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Pearce Re-Introduces Native American Housing Bill

on October 8, 2017 - 9:30am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce has introduced H.R. 3864, the reauthorization of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA), to increase access to safe and affordable housing for Native Americans across the nation.
 
Original co-sponsors of this bipartisan legislation include U.S. Representatives Gwen Moore (D-WI), Don Young (R-AK), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Denny Heck (D-WA), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN).
 
NAHASDA was first

Heinrich Statement On September Jobs Report

on October 8, 2017 - 9:29am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement after the Department of Labor announced 33,000 jobs were lost in September:
 
“Today’s job numbers underscore the gravity of the task at hand—to rebuild families’ lost homes, businesses, and communities in the wake of the devastating hurricanes that have affected Americans across the South, Southeast, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

New Mexico Ranks #2 For Most Burglaries Nationwide

on October 7, 2017 - 3:41am
Courtesy/ADT
 
ADT News:
 
With over 1 million annual burglaries in the U.S. alone, many of us can relate to having our sense of security being taken away along with our stolen property.
 
In its latest study, the team at ADT looked at data from more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies to find out the times and places with the highest risk of burglary. 

Here are some key findings: 
  • New Mexico has about 8.2 burglaries per 1,000 residents (2nd nationwide);
  • Santa Fe has about 16.2 burglaries per 1,000 residents (8th nationwide); and
  • While most burglars live within 2 miles of the victim,

Bradbury Science Museum Question Of The Month: Why Not Harness Lightning For Renewable Energy Source?

on October 6, 2017 - 8:07am

Lightning striking behind LANL's main technical area. Courtesy/BSM

BRADBURY SCIENCE MUSEUM News:

Given that lightning generates so much electricity, why don’t we harness it as a renewable energy source?

While it’s true that a single lightning bolt could power the entire city of Santa Fe for about a minute, there are some issues with capturing lightning as an energy source.

First, while there are some areas of the planet (like the Sangre de Cristo mountains near Santa Fe and the Florida coast) that get a higher than average number of lightning strikes, getting lightning to exactly strike our

Reps. Luján And DelBene Introduce Smart Cities Bill

on October 6, 2017 - 7:28am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), along with the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced legislation Oct. 2 to promote the advancement of smart cities.
 
“Smart infrastructure has the potential to make our communities safer, more efficient, healthier, and more sustainable. But these advances shouldn’t just be reserved for major cities and Silicon Valley,” Luján said.

LAHS Graduate Gary Cooper Makes Broadway Debut!

on October 5, 2017 - 10:09am

Gary Cooper, Los Alamos High School Class of 2013, debuts on Broadway Friday in ‘Aladdin’ by Disney. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos High School Class of 2013 graduate Gary Cooper will make his Broadway debut Friday evening when he joins the cast of the musical “Aladdin” by Disney at the New Amsterdam Theatre on West 42nd Street in the heart of Times Square in New York City.

When Cooper told his mother, Fran at five years of age, “Mommy, one day I’m going to perform on Broadway,” she wondered to herself how he had ever heard of

Udall, Heinrich Memorialize Sen. Pete Domenici In Back-to-Back Speeches On Senate Floor

on October 5, 2017 - 8:07am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich gave back-to-back speeches Tuesday on the Senate floor in honor of former Senator Pete Domenici, who passed away in September. 
 
In his speech, Udall said, "New Mexicans will always remember him as one of the strongest fighters our state will ever know. Senator Domenici and I belong to different political parties, and we didn’t always  agree on things. But I always appreciated that he cared deeply about the issues and put the nation and New Mexico’s interests first, as he saw them.

Pearce Votes To Protect Sanctity Of Life

on October 5, 2017 - 7:55am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted and passed H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This bill seeks to protect unborn children who are 20 weeks or older:
 
“Today’s bill is something we as Americans can unite together around. We have scientific proof that an unborn child at 20 weeks into a pregnancy – the end of the 5th month – has the capability to feel pain. I cannot sit back and allow this brutal act to continue.

LAFD Fire Prevention Week: ‘Every Second Counts … Plan 2 Ways Out!’

on October 4, 2017 - 6:01pm

LAFD News:

You and your family are fast asleep when the smoke alarm sounds: Do you know what to do?

Consider this scenario: It’s 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Introduces Legislation To Ban Surprise Billing

on October 4, 2017 - 5:08pm
U.S. Rep.  Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep.  Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced health care legislation that will prohibit surprise billing. The Fair Billing Act is designed to protect patients from being charged expensive out-of-network rates for services they get at in-network hospitals.
 
“Medical billing is extremely complicated, even in the best of circumstances,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said.

High School Seniors In Colorado, New Mexico, Utah And Wyoming Encouraged To Apply For Daniels Scholarship

on October 4, 2017 - 9:32am
DANIELSFUND News:
 
DENVER, CO — Motivated college-bound high school seniors in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming are encouraged to visit DanielsFund.org to apply online for the Daniels Scholarship Program.
 
The application will be open at 4 p.m. MST from Sept. 29 through Nov. 30, 2017.

"Our founder Bill Daniels established the scholarship program to help outstanding young people who possess tremendous strength of character, leadership potential, the drive to succeed, and a commitment to giving back to the community," explained Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels

Study: Best & Worst Cities For People With Disabilities

on October 4, 2017 - 9:25am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With October being National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the 2017 cost-of-living adjustment for disability benefits being significantly lower than U.S. inflation, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities.

In order to ease the process of finding the best place to live while managing a disability, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities across 28 key indicators of disability-friendliness.
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Robert Patterson Named DEA Acting Administrator

on October 4, 2017 - 8:46am

DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice has designated Robert W. Patterson as the Drug Enforcement Administration acting administrator.

Patterson was appointed as DEA’s principal deputy administrator in November 2016. In that role, he served as DEA’s chief operating officer, overseeing all of the agency’s enforcement, intelligence, administrative, and regulatory activities worldwide. He is the highest ranking career special agent at DEA.

Patterson came to this position after serving as DEA’s chief inspector beginning in November

U.S. Postal Service To Issue Semipostal Stamps

on October 3, 2017 - 4:41pm
USPS News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Semipostal Authorization Act, Pub. L. 106–253, grants the U.S. Postal Service discretionary authority to issue and sell semipostal stamps to advance such causes as it considers to be ‘‘in the national public interest and appropriate.’’
 
The U.S. Postal Service announced today that in November it will issue the first of five semipostal stamps.
 
Under the semipostal discretionary program, the Postal Service will issue five stamps over a 10-year period, with each stamp to be sold for no more than two years.
 
The first stamp issued will be an
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Technical Support Contract Awarded At DOE-EM Sites

on October 3, 2017 - 8:09am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the award of a Time and Materials, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to Chenega Professional & Technical Services, LLC, of Chesapeake, Va.
 
Chenega Professional & Technical Services, LLC is an Alaskan Native Corporation 8(a) Small Business.
 
The contract will have a maximum value of up to $8 million over five years. Work performed under this contract will be performed for EMCBC and the EM Office of Acquisition and Project Management.

Study: 2017’s Fastest-Growing Cities In America

on October 3, 2017 - 8:06am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With economic growth expected to slow in the short term after a devastating hurricane season, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Fastest-Growing Cities in America.

To determine where the most rapid local economic growth occurred over a period of seven years, WalletHub’s analysts compared 515 U.S. cities across 15 key metrics. The data set ranges from population growth to college-educated population growth to unemployment rate decrease. In addition, we produced a separate ranking by city size.

 
 
Fastest-Growing Cities in America
 

CIR: Special Cuba Briefing Oct. 10

on October 3, 2017 - 7:50am
CIR News:
 
Hear Amb. Vicki Huddleston offer CIR members a special briefing on Cuba at 12-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the CIR Conference Room at 413 Grant Ave., Suite D in Santa Fe.
 
The talk is free to CIR members and $5 for nonmembers. Parking is available on the west side of the Wells Fargo building.
 
What exactly is happening in the famed island nation these days? From Friday's NY Times: "Just when it seemed that Cuba was on track to become something of a routine destination for Americans, tensions and tactics reminiscent of the Cold War have once again complicated travel to

U.S. Sen. Steve Pearce Urges Voters To Oppose ‘Healthy Workforce’ Ordinance

on October 3, 2017 - 7:24am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce urged Albuquerque voters to oppose the so-called ‘Healthy Workforce’ ordinance, a new sweeping government regulation that will hammer small businesses and lead to fewer jobs and lower wages, he said.

“We should be looking for ways to move our economy forward, not imposing obstacles that hurt our workers and small businesses,” Pearce said.

HSNW: Deadliest Mass Shooting In U.S. History

on October 2, 2017 - 5:38pm

HSNW News:

A 64-year-old gunman barricaded himself in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., then fired thousands of rounds from several automatic weapons on an outdoor country music festival taking place Sunday outside the hotel.

About 22,000 people were attending the concert when Paddock opened fire. At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 injured. The Las Vegas police also report that two police officers have been killed. This is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The shooter is identified as Nevada resident Stephen

Mentoring Café Gives Students Taste Of Science

on October 2, 2017 - 2:42pm

Scott Crooker from LANL’s High Magnetic Field Laboratory demonstrates magnetic principles to students from Santa Fe Indian School at the recent STEM Mentoring Café at the Bradbury Science Museum. In this DOE initiative, middle schoolers try hands-on demonstrations, learn about how the scientists got their start, and find out what they are  working on. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • In show-and-tell chats with Los Alamos researchers, Santa Fe Indian School students try out hands-on science in the DOE education initiative

More than 100 eighth-grade students from Santa Fe Indian School received

Lujan Grisham, Faso Introduce Bill To Crack Down On Fake Organics

on October 2, 2017 - 12:43pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and John Faso (R-NY) announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation, the Organic Farmer and Consumer Protection Act.
 
“Organic farming and ranching is the fastest growing segment of agriculture in New Mexico,” Grisham said. “However, fraudulent organic imports threaten the integrity of the USDA Organic label that so many New Mexicans rely on.

Heinrich Statement On Mass Shooting In Las Vegas

on October 2, 2017 - 8:05am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) made the following statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nev., where some 50 people are dead and 200 injured.

“I'm sickened by the mass shooting in Las Vegas. We are all keeping everyone impacted by this act of domestic terrorism and those working on the front lines in our thoughts.” Heinrich said. “These incomprehensible acts of violence have become far too common, yet each one is no less tragic or heartbreaking. Every life lost to gun violence is a tragedy.

BLM: Annual Adjustment To Drilling Permit Fee

on October 2, 2017 - 7:40am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  As directed by Congress, the Bureau of Land Management will adjust the fee it charges to process oil and gas drilling permits on public and Indian lands for inflation, effective Oct. 1. That adjustment will increase the fee by $180, to $9,790.
 
The non-refundable processing fee is collected when an oil and gas operator submits a drilling permit, called an Application for Permit to Drill, and is required whether or not a particular permit is subsequently approved.

Sen. Udall And Rep. Price Introduce Bicameral We The People Democracy Reform Act Of 2017

on October 2, 2017 - 6:35am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) have introduced the We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017.
 
This bicameral legislation addresses a series of comprehensive democratic and electoral reforms to restore integrity, accountability, and transparency to the broken political system. 
 
This legislation is more expansive than past versions and includes proposals to comprehensively reform campaign finance laws, increase transparency and accountability in the political system, end extreme partisan gerrymandering, increase

STDs At Record High

on October 2, 2017 - 6:30am

CDC News:

More than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The majority of these new diagnoses (1.6 million) were cases of chlamydia. There were also 470,000 gonorrhea cases and almost 28,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis – the most infectious stages of the disease.

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