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  • Auditorium gets makeover

    Those attending the 44th Annual Oppenheimer Lecture on Monday will also be the first to take in the sights of sounds of a different experience — the newly-renovated, Los Alamos High School’s Duane E. Smith Auditorium.
    Theater Manager Ross Mason and his crew of contractors and student techs have been working on renovating the theater’s interior since June.
    The aged structure was due for a massive overhaul, the seats themselves were last replaced in 1980.
    Those familiar with the theater’s operation said little piles of the aged foam from the chairs would have to occasionally be swept out from underneath the chairs — that’s how old and broken down the chairs were. “They should last another 40 years, if the kids take care of them,” Mason said.
    The cost of the chairs was defrayed somewhat through a special donor campaign, where donors could pay $250 for a plaque to be placed on a chair in the 52-seat center section. While all the new chairs are roomy and comfortable, the donor chairs are slightly wider and bigger in the seat. The armrests also fold up. According to Mason, the bid for the chair project was about $159,000.
    Mason said now with the new chairs, people will be able to worry about the show and not their comfort.

  • Today in history July 26
  • Regional Coalition elects officers

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities held a business-oriented meeting on Thursday that included the election of officers.
    City of Española Mayor Alice Lucero was reelected chair of the coalition. Town of Taos Councilor Andrew Gonzales was elected vice chair. Gonzales has been serving as secretary/treasurer. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales was elected secretary/treasurer by a 4-2 vote over Taos County Commissioner Tom Blankenhorn.
    Lucero announced that the Pueblo of Jemez has decided to join the coalition. The agreement is currently being finalized.
    The board approved both a work plan and a budget. Both can be viewed in the July 24 agenda packet at regionalcoalition.org.
    Los Alamos County Councilor Frances Berting and Deputy County Administrator Brian Bosshardt will join Lucero and coalition Executive Director Darien Cabral in Las Vegas, Nev., July 30-Aug. 1 for the Energy Alliance Communities Peer Exchange. The focus of the conference is nuclear energy and includes a tour the National Nuclear Security Site.

  • Hazmat Challenge set for next week

    Fourteen hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma will test their skills at the 18th annual Hazmat Challenge July 29 through Aug. 1 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    “The challenge provides hazardous materials responders the opportunity to test their skills, share best practices with other response agencies, and learn new techniques through realistic hazardous materials release scenarios in a safe, non-hazardous environment,” said Chris Rittner of the laboratory’s Security and Emergency Operations Division.
    Held at Los Alamos’ Technical Area 49, the event requires participants to respond to simulated hazardous materials emergencies involving a rail car, a clandestine laboratory, various modes of transportation, industrial piping scenarios, a simulated radiological release and a confined space event.
    The finale of the Hazmat Challenge is a skills-based obstacle course; teams are graded and earn points based on their ability to perform response skills through a 10-station obstacle course while using fully encapsulating personal protective equipment.

  • Update 07-25-14

    Pet Adoption

    Mobile pet adoption sponsored by Friends of the Shelter. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in front of the new Smith’s Marketplace.

    Clarification

    Police chief Dino Sgambellone said that commander Preston Ballew has been disciplined after his case was resolved last week. It was reported Thursday that Ballew had not been disciplined.

    Beer Fiesta

    The Los Alamos Beer Co-op presents the Second Annual Beer Fiesta. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday at Pajarito Mountain. Hiking, biking, beer and live music from Felix y Los Gatos. $10. Shuttles from Sullivan Field every half until 7 p.m. For more information, visit losalamosbeer.coop.

    Spotlight

    Scientists in the Spotlight. 5-7:30 p.m.today at the Bradbury Science Museum. Meet the scientists from the Los Alamos Scientist Ambassador Academy program, who will offer up informal demonstrations and conversations covering topics like sea ice melting, static electricity and space travel that are appropriate for any age.

    Concert

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series presents Ray Wylie Hubbard, with opening act the Bill Hearne Trio. The concert will be at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.  

  • Driving on the range

    Sam Fisher, 13, practices his golf swing at the Los Alamos Golf Course earlier this week.

  • Acoustics to be featured in Frontiers in Science series

    Dipen Sinha of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices group will discuss acoustics and its applications, including how it is possible to use sound to solve problems in health, national security and for industry, in a series of Frontiers in Science Lectures beginning July 29 at Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos.
    “I take advantage of the nature of sound waves and often manipulate these waves to solve technically challenging problems related to energy and national security,” Sinha said. “How an object vibrates also tells a lot about it. Sound can exert force on objects. By carefully manipulating acoustic forces it is possible to create novel structures and even unique materials that are otherwise not possible with conventional fabrication processes.”
    People are immersed in a universe filled with sound and experience it daily through hearing and vibration, according to Sinha. Sound is created by vibration and travels as waves through any medium in a number of ways. Observing how these waves interact with any medium can help researchers identify the medium even if it is hidden inside sealed containers, he added.
    All Frontiers in Science lectures begin at 7 p.m. at the following locations:
    • Tuesday at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road, Los Alamos

  • Lab to close 'Y' parking lot next week

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Environmental Programs will close the east side of the parking lot at the “Y” at the interchange of N.M. 4 and N.M. 502 from Monday to Aug. 4.
    The closure is part of resumption of work necessary for crews to safely close three formerly used monitoring wells, part of a multi-year program to properly plug and abandon characterization boreholes and wells.
    Plugging and abandoning boreholes and wells that are no longer needed keeps the remaining holes from turning into pathways to groundwater.
    “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we complete this important work,” said Corrective Actions Program Director Dave McInroy.
    “It is as important to close wells safely as it is to construct them in a way that is protective of the environment.”
     

  • LATC hosting championships at Urban Park

    Gilbert Ratliff was on the winning side of two doubles contests Saturday.
    Ratliff, who with one of his doubles partners, John Charles, advanced to the final round of the men’s A draw, and with his other partner, his daughter, Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff, advanced to the final of the A mixed doubles. Both of those contests are set for Sunday at Urban Park.
    The LATC started its two-day tournament Saturday morning. In this year’s tournament are seven different age and gender draws.
    Heading into Saturday afternoon’s play, Geoff Mills and Justin Chang had advanced to the semifinals of the men’s A singles draw, with both of them winning in straight sets.
    Mills topped Cihan Akcay 6-2, 6-1 in his first round contest, while Chang, a hard-swinging, hard-serving newcomer to the tournament, swept Alex Tarra 6-0, 6-1.
    More than 30 participants are taking part in this year’s tournament.
    In the top men’s doubles flight, Ratliff/Charles is seeking its second straight LATC championship. Ratliff/Charles defeated Forrest White/George Margevicius in the finals of last year’s tournament.
    In mixed doubles, Ratliff/Hsieh-Ratliff knocked off Mike Fugate/Lauren Fugate 6-0, 6-2 to advance to that draw’s championship round.

  • Animal Shelter 07-27-14

     

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

     

     

    CATS

    Bindi — A 10-month-old spayed female, tabby with white. She came to the shelter from Taos. This petite girl loves to play, but she also enjoys taking naps in the sun once she’s worn out from playing. She is a very small kitty and most likely will remain petite. Initially shy, she has now warmed up, thriving on making new kitty friends and greeting shelter visitors.