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Los Alamos Police Department Achieves CALEA National Accreditation

on March 24, 2018 - 9:28am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, third from right, and LAPD Accreditation Manager Sgt. Daniel Roberts receive the CALEA National Accreditation Award this morning in Frisco, Texas. Also in attendance, Cmdr. Oliver Morris, second from right, and Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess, second from left. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post
The Los Alamos Police Department has achieved National Accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agents (CALEA).

Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone, Cmdr.

NIST: 'Hard Rock' Standard Reference Material Makes Identifying Chemicals In Mine Waste Easier

on March 24, 2018 - 6:50am
USGS chemist Steve Wilson collects hard rock mine waste for Standard Reference Material 2780a from the Silver Crown Mine, near Silverton, Colo. Courtesy/Mike Thompson/USGS
NIST News:
Across the American West’s Rocky and Sierra mountains, miners dug for gold, silver, zinc and lead to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
As they burrowed into the mountains seeking thick veins of valuable ore, they tossed tons of rock waste outside their mine entrances.
Now, beautiful mountain vistas are marred by mine waste dumps that have turned into

Lujan Grisham: Dysfunction In Congress

on March 23, 2018 - 3:54pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on legislation that failed to address critical priorities. 
“The American people are frustrated and angry with how broken Congress is. They are tired of Congress ignoring life-threatening issues, refusing to listen to them, and repeatedly failing to accomplish its most basic, fundamental responsibilities in a timely manner. They have consistently made their frustrations loud and clear.

Luján Welcomes New Mexico Witness To Testify In Congressional Hearings On Opioid Abuse

on March 23, 2018 - 7:40am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Farmington resident, Carlene Deal-Smith took center stage in Washington, D.C. Thursday to testify before a Congressional panel focused on finding solutions to the growing opioid epidemic.
Deal-Smith is a Native American woman of the Navajo Tribe, who works at Presbyterian Medical Services through their Totah Behavioral Health Authority program.

USDA Investing Millions In Wildfire Mitigation

on March 23, 2018 - 7:30am
USDA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest nearly $32 million this year to mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems in 24 states and Puerto Rico.
More than $383,800 of that funding will support numerous forestry projects on the Carson National Forest in New Mexico.
Since 2013, USDA has invested $176 million in 56 Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership projects, which focus on areas where public forests and grasslands intersect with privately-owned lands.
"Through Joint Chiefs, the Natural

LANL Archives Preserve History

on March 22, 2018 - 6:55pm

From left, LANL Historian Alan Carr, Deputy Group Leader for the Records Management Group Christopher C’de Baca and Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz during a recent meeting at the Los Alamos Daily Post at which Carr and C’de Baca discussed the Archives at LANL. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A sampling of spy-related documents preserved in the Archives at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

A treasure trove of historical documents and data is preserved in the

Heinrich Secures Commitment From Energy Secretary On Key LANL Mission, Highlights Funding For New Mexico Labs

on March 22, 2018 - 5:50pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing to review the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) atomic energy defense programs for Fiscal Year 2019, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured a commitment from Energy Secretary Rick Perry to support maintaining Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) role as the nation’s Center of Excellence for Plutonium Research.

Work is currently underway to upgrade facilities at LANL in preparation to produce 30 pits per year by 2026, and the National Nuclear

Luján On FY2018 Omnibus Appropriations Package

on March 22, 2018 - 5:20pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today released the following statement on the $1.3 trillion omnibus appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2018.

Luján opposed the bill:

“Once again, Republican leaders in Congress have delivered a funding bill that ignores our nation’s true priorities and fundamentally fails in their responsibility to govern.

LAHS Students Place In Regional History Competition

on March 22, 2018 - 10:44am

From left, Brent Collom, Thomas Chadwick, Christine Mathew, Logan Black, Ashley Miller, Abby Beus, Kyler Parkinson and Brooklyn Scott. Not pictured: Miriam Wallstrom. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

On March 9, eight Los Alamos High School students from the National History Day Club entered their projects into the National History Day (NHD) Regional competition, and all placed either first or second, which means all eight will advance to the state competition in April.

National History Day is an annual competition that over half a million students participate in nationwide.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Releases File Index Product To Software Community

on March 22, 2018 - 10:34am

The Trinity supercomputer. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Grand Unified File Index (GUFI) hits GitHub for users

Resolving the supercomputer challenge of searching and retrieving files could now be far simpler, with a tool developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory and released today to the GitHub open-source software site.

The Grand Unified File Index (GUFI) is designed using a new, hierarchical approach to storing file metadata, allowing rapid  parallel searches across many internal databases. Queries that would previously have taken hours or days can now be run in seconds.

“We anticipate

Attorney General Balderas Issues Consumer Safety Advisory Regarding New Mexico Facebook User Data

on March 22, 2018 - 9:57am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General: 

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas, as New Mexico’s chief law enforcement officer, has issued a Consumer Safety Advisory intended to protect all users of Facebook in the aftermath of the revelation that Facebook gave away the personal information of some 50 million subscribers to a political campaign.

“You, as a Facebook user, are the best editor of your own information,” Attorney General Balderas said. “You can decide who can see and use your data just as you can decide who to allow into your home.

LANL: Innovative Detectors Pinpoint Radiation Source

on March 22, 2018 - 9:16am
A small, fast and accurate novel radiation detector developed at Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Innovative “lighthouse” detectors that use a sweeping beam to quickly pinpoint a radiation source in seconds are reducing radiation exposure for workers and opening up new areas for robotic monitoring to avoid potential hazards.
“It’s easier to find a needle in a haystack if the haystack is small,” said Jonathan Dowell, a Los Alamos scientist and inventor of the detector.

Heinrich Questions Officials On Election Security Ahead Of 2018 Midterm Elections

on March 22, 2018 - 8:10am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence open hearing on the threats to election infrastructure and improving election security.
During Heinrich’s questioning, Secretary Johnson emphasized that Russian interference has not been contained or deterred and more needs to be

DOE Completes Unremediated Nitrate Salts Treatment At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on March 22, 2018 - 8:10am
A worker manipulates a glove box used to treat unremediated nitrate salt waste. Courtesy photo
DOE News:
DOE’s Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and contractor Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) collaborated with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to successfully complete treatment of 27 unremediated nitrate salt (UNS) drums at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
The drums contained nitrate salt waste that had not previously been treated.
“Multiple organizations shared the commitment of treating the UNS drums safely,” EM-LA

Pearce Helps Push Largest Wind Farm Project In New Mexico Across The Finish Line

on March 22, 2018 - 7:58am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement Wednesday after the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) approved the Sagamore wind project in Roosevelt County by a unanimous vote:
“I’m pleased to hear that the Sagamore wind project has been approved for Roosevelt County. This project will lead to the largest wind farm in New Mexico history, significantly increasing economic output.

LAHS Students Take Part In March For Our Lives

on March 22, 2018 - 7:44am
Los Alamos Daily Post
During the March for Our Lives event Saturday in Santa Fe, three Los Alamos High School students, Sonyia Williams, Leah Wolfsberg and Thomas Chadwick are scheduled to speak and share their thoughts on gun control and school safety.
The event begins at noon at the Roundhouse and ends with a rally in the Santa Fe Plaza.
Marika Sinnis, an organizer for the event, explained the purpose of the rally and march is to promote comprehensive gun control and demand that the lives and safety of children, parents, teachers

CIR Panel Talk On Energy’s Global Future March 29

on March 21, 2018 - 2:09pm

Gov. Bill Richardson

CIR News:
Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 in the O’Keeffe Room at the Drury Plaza Hotel, 828 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe, to hear a panel of three experts discuss Energy’s Global Future.
Featured Panelists:
  • Gov. Bill Richardson
  • Sen. Jeff Bingaman
  • PNM’s CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn 
  • Sen. Jeff Bingaman
We have some real heavyweights to discuss where we are collectively heading in energy – as a globe, a country, a state and a city.
We’ll feature Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen.

Study Finds Los Alamos Among Best Places To Retire In New Mexico

on March 21, 2018 - 2:00pm
A new study from SmartAsset ranked the 10 best places to retire in New Mexico. The study considers taxes (both income and sales), the number of doctors’ offices and opportunity for recreation and social life. According to the study, Los Alamos ranked among the top spots in New Mexico.
Check out the table below for more information on the places that ranked in New Mexico:
Doctors' Offices per 1,000 People
Recreation Centers per 1,000 People
Retirement Centers per 1,000 people
% of Seniors
Best Place to Retire Index
Taos, NM

U.S. House Of Representatives Passes Bill To Relieve Small Banks And Credit Unions

on March 21, 2018 - 1:59pm
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 1116, the Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operation Risk (TAILOR) Act of 2017, to reform mandates under Dodd-Frank and relieve small banks and other community financial institutions from burdensome compliance regulations.
This bill requires federal regulatory agencies to tailor regulations to fit the institution’s profile and risk it presents to the stability of the financial system.
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement:
“Due to regulations

Heinrich, Collins Urge DHS To Secure Elections Ahead Of 2018 Midterm Elections

on March 21, 2018 - 1:31pm
U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, calling on the Department to step up its efforts to protect the United States from Russian interference in our elections.
In their letter, Senators Heinrich and Collins requested that the Department inform Congress about any additional authority or resources that it requires to ensure that state election agencies have the

Secretary Zinke Announces More Than $1.1 Billion For Sportsmen & Conservation

on March 21, 2018 - 1:25pm
DOI News:
HORICON, WI  Tuesday U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke traveled to Horicon, Wisconsin, where he announced more than $1.1 billion in annual national funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration (PRDJ) acts.
The Secretary presented a ceremonial check to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for $34,966,603 while visiting the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area. State-by-state listings of the final Fiscal Year 2018 apportionments of Wildlife Restoration

AG Balderas Urges Congress To Preserve New Mexico’s Authority To Enforce Data Breach & Data Security Laws

on March 21, 2018 - 1:22pm
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas Monday joined a coalition of 31 states and the District of Columbia urging Congress not to preempt state data breach and data security laws, including laws that require notice to consumers and state attorneys general of data breaches.
Attorney General Balderas is currently investigating the Equifax data breach and has previously settled with Nationwide and Target for their breaches impacting New Mexicans.

NM Delegation Calls On U.S. Navy To Designate Next Nuclear Sub ‘USS Los Alamos’ Upon 75th Anniversary

on March 19, 2018 - 6:29pm

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


WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer in support of naming the Navy’s next Virginia class fast attack submarine the “USS Los Alamos” in recognition of the contributions the residents of Los Alamos have made to the United States Navy.

“The effort to honor the national laboratory responsible for the beginning of the nuclear age is a citizen-based initiative, and we hope their efforts

Pearce Leads Subcommittee Hearing On Transnational Criminal Organization

on March 19, 2018 - 4:31pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce will lead the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee hearing entitled “Exploring the Financial Nexus of Terrorism, Drug Trafficking, and Organized Crime” at 2 p.m. EST March 20, in 2128 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 
This hearing will explore how transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) are financed, as well as the intersection between criminal groups and other illicit activity like terrorism and political corruption.
  • Mr.

AG Balderas Urges Congress To Reject Legislation Blocking State Oversight Of Student Loan Industry

on March 19, 2018 - 5:21am

Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a bipartisan coalition of 30 attorneys general in a letter urging Congress to reject legislation that would block states from preventing and combatting fraud and abuse by the student loan industry.
“Thousands of New Mexican students have been victimized by the predatory student loan and for-profit education industries and this legislation would only put our students in more danger,” Attorney General Balderas said.