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Pearce On UNM Suspending Lead Physician In Fetal Tissue Research While Investigation Moves Forward

on January 7, 2018 - 6:33am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

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

Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement regarding the recent suspension of Dr. Robin Ohls, lead physician in fetal tissue research at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center"

“For years, this issue has divided the University of New Mexico, board of regents, and the community. The University and Health Sciences Center has been in an incredibly difficult position working through a number of allegations and potential questions relating to research being conducted.

“The action

Archbishop John C. Wester Issues Statement On Death Of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson

on January 7, 2018 - 6:28am

LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson

ALBUQUERQUE – Archbishop John C. Wester has issued the following statement regarding the death of President Thomas S. Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

Archbishop John C. Wester

“I was very saddened to learn of the death of President Thomas S. Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a man of great compassion who had a genuine concern for all God’s children and he will be missed, not only by those within the LDS Church, but by countless others who were touched by his gentle leadership and loving heart.

Pearce Introduces Bill To Provide Accountability After Gold King Mine Spill

on January 6, 2018 - 7:50am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rep. Steve Pearce introduced H.R. 4735, the Gold King Mine Spill Accountability Act of 2018, to provide compensation to those injured by the Gold King Mine spill and to provide funds for New Mexico’s long-term water quality monitoring program.
“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was responsible for allowing millions of gallons of contaminated waste water to spill into the Animas and San Juan Rivers in New Mexico.

DEA: China Announces Scheduling Controls On Two Fentanyl Precursor Chemicals

on January 6, 2018 - 7:45am
Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  China’s Ministry of Public Security last week announced scheduling controls on two fentanyl precursor chemicals – NPP and 4ANPP, substances that can be used to make illicit drugs.
The scheduling controls will take effect Feb. 1, 2018 and is the result of the ongoing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Government of China and their shared commitment to countering illicit fentanyl-class substances.
“Fentanyl compounds significantly contribute to the current opioid crisis in

AGU: Arctic Clouds Highly Sensitive To Air Pollution

on January 5, 2018 - 7:32am
A rare case of forest fire smoke interacting with clouds in the Arctic in July 2012. Contour lines indicate carbon monoxide concentrations in the atmosphere. Courtesy/MODIS/NASA.
AGU News:
WASHINGTON D.C. — In 1870, explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, trekking across the barren and remote ice cap of Greenland, saw something most people wouldn’t expect in such an empty, inhospitable landscape: haze.
Nordenskiöld’s record of the haze was among the first evidence that air pollution around the northern hemisphere can travel toward the pole and degrade air quality in the Arctic.

Science And Technology Highlights At LANL In 2017

on January 5, 2018 - 6:53am
Los Alamos National Laboratory put its Big Science capabilities to wide, productive use in 2017. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

With a top-story list populated by breakthroughs in supercomputing, accelerator science, space missions, materials science, life science, and more, Los Alamos National Laboratory put its Big Science capabilities to wide, productive use in 2017.

“No discipline left untouched—that’s the story from Los Alamos in 2017,” said Alan Bishop, Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology and Engineering at Los Alamos.

Abe Dispennette Trains For Infantry Command

on January 4, 2018 - 8:56am
Abe Dispennette of Los Alamos is sworn in Decemeber to the New Mexico National Guard. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos business owner Abe Dispennette moved his status in the Army Reserves to a position in the New Mexico National Guard during a special swearing in ceremony in December.

“I will be going through training as an 09S, which is an enlisted position that will commission me as an infantry commander of the 1-200 Regiment once training is over,” he said.

Dispennette left Tuesday for that training, which runs through late

Balderas & State Mortgage Regulators Reach $45 Million Settlement With PHH Mortgage Corporation

on January 3, 2018 - 12:43pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas 48 other state attorneys general, the District of Columbia and over 45 state mortgage regulators have reached a $45 million settlement with New Jersey-based mortgage lender and servicer PHH Mortgage Corporation. Approximately 265 New Mexico homeowners will receive payments thanks to the settlement.
The settlement resolves allegations that PHH, the nation’s ninth largest non-bank residential mortgage servicer, improperly serviced mortgage loans from Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec.

FEMA To Stop Discriminating Against Churches, Synagogues Hit By Hurricanes

on January 3, 2018 - 11:13am
  • Supreme Court decision requires equal treatment for houses of worship hit by hurricanes
WASHINGTON, D.C.  FEMA announced a new policy today that ought to put an end to its discrimination against churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship. The new policy comes in response to two lawsuits brought by three Texas churches and two Florida synagogues seeking immediate and equal access to disaster relief aid.
FEMA says that the new policy is required by the Supreme Court’s June 2017 decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, which ruled that the

LANL: Tweaking Quantum Dots Powers Up Double Pane Solar Windows

on January 3, 2018 - 7:00am

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are creating double-pane solar windows that generate electricity with greater efficiency and create shading and insulation. It’s all made possible by a new window architecture which utilizes two different layers of low-cost quantum dots tuned to absorb different parts of the solar spectrum. The approach complements existing photovoltaic technology by adding high-efficiency sunlight collectors to existing solar panels or integrating them as semitransparent windows into a building’s architecture. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Engineered quantum dots

Recipes For National Spaghetti Day Jan. 4

on January 2, 2018 - 8:10am

Simple Vegan Chickpea Spaghetti. Courtesy/explorecuisine


National Spaghetti Day Jan. 4 and with delicious spaghettis made from chickpeas, lentils, black beans, edamame and more, Explore Cuisine offers an easy way for everyone to celebrate this foodie holiday while still sticking to those healthy New Year's resolutions.

Explore Cuisine helps take the guilt out of those favorite pasta meals. All Explore Cuisine products are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and jam packed with nutrientsthe perfect alternative to other glutinous pastas.
Simple Vegan Chickpea Spaghetti

Bingaman: Why I'm Endorsing Damon For Congress

on January 1, 2018 - 9:04am
Please join me in supporting Damon Martinez’s candidacy for Congress.
I have known Damon since 1993 when he joined my staff in Washington, D.C. as a Legislative Assistant where he worked on many issues for me, including crime, and energy and natural resources. 
Since then, he’s gone on to work on behalf of New Mexicans and Americans in a variety of public service roles, including, most recently, serving as the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico. 
New Mexicans elected me to represent them in the United States Senate for 30 years.

Happy New Year 2018!

on January 1, 2018 - 8:55am

The Los Alamos Daily Post news team would like to take this opportunity to thank our many readers throughout the community and state, across the nation and around the world and we wish you all a very Happy New Year! Courtesy photo

Heinrich Joins Lankford To Introduce Major Bipartisan Election Security Bill

on December 31, 2017 - 8:34am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has joined U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-Okla.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in introducing the bipartisan Secure Elections Act, a bill to strengthen election cybersecurity in America and protect against foreign interference in future elections.
During the 2016 election, intelligence reports have factually established that Russia hacked presidential campaign accounts, launched cyberattacks against at least 21 state election systems, and

EM’s Cleanup Year In Review For 2017

on December 30, 2017 - 5:50am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  EM has published its 2017 Year in Review, summarizing the accomplishments of cleanup workers across the DOE complex over the course of this year.

The Year in Review highlights major achievements at each EM site and at EM headquarters, including:

NSF Awards $5.7 Million To Protect U.S. Cyberspace

on December 29, 2017 - 9:14am

HSNW News:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently gave the nation’s cybersecurity professionals a boost with the inclusion of four new universities into its CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program.

NSF awarded nearly $5.7 million, with an expected total of almost $16.6 million over the next five years, to universities in Illinois, Maryland, Louisiana and Texas.

Promising New Wildfire Behavior Model May Aid Fire Managers In Near Real Time

on December 29, 2017 - 9:04am

NASA Global Fire Map. Courtesy/NASA

HSNW News:

Wildfires continue to scar California beyond the normal fire season in what’s been a particularly catastrophic year for natural disasters across the U.S. But a new big-data solution for predicting wildfire spread is also heating up, and it may become a useful tool in the firefighters’ arsenal, according to wildfire researchers attending the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

The more readily available updates of wildfire behavior are, the more informed the decisions of fire managers, according to the researchers.

DOI: 2017 Comprehensive List Of Accomplishments

on December 29, 2017 - 9:03am

DOI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of the Interior released a list of accomplishments that the Department has achieved under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. The accomplishments represent the unique balance of development, conservation, and preservation that the Department is charged with overseeing, including leading in American Energy Dominance, restoring public access to public lands, and providing regulatory relief for hard working American citizens.

“The President promised the American people that their voices

AGU: Scientists Engineer Microbes To Form ‘Memories’ Of Their Environment

on December 27, 2017 - 10:35am
Inserting chemically sensitive genes into the DNA of bacteria can produce lasting memories of their environment and show scientists how they communicate. Courtesy/Pixabay
AGU News:
Microbes like bacteria aren’t conscious enough to form memories, but a group of scientists in Texas developed a new way for them to do so at the genetic level.
Researchers report they’ve successfully engineered microbes to report on their environments and form genetic “memories” of the event.

NNSA Releases ‘2017 Year In Review’ Highlighting Accomplishments Across Nuclear Security Enterprise

on December 27, 2017 - 8:43am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) Friday published the “2017 Year in Review.”
The report highlights major accomplishments from the past year across NNSA’s vital national security missions while also detailing progress on modernization of NNSA’s infrastructure.
“I want to thank the dedicated women and men at NNSA labs, plants and sites across the country whose tireless efforts ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent,” said NNSA Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank G.

New Mexico Delegation Announces Disaster Declaration To Help Pueblo Of Acoma Recover From October Storms

on December 26, 2017 - 8:55am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a major disaster declaration has been issued for the Pueblo of Acoma to provide federal aid for the severe storm and flooding that occurred between Oct. 4 and Oct. 6, 2017.
The lawmakers sent a letter to the President earlier this month asking for prompt action on the Pueblo of Acoma’s request for help with hazard mitigation and to repair public infrastructure damaged by severe weather and flooding.

LAHS Graduate Major Kyle Trottier Arranges Special Visit By Vice President Mike Pence To Afghanistan

on December 23, 2017 - 11:19am

From left, Vice President Mike Pence, J3 Future Operations Chief Major Kyle Trottier and Sergeant Major Delarosa, J3 Operations. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos High School Graduate Major Kyle Trottier together with his planning team successfully completed arrangements for the recent surprise Christmas visit by Vice President Mike Pence to Afghanistan.

Trottier is the J3 Future Operations Chief for the 3rd Infantry Division stationed in Afghanistan.

Luján And Schakowsky Urge FTC To Scrutinize Uber’s Handling Of Data Breach Involving 57 Million Customers

on December 22, 2017 - 9:05am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) this week sent a letter to the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) expressing significant concerns regarding Uber’s privacy and security practices.

Earlier this year, Uber and the federal government reached an agreement to address privacy and data security violations. However, while the company was negotiating this settlement, it also was concealing a massive data breach involving more than 57 million consumers and Uber drivers.

The lawmakers’ letter

Udall Statement On Vote For Stopgap Measure To Keep US Government Open

on December 22, 2017 - 5:52am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
  • Congress now must act in January to stop sequester, fund CHIP, and protect DREAMers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted for the continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded through Jan. 19, 2018. In addition to continuing federal funding into next year, the measure waives so-called PAYGO laws to prevent a $136 billion cut to Medicare, state mineral leasing payments, farm bill payments, and other critical funding in 2018.

Waiving PAYGO was necessary to offset massive budget cuts caused by President Trump and the Republicans’ tax cut, which will cost $1.5

Seasonal Flu Death Estimate Increases Worldwide

on December 22, 2017 - 5:38am

CDC News:

According to new estimates published this week, between 291,000 and 646,000 people worldwide die from seasonal influenza-related respiratory illnesses each year, higher than a previous estimate of 250,000 to 500,000 and based on a robust, multinational survey.

The new estimate, from a collaborative study by CDC and global health partners, appears this week in The Lancet. The estimate excludes deaths during pandemics.

“These findings remind us of the seriousness of flu and that flu prevention should really be a global priority,” said Joe Bresee, M.D., associate director for global