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8th Annual Dolores Huerta Day Of Service Friday

on March 28, 2017 - 7:03am
DoS group listening to Carlos Marentes. Courtesy photo
 
RCCC News:
 
Nearly 350 grade school students and dozens of adult volunteers will descend on La Plazita Gardens at Sanchez Farm 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, March 31 in Albuquerque, to learn about farming, César Chávez, Dolores Huerta and the migrant farm workers' movement.
 
Many organizations and individuals are involved in organizing and volunteering to teach children in a fun, culturally enriched environment.
 
The Dolores Huerta Day of Service learning uses traditional, hands-on, experiential learning techniques to help

Santa Fe Opera Supports NEA

on March 27, 2017 - 8:39am
By CHARLES MACKAY
General Director
Santa Fe Opera
 
Now that we know for certain that the Trump Administration’s budget blueprint proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a consistently bipartisan supported arts and culture agency, please join me in supporting a budget of $155 million for the NEA in the FY 2018 Interior Appropriations Bill to preserve citizen access to the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the arts and advance creativity and innovation in communities across the United States.
 
Support from the NEA is absolutely vital to

Kraft Heinz Commits To Clean Up Palm Oil Supply Chain

on March 27, 2017 - 8:33am
KRAFT HEINZ News:
 
SAN FRANCISCO  Today, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) welcomed the new palm oil policy issued by the Kraft Heinz Company, but continued to warn customers that its much-loved brands remain at risk of containing Conflict Palm Oil.
 
RAN called on the Kraft Heinz Company to develop a more robust policy after its merger in 2016, as both companies were lagging behind their peers in adopting commitments to end the destruction of all forests, peatlands and the egregious violations of human rights common in the operations of members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil,

SFCC Celebrates Native American Week March 27-31

on March 27, 2017 - 8:31am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College will celebrate the third annual Native American Week March 27 through March 31.
 
SFCC’s Native American Student Outreach Coordinator Valerie Grimley, Ph.D. said, “We’ve got an exciting program this year that celebrates our increased enrollment of Native American students.” There are 462 Native American students enrolled at the college in Academic Year 2016-2017. The current number represents a 34.4 percent increase since Academic Year 2013-14, when there were 344 Native American students attending SFCC.
 
Festivities begin Monday,

IRS: Get Automatic Six More Months To File

on March 27, 2017 - 8:30am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service remind taxpayers that if they are unable to file their tax returns by this year’s April 18 deadline there is an easy, online option to get more time to complete their return.
 
The advice for those who cannot complete their tax return by April 18: Do not panic. Taxpayers who need more time to complete their return can request an automatic six-month extension. An extension allows for extra time to gather, prepare and file paperwork with the IRS, however, it does not extend the time to pay any tax due.
 
The fastest and easiest way to get

Udall To Oppose Gorsuch For Supreme Court

on March 26, 2017 - 8:41am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that he will vote against confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. He issued the following statement: 
 
"I have met with Judge Gorsuch, followed the hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and studied his record, and I have decided that I can't support his confirmation. 
 
"The Supreme Court changes people's lives, and its decisions stand for generations.

Sen. Heinrich Celebrates 4th Anniversary Designation Of Río Grande Del Norte National Monument

on March 26, 2017 - 7:26am

Río Grande del Norte National Monument. Courtesy photo

 

STATE News:

Saturday was the fourth anniversary of the designation of Río Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico. From the tops of Cerro de la Olla and Ute Mountain, to the depths of the Rio Grande Gorge, the Río Grande del Norte is one of the most 

spectacular places on earth.

U.S. Senate Vote Threatens Consumer Data Security

on March 25, 2017 - 7:34am
NCL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate’s vote Thursday to repeal the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules is a disappointing step that threatens to make consumers’ data less secure. At a time when data breaches routinely expose consumers to identity theft and other fraud, according to advocates at the National Consumers League (NCL), it is extremely disheartening that the Senate would seek to obliterate strong consumer data security requirements.
 
John Breyault, NCL’s vice president of public policy, telecommunications and fraud issued the following statement:

EM, UKAEA Expand Collaboration On Robotics

on March 25, 2017 - 6:45am

Acting EM Assistant Secretary Sue Cange and Rob Buckingham, director of the Center for Remote Applications in Challenging Environments, shake hands after signing the Statement of Intent. Courtesy/DOE-EM

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Energy Office of Evironmental Management (EM) and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Agency (UKAEA) have agreed to further collaborate to develop and apply robotics to nuclear decommissioning tasks.

Representatives from EM and the UKAEA earlier this month signed a new Statement of Intent (SOI), providing the framework for exchange of information

FBI Seeks Special Agents With Diverse Backgrounds

on March 25, 2017 - 6:28am
FBI News:
 
At a recent event in Houston sponsored by the FBI’s Diversity Agent Recruitment Program, potential employees with varied backgrounds learned what it takes to become a special agent. 
 
To read more, click here.

Luján On Postponed House Vote On Trumpcare

on March 24, 2017 - 5:01pm
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement after House Republicans delayed a high profile vote on the Republican health care repeal bill when the legislation failed to gain sufficient support to pass the House:
 
“President Trump and Congressional Republicans hatched a bill in a back room and tried to slip it through the House with no hearings before anyone – even members of their own party – were able to understand the details,” Lujan said.

Letter To The Editor: Protest GOP Healthcare Bill

on March 24, 2017 - 10:45am
By CHARLES SMITH
Santa Fe

The congressional Republican healthcare plan will be a disaster for working families. Their plan will take health care away from 24 million people across the country and impose painful taxes on working people.

Thank you.

America’s Small Business Development Centers Host Inaugural National SBDC Day

on March 24, 2017 - 6:03am
 
SBDC News:
 
BURKE, VA  Business has changed dramatically over the last 37 years, and America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has been there throughout.
 
Since 1980, America’s SBDCs— the nation’s largest business assistance network—have helped aspiring and emerging small business owners achieve the American dream of entrepreneurship.
 
With nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources to succeed.

Letter To The Editor: To That Concerned Citizen...

on March 23, 2017 - 10:40am

By JAMES ROBINSON, Chair
Republican Party of Los Alamos

Thank you, That Concerned Citizen, for your passionate response to the many letters written. Believe it or not, I agree with you, and I take up your challenge.

Although I share the political affiliation with the current party in power, does not mean I completely agree with all of their actions. Especially those that threaten our freedoms or future.

Many in my own Party have heard me call out the hypocritical notion that a party can call for less government, but mandate that the government decide who can marry.

Roger This: A White House Uncomfortable With Truth

on March 23, 2017 - 7:58am
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
So it’s fake news vs. alternative facts, is it?
 
Well, alternative facts are a contradiction in terms. Something is either a fact or not. Nothing is in between. There are no alternative facts.
 
We’re talking about Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President of the United States, trying to help her boss wriggle around his still-unfounded tweet that Barack Obama tapped his phone in Trump Tower. The President’s charge of fake news as a blanket statement can’t possibly apply to every case and is at the very least carelessly imprecise.

LANL: Ultrafast Measurements Explain Quantum Dot Voltage Drop

on March 22, 2017 - 9:50am

A femtosecond laser pulse launches a photocurrent transient in a quantum dot solid, which is time-resolved using ultrafast sampling electronics. This technique provides unprecedented insights into early time photoconductance in quantum dot assemblies for solar cells and photodetectors. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Insights pave way for solar cells and photodetectors based on tunable nanoparticles

Solar cells and photodetectors could soon be made from new types of materials based on semiconductor quantum dots, thanks to new insights based on ultrafast measurements capturing real-time

Heinrich, Udall Introduce Resolution To Honor Legacy Of Los Alamos National Laboratory On 75th Anniversary

on March 21, 2017 - 11:49am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
  • The resolution urges the Secretary of the Navy to name the next U.S. Navy submarine “USS Los Alamos” in recognition of the contributions of Los Alamos National Laboratory, the people of Los Alamos, and nearby communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall introduced a resolution urging the Secretary of the Navy to name the next nuclear-powered submarine of the United States Navy “USS Los Alamos” to honor and recognize the contributions the residents of Los Alamos have made to the United States Navy.

“Los

Breaking The Supermassive Black Hole Speed Limit

on March 21, 2017 - 11:08am

Quasar growing under intense accretion streams. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A new computer simulation helps explain the existence of puzzling supermassive black holes observed in the early universe. The simulation is based on a computer code used to understand the coupling of radiation and certain materials.

“Supermassive black holes have a speed limit that governs how fast and how large they can grow,” said Joseph Smidt of the Theoretical Design Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, “The relatively recent discovery of supermassive black holes in the early development of the universe

LANL: Less Radiation In Inner Van Allen Belt Than Previously Believed

on March 21, 2017 - 7:55am

This artist’s rendering of the Van Allen Probes mission shows the path of its two spacecraft through the radiation belts that surround Earth, which are made visible in false color. Courtesy/NASA  

LANL News:

  • New study shows scientists the ‘snowflake in a rainstorm’

The inner Van Allen belt has less radiation than previously believed, according to a recent study in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Observations from NASA’s Van Allen probes show the fastest, most energetic electrons in the inner radiation belt are actually much rarer and harder to find than scientists expected.

ATR President Grover Norquist To Keynote RGF Event

on March 21, 2017 - 6:18am

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. Courtesy photo

RGF News:

The Rio Grande Foundation (RGF) announces its keynote speaker this year is Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). ATR is a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR works to limit the size and cost of government and opposes higher taxes at the federal, state and local levels and supports tax reform that moves toward taxing consumed income one time at one rate.

Courtesy photo

ATR organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for

Heinrich Launches #KeepMeCovered Campaign

on March 20, 2017 - 6:38am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) launched “Keep Me Covered,” a social media campaign calling for New Mexicans and people across the country to share a video or photo using the hashtag #KeepMeCovered to highlight what they stand to lose under President Trump and congressional Republicans’ health care plan. 
 
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported yesterday that the bill will cancel health care for 14 million people in just one year, with 24 million losing care by 2026. 
 
“President Trump and

Letter To The Editor: Quoting Tweets And So Much More...

on March 20, 2017 - 6:27am
By “That” Concerned Citizen Again
Los Alamos

Mr. Visel, I am glad that we agree on the importance of the First Amendment for this country. However, I take exceptions to some statements in your letter (link).

It is telling that you complain about biased reporting of exactly the same “mainstream” media, as our president. You could as well just have posted Mr. Trump's tweets. If this is your reliable source of news, than we already disagree here. His tweets for years have been proven (by facts) as rarely being truthful or respectful … but we have the First Amendment, so I guess this is ok.

Let us

House Subcommittee Probes Nuclear Weapons Windfall

on March 18, 2017 - 10:41am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan appears Thursday before House Armed Services oversight and investigations subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/HASC webcast

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

President Trump’s budget priorities were on parade in the House Armed Services subcommittee hearing Thursday, as the White House was releasing a sketch of its fiscal plans for the next 18 months. The White House projection for the nuclear security enterprise proposes strong support for a “nuclear force that is second to none.”

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan spoke

Study Suggests Brain Injury Effects Last Seven Years

on March 18, 2017 - 8:43am
HEALTH News:
 
A new study that was presented Feb. 10 to the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, suggests brain injury long-term effects in children may still be present as long as seven years after the injury is sustained.
 
Furthermore, researchers found that children who sustain brain injuries are at increased risk to develop other functioning issues. The research highlights the importance of protecting children from brain injuries, especially children involved in high-risk sports or activities linked to traumatic brain injury.
 
“More than 630,000 children

Organizations Prepare To March For Science April 22

on March 18, 2017 - 7:33am
SCIENCE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Less than two months after the March for Science event was first announced, the num ber of partners now approaches 100 organizations, which includes global institutions, and ranges from scientific societies to unions. 
 
New major partners include the Alliance for Science, American Federation of Teachers, American Public Health Association, California Academy of Sciences, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, The Field Museum, Genetics Society of America, Phi Beta Kappa, Society for Neuroscience, and United Automobile, Aerospace,

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