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  • Today in history July 28
  • Oppenheimer Lecture

    A near-capacity crowd came to hear the 45th annual J. Robert Oppenheimer lecture Monday night at the Duane Smith Auditorium. This year’s lecturer was Dr. Alan Guth from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who talked about his theory of inflationary cosmology, a possible explanation of how the universe, or possibly universes, came to be.

  • Elevator to be discussed Wednesday

    There will be a public meeting Wednesday to discuss an update on the proposed elevator at Fuller Lodge.

    The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. It will be led by Los Alamos County’s design consultant, Mullen-Heller.

    Los Alamos County reported “significant public feedback” from the original proposal to put an exterior elevator at Fuller Lodge. The county said Mullen-Heller has come back with two alternative concepts, both of which would place an elevator inside Fuller Lodge and those concepts are ready for public presentation and public review.

    The meeting is informational-only and members of the Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board will be in attendance to hear the presentation, as well as listen to any additional public comments.

    The county said no decisions will be made at Wednesday’s meeting.

    After the meeting, the concepts will be posted on the project webpage and available for further comment through the County’s Open Forum.

    The county said the board plans to revisit this topic at a future meeting.

    For more information, visit the county’s website, losalamosnm.us, or call the Community & Economic Development Department at 662-8120 or 662-1873.
     

  • Cone Zone 7-27-15

    For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us.
    Motorists are asked to slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.
    This information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

    Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

    Roadway and utility work continues on 43rd Street and 44th Street which includes water line tie ends and concrete work. Sidewalks from the 43rd Street south and 44th Street south cul-de-sacs are under construction pedestrians are asked to use other routes into park. Pathway from 43rd north to Ridgeway will be under construction.
    43rd Street (north) will be closed to thru traffic starting today for milling operations and water line installation.
    Roads will be closed except for local residents and emergency vehicles.

    20th Street/Fuller Lodge Improvements:

  • Los Alamos eliminated from regional championships

    After beating Colorado in its first game, the competition only got tougher for Los Alamos at the southwest junior regional softball tournament.

    Los Alamos lost to Texas East, 17-0, on Saturday.

    Los Alamos was then eliminated from the tournament with a 12-2 loss to Louisiana on Sunday.

    As of Monday morning, four teams were still in contention to win the region and qualify for the Little League World Series. New Mexico and Louisiana were both 1-1 and were scheduled to play each other. The winner of that game will take on Texas East (2-1) in the semis.

    Texas West (3-0) has already secured its spot in the championship.

  • Today in history July 27
  • Today in history July 26
  • Nuke protesters to meet at pond

    On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States used nuclear weapons for the first time against an enemy state, changing forever the political and strategic landscape of warfare as we used to know it.
    History generally characterized President Harry S Truman’s decision to use nuclear weapons against the Japanese as the only effective way to save as many lives as possible.
    The Japanese government at the time believed their emperor, Emperor Showa (Hirohito) to be a living god, making what many believed surrender impossible for the Japanese.
    However, there’s always been a vocal minority that believed the use of nuclear weapons to be unacceptable in any situation.
    Through the years, that minority has grown to a significant number as those opposed watched the spread of nuclear weapons, first through the U.S., then the former Soviet Union and outward to include at least seven other nations.
    According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the combined total of active nuclear weapons is about 16,300.
    Starting Aug. 6, an organization called “Campaign Nonviolence” will be hosting its national conference in Santa Fe and Los Alamos to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the bombing and to address the issue of proliferation of nuclear weapons. The conference runs through Aug. 9.

  • Theory turns Big Bang on its head

    Thinking about the universe and its creation can be pretty mind-blowing.
    Dr. Alan Guth of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a theory about the creation of the universe, however, that starts at mind-blowing and continues on from there.
    Guth is the speaker at this year’s J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture, which is scheduled of 7:30 p.m. Monday. The 45th annual lecture will be at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Guth is an award-winning theoretical particle physicist who will speak about the theory of inflationary cosmology. He will talk about how the existence of a multiverse, as opposed to the universe we know, is entirely possible.
    One of the key components of his talk will be about inflationary cosmology, which may explain the uniformity in types of background radiation in the universe, as well as why the universe is expanding at an increased rate.
    According to Guth, theories point to the possible existence of repulsive gravity in space, which is pushing objects away from each other instead of pulling them closer together.
    As Guth told the Los Alamos Monitor, the Big Bang, as many people envision it, was likely a much smaller event that involved a tiny amount of matter.

  • Engagement: Veenstra Ott-O’Neal

     

    Kathleen Veenstra, of Los Alamos, announces the engagement of her daughter, Emily Veenstra-Ott to Kevin O’Neal, son of Larry and Katherine O’Neal, of Albuquerque.
    The future bride graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2002 and continued with a bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology, a bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in library science.
    She is employed as a technical services and collection development librarian at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.
    The future groom is a senior master automotive technician for Ford Motors and has received master level certification in his field. He is employed at Steamboat Motors in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
    The couple met while living in Albuquerque in 2014 and relocated to Steamboat Springs in the winter of 2015 for the bride-to-be’s career.
    A July 2016 wedding is planned and the couple will continue to reside in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.