http://www.lamonitor.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en McMillan talks lab in D.C. http://www.lamonitor.com/content/mcmillan-talks-lab-dc <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/220px-charles-mcmillan-portrait.jpg" alt="Charlie McMillan" title="Charlie McMillan" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan was in Washington last week to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.<br /> McMillan provided an update on recent Los Alamos technical and scientific achievements; the proposed plutonium strategy under evaluation in numerous national security circles; and, Los Alamos budget realities that pose challenges to meeting our mission requirements.<br /> The following came from the Senate website and this was McMillan&rsquo;s written testimony to the subcommittee.<br /> McMillan first talked about the lab&rsquo;s accomplishments in the past year.<br /> &ldquo;In regard to our weapons program, we again completed, on time, my letter to the Secretaries of Energy and Defense regarding the 2013 Annual Assessment. We successfully conducted two B61 hydrodynamic shots, which were executed as planned and within committed budget levels,&rdquo; McMillan wrote.<br /> &ldquo;Los Alamos executed the important subcritical experimental series, Gemini, and I am pleased that the FY15 request recognizes this success by including an increase for the Los Alamos subcritical experiments at Nevada.&rdquo;<br /> Escapee receives probation http://www.lamonitor.com/content/escapee-receives-probation <p> Susan Reass, the woman who escaped from custody during a medical checkup Feb 16, received a year of unsupervised probation for her attempt, according to magistrate court documents. She must also pay $73 in court costs.<br /> Conditions of her probation include staying away from establishments that sell or serve liquor. She must also not be in possession of firearms, explosive or any other type of explosive device.<br /> Bill Snowden, Reass&rsquo; attorney from the Santa Fe public defender&rsquo;s office, said the probation was achieved through a plea agreement.<br /> &ldquo;Essentially, it was part of a plea that the DA (Kent Wahlquist) and I worked on,&rdquo; Snowden said. &ldquo;Part of the agreement was that she returns to where she was living out of state. If she didn&rsquo;t leave, she was looking at more trouble.&rdquo;<br /> Another reason for the probation was that Reass had already spent time in jail for her previous, driver-related offenses.<br /> On that night of Feb 16, Reass was arrested on a probation violation for a previous offense. Her blood alcohol level was too high for her to be admitted into the jail, so she was taken to the Los Alamos Medical Center for evaluation.<br /> While at the hospital, Reass apparently asked the officers if she could use the bathroom. She used the bathroom on at least two occasions.<br /> LANL physicist wins E.O. Lawrence Award http://www.lamonitor.com/content/lanl-physicist-wins-eo-lawrence-award <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sarrao-john.jpg" alt="John Sarrao" title="John Sarrao" align="left" hspace="6" width="118" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times; line-height: normal; font-size: medium; "> Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist John Sarrao is being honored by the U.S. Department of Energy with the 2013 Ernest O. Lawrence Award in Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times; line-height: normal; font-size: medium; "> &quot;John Sarrao&#39;s exciting advances in actinide studies exemplify the quality of research performed at Los Alamos National Laboratory,&rdquo; said Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times; line-height: normal; font-size: medium; "> &ldquo;Actinides, including plutonium, are among the most complex elements and involved in the most complex compounds known to man. Their understanding is fundamental to the Los Alamos core weapons mission and a major challenge in the worldwide condensed-matter and materials communities. John&#39;s contributions have fundamentally advanced our understanding in BOTH of these areas,&rdquo; he said.</p> Senior volunteers honored http://www.lamonitor.com/content/senior-volunteers-honored <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/seniorvolunteerstwo.jpg" alt="Sharrie Baker and Betty Myers display their awards during a luncheon held for them and other seniors who volunteered their time and effort over the past year helping their community. Their awards were presented to them at the “Salute to Senior Care’’ awards Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. " title="Sharrie Baker and Betty Myers display their awards during a luncheon held for them and other seniors who volunteered their time and effort over the past year helping their community. Their awards were presented to them at the “Salute to Senior Care’’ awards Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 9.0px 'Utopia Semibold'"> <font class="Apple-style-span" face="Utopia"><b><br /> </b></font></p> Crews rescue 12-year-old in the Jemez Mountains http://www.lamonitor.com/content/crews-rescue-12-year-old-jemez-mountains <p> ALBUQUERQUE (AP) &mdash; Authorities say a 12-year-old boy who fell off a cliff while hiking in the Jemez Mountains has been rescued.<br /> Sandoval County Sheriff&rsquo;s officials say the boy was hiking with his father and friends about 20 miles north of San Ysidro on Tuesday morning.<br /> KOB-TV reports that the young hikers got separated from the adult and the boy fell off a 30-foot cliff.<br /> Paramedics located the boy and moved him slowly to safety due to the serious nature of his injuries.<br /> A medical helicopter transported the boy to UNM Hospital.<br /> Sheriff&rsquo;s officials say the boy is listed in stable condition.<br /> His name hasn&rsquo;t been released.</p> BioScience Lab opens at Santa Fe Business Incubator http://www.lamonitor.com/content/bioscience-lab-opens-santa-fe-business-incubator-0 <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/udall_1.jpg" alt="Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) was on hand for the launch of the BioScience Lab at the Santa Fe Business Incubator. " title="Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) was on hand for the launch of the BioScience Lab at the Santa Fe Business Incubator. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Santa Fe Business Incubator unveiled its new BioScience Lab on Tuesday to a crowd of dignitaries that included Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Ben Ray Luj&aacute;n, (D-N.M.).<br /> &ldquo;What&rsquo;s happening now with the Santa Fe Incubator and the BioScience Lab is a shot of growth, a new opportunity, where it&rsquo;s not just experts and researchers and entrepreneurs here from Santa Fe, here from New Mexico,&rdquo; Luj&aacute;n said.<br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s from the surrounding states, from cities that aren&rsquo;t so close to us, that are looking to come here because of the investment that the Business Incubator has made with the support of the Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Administration, an investment in technology that&rsquo;s not readily available to everyone else.&rdquo;<br /> The BioScience Lab is a state-of-the-art cell biology and molecular biology facility designed to encourage, attract and support life science companies in the biotech sector. The lab&rsquo;s specialized equipment includes bio-safety cabinets, ultra low temperature freezers, an ultracentrifuge, inverted fluorescence microscope and a real-time PCR system.<br /> Companies will be able to access the facility on a short-term basis, eliminating the need to invest startup capital in expensive equipment.<br /> Sanchez to visit LA, May 1 http://www.lamonitor.com/content/sanchez-visit-la-may-1 <p> On Thursday, May 1, Lt. Governor John Sanchez will visit Los Alamos to meet with local leaders and hold constituent meetings with citizens.<br /> After meeting will members and staff from the County Council, he will meet with constituents from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Mesa Library (no appointment necessary).<br /> Sanchez will be available to personally meet with constituents and his staff will be prepared to provide assistance with all issues related to state government. No appointments are necessary.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Update 04-16-14 http://www.lamonitor.com/content/update-04-16-14 <p> GOP meeting</p> <p> The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA Room 608. The topic of the meeting will be &ldquo;Local Issues.&rdquo;</p> <p> Council</p> <p> The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in a special session in council chambers.</p> <p> Banquet</p> <p> The annual Phi Beta Kappa Los Alamos chapter banquet featuring guest speaker Dr. Doug Dunston and honoring the outstanding 2014 LA High School graduates will be 5:30 p.m. April 27 at Fuller Lodge. There is a deadline for the members who did not receive an invitation as of Wednesday call 672-0249 or 667-8927 if they would like to attend.</p> <p> Dem meeting</p> <p> The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will have its monthly meeting from 7-8 p.m. Thursday in Building 2 at UNMLA.</p> <p> Movie time</p> <p> White Rock Family Friendly Film Series. &ldquo;Smurfs 2,&rdquo; 6:30 p.m. Thursday at White Rock Town Hall.&nbsp;</p>