Today's News

  • LAMC lab gains accreditation



    The Los Alamos Medical Center Laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists, based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

    Los Alamos Medical Center CEO, Feliciano A. Jiron was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. The Los Alamos Medical Center Laboratory is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.

  • UNM-LA student returns as instructor

    Dr. Zandree Stidham’s career has taken her full circle. She took her first college classes at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and now she’s an English instructor at UNM-LA. 

    After graduating from Los Alamos High School in 1998, Stidham received a scholarship from Los Alamos National Laboratory that allowed her to attend the summer session at UNM-LA.

    “Because of my summer experience, I was able to finish an early bachelor of arts in English, in spite of having a baby during my senior year,” Stidham said.

    Stidham then pursued her master’s degree at Cal State Bakersfield. She juggled a teaching assistant position with night classes and taking care of a baby.

  • Library expands E-book options

    Smartphones, eReaders, tablets, laptops and other devices have increased the options for enjoying a good book and the Los Alamos County Library is working to stay ahead of the trend by expanding its audio book and eBook services. 

    All it takes is a valid library card and some free software to download best-selling and classic titles from the library’s website. The library currently has more than 1,300 titles available and is adding more all the time. 

    “In my opinion, this is the wave of the future and we need to be able to provide books in a format people want to have them in,” said Electronic Resources Manager Gwen Kalavaza. “We’re certainly not going to stop purchasing print editions, but we will continue to offer both.”

  • LA welcomes first baby of 2013

    Apparently, this year’s baby New Year couldn’t wait to get here. Mom Juli Miller was watching a movie New Year’s Eve when their latest bundle of joy, James Miller, decided he couldn’t wait until February to make his grand entrance. Dad, Joshua Miller, was painting the nursery when it was time to go.

    According to Miller, James made his appearance at 9:27 a.m. New Year’s Day at the Los Alamos Medical Center. She also said this time, they knew it was going to be a boy.

    “We checked this time,” Juli said.

    Joshua Miller said the baby is named after his dad. 

  • NNSA heralds milestones

    As 2013 begins, the National Nuclear Security Administration has compiled a list of some of its accomplishments and improvements from 2012.. 

    The NNSA, in conjunction with its Management and Operating contractor partners, reached significant milestones in its nonproliferation and counterterrorism portfolios, made a host of achievements through its work with the United States’ nuclear weapons stockpile, and maintained a focus on continuous improvement.

  • 01-03-13 Off the Hill


    Art exhibits


    “New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Mas,” is on exhibit at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, through Jan. 5. For more information, visit internationalfolkart.org.


    Taos artist Maye Torres will exhibit “Maye Torres: Unbound,” at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos. Her one-person exhibit opens Saturday and remains on view through Jan. 27. For more information, visit harwoodmuseum.org or call 575-758-9826.


  • 01-03-13 Restaurant inspections

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department. 




    Domino’s Pizza, 209-B Los Alamos Hwy.

    Date inspected: Dec. 24

    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for improper holding — need thermometer inside refrigerator.

    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.


    Ed’s Big Dawg caterer, 107 S. Riverside Dr.

    Date inspected: Dec. 21, other

    Violations: All high-risk violations corrected.

    Status of establishment: Approved

  • Costuming panel set for Feb. 2


    Theatre Lovers Community, an arm of the Albuquerque Theatre Guild, presents a panel discussion by local theatre costumers, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Musical Theatre Southwest’s Center for Theatre, 6320-B Domingo NE (just south of Expo NM). 

    Participants will learn how these sorcerers of the sewing needle get their inspiration and experience, about their most challenging projects and worst disasters, what it is like working with actors and more.
    “Ever wonder who dreamed up that gorgeous costume on the ingénue? What makes the villain look so evil?” asks Kay Grant, founder of Theatre Lovers Community. 

    Panel participants include:

  • Take a hike with PEEC Jan. 13


    Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center for a winter hike or snowshoe along the East Fork Trail Jan. 13. Michael Altherr, experienced hiker and skier, will lead this outing, which will meet at PEEC at 9:15 a.m. and return around 3 p.m.

    This winter hike or snowshoe (weather-dependent) will lead participants along the East Fork Trail from Las Conchas to the East Fork Trailhead. The trail follows the meandering East Fork of the Jemez River for approximately two miles before climbing up to the top of the mesa. 

    Then it descends almost imperceptibly through quiet woodland for about three miles, ending back at the trailhead on N.M. 4.  Hikers can expect one rise of significance (~450 feet in ¾ mile) with an obstacle (cattle gate) near the top.

  • Shlacter part of lecture series


    The Los Alamos Historical Society presents its 2012-2013 lecture series, “History and Science,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8, featuring Dr. Jack Shlacter at Fuller Lodge.

    A snapshot of the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos in 1945 reveals a leadership structure that is disproportionately of Jewish heritage; the division leader, deputy division leader, chief consultant and six of the eight group leaders were “Jewish” by some definition of the term. 

    Of the roughly 80 individuals in the division, four (all “Jewish”) would go on to become Nobel Laureates. These individuals’ backgrounds and connections to Judaism were varied. In this talk, Shlachter will explore members of this leadership team and speculate on the connection between their presence at Los Alamos and their Jewish roots.