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  • LA VFW provides place for vets to gather

    Los Alamos Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Commander Roger Anaya wants veterans to know that long after the Veterans Day parades cease and the celebrations die down, there will always be a place they can go where they will be welcome and supported.
    Since its beginnings around the time the Manhattan Project was started, the John D. Gamble  Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874 on Deacon Street has been a haven of sorts for soldiers returning from overseas wars and conflicts.
    Through the years, Post 8874 also has helped the wider community by providing scholarships and participating in community service projects through the post’s auxiliary unit.
    Anaya recently announced that because of a recent change in the national organization’s bylaws, the post’s auxiliary unit will be open to men now as well.
    Once just reserved for women of qualified members, Anaya said the national organization recently changed the bylaws to allow men to join the auxiliary. Anaya hopes the change will help expand the auxiliary unit and its tradition of volunteerism in the community.

  • Today in history Nov. 11
  • Manhattan Project: Two veterans of famed Los Alamos work still reside in the city

    Manhattan Project vets recount war years
    By Arin McKenna

    Two members of the Special Engineering Division who served in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project still reside in Los Alamos.
    Bill Hudgins was the first member of that unit, arriving in 1943 to work in the chemistry/metallurgy department.
    Roger Rasmussen arrived early in 1945. While serving in the electronics division, he was randomly chosen to be part of a support unit for the Trinity Site test, and had a “box seat” to that world-changing event.
    Both remained in the army until their contracts expired six months after the war ended, then returned to work at what is now Los Alamos National Laboratory as civilians. These are their stories.

    Bill Hudgins recalls
    daily life in Secret City

  • Property tax bills en route

    Los Alamos County property tax bills for 2015 were mailed to property owners last week.
    The first half installment becomes delinquent after Dec. 10.  Payment must either be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m. Dec. 10 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges.
    The 311 Customer Care Center is in the Municipal Building lobby at 1000 Central Ave. They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, NM  87544. Payments also are accepted through a property tax lockbox at Los Alamos National Bank.
    According to losalamosnm.us, county net taxable residential values increased $9,690,740 from 2014-15 – from $571,278,070 to $580,968,810.
    Nonresidential net taxable values increased $4,567,109 from $94,247,196 to $98,814,305.
    Tax rates for the Los Alamos School District are down from 12.534 to 12.128, a drop of 3.24 percent for residential property taxes, compared to a fall of 3.2 percent from 12.694 to 12.288 for nonresidential.
    An additional $1.278 million in revenue is projected from a 99 percent collection rate for residential properties and $295,375 from nonresidential property taxes.

  • LANL staff member earns an award via Homeland Security

    Michele DeCroix of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation division was recently awarded the Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Award for Excellence at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C.
    The award recognizes outstanding achievement to advance the mission of DHS. Specifically, DeCroix was acknowledged for her work on nuclear terrorism risk assessments at DNDO, a role which was supported by Los Alamos’ NEN-5 group, that changed the settings on the radiation portal monitors operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This work helped to reduce the number of false alarms and contributed to the realization of $67 million in savings for monitors, maintenance, and personnel, while securing the homeland against radiological and nuclear threats.

  • Labs collaborate to shape next set of supercomputers

    Three of the Department of Energy’s leading national laboratories are working together to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems by ensuring that the nation’s scientific community has access to leading edge computing systems to carry out their research.

    Los Alamos, Lawrence Berkeley and Sandia national laboratories, have formed the Alliance for Application Performance at Extreme Scale to focus on the design, acquisition and deployment of future advanced technology high performance computing systems.

    Over the years, each of the laboratories has independently deployed world-leading supercomputers to support their respective scientific missions.
    In joining together, they aim to work even more closely with vendors to shape the future of supercomputer design to deliver ever-more capable systems to solve problems of national importance.
    “The supercomputing community is entering a time that is both exciting and challenging as architectures evolve to move us closer to exascale systems,” said Gary Grider, High Performance Computing Division leader at Los Alamos.

  • Manhattan Project park formally established

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 70 years ago scientists working in secret created the atomic bomb that ended World War II and ushered the world into the nuclear age.
    On Tuesday, at a ceremony near the White House, in a federal building where clandestine plans for the bomb were developed, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz formally established the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
    The park preserves three sites where work on the bomb was completed: Los Alamos, New Mexico; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Hanford, Washington.
    Jewell, Moniz and other officials said the park will not glorify war or nuclear weapons, but will tell the story of the three historical sites from a range of perspectives, including the cities in Japan where two nuclear bombs were dropped in 1945.
    “It certainly is a celebration that we will be telling the story of these three important historical sites,” Jewell said. “It’s not necessarily a celebration of the consequences of that, but rather an opportunity to tell that story to a broader audience.”
    The new park will bring greater awareness of the development of nuclear energy and weapons to a worldwide audience, Jewell and Moniz said.

  • County settles suit for $850K

    Jessie Noah, a former firefighter with the Los Alamos Fire Department, has settled a sexual harassment suit with Los Alamos County for $850,000.
    As of presstime, spokespersons for Los Alamos County could not be reached, and officials at the Los Alamos Fire Department referred all press enquiries to the county.
    Noah filed her case in the summer of 2013 after working at the department for about seven years. In her suit, she accused three firefighters, former Capt. Aaron Adair, then-Capt. Jerry Adair and then-Capt. Jeff Wetteland.
    Jerry Adair and Wetteland are still with the department. Aaron Adair and Noah have left the department. Noah’s case was settled in April. Jerry and Aaron are brothers.
    LAFD’s chief at the time, Juan Pacheco, also has left the department.
    In her lawsuit, Noah’s attorney said the work environment she found herself in was “male-dominated” (Noah was one of five female firefighters working at the 130-man department at the time). She also said the department was  “sexually charged, rife with sexually explicit materials and hostile to women.”  
    According to Noah’s attorneys, the environment created a permissive atmosphere where female firefighters felt disrespected and at times, threatened.

  • NCRTD Veterans Day holiday closure

    The North Central Regional Transit District has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses,” RTD Chile Line and RTD Mountain Trail Route will not be in service Wednesday in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.

    Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico, including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties, will resume Thursday.

  • Today in history Nov. 10