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  • Lab begins tearing down TA-21 enclosures

    Demolition of the metal buildings used to shield the public from potentially hazardous materials during the excavation and cleanup of a decades old waste disposal site at the historic Technical Area 21 situated along DP Road is now underway.

    Some prep activities are beginning this week and the work should be completed by the end of March 2013, lab officials said. The project brings the laboratory closer to transferring the six-acre tract of land to Los Alamos County at some point in the future.

    The metal structures, which look like a modern interpretation of the Quonset hut, were erected in 2010 to protect workers and the public from exposure to hazardous and radiological contamination while excavating and packaging contaminated debris and soil from Material Disposal Area B.

    “Removal of the structures marks the completion of a highly successful environmental cleanup project at Material Disposal Area B,” said Ed Worth, federal project manager with the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office. “We look forward to the day we officially turn the property over for the benefit of our community.”

  • Regional Coalition cracks WIPP

    The Regional Coalition of  Los Alamos National Laboratory Communities took a field trip to Southern New Mexico last week. Fourteen members toured the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and met with Carlsbad and Eddy County officials to discuss mutual concerns.

    “They really rolled out the red carpet for us. The mayor of Carlsbad, Dale Janway, was extremely appreciative. He had a dinner that recognized Los Alamos for taking the lead in putting the coalition together,” Council Chair Sharon Stover said.

    The trip was enhanced by County Administrator Harry Burgess’ close ties to Carlsbad. Burgess was city administrator of Carlsbad for six years before accepting his position here.

    “The City of Carlsbad obviously still has a great deal of confidence in Harry,” Stover said. City officials even let Burgess drive the boat for a tour down the Pecos River.

    The highlight of the trip was a very detailed tour of the WIPP facility.

    The coalition watched trucks arrive with LANL waste shipments, saw the “remote” waste area (waste handled robotically instead of with human contact), then descended 2,150 feet and took golf carts into the bowels of the salt mine to see where the waste is deposited. Stover said it was like being in an Indiana Jones movie.

  • LAPS earns accreditation

    Officials from the Los Alamos School District breathed a sigh of relief Thursday when they were granted a rare form of accreditation through “AdvancED” an accreditation service that specializes in accrediting entire school systems.

    The officials, who included principals and some of the teachers from all of the LAPS schools as well as Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt and Assistant Superintendent Paula Dean, learned of the achievement at a special meeting Wednesday afternoon in Los Alamos High School’s ’Topper Theater.

    For the past few days, an evaluation team from AdvancED had been roaming the halls of all of the schools, checking out classrooms, interviewing administrators, custodians, food servers, teachers, students and parents, sitting in on teaching sessions, checking out offices, cafeterias and even talking to people they met in the street.

    Their mission?

    The AdvancED officials wanted to see if the Los Alamos Public Schools deserved district-wide accreditation.

    Members of the team included high ranking school officials from California, Minnesota and New Mexico. They were: Claudia Coughran, Dr. Clete Lipetzky, Ron Williams, Teresa Rowlison and Karen Dondelinger.

  • Church Listings 11-02-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • Bible Answers: Man seeks guidance in Presidential vote

    “This presidential campaign is crazy. It seems to be a wide-open race. It is confusing and polarizing. Does the Bible provide guidance for me in how to choose a candidate in this process?”—Dan

    Bear in mind, the Bible does not specifically outline an ideal form of government or provide much direction for how rulers (especially in a democracy, which doesn’t appear in Scripture) are to be identified.  
    Its emphasis is primarily on how God’s people ought to live whether the government is theocratic, monarchical or totalitarian.
    Scripture does speak to the relationship between individuals and the government.  
    Jesus indicated there are obligations to both God and human authority (Mt. 22:21).
    He had some things to say about character, including anger management, moral rectitude, faithfulness, integrity and dignity (see Matt. 5:21ff).
    Of course, he also emphasized that our ultimate allegiance belongs to God (Mt. 22:37-38)
    Paul agreed that the believer’s “citizenship is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20). Nonetheless, he also affirmed the legitimate role of government to establish and enforce the law for the common good (Rom. 13:1-7).  
    Presumably, your choice of a leader might be guided by seeking the one who will govern by established rule of law.

  • Education needs some re-education

    Noted historian and philosopher Will Durant said, “Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” I tend to agree. Our educated nation has progressively become more and more ignorant.
    That being said, I would like to talk about measuring the quality of peanuts in America. Well, education actually.
    If students were peanuts, quality of education would be a lot easier to measure.  The 1938 Food Drug and Cosmetic Act established Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), standardized testing procedures to assess the quality of manufactured products.
    Bizarre as it might seem, a peanut has far more well-defined quality metrics than a student.
    Of course, it’s easier to measure quality of a peanut because one can clearly define what one expects from a peanut.
    Students are a bit more dimensional, although I have in fact met a few who are chunky and some others who are rather smooth.
    Let’s shelve peanuts for a moment and look at what constitutes a “high quality” of education.
    To start, how does one define quality of education? What educational attributes induce students to learn? How should one evaluate the effectiveness a curriculum? Should teachers be appraised by the successes or failures of their students?
    And what exactly is it that we expect from education?

  • Auburn, NMSU seek wins

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers used to treat games like this as nearly automatic wins.
    Now, they’re looking at Saturday’s visit from struggling New Mexico State (1-7) as more in the must-win category.
    The Tigers (1-7) are hoping another quarterback change and an opponent afflicted with some of the same issues will give them something to cheer about in a lost season that has fans clamoring for coach Gene Chizik’s firing.
    Chizik’s just clamoring for his players to win a game.
    “They know where we’re at in terms of urgency to win, and they want to win,” the embattled coach said. “We’re certainly not in a position to overlook any of our opponents. I think our team understands the urgency of the game.”
    Auburn has lost five games in a row and gave up a school-record 671 yards in last week’s 63-21 humbling by No. 16 Texas A&M. Seemingly unwinnable games against No. 7 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama still await. The Tigers are 22-1/2-point favorites in this one.
    If last week felt like rock-bottom for the season, losing to a one-win Western Athletic Conference team would feel even worse.
    NMSU has dropped its last seven games since an opening win over Sacramento State but played well No. 22 Louisiana Tech close in last week’s loss.

  • Freyer leads LASG at meet

    Brianna Freyer led the way for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ Atomic Tumblers at the Cottonwood Invitational in Rio Rancho Oct. 20-21.
    More than 130 athletes, representing six teams took part.
    The Atomic Tumblers brought home 20 gold medals, 21 silver, and 26 bronze, led by Fryer.
    Freyer dominated the Bronze Level in the USA Gymnastics Xcel program, earning four gold medals in each of the four events, bars (9.50), beam (9.30), floor (9.05), and vault (8.80). She also earned a fifth gold for her top all-around score of 36.65.
    The Xcel program is an alternative to the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics program, allowing gymnasts the opportunity to perform routines choreographed to fit each individual.
    For the Atomic Tumblers, six gymnasts competed in the Xcel Program, while 15 are in the Junior Olympic Program. Fryer and Anna Clark, competed in both.
    Clark stood strong as the all-around champion in the Silver Level Xcel, with an all-around score of 35.15. She earned a gold on beam (9.25), silver on bars (8.80) and floor (9.00), and a bronze on vault (8.10).
    Also for the Atomic Tumblers, Suyanna Ferreira took third in the all-around Silver Level Xcel with a score of 34.35, earning a gold on bars (9.00).

  • JV results from the Los Alamos Invite

    Jordan Parker led the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls junior varsity cross country team to a near-perfect finish at the Los Alamos Invitational last week.
    Parker won the girls JV race in a time of 20 minutes, 6 seconds to take top honors at the race, held Oct. 26 at Los Alamos Golf Course. Parker was followed by her teammate, race runner-up Amanda Mercer and Miranda Barraza, Emily Pittman and Janali Gustafson, who took the Nos. 4-6 spots.
    On the boys side, Cameron Staples was the top finisher for the Hilltopper JV team. Staples’ time of 17:53.56 was good enough for fourth place and was .32 seconds better than teammate Gus Saeger.
    The Hilltopper JV boys finished second, two points behind Albuquerque Academy.

    Here are Los Alamos’ results from the Los Alamos Invitational:

    Girls

    Team scores

    1. Los Alamos, 18; 2. Albuquerque Academy, 42; 3. Cleveland, 86; 4. St. Pius X, 118; 5. Santa Fe Indian School, 157; 6. Santa Fe, 172; 7. Academy for Technology and the Classics, 184

    Individual results

  • See final campaign finance reports before election--Updated

    Candidate campaign finance reports were due to be filed Thursday with the New Mexico Secretary of State's office. With Election Day coming up Tuesday, this will be the last report politicians file before voters go to the polls.

    Click on the candidate's name to see the latest campaign finance report which shows donors and expenditures...

    Kristin Henderson (D)

    Peter Sheehey (D)

    Steven Girrens (R)

    Marc Clay (R)

    Vincent Chiravalle (R)

    Stephanie Garcia Richard (D)

    Jim Hall (R)