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AG Balderas & Bipartisan Coalition Of Attorneys General Urge Congress To Pass The CLOUD Act

on February 21, 2018 - 12:43pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE In a bipartisan letter signed by Attorney General Hector Balderas and the attorneys general of 35 other states, the National Association of Attorneys General today urged Congress to pass the Clarify Lawful Overseas Use of Data (“CLOUD”) Act.  
 
The CLOUD Act would update and amend several provisions of the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”).
 
“It’s absurd and contrary to the rule of law that global corporations would seek to shield evidence of horrific crimes like child exploitation and murder committed in the United States

National Organization For Women PAC Endorses Deb Haaland For Congress

on February 21, 2018 - 6:18am
 

The National Organization for Women PAC has announced its endorsement of Deb Haaland for New Mexico's 1st Congressional District. Courtesy photo

 

NOW News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Momentum continues to build as the National Organization for Women PAC (NOW) announced its endorsement of Deb Haaland for New Mexico's 1st Congressional District.
 
NOW is the largest organization of grassroots feminists in the country. Haaland is an active and ardent supporter of NOW and its mission and will be a forceful voice for women in Congress.

NNSA: Lisa Gordon-Hagerty Confirmed As DOE Under Secretary

on February 20, 2018 - 3:54pm
Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty
 
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty was confirmed Thursday by the U.S. Senate as the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
 
Once she is sworn in to the position, Gordon-Hagerty will be responsible for the management and operation of NNSA, in support of Secretary Perry and President Trump’s nuclear security agenda.
 
“We are excited to welcome Lisa to the DOE team following her confirmation,” Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said.

LANL Researchers Discover Novel Exciton Interactions In Carbon Nanotubes

on February 20, 2018 - 10:28am

Stephen Doorn, of Los Alamos National Laboratory, working on an instrument used for spectroscopic characterization of carbon nanotubes. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • In the study, a collaborative research team showed that Raman spectroscopy (a form of light scattering) can provide more extensive characterization of intertube excitons.

Nanotechnology researchers studying small bundles of carbon nanotubes have discovered an optical signature showing excitons bound to a single nanotube are accompanied by excitons tunneling across closely interacting nanotubes.

Udall, Heinrich Say White House Reliance On Interim Security Clearances Troubling

on February 20, 2018 - 5:44am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that revealed significant discrepancies in the White House’s account of how long former Staff Secretary Rob Porter was permitted access to classified information without a full security clearance, U.S.

Unexpected Encounter Leads To Interview With Manhattan Project Veteran Reid Cameron

on February 20, 2018 - 5:43am
Reid Cameron and his Manhattan Project service patch. Photo by Sharon Snyder
 
By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society
 
Sometimes a chance encounter can result in something unexpected. That was the case last August when I visited Mesa Verde National Park. I was wearing my Los Alamos Ranch School shirt with the embroidered logo when I met a volunteer ranger in the park.
 
We were enjoying a nice conversation when she noticed the logo and said, excitedly, “My husband’s uncle was at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project!”
 
I immediately asked, “Is he still living?”
 

Lujan Grisham Urges OMB Director Mick Mulvaney To Visit Communities In New Mexico

on February 20, 2018 - 5:29am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. During the House Budget Committee’s hearing on President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham urged White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to visit New Mexico and see first-hand how the President’s proposed cuts would impact middle-class families and vulnerable populations in the state.
 
The cuts proposed in President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget include:
  • $1.4 trillion cut to Medicaid;
  • $500 billion cut to Medicare;
  • $72 billion cut to disability programs, including Social Security; and
  • $213 billion cut to

Luján: What President's Day Means To Me

on February 19, 2018 - 3:59pm
By U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District

When I was young, I remember reading about great Presidents in American history. I read about the accomplishments of Presidents like Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt. They carried heavy burdens understanding the effect of every decision they made. They also represented the best of American values, and inspired younger generations to carry those values into their daily lives and into their hopes and dreams.

Being President of the United States comes with tremendous responsibility.

Letter To The Editor: A President’s Day Lament

on February 19, 2018 - 3:31pm
By BILL MEAD
Los Alamos

The USA is caught in a slow-motion disaster, the worst in several decades. 

The roots of the disaster are deep, but the rise of the neo-conservative movement, Fox News, a fleet of conservative pundits, and the Tea Party mark the beginning. These new forces have led to the emergence of a radical, populist constituency with leadership such as Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump who are intent on changing the core values and government of the USA—whatever it takes.

By 2016, this long-standing political divide had hardened into a fierce partisan battle for the

Celebrate How Presidents Shaped National Parks

on February 19, 2018 - 9:08am

The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial is on a small island in the Potomac River. Congress approved funds in 1960 and the memorial was dedicated Oct. 27, 1967. Courtesy/NPF

National Park Foundation:

As we observe Presidents Day, the National Park Foundation remembers the leaders who helped shape the nation’s public lands.

The lessons of conservation and protection passed down by these trailblazing Presidents have given us the beautiful parks that we know and love.

For example, President Lincoln set aside a large section of the Yosemite Valley for public use – the first time that had ever been

President’s $1 Billion Budget Proposal For BLM Supports Access To Public Lands For Multiple Uses

on February 18, 2018 - 6:57am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In keeping with the Administration’s goal of securing America’s energy dominance, President Trump has proposed a $1 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget for the Bureau of Land Management that will provide resources to promote energy development on public lands while expanding access to recreation and conservation areas.
 
The President’s proposal provides resources to support the Administration’s goals and meets the BLM’s multiple-use and sustained yield mission in other areas.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Honors Black History Month

on February 18, 2018 - 6:51am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, cosponsor of a resolution authored by Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) marking February as Black History Month, released the following statement honoring the contributions of African Americans in New Mexico and across the nation:
 
“Each February, we celebrate the immeasurable and indelible contributions that African Americans have made to our state and our nation.

DEA Creates New Resource To Help Distributors Avoid Oversupplying Opioids

on February 17, 2018 - 7:50am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has launched a new tool to assist drug manufacturers and distributors with their regulatory obligations under the Controlled Substances Act.
 
This new resource is an example of the many ways DEA is working collaboratively with its 1.73 million registrants to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States.
 
DEA added a new feature to its ARCOS Online Reporting System, a comprehensive drug reporting system that monitors the flow of controlled substances from their point of manufacture through commercial

Steve Pearce Qualifies For Ballot As Sole GOP Candidate For Governor Of New Mexico

on February 16, 2018 - 10:16am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce has officially qualified for the primary ballot as the Republican candidate for Governor of New Mexico.
 
According to the Secretary of State, the Bureau of Elections has reviewed Pearce's declaration of candidacy, nomination petitions, and certificate of registration and has determined they are all in proper order and timely filed.
 
"It's a great honor to officially be the Republican candidate for Governor of New Mexico," Pearce said.

United States Sen. Tom Udall Holds Listening Session On Combatting Violence Against Native Women

on February 14, 2018 - 7:50am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, cohosted a listening session on combatting violence against Native women.
 
In the listening session, Udall sought input from Tribes on implementing and improving the landmark legislation that amended the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to restore Tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence crimes on Tribal lands.
 
"Thank you for your work and advocacy on these important issues.

BLM: Revision To Methane Waste Prevention Rule

on February 14, 2018 - 7:19am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. As part of President Trump’s Executive Order 13783 promoting energy independence [Section 7 (6)(iv)] from March 28, 2017, to review and modify federal regulations that unnecessarily hinder economic growth and energy development, the Bureau of Land Management today announced a proposal to revise the 2016 final Waste Prevention Rule (also known as the venting and flaring rule).  
 
The proposed rule would eliminate duplicative regulatory requirements and re-establish long-standing requirements that the 2016 final rule sought to replace.

Patrick Sullivan Receives International Economic Development Council CEcD Designation

on February 13, 2018 - 11:00am

Patrick Sullivan

LACDC News:

Patrick Sullivan, executive director of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

The CEcD exam was administered by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Jan. 27-28 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The CEcD designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the economic development field and sets the standard of

FY19 Presidential Budget Request For NNSA Released

on February 13, 2018 - 9:40am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has released details of its portion of the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget Request.
 
The President’s $15 billion FY 2019 Budget Request for NNSA represents an increase of $2.2 billion – or 16.8 percent – above the FY 2017 enacted level, representing the Administration’s commitment to NNSA’s unique and diverse missions: maintaining the safety, security, reliability, and effectiveness of the nuclear weapons stockpile; reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation and

Udall, Lujan Grisham Introduce Bill To Help Native Students Access Healthy Foods

on February 13, 2018 - 7:44am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.); and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) reintroduced legislation in the Senate and House to give Tribes an important tool to address the pervasive and serious problem of child hunger and nutrition-related diseases.
 
The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018 acknowledges that Tribes better understand the needs of their communities and are better positioned to ensure children get healthy

Bandelier National Monument Makes List Of America’s 10 Best Small Town Gems To Visit In 2018

on February 13, 2018 - 7:00am

Talus Houses Cliff Dwellings at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy photo

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument comes in at number 2 on the list of America’s 10 Best Small Town Gems to visit in 2018.

Bandelier covers roughly 50 square miles of New Mexico wilderness and is home to the remains of ancient settlements built between the years 1150 and 1550, out of soft, volcanic rock.

Explore ancient artwork carved into caves and other pueblo relics dotted in more remote areas of the monument to get a sense of how their creators might have lived.

See the full list here

Secretary Zinke Prioritizes Conservation And Big Game Migration Corridors

on February 13, 2018 - 6:52am
DOI News:
 
SALT LAKE CITY Friday​, at the Western Conservation and Hunting Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah,​ U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3362, which will improve habitat quality and western big game winter range and migration corridors​ for antelope, elk, and mule deer​.
 
​The order fosters improved collaboration with states and ​private landowners and facilitates all parties ​using the best available science to inform development of guidelines that helps ensure that robust big game populations continue to exist.
 
The order seeks to improve

Heinrich To Question Top Intelligence Officials In Senate Intel Committee Hearing Tuesday Morning

on February 12, 2018 - 6:05pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 a.m. MT/ 9:30 a.m. ET,  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will question top intelligence officials during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence open hearing on Worldwide Threats.

Appearing before the committee will be Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, NSA Director Michael Rogers, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Robert Ashley and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo.

The hearing will stream

Unite For New Mexico Opens Campaign Office

on February 12, 2018 - 5:30pm

U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce and his wife Cynthia at the grand opening of the Unite For New Mexico campaign office Saturday in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce, U.S. Senate candidate Mick Rich, U.S. House candidate Janice Arnold-Jones, Lt. Gov. candidate Michelle Garcia Holmes and New Mexico Attorney General candidate Michael Hendricks were among those in attendance at the grand opening of the Unite For New Mexico campaign office Saturday in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

New Mexico Republican candidates and volunteers gather

Heinrich Statement On Bipartisan Budget Agreement

on February 12, 2018 - 7:23am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement regarding the passage of the bipartisan budget agreement:
 
“This two-year budget deal is the result of months of bipartisan negotiations and finally puts an end to the unacceptable series of short-term spending bills and fiscal crises that have held our nation’s priorities hostage to Washington’s gridlock and dysfunction.
 
“This bipartisan agreement is the right path forward for a long-term budget that strengthens our military and funds desperately needed programs such as

Pearce Statement On Suspending Debt Limit

on February 12, 2018 - 6:13am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the amended continuing resolution and budget that also suspends the debt limit:
 
“Any piece of legislation that suspends the debt limit is simply an excuse for Congress and the government to spend at will, without regard for the consequences down the road. Just as businesses and families have a borrowing limit on their credit card, so does the federal government.

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