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Net Neutrality Advocates Unveil More Crowdfunded Billboards Exposing Lawmakers Supporting Repeal

on September 2, 2017 - 6:08am
FFTF News:
Digital rights organization Fight for the Future has unveiled three more crowdfunded billboards targeting Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Bob Latta and Greg Walden, members of Congress who have publicly supported the FCC’s efforts to gut net neutrality protections that keep the web free from censorship, throttling and extra fees.
The three new billboards are the latest in an ongoing campaign focused on lawmakers who oppose Internet freedom. Earlier this month the group launched an initial round of net neutrality billboards targeting six different lawmakers in

Council Unanimously Passes Immigration Proclamation Celebrating Contributions And Just Treatment Of Immigrants And Refugees In Los Alamos County

on September 1, 2017 - 9:13am


Members of the Los Alamos County Council listen as some 20 residents take turns expressing passionate views on the proposed immigration proclamation 'Celebrating the Contributions and Just Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees in the County of Los Alamos', which Council ultimately passed 7-0 during Tuesday's meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Residents line up to express their view on the County's immigration proclamation Tuesday in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Councilor Pete Sheehey explains why he brought the

LANL Director Briefs Los Alamos County Council

on September 1, 2017 - 9:11am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan briefs Council on the lab during Tuesday's regular meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


LANL Director Charlie McMillan discusses the lab during Tuesday's regular council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Community members and County staff listen to LANL Director Charlie McMillan present an update on the lab during Tuesday's regular council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Video of LANL Director Charlie McMillan's briefing to Council:




IRS Waives Diesel Fuel Penalty Due To Harvey

on September 1, 2017 - 9:03am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in response to shortages of undyed diesel fuel caused by Hurricane Harvey, will not impose a penalty when dyed diesel fuel is sold for use or used on the highway.
This relief applies beginning Aug. 25, 2017, in the areas and counties for which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued waivers for Texas Low Emission Diesel Fuel.

Rep. Lujan Grisham Meets With New Mexico Immigrant Youth As Part Of ‘Dreamer Dinners’ Campaign

on September 1, 2017 - 7:00am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
ALBUQUERQUE  As hardline forces inside and outside the Administration, such as AG Jeff Sessions and Texas AG Ken Paxton, are trying to force President Trump to preside over the end of the popular and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM 1st District) joined immigrant leaders from the New Mexico Dream Team to break bread with New Mexico families and discuss DACA and the risks if the program is revoked.
Photos of Thursday’s breakfast can be found

Some Newborns Not Getting Screenings; Interventions For Hearing Loss & Critical Congenital Heart Disease

on September 1, 2017 - 5:34am

CDC  News:

About one in 500 infants are born with CCHD, which includes the more severe forms of congenital heart disease (CHD).

CHD is the most common type of birth defect and accounts for more than 30 percent of all infant deaths from birth defects. Point-of-care screening can help identify many infants with CCHD before they go home.

Newborn screening, a public health program that benefits 4 million U.S. infants every year, identifies conditions that can affect a child’s long-term health or even survival.

The Family YMCA Joins ‘Welcoming America’

on August 31, 2017 - 8:30pm


  • Hundreds of Communities to Celebrate New Americans During Welcoming Week

During Welcoming Week, taking place Sept. 15-24, The Family YMCA will join hundreds of other organizations to host numerous events for new and established Americans.

The activities are part of Welcoming America, an initiative that is meant to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities. Activities are meant to bring all residents together in a spirit of unity. Welcoming Week activities are open to the public and include international dance, arts and food events.

“At the Y, we believe our

LANB Announces Harvey Relief Efforts

on August 31, 2017 - 3:45pm

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) is announcing its efforts to launch an initiative to partner with the American Red Cross and the Food Depot to gather donations for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

For this initiative to be successful, LANB is requesting our communities’ help. LANB will be accepting monetary donations along with non-perishable food items and other items requested by the Food Depot.

Monetary donations can be accepted at any LANB branch location or can be sent online at Donations for the Food Depot can be dropped off at any LANB branch

Letter To The Editor: ‘I’m In, Let’s Close The Door’ Is No Way To Maintain America’s Fundamental Character Of Openness And Generosity

on August 31, 2017 - 8:38am
Los Alamos

In her recent column, Lisa Shin objects to ‘an undercurrent of obstructionism’ that she detects in the County’s immigration proclamation. This concern is puzzling since America is the paramount representation of a country that adores obstructionism — it comes with freedom of speech and association. Of course, you may not like racist obstructionism or women’s suffrage obstructionism (to consider extremes that have been objected to on both sides) but you are free to so obstruct. 

I have a multitude of objections to the opinions expressed, but let’s focus on

Most U.S. Teens Get Cancer-Preventing Vaccine

on August 31, 2017 - 7:40am

CDC News:

Six out of 10 U.S. parents are choosing to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for their children, according to a report published in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends parents get two doses of HPV vaccine for their children at ages 11 or 12 to protect against cancers caused by HPV infections. Although most children are getting their first dose of HPV vaccine, many children are not completing the vaccination series.

“I’m pleased with the progress, but too many teens are still not receiving the

LANL: Superconductivity Research Reveals Potential New State Of Matter

on August 31, 2017 - 7:35am
Filip Ronning at work in his lab. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A potential new state of matter is being reported in the journal Nature, with research showing that among superconducting materials in high magnetic fields, the phenomenon of electronic symmetry breaking is common. The ability to find similarities and differences among classes of materials with phenomena such as this helps researchers establish the essential ingredients that cause novel functionalities such as superconductivity.

The high-magnetic-field state of the heavy fermion superconductor CeRhIn5 revealed a so-called electronic

National Monuments Support Local Economies

on August 31, 2017 - 7:35am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a series of fact sheets on the economic benefits of national monuments to their surrounding communities ahead of the Trump administration’s decision to propose removing designation in whole or in part from national monuments.
The fact sheets focus on newly designated national monuments, marine national monuments, and others under review.
“From the Mariana Trench in the Pacific to the Río Grande del Norte in New Mexico, national monuments are not only a cherished part of American heritage, but a key

IRS: Don’t Take The Bait, Step 8

on August 31, 2017 - 7:26am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today offered important tips for how tax professionals can get started protecting their clients and their business from cybersecurity threats.
All tax practitioners, from the largest of firms to the smallest of offices, have a legal obligation to protect taxpayer information in their care. That means securing sensitive data from unauthorized disclosure, improper disposal and outright theft.
Explaining how to address security threats is part of the “Don’t Take the Bait” campaign, a 10-part series aimed at tax

Governor, Red Cross New Mexico Announce State Employees Raise More Than $13,500 For Disaster Relief

on August 31, 2017 - 6:48am
ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez and Red Cross New Mexico announced Wednesday that state employees have raised more than $13,500 in this year’s Dollars for Disaster campaign.
The sixth annual partnership between Red Cross New Mexico and New Mexico state employees raises money to provide relief to victims and help to emergency responders throughout the state.
“From fires, floods and other emergencies, New Mexicans know more than most how important it is to be prepared – and how to come together to help those in need,” Martinez said.

Alert: FBI Offers $10K Reward For ‘Double Hat Bandit’ Seen In Vehicle With New Mexico License Plates

on August 30, 2017 - 4:45pm
FBI News:
The FBI is offering a reward up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a serial bank robber dubbed the “Double Hat Bandit”, who drove a vehicle with New Mexico license plates during one of his robberies in the northwestern part of the country. 
On June 27, 2017, after a bank robbery in Spokane, Wash., the subject was seen in a grayish/blue Malibu style vehicle with New Mexico license plates. (Photo of vehicle is in attached wanted poster)
The subject, who wears two hats during his crimes, is responsible for at least 13

Thanks For Supporting Bankens Mountain Martial Arts Academy's Efforts To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

on August 30, 2017 - 2:12pm

Many are taking part in assisting Bankens Mountain Martial Arts Academy in Los Alamos in its efforts to help victims of Tropical Storm Harvey as they load trucks with a plethora of supplies donated by local individuals and organizations in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

LANL: Machine-learning Earthquake Prediction In Lab Shows Promise

on August 30, 2017 - 1:18pm

LANL researchers have developed a two-dimensional tabletop simulator that models the buildup and release of stress along an artificial fault. In this image, the simulator is viewed through a polarized camera lens, photo-elastic plates reveal discrete points of stress buildup along both sides of the modeled fault as the far (upper) plate is moved laterally along the fault. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Listening to faultline’s grumbling gives countdown to future quakes

By listening to the acoustic signal emitted by a laboratory-created earthquake, a computer science approach using machine learning

FSU Researcher Studying Ways To Treat Spinal Cord Injuries At Cellular Levels

on August 30, 2017 - 9:32am
FSU News:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Supported by a new $800,000 National Science Foundation grant, Florida State University College of Medicine Professor Yi Ren is studying the immune response to spinal cord injuries and how cellular functions contribute to paralysis and organ dysfunction.
While instant paralysis is an obvious point of fear in spinal cord injuries, a great deal of the damage actually takes place after the initial trauma.
“Most of the research being done by scientists who focus on spinal cord injuries is about trying to prevent the secondary injury from happening,” said

NNSA Removes All HEU From Ghana

on August 30, 2017 - 7:50am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), in cooperation with Ghana, China, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), repatriated approximately one kilogram of Chinese-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Ghana’s GHARR-1 Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission’s National Nuclear Research Institute in Accra, Ghana Aug. 28.
This shipment removes the last known HEU from Ghana, making it the 32nd country plus Taiwan to become HEU-free.

IRS: Beware Of Fake Charity Scams Relating To Hurricane Harvey

on August 30, 2017 - 7:49am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service issued a warning about possible fake charity scams emerging due to Hurricane Harvey and encouraged taxpayers to seek out recognized charitable groups for their donations.
While there has been an enormous wave of support across the country for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, people should be aware of criminals who look to take advantage of this generosity by impersonating charities to get money or private information from well-meaning taxpayers.

IRS Issues Urgent Warning To Beware IRS/FBI-Themed Ransomware Scam

on August 29, 2017 - 10:26am
Sample of the scam that the IRS is warning the public about. Courtesy/IRS
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service warns people to avoid a new phishing scheme that impersonates the IRS and the FBI as part of a ransomware scam to take computer data hostage.
The scam email uses the emblems of both the IRS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It tries to entice users to select a “here” link to download a fake FBI questionnaire.

Luján Statement On Shooting In Clovis

on August 29, 2017 - 7:31am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has released the following statement following reports of a shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library this evening:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of the tragic shooting at the Clovis – Carver Public Library in Clovis tonight.

While the details are still coming in, we grieve for the innocent victims shot in a senseless act of violence; lives disrupted and futures cut short; and a community reeling. We must come together to heal, but this trend must not continue.”

DOE/NNSA: B61-12 Meeting Qualification Test Schedule

on August 28, 2017 - 2:50pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and U.S. Air Force completed two qualification flight tests of B61-12 gravity bombs August 8 at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. 

The non-nuclear test assemblies, which were dropped from an F-15E based at Nellis Air Force Base, evaluated the weapon’s non-nuclear functions and the aircraft’s capability to deliver the weapon.

These tests are part of a series over the next three years to qualify the B61-12 for service. The first qualification flight test occurred in March.


Privacy And The Internet

on August 28, 2017 - 8:32am

HSNW News:

In the Internet era, consumers seem increasingly resigned to giving up fundamental aspects of their privacy for convenience in using their phones and computers, and have grudgingly accepted that being monitored by corporations and even governments is just a fact of modern life.

In fact, Internet users in the United States have fewer privacy protections than those in other countries. In April, Congress voted to allow Internet service providers to collect and sell their customers’ browsing data.

Shin: County Council's Immigration Proclamation ... An Undercurrent Of Obstructionism

on August 28, 2017 - 8:01am

Los Alamos

The Los Alamos County Council will consider an immigration proclamation this coming Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. This is a toned-down version from the April resolution, to which Councilor Antonio Maggiore stated, “could have easily been deemed as geared toward Donald Trump”.

While this resolution does not change how we treat immigrants, its local advocates are aligned with Indivisible, a grassroots movement formed to resist the Trump agenda. Nationwide, these activists protect sanctuary cities, and speak out for the rights of “undocumented” immigrants.

This proclamation