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Lujan Grisham Announces Staff Promotions

on October 17, 2017 - 11:15am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the promotion of two staff members to serve as Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff.
 
“I am pleased to congratulate my hard-working staff on their promotions,” Grisham said. “I am confident they will continue to be passionate public servants and effective leaders as our team advocates for and serves the people of New Mexico.”
 
Natalie Armijo has been promoted to Chief of Staff.

UNM-LA, Attracting And Nurturing Volunteers: A Conversation Thursday

on October 17, 2017 - 11:13am

LACF News:
Next LACF Nonprofit Training: Attracting and Nurturing Volunteers: A Conversation Diana Martinez, Los Alamos Family YMCA and Todd Nickols, Los Alamos Historical Society 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, UNM-LA, Lecture Hall (Bldg 2).

Please join us for this interactive panel discussion, led by leaders of two local organizations with robust volunteer programs. We will discuss the joys (and pains) of engaging the community in our nonprofit efforts. Among the topics we may touch on are:
  • How to recruit and retain volunteers for your organization
  • Different ways to recognize the work of your

Growing Quantum Dot Manufacturer, UbiQD, Named Breakout Labs Portfolio Company

on October 17, 2017 - 7:10am

Photo of the UbiQD team taken at its recent September board of directors meeting a short walk from the quantum dot company’s headquarters in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

UbiQD, Inc. News:

  • The Thiel Foundation is supporting development of UbiQD’s solar concentrator technology

UbiQD, Inc., a New Mexico-based quantum dot manufacturer, announced today that it has been recognized as one of the newest portfolio companies in Breakout Labs, a fund within the Thiel Foundation that finances and nurtures early-stage science-based companies.

SFCC Hosts STEM Conference Oct. 21

on October 17, 2017 - 7:10am
SFCC News:
 
Santa Community College hosts Fall 2017 Santa Fe Expanding Your Horizons featuring keynote address, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workshops for girls in fifth through eighth grade led by women professionals, and a STEM & College Fair.
 
Conference begins from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Oct. 21 at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave. The workshops will be in classrooms and labs primarily in the West Wing, upper and lower levels. The STEM & College Fair runs from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Jemez Rooms.
 
About 200 fifth- through eighth-grade girls will

Coalition Of LANL Communities Board Hears From University Of Texas

on October 17, 2017 - 7:08am

University of Texas consultant Susan Rogers chats with San Ildefonso Pueblo Governor James Mountain at Friday's Coalition of LANL Communities Board meeting in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

A representative of the University of Texas (UT) told the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board Friday that the university is looking forward to submitting a successful bid to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory.

 

Susan Rogers, a longtime former UT staff member and now a consultant said the

Response Filed In IPRA Suit Against County Council

on October 17, 2017 - 7:06am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Court documents filed Oct. 10 on behalf of Patrick Brenner and his mother Lisa Brenner state that there is no “win-win” in a proposal by Los Alamos County Council unless the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) is complied with in a case involving emails in a personal account belonging to County Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary.

The Brenners had asked the County through its Custodian of Public Records Barb Ricci to release every email by every Councilor from May 15 but O’Leary has maintained that she has a privacy interest

Pajarito Astronomers Host County-Sponsored Dark Night Oct. 21

on October 17, 2017 - 7:01am
COMMUNITY News: 
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-Sponsored Dark Night at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park. Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze.  
 
A crescent moon, Mercury, Saturn with its rings and moons, Uranus, Neptune and some Orionid meteors will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the summer and fall constellations, the Milky Way, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

Future Aviators Attend Young Eagles Flight Rally

on October 17, 2017 - 5:44am
All smiles for Hannah Hsu and pilot Amy Ross as they return to the terminal. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Finley Ingle, 11, is very excited to finally get a ride in a W10 Tail Wing home built plane, built by pilot Logan Ott's grandfather. Finley said the W10 Tail Wing is his favorite airplane and he had done a lot of reading about it and to get to take a flight on it was a dream come true. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
By TINA ANDRES
Experimental Aircraft Association
 
There were big smiles on the faces of 39 children at the Young Eagles Flight Rally Saturday morning at

NNSA And Partners Launch Project To Reduce Use Of Radioactive Source Based Devices

on October 17, 2017 - 5:43am
NNSA News:
 
NEW YORK, NY  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has partnered with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) to launch the first citywide initiative to reduce the reliance on risk significant devices in medical and research applications.
 
This combined effort will serve as a way to reduce the risk of a terrorist acquiring this material for a radiological dispersal device (“dirty bombs”).
 
NNSA’s Acting Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear

NCRTD Board Votes To Place A Hold On Santa Fe Transit Consolidation

on October 17, 2017 - 5:40am
NCRTD News:
 
Friday at its monthly Board meeting, the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) voted unanimously to place a pause on consolidation of transit operations of the Santa Fe Trails bus into the NCRTD system.
 
The decision included language that examination of the consolidation/merger can be considered in future years, after the District resolves the sunset GRT election and if the parties believe there is merit to a new exploration. The Board report does not preclude hearing any further suggestions from the City of Santa Fe Council.

Gov. Susana Martinez Announces Appointments To State Boards And Commissions

on October 17, 2017 - 5:37am
Gov. Susana Martinez/Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Gov. Susana Martinez has announced appointments to the Brain Injury Advisory Council, Children’s Trust Fund Board of Directors, Economic Development Commission, Economic Partnership, Education Commission of the States, Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors, Interstate Stream Commission, Livestock Board, Northern New Mexico College Board of Regents, Board of Optometry, Board of Pharmacy, State Parks Advisory Board, State Transportation Commission and Board of Veterinary Medicine.
 
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37th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair Oct. 21

on October 17, 2017 - 5:35am

A sample of art work at the 37th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Crossroads Church at 97 East Road. Courtesy/FLAC

A sample of art work at the 37th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Crossroads Church at 97 East Road. Courtesy/FLAC

A sample of art work at the 37th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Crossroads Church at 97 East Road. Courtesy/FLAC

DEA Kicks Off Annual Red Ribbon Campaign Oct. 23

on October 17, 2017 - 5:20am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration will kick off its annual Red Ribbon Campaign, the nation’s largest drug prevention effort, Oct. 23. 
 
The National Red Ribbon Campaign began after drug traffickers in Mexico tortured and brutally murdered Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in March 1985. Red Ribbon Week is officially celebrated nationally Oct. 23-31; however, communities and school districts nationwide hold events throughout the month.
 
The Red Ribbon Campaign is dedicated to helping to preserve Special Agent Camarena's memory and

Aquatomics Waffle Breakfast Oct. 21

on October 17, 2017 - 5:15am

Rio Rancho PD Seeks Help Finding Former Los Alamos Resident Joseph Roach Missing Since December

on October 17, 2017 - 5:14am

Former Los Alamos resident Joseph Roach has been missing since December 2016. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Rio Rancho Police Det. Aaron Brown is seeking the public's assistance in finding former Los Alamos resident Joseph Roach, 31, who was reported missing in January.

Roach was last seen in Rio Rancho in late December 2016, Brown said. Friends have been posting flyers in the area as well as appeals on social media.

Brown asks that anyone with any information as to Roach's whereabouts call him at 505.891.5930. He said callers may report anonymously if they wish.

Former Los Alamos

Daily Postcard: Autumn At Ashley Pond Park

on October 17, 2017 - 5:07am

Daily Postcard: Couples spend time Sunday afternoon at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Hilltoppers Take Charge At Albuquerque Academy

on October 16, 2017 - 9:37pm

Arturo Rodriguez makes a shirt tail tackle on a Charger ball carrier. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

This Charger tackler finds himself surrounded by Hilltoppers early in the game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

By RJ Montaño

Los Alamos Daily Post

rjmontano@ladailypost.com

ALBUQUERQUE – It only took three quarters of play for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers (5-3, 1-1 district 2-5A) football team to beat the Albuquerque Academy Chargers (2-6, 1-1 district 2-5A) 50-0 on a beautiful Saturday afternoon underneath the Sandia Mountain setting.

Academy set up the

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LANL: Chemical Treatment Improves Quantum Dot Lasers

on October 16, 2017 - 5:29pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemist Jaehoon Lim works on an apparatus that synthesizes quantum dots along with Los Alamos researcher Young-Shin Park (also with the University of New Mexico Center for High-Technology Materials). In a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology, Los Alamos colleagues Kaifeng Wu and Victor Klimov worked with Lim and Park to demonstrate that negatively charged quantum dots show promise for low-power laser applications or quantum dot laser diodes. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • Doctored dots release laser light more efficiently, use less power

One of the secrets to

Benson: How Do We Express Our Profound Gratitude?

on October 16, 2017 - 4:50pm
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

As the fires destroy, devour, and incinerate whole communities in California, as the Reel Deal shows Only the Brave, the story about the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew that saved the Valles Caldera Cabin District just weeks before they went off to die in Arizona I remember our own Los Alamos firefighters who were first on the line as they teamed with other crews from around the country to save our town during the 2000 Cerro Grande Fire.

When I was young I fought fire with the Forest Service out of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Lujan Grisham Statement On Public Opposition To State’s Proposed Science Standards

on October 16, 2017 - 4:47pm

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement today about the strong opposition to Gov. Martinez’s weak science standards for New Mexico’s public schools:

“I hope Gov. Martinez and the Public Education Department are paying close attention to the strong, negative outcry against their proposed new science standards for New Mexico schools.

County Green Team Hosts Informational Event Tuesday

on October 16, 2017 - 4:29pm

Scenes From Taste Of Knowledge Event Saturday

on October 16, 2017 - 4:28pm
'Taste of Knowledge' attracts a sold-out crowd for a night of Spanish food, wine, music and dance to benefit the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Foundation Saturday night at the former De Colores Restaurant. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Spanish desserts paired with sherry. Pig and Fig Bakery and Cafe catered the event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Auctioneer Jill Cook warns that an item is 'going twice' during the live auction, as LAPS Foundation Executive Director Laura Loy looks on. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
LAPS Superintendent Kurt

Wedding Announcement: Hernandez-Nesmith

on October 16, 2017 - 4:24pm

Denis Hernandez and Laura Nesmith were married Saturday at the historic Fuller Lodge. The groom is the son of Denis Hernandez Coto and Elda Moreno Munguia of Laciba, Honduras. The bride is the daughter of Jim Nesmith and the late Jamie Nesmith. The couple will continue to reside in Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
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Swans & Astronomers In Nature Center Planetarium

on October 16, 2017 - 4:23pm
 
PEEC News:
 
What can we learn about the Summer Swan constellation? How are astronomers able to tackle the unsolved questions about space? The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has a planetarium show about the celestial objects that form Cygnus, the summer swan, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 and will show the family-friendly full-dome film We are Astronomers at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22. 
 
The planetarium, located at the Los Alamos Nature Center, projects the night sky and specially-designed films on a 180-degree dome.
 
The constellation Cygnus

County Council Receives Update On MPNHP

on October 16, 2017 - 8:59am

Los Alamos Site Manager of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Charlie Strickfaden provides an update on the park during the Oct. 10 County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

​Work is progressing on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP), the Los Alamos County Council learned during its regular meeting Oct. 10. The park's Site Manager Charlie Strickfaden gave a short presentation to the Council about the park. 

​In his presentation, Strickfaden identified the draft version of the park's purpose:  “Managed in partnership by the

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