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Today's News

  • LANL scientists test new rocket design flight

    Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists recently flight tested a new rocket design that includes a high-energy fuel and a motor design that also delivers a high degree of safety.
    “What we’re trying to do is break the performance versus sensitivity curve, and make a rocket that’s both very high-energy, as well as very safe,” said Bryce Tappan, an energetic materials chemist at the laboratory. “Typically, when you look at a propellant that’s high-performance, it’s not as safe a material.” See the flight tests and hear how Tappan and his research partners at New Mexico Tech and Penn State accomplished a fully successful flight in a new video on the laboratory’s YouTube Channel.
    Conventional solid-fuel rocket motors work by combining a fuel and an oxidizer, a material usually rich in oxygen, to enhance the burning of the fuel. In higher-energy fuels this mixture can be somewhat unstable, and can contain sensitive high explosives that can detonate under high shock loads, high temperatures, or other conditions.
    The new rocket fuel and motor design adds a higher degree of safety by separating the fuel from the oxidizer, both novel formulations that are, by themselves, not able to detonate.

  • Los Alamos man, convicted of stalking, gets deal to leave town

    Jack Worel, a man that was convicted in January to a year of electronic surveillance for stalking a former employee of his, will not be serving the rest of his sentence.
    In a deal worked out with the assistant district attorney and the court, Worel will instead serve a year of unsupervised probation.
    According to assistant district attorney Kent Wahlquist, the state was notified by Worel that he will be moving to Washington state soon.
    “In this case, our goal is to protect the victim, and him leaving accomplishes that goal,” Wahlquist said.
    In March, the magistrate court found Worel guilty of one count of misdemeanor stalking, and was sentenced to one-year of probation with electronic monitoring.
    According to court records, Worel was found guilty of stalking an ex-employee of his in January of this year.
    The conviction stemmed from an incident in 2012 where Worel was observed tampering with the ex-employee’s car in the parking lot of De Colores, a restaurant where she worked located on East Road.
    It was later found he had installed a GPS tracking device. Police arrested him at his home two days later after they accumulated enough evidence, which including recently-purchased equipment to track and monitor cell phone calls.

  • Superheroes invade Mountain Elementary

    Mountain Elementary Principal Jennifer Guy dressed on the schools “Superhero Day” as Batman. Last week the students got to come to school dressed as their favorite superhero.

  • Prescribed burn set for southwest of LA

    Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to continue a prescribed pile burn on the Jemez Ranger District. The Los Griegos prescribed pile burn may be conducted today through Oct. 31 only on favorable days as conditions allow.
    A total of 300 acres of piles may be treated in an area adjacent to the Sierra Los Pinos community, 17 miles southwest of Los Alamos. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume.
    Prescribed fires, according to SFNF, are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire dependent ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives.
    The Los Griegos prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection, and promote forest health. Smoke from the Los Griegos prescribed burn will be monitored to ensure that New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. It will likely be visible from the Sierra Los Pinos community, La Cueva, Jemez Pueblo, San Ysidro, Zia Pueblo, Bernalillo, Rio Rancho and Highway 550.  

  • Update 10-23-14

    Pumpkin carving

    Pumpkin carving. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Fuller Lodge patio

    Pumpkin patch

    The 4th Annual Community Charity Pumpkin Patch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Chapel on North Mesa next to the Posse Shack. Free event will giveaway pumpkins, as well as offering Frito pies, donuts, cookies, hot chocolate, hot sider and other treats. There will also be face painting, games, a hay ride and a petting zoo.

    Trick or Treat

    Trick or Treat on Main Street. 4-6:30 p.m. Friday and High-Tech Halloween. 4-6:30 p.m. Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Dark Night

    The Pajarito Astronomers will have a County-Sponsored Dark Night. 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock. Weather permitting, the public is invited to wander among the telescopes and star gaze. There will be a tour of the fall constellations. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker at 662-3252 for information. 

  • Business Spotlight: Graphic designer inspired by world travel, nature

    When Brenda Fleming was in Paris, she was studying the cuneiform writings from ancient Mesopotamia. Later she visited the Louvre and discovered an exhibit on Mesopotamia.
    While strolling through the city, she came across a Russian Orthodox Church and L’ Orangerie museum, where Monet’s lily pad paintings fill the entire wall, floor to ceiling, of the gallery.
    At the time Fleming was studying foreign languages at New Mexico State University. She didn’t know at the time that she would go on to own a graphic design firm, but she says her world travel was her biggest inspiration for her career.
    “In Paris, everywhere you look there are historical and well designed buildings,” Fleming said. “I loved taking in all these elements that make things stand out and be beautiful.”
    When businesses hire her to make logos, websites and other printed material, she draws upon her travel experiences, seeing designs from around the world, to come up with her best ideas. She said, “I love learning other cultures and seeing what resonates with other people.”
    She is also inspired by nature, especially the colors, sunsets and textures in the New Mexico desert.

  • LA Business Expo set for Oct. 27

    A new event designed to bring Los Alamos’ businesses together with local resources will be held at Los Alamos Golf Course.
     The inaugural Los Alamos Business Expo event was created by the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) in partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, to encourage growth and continued success for businesses in Los Alamos. The goal of the event is to lay the groundwork for a larger resource event to be held in the spring of 2015, also in Los Alamos.
    “We have so many resources right here in our backyard for small businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Kurt Steinhaus, director of the Lab’s Community Programs Office. “We want to see Los Alamos small businesses get connected with each other and with the programs and resources that can help grow their companies.”
    This free event will take place from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27. Tours of the newly renovated Los Alamos Golf Course, located at 4250 Diamond Drive, will be open to everyone in attendance, along with light refreshments and door prizes.
    Businesses are encouraged to take the opportunity to talk face-to-face with representatives from a wide range of service providers.

  • Math contests set for November

    The University of New Mexico, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the PNM Foundation have announced the UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics Contest for the 2014-2015 school year. The goal of the contest is to promote mathematical investigation, enhance problem-solving skills, and recognize and honor outstanding mathematics achievement among students in New Mexico.
    The contest is open to all students in grades 7-12 as well as students in lower grades who are taking a high school level math class. Students younger than 7th grade that wish to compete will be placed in the 7th-8th grade category. All other students will compete with students in their grade level category. The following are the grade level categories: 7th-8th grade, 9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, and 12th grade.
    The contest is administered in two rounds. Round I may be administered any time Nov 7-10. After the exams are graded, the top 200 finalists are invited to UNM on Saturday, February 7, 2015, to compete in Round II.

  • Correction 10-23-14

    In a story Wednesday, “PAC money pours into District 43 race,” it was incorrectly reported that Stephanie Garcia Richard told the Los Alamos Monitor that her campaign had issued no mailers against her opponent Geoff Rodgers. It was actually a staff person that mistakenly provided that information.
     

  • LAFD releases Ebola plan

    The Los Alamos Fire Department has just come out with a specific, outlined response to Ebola, if it should ever happen in Los Alamos.
    In a press release issued Tuesday by the fire department, officials outlined a rough plan of what residents should be aware of and what they should do in the event they think they, or someone else, has it.
    “If you become ill, and are experiencing flu like symptoms, have traveled to Africa or have had contact with a Ebola patient, please call 911, follow their directions and inform the dispatcher that you may be infected,” said a statement in the release.
    The LAFD is also telling residents that if they do tell 911 they may have Ebola and need medical attention, don’t be surprised to see them coming to your door in “personal protection equipment” which may include a mask and a gown.
    “LAFD personnel will respond to each call with caution. Residents may see them in a mask and gown, with several layers of PPE if an Ebola infection is suspected on a call,” according to a statement in the LAFD’s press release.
    LAFD also said that residents should also keep an eye on the “big picture” and keep things in perspective.