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DOE Applauds Opening of Historic Disposal Facility

on June 6, 2013 - 11:23am

EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga

NNSA News:

ANDREWS, Texas – Department of Energy (DOE) officials participated in an event today to celebrate the opening of the first commercial disposal facility of its kind.

Office of Environmental Management Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event at Waste Control Specialists (WCS) in Andrews and witnessed the first container being placed in the new state-of-the-art facility. WCS is a waste processing and disposal company.

“I am proud to be here today to celebrate this historic event.

House Passes Luján Amendment to Increase Funding for Wildfire Preparedness and Preventative Measures

on June 6, 2013 - 11:05am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District offered an amendment late last night to the Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act to increase funding for grant programs that help communities prepare for wildfires.

The amendment passed the House with broad bipartisan support by a 287 to 136 vote this morning. Below are Representative Luján's remarks from last night. Click here<> to watch Luján's speech.

"Madam Chair, in what has been one of the worst

'Run the Caldera' Cancellation Impacts 450-plus Participants

on June 6, 2013 - 10:40am

VCNP News:

The Thompson Ridge Fire has forced the cancellation of the annual Run the Caldera Marathon event.

Mike Lippiatt from the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce said that more than 450 participants had registered up to the time the event was cancelled earlier this week.

Lippiatt addressed the short and longterm impact the cancellation of Run the Caldera may have on the local economy.

"It is impossible to quantify the loss of revenue due to the event being cancelled but the impact to our local businesses is quite significant," Lippiatt said in a news release.

Help With The Hard Stuff: 'Be An Informed Shopper For Your Legal Services'

on June 6, 2013 - 10:12am

Part 9 (of 10)–“Be An Informed Shopper For Your Legal Services

Last column looked at some of the reasons agreements fail. This column notes some forms of legal services variously called “cutting edge” law or a “comprehensive law” movement, which try to better address the reasons agreements fail, especially the reasons of shallow peace, and lack of informed consent.

Remember, all forms of legal services, conventional or innovative, are very human, to me meaning that the practical, on-the-ground reality can be very different from the

Duane Marr Best Predictor in American Springs Run

on June 6, 2013 - 9:06am
Runners in Tuesday's Pace Race on American Springs Road in the Jemez. Courtesy Photo
ACR News:
Duane Marr was the top predictor at 12 seconds off his predicted time on the relativity smoke free American Springs Road up in the Jemez. 
Ted Romero who was the first male finisher in the three mile run at 21:41 was 29 seconds off his estimated time. He was followed by Roy Cope with a 30 second error and David Kratzer at 39 seconds off.
Eight-year-old Aidan Cooley was the fastest finisher on the one mile course with a time of 11:27. The best female finisher at one mile was Susan

Luján Encourages DHS to Use National Labs Rather than Build Duplicative Capabilities

on June 6, 2013 - 8:49am

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District spoke on the House floor late last night in an exchange with the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. John Carter, to encourage the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to utilize the national labs rather than waste money on duplicative capabilities.

Rep. John Carter

The exchange occurred during debate on the Fiscal Year 2014 Homeland Security Appropriations Act. Below are their remarks. Click here<

Differences, Similarities of Early Los Alamos, Soviet Scientists Focus of 70th Anniversary Lecture

on June 6, 2013 - 8:28am

Istvan Hargittai, right, talks with Edward Teller at Stanford in 1996. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • June 12 at Bradbury Science Museum

The differences and similarities between Manhattan Project-era scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and scientists working at the former Soviet Union’s secret Arzamas-16 installation will be discussed by Professor Istvan Hargittai at 5:30 p.m., June 12 at the Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum. The talk is part of the Laboratory’s 70th anniversary lecture series.

According to Hargittai, Los Alamos’ first director, Julius Robert (J.

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Different Styles Mark Cliburn Competitors

on June 6, 2013 - 8:04am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Chinese pianist Fei Fei Dong closes the semifinals of the Cliburn Competition. The judges are scheduled to announce the finalists at 11:30 p.m., well past our bedtime, but for this we will stay wide awake.

That all of these pianists have formidable technical skills is a given. Pyrotechnics abound. But I have decided that the competitors fall into two broad categories.


Warren Hood Band Kicks Off Chamberfest Weekend

on June 6, 2013 - 7:51am
The Warren Hood Band. Courtesy photo


A busy weekend is coming up for the Summer Concert Series,  starting with the Warren Hood Band playing at the corner of Central and Main St., Friday, June 7.

The stage will be in from of  the Post Office for CB Fox, Dixie Girl and Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Night.

Warren Hood Band,  out of Austin, Tex. plays a fantastic fusion of rock, country, bluegrass, swing, jazz, classical and acoustic American roots music. Count on lots of good dancin’ and romancin’ if you treat your partner right.

Warren Hood is the original fiddler/violinist and

Hofmann: The LTC Basics #3

on June 6, 2013 - 7:47am
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services offers insights into Long Term Care:

Consumers may hear many confusing statements regarding the topic of long term care, both published in the public domain and repeated by misinformed individuals. Over the next few weeks, I will be submitting a series of columns containing accurate information provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, website I encourage you to watch for and read these informative columns.

The LTC Basics #3: 

How much Long Term Care will you need?

The duration and


Fellowship, Dinner, Music, Scripture at TOTH Sunday

on June 6, 2013 - 7:45am

Members of the Generations band perform at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church June 9. Courtesy photo.

TOTH News:

As Father’s Day approaches, we want to bring attention to God the Father as our parent: our perfect parent. He loves us unconditionally. He always forgives us. He wants us to be happy. He wants us to honor Him, as we should our own parents. 

Love brings forth forgiveness and honor—it is the key. Love shines through in our relationships, be it parent to child or friendships. Friendships strengthen our bonds with one another and give us a sense of belonging, a sense of security.

Come Out and Cheer On Little League Juniors Saturday

on June 6, 2013 - 7:31am

LALL News:

Everyone is invited the Overlook Park Virchow Baseball Virchow Field at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8 to watch a game of Little League Juniors (13-14 year-olds) baseball. 

The Los Alamos “Dbacks” team is undefeated so far this season.

These boys give it their all and then some and they would love to see the community fill the stands. Experience the fun and cheer them on as one of them slides into home plate for the winning score!


School Board Holds Three Meetings Next Week

on June 6, 2013 - 7:29am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled an Executive Session at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at the Los Alamos High School Athletic Conference Room to discuss a specific personnel issue per Section 10-15-1-H(2) of the Open Meetings Act.

The Board will hold its regular School Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater. The agenda for the meeting will be posted at the district office the Thursday before the meeting.

The Board has scheduled a special School Board meeting for 4 p.m.


Three Delegates Represent LAHS at Boys' State

on June 6, 2013 - 7:25am
From left,
Esteban Summers, Daniel Ahrens and Jeremy Goettees, LAHS Boys’ State  Delegates. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Daniel Ahrens, Jeremy Goettee and Esteban Summers represented Los Alamos High School at the American Legion Boys’ State held on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University from May 25 to 31.

There were 120 young men who completed the intense, total immersion in the political party, campaign and election of city, county and state officials. Political party leaders had to lead their party members through the issues, platform and the recruitment of a candidate.


Letter to the Editor: LAPS Foundation Says Thanks

on June 6, 2013 - 7:22am
LAPS Foundation Board of Directors
Los Alamos
Earlier this spring, the Board of the LAPS Foundation hosted the Fourth Annual Great Conversations in A-Wing at Los Alamos High School and more than 30 high school students donated over 95 hours to aid the Foundation in serving our guest. Chip Mielke and Tessa Snyder entertained guests with a beautiful stringed duet.

Los Alamos National Bank and the LANS Community Programs Office sponsored our event along with Beth Breshears, CPA along with Lorraine Hartway, Film Festival/Hot Rocks Java Café and Coca-Cola Distributing of Santa Fe.


OBITUARY: Donald (Adonias) Ortega March 13, 1926–May 27, 2013

on June 6, 2013 - 7:17am


On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013, as a result of a recent illness, our beloved father, Donald (Adonias) Ortega, 87, passed from this world into the open arms of the Lord.

Donald Ortega was a former resident of Los Alamos and resided in Idaho Falls with his daughter, Suzanna and son-in-law, Andrew Phillips since July 2011. Donald was born on March 13, 1926 in Las Vegas, NM to Maggie Ortega Trosper. As a young teenager, his first job was working for the railroad in Southern New Mexico.


Thompson Ridge Fire Update - Evening of June 5

on June 5, 2013 - 10:21pm

The Thompson Ridge Fire battle continues behind the Valles Caldera Headquarters area. Courtesy/VCT


Thompson Ridge Fire Update

June 5, 2013  9 p.m.

Acres: 10,400                                   

Start date: May 31, 2013

Cause: Downed powerline              

Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve

Containment: 5 percent                      

Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine

Terrain: Steep, rugged                       

Resources: 23 crews, 36 engines, 8 water tenders, 2 dozers

Total personnel: 816

Available air support: 3 airtankers, 6

ChamberFest Weekend Kicks Off Friday!

on June 5, 2013 - 9:56pm


Friday, June 8 kicks off ChamberFest weekend, a community event showcasing Chamber of Commerce member merchants, businesses and organizations.

With food, live music, a car show, giant sand pile, bubble pit and other family entertainment, it will be a particularly entertaining day. ChamberFest runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8 in downtown Los Alamos on Central Avenue between 15th and 20th streets and down Main Street to the roundabout. Chamber members invite the public to visit their booth and learn more about their businesses.

More than 55 businesses and organizations

Creativity Emerges At Arduino Microcontroller Class

on June 5, 2013 - 1:21pm
Dave Pelowitz shows the class a microcontroller project using a LCD display. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Daily Post

During May, The Hive held a free class for those interested in learning how to build projects using the Arduino Microcontroller kit. 

Dave Pelowitz provided each student with an Arduino kit and explained how to use it.

Tips For Emergency Preparedness

on June 5, 2013 - 1:06pm


A great publication to help you prepare yourself and your family for disasters is FEMA's Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness (publication IS-22.)

Along with its sister DVD, "Getting Ready for Disaster," both provide a step-by-step outline on how to prepare a disaster supply kit, emergency planning for people with disabilities, how to locate and evacuate to a shelter, and even contingency planning for family pets. Naturally occurring events as well as man-made threats from hazardous materials and terrorism are also covered in detail.

Are You Ready?

Bandelier Weekend Events

on June 5, 2013 - 12:58pm


Want to take a hike and travel to space all in one day? Explore Bandelier, by daylight and moonlight, during two exciting events.

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 8, followed from 9-11 p.m. by an Explore the Stars program.

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day by engaging in healthy, active, outdoor fun on your public lands. Join the Bandelier Trails Program Lead Dale Coker for a hike on the Alamo Boundary Trail.

Coker will lead hikers on an easy trail for one mile to the monument boundary.

Thompson Ridge Fire Shuts Down Valles Caldera National Preserve

on June 5, 2013 - 12:51pm

Valle Grande. Photo by Glen Wurden

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – All public access to the Valles Caldera National Preserve is closed to the public due to increased fire activity from the Thompson Ridge Fire.

The Fire has burned more than 9,000 acres near the western border of the preserve since the fire began Friday, May 31. All recreational programs and activities on the Valles Caldera National Preserve have been suspended until the area is considered safe for visitors to return.  

The timing of what programs may be resumed will be determined after close collaboration with the Incident

LANL: Metamaterial Flexible Sheets Could Transform Optics

on June 5, 2013 - 12:09pm

Members of the metamaterials team, from left: Nathaniel K. Grady, Hou-Tong Chen, Jane E. Heyes. Courtesy/LANL

(a) Photograph of an ultrathin (72 µm thick) metamaterial sample. (b) Illustration of how the metamaterial redirects an electromagnetic wave, which would not happen for a normal thin film. The structure is not drawn to scale. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New design flattens bulky optical devices

New ultrathin, planar, lightweight, and broadband polarimetric photonic devices and optics could result from recent research by a team of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists.

NMEOC/DHSEM Thompson Ridge Fire Update

on June 5, 2013 - 11:44am


Updated information the Thompson Ridge Fire this morning from the New Mexico Emergency Operations Center and the Dept. of Homeland Security emergency Management:

  • The fire has grown to 9,394 acres.
  • There is a spot fire burning just north of the fire line and is approximately 68 acres: It is lined and believed to be contained. Much of the focus will be on the spot fire today and this evening.
  • The main fire has moved past the Valles Caldera HQ structures with no damage reported.
  • More resource requests have been made for equipment.
  • Thompson Ridge evacuation area may be lifted this