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Today's News

  • New nuke pit report released

    Jonathan Medalia, a specialist in nuclear weapons policy with the
    Congressional Research Service in Washington, has issued another report in regards to manufacturing nuclear weapons pits.
    It’s called “A Decision making approach for Congress” and the Los Alamos National Laboratory is front and center in the report.
    Medalia starts off with a little history. First off, a “pit” is the plutonium “trigger” of a thermonuclear weapon.
    During the Cold War, the Rocky Flats Plant (Colorado) made up to 2,000 pits per year (ppy), but ceased operations in 1989. Since then,the Department of Energy (DOE) has made at most 11 ppy for the stockpile, yet the Department of Defense stated that it needs DOE to have a capacity of 50 to 80 ppy to extend the life of certain weapons and for other purposes.
    Medalia’s report focuses on 80 ppy, the upper end of this range.
    And he explains what options are out there.

  • Forest health info now available

     

    The public, forest managers, and scientists now have the most comprehensive inventory of forest health trends in New Mexico’s history. Through a successful partnership between the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and the New Mexico State Forestry Division the results of a multi-year forest study are now available.

    Given that 44 percent of New Mexico’s forests are tied to private and tribal lands, it was critical for the U.S. Forest Service and the State to work together on the inventory.

  • Antibacterial approach could resolve skin infections

     Like a protective tent over a colony of harmful bacteria, biofilms make the treatment of skin infections especially difficult. Microorganisms protected in a biofilm pose a significant health risk due to their antibiotic resistance and recalcitrance to treatment, and biofilm-protected bacteria account for some 80 percent of total bacterial infections in humans and are 50 to 1,000 times more resistant to antibiotics than simpler bacterial infections.

    “In essence, we may have stumbled onto a magic bullet,” said David Fox, a Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher on the project. “Through a robust screening strategy, our research team has identified a unique class of materials, known as ionic liquids, which both neutralize biofilm-forming pathogens and deliver drugs through the skin,” he said.

  • Be There 08-27-14

    Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the upstairs rotunda.

    Mexico’s Megadiversity. 7 p.m. Mexico, home to 12 percent of the planet’s biodiversity, is called a “megadiverse” country. Travel through time with Bandelier interns Jessica Thompson and Fernando Mayani for an overview of how Mexican culture has changed in its relationship with nature. Explore the impact of modern society on biodiversity, and learn about conservation efforts. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Zone is now open after school, 3-5 p.m. weekdays. It’s open to all school-age kids, and a relaxed attitude to noise applies, so if kids want to listen to music, watch a video, or chat with friends, nobody’s going to come by and say “Hush.” All other library policies apply.

  • Historical Society to host Fall Gala

    The Los Alamos Historical Society will host an evening under the stars starting at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 5 at Fuller Lodge. The fundraising event, which is black-tie optional, will include a three-course dinner, the society’s annual Experience Auction and dancing to the music of the Los Alamos Big Band.
    Tickets are $75 each, and many of the 120 available have already been sold. Only a few ticket remain for an exclusive pre-party wine and cheese reception, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row. Tickets for both the gala and reception are $125. The public can also take advantage of the opportunity to meet and speak with the first recepient of the annual Los Alamos History Award.
    Tickets are available through the Historical Society’s website at losalamoshistory.org (click on the link to the gala on the right side of the screen) or by check to P.O. Box 43 in Los Alamos. Reservations must be made by Friday.

  • N.M. businesses join national Manufacturing Day initiative

    Manufacturing Day is catching on in New Mexico, with more and more manufacturers lining up to represent the state in a national day of recognition for businesses that make products in America.
    Events are planned at more than a dozen facilities in nine New Mexico communities. Last year, the first time New Mexico participated, seven producers hosted events in three cities.
    New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership — the primary sponsor of statewide events — is scheduling tours in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, Hobbs, Silver City, Deming, Farmington, Las Cruces and from Santa Fe to Taos. Each region has a designated day to participate between Oct. 1 and Oct. 3, with kickoffs set for Oct. 1 in Hobbs and the Albuquerque metro area.
    Who’s on board?
    Nineteen businesses have committed to public or private tours, but many more are considering participation in this important event.

  • Sports Briefs 08-27-14

    Gattiker is top predictor at Pace Race

    Katie Gattiker was the top predictor in this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was Tuesday night. It was held on the trail behind the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Gattiker earned the win with her prediction error of just five seconds. That prediction beat Jessica Baumgaertel, who was second with a 48-second differential and Jackie Marr, who was off by 92 seconds.
    Marr was the top female finisher on the 1-mile paved course with her time of 14 minutes, 6 seconds. Diego Leonard, who is 4 years old, finished with a time of 12:29 on the paved course.
    On the 3-mile paved course, Nikol Strother was the fastest finisher (19:57). Ted Romero had the top finish on the 3.4-mile trail course and Bob Weeks was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile paved course (16:17).
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday. The race will start at the Estante Way Trailhead in White Rock.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.

    Isotopes drop another contest

  • 'Toppers fall to Bobcats in overtime

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team earned a late goal from its top player to force overtime against the Bosque School Bobcats in its home opener Tuesday.
    Unfortunately, the Bobcats pounced in overtime to spoil the Hilltoppers home debut.
    After a relatively uneventful first half, Bosque scored early in the second half to take a 1-0 lead, then with about 15 minutes left in regulation, added a go-ahead goal which appeared like it would hold up.
    However, with just seconds left in regulation, Los Alamos’ top scorer, Catie McDonald, scored off a direct kick chance from the right side of the goal to tie the score at 2 and force overtime.
    In overtime, Bosque returned the favor, scoring from 25 yards out on a direct kick to earn the victory.
    Despite his team slipping to 0-2 on the young season, Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera said he likes most of what he’s seen so far.
    “We felt like we dominated,” he said. “But right now we have to tighten up some loose ends.”

  • LA drops season opener to Bosque

    In time, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team may turn some heads. But the 2014 season opener was not one of those times.
    Los Alamos dropped its season opener at Sullivan Field Tuesday to the Bosque School Bobcats. The Bobcats, a very tough program, picked up a goal in each half and, after an initial offensive push by the Hilltoppers, limited the home team’s chances in a 2-0 victory.
    There was nothing alarming about Tuesday’s loss, Hilltopper head coach Evan Gartz said, but there wasn’t much that impressed him, either.
    “It was an OK game,” he said. “Their goals were mistakes of ours. Those were things that are correctable, which is nice.”
    Gartz said a defensive breakdown led to the first Bobcat goal, something which is inclined to happen to teams early in the season. The second goal, however, was a little less acceptable.
    In the second half, Bosque was awarded a corner kick. The kick sailed over the heads of three Hilltopper players and to the far post, where it was knocked in.
    Los Alamos had a notable height advantage over the Bobcats (2-0), but the Bobcats were consistently beating the Hilltoppers to balls in the air, something that displeased Gartz.

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