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'Hive505' Created to Harness Los Alamos Brainpower

on January 9, 2013 - 8:22am

Hive505 News:

What was Thomas Edison’s most useful invention? It wasn’t the light bulb. It wasn’t the gramophone or even the motion picture. 

Los Alamos businessman Keith Barras suggests that the most useful invention was the laboratory itself. Edison’s workspace (complete with physics, chemistry and metallurgy labs, a machine shop, library and ample space to conduct experiments) made it possible to come up with innovative ideas, and also develop them into marketable products.

In the spirit of Edison, a small group has been developing a new business model for harnessing the creative and


Chairworks and Dunn Quilting Sale/Store Closing Jan. 15-19

on January 9, 2013 - 7:56am

Courtesy/Dunn Quilting

Staff Report

Chairworks and Dunn Quilting, 3801-A Arkansas Ave., will hold an inventory/closing sale Jan. 15-19 with everything in the store marked down 40 percent.

The store is closed from now until Jan. 15 when it will be opened 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Jan. 19, after which it will close for good.

Dunn Quilting owner Nicole Dunn has moved her longarm quilting business to her home studio where she will continue to finish quilt tops, and make one-of-a-kind custom quilts for the community, as well as create and design her own art quilts.

Chairworks owner Pat

'Standard Quantum Limit' Smashed, Could Mean Better Fiber-Optic Comms

on January 9, 2013 - 7:13am

Fiber optic communications illustration. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

Communicating with light may soon get a lot easier, hints recent research* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), where scientists have potentially found a way to overcome a longstanding barrier to cleaner signals.

The findings, which demonstrate for the first time an error rate far below the "standard quantum limit" for a wide range of light levels, could increase the efficiency of fiber-optic systems by reducing both the power needed to

Kathleen Veenstra: Molding Psyches and Clay

on January 9, 2013 - 6:53am
'Rocky Mountain Christmas' by Kathleen Veenstra. Courtesy/FLAC
Kathleen Veenstra: Molding Psyches and Clay
By Nancy Coombs

Kathleen Veenstra is well known for her many years of work with the Los Alamos Public Schools as a counselor, but fewer people are familiar with her as an artist.

Veenstra is successful as a ceramicist/potter and also as a fine artist, painting landscapes and portraits.

Beaver Spotted Swimming in Rio Grande

on January 9, 2013 - 6:52am

Stephen Shankland visited his mom Becky Shankland of Los Alamos over the holidays and snapped a shot of this beaver, which he spotted Dec. 29 just above Ancho Rapids in the Rio Grande, along the same path where Paul Arendt led a PEEC hike in December. Courtesy photo

Do Not Be Afraid ... Learn More Sunday

on January 9, 2013 - 6:40am

TOTH News:

By Lisa Rothrock

In our culture, we are surrounded by constant reminders to be afraid. The news mostly covers stories about disastrous occurrences happening throughout our country, and advertisements are constantly telling us that we need to buy their products to prevent disasters and afflictions from happening to us.

On top of this, we have all personally endured pain and suffering of some kind. Then we hear from God that He does not want us to fear, even when we hear or see bad things happening around us.

How do we do that when everything around us tells us to be afraid?

Council Votes to Appoint Committee to Recommend Name for New Muni Building

on January 8, 2013 - 8:45pm

Los Alamos County Public Information OfficerJulie Habiger presents details of a request from Councilor Fran Berting to name the New Municipal Building in memory of Jeannette O.

County Garners Unqualified 'Clean' Audit Opinion

on January 8, 2013 - 8:16pm

Los Alamos County Deputy Chief Financial Officer Joe D'Anna briefs Council on the County's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. Council voted unanimously to accept the report. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Staff Report

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) documents the County's financial position at the end of the fiscal year, and the results of its operations for that full 12-month period.

Throughout the fiscal year, many departments and employees help the County record the County's financial activity through the


Council Elects New Leadership at First Meeting of 2013

on January 8, 2013 - 7:41pm

 The newly seated 2013 County Council voted 7-0 to elect Geoff Rodgers, right, as Council Chair and David Izraelevitz as Vice Chair as the new year gets underway this evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

The 2013 County Council from left, Councilor Fran Berting, newly elected Councilor Steven Girrens, Vice Council Chair David Izraelevitz, Council Chair Geoff Rodgers, newly elected Councilor Kristin Henderson, newly elected Councilor Pete Sheehey and Councilor Rick Reiss. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



LANL: Check Out Latest Addition of National Security Science Magazine

on January 8, 2013 - 10:50am

Readers May Be Surprised: look inside the new issue of National Security Science magazine

In this issue:
  • Solving a Nuclear Whodunit—How Los Alamos solves the crime could deter it from happening.
  • Giving Nuclear Watchdogs Their Bite—Who trains all of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) inspectors?
  • Surplus Plutonium Pits—Only Los Alamos can convert them into fuel for civilian nuclear reactors.
  • Los Alamos Technology Goes to Mars—The Mars Curiosity rover wouldn't rove without the Laboratory's plutonium power source.
  • Stockpile Size—Too many? Too few? Brig. Gen.

Community Invited to Los Alamos Family Council's Third Wellness Seminar Jan. 10

on January 8, 2013 - 10:42am


NNSA Selects CNS to Manage Consolidated Contract for Nuclear Production Operations

on January 8, 2013 - 9:47am

NNSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

  • New Partnership Shapes Future of Nuclear Security, Saves Taxpayers more than $3 Billion

WASHINGTON, D.C.–In a move that shapes the future of the United States’ nuclear security enterprise and will save $3.27 billion in taxpayer dollars over the next decade, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) has been selected to be the management and operating contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Pantex Plant near Amarillo,

Your 2013 Resolution Roadmap

on January 8, 2013 - 9:25am

Photo: Ron Helman

By Mandy Marksteiner

This Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, master life coach Ron Helman will present a talk and hands-on workshop called The Power of NO/W at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos.

The Power of NO/W is for people who want to clarify, prioritize and achieve their most important goals. You will discover when NO is a BIG YES!

The workshop is free. Participants will have the opportunity to receive group and private coaching at a reduced rate.

“In the workshop, we’ll create a strategy that will get you from where you are to where you

Bringing Calorimetry to CT Dose Assessment

on January 8, 2013 - 9:07am

Heather Chen-Mayer at the PET/CT scanner with HDPE phantoms. The large sections are for whole-torso measurements; the small cylinder is one of two other sizes tested in the course of the project. Courtesy/NIST.

NIST News:

In the United States, about 80 million x-ray computed tomography (CT) scans are made every year – 7 million of them on children – according to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM.)

Not surprisingly, there is intense interest in accurate determination of the radiation doses that patients receive from CT machines, and researchers are actively seeking

Column: Music, All Music, Any Music, Is Wonderful

on January 8, 2013 - 8:33am
Music, All Music, Any Music, Is Wonderful
Column by Richard Hanneman
When I was a kid growing up in Los Alamos in the 50's and 60's I listened to KRSN.
KRSN programming back then was a musical potpourri – the play-list included Beatles, Kenny Rogers, Frank Sinatra, the Kingston Trio, all of the top recording artists of the day played in no particular order.
Within any given hour during the day you would hear rock, country, folk, blues, jazz.

Food on the Hill: Creme of Mushroom Soup

on January 8, 2013 - 8:26am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

Creme of Mushroom Soup

Photo by Sue York/


1 1/2 pound of mushroom sliced (I like to mix and match, you get a better flavored soup)
1/3 cups butter
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cream
1 (14oz) good chicken stock
1 tablespoon White wine
Fresh ground pepper
Photo by Sue York/
Slice mushrooms.
Photo by Sue York/
Sauté mushrooms in a fry pan with a little butter on high heat, do this in batches.

Workshop to Educate Baby Boomers on Social Security

on January 8, 2013 - 6:47am


A New Generation of Retirees Prepares to Collect Benefits

Portfolio LLC will present an educational workshop titled "Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income" has been scheduled for noon Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., in Los Alamos.

After being told for years that Social Security is "going broke," baby boomers are realizing that it will soon be their turn to collect.

Taos School of Music Holds Auditions for 2013

on January 8, 2013 - 6:14am

TSM News:

Taos School of Music Executive Director Kathleen Anderson Knox announced auditions for Young Artist positions in the prestigious summer chamber music program.

Approximately 125 of the most accomplished young classically trained musicians will audition for the coveted 19 slots.

Robert McDonald will conduct piano interviews in person only in New York City Jan. 19-20; Borromeo String Quartet hears string auditions in New York City Jan. 21-22 and Boston Jan. 24.

This year’s season will run June 16-Aug. 4 and showcase the complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle.

Guest Artists

Council Seeks DPU Charter Review Committee Members

on January 7, 2013 - 1:38pm


The County Council is continuing its review of the County’s Charter, and will appoint a five-member committee to study Utilities-related sections.

The Committee will include one member of Council, one member of the Department of Public Utilities’ Board, and three citizens who meet any one of the following qualifications:

  • A member of the community with Management experience;
  • A member of the community with Accounting experience; and
  • A member of the community “at large.”

Applicants wishing to be considered for appointment to the Committee are asked to send a one or two-page

Turf Covers Meant to Protect Against Winter's Wrath

on January 7, 2013 - 1:15pm


If you drive by the golf course on a regular basis you may have noticed that a number of the golf course’s greens were covered prior to the first snows of the season. 

These turf covers are meant to protect the golf greens from the wrath that winter conditions can sometimes bring. The covers provide protection from both Crown Hydration and Desiccation.    

Crown Hydration typically occurs during a day or two of daytime warm up causing the melting of snow or the water from rainfall to rapidly refreeze during cold night temperatures. 

When these events occur ice

Business Assistance Services Stands Ready to Serve You in 2013!

on January 7, 2013 - 12:49pm


  • ­Are you looking to improve or expand your business in 2013? Or maybe you are looking into a new business op­portunity or would like to start a new business?

Los Alamos Commerce & Develop­ment Corporation (LACDC) is now offering business advising and work­shops under the identity of “Los Ala­mos Business Assistance Services.”

The Los Alamos Business Assistance Services program provides services to help businesses start, grow, and succeed.

Business advisement is pro­vided on a no-cost, confidential basis.

LANL's Terwilliger Named American Crystallographic Fellow

on January 7, 2013 - 10:48am

LANL News:

Tom Terwilliger of the Biosecurity and Public Health Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been named Fellow of the American Crystallographic Association.

Terwilliger graduated magna cum laude in Physics from Harvard College in 1978. He obtained his PhD on the structure of melittin from bee venom with David Eisenberg at UCLA in 1981.

He was a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow with Daniel E. Koshland, Jr., at UC Berkeley from 1981-1985, then a Presidential Young Investigator at the University of Chicago from 1985-1990, and has been on the staff of LANL since 1991.

LANB's Bill Enloe Receives Top Community Asset Award

on January 7, 2013 - 9:39am

Bill Enloe. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Staff Report

CEO/Chairman of the Board Bill Enloe of Los Alamos National Bank was honored with the Spirit of the West Award at a special event Saturday night, Jan. 5 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The Spirit of the West Award is the highest award presented annually to a member of the community for their positive impact and contributions toward enhancing the quality of life in Los Alamos.

Community Assets Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen hosts the annual Community Asset Awards ceremony. 

This year, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 30, 2012 to Jan. 3, 2013

on January 7, 2013 - 9:38am

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.



Dec. 30 at 4:37 p.m. / Police arrested John Danielson, 63, of Los Alamos in the 4000 block of University Drive and charged him with failure to stop at a red light, driving on a suspended or revoked license and driving without insurance. 



Jan. 1 at 1:45 p.m.

OBITUARY: Gordon Don Crocker May 11, 1939–Dec. 22, 2012

on January 7, 2013 - 9:34am

Gordon Don Crocker and his wife Judy on vacation. Courtesy photo

Gordon Don Crocker May 11, 1939–Dec. 22, 2012

Don Crocker lived a remarkable life filled with travel, the arts, multiple activities and never-ending interests, a great continuing love of learning, and in his healthier days, the rewarding energy of sports. 

He loved the opportunity for discussion, never reticent in expressing his opinion of the idea at hand, and those around him often had to maintain a serious face when he was enjoying his craft at punning.

Don’s activities included Adult Choir member and Youth Choir bass at