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Eight Tips For National Cell Phone Courtesy Month

on June 25, 2016 - 8:35am

COMMUNITY News:

You’re in a business meeting and someone’s phone starts ringing. You’re in a restaurant and your date is looking at her phone all evening instead of talking to you. It’s the middle of mass and the guy at the end of the pew is texting with his buddies.

Good news: July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, and a time to take a look at the bad habits many of us have developed around the incessant texting, emailing, calling and being connected 24/7. 

Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert, author and founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide, offers these eight

Bathtub Row Press Releases New Book On US-Russian Lab-To-Lab Cooperation

on June 24, 2016 - 11:29am

Dr. Siegfried Hecker

BOOK RELEASE News:

Join the Los Alamos Historical Society, Dr. Siegfried Hecker and contributing authors for the release of Doomed to Cooperate 7-9 p.m., June 28 in Fuller Lodge.

This new title from Bathtub Row Press presents the story of the US-Russian lab-to-lab cooperation that spanned more than two decades.

Doomed to Cooperate: How American and Russian Scientists Joined Forces to Avert Some of the Greatest Post–Cold War Nuclear Dangers tells the remarkable story of nuclear scientists from two former enemy nations, the United States and Russia, who reached across

Governor Requests Federal Damage Assessments In Communities Affected By The Dog Head Fire

on June 24, 2016 - 8:49am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that she has requested damage assessments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the areas and communities affected by the Dog Head Fire.
 
“The Dog Head Fire continues to have a devastating impact on residents in affected communities,” Martinez said.

DEA Warning To Police, Public: Fentanyl Exposure Kills

on June 24, 2016 - 7:26am
DEA News:
 
DEA has released a Roll Call video to all law enforcement nationwide about the dangers of improperly handling fentanyl and its deadly consequences. 
 
Acting Deputy Administrator Jack Riley and two local police detectives from New Jersey appear on the video to urge any law enforcement personnel who come in contact with fentanyl or fentanyl compounds to take the drugs directly to a lab. 
 
“Fentanyl can kill you,” Riley said. “Fentanyl is being sold as heroin in virtually every corner of our country. It’s produced clandestinely in Mexico, and (also) comes directly from China.

Heinrich: It's Unacceptable That A Third Of New Mexico Children Are Living In Poverty

on June 24, 2016 - 7:10am
From the Office of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Following the release of Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) raised deep concerns about child poverty in New Mexico.
 
The report ranked the state 49th in the nation for overall child well-being for the third year in a row.

CHC On GOP’s Defense Of Term 'Illegal Alien'

on June 24, 2016 - 7:10am
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) was founded in December 1976 as a legislative service organization of the United States House of Representatives. Today, the CHC is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC aims to address national and international issues and the impact these policies have on the Hispanic community. The function of the Caucus is to serve as a forum for the Hispanic Members of Congress to coalesce around a collective legislative agenda.

Udall, Senate Democrats Unveil Legislation To Limit Influence Of Money In Politics, Rein In Special Interest Control Over Elections

on June 23, 2016 - 11:43pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Senate Democrats have announced a new legislative package and campaign to reform government to ensure it works for all Americans, not just special interests and a few at the top.
 
The package includes Udall's constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and his legislation to overhaul the dysfunctional Federal Election Commission (FEC). Udall will be the lead cosponsor of the legislation, which will be formally introduced next week. 
 
“Americans know money in politics is out of hand.

IRS Warns Of Tax Scams Relating To Orlando Mass-Shooting

on June 23, 2016 - 9:02pm
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service is issuing a consumer alert about possible fake charity scams emerging due to the recent mass-shooting in Orlando, Fla., and encourages taxpayers to seek out recognized charitable groups.
 
When making donations to assist victims of this terrible tragedy, there are simple steps taxpayers can take to ensure their hard-earned money goes to legitimate charities. IRS.gov has the tools taxpayers need to quickly and easily check out the status of charitable organizations.
 
While there has been an enormous wave of support across the country
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DOE Funds Two Los Alamos Energy Projects

on June 23, 2016 - 4:31pm

LANL News:

Two Los Alamos National Laboratory projects are among technologies supported in today’s U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announcement of nearly $16 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace.

“Los Alamos research expands the options for energy production while minimizing the impact on the environment. This work supports our mission to strengthen the security of energy for the nation,” said Melissa Fox, director of Applied Energy Programs at Los Alamos.

Local Legislator Tackles National Nuclear Issues

on June 23, 2016 - 10:50am

New Mexico State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speaks with INL Director Mark Peters during a site visit last week about the various issues facing the DOE sites and the role of the national labs moving forward. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Legislative leaders from the Department of Energy site states gathered last week at Idaho National Laboratory to meet with DOE officials, researchers and industry experts for a briefing on nuclear-related topics crucial to the national laboratories.

New Mexico State Rep.

Jewell Announces $452 Million In Payments To Local Communities To Support Vital Services

on June 23, 2016 - 9:30am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to rural communities, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced more than 1,900 local governments around the country are receiving a total of $451.6 million under the 2016 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.
 
The payments represent the largest amount ever allocated under the PILT program to compensate counties and local governments for their support of national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands and waters as they forego property

Udall Votes To Prevent Suspected Terrorists From Obtaining Guns

on June 23, 2016 - 9:16am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has joined Senate Democrats in pushing for two measures to close loopholes in the law by expanding background checks for gun purchases and preventing suspected terrorists from obtaining guns.
 
The measures, offered as amendments to the annual Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies funding bill, were blocked by Senate Republicans who offered counter proposals that would weaken gun laws.
 
"Today, we had the opportunity to pass measures supported by an overwhelming number of Americans that could

Crowley, Serrano, Luján Language In Support Of STEM Grants For Hispanic Serving Institutions Included In Appropriations Bill

on June 22, 2016 - 6:13am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), vice chair of the Democratic Caucus and José E. Serrano (D-the Bronx) announced the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill includes their push to require the National Science Foundation to move forward with a grant program to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).
 
Specifically, the language directs the National Science Foundation to establish a STEM grant program for

IRS Reminds Taxpayers To Report Foreign Accounts

on June 22, 2016 - 6:00am

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers who have one or more bank or financial accounts located outside the United States, or signature authority over such accounts that they may need to file an FBAR by Thursday, June 30.

By law, many U.S. taxpayers with foreign accounts exceeding certain thresholds must file Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, known as the “FBAR.” It is filed electronically with the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen).

“Robust growth in FBAR filings in

DOE Awards $4 Million Contract To RRC-JGMS NHO

on June 21, 2016 - 6:01pm
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI  The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the award of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to RRC-JGMS NHO, LLC (RJ-JV), a small business in Wexford, Penn. 
 
The contract will have a maximum value of $4 million over 4 years. Firm-fixed-price and time and material task orders will be issued from the base contract. Work performed under this contract will be performed at various DOE-EM sites.
 
The Contractor will provide the U.S.

DOE Invests $82 Million In Nuclear Technology

on June 21, 2016 - 4:35pm
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $82 million in nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development, and infrastructure awards in 28 states.
 
In total, 93 projects were selected to receive funding that will help push innovative nuclear technologies toward commercialization and into the market. These awards provide funding for nuclear energy-related research through the Nuclear Energy University Program, Nuclear Science User Facilities, and Nuclear Energy Enabling Technology programs.

Luján And Lujan Grisham Participate In White House Meeting On Opioid Crisis

on June 21, 2016 - 6:38am
U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (NM-3) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-1) participated in a meeting at the White House June 15 with members of the President’s Cabinet to discuss the opioid crisis that hurts communities across New Mexico and the need to take action to invest resources in treatment and prevention. 
 
The New Mexico Representatives joined Cecilia Munoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council; Shawn Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget; and Michael Botticelli, Director of National

Udall Opposes Poison Pill Riders In Interior And Environment Appropriations Bill

on June 21, 2016 - 6:20am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, stood up against poison pill provisions (riders) that would permanently weaken core environmental laws that protect our air, water, health and endangered species.
 
During a markup of the appropriations bill that funds critical Interior and environment programs -- including many New Mexico priorities -- Udall also successfully secured a bipartisan agreement to boost wildland firefighting for fiscal year 2017 by more than $600

Heinrich Speaks At White House Renewable Energy Summit, Highlights Emerging Technologies And Need To Modernize Electric Grid

on June 20, 2016 - 11:43am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, June 16 spoke at the White House summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets, where he underscored the importance of energy storage, modernizing our electric grid, and growing our nation's clean energy economy.
 
The event brought U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dr.

EPA Proposes Thousand-Fold Increase In Radioactivity For Drinking Water Following Emergencies – Public Comments Due July 25

on June 18, 2016 - 7:22am
Courtesy image/CCNS
CCNS News:
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety reports that late last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quietly released draft guidance to be used following a radiation contamination incident that would allow radioactivity in drinking water at concentrations vastly greater than allowed under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Under the proposed Protective Action Guides (PAGs) for drinking water, no actions to protect the public would be taken even if the radioactivity in drinking water were dozens or thousands or millions of times higher than Safe Drinking

Los Alamos High School Students Excel On National German Exams

on June 17, 2016 - 5:47pm

LAHS German teacher Anita Boshier wth her students showing off their medals and certificates from the National German Exam. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Twenty-two Los Alamos High School students won gold, 14 students won silver and 11 students won bronze medals in the 2016 National German Exam sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

Recipients of the gold medals (or Goldurkunde) scored in the 90 percentile were recognized on the Presidential Honor Roll for outstanding performance.

AATG President Hal Boland said, "The outstanding performance of these German

LAMC Receives Women’s Choice Award®

on June 17, 2016 - 7:17am
LAMC's Emergency Department staff from left, Courtney Thompson, RN, Dr. Paul Mikkelson and Erin Warren, RN. Courtesy photo

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care.

This evidence-based designation is the only Emergency Care award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that considers female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women state that they want from a hospital.

In the list of 360 award winners, LAMC, represents hospitals

Udall, Heinrich Announce $5.2 Million For Artesia And Roswell Airports

on June 17, 2016 - 6:36am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced $5,290,000 in grants to support air transportation infrastructure projects at airports in Artesia and Roswell.
 
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), an agency under the U.S. Department of Transportation, awarded the grants to fund airport rehabilitation projects. 
 
The Artesia Municipal Airport will receive $3,150,000 and the Roswell International Air Center will receive $2,140,000 to rehabilitate and maintain their existing runways.

Genomics Conference Started When Human Genome Sequencing Finished

on June 16, 2016 - 3:59pm

The 11th Annual Sequencing, Finishing, Analysis in the Future Meeting June 1-3 had more than 300 people in attendance, a capacity audience in the ballroom at the La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

An annual conference of researchers, technologists and funders in the soaring field of genomics held its 11th event June 1-3 in Santa Fe. The conference has grown from about 70 people when it began in 2006 to more than 300 this year.

Chris Detter, founder and chairman of the organizing committee of the 11th

Luján Addresses Amendments That Attack DREAMers

on June 16, 2016 - 7:49am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján joined members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer at a press conference Wednesday denouncing amendments offered by House Republicans to the Defense Appropriations Act that attack DREAMers by preventing them from serving in the Armed Forces. 
 
Below are his remarks as prepared.
 
“I want to thank my colleagues with the CHC and Whip Hoyer for their leadership on this issue, particularly Ruben Gallego, a veteran himself and a champion for the men and women

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