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Jack Ammerman Wins Constitution Day Poster Contest

on September 18, 2018 - 4:46pm

Jack Ammerman, winner of the 2018 Constitution Day Poster Contest, receives his $100 cash prize from Dawn Voss, president of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women. Courtesy photo


Jack Ammerman is the winner of the 2018 Constitution Day Poster Contest. President Dawn Voss of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women presented Ammerman with a $100 cash prize.

The award ceremony was held Sunday at Urban Park during the Constitution Day Picnic sponsored by the Republican Party of Los Alamos.

Ammerman is an eighth grade student and is homeschooled.

Udall Named To House-Senate Conference Committee To Finalize Interior And Environment Funding

on September 18, 2018 - 9:51am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, has been named to the conference committee that will finalize the fiscal year 2019 Interior & Environment Appropriations bill, which funds the Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Forest Service, and various other agencies.
The conference committee includes leaders of four House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees and

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rejects Invitation To Heritage Month Celebration At White House

on September 18, 2018 - 8:07am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump rejecting his invitation to attend a reception honoring Hispanic Heritage Month and detailing the ways this administration’s rhetoric and actions have stood in stark contrast to the history and values of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The letter opens, “I write to inform you that I decline your invitation to attend a reception for Hispanic Heritage Month at the White House because your

LANL Scientist Jonathan Dowell Discusses Lighthouse Directional Radiation Detector During Science On Tap

on September 18, 2018 - 7:15am

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Jonathan Dowell presented the talk, ‘Simple sophistication: Detecting radiation one beam at a time’ Monday evening at UnQuarked in Central Park Square. Like its namesake, the lighthouse directional radiation detector is all about maintaining a safe distance from harm. Whether the goal is confirming absence of radioactive materials or tracking them, the latest engineering innovation by Dowell and his colleagues brings a radiation-detection tool with immense potential to keep workers and the public safe.

Libertarian: End Taxation Of Currency, Gold, Silver

on September 18, 2018 - 6:17am
A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Sept. 7 would eliminate capital gains taxes on most transactions conducted with precious metals.
West Virginia Rep. Alex Mooney introduced the Money Metals Tax Neutrality Act, which was quickly cosponsored by Rep. French Hill of Arkansas and Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho. If passed, the bill’s tax exemptions would encompass “(1) gold, silver, platinum, or palladium coins minted and issued by the (U.S.

Attorney General Hector Balderas Urges Congress To Support Funding Under Violence Against Women Act

on September 17, 2018 - 3:47pm


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From the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined 55 other state and territory attorneys general to urge Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

The attorneys general sent a letter earlier today to congressional leaders and the chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, urging lawmakers to vote to reauthorize VAWA before it expires this year.

“Congressional leaders have a responsibility to fight for women in dangerous situations,” Balderas said.

Balderas On EPA Rollback Of Methane Emission Regs

on September 17, 2018 - 6:16am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
From the Office of the Attorney General:
Attorney General Hector Balderas issued this statement Sept. 11, in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s dangerous plan to roll back methane regulations:
“By rolling back critical methane waste regulations, President Trump’s EPA continues to put industry profits before New Mexican families’ safety and our environment.
“Wasting New Mexico’s natural resources not only harms our families, but jeopardizes our precious environment, so I will continue to fight these harmful acts with every tool

Lujan Grisham Requests Funding For National Caregiving Grants

on September 17, 2018 - 6:06am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) led a bipartisan letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as well as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) to request $10 million in Care Corps grant funding in the fiscal year 2019 LHHS Appropriations bill.
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been working to enact and fund Care Corps grants since her first term in Congress.

Los Alamos Living Treasure Stephanie Sydoria Delivers Keynote At Ukraine’s 27 Years Of Independence Event

on September 16, 2018 - 5:57am

Ukrainian Americans gathered Wednesday in Albuquerque for a celebration of Ukraine’s Independence Day. Los Alamos Living Treasure Stephanie Sydoria, behind sign and 5th from right, delivered the keynote address. Courtesy photo


Ukrainian Americans of New Mexico celebrated both the 27th and the 100th anniversaries of the declarations of Ukrainian independence by gathering Aug. 26 at the Albuquerque Civic Plaza to read aloud the official proclamation issued by Mayor Tim Keller.

Father Artur Bubnevych of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Byzantine Catholic Church blessed the

Udall Addresses National Congress Of American Indians

on September 16, 2018 - 5:25am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, addressed the National Congress of American Indians Wednesday at its 2018 Tribal Unity Impact Days.
In his remarks, Udall discussed the committee’s work to achieve Indian Country’s priorities and his commitment to fighting for issues vital to tribal communities – including reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and strengthening its tribal provisions. Udall also highlighted his concerns regarding U.S.

DOT Announces $1.49 Million For Advanced Bus Technology Project In New Mexico

on September 15, 2018 - 7:50am
DOT News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced Aug. 24 $84.45 million in grant selections through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program, which funds the deployment of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced propulsion technologies.
Fifty-two projects in 41 states will receive a share of the funding.
“Communities across America will benefit from these investments in their transportation infrastructure,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said.
Eligible projects include the purchase or lease

AGU: U.S. Wildfire Smoke Deaths May Double By 2100

on September 15, 2018 - 7:48am
A helicopter drops water on the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., as firefighters continue to battle the blaze in 2012. Courtesy/U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock
This image, captured by the NOAA-20 satellite’s VIIRS instrument Aug. 19, 2018, shows thick plumes of smoke over British Columbia. Courtesy/NOAA
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of deaths associated with the inhalation of wildfire smoke in the U.S. could double by the end of the century, according to new research.
A new study simulating the effects of wildfire smoke on human

Luján Introduces Legislation Leveraging Telehealth To Combat Opioid Epidemic

on September 14, 2018 - 4:58pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced the Medicaid Substance Use Disorder Treatment via Telehealth Act, which would provide states with options to leverage telehealth to increase services and treatment for Medicaid patients.
Similar legislation authored by Senator Carper was included in the Senate opioid package, the Opioid Crisis Response Act, as section 2203. The House version introduced by Luján contains additional language that focuses on treatment for individuals with co-occurring serious mental illness and

Pearce Announces Plan To Improve Lives Of New Mexico’s Military Veterans

on September 14, 2018 - 6:59am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
ALBUQUERQUE — Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, announced Tuesday a plan to improve the lives of veterans throughout New Mexico.
“New Mexico has a large veteran population who answered the call to serve our nation. Each of them deserves our gratitude. As Governor, I will make New Mexico the most veteran friendly state in the nation.

Sydney Andrews Receives DOE Graduate Fellowship

on September 13, 2018 - 10:53am

Sydney Andrews


AMES, Iowa – Sydney Andrews from Los Alamos is attending graduate school at Stony Brook University this fall on a U.S. Department of Energy fellowship.

Andrews is one of fewer than 6 percent of applicants to receive the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF). Andrews is studying toward a doctoral degree in Astrophysics.

The fellowship, administered by the Krell Institute of Ames, Iowa, is funded by the DOE’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Los Alamos Historical Society Intern Studies Cold War

on September 13, 2018 - 9:23am

Los Alamos High School graduate Kallie Funk’s summer job as an intern for the Los Alamos Historical Society gave her the opportunity to research Cold War history in the society’s archives, a topic that is a good fit with her college major, political science. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Historical Society Intern

I was born and raised in Los Alamos. My mom was as well, so I have always thought I knew everything there was to know about Los Alamos and its history.

However, after I accepted a research internship at the Los Alamos Historical Society earlier this year, I quickly

International Space Station Captures Hurricane Florence

on September 13, 2018 - 7:50am

Hurricane Florence on the morning of Sept. 12, 2018, viewed from the International Space Station, (ISS/NASA photo, prep. by David Ponton,

Hurricane Florence on the morning of Sept. 12, 2018 viewed from the International Space Station (ISS/NASA photo, prep. by David Ponton,

Eye of hurricane Florence on the morning of Sept. 12, 2018, viewed from the International Space Station (ISS/NASA photo, prep. by David Ponton,

Municipal Judge Alan Kirk Appointed To National Council Of Juvenile And Family Court Judges Committee

on September 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk


The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has appointed Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk to serve on the Curriculum Committee for 2018-2019.

The misson of the NCJFCJ is to provide all judges, courts, and related agencies involved with juvenile, family, and domestic violence cases with the knowledge and skills to improve the lives of the families and children who seek justice.

Two of the main goals of the NCJFCJ are to improve the standards, practices, and effectiveness of the nation's courts handling

Interior Law Enforcement Seizes 17 lbs. Of Heroin And Methamphetamine On San Felipe Pueblo

on September 12, 2018 - 10:45am

DOI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke applauded the efforts of a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Justice Services (OJS) K-9 police officer who recently took more than 17 pounds of deadly drugs off the streets.

The BIA officer was monitoring vehicle traffic on Interstate 25 on the San Felipe Pueblo Indian Reservation when he conducted a traffic stop resulting in the arrest of an individual, and the seizure of approximately 15.9 pounds of methamphetamine and 1.25 pounds of heroin.

A field test of the substances was conducted and returned

Discuss D.C. Statehood At League Event Sept. 20

on September 12, 2018 - 7:38am


LWV News:

Yilin Zhang is coming to New Mexico to talk about the move for statehood for Washington, D.C., a League of Women Voters issue. She will be here at 5 p.m., Sept. 20 for discussion, drinks, and appetizers at the home of Becky Shankland, 6 Mariposa Court in White Rock. 

This has been a hot topic since 2016 when D.C. citizens voted to petition Congress for statehood. 

Questions Zhang will address include:

  • Can DC citizens vote for president?
  • Do DC citizens pay taxes?
  • Do DC citizens have representation in Congress?
  • What would a state of Washington DC look like?


Udall, Heinrich Secure Provision Prohibiting Nuclear Safety Board Staff Cuts And Reorganization

on September 11, 2018 - 5:37pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that they have secured two provisions in the final FY 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill to protect the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) and its important safety mission.

One Udall-Heinrich provision prohibits the use of any appropriated funds to carry out the DNFSB’s proposed reorganization, which included a significant reduction in the board’s staff, unless such a proposal is later specifically authorized by law.

Letter To The Editor: Consider USA Response To 9/11

on September 11, 2018 - 4:56pm
Los Alamos

Almost 3,000 souls perished in the 9/11 attacks; BTW in the rest of the world the date is 11 September, i.e. 11/9.

Let’s take a moment to consider the USA response to 9/11. The events of that day led to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars; in my opinion, they also led to the rise of the Islamic State (IS), the Syrian war, and the millions of refugees who fled the wars and their aftermaths.

The Afghan and Iraq wars caused over 10,000 USA and coalition deaths and between one and two million civilian deaths.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Joins Firefighters For Stair Climb On Sept. 11 Anniversary

on September 11, 2018 - 4:21pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham joined firefighters today from the greater Albuquerque area for their annual stair climb to mark 17 years since the terror attacks of 9/11/01. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) joined firefighters from the greater Albuquerque area for their annual stair climb to mark 17 years since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

 During the annual memorial climb, firefighters climbed 120 flights of stairs carrying more than 50 pounds of gear.

“17 years after Sept.

Bipartisan Senators To House THUD Appropriators: Preserve Funding For Southwest Chief

on September 11, 2018 - 7:48am

  • New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas Senators call on House Committee on Appropriations to preserve $50 million in federal funding in the FY19 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill to maintain Amtrak's Southwest Chief

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Michael F.

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001...

on September 11, 2018 - 6:27am

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Today marks the 17th anniversary of the series of four coordinated attacks against the United States.

The attacks:

  • Date: Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001
  • Perpetrator: Al-Qaeda
  • Total number of deaths: 2,996 (2,977 victims + 19 hijackers):
  • Locations: New York City, Stonycreek Township, Arlington County
  • Attack types: Aircraft hijacking, Mass murder, Suicide attack, Terrorism

Source: wikipedia

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