary to

NACo Reappoints Sandoval County Treasurer Laura M. Montoya To National Leadership Position On FPIGA

on October 22, 2019 - 5:00pm
NACo News:
WASHINGTON/BERNAILLO National Association of Counties (NACo) President Mary Ann Borgeson reappointed Sandoval County Treasurer Laura M. Montoya to a seventh term as Vice Chair of NACo’s Finance, Pensions & Intergovernmental Affairs (FPIGA) Steering Committee.
Borgeson, a Douglas County, Neb. commissioner, made her leadership appointments shortly after being sworn in as NACo’s president, the final day of NACo’s 84th Annual Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas/Clark County, Nev.
“I am thrilled to continue the work we have been doing on NACo’s Finance, Pensions and

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Introduces Growth Act To Generate Workforce Opportunities

on October 22, 2019 - 2:46pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to introduce S. 2620, the Generating Real Opportunities for Workforce Training and Hiring (GROWTH) Act.
This bipartisan legislation will support career and technical education opportunities, consistent communication between career and technical education institutions regarding curriculum, and the importance for elementary and secondary education institutions to highlight enrollment in these professions as desirable high-skill, high wage

BLM Economic Contributions Increase In FY-2018

on October 21, 2019 - 7:38am
BLM News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced Friday an increase in the number of jobs supported through BLM activities in fiscal year 2018 as well as the total output for the American economy.
Socioeconomic figures in a newly-released report highlight a 9 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2017.
The report, entitled “The BLM: A Sound Investment for America 2019,” was released today and can be found here. It indicates that in 2018, BLM activities on public lands supported approximately 471,000 full- and part-time jobs, up from 468,000 jobs in 2017. 

USDA Announces Infrastructure Projects Across Nation Including Belen And San Ysidro In New Mexico

on October 20, 2019 - 4:14pm
USDA State Director Arthur A. Garcia 
USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced that USDA is investing $201 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 31 states.
“Modern, reliable and accessible infrastructure is critical to economic development and quality of life,” LaVoy said.