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Today's News

  • James M. Boncella, Los Alamos Actinide Chemist, named fellow in American Chemical Society

    James M. Boncella, deputy group leader in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Inorganic, Isotope and Actinide Chemistry group, has been selected as a 2017 Fellow in the American Chemical Society (ACS).

    The ACS Fellows Program recognizes members who have both made exceptional scientific contributions and who have provided excellent volunteer service to the ACS community.

    Boncella was selected as Fellow for his seminal discoveries in actinide chemistry and for his long and distinguished history of service to the ACS, including serving as Chair of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry.

    His research in actinide organometallic chemistry led to the discovery of the [bis(imido)U(VI)]2+  ion, which is the nitrogen analogue of the uranyl ion (UO2) 2+.

    This discovery has in turn led to the recent discovery of a neptunium compound (with A. J. Gaunt) which is the first example of a transuranic compound with a metal-ligand multiple bond with a ligand other than oxide.

    The actinide research has helped to redefine and solidify the role of covalent interactions in actinide chemistry.

  • Mrs. Rio Rancho crowned Mrs. New Mexico

    Christina Wildau from Albuquerque was crowned Mrs. New Mexico June 24 at the African American Performing Arts Center in Albuquerque.

    Delegates from all over the state of New Mexico competed for the coveted crown.

    Along with wining the prestigious title, Wildau also won the Best in Evening Gown and Most Photogenic Awards.

    Wildau also won a prize package valued at over $8,000. She will advance on to compete at the national Mrs. America Pageant in August in Las Vegas, Nevada

    Award winners also included: Best in Swimsuit, Savanah Ray, Mrs San Juan County; Director’s Choice Award Winner, Ashley Lynch, Mrs Central NM; Mrs. Congeniality Award Winner, Brooke Maheng, Mrs. Ruidoso.

  • Community Calendar 6-28-17

    TODAY
    Business After Hours at 7 p.m. Aspen Ridge Retirement Center.

    Summer Family Evening: Explora!
at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Staff from the Explora Museum bring fun, hands-on nature science experiments to the nature center. Admission: $0/member family, $5/non-member family. More information at peecnature.org.
    FRIDAY
    The Los Alamos Arts Council is hosting an Open House for Executive Director Marlane Hamilton from 4-6 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Hamilton is retiring as the Executive Director of the Arts Council.  All who know Marlane are invited to attend on Friday from 4-6 p.m., Fuller Lodge.  

    Feature Film and Talk: Exploding Universe at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Voyage through space and explore powerful events that shaped the Universe. Hear from astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace. Cost is  $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Feature Film: Exploding Universe
at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through space and discover explosive events that shaped the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SUNDAY

  • Assets in Action: Events abound this July 4

    As we prepare for the Fourth of July, remember to keep things safe this holiday season. A review of safety protocols with the family keeps the thoughts top of mind for everyone.
    One of the things I love about this town is the great small events hosted annually that we can all look forward to for family and community fun.
    The first is the hosting of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints gathering in White Rock for their parade and carnival. They welcome all of their community friends and family to join a celebration of our country.
    There are many games, lots of smiles and the best thing is, it is at no expense to attend and you aren’t required to be a member. Their congregation shows their love to the community and it is a beautiful, all ages site to behold.
    I understand if you live in LA, the drive to White Rock may be just too far, although any reason to spend 15 minutes in an air-conditioned car lately is a good reason. If you prefer to remain on the hill, our local YMCA will host their annual Fire Cracker 5k.
    You can run in costume, with a pet and in a variety of age categories. It is family fun and benefits a good cause.

  • County moves to Stage I fire restrictions

    Los Alamos County lessened its fire restrictions Monday, entering stage 1fire restrictions because of recent rainfall.
    These restrictions are slightly less restrictive than Stage 2, which went into effect last week due to extreme fire danger.
    However, the Los Alamos Fire Department will continue to monitor fire weather conditions and adjust as needed, according to county officials.
    Under stage 1 fire restrictions, the following acts are prohibited until further notice:
    • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands.
    • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3-feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
    Stage I exemptions include:
    • Developed campgrounds with metal grills using charcoal or propane are acceptable on North Mesa campgrounds, Camp May, Overlook Park and at any park within the Los Alamos County proper, to also include all residential property within Los Alamos County. The Los Alamos County Fire Department urges the public to take every precaution necessary on all properties to prevent a fire.

  • House panel backs bill to revive Nevada nuclear waste dump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill to revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, while also moving forward with a separate plan for a temporary storage site in New Mexico or Texas.

    Supporters said the bill represents a comprehensive package to solve a nuclear-waste management problem that has festered for more than three decades. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill, 49-4, sending it to the full House.Republican Reps. Greg Walden of Oregon, Fred Upton of Michigan and John Shimkus of Illinois said in a joint statement the bill is good for taxpayers, communities and ratepayers. Walden chairs Energy and Commerce, while Upton and Shimkus chair energy and environment subcommittees.

    Thirty years after Congress designated Yucca Mountain as the sole site for a permanent repository for nuclear waste, "it's now time for the federal government to fulfill its obligation and permanently dispose of the spent nuclear fuel sitting in our states, alongside our lakes, rivers and roadways," the lawmakers said.

  • New Mexico statehouse districts avoid overall partisan bias

    SANTA FE (AP) — The once-a-decade process of redrawing New Mexico's state legislative districts has provided a relatively unbiased playing field for both major parties.

    A statistical analysis by The Associated Press found Republican-skewed districts are far more common than Democratic ones in U.S. House and statehouse districts nationwide, though not in New Mexico.

    New Mexico's districts were drawn in 2012 by a specially appointed district court judge after the Democratic-led Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez reached a stalemate.

    The share of seats won by Democrats in the House of Representatives in 2016 — 38 out of 70 — closely corresponds with average vote share in districts across the state.

    Albuquerque-based pollster Brian Sanderoff says the boundaries of the state's three U.S. congressional districts have changed little over the past three decades.
     

  • LAHS athletes teach value of kindness at Safety Town

    A group of Los Alamos High School athletes showed this week that kindness and respect could be taught to young children in a variety of ways.

    Four members of the LAHS football team, Levi Guarello, Justin Gilbert, Arturo Rodriguez and Chris Pittman, came to Safety Town to use their experience as being part of a team to help the kids understand how they should be treating each other.

    “When you guys are out here, you don’t want to be pushing each other, shoving each other,” Rodriguez said to the kids during the first of three sessions during the day. “You want to make sure you’re sharing the playground with everybody and that you guys are playing nice. Everybody has a chance to play with each other.”

    The athletes also taught the kids the value of inclusion, encouraging them to actively seek out people who look to be alone, and invite them to join your group.

    They felt that it was important to begin instilling these values into the kids now because they are skills that will be useful throughout their lives, not just during their years in school.

    After talking to the kids for a few minutes about the way they should be treating their peers, they took the kids down to the playground to test out what they had just learned through play.

  • UNM mourns passing of former golf coach

    The University of New Mexico has announced the passing of former golf coach Dick McGuire.

    A Mangum, Oklahoma native, McGuire passed away from widespread metastatic cancer on June 23.

    McGuire graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1945 and enrolled at UNM.

    He became the Lobos’ top golfer and a three-year letterman. He received his degree in Secondary Education in 1952.

    Upon graduation, McGuire launched his coaching career at Highland High School where his golf teams posted a 28-3 match play record and won two state titles in his first and only two seasons at the school.

    Born in 1927, McGuire began an amazing coaching run at UNM  beginning in 1954.

    He was head men’s golf coach from 1954-77, recording 38 team championships, 10 of which were conference titles, and 41 times he had individuals claim medalist honors.

    In 1956, McGuire started the UNM women’s golf program with the Lobos’ first women’s golfer Patti Howard Olliges.

    McGuire was the Head Professional and Director of Golf from 1954-87 and directed numerous high profile tournaments hosted by UNM, including NCAA Championships and the William H. Tucker Invitational 22 times.

    He also helped supervise the construction of the UNM South Golf Course.

  • Youth encouragement elk hunting licenses on sale next month

    More than 1,900 youth, antlerless elk licenses will go on sale through the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Online License System on July 5 at 10 a.m.

    The sale is designed to encourage youth hunting and includes almost 1,500 licenses for hunters using any legal weapon and 390 licenses for hunters using a muzzleloader or bow.

    Licenses will be sold online only on a first-come, first-served basis. To purchase a license, customers will need to log in to their Online License System account at wildlife.state.nm.us.

    Eligibility requirements:
    •For the first 14 days, the sale is open only to N.M. resident youths who have applied in the current license year for one or more draw hunts for deer, elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, oryx or ibex and were not successful for any hunt.
    Please note that the purchase of a leftover draw hunt for deer counts as a successful deer application.
    •Must have a valid Hunter Education certification.
    •Must be under 18 years old on the opening day of hunt.

    Beginning on July 19 at 10 a.m., the sale will open to all eligible youths in the area, regardless of residency, who did not draw a 2016-17 elk license, whether they applied or not.