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LAPS Foundation Sends LAMS Band Director Ryan Finn To World’s Largest Music Conference

on January 27, 2018 - 6:55am

LAMS Band Director Ryan Finn with his students. Courtesy/LAPS Foundation


Last fall, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation awarded nearly $11,000 for LAPS educators to pursue professional development opportunities in their fields. One of the recipients, Los Alamos Middle School Band Director Ryan Finn, recently attended the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, which is the largest of its kind in the world.

The renowned conference hosts thousands of music educators from around the country who work together attending workshops, clinics, and other professional

Alaska Lifts Tsunami Warning Following 7.9 Earthquake

on January 27, 2018 - 5:53am
Courtesy/US National Tsunami Warning Center
HSNW News:
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake, which struck 170 miles off the Alaska coast early Tuesday, led the Alaska government to issue a tsunami advisory — but the warning was lifted four hours later.
The USGS reported the magnitude 7.9 quake at 12:31 a.m. Alaska time. Officials had feared that tsunami waves could reach far inland, and issued tsunami guidance for the entire coastal area stretching from Alaska to the U.S. border with Mexico.
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake, which struck 170 miles off the Alaska coast early Tuesday, led the

Student Call For Abstracts: Due Jan. 29

on January 26, 2018 - 10:07am
NIST News:
Fellow Students and Student Advisors:
We would like to invite you to participate of an excellent opportunity to present your work at the upcoming 26th annual meeting of the Council of Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards (CIRMS). CIRMS will be awarding up to eight student travel grant awards. These awards will cover conference registration, a one-year membership to CIRMS, and $700 to cover travel and lodging costs. 
The meeting is April 16-18, 2018 in Gaithersburg, Md., at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)
The abstract submission

Experts To Preview Launch Of NOAA’s GOES-S Satellite

on January 26, 2018 - 8:21am
Technicians in the clean room at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Fla. closely inspect and continue working to prepare NOAA's GOES-S for its March 1 launch. Credit/NOAA
NOAA News:
Top officials from NOAA, NASA and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will hold a media teleconference to discuss how NOAA’s GOES-S, the second in a series of next-generation geostationary weather satellites, will help provide faster, more accurate data for tracking lightning, storm systems, wildfires, dense fog and other hazards that threaten the western U.S., Hawaii and

Los Alamos Has Viome!

on January 25, 2018 - 10:59am
From left, Viome’s Head of Project Management Miranda Intrator, President Deepak Savadatti, Chief Science Officer Momo Vuyisich and Research Associate Andy Hatch at the lab Monday afternoon at 81 Camino Entrada in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Viome employees gather with Chief Science Officer Momo Vuyisich, seated third from right, to celebrate the company’s first year anniversary Saturday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sig Hecker: Update On Nuclear North Korea Jan. 27

on January 25, 2018 - 10:48am
Former LANL Drector Siegfried S. Hecker

A presentation on “Update on Nuclear North Korea and a Tour around the Rest of the Nuclear World” with former LANL Director Siegfried S. Hecker of Stanford University is 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th St. in Los Alamos.

The fear of a nuclear crisis in North Korea that gripped much of the United States in 2017 was followed by a ray of hope in early 2018. Hecker will provide an assessment of the North’s nuclear program today and what the future may bring.

Hecker also will provide a

Bandelier Celebrates ‘Year Of The Bird’

on January 25, 2018 - 10:11am
Bandelier has chosen a local bird to celebrate each month in 2018, the Year of the Bird, and the bird for January is the raven. Courtesy/NPS
In October 1918, a profoundly important law was passed – the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It made it unlawful to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, or sell birds listed in the Act as migratory birds.   
It came into being in a time when the survival of many bird species was threatened by the commercial trade in birds and especially bird feathers.
Since 2018 is the centennial of the Act, people all over the world are

Udall, Heinrich Urge Secretary Zinke To Keep Public Lands In Public Hands

on January 25, 2018 - 7:34am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall led a letter, also signed by Sen. Martin Heinrich, urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep public lands public by prohibiting widespread sale and transfer of public lands.
The senators asked Zinke to uphold the Department of the Interior's responsibility to retain America's public lands so every American can continue to access public lands.
In response to a growing movement by some states to sell or transfer federal lands to states or give states management authority, a coalition of sportsmen, hunters, anglers, hikers,

Heinrich Slams Solar Tariff Decision

on January 24, 2018 - 8:03am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, issued the following statement after President Trump announced his decision to impose up to 30 percent tariffs on imported solar panels and modules that will jeopardize tens of thousands of American solar jobs:
“Imposing these tariffs isn't going to create a single manufacturing job and instead harms hundreds of locally-owned companies, jeopardizes tens of thousands of workers, and stifles billions of dollars in

USDA Provides Funding To Increase Access To Educational And Health Care Services In Rural Areas

on January 24, 2018 - 7:42am
USDA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett Friday announced that USDA is awarding grants for broadband projects to increase access to job training, educational and health care services in rural areas in 35 states.
“Broadband technology helps provide career opportunities and deliver critical medical services to rural residents,” Hazlett said. “It allows rural hospitals to better diagnose and treat patients. It helps treat people who are struggling with opioid and other substance use disorders. It also helps bring jobs to rural areas.”

DEA On Step To Increase Opioid Addiction Treatment

on January 24, 2018 - 7:15am
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration Tuesday announced a deregulatory measure that will make it easier for residents of underserved areas to receive treatment for opioid addiction.
As published today in the Federal Register, nurse practitioners and physician assistants can now become DATA-Waived qualifying practitioners, which give them authority to prescribe and dispense the opioid maintenance drug buprenorphine from their offices.

Public Education Dept., Arts Education Community Join Forces To Adopt National Core Standards

on January 23, 2018 - 3:11pm

Public Education Secretary-Designate Christopher Ruszkowski


SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Public Education Department announced the adoption of statewide New Mexico Core Arts Standards. The new standards are expected to enrich the state’s educational communities with tradition, innovation and creativity – and make New Mexico’s students more globally competitive.

“A 21st century multi-medium arts education is an essential component of preparing our children for their futures—especially in a state with some of the greatest artistic talent in the world.

Pearce Addresses Three-Day Government Shutdown

on January 23, 2018 - 2:54pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the three-day government shutdown ended Monday and federal operations resumed:
“What the Democrats did, playing politics with paychecks for service members and risking access to health care for rural, low-income children, to get their way on full amnesty for illegal immigrants is astounding and down-right irresponsible.

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Seek Applicants To Fill Two Upcoming Vacancies On US District Court

on January 23, 2018 - 2:26pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Nov. 30, 2017, the Honorable Robert C. Brack announced his intention to assume senior status after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench. Judge Brack’s announcement, effective July 25, 2018, will create a vacancy in Las Cruces for a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.
On Dec. 26, 2017, the Honorable Christina Armijo announced her intention to assume senior status after 16 years of distinguished service on the federal bench, including more than five years as Chief Judge for the District.

UCOR Earns 87 Percent Of Fee At Oak Ridge

on January 23, 2018 - 10:00am

URS | CH2M Oak Ridge workers demolish the K-802 Pumphouse at East Tennessee Technology Park during the April-September 2017 fee evaluation period. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) cleanup contractor URS | CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) earned almost $3.3 million for its performance from April through September 2017, nearly 87 percent of the total award fee available for the evaluation period.

OREM recently issued its latest six-month fee determination scorecard for UCOR.

Heinrich: Bold Action Needed To Better Support New Mexico Families, Invest In Early Childhood Education

on January 23, 2018 - 6:23am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Following the release of the 2017 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) expressed serious concern about the findings and called for bold action to create economic opportunities and address the needs of both vulnerable children and their parents in New Mexico.
He urged the state to invest a portion of its Land Grant Permanent Fund in the most effective early childhood programs.

About Three In Ten US Veterans Use Tobacco Products

on January 23, 2018 - 6:13am

CIC News:

About three in 10 U.S. military veterans used some form of tobacco product during 2010–2015, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Tobacco product use was higher among veterans than among non-veterans for males and females across all age groups, except males ages 50 years and older.

CDC used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) to assess the different tobacco products currently used (in the past 30 days) by U.S. veterans and non-veterans.

Heinrich Secures Commitment From Air Force Nominee To Prioritize Fuel Spill Cleanup At Kirtland AFB

on January 23, 2018 - 6:03am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured a commitment from Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Energy nominee John Henderson to prioritize the fuel spill cleanup at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) and improve communication between regulatory agencies and stakeholders in the community.
Heinrich expressed concern about a recent loss of

Heinrich Statement On Government Reopening

on January 22, 2018 - 6:10pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Desk of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today on the Senate vote to reopen the government and the path forward:

“Today I voted to reopen the government, paired with a commitment from Republicans to address a host of long-neglected priorities.

Pearce: Facts Concerning Government Shutdown

on January 22, 2018 - 10:10am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:

Gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce today released the following statement:

Here are the facts about the government shutdown: I voted to keep it open. DACA has nothing to do with funding our government, yet Democrats like Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Michelle Lujan Grisham have shut down the government regardless.

I'm asking the Democrats to put aside their political games and join me to reopen our government.

New National Board Certified Teachers: 5,470

on January 22, 2018 - 9:21am
LAPS National Board Certified Teacher Allison Washburn
NBCT News:
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards celebrates 5,470 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and another 3,957 Board-certified teachers who successfully renewed their certification.
These teachers join a growing community of Board-certified teachers, now more than 118,000 strong across all 50 states.

BLM Facilities Closed During Government Shutdown

on January 22, 2018 - 9:20am

BLM News:

Access to Majority of Bureau of Land Management Public Lands to Remain Open

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the lapse of appropriations and the subsequent shutdown of the federal government, the majority of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands across the country will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures.

BLM roads, trails, campgrounds, boat ramps and recreation sites will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.

All BLM facilities on public lands, however, will be closed. Also note that

Los Alamos Residents Participate In March For Life

on January 21, 2018 - 8:41am

Los Alamos residents, from left, Maureen Connolly, Jo-Ellen Brown and Jeff Brown Friday in Washington, D.C. at the 45th annual March for Life event. Courtesy photo

Scene from the 45th annual March for Life event Friday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

Scene from the 45th annual March for Life event Friday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

Scene from the 45th annual March for Life event Friday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

Scene from the 45th annual March for Life event Friday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Heinrich-Led Directed Energy Weapons Program Gains Support From Key Pentagon Nominee Michael Griffin

on January 21, 2018 - 7:47am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) received a commitment from Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering nominee Dr. Michael Griffin to implement and advance the directed energy weapons program.
The $100 million program was established by Heinrich and Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) under Section 215 of the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and is focused on getting directed energy weapons like high-energy-lasers and high-powered-microwaves out of the

Fr. Glenn: The Prescience Of Rodney King

on January 21, 2018 - 7:12am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Well … this weekend the government “shut down”—the perennial threat tactic when the two major parties can’t agree (Can’t agree?! Gee, what a surprise). The news thereafter becomes a blame game shouting match … accusations a’flyin’… and weariness for all of us on the receiving end of the news. It seems that whatever one party proposes, the other party feels duty-bound to oppose, lest the first party get the least particle of political benefit.