Carol A. Clark

Quemazon Nature Trail: Aug. 25, 2012


Column by Nina Thayer

The recent rains have brought a wealth of wildflowers to the Pajarito Plateau including the Quemazon Nature Trail, where I hiked recently.

Quemazon, which is a local Spanish word for “burned”, is indeed that. The entire mountainside was consumed with crown fire in the Cerro Grande Wildfire 12 years ago.

The nature trail was completely restored in the years after the fire by more than 250 Mountain School students and reopened by the County in 2004.

The trailhead is located off of Trinity Drive in the Western Area. Bear left to remain on Trinity Read More

Valerie Plame Wilson is Keynote Speaker for 5th Annual Women in Technology Celebration

NMTC News:

New Mexico Technology Council’s 5th Annual Women in Technology Celebration is set for 8:30-10 a.m Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid, 5151 San Francisco Road NE in Albuquerque.

The Nov. 1 event recognizes exceptional women in New Mexico who are working in a technology field and who encourage other women to pursue careers and leadership roles in technology.

The 5th Annual Women in Technology Celebration also recognizes women in technology across the state of New Mexico as well as deserving female high school seniors who receive scholarship funds for college. Read More

LANL Emergency Exercise Planned For Wednesday

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency preparedness exercise on Wednesday, Aug. 29. It is an exercise only.

LANL routinely conducts emergency exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other LANL personnel who would respond to an actual emergency.

The majority of the exercise is on LANL property and shouldn’t affect the public. Signs will be in place outside the Los Alamos Medical Center, alerting the public that an exercise is under way.

Laboratory employees who work in facilities near the exercise scenario have been notified. Los

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Community Invited to Tie Teal Ribbons Event


In memory of Cheri Host, Kathy Aikin and Emmy Hopson, the community is invited at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 to tie teal ribbons to the trees at Ashley Pond.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Saturday’s event is being held to raise awareness and not lose any more women in the community to the disease.

Even in its early stages ovarian cancer has symptoms. Research indicates that 95 percent of women with ovarian cancer had symptoms and 90 percent of women experienced symptoms with early-stage ovarian cancer.

Symptoms vary from woman to woman and many Read More

Know Your Metabolism

Column by Kent Pegg

One of the key factors to weight loss and weight management is your metabolism. Metabolism is a term that refers to how your body transforms the calories in the food you eat into energy.

The food is broken down into sugars and amino acids that the body then has available for use as energy. The energy is then either used or it is stored as muscle or fat.

If you want to lose weight and keep the weight off, one important thing to do is to know your metabolic rate. Your metabolic rate is the number of calories your body burns in the course of a day.

To accurately determine your metabolic rate, Read More

Taos School of Music Breaks Attendance Records

TSM News: 

Opus 50, the Taos School of Music’s special concert season to celebrate the 50thanniversary of the prestigious summer music school brought internationally-known ensembles to Taos including the Shanghai, Jupiter and American String Quartets, plus the Borromeo and Brentano String Quartets.

Music world luminaries Michael Tree, founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet, Christopher Constanza, Thomas Sauer and Robert McDonald also performed and served as faculty.

In addition, 19 young artists, graduates and students of the nation’s leading music conservatories, Read More

LANL Responds to Radiological Incident at LANSCE

  • Multiple tests indicate no health risks to public or employees

Los Alamos National Laboratory is investigating the inadvertent spread of Technetium 99 by employees and contractors at the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), a multidisciplinary accelerator facility used for both civilian and national security research.

The Laboratory has determined that about a dozen people came into contact with the material, and some tracked small amounts of Technetium 99 off-site.

The contamination poses no danger to the public. The type of radiation Read More

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 16 to Aug. 22, 2012

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Aug. 16 at 7:45 a.m. / Los Alamos Public Schools reported that someone damaged school property with graffiti at Los Alamos High School. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

Aug. 17 at 2:54 p.m. / Police received a report of someone shoplifting from a business in the 500 block of Central Avenue. The estimated loss is more than $250. The matter is under investigation.

Aug. 17 at 8:18 a.m. / Police Read More

Acting on Knowledge: Why is it so hard? Part 1

Column by Elena Yang

Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert Sutton’s “The Knowing-Doing Gap: How smart companies turn knowledge into action” is an easy-to-read book, like many of their other collaborative works.

This is not a conventional book review but rather my attempt to capture some important points and use them to launch some stories and reflections.

In today’s space, I will delineate three difficulties in acting on knowledge. I will finish the remaining two more obstacles and a few recommendations next week.

As Pfeffer & Sutton point out, given the plethora of business books published every Read More