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EM’s Los Alamos Site Completes Canyon-Side Cleanup

on July 30, 2015 - 8:59am

A spider excavator extracts mercury-contaminated soil. Courtesy/

A waste container is loaded for off-site disposal. Courtesy/

DOE News:

The Environmental Management (EM) Los Alamos Field Office has completed the steep canyon-side cleanup of mercury-contaminated soil on DOE property just south of Smith's Marketplace shopping center in Los Alamos.

The project was finished in about five weeks — approximately three weeks ahead of schedule.

NSA To Destroy Millions Of American Call Records Collected Under Controversial Program

on July 28, 2015 - 6:17pm

NSA bulk collection image. Courtesy photo

HSNW News:

The director of national intelligence said on Monday that the NSA would no longer examine call records collected by the NSA in its controversial bulk collection program before the June reauthorization of the Patriot Act which prohibits such collection.

Bulk records are typically kept for five years, but the director said that although the records in the NSA database were collected lawfully, they would not be examined, and would soon be destroyed.

The Obama administration has announced that the NSA will soon stop examining, and soon

NPS And DOE Seek Public Input On Manhattan Project National Historical Park Draft Memo Of Agreement

on July 28, 2015 - 5:32pm

NPS News:

Washington, D.C. -- The National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Energy are inviting the public to review and comment on the Draft Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the National Park Service and the Department of Energy (DOE) that will guide the operation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act established the Manhattan Project National Historical Park and required the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Energy to create a Memorandum of Agreement for the park by Dec. 19, 2015. 

Once signed, this

FBI: Former Ringleader Of Albuquerque-Based Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced To Federal Prison

on July 28, 2015 - 2:38pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Christopher Roybal, 35, the former leader of an Albuquerque-based drug trafficking organization, was sentenced this morning in federal court to 168 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on cocaine trafficking and money laundering charges.

Roybal also is required to pay a $184,080.00 money judgment under the terms of his plea agreement.

Roybal was one of the 19 defendants charged in Dec. 2012, with drug trafficking and money laundering charges in a 60-count indictment. The indictment was superseded twice; first in Feb.

Governor Directs NM State Parks To Establish First Miles Of Rio Grande Trail

on July 28, 2015 - 2:12pm

Gov. Susana Martinez


  • Six New Mexico State Parks to Designate More than 20 Miles for proposed trail

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez directed New Mexico State Parks Division to designate more than 20 miles in six parks throughout the state as the first miles of the Rio Grande Trail.

The proposed trail would stretch more than 500 miles from Texas to Colorado.

“The Rio Grande Trail has the potential to attract visitors from all around the world, much like the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail,” Martinez said.

‘Polluted Parks’ Analysis Finds Southwestern National Parks Among Worst In Air Quality

on July 28, 2015 - 9:52am

NPCA News:
  • Majority of Parks Experience Days Risky for Vulnerable Visitors; Four Parks Regularly Unsafe for Most People

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new analysis, released today by National Parks Conservation Association, shows that every one of the 48 national parks with the greatest Clean Air Act protections are plagued by significant air pollution problems and climate change impacts.

Fifteen of the parks in the Southwest with these protections rank among the worst for air quality, including Saguaro National Park in Arizona.

DEA Holds 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back

on July 28, 2015 - 9:17am

DEA News:

DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg today announced that the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 26 local time.

As with the previous nine Take-Back events, sites will be set up throughout communities nationwide so local residents can return their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.

In Los Alamos, a Prescription Drug Take-Back receptacle is available to the public year round in the Los Alamos Police Department lobby at 2500 Trinity Dr.

Collection sites in communities throughout the nation at

Griffin & Associates Makes Inc. 5000 List For 2015

on July 27, 2015 - 1:56pm


Griffin & Associates, one of New Mexico’s largest communications firms, has made the Inc. 5000 list for 2015 of the fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S.

Joanie Griffin, the company’s CEO, got official word this morning and will receive the award at the Inc. 5000 conference in Orlando in October. Griffin & Associates handles tourism marketing for Los Alamos County.

“I am thrilled to receive this award, especially coming out of the tough economic times that has plagued all small businesses,” Griffin said.

LAHS's Chloe Keilers Represents New Mexico At National Youth Science Camp

on July 27, 2015 - 1:35pm
Cloe Keilers of Los Alamos in class at National Youth Science Camp. Courtesy/NYSC

CHARLESTON, W.V. – Chloe Keilers of Los Alamos High School represented New Mexico receently as a delegate to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC).

Keilers joined 100 other top high school graduates representing the United States and eight other countries at the prestigious three and a half week program.

The NYSC, in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, integrates scientific programming with opportunities for delegates to explore music, art, and the outdoors.


Research Promising For Bomb Proof Planes

on July 27, 2015 - 10:13am

Dr. Andy Tyas is leading the research on a bomb-proof lining developed by an international team of scientists. Courtesy photo


A bomb-proof lining developed by an international team of scientists, including academics from the University of Sheffield, has successfully contained blasts in a series of controlled explosions in the luggage hold of a Boeing 747 and an Airbus 321.

The Fly-Bag, which lines an aircraft’s luggage hold with multiple layers of novel fabrics and composites, was tested under increasing explosive charges on disused planes last week at Cotswolds Airport.


¡Fiesta Los Alamos! Fundraiser Draws Sell Out Crowd

on July 26, 2015 - 5:46pm

Speaking from the heart, Los Alamos Rotary STARS members Michael Erickson and Laura Loy thank the sold out crowd at Satuday's ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! fundraiser at Fuller Lodge. Proceeds will provide shelter for parents of children receiving medical treatment in Cd. Juarez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Members of the El Camino Real Rotary Club of El Paso share in the festivities at Saturday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

A sold out crowd of more than 220 people gathered Saturday evening at Fuller Lodge for the ¡Fiesta Los Alamos!

Luján On Death Of Navajo Code Talker Kee Etsicitty

on July 25, 2015 - 8:37am

Navajo Code Talker Kee Etsicitty


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement on the recent passing of Kee Etsicitty, a Navajo Code Talker from Chichiltah, N.M.:

“As a young man more than 70 years ago, Kee Etsicitty joined the Marine Corps to help fight the forces of tyranny that were waging war across Europe and in the Pacific. Mr. Etsicitty proudly answered the call when his country needed him, serving in the battles of Guadalcanal, Guam, and Iwo Jima.

“As a member of the Navajo Nation, Mr.

Oppenheimer Lecture: Alan Guth Talks Cosmic Inflation And The Multiverse

on July 24, 2015 - 6:13pm

Alan Guth will deliver the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture Monday. Courtesy photo


LOs Alamos Daily Post

Alan Guth is not just one of the leading cosmologists in the world; he is widely viewed as a rock star cosmologist in a time of revolutionary advances. The distinguished Victor F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Guth is best known for his leading role in developing the theory of inflationary cosmology.

In 1979, he had what he labeled in a note to himself, a “spectacular realization” about the birth of the

New Mexico Teacher Of The Year Debra Minyard Participates In Annual Event In Washington, D.C.

on July 24, 2015 - 2:22pm

New Mexico Teacher of the Year Debra Minyard of White Rock stops to pose with with a military band recently while in Washington, D.C. for the annual Education Commission of the States event. Photo by Joshua Minyard

New Mexico Teacher of the Year Debra Minyard of White Rock poses with other 2015 Teachers of the Year from across the nation recently while in Washington, D.C. for the annual Education Commission of the States event. Photo by Joshua Minyard

New Mexico's Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail Front-runner In USA Today Contest

on July 24, 2015 - 9:12am


New Mexico is known as the epicenter for green chile and its most beloved culinary treasure, the green chile cheeseburger.

USA Today announced the 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards, and the New Mexico True Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail is a front-runner. The New Mexico Tourism Department is asking that residents display their pride and vote for New Mexico’s beloved Cheeseburger Trail.

With more than 100 stops on the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail it is truly a one-of-a-kind destination for travelers.

FBI Launches Nationwide Awareness Campaign On Economic Espionage

on July 24, 2015 - 8:03am

Based on an actual case, The Company Man: Protecting America's Secrets is part of a nationwide FBI campaign to raise awareness of the economic espionage threat. Transcript | Download Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

Industries in the United States spend more on research and development than any other country in the world.

The amount of effort and resources put into developing a unique product or process that can provide an edge in the business world is not unsubstantial. But what happens if someone comes in and steals that edge—a company’s trade secrets—for the benefit of a foreign country?


Heinrich Statement On 2015 KIDS COUNT Report

on July 22, 2015 - 9:15am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. issued the following statement Tuesday after the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, ranked New Mexico as 49th in the nation for child well-being.

The report ranked all 50 states on 16 indicators that fall into the categories of economic well-being, education, health, family and community.

"It's unacceptable that nearly a third of New Mexico children are living in poverty.

Los Alamos Peace Vigils Scheduled At Ashley Pond

on July 21, 2015 - 9:01pm

National peace and justice activist and former Jesuit priest John Dear


Thursday Aug. 6 and Sunday Aug. 9, hundreds of protesters are scheduled to converge on Los Alamos for the 70th Anniversary Peace and Disarmament Vigils commemorating the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

National peace and justice activists expected to attend include John Dear, Rev. James Lawson, Medea Benjamin, Kathy Kelly, Roshi Joan Halifax, Ken Butigan and Rev.

NM Lawmakers Call For Curb On Natural Gas Waste Causing Methane Hot Spot Over San Juan Basin

on July 21, 2015 - 10:07am


WASHINGTON – In a letter this week to Office of Management and Budget (OPM) Director Shaun Donovan, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham called for prompt action on upcoming federal standards to curb natural gas waste.

New Mexico is the nation’s leading producer of oil from onshore federal land, and second for natural gas production.

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Feliciano Jiron Appointed To American Hospital Association Governing Council

on July 20, 2015 - 6:43pm

LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center is pleased to announce that CEO Feliciano Jiron has been appointed to represent rural hospitals on the American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals Governing Council.

This is a national advisory committee that represents AHA constituents and counsels AHA on advocacy, policy and strategic planning issues.

The Governing Council includes 18 elected and four appointed members who are chief executives and physician leaders of some of the country’s prominent small or rural hospitals.

Udall Welcomes Formal Restoration Of Diplomatic Relations Between United States And Cuba

on July 20, 2015 - 6:42pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement as the United States and Cuba formally re-established diplomatic relations after 54 years:

The re-opening of the embassies in Havana and Washington marks a turning point in a relationship fraught with mistrust and Cold War antagonism.

Column: Our Flag, My Flag

on July 20, 2015 - 6:20pm
Los Alamos

Our Flag, My Flag

Here is hardly anything more beautiful than to be on a troopship coming into harbor with all those American flags flying. I’m home, I’m home, I’m home.

From the time I was a 12-year-old old Boy Scout I remember being respectful to the flag that represents so many good things about the United States of America.

I am a first generation American as were so many of my classmates. We were Scots, Italian, Yugoslavian, Mexican, Polish, Japanese, Irish and more.

Lujan On 21st Century Cures Act

on July 20, 2015 - 11:04am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted today in support of the 21st Century Cures Act, bipartisan legislation that encourages biomedical innovation and the development of new treatment and cures. 
The bill increases funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), supporting awards to academic researchers at institutions across the country.
“This legislation is a victory for both patients and scientists.

Bandelier Invites Amateur Photographers To Enter National ‘Share The Experience’ Contest

on July 18, 2015 - 9:56am
Olympic National Park: The ever present force of erosion along the Olympic Coast has sculpted a vast array of interesting sea stacksthat take all sorts of shapes and forms. This particular set is located at Point of the Arches, and make this area a wonderful backcountry camping destination. By Joey Priola

Yellowstone National Park: Grand Fountain Geyser at Sunset. Photo by Linda Hartzog

Glacier National Park: Sunrise at Swiftcurrent Lake. Photo by Bibek Ghosh

Bandelier National Monument: Alcove House. Photo by Apurva Kulkarni


Bandelier National Monument is sharing the

NCLR Applauds EEOC Ruling Protecting Workers Against Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation

on July 18, 2015 - 7:23am
NCLR News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On July 15, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission—the agency charged with enforcement of federal employment nondiscrimination laws—ruled that existing federal protections against discrimination on the basis of sex also protect gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers against employment discrimination based on their sexual orientation.
The Commission ruled that “allegations of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation necessarily state a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex.”
The ruling constitutes the EEOC’s official