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Today's News

  • News for Retirees 04-01-12

    April 1-7
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:30, 10 a.m.    Tax preparation
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken and dumplings
    7 p.m.     Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Spaghetti
    12:30 p.m.    Better breathers

  • Births 04-01-12

    The Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    Feb. 28: A girl, Aubrey Becerra, born to Katrina Gonzales and Charles Becerra
    March 15: A girl, Catalina Gayle Sutton, born to Jaclyn and Andrew Sutton
    March 16: A boy, Ethan John Quintana, born to Anita and John Quintana
    March 19: A boy, Nolan Edward Marquez, born to Agatha and Jaryd Marquez
    March 22: A boy, Devon D. Lopez, born to Andrea Cordova and Gilbert A. Lopez II

  • GAO makes recommendations

    The Government Accountability Office weighed in on the deferred Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement project this week and according to its report, costs will escalate even more if the Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration decide to proceed with the project down the road.

    According to its most recent estimates prepared in April 2010, NNSA determined that the CMRR will cost between $3.7 billion and $5.8 billion — nearly a six-fold increase from the initial estimate.

  • Laboratory releases cause of chemical reaction at TA-21

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory confirmed what caused the chemical reaction in a bottle containing liquid drawn for a 60-year-old cylinder at Technical Area 21, which caused lab officials to summon Hazmat and emergency personnel March 14.

    LANL spokesperson Colleen Curran said this week that the chemical that reacted was nickel tetracarbonyl, which was used in a variety of industrial processes.

    According to Websters Dictionary, nickel tetracarbonyl is a volatile flammable poisonous liquid compound Ni(CO)4 obtained by passing carbon monoxide over finely divided nickel and readily decomposed by heating.

  • LANL says it’s ahead of schedule on waste removal

    The TRU Waste Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory is currently two months ahead of schedule processing and repackaging waste stored in large fiberglass-reinforced boxes (FRPs).

    These large boxes pose particular repackaging challenges since they contain many different types of radioactively contaminated equipment and can be up to 30-feet long. The contents must be characterized, then repackaged to meet the criteria of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant or other permanent disposal facilities, before being shipped to those locations.

    Program Manager Michael Romero credits the skill of workers, efficient processing and good planning for the work being so far ahead of schedule.

  • Update 04-01-12

    Kiwanis

     Environmental scientist Chick Keller will discuss PEEC Earth Day events scheduled April 21 and the Nature Center capital improvement project at the weekly Kiwanis meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Masonic temple.

    Bulk pickup

    Brush and bulk item collection will take place from 8 a.m. April 2 to 4 p.m. April 6. Items must be out by 8 a.m. April 2 for townsite residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service.

    March on Hunger

  • Trinity Site lease signed

     Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess announced Friday that the county has executed the ground lease and developer agreement with Los Alamos Trinity LP for the property known as the “Trinity Site,” located just south of Trinity Drive and MariMac Plaza on the eastern edge of Los Alamos.
    A slight modification to the agreement was made Thursday after a final meeting with the developer, North American Development Group.
    The change will add up to 90 days during the feasibility period for the developer to consider their pre-leasing efforts regarding the other spaces surrounding the Smith’s Marketplace.

  • NMDOT announces changes to service

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation has announced changes in the Park and Ride schedule that will affect Los Alamos commuters. Changes go into effect April 2.

    The most significant change affects the Pojoaque stop, which will be relocated to the parking lot adjacent to the Cities of Gold Casino. Service to Buffalo Thunder Resort will be discontinued. The Alta Vista curbside stop in Santa Fe will not be eliminated.

  • ´Toppers pick up big district sweep

    It was bombs away for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team in the opening game of a critical doubleheader Saturday against Española Valley.
    The Hilltoppers clubbed three home runs in game one Saturday at Overlook Park, winning the opener 11-0. In game two, Hilltopper Monika Teter mowed down 14 batters in six innings to give her team a 6-0 victory and the sweep.
    Los Alamos and Española Valley went into the contest holding the top two spots in the District 2-4A race, but by picking up the sweep, Los Alamos is firmly in control and is just one victory away from making it to the halfway point in the district season with a perfect record.

  • Los Alamos native heads into the wild

    “Lions, tigers and bears. Oh my!”  This is what some may say on a veterinary adventure in a foreign country, but not Los Alamos native Erin Smith. She’s headed back for round two this summer.

    Smith, 26, is heading to South Africa for the second year in a row this summer to lend a hand as a wildlife veterinarian.

    “Veterinarians play a role in the conservation of these species in their natural habitats,” she said.

    She said the veterinarians are able to help abate the suffering of individual animals to preserve the overall health of the herd or pack.