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  • LANL physicist wins E.O. Lawrence Award


    Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist John Sarrao is being honored by the U.S. Department of Energy with the 2013 Ernest O. Lawrence Award in Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences.

    "John Sarrao's exciting advances in actinide studies exemplify the quality of research performed at Los Alamos National Laboratory,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan.

    “Actinides, including plutonium, are among the most complex elements and involved in the most complex compounds known to man. Their understanding is fundamental to the Los Alamos core weapons mission and a major challenge in the worldwide condensed-matter and materials communities. John's contributions have fundamentally advanced our understanding in BOTH of these areas,” he said.

  • Evacuation came too late for those on sinking South Korea ferry


    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.

    Meanwhile, the coast guard said it was investigating whether the ferry's captain was one of the first ones off the sinking ship.

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  • Gov reports $4M in reelection coffers

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has raised $1.5 million for her re-election in the past six months, giving the Republican incumbent a big fundraising advantage over Democratic challengers, according to the latest campaign finance disclosures.
    Martinez reported cash-on-hand of $4.2 million in her campaign account, which far exceeds the fundraising of any of the five Democrats seeking their party’s nomination in the June 2 primary election.
    Monday was the deadline for candidates to file campaign finance disclosures with the secretary of state’s office.
    Alan Webber, a wealthy Santa Fe businessman, was the leading Democratic fundraiser with $837,146. That included $450,000 in personal loans and contributions.
    Lawrence Rael raised $339,357, followed by Attorney General Gary King with $233,524, Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City with $194,976 and Sen. Linda Lopez of Albuquerque with $29,499.
    All of the Democratic candidates except Lopez loaned personal money to their campaigns.
    Webber’s campaign reported a cash balance of nearly $439,915 as of last week, and Rael had $228,767. King had cash-on-hand of $89,178, Morales had $46,625 and Lopez had $19,289.

  • Update 04-15-14

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA Room 608. The topic of the meeting will be “Local Issues.”


    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in a special session in council chambers.


    The annual Phi Beta Kappa Los Alamos chapter banquet featuring guest speaker Dr. Doug Dunston and honoring the outstanding 2014 LA High School graduates will be 5:30 p.m. April 27 at Fuller Lodge. There is a deadline for the members who did not receive an invitation as of Wednesday call 672-0249 or 667-8927 if they would like to attend.


    Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series: History Frontiers. 7:30 p.m. today, in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge. Mining Frontiers: “History of Turquoise,” with Patricia McGraw. For more information, call 662-6272 or visit losalamoshistory.org.

    Dem meeting

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will have its monthly meeting from 7-8 p.m. Thursday in Building 2 at UNMLA.  

  • Crews rescue injured hiker in WR

    If there’s one thing the Los Alamos teen that went missing Sunday had going for her it was that she did many things right before she left for her hike down Red Dot Trail.
    The most important thing, apparently, was that she let her parents know where she was, and she brought a cell phone with her. According to officials at the Los Alamos Fire Department, it was enough.
    Deputy Chief Justin Grider said the rescue call came in around 2 p.m. Sunday. She called her parents and told them where she was. Though the battery in her phone died soon after, a rescue patrol on foot was able to pinpoint her location and bring her out before Sunday’s cold weather set in. Even though she had an unspecified foot injury, she was also able to walk out on her own.
    “Crews were able to locate her after a few hours of searching, and when they found her, they were able to escort her up the side of the mountain,” Grider said.

  • LAMC confronts new fiscal challenges

    The news that the Los Alamos Medical Center Emergency Room is staffed by a contractor that is not part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico (BCBSNM) network is only the most recent challenge facing the center.
    The ER Physician Group and BCBSNM are currently in negotiations and a contract is expected to be in place by July. In the meantime, BCBSNM is adjusting claims to the in-network rate if they would otherwise apply.
    LAMC Chief Executive Officer Feliciano Jiron responded to questions about how a provider not contracted with BCBSNM was chosen to staff the emergency room.
    “Like anything else, when you partner with an organization, you’re hoping that that organization will do their part in creating partnerships with other organizations that you share that same need to provide services with,” Jiron said.
    “Ultimately, since they are a separate corporation, we cannot mandate that they participate. And ultimately it would be the choice of those groups to participate. Our hope is that in partnering with an organization, they would share some of the same ideas that we have in regard to participating with payers, but we can’t force that or drive it.”

  • Honoring the Living Treasures

    The newest class of the Los Alamos Living Treasures was honored at a ceremony Sunday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    The newest Living Treasures, John Stewart, Terry Fox and Gene Mortensen, got together along with well-wishers at the BESC for the ceremony and hear what some of the people who know them best had to say about them.
    For Fox, she heard the posthumous thoughts of a longtime friend, Dorothy Hoard. Hoard died in December, but before doing so, nominated Fox for the honor.
    “In Los Alamos, Terry Fox is the definitive voice of the natural world,” Hoard said in her letter, which was read by Living Treasures board member Robert Thomsen. “Her motivation has always been, the more you know, the more you love, the more you want to protect.”
    Fox is a noted local ecologist who has spent the last five decades categorizing the plants and wildlife in and around Los Alamos County.
    Following some brief but heartfelt speeches of friends and neighbors, the honorees got to say a few words of their own.
    Stewart said it was a big deal to him personally to have been picked for the Living Treasures.
    “I’m honored to have been selected,” he said. “In my retirement, I started volunteering just to stay off the streets.”

  • MADD presentation tonight in White Rock


    Parents, caregivers and those working with youth are welcome to attend a free presentation by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). The presentation will be 6 p.m. tonight at White Rock Town Hall and hosted by Selena Hardy, a 2003 Los Alamos High School graduate.

    Hardy started with MADD-NM in December, as a Program Specialist, but has worked in statewide programs, for the past five years.

    "The prevention work holds a special place in my heart," Hardy said, whose husband was hit by a drunk driver while riding a bicycle home in July 2012. "Yes, the name is Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, but it is so much more than mothers, its sisters, brothers, friends all living in a community where there is an issue."

    According to Hardy, the latest data shows that parents that send a clear message that underage drinking is unacceptable are 80 percent less likely to drink underage.

    "This announcement solidifies the importance of the Power of Parents program as a means to empower parents with the tools they need to begin an ongoing and intentional dialogue about teen drinking in their homes."