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DEA Releases National Heroin Threat Assessment

on May 26, 2015 - 4:43pm
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The National Heroin Threat Assessment (NHTA), released Friday by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), shows heroin use and availability on the rise and causing more overdose deaths than at any time in the last decade. 
Although fewer people presently use heroin than other illicit drugs, the heroin user population is growing at a faster rate than any other drug of abuse, almost doubling between 2007 and 2013—from 161,000 to 289,000—according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). According to the

WIPP: Work Begins On Interim Ventilation System

on May 26, 2015 - 3:59pm
WIPP News:
Recovery operations at the WIPP facility continue to move forward with work beginning on installation of the interim ventilation system.
This system will increase the overall amount of airflow in the underground facility from the 60,000 cubic feet per minute (CFM) available under the current configuration up to 114,000 CFM. Following the radiological event of February 2014, all air exiting the WIPP underground passes through High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters prior to being released into the environment.
As a result, the amount of air that can be used to

LAHS Junior EliseAnne Koskelo Receives Prestigious Awards For Work In Art, Design And Science

on May 26, 2015 - 7:40am

LAHS student EliseAnne Koskelo wearing the medal she received from the YoungArts Foundation. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

EliseAnne Koskelo, a junior at Los Alamos High School, is the recipient of several prestigious awards for her work in art, design and science. 

In December of 2014, Koskelo was awarded a Merit designation from the National Young Arts Foundation for her work. Koskelo's portfolio was chosen from more that 11,000 applications from across the United States.

As one of 700 winners of this award, she travelled to New York City earlier this month to attend master classes in her

NM Hosts National Conference On Court Interpreters

on May 26, 2015 - 7:01am
SANTA FE  Managers of programs providing interpreting services for state courts across the country gathered in New Mexico last week for a national conference.
New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara J. Vigil and Artie Pepin, director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, officially opened the conference. Supreme Court Justice Edward L. Chávez delivered a keynote address.

Other New Mexico presenters included Paul Kippert, assistant general counsel with the Department of Finance and Administration, and Lisa Dignan and Roger Robb with the Commission for the

Letter To The Editor: Patriotic Speech One Of Best

on May 25, 2015 - 3:54pm
Los Alamos

The turn-out for today's VFW-Memorial Day event may have been a bit reduced due to the weather, which was unfortunate since the principal speaker, Col. Edmond Keith, USAF (ret.), gave one of the best patriotic speeches I have ever heard at thus annual event.

Keith averred that unlike every other country, America is more than simply a land or a people; rather America is an idea, a concept based on the highest aspirations of humanity.

NNSA Hosts International Nuclear Forensics Workshop

on May 25, 2015 - 3:52pm
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  During May 11-22, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence program held a hands-on nuclear forensics course at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington. The “International Training Course on Nuclear Forensics Methodologies,” was co-sponsored with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). 
Twenty participants from eight countries focused on the application of nuclear forensics methods during the investigation of nuclear or other radioactive material found outside

VIDEO: Heinrich, Udall's Northern NM Wilderness Bill Gains Momentum In Committee Hearing

on May 25, 2015 - 11:41am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A bill introduced by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Tom Udall, D-N.M. to establish two wilderness areas, the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness and Rio San Antonio Wilderness, within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument northwest of Taos, received a positive hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining.
In his opening statement, Heinrich, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, said that the bill "helps further the community‘s vision for

Officials Share Memorial Day Tributes

on May 25, 2015 - 9:43am

Today marks Memorial Day, a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May. Courtesy photo


President Barack Obama:

This weekend is Memorial Day—a time to pay tribute to all our men and women in uniform who’ve ever given their lives so that we can live in freedom and security. This year, the holiday is especially meaningful. It’s the first Memorial Day since our war ended in Afghanistan. 

On Monday, at Arlington Cemetery, I’ll join our

New Options For Plutonium Pit Production At LANL

on May 24, 2015 - 12:49pm

Pit Production would continue at PF-4, according to new report by the Congressional Research Service. Courtesy/LANL


Los Alamos Daily Post
  • Would relocating Royal Crest help solve safety problem?

The Royal Crest trailer park may have a role to play in fulfilling a Congressional mandate for Los Alamos National Laboratory to resume production of plutonium pits, the imploding, hollow cores that detonate thermonuclear weapons.

A report by the Congressional Research Service that became available this week proposes several options to solve manufacturing, safety and delivery

Los Alamos Memorial Day Remembrance At Guaje Pines Cemetery 11 A.M. Monday

on May 24, 2015 - 12:42pm



This year’s Los Alamos Memorial Day Remembrance is 11 a.m., Monday at the Guaje Pines Cemetery.

The event is hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and local organizations, and the general public is invited to attend. The local theme is “Where the Fallen Rest.”

Memorial Day is a national holiday in the United States for remembering those who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

Udall, Heinrich Announce Funding To Support Health-Tech Expansion at Arrowhead Park

on May 24, 2015 - 12:07pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that New Mexico State University will receive $488,000 in grant funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for a study on the creation of a health care delivery and medical technology development cluster at Arrowhead Park.

The funding will help New Mexico State University expand activities at the multi-disciplinary Arrowhead Park to better support the creation of startup companies focused on improving health care for New Mexicans and diversify New Mexico’s economy. 

"Arrowhead Park is

Udall Opposes Extension Of NSA’s Bulk Collection Of Americans’ Phone Records

on May 23, 2015 - 10:35am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Early this morning, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined a majority of senators in opposing an extension of the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, a Patriot Act program declared illegal earlier this month in a unanimous decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The program is set to expire June 1. The Senate took two procedural votes on two bills, which both failed to get the 60 votes required to overcome a filibuster and resulted in deadlock.

Legislation Introduced To Build Cuba’s Digital Economy

on May 23, 2015 - 9:16am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday that would enable U.S. telecommunications and Internet companies to provide their services and devices in Cuba.
Cuba is one of the least wired countries in the western hemisphere, leaving many Cubans unable to access the Internet for things like business development, political discourse and personal communications.
Smartphones also are unusable in Cuba, and the few Cubans who do have access to cellular technology

Los Alamos County Officials Discuss Projects And Initiatives During Washington, D.C. Trip

on May 22, 2015 - 7:23pm

From left, Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess, Councilor Rick Reiss, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich,  Council Chair Kristin Henderson and Council Vice Chair David Izraelevitz in Washington D.C. this past week. The Los Alamos contingent met with Heinrich and other members of New Mexico's Congressional Delegation along with various DOE, NNSA and other federal officials to discuss County projects and initiatives. Photo by Seth Kirshenberg/Kutak-Rock

From left, Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair David Izraelevitz, Councilor Rick Reiss, Council Chair Kristin Henderson, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

NM Congressional Delegation Introduces Bill To Expand Research On Rare Genetic Disease Affecting Hispanics

on May 22, 2015 - 10:12am
WASHINGTON U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced they have introduced a bill to increase research, education and treatment for Cavernous Cerebral Malformations (CCM), an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord, and affects people of Spanish descent, including many Hispanic New Mexicans.
The lawmakers’ bill, the Cerebral Cavernous Malformations Clinical Awareness, Research and Education Act (CCM-CARE) would expand National Institutes of

Video: Heinrich's Call To End Mass Phone Surveillance

on May 22, 2015 - 8:10am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, spoke on the Senate floor today calling on Congress to end the National Security Agency (NSA) bulk collection program.
He stated his opposition to reauthorizing Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act without making the necessary reforms to protect Americans' privacy and civil liberties.
Section 215 is the provision used by the NSA to collect the phone records of millions of law-abiding Americans. Sen. Heinrich is a cosponsor of the USA Freedom Act of 2015, a

Momentum Grows For Renewable Electricity Standard

on May 22, 2015 - 7:30am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) received an important hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. 
The bill, S. 1264, would create jobs, save consumers money, and reduce pollution. In an effort to diversify the United States' energy sources and lead in clean energy production, the bill would require utilities to generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. 
The hearing was a key step

LAHS Students Rank Nationally In Le Grand Concours

on May 22, 2015 - 7:00am
Gold Medal winner Zoe Hemez is ranked second in the nation. Courtesy photo.

LAHS News:

Seven Los Alamos High School students have ranked nationally in the 80th annual Le Grand Concours, according to National Director Lisa Narug.

Students include:

  • Zoe Hemez (gold medal);
  • Opale Schappert (gold medal);
  • Theodore Warner (silver medal);
  • Elise Koskelo (silver medal);
  • Rebecca Cai (bronze medal);
  • Irene Kwon (bronze medal); and
  • Esperanza Tapia (bronze medal)

Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.

Luján Issues Statement On Short-Term Highway Bill

on May 22, 2015 - 6:55am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement on a two-month extension of the Highway Trust Fund, which is set to expire at the end of the month.
“Republicans have had ten months to come up with a long-term highway funding solution to keep important road, bridge, and construction projects moving forward, yet all they have mustered is a two-month extension that continues the uncertainty and dysfunction that has become their trademark.
“It is long past time to give this

Luján Offers Amendment To Support STEM Education At Hispanic Serving Institutions

on May 21, 2015 - 8:50am


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District spoke on the House floor today in support of a bipartisan amendment he offered with a number of his colleagues to establish a grant program at the National Science Foundation to support STEM education at Hispanic Serving Institutions. 

Below are Luján’s remarks on the amendment, which passed unanimously. Click here to watch his speech.

“Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of this amendment that I am proud to offer with my colleagues.

Strong Start For America’s Children Act Introduced

on May 21, 2015 - 7:47am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of senators in introducing the Strong Start for America’s Children Act to expand quality preschool programs in New Mexico and throughout the country.
The Strong Start for America's Children Act is a 10-year innovative federal-state partnership to expand and improve early learning opportunities for children from birth to age 5.
"Quality preschool can transform a child, helping them start kindergarten ready to learn and become more successful as they grow up.

U.S. Leads Fifth International Review Meeting On Safety Of Spent Fuel And Radioactive Waste Management

on May 20, 2015 - 8:11pm
NNSA News:
VIENNA, Austria Representatives of the nations or Contracting Parties who are signatories to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (Joint Convention), began on Monday the Fifth Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties.
The Joint Convention is the first international instrument that deals with the safety of management and storage of radioactive waste and spent fuel in countries with and without nuclear programs.

Proposed Los Alamos Bag Ban Bad For Environment And Freedom

on May 20, 2015 - 1:50pm
By PAUL J. GESSING, President
Rio Grande Foundation

The Los Alamos County Council is considering banning plastic grocery bags. More than 200 municipalities in the United States, including two in New Mexico – Santa Fe and Silver City – have banned the distribution of lightweight plastic shopping bags.

Proponents of bag bans, specifically the Sierra Club, claim they will reduce litter and protect the marine environment, diminish our consumption of resources and emissions of greenhouse gases, reduce waste, and save taxpayers’ money.

Unfortunately, the supposed environmental benefits of

Court Reverses Sabotage Verdict For Y-12 Protesters

on May 20, 2015 - 11:37am
Courtesy/Nuke Resister & Transform Now Plowshares
Los Alamos Daily Post

By a 2-1 vote, a U.S. Court of Appeals in Knoxville, Tenn., overturned a sabotage conviction for three religious protesters on May 8.

The decision led to the release Saturday of Megan Rice, an 84-year-old nun, 59-year-old Greg Boertje-Obed and 66-year-old Michael Walli. They were arrested while infiltrating the Y-12 National Security Site near Oak Ridge National Laboratory on July 28, 2012.

Rice has been serving a 35-month sentence and the two men were working on a 65-month sentence each.

Four Sham Cancer Charities Allegedly Bilk Over $187 Million From Consumers

on May 20, 2015 - 7:41am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
SANTA FE  New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas joined with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, all 50 States and the District of Columbia Tuesday in a complaint charging four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from consumers.
The defendants told donors their money would help cancer patients, including children and also women suffering from breast cancer, but the overwhelming majority of donations benefitted only the perpetrators, their families, friends, and fundraisers.
“Our office