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  • $590M powerball jackpot: One winning ticket sold in Florida


    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said Sunday.

    The single winner was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., according to Florida Lottery executive Cindy O'Connell. She told The Associated Press by telephone that more details would be released later.

    "This would be the sixth Florida Powerball winner and right now, it's the sole winner of the largest ever Powerball jackpot," O'Connell told AP. "We're delighted right now that we have the sole winner."

    She said Florida has had more Powerball winners than any other state.

  • Today in History for May 19th
  • LANL archaeologist to speak at Bradbury


    Los Alamos National Laboratory archaeologist and cultural resources manager Jennifer Payne talks about the large number of archaeological sites on Laboratory property and how LANL’s extensive cultural resources management plan and program helps protect these sites during a lunch-hour “brown bag” talk from noon to 1 p.m., May 22 in the Auditorium of the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos.

    Payne is a team leader in LANL’s Environmental Stewardship Group and works with archaeologists and cultural resources managers to identify, evaluate, manage and protect cultural resources eligible for the National Register of Places. 

    The talk coincides with National Historic Preservation Month in May. 

    The talk is free and open to the public and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

  • UNM participates in clinical trial


    The University of New Mexico Cancer Center is among a handful of institutions nationwide participating in a Phase 3 clinical trial studying a novel treatment for men with newly diagnosed, localized prostate cancer. 

    In most cases, prostate cancer is detected early and eradicated.  However, even with early detection, the cancer returns in up to 30 percent of patients.  The trial will study whether combining this innovative treatment with standard radiation therapy will produce an immune response that will kill cancerous cells throughout the body and decrease the likelihood of the tumor ever coming back.

  • Miller to quit NNSA post

     Neile Miller apparently is out as the acting administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration as of June 14.

    Michele Jacquiz-Ortiz of Senator Tom Udall’s office was at the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting Friday in Rio Arriba County when she received a text.

    Ortiz said, “NNSA acting administrator Neile Miller has decided to leave the agency effective June 14. Dr. Donald Cook, the Deputy Administrator, will advance to become acting administrator upon his resignation.”

    Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group also heard from his sources that Miller was out.

  • McMillan lays out alternative plutonium strategy

    When lab director Charlie McMillan was in Washington recently, one of the items he addressed with the Senate Armed Forces Subcommittee on strategic forces had to deal with plutonium strategy.

    Last year, the Obama administration deferred the CMRR-Nuclear Facility because of escalating costs. And this year, it appears there will be a slowdown in the plutonium acquisition process for the MOX facility in Savannah.

    McMillan went into some detail about the CMRR deferment.

  • Smith's seeks more time on Trinity Site deal

    Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess is recommending that council approve an amendment to Smith’s/Kroger’s ground lease agreement on the Trinity Site. The amendment allows Smith’s two additional 30-day extensions of the feasibility period. 

    The county staff report notes that since signing the lease agreement “Kroger has been working diligently on feasibility period tasks. The company submitted and received approval of a site plan. They have a complete building permit submitted. And they have been working with the State of New Mexico Department of Transportation to obtain required road access permits for access onto Trinity Drive.”

    "It is this last task — working with NMDOT — that has created some delay in the completion of Kroger’s feasibility period tasks. Given the progress on other feasibility period items and their progress to date with the state, staff is recommending that the lease be modified to allow Kroger up to two additional 30-day extensions to the feasibility period so that they can complete their prerequisite items."

  • School district to propose $36.8 million budget

    In spite of unfunded state mandates, expenses carried over from last year’s budget (several staff and teacher additions) and a loss of about $800,000 in “training and experience” state funding for teachers, the Los Alamos Public School District is expected to turn in a balanced, 2013-14 budget by May 23 to the Los Alamos Board of Education.

    As of late last week, the proposed budget stands at $36.8 million.

    Expenses include a $267,814.97 state-mandated, 1 percent raise in pay for teachers and staff, a $106,193 increase in medical benefits, $118,165 in utility cost increases and $41,000 in unemployment premium increases. 

  • Slideshow: Los Alamos Monitor 50-Fest had something for all ages

    The weather was near-perfect for the Los Alamos Monitor’s 50-Fest celebration Saturday afternoon at Fuller Lodge. The festival was staged as a thank you for Los Alamos in recognition of the news organization’s 50th anniversary. The event featured a number of activities for young and old alike including two bands, lots of birthday cake, and a number of businesses and other organizations exhibiting on the lawn and nearby Central Park Square. Look for more photo coverage at LAMonitor.com and next week in the Los Alamos Monitor

  • LAYG shoots for a good time


    by Tom Hanlon


    For the Los Alamos Young Guns shooting team, the “bang” followed by the explosion of a clay target at a trap shooting match is exciting. 

    At the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club, teens participate in shooting trap, skeet and Olympic trap.

    Trap involves one clay target being launched into the air away from the shooter at 40 to 50 mph.  

    The clay target is an inverted saucer shape, 4.25 inches in diameter, made of a mixture of pitch and pulverized limestone.