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Neeper: What Drives A Culture Insane?

on June 22, 2017 - 8:11am
By DON NEEPER
Portola Valley, Calif.
Former Los Alamos resident
 
In the Los Alamos Daily Post of June 20, V. B. Price asks whether a national culture can go insane. Price sees recent mass shootings as evidence of a developing mad culture within a fear-laden population that could tip into a disguised civil war or dictatorship. I suggest that Nazi Germany of 1939 and ISIS of 2017 provide examples of insane cultures that answer Price's question. However, I also suggest that the crucial question is not whether a culture can go insane, but rather what drives it crazy.

Price cites studies on

IRS Now Accepting Renewal Applications For ITINs Set To Expire By End Of 2017

on June 22, 2017 - 8:06am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service is now accepting renewal applications for the Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) set to expire at the end of 2017.
 
The agency urges taxpayers affected by changes to the ITIN program to submit their renewal applications as soon as possible to avoid the rush.
 
In the second year of the renewal program, the IRS has made changes to make the process smoother for taxpayers. The renewal process for 2018 is beginning now, more than three months earlier than last year.
 
“This is an important program, and the IRS is opening

F-16 Fighting Falcon Crashes At Ellington Airport

on June 22, 2017 - 7:03am

F-16 Fighting Falcon. Nacho Anazawa/18th Wing Public Affairs

NORAD News:

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – An F-16 Fighting Falcon from a detachment of the 138th Fighter Wing, stationed at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, Texas, crashed on take-off at approximately 9:30 MDT Wednesday.

The pilot safely ejected and is being evaluated at a local medical facility. 

The aircraft, under the direction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, was conducting a training flight.

DOE Awards Contract To Professional Project Services, Inc. Of Oak Ridge For OREM Technical Support

on June 22, 2017 - 5:31am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) June 19, announced the award of a contract to Professional Project Services, Inc. of Oak Ridge, Tenn., for the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) Technical Support Services (TSS) procurement.
 
This contract is an Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) from which Firm-Fixed-Price and Time-and-Materials task orders may be issued.

Scenes From Chamber Breakfast On MPNHP

on June 21, 2017 - 4:11pm

Panel members on hand this morning at UNM-LA for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce breakfast discussion on the Manhattan Project National Historic Park, from left, Linda Deck, Linda Matteson, Charlie Strickfaden, Kristin Henderson and Ellen McGee. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck and Manhattan Project National Park Site Manager Charlie Strickfaden at this morning's Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Marketing Manager Ryn Herrman, left, and small

AGU: Wildfires Pollute Much More Than Previously Thought

on June 21, 2017 - 7:33am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Summer wildfires boost air pollution considerably more than previously believed.
 
Naturally burning timber and brush launch what are called fine particles into the air at a rate three times as high as levels noted in emissions inventories at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study. The microscopic specks that form aerosols are a hazard to human health, particularly to the lungs and heart.
 
“Burning biomass produces lots of pollution.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Calls On New Mexicans To Share Health Care Stories

on June 21, 2017 - 7:21am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling for New Mexicans and people across the country to share a video or photo using the hashtag #AmericaSpeaksOut to highlight what they stand to lose under President Trump and Congressional Republicans’ health care bill.
 
“President Trump and Republicans in the House rushed through a disastrous plan that would leave New Mexicans paying more for less health coverage and would throw our health care system into chaos,” Heinrich said.

Life, As We Know It, Depends On ... Pollinators

on June 21, 2017 - 6:49am

National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. More than 75 percent of the Earth's flowering plants depend on bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other pollinators. Yet scientists have noted that these hardworking insects and other animals are in trouble. Our own well-being and the welfare of our planet rests upon their wings. 

Ten years ago the U.S.

Congressional Delegation Urges Zinke To Protect New Mexico’s National Monuments

on June 21, 2017 - 6:47am
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham have urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to protect New Mexico’s national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act.
 
The New Mexico lawmakers wrote to Zinke to express their strong support for the Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monuments, which the lawmakers said protect treasured resources and places, enjoy overwhelming public support, and drive local economies.
 
In their letter, the

Punxsutawney Phil Mysteriously Resurfaces Just In Time For New Mexico Summer Solstice At 10:24 P.M. Tonight!

on June 20, 2017 - 9:17pm

Punxsutawney Phil mysteriously resurfaces at an undisclosed location in Los Alamos just in time to enjoy New Mexico's summer solstice at 10:24 p.m. tonight. The elusive Phil was last spotted around town in February ... for details, click here. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

WHEN IS THE SUMMER SOLSTICE 2017?

The summer solstice falls on Wednesday, June 21, 12:24 A.M. EDT. For time zones further west, the solstice falls on Tuesday, June 20 as follows.

  • Tuesday, June 20, 11:24 P.M. CDT
  • Tuesday, June 20, 10:24 P.M. MDT (Los Alamos time zone)
  • Tuesday, June 20, 9:24 P.M. PDT

WHAT IS THE SUMMER

Heinrich Provides Online Resources To Help New Mexicans Prepare For Wildfire Season

on June 20, 2017 - 3:07pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  With wildfire season underway, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is helping New Mexicans prepare and stay safe with the Wildfire Preparedness & Prevention Resource Center that provides information on how to protect communities from the devastating effects of wildfires.
 
The online resource center includes active wildfire information, prevention and safety tips, resources for businesses, and more.
 
Heinrich also released a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) to help spread the word about how to stay safe

V.B. Price: Can A National Culture Go Insane?

on June 20, 2017 - 10:32am

Image by Christopher Dombres
 
By V.B. PRICE
Albuquerque
vbprice.com

In the wake of last Wednesday’s shooting in Virginia at a Republican workout for the bipartisan Congressional Baseball Charity game, the murder of four UPS workers in San Francisco on the same day, and now a mass killing of five people in Northern New Mexico around Tres Piedras and Abiquiu, many of us are left with the deeply disturbing feeling that we’re experiencing once again another tremor in the spasmodic unraveling of America’s cultural sanity.

According to massshootingtracker.com, over 196 mass shootings have

Klotz Responds To Center For Public Integrity's Series On Safety Culture At NNSA Sites

on June 20, 2017 - 9:00am

NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Safety is paramount at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). We have uncompromising standards for our plants and laboratories to perform work in a safe and secure manner that protects our employees, our facilities, and the public.

An article published Sunday by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), the first in a planned series on safety at NNSA sites, attacks the safety culture at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) without offering all of the facts and the full context. 

In 2013, LANL, in consultation with

Udall Introduces Bill To Prevent Skyrocketing Costs of Prescription Drugs; Hold Companies Accountable For Price Gouging

on June 20, 2017 - 7:26am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in introducing legislation to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for large price increases in prescription drugs. 
 
The Stop Price Gouging Act would penalize drug companies that engage in price gouging without cause, leading to price spikes for patients who rely on medication to treat diseases ranging from cancer to opioid addiction.
 
Nearly 28 million

Heinrich: Congress Must Take Energy Innovation Seriously

on June 20, 2017 - 6:49am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joint Economic Committee Democrats today released a report on the barriers to clean energy innovation that are preventing the U.S. economy from fully capitalizing on clean energy’s economic potential.
 
Instead of prioritizing energy innovation to position the United States as the global leader, Congressional Republicans often cite federal funding in climate change as government waste, and President Trump’s budget proposes deep cuts to energy innovation programs at the Department of Energy.
 

Los Alamos High School’s Sydne Ashford And Miriam Wallstrom Shine At National History Day Competition

on June 19, 2017 - 9:54am

Los Alamos High School students Sydne Ashford and Miriam Wallstrom win 5th place in the U.S. in National History Day Contest. Courtesy photos

EDUCATION News:

In a town where science fair is all the rage, a similar, unique competition showcasing history is just as exciting for local students. Los Alamos High School students Sydne Ashford and Miriam Wallstrom competed in the National History Day Contest (NHD), held June 11-15 at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Washington D.C. area.

National Amateur Radio Field Day June 24-25

on June 19, 2017 - 9:25am
LAARC News:
 
The Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the National Amateur Radio Field Day exercise June 24-25 at the North Mesa Picnic Ground off North Mesa Road in Los Alamos.
 
Ham radio operators across North America will be operating noon Saturday to noon Sunday using generator, solar and battery power equipment in order to make radio contacts during this 24 hour emergency preparedness exercise.
 
The public is invited to attend and see a demonstration of the Radio Amateur’s skills and readiness in providing self-supporting communications when infrastructure is

Summer Road Rage Risk Reduction Check-List

on June 19, 2017 - 7:31am

Photo by Nabeel Syed

 

By STEVE KARDIAN, Instructor
Certified FBI Defensive Tactics
 
If you drive on our nation’s roadways on a regular basis, your chances of being involved in a road rage incident are very high.
 
Road rage can be triggered through a gesture, such as being flipped off, by being cut off or through tailgating. It can lead to serious physical injury and even death. Most of the minor events go unreported.
 
There is something about being behind the wheel of a car that can prompt rage or aggression in even the mildest mannered people.

Regional Coalition Discusses LANL's Small Business Program Support And Waste Classifications Overview

on June 19, 2017 - 7:21am
RCLC News:
 
SANTA FE  The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) hosted its regular Board Meeting June 9 in the Española Council Chambers.
 
The meeting focused its discussion on the efforts of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Small Business Program Office and how it supports local contractors to do business with LANL and other federal programs.

2017’s Best States For Summer Road Trips

on June 19, 2017 - 7:12am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With 79 percent of summer travelers driving to their destination and this summer possibly being the cheapest for gas since 2005, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released a pair of reports to help folks find savings along the way: 2017's Best & Worst States for Summer Road Trips and Best Gas Credit Cards.
 
WalletHub’s data team compared the 50 U.S. states in terms of 22 key indicators of a fun and frugal summer road trip. The data set ranges from average gas prices to the quality of roads to the number of attractions.

 
 
Best States for Summer Road Trips

 

 
Worst

More Scenes From Los Alamos Rally For Healthcare

on June 18, 2017 - 11:01am

Dr. Tyler Taylor of Los Alamos spoke at the rally for healthcare Saturday at LAMC about common myths about healthcare that are used to confuse the debate. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos residents rally for healthcare Saturday near LAMC. Courtesy photo

Staff Report:

Saturday, New Mexicans rallied at 20 simultaneous events throughout the state to voice their concern over changes to the healthcare system that the “American Health Care Act “(aka Trumpcare) would bring if it becomes law.

Medical professionals and local elected officials spoke at the rally in Los Alamos near Los Alamos Medical

Rev. Duncan Lanum Undertakes 2,000 Mile Joy Ride

on June 18, 2017 - 7:45am
Rev. Duncan Lanum, 78, heading out on a 2,000 mile bicycle ride from Santa Fe to Tampa, Fl., to honor the memory of his beloved wife. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
SANTA FE Rev. Duncan Lanum, 78, Rector at St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, headed out June 12 on a 2,000 mile bicycle ride from Santa Fe to Tampa, Fl., to honor the memory of his beloved wife, Joy Rose Lanum and raise funds for Many Mothers.
 
Many Mothers is a volunteer, community-based organization that is the 21st century version of an extended family.

Librarian Of Congress Names Tracy K. Smith Poet Laureate Consultant In Poetry For 2017-2018

on June 18, 2017 - 7:27am
Tracy K. Smith
 
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS  News:
 
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced the appointment of Tracy K. Smith as the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2017-2018.
 
Smith will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season in September with a reading of her work at the Coolidge Auditorium. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a professor at Princeton University, succeeds Juan Felipe Herrera as Poet Laureate.
 
“It gives me great pleasure to appoint Tracy K. Smith, a poet of searching,” Hayden said.
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Locals Rally Against Repeal Of Affordable Care Act

on June 17, 2017 - 5:16pm
Local residents and Democrats rally against repeal of the ACA this morning near Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Kyle Wheeler

Scene from this morning's rally near LAMC against repeal of the ACA. Photo by Kyle Wheeler
 
DPLA News:
 
Los Alamos residents and members of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos joined people around the state and across the nation in rallies against repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
 
The local rally was held near Los Alamos Medical Center and attended by about two dozen people from the very young to the elderly.

State Secures Federal Funds To Fight El Cajete Fire

on June 17, 2017 - 4:15pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico has secured federal funding to help fight the Cajete Fire.

New Mexico’s request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Funds through the grant will help cover costs of emergency protective measures and firefighting activities.

“Our coordinated response, through state agencies and our local partners, is working hand in hand with the Forest Service to fight the fire and protect the lives and property of New Mexicans,” Martinez said.

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