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  • New study examines cancer risk from 1st A-bomb test

    Researchers from the National Cancer Institute want to know how many past and present cancer cases in New Mexico may be related to the U.S. government’s test of the world’s first atomic bomb over a remote stretch of desert nearly 70 years ago.
    They are visiting the state this week and conducting in-depth interviews with several residents to learn more about the lifestyles and diets of people who were living in New Mexico around the time of the atomic detonation at the Trinity Site.
    The team is particularly interested in filling in gaps when it comes to Native American and Hispanic populations and any links to fallout radiation exposure and food and water contamination.
    Dr. Steven Simon, the project’s lead investigator, said Monday that the information about diet and lifestyle will help his team more accurately project radiation doses from the fallout. “Using those dose estimates, we will then project an estimate of the excess cancers related to Trinity above the number that would have occurred in the absence of the test,” Simon said.
    The study also takes into account already published data on the radioactive fallout from the blast.
    The research team has done similar work in Nevada, the Marshall Islands and Kazakhstan.

  • In economic development, we all have fed the bear

    In the early 1980s, a company wanted to bring a manufacturing plant to a small town in the state. A company representative told me years later that he met with the state senator for that area to explain the proposal and talk about economic benefits to the area.
    The senator asked how he would benefit, and the company representative talked more about economic impact. The senator asked again how he would benefit, and the company representative went on about creating a bigger economic pie that would give everyone a larger piece. The conversation continued in this vein, and the meeting ended with the senator saying he was not satisfied with the company’s responses.
    From then on the senator, who is no longer in office, voted against bills involving that company.
    Now that the Tesla circus has moved on, it’s a good time to talk about economic development, large and small.
    Tesla was worth the effort. Although most of the state considered it an Albuquerque deal, those 6,500 jobs would have lifted New Mexico’s economy. Despite the outcome, New Mexico got some positive attention, and the exercise improved the learning curve of the governor and her people.

  • Secret Service chief resigns

     

    A report issued Wednesday by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy squarely places blame for the shutdown of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository on failures at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The inspector general's office identified several major weaknesses in the lab's procedures for packing contaminated gloves, tools and other radiological wastes that were destined for permanent storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico.

    Not all of the lab's procedures were properly vetted and some procedures didn't conform with environmental requirements, according to the findings.

    The report reinforces the findings of internal reviews done by the lab and the Energy Department following a Feb. 14 release of radiation from a barrel of waste that came from Los Alamos. The release contaminated 22 workers and forced the indefinite closure of the nuclear waste repository.

    "Our review identified several major deficiencies in LANL's procedures for the development and approval of waste packaging and remediation techniques that may have contributed to the radiological event," the inspector general said.

  • DOE IG IDs 'major weaknesses' at LANL

     

    A report issued Wednesday by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy squarely places blame for the shutdown of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository on failures at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The inspector general's office identified several major weaknesses in the lab's procedures for packing contaminated gloves, tools and other radiological wastes that were destined for permanent storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico.

    Not all of the lab's procedures were properly vetted and some procedures didn't conform with environmental requirements, according to the findings.

    The report reinforces the findings of internal reviews done by the lab and the Energy Department following a Feb. 14 release of radiation from a barrel of waste that came from Los Alamos. The release contaminated 22 workers and forced the indefinite closure of the nuclear waste repository.

    "Our review identified several major deficiencies in LANL's procedures for the development and approval of waste packaging and remediation techniques that may have contributed to the radiological event," the inspector general said.

  • Santa Fe Symphony celebrates 'Fall Gold'

    As the aspens of northern New Mexico put their autumnal colors on display, The Santa Fe Symphony presents a program of burnished favorites featuring guest conductor Oriol Sans. The program includes Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranguez, featuring renowned classical guitarist Jason Vieaux, alongside the Overture to William Tell by Gioachino Rossini, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Arturo  Márquez’ Danzón No. 2, a Mexican contemporary classical music composition performed by orchestras. The concert is seasonably named Fall Gold.
    Tickets are on sale now for the show, which begins 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.
    Catalan conductor Oriol Sans has performed with orchestras in America and Europe, and studied with some of the most acclaimed contemporary maestros and musicians.
    His most recent engagements include guest conducting the San Juan Symphony in Durango, Colorado, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco in Guadalajara Mexico, the Santa Fe Symphony, the New Mexico Philharmonic, and the Festival des orchestres de jeunes du Québec.

  • Be There 10-01-14

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

    “Masquerade,” art by Michael Andryc. Daily through Nov. 15 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.
    The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “O, Brother, Where Art Thou?” 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room.

    The Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be 7 p.m. at Peggy Pendergast’s home, 149 Manhattan Loop. Los Alamos Historical Society Director Heather McClenahan will be the guest speaker.

    The Los Alamos League of Women Voters presents the Los Alamos County Council Candidates Forum. 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Also invited are the unopposed candidates for probate judge and public education commission. The county clerk will explain the election procedures.
    6:30 p.m. conversation and refreshments.
     

  • N.M. artist begins sculpture design to nature center

    The Arts in Public Places Committee and members of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center recently met with artist Greg Reiche to formally kick off the design process for the sculpture to adorn the outside of the new Los Alamos County Nature Center. The group toured the construction site where the facility is under construction, giving the artist a chance to better understand PEEC, its mission and the role the center will play in the community.
    Reiche is a New Mexico sculptor with public art commissions on his résumé, such as a monumental 30-foot-tall steel and glass sculpture at the El Camino Real International Cultural Center in southern New Mexico, and as a member of Albuquerque’s “Big I” Landscape Design Team. Each of Reiche’s pieces is designed with the location and the client’s needs in mind.
    The next step in the process will be for Reiche to return with a set of conceptual drawings, from which the art board will choose one or more for further refinement, with input from PEEC. Subsequently the design will be finalized and construction of the piece will begin. The goal is to have the sculpture in place at the nature center for the building dedication next spring.

  • New nonprofit engages youth with community

    Los Alamos has a new nonprofit in town, Champions of Youth Ambitions also known as C’YA.
    The youth development program has worked for two years to get through the paperwork and red tape of officially becoming recognized 501(C)(3).
    The Board of Directors includes Valerie (Adams) Harris, a former Los Alamos Public School teacher now teaching in Andrews, Texas, with new husband Tim, Pauline Powell Schneider, Los Alamos retired and senior organization director, Debra Minyard, Pojoaque Valley High School music instructor and Link Crew leader, Karen Greenfield, Los Alamos Family Council and Megan Pfeffer, a Department of Health employee and former Mercy Award recipient.
    The C’YA executive director is Bernadette Lauritzen, who along with husband Chad, known by many elementary students as the “Sci Guy” have worked hard to volunteer for many programs locally, regionally and occasionally a little further.
    There were so many things we wanted to accomplish,” Bernadette said. “There were always small grants and opportunities available, but without being recognized as a nonprofit, the doors were closed to us.
    The duo put many hours into projects like the Festival of Trees and Chocolate as they envisioned future funds for programs from youth development to hands on science in the schools.

  • Escape the devil with 'Odyssey' retelling for free film series

    Always wondered what the devil looks like? What fraction of a roasted gopher would be required to completely bed down a man’s appetite? Look no further than your local public library, where  “O, Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000, PG-13) will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, in the upstairs meeting-room “theater.”
    Joel and Ethan Coen’s take on Homer’s “Odyssey” reimagines the classic tale as it might have occurred in 1930s Mississippi. Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney), Pete Hogwallop (John Turturro), and Delmar O’Donnell (Tim Blake Nelson) escape from a chain gang to begin a quest for treasure.
    Along their way, they receive counsel from a blind prophet who tells them they will see a cow “on the roof of a cotton house.” They happen upon a picturesque baptism in a scene that might allude to the Lotus Eaters in “Odyssey,” a group that invites travelers to eat lotus leaves that cause them to forget just about everything. They meet a one-eyed Bible bully, a trio of river vixens, a baby-faced bank robber, and a man who sold his soul to the devil because, as he says, “I wasn’t usin’ it.” They sing into a can. They eat rodents. They eat horse. They go through a lot of hair jelly.