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Today's News

  • Seismic scenarios simulated

    Details emerged from a weekly site office report last month about a series of tabletop exercises that dealt with a possible seismic event at Los Alamos.

    According to the March 1 report, LANL conducted a series of four tabletop emergency exercises at the emergency operations center to evaluate and pre-plan site actions in response to a significant seismic event at Los Alamos.

    Participation from LANL and local, state, and federal agencies included approximately 60 personnel. These personnel represented senior field office and LANL management, Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments, local Tribal Organizations, New Mexico National Guard, New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Los Alamos Medical Center, and others.

  • School board grapples with construction uncertainty

    Despite the best assurances from McCarthy Construction, the Los Alamos School Board is still not ready to commit to moving the portable classrooms or even some of them until McCarthy presents a solid contingency plan May 9 on what it’s going to do if the Los Alamos Middle School isn’t ready by Aug. 9

    “We updated the schedule last week and we showed an Aug. 9 completion date,” said Mike Horn, McCarthy’s project manager for the middle school. He also said they have some extra days left in the schedule, and the only problem that might come up is that there could be a problem concerning paperwork with one of the subcontractors in charge of stucco. 

    “It looks like they are going to be able to provide worker’s comp. That being said, I don’t have a certificate in hand yet. That’s our biggest hurdle,” Horn said.

  • Los Alamos air service begins Monday

    There was a buzz of enthusiasm among a small group gathered at the Los Alamos Airport Friday to view the 9-passenger Cessna Caravan that New Mexico Airlines will use to fly to and from the Albuquerque Sunport starrting on Monday.

    "This is a great deal," Allen Schmiedick said. "It is going to be at least as cheap as it would be to drive to Albuquerque and park a car. I can't imagine anybody not taking advantage of it."

    Schmiedick–who had just stepped off of a short flight over Los Alamos–was as excited about the views as he was about the boon to travelers. With good reason: the vistas of the Pajarito Plateau from a cruising altitude of 8,500 feet are probably worth the price of the ticket. One resident said he would pay just to go on a joy ride if the airline offered it.

    Chief Pilot Dave Jones introduced the gathering to features of the aircraft and flew the first flight. When two crews from Los Alamos Fire Station No. 6 arrived to get training on key elements for quick response, such as how to gain access to the engine or unload passengers, Jones reassured onlookers that the Caravan has a 99.8 percent reliability rating.

  • Benefits of crowdfunding

     

    Crowdfunding” is a way that startups can raise money to get a project or enterprise off the ground without company founders having to surrender ownership, secure a loan or approach foundations for elusive grants.

    Earlier incarnations of the practice didn’t have the advantage of instant access to a global fan base that can grow exponentially through social media. The Internet created that access, and crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter.com and IndieGoGo.com created platforms where people could pitch their projects.

    Aqua Research, a resident company in the BioScience Center incubator in Albuquerque, is using IndieGoGo to raise $50,000 by May 10 to finance production of its H2gO water purifier, which can turn up to five gallons of unsafe water at a time into potable water using a solar-powered rechargeable cell-phone battery.

  • Popping the prom question

    By Elizabeth Hjelvik

    With April 20 fast approaching, the excitement of prom seems to increase at Los Alamos High School.

    Seniors are getting their invitations (juniors buy their tickets after spring break); students are able to nominate their peers for prom court and as the month goes on, more people are getting dates or planning on asking a friend or significant other to the most anticipated night in high school.

    Asking someone to prom is probably one of the most nerve-wracking tasks for a high school student, but it should not be something to be nervous about.

  • Lil' Wayne needs to get with it or get lost

    By Sebastian Garcia

    Throughout the history of music, artists have always looked for ways to be better than each other in order to achieve musical immortality. 

    So far, the 21st Century has seen many rappers boasting in order to make names for themselves. 

    No rapper tries to convince himself more of musical greatness than Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. aka Lil’ Wayne. 

    After the success of his ninth studio album “The Carter IV,” Weezy tries to continue his momentum with “I Am Not A Human Being II.”

  • Tips on popping the prom question

     Elizabeth Hjelvik

    With April 20 fast approaching, the excitement of prom seems to increase at Los Alamos High School.

    Seniors are getting their invitations (juniors buy their tickets after spring break); students are able to nominate their peers for prom court and as the month goes on, more people are getting dates or planning on asking a friend or significant other to the most anticipated night in high school.

    Asking someone to prom is probably one of the most nerve-wracking tasks for a high school student, but it should not be something to be nervous about.

    Those looking for a date should have fun with it. They shouldn’t worry about being rejected. If the thought of rejection is too much to handle, one can always go to prom stag, so instead of stressing out over rejection, focus on being creative.

  • News for retirees 4-7-13

     

    April 7-13, 2013

    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

    MONDAY

    8:30, 10 a.m. Tax preparation

    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Orange chicken

  • Animal shelter 4-7-13

    Don’t forget about the Posse Shack Pancake Breakfast. All proceeds from this morning’s pancake breakfast will go towards Friends of the Shelter. Some of our current adoptable dogs will be there as well. 

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505-662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.

    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets,
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are microchipped.

  • Finding wellness through rough times

    After the Las Conchas fire of 2011, chiropractor Kim Lazarus’ future looked bleak. But two years later with help from the Los Alamos Small Business Center, she is getting back on track.

    Lazarus has been a licensed chiropractor for 10 years in the Los Alamos area, but lost her business after the Las Conchas fire.

    During the evacuation, many of the practitioners who shared office space, moved out and went their separate ways. She said she found herself alone with no place to go. Then she turned to the business center, wanting to open her own space.

    “The experience forced me to downsize and start over,” she said.

    Lazarus’ new business specializes in nonsurgical weight loss procedures involving lasers, detox body wraps, nutritional recommendations and a unique relaxation technique for brain balancing. She also offers other wellness practices to her patients. Her office is located at 190 Central Park Square.