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Today's News

  • La Cueva High team takes top award in 23rd Supercomputing Challenge

    A trio of Albuquerque La Cueva High School students – two who are siblings – took the prize in the 23rd New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge for their research project that used statistical analysis to identify and analyze topics in human language.

    The team, Ari Echt-Wilson, Eli Echt-Wilson, and Justin Sanchez also won the CHECS Teamwork and Cray High Performance Computing awards for their project, “Learning and Analyzing Topics in Human Language.”

    Los Alamos High School freshman Cole Kendrick took second place for his computer simulation project of Saturn’s ring structure. Kendrick, who won the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge’s top prize in 2011 as a seventh-grade student, also received the Technical Poster Award, the Visualization prize from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and the Professional Presentation Award.

    La Cueva High’s Alexandra Porter received third place for her project “Simulation of Approximate Computing Applied to Numerical Methods.” Porter was part of a La Cueva High team that took last year’s third prize.

    All the finalist teams received plaques for their school, a large banner suitable for hanging at their schools and other gifts.

  • Opening Day

    Alex Kirk, the starting center for the New Mexico Lobos, hangs out with his buddy Homer at the Los Alamos Little League opening day ceremonies Saturday. Kirk threw out the first pitch at the opening day ceremony in Los Alamos. Kirk was a busy man Saturday as he also threw out the first pitch for the White Rock Little League. 

  • LANL employees receive pollution prevention awards

    Nearly 400 Los Alamos National Laboratory employees on 47 teams received Pollution Prevention awards for protecting the environment and saving taxpayers more than $8 million. The employees were recognized at the Laboratory’s annual Pollution Prevention Awards ceremony on Monday, Earth Day.
    Five projects received the Lab’s Best in Class Star Award for outstanding achievement. These projects will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration for national Pollution Prevention award consideration. They are:
     Acetone out, rhenium in: employees made changes to an acetone sample rinsing process, eliminating 48 liters of mixed low-level waste per year. Now the team separates a small rhenium metal ribbon from stainless steel posts and recycles the steel instead of disposing of the entire apparatus.
    Streamlined plutonium operation: By changing the vessel shape for the process, which extracts americium from old plutonium so that the plutonium can be reused, this method generates less than half of the waste of the former process. The new approach also requires less salt and avoids the generation of more than 20 kilograms of mixed transuranic and low-level radioactive waste per year and an additional 80 kilograms from subsequent processes.

  • Boston suspect read jihadist sites

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was an ardent reader of jihadist websites and extremist propaganda, U.S. officials said Tuesday, adding another piece to the body of evidence they say suggests the two brothers were motivated by an anti-American, radical version of Islam.
    As he lay in his hospital bed with a gunshot wound to the throat, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was charged on Monday with carrying out the bombing with his older brother, who died last week in a gunbattle. Tsarnaev could get the death penalty.
    Interrogators questioned him at the hospital, letting him write down his replies, and his answers led them to believe he and his brother were motivated by religious extremism but appeared to have no major terrorist group connections, said U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.
    However, the written communication precluded back-and-forth exchanges often crucial to establishing key facts, officials said. They warned that they were still trying to verify what Tsarnaev told them and were poring over his telephone and online communications.

  • LANL makes progress on tuberculosis

    New work from Los Alamos National Laboratory shows promise for stemming the advance of tuberculosis (TB) by revealing how the bacterium interacts with its human hosts and thus providing a new pathway for early detection in patients.
    A recent publication from the Los Alamos Biosensor Team describes the association of a key tuberculosis virulence factor, lipoarabinomannan (LAM) with human high-density lipoproteins (HDL) in blood. “Understanding the pathophysiology of tuberculosis, and the distribution of pathogen-associated molecules in the host, is essential to developing efficient methods of intervention,” said Harshini Mukundan, corresponding author on the paper.
    “Association of lipoarabinomannan with high density lipoprotein in blood: Implications for diagnostics” Tuberculosis 93 (2013) was published April 3rd, 2013, in the journal Tuberculosis.

  • Police Beat 04-23-13

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.
    April 12

    2:08 a.m. — Jennie Garcia, 34 of Los Alamos was charged with aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and driving outside lanes for traffic at 35th and Villa Street.

    10:45 a.m. — Charles Sterba, 54, of Los Alamos was arrested on a warrant from another jurisdiction.

    1:01 p.m. — A 54-year-old female told police she had been the victim of a larceny (less than $250) in the 1200 block of San Ildefonso Road.

    8:12 p.m. — Kevin Snider, 51, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, driving outside lanes meant for traffic, driving with a suspended or revoked license and driving without insurance or registration at Club Road and Diamond Drive.

    10:47 p.m. — Moses Salazar, 27, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
    April 13

  • Update 04-23-13

    School board

    The Board has scheduled a Special School Board Meeting for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pinon Elementary School. The board will look at a lease and third grade curriculum. A work session will follow at 6 p.m.

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    P and Z

    Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

    Park week

    Celebrate America’s national treasures by visiting your national parks. A variety of activities and events will be offered throughout the week. Visit Bandelier between April 22-26 for fee free days.

    Drug takeback

    The Los Alamos Police Department will host their annual “Prescription Drug Take Back Day” between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday at LAMC parking lot. 

  • Hooked On Flying

    At first, all Allene Lindstrom wanted to be was the copilot to her husband Ivar.

    “I wanted to learn to take over and land an airplane safely just in case something happened to him,” Lindstrom said.

    The year was 1970 and Lindstrom was in her late 30s. From there, Lindstrom was hooked. She went on to earn private and commercial licenses in single- and multi-engine “Airplane, Single Engine, Land,” both instrument and pilot, as well as glider. She also was active in the Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol and was also the chief check pilot for the entire New Mexico Civil Air Patrol Wing at one point.

    Forty-three years later, she’s still active, having kept her instructor’s certificate for landing a single engine airplane.

    “Flying can be addictive,” she said. “It’s something that’s very satisfying. It’s very quiet up there and you are in control of the entire situation, and I found that to be very pleasant.”

    As for being an instructor, Lindstrom likes that part of the job too. “Being an instructor means you never stop learning,” she said, adding anyone can learn something new by watching how someone else fly an aircraft.

  • Coalition looking for more cleanup dollars

    President Barack Obama’s proposed budget took center stage at the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting Friday.

    The administration is requesting $1.96 billion for Los Alamos National Laboratory this year, an increase of $135 million. However, only $$219 million of that amount is for environmental cleanup, down from $235 million in FY2013.

    The Department of Energy has made a similar request, asking for a total environmental management (EM) budget of $5.622 billion, with only $220 million earmarked for LANL.

    Coalition Chair David Coss, also the Santa Fe mayor, pointed out that the administration’s budget increases spending for the nuclear weapons program but decreases expenditures for science, nonproliferation and environmental remediation.

    “The Environmental Department convinced me two years ago that we shouldn’t fine, we shouldn’t sue, we should work with people in good faith,” Coss said. “We’re not getting anywhere. We need to go to Washington in June and push for what to the federal government is a trivial amount of money.”

  • Law enforcement, then and now

    Sheriff Frank Bojorquez, who held forth in Sierra County after 1916, was a good man with his fists and his gun, but nobody can remember him using either.
    “Frank always spoke slowly and gave everyone a long time to understand what he had to say,” according to those who knew him. One memorable act was his arrest of two Germans involved in a plot to blow up Elephant Butte dam during World War I.
    Archeologist Karl Laumbach, who’s spent years documenting the life of Bojorquez, told the lawman’s story during the annual meeting of the Historical Society of New Mexico last weekend in Las Cruces.
    Inundated with news from Boston, where police and the FBI emerged from their manhunt as heroes, it was an interesting time to reflect on law enforcement then and now. Usually in such comparisons, we like to say it was a simpler time, but it wasn’t. Economic downturns were severe, hardship was widespread, and criminals – who were often as young as the Tsarnaev brothers – were ruthless.