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UNM-LA Continues Documentary Film Festival On Ethnic Diversity In U.S. With ‘Kingdom of Shadows’

on March 29, 2018 - 11:55am

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) instructor Dr. Renae Mitchell will screen the PBS film “Kingdom of Shadows” at noon Monday, April 2 in the Lecture Hall of Building 2.

In conjunction with her class AMST 185: Intro to Race, Class and Ethnicity, Mitchell is screening three different PBS Point of View films; each provides an in-depth look at the lives of people outside of the stereotypical American norm.

Local community members are invited to attend the screenings and are welcome to stay for class discussions after the films.

Kingdom of Shadows investigates various consequences of

Link Correction To Vote For Los Alamos Main Street In National Contest

on March 29, 2018 - 10:34am

Los Alamos Main Street News:

 

Los Alamos Main Street is competing in the third annual America’s Main Streets contest for a $25,000 cash prize. The correct link to cast your vote is: https://mainstreetcontest.com/profile/95

 

For details about the contest and how Los Alamos Main Street would use the cash prize toward the mission of building a vibrant community, click here.

AG Balderas To EPA Administrator Pruitt: 'If EPA Fails To Enforce A Critical Landfill Methane Regulation, We Will See You In Court'

on March 29, 2018 - 10:27am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE  Joining a coalition of seven attorneys general, the California Air Resources Board, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Attorney General Hector Balderas submitted a 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to enforce a critical landfill methane regulation.
 
“New Mexicans enjoy clean air and the most beautiful natural environment in the nation, and I will not stand by while President Trump and his EPA Administrator put that at risk,” Attorney General

AGU: Satellites And Cell Phones Form A Cholera Early-Warning System

on March 29, 2018 - 10:23am
A Bangladeshi village woman collects water from a tube well, which taps a shallow unconfined aquifer, amid surroundings flooded with contaminated water. A new initiative combines satellite data with observations and communication networks on the ground to warn Bangladeshis of waterborne cholera hazards. Mushfiqul Alam/NurPhoto/Getty Images
 
AGU News:
 
Cholera, an acute waterborne diarrheal illness, poses a major threat to global health, especially in developing countries of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Udall Kicks Off First ‘Rural Resource Roadshow’

on March 29, 2018 - 9:06am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
ROSWELL — Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall visited Roswell to kick off the first of six planned Rural Resource Roadshows, which he is holding in rural communities across the state to bring together community leaders, federal and state agencies, nonprofits, and other organizations that work to support rural communities.
 
The events are an opportunity for elected officials, their staff, and others in the community to hear directly from federal and state agencies and nonprofits that support economic development and infrastructure initiatives in their

Passover: A Celebration Of Freedom

on March 29, 2018 - 8:02am

Jacob Sigeti reads from the Haggadah, containing the story of the Exodus from Egypt during a Seder meal at his home in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Passover begins Friday at sundown. On the first two nights of the eight-day Passover observance, Jews hold a family feast and celebration, the Seder, a ritual meal that includes four cups of wine, the eating of matzah (unleavened bread) and bitter herbs and the telling of the story of Exodus.

In Hebrew it is known as Pesach (which means “to pass

Health Committee Considers Three Luján Bills In Response To Opioid Crisis

on March 29, 2018 - 7:58am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Three bills authored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) were considered by the House Subcommittee on Health, an important step as the legislation advances in the House.
 
The bills will help states address the on-going opioid abuse crisis, improve services for patients seeking treatment and deal with critical shortages in the behavioral health care workforce.
 
The New Mexico lawmaker noted that today, due to lack of services, those who battle mental health and substance abuse issues often cycle between emergency

25th Annual Recuerda César Chávez Day March & Fiesta

on March 29, 2018 - 7:53am
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Civil rights and labor leader César Chávez was born March 31, 1927 in Yuma, Ariz. Every year since his untimely death (1993), the Recuerda a César Chávez Committee has commemorated the birth of this humble civil rights leader by marching in his honor and celebrating his life with music, dancing, poetry and fun, culturally enriched activities for children.
 
The event is designed to educate the entire family about César Chávez and the farm worker movement.

Omnibus Bill Includes Additional USDA Funds To Address Opioid Epidemic

on March 29, 2018 - 7:48am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett praised an omnibus spending bill that includes an additional $20 million for a key USDA program that is helping address the nation’s opioid crisis.
 
The funding comes at a time when President Donald J. Trump is pursuing an ambitious agenda to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.
 
“Opioid misuse in rural communities is more than just an issue of public health. It is an issue of rural prosperity,” Hazlett said.

CIR: Ambassador Vicki Huddleston Talk April 5

on March 29, 2018 - 7:21am
Ambassador Vicki Huddleston
 
CIR News:
 
Join the Council for International Relations (CIR) at 5:30 p.m. April 5 at La Posada, 330 East Palace Ave., for Ambassador Vicki Huddleston’s book launch.
 
Huddleston will talk about the book, first with an hour-long lecture on Cuba and then a Q&A. Copies of her book will be on sale at the event and she will sign them.
 
“Our Woman in Havana is a brilliant account of a diplomat’s challenges in formulating a sound policy consensus amid the shifting sands of domestic political, economic, and familial interests in Washington, Miami and Havana.

LANL: New Issue Of 1663 Magazine Now Available

on March 28, 2018 - 9:58am

Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Science news from Los Alamos National Laboratory is now available in the new issue of 1663 magazine.

In this issue:

  • How lightning starts and what it can be used for;
  • Shocks, whirls, and the science of turbulence;
  • Ultrathin metasurfaces for electromagnetic signal control;
  • Zika and chikungunya risk in the United States;
  • The environment and its tiniest inhabitants;
  • …and more.

Click here to get your science and technology fix from Los Alamos.

Immigrant Communities, Civil Liberties & Faith-Based Organizations... Rise Up At F&GO Committee Meeting

on March 28, 2018 - 9:46am

EL CENTRO News:

ALBUQUERQUE ― On a 4-0 bi-partisan vote (Davis, Peña, Sanchez, and Winter with Councilor Harris absent) Monday, the Albuquerque City Council Finance and Government Operations Committee unanimously approved Resolution 18-7, strengthening Albuquerque’s status as an immigrant-friendly city.

Hundreds of Albuquerque residents turned out in support. The resolution was co-sponsored by Albuquerque City Councilors Klarissa Peña and Pat Davis.

DEA Bolsters Fight Against Opioid Crisis With 250 Additional Task Force Officers

on March 28, 2018 - 8:37am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Drug Enforcement Administration will add 250 task force officers and dozens of additional analysts to areas across America where the opioid crisis is at its worst.
 
DEA task forces act as a force multiplier in carrying out DEA’s mission through coordination and cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the U.S. Historically, DEA task force officers have been some of the most essential and effective partners in building cases against drug trafficking organizations across the globe. 
 
“DEA highly values its partnerships

NNSA: Uranium Processing Facility Authorized To Start Construction On Main Buildings

on March 28, 2018 - 8:13am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project has been authorized by Departmental leadership to start construction on the Main Process Building (MPB), Salvage & Accountability Building (SAB), and Process Support Facilities (PSF) subprojects in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
 
UPF will replace an early-Cold War plant with a modern, more efficient, and safer facility for conducting highly-enriched uranium operations at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
 
Secretary Rick Perry

LAFD Team Completes Bataan Memorial Death March

on March 28, 2018 - 8:12am

Five members of Los Alamos Fire Department completed the Bataan Memorial Death March course carrying 32-lb packs March 25 at White Sands Missile Range in memory of LAFD Capt. John Snyder, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. From left, Capt. Gerard Coriz, Capt. Tim Johnson, Firefighter Brian Palmer, Firefighter Rick Acedo and Firefighter Michael Garcia. The team joined some 8,500 participants in the event. Courtesy photo

LAFD Capt. Tim Johnson adjusts his shoe laces during the March 25 Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range. Courtesy photo

LAFD Firefighter Brian Palmer, left, and

U.S. Sen. Heinrich, Mayor Keller To Host Public Safety & Consumer Protection Fair In Albuquerque

on March 28, 2018 - 8:03am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and Mayor Tim Keller will host a Public Safety and Consumer Protection Fair 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center in Albuquerque. 
 
This event is part of their ongoing efforts to promote public safety and consumer protection in New Mexico. Over a dozen federal, state, and local agencies and organizations will be on hand with information about the services they provide and resources for New Mexicans. The fair is free and open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend. 
 
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Heinrich: Conservation Measures Will Grow New Mexico Outdoor Rec Economy, Improve Access To Public Lands

on March 27, 2018 - 8:54am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Henrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced today the passage of several conservation measures that he has championed to expand access to public lands and improve the health and resiliency of New Mexico’s land, water, wildlife, and the communities that depend on them.

The measures were included in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus funding bill, which passed the House and Senate and has been signed into law.

One of the measures to be signed

AG Balderas Launches Facebook Probe With Bipartisan Coalition Of State Attorneys General

on March 27, 2018 - 8:54am
Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a bipartisan coalition of 37 state and territory Attorneys General in sending a letter demanding answers from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the company’s business practices and privacy protections.
 
“I’m extremely concerned about Facebook’s data policies and along with my colleagues, I expect Facebook’s quick and full cooperation regarding our inquiry,” Balderas said.

LANL: Public Lectures Explore Powering Space Missions On Mars Begin April 2

on March 26, 2018 - 10:32am

Artist's illustration of the umbrella-like heat radiators of four Kilopower nuclear reactors casting shadows on the Martian surface. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Patrick McClure and David Poston will discuss their Kilopower nuclear reactor project during three Frontiers in Science lectures

Artist's illustration of the umbrella-like heat radiators of four Kilopower nuclear reactors casting shadows on the Martian surface.

Los Alamos nuclear scientists Patrick McClure and David Poston will discuss the small nuclear reactor developed at the Laboratory to power missions on Mars during three

LANL: Self-assembling, Tunable Interfaces Found In Quantum Materials

on March 26, 2018 - 9:37am

Marc Janoschek, left, and David Fobes discuss features of quantum materials. Courtesy/lanl

LANL News:

A potential revolution in device engineering could be underway, thanks to the discovery of functional electronic interfaces in quantum materials that can self-assemble spontaneously.

“This illustrates that if we can learn to control and exploit the remarkable properties at the interfaces of quantum materials, this will likely result in a new generation of devices beyond our current imagination,” said Marc Janoschek, a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory who, with David Fobes, also

Udall: Climate Change Greatest Threat To Nation

on March 26, 2018 - 8:36am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivered a speech Tuesday on the Senate floor to highlight the devastating impacts that climate change is having on New Mexico and the Southwest, and urged immediate and concrete action to mitigate the effects of climate change.
 
Udall joined Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on the floor in honor of his 200th “Time to Wake Up" to the threat of climate change speech. 
 
 
Udall outlined a few of the devastating impacts of

BLM Postpones National Wild Horse And Burro Advisory Board Meeting

on March 26, 2018 - 8:35am
Members of the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Courtesy/BLM
 
BLM News:
 
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah The Bureau of Land Management has announced that it is postponing its National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting scheduled for March 27-28 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  
 
The meeting was delayed when one of its members threatened to sue the BLM because it did not provide 30 days’ notice of the meeting.
 
The dispute arose when the BLM gave 15 days’ public notice, as required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act and – when “urgent matters arise” - BLM regulations.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks To Close 12 Days Per Year For Cultural Observances, Routine Work

on March 26, 2018 - 8:23am
BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  In keeping with the administration’s priorities of being good neighbors and respecting the ties that native and traditional communities have to public lands, the Bureau of Land Management is announcing that the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument will be closed 12 days throughout the year, to allow for Pueblo de Cochiti cultural observances and routine BLM maintenance.  
 
The closure, which will remain in effect for two years, was announced today in the Federal Register.

Heinrich, Capito Introduce Legislation To Improve Access To Colon Cancer Screenings For Seniors

on March 26, 2018 - 8:22am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to increase access to and participation in colon cancer screenings.
 
The Colorectal Cancer Detection Act of 2018 would remove barriers that are preventing individuals from accessing colorectal cancer screenings—specifically, costs and issues related to health insurance coverage.

New Alzheimer’s Association Report Reveals Sharp Increases In Prevalence, Deaths And Costs Of Care

on March 26, 2018 - 8:08am
AA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  For the second consecutive year, total payments to care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias will surpass $277 billion, which includes an increase of nearly $20 billion from last year, according to data released Tuesday in the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report. 
 
New findings from the report show the growing burden of Alzheimer’s on people living with the disease, their families and caregivers, as well as society at large.

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