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Secretary Of Defense Reviews Plutonium Operations At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on September 28, 2016 - 5:16pm

U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, center, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan, right and Bob Webster, Principal Associate Director for Weapons Programs, today in the pit casting area of the Laboratory's Plutonium Facility 4 (PF-4), the nation's only plutonium science, technology and manufacturing center. ‘A strong plutonium science and manufacturing capability is essential to the U.S. nuclear deterrent and cannot be underestimated,’ Carter said.

A Teacher’s Simple Plea To Legislators, Parents, Students And My Community

on September 28, 2016 - 4:57pm
By HEIDI SCHEMBRI
Los Alamos

My name is Heidi Schembri, and I have been teaching for 15 years in Los Alamos Public Schools. I love my profession and have had the honor to work with many wonderful children, parents, school employees and community members.

Over the last several years, there has been much controversy over the new teacher evaluation system. Our current New Mexico teacher evaluation system rates teachers on the following criteria: “Each category is weighted according to the amount of student achievement data available for the teacher.

Governor: 135 Arrested In Child Support Roundup

on September 28, 2016 - 1:14pm

STATE News:
  • Effort Collects More Than $64,000 in Unpaid Child Support

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that law enforcement arrested 135 parents who failed to pay child support during an annual sting.

In addition, through the amnesty period allowing parents to come forward and pay child support debt – and the subsequent roundup – the Human Services Department collected $64,310.

“This program ensures that we hold parents accountable when they fail to do their duty and support their children,” Martinez said.

Newman And Chathasaigh Perform In New Mexico

on September 28, 2016 - 11:44am
Chris Newman and Máire Ní Chathasaigh. Courtesy/marieandchris.com
 
MUSIC News:
 
Chris Newman and Máire Ní Chathasaigh will be presented in concert at 7 p.m., Saturday Oct. 1, at Apple Mountain Music, Albuquerque. Admission is $20; for reservations call 505.237.2048 or go to www.applemtnmusic.com.
 
The celebrated partnership of Chris Newman, “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS), with Máire Ní Chathasaigh, “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (Scotland on Sunday), is a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque,

Deep Moonquakes Reveal Thickness Of Lunar Crust

on September 28, 2016 - 11:30am
Photo of the Moon. Courtesy/NASA
 
LANL News:
 
Charlotte Rowe of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Geophysics group and collaborators from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have reported the first use of the seismic interferometry technique applied to study the internal structure of the Moon. The Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets published the research and featured it as an Editor’s Highlight.

During the NASA Apollo missions, astronauts installed seismometers on the near side of the Moon to record moonquakes.

LWV 2016 Candidate Forum At UNM-LA Oct. 6

on September 28, 2016 - 11:01am

POLITICAL News:

The League of Women Voters will host a Candidate Forum Oct. 6 to introduce voters to candidates and discuss issues.

Early voting begins Oct. 11 at the Los Alamos Municipal Building. The last day to register to vote also is Oct. 11.

Candidates who have confirmed attendance:

  • House District 43: Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard and Republican Sharon Stover;
  • District Attorney, 1st Judicial District: Republican Yvonne M. Chicoine and Democrat Marco Peter Serna; and
  • Probate Judge: Republican Abraham Dispennette and Independant Anne Nobile. 

In addition, Robert Gibson and John

Judiciary Cuts Mileage Payments To Address State’s Budget Shortfall

on September 28, 2016 - 10:14am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Judiciary will reduce spending by about a half million dollars a year by lowering the mileage reimbursement rate for travel by judges, staff, jurors, interpreters and court-ordered witnesses.
 
The Supreme Court ordered the reduction to address a state budget shortfall for the 2017 fiscal year, which started in July.
 
Effective Oct. 1, the payment rate will be reduced from 46 cents to 29 cents a mile for employees using a privately owned vehicle for travel on court-related business.

Remarks From Secretary Carter's Press Conference

on September 28, 2016 - 7:42am

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter at a press conference Tuesday at Kirtland AFB. Courtesy/photo

DOD News:

U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter met with reporters Tuesday during his visit to Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque. A transcript of that meeting below.

The Secretary is scheduled to visit Los Alamos today.

Transcript: 

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ASH CARTER: Well, thank you, once again.

Udall Calls For Federal Crackdown On Deceptive Concussion Safety Claims For Youth Sports Gear

on September 28, 2016 - 7:16am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At aTuesday hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to crack down on deceptive and dangerous claims by manufacturers that their youth sports gear can prevent head injuries.
 
 
Udall has led efforts in Congress to curb false advertising by manufacturers and improve safety standards for sports equipment. A National Academies of Sciences report has found little evidence to support claims that many helmets and

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