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  • Author seeks help with photo mystery

    Non-fiction author John Bisney is on the trail of a real-life mystery.
    During the writing of his latest book, “The Space Age Presidency of John Kennedy,” there are photos he wants to use for his book that show Los Alamos National Laboratory workers he can’t identify.
    He is hoping that people in Los Alamos who see the photos will be able to identify them. The picture series involves a trip Kennedy made to LANL in 1962.
    “Although I have identified the politicians and top-level officials, the photos show a number of staff people and project scientists who I would love to identify,” he said. “Unfortunately, I have so far only run up against dead ends. I have tried the Los Alamos Historical Society, the lab’s alumni group, a NMSU (New Mexico State University) history professor, Facebook, etc.”
    Bisney, a former Capitol Hill correspondent for the Cable News Network (CNN), has been working with space photo archivist J.L. Pickering to produce books of photographs of America’s space program. Previous collaborations include “Spaceshots and Snapshots of Projects Mercury and Gemini: A Rare Photographic History and “Moonshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo : A Rare Photographic History.”  All of their books are available on Amazon.com.

  • DOE completes legacy waste cleanup at 4 sites in LA Canyon

    Four toxic waste sites located on the south rim of Los Alamos Canyon have been cleaned of toxic waste, according to the Department of Energy and the Environmental Management Field Office.
    The sites, located on the south-facing side of the canyon, contained surface deposits of waste leftover from the Manhattan Project.
    “Removing contaminated soil from these four sites represents an important step in our cleanup efforts around the Los Alamos Townsite,” EM-LA Manager Doug Hintze said.
    The DOE reported Oct. 6 it had removed about 133 cubic yards of soil from the site, where it was screened and packaged it for transport to a waste disposal site in Utah.
    The waste was located adjacent to DOE property, and was accessed through private land located along the north rim of the canyon.
    The cleanup began in June and was carried out by private subcontractor TerranearPMC.
    The project was part of the 2016 Compliance Order of Consent that was recently finalized by the DOE, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s management contractor, Los Alamos National Security LLC, and the New Mexico Environment Department.
    The DOE is planning to clean the last sites on the south rim in 2017. The DOE reported the project was done “under budget and ahead of schedule.”

  • Latest Trump yard sign theft in Roswell caught on video

    ROSWELL (AP) — Roswell Republicans say hundreds of yard signs in support of Donald Trump have been stolen or vandalized in recent weeks, and the latest incident was caught on camera.

    The head of the Republican Party of Chaves County, Jason Perry, says surveillance video shows a woman getting out of a vehicle and struggling to dismantle a large Trump-Pence sign in front of a home early Tuesday before taking off with the sign.

    The Roswell Daily Record reports that the surveillance video has been turned over to police.

    Perry says about 85 percent of the Trump signs placed in Roswell have been destroyed, costing the state and local parties thousands of dollars.

    Chaves County Democratic Party chair Michael Trujillo says he thinks kids are playing around and that three Democrat signs were either stolen or vandalized in recent weeks.

  • Today in history Oct. 20
  • Garcia Richard, Stover respond to voters

    Contenders for New Mexico House District 43, Democratic incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard and Republican challenger Sharon Stover, answered voters’ questions at the Oct. 6 League of Women Voters of Los Alamos (LWVLA) candidate forum.
    The first question was whether the candidates would support a 20-week abortion ban.
    “I feel that it is a woman’s choice, between her God and her doctor,” Stover responded. “In terms of a 20-week abortion ban, I think after a certain point, we all value the sanctity of life, and that is something that I would consider. I would like to look at what the entire bill says, but I do believe life is precious and we need to save it.”
    “I have never supported any restrictions on a woman’s right to choose, a woman’s access to her health care,” Garcia Richard said. “I believe those decisions should be between the woman and her doctor. I don’t think the state has any business interfering in that decision.”

  • Homeowners share energy-efficiency tips

    Los Alamos residents had a show-and-tell experience on energy efficiency and water-wise gardening Saturday at the county’s first Energy Efficiency Home Tour.
    Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Education Programs Director Siobhan Niklasson proposed the idea to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU). PEEC is contracted to do energy and water conservation education for the department. Five homeowners opened their homes to the 81 people who attended the event.
    The tour included examples of how to retrofit a home for energy efficiency or build an energy-wise home from the ground up. All had some common features, such as energy efficient appliances and lighting and energy efficient windows, but other features varied widely.
    The most visually impressive home on the tour was the contemporary, glass-walled home of Sally and Joe Fitzgibbon, which they built after the Cerro Grande fire.
    Both this home and the home of Tom and Rebecca Shankland incorporate passive solar orientation into the design. The homes are oriented 10 degrees and seven degrees east of south, respectively, to allow for optimal heating in the morning and shade in the evening. Both homes incorporate overhangs to shade the windows in the summer and mechanisms for increasing airflow through the house.

  • Today in history Oct. 19
  • Prescribed burn in Jemez Mountains today causes visible smoke in LA area

    A prescribed burn north of NM 4, near mile marker 30 in the Jemez Mountains is causing  smoke to be seen in the Los Alamos region today.

    The burn will continue for three to eight nonconsecutive days. Smoke may be visible from Los Alamos at various times during the burn, and brief disruptions to traffic may occur in the area. The fire is being conducted by the National Park Service to thin out a build up of fuels in the area. The National Park Service expects that the burn will decrease the chances of larger wildfires breaking out in the Banco Bonito District, according to a press release.

    Motorists are urged to use caution in the area and those looking for information on health impacts from the smoke can call 1-888-878-8992.

  • Santa Fe Botanical Gardens opens Ojos y Manos

    On Oct. 22, the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens opens Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands. Chief Operating Officer Clayton Bass calls the Phase 2 section of the garden “a singular destination.”
    “There is nothing like this in Santa Fe,” Bass said. “Santa Fe has many, many cultural treasures, but this is certainly unlike anything we have.”
    The new garden has many standout features.
    For one thing, the staff believes it is the largest garden planted exclusively with native plants, unadulterated with other flora suited to this climate zone.
    Landscape architect Gary Smith, who designed Phase 2, overlaid the design to incorporate as much of the original landscape as possible. Bass points to junipers, piñon trees and other plants that were left undisturbed.
    Bass pointed to the flora surrounding one of the side paths and said, “So much of this island – it was all here. We’ve added just a few things. We are working very gently with the land because there’s such an abundance of beauty here already.
    The original plants are augmented by new plantings, such as several species of native New Mexican oak, which were nearly driven to extinction by early settlers.

  • Ecuador: We have 'temporarily restricted' Assange's internet

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's government acknowledged on Tuesday that it cut off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's internet access at its embassy in London after the whistleblowing site published a trove of damaging emails from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

    The foreign ministry said that while it stands by its 2012 decision to grant Assange asylum based on legitimate concerns he faces political persecution, it respects other nations' sovereignty and doesn't interfere or support any candidate in foreign elections.

    "The decision to make this information public is the exclusive responsibility of the WikiLeaks organization," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

    The recognition of the action comes less than 24 hours after WikiLeaks tweeted that Ecuador had cut off Assange's access to the internet on Saturday after the publication of Clinton's speeches to Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs.