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Heinrich Calls For Strengthened Security At US Airports

on June 29, 2016 - 2:05pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

“In the face of international terrorism, it’s critical that we make every effort to secure our airports, train stations, and bus depots--the places Americans rely on to go about their daily lives.” –Sen. Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling on House and Senate members negotiating the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill extension to include a provision he spearheaded to enhance airport and mass transit security. The provision, which passed the Senate in April,

Eighty Five Model T Fords Descend On Los Alamos

on June 29, 2016 - 1:47pm

The Model T Club of America's Land of Enchantment leg of its national tour is underway today and some 85 Model T cars are on display right now in the east parking lot near Mesa Public Library in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Kendall

Model T owners Ed and Karen Archer of Hayward, Calif., dress the part today as they tour Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Kendall

This Ford racer resembles the magical car in the 1968 movie Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. Photo by Greg Kendall

Governor Unveils Powerful TV Ads To Fight DWI

on June 29, 2016 - 12:52pm
Gov. Susan Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled hard-hitting TV ads Monday to fight DWI and distracted driving. In addition, Martinez announced an increased law enforcement presence on New Mexico’s roads and highways to target drunk driving over the summer months.
 
“As a career prosecutor, and now as governor, I’ve witnessed the heartbreaking consequences that DWI has on our families,” Martinez said. “Today’s ads are a powerful reminder to all New Mexicans that drinking and driving comes at a horrific cost.”
 
These new ads focus on DWI

CCNM Releases First-Ever Legislative Scorecard

on June 29, 2016 - 10:30am

CCNM News:

Common Cause New Mexico today unveiled its statewide Legislative Summary and Scorecard, recording the votes of legislators on its priority transparency, ethics and good government issues during the 2015 and 2016 sessions.

The scorecard reports the votes cast by legislators on a number of crucial bills on the floor of both chambers and in committees. It reflects the fate of the bills—passage, defeat, delay or death in committee.

The scorecard does not rank legislators as champions or opponents but simply highlights their votes on issues such as an independent ethics commission,

NJROTC Staff Complete Leadership Academy

on June 29, 2016 - 9:07am
LAHS NJROTC Leadership Academy graduates, Steffie Nielsen, Holly Hayes, Thomas Kwei, Austin Estrada and Jacob Torrez. Courtesy photo
 
NJROTC News:
 
Five of the top staff members of the Los Alamos High School NJROTC traveled to Phoenix to attend the Area 11 Leadership Academy at Moon Valley High School.
 
Arriving Sunday, June 6, and greeted by the warm Phoenix temperatures of 116, the five members were split into three groups with other cadets from neighboring schools.

New Mexico Judiciary Launches Redesigned Website

on June 29, 2016 - 8:34am
NMJ News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Judiciary is launching a new website to improve public access to state courts. Users can now browse the restyled website at www.nmcourts.gov.
 
For the first time, there will be a consistent design and navigation for judicial web pages, whether it’s for the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, district courts, the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, magistrate courts or the Administrative Office of the Courts.
 
The updated website also is mobile-friendly to make it easily viewable on different devices, whether it’s a smartphone or tablet.
 
“The

Governor Announces Capture Of 100th DWI Fugitive

on June 28, 2016 - 4:50pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the capture of the 100th DWI fugitive in New Mexico since the roundup began late last year.

In December, Martinez directed New Mexico State Police and the Department of Corrections Absconder Unit to track down and arrest DWI offenders – including repeat offenders and those who have killed or seriously injured families on the road – and have now skipped out on parole or probation and are hiding from the law.

“These captures send a strong message: If you drink and drive and try to avoid justice, you will not get away with it.

Jeff Segler Of Los Alamos Troop 22 Named BSA’s National Artist

on June 28, 2016 - 3:20pm

Jeff Segler of Boy Scout Troop 22 in Los Alamos named national artist of the Boy Scouts of America. Courtesy photo

 

By BRYAN WENDELL
Scouting Magazine

The story of Scouting has been told through campfire tales, physical and digital photo albums, and official Boy Scouts of America paintings.

In history, only two men have created those official paintings: Norman Rockwell and Joseph Csatari.

Now a third has joined that colorful lineage.

WIPP Update: Prestart Activities Continue

on June 28, 2016 - 2:54pm
WIPP waste handling personnel review a procedure as part of prestart activities at WIPP. Courtesy/WIPP
 
WIPP News:
 
Prestart activities are continuing at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) as employees verify and validate operating procedures in preparation for resuming transuranic waste emplacement operations at WIPP.
 
June 1, WIPP workers began the phase of prestart activities referred to as Cold Operations. Cold Operations includes verifying adequacy of procedures and equipment operability; and allows operators to regain proficiency with both.

Heinrich Fights For More Resources For Counter Drug Efforts Along US-Mexico Border

on June 28, 2016 - 2:50pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  During a Senate Armed Services Committee nomination hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) fought for additional resources for counter drug efforts along the Southwest Border to address the heroin and opiate epidemic in the United States.
 
The hearing was to consider the nomination of Lieutenant General Joseph L. Lengyel to be General and Chief of the National Guard Bureau.
 
During the hearing, Senator Heinrich underscored that while New Mexico shares a 179-mile border with Mexico, the state is only provided with

GOP House Candidate Sharon Stover Campaigns Door To Door Throughout District 43

on June 28, 2016 - 10:55am

New Mexico House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Sharon Stover greets resident Mr. Lockhart and family as she campaigns door to door Sunday with Pam Meyer on Grand Canyon in White Rock. Meyer explains that the goal is to knock on every door and speak with residents throughout the entire district before the November election. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Tyrone, at left, the 5 lb. yorkie and official mascot of the Los Alamos Daily Post takes particular interest in the goings on Sunday after spotting the Lockhart family dog. New Mexico House Dist.

State Police Conduct Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico During July

on June 28, 2016 - 6:51am
NMSP News:
 
STATEWIDE  State Police are conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of July.
 
They are bringing awareness to this, in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities, through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
 
People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into friends and families.

New Mexico Game Commission Lands In Federal Court Over Cougar Trapping

on June 27, 2016 - 11:08pm

Cougar trap. Courtesy/APNM

APNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Arguing that the New Mexico State Game Commission violated the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) by authorizing cougar trapping that will harm endangered Mexican wolves and jaguars in New Mexico, The Humane Society of the United States, Animal Protection of New Mexico and longtime Mexican wolf enthusiasts Peter and Jean Ossorio filed a complaint in New Mexico federal court today.

The lawsuit seeks to invalidate the upcoming cougar trapping season—currently scheduled to begin Nov.

Albuquerque Bank Robbers Flee In Damaged Car

on June 27, 2016 - 1:21pm
FBI News:
 
The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a team of robbers who hit an Albuquerque bank Wednesday, June 22, and fled in a vehicle with front-end damage.
 
Three suspects were possibly involved, and they fled in a late-model, four-door car with faded gold paint. The vehicle was missing a front driver-side hubcap and its hood was not closed completely. The robbery occurred at approximately 3:21 p.m. at the Bank of the West at 5401 Central Ave. NE;
 
A male suspect described as approximately 6’0” tall and skinny entered the bank and demanded money.

Consent Order Governing Legacy Cleanup At Los Alamos Finalized

on June 27, 2016 - 1:18pm
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department signed and finalized the Consent Order between the State of New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management office, which will guide and govern the cleanup of legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
 
“The new Consent Order will accelerate the pace of environmental restoration activities in and around Los Alamos,” New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said.

RTD Mountain Trail Route Up Hyde Park Road Resumes Service July 1 To Aug. 31 For Summer Pilot Phase

on June 27, 2016 - 6:59am
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that it will resume service on its pilot RTD (“Blue Bus”) Mountain Trail route Friday, July 1 and run through Aug. 31.
 
The Mountain Trail route provides service from South Capitol Rail Runner Station to stops through Downtown, Fort Marcy Park and then up Hyde Park Road to recreational areas and businesses along N.M. 475 concluding at Ski Santa Fe.

CCNS Challenges EPA To Terminate LANL Outfall From Clean Water Act Permit

on June 27, 2016 - 6:56am
CCNS News:
 
Outfall No. 051 at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a discharge pipe connected to the Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility (RLWTF). 
 
After November 2010, the RLWTF became a zero-liquid-discharge system. Since then LANL has been using a Mechanical Evaporator System (MES) to evaporate treated water into the air, and nothing has been discharged through the Outfall. Nevertheless, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still includes Outfall 051 in the Clean Water Act permit that it issues to LANL. 
 
This has a serious impact.

State Auditor Tim Keller Calls On DOH To Comply With Lynn And Erin Compassionate Use Act

on June 27, 2016 - 6:55am

STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller is calling on the Department of Health (DOH) to comply with the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) received reports from multiple sources that DOH has not processed applications for medical cannabis patient cards within 30 days as required by state law. The OSA received reports that patients have experienced processing times up to 90 days.
 
“For patients with debilitating medical conditions, the difference between 30 days and 60 days to get the help they need can be devastating,”

New Mexico Federation Of Labor And Allies Celebrate Obama Designation Of Stonewall National Monument

on June 26, 2016 - 9:58am
NMFL News:
 
The New Mexico Federation of Labor celebrates President Obama’s designation of the Stonewall National Monument in New York City.
 
In the summer of 1969, it was here that the struggle for LGBTQ equality erupted into a full-blown movement demanding equality and respect. Stonewall symbolizes the beginning of a movement which gave rise to pride day celebrations and helped evolve our country into the more civilized society we continue striving to become today.
 
The new Stonewall National Monument will protect the area where, on June 28, 1969, a community’s uprising in

An Open Letter To The New Mexico Delegation

on June 26, 2016 - 9:57am
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

Dear Senator Heinrich, and Representatives Lujan and Lujan Grisham:

Thank you, Sen. Heinrich, for co-sponsoring the “No-Fly-No-Buy Bill” that would restrict people on the terrorist watch list from buying a firearm. You exhibit incredible courage for supporting even a modicum of gun control in this weapons-dominated Congress. Sadly, nowadays, it takes guts for you, our representatives, to support the will of the people over that of lobbyists, and over the high-decibel shouts from the my-rights-over-that-of-the-country-ers.

And about the NFNB Bill: how could

A Starry Night At PEEC Honors Sen. Martin Heinrich

on June 26, 2016 - 8:50am
'A Starry Night in Seville' includes an auction with items ranging from sculptures and paintings to a weekend in a cabin and a hike to see petroglyphs. This road runner sculpture is on its way to the auction. Courtesy photo
 

PEEC News:

Everyone who’s in town July 2 is in for a treat. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is partnering with Pig + Fig and Pajarito Brewpub to create a special dinner 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday July 2 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Sen.

NM Delegation Calls For Federal Investigation

on June 26, 2016 - 8:42am
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce (N.M.-02), Ben Ray Luján (N.M.-03) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.-01) are urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General to thoroughly investigate New Mexico state government’s management of food-assistance benefits, including allegations that state employees altered documents to purposely delay applications.
 
The Congressional Delegation has been in contact with the Department of Agriculture regarding allegations involving the

Luján Statement On Supreme Court Decision On Immigration Executive Action

on June 26, 2016 - 8:26am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 4-4 decision on the challenge to President Obama's deferred action programs in United States v. Texas.

"I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision that flies in the face of past legal rulings that have upheld the President's authority to act on immigration.

NMSF: Lightning And Fire

on June 24, 2016 - 10:22pm

NMSF News:

SILVER CITY – Thunderstorms across much of the Gila National Forest produced significant lightning with just isolated areas receiving appreciable rainfall. Firefighters were kept busy responding to 22 new fire starts.

Fire is a natural part of the ecosystem and each new start represents an opportunity to restore or maintain natural conditions, removing hazardous fuels and reducing the potential of future catastrophic wildfires. 

While all fires are actively managed not all are immediately suppressed.

Bathtub Row Press Releases New Book On US-Russian Lab-To-Lab Cooperation

on June 24, 2016 - 11:29am

Dr. Siegfried Hecker

BOOK RELEASE News:

Join the Los Alamos Historical Society, Dr. Siegfried Hecker and contributing authors for the release of Doomed to Cooperate 7-9 p.m., June 28 in Fuller Lodge.

This new title from Bathtub Row Press presents the story of the US-Russian lab-to-lab cooperation that spanned more than two decades.

Doomed to Cooperate: How American and Russian Scientists Joined Forces to Avert Some of the Greatest Post–Cold War Nuclear Dangers tells the remarkable story of nuclear scientists from two former enemy nations, the United States and Russia, who reached across

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