LANL employees make record number of pledges

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Holidays: LANS, LLC, will contribute $2.81 million to eligible non-profits

Los Alamos National Laboratory employees have pledged a record $1.81 million to United Way and other eligible nonprofit programs. Los Alamos National Security, LLC, which manages and operates the laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration, plans to prorate its $1 million match among the selected nonprofit organizations, bringing the total donation to $2.81 million.

“Our Los Alamos employees can take pride in this accomplishment,” said Carolyn Zerkle, LANL’s associate director for Information Technology and this year’s campaign champion. “The LANL team raised $1.81 million, which surpassed last year’s total of $1.5 million by more than 20 percent.”

“Laboratory employees have once again shown through their generosity that their community is important to them and that they are eager to help those around them,” said Community Programs Office Director Kurt Steinhaus. Community Programs manages the laboratory’s workplace giving programs.
Laboratory employee contributions will fund a wide range of programs offered by eligible nonprofit organizations.

Portion of West Jemez Road to close next week

Construction of a new storm drain will close a portion of N.M. 501 (West Jemez Road) for about 10 days beginning Dec. 22. The majority of the work is scheduled to be done while Los Alamos National Laboratory is closed for the holidays, which should minimize traffic disruptions. But motorists traveling west on NM 501 will have to take an alternate route of travel to get to the Jemez Mountains, including N.M. 4 through White Rock and past Bandelier National Monument.

The work area is west of Camp May Road so traffic to Pajarito Ski Area shouldn’t be affected, said Mark D. Gonzales of LANL’s Manager of Functions Division, adding that this stretch of NM 501 also will be closed to bicyclists, runners and other pedestrians.

The new storm drain off NM 501 in the Water Canyon area replaces a smaller culvert that was destroyed during a heavy rainstorm in August after the Las Conchas Fire. Workers will remove the existing culvert before installing the new structure that is designed to accommodate larger amounts of storm water flow, said Gonzales.

During the construction period, signs and other traffic control devices will be in place to alert motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to the work.

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to be completed by January 2, 2012.
The lab’s annual winter closure begins at the end of the work day Dec. 23 through Jan.2, reopening on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

For more information, contact Gonzales at 606-1558 or mdgonzo@lanl.gov.