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Heinrich Cosponsors CRA Resolution To Restore FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

on December 16, 2017 - 6:51am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that he will be joining a group of 15 Senators in introducing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would reinstate robust net neutrality protections and the 2015 Open Internet Order.
 
Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines to approve Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal that guts the Open Internet Order, which the D.C.

Udall Congratulates Northern New Mexico Nominees To United States Service Academies

on December 16, 2017 - 6:40am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Friday the 50 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2018, including four students from Northern New Mexico.
 
A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Udall On FCC GOP Repeal Of Net Neutrality

on December 14, 2017 - 10:19pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement after Republican Commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), led by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, voted to repeal net neutrality protections:
 
“Today’s vote is a major blow to the internet as we know it.

UC And UT Confirm Submitting Proposals For LANL Management Contract

on December 14, 2017 - 4:21pm

Staff Report

The University of California and the University of Texas have both confirmed that they submitted bids to the National Nuclear Security Administration before Monday’s deadline to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory beginning Oct. 1, 2018. A NNSA spokesman declined to release the names of other entities that submitted proposals.

Stephanie Beechem, a spokesperson for the UC Office of the President said today that UC has submitted a proposal as evidence of its ongoing commitment to the stewardship of “this great scientific and technological enterprise and its national

Avaya: Setting NORAD Santa Tracking World Record

on December 14, 2017 - 9:47am
NORAD News:
 
SANTA CLARA, Calif. Avaya is preparing its industry-leading Avaya Customer Engagement technology to help set a new record at the 62nd annual NORAD Tracks Santa, scheduled to start Dec. 24 and end Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
 
During the 23-hour period in 2016, more than 1,400 hotline volunteers answered a record 154,192 calls (1.8 calls per second) to the NORAD Tracks Santa 1-877 HI-NORAD hotline.
 
The mission critical Avaya Customer Engagement technology, which supports the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base in

Four Scientists Win Los Alamos Medal

on December 14, 2017 - 8:51am

The Los Alamos Medal was established in 2001 to honor those who have contributed to the Laboratory at the highest level. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Cram, Deaven, Menlove and Moyzis receive Laboratory’s highest honor

Los Alamos National Laboratory will award four former researchers with the Los Alamos Medal for their scientific contributions. Scott Cram, Larry Deaven, Robert Moyzis and Howard Menlove will receive the award, the highest honor bestowed by the Laboratory.

The team of Cram, Deaven, and Moyzis are recognized for their work sequencing the human genome and Menlove for his work on

U.S. Senators Udall, Heinrich Call On FCC Chairman Pai To Abandon ‘Reckless’ Plan To End Net Neutrality

on December 13, 2017 - 8:57am

U.S. SENATE News:

39 senators tell FCC not to repeal net neutrality rules that protect the free and open Internet

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have joined a group of 39 Democratic senators in urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to abandon his plan to repeal the agency’s net neutrality rules in favor of giving Internet providers the ability to freely block or slow down consumers’ access to the Internet.

The senators’ letter comes ahead of a Thursday vote by the FCC to dismantle net neutrality protections. 

“Your

Lujan Grisham On Plan For Methane Mitigation Making New Mexico A Leader In Clean Energy Production

on December 13, 2017 - 8:50am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Tuesday, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign announced a plan to create jobs and generate revenue for schools through methane mitigation by implementing a statewide methane rule that would cut waste and pollution at both new and existing oil and gas wells while creating jobs and generating revenue for schools.
 
“As governor, I’ll work to make New Mexico a national leader in clean energy by moving to renewable energies such as solar and wind and through innovative, smart policy and practices such as methane mitigation,” Grisham

Udall’s Landmark Bipartisan MGT Act To Reduce Wasteful IT Spending, Strengthen Cybersecurity Included In FY18 NDAA Signed Into Law

on December 13, 2017 - 7:34am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • New law would save taxpayers up to $20 billion a year

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) welcomed news that his Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act has been signed into law.

Udall introduced the bill with U.S. Sen.

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes Graduates From CHDS Master’s Degree Program

on December 13, 2017 - 7:07am

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes graduates in a special ceremony this week from The Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Naval Postgraduate School Master’s Degree Program (MA). The CHDS Master’s Degree Program is an 18-month program, geared towards:

  • Developing policies, strategies, plans and programs to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, and reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism and catastrophic events;
  • Building the organizational and interagency arrangements needed to strengthen homeland security; and
  • Helping

Wreaths Across America Event At Santa Fe National Cemetery Saturday Morning

on December 12, 2017 - 2:47pm

Wreaths Across America. Courtesy photo

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory employee volunteers, their families and friends are invited to place wreaths at grave markers at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, as part of the Wreaths Across America initiative.

Employees, in partnership with Los Alamos National Security LLC, Centerra-LA (the Lab's protective force contractor), Berardinelli Funeral Home, the International Guard Union of America Local 69, and Los Alamos National Bank raised $11,500 to sponsor 1,150 wreaths of remembrance for the ceremony.

"It was

Pearce Commends U.S. Department Of Justice Action To Review Two Criminal Referrals

on December 12, 2017 - 2:25pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that the Criminal Investigative Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will review the two criminal referrals sent to the New Mexico Attorney General by the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives regarding violations made by the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO).
 
"I've worked tirelessly with New Mexico officials and members in Congress to ensure the rights and liberties of women and the unborn are

DOE Investigates ‘Near Miss To A Fatality’ At Lab

on December 12, 2017 - 2:16pm

Staff Report

The Department of Energy has notified Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan that its Office of Enforcement will investigate the facts and circumstances associated with an incident that occurred Sept. 13 at LANL.

The incident, described as a “near miss to a fatality”, involved a Lab worker who entered a room containing an oxygen deficient atmosphere.

Los Alamos National Security (LANS) reported this event Sept. 18 to DOE.

Copy of DOE letter:

AGU: New Simulations Suggest Meteors Explode From The Inside

on December 12, 2017 - 11:37am
AGU News:
 
NEW ORLEANS, LA — Researchers have identified an explosive new mechanism that breaks down meteors as they hurtle toward Earth.
 
New simulations of falling meteors suggest air particles penetrate the space rocks’ porous interiors as they careen through the atmosphere. These air particles create pockets of high pressure that ultimately lead the rock to explode from the inside, tens of kilometers above the Earth.
 
By uncovering this new way in which Earth’s atmosphere breaks up meteors, the new finding suggests the atmosphere may provide better protection against meteors than

New Mexico History Museum And Santa Fe Opera Presentations Recognize State’s ‘Atomic Histories’

on December 12, 2017 - 10:46am
Test of Atomic Bomb at Trinity Site, New Mexico, July 16, 1945, near Alamogordo, NM. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives. Courtesy/National Park Service
 
General Leslie Groves walks across the Trinity Site in September 1945, 45 days after the first nuclear bomb was tested there. Courtesy/Historical AP News Features Photo
 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico History Museum and the Santa Fe Opera will each feature presentations exploring New Mexico’s Atomic Histories during 2018 and 2019.
 
The History Museum’s Atomic Histories exhibition opens June 3, 2018 and runs through May 2019.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Pushes For Extension Of Secure Rural Schools Program

on December 11, 2017 - 5:23pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, joined a group of bipartisan senators in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), urging them to include a reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Program in any end-of-year legislation.

SRS supports public schools, public roads, forest health projects, emergency services and many other essential county services for more than 775 counties across the country. 

The SRS program

American Legion Riders Chapter 19 Takes Part In Wreaths Across America

on December 11, 2017 - 3:20pm

A group of patriotic citizens joined the Los Alamos Legion Riders in honoring all veterans buried at Guaje Pines Cemetery by placing wreaths on each grave as part of the Wreaths Across America national event last year. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

The American Legion Riders Chapter 19 (American Legion Post 90) in Los Alamos is once again honored to carry out the Wreaths Across America™ program in Los Alamos County.

The Riders have surpassed their goal, and for the second consecutive year are pleased to announce that a wreath will be placed on every known Veterans’

National Institute Of Justice Examines Use Of 3D Printers In Crime-Solving

on December 11, 2017 - 9:50am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice has published an article online that provides an overview of how 3D printing technology is being used by criminal justice practitioners in firearm identification.
 
The NIJ-funded research determines best practices and provides credibility for use of the technology in a forensic science capacity:
 
The Next Generation of Crime Tools and Challenges: 3D Printing
  • Researchers who developed a 3-D imaging system for analyzing cartridge casings say their latest work is “a critical next step” that gives

House Passes Manufactured Housing Reform

on December 11, 2017 - 9:23am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives Friday passed H.R. 1699, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, to preserves consumer protections, and allows for additional flexibility in lending to ensure consumers have access to the credit they need. 
 
“Nearly half of the families in New Mexico live in manufactured housing and depend on having access to manufactured housing loans.

Pearce Calls On FBI To Release Details Of Aztec Shooter, Expand Preventative Efforts

on December 11, 2017 - 8:37am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after learning some details about the shooter in last week's tragic event that took place at Aztec High School:

“My heart hurts immensely for not only the families of the students who were taken too early from this earth, but for all students and community members affected by the (Dec. 7) senseless and tragic shooting. Many have asked, what can be done to stop situations like this.

Attorney General, U.S. Department of Labor To Hold Human Trafficking Press Conference; Announce Joint Initiative To Combat Labor Trafficking In New Mexico

on December 9, 2017 - 4:32pm

New Mexico AG Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

  • Labor Trafficking is occurring in New Mexico at a much higher rate than what is being reported

Attorney General Hector Balderas, U.S. Department of Labor, New Mexico Human Trafficking Task Force Cmdr. Anthony Maez and law enforcement are set to announce a new joint initiative to combat labor trafficking in New Mexico.

The officials will discuss the new initiative at 2 p.m. Monday at the Office of the Attorney General in Albuquerque.

ICYMI: How Tax Reform Will Lift The Economy

on December 9, 2017 - 11:23am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Economic experts and professors wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin examining how both the House and Senate tax reform bills are pro-growth, and will reenergize the nation’s economy and work to drive down costs of the reform.
 
This letter was published in the Wall Street Journal Nov. 26, 2017.
 
How Tax Reform Will Lift the Economy: The Wall Street Journal
 
By: Robert J. Barro, Michael J. Boskin, John Cogan, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Glenn Hubbard, Lawrence B. Lindsey, Harvey S. Rosen, George P. Shultz, and John B. Taylor
 

NNSA, Air Force Complete Two B61-12 Life Extension Program Test Flights At Tonopah Test Range

on December 9, 2017 - 5:23am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and the U.S Air Force announced the completion of two qualification flight tests of the B61-12 gravity bomb at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.
 
Completed Nov. 7-8, these tests continue a series of qualification flight tests that will be conducted over the next three years. 
 
“These tests continue to demonstrate that the B61-12 meets requirements and marks another on-time achievement for the B61-12 Life Extension Program,” said Brig. Gen.

Heinrich, Heller Introduce Bipartisan Public Lands Bill

on December 8, 2017 - 7:45am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) led a group of senators to introduce a bill to reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA).
 
Before it expired in 2011, FLTFA allowed the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service in the western United States to use the proceeds from sales of certain federally designated areas to protect lands of exceptional conservation value.
 
“This program takes a balanced approach to conservation of

Luján Introduces Bill To Spur Partnerships Between National Labs And Local Businesses

on December 8, 2017 - 7:29am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

  • Bill Makes it More Affordable for NM Businesses to Partner with Labs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has introduced legislation to help foster relationships between businesses and national laboratories that can help spur new economic growth and create new jobs.

Luján’s bill authorizes funding for Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) that foster partnership with businesses and startups to transfer commercially relevant technologies to the private sector.

“For over a half a century, our national laboratories

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