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Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 7

on June 7, 2017 - 2:07pm

Cliburn finalists, standing, from left, Americans Daniel Hsu and Kenneth Broberg, South Korean Yekwon Sunwoo, Russian Yuri Favorin, and seated: Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong and Georgy Tchaidze of Russia. Courtesy Photo 

 

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 
It was a long and busy last day in the Cliburn Competition semi-final round.
 

Kenneth Broberg of the U.S. shot up in my estimation after a magisterial performance of the Liszt B-minor sonata.  Italian Leonardo Pierdomenico sank just a little after a nice but not stellar recital.

NWTF Applauds Zinke's Appointment Of Sheehan As U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Deputy Director

on June 6, 2017 - 10:32am
NWTF News:
 
TWIN FALLS, Idaho — The National Wild Turkey Federation praises Secretary Zinke for naming Greg Sheehan as deputy director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
 
Sheehan, current director of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah resident, knows the importance of wildlife conservation because of his roots as a dedicated hunter, fisherman and wildlife photographer.
 
“The NWTF applauds this appointment and we are encouraged to know that someone with his leadership and commitment to wildlife will be deputy director for the USFWS," said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO.
 
In

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 6

on June 6, 2017 - 10:01am

Russian competitor Georgy Tchaidze enjoys a standing ovation with Fort Worth Symphony conductor Nicholas McGegan. Courtesy Photo 

Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong, the only woman still in the Cliburn contention. Courtesy photo

 

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

At this point in the Cliburn Competition, the jury has heard more than 52 hours of music and there are many hours to go. Committing to serve on a Cliburn jury is a major commitment for people who already have busy performing and teaching schedules.

The 10-member jury headed by Chairman and

Sen. Heinrich To Question Former FBI Director Comey In Senate Intel Committee Hearing Thursday

on June 6, 2017 - 9:03am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, will participate in a hearing at 8 a.m. Thursday entitled “Russian Federation Efforts to Interfere in the 2016 U.S. Elections”.

Sen. Heinrich is expected to question former FBI Director James Comey when he testifies before the Committee.

The hearing will stream live online.

Christian Science Annual Meeting 2017 Calls Forth Best In People Across Denominational And National Lines

on June 6, 2017 - 6:04am
The First Church of Christ, Scientist, also known as The Mother Church, is in Boston, Mass. Courtesy photo

Christian Scientists sing at The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston. USA. Courtesy photo

 

CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST News:
 
BOSTON — In today’s culture of political divisions and religious strife, Christian Scientists spoke at their church’s annual meeting of “a new spirit” emerging, which is calling forth the best in people across denominational and national lines.
 
In an interview, the chair of the denomination’s board of directors, Allison Phinney, pointed to the

AG Balderas Joins 'We Are Still In' Coalition Of Governors, AG’s, Mayors, Business & University Leaders To Maintain Commitments To Paris Climate Agreement

on June 5, 2017 - 2:09pm
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Following President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, Attorney General Balderas and 18 attorneys general have joined forces with governors, mayors, business leaders and universities across the country pledging to maintain their commitment to fighting climate change and abiding by the principles of the global agreement.
 
The 19 state attorneys general joining the coalition today include:
 
Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General, George Jepsen, Connecticut Attorney General, Matt Denn,

SBA Announces $18 Million In Funding Opportunity To Support Small Business Trade Growth

on June 5, 2017 - 2:08pm
SBA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Administrator Linda McMahon, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, today announced an $18 million funding opportunity to support export growth among U.S. small businesses. 
 
The funding opportunity will be awarded through SBA’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). States interested in putting in proposals should go to Grants.gov and download the funding opportunity announcement. The deadline for proposals is June 10.
 
STEP awards were created to advance key priorities identified in the President’s National Export Initiative, namely

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 5

on June 5, 2017 - 10:34am

South Korean Yekwan Sunwoo impressed with a beautiful performance of Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 6 in the Cliburn semi-final round. Courtesy photo

Canadian Tony Yike Yang, 18, is the youngest Cliburn competitor. Courtesy photo

Italian competitor Leonardo Pierdomenico acknowledges a standing ovation after his performance with the Fort Worth Symphony under the direction of Nicholas McGehan. Courtesy photo
 
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
LACA Artistic Director

The audience during the Cliburn Competition has been admirably silent.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Backs Clean Energy Act To Streamline Tax Credits

on June 5, 2017 - 8:44am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, cosponsored legislation introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that will measurably reduce carbon pollution over the next decade through a series of incentives for clean energy and the promotion of new technologies in the private sector.
 
The Clean Energy for America Act includes technology-neutral tax credits for domestic production of clean electricity and clean transportation fuel, as well as performance-based tax incentives for energy-efficient

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 4

on June 4, 2017 - 1:47pm

Bass Performance Hall Dome: Cliburn competitors’ view of the Bass Performance Hall when they take the stage. Courtesy photo

Bass Performance Hall exterior: Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth. Courtesy photo

 

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Musical Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

The Cliburn Competition is blessed with a beautiful venue, the Bass Performance Hall. We had a chance to see the hall from the competitor’s point of view during a tour Saturday morning. 

Built in 1998, the hall is modeled along classic European opera house lines, a somewhat unusual design decision given

Scenes From Heinrich's Visit To Los Alamos

on June 4, 2017 - 11:28am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich speaks at the May 27 gathering at the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Visitor Center on 20th Street to discuss the project, tour the  Los Alamos History Museum and Hans Bethe House, and visit with veterans organizations incuding the American Legion Post 90, VFW Post 8874 and the USS Los Alamos Committee at the American Legion to recognize the contributions of the Los Alamos community to the nation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A $10,000 donation is presented to the Los Alamos Historical Society from the NPS, from left, Los Alamos Historical

Helen Milenski Appointed Acting Chair Of Los Alamos County Affiliate Of Libertarian Party Of New Mexico

on June 4, 2017 - 7:36am
Helen Milenski visits the Los Alamos Daily Post world headquarters Friday to announce that she has been appointed acting chair for the Los Alamos County affiliate organization of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico, which has just qualified as a major political party in the state. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Just as the Libertarian Party of New Mexico announced it now meets the requirements to qualify as a major political party in the state, beginning with the 2018 election cycle, Helen Milenski announced that she has been appointed

DOE Awards WIPP Transportation Services Contract

on June 4, 2017 - 7:35am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI – The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center recently announced the award of a contract to CAST Specialty Transportation, Inc. (CAST) of Henderson, Colo., for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) transportation services. The Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity contract will use firm-fixed price task orders, with some cost reimbursement (no fee) items, with an estimated value up to $112 million. There is a five-year performance period, which includes a 60-day transition.

CAST will provide facilities, personnel, and

National History Day Begins June 11

on June 4, 2017 - 7:33am
HISTORY DAY News: 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—This summer, the brightest young historians in the world will take a stand in history to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and scholarships at the National History Day® Contest.
 
The winners of 57 affiliate level contests will present their projects June 11-15 at the University of Maryland, College Park. Affiliates include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, China, Korea and South Asia.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 3

on June 3, 2017 - 7:20am

A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Daniel Hsu, one of the youngest competitors at age 19, studies at the Curtis Institute. Courtesy photo 
 

South Korean competitor Dasol Kim, 28, studies at the Hochshule fur Musik in Hanover, Germany. Courtesy photo 
 

By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

The penultimate round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is finally under way. Twelve semi-finalists will each play a 60-minute recital and a Mozart concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony.

Last night 19-year-old Daniel Hsu, one of the two Americans still

Heinrich Welcomes Zuni Mountain Trails Project

on June 3, 2017 - 6:29am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich attended the Zuni Mountain Trails Project signing ceremony. Courtesy Photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, attended the Zuni Mountain Trails Project signing ceremony. During the event, Alvin Whitehair, District Ranger from the Mt. Taylor Ranger District of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands signed the project’s Decision Notice and Findings of No Significant Impact.

Los Alamos Residents Dorota Listwan And Son Mark Become American Citizens Today

on June 2, 2017 - 4:14pm

Los Alamos residents Dorota Listwan of Poland and her son Mark Listwan with their Certificates of Naturalization. The mother and son became United States citizens this morning at a ceremony in Albuquerque. Dorota and her husband Pawel Listwan own Cottonwood on the Greens Restaurant at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Pawel became an American citizen in 2016. Courtesy photo

Rover Findings Indicate Stratified Lake On Ancient Mars

on June 2, 2017 - 10:31am

Sedimentary Signs of a Martian Lakebed (Shallow Part): This evenly layered rock imaged in 2014 by the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit near where flowing water entered a lake. Shallow and deep parts of an ancient Martian lake left different clues in mudstone formed from lakebed deposits. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Water carried more oxygen at certain times, depths

A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed significantly from one part of the lake to another, according to a

DNFSB Public Hearing On LANL Plutonium Operations

on June 2, 2017 - 8:05am
DNFSB News:
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board will hold a public hearing about reducing the risk of current and future plutonium inventories at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Plutonium Facility beginning at 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 7 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. A public comment period begins at 8:30 p.m.
To pre-register to speak during the public comment period, email the request to hearing@dnfsb.gov or contact the Office of the General Counsel at 202.694.7062 or 800.788.4016.  Individuals also may submit written comments both prior to and at the

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 2

on June 2, 2017 - 6:34am

Los Alamos Concert Association Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin reports on the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth. Courtesy Photo
By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

Downtown Fort Worth is all gussied up for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Banners line the streets. The Cliburn logo is everywhere. Even the crosswalks in front of the Bass Concert Hall are painted to look like keyboards. For a city that is famous for its stockyards, these Texans sure take their music seriously!

We arrived here Thursday morning on an easy

Letter To The Editor: In Lieu Of Wearing Orange Friday

on June 1, 2017 - 11:11am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

Friday is Wear Orange Day (it is Saturday in Santa Fe). This started in response to yet another senseless shooting in Chicago, as explained by Mike "The Gun Guy" Weisser. It has since spread far and wide and while most gun owners will cringe at supporting such a day, I think, as I have said before, that we need to find common ground between the firearms owning fraternity and those who see firearms in a negative manner.

The vast majority of gun owners in the U.S.

History On Tap: The Soviet Side Of The Cold War Tonight!

on June 1, 2017 - 8:44am

Los Alamos History Museum News:

Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap, for an engaging discussion about the Soviet side of the Cold War with Samantha Lippard. History on Tap, part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District, is 5:30 p.m. today at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

How did the other side live during the Cold War? This edition of History on Tap will explore the Soviet side of the Cold War, from Levi’s blue jeans and the British Invasion to cosmonauts and Soviet television.

Los Alamos Memorial Day Theme: United We Stand, One Nation Under God

on May 31, 2017 - 9:36am
Retired U.S. Army Col. Pryor 'Doc' Dougherty delivers the Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Retired U.S. Army Col. Pryor “Doc” Dougherty, a former U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team member and 30-year veteran was the speaker for the Memorial Day Ceremony Monday at Guaje Pines Cemetery.

Dougherty served three tours in Vietnam as well as many years in Somalia, the Philippines, Germany and Korea. He also spent three years in the U.S.

ICIT Alert: America Exposed – Who’s Watching You Through Your Computer’s Camera?

on May 30, 2017 - 8:13am

Courtesy image

ICIT News:

The Institute for Critical Infrastructure technology (ICIT) reports that unsecured cameras on PCs and mobile devices pose a serious threat to the private sector, to individual users and to national security. 

No other exploit is as vicious or expedient with its results as camera activation malware, which can be used by malicious threat actors to surveil and spy on unsuspecting users.

In its most recent publication – “America Exposed: Who’s Watching You Through Your Computer’s Camera?” – ICIT provides an in-depth analysis of this underreported threat by

Scenes From Memorial Day Ceremony At Guaje Pines

on May 29, 2017 - 5:54pm

Los Alamos High School NJROTC students at this morning's Memorial Day ceremony at Guaje Pines Cemetery, hosted by the Knights of Columbus #3137. Read the full story Tuesday at www.ladailypost.com. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com​

Scene from the 2017 Memorial Day ceremony this morning at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com​

Scene from the 2017 Memorial Day ceremony this morning at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com​

Scene from the 2017 Memorial Day ceremony this morning at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Photo by Carol A.

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