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December 1942 War Department Letter Spelled The End For Los Alamos Ranch School

on January 26, 2019 - 1:15pm
The Los Alamos Ranch School boys of Spruce Patrol, Spring of 1942. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Historical Society
The last days of the Los Alamos Ranch School were rushed and heartrending. A letter from the War Department in Washington had arrived in early December 1942 and confirmed what the staff and students already knew or suspected after a visit in early November by Robert Oppenheimer, Gen. Leslie Groves and others.
The letter began, “You are advised that it has been determined necessary to the interests of the United States in the prosecution of the War that

Balderas Announces $120 Million Settlement With Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary Over Marketing Practices

on January 26, 2019 - 1:11pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday that he and 45 other Attorneys General reached a $120 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson and DePuy to resolve allegations that DePuy unlawfully promoted its metal-on-metal hip implant devices, the ASR XL and the Pinnacle Ultamet.
Depuy claimed the devices were much more reliable than they actually were. Contrary to DePuy’s claims of reliability, these hip implants were found to fail at rates more than eight times higher than rates advertised.
“Doctors and patients

Udall, Senate Democrats Introduce Bill To Protect Essential Federal And Tribal Programs From Future Budget Uncertainty

on January 26, 2019 - 8:14am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Friday U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, along with U.S.

Heinrich To NM Legislature: Don’t Wait, Legislative Session Represents Once-In-A-Generation Opportunity

on January 26, 2019 - 7:37am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
SANTA FE U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) Friday addressed a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature.
Heinrich began his remarks by highlighting the devastating impact President Trump's shutdown is having on families and communities in New Mexico.
“The longest shutdown in American history continues to have a devastating impact for families and in our communities all across New Mexico. I’m grateful for how much the State has done to have the back of those affected by this shutdown.

Heinrich Statement On Reopening Government

on January 25, 2019 - 3:10pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement in response to President Trump's announcement on the deal to reopen the government:

“I am pleased that President Trump has taken this important step to end his prolonged, costly, and unnecessary shutdown.

“For over a month, he thrust our country into the longest government shutdown in history, using federal workers and contractors as bargaining chips, and leaving long lasting damage to our communities.

“Now we must ensure

RE/MAX First Organizes Aid For Furloughed Workers

on January 25, 2019 - 12:00pm

RE/MAX First News:

RE/MAX First has been collecting funds in their office at 116 Central Park Square, to assist in the purchase of Smith’s gift cards for furloughed government employees. 

“In doing so, we realized that we could have more impact if we invited other community members to contribute,” RE/MAX First owner Chris Ortega said. “RE/MAX First is collecting funds through Sunday, Jan. 26. We will take all funds raised to purchase $50 gift cards at Smith's. The RE/MAX First office is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to receive contributions and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.”


Heinrich Votes To End Government Shutdown

on January 25, 2019 - 8:53am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted for a clean spending bill to reopen the government immediately.
The measure, which received bipartisan support, would reopen currently closed agencies and fund the federal government through Feb. 8. The proposal failed to reach the 60-vote threshold to advance in the Senate.
“New Mexicans are paying the price for the longest government shutdown in American history because President Trump refuses to stop holding our federal workers and basic government services

Luján Joins Colleagues To Launch PFAS Task Force

on January 24, 2019 - 10:01am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) joined his colleagues to launch the bipartisan PFAS Task Force, with the goal of bringing PFAS clean-up to the forefront of the congressional agenda.
In November of 2018, Cannon Air Force Base informed the New Mexico State Government that water from several wells on and off the Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) had been contaminated with PFAS. These chemicals are found in foam used for firefighting and are associated with an increased risk of cancer.
“Because of this

LAFD’s Stephen Rinaldi Receives Prestigious Appointment To NFPA Technical Committee

on January 23, 2019 - 12:25pm

LAFD Senior Fire & Life Safety Specialist Stephen Rinaldi

Staff Report:

Senior Fire & Life Safety Coordinator Stephen Rinaldi was honored recently with an appointment to serve on a Technical Committee tasked with the revision of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.

The process to serve on one of the NFPA’s committees is a competitive selection process, with dozens of applications submitted each year by fire investigators and subject matter experts internationally.

NFPA Technical Committees serve as the principal consensus

LANL Physicist Michelle Thomsen Wins $100,000 Award ... 2019 Arctowski Medal

on January 23, 2019 - 10:46am

Michelle F. Thomsen. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Michelle F. Thomsen, Planetary Science Institute and Los Alamos National Laboratory, will receive the 2019 Arctowski Medal.

Over the past 40 years, Thomsen has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the relationships between the sun and its planetary bodies, with a particular emphasis on the physics of collisionless shocks and the dynamics of the planetary magnetospheres of Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn.

Beginning with her graduate work, Thomsen analyzed data from the early planetary missions Pioneer 10 and 11 and made some of the

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Of New Mexico Leads Reintroduction Of Bill To Protect Dreamer Data

on January 23, 2019 - 7:18am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) leads a group of Senate Democrats in reintroducing the Protect DREAMer Confidentiality Act of 2019, a bill to safeguard the private information—such as addresses and telephone numbers—of the young immigrants known as Dreamers to ensure they are not targeted by the Trump Administration for deportation.
President Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September 2017, impacting nearly 1 million Dreamers across the nation, including more than 7,000

Team USA Wins Double Gold, Retains World No. 1

on January 23, 2019 - 6:55am
From left, May Tieu, Delphine DeVore, Lauren Scruggs and Sylvie Binder won gold in the women's team event at the Zagreb Junior World Cup. Courtesy/Bizzi Team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Team USA's women's foil fencers finished 1-2-3 in individual and won gold for the second time this season in team at the Zagreb Junior World Cup in Croatia over the weekend.
Three of the four members of the squad that won the 2018 Junior World Championship title won gold, silver and bronze individually, showing the strength of a squad whose fencers have visions of both individual and

Dave Caldwell Of Santa Fe Prep And George Maya Of Mayfield Named National Coaches Of The Year

on January 21, 2019 - 9:10am
NFHS News:
INDIANAPOLIS, IN Twenty-three high school coaches from across the country have been selected as 2018 National Coaches of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association.
The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coaches in the top 10 girls sports and top 10 boys sports (by participation numbers), and in two “other” sports (one for boys and one for girls) that are not included in the top 10 listings. The NFHS also recognizes a Spirit coach as a separate category.

Heinrich Statement On Martin Luther King Jr. Day

on January 21, 2019 - 8:48am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

“More than a half century since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, the march for full equality for all Americans is still incomplete. The glaring problems in our national character that he called on us to correct—from racism and bigotry to poverty and violence—stubbornly remain.

“But we must never forget Dr.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation To Make Sure Federal Contract Workers Hurt By Trump Shutdown Receive The Back Pay They Deserve

on January 21, 2019 - 8:18am

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to secure back pay for low-wage federal government contractors whocontinue to go without pay during the ongoing government shutdown, which is now the longest shutdown in American history.
The Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act aims to help struggling employees of federal contractors impacted by the shutdown -- including janitorial, kitchen, and security services workers -- many of whom are paid hourly, have been furloughed, or forced to accept reduced work

Nation Observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day Today

on January 21, 2019 - 8:18am

The memory of Nobel Laureate Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is honored with a federal holiday observed on the third Monday of January across the nation. Courtesy/

National News:

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. President Ronald Reagan signed the bill in 1983 in the White House Rose Garden designating this date a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., to be observed on the third Monday of January.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in Atlanta in 1929, the son of a Baptist minister.

Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Viewed In White Rock

on January 20, 2019 - 11:10pm

View of the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse tonight at about 10:12 p.m.  from White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Details On Tonight’s Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse

on January 20, 2019 - 2:12pm




If you live in the continental United States, tonight (Jan. 20) is a great night to take a gander at the sky.

As the clock ticks toward midnight on the East Coast, the moon will become increasingly cloaked in red shadows in the longest lunar eclipse visible from North America for years.

This eclipse has been dubbed the Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse.

The Wolf Moon is the traditional name for January’s full moon. “Blood” is for the vermilion hue that shades the moon during a lunar eclipse. And the “super” is there because this January’s full

County Fears GRT Loss If LANL Gets Nonprofit Status

on January 20, 2019 - 12:28pm

The NSSB Building at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

Los Alamos County officials are concerned that a stream of gross receipts tax revenues from Los Alamos National Laboratory – tens of millions of dollars a year – could dry up in coming months if the lab’s new management contractor obtains nonprofit status from the IRS.

Under current state law, 501(c)(3) status would exempt the lab from the tax, and the state and county would lose revenue for critical services including the fire department, roadway infrastructure, the local transit

Luján Statement On President Trump’s Speech

on January 20, 2019 - 10:31am

Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján:

SANTA FE – Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the President’s address:

“What the American people were expecting to see today was immediate action to open the federal government. There is no reason that 800,000 federal employees continue to be held hostage due to the President’s failed leadership. Small businesses and local governments across America are being hurt as a result of the Trump shutdown.

“Democrats have been clear from day one.

New Mexico True Collaborates For National Park Gateway Communities

on January 20, 2019 - 9:47am
New Mexico True is collaborating for National Park Gateway Communities. Courtesy/MTD
NMTD News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Tourism Department—in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department—launched a new campaign including a consumer webpage to minimize negative impact of the partial federal government shutdown to gateway communities.
New Mexico and its 15 National Park Service (NPS) units have been directly impacted by the partial shutdown.

U.S. Senators Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bills To Reduce Cost Of Prescription Drugs

on January 20, 2019 - 8:42am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at reducing the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.
“Skyrocketing prescription drug prices have been squeezing families and seniors across New Mexico for far too long,” Udall said. “New Mexicans shouldn’t have to choose between life-saving treatments and putting food on the table. We must act now to provide a meaningful solution so that our health care system is no longer at the mercy of corporate executives padding their bottom line.

LAPS Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

on January 20, 2019 - 8:39am
Los Alamos High School Track & Field athletes demonstrate compassion for others by helping to shovel snow at their school. Courtesy/LAPS
The artwork of Ms. Joy Marie Quernemoen's first grade students on display at Aspen Elementary School depicts their dreams. Courtesy/LAPS
LAPS Superintendent

Los Alamos Public Schools will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We look forward to honoring the legacy of Dr. King as a school community during this National Day of Service.

NMHU: Ruthy Watson Keynote Speaker At Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Event Monday

on January 19, 2019 - 10:49am
Ruthy Watson
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM Ruthy Watson of New Mexico Highlands will deliver the keynote address for the Santa Fe Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. event commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan. 21.
Watson directs the HU – Center for Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support at Highlands. She speaks at the New Mexico Roundhouse rotunda at 1:30 p.m., Jan. 21.
“We believe Dr. Watson’s presentation will excite the audience and encourage them to be active as they address the challenges identified by Dr. King throughout his life,” said Cedric Page, chair of the MLK, Jr.

GOP On Sanctity Of Human Life Sunday

on January 19, 2019 - 10:10am
From the Republican Party of New Mexico:
Many churches across the nation will shed light on the issue of life and the unborn this Sunday, Jan. 20, which is recognized as the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.
Few people are aware that New Mexico has become the late term abortion capitol of the country and has become a late term abortion magnet.