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Today's News

  • NASA Rover Curiosity Makes First Mars Trip
  • School, construction officials reassess accident prevention procedures

    School officials met with construction contractors at the Los Alamos Middle School Wednesday to reassess their accident prevention and communication procedures.

    School officials attending included Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt, Los Alamos Middle School Principal Rex Kilburn and Education Board Member Dawn Venhaus.

    The meeting was in response to Monday’s accidental natural gas leak that occurred when construction crews working on the school’s renovation inadvertently damaged a gas pipe that supplied the school’s cafeteria and some of the school’s hot water systems.

    Though the meeting was not open to the public, Schmidt commented on what they hope to get from the meeting.

    “We take safety very seriously and we will hold McCarthy very closely to the plans they are developing so we don’t have a repeat of this accident,” said Schmidt.

    Ron Zucher, a project manager for McCarthy, the contractor in charge of the school’s renovation provided an update.

    “Right now we are testing the entire system that we recently installed,” Zucher said.

    We did a safety stand down yesterday to discuss what’s happened in the past few days so that we learn from our lesson and we don’t keep repeating the same problem.”

  • Turning trash into fashion

    Art comes in many forms and can be made out of anything an artist can think of. Now, Oregon native and New Mexico resident Nancy Judd is opening the eyes of fashionistas in and out of the state and letting them know the same can be said of fashion.
    Since 1998, Judd has been crafting fashions out of other people’s trash. She first got the idea while working in Santa Fe, as the city’s recycling coordinator.
    “I realized that art and fashion could be used to raise the consciousness of the public about recycling in a fun and positive way,” Judd said. “I started an event called the Recycle Santa Fe Art Market, that is still going strong.
    The opening night always features a recycled fashion contest and I would make a dress every year to promote the contest.
    Soon, I had a wonderful collection of recycled garments and I started to get invited by other recycling coordinators around the country to give recycled fashion shows in their communities.”
    She stopped doing fashion shows four years ago, because she said she realized she could “reach more people with my message of sustainability with exhibitions. I also wanted an audience that was not already environmentally minded.”

  • JJAB Recognizes Kramer

    Kelley Kramer received a certificate of appreciation for service on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board last month. Kraemer is now attending college.

  • Be There 08-22-12

    Today
    The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a discussion from 6:30-8 p.m. in meeting room 1 of the Mesa Public Library. This month’s topic is “Mormon mythology, morality and Mitt. How benign are Mormon beliefs? How would a Mormon in the White House affect you?” Direct questions to losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com.All are welcome.

    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will be from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Family Game Night at Mesa Public Library. Join the geeks and gamers from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda for game boards galore. All ages welcome, please bring a parent or another adult if you’re 12 or younger.

    Wildflower Walk. Join Chick Keller, curator of PEEC’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium, for an easy walk to learn the names of local wildflowers.  A plant list will be provided so participants can keep track of what they see. Meet at PEEC at 5:30 p.m. to carpool or caravan to the trailhead. Free, no registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information. In case of rain, meet inside PEEC for slide and plant identification discussions.

  • Contest aims to cut energy usage

    While the Los Alamos Fire Department’s number one mission has always been to safeguard the lives and property of the people of Los Alamos, the department recently added to its mission another thing it would like to save and protect: energy.
    For the next six months, crews at LAFD stations three, four and six will compete with each other on who can save the most electricity and gas.
    The winning station gets a gourmet meal cooked by County Administrator Harry Burgess and deputy administrators Steven Lynne and Brian Bosshardt. Members of the county’s “Green Team,” headed up by Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki will assist.
    Nagawiecki said if the meetings with the stations leading up to the competition were any indication, the competition should be pretty lively.
    “There was definitely some enthusiasm and competition that came out during the launch meetings, which means we should be in for a great competition,” Nagawiecki said in a written statement about the event.
    Nagawiecki also said this was the first time the county is trying the program, an idea they came up with during a brainstorming session on how to reduce the energy usage of county government.

  • Passing the buck

    Local photographer Isaac Chamberlin, 13, captured this image of a young buck, left, near TA-3 last week. A couple of deer were also spotted in the same area.

  • Update 08-22-12

    Gun Show

    The 14th annual Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club Gun Show will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Pueblo Gym.

    Authors Speak

    Author Vaunda Nelson will discuss her award-winning book “Bad News for Outlaws: the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Library.

    Groundbreaking

    The public is invited to join the county council for the groundbreaking event for the new Golf Course Community Building at 11:30 a.m. Friday, at the building site. Refreshments will be served.

    Hike event

    Terry Foxx and Chris Judson will lead an exploratory hike from Bandelier National Monument Ponderosa Campground area on Saturday. People should meet at Ponderosa campground at 8:30 a.m.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 in council chambers.

  • Astronomer enlightens audience

    Astronomer Alex Filippenko knows his audience. At the Duane Smith Auditorium Monday night, he wowed the crowd with his talk about dark matter, expanding universes and supernovae black holes — and even included a little extra

    “I gave more details tonight and went on longer than I usually do because I wanted to give this much more scientifically literate audience some more of the details,” Filippenko said. “When I give this lecture to a much more generalized audience, I leave out particular things because it confuses them; but I felt like I owed it to this particular audience.”

    But he also brought along his sense of humor, too. At one point during the lecture, he showed a wall of stars on his presentation screen and started to seriously tell the audience that dark matter is what you see between the stars. He then started to count the dark spaces in between the clusters of stars and galaxies before a ripple of laughter in the audience grew louder, signaling the jig was up.

    After that, though, things got serious as he described dark matter as something everyone should be paying attention to, whether award-winning astronomers or not.

  • Coalition adopts bylaws and looks for funding

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities adopted a pair of resolutions that will help it better conduct its business at a meeting last week in Española.

    Under the guidance of its new executive director DeAnza Valencia Sapien of the MVM Group, the coalition unanimously approved a resolution establishing the bylaws of the Board of Directors and established standards of reasonable notice to the public for all coalition meetings.

    Valencia Sapien was hoping to announce that the coalition would receive $100,000 in funding from the Department of Energy. “We should have it next month,” she said.

    A presentation was made to the coalition, concerning the radiological environmental monitoring around Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    David Fuehne, LANL’s team leader for environmental radiation protection, said there are 28 stacks continuously monitored and air is monitored at more than 50 AIRNET stations. Analysis is done for radioactive particulates including plutonium, americium, uranium, tritium and metals. Fuehne said more than 30,000 analyses were made in 2010.

    He said extensive wildfire monitoring was done after Cerro Grande, Taos and Las Conchas with more than 9,000 analyses. He also said there was “no-fire-related LANL effects measured at the laboratory perimeter or regional.”