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Destructive Khapra Beetles Doscovered In Household Goods Shipment From Saudi Arabia To Philadelphia

on September 29, 2016 - 7:21am
The Khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium), photographed by the US Department of Agriculture, originated in South Asia and is one of the world’s most destructive pests of grain products and seeds.It is considered one of the 100 worst invasive species in the world.Infestations are difficult to control because of the insect's ability to survive without food for long periods, its preference for dry conditions and low-moisture food, and its resistance to many insecticides.There is a federal quarantine restricting the importation of rice into the U.S,. from countries with known infestations of the

Presidential Proclamation: Death Of Shimon Peres

on September 29, 2016 - 6:31am

Shimon Peres

From the Office of the President:

Shimon Peres, one of the last surviving members of Israel’s founding generation who during his long career served as the nation’s defense minister, minister of foreign affairs, prime minister and president has died at 93.

President Barack Obama has issued the following proclamation:


As a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of

EM Releases Supporting Materials From 2016 National Cleanup Workshop

on September 29, 2016 - 6:16am

EM-LA Field Office Manager Douglas E. Hintze presents at the 2016 National Cleanup Workshop Sept. 14-15 in Alexandria, Va. Courtesy/DOE

EM  News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Office of Environmental Management (EM) is making available support materials from the 2016 National Cleanup Workshop. The materials include speaker presentations, photos from the workshop and an attendee list. Links to videos of the workshop sessions will be available soon.
Approximately 600 people attended the National Cleanup Workshop Sept. 14-15 in Alexandria, Va.

DOE Awards Los Alamos Pueblos’ Project

on September 29, 2016 - 5:57am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, OHIO  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a cooperative agreement to the Pueblo de Cochiti (Cochiti Pueblo) of Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico for the “Los Alamos Pueblos’ Project (LAPP) Activities for Pueblo de Cochiti”.
The objective of the project is to focus on development of strategies and protocols, which would facilitate communications, including the exchange of documents, between DOE and Cochiti Pueblo and the development of strategies to enable Cochiti Pueblo to address issues related to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) activities.

Heinrich, Collins Introduce Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act

on September 29, 2016 - 5:54am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the bipartisan Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act to increase opportunities for families living in poverty.
The bill aligns and links existing systems and funding streams to target both parents and children with support aimed at increasing economic security, educational success, social capital, and the health and wellbeing of whole families.
“While we've seen signs of economic recovery, far too many families in New Mexico and across the nation are still

IRS To Launch Private Debt Collection Program

on September 29, 2016 - 5:47am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service has announced that it plans to begin private collection of certain overdue federal tax debts next spring and has selected four contractors to implement the new program.
The new program, authorized under a federal law enacted by Congress last December, enables these designated contractors to collect, on the government’s behalf, outstanding inactive tax receivables.

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.

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.


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
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

Udall, Heinrich: New Mexico Ideal Location To Expand Defense Technology Innovation Hub

on September 27, 2016 - 9:08am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


  • In letter to Defense Secretary, senators say NM labs and bases are perfectly positioned to advance defense technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have asked Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to consider opening a “Defense Innovation Unit Experimental" (DIUx) office in New Mexico as part of the military's mission to widen the technology gap between the United States and its adversaries.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

DIUx offices have been opened in regions with a strong high-tech presence to help improve

Local Democrats Host Debate Watch Party

on September 27, 2016 - 8:52am

More than 120 people gather Monday evening for a debate watch party at the DPLA headquarters in Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Folks gather at the DPLA headquarters in Central Park Square for Monday's first Presidential Debate party of the General Election season. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

DPLA News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos (DPLA) hosted a Presidential Debate watch party Monday evening at the DPLA headquarters in Central Park Square.

The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) released the following statement following Monday evening’s

DOE Awards Support Service Contract

on September 26, 2016 - 5:15pm
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract to Boston Government Services, LLC (BGS), of Lenoir City, Tennessee.
BGS is a small-disadvantaged business under the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Program. The contract will have a maximum value of $4 Million over four years. Firm-fixed-price and time and material task orders will be issued from the basic contract.
The contractor will provide support services to the Office of Environmental Management (EM) headquarters in

IRS And Security Summit Partners Warn Of Fake Tax Bill Emails

on September 26, 2016 - 5:13pm
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners today issued an alert to taxpayers and tax professionals to be on guard against fake emails purporting to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act.
The IRS has received numerous reports around the country of scammers sending a fraudulent version of CP2000 notices for tax year 2015. Generally, the scam involves an email that includes the fake CP2000 as an attachment. The issue has been reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for investigation.
The CP2000 is

AAUW Holds Voter Registration At UNM-LA In Honor Of National Voter Registration Day Tuesday

on September 26, 2016 - 9:41am

AAUW News:

AAUW Los Alamos will hold a voter registration event at UNM-Los Alamos Tuesday in honor of National Voter Registration Day.

Voter registration for US citizens residing in New Mexico is 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Building 6 on the UNM-LA campus. Those registering need to be 18 years of age or older on or before Election Day, Nov. 8. 

A social security number is necessary to complete the registration. Changes of name and address for those already registered also will be handled. 

AAUW Los Alamos also has scheduled a followup voter registration event 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Secretary Moniz Announces Removal Of All Highly Enriched Uranium From Poland

on September 26, 2016 - 8:17am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

NNSA Helps Poland Become 31st Country Plus Taiwan to Be HEU-free 

VIENNA – At the 60th IAEA General Conference, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz has announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), in cooperation with Poland, the Russian Federation and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has successfully repatriated 61 kilograms of Russian-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) from the Maria Research Reactor in Otwock-Swierk, Poland.

The shipment removes the last known HEU from Poland,

White Cane Awareness Week Oct. 15-22

on September 26, 2016 - 8:08am
Los Alamos

What does a white cane mean to the ordinary citizen of Los Alamos? Mostly the answer is, “I don’t know.”

A white cane is a device used by a class of handicapped citizens in order to move about in a sighted world. Not all blind people are totally blind. Many have limited vision such as those who have glaucoma, pigmentosa or macular degeneration. The cane signifies that the person is blind though some persons out of vanity refuse to be identified by using a cane.

The most common cane is a six to seven foot long wand that one uses to sweep in front of themselves to

Scenes From GOP Constitution Day Dinner 2016

on September 25, 2016 - 6:13pm

Rep. Nora Espinoza delivers the keynote speech at Saturday's Constitution Day Dinner. She is the Republican candidate in the Secretary of State race. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Republican Party of Los Alamos Chair Bill McKerley welcomes the crowd to the annual Constitution Day Dinner Saturday at the Church of Christ on Diamond Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Constitution Day Dinner attendees who served in the military are asked to stand and are applauded for their service by members of the Republican Party at Saturday's special event. Photo by Carol A.

Udall, Heinrich: We Must Do More To Provide Debt Relief And Support to Students, Veterans Suffering From Impacts Of ITT Tech Closure

on September 24, 2016 - 3:27pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter commending the U.S. Department of Education for its decision to stop additional federal student aid from flowing to ITT Educational Services, Inc. (ITT Tech).
Following these restrictions and serious concerns echoed by law enforcement agencies and ITT Tech's accreditor with regard to the company's "deceptive practices, dubious educational quality, and financial integrity," ITT Tech announced that it would halt operations and shutdown all of its campuses on September 6, 2016.

‘The Moving Wall’ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Visits New Mexico Oct. 20-14

on September 24, 2016 - 9:33am

The half-size replica of the National Vietnam Memorial Wall will be on display Oct. 20-24 in Moriarty. Courtesy photo


  • Half-Size Replica of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Stop in Moriarty

The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services has announced that the public is invited to visit The Moving Wall as it makes a four-day stop Oct. 20-24 in Moriarty at Civic Park just south of the city’s municipal offices at 202 Broadway. There will be a special Welcome Ceremony at 10 a.m. Oct. 21.

The Moving Wall is a traveling half-sized replica of the National Vietnam

New Mexico AG's Office Participates In Out Of The Darkness Walk Promoting Suicide Awareness

on September 24, 2016 - 9:02am

Out of the Darkness suicide awareness walks are taking place in communities across the country in honor of suicide awareness month. Courtesy image

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE -- The Albuquerque Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is hosting is annual Out of the Darkness suicide awareness walk in honor of suicide awareness month.

This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his office will participate in the walk in Albuquerque.

Secretary Of Defense Ash Carter To Visit LANL

on September 24, 2016 - 8:11am

Defense Secretary Ash Carter

DOD News:

Secretary of Defense the Honorable Ash Carter is visiting Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico Sept. 27-28 to discuss the nuclear enterprise and thank personnel for their work to ensure the readiness of the nuclear force.

During his visit to New Mexico, Carter also will tour facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories to thank scientists and engineers at these facilities for their ongoing work involving the development, assessment and security of the nuclear triad.

AG Balderas Issues Safety Advisory After Yahoo Admits 500 Million User Accounts Were Stolen

on September 23, 2016 - 2:52pm

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children Unit issued a Safety Advisory in response to Yahoo’s announcement that 500 million of its user accounts were stolen.

“This incident is a stark reminder that all New Mexicans should be proactively protecting themselves online,” Balderas said.

DOE Releases Final Request For Proposal For Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract

on September 23, 2016 - 11:16am

DOE News:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) Thursday for the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract (LLCC) acquisition.

A contract that primarily includes cost-plus-award-fee contract line items for the purpose of continuing the legacy cleanup mission is anticipated. The RFP provides for full and open competition, and the RFP includes requirements for meaningful work to be performed by small business concerns.

The total estimated value of the contract is approximately $1.7B over the prospective ten-year and three months period of performance, including

Los Alamos MainStreet Named Semi-Finalist ... Needs Community's Help To Win National Award!

on September 22, 2016 - 9:13pm
Downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Natalie Glass
Los Alamos MainStreet needs your help!
This past week, Main Street America revealed the 10 semi-finalists in the 2017 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) and Los Alamos made the cut! Now we need the Los Alamos community to show their support on social media. Main Street America is watching the reactions on Facebook. So if you are a fan of Los Alamos MainStreet and the work they do for the community, now is the time to show your support to help them win. So please Like, Love and Wow Los Alamos MainStreet!
“The Great

Introducing The Daily Minor Planet: Delivering The Latest Asteroid News

on September 22, 2016 - 9:26am
CfA News:
Have you ever wondered what piece of cosmic debris is whizzing past the Earth right now? Do you crave up-to-the-minute information about asteroids large and small? Well you’re in luck because today you can subscribe to a new service: the Daily Minor Planet.

Developed through a partnership between scientists at the Minor Planet Center and volunteers from the Oracle Corporation, the Daily Minor Planet will deliver reports on the latest asteroid happenings straight to your inbox.

“Most people don’t realize how common asteroid flybys are,” said Matt Holman, director of the Minor