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Today's News

  • Physicist honored by American Physical Society

    Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist George Kyrala, along with researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is among a team honored with the American Physical Society’s 2012 John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research. The team is being recognized for its work on a far-reaching discovery about laser-matter interaction, which has important implications for LLNL’s National Ignition Facility.

    The award is for “predicting and demonstrating the technique of laser scatter on self-generated plasma-optics gratings that enables generation and redirection of high-energy laser beams important for indirect drive inertial confinement fusion and high-power laser-matter interactions.”

    The research has roots in discoveries from the late 1990s, when physicists noted that laser beams crossing each other’s paths in plasma could exchange energy.

    This could potentially degrade the implosion symmetry of targets, a crucial requirement for fusion ignition. This is one of many phenomena known as laser-plasma interaction, in which the plasma created by a laser can interfere with the beam.

  • VNA hosts mixer

    Members of the Los Alamos Visiting Nurses Association and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce recently came together to celebrate and talk about the LAVNA’s latest project at the old Scout Lodge on Canyon Road. The “Food and Networking” (FAN) event focuses on building Los Alamos’ first hospice. Though plans aren’t final yet, the LAVNA plans to move to the site in October and start the project in earnest.

  • Update 08-30-12

    No trash pick-up

    Los Alamos County will not pick up trash or recycling Monday in observance of Labor Day. Those who have a normal Monday pick-up should put their materials out Sept. 5.

    W.O.L.F Talk

    Elke Duerr of the Web of Life Foundation will talk about the Mexican Gray Wolf. This will be a hands-on, interactive presentation, for all ages. Duerr will also share footage from her wolf documentaries. Free. 6:30 p.m.  today.

    No court

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court will not have a Judge for the week of Sept. 17-21 due to the annual Magistrate Judge’s conference. The court hours will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. that week.

    Square dancing

     Square Dance Club will host a kick-off party with some basic square dance instruction, dancing and sloppy joes, salad, desserts and refreshments from 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Grand opening

    The Los Alamos Democratic Party Headquarters grand opening is slated for noon-4 p.m. Sept. 3 at 140 Central Park Square.

  • Health Department logs West Nile cases

    While no cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Los Alamos County yet, there have been three cases in the state, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

    The most serious case had to do with a 54-year-old man from Doña Ana County, who had to be put into a rehabilitation facility. In Bernalillo County, a 58-year-old woman was hospitalized with meningitis and 32-year-old man from Curry County came down with West Nile Fever.

    The Doña Ana County man was hospitalized with meningitis, encephalitis and flaccid paralysis. The other victims have recovered and gone home.

    However, given there is a presence in the state, health officials are advising residents that have animals — especially cats, dogs or horses — to make sure they are up-to-date with their shots. West Nile can be spread through these animals.

    “People should be getting horses a booster dose of the West Nile vaccine,” said state veterinarian Paul Ettestad. Though Ettestad thought early summer would have been a good time to vaccinate, he said there would be no harm in owners giving their horses the vaccine now. “We are going to have mosquitoes here at least until we experience our first hard frost,” he said.

  • Advisory board elects new officers

    During a special session at the Cities of Gold Hotel in Pojoaque, The Northern New Mexico Citizen’s Advisory Board elected a new chair and vice chair.

    Carlos Valdez will chair the board with Manuel Pacheco serving as vice chair. Their one-year terms begin in October.
    NNMCAB does not elect a secretary or treasurer. Those functions are handled by Executive Director Menice Santistevan and her staff.

    Valdez has served as vice chair for the past year, with Ralph Phelps serving as chair. Valdez is half way through his four-year term on the board.

    Unlike many members who represent specific counties or cities, Valdez is unaffiliated.

    “I’m representing the children of Northern New Mexico, the wildlife of Northern New Mexico,” Valdez said. His focus echoes his years working for the State of New Mexico in the Children, Youth and Families Department, with his final three years before retirement spent with the Game and Fish Department.

    Valdez believes that being retired is a definite benefit in handling the demands of the chair position. When asked what his other strengths were, he included being a native of Northern New Mexico, his experience attending national Citizen’s

  • Numbers grow in lab incident

    The ongoing investigation into the discovery of accidental radiation exposure at the Los Alamos National Laboratory last Saturday has revealed that 18 lab employees were exposed, as well as one contractor.

    Earlier in the week, lab officials reported that about a dozen workers had been subjected to the radiological incident.

    However, officials also stressed no one was harmed, as the incident involved very low levels of radiation from a form of Technetium.

    “This is not the Technetium 99m that is used for medical isotopes. It is still a beta emitter, which occur naturally in the environment,” said Nancy Ambrosiano, public information officer for LANL. “The incident involved approximately the same radiation levels that occur naturally in bricks or stone flooring in the Southwest.”

    Ambrosiano also said “it’s important to note that the highest measured exposure is more than 10 times less than what is allowed by law.”

    The Department of Energy’s Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) teams have also just about completed determining where the contaminated employees went after being exposed to the radiological material.

  • Off the Hill 08-30-12

    Art openings

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art will host an opening reception for “Message from La Habana: Six Contemporary Cuban Artists,” from 5-7 p.m. Friday at 435 S. Guadalupe St. For more information, visit zanebennettgallery.com.

    Benefits

    St. Vincent Hospital Foundation presents Glamour and Gauze, featuring Paula Poundstone, at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa. The event will feature dinner and dancing to the band Soulstice. There will also be silent and live auctions. Tickets are $250 per person. For more information, call 505-913-5209 or visit stvinfoundation.org.2.

    Concerts

    The Sandia Casino Amphitheater presents BB King, The Robert Cray Band and Kenny Wayne Shepherd at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets, $55-$75, are available at ticketmaster.com.

    Farmers Insurance presents Rascal Flatts with Little Big Town at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at The Pavilion. Tickets, $25-$80, are available at livenation.com.

    Reel Big Fish and The Maxies will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Sunshine Theater. Tickets, $17, are available at sunshinetheaterlive.com.

    Def Leppard and Poison will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Sandia Casino Amphitheater. Tickets, $75-$90, are available at ticketmaster.com.

  • Best Sellers 08-30-12

    The Los Alamos Monitor  has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

    1. “109 E. Palace,” Jennet Conant
    2. “Los Alamos Trails,” Craig Martin*
    3. “Hamlet,” William Shakesspeare
    4. “New Mexico Atlas and Gazetteer,” Delorme
    5. “Survival Under Atomic Attack,” U.S. Government
    6. “The Green Glass Sea,” Ellen Klages
    7. “Wise Hombre Quizzes for Westerners,” Lannon Mintz
    8. “Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction,”
    John Austin
    9. “State of Wonder,” Ann Patchett
    10. “Caleb’s Crossing,” Geraldine Brooks
    * Denotes local or regional author

  • Top 10 Singles 08-30-12

    1. We Are Never Getting Back ..., Taylor Swift
    2. Whistle, Flo Rida
    3. Lights, Ellie Goulding

    4. Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen

    5. Wide Awake, Katy Perry

    6. Some Nights, fun.

    7. Payphone, Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa
    8. As Long As You Love Me, Justin Bieber
    9. One More Night, Maroon 5
    10. Titanium, David Guetta featuring Sia

  • In Brief 08-30-12

    ‘Bless Me, Ultima’ to be screened in NM after all

    SANTA FE — A movie based on Rudolfo Anaya’s iconic New Mexico-based novel “Bless Me, Ultima” will be screened in the state after all.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/PYalrp) that the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival has scheduled a screening of the film Oct. 17 to kick off the film festival.
    The move comes after producers of the film announced it was to premiere in El Paso, Texas at the historic Plaza Theatre, although the novel is set in the small town of Guadalupe, N.M., during World War II, and the film was entirely shot in New Mexico.
    The novel follows 6-year-old Antonio Marez, and a curandera named Ultima.
    “Bless Me, Ultima” has been credited with sparking the Mexican-American literature movement. It has been banned in some Arizona schools.