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  • 'Voices of Manhattan Project' now online

    The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) just released never-before-heard audio interviews with top Manhattan Project military leaders and scientists, including Gen. Leslie R. Groves and J. Robert Oppenheimer, on the “Voices of the Manhattan Project” website.
    Sixty-nine years after the Trinity test on July 16, 1945, the public can listen to the voices of those whose atomic achievements changed the course of world history, politics, science and society.
    The interviews provide novel insight into the minds of the men and women who built the world’s first atomic bombs. Groves explained, “I knew it was an impossible task, but my feeling was that while I very much disliked the assignment, as long as that was my assignment, we were going to make it go. This is going to succeed, it’s got to succeed, and we’re going to make it succeed.”
    Oppenheimer recalled, “I was more worried about the campaign in Africa and the campaign in Russia when I went to New Mexico than I was about the Germans making a bomb. I thought they might very well be winning the war.”

  • LANL launches student app

    Los Alamos National Laboratory recently launched its new student mobile app that students and postdoctoral candidates can use to learn about employment opportunities, science research, education programs and more. The Los Alamos Students mobile app is free and can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play (for android platforms).
    “The laboratory’s new Student App is a great way for students and post-docs to make contact with the lab and learn about all the exciting opportunities available and the work the laboratory does in service to the nation,” said Carolyn Zerkle, Los Alamos’ associate director for Business Innovation.
    LANL typically employs more than 1,200 part- and full-time students and post-docs in a given year.
    The Student App has introductory information about Los Alamos’ Student Programs Office, life at the laboratory, a link to the official laboratory employment application and the student selection process, an interactive, fun quiz to challenge students on their knowledge of the lab’s research and development programs, and how the lab is making contributions to the nation through its scientific research.

  • Judge rules in favor of cat owner

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court recently sided with a North Mesa Stable owner over an issue that’s sure to come up again. In early May of this year, a dog, who was not on a leash, apparently attacked and injured a cat owned by one of the stable owners.
    The cat’s owner, Cheryl Rosenberger, filed a lawsuit for medical expenses and court fees against the dog’s owner, Toby Kain.
    Though Rosenberger won her case, she did not get back the $300 in medical fees because according to Judge Pat Casados, Rosenberger did not supply the necessary documentation supporting the medical bills.
    “I’m going to give an award to the plaintiff, but only for the costs that I know occurred,” Casados said.
    Rosenberger said this case never would have happened if Kain had been more conciliatory about the attack.
    “Just control your dogs and have a little bit more respect for other people. That’s what it comes down to,” Rosenberger said. “If he came up to me and said ‘I’m sorry I know my dog did it...’ The fact that he threw a big fit, made points and harassed my family I don’t need it,” Rosenberger said.

  • N.M. 502 rollover

    The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department responded to a one-vehicle accident eastbound on N.M. 502 by the Totavi Gas Station this morning. According to the sheriff’s department, the driver was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with non life threatening injuries. The status of the other passenger in the vehicle was not known at press time.

  • Director addresses Caldera board

    The new executive director of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Jorge Silva-Bañuelos, delineated his top five priorities to the board of trustees on Friday during a meeting at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos.
    “I truly believe that the Valles Caldera has the potential to become the premier destination in all of New Mexico. It has so much potential and so much opportunity that we just need to move together with the communities to move in that direction,” Silva-Bañuelos said.
    For Silva-Bañuelos, public access is “first and foremost.”
    “That certainly is going to be reconciled and aligned with our long-term goals of both public access along with the preservation and protection of our cultural and natural resources that we have at the preserve,” Silva-Bañuelos said. “But I don’t believe that those are mutually exclusive, and that’s something that we can achieve by working together to find that right balance.”
    Communication is also high on Silva-Bañuelos list.

  • Fans can pour own beer at All-Star Game

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It's BYOB at the home of the Minnesota Twins for this week's All Star Game.
    As in, Be Your Own Bartender.
    Just in time for the Home Run Derby, Target Field in Minneapolis put in two self-serve beer machines in the stands behind first and third base, letting thirsty fans pick a brew, pour and pay by the ounce. The pour-your-own stations are unique among the 100-plus stadiums and arenas in the four major professional sports in the United States — though not the first of their kind, a concessions consultant said.
    They're not about boosting sales, cutting labor costs or shortening lines, said Delaware North Companies general manager Pete Spike, who provides concessions at Target Field. And it's too early to say whether the machines are the future of beer concessions — or even whether Target Field will add more.
    For now, they're just something new.
    "It's a novelty. That's one thing that parks have lost over the years," Spike said. "You used to be able to get ice cream in a special package you couldn't get anywhere else. Now, you can get it everywhere. This is merely something fun."

  • Sports Briefs 07-15-14

    Drive For Matches set for LAGC

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will host its third annual Drive For Matches golf tournament July 26. The tournament will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The tournament, which is a best ball scramble, will start at 11 a.m.
    Price for participation is $100 per individual, $400 for teams. The entry fee includes golf cart and post-tournament dinner, as well as a chance to win one of several available prizes.
    For more information, contact Dawn Brown at dawn.brown@bbbs-nnm.org or 505-614-4231.

    Wrestling clinic starts July 28

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is offering a wrestling skills clinic starting July 28.
    The purpose of the course is to help youth participants develop wrestling fundamentals.
    The clinic is for boys and girls ages 5-12. Wrestlers will be matched with other wrestlers who have similar abilities.
    Price for participation is $40. The clinic continues through Aug. 1.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

  • LA softball teams fall at state Monday

    The Los Alamos County majors All-Star softball team was eliminated from the state tournament Monday after dropping a loser’s bracket game to Westgate Little League.
    Westgate took the elimination contest 10-2 over Los Alamos.
    Los Alamos, which won the District 1 tournament last month to qualify for the state tournament, couldn’t get past its first two games of the double-elimination playoffs.
    The tournament continues this week in Las Vegas.
    Los Alamos had a solid first three innings of defense Monday to limit Westgate to just one run, but Westgate got its offense rolling in the top of the fourth to put some distance between it and Los Alamos.
    Savana Luster went the distance for Los Alamos, giving up just one walk in six innings pitched.
    Following Westgate’s fourth inning rally, the team brought in its strongest pitcher to close out the contest. Los Alamos managed only one run in the final two innings.
    Los Alamos opened state play Saturday, but lost a tight 11-10 contest to Mile High Little League, dropping it into the elimination bracket.

    9-10 softball team dropped by Coronado

  • Results from Splash and Dash No. 2

    The team of Martin Pieck and Jason Pieck finished at the top of the long course standings in last week’s Splash and Dash event.
    Pieck/Pieck finished nearly six minutes ahead of the team of Alana Goodwin/Nikol Strother for the top spot at the Splash and Dash July 9.
    The Splash and Dash is a training program primarily for those interested in competing in the Los Alamos Triathlon, which is scheduled for Aug. 16.
    Only two Splash and Dash events are remaining before the triathlon. Those are scheduled for July 23 and Aug. 6.
    Training evens consist of two courses for adults, the longer one which is a 400-yard swim followed by a 5-kilometer run, or the shorter course which features a 200-yard swim followed by a 3-kilometer run. There is also a youth course.
    The top individual finisher on the long course was Myles Fitzgerald, who finished in 28 minutes, 30 seconds, which was 18 seconds better than Chris Ussery.
    On the short course, Sara Shiina was the top finisher, coming in at 17:37. Amy Littleton finished in 22:24.
    Here are the results from the July 9 Splash and Dash (swim time, run time, total time):

    Long course

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