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Los Alamos Tops America's Best Small Towns List!

on July 22, 2014 - 8:14am

Ashley Pond Park in the heart of Los Alamos. Photo by TK Thompson 

LIVABILITY.COM News:

  • Annual list ranks America’s top small towns

Perhaps the best thing about a great small town is its ability to change your perspective. With this in mind, Livability.com has named the Top 10 Small Towns, 2014.

These cities provide beautiful locales that inspire both creativity and activity, and they offer unhurried atmospheres, authentic character and characters, cultural gems, fantastic outdoor settings and the uncommon ability to change lifestyles, shift points of view and nourish souls with simple

Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee Meets at UNM-LA July 23

on July 22, 2014 - 7:00am

STATE News:

The New Mexico Legislature’s Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee meets 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 23 at the UNM-LA Student Center Lecture Hall (Room 230), 4000 University Dr.

Committee members will discuss Los Alamos National Laboratory's Waste Drum Characterization Process and LANL's Legacy Waste Cleanup Status.

They also will speak with Ryan C. Flynn, N.M. Secretary of Environment and receive the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Report from Joe Franco, manager of the DOE Carlsbad Field Office. Chromium Contamination Mitigation also is on the agenda.

Committee Chair Sen.

New Mexico Moves From 50 to 49 in Child Well-being

on July 22, 2014 - 6:50am

Courtesy/ACF

STATE News:

New Mexico moved up from the bottom ranking of 50 in the 2013 national KIDS COUNT rankings to 49 in child well-being this year in the 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book.

While improvement was made from the 2013 to 2014 editions of the report in some child well-being indicators—such as child poverty (dropped from 31 percent to 29 percent), high school graduation rates (rose from 67 percent in 2010 to 74 percent in 2012) and our teen birth rate (dropped from 53 births per 1,000 female teens to 47 per 1,000)—others declined.

Key child well-being indicators that declined from

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Concerns Grow About CDC’s Tracking, Securing Dangerous Pathogens Under Its Supervision

on July 21, 2014 - 12:57pm

Courtesy/CDC

HSNW News:

Last week, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials reported that the same federal scientist who found vials of smallpox in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cold storage room at the National Institutes of Health facility in Bethesda, Md., also found a collection of 327 vials, which could contain pathogens like dengue, influenza and rickettsia.

The new revelation adds to growing concerns about the government’s ability to track and secure dangerous pathogens under its supervision.

The fact that these materials were not discovered until now is

AWF Conducts Ecological Restoration at Valles Caldera July 25-27

on July 21, 2014 - 11:52am

AWF News:

Albuquerque Wildlife Federation (AWF) and Amigos de Valles Caldera are hosting a weekend-long volunteer project and group campout in the National Preserve.

Volunteers from both groups will be coordinating with ecological restoration specialists to improve integrity of streams and wetlands in the preserve via rock structures, fencing, and planting of native species.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the project or Albuquerque Wildlife Federation’s activities and mission, contact Phil Carter at 505.463.0125 or philcrater@gmail.com, or visit

SF National Cemetery Hosts Veterans Burial Benefits Workshops Wednesday

on July 21, 2014 - 11:05am

SFNC News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Cemetery Director James P. Sanders will host Veterans Burial Benefits Workshops 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 23.

The hour-long workshops will provide an overview of the National Cemetery Administration, highlighting the Santa Fe National Cemetery, burial benefits provided by the National Cemetery Administration and how to make burial arrangements.

The Veteran Burial Benefit Workshops are at the Bataan Memorial Building, second floor, room 238 (the Old Senate Chambers).

The times are set-up on the hour/every hour as follows:

  • 8 a.m.
  • 9 a.m.
  • 10 a.m.
  • 11 a.m.

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Los Alamos Precision Rifle Team Competes at National 3 Position Air Rifle Championships

on July 21, 2014 - 9:06am

Los Alamos Precision Rifle Team members from left, JoAnna O’Neill, David Murphy, Samuel Wolfe, Holly Hayes and Samantha Miller. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

It has been a busy summer for the Los Alamos Precision Rifle Team. After a long road to qualify including matches in Albuquerque, Piedra Vista and Salt Lake City (Regional), the team was invited to compete June 26-28 at the National 3 Position Air Rifle Championships at the CMP facility at Camp Perry Ohio.

The qualification process began in December with the firing a submission of postal targets.

Luján Introduces Legislation to Promote Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

on July 20, 2014 - 9:12am

U.S.Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District introduced legislation recently that will promote energy savings through increased efficiency standards and increased investments in renewable energy, such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, and biomass. 

The American Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act, introduced by Luján and Rep.

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