Today's News

  • LA companies on the move

    Cruising around downtown, locals may notice some businesses are missing from their once familiar locations.

    That’s because several longtime operations have recently moved, or are preparing to move, into spaces that are better suited to their current objectives.

    Much of the activity is centered on Central Park Square, where changing storefronts and newly renovated spaces are a common site around the complex.

    Each business has its own reasons for relocating, but there is one common factor among them all — to provide a better experience for customers.

    RE/MAX of Los Alamos and Stewart Title Company
    RE/MAX of Los Alamos outgrew its previous space long ago. Owner Kendra Henning says she’s been looking for a more suitable space since she bought the company nearly six years ago. There were too many agents crammed in space that wasn’t even large enough to hold their bi-weekly staff meetings.

    Henning found the perfect place at 116 Central Park Square, in the space formerly occupied by Los Alamos Visiting Nurses, where she and Paula Glover, President of Stewart Title Company, decided to combine resources to renovate and occupy the space. Glover had the opposite problem; she had downsized in the past few years and was looking for something a bit smaller.

  • Lab adds another facility to process nuclear waste

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has brought a third waste repackaging facility online to increase its capability to process nuclear waste for permanent disposal.

    The “375 box line facility” enables Los Alamos to repackage transuranic waste stored in large boxes.

    Built inside a dome once used to house containers of waste at the laboratory, the facility is the largest Perma-Con structure ever constructed. A Perma-Con is a modular structure typically used for radiological or hazardous containment.

    Contaminated items such as equipment and protective clothing, used during past operations at Los Alamos, are removed from their containers inside the structure and then are repackaged for shipment to licensed, permanent disposal facilities.

    The record-setting structure is 110-feet long by 48-feet wide.

    “We needed to build a structure big enough to accommodate these waste boxes, some of which are 40 feet long,” said Jeff Mousseau, associate director of environmental programs at LANL. “These are the largest, most contaminated boxes of waste at Los Alamos, and this facility will give us the capability to repackage them safely.”

    The Perma-Con structure was provided by Radiation Protection Systems, Inc.

  • Suit challenges aboriginal title to Valles Caldera

    Second in a two-part series

    In the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss the Jemez Pueblo lawsuit to reclaim tribal lands in Valles Caldera National Preserve, the government asserts that earlier land claims litigation divested the pueblo of its aboriginal title.

    “Since around the beginning of the last century, popular understanding of Indian land rights has been based upon a political and cultural assumption that somehow or other all aboriginal Indian titles outside of BIA recognized reservation boundaries as somehow or other ‘taken,’” said Attorney Tom Luebben, who is representing Jemez Pueblo.

    The government argument leans heavily on a claim that Jemez lost its aboriginal title in 1860 when Congress settled a claim by heirs of Luis Maria Cabeza de Baca by awarding them 500,000 acres within the New Mexico Territory. The Federal Land Department approved the 99,289-acre Baca Location No. 1, including the Valles Caldera, as part of that acreage.

  • Hanging Groves' portrait

    Historical Properties Committee members, left to right, John Ruminer, Gerry Strickfaden and Tom Sanford hang a portrait of Gen. Leslie Groves in the lobby of the Los Alamos Historical Museum.

    Groves stayed in the Blue Room of the Guest Cottage, which now houses the museum, whenever he visited Los Alamos.

    The portrait was donated by Groves’ son, the late Gen. Richard Groves, and Richard’s children. The family decided to donate the portrait to the museum after the sculptures of Groves and Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer were dedicated in May 2011.

    The portrait was painted by Artist Albert Murray, who has been called “the greatest of all American portrait painters after John Singer Sargent.” Murray’s work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Museum of American Art.

    The official unveiling will be part of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 70th anniversary celebration, 3 p.m. April 5 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. 

  • Manhattan Project agent Safferstein dies at age 92

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nathan Safferstein was barely 21 when circumstances suddenly propelled him from his job as a supermarket manager into the stealth world of a counterintelligence agent on the project that produced the atomic bomb.

    A customer at the Connecticut market had told her brother — an Army intelligence commander — about a bright young prospect. Soon, paperwork was filled out, recommendations made.

    Wartime security being paramount, Safferstein eavesdropped on phone calls of scientists and engineers in Los Alamos to make sure no Manhattan Project secrets were leaked, and delivered bomb-making uranium and top-secret messages.

    He also scrawled his signature on the first A-bomb, called “Little Boy,” dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945. A second bomb leveled Nagasaki on Aug. 9, and Japan surrendered six days later.

    Safferstein died Tuesday night at his home in the Bronx after a long illness, his family said. He was 92.

  • Lenten mission

    There will be a Lenten mission with Dr. John Bergsma at 7 p.m. March 22 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
    Are you looking for a way to deepen your faith this Lent, or are you curious about how the Old Testament relates to the New in regards to Jesus and the church? Bergsma, associate professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, will speak on the Gospel
    of John and the sacraments, the Old Testament and the Last Supper, and the Old Testament and the Passion. The talks will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday and following the 8 a.m. mass, until noon Saturday. All are invited. Childcare is provided, as is breakfast on Saturday. RSVP if able to Calysta Kohlrust, af@ihmcc.org or 661-8303. 

  • Church Listings 03-08-13

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • 'The Gospel According to Mark'

    An estimated 6,001,500,000 Holy Bibles have been printed. Before the Gutenberg Bible was printed in 1450, however, most of the illiterate population’s access to the Bible was purely oral: a Jewish storytelling tradition that grew in the homes of the early Christian church and was later professed to the populace by church authorities.
    “The Gospel According to Mark,” a dramatic one-person performance by Jeffrey Favorite at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, brings the tradition to Los Alamos.
    Favorite’s fascination with the oral telling of Mark’s gospel has been simmering for seven years. In 2005, his solo performance of “Damien” at Los Alamos Little Theatre tested both his memory and his theatrical skills and whetted his appetite for more. A close friend from Massachusetts, Prof. Victor Hill, mentioned a modern day trend of verbatim performances of the “Gospel of Mark,” and Favorite found a few renditions on YouTube. It was not until November 2012, though, when a friend at Trinity on the Hill raised the possibility of the performance as an outreach to the Los Alamos community, that Favorite took the plunge.

  • You aren't going to believe this

    SANTA FE — The world is going crazy folks. I don’t know how else to explain some recent occurrences.
    The most unbelievable event was basketball star Dennis Rodman’s two-day visit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Rodman was the bad boy of basketball while he played in the NBA.
    The United States has had no contact with North Korea, the bad boys of the world, for 15 years or so except for a few ill-fated secret talks.
    That is why the U,.S. State Department was so upset when Bill Richardson accompanied the head of Google to North Korea a few weeks ago. Richardson and Co. never got close to Kim Jong Un.
    But Rodman and a basketball team arrived in town and had Un hugging and kissing Rodman during two days of basketball games.
    Evidently Rodman has been a favorite of Un’s for many years. Un likes basketball and especially likes Rodman’s style. Could the reason be that they both are bad boys?
    Back during the “ping pong diplomacy” with China in the early 1970s, it was frequently said that only Richard Nixon could go to China.
    It is highly unlikely that anyone is going to venture that only Rodman could go to North Korea.

  • More Pi in the sky

     If I yelled out a three.  Then a one and a four.  Would you ask me to go on and shout out some more?
     OK, math lovers!  Next Thursday (March 14) is once again our chance to sing out the digits of harmonic irrationality to the world, to repeat our favorite non-repeating number.
     3.141592653 something uh something something.  Yeah, you know, it goes on and on, kind of like our irrational leaders filibustering in Congress.  But there’s a big difference.  Pi never repeats itself.
     So why the fascination with pi?  What is it about a number that motivates people to memorize it out dozens of places.  Or hundreds?  Some people have memorized and recited pi out over 10,000 digits.  The current record holder is Chao Lu who managed to recite pi out 67,890 places.
     Of course, computers are much better as spitting out the digits.  As computational capabilities continued to increase, it became traditional to demonstrate a computer’s power by having it calculate pi out to the umpteenth digit.  A couple years ago, they broke the ten trillion-digit mark.
    Ten-trillion digits.  If you recited one digit every second, it would take you more than 300,000 years to read it.