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Today's News

  • Black Hole building vandalized

    In the course of just two weeks, a group of teenagers have completely destroyed what was left inside of an iconic Los Alamos business.
    Damages inside The Black Hole, located on Arkansas Avenue, included the building’s many windows and two highly prized pieces of sculpture, one reported to worth between $8,000 and $10,000, according to police reports.
    The Black Hole was part government surplus depot, part art museum, and was known throughout the world.
    When it was fully operational, customers could purchase technology and equipment once owned by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as art created by the store’s owner, Ed Grothus.
    Grothus was also a peace activist and artist who also once worked at the lab as a machinist and technician. Grothus created works of art to display and sell at The Black Hole, two of which were destroyed by the teens last month.
    A few years after his death in 2009, The Black Hole closed its doors, but the sculptures and other items remained behind as Grothus’ family worked to settle his estate and dispose of what was left.
    On June 8, the manager of the property filed a report with police about a June 7 incident where kids threw one of Grothus’ sculptures off the roof the building, destroying it.

  • Non-traditional students awarded

    ESPAÑOLA — The LANL Foundation recently awarded 15 $1,000 Regional College/Returning Student scholarships from the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund.
    The awards, according to the foundation, go to help nontraditional students return to formal education to expand their opportunities or pursue new careers with a certification or two-year degree from an accredited college in northern New Mexico.
    Funding comes from donations made by Los Alamos National Laboratory employees and Los Alamos National Security, LLC. Scholarships are administered by the LANL Foundation with student selection and program oversight provided by an advisory committee of volunteer donors.
    This year’s recipients included:

  • Oppenheimer Lecture

    A near-capacity crowd came to hear the 45th annual J. Robert Oppenheimer lecture Monday night at the Duane Smith Auditorium. This year’s lecturer was Dr. Alan Guth from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who talked about his theory of inflationary cosmology, a possible explanation of how the universe, or possibly universes, came to be.

  • Canyon side cleanup completed

    The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management announced today that the EM’s Los Alamos Field Office recently completed a steep canyon-side cleanup of mercury-contaminated soil on DOE property just south of a shopping center here.
    The project was finished successfully in about five weeks, which was approximately three weeks ahead of schedule, according to the DOE.
    The field office, management and operations contractor Los Alamos Nuclear Security, LLC, and subcontractor TerranearPMC completed the work.
    “We are committed to reducing the laboratory’s historical footprint and intend to continue to make progress on environmental legacy cleanup,” said Christine Gelles, the field office's acting manager.
    Experts used a specialized telescoping crane and spider excavator to remove 160 cubic yards of mercury-contaminated soil from the rugged canyon side.
    The contaminants derived from Manhattan Project and early Cold War era operations at Solid Waste Management Unit 32-002(b2) at the former Technical Area 32, which was the site of a small medical research facility.
    After results of the excavation sampling confirmed that the human health and environmental risk at the site was fully addressed, the team restored the site.

  • Today in history July 28
  • Let's Spend the Night Together

    Possibly the biggest crowd of the season came out Friday night for Satisfaction, a tribute band that covers the Rolling Stones.

    Satisfaction played as part of the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond. Satisfaction featured performers who dressed up as the Stones, one of the most recognizable bands of the rock era, including frontman Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards.

    This coming Friday is Los Alamos Monitor Night at the Summer Concert Series. The concert will feature Big Sam’s Funky Nation, a funk band from New Orleans.

  • Investment office will reopen on Wednesday

    The Shelly A. Wiemann office of Edward Jones Investments will have a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting Wednesday.
    The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at its location, 555 Oppenheimer Drive, suite 206.
    Prior to the ribbon-cutting, there will be an open house at the office, starting at 3 p.m. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.
    Wiemann recently assumed responsibility for the Los Alamos office of the investment firm.
    “I am excited to take over the Edward Jones office in Los Alamos,” Wiemann said in a release announcing the event. “I know the people of this community have come to rely upon our firm to provide them with sound investment advice that is geared toward individual investors. I will strive to continue our tradition of excellence here.”
    Prior to joining Edward Jones, Wiemann was an associate financial advisor with an insurance company.
    According to her bio, Wiemann has many years of personnel management and data analysis experience, which was a natural progression of her education at the University of Minnesota.
    Wiemann earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in industrial psychology in 2004.

  • PBS to air 'The Bomb'

    Albuquerque PBS affiliate channel 5, KNME, will air a documentary on the atomic bomb tonight.
    The documentary, “The Bomb,” is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. The two-hour documentary will highlight the path humans took to harness the power of atomic energy.
    According to PBS, “The Bomb” will feature newly restored footage of nuclear weaponry that was only recently released by the government. Also included will be rarely seen footage from bomb tests through the 1950s and 1960s.
    Of course, much of the primary research work for the construction of the atomic bomb, which was a key instrument in ending World War II in Japan, was done in Los Alamos.
    “The arc of this story is filled with fascinating breakthroughs, agonizing human dilemmas, and unintended consequences,” said Bill Margol, senior director of Programming and Development for PBS. “‘The Bomb’ provides a comprehensive look at the nuclear age and offers a chance for current generations to understand the indelible impact this discovery and invention had, and continues to have, on all of us.”
    On Wednesday, there will be a presentation on NOVA, the long-running PBS series, entitled “Nuclear Meltdown Disaster,” about the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan.

  • Update 7-28-15

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a regular meeting Tuesday in council chambers. Meeting time is 7 p.m.

    Nature Center

    A presentation, “Art, Wind and Fire,” will be given at Los Alamos Nature Center starting at 7 p.m. today
    The event is free.

    Football practice

    The official opening of preseason football for Los Alamos High School is Aug. 3. Anyone in grades 9-12 may play. Interested players must have completed a physical examination before being eligible to participate. For more information, contact Garett Williams at ga.williams@laschools.net.

    Brewing

    Bathtub Row Brewing will host its “Full House Party” starting at 3 p.m. Friday at its location in Central Park Square. Local beers and several local bands are scheduled to play Friday and Saturday. For information, call 500-8381.

    Grand Opening

    The White Rock Library and Youth Center grand opening is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at their new location at Sherwood Boulevard and N.M. 4. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

    Flight rally

  • Elevator to be discussed Wednesday

    There will be a public meeting Wednesday to discuss an update on the proposed elevator at Fuller Lodge.

    The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. It will be led by Los Alamos County’s design consultant, Mullen-Heller.

    Los Alamos County reported “significant public feedback” from the original proposal to put an exterior elevator at Fuller Lodge. The county said Mullen-Heller has come back with two alternative concepts, both of which would place an elevator inside Fuller Lodge and those concepts are ready for public presentation and public review.

    The meeting is informational-only and members of the Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board will be in attendance to hear the presentation, as well as listen to any additional public comments.

    The county said no decisions will be made at Wednesday’s meeting.

    After the meeting, the concepts will be posted on the project webpage and available for further comment through the County’s Open Forum.

    The county said the board plans to revisit this topic at a future meeting.

    For more information, visit the county’s website, losalamosnm.us, or call the Community & Economic Development Department at 662-8120 or 662-1873.