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  • Today in History for December 31st
  • Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been admitted to a New York hospital after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.

    Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines says her doctors discovered the clot during a follow-up exam Sunday. Reines says Clinton is being treated with anti-coagulants.

    Clinton was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital so doctors can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours.

    Reines says doctors will continue to assess Clinton's condition, "including other issues associated with her concussion."

  • 9 Killed in Oregon Tour Bus Crash on I-84
  • NM mother found son after fatal dog attack

    PINE HILL, N.M. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy in northwestern New Mexico who died after being mauled by dogs was found face-down and unresponsive by his mother, a police official said Sunday.

    Cibola County Undersheriff Tony Mace said one of the nine dogs captured and euthanized after the attack had belonged to boy's family and was reported to have bitten the child on a previous occasion. "It's a horrible, horrible situation," Mace said of the child's death.

    Tomas Jay Henio died Wednesday near his family's home in Pine Hill, located more than 100 miles west of Albuquerque.

    The family dog and eight strays were euthanized.

    Authorities will gather DNA samples from the euthanized dogs to determine which ones were involved in the attack.

    The sheriff's office played an assisting role in the case by sending an animal control officer to round up the dogs and isn't investigating the child's death.

  • Today in History for December 30th
  • A note from the Los Alamos Monitor's publisher

    From all of us at the Los Alamos Monitor to all of our readers and advertisers, we want to wish each of you a very happy and prosperous 2013!

    As this new year dawns, 2013 is a significant one for the Los Alamos Monitor because it will mark the news operation’s 50th anniversary. Fifty years is a milestone in a person’s life, in the life of a relationship and in the life of a business, as well.

    The Los Alamos Monitor published its first edition Thursday, March 7, 1963. As the newspaper has chronicled the life of this community over the course of the last 50 years, one constant has remained steadfast throughout that time: change.
    As we turn the page today and begin looking ahead to the next 50 years, the Los Alamos Monitor has grown and evolved right along with the community it serves. Now, more than just a newspaper, the Los Alamos Monitor and its online counterpart, LAMonitor.com, have converged to become a multimedia news and information organization with the ability to reach out and touch audiences around the globe. During 2012, LAMonitor.com hosted more than 232,000 unique visitors, who came to the site nearly a million times and generated more than 2.2 million pageviews.

  • LANL rounds out top five science stories

    Second of a two-part series

    DOE, NASA team demonstrates simple fission reactor prototype (DUFF)

    A team of researchers recently demonstrated the first use of a heat pipe to cool a small nuclear reactor and power a Stirling engine at the Nevada National Security Site’s Device Assembly Facility near Las Vegas. The Demonstration Using Flattop Fissions experiment produced 24 watts of electricity. Engineers from Los Alamos, the NASA Glenn Research Center and National Security Technologies LLC conducted the experiment.

    Heat-pipe technology — a sealed tube with an internal fluid that can efficiently transfer heat produced by a reactor with no moving parts — was invented at Los Alamos in 1963. Using heat pipes in tandem with the simple, closed-loop technology of Stirling engines allowed for creation of a reliable electric power supply that can be adapted for space applications.

  • Voices of the Manhattan Project echo into history

    The proposed Manhattan Project National Historical Park still has some Congressional hurdles to overcome, but its supporters are doing what they can to make that history more accessible now.

    To that end, the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the Los Alamos Historical Society partnered to create “Voices of the Manhattan Project,” a public archive of oral histories collected from Manhattan Project veterans and their families.
    A collection of 71 videotaped oral histories recorded between 1991 and 1992 forms the foundation of the Los Alamos contribution. That project was underwritten by the Los Alamos Historical Society with grants from the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities and the Los Alamos Lodgers Tax Board.

    Historical Society staff, led by Theresa Strottman, conducted the interviews with the help of Dohn Chapman, who was director of PAC-8 at the time.

    Strottman has since moved to Silver City, but project volunteer Yvonne Delamater, who managed scheduling and conducted several of the interviews, remembers the project vividly.

    “It was a very important project, to get their memories of what it was like in Los Alamos before they passed on. And many of them have passed on,” Delamater said.

  • Top county stories of the year -- Part 2

    Second of a series

    CIP Projects on hold

    During the May budget hearings, council approved appropriations for Ashley Pond Park improvements ($2,226,471), golf course improvements ($11,283,800 phased in over four years), a teen center ($4,000,000), ice rink improvements ($1,500,000), a new nature center ($4,300,000), an Eastern Area sound wall ($655,000), extending the Canyon Rim Trail ($500,000) and the White Rock Civic Center ($8,400,000).

    Construction is due to begin on Ashley Pond Park in February. The design that council approved after numerous public hearings includes a stage extending over the northeast corner of the pond. A small group of residents who had not participated in conceptual design meetings protested that element of the design.

    The Eastern Area sound wall was delayed while the New Mexico Department of Transportation performed a speed study, since reducing speeds was cited as the key element in reducing noise levels in the area. NMDOT has since lowered speeds on N.M. 502.

    The county will assess the new sound levels to determine the most effective design for the wall. Public Works Director Philo Shelton anticipates the sound wall will be completed by the end of the 2013 construction season.

  • LANL top science news of year

    First of a series

    During 2012, Los Alamos National Laboratory made its scientific mark in a variety of areas, and the stories that caught the public’s attention and that of the science community reflect the lab’s broad capabilities.

    Top science stories for the year traveled from the canyons of Mars to the high desert forests of New Mexico, from cosmic particles to the structure of proteins and enzymes. Computer models of wildfires and nuclear magnetic resonance signatures of plutonium, and it was fascinating for those following Los Alamos’ science news.

    Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover and ChemCam

    Los Alamos played a role in the success of the Mars Science Laboratory mission and its six-wheeled wonder, the Curiosity rover. The international team of space explorers involved with the mission is relying in part on an instrument originally developed at Los Alamos called ChemCam, which fires an extremely powerful laser pulse to briefly focus the energy of a million light bulbs onto a pinhead-sized area on targets up to 23-feet away from the rover. ChemCam reads the resultant flash of light to determine the composition of the target, and is part of a suite of 10 instruments aboard the SUV-sized mobile laboratory that is determining the Red Planet habitability.