Today's News

  • Chemistry told through scientists’ the eyes

    “Crucibles: The Story of Chemistry,” by Bernard Jaffe is a nonfiction science book utterly unlike thousands of others — at once dramatic, personal and educational, too.
    The book opens in the early years of the 15th century, with the story of Bernard Trevisan, a wealthy heir who surrounded himself for decades with alchemy and a golden dream, only to die unsuccessful, bitter and poor.
    From there, the life stories of more than 20 other scientists, scattered throughout the centuries from the 1400s through World War II, are told. Here one can find the dynamic personalities of Lavoisier, Dalton and Avogadro, Woehler, Mendeleev and Bohr. They studied everything from alchemy to the periodic table to the world of the atom and the atomic bomb.
    Amongst these colorful characters, there was never a boring moment, even outside the laboratory.
    Take for example Henry Moseley, nicknamed “Harry.” As an energetic and remarkably fearless young man, Harry revolutionized the periodic table before being shot through the head in the trenches of World War I only two months later. As soon as his career began, Moseley was gone.

  • Misconceptions about hookah

    It is common knowledge that smoking cigarettes is detrimental to one’s health, but some methods such as hookah are thought by many youth not to be harmful.
    Hookahs are water pipes used to smoke special tobacco that can come in many different flavors. According to the American Lung Association (ALA), hookah smoking has many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking including oral cancer, lung cancer and decreased fertility.
    Hookah use originated in ancient Persia and India, but is now gaining popularity with teenagers in many European countries and in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, hookah use is increasing among youth and college students.
    Because of this trend, organizations such as the multinational youth-led Evolvement movement are undertaking campaigns to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use through cigarettes and hookah.
    Members of Evolvement need to be part of a participating high school and are required to go through training with an Evolvement coordinator.
    Evolvement New Mexico has started a campaign called Clear the Haze. This campaign specifically targets young people to educate them that hookah smoking is as dangerous as cigarette smoking.

  • News for retirees 1-18-15 to 1-24-15

    Jan. 18-24, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    BESC closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    8:30 a.m.    Mac users group
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Red chile beef             enchilada
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1 p.m.         Bingo
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Green chile             chicken tortilla soup

  • Animal shelter 1-18-15

    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:


    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    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.
    Cordelia — A short haired, all-black cat with a tiny little white patch on her chest and a small notch out of her ear. She was trapped on 48th Street on New Year’s Eve, and she was certainly happy to be somewhere warm for the new year! She is extremely friendly, and she will be ready for a warm, indoor home of her own once she gets a clean bill of health from the vet.

  • Assessing ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’

    French economist Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” was the most talked about treatise on political economy in 2014, if not the 21st century.
    To those of us who understand and respect the superior productivity and fairness of free markets, the errors throughout Piketty’s Capital were so numerous and obvious that the book was easy to dismiss as warmed-over leftism, hardly worthy of being addressed and refuted. The history of economics teaches us, however, that it can be a costly mistake to ignore a popular book however flawed and wrong-headed.
    When John Maynard Keynes published “The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money,” in the winter of 1935-36, its fundamental errors were so glaring to the Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek that Hayek figured the book would quickly slip into oblivion. Wrong! By the time Henry Hazlitt wrote the first systematic dissection and demolition of The General Theory in 1959 (The Failure of “the New Economics”) Keynes’ macroeconomic errors had become the orthodoxy.

  • Thank you: CROP Hunger Walk was on the mark

    The 2014 Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot was a great success with 196 runners and walkers attending in spite of cool and very windy conditions. Participants had a wonderful time with the random drawings of turkeys and pumpkin pies after the fun walk/run with time to chat with friends, colleagues and neighbors. The fundraiser ended up with $14,216 donated to the CROP Hunger Walk for emergency relief efforts, and hunger and poverty alleviation, with 25 percent of that amount plus an additional $200 donated to our LA Cares food bank.
    We would like to give special thanks to our main sponsor, Lou Santoro’s State Farm Insurance Agency, as well as The Atomic City Road Runners.
    Thanks also to our other fabulous business sponsors, Eye Associates of New Mexico, Hartway & Breshears, Los Alamos Medical Center, New Mexico Sinus Institute, Santa Fe Sports & Images, Smith’s Marketplace, USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association, The Finishing Touch, Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, United Church of Los Alamos, Veterinary Cancer Clinic, Los Alamos Chiropractic and Sage Integrated Health and Aspen Copies. Thanks for publicity from KRSN radio, LA Daily Post, and the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Today in history Jan. 17
  • Geese on the Golf Course

    A flock of Canada Geese touched down on the Los Alamos Golf Course on Wednesday.

  • MOWW speaker to talk about boyhood in Germany

    The Military Order of the World Wars announces the January meeting. The guest speaker this month will be Hansjorg Jansen.
    Jansen was a young boy growing up in Germany during World War ll. He will be talking about his life at that time and how the war affected his young life.
    He will speak at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars at the Hot Rocks Java Cafe.
    The meeting begins with a social period at 6 p.m. with a dinner at 6:25 p.m. in the Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room. The Los Alamos Research Park building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east to the fire station (accessible from southbound land of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building (access is through the Los Alamos National Laboratory control stations to West Jemez road.)
    Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the second level.

  • On The Docket 1-15-15

    Jan 7
    Bruce J. Layman was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to display current valid registration plates while parked. Defendant was fined $50.
    Jan. 8
    Anna L Zerkle was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Marvin Valeta was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to display a current, valid, registration plate. Defendant was fined $65 and ordered to pay $60 in court costs.

    MD A Azad was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    Jan. 9
    Trevor Orr was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to display current valid registration plates while parked. Defendant was fined $50.