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  • Briefing will be streamed Thursday

    At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the Department of Energy will host a town hall meeting in Los Alamos to discuss the Accident Investigation Board findings from the Feb. 14, 2014, drum breach at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
    Members of the Accident Investigation Board will present the findings and answer questions.
    The Los Alamos meeting will be broadcast live on radio stations KRSN 1490 AM and FM 107.1. It also will be audiostreamed live on KRSN's website, krsnam1490.com.

    Questions from listeners can be emailed to toni.chiri@nnsa.doe.gov

    A video of the meeting will be posted to YouTube on Friday under the title Los Alamos AIB Town Hall.

    The Los Alamos town hall is the second of two public meetings following the AIB’s release of its Phase II Report on the WIPP event.

  • Be There calendar 4-22-15

    Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Thursday
    The New Mexico Department of Health Alcohol Epidemiologist Dr. Laura Tomedi will speak at a meeting regarding DWI awareness. 8:30 a.m. in council chambers of the Municipal Building. Tomedi will be speaking on “Alcohol: Public Health and Policy” and the presentation will focus on how alcohol effects many facets of public health with particular emphasis on the statistics in Los Alamos County and what policies are working to reduce the excessive use of alcohol. For more information, contact Linda Matteson, Los Alamos County DWI coordinator at 662-8241 or linda.matteson@lacnm.us.

    Open House with Environmental Scientists. Noon-1 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. Ask laboratory biologists and anthropologists about natural resource questions.

  • Community briefs 4-22-15

    Get ready for the annual Dog Jog

    Saturday is time for the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter’s annual Dog Jog.
    There are expanded the number and types of prizes this year.
    The competitive 3.1 mile race and the 2 mile non-competitive fun walk/run begin at a new location  — at Rover Park. Race day registration is $25 and packet pick up will be from 8:10 a.m. -8:40 a.m. the 3.1 mile race will begin at 9 a.m. and the 2 mile fun walk/run at 9:01 a.m.
    The Friends of the Shelter is also announces that there will be an onsite reduced fee microchip clinic from 9-10:30 a.m. No preregistration is required in order to have your dog or cat microchipped for the very modest fee of $20.
    Even those who do not have a dog can still participate. Although the shelter population fluctuates, it is possible that some shelter dogs will be available to accompany you on a first come-first served basis. Or you are welcome to run or walk without a canine companion.
    For safety’s sake, keep all dogs on a 6 feet or shorter leash at all times. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome, but leave bicycles, roller blades and skateboards at home as many dogs find them upsetting.
    Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult (although the adult need not register).

    Learn risks of drinking too much

  • Community honors senior volunteers

    On April 17, the Los Alamos Volunteer Association, also known as LAVA celebrated its annual appreciation celebration for its senior volunteers.
    The event, which included food and dancing, was held at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    My Blue Heaven performed for the crowd.
    Door prizes were given out, donated by CB Fox, Starbucks and Smith’s. LANB printed out the programs.
    Home Instead partnered with LAVA by doing the postcard invitations and a DVD showing how “Volunteers are changing the face of aging.” They also presented LAVA with a plaque saluting all the volunteers and their contribution of more than 78,370 hours they donated in 2014, which is equal to approximately $1,619,907 worth of service.
    Members of the Los Alamos High School Student Council were on hand to serve food.
    For more than 40 years the senior centers in Los Alamos have had this service to help seniors (age 55-plus) find volunteer work that is just right for them.
    Volunteering is important to an individual, they benefit physically, mentally and emotionally by helping others.
    Nonprofit organizations appreciate the free help and support and everyone benefits.  
    Volunteering certainly can guard against boredom, lonliness and uselessness that aging might bring on.

  • Business accelerators invited to compete for SBA funds

    For the second year in a row, the Small Business Administration is sponsoring a competition to award $50,000 each to 50 business accelerators, incubators, shared tinker spaces and co-working startup communities.
    This time around, Javier Saade, associate administrator for the SBA’s Office of Investment and Innovation, hopes to see more applicants from New Mexico. Only one accelerator in the state competed in 2014 — out of 830 applicants.
    Given that one objective of the program, according to the SBA, is to “fill geographic gaps in the accelerator and entrepreneurial ecosystem space,” New Mexico is just the kind of place the agency would like to spend money from its growth accelerator fund.
    “It is well known that the most successful accelerators to date were founded on the coasts,” according to the SBA. The National Venture Capital Association concurs, reporting that startups in San Francisco, San Jose, New York, Boston and Los Angeles have consistently received the lion’s share of venture capital funding over the past five years.
    The SBA awards are designed to stimulate more capital investment in parts of the country that lack conventional sources of capital and vibrant entrepreneurial networks.
    What they’re looking for

  • Earth Day in Los Alamos County started 45 years ago

    To remember the first Earth Day in Los Alamos County, one must give credit where it is due — the Los Alamos High School Students to Save Our Environment.
    A group of very concerned students answered the call of a teacher and formed a group to determine how to plan for a first Earth Day. They were linking up with the efforts of the newly formed Citizens for Clean Air and Water, a group of citizens and lab scientists who had begun addressing the deadly air pollution from the Four Corners power plants.
    The idea for the First Earth Day arose nationally in the midst of the Vietnam War as the nation’s awareness began to focus on issues, such as the Cuyahoga River in Ohio catching fire from oil slicks, oil spills off the California coast killing sea life and so many other issues raising public consciousness. Gaylord Nelson, Democratic Senator from Wisconsin and Pete McCloskey, a conservative Republic Congressman, joined hands to bring about the first national Earth Day. As the nation began to respond, so did the students.
    LAHS students approached the administrators who readily gave permission to celebrate the first Earth Day. The students formed “teams” on particular topics to research and prepare talks.

  • Lost opportunities in hemp production

    I’m a natural-fiber kind of person. Whenever I can, I prefer to purchase and wear clothing that is 100 percent cotton.  
    I have learned recently about the pollution involved in the growing of my favorite fiber.
    Conventional cotton is filthy. It uses more herbicides and pesticides per acre than most other crops.
    For that reason I was doubly disappointed when Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed the industrial hemp bill.
    Hemp has been demonized in the United States because it is biologically very close to marijuana, but it won’t get anyone high. It’s a useful and amazingly versatile plant. Until it was banned because of its similarity to marijuana, hemp was used all over the world for centuries for an astonishing variety of purposes — food, clothing, paper, building material and, famously, rope.
    Sources agree growing conventional cotton uses as much as 50 percent of all the pesticides consumed in the nation. Hemp grows like a weed. It should be of special interest to New Mexico because it doesn’t need much water.
    Wouldn’t it be useful if New Mexico researchers could help New Mexico farmers know when to use hemp as an alternative crop?
    A massive amount of information is widely available extolling the benefits of hemp and refuting the old bugaboos about its similarity to pot.

  • Lost opportunities in hemp production

    I’m a natural-fiber kind of person. Whenever I can, I prefer to purchase and wear clothing that is 100 percent cotton.  
    I have learned recently about the pollution involved in the growing of my favorite fiber.
    Conventional cotton is filthy. It uses more herbicides and pesticides per acre than most other crops.
    For that reason I was doubly disappointed when Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed the industrial hemp bill.
    Hemp has been demonized in the United States because it is biologically very close to marijuana, but it won’t get anyone high. It’s a useful and amazingly versatile plant. Until it was banned because of its similarity to marijuana, hemp was used all over the world for centuries for an astonishing variety of purposes — food, clothing, paper, building material and, famously, rope.
    Sources agree growing conventional cotton uses as much as 50 percent of all the pesticides consumed in the nation. Hemp grows like a weed. It should be of special interest to New Mexico because it doesn’t need much water.
    Wouldn’t it be useful if New Mexico researchers could help New Mexico farmers know when to use hemp as an alternative crop?
    A massive amount of information is widely available extolling the benefits of hemp and refuting the old bugaboos about its similarity to pot.

  • Update 4-22-15

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will host its biennial organization convention at 7 p.m. Thursday at UNM-Los Alamos. All registered Republicans are invited to attend. Call Robert Gibson at 662-3159 for more information.

    Docent training

    The Los Alamos Historical Society will host History Docent Training from 3-4 p.m. Thursday at the Hans Bethe house, 1350 Bathtub Row. Anyone interested in volunteering as a docent is invited to attend.

    Budget hearings

    The Los Alamos County budget hearings for FY16 will continue Monday in council chambers. Meeting time is scheduled for 6 p.m.

    School board

    The Los Alamos School Board will hold a board meeting and work session Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock.

    APP board

    The Arts In Public Places Board will meet at the municipal building Thursday. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Shred Day

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host a “shred day” at the Reel Deal Theater Saturday. A shred truck will be parked in the theater parking lot for those wishing to destroy CDs, video tapes, microfiche and other types of fabrics and plastics. For more information, call Sandra West at 695-2579.

  • State Briefs 4-22-15

    Heinrich introduces transmission legislation

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Federal regulators would have narrow authority to approve new electric transmission lines in certain circumstances under a measure introduced in Congress.
    U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich says his bill would ensure that transmission projects get timely regulatory approvals. The New Mexico Democrat says that’s critical, especially when multiple jurisdictions are involved.
    Under an order issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, transmission providers must participate in a regional planning process and develop methods for allocating the costs of a new regional transmission facility among those who will use or benefit from it.
    Heinrich’s bill would require developers of new priority regional transmission projects to first seek approval from local or state authorities. If approval doesn’t come within a year, the bill would allow FERC to step in and provide backstop authority.

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