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ICYMI: Pearce Amendment Passes With Wildfire Prevention Bill

on November 7, 2017 - 6:31am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce sponsored an amendment that has passed Congress along with H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.
 
This bill works to prevent catastrophic wildfires and improve the health of forests. This year’s devastating wildfire season burned nearly 8,000 homes and cost upwards of $3 billion in fire suppression efforts.
 
Environmental groups are acknowledging the increased use of forest thinning and restoration efforts that can lessen the severity of wildfires and better protect the

‘Come Write In!’ At The White Rock Branch Library

on November 7, 2017 - 6:05am

The word count across the world so far in the National Novel Writing Month evennt. Courtesy image

LIBRARY News:

The Los Alamos County Library System is hosting the NaNoWriMo program (short for National Novel Writing Month) in November, joining libraries and writing groups around the world to support and stimulate writers.

Writing sessions begin at 6 p.m. each Tuesday in the White Rock Branch Library. Writers will be encouraged to write a 50,000-word novel during the month - but all writers are welcome to attend, whether their writing takes the form of a novel or something shorter.

Library

LAPD Sgt. Chris Ross Graduates From Northwestern University Center For Public Safety

on November 6, 2017 - 12:22pm

From left, Deputy Director of the Center for Public Safety at Northwestern University Michelle Camden, LAPD Sgt. Chris Ross, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden and U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Fouratt. Sgt. Chris Ross recently graduated from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross recently graduated from the Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety, class #420 of the School of Police Staff and Command.

The School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) is an intensive 10-week program that prepares law

Mass Of Mourning For Shooting Victims Tonight

on November 6, 2017 - 11:53am
SPIRITUAL News:
 
Fr. Christopher Adams will hold a Mass of Mourning at 8 p.m. today in the Chapel at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos.
 
The service is being held in memory of those killed by the gunman Sunday at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas.
 
The community is invited to attend this Mass of Mourning.

Governor Releases Presidential Proclamation Honoring Victims Of Sutherland Springs Shooting

on November 6, 2017 - 10:44am

NATIONAL News:

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez today issued a Presidential Proclamation honoring the victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting: 

PROCLAMATION:

We are deeply saddened by the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which took the lives of more than 25 innocent victims while they were attending church.  As we mourn the victims of this unprovoked act of violence, we pray for healing and comfort for all the family members and loved ones who are grieving.

As a mark of respect for the victims of this senseless act of violence perpetrated on November 5, 2017, by the

LANL: First-Ever U.S. Experiments At New X-Ray Facility May Lead To Better Explosive Modeling

on November 6, 2017 - 10:24am

Courtesy image/acs.org

LANL News:

The detonation of carbon-rich high explosives yields solid carbon as a major constituent of the product mixture, and depending on the thermodynamic conditions behind the shock front, a variety of carbon allotropes and morphologies may form and evolve.

For the first time in the U.S., time-resolved small-angle x-ray scattering (TRSAXS) is used to observe ultra-fast carbon clustering and graphite and nanodiamond production in the insensitive explosive Plastic Bonded Explosive (PBX) 9502, potentially leading to better computer models of explosive performance.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution To Honor Native American Heritage Month

on November 6, 2017 - 8:16am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich announced that they have cosponsored a resolution to establish the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month.
 
The resolution recognizes and celebrates the many contributions Native Americans make to our nation's identity through their rich heritages, cultures, languages, and the arts.
 
“Every chapter of American history is touched by the contributions of tribes and Native American leaders -  from Po’Pay and the Pueblo Revolt

Pearce Votes To Extend Vital Healthcare Programs

on November 6, 2017 - 7:00am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives Friday passed H.R. 3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), community health centers (CHC), and other important public health priorities including additional Medicaid Assistance funding.
 
This bill also includes a two-year funding extension for the Indian Health Service’s Special Diabetes Program.
 
“Passage of this bill today is a vital step to providing essential funding for communities throughout New Mexico.

Set Clocks Back An Hour Today!

on November 5, 2017 - 7:19am

COMMUNITY News:

Set clocks back an hour today as daylight saving time comes to an end for the year.

This change continues a long tradition started by Benjamin Franklin to conserve energy. He takes the honor (or the blame, depending on your view of the time changes) for coming up with the idea to reset clocks in the summer months as a way to conserve energy, according to David Prerau, author of "Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time" (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2005).

By moving clocks forward, people could take advantage of the extra evening daylight

LAHS Alumni Esteban Abeyta Wins SACNAS Award

on November 5, 2017 - 6:49am

LAHS graduate Esteban Abeyta wins SACNAS award for his outstanding contribution and research presentation in Biochemistry. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos High School 2015 graduate Esteban Abeyta was one of 117 graduate and undergraduate underrepresented minority students honored with a Presentation award for their research and presentation skills at the 2017 National Diversity in STEM Conference. His particular award was for outstanding contribution and research presentation in the Biochemistry category.

The awards, presented by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and

Lujan Grisham Votes Against CHIP Cuts

on November 5, 2017 - 6:45am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has voted against legislation that would cut the Prevention and Public Health Fund, sabotage the ACA, and raise Medicare premiums for seniors to pay for reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers.
 
“Like many others who care deeply about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers (CHC), I am appalled by the vote we took in the House today.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján To Hold Community Discussion On Medicaid Public Option Bill & Republican Tax Plan

on November 4, 2017 - 11:25am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) is holding a community discussion at the Corrales Flying Star in Albuquerque this afternoon to provide a congressional update on his Medicaid Public Option bill and the Trump/Ryan/McConnell tax plan.
 
Luján will be on hand to discuss details of the tax proposal being put forward by the Trump White House, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
 
The State Public Option Act, introduced by Luján with Sen.

New Program Highlights Los Alamos Innovations

on November 4, 2017 - 8:11am
AHF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  “I was a computer,” recalls Jean Bacher, describing her work at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.
 
As retired Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist James L. Smith explains, “The word ‘computer’ didn’t exist then. Instead, the women doing calculations with mechanical calculators were known as ‘computers’.”
 
The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) has launched a new online interpretive program, “Los Alamos Innovations,” with 50 audio/visual vignettes.

Locals Participates In National Novel Writing Month

on November 4, 2017 - 7:43am

COMMUNITY News.

Around the country, writers are working toward the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 30 for National Novel Writing Month.

The Blue Monday Writing Group will host a silent writing event for two hours 1-3 p.m. four Mondays in November on the second floor of Mesa Public Library, Room 1, in support of writing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days.

Plan on arriving a few minutes early to set-up and greet fellow writers, but at 1 p.m. the writing begins. Attendees may quietly arrive late, take breaks or leave early as their schedules require.

The four Monday

AG Balderas Trains Mexican Prosecutors, Forensic Scientists, Investigators In Effort To Stop Crime From Crossing Border

on November 3, 2017 - 10:04am

Attorney General Hector Balderas during a training in Santa Fe with Mexican law enforcement officials on investigative and trial presentation skills to help prevent crime from crossing the border. Courtesy photo

Attorney General Hector Balderas, seated at center, with Mexican law enforcement officials and New Mexico Office of the Attorney General prosecutors and special agents in Santa Fe during a recent training. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

SANTA FE – This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas hosted a delegation of 21 prosecutors, forensic scientists and investigators from the states of

USDA Invests $2.5 Billion In Electric Infrastructure

on November 3, 2017 - 9:51am
USDA News:
 
WASHNGTON, D.C.  Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that USDA is investing $2.5 billion in rural electric infrastructure improvements to help create jobs and support economic development in 27 states.
 
“These significant investments will help develop and maintain modern, reliable electric infrastructure that businesses and rural communities need in a 21st Century economy,” Perdue said.

Lujan Grisham Statement On GOP Tax Package

on November 3, 2017 - 9:43am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement Thursday in response to the massive tax package released by Republicans in Congress.
 
“Rather than create economic opportunity for American families, the Republican tax package resembles the failed policies of the past that only reward the wealthiest people and special interests, while adding as much as $1.5 trillion to our national debt.

Fentanyl Involved In Over Half Of Opioid Overdose Deaths In 10 States

on November 3, 2017 - 7:25am

CDC News:

More athan half of people in 10 states who died of opioid overdoses during the second half of 2016 tested positive for fentanyl, according to new data published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Early Release.

The report found that out of a total of 5,152 opioid overdose deaths, almost 3,000 tested positive for fentanyl, and over 700 tested positive for drugs that have similar chemical structures to fentanyl (fentanyl analogs) – including the extremely potent fentanyl analog, carfentanil, which is used to sedate large animals.

This is the first report on

Udall, Heinrich Back Resolution Honoring Nuclear Weapons Workers

on November 2, 2017 - 10:09am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution authored by Udall and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and cosponsored by Heinrich, designating Oct. 30, 2017, as the ninth National Day of Remembrance.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

This resolution is meant to honor the contributions of thousands of New Mexicans and Americans who helped develop, support, and maintain the nation’s nuclear weapons efforts during the Cold War.

“Thousands of scientists, maintenance workers, miners, millers

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Attends Local Fundraiser

on November 2, 2017 - 8:24am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's 3rd Congessional District with Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard outside on a windy deck during a fundraiser for the congressman's re-election campaign early Monday evening at a private residence on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD Launches ‘Movember’ To Raise Funds To Combat Men’s Health Issues

on November 1, 2017 - 6:18pm

The Los Alamos Fire Department is raising funds and awareness for men's health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and poor mental health. Throughout  'Movember' LAFD personnel are growing mustaches and collecting donations for The Movember Foundation's goal of stopping men from dying too young. The A Shift at Station 1 took the bold step today of posing for a 'before' photo, saying they are 'The Shift'". Anyone wishing to make a donation can stop by any LAFD station or contribute online at https://moteam.co/lafd-inter-mo-s. Firefighters participating in this special event, from

Pearce Introduces Veterans’ Life Insurance Bill

on November 1, 2017 - 9:09am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Friday introduced H.R. 4146, the Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance Act of 2017, to provide needed improvements to the service-disabled veterans’ life insurance program (S-DVI).
 
Disabled veterans have a challenging time receiving life insurance through the civilian sector due to their physical or mental injuries incurred during their time in service. This bill will update the nation’s current S-DVI premiums and disability provisions which are based on mortality and annuity tables from 1941.
 
“Veterans injured in

Udall, Heinrich Press White House To Extend Critical Lifeline Funding In Future Disaster Aid Request

on November 1, 2017 - 8:23am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of Western senators today urging the White House and the White House budget office to fulfill the federal government’s promise to rural communities by extending a critical lifeline that funds road repairs, schools and law enforcement in rural communities in any future emergency disaster supplemental funding bill it sends to Congress.
 
Led by U.S. Sens.

Casados-Valencia Tapped For National All-American Bowl In New Orleans

on October 31, 2017 - 5:55pm

LAMS athlete Jaiden Orlando Casados-Valencia is selected to participate in the Offense-Defense Bowl in New Orleans, La. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

While attending an Offense-Defense Football Camp this Summer, Los Alamos Middle School 7th grader Jaiden Orlando Casados-Valencia of Abiquiu was named an Offense-Defense All-American and invited to participate in the 12th Annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week festivities in December in New Orleans, La.

Casados-Valencia, an offensive/defensive lineman at LAMS was selected for this honor from an outstanding group of thousands of athletes across the

Udall Urges Congress Protect Special Counsel Probe

on October 31, 2017 - 10:14am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Monday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivered a statement urging members of Congress in both parties to be prepared to defend Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and President Trump’s campaign.
 
Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, authored an amendment in July to prevent the unlawful firing of Mueller. The amendment was included on a unanimous voice vote in the fiscal year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies funding bill.
 
Udall’s

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