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Lujan Grisham Establishes First Ever Economic Development Broadband Grant Program In Farm Bill

on December 11, 2018 - 6:39am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As a member of the Farm Bill Conference Committee, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) issued the following statement after the Committee moved to advance the Farm Bill to the Floor for consideration.

I am proud to support this Farm Bill that advances the interests of New Mexican families, farmers, and ranchers for years to come, Rep. Lujan Grisham said. It was an honor to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to protect SNAP, support New Mexico Land Grants and

Wreaths Across America At Guaje Pines Saturday

on December 11, 2018 - 6:29am

The community is invited to a Remembrance Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Courtesy image

AMERICAN LEGION News:

The American Legion Riders Chapter 19 (American Legion Post 90) in Los Alamos is once again honored to carry out the Wreaths Across America™ program in Los Alamos County.

The Community is invited to observe and participate in the Remembrance Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Guaje Pines Cemetery, followed by placing the wreaths on the Veterans’ graves.

USDA Provides Additional Food Disaster Assistance In Three California Counties Hit By Wildfires

on December 11, 2018 - 5:50am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that households in three California counties have been approved to receive Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits.
 
D-SNAP will be offered in parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to the impact of the Woolsey and Hill wildfires, and Butte County in northern California due to the Camp Fire. Households in the affected areas may be eligible if they have qualifying disaster-related expenses and meet D-SNAP income limits.
 
“USDA continues to work closely with state

Meow Wolf To Create Exhibition In Washington D.C.

on December 11, 2018 - 5:47am

Meow Wolf in Santa Fe. Courtesy/www.meowwolf.com

MEOW News:

  • Former Fringe DIY Collective Announces Third New Massive Installation This Year

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Meow Wolf rocketed into 2018 with back-to-back January announcements of huge new permanent installations in Denver and Las Vegas. Now the booming arts startup bookends a phenomenal orbit around the sun with news of a major permanent installation coming to the nation’s capital: Washington, D.C.

The project is the result of a partnership with the Cafritz Foundation and will be a three-level, 75,000 square foot structure located in the Fort

UA-Led OSIRIS-REx Discovers Water On Asteroid, Confirms Bennu As Excellent Mission Target

on December 11, 2018 - 5:19am
This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected Dec. 2 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km). Courtesy/NASA/Goddard/UA
 
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — Fst through early December, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft aimed three of its science instruments toward Bennu and began making the mission's first observations of the asteroid.
 
During this period, the spacecraft traveled the last 1.4 million miles (2.2 million km) of its outbound journey to arrive Dec. 3 at a spot 12 miles (19 km) from Bennu.

AGU: Scientists Brew Lava And Blow It Up To Better Understand Volcanoes

on December 10, 2018 - 9:04am

Scientists cooking up 10-gallon batches of molten rock to inject with water. Courtesy/AGU

Scientists study what happens when they inject water into molten rock. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

The first results are published from experiments that aim to illuminate the physics of lava-water interactions, which can sometimes make eruptions more dangerous

WASHINGTON, D.C. — What happens when lava and water meet? Explosive experiments with manmade lava are helping to answer this important question.

By cooking up 10-gallon batches of molten rock and injecting them with water, scientists at the State

FBI: Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty To Interstate Travel To Engage In Illicit Behavior

on December 10, 2018 - 8:19am

FBI News:

...Prosecution Brought Under Project Safe Childhood

ALBUQUERQUE – Bentley Streett, 42, of Albuquerque pled guilty Friday morning in federal court to interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, child exploitation and child pornography charges. 

According to court documents, Streett was arrested in October 2014, by the FBI and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) on federal child exploitation charges.

DOJ: Most Violent Offenders Released From State Prison In 2016 Served Less Than 3 Years

on December 9, 2018 - 2:15pm
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than half (57 percent) of violent offenders who were released from state prison in 2016 served less than three years before their release, the Bureau of Justice Statistics has announced. About 1 in 25 violent offenders served 20 years or more before their release.
 
These findings are based on prisoner records from BJS’s National Corrections Reporting Program and reflect 2016 releases.

Udall, Beyer Introduce Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act To Safeguard America’s Biodiversity

on December 8, 2018 - 8:45am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2018 to protect and restore fish, wildlife, and plant species, in particular, those that are at risk to habitat loss and fragmentation--a major factor in species decline and extinction.
 
The legislation establishes a National Wildlife Corridors Program to ensure that species are able to move between habitats by improving data use and collection and enhancing interagency and regional collaboration.  
 
The

Udall, Heinrich Call On ICE, CBP To Release Documents On Death Of Transgender Woman In Custody

on December 8, 2018 - 8:11am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Ronald D. Vitiello and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan urging the immediate public release of a death review and supporting documentation on Roxana Hernández, a 33-year-old transgender woman who died at a New Mexico hospital while in ICE custody.
 
The senators also have requested documentation of ICE and CBP training related specifically to

BLM’s Revised Sage Grouse Plans Continue Multi-State Conservation Efforts But Create Uncertainty

on December 8, 2018 - 8:08am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management revealed its revised plans to conserve greater sage grouse populations across nearly 70 million acres of public land in 11 Western states.
 
The Trump administration’s approach will replace the original Obama-era plans, which helped to give the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confidence that the species did not warrant listing as threatened or endangered in 2015.
 
While the state-specific plans maintain the basic framework of the originals, which were created through years of collaborative effort, the new plans do

Udall Hails Senate Passage Of Savanna’s Act

on December 7, 2018 - 4:16pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Thursday applauded the passage of Savanna’s Act in the U.S. Senate.
 
The bipartisan bill, which was introduced by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and co-sponsored by Udall, would establish best practices guidelines for law enforcement agencies to respond to and solve more cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Celebrate National Cotton Candy Day At Aquatic Center

on December 7, 2018 - 9:59am

Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Today is National Cotton Candy Day and the community is invited to stop by the Aquatic Center for a sweet treat noon to 4 p.m. to and celebrate at the Walkup Aquatic Center 2760 Canyon Road.

Dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton are credited for the invention of machine-spun cotton candy in 1897.

Dating all the way back to the 1400’s when it was first called spun sugar, cotton candy has been a favorite treat for young and old alike at carnivals, fairs and the circus. Dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C.

NIST Performance Tests For Aerial Response Robots Become National Standard

on December 7, 2018 - 9:47am
An aerial emergency response robot ready to begin the NIST performance test course. Courtesy/NIST
 
An emergency response drone approaches a bucket-shaped target on the NIST performance test course. Both the capabilities of the robot and the skills of its pilot can be evaluated using the standardized system. Courtesy/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
Tracking the spread of a wildfire. Searching for a missing person. Detecting toxic fumes after an explosion before sending in rescue workers.
 
These are just three of the many tasks being assigned to flying robots known as small unmanned aircraft

USGS Identifies Largest Continuous Oil And Gas Resource Potential Ever Assessed

on December 7, 2018 - 9:47am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the Wolfcamp Shale and overlying Bone Spring Formation in the Delaware Basin portion of Texas and New Mexico’s Permian Basin province contain an estimated mean of 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 20 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, according to an assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
 
This estimate is for continuous (unconventional) oil, and consists of undiscovered, technically recoverable resources.
 
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Remembering Attack On Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941

on December 7, 2018 - 9:43am

Scene from the bombing of Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. Courtesy/history.com

This Day In History:

On this day in 1941, at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault.

The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.

With diplomatic negotiations with Japan breaking down, President

DOE Awards ‘OF 200 MTF’ Contract To APTIM-North Wind Construction JV

on December 6, 2018 - 9:32am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility (OF200 MTF) contract to APTIM-North Wind Construction JV, LLC.
 
The value of the Firm-Fixed-Price contract is $91,770,489. The period of performance is for up to four years after issuance of the initial notice to proceed, inclusive of final cleanup of the premises.
 
Two proposals were received in response to the solicitation. There is no incumbent contractor for this work.

Head To Head: A Brief Look At 1950-1979

on December 6, 2018 - 9:14am

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

bjgordon@ladailypost.com

As promised, we’re going to take a fairly shallow dive into the history of the current “tribal” politics that seems to have taken over the stage recently.

Of course political divisions are not new. We did fight a civil war after all, but many of the roots of the current conflict between the two major political parties have their roots in the period beginning post World War II.

This period was followed by the 1950s and the McCarthy Era.

Bandelier Mastermind Council Wins National Park Service Intermountain Region’s 2018 Leadership Award

on December 6, 2018 - 8:55am
Members of the Bandelier Mastermind Council hold their 2018 Leadership Awards. Courtesy/Bandelier
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott is proud to announce that the Bandelier Mastermind Council was the group winner of the National Park Service Intermountain Region’s 2018 Leadership Award.  
 
National Park Service Intermountain Region’s 2018 Leadership Award. Courtesy/Bandelier
 
The Mastermind Council consists of eight staff members: Robert Harper, Maintenance Mechanic; Myron Gonzales, Preservationist; JT Stark, Exhibits Specialist; Jorge Maldonado, Facilities Management

Remembering A Stellar Moment In Los Alamos History

on December 6, 2018 - 7:48am

On the platform at the football field across from Los Alamos High School for the Dec. 7, 1962 speech were President John F. Kennedy, Sen. Clinton Anderson, LASL Director Norris Bradbury, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, Congressman Joseph Montoya and Congressman Thomas Morris. Courtesy/LANL Archives

After President John F. Kennedy addressed the crowd on the football field, a motorcade took him along Central Avenue, where the streets were lined with even more people wanting a chance to see the president. It was an opportunity that no one in Los Alamos that day would ever forget.

Following Recent Federal Climate Report, Udall Urges Immediate Action To Combat Climate Change

on December 6, 2018 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following the recent release of a federal climate report, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a group of his Senate colleagues in calling for bold action to combat climate change.
 
Along with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Udall and 23 other senators introduced a resolution affirming findings from the recent National Climate Assessment, along with the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) report, and urging decisive action to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
 
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AGU: The Oldest Water On Earth

on December 6, 2018 - 7:17am

Salty water deep below the surface of the Earth that hasn’t seen the light of day in millions or even billions of years. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

Thousands of feet below the surface of the Earth is salty water that hasn’t seen the light of day in millions or even billions of years.

Miners working deep underground had encountered and wondered about the origin of this water for decades, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that scientists started to investigate where this water was coming from and what it might contain – giving researchers clues into how life survives in the deepest parts of our

LANL: Arctic Ice Model Upgrade To Benefit Polar Research, Industry And Military

on December 5, 2018 - 11:09am

LANL scientist Elizabeth Hunke and her team have released an update to the sea-ice computer model, CICE, that has been a key part of the Arctic predictive capability for the U.S. Navy, NOAA and the National Ice Center. CICE also is widely used for earth-system research in academic and government institutions worldwide. Courtesy/E. Hunke.

 

LANL News:

  • Polar conditions modeled more accurately for naval and commercial safety improvements

An update for an internationally vital sea-ice computer model developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory with several collaborating groups, called CICE

Udall, Hatch Introduce Smoke Free Schools Act To Combat E-Cigs In Schools

on December 5, 2018 - 11:03am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced The Smoke Free Schools Act of 2018 to help school districts and local education agencies combat the surge of e-cigarette use in schools.
 
The legislation would ban e-cigarette use in educational and childcare facilities, and clarify that state and local education agencies can use grant funding for e-cigarette prevention programs.

Hmmmmm, Must Be Army-Navy Game Week...

on December 5, 2018 - 9:11am

A sign spotted this morning in an office window on the second floor of a building at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos ... Hmmmmm, must be Army-Navy game week. Courtesy photo

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