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Scenes From Wreaths Across America At Santa Fe National Cemetery Saturday Morning

on December 18, 2017 - 8:57am

Hundreds of people braved cold temperatures Saturday morning to participate in the annual Wreaths Across America event at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Los Alamos National Laboratory 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. The Wreaths Across America initiative coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and other

Udall Co-sponsored Bill To Restore Tribal Jurisdiction Over Domestic Violence To Children, Law Enforcement

on December 18, 2017 - 8:33am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the bipartisan Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act (NYTOPA) to build on the Tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) by extending protections to children and law enforcement personnel involved in domestic violence incidents on Tribal lands.
 
The bill also will enhance federal coordination of victim

Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes Completes Studies At Naval Postgraduate School Center For Homeland Defense And Security

on December 17, 2017 - 7:09am

Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes, right, with his friend, former Los Alamos National Laboratory Physical Security Division Leader Michael Wismer Friday at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Wismer, who lives in Santa Fe flew out with his wife Lisa Wismer to join Hughes and his wife Jodi Hughes at a ceremony in which Hughes graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Scenes From Wreaths Across America At Guaje Pines

on December 17, 2017 - 6:34am

American Legion Riders Post 90 President Ed McDaris welcomes guests Saturday to the annual Wreaths Across America event at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Volunteers placed wreaths on the graves of the 375 veterans laid to rest at Guaje Pines. McDaris called for a moment of silence to remember the fallen, prisoners of war and those missing in action and to honor those who have served and are still serving ‘in this great nation’s armed services’. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Post 90 Cmdr.

AG Balderas Announces New Mexico Joining Legal Fight Against Illegal Repeal Of Net Neutrality Rules

on December 16, 2017 - 8:22am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

Santa Fe – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Friday that he has joined other state attorneys general in announcing a multi-state lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission over its vote to rollback net neutrality protections.

The FCC voted to eliminate rules that prohibit Internet Service Providers from blocking or throttling Internet traffic. The commission also eliminated a rule that prohibits charging websites for priority access over home and mobile Internet services.

NNSA Transfers Bannister Federal Complex To Developer For Demolition, Remediation, Redevelopment

on December 16, 2017 - 6:59am
NNSA News:
 
KANSAS CITY, MO  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) today announced that ownership of over 200 acres of the aging Bannister Federal Complex in South Kansas City was formally transferred in November to Bannister Transformation and Development LLC (BT&D).
 
“Transferring this property from federal to private ownership was a highly successful team effort involving several local, state and federal government agencies. I want to thank everyone who helped make this happen,” NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz said.

Manhattan Project Unsung Hero: Mathematician Ulam

on December 16, 2017 - 6:58am
Mathematician Stanislaw Ulam is featured in a display in the Hans Bethe House, part of the Los Alamos History Museum. Courtesy photo

Ulam used this slide rule--before calculators were invented--to solve many mathematical problems. Courtesy photo
 
By HEATHER MCCLENAHAN
Los Alamos Historical Society
  • A mathematician does something on a piece of paper & then lo & behold a big explosion may occur. —Stanislaw Ulam, 1967, written in his desk drawer.
 
Stan Ulam may be one of the least known of the leading Manhattan Project scientists.

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

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

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