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  • LANS earns DOE bonus for environmental management

    SANTA FE (AP) — Los Alamos National Security has received a $9.1 million bonus for reaching environmental goals in its operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The New Mexican reports that the U.S. Energy Department says the contractor excelled in a number of projects to remediate areas of environmental concern during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The company earned 90 percent of the maximum $10.1 million award.
    Decades of improper waste disposal have caused toxic and radiological contamination at the lab and are expected to cost nearly $4 billion to clean up over the next 25 years. The Department of Energy says in a report that the lab has made progress addressing an underground chemical plume that is creeping toward a major aquifer and in cleanup at Technical Area 21.

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  • Sen. Udall fears repeal of ACA on state

    During a teleconference on Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) discussed how the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could impact New Mexico.
    “Seven years ago, New Mexico had one of the highest rates of people without health insurance. Tens of thousands of people couldn’t afford to see a doctor except in the hospital emergency room. They couldn’t get preventative care. Many were one major illness away from bankruptcy,” Udall said. “The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, is not perfect, but there is no question that it has helped many New Mexicans get healthcare.”
    According to Udall, since congress passed the ACA in 2010, the rate of uninsured in New Mexico has dropped by 44 percent.
    That figure is confirmed on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website, which also documents that since the ACA was passed, 82,000 New Mexicans have gained coverage through Medicaid. An additional 47,497 people have coverage through the marketplace. Of those, 32,703 moderate- and middle-income New Mexicans receive tax credits averaging $212 per month. An estimated 15,000 young adults in New Mexico have benefited from the ACA provision that allows them to stay on their parents’ health insurance up to age 26.

  • Burgess talks development

    Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess talked about economic development in his annual State of the County address Thursday to members of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.
    Burgess took his remarks from the Los Alamos County 2016 Annual Report, which is available online at the county’s website.
    Some of the topics covered included tourism, quality of life and regional projects.
    First on his list was the county’s collaboration with the National Park Service to help get the Manhattan Project Historical Park off the ground. One of the things the county did to make the park more accessible was give space to the NPS for the park’s visitor center at 475 20th Street.
    The move allowed the park to start growing a base in Los Alamos, where visitors could orientate themselves to the park and what it has to offer.
    The county also worked with the NPS to ensure the Los Alamos part of the park was compatible to its other locations  in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington.
    “Over the cycle of that year, the park service has made great strides to make it a more permanent facility,” Burgess said. “They are taking baby steps to get to the point where the unit is in place not only here but in our sister cities as well.”

  • Whooping cough cases in infants increase in New Mexico

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico health officials say the number of cases of whooping cough in infants has increased.
    The Health Department is investigating four infant cases reported in December. The cases are from Eddy, Curry, Rio Arriba and San Juan counties.
    The agency says this is the largest cluster of whooping cough cases investigated by the state since August 2013.
    Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher says the best way for parents to protect against the illness is to get their children vaccinated. She also encourages women to get vaccinated during pregnancy.
    Symptoms of infection may include coughing fits. In infants, another possible symptom is apnea, where there is a pause in the child's breathing pattern.
    About half of babies younger than one year of age who get the disease are hospitalized.
     

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  • LANL contractor earns DOE bonus for environmental management

    SANTA FE (AP) — Los Alamos National Security has received a $9.1 million bonus for reaching environmental goals in its operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The New Mexican reports that the U.S. Energy Department says the contractor excelled in a number of projects to remediate areas of environmental concern during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The company earned 90 percent of the maximum $10.1 million award.

    Decades of improper waste disposal have caused toxic and radiological contamination at the lab and are expected to cost nearly $4 billion to clean up over the next 25 years. The Department of Energy says in a report that the lab has made progress addressing an underground chemical plume that is creeping toward a major aquifer and in cleanup at Technical Area 21.

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  • Udall weighs in on confirmation process

    During a teleconference on Tuesday, Democrat Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) discussed the hearings on President Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees, which began yesterday in the Senate.
    Udall prefaced his statements by saying, “Every president, no matter who they are, should be able to choose his own team and the Senate should vote without unnecessary delay.
    But Udall went on to state, “The American people also deserve transparency. They deserve to know who is running our government and whether those people have conflicts of interest.
    “Many of Mr. Trump’s nominees are extremely wealthy. Many are connected to or have run major political or lobbying efforts. Several cabinet officials have not released their tax records or finished their ethics disclosure process,” Udall said.
    Udall pointed out that the director of the Office of Government Ethics has expressed concerns about the fact that his office has not finished the ethics review process for Trump’s nominees and that some have not yet provided the office with the required financial disclosures. The Ethics in Government Act requires that presidential appointments confirmed by the Senate obtain OGE certification of their financial disclosures prior to any congressional hearings.

  • White Rock Senior Center opens

    Monday marked the first day seniors in White Rock didn’t have to travel to the Betty Ehart Center in Los Alamos for a hot lunch.
    The White Rock Senior Center was recently outfitted with a kitchen for the first time in its long history.  It also now has a bigger recreation area.
    “This has been a vision for many, many years,” said Los Alamos Senior Services Director Pauline Schneider to the applauding crowd Monday.
    The senior center was one of the last projects in the White Rock Master Plan. It was completed this year.
    Seniors who sat down for the lunch were treated to fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas and carrots, rolls and fruit cocktail.
    Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. weekdays. Reservations are preferred. Reservations can be taken up until 10 a.m. on the day seniors plan to lunch. Lunch is free for seniors 60 or older. Others can attend for $7.50. For now, the best way to make reservations is to visit the center at 133 Longview Drive. Phones are still being installed.
    Schneider said that it will be a little bit before the other programs and features of the center are in place.