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Today's News

  • LAPD responds to suspicious package at lab

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Los Alamos Police Department's bomb squad responded to a call regarding a suspicious package at Technical Area 3 earlier this afternoon.

    An investigation of the package was conducted and it was determined to be a non-hazardous, unattended package.

    During the investigation of the incident, access to the immediate area was restricted. Restricted access to the Otowi Building and other buildings in the area at TA-3 has been lifted.

    Los Alamos police chief Wayne Torpy said “Our folks went out there and we are usually called when there is a suspicious package. It is somewhat routine but there was no evidence of a problem. The package was left behind by accident.”

    It was not the first time the bomb squad had been called to the lab this week.

    LAPD responded to another call Tuesday morning.

    According to lab spokesman Kevin Roark, “It was nothing hazardous or threatening.  This was a result of our standard mailroom screening process that calls for a Hazardous Devices Team (HDT) assessment and LAPD response when incoming mail/packages don't meet certain packaging or addressing criteria.”

  • Drawing for trip on N.M. Airlines

     

    Irene Powell, director of Retired Senior Volunteer Program at the Betty Ehart Senior Center holds the bowl while Ruth Klien, director of Transportation Services, draws the winning name for the prize of a round trip plane ticket on New Mexico Airlines, which flies from Los Alamos to Albuquerque. The contest took place at the May 4 Spring Arts and Crafts Fair this year. The winning entry belongs to Bin Hu, a Los Alamos resident. Los Alamos Arts
    Council thanks New Mexico Airlines for providing the prize. LAAC/Courtesy

  • Be There 05-16-13

     

    Today

    State chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party, John Billingsley will speak 7 p.m., in room 220 on the UNM-LA campus. All members of the Republican Party are invited.

     

    Cleanup along State Road 4. 5 p.m., at the Ponderosa Campground to carpool to Pajarito Group’s stretch of road at the Valles Caldera. Bring gloves and water. Trash bags will be provided. For more information, contact Ilse Bleck at 662-2368 or ibleck@yahoo.com.

     

  • People in the News 05-16-13

     

    Los Alamos High School student, Charles Mielke has been awarded an all-expense paid trip summer study trip to Germany.

    Mielke was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 98.53 percentile on the Level III 2013 National German Exam for High School Students sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German. 

    Nearly 23,000 students participated in the program. After qualifying with a high score on the National German Exam, he or she submitted responses to several short essay questions in German and in English and was then interviewed by a committee comprised of high school teachers and college professors of German. 

  • Summer concerts kick off Friday in White Rock

     

    The 2013 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series will have it’s first show Friday at Overlook Park in White Rock. 

    “Our 24th Season will be a tremendous year,” Coordinator Russell Gordon said. “Why do I say this when I say the same thing every year? I’m an excitable boy! I’ve been working on this Series since last September, and we’re ready. I’m thrilled! The clock is ticking.”

    The featured band is What Made Milwaukee Famous. The show starts at 7 p.m. Public should bring chairs, blankets, family and friends. It’s also the first night of the Los Alamos Kite Festival, so bringing a kite is encouraged.

    LA County and the Summer Series sponsors will present at least 20 acts from May 17 through Sept. 6. A complete schedule can be found at gordonssummerconcerts.com.  

  • Horse over-population or slaughter?

     

    Valley Meat Company in Roswell has become the focal point for arguments over horse over-population in the same way ants become the focal points of bored boys with magnifying glasses. There’s more heat than light.

    In the back-and-forth chatter, I’m hearing a lot of arguments that don’t hold water. And, even if the determined Rick De Los Santos manages to open his plant, it doesn’t solve all of our horse problems. 

    The most ironic argument against a slaughterhouse for unwanted horses is that the noble animal is a western icon, a star in the Taming of the West. Somebody needs to read more history. To pioneers, the army and Indian tribes, horses were transportation. When a horse was used up, it was eaten: Meat’s meat.  

  • Horse over-population or slaughter?

     

    Valley Meat Company in Roswell has become the focal point for arguments over horse over-population in the same way ants become the focal points of bored boys with magnifying glasses. There’s more heat than light.

    In the back-and-forth chatter, I’m hearing a lot of arguments that don’t hold water. And, even if the determined Rick De Los Santos manages to open his plant, it doesn’t solve all of our horse problems. 

    The most ironic argument against a slaughterhouse for unwanted horses is that the noble animal is a western icon, a star in the Taming of the West. Somebody needs to read more history. To pioneers, the army and Indian tribes, horses were transportation. When a horse was used up, it was eaten: Meat’s meat.  

  • Is New Mexico the most corrupt state?

     

    Has anyone ever told you New Mexico is the most corrupt state in the nation? I’ve heard it for years, including from an FBI agent, who investigated our financial corruption mess. 

    Since I was a kid, I remember hearing that some powerful New Mexican, maybe Dennis Chavez, as saying that if you want to get a degree in political corruption, go to Chicago. If you want to get a Master’s Degree, go to Louisiana. But if you want a doctorate, go to New Mexico. 

    If you ask people from the East Coast, they’ll probably tell you that New York and New Jersey are the most corrupt states. It just depends on where you’re from. 

  • LASO employee gains top federal honor

     

    Jerry Massee, a member of the Los Alamos Field Office Cyber Security Team, recently earned recognition as New Mexico Federal Employee of the Year by the New Mexico Federal Executive Board.

  • Production of medical isotope moves forward

     

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has announced that for the first time, irradiated uranium fuel has been recycled and reused for molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production, with virtually no losses in Mo-99 yields or uranium recovery.

    This demonstrates the viability of the separation process, as well as the potential for environmentally- and cost-friendly fuel recycling. Medical isotope production technology has advanced significantly now that scientists have made key advances in separating Mo-99 from an irradiated, low-enriched uranium (LEU) solution.

    Low-Enriched Uranium as a Source of Mo-99

    Technetium-99m (Tc-99m) is the most commonly used medical isotope today, accounting for about 50,000 medical imaging procedures daily in the United States. Tc-99m is derived from the parent isotope Mo-99, predominantly produced from the fission of uranium-235 in highly enriched uranium targets (HEU) in aging foreign reactors. The North American supply of Tc-99m was severely disrupted when the Chalk River nuclear reactor in Canada experienced an outage several years ago.