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Feliz Cinco De Mayo!

on May 5, 2016 - 10:50pm

Cinco de Mayo performers at the White House. Courtesy photo

CINCO DE MAYO News:

Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for “Fifth of May”, is a celebration held May 5 to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico's Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated Sept.16.

Events leading to the Battle of Puebla

Cinco de Mayo has its roots in the French occupation of Mexico, which took place

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Visits Los Alamos Democratic Party Campaign Headquarters In Central Park Square

on May 5, 2016 - 10:17pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., visited the Democratic Party Campaign Headquarters this afternoon in Central Park Square. He spoke to the volunteers and candidates, thanking them for running for office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on May 5, 2016 - 10:01pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper this afternoon following visits to Descartes Labs, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Cottonwood on the Greens at the Golf Course and the Democratic Campaign Headquarters in Central Park Square. Heinrich visited the newspaper in 2013 to congratulate the news team on its small business of the year award. The senator commented during his visit today that the Los Alamos Daily Post is on his daily read list and keeps him current on the events happenings throughout the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NNSA Extends LANL Management Contract

on May 5, 2016 - 12:27pm

LANL News:

Director Charlie McMillan announced Wednesday during an all-employee meeting that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has agreed to extend the contract to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory by one year.

In a memo that went out to employees following the meeting, McMillan shared NNSA’s official communication about the contract extension to stakeholders, which notes that “NNSA has determined to grant Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) a final Award Term for performance in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, extending the period of performance through FY 2018. No further

XQ: The Super School Bus Hits Los Alamos May 9

on May 4, 2016 - 5:36pm

Courtesy/XQ

 

EDUCATION News:

 

XQ: The Super School Project will be bringing its national bus tour to Los Alamos May 9.

 

The Los Alamos stop will be a chance for the community to connect with, and hear directly from, New Mexico applicants about why they’ve engaged in the challenge and some of the innovative ideas they have for rethinking high school in Los Alamos.

 

The dynamic school bus stop will feature activities for XQ applicants, local students, and community members, and aims to spark a broader conversation about the needs of Los Alamos' students and how we meet those

In Praise Of Los Alamos Schools

on May 4, 2016 - 8:53am

Emily Johnson, Los Alamos High School Class of 2016. Courtesy photo

 

By JIM and CAROL JOHNSON
Gig Harbor, Wash.

It was a little more than a year ago (Jan. 29, 2015) that the Los Alamos Daily Post did a nice story on the appointment of our oldest son, Kevin Johnson (LAHS, 1978), as President and Chief Operating Officer of Starbucks (link). If you will forgive our presumptiveness, it just occurred to us that there might be another story connecting Kevin, his sister Kerry Johnson Hinsch (LAHS, 1981), Kevin’s younger brother Dr.

LAHS Students Win Chance To Qualify For International Chemistry Olympiad

on May 4, 2016 - 8:16am

LAHS sophomore David Gao, center, and senior Nicholas Koskelo with their teacher and coach Kathy Boerigter. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

The Central New Mexico local section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced the names of two outstanding chemistry students from Los Alamos High School. The students are sophomore David Gao and senior Nicholas Koskelo.

Last week they took a national exam that may qualify them to become members of the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad team that will compete in the 48th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), July 23-Aug. 1 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

LAHS Latin Students Medal On National Latin Exam

on May 4, 2016 - 7:06am

LAHS Latin students participate in the 2016 National Latin Exam. Courtesy photo

LAHS Latin students participate in the 2016 National Latin Exam. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

In March, Latin students at Los Alamos High School participated in the 2016 National Latin Exam. A number of students received awards for their performances, some earning top honors.

In Latin 1, Carter Begnaud, Hannah Clegg, Isabella Stephens and Andres Vigil earned Silver Maxima Cum Laude medals and awards.

In Latin 2, Caleb Hatlerand, Jacob Thompson earned Silver Maxima Cum Laude medals and awards.

On the Latin 3

LAHS's Wilbur Wang 2nd Year USA Biology Olympiad Semifinalist

on May 3, 2016 - 10:31pm

Wilbur Wang

LAPS News:

The Center for Excellence in Education congratulates Los Alamos High School's Wilbur Wang for being a semi-finalist in the USA Biology Olympiad Open Exam. This is Wang’s second year reaching the rank of semifinalist.

Approximately 10,000 high school students took the exam, and Wang’s score puts him in the top 10 percent of that group.

The next step is for him to take the second round of this challenging test.

New Mexico GOP On Indiana Primary Results

on May 3, 2016 - 10:06pm

RPNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE  The Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement this evening on the Presidential Primary results in Indiana: 

"With Donald Trump's win in Indiana and Ted Cruz dropping out, Trump has functionally secured the nomination," said Republican Party of New Mexico Spokesman Tucker Keene. "We look forward to seeing Donald Trump in New Mexico and working with our nominee to defeat Hillary Clinton in November and delivering our five electoral votes for the Republicans."

DOE Announces $25 Million To Accelerate Integration Of Solar Energy Into Nation’s Electrical Grid

on May 3, 2016 - 3:49pm
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of the Energy Department’s ongoing efforts to modernize the nation’s grid through the Grid Modernization Initiative, the Energy Department announced $25 million in available funding through an effort called Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) to help software developers, solar companies, and utilities accelerate the integration of solar energy into the grid.
 
Since President Obama took office, the amount of solar power installed in the U.S.

National Rally For Deaf Rights May 4

on May 2, 2016 - 12:24pm
DGM News:
 
National Rally for Deaf Rights is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 4, at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, hosted by Deaf Grassroots Movement-New Mexico.
 
At the same time at all state capitols across the United States, the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind people will gather to rally for civil rights for Deaf, Hard of
Hearing and DeafBlind people.

'Democracy Now!' Host Amy Goodman Breaks Silence

on May 2, 2016 - 11:40am
PAC 8 Executive Director Jean Gindreau, left, with 'Democracy Now!' co-host and author Amy Goodman. Goodman and co-author Denis Moynihan signed copies of their new book April 26 during a PAC 8 fundraiser. Photo by Jim O'Donnell
 
Amy Goodman speaks to a capacity crowd April 26 at UNM-LA. Photo by Jim O'Donnell
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Dialy Post

In 1996 Amy Goodman began hosting a show on Pacifica Radio called Democracy Now! to focus on the issues and movements that are too often ignored by the corporate media. Today Democracy Now! is the largest public media collaboration in

Udall Welcomes Roberta Jacobson’s Confirmation As Ambassador To Mexico

on April 30, 2016 - 10:21am
Newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson. Courtesy/tufts.edu 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a longtime advocate for Senate reform, released the following statement on the Senate’s confirmation of Roberta Jacobson as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.
 
“Roberta Jacobson is one the most qualified people ever nominated to be ambassador to Mexico.

LANL Puts Out Big ‘Help Wanted’ Notice

on April 30, 2016 - 10:12am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan at Tuesday's Community Leaders Update in Santa Fe talks about reshaping the workforce of the future. Courtesy photo

NNSA Field Office Manager Kim Davis Lebak touts the virtues of a steady budget. Courtesy photo

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

An aging workforce and natural attrition, more than budget growth, are pushing Los Alamos National Laboratory toward a hiring spree. The lab will be looking for scientists and engineers as always, but also for business services professionals, support staff, as well as craft and technical employees.

“Taken together,

Report: Proposed BLM Methane Waste Rule Will Increase Production, Revenue In San Juan Basin

on April 29, 2016 - 9:10am

Courtesy/EDF

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND News:

new study by the Conservation Economics Institute has found that the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed methane waste rule will have a net positive impact on oil and gas production and revenue in New Mexico’s San Juan Basin.

An analysis of more than 8,700 low-producing natural gas wells in two counties in the San Juan Basin, San Juan and Rio Arriba, determined that BLM’s rule will have little to no negative impact on these marginal wells.

Los Alamos Swimmer Sarah Lott Qualifies For Nationals

on April 28, 2016 - 9:48pm

Los Alamos swimmer Sarah Lott is on track to qualify for Olympic Trials this summer in Nebraska. Photo by Ranee McElderry Stewart

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Video clip from New Mexico state championship - winning the 200 Free race: Click here. 

Los Alamos High School senior Sarah Lott is ranked 23 in the Nation for the 100m Free for the 2015-2016 season for females 17-18 years of age (World Record Holder - Katie Ledecky is 1st). Lott, 18, wowed the crowd last month with her impressive swims at the 2016 New Mexico High School State Championship in Albuquerque.

She started

Los Alamos Certified As Wildlife Habitat Community

on April 28, 2016 - 9:31pm
Community Wildlife Habitat presentation Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Luisa Grant, senior coordinator of community programs for the National Wildlife Federation and County Councilor Pete Sheehey at Saturday's ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Luisa Grant, senior coordinator of community programs for the National Wildlife Federation traveled to Los Alamos from Reston, VA to officially present the Community Wildlife Habitat certification to Los Alamos
Los Alamos County was

Udall Welcomes Signing Of Historic International Agreement To Fight Climate Change

on April 28, 2016 - 8:11am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Appropriations committees, released the following statement on the signing of a historic agreement reached by the United States and almost 200 other countries to fight climbing temperatures and rising sea levels by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
 
Udall was among a group of 10 senators who attended the United Nations climate talks in Paris last December, where international negotiators reached the deal.

GOP Statement On Cruz, Kasich Efforts In New Mexico

on April 27, 2016 - 11:51am
RPNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement Monday on the news that Sen. Ted Cruz would cease campaigning in New Mexico and let Gov. John Kasich compete here on his own: 

"The New Mexico Primary is going to be very important this year, and when every delegate matters, we certainly understand that campaigns will have to decide strategically where to compete, and they have every right to do so," RPNM spokesman Tucker Keene said.

NNSA Conducts Fifth Experiment Aimed To Improve U.S. Ability To Detect Foreign Nuclear Explosions

on April 27, 2016 - 9:06am

NASA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On April 26, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) conducted the fifth experimental conventional explosion as part of its Source Physics Experiment (SPE) series. The SPE series, conducted at the Nevada National Security Site, improves the United States’ capability to detect and characterize underground nuclear explosions.

By conducting the experiments near the location of previous underground nuclear tests, researchers are able to better compare data from conventional and nuclear explosions.

EPA Must Act Now To Protect Public From Teflon Chemical In Drinking Water

on April 27, 2016 - 7:22am
EPA News:
 
By BILL WALKER
Investigations Editor
 
The Environmental Protection Agency was first alerted 15 years ago to contamination of drinking water by PFOA, a chemical used to make Teflon that has since been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, heart disease and other serious health problems. Since then, PFOA pollution has grown from a regional problem to a national crisis.
 
Yet EPA still has not set a legal limit for the compound in drinking water, even in the face of repeated appeals from state officials and representatives of the public interest community.
 
Today EWG, which has

DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 30

on April 27, 2016 - 7:21am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  After collecting and destroying 5.5 million pounds—2,762 tons—of unused prescription drugs in the past five years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing its efforts to take back unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications.
 
The DEA invites the public to bring their potentially dangerous, unwanted medicines to one of over 5,000 collection sites around the country that are manned by more than 3,800 of DEA’s tribal and local law enforcement partners 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local time, Saturday April 30. This service is free of charge, with

Hillary For New Mexico Announces Leadership Team

on April 26, 2016 - 7:54pm

POLITICAL News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, the Hillary for New Mexico campaign announced the hiring of state leadership staff dedicated to organizing and engaging New Mexico voters ahead of the June 7 primary about Hillary Clinton's plans to break down barriers, and help move the country forward.

The Hillary for New Mexico campaign will be led by State Director Scott Forrester. Rich Thuma will serve as organizing director and Victor Reyes will serve as communications director for the campaign.

LAHS Graduate Dr. Leslie Hayes To Be Recognized At White House As ‘Champion Of Change’ April 29

on April 24, 2016 - 12:16pm

By White House Media Affairs:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House is recognizing 10 individuals from across the country Friday as “White House Champions of Change for Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery” including 1982 Los Alamos High School graduate Leslie Hayes, MD.

Dr. Hayes is the daughter of longtime Los Alamos resident Ann Hayes and works for El Centro Family Health in Espanola as a family practitioner. El Centro Family Health is a community health center with clinics located throughout northern New Mexico, a rural, underserved area. While Dr.

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