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NNM Teachers Complete National Geographic Educator Certification Phase 1 Training Sponsored By BSMA

on June 17, 2019 - 11:38am

Fifteen Northern New Mexico teachers celebrate completing Phase 1 of the National Geographic Educator Certification training during a workshop sponsored by the Bradbury Science Museum Association. Courtesy/BSMA

BSMA News:

The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) recently sponsored the National Geographic Educator Certification training for 15 Northern New Mexico teachers.

Alisha Lindsey, a National Geographic Educator and Grosvenor Teacher Fellow lead the training session at Los Alamos Middle School. Lindsey is a middle school teacher in Denver, Colo.

During the training, educators

Udall Applauds Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Resolution Condemning All Forms Of Anti-Semitism

on June 17, 2019 - 10:01am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M) released the following statement Thursday on Senate passage of a Udall-cosponsored, bipartisan resolution condemning all forms of anti-Semitism.
 
The resolution recognizes and condemns the long history of anti-Semitism, and the fact that Jews are the targets of the majority of hate crimes committed against any religious group in the United States.
 
The resolution also commits the U.S. Senate to take action to combat all forms of anti-Semitism in our nation.
 
“In recent years, we’ve borne

Pagosa Springs Duathlon July 13

on June 17, 2019 - 9:59am

Report: New Mexico Ranks 50th In Child Well-Being

on June 17, 2019 - 8:47am

NM VOICES FOR CHILDREN News:
  • State Makes Some Improvement in Child Poverty, Among Other Indicators

ALBUQUERQUE— New Mexico is once again ranked 50th out of the 50 states for child well-being by the 2019 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. This is the third time the state has ranked last in the nation. New Mexico fell to 50th in 2013, then again in 2018.

Louisiana ranked 49th this year, bumping Mississippi up to 48th. New Hampshire ranked first.

“It’s disappointing, but not terribly surprising to see New Mexico ranked at the bottom again, given the last

Senate And Congressional Western Caucus Members Commend Forest Service For Taking Action To Modernize Bureaucratic NEPA Process

on June 16, 2019 - 8:04am
Chairman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S., Congressional Western Caucus
Congressional Western Caucus News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, Members of the Senate and Congressional Western Caucus released statements praising action by the U.S. Forest Service to revise the National Environmental Policy Act:
Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Paul Gosar (AZ-04): "Originally intended as a tool for environmental protection, NEPA has been hijacked by serial litigants and wielded as a means of obstruction. The current NEPA processes is costly, burdensome and uncertain.

Udall Leads Indian Affairs Committee Introducing Law On Policing, Public Safety In Native Communities

on June 16, 2019 - 7:29am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), all members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Thursday introduced the Bridging Agency Data Gaps & Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act.
 
This bipartisan bill addresses critical public safety needs in Indian Country by addressing federal inefficiencies that hurt

Udall, Martin Resubmit Military Justice Improvement Act Targeting Growing Crisis Of Sexual Assault

on June 15, 2019 - 9:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Military Justice Improvement Act, which would professionalize how the military prosecutes serious crimes by moving the decision over whether to prosecute them to independent, trained, professional military prosecutors.
 
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is the leading sponsor of the legislation.
 
According to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) own data in this year’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) report, there

Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Urge USPS To Swiftly Improve Albuquerque Post Office Facilities

on June 15, 2019 - 9:22am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland wrote to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan urging the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to implement recommendations made by a recent audit report issued by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding serious deficiencies at post office facilities in Albuquerque.
 
In their letter, the lawmakers called on USPS to address these troubling conditions and swiftly enact critical improvements, such as filling staff vacancies; maintaining safe and secure facilities; and ensuring the

Los Alamos Boy Scout James Cassel Retires More Than 100 American Flags To Complete Eagle Project

on June 14, 2019 - 6:20pm
Los Alamos Boy Scout James Cassel and his team fold a flag in preparation for its disposal during a special Flag Retirement Ceremony at 10 a.m. today at Fire Station #2 on DP Road. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A firefighter helps the scouts hoist a large flag onto the flames. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scout James Cassel, center, reads a poem honoring the flags to be retired as members of his team look on. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Boy Scout James Cassel

Udall, Romney Introduce Smoke-Free Schools Act

on June 14, 2019 - 8:13am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) Thursday introduced The Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019 to help school districts and local education agencies address the surge of e-cigarettes in schools.
 
The legislation would ban e-cigarette use in educational and childcare facilities and lays outs findings to support the conclusion that e-cigarette use in schools and among youth has reached the level of a public health epidemic.
 
“Across America, high schoolers are receiving their hard-earned diplomas – but we cannot stand by as

Cmdr. Oliver Morris Chosen For FBI National Academy

on June 13, 2019 - 7:34am

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris is interviewed at the Los Alamos Daily Post Wednesday about being chosen to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris has been chosen to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

With the critical issues facing the policing profession today, the FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders.

Los Alamos National Laboratory All-Woman Team Commands Rock-Zapping Laser On Mars

on June 12, 2019 - 9:53am

Members of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s ChemCam Engineering Operations team, from left, Suzi Montano, Adriana Reyes-Newell, Roberta Beal, Lisa Danielson, Nina Lanza and Cindy Little. Not pictured is Margie Root. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The laser that zaps rocks on Mars is commanded by a talented group of engineers and scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory—who also happen to all be women, a rarity in the engineering field.

“It’s unusual, simply because engineering still tends to be male-dominated,” said Nina Lanza, a planetary scientist on the team who has helped recruit some

Udall, Lowenthal Call On President To Mobilize Federal Government To Deal With Plastic Pollution Crisis

on June 12, 2019 - 8:37am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D- Calif.) have called on President Trump to immediately mobilize the federal government to address the significant threat that mismanaged plastic waste poses to human health, public budgets, and to the sustainability of our waterways, oceans, and entire planet.
 
Pointing out the urgency of dealing with the crisis, the lawmakers write, “Approximately eight million tons of plastic makes its way into the oceans annually, and this number is expected to double by 2030.”
 
This

Tiny Light Box Opens New Doors Into Nanoworld

on June 12, 2019 - 7:10am
Using a box of stacked atomically thin layers of tungsten disulphide, Chalmers researchers have succeeded in creating a type of feedback loop in which light and matter become one. Courtesy/Denis Baranov/Yen Strandqvist/Chalmers University of Technology
 
Chalmers University of Technology News:
 
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have discovered a completely new way of capturing, amplifying and linking light to matter at the nanolevel.
 
Using a tiny box, built from stacked atomically thin material, they have succeeded in creating a type of feedback loop in which

National Park Service: Tourism To Fort Union National Monument Creates $830,000 In Economic Benefits

on June 11, 2019 - 11:03am
NPS News:
 
WATROUS A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 10,860 visitors to Fort Union National Monument in 2018 spent $740,000 in communities near the park.
 
That spending supported 10 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $830,000.
 
“Fort Union National Monument is proud to be part of the northern New Mexico community,” Superintendent Lorenzo Vigil said. “We are pleased that our historical appeal is satisfying to visitors in a way that makes them spend more time in the area.

New Mexico Acknowledged For Measures Improving Foster Care; CYFD Calls For Task Force Applicants

on June 11, 2019 - 10:58am
CYFD News:
 
SANTA FE The state of New Mexico is among just 13 states acknowledged by a national foster care organization for passing new legislation or executive orders to improve foster-parenting policies.
 
Lawmakers and the Children, Youth & Families Department were identified last week by CHAMPS (Children Need Amazing Parents), a national campaign to improve foster care, as having passed HJM 10, Child Protective Services Task Force. The goal of this new task force is to improve recruitment and retention of foster resource families.
 
Groundwork for the task force is currently

Udall Calls For Prioritization Of Local News And Broadcasting, Raises Concerns Over Doctored Videos

on June 11, 2019 - 9:44am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. At a recent Senate Commerce Committee hearing to examine the state of the television and video marketplace, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) spoke about the need for broadcasters to prioritize local news and reporting of local interest, in the era of corporate media consolidation of broadcasters and video content.
 
“Support of local media means we need media in our communities reporting on local events and stories of local interest – not prepackaged stories that don’t reflect the community,” Udall said during the hearing.
 
“Now

GFNY Hosts Santa Fe Cycling Marathon June 23

on June 11, 2019 - 8:59am
GFNY racers. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

GFNY Santa Fe is the newest race in the global series of 20 cycling marathons on four continents, and only the second in the United States.

The race starts at 7 a.m. June 23 on the Plaza in downtown Santa Fe, with a post-ride awards ceremony and party at the Scottish Rite Temple.

Join riders from around the world for a 75 mile/7,100 foot elevation gain race for the GFNY North American Championship, or for a timed non-competitive ride of 61 miles/3,500 foot elevation gain. Registration is $190.

There are great prizes in age catagories from 18 to

Purgatory Employees Sweep Ski Industry Awards

on June 11, 2019 - 7:56am
Map of Purgatory Resort. Courtesy/PR
 
PURGATORY News:
 
DURANGO, Colo. Following a historic 2018-19 ski season, Purgatory Resort announces several employees were recently honored with industry awards in ski area management. Purgatory is proud to recognize the following outstanding employees and their achievements:
 
For the second year running, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) awards Groomer of the Year to a Purgatory Resort employee. These awards honor athletes, on-mountain professionals and industry veterans whose expertise is critical to the success of the Colorado ski industry.

BLM: Upcoming Fee-Free Days On Public Lands

on June 10, 2019 - 12:54pm
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The summer travel season gets under way in June with Great Outdoors Month.
 
To encourage visitation to America’s public lands, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to agency-managed public lands on additional dates through the remainder of 2019 including Sept. 28 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 11 (Veterans Day).
 
“The BLM manages hundreds of recreation areas, national monuments and other facilities across more than 245 million acres of public lands nationwide,” said Principal Deputy Assistant

NOAA Forecasts Large ‘Dead Zone’ In Gulf Of Mexico

on June 10, 2019 - 9:04am

NOAA scientists forecast the Gulf of Mexico dead zone this summer to be roughly the size of Massachusetts. Courtesy/NOAA

NOAA News:

NOAA scientists are forecasting this summer’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone or ‘dead zone’ – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life – to be approximately 7,829 square miles, or roughly the size of Massachusetts.

The annual prediction is based on U.S. Geological Survey river flow and nutrient data.

The 2019 forecast is close to the record size of 8,776 square miles set in 2017 and larger than the 5-year average measured size of

Udall, Heinrich Bill Directs Trump Administration To Meet Standards Set By Paris Climate Agreement

on June 8, 2019 - 2:22pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 43 of their colleagues in introducing legislation in the Senate to direct the Trump administration to meet the standards established by the historic Paris Climate Agreement and to mitigate the long-term damage caused by the Trump administration’s anti-environment actions.
 
The International Climate Accountability Act would prevent the president from using funds to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

New Mexico Delegation Announces $13.8 Million For Construction; Maintenance Projects At 16 Local Airports

on June 8, 2019 - 8:00am
 
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small announced that the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $13,810,189 in federal funding for construction and maintenance projects at 16 New Mexico airports.
 
\The funding will support critical rehabilitation, construction, and maintenance projects to repair and improve local airports across New Mexico.
 
“These regional airports are economic lifelines for their

AGU: Loss Of Arctic Sea Ice Stokes Summer Heat Waves In Southern U.S.

on June 7, 2019 - 5:14pm
Composites of summer extreme (left panels) and oppressive heat wave (right panels) frequency during summers of low (top), neutral (middle) and high (bottom) Hudson Bay sea ice extent. Courtesy/AGU
 
AGU News:
 
Over the last 40 years, Arctic sea ice thickness, extent and volume have declined dramatically. Now, a new study finds a link between declining sea ice coverage in parts of the Canadian Arctic and an increasing incidence of summer heat waves across the southern United States.
 
The new study in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres explores how seasonal fluctuations

Sen. Heinrich Meets With Community Against Violence, Calls For VAWA To Be Reauthorized Without Delay

on June 7, 2019 - 5:01pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) meets June 4 with Executive Director Malinda Williams and Clinical Director Rachel Cox of Community Against Violence. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) met June 4 with Community Against Violence, an organization in Taos serving adult and child survivors of sexual and domestic violence and child abuse in northern New Mexico.
 
In their meeting, they discussed the importance of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
 
Nationwide, the number of domestic violence incidents has been

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