Today's News

  • UNM-LA to offer ESL, HS equivalency classes

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos’ Adult Basic Education office is offering free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and New Mexico High School Equivalency (HSE) prep classes beginning Tuesday and running through Aug. 4.
    UNM-LA Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program Coordinator Jane Clements, Ph.D. emphasizes that the classes have rolling enrollment.
    This allows students to join the class at any time during the session, which makes it easier to work around summer plans.
    “Joining either an ESL or HSE class this summer can provide a jumpstart for students,” Clements said. “We are hoping that they will take advantage of this opportunity to either improve their English skills or earn their High School Equivalency credential.”
    English as a Second Language classes are for students 16 years and older, and are designed to benefit anyone wishing to improve their English language skills.
    Because the sessions are multi-level, students often continue for several sessions to further improve their English language skills.
    The High School Equivalency prep classes are for students 16 and older. Students between the ages of 16–17 must have a completed Underage Permission Form to be admitted.

  • Community Calendar 7-1-16

    Gentle Walks from 8:30-noon at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    July Night Sky Show from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 children.
    Young at Heart Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.

    Feature Film: “Exoplanets” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. How do we know there are planets outside our solar system, exoplanets? Find out and venture past the edges of our solar system. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

    A Starry Night in Seville from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy a special Spanish-themed dinner catered by Pig + Fig paired with fine Spanish wines and beer served by Pajarito Brewpub. Cost is $75 per person (wine or beer included), $60/person (non-alcoholic).
    Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 10 years old and younger. Proceeds benefit the Los Alamos Rotary Club.

  • Stover completes term as president of NM Association of Counties

    Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon completed her term as president of the New Mexico Association of Counties last week at the association’s annual conference held in Lea County.
    Stover was praised for logging over 10,000 miles and meeting with every county commission in NM during her year as president, she said in a release Thursday.
    In a letter to NMAC members, Stover credited past boards, members and staff for setting a positive and engaging direction for the organization. Stover also thanked the dedication and commitment of current members for their work to improve their home counties.  
    “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve as President this year,” Stover said. “The experience of traveling over 10,000 miles with our Executive Director, Steve Kopelman, to meet and visit with commissions in each county was invaluable. We shared the good work of NMAC and the many services offered. Most important, we heard first-hand the issues counties are facing and seeing the diversity across our state.
    NMAC Executive Director Kopelman praised Stover’s tenure as President during a speech to NMAC members at the conference, and he called her, “the best President I have worked with in my life, bar none.”

  • LANL scientist named Fellow of Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

    Robert Atcher, Ph.D., MBA, a communication specialist in the Community and Public Affairs division at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of New Mexico/LANL Professor of Pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy at UNM is among 35 new Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Fellows.
    The society announced the creation of an SNMMI Fellowship recognizing distinguished service to SNMMI, and exceptional achievement in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging at its 2016 annual meeting, held June 11-15 in San Diego, California.
    A past president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (now SNMMI), Atcher has been at Los Alamos for 19 years. His research focuses on the development of radiopharmaceuticals for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
    Atcher has published 100 papers in peer reviewed journals, holds eight patents, presented over 80 papers at national and international meetings, and given more than 150 invited talks.
    He is also a member of the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center and serves as president of the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.
    A Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, Atcher is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Radiation Oncology and the Society of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences.

  • Nonlinear model helps businesses prep for rapid growth

    New Mexico entrepreneurs who want to start a business or take an existing venture to the next level need a model that allows the business to “scale up” – to improve profitability as demand increases for its product or service.
    A scalable model attracts more investors because it equips the business to adapt to a larger market without significantly increasing its costs. And that has a positive impact on economic development in New Mexico, where a home-grown business that’s prepared for exponential growth brings more out-of-state money home.
    Different paths
    Many entrepreneurs are content to grow in a linear, conservative fashion: When sales increase, the business hires more people or buys more capital to accommodate bigger demand. The business has a stable bottom line, but its profitability doesn’t increase over time or it crawls slowly and inefficiently upward.
    A business with a scalable model, by contrast, aims for faster, cheaper growth by breaking up the sales growth/cost growth relationship. It grows exponentially by keeping costs stagnant when sales ramp up.

  • The cultural challenge of gender identity

    The kid was obviously talented. He was athletic and graceful. He could sing, dance, memorize lines, and occasionally did a cartwheel across the room for fun.
    We were in an amateur show produced by a local community organization. Most cast members were adults. The kid held his own, did fine, brimmed with confidence.  
    This kid is going to be a big success in life, I thought.
    A few weeks into rehearsals, his grandmother pulled me aside. He is biologically female, she told me. It was a lot to absorb, to say the least. The grandmother was not confiding in me because of any special relationship. She told me, I thought, because others already knew. It was not a secret.
    This child knew who he was from age three, the grandma explained. He had a girl’s name and was treated like a girl. For his third birthday his family bought him a tutu. He refused to wear it and told them he was a boy, and that was that.  
    This was the most accepting family a child could have hoped for. “We told him, ‘We didn’t know, we didn’t understand,’” the grandma told me. They changed what had to be changed, including his name, and never tried to change his mind.   

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  • Council approves new name for Entrance Park

    At its regular meeting on Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council approved naming the park known as “Entrance Park” or “Kiwanis Park” as the “Los Alamos Project Main Gate Park.”
    Staff research was unable to confirm that the park has ever been formally named. A former Parks and Recreation Board member told staff that the board he served on had approved the name “Sunrise Park” in honor of the Sunrise Kiwanis Club, which adopted the park and spent considerable time and money to restore it in the 1980s and maintain it afterwards. Staff was unable to confirm that report either.
    The new name mirrors the name visible in an iconic photo of the former entry guard station. The county is currently constructing a façade of that guard station on the park’s restrooms. A temporary painted façade of the guard station – installed for the 2015 ScienceFest – has proven to be very popular with tourists.
    Staff will also work with Kiwanis to create a plaque or display recognizing the Kiwanis group’s contributions to the park.
    “We came forward with this idea because we feel that that park is the gateway to our town,” said Councilor James Chrobocinski, who sits on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) subcommittee that recommended the name.

  • Residents cautioned to observe fireworks safety this holiday

    Though fire conditions are going to be moderate for this Fourth of July weekend, residents should not take that as sign to push the envelope when it comes to using fireworks, said an official from the Los Alamos Fire Department.
    Residents have probably noticed the many tents and shops that have sprung up along U.S. 84 and other highways during their summer travels.
    While most fireworks on display are legal, there may be some that aren’t. Bottle rockets and certain types of Roman candles fall into this category.
    Illegal fireworks take a certain amount of training to handle safely. Others are illegal because once the fuse is lit, such as on a bottle rocket, the distance they travel can’t be predicted.
    “They fly quite a distance and you can lose sight of them, and then they pop,” said LAFD Wildland Fire Chief Ramon Garcia. “If it lands in brush, it could start a wildfire.”
    There are many different types of illegal fireworks, and sometimes they show up alongside the legal ones selling at the fireworks stands.