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LANL Scientists Develop New Open-Source Software That Predicts Impacts Of Extreme Events On Grids

on April 11, 2019 - 8:03am
Carleton Coffrin, a computer scientist at LANL, developed the Severe Contingency Solver software to help government agencies better plan for power outages caused by extreme events. The software is now available publicly. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
A new, free, open-source software reliably predicts how damage from hurricanes, ice storms, earthquakes and other extreme events will restrict power delivery from utility grids.
 
The Severe Contingency Solver for Electric Power Transmission is the only software available—commercially or open-source—that reliably supports analysis of

Holocaust Memorial Museum Statement On 25th Anniversary Of The Genocide In Rwanda

on April 11, 2019 - 7:59am
USHMM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Twenty-five years ago, the world watched in horror as within 100 days, as many as one million Rwandans, predominantly Tutsi, were murdered. In the months leading up to the killings, individuals, institutions, and governments failed to heed the mounting warning signs of genocide.
 
This included the Jan. 11, 1994, ‘genocide fax’ sent by the Hon. Lt. Gen.

New Mexico Delegation Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Federal Legislation Prohibiting School ‘Lunch Shaming’

on April 10, 2019 - 3:33pm

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) signed onto legislation from Rep. Deb Haaland and other New Mexico delegation members including Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, to prohibit school “lunch shaming” – the practice of discriminating against or stigmatizing children who have outstanding credit or don’t have enough money to pay for meals at school.

The Anti-Lunch Shaming Act would ban schools from singling out children — such as by requiring them to wear hand stamps or do

NM Delegation Reintroduces Bill For Bataan Veterans

on April 10, 2019 - 1:44pm
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland and U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have reintroduced the Bataan Congressional Gold Medal Act, a bill to honor the heroic veterans who defendedBataan and Corregidor, and suffered through the Bataan Death March—which began 77 years ago today—with the Congressional Gold Medal.
 
Dec. 8, 1941, hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese bombers attacked U.S. military stations in the Philippines.

Ramya Stevens Competes In American Ninja Warrior

on April 10, 2019 - 9:02am
Pastry Ninja Ramya Stevens is competing in the 11th season of American Ninja Warrior. Courtesy photo
 
SPORTS News:
 
Los Alamos resident Ramya Stevens is competing in the 11th season of American Ninja Warrior, a show in which contestants attempt obstacle courses of increasing difficulty.
 
Stevens will travel to Oklahoma City, Okla., for an April 12 regional competition, from which the top finishers proceed to Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev. The season will be broadcast on TV this Summer.
 
Stevens, a 2018 LAHS graduate, was a gymnast for 14 years.

Letter To The Editor: Destruction Of America

on April 10, 2019 - 8:00am
By LUCILLE BONNER
Los Alamos
 
America has already been corrupted by legalization of murder of babies in the womb and has ignored the sanctity of marriage by legalization of any kind of sexual behavior. Now our Congress is considering House Resolution, HR-5, to make indecency legal in the name of equality. It proposes to make it a crime to forbid men from entering women's restrooms or showers.
 
If we are wise, we will realize that we cannot change God's laws not to murder (Exodus 20:13), to honor marriage as He planned it (Genesis 2:24), and to behave decently (Mark 7:21-23).
 

U.S. Rep. Luján: 2019 Congressional Art Competition

on April 10, 2019 - 7:55am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) announced Tuesday details for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition.
 
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in young people.
 
The winning entry from New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District will be displayed as part of an exhibit in the United States Capitol for one year. In honor of Earth Day, the theme of this year’s Art Competition is Mother Earth.
 
“I look forward

Scientific Computing In Cloud Gets Down To Earth

on April 9, 2019 - 10:53am

Seismology researchers at LANL have conducted a continent-scale survey for seismic signatures of industrial activity using the Amazon Web Services commercial cloud (AWS), then rapidly downloaded the results without storing raw data or needing a local supercomputer. Courtesy/Google
 
LANL News:
 
In a groundbreaking effort, seismology researchers have conducted a continent-scale survey for seismic signatures of industrial activity in the Amazon Web Services commercial cloud (AWS), then rapidly downloaded the results without storing raw data or needing a local supercomputer.
 
“Using a

LAHS: 2019 National Qualifiers For Speech & Debate

on April 9, 2019 - 9:18am

Hilltalkers 2019 National Qualifiers, from left, Emily Holmes, Nilesh Mulundan, Gopal Nadiga, Malea Joyce, Neha Sadasivan, Sonyia Williams, Coach Margo Batha, Antonio Dowdy and Sam Menefee. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team announces its 2019 qualifiers for the National Tournament in June in Dallas, Texas.

The Hilltalkers sent 13 speakers and debaters to compete March 21-23 at the New Mexico National Speech and Debate Association National Qualifying Tournament at Albuquerque Academy.

Luján Joins Immigrant Youth And Advocates As They Call For Swift Passage Of Dream And Promise Act

on April 8, 2019 - 6:53am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (NM-3) held a tele-press call with DACA recipients and allies to discuss H.R. 6, The Dream and Promise Act, new legislation that would provide permanent protections for undocumented immigrant youth and those under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).
 
The Dream and Promise Act recognizes the urgent need to provide permanent protections without using immigrants as bargaining chips to win a host of anti-immigrant provisions.
 
Rep. Ben Ray Luján - Sponsor

Udall Urges Action To Improve Indian Roads

on April 8, 2019 - 6:21am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led an oversight hearing on “Tribal Transportation: Enhancing Tribal Self-Governance and Safety of Indian Roads.”  
 
The committee heard from the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Lands Highway Administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) Division of Transportation, Ohkay Owingeh Head Councilman Joe Garcia, and Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Roe Lewis.
 
“As Congress begins its work on reauthorizing the

Los Alamos High School Graduate Alisha Lindsey Named National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow

on April 7, 2019 - 10:25am

LAHS graduate Alisha Lindsey at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. has been named a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. She is the daughter of Andre and Cherie Trottier of Los Alamos. Photo by JT Hardin

National Geographic Society News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Los Alamos High School 1997 graduate Alisha Lindsey has been selected as one of this year’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows in recognition of her commitment to geographic education.

Lindsey is the daughter of Andre and Cherie Trottier of Los Alamos. She teaches seventh- and

New Mexico State Land Office Signs Special Use Permit With Continental Divide Trail Coalition

on April 4, 2019 - 12:01pm
Continental Divide Trail Coalition Executive Director Teresa Martinez, left, with Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has signed Special Use Permit No. 2019-001 giving the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) the ability to issue permits to Trail hikers and horseback riders that will allow them to lawfully access the portions of the Trail that are on State Trust Lands.
 
The Continental Divide Trail spans over 3,000 miles in North America, with 820 miles of trail in New Mexico. The boot heel

BLM OKs Coal Lease Sale In Wayne National Forest

on April 4, 2019 - 8:47am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In keeping with the Administration’s goals of promoting energy security and economic growth, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) authorized a competitive coal lease sale for seven federal tracts encompassing nearly 433 acres and containing an estimated 1.4 million tons of sub-surface mineable federal coal reserve within the Wayne National Forest in Perry and Morgan counties, Ohio.
 
The BLM’s Eastern States (ES) Office is offering these federal coal resources in response to a coal lease by application (LBA) that was filed by of CCU Coal and Construction, LLC

Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Extend Electric Vehicles Tax Credit

on April 4, 2019 - 8:43am
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 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced the Electric Cars Act of 2019, bicameral legislation to fully extend the electric vehicle tax credit for 10 years, and help deploy critical alternative fuel charging infrastructure.
 
"At a time when electric cars are making advances in scale of production and becoming more competitive in the marketplace, we need to continue encouraging the progress we've seen--not take our foot off the pedal," Heinrich said.

Udall Opening Statement At Hearing To Examine EPA’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request

on April 3, 2019 - 8:59am

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, delivered the following opening statement at an Appropriations Committee hearing with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to examine the EPA’s fiscal year 2020 budget request:

Administrator Wheeler, welcome to your first Appropriations hearing as EPA Administrator.

It sure is a different day from when we sat here one year ago with your predecessor.

Scenes From LAMS Annual Washington, D.C. Trip

on April 3, 2019 - 7:11am
Los Alamos Middle School 8th graders in front of the Capitol Building during this year’s annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C. Sign up is underway for next year’s LAMS 8th grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C. A $49 deposit is required to secure a reservation on this educational trip to the Nation’s Capital. Reservations can be made at www.worldstrides.org using trip I D# 173688 or by calling 1.800.468.5899. See Facebook, LAMS Washington DC Trip to see pictures of this year’s and previous year’s trips. Call Roberta Cocking at 505.670.0679 with questions. Courtesy photo
 
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New Mexico Joins National Census Day Of Action

on April 3, 2019 - 6:42am
CCP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE As part of the “National Census Day of Action”, the Center for Civic Policy launched a digital PSA campaign Monday to highlight the preparations happening for an accurate count in New Mexico.
 
The 2020 Census will determine how more than $800 billion in federal funding is allocated each year. The census is critical for figuring out what our communities need to be healthier, safer and more successful.
 
A series of nine different PSAs are currently live on Facebook. The PSAs focus on highlighting the importance of census participation and why an accurate count

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Introduces National Public Health Week Resolution April 1-7

on April 3, 2019 - 6:02am
 U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced a resolution in Congress to designate this week, April 1 through 7, as National Public Health Week, as a part of his efforts to continue working toward a healthier New Mexico and healthier America.
 
A similar resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.).
 
“National Public Health Week is a time to reflect on the hard work we have done to create healthier communities and to recognize the invaluable work done by public health

LAHS Grad Laura Beach To Receive National Award

on April 2, 2019 - 11:00am

2019 ADA Award of Merit recipient Laura Beach

COMMUNITY News:

The Antiques Dealers’ Association of America, Inc. will present the 2019 ADA Award of Merit to journalist and author Laura Beach, whose scholarship, journalistic acumen, and broad understanding of the complicated world of art, antiques, and design have benefited dealers, curators, collectors from all over the United States and beyond.

This award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of American fine and decorative arts and the business of buying and selling antiques.

Udall, Heinrich Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation To Expand RECA To Include Tularosa Downwinders, Post-1971 Uranium Workers

on April 2, 2019 - 10:59am
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2019.  
 
The legislation would expand coverage of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to cover victims in New Mexico including the Tularosa Downwinders and Post-1971 Uranium Workers, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Guam.
 
“Justice is long, long overdue for the New Mexico families and Tribal members who are victims of radiation exposure as a result of the government’s nuclear testing during the Cold War,” Udall

April Is National Donate Life Month

on April 2, 2019 - 10:17am
By CATHY WALTERS
Los Alamos
 
National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was established by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003.
 
Celebrated in April each year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.
 
NDLM honors the compassion and generosity of registered donors, donor families, and living donors.

Ben Ray Luján Announces Campaign For U.S. Senate

on April 1, 2019 - 9:40am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announces his run for the U.S. Senate. Courtesy photo

POLITICAL News:

Nambé – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) this morning announced his campaign for the United States Senate:

“Tom Udall is a champion for New Mexico and has always put our people first. New Mexico needs another champion in the U.S. Senate – someone who has a proven record of fighting to lower health care costs, protecting our environment, connecting communities large and small with the resources needed to thrive, and upholding our New Mexico values.

DOE Awards Contract For Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program To Technical Resources Group

on April 1, 2019 - 7:22am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of a contract to Technical Resources Group, Inc. for support services under the DOE Office of Packaging and Transportation’s TEPP program.
 
The contractor shall provide support to Federal, State, Tribal and local authorities to prepare for a response to a transportation incident/accident involving DOE shipments of radiological material.
 
The Contractor conducts reviews of state and federal regulations and standards to identify current requirements and changes in regulations that may impact the

New Mexico And National Wildlife Federations Herald U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s Leadership And Service

on April 1, 2019 - 7:18am
NMWF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The New Mexico Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation thanks U.S. Sen. Tom Udall for his service to New Mexico and the nation — and on behalf of the nation’s wildlife, public lands and natural resources.
 
Udall has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2020.
 
“Every New Mexican has benefited from Udall’s leadership on conservation and wildlife issues,” said Jesse Deubel, executive director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. “We appreciate all he has done for the state.”
 
“Tom Udall’s conservation legacy is among the

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