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DOJ: Regulatory Steps To Address Opioid Epidemic

on July 16, 2018 - 8:02am
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Justice Wednesday announced the finalization of an April proposal to improve the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to control the diversion of dangerous drugs in the midst of the national opioid crisis.
 
Announced in April by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the final rule sent for publication today in the Federal Register establishes that DEA will take into consideration the extent that a drug is diverted for abuse when it sets its annual opioid production limits.
 
If DEA believes that that a particular opioid or a particular company’s

MPNHP-Los Alamos Friends Group And National Park Service Sign Philanthropic Partnership Agreement

on July 15, 2018 - 10:37am

Members of the Board of the Friends of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park - Los Alamos gathered Friday afternoon for a special signing ceremony with the National Park Service at the powerhouse (stone house) on Bathtub Row. Back row from left, Ranger Josh Nelson and Board members Carol A. Clark, Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher; LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan; Vice President/County Councilor Rick Reiss; Treasurer Ron Wilkins; Metzger’s General Manager David Jolly; Shannon Corporation owner Shannon C’de Baca and Karen Henderson.

Naval Nuclear Laboratory Contracts Awarded To FMP

on July 13, 2018 - 8:40am

Courtesy/NNL

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Naval Reactors, a joint program of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Navy (DON), announced the selection of Fluor Marine Propulsion, LLC (FMP) as the new DOE and DON contractor for the Naval Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

FMP, a limited liability company, is a wholly owned, special-purpose subsidiary of Fluor Corporation.

Naval Reactors conducted a full and open competition for the new NNL contracts. 

The estimated combined award value of these contracts is approximately $30 billion over ten years if all options are

Trinity Test ‘Gadget’ Anniversary July 16

on July 13, 2018 - 8:02am
Courtesy photo
 
AHF News:
 
July 16 is the 73rd anniversary of the Trinity Test, the world’s first nuclear weapons test. At 5:29 a.m., the “Gadget” exploded with a yield of about 15-20 kilotons of TNT.
 
Manhattan Project veterans recall their reactions to the explosion. For example, chemist Lilli Hornig describes the mushroom cloud: “I remember these boiling clouds and vivid colors like violet, purple, orange, yellow, red, just everything. It was fantastic. We were all shaken up.”

For more on the Trinity Test, visit Veterans Remember the Trinity Test, Trinity Test Eyewitnesses and

Udall Leads Roundtable On School Infrastructure Needs In Indian Country

on July 13, 2018 - 7:35am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a roundtable discussion with tribal leaders, tribal organizations, and administration officials Thursday to document the infrastructure needs of schools that serve Native communities.
 
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that more must be done to deal with school infrastructure needs,” Udall said. “There exists a huge gap between the resources and the needs in schools throughout Indian country.”
 
Udall pressed Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and

NMED Accepting Applications For Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Funding

on July 12, 2018 - 3:31pm
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) will accept applications for projects relating to the Volkswagen Settlement Agreement July 2 and Sept. 14.
 
Qualifying projects must demonstrate a reduction in NOx, and meet the criteria outlined in the Settlement Agreement. The Settlement Agreement allows NMED to approve funding for up to one-third of the State’s initial allocation in the first year.
 
There will be at least two additional opportunities to submit applications for funding future projects.

Los Alamos County Officials Announce Washington Trip To Address Triad Taxability Issue

on July 11, 2018 - 1:19pm

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz and Vice Chair Chris Chandler discuss their itinerary for their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. Also traveling are fellow Councilor Morrie Pongratz and County Manager Harry Burgess. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Just 24 hours ahead of its special session on the budget impact of Triad National Security, LLC taking over the Los Alamos National Laboratory management and operating contract, Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved travel expenses for Council Chair

Udall And Heinrich On Supreme Court Nomination

on July 10, 2018 - 4:31am

U.S. SENATE News:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen Tom Udall (D-NM) and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) released the statements after President Trump announced Monday he is nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court:

Sen. Udall:

“It is the Senate’s constitutional duty to advise and consent on Supreme Court nominees. But after Mitch McConnell made a mockery of the Supreme Court nomination process in 2016, the only advice and consent that Donald Trump has sought out is from the extreme, right-wing groups who hand-picked this nominee.

A Path Forward On Net Neutrality

on July 10, 2018 - 3:49am
By PATRICIA FORD
York Dispatch Contributor
 
Of the many unmistakable and powerful messages coming from voters after the Parkland massacre, one is the notion that Americans are tired of leaders putting politics ahead of the nation’s business. Members of Congress, for their own good, should see this canary in the coal mine, not just on gun safety but just about everything else as well.
 
And while protecting the open internet may not, rightfully, stir the same passions as protecting our children from semi-automatic weapons, the devolving debate about internet freedom illustrates just how

LAHS Hilltalkers Strike Gold At National Tournament

on July 9, 2018 - 5:49pm
Members of the New Mexico Gold World Schools Debate team comprised of LAHS Hilltakers, from left, Sonyia Williams, Sam Menefee, Donald Poston and Antonio Dowdy. Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team returned from the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with trophies and many great memories.
 
The New Mexico Gold World Schools Debate team, comprised of Hilltalkers Antonio Dowdy, Sam Menefee, Donald Poston and Sonyia Williams, advanced to the quarterfinal round of World Schools Debate

Balderas Joins 20 AG's In Opposition To U.S. Supreme Court Decision That Cuts Back On Union Rights

on July 7, 2018 - 4:34pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE AG Balderas has joined 20 Democratic attorneys general, in strongly disagreeing with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.
 
The case involved public employees paying fees to support the cost of critical representation during collective bargaining. These union fees, along with member dues, are used to represent all employees – both union and non-union employees.
 
“Our teachers, firefighters, police officers, nurses, and other public employees – often underpaid and whose pensions are being attacked

Democratic Party Welcomes Heinrich To Los Alamos

on July 6, 2018 - 6:33am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) speaks to a large gathering of Los Alamos Democrats Thursday evening during his Meet & Greet at Unquarked in Central Park Square. Heinrich was in town as part of a campaign sweep during which he visited Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Council Chair Christine Chandler, a candidate for House Dist. 43, speaks with fellow Democrats Thursday evening at UnQuarked. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Karyl Ann Armbruster, secretary of the NM PED Public Education

21 Children Have Died In Hot Cars In U.S. This Year

on July 6, 2018 - 5:56am
KAC News:
 
PHILADELPHIA, PA Already this year there have been 21 confirmed child vehicular heatstroke deaths in the United States. Every year on average, 37 children die in hot cars in the U.S. Last year 43 young children died.
 
These tragedies are predictable and preventable. KidsAndCars.org is urging parents and caregivers to be extra vigilant.
 
KidsAndCars.org president and founder Janette Fennell said, “We always see an increase in child injuries and deaths around holidays.

Lujan Grisham Releases Plan To Fight Fires

on July 6, 2018 - 5:46am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Monday, U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham released her plan to prevent and fight fires in New Mexico.
 
“As families throughout New Mexico prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, federal and state parks across our state are closed because of severe fire threats. The changing climate and ongoing drought mean that New Mexico is at an even greater risk to experience devastating fires this season.

Officials Weigh In On EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resignation

on July 5, 2018 - 10:12pm

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

EPA News:

A variety of officials released statements today following President Donald Trump's announcement via Twitter that he has accepted the resignation of embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall: “Scott Pruitt’s tenure at EPA was an utter disgrace. He should have been fired long ago.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on July 5, 2018 - 4:49pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is introduced to Los Alamos Daily Post student intern Connor Hoch during his visit this afternoon to the newspaper to meet with the news team. Hoch is a freshman at Los Alamos High School who is spending his summer working at the newspaper. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post world headquarters this afternoon and spoke with staff about tech transfer, Los Alamos National Laboratory and other topics.

“Every year, the DOE gets

NNSA Awards $10 Million To Texas A&M University

on July 5, 2018 - 4:35pm
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has designated a new Center of Excellence to be led by Texas A&M University in the area of Low Energy Nuclear Science as part of the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Program.
 
“These grants are instrumental in developing the next generation of scientists in areas of relevance to the stockpile stewardship mission,” said Dr. Kathleen Alexander, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation in NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs.
 

Izraelevitz: The Honor And Blessing Of Becoming An American Citizen

on July 5, 2018 - 7:28am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos County Council Chair

When the Publisher of this newspaper asked if I would write a column celebrating the Fourth of July, I couldn’t help but look back to the previous July 4th at the Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center, where I was invited to speak at a new citizenship ceremony. I shared with them my feelings about the honor and blessing of becoming an American citizen as an adult. I hope you will enjoy an abbreviated version of my talk.

July 4, 2017

Thank you very much for your invitation to speak here today.

Heinrich Conservation Measures Clear Senate

on July 5, 2018 - 7:13am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced the passage of several conservation measures that he has championed to improve the health and resiliency of New Mexico’s forests and watersheds.
 
The measures were included in the 2018 Farm Bill, which passed the Senate with an 86 to 11 vote.
 
Included in the Farm Bill are provisions from Heinrich’s bipartisan Restoring America’s Watersheds Act to improve the health of watersheds on national forest lands.

Presidential Proclamation: Honoring Victims Of Tragedy At Capital Gazette Newspaper In Annapolis, Md

on July 4, 2018 - 7:52am
Courtesy photo
 
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION
 
Our Nation shares the sorrow of those affected by the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.
 
Americans across the country are united in calling upon God to be with the victims and to bring aid and comfort to their families and friends.
 
As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on June 28, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I
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50th Anniversary Of Vietnam War Ceremony July 26

on July 3, 2018 - 3:44pm
DVS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Veterans who served during the Vietnam War era will be honored at a special 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony in Albuquerque July 26 at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Amphitheater, located at 1100 West Louisiana Blvd. SE.
 
The 10a.m. ceremony is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services, the New Mexico National Guard, the New Mexico State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America, and the New Mexico VA Health Care System.
 
All veterans who served during the Vietnam War era, as well as family members of deceased

BLM Seeks Public Input On Proposed Oil And Gas Lease Sale Of Parcels In New Mexico, Texas And Oklahoma

on July 3, 2018 - 10:45am
BLM News:
 
SANTA FE The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled a two-week public scoping period for input on 133 parcels of federal minerals proposed for the December 2018 competitive oil and gas lease sale. 
 
The public scoping period will begin July 9 and conclude July 20. The lease sale is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 5-6.
 
This scoping process is intended to solicit public input on relevant issues, potential impacts, and alternatives that the BLM should address in an environmental assessment to be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

LAHS Graduate Attends Millennial Nuclear Caucus

on July 3, 2018 - 6:26am
From left, Department of Public Utilities Deputy Manager Steve Cummins, Los Aamos High School graduate Sophia Li and DPU Manager Tim Glasco celebrate Li's acceptance into the Millennial Nuclear Caucus. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Sophia Li, a 2018 Los Alamos High School graduate, has yet to start her college career at MIT but she already received an up close look at her field of interest: nuclear energy.
 
Li was selected to attend the Millennial Nuclear Caucus held June 15 in Idaho Falls.

Secretary Zinke Announces $42.6 Million In Payments To New Mexico To Support Vital Community Services

on July 3, 2018 - 6:24am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced that 32 local governments in New Mexico are receiving a total of $42.6 million under the 2018 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, demonstrating the Administration’s commitment to local communities.
 
This is the largest amount ever allocated in the program’s 40-year history. A full list of funding by state and county is available at www.doi.gov/pilt.
 
“Local communities contribute significantly to our nation's economy, food and energy supply, and help define the character of our diverse and

New Mexico Federation Of Labor Responds To Supreme Court Ruling On Janus v. AFSCME

on July 3, 2018 - 5:50am
NMFL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Federation of Labor released the following statement:
 
A politically charged United States Supreme Court issued a five to four decision today in AFSCME v. Janus, holding that public sector union workers cannot be required to pay their fair share of Union dues for Union representation. Union employees in the public sector will still receive competent and professional union representation — the ruling just means that those employees who don’t want to pull their weight can make their fellow workers pay for their representation.
 
The New Mexico

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