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NMDHSEM Cabinet Secretary Jackie Lindsey Appointed To FEMA National Advisory Committee

on October 20, 2019 - 2:52pm
NMDHSEM Cabinet Secretary Jackie Lindsey
 
NMDHSEM News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Cabinet Secretary Jackie Lindsey has been appointed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Committee (NAC), the state emergency preparedness agency announced Friday.
 
The NAC is an advisory committee established by federal law to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal emergency management activities. The NAC advises the FEMA Administrator through recommendations on all aspects of emergency management.

DEA Encourages Communities Nationwide To Go Red

on October 20, 2019 - 10:06am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following the successful launch of the 2019 National Red Ribbon Campaign earlier this month with First Lady Melania Trump at the annual Red Ribbon Rally, DEA is encouraging communities nationwide to Go Red for Red Ribbon – an effort to continue the momentum and promote awareness of the need to prevent drug misuse and abuse. 
 
Go Red for Red Ribbon brings awareness to living a drug-free life by lighting up buildings, landmarks, businesses and bridges in red during Red Ribbon Week, Oct.

NMDOT: National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 20-27

on October 20, 2019 - 8:59am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation is asking parents to talk to their teenagers about driver safety next week.​
 
National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 20-27, is a great time to remind new drivers that crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths in the United States, and staying safe requires safe practices.
 
Some of the greatest dangers for teen drivers include alcohol, inconsistent or no seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding and passengers.
Talking points for parents to share with their teens include:
 
Phone use: Research shows

KAFB: Air Force Research Laboratory To Rendezvous And Inspect Malfunctioning S5 Satellite

on October 20, 2019 - 8:34am
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE The Air Force Research Laboratory will begin maneuvers today, Oct. 20, as the first-ever inspection mission to support real-time on-orbit spacecraft anomaly resolution operations.
 
This effort will be a rendezvous between the experimental Mycroft satellite and a second experimental AFRL satellite called the Small Satellite Space Surveillance System, or S5. The S5, launched Feb. 22, 2019, is a small satellite designed to test affordable SmallSat space situational awareness constellation technologies.
 
AFRL has experienced communication challenges

Posts From The Road: Shades Of Gold

on October 20, 2019 - 7:38am

A Mixed Bag: An assortment of color and hues are seen on a hillsidenear Carbondale, Colo., showing aspens in various stages of transformation from summer to winter. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Getting Close: The base of a group of aspen trees near Breckenridge, Colo., shines with gold leaves on the trees and many gold leaves cover the ground. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

 

By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
For those of us who live in the Rocky Mountain West, the changing color of aspen leaves is a sure sign that summer is fading and fall is upon us.

DEA To Accept Electronic Vaping Devices As Part Of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Oct. 26

on October 19, 2019 - 11:08am
For the first time, DEA will now accept vaping devices and cartridges at any of its drop off locations Saturday, Oct. 26 during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Courtesy/vaping.com
 
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. With robust public participation over the course of 17 prior events, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative continues to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation’s homes, where they are vulnerable to misuse, theft or abuse by family members and visitors, including children and teens.
 
Saturday, Oct.

As Threat Of Foreign Interference Grows, Udall, Van Hollen Introduce Legislation to End FEC Deadlock And Strengthen Campaign Finance Violations Enforcement

on October 19, 2019 - 8:33am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced legislation that will revitalize the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by breaking the deadlock of its leadership structure and restoring its role as an effective and timely enforcer of campaign finance regulations.
 
The introduction of the legislation comes as election experts continue to sound the alarm about the inability of the FEC as it is currently structured to effectively enforce our campaign finance laws and protect our elections from foreign

More Detail On Giant LANL Rotor

on October 18, 2019 - 6:23pm
A truck convoy transporting a giant rotor headed out today from Los Alamos National Laboratory and is shown here this morning passing the ‘Y’ on N.M. 4 near White Rock. Photo/Copyright 2019 by Leigh House
 
By LEIGH HOUSE
Los Alamos
 
The rotor (spinning part) of a very large motor-generator was found to need repairs at a specialized repair site in Virginia.
 
The first part of this trip to repair it will be by truck that will take it to a rail station. Because it is so large and so heavy, it required a special truck assembly to move it.

AGU: Radioactive Chlorine From Nuclear Bomb Tests Remain Present In Antarctica

on October 18, 2019 - 10:19am
New research finds some glaciers in Antarctica are still releasing radioactive chlorine-36 created during 1950s nuclear weapons tests. Courtesy/NASA/Joe MacGregor
 
Vostok and Talos Dome are both shown on this map of Antarctica. Vostok is still releasing anthropogenic chlorine-36 into the atmosphere. Courtesy/AGU
 
AGU News:
 
Antarctica’s ice sheets are still releasing radioactive chlorine from marine nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s, a new study finds.
 
This suggests regions in Antarctica store and vent the radioactive element differently than previously thought.

University Of Arizona Astronomer Receives Packard Fellowship To Pursue Black Hole Research

on October 17, 2019 - 8:35am
Astronomer Peter Behroozi
 
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — University of Arizona astronomer Peter Behroozi was selected by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation as a Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering, which comes with a grant of $875,000 over five years to pursue research.
 
This year’s class of fellows features 22 early-career scientists and engineers. The Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering are among the nation’s largest nongovernmental fellowships, designed to allow maximum flexibility in how the funding is used.
 
Since 1988, the program has supported the blue-sky

Udall, Scott Unveil Major Bipartisan Legislation To Help Prevent Drunk Driving And Save Thousands Of Lives

on October 17, 2019 - 8:01am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), joined by U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), unveiled bipartisan legislation Wednesday to help prevent drunk driving and save thousands of lives.
 
The Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act of 2019 (RIDE Act) will promote the research and development of advanced alcohol detection technology and will require the implementation of such technology in new motor vehicles.
 
"The fact is that deaths from drunk driving are completely preventable – so we have an

Snyder: Archive Month – A Time for Reflection

on October 17, 2019 - 6:47am

One of our largest artifacts is mathematician Stan Ulam’s desk, to which he added this comment—’A mathematician does something on a piece of paper, & then lo & behold a big explosion may occur.’ The desk is on display in the Hans Bethe House. Photo by Minesh Bacrania for the Los Alamos Historical Society

By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society

On Oct. 1 the County Council declared Archive Month in Los Alamos with a proclamation that began “Whereas: Much of our community’s rich and diverse history can be found in records created by and for the people.”

I suspect that quite a number of

Q&A With Congressional Candidate Laura Montoya

on October 17, 2019 - 6:43am

CD3 Candidate Laura Montoya
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series in which the Los Alamos Daily Post presents the same set of questions to each of the candidates running for Congressional District 3, which serves the northern half of New Mexico.

Democratic candidate Laura Montoya provided the following answers:

POST: Why do you believe you are qualified to represent New Mexico in Congress?

MONTOYA: I was born, raised and educated in Northern New Mexico.

Seven Los Alamos Scientists And Engineers Honored As 2019 Laboratory Fellows

on October 16, 2019 - 9:38am

2019 Lab Fellows from top left, Brian Albright, Patrick Chain, Dana Dattelbaum, Michael Hamada, Anna Hayes-Sterbenz, Michael Prime and Laura Smilowitz. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Brian Albright, Patrick Chain, Dana Dattelbaum, Michael Hamada, Anna Hayes-Sterbenz, Michael Prime and Laura Smilowitz become part of a prestigious fellowship.

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists and engineers Brian Albright, Patrick Chain, Dana Dattelbaum, Michael Hamada, Anna Hayes-Sterbenz, Michael Prime and Laura Smilowitz are being honored as 2019 Laboratory fellows.

“Los Alamos National Laboratory

New Mexico House Democratic Leadership Condemns Violent Political Video; Calls On House GOP To Do Same

on October 15, 2019 - 9:41am
NMDP News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Speaker of the House Brian Egolf, Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton and Majority Whip Doreen Gallegos condemn the violent video that surfaced Sunday night.
 
The video, an edited scene from an action movie, depicts President Donald Trump shooting and stabbing dozens of people wearing the logos of media outlets—and the faces of political rivals including Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton and the late John McCain—superimposed on their heads.
 
The video was shown at a conference organized by American Priority, an organization of the

DEA; FDA Issue Warning To Four Website Operators

on October 15, 2019 - 9:31am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have issued warning letters to four website owners of rogue online pharmacies offering to distribute or dispense controlled substances, including opioids, and advertising their sale in violation of federal law.
 
This is the first time the agencies have issued such letters jointly. Combined, these website operators run 10 websites engaged in illegal activity.
 
“Issuing these warning letters is not only an effort to deter the availability of dangerous illegal opioids, but

Extreme Solar Storms May Actually Be More Frequent

on October 14, 2019 - 12:58pm
This visualization depicts what a coronal mass ejection might look like as it interacts with the interplanetary medium and magnetic forces. Courtesy/NASA/Steele Hill
 
An image from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory shows a giant sunspot present in 2014. The sunspot spanned 80,000 miles. Courtesy/NASA/SDO
 
AGU News:
 
Researchers propose in a new study why an extreme solar storm in 1859 was so damaging to Earth’s magnetic field. They compared the storm with other extreme storms in history, suggesting this storm is not likely unique.
 
The September 1859 Carrington Event ejected

Udall Issues Statement On Indigenous Peoples’ Day

on October 14, 2019 - 11:39am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

SANTA FE — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement honoring indigenous communities across New Mexico and the United States:

“Today, we celebrate the resilience, culture, and history of Native Americans across Indian Country. New Mexico’s 23 Tribes have helped build the foundations of our state while tirelessly working to defend their land, cultures, traditions and way of life.

U.S. Senatorial Candidate/Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján Opens Campaign Office In Santa Fe

on October 14, 2019 - 11:07am

Los Alamos supporters Jonathan and Ellen Mills at left, greet U.S. Senatorial candidate/Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján Saturday Oct. 5 as he enters his new campaign office on St. Michael’s Drive behind Carl’s Jr. in Santa Fe. Luján is running for the seat held by Sen. Tom Udall who is retiring at the end of 2020. Courtesy photo

U.S. Senatorial candidate/Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján addresses the crowd of supporters gathered Saturday Oct. 5 at the opening of his new campaign office in Santa Fe. As always, he joked that people came mostly to see his mother Carmen, third from

BLM Updates Mineral Cost Recovery Fee Schedule

on October 14, 2019 - 9:44am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a final rule, effective Oct. 1, 2019, which updates the cost recovery fees that the BLM charges for processing certain actions undertaken by its mineral programs.
 
Specifically, this final rule updates the fees charged to recover costs incurred in processing certain documents associated with oil, gas, coal, and solid mineral activities on public lands, including fees associated with mineral patent adjudications.

Goodbye, Columbus. Hello, Indigenous Peoples’ Day

on October 14, 2019 - 9:07am

Columbus Day parade, Oct. 12, 1949, New York City. Courtesy/history.com

 

By BECKY LITTLE
History.com

Since 1991, dozens of cities, several universities, and a few states have adopted Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday that celebrates the history and contributions of Native Americans.

Not by coincidence, the occasion usually falls on Columbus Day, the second Monday in October, or replaces the holiday entirely.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is observed by the states of New Mexico, Minnesota, Alaska, Maine, Louisiana, Oregon, Nevada and Vermont, as well as South Dakota, which celebrates Native

Iron Magma Could Explain Psyche Density Puzzle

on October 13, 2019 - 11:31am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — The metallic asteroid Psyche has mystified scientists because it is less dense than it should be.
 
Now, a new theory by researchers including scientists at the University of Arizona, could explain Psyche's low density and metallic surface.
 
Psyche, the largest known metallic asteroid in the solar system, is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Psyche appears to be composed largely of iron and nickel, rather than rocky rubble, like most asteroids, yet its density is estimated to be only about half that of an iron meteorite.
 
Metal-rich

Letter To The Editor: A Republican Wants Trump Out Of Office

on October 13, 2019 - 8:49am
By GLEN THAMERT
Jemez Springs
 
Republican Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina is a serious conservative. He wants DT (Trump) to be voted out in 2020. He says the USA and the interest on our debt must be addressed, since it is more than our Military budget and more than what our country spends in all areas for Children - our future.
 
So where is massive spending going, which comes from our taxpayers' dollars? Here's a few items which address the problem:
 
  • The outlandish prison in Guantanamo, Cuba - since 2002 - wastes $180 Million annually and has added $6 Billion to the Deficit for 17 years,

House Assistant Speaker Luján Highlights Los Alamos National Laboratory On Congressional Delegation Tour

on October 13, 2019 - 8:32am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
This week, U.S House Assistant Speaker Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, toured Los Alamos National Laboratory on a congressional delegation highlighting the importance of New Mexico’s national labs.
 
U.S. Rep. Luján and Smith were joined by the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty.
 
As co-chair of the National Labs Caucus, Luján has secured major environmental and scientific investments for

USDA Forest Service Requests Modification Or Clarification Of Order To Cease Timber Management

on October 12, 2019 - 8:07am
USDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The USDA Forest Service received in September an order from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona stating that the agency’s “timber management” actions must cease on six national forests in Arizona and New Mexico pending formal consultation regarding potential effects to the Mexican spotted owl. 
 
The Court quickly responded to the request to modify the order and allowed the cutting and collection of fuelwood, which both the plaintiff and the Forest Service supported.
 
Forest Service has requested the U.S.

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