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NNSA Releases FY18 Presidential Budget Request

on May 24, 2017 - 7:22am

Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz (Ret.)

DOE/NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) released details Tuesday of its portion of the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Request.

The President’s $13.9 billion FY 2018 Budget Request for NNSA represents an increase of $1.0 billion – or 7.8 percent – above the FY 2017 Omnibus level, representing the Administration’s commitment to NNSA’s diverse missions: maintaining the safety, security, reliability, and effectiveness of the nuclear weapons stockpile; reducing the threat of

Los Alamos Democrats Honor George And Chris Chandler At JFK Dinner For Dedication And Service

on May 22, 2017 - 7:16pm
Chris and George Chandler are the 2017 honorees at Sunday's annual Democratic Party of Los Alamos County JKF Dinner at the Betty Ehart Center. The Chandlers were honored for their contributions to the Democratic Party and the Los Alamos community. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
George and Chris Chandler, left, receive the 2017 Achievement Award at Sunday's JFK Dinner as Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan applaud at right. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Local Democrats gathered Sunday to celebrate

LANL Foundation Kicks Off Annual LAESF Campaign

on May 22, 2017 - 5:05pm

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Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan, left, speaks with scholarship winners from Los Alamos High School including Louisa Belian Andy Shen and Wilbur Wang. Belian will pursue pre-med and international relations at the University of California Berkeley. Shen will study applied mathematics at the University of California Los Angeles. Both are $5,000 Bronze Scholars. Wang is a top-level $20,000 Gold Scholar pursuing a degree in molecular biology at Princeton. Photo by Richard C. Robinson/LANL

 

Several of the 2017 Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund award winners attend the fundraising

Joshua J. Montoya Charged With LANL Copper Theft Slated For Arraignment In District Court Wednesday

on May 22, 2017 - 12:18pm

Staff Report

Joshua J. Montoya of Velarde is slated for arraignment Wednesday in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe for allegedly stealing large amounts of copper from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) last year.

A criminal complaint filed July 14, 2016 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court by Los Alamos Police Cpl.

Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Meets June 7

on May 21, 2017 - 6:47am

DNFSB News:

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board is holding a hear beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 7 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

The hearing goal is to gather information on:

  • Risk associated with current and future Plutonium Facility inventory levels;
  • Actions taken by the NNSA and LANL to address opportunities identified by the Board to minimize material-at-risk,
  • Actions to reduce facility risk for long-term operations; and
  • Adequacy and status of safety systems to support current and long-term operations.

The hearing is open to the public.

Letter To The Editor: Another Reason To Love LA

on May 21, 2017 - 5:58am
By JARET and JEN MCDONALD
Los Alamos

Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you to Los Alamos National Security for providing the LANL Employee Giving Campaign.

We received just shy by a couple of bucks to pay for an Android app for Famine to Feast.

To the individuals who individually donated ... you are amazing! If you didn't hear it before, THANKS!!!! You really are helping other people with your donations.

An Android app is on the way and will be available for download by Friday, May 26. www.faminetofeastnow.org.

United Way And LANL Partner To Make A Difference

on May 19, 2017 - 5:57am
UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega, left, presents a plaque to Carole Rutten of the LANL Community Partnerships Office. Courtesy photo
 

UWNNM News:

This is part of a series that will run throughout the month of May as part of the United Way of Northern New Mexico Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative.

United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) are embarking upon an exciting new partnership through the UWNNM Cornerstone Program!

LANL: Six Northern New Mexico Businesses Awarded Funds To Boost Growth

on May 18, 2017 - 10:16am

LANL News:

The Venture Acceleration Fund awarded a round of funding to six diverse northern New Mexico businesses. The VAF is a collaborative investment administered by the Regional Development Corporation.

“The Laboratory wants to support the region’s small businesses as much as possible, and the VAF plays a critical role in helping companies on a growth trajectory expand and contribute to the broader economy,” said David Pesiri, director of the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is responsible for the Lab’s technology transfer initiatives.

NNSA Hosts Bilateral Workshop On Radiation Measurement With Japan At Lawrence LLNL

on May 18, 2017 - 9:24am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) hosted a bilateral workshop with Japan May 2-5 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, Calif.
 
The workshop, which focused on radiation measurement, characterization, and protective actions for emergency preparedness and response, was the ninth meeting of the Emergency Management Working Group under the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation.
 
Jay Tilden, NNSA’s associate administrator for counterterrorism and counterproliferation,

Nuclear Security Training Center Opens In Kazakhstan

on May 17, 2017 - 9:33am
NNSA News:
 
The Republic of Kazakhstan, in cooperation with the United States Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), opened its Nuclear Security Training Center (NSTC) May 12 in Alatau, Kazakhstan.
 
The training center allows Kazakhstan to train personnel from local, regional, and international nuclear facilities and organizations. It will focus on fundamental and advanced nuclear security topics and provide a venue for discussing best practices.
 
“This training center demonstrates the Republic of Kazakhstan’s commitment to nuclear security.

Letter To The Editor: I Am Not Dead ... Who To Call?

on May 15, 2017 - 7:58am
By JIM GRIFFIN
Los Alamos
 
Around the first of the year those of us retired from LANL for some time received a communication asking us to prove we were alive. I filled out the paperwork, had it notorized at LANB and mailed it to the required address. I checked one of my bank statements and I received my pension and thought no more of it.
 
Today I checked my latest bank statement and no pension deposit. I presume I am dead.
 
If anyone can supply me with a phone number, address or information about whomever wanted us to prove we were part of the undead I would be very grateful.

National Nuclear Security Administration Notice Of Proposed Floodplain And Wetland Actions At LANL

on May 14, 2017 - 6:26am
NNSA News:
 
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing activities within the 100-year floodplain in Delta Prime (DP) Canyon and within a wetland in Mortandad Canyon in Technical Areas-(TA) 21 and TA-03 respectively, at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
 
In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations 1022 Compliance with Floodplain and Wetland Environmental Review Requirements, NNSA has prepared a joint floodplain and wetland assessment for the proposed actions.

NNSA Awards NNSS Site Management & Operating Contract To Mission Support And Test Services, LLC

on May 13, 2017 - 5:22pm
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced today it has awarded Mission Support and Test Services LLC (MSTS) with the management and operating contract for the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) near Las Vegas, Nev.
 
MSTS is a limited liability company consisting of Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell), Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs), and Stoller Newport News Nuclear, Inc. (SN3).
 
NNSA conducted a full and open competition for the follow-on NNSS M&O contract.

Santa Fe Opera Announces 2018 Season

on May 11, 2017 - 7:32am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan, who also is a musician, joined Santa Fe Opera General Director Charles MacKay during Tuesday's announcment of the 2018 Opera Season. Photo by Carl Newton

 

By CARL NEWTON
Los Alamos

On Tuesday the Santa Fe Opera presented its 2018 season to an audience of opera supporters. Company premieres include Bernstein's Candide June 29, 2018 and John Adams' Dr. Atomic July 14, 2018. Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos will be seen in a new production, and two revivals round out the season.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry Praises National Laboratories During Los Alamos Visit

on May 10, 2017 - 6:54pm
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks with the media this afternoon following his talk with Laboratory employees at TA-3. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Energy Secretary Rick Perry during his press conference today at TA-3. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Energy Secretary Rick Perry met with media representatives Wednesday afternoon after he had toured Los Alamos National Laboratory and addressed lab employees.

LANL Emergency Exercise Set For Thursday

on May 10, 2017 - 5:04pm
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency-preparedness exercise from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 11. 
 
It is only an exercise. The Laboratory routinely conducts these exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other Laboratory personnel who would respond to an actual emergency. There could be increased emergency vehicle traffic around town.
 
Emergency Operations works closely with participating Lab organizations to keep employees and the community apprised of real or simulated emergency exercises.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry Visits LANL Wednesday

on May 9, 2017 - 4:42pm

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

LANL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of Energy Rick Perry will visit Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday, where the nation’s nuclear weapons program began during World War II as part of the Manhattan project. 

During the visit, Secretary Perry will receive briefings on the Laboratory’s extensive capabilities in support of national security, nuclear deterrence, stockpile stewardship, and nuclear non-proliferation.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Visits Los Alamos Today

on May 9, 2017 - 4:15pm

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce from New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District spent several hours today in Los Alamos meeting with various community and civic leaders and County and laboratory officials. He also stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post to visit with Publisher Carol A. Clark and the news team. He explained that he is spending the week traveling throughout northern New Mexico to hear local concerns as well as test the waters for a possible run for governor of New Mexico. Read the full story of the Congressman’s visit to Los Alamos in the Thursday print edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Dr. Neeper

on May 9, 2017 - 7:53am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos
 
This is a brief reply to Dr. Neeper’s recent letter (link). First of all, I did not suggest that people should go to work for private industry. I suggested that they form their own companies and go to work for themselves. That way you set your own corporate values, and those values can help restore credibility to science. That’s a little different than working for R J Reynolds.
 
I also think that volunteering is great, but volunteering isn’t going to create research jobs. We need to grow research, and taking the entrepreneurial route is one way to do that.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on May 9, 2017 - 7:32am
RCLC News:
 
The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board Meeting is 9-11 a.m. Friday, May 12 in the Taos Council Chambers - Coronado Hall 120 Civic Plaza Dr. in Taos.
 
Agenda:
 
Call to Order – Chair Barney Trujillo | 9 a.m.
Confirmation of Quorum – Chair Barney Trujillo
Approval of Agenda – Chair Barney Trujillo
Approval of Meeting Minutes - Chair Barney Trujillo | 9:05 a.m.
Discussion/Action Items (1hr 35 min) | 9:05-10:40 a.m.
  • Briefing from NM Congressional Delegation (5 mins)
  • Update by Kathy Keith on LANL Community Partnerships Office (5 mins)
  • Executive Director Update (5

LANL: Data Analysis Could Trigger New Shale Gas Revolution

on May 8, 2017 - 7:53pm

Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Manipulating ‘tail production’ could yield huge long-term gains while minimizing environmental impacts

Extensive data mining and analysis of 20,000 shale gas wells has revealed how “refracturing” existing wells with new technology could transform them from diminished producers into high-performers long after their initial peak production period has ended.

“Our analysis could potentially aid in reducing the number of new wells to be drilled,” said Richard Middleton, lead author of the study by a team of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists.

Centerra Awards $10,000 To Rio Arriba Teachers

on May 7, 2017 - 6:10am
2016 winner Elias Alison 2nd Grade Teacher at ETS Fairview Elementary School in Espanola with his students and Centerra-Los Alamos General Manager Ted Spain, left, during the check presentation. Courtesy photo
 
LANL Foundation News:
 
ESPANOLA — Centerra - Los Alamos has again provided $10,000 to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation to continue the Rio Arriba County Excellence in Teaching Award program.
 
“We are so proud to continue to recognize the teachers in the communities where many of our employees live and raise their families.

Heinrich Highlights Nexus Between Small Businesses And NM Labs, Urges Hiring At Kirtland And WSMR

on May 6, 2017 - 2:05pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, highlighted the nexus between small businesses and Labs in New Mexico during a hearing yesterday.
 
He questioned former directors of Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories—such as the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base and the Army Research Laboratory at White Sands Missile Range— on how to accelerate small business contracting hiring for vital research missions.
 
Heinrich helped create a

Letter To The Editor: Idea For Retired LANL Scientists

on May 6, 2017 - 1:59pm
By RICHARD NEBEL, Ph. D
Los Alamos
 
This is in response to the recent “retired scientists” letter in the Post (link). First of all, let me disclose that I do have some skin in this game.
 
Our company is funded by the ARPA-E, which is the one part of the DOE that the Trump administration wants to eliminate completely. And obviously, I don’t agree with that.
 
My primary issue with the “retired scientists” letter is that I think they have misdiagnosed the problem. The problem isn’t that people are opposed to science.

Opening Statement Of Ranking Member Heinrich On National Labs, Contributions To Military Operations And Readiness

on May 5, 2017 - 4:03pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing, "Department of Defense Laboratories and Their Contributions to Military Operations and Readiness." 
 
Below is the opening statement of Ranking Member Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) as prepared for delivery and a video is available here.
 
Let me begin by thanking Senator Ernst for holding this hearing on our nation's defense laboratories and technology innovation.

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