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NASA Mars Rover Can Choose Laser Targets On Its Own

on July 30, 2016 - 8:07am
NASA News:
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is now selecting rock targets for its laser spectrometerthe first time autonomous target selection is available for an instrument of this kind on any robotic planetary mission.

Using software developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, Curiosity is now frequently choosing multiple targets per week for a laser and a telescopic camera that are parts of the rover’s Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument.

Sack Cloth And Ashes Memorial At Pond Aug. 6

on July 30, 2016 - 8:06am

John Dear, speaking to protesters in 2014, is scheduled to attend this year's Sack Cloth and Ashes Memorial Saturday, Aug. 6 at Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ 

Pax Christi New Mexico is hosting its annual Sack Cloth and Ashes Memorial Saturday, Aug. 6 in Los Alamos. Individuals such as this fellow meditating at the pond in 2014, will gather to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


CCNS News:
To commemorate the 71st anniversary of the U.S.

Governor Expands Early Pre-K Investment

on July 30, 2016 - 7:27am
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced an additional $3.5 million investment in New Mexico’s Early Pre-K pilot program, bringing the total investment to more than $10.5 million over the last two years.
“In New Mexico, we’re committed to giving our kids a head start in their education because no matter their background, every child can learn,” Martinez said. “Expanding our investment in this important program helps us ensure that more of our kids start school prepared to learn.”
Through this expansion, access to Early Pre-K will now be available at seven

Air Force Releases RFP For Replacement To Nuclear Air Launched Cruise Missile

on July 29, 2016 - 8:36pm

USAF News:

The U.S. Air Force released today a request for proposals to industry for its Long Range Standoff, or LRSO, nuclear cruise missile program. Up to two contract awards are expected in 4th quarter fiscal year 2017.

The Long Range Stand-Off weapon will be developed to replace the aging AGM-86B Air Launched Cruise Missile. The AGM-86B was fielded in the early 1980s with a 10-year design life. The current ALCM remain safe, secure and effective, it is facing increasingly sustainment and operational challenges against evolving threats. 

LRSO’s range, survivability, reliability and

NMED Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn To Step Down

on July 29, 2016 - 7:42pm

NMED Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn


SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn will step down effective Aug. 12.

Secretary Flynn has served as Cabinet Secretary since 2013 and as Environment’s General Counsel from 2011 to 2013. Deputy Cabinet Secretary Butch Tongate will serve as acting Cabinet Secretary.

NMED Deputy Cabinet Secretary Butch Tongate

“Secretary Flynn has put his heart and soul into protecting our environment and always put New Mexicans first,” Martinez said.

Hillary Clinton Makes History As First Woman Nominated By Major Party To Run For US President

on July 29, 2016 - 1:34pm

Hillary Clinton makes history Thursday as she accepts the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. TV Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Chelsea Clinton Mezvinsky reacts to her mother's historic nomination while flanked by husband Marc Mezvinsky and father Bill Clinton at Thursday's national convention. TV Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Hillary Clinton made history Thursday evening during the national convention in Philadelphia as she accepted the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

The first woman to be chosen to run for the highest office in the

Thieves Steal Crucial Wildland Firefighting Equipment

on July 29, 2016 - 10:42am