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U.S. Marshals Looking For Disbarred Attorney Wanted For Murder After Removing Ankle Monitor And Fleeing

on February 7, 2019 - 2:03pm
Richard V. Merritt is on the lam
 
U.S. MARSHALS News:
 
ATLANTA - The U.S. Marshals-led Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is searching for a man wanted for the murder of his mother in DeKalb County, Ga., after removing an ankle monitor and failing to appear and surrender himself to authorities for a previous conviction in Cobb County.
 
Richard V. Merritt, a disbarred attorney, was being monitored by law enforcement via an ankle monitor and was scheduled to surrender Feb.

Governor Breaks Barriers, Slams Trump’s Wall In Video

on February 7, 2019 - 12:26pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham political ad on Twitter smashing through walls in high heels while talking about breaking barriers to improve New Mexico. Courtesy/SFNM
 
Scene from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham political ad on Twitter. Courtesy/SFNM
 
 
By Daniel J. Chacón
 
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham does her own stunts.
 
In high heels, no less.
 
As President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address Tuesday night, Lujan Grisham released a never-before-seen political ad on Twitter that shows the diminutive Democrat smashing through walls

Udall, Haaland Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act To Protect America’s National Monuments From Unlawful Attacks

on February 7, 2019 - 10:52am

CONGRESSIONAL News:

Bill, co-sponsored by more than 100 members of Congress, reinforces that only Congress can alter national monuments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Repesentatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), led a group of more than 100 Democratic Members of Congress in re-introducing legislation to protect America’s treasured national monuments against the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on public lands.

The America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and

Udall, Heinrich Call On EPA To Set Federal Drinking Water Standards For PFOA And PFOS

on February 7, 2019 - 8:55am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are urging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to develop federal drinking water standards for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) as part of the agency’s national management plan for this class of chemicals.
 
In a bipartisan letter to Wheeler, the Senators also request that the EPA provide briefings on the agency’s efforts on this issue, as well as regular updates on the progress of those efforts.

Gov. Lujan Grisham, Congressional Delegation Release Joint Statement On Air Force Base Contamination

on February 6, 2019 - 7:31pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE -- Following a call this afternoon between Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the New Mexico congressional delegation, and U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson regarding contamination at Cannon and Holloman Air Force Bases, in which the group expressed their concerns to Secretary Wilson, the governor and members of the delegation issued the following joint statement:

U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson

“We firmly expect the Air Force to show much more urgency in responding to the contamination around Holloman and

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez To Join Udall As Honored Guest At State Of The Union Tonight

on February 5, 2019 - 10:16am

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that Jonathan Nez, president of the Navajo Nation, will be Udall’s guest tonight at the 2019 State of the Union Address.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 

“As the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and as a senator from New Mexico – home to 23 Tribes and Pueblos – one of my top priorities in Congress is making sure our government lives up to its trust and treaty obligations.

‘Empty Trash Bag’ Orbiting Earth In Strange Way

on February 5, 2019 - 9:43am
Lots of space debris is orbiting Earth, including non-functional satellites. Courtesy/NASA
 
LIVE SCIENCE News:
 
A bizarre object orbiting Earth is reminding astronomers of an empty trash bag.
 
The unusual satellite is trekking around the planet in an almost absurd ellipse, dipping as close as 372.8 miles (600 kilometers) from the surface and then swinging out to a distance of 334,460 miles (538,261 km), or 1.4 times the average distance of the Earth to the moon.
 
According to Northolt Branch Observatories in London, the object is a light piece of material left over from a rocket

Heinrich Names Rebecca L. Avitia As State Director

on February 4, 2019 - 8:17am

Rebecca L. Avitia

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that Rebecca L. Avitia will serve as his state director.

A native New Mexican, Avitia has spent her career in service to her community, most recently as executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

“Throughout her career, Rebecca has been a strong advocate and leader committed to improving the lives of those in her community,” Heinrich said.

SVC Applauds Heinrich And Udall Bill To Protect Border Communities, Wildlife, Environment

on February 3, 2019 - 3:29pm
SVC News:
 
The Southwest Environmental Center applauds New Mexico U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich for introducing legislation to protect our border communities, wildlife and environment from harmful border wall construction.
 
Statement from Executive Director Kevin Bixby:
 
We strongly support legislation introduced today by Senators Udall and Heinrich to protect our border communities, wildlife, public lands and environment from Trump’s harmful border wall.
 
The bill to rescind the outdated authority granted by Congress to the Secretary of Homeland Security in 2005 to

Udall, Heinrich Work To Close Gender Wage Gap

on February 3, 2019 - 8:01am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by guaranteeing that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable.
 
The bill introduction comes 10 years after President Obama passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, marking an important step in the fight to end the gender wage gap.
 
“Pay discrimination against women violates the basic tenant of fairness that is at the foundation of our state and our country.

LANL: RFP Issued For New Supercomputer ‘Crossroads’

on February 1, 2019 - 7:58am
Los Alamos National Laboratory. CourtesyLANL
 
LANL News:
 
The next big supercomputer is out for bid. A Request For Proposal (RFP) was released Thursday for Crossroads, a high-performance computer that will support the nation’s Stockpile Stewardship Program.
 
The RFP is a joint effort of the New Mexico Alliance for Computing at Extreme Scale (ACES), a collaboration between Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories.
 
“Los Alamos National Laboratory is proud to serve as the home of Crossroads,” LANL Director Thom Mason said.

Udall, Carper Respond To EPA Withdrawing Proposal To Scrap Worker Protection Rules

on January 31, 2019 - 5:07pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, responded to news that the Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn—for now—its proposal to scrap two critical worker protections, the updated Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and Certification of Pesticide Applicators (CPA) Rule.
 
Carper previously secured a commitment from EPA

LANL Director Thom Mason Reflects On First 90 Days

on January 31, 2019 - 9:39am
LANL Director Thom Mason. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Thom Mason today completes his first 90 days at the helm of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

During an interview in his office last Thursday, Mason spoke of his admiration for the scientists, engineers and staff at the Lab and his gratitude to the community for its warm welcome. He also touched on the best thing about his job as well as the challenges.

“During these first 90 days one thing that has really struck me as I’ve visited the various areas of the

Heinrich, Kennedy, Cassidy, Carper, And Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Restore Wetlands And Migratory Bird Habitat

on January 31, 2019 - 9:38am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. On the 30th anniversary of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and a member of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, U.S. Senators John Kennedy (R-La.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and colleagues introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize NAWCA through 2024.
 
The legislation would also increase authorized annual funding for the program to $60 million.
 
NAWCA was originally enacted in 1989 to provide

National Weather Service Announces Major Upgrade To Cannon Air Force Base Doppler (KFDX) Radar

on January 31, 2019 - 9:30am
NOAA News:
 
The Cannon Air Force Base WSR-88D Doppler Radar near Clovis will undergo a major hardware upgrade beginning Wednesday, Feb. 6.
 
The radar will be shut down for approximately three weeks while technicians replace the pedestal, as well as the stand that rotates and positions the antenna.
 
Once the antenna is disassembled, the protective radar dome and pedestal will be removed by a crane. A new pedestal will then be installed, the protective dome replaced, and the antenna reassembled.
 
Once the estimated three-week project commences, the radar cannot and will not be

Who Are The Four Last Graduates Of Los Alamos Ranch School?

on January 31, 2019 - 9:01am

Boys of the Los Alamos Ranch School at dinner in the Dining Hall at Fuller Lodge, ca. 1930s before the final group of graduates left the school in 1943. Courtesy/LAHS

By Sharon Snyder
Los Alamos Historical Society

In the 25 years of the Los Alamos Ranch School’s existence, more than 550 boys came to the Pajarito Plateau as students and/or summer campers. Almost all of them went on to earn college degrees and make contributions to their chosen communities and, in many cases, to the nation.

The last four boys to graduate from the ranch school in late January of 1943 went on to make the school

Udall, Tester, Hoeven, Isakson Fight To Curb Veteran Homelessness In Indian Country

on January 31, 2019 - 8:19am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), reintroduced bipartisan legislation to better serve homeless or at-risk Native American veterans.
 
The senators' Tribal HUD-VASH Act will formally codify a joint tribal housing initiative between the U.S.

Astronomy Superstar’s ‘Failed Retirement’ Benefits UA

on January 30, 2019 - 9:23am
Robert C. Kennicutt Jr.
 
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — An astronomer whose discoveries helped explain how stars are born and plumb the depths of the cosmos more accurately is back at the University of Arizona because he “failed at retiring”, as he puts it.
 
Robert C. Kennicutt Jr. first joined the UA Steward Observatory as an associate professor 30 years ago. In 2008, he was lured to the University of Cambridge, whose faculty roster has included Sir Isaac Newton and the late Stephen Hawking.

Los Alamos High School Educator Margo Batha Named National Award Finalist

on January 29, 2019 - 5:46pm

Los Alamos High School Speech and Debate Teacher Margo Batha 

National Speech & Debate Association News:

  • Margo Batha is one of five finalists for the National Educator of the Year Award.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2019 NSDA National Educator of the Year award.

This award was created to honor an individual who has enhanced the quality of education in the field of speech and debate.

From more than 5,000 member coaches and teachers, the following educators were named as finalists for the national award.

  • Margo

RSF: Will China Ever Stop Harassing Foreign Reporters?

on January 29, 2019 - 1:30pm

RSF News:

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its appeal to the Chinese government to stop harassing foreign reporters and their sources after the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) revealed in its annual report, published today, that harassment of its members increased yet again in 2018.

Based on the 109 responses that the Beijing-based FCCC received to the questionnaire it sent to its 204 members from 31 countries and territories in December, the report described the situation as “worse now than it has been in the past 20 years,” except 2011, when coverage of

University Ranking Site Puts NMT No. 11 For Online Master’s In Engineering Management

on January 29, 2019 - 12:48pm
NMT News:
 
SOCORRO A new national ranking shows that New Mexico Tech has one of the best online programs in the nation for master’s in engineering management.
 
The website OnlineMasters.com recently released its ranking of top engineering management programs, slotting New Mexico Tech as the No. 11 in the nation.
 
The website praises NMT for offering a “structured master's in engineering management program for students who are able to log in and participate in synchronous classroom sessions.
 
The coursework is delivered from the main campus … giving distance learners an exact

Sen. Mimi Stewart Appointed To National Conference Of State Legislatures National Education Committee

on January 28, 2019 - 9:49am

Majority Whip Mimi Stewart

 

STATE News:

 

Sen. Mimi Stewart has been appointed to serve as a national vice-chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Education Committee.

The Committee is one of 10 national committees that deal with both state and state-federal issues. The jurisdictions of the standing committees are similar to those of committees in state legislatures.

“NCSL has benefitted from Sen. Stewart’s expertise over her more than 20 years as a legislator,” NCSL’s executive director Bill Pound said. “Sen.

Bandelier National Monument Reopens Wednesday!

on January 27, 2019 - 1:04pm

Bandelier reopens 9 a.m. Wednesday to the public. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Bandelier National Monument will resume regular operations Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Winter Visitor Center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and staff is working diligently to safely clean sidewalks and trails of ice and snow that accumulated during the 5-week federal government shutdown.

“Warmer days and cold nights have left a dense blanket of icy white on everything,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said.

New Mexico Leads World In Space Tourism

on January 27, 2019 - 10:01am
Spaceport America is an FAA-licensed spaceport on 18,000 acres of State Trust Land in the Jornada del Muerto desert basin in southern New Mexico directly west and adjacent to White Sands Missile Range. Courtesy photo
 
NMT News:
 
SANTA FE The future is now. For nearly a decade New Mexico has partnered with Virgin Galactic to take tourism out of this world to new heights.
 
During a recent interview on “CBS This Morning,” Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group said 2019 is the golden year.
 
“I will hope to go up in the middle of this year myself,” Branson said.
 

Air Force Selects Prime Contractor For NTS-3

on January 27, 2019 - 9:08am
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASEM The Air Force Research Laboratory and the Space and Missile Systems Center has selected Harris Corporation as the prime contractor to build Navigation Technology Satellite-3, the next-generation experimental Position, Navigation and Timing spacecraft.
 
The satellite, called NTS-3, is expected to launch in 2022.
 
As a unique testbed in geosynchronous orbit, NTS-3 will integrate several advanced technologies to demonstrate resiliency and new concepts of operation to include experimental antennas, flexible and secure signals, increased automation, and use

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