Today's News

  • LALT announces more play readings

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre announces a play reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 1670 Nectar St. Refreshments will be provided.
    Two plays will be read:
    A cut version of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” by Sarah Ruhl. “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” explores the paradox of modern technology’s ability to both unite and isolate people in the digital age. This play was produced in its entirety at LALT in September 2012.
    “The Pillowman,” by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. It tells the tale of Katurian, a fiction writer living in a police state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town.
    Both plays have been proposed to the board of directors of LALT as entries into the 2015 TNM Play Festival, which will be held in Artesia. Gwen Lewis proposed “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” and Patrick MacDonald proposed “The Pillowman.”
    Those interested are asked to enter through the front door and proceed to the Green Room as there will be a rehearsal in progress in the auditorium.

  • Creel takes on newly created position at PEEC

    It wasn’t all that long ago that the Pajarito Environmental Education Center operated as an all-volunteer organization. Last fall three new part-time staff members joined the team, more than doubling the staff, and last month a sixth part-time staff member came on board.
    Jonathan Creel moved from his home in Florida last month to join PEEC as the director of interpretation, a newly created role. 
    As the director of interpretation, Creel will be in charge of designing the rotating exhibits at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center. Creel will also be charged with lining up the regular programs for which PEEC is so well known.
    “I envision designing some of the programs around the rotating exhibits we’ll have at the nature center,” Creel said. “I would like to see PEEC kick off each new exhibit with a corresponding presentation by an expert in the field.”

  • Assets In Action: Dinners raise funds for youth programs

    This week, I wanted to encourage the community to support the United Way Youth in a Taste of the Sky.
    Dinner and entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Airport and are sure to please as local youth fundraise to benefit great community programs.
    I also write in support of the freshmen class as they lead the tip war, between the classes to add to the fundraiser.
    The fun challenge started with the Dinner over Diamond project and continues again this weekend.
    Our waiter was freshman Marciano, who was superb and I want to encourage those attending the airport affair to help the freshmen overcome this challenge and reign supreme.
    One of the many projects the team has aided from past and current fundraisers is the new Los Alamos High School Link Crew program.
    The welcoming transition program run by teachers Jonathan Lathrop and Robyn Collom is an awesome new program, supported by the hardworking efforts of the Youth United Way.
    The fundraising not only shows how the community supports the youth when they attempt to do good for their fellow man, but also shows that the community supports the fundraising of youth to benefit youth in a grand way.

  • DOE needs to loosen its leash on labs

    Go local.
    That’s just one bit of advice from the Brookings Institution to the United States Department of Energy on the subject of tech transfer. Those are two sweet words to New Mexico companies and economic developers.
    Brookings recently dinged DOE for the sluggish pursuit of technology commercialization at its 17 national laboratories, including Los Alamos and Sandia. The labs could be key players in regional economies, the report says.
    Could be.
    For decades, reports here have cited the labs as a significant resource, but probably an equal number ask why we don’t have more to show for their presence. To their credit, our two labs have taken steps to work with private industry and universities. We even get a footnote in the report applauding the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program, which gives small businesses with a technical challenge access to lab expertise.
    However, if you’re looking for more tangible results, you’ll be disappointed.

  • Stopping Domestic Violence

    The Los Alamos Police Department, through Officer Adele Grimendonk, will be working through October to help the community become more aware of its domestic violence prevention resources. In this picture, teens from the Los Alamos Teen Center work on posters that will be displayed at this Saturday’s Health Fair.

  • Valles Board to meet Wednesday in Santa Fe

     The Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees will conduct a meeting in public from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday in Santa Fe. The meeting will be held at the Courtyard Marriott, 3347 Cerrillos Road.
    The agenda will include a summary of thirrd quarter activities, status of the Transportation, Recreation, and Infrastructure Plan (TRIP), review of the fiscal year 2015 budget, plans for winter recreation, review of elk hunt lottery system and presentations by Trust staff.
    Public comments will be heard after the last report with adjournment scheduled immediately thereafter. Links to the agenda and map to the Courtyard Marriott are posted on the Trust’s website atgoo.gl/HRpCBC.
    The Valles Caldera Preservation Act requires that the trustees meet in sessions open to the public at least three times per year in the state of New Mexico and that any final decision of the board to approve any activity related to the management of the land or resources of the Preserve shall be made in open public session.
    The Trust is governed by a nine member board of trustees, seven of whom are appointed by the President of the United States; the Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor and Bandelier National Monument Superintendent serve as ex officio members. 

  • Public comment sought on replacement of Bandelier’s motor, pedestrian bridge

    The National Park Service is considering replacement of a motor vehicle bridge and two pedestrian bridges that were lost during recent flooding. The purpose of the proposed project is to reestablish safe access to the picnic area, parking, and trailheads on the west side of the Rito de los Frijoles (Frijoles Creek).
    The Las Conchas Fire in June 2011 burned over 156,000 acres in and surrounding the monument, including 80 percent of the Frijoles Canyon watershed. The loss of the vehicular bridge cut off vehicle access to the parking and picnic area on the west side of Frijoles Creek. A temporary pedestrian bridge across Frijoles Creek is currently in place to provide visitor access to trails.
    The NPS in cooperation with the Central Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration is proposing to replace the vehicular bridge at a new location about 700 feet downstream from the previous bridge location near the visitor center.
     The proposed new bridge would be a low profile structure designed to pass flood flows. The new downstream bridge location would reduce the potential for flood flows to back up and damage the visitor center and other facilities.

  • Study Group to host forum tonight at Fuller Lodge

    From 6-8 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge, the Los Alamos Study Group will host a public discussion about the future of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s three big labs: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL).
    Everyone is welcome. There is no charge but donations will be gratefully accepted.
    The discussion is timed to coincide with the new, congressionally-mandated Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (CRENEL), which is in the first phase of its review.
    CRENEL will evaluate whether the 17 Department of Energy (DOE) labs, including the three NNSA labs, properly address DOE’s priorities and have clear, non-duplicative missions and unique capabilities “for current and future energy and national security challenges.”
    CRENEL will evaluate the size of the labs, whether consolidation or realignment are appropriate, whether universities or other technology centers would be better for some of their work, as well as how to improve lab-directed research and development (LDRD).

  • State Briefs 09-23-14

    Man shot by police
    linked to child sexual assault

    AZTEC (AP) — Authorities say a Bloomfield man fatally shot by a police officer was under investigation for child sexual abuse.
    The Daily Times reports Bloomfield Police Chief Randy Foster confirmed last week that 61-year-old John Rogers was under investigation on suspicion of child sexual assault.
    According to a search warrant affidavit, the investigation was related to multiple counts of criminal sexual penetration of minors.
    Foster said for legal reasons he could not discuss the specifics of the case.
    Jonathan Rogers, John Rogers’ son, referred questions to the family’s attorney, Brendan O’Reilly of Albuquerque. O’Reilly said he had no comment on the investigation.

    Trial of sheriff accused
    of ‘road rage’ continues

  • Researchers uncover new properties in nanocomposite oxide ceramics for reactor fuel

    Nanocomposite oxide ceramics have potential uses as ferroelectrics, fast ion conductors, and nuclear fuels and for storing nuclear waste, generating a great deal of scientific interest on the structure, properties, and applications of these blended materials.
    “The interfaces separating the different crystalline regions determine the transport, electrical and radiation properties of the material as a whole,” said Pratik Dholabhai, principal Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher on the project.
     “It is in the chemical makeup of these interfaces where we can improve features such as tolerance against radiation damage and fast ion conduction.”