Today's News

  • Library Youth Services to host special programs in White Rock

    Los Alamos County Library System wrapped up the 2015 Summer Library Club during the grand opening of the new White Rock Branch Library Friday.
    Youth Services has put together an entire week of special programming for White Rock. “We didn’t get to have as many programs for White Rock as we usually do in the summer, so we wanted to make up for it and celebrate the new space in a fun way for everyone,” Angie Manfredi, head of Youth Services said.
    Youth Services has planned a week full of programs for all ages of kids at the new library.
    Community members from White Rock and Los Alamos are invited to participate.  
    1-2 p.m. — Lego Club, Jr. (ages 0-6)
    2-3 p.m. — Lego Club (ages 7+)
    9:30-10 a.m. — Music & Movement (ages 0-6)
    10:10-10:30 a.m. — Baby Time (ages 0-2)
    2-3 p.m. — Monster Party (ages 6 and over, 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
    9:30-10 a.m. — Music & Movement (ages 0-6)
    1-1:45 p.m. — Meet the Music (ages 7-12)
    9:30-10 a.m. — Music & Movement (ages 0-6)
    10:30-11 a.m. — Toddler Time (ages 2-4)
    1-1:45 p.m. — Ready, Set, Read! (ages 4-7)

  • Obama approach: Iranian oil, good; Canadian oil, bad; American oil, bad

    President Barack Obama’s confusing approach to energy encourages our enemies who shout “Death to America” as it penalizes our closest allies and even our own job creators.
    Iran’s participation in the nuclear negotiations netted a deal that allows it to resume oil exports. International sanctions have, since 2011, cut Iran’s oil exports in half and severely damaged its economy. Iran currently has about 50 million barrels of oil in storage on 28 tankers at sea.
    It is believed that it will take Iran months to bring its production back up to pre-sanction levels. The millions of barrels of oil parked offshore are indicative of their eagerness to increase exports. Once the sanctions disappear — if Congress approves the terms of the deal, Iran wants to be ready to move its oil.
    On July 17, the Financial Times (FT) reported: “The departure of a giant Iranian supertanker from the flotilla of vessels storing oil off the country’s coast has triggered speculation Tehran is moving to ramp up its crude exports.” The Starla, “a 2 million barrel vessel,” set sail — moving the oil closer to customers in Asia.

  • Michalske earns business award

    AIKEN, S.C. — Savannah River National Laboratory’s Terry Michalske has been selected as National Laboratory Director of the Year by the Department of Energy’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).
    According to the DOE, the award was given to Michalske for his work encouraging and promoting small businesses at SRNL, which is EM’s national laboratory.
    “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Terry, and I appreciate his hands-on leadership in SRNL’s support of small businesses,” said OSDBU Director John Hale III. “He uses collaborative approaches to engage small businesses so they can help the laboratory perfect its technologies and processes in the nuclear environment.”
    Hale, who introduced the laboratory director award as a new category this year in OSDBU’s Small Business Program, chose Michalske for the honor.
    According to the DOE, the award recognizes successful directors who display leadership and commitment to maximizing small business utilization through policies, procedures, outreach and the creation of an atmosphere of “small business first” in their organizations.

  • Art and Crafts returns to Fuller Lodge

    One of the main attractions of the Los Alamos County Fair is the Arts and Crafts Fair.
    The Arts and Crafts Fair is an all-day event scheduled for Saturday. It’s held on the lawn at Fuller Lodge.
    Numerous tents are set up for artists to display their wares on the lawn where artists from all throughout northern New Mexico and even further will be showing off their latest creations.
    According to the Fuller Lodge Art Center, nearly 100 artists are scheduled to have work on display.
    Among those are local artists MaryAnn Somers of Moon Eyes Designs, Kathy Hjeresen of Kathy’s Natural Designs and Michael Harvey of Mike’s Glass Art.
    Numerous other artists from Santa Fe and the Albuquerque area are also scheduled to have creations on hand.
    One of the more popular displays with the younger crowd are the sock monkeys that are from Sandra Frentzel’s Cotton Alley Crafts.
    For the older — and more skeptical — crowd, there is also Cindy Boe’s creations, entitled “Sweet and Snarky,” a collection of greeting cards with vintage images and not-so-vintage slogans, such as “My inner child thinks that you are a great big poopy head.”
    About two-thirds of the artists that are scheduled to participate this year also took part last year.

  • Today in history Aug. 1
  • Trio of businesses stand out at DisrupTech

    Three potential business partnership projects emerged from the 2015 DisrupTech competition at Los Alamos National Laboratory with winning proposals.
    “The goals of the DisrupTech forum were two-fold, to expose industry to potentially world-changing, disruptive, early-stage technologies developed by Los Alamos scientists,” said David Pesiri, Director of the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation.  “We also wanted to spark the entrepreneurial spirit in our scientists, giving them a chance to present their technologies outside of an academic setting.  We hope the experience might give them a new perspective on the end use of their technology.”
    An audience of more than 100 entrepreneurs, business executives, investors and government leaders from across the country listened intently as each of eight candidates gave a “Shark Tank”-like presentation.
    A panel representing some of Los Alamos’ industry partners, including Alion Science and Technology, Allied Minds, Chevron Energy Technology Company, Ernst & Young, Moon Express and State Science and Technology Institute, evaluated the presentations and provided feedback to the scientists on pitching a disruptive technology as a market solution.

  • Children's Clinic earns certification

    The Children’s Clinic in Los Alamos was recently awarded level 3 recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, collaborative relationships.
    Children’s Clinic is the first practice in Los Alamos County to achieve such recognition, that according to a press release announcing the recognition.
    The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians.
    “NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high- quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that the Children’s Clinic has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”
    To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, Children’s Clinic demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home.

  • Big Sam's Funky Nation will play at Ashley Pond

    Tonight is Los Alamos Monitor Night at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.
    For Los Alamos Monitor Night, the funk and jazz band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation will perform.
    Big Sam’s is from New Orleans. The band describes itself as “a driving force of urban funk” and is fronted by trombone player Big Sam Williams.
    Williams has gotten rave reviews for his trombone playing, being called “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz” by the San Francisco Examiner.
    The band includes five regular members, including vocalist and guitarist Joshua Connelly and trumpet player Andrew “Da Phessam” Baham.
    Big Sam’s will have a tough act to follow for tonight’s concert.
    A Rolling Stones’ cover band, Satisfaction, attracted quite possibly the biggest crowd of the season last week at Ashley Pond.
    Tonight’s concert will also take place at Ashley Pond.
    The Gordon’s series for this year is beginning to wind down. There are only five remaining concerts this season following Big Sam’s Funky Nation.
    Concerts are free and are sponsored by Los Alamos County.

  • News for retirees Aug. 2-8

    Aug. 2-8, 2015
    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
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Baked chicken
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Breaded pollock
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise

  • People in the News 8-2-15

    Anne Chamberlin Siler, the daughter of Barbara Chamberlin of Santa Fe, and David D. Chamberlin of Los Alamos, recently completed her residency training at St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency in Grand Junction, Colorado.  
    Chamberlin Siler was honored with the Capstone Scholarship Award, Pediatric Rotation Resident of the Year, and Resident Teacher of The Year.
    Chamberlin Siler is a graduate of Los Alamos High School and Lewis and Clark College.  She received her M.D. from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.  
    She will continue living and practicing medicine in Grand Junction, Colorado.