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  • Heavy Lifting

    Ryan McNiff picks up a tractor tire during a workout at Fire Station No. 6. Firefighters perform many different exercises during their routines to keep in shape.

  • LANL projects named as award finalists

    A group of Los Alamos National Laboratory projects have been selected as finalists for the 2015 R&D 100 awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine.
    The Los Alamos finalists include LARS: Lab-scale Asynchronous Radiographic System, PipeLIBS: A Self-Contained Elemental Analysis Tool for the Oil Industry, MDHIM: Multidimensional Hashed Indexed Middleware and SHMTools: Structural Health Monitoring Software for Aerospace, Civil, and Mechanical Infrastructure.
    “The ingenuity of Los Alamos scientists and engineers is remarkable, and it is exciting to have their potential for impact recognized in this way,” said Carol Burns, the deputy principal associate director of the Science, Technology and Engineering directorate, in a press release announcing the selections. “These finalists show the depth of scientific and technical capabilities that the laboratory offers, with the potential to provide game-changing solutions.”
    The winners will be announced at the R&D 100 Awards & Technology Conference Nov. 12-13, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    Here is a look at the projects:

    LARS

  • Convicted stalker accused again

    Paul Kubler, 61, a Los Alamos man who was convicted of stalking an ex-girlfriend in January was arrested last week for allegedly threatening her over the phone.
    Since Kubler no longer had her personal phone numbers, Kubler called her where she worked.
    In order to make sure she came to the phone, Kubler allegedly identified himself to the employee that picked up the phone as someone “with the district attorney’s office” who was looking for (Kubler’s ex-girlfriend).
    The employee handed the phone to the ex-girlfriend. When the ex-girlfriend answered, Kubler allegedly identified himself as Kent Wahlquist, the assistant district attorney who prosecuted Kubler for stalking her back in January.
    “Paul identified himself as Kent (Assistant District Attorney Wahlquist) and told her that Paul Kubler had filed charges against her and that she and her sister had warrants for their arrests,” read a statement by a police officer in the court documents.
    The ex-girlfriend however recognized Kubler’s voice and told Kubler she was going to tell her sister.
    “No, no, you can’t do that,” Kubler said before the ex-girlfriend handed the phone back to the other employee.

  • Big Sam's Funky Nation will play at Ashley Pond

    Tonight is Los Alamos Monitor Night at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.
    For Los Alamos Monitor Night, the funk and jazz band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation will perform.
    Big Sam’s is from New Orleans. The band describes itself as “a driving force of urban funk” and is fronted by trombone player Big Sam Williams.
    Williams has gotten rave reviews for his trombone playing, being called “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz” by the San Francisco Examiner.
    The band includes five regular members, including vocalist and guitarist Joshua Connelly and trumpet player Andrew “Da Phessam” Baham.
    Big Sam’s will have a tough act to follow for tonight’s concert.
    A Rolling Stones’ cover band, Satisfaction, attracted quite possibly the biggest crowd of the season last week at Ashley Pond.
    Tonight’s concert will also take place at Ashley Pond.
    The Gordon’s series for this year is beginning to wind down. There are only five remaining concerts this season following Big Sam’s Funky Nation.
    Concerts are free and are sponsored by Los Alamos County.

  • Police Beat 7-31-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    July 23
    8:10 a.m. — Steven Kowalczyk, 53, of Abiquiu was arrested for possessing false evidence for title/aegis on Rover Boulevard.

    4:05 p.m. — Police reported that a 13-year-old girl was the victim of child abuse on Trinity Drive.

    9:24 p.m. –– A 49-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a burglary from a dwelling on 33rd Street.

    July 25
    1:23 a.m. — Andrea Rivera, 28, of Los Alamos was arrested for aggravated battery against a household member in the 3000 block of Canyon Road.

    6:48 p.m. — A 40-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $2500) at 47th Street.

    11:17 p.m. — Darryl Hayes, 53, of Albuquerque was arrested for identity theft at the intersection of 39th Street and Orange Street. On July 27, he was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.

  • Children's Clinic earns certification

    The Children’s Clinic in Los Alamos was recently awarded level 3 recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, collaborative relationships.
    Children’s Clinic is the first practice in Los Alamos County to achieve such recognition, that according to a press release announcing the recognition.
    The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians.
    “NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high- quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that the Children’s Clinic has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”
    To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, Children’s Clinic demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home.

  • Trio of businesses stand out at DisrupTech

    Three potential business partnership projects emerged from the 2015 DisrupTech competition at Los Alamos National Laboratory with winning proposals.
    “The goals of the DisrupTech forum were two-fold, to expose industry to potentially world-changing, disruptive, early-stage technologies developed by Los Alamos scientists,” said David Pesiri, Director of the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation.  “We also wanted to spark the entrepreneurial spirit in our scientists, giving them a chance to present their technologies outside of an academic setting.  We hope the experience might give them a new perspective on the end use of their technology.”
    An audience of more than 100 entrepreneurs, business executives, investors and government leaders from across the country listened intently as each of eight candidates gave a “Shark Tank”-like presentation.
    A panel representing some of Los Alamos’ industry partners, including Alion Science and Technology, Allied Minds, Chevron Energy Technology Company, Ernst & Young, Moon Express and State Science and Technology Institute, evaluated the presentations and provided feedback to the scientists on pitching a disruptive technology as a market solution.

  • Indoor elevator may be feasible

    Wayne Kohlrust, project manager for the Fuller Lodge Phases 2-4 Remodel Project, has literally done the groundwork: maneuvering through crawl spaces under the floor to determine whether two proposed locations for an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) elevator are feasible.
    The good news is that both spaces are challenging but workable, eliminating the need to place an elevator outside the historic building.
    The project’s design team from Mullen Heller Architecture, P.C. created considerable controversy when they proposed building a glass and steel elevator near the entrance.
    Michele Mullen, architect/co-owner of Mullen Heller, joined Kohlrust in explaining the pros and cons of the two new options.
    The indoor options have a greater impact on the building than an outside option, but will be less intrusive visually.
    Both will require adding columns to hold up the first and second floor framing around the elevator space. Option 1 requires the additional step of removing two steel support beams that run from the sublevel to the roof.

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