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One Step Closer To Finding Answers ... Virtual ‘Universe Machine’ Sheds Light On Galaxy Evolution

on August 11, 2019 - 7:48am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — How do galaxies such as our Milky Way come into existence? How do they grow and change over time? The science behind galaxy formation has remained a puzzle for decades, but a University of Arizona-led team of scientists is one step closer to finding answers thanks to supercomputer simulations.
 
Observing real galaxies in space can only provide snapshots in time, so researchers who want to study how galaxies evolve over billions of years have to revert to computer simulations.

State Standing Up Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Taskforce

on August 8, 2019 - 10:56am
Destinee Alexis Atencio
 
By JAMES R. MOUNTAIN
Valley Daily Post
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tesuque Pueblo Tribal Police continue to investigate circumstances surrounding the death of Destinee Alexis Atencio whose body was found June 22 near the Camel Rock formation in Tesuque.

Atencio, 21, was last seen by a relative sometime in May in Santa Fe. Authorities believe she may have been dead for at least a couple of weeks before her body was found. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

She is described as a Native American female,

Udall, Warren, Harris, Blumenthal Release New Details Of Expanded DHS Watchdog Probe Of CBP Surveillance Of Journalists, Activists And Lawyers

on August 8, 2019 - 9:06am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

In May, senators demanded answers from DHS about CBP compiling lists and monitoring journalists, lawyers and other individuals providing assistance to migrants at the border

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) released a letter from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (OIG) detailing its investigation into the alleged compiling of lists and targeted government surveillance of journalists,

Heinrich, Keller Conclude Electrifying 2019 Energy Summit: Building New Mexico’s Clean Energy Future

on August 6, 2019 - 6:28pm

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – With nearly 200 local officials and participants from across New Mexico, U.S. Sen. Heinrich (D-N.M.) and City of Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, along with the State of New Mexico, Bernalillo County, Rocky Mountain Institute, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory concluded the 2019 Energy Summit: Building New Mexico’s Clean Energy Future.

This year’s Energy Summit brought local, state, tribal, and federal officials together with non-profit organizations to spark discussions on policy recommendations, and

Sierra Club Statement On Gun Violence And White Supremacist Attack In Dayton And El Paso

on August 6, 2019 - 4:36pm
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. This weekend, at least 29 people were killed and dozens more were wounded in mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.
 
While details are still emerging, the shooting in El Paso was reportedly fueled by anti-immigrant hatred and the toll of wounded may be higher there because some victims may be avoiding hospitals or family reunification centers due to concern over being persecuted because of their immigration status. These shootings are reportedly the 249th and 250th mass shootings in the United States this year.
 
In response, Sierra

Senators Udall, Paul, Khanna, Gaetz Lead Call For Inclusion Of Bipartisan Iran Amendment In Final NDAA

on August 6, 2019 - 9:20am

CONGRESSIONAL News:

 

Bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers call for final defense bill to include amendment prohibiting unauthorized and unconstitutional war with Iran

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and U.S. Representatives Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) led a bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers in calling on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include a bipartisan amendment to prohibit unconstitutional war with Iran in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

 

Many of the signers of

EPA Appoints Ken McQueen Region 6 Administrator

on August 5, 2019 - 4:34pm

Ken McQueen

EPA News:

DALLAS, Texas -–– U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced today the appointment of Ken McQueen of New Mexico to become regional administrator for Region 6.

McQueen will oversee environmental protection efforts in the states of New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas and in 66 Tribal Nations. He has extensive experience in public service and industry working in the south central region of the United States on water, natural resource and energy issues.

McQueen will join the agency having most recently worked as New Mexico

Udall Statement On El Paso; Dayton Shootings

on August 5, 2019 - 7:18am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement Sunday on the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio:

 “In the span of less than 24 hours, two communities have been ravaged by the scourge of gun violence. It has never been clearer that Congress needs to take urgent action to end this preventable epidemic.

“In New Mexico, El Paso is like a sibling — a community where many New Mexicans have family, friends, loved ones.

FBI Statement On Shootings In El Paso And Dayton

on August 4, 2019 - 9:43pm

FBI News:

The attack in El Paso, Texas, underscores the continued threat posed by domestic violent extremists and perpetrators of hate crimes.

The FBI is supporting its state and local partners in Texas through investigative, intelligence and technical assistance. The El Paso investigation also is being supported by the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism-Hate Crimes Fusion Cell, which was established in spring 2019.

Composed of subject matter experts from both the Criminal Investigative and Counterterrorism Divisions, the fusion cell offers program coordination from FBI Headquarters, helps ensure

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution To Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections

on August 4, 2019 - 6:59am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined House and Senate Democrats in unveiling a resolution that would roll back the “1332 waiver” rule, which is another Trump administration effort to sabotage Americans’ health care and another attack on the 130 million Americans who rely on the critical pre-existing condition protections the administration is trying to eliminate. 
 
The Trump administration rule, if left in place, would allow states to greenlight substandard, junk insurance plans that don’t fully protect people with

American Red Cross Response To El Paso Tragedy

on August 3, 2019 - 9:50pm

From the American Red Cross:

EL PASO – At this time our team is on the ground, focused on supporting the community, and will not be providing interviews related to the tragic shooting in El Paso.

Our hearts go out to all those who are affected by the tragic shooting in El Paso, Texas. The Red Cross is working in close coordination with emergency officials to provide comfort and support now. The Red Cross is supporting the family assistance center and mobilizing mental health volunteers.

Over the coming days, the Red Cross will continue to coordinate closely with local officials and

AGU: US Infrastructure Unprepared For Increasing Frequency Of Extreme Storms

on August 3, 2019 - 6:47am
Hurricane Florence’s unprecedented rainfall caused extensive damage to infrastructure in North and South Carolina after it made landfall in fall of 2018. Courtesy/U.S. Air Forces Central Command
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Current design standards for United States hydrologic infrastructure are unprepared for the increasing frequency and severity of extreme rainstorms, meaning structures like retention ponds and dams will face more frequent and severe flooding, according to a new study.
 
Extreme weather events are on the rise, but U.S.

Phys.Org: Black Bears Adapt To Life Near Humans By Burning The Midnight Oil

on August 2, 2019 - 8:53am
Easy dinner pickings. Courtesy/Florida Fish and Wildlife
 
By KATHY ZELLER
phys.org news

Amid reports that human activities are pushing many wild species to the edge of extinction, it’s easy to miss the fact that some animal populations are expanding.

Across North America, a number of species that were reduced by overhunting and loss of forested habitat in the 1800s are rebounding. This sometimes results in wildlife living near populated areas.

In a recent study, my colleagues and I analyzed one of these comeback species: American black bears (Ursus americanus). In the early 1900s, black bears

Crews Build Mercury Treatment Facility In Oak Ridge

on August 1, 2019 - 9:14am
Oak Ridge Site workers remove asphalt and concrete on the east end of the Y-12 National Security Complex to prepare the site of the Mercury Treatment Facility’s treatment plant. Courtesy/ORNL
 
Employees installed fences and barriers to identify the boundaries of the Mercury Treatment Facility’s treatment plant and headworks facility, ensuring safety and security. Courtesy/ORNL
 
DOE News:
 
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Oak Ridge Site crews recently mobilized to begin constructing the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatmen tFacility, vital infrastructure to fulfill Em’s regulatory commitments to reduce

New Mexico Shares Critical Data With The National Missing And Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

on July 31, 2019 - 7:12pm
NMDPS News:
 
SANTA FE -- New Mexico joined seven other states, which passed legislation mandating the sharing of missing and unidentified persons information with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).
 
“The scope of the Mark Daniel Aguilar Information Sharing Requirement law is simple,” said Mark R. Shea, secretary of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
 
“Within 30 days of receipt of a missing person's report, the Department of Public Safety will share with NamUs all information in the missing persons information clearinghouse and all information the

Heinrich Calls For McConnell To Protect American Democracy, Act On Election Security Legislation

on July 31, 2019 - 8:22am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
U.S. SENATE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, joined Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and fellow Democrats Tuesday to call out the legislative graveyard that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has created, including blocking legislation to protect American elections from foreign interference.
“We can act now in advance of the 2020 elections.

DOE: DIII-D University Collaborators Receive Funding

on July 31, 2019 - 8:08am
The inside of the tokamak at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Monday $14 million in awards to 10 universities across the country to pursue fusion energy research at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego, Calif.
 
A major goal of the research is to develop and test innovative methods for understanding and sustaining high-temperature fusion plasmas, a key enabling step towards making fusion a virtually limitless source of practical energy.
 
The projects range from

Udall And Senate Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United V. FEC

on July 31, 2019 - 7:57am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), led the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing Tuesday the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and other disastrous court decisions, help get big money out of politics, and put power back in the hands of the American people.
 
The full text of the amendment is available HERE. A background summary is available HERE, and a section-by-section with FAQs is available HERE

NNSA: Finding Of No Significant Impact Issued For LANL Wildland Fire Mitigation And Forest Health Plan

on July 31, 2019 - 7:25am
NNSA News:
 
The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the implementation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) 2019 Wildland Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Plan (Plan).
 
The FONSI was based on the analysis presented in the Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Forest Health Improvement Program at LANL that there would be no significant effect on the human environment from Plan implementation.
 
The SEA evaluated

National Association Of Counties Statement On America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act

on July 31, 2019 - 7:10am

NACo News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week unveiled the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA), which authorizes $287 billion in funding from the Highway Trust Fund for the nation’s surface transportation programs over the next five years.

 

ATIA represents a 27 percent increase over the highway funding previously authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Director Matthew Chase issued the following statement:

 

“Counties own and operate the

Catch Of The Week: Equifax Data Breach Settlement

on July 30, 2019 - 7:21pm
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

Good news! If you were affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach, you may be entitled to compensation.You can receive free credit monitoring for 10+ years from three credit agencies or up to $125 in compensation instead of the credit monitoring. If you had additional expenses as a result of the breach (and have documentation to prove it), you could file a claim for up to $20,000.

How can you check if you were affected by the data breach and file? The safest way is to go directly to the FTC’s website on the Equifax data breach settlement and click the “file a

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Before Debate

on July 30, 2019 - 5:46pm

By RICHARD TRUMKA
President AFL-CIO

 

Good evening. My name is Richard Trumka, president of the 12.5 million member, 55 union AFL-CIO.

 

Our organization’s mission is simple. We raise the voices of working people—the 99 percent of Americans who make a living by getting up and putting in a hard day’s work.

 

We’re everywhere. We make this country run. We ARE this country, yet more and more, the economic and political rules have been rigged against us.

 

Today, here in Michigan, an autoworker woke up with a pain in her stomach, terrified that she’ll be the next to lose her job to

Aerospace: Building Gateway To The Galaxy

on July 30, 2019 - 6:39am
A NASA infographic shows the current lineup of parts comprising the Gateway. Modules shown in blue are U.S. contributions; modules shown in purple are proposed international components; and modules in yellow are both U.S. and international, or yet to be determined. Courtesy/NASA
 
Astronauts Stephanie Wilson, left, Shannon Walker and Raja Chari evaluate an American-made deep space habitat for the Gateway. Astronauts are participating in the evaluations to provide their perspectives as those who may one day live aboard the lunar outpost, which would be located about 250,000 miles from Earth.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tapped For National Governors Association Executive Committee

on July 30, 2019 - 6:15am

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Friday was named as a member of the National Governors Association Executive Committee.
 
“I am honored to join this dynamic group of governors,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “We have a unique opportunity to show the nation that bipartisanship and pragmatism are alive and well at the state level, despite what we hear from Washington. I look forward to working with Chairman Hogan on his infrastructure initiative and advancing other New Mexico priorities at the national level.”
 

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