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SFCC Student Sara Lanctot Invited To NASA Center

on August 19, 2019 - 10:20am

SFCC student Sara Lanctot in the engineering lab at SFCC. Courtesy/SFCC

SFCC News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College announces student Sara Lanctot of Santa Fe has been selected to attend the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) Onsite Experience at Marshall Space Flight Center in Sept. 23-27 Huntsville, Ala.

Lanctot is studying engineering and computer science at SFCC.

Lanctot is one of the selected participants out of 499 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of NCAS.

Virginia Tech Researchers Receive $2.9 Million Grant With China To Study Infectious Diseases

on August 19, 2019 - 8:13am
College of Science researchers Kate Langwig, right, and Joseph Hoyt, left, received a grant to understand the long-term host and pathogen dynamics of white-nose syndrome in bats. Courtesy/Virginia Tech
 
NSF News:
 
Sometimes, scientists have to look to the past to better understand the present. 
 
Researchers from the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science received a $2.9 million dollar award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) to understand the long-term host and pathogen dynamics of white-nose syndrome in

Night With A Nerd: Dr. Phil Goldstone On Thinking About Nuclear Deterrence In Today’s World

on August 18, 2019 - 9:01am

BSMA News:

The community is invited to join Dr. Phil Goldstone Sept. 12 as he explores how the invention of nuclear weapons 75 years ago changed international affairs – and also the existential framework of a large portion of the world’s people. 

It's now long beyond the confrontations of the cold war, and the world’s largest weapons stockpiles have been greatly reduced. Yet nuclear weapons issues are now present and rising, with Russia (again), Iran and North Korea looming large in the news—and with the playing field changing weekly, it seems. 

Modern war has held some “conventional”

NOAA Awards $2.7 Million In Grants For Marine Debris Removal And Research

on August 18, 2019 - 8:38am
A marine debris team member gathers a handful of disposable cigarette lighters picked up at a beach cleanup site. Courtesy/NOAA
 
NOAA News:
 
NOAA announced a total of $2.7 million in grants supporting 14 projects to address the harmful effects of marine debris on wildlife, navigation safety, economic activity, and ecosystem health.
 
With the addition of non-federal matching contributions, the total investment in these marine debris projects is more than $5.2 million. 
 
The grants, selected competitively from 82 community-based marine debris removal and research proposals received this

BLM Field Office Offers Forest Product Permits Online

on August 18, 2019 - 7:35am

BLM News:

 

TAOS As part of its ongoing efforts to better serve the public, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office has begun a pilot program offering permits for fuelwood and Christmas trees online.   

 

“The BLM works to maintain healthy forests and woodlands that include abundant opportunities for harvest and use of forest products,” Taos Field Manager Mark Jackson said. “We are pleased to offer this pilot program enabling members of the public to purchase fuelwood and Christmas tree permits online.”

 

The BLM has long offered permits to members of the public for harvest of

Posts From The Road: Sculptures In Borrego Springs

on August 18, 2019 - 6:52am
Perhaps the most popular of the works in the desert at Borrego Springs, Calif., is a 350-foot serpent with the head of a dragon and tail of a rattlesnake. The large piece appears to cross the road as it arches and dips its way across the desert floor. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Two horses scuffle as one of the horses stands high on its rear legs. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
By GARY WARREN
Formerly of Los Alamos

Scattered amongst the desert at Borrego Springs, Calif. are metal sculptures, which were created by California sculpture artist Ricardo Breceda.

The sculptures are

APA: Majority Of Adults Stressed By Mass Shootings

on August 17, 2019 - 7:54am
APA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A large majority of adults in the United States are stressed by mass shootings, and a third of U.S. adults say that fear of mass shootings stops them from going to certain places and events, according to a new survey on stress and mass shootings by the American Psychological Association. 
 
“It’s clear that mass shootings are taking a toll on our mental health, and we should be particularly concerned that they are affecting the way many of us are living our daily lives,” said Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, APA’s chief executive officer.

Treasurer Laura M. Montoya Reappointed To National Leadership Position On Finance, Pensions And Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee

on August 16, 2019 - 1:26pm

Treasurer Laura Montoya

NACo News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Association of Counties (NACo) President Mary Ann Borgeson reappointed Sandoval County Treasurer Laura Montoya to her fourth term as vice chair of NACo’s Finance, Pensions & Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee.

Montoya also is a Democratic candidate for Congressional Dist. 3 in New Mexico.

Borgeson, a Douglas County, Neb. commissioner, made her leadership appointments shortly after being sworn in as NACo’s president on the final day of NACo’s 84th Annual Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas/Clark County, Nev.

“It’s

CNN Hero: Roger Montoya Of Moving Arts Española

on August 16, 2019 - 7:26am

Roger Montoya of Moving Arts Española is being recognzed as a CNN Hero. Courtesy/CNN

Staff Report

Roger Montoya, co-founder and artistic director of Moving Arts Española is being recognzed as a CNN Hero. CNN Heroes honors everyday people for their selfless, creative efforts to help others.

Struggling with HIV and the loss of many friends to AIDS, Montoya moved home to Española in the late 1980s.

Best Of Both Worlds: Asteroids And Massive Mergers

on August 16, 2019 - 6:53am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — The race is on. Since the construction of technology able to detect the ripples in space and time triggered by collisions from massive objects in the universe, astronomers around the world have been searching for the bursts of light that could accompany such collisions, which are thought to be the sources of rare heavy elements.
 
The University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory has partnered with the Catalina Sky Survey, which searches for near-Earth asteroids from atop Mount Lemmon, in an effort dubbed Searches after Gravitational Waves Using ARizona

Rob Apodaca Suspends Bid For Congress In CD-03

on August 15, 2019 - 1:54pm

Rob Apodaca

 

POLITICAL News:

SANTA FE – Today, Democrat Rob Apodaca announced that he is suspending his bid for Congress in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.

He made the following statement:

“I very much want to thank my family, friends and supporters for all of their encouragement over the past few months. I decided to run for Congress with one goal in mind – to help the people and our communities of northern New Mexico. I love this state and I especially love this district.

Udall Addresses National Navajo Code Talkers Day

on August 15, 2019 - 7:54am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, on National Navajo Code Talkers Day, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement in honor of the legendary bravery and service of Navajo Code Talkers during World War II:
 
“In May of 1942, in the midst of World War II, 29 young Navajo recruits arrived at Camp Pendleton, where they embarked on a secret mission: To develop a code so strong it couldn’t be cracked.

2019 LANL Hazmat Challenge: Toughest Scenarios Yet

on August 14, 2019 - 1:18pm

Scene from a previous LANL Hazmat Challenge in which members of the Midwest City, Okla., Fire Department use sandbags to stop simulated radioactive liquid waste from a spill from flowing downstream. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Ten hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee will test their skills in a series of graded exercises Aug. 19-23 at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Hazmat Challenge.

“The Challenge provides a unique training venue for hazmat responders where they are able to test and develop their technical response capabilities in a difficult

Governor On Trump Administration Public Charge Rule

on August 14, 2019 - 1:12pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this week sharply criticized the Trump administration’s adoption of a “public charge” rule that targets vulnerable immigrant families who use public benefits, potentially disqualifying them from obtaining or renewing a green card or visa.
 
The governor said her administration will explore mechanisms state agencies can employ to protect families, support enrollment of family members who are not impacted by the rule and conduct outreach and education to communities and local government agencies.

Udall On 5th Circuit Upholding Indian Child Welfare Act

on August 14, 2019 - 12:49pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has issued the following statement after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in its ruling in Brackeen v. Bernhardt and overturned a 2018 decision from the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Texas, which wrongly struck down key provisions of ICWA.
 
In January, Udall filed a bipartisan, bicameral amicus brief in the 5th Circuit in support of the constitutionality of ICWA.
 
“I was proud to

Sean Dunagan Takes Helm At NWP/WIPP

on August 14, 2019 - 8:55am
Sean Dunagan
 
WIPP News:
 
CARLSBAD Sean Dunagan, a recognized nuclear expert with nearly 20 years of experience in the management and operation of deep geological repositories for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), will replace Bruce Covert as president and project manager of Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), the management and operating contractor at DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
 
“Bruce has done a tremendous job leading the return to transuranic waste operations at WIPP since his arrival in May 2017,”said Executive Vice President Mark Whitney of AECOM’s Nuclear and

PEEC: Haaland To Speak On Green New Deal Aug. 21

on August 14, 2019 - 8:42am
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland
 
PEEC News:
 
The community is invited to hear U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland discuss why she thinks the Green New Deal is a needed bold solution to protect the future of communities, the country and planet at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
This event will be held outside of the center and guests are encouraged to arrive early to get seats. The talk is free to attend and no advance registration is required. The Los Alamos Nature Center is at 2600 Canyon Road and is operated by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
Haaland

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Seeks To Intervene In Second Census Challenge Lawsuit

on August 13, 2019 - 2:25pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News: 
 
ALBUQUERQUE Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a 26-member coalition from around the country — including 15 states, the District of Columbia, three counties, six cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors — in opposing the State of Alabama’s attempt to refuse counting every individual in the 2020 decennial census.
 
While the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S.

Lead Director Of Special Olympics Seeks To Focus On Character Qualities Of Its Global Athletes

on August 13, 2019 - 8:41am
CMRW News:
 
The Special Olympics began in 1968 and has amassed more than 6,000,000 athletes around the world.
 
Today, there are programs in more than 170 nations with numerous sporting events occurring globally. In a new interview with C.M. Rubin, Founder of CMRubinWorld, Lead Director of the Special Olympics International Board, Professor William P. Alford, says he’d personally like to see a few innovations by the organization in the future.
 
“I would hope that we can expand our efforts to show the world the courage, the ingenuity, the determination, the humor, the comradeship,

Udall Thanks Los Alamos Native For Internship

on August 13, 2019 - 8:17am
Los Alamos High School graduate Miriam Wallstrom
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall thanked Los Alamos native Miriam Wallstrom for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her six weeks on Capitol Hill, Miriam worked closely with the legislative team on a range of issues.
 
“U.S. Senate Interns gain invaluable experience and first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of the nation’s legislative process,” Udall said. “It has been a pleasure working with Miriam this summer.

Elected Officials Meet With Future Leaders At Young Democrats State Convention Over Weekend

on August 13, 2019 - 7:42am
NMDP News:
 
BELEN Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, Attorney General Hector Balderas, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Marg Elliston and Democratic Party of New Mexico Vice Chair Marcus Porter met with future leaders of the Democratic Party last weekend at the annual Young Democrats of New Mexico State Convention. Rep. Ben Ray Luján also attended and participated in a Q&A.
 
As well as the in person speakers, several elected Democrats sent in videos or statements to address the convention, including Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, Gov.

DOI: Endangered Species Act Announcement

on August 12, 2019 - 9:05am

DOI News:

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced improvements to the implementing regulations of the Endangered Species Act.

IN CONGRESS

“The Endangered Species Act exists to identify struggling species and help them recover. Unfortunately, current implementation is drawn out and ineffective. Today’s actions will help achieve actual species recovery while providing much-needed clarity and stability to those who are too often held hostage by the ESA.

Udall, Khanna: Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill To Improve Health Care Access For Native American Veterans

on August 12, 2019 - 8:14am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) have announced introduction of the Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act, a bill to improve health care access for Native American Veterans by providing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) coverage for care that Native American veterans receive at urban Indian health centers.
 
This legislation would help Native American veterans acquire culturally competent care, while at the same time helping relieve the

League Of Women Voters March In 2019 County Fair & Rodeo Parade To Honor Passage Of 19th Amendment

on August 11, 2019 - 10:19am

Members of the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos march in the 2019 County Fair and Rodeo Parade Saturday morning on Central Avenue to honor the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified Aug. 18, 1920. Courtesy photo

The League of Women Voters has been informing Los Alamos voters since 1947. Courtesy photo

Posts From The Road: Will Rogers Memorial Museum

on August 11, 2019 - 8:38am

Will Rogers most famous quote ‘I never met a man I didn’t like’ is inscribed in stone, which supports a large bronze sculpture of him at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, Okla. Will Rogers was an entertainer, movie star, radio personality, newspaper man, humorist, cowboy, and more during his life, which was cut short by a plane crash in 1935 at the age of 55. The museum is packed with artifacts, memorabilia, photographs and more covering his life. Also included are recordings of radio broadcast and a theater, which shows some of the 71 films that he starred in.

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