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Today's News

  • Lab honors 400 employees

    LANL’s 2011 Pollution Prevention Awards Ceremony, held recently 21 on the lawn at Fuller Lodge, honored more than 400 Lab employees for their success in incorporating pollution prevention strategies—reducing pollution, enhancing operations, saving money, or reducing environmental impacts—into their daily work.
    This year’s winners participated on 62 projects in the following 10 categories: Living Laboratory, Health and Environment, Water Resources, Cradle to Cradle (Prevention, Recycling, Minimization, and Cleanouts), Energy and Fleet, Community Collaboration and Engagement, and Change Agents.
    Six projects received the Star Award for outstanding achievement in pollution prevention.

  • Lectures set for this week

    The upcoming Rosenfest Lectures on May 18-20 hold something for everyone.
    A series of lectures in honor of Louis Rosen, founder of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), will highlight the past and future for LANL’s signature science facility.
    In addition, statues of Manhattan Project leaders J. Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Leslie Groves will be unveiled by Los Alamos County officials at historic Fuller Lodge at 4:45 p.m. Thursday.
    A diverse suite of lecture topics and speakers will be presented throughout the day on May 19 and during the morning of May 20.
    Scheduled speakers include:

  • La. readies to open spillway, flood Cajun

    MORGANZA, La. — Engineers prepared Saturday to slowly open emergency floodgates for the first time in nearly four decades, purposefully inundating farmlands and homes in Louisiana’s Cajun country to drain the swelling Mississippi River.
    Across the countryside, people fled to higher ground, shored up levees that held the last time the Morganza spillway was opened and built new walls of sand and dirt to hold back the flood they have known was coming for weeks. Sheriffs and National Guardsmen were warning people in a door-to-door sweep, and shelters were ready to accept up to 4,800 evacuees.

  • Sources: Porn stash found at bin Laden compound

    WASHINGTON — A sizeable stash of pornography was among the items seized when U.S. Navy SEALs raided the Pakistani hideout of Osama bin Laden, almost two weeks ago, U.S. officials say.
    The officials said it was unclear who the material belonged to, and there was no way to know whether bin Laden had viewed it.
    Bin Laden’s son and two other adult male couriers lived at the compound, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss matters of intelligence.
    The pornography was among the computer materials confiscated in the raid after the SEALs killed bin Laden, ending an almost 10-year manhunt for the terrorist behind the 9/11 terror attacks.

  • Presentation set for BESC

    The Los Alamos Fire Department’s EMS division will once again present a program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    A talk will be given during the lunch hour to the audience explaining the Vial of Life program and how it can help those who wish to participate in the program.  
    It is essentially an information gathering tool that helps emergency responders when they are called upon for service.  
    LAFD personnel will photograph each participant, which will be placed inside their Vial of Life packet for identification purposes.  
    To learn more about this program, stop by the Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23.

  • Construction Zone 05-15-11

    Diamond Drive
    Phase 4

    The traffic switch to the east side of Diamond Drive has been delayed to Tuesday, May 17. Once the switch is complete, expect the following:
    Northbound from the Bridge – No left turns onto West or Trinity; use Sandia. No left onto Canyon Road, use University.  The right turn slip lane onto eastbound Trinity will be closed; motorists in the right lane must turn right onto eastbound Trinity at the signalized intersection. The left lane continues through the work zone.
    Southbound from University Drive – Expect two southbound lanes south of Sandia.  The left lane is a through/left turn lane at Canyon Drive and a left turn lane at Trinity Drive.  

  • Author and alumnus returns to Chamisa Elementary

    Former Chamisa student Stephen McCranie spoke at his former elementary school Friday morning. Teacher Valerie Adams and Otowi Station owner Peggy Durbin helped schedule the event. McCranie’s latest book was released Thursday. He was at Otowi Station bookstore Saturday, doing a book signing. McCranie answered questions, encouraged students that didn’t like to read to start with comics and took requests to draw cartoons. McCranie, 24, started drawing at the age of five and attended Chamisa in third and fourth grade. His former teacher, Debbie Smith, is now the principal.

  • Update 05-15-11

    Stormwater project
    The NPDES Storm Water Individual Permit Project Update public meeting will be Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cities of Gold Hotel in Pojoaque.

    Park meeting
    Attend a public meeting at 6 p.m. May 18 to review conceptual plans for play equipment to be installed at Community Park. For more info, call Dick McIntyre at 662-8159.

    Master gardeners
    The May meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. May 17 at the White Rock Community Building. There will be a short business meeting afterward.

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  • UNM-LA students celebrate 30th convocation

    Long hours of studying, test-taking and attending classes paid off for University of New Mexico-Los Alamos students Friday.

    Friends and family gathered in Duane Smith Auditorium at 6 p.m. to watch the 47 UNM-LA graduates receive their degrees and certificates as part of the 30th annual graduation convocation. Twenty-eight General Education Development Diploma recipients also joined in the celebration as they received their GEDs.

    UNM-LA’s Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page opened the ceremony with a welcome address, followed by the convocation address, given by Denise Thronas, an Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo resident and the technical project manager for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Key meetings upcoming on LANL issues

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory will be front and center the next two weeks.

    On Tuesday, there will be a public meeting at Cities of Gold Hotel in Pojoaque to discuss the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Storm Water Individual Permit at LANL from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    On Wednesday at the White Rock Community Center, there will be a open detonation hazardous waste permit modification information meeting at 5:30 p.m. LANL is holding the information meeting prior to the submittal of a Class 3 permit modification to add treatment units to the LANL Hazardous Waste Facility Permit. The meeting will cover the permit modification to be submitted for the open detonation treatment units at TA-36 and 39.