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Today's News

  • Bishop to lead LANL STE Directorate

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charles McMillan announced Friday that after a yearlong, nationwide search, Alan Bishop has been selected to be the laboratory’s next principal associate director for Science, Technology and Engineering (PADSTE). Bishop has been acting in that role since Aug. 29, 2011.

    Over the course of a distinguished 30-year career as a research scientist and leader, Bishop has more than 700 publications in archival journals and has served as a guest scientist, guest scholar and visiting professor.

    He has received Distinguished Fellow awards from the American Physical Society, Humboldt Foundation, the Institute of Physics and American Association for the Advancement of Science and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    “Alan is uniquely qualified to help shape the laboratory’s future. He has skillfully guided this critical and complex organization through challenging and uncertain times,” McMillan said.

    Bishop came to Los Alamos in 1979 and has been a group leader, division leader and finally associate director for Theory, Simulation and Computation before being named acting principal associate director for Science, Technology and Engineering last year.

  • LAHS students get a taste of the 'suite' life

    If all goes according plan, the students at Los Alamos High School will end the school year as masters of an Internet program that has the potential to benefit them long after they’ve graduated.

    At a recent school board meeting, Dean Obermeyer, the school district’s technology coordinator, introduced “Google Apps for Education” to the board.

    In a written statement, Obermeyer described Google Apps for Education as a “free suite of applications including email, calendar, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, document storage and many more.”

    One of the first questions the board asked was, “why?”

    Obermeyer and the teachers that came to support him, told the board that it was all about efficiency, security and consistency.

    “The only method students have of moving documents between school and home is with a physical drive or by email,” Obermeyer said.

    One teacher told the board that having a platform that students and teachers share makes life easier for everyone involved.

    She said one great function in Google Apps is the “documents” feature.

  • A rose by any other name …

    It all depends on how one looks at it.

    Some are saying the Department of Energy is actually paying some anti-nuclear groups to raise awareness about environmental cleanup.

    The anti-nuclear groups are saying they would never receive any money from DOE and they are receiving funds through grants provided by the New Mexico Community Foundation.

    But here is the fact.

    Through a partnership with the Department of Energy, the New Mexico Community Foundation launched the Community Involvement Fund last year.

    And according to the NMCF website, the five-year agreement was intended to increase public awareness and participation in the DOE’s environmental cleanup at nuclear waste sites nationwide.

    In 2011, grants totaled $797,991 with recipient organizations in the states of New Mexico, Vermont, Idaho, New York, Nevada, Georgia, Tennessee, California, Maryland and Washington.

    Taking advantage of the grants was a variety of anti-nuclear groups in this state.

    They include the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability in Santa Fe, Citizens for Alternatives to Radioactive Dumping in Albuquerque and the Southwest Research and Information Center in Albuquerque. Partnering with SRIC are the Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Watch New Mexico in Santa Fe.

  • Johnson drops out of council race

    Ken Johnson, a Democratic candidate for Los Alamos County Council, has dropped out of the race.

    Johnson sent in his withdrawal notice to the county clerk’s office this morning.

    “I expect if I were elected at some point, I would have had to leave the council and that would not be fair to the people who voted for me,” said Johnson, who plans on releasing a statement later today. “I have plans to move away from Los Alamos during that time frame.”

    Los Alamos Democratic Party chair Mike Wheeler, who was in Espanola this afternoon attending the dedication of the Jim West Transit Center said, “I am sad to hear that Ken had to withdraw. Ken has family oblgations that need to be taken care of.”

    Wheeler said a special meeting will be called of the Central Committee to review candidates to replace Johnson on the ballot.

    It is the second time in a month that a candidate has withdrawn from the race.

    Republican candidate Roger Waterman withdrew for professional and personal reasons and was replaced by Steve Girrens.

    Wheeler said because of state regulations Johnson had to resign by Sept. 4 and the replacement has to be made by Sept. 11.

    For those Democrats interested in being considered for the slot, they should contact Wheeler at (505) 662-5577.

  • Cannibal Suspect Incompetent for Trial
  • The answer is not 'what'

    By its very definition, teaching is a strange occupation.
    My job is to constantly ask questions to which I already know the answers.
    Perhaps that’s why I have this bad habit of always asking questions outside of work when I already know the answers.
    For example, a guy did a U-turn on Central Ave. and I found myself yelling, “Hey buddy, are you an idiot or what?” You see, there I go again!  Of course, I already knew the answer to that question.
    And it wasn’t “What.”
    Walking out of a restaurant, I am engulfed by a cloud of cigarette smoke from the people sitting eight feet away from the door.
    New Mexico Statute 24-16-13 mandates a smoke-free area that extends a “reasonable distance” from the entrance of a restaurant.
    Clearly, these people believe that blowing smoke in your face is reasonable. My question to them is, “Are you an inconsiderate pile of horse output (from a horse that ate a bar of soap), or what?”
    And yet another example: people who speed down Central Ave. I can only assume that they see “52” instead of “25” on the speed limit signs. You have to wonder, are they actually trying to cause an accident, or did their mother simply drop them on their heads when they were young?

  • Is your dog's food the problem?

    Many dog owners work hard to make their pets comfortable and happy, so it can be frustrating when a dog is constantly itching and distressed.
    Dr. Adam Patterson, clinical assistant professor and Chief of Dermatology at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Small Animal Clinic, explained how some perpetually itchy dogs may suffer from food allergies.
    “Food allergies in dogs present themselves quite differently than food allergies in humans,” Patterson said. “For instance a person who is allergic to shellfish may experience throat swelling and a possibly critical or fatal reaction, but in dogs the allergy is expressed through the skin and seen most often as itch.”
    Dogs who itch, lick, chew, rub, bite, and scratch themselves year round, typically around the face, ears, armpits, groin, paws and around the anus may be showing signs of a food allergy.
    Since itchy flare factors have an additive effect, it is important to eliminate other possible causes of itching. First, it is necessary to eliminate any possibility that parasites, particularly fleas, are causing the dog to itch. Likewise, the veterinarian should also look for signs of skin infections (bacteria or yeast).
    Secondly, the veterinarian will also determine if environmental factors are causing itchy skin.

  • LA Triathlon gets going on Saturday

    One of the most popular local sporting events of the year is once again on tap.
    The 38th Los Alamos Triathlon is scheduled for Saturday. The multi-sport event consists of a 20K bike leg, followed by a 400-meter swim, followed by a 5K run.
    The competition, which is hosted by Los Alamos County’s Recreation department, starts at 7 a.m.
    This year, the competitors in the elite category will actually go out singularly, in time-trial format, with 20 seconds passing in between each individual competitor — in past years, the elite athletes have gone out in the opening wave along with other competitors.
    The Los Alamos Triathlon is part of the Southwest Challenge Series. Despite being demoted to an “aquathlon” two years ago — the bike leg was eliminated in 2010 because of road work being done on Diamond Drive — the triathlon is believed to be the oldest multi-sport event in the United States.
    Nearly 200 athletes competed in the 2011 triathlon.

  • Sports Update 08-17-12

    Youth soccer officiating clinic is set for Sunday

    An United States Soccer Federation Grade 9 referee clinic is scheduled for Sunday at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Community Field.
    The clinic is a one-day, nine-hour class.
    Registration is at 8 a.m. and instruction will start promptly at 8:15 a.m.
    Grade 9 is entry-level officiating for those interested in calling Los Alamos Youth Soccer League games.
    Interested participants should be at least 12 years old or entering the seventh grade.
    Price for the clinic is $70, including a $45 USSF registration fee and a $25 clinic fee, which may be reimbursed for those officials who referee three LAYSL games.
    Those interested in participating are asked to contact LAYSL referee coordinator Amy Regan at 672-3623 or laysl.ref.coordinator@gmail.com prior to the clinic.

     

  • Marr wins handily at Pace Race

    Duane Marr picked up a comfortable win at Tuesday’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. Tuesday’s race included two possible courses, one of which was a challenging course near S-Site.
    Marr had an adjusted error of just three seconds on the 1-mile course, one of just two runners to finish with an error of under 30 seconds. Joan Williams had an adjusted error of 27 seconds on the 1-mile course, while Roxana Candia was off by 59 seconds on the 3-mile course.
    The fastest runner on the 3-mile course was Ted Romero, who finished in 25:05. The top finisher on the 1-mile course was Duncan Fuehne, who had a time of 7:28.
    The next Pace Race will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. It will start at Rocket Park in While Rock.
    For more information on the race or the Atomic City Roadrunners, call 672-1639.