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  • Getting to White Rock: From a construction town to a community

    After World War II, as Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory gradually became a permanent facility, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) had contractors build a sequence of residential areas.

  • D'Agostino represents steady hand

    Last year appearing before the House Armed Services Committee on behalf of the Bush Administration, national nuclear weapons chief Thomas D’Agostino discussed plans for consolidating the sprawling weapons complex he administers.

    This year, carried over in his position by the Obama Administration, D’Agostino stressed proliferation and non-proliferation during his presentation to the committee, two sides of the same coin, which represents the arms reduction priorities of the new regime.

  • Rodenator helps control gophers

    It’s been an active summer for the animal residents of Los Alamos, particularly the rodent and rattlesnake population.

    There’s been an up-tick in the rodent population in Los Alamos because of heavier rainfall this summer, according to the people who have to deal with them.

    As a result, there’s also been a spike in the number of rattlesnakes being spotted in residents’ yards.

  • Science Cafe kicks off new season

    The Café Scientifique New Mexico is launching its new season with an interactive talk on forensic seismology by Terry Wallace titled, “We know where you are and what you are doing.”

    Wallace will show how seismic waves can be used to deduce what happened during events like the sinking of the Russian Kursk submarine in 2000, which killed all 118 sailors and officers on board, and the gas pipeline explosion in southern New Mexico in 2001 that killed 11 nearby campers. 

  • Tracking the sputtering monsoon of 2009

    The on-again, off-again monsoon continued in August. Rainfall from Aug. 12-14 and Aug. 23 -24 was clearly associated with monsoon conditions; moisture flow from the south and heat-triggered convection.

    The rest of August was generally dry, although some mountain showers cropped up during the last few days of the month.

    Even with the last-minute boost, however, the rainfall total for the month was about half of normal in both Los Alamos and White Rock.

  • D'Agostino will stay at the helm of the nuclear weapons complex

    After months of hesitation and uncertainty, the White House announced today that Thomas D’Agostino will continue in his current role as an Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

    NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency under the Department of Energy responsible for the national nuclear complex that includes Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Lab finds error in health study

    A 10-year quest to resolve environmental issues related to historic releases of hazardous materials at Los Alamos National Laboratory is reaching a conclusion, but the conclusion may be that further study will be needed.

    The deadline for the comment period on the draft final report for the Center for Disease Control’s study ends Friday.

  • Study shines a light on student success

    The National Council on Teacher Quality plans to release a comprehensive study related to New Mexico’s prospective teachers.


    The report is titled “Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers: Are New Mexico’s education school graduates ready to teach reading and mathematics in elementary classrooms?”


    Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt said he knows a lot about the teacher preparation study and has conducted a study of his own.


  • Main checkpoint at LANL reduced to one guard

    The main entrance into Los Alamos National Laboratory at Jemez Road and Diamond Drive is about to become more fluid for thousands of laboratory employees and other motorists.

    Beginning on Sept. 26, several lanes will be open to through traffic without a guard to wave the vehicle through.

    “The vast. majority of vehicles that come on lab property through that post, are of size and configuration that does not constitute a credible threat,” said LANL spokesperson Kevin Roark. “It’s mostly people coming to work in cars.”

  • Main checkpoint at LANL reduced to one guard. Read the full story in today's Monitor.

    The main entrance into Los Alamos National Laboratory at Jemez Road and Diamond Drive is about to become more fluid for thousands of laboratory employees and other motorists.