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LANL: Top 25 Stories Highlight Science Achievements

on December 18, 2018 - 8:24am

LANL News:

Breadth and depth of Lab science reflected in top science reporting

From space missions to disease forecasting, particle physics to artificial intelligence, the biggest science news items from Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2018 have been gathered in one place: It’s a collection that reflects the significant depth and breadth of national laboratory science.

“The range of technical and scientific capabilities in these stories, as reported by media outlets across the world, reflects the many ways Los Alamos National Laboratory serves the nation,” Laboratory Director Thom Mason

Udall Secures Key Tribal Provisions In Farm Bill

on December 17, 2018 - 9:55am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on tribal provisions included in the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization, which will set federal nutrition, agriculture, forestry, and nutrition policy for the next five years and includes many tribal-specific provisions championed by Udall in the CROPS for Indian Country Act and the Tribal Food and Housing Security Act.
“I worked closely with stakeholders throughout Indian Country and key partners on both the

U.S. Education Dept. To Allow TEACH Grant Recipients To Contest Conversion To Unsubsidized Loans

on December 16, 2018 - 7:24am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that after investigating numerous complaints to the Office of the Attorney General and demanding that the U.S. Department of Education evaluate its conversion of thousands of TEACH Grants to Direct Unsubsidized Loans, the Department is finalizing a process that will provide an opportunity for certain TEACH Grant recipients whose TEACH Grants were converted to Direct Unsubsidized Loans to request reconsideration of the conversions.
“Teachers who have committed themselves to serving our

USDA Launches Program To Create High-Speed Internet e-Connectivity In Rural America

on December 16, 2018 - 7:24am
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue
USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America.
Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities may apply for funding through USDA’s new ReConnect Program to connect rural areas that currently have insufficient broadband service.
Answering the Administration’s call to action for

Heinrich Secures Forest Health And Water Conservation Measures In Farm Bill

on December 16, 2018 - 7:16am
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, has announced the passage of several conservation measures that he has championed to improve the health and resiliency of New Mexico’s forests and watersheds.
The measures were included in the 2018 Farm Bill conference report—the final agreement between the House and Senate—which passed the Senate with an 87 to 13 vote. The bill must now be passed by the U.S.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall To Continue As Lead Democrat On Senate Indian Affairs Committee In 116th Congress

on December 16, 2018 - 7:14am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Senate Democratic leadership announced that U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) will continue serving as the vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in the 116th Congress, a position Udall has held since 2017.
The leadership post gives Udall a powerful platform to continue to advocate for Native communities in New Mexico and across the country. With Udall’s leadership, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee has advanced numerous Tribal priorities in the 115th Congress.
“I have been honored to serve as vice

Lawmakers Demand Answers On Death Of 7-Year-Old Migrant Child In CBP Custody

on December 15, 2018 - 8:06am
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.), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), Marc Veasey (D-Texas) and Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) wrote to leadership of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Friday demanding an immediate investigation into the tragic death of a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala who died Dec. 8 after being taken into custody with her father by CBP in Lordsburg.
The full text of the letter is available HERE.

Beta Sigma Phi Donates To Help California Fire Victims

on December 14, 2018 - 10:29am


Following the recent terrible fires in California, Beta Sigma Phi City Council has made a donation to their organization’s Disaster Relief Fund to help their fellow sisters who lost homes and need assistance.  

Los Alamos City Council President Claire Swinhoe said that she felt it was very important to contribute to the fund to show support and let people know that they were not alone. She hoped that this gesture would encourage others to do what they can for the victims. 

“Thousands of homes were lost and any way we can make a difference is important,” Swinhoe said.

Final Farm Bill Includes Luján’s Priorities For Land Grants And Acequias

on December 14, 2018 - 8:52am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has announced that the Conference Report for H.R. 2, the final Farm Bill that will be voted on in the House, includes several of his priorities.
“I am pleased that, in addition to rejecting the House GOP’s cuts to SNAP, this final Farm Bill includes several provisions that will help New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers maintain their quality of life.
“Specifically, the final Farm Bill includes language I authored that will enable acequias to access essential federal funds.

Farm Bill Agreement Includes Boost For Access And Habitat Programs

on December 14, 2018 - 7:22am
TRCP News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on provisions to be included in the 2018 Farm Bill, setting lawmakers up to pass legislation that makes significant investments in land and water conservation and boosts support for hunting and fishing access.
This is welcome news to farmers, ranchers, landowners, and sportsmen and women, who depend on farm bill programs to restore and improve wildlife habitat, enhance water quality, and make private acres available for hunting and fishing.  
“We’re relieved to see a Farm Bill move forward before

AGU: New Research Finds Tornadoes Form From The Ground Up, Contrary To Popular Thought

on December 14, 2018 - 6:46am
A tornado May 25, 2012 in Galatia, Kansas as it was decaying. Courtesy/Jana Houser
Shot of the EF-3 tornado near maximum width and peak intensity May 31, 2013 in El Reno, Okla. Courtesy/Nick Nolte, CC-BY-3.0
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research challenges existing assumptions about how tornadoes form.
Historically, scientists assumed tornado rotation began in storm clouds, creating a funnel that travels downwards. This theory matches what storm chasers commonly observe visually in the field.

Heinrich Urges Reauthorization And Expansion Of Violence Against Women Act

on December 14, 2018 - 6:36am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a press teleconference Thursday with the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native American Women, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) called for the reauthorization and expansion of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Nationwide, the number of domestic violence incidents has been cut in half since the enactment of VAWA, and in New Mexico that number has dropped by 35 percent since 2005. One in three women still face domestic violence in New Mexico.
Full audio of the teleconference is available to download

Responding To Today’s Nationwide Bomb Threat Campaign ... Los Alamos Bomb Squad Stands Ready To Handle Any Threats To County Or Laboratory

on December 13, 2018 - 7:53pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department released a statement this evening saying it is aware of the bomb threat campaign that is happening across the country.

The Los Alamos Bomb Squad stands ready to handle any and all threats to this County including the National Laboratory. Cmdr. Preston Ballew said LAPD is communicating with the FBI and getting updates as they develop.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to Los Alamos Police Dispatch at 505.662.8222 immediately.

The Los Alamos Daily Post looked into the situation and finds that this afternoon dozens of institutions and

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $35 Million To Improve Rural Water Infrastructure In New Mexico

on December 13, 2018 - 9:54am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced $35.4 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development to build and improve rural water and wastewater systems in New Mexico.
The awards were funded through the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program, and will help ensure clean water for Tribal lands, colonias, and rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents in New Mexico.

LANL Director Shares Plans At 2018 REDI Conference

on December 13, 2018 - 9:51am

LANL Director Thom Mason
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason focused his recent keynote address at the 2018 Regional Economic Development Initiative REDI Conference on the importance of area small businesses – and emphasized his intention to increase LANL’s support.

“LANL is already consistently among the best performing across all the national laboratories in percentage of procurement from regional small businesses,” Mason told the crowd gathered Dec. 4 at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino.

Head2Head: The Reagan-Bush Years

on December 13, 2018 - 8:31am

Los Alamos Daily Post

Okay, I fibbed about finishing up with history this time. I’m writing extra columns this month to get past that log-jam. A lot happened in the 1980s, once I started thinking about it.

The Nixon’s fall in the wake of Watergate led to disillusionment with politics and Washington on all sides.

A mild-mannered former Democratic governor of Georgia seemed like the antidote.

Luján, Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Fight For NM Farmers And Ranchers Impacted By Natural Disasters

on December 13, 2018 - 7:49am

From the Office of  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:
  • In letter to USDA, Lawmakers Urge Farm Service Agency To Support Rio Arriba County Farmers and Ranchers By Reconsidering Calculation For Financial Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) sent a letter Tuesday to the New Mexico State Farm Service Agency’s office about the proposed 2018 County Expected Yield/T-Yield for Rio Arriba County.

The lawmakers expressed concern that the process to determine the T-Yield value is

NWTF Commends Passage Of 2018 Farm Bill

on December 12, 2018 - 4:42pm
NWTF News:
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation congratulates Congress for passing the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill, and looks forward to the president signing the important piece of legislation.
The 2018 Farm Bill gives farmers, ranchers and forest landowners the tools to protect and conserve their land while contributing to a strong local economy. It provides incentives for responsible land management that safeguards water supplies, forests and critical ecosystems.

Oak Ridge Crews Finish Preparing Site For New Mercury Treatment Facility

on December 12, 2018 - 4:12pm
Crews constructed two secant pile retaining walls to retain soils, control water seepage, and provide a deep, secure foundation for the water intake structure. Courtesy photo
DOE News:
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. DOE's Oak Ridge Office of EM (OREM) has completed site preparations necessary to begin construction of the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility.
This vital piece of infrastructure will help fulfill OREM’s regulatory commitments to reduce mercury levels in the East Fork Poplar Creek and enable large-scale cleanup and demolition to start at the Y-12 Natonal Security Complex

Lujan Grisham Delivers Final Address On House Floor

on December 12, 2018 - 8:28am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) delivered a farewell address on the House Floor.  
After serving three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Lujan Grisham will leave her role as the Representative for New Mexico’s First Congressional District at the end of December to become the new Governor of New Mexico.
Find the Floor video here and remarks as prepared for delivery below.
Mr. Speaker, I rise for what will likely be the last time I address the House.
First, thank you to the people of New

US Workers Deserve Notices In Community Newspapers Before Farm Employers Look Beyond Borders

on December 12, 2018 - 8:18am

Courtesy photo

NNA News:

A program requiring U.S. workers to get a fair shot at farm jobs should direct notices to newspapers that are closest to the workforce, not to random websites.

That is what the National Newspaper Association (NNA) told the U.S. Department of Labor this week.

A part of the Immigration and Control Act of 1986 requires agricultural employers to make a positive recruitment effort to find US. workers before seeking visa waivers to hire foreign workers.

WIPP Town Hall Meeting Planned Thursday

on December 12, 2018 - 8:01am
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy/WIPP
WIPP News:
CARLSBAD The City of Carlsbad and the Department of Energy co-host Town Hall meetings to provide updates on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
The next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the City Hall Annex Council Chambers, 114 S. Halagueno St. in Carlsbad.
The Town Hall also will be broadcast over WIPP's Facebook page at for those unable to attend. A Facebook account is not needed to view the event.
A Facebook account is needed to submit a question

Unknown Trove Of Planets Found Hiding In Dust

on December 12, 2018 - 7:05am
The Taurus Molecular Cloud, pictured here by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, is a star-forming region about 450 light-years away. The image frame covers roughly 14 by 16 light-years and shows the glow of cosmic dust in the interstellar material that pervades the cloud, revealing an intricate pattern of filaments dotted with a few compact, bright cores — the seeds of future stars. Courtesy/ESA/Herschel/PACS, SPIRE/Gould Belt survey Key Programme/Palmeirim et al.
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — “Super-Earths” and Neptune-sized planets could be forming around young stars in much greater numbers

Udall, Heinrich Secure Major Wins For New Mexico Farmers, Ranchers, Dairies, Tribes In Farm Bill

on December 12, 2018 - 6:55am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined their colleagues in the Senate to pass the final 2018 Farm Bill – major legislation that will send needed assistance to New Mexico farmers and ranchers, and support every county in the state by protecting the farm safety net and basic social services, while also making strategic investments in broadband access, clean drinking water, rural development, telemedicine and more.
The Farm Bill, which serves as the federal government’s primary tool to provide agricultural funding and set food

Libertarian Party Celebrates 47 Years

on December 11, 2018 - 9:37am


The Libertarian Party was conceived 47 years ago in the living room of David Nolan, and officially founded in Colorado Springs Dec. 11, 1971.

The issues that inspired the creation of the Libertarian Party in 1971 are still pressing in 2018, and have become even more serious.

The Vietnam War, the longest war in U.S. history at the time, entered its 16th year in 1971 when the United States invaded Laos in a vain attempt to shut down the Ho Chi Minh trail. That effort failed, and the war would continue until 1973 when U.S. forces withdrew in a de facto defeat.