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Los Alamos Honors Laboratory Fellows

on November 19, 2012 - 4:49pm
  • Engineering, physics and computer science leaders announced

Three distinguished members of the Los Alamos National Laboratory scientific staff are being honored with appointment as Laboratory Fellows for 2012.

The committee ranked a collection of nominations on the basis of:

  • Sustained, high-level achievements in programs of importance to the Laboratory;
  • A fundamental or important discovery that has led to widespread use;
  • Having become a recognized authority in the field, including outside recognition and an outstanding record of publications.

The new Los Alamos Fellows are Charles Farrar,

Comments Sought on STIP

on November 19, 2012 - 4:24pm


The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s sixth amendment to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP.)

The program will serve as a four-year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program. 

The NMDOT has posted the 2012-2015 STIP amendment on the Internet asking for public comment until Dec. 19. Final Public comment will be held at the NMDOT General Office in Santa Fe 1-4 p.m.,  Dec. 19.

The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and is required under the federal legislation.


New Companies Get Boost from Los Alamos National Security

on November 19, 2012 - 4:09pm

  • Venture Acceleration Fund awards help region’s businesses grow

Two local biotech start ups, a water and power company and a hardware inventor are the latest recipients of $165,000 in Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) awards from Los Alamos National Security, LLC.

Mustomo, Inc., IX Power, Synfolia, and Tape-Ease will receive funding to take their products and services to the next development level.

Three of the four companies are commercializing technology and intellectual property developed by New Mexico’s national laboratories and educational institutions.

“Although the program was

Los Alamos Opera Guild Hosts Holiday Event

on November 19, 2012 - 3:46pm

LAOG News:

Los Alamos Opera Guild will hold its membership meeting and holiday party at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at the White Rock home of Roland and Anna Caspersen.

The party theme is holiday traditions and cultural heritage and perspective members are encouraged to attend.

Guild members are asked to share something of their tradition or heritage at the meeting through traditional food, drink, dress or memento.

Guild President Stephanie Sydoriak has written a book about her family's Ukrainian roots and immigration to the United States.

Performers for the Dec.

P&Z Approves Hospice Site Plan with Conditions

on November 19, 2012 - 9:39am

Planning and Zoning Commissioners in Council Chambers Wednesday, Nov. 14 from left, Vice Chair Anne Nobile, Chair Fred Roach, Commissioner Avivah Smith-Nelson, Commissioner Pete Sheehey and Commissioner Cathy Mockler. Commissioners Ralph Phelps, Deborah Gill and David Sherrill were absent. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Planning and Zoning Commissioners on Nov. 14 considered a request for approval of an amendment to a site plan for the Los Alamos Visiting Nurses (LAVNS) Hospice Campus Site Plan to be located at 2202 Canyon Dr.

Architect Doug Cook representing LAVNS

Library Catalog Offline Nov. 27 for Software Upgrade

on November 19, 2012 - 9:06am


The Los Alamos County Library System online catalog will be unavailable to patrons 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Though patrons may not notice a big difference, the planned upgrade to the integrated library system software will increase efficiency for librarians’ behind-the-scenes tasks.

While the system is unavailable patrons will not be able to use any online services: they will not be able to search for books, make requests, check their account, or use the downloadable e books and audio books services.

However, patrons are still encouraged to visit either library to

No Trash or Recycling Pick-up Thursday or Friday

on November 19, 2012 - 8:01am


In observance of Thanksgiving, there will be no trash or recycling collection Thursday Nov. 22 or Friday, Nov. 23.

If Thursday or Friday is your normal pickup day, put out trash and recycling by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 for collection.


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 8 to Nov. 14, 2012

on November 19, 2012 - 7:48am

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.



Nov. 8 at 11:47 a.m. / Police arrested Kevin Herring, 34, of Los Alamos in the 4000 block of Sycamore Street and charged him with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.




Nov. 8 at 11:47 a.m.


Column: If We Must Have Scandals And Dramas…

on November 19, 2012 - 7:44am
If We Must Have Scandals And Dramas…
Column by Elena Yang

At least, let’s glean some lessons from the political and business news of this week. 

I am struck, yet again, by the cosmic distance between the top management and the rest of the working crowd. 

And as usual, a good portion of this distance is caused by the monstrous ego of the manager/leader. 

But ego cannot flourish without the implicit or explicit consent of its audience. 

(I did plan to continue sharing more thoughts on diversity/multiculturalism. However, sometimes, current news demands immediate attention.

And lessons

Co-owners Cut Ribbon on Warm Hearts Yarn

on November 18, 2012 - 2:26pm

Co-owner Katie Brousseau cuts the red ribbon on Warm Hearts Yarn Friday morning as co-owners, left, and pull each end of the ribbon tight. Warm Hearts Yarn is a craft and gift boutique at 35 Rover Blvd., in the former White Rock Visitors Center space. The company's goal is to provide high quality, affordable yarn and crafting supplies to its customers as well as a variety of training classes. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Warm Hearts Yarn co-owners Heidi Narum, left, and Katie Brousseau. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

A crowd of community members gathered


Christmas Sale Offers Red and 'Green' Bargains

on November 18, 2012 - 12:36pm

The annual Shop on the Corner Christmas Sale is Dec. 5 in the lower level at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Photo by T.K. Thompson/

By Nancy Wurden

The annual Shop on the Corner Christmas Sale will offer red and “green” holiday bargains on Wednesday, Dec. 5. 

The thrift shop sale, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will include brand new and gently used items which the volunteers set aside all year. 

Holiday decorations, festive and new clothing, toys and games, books and music, linens, china and glassware, jewelry, leather goods, and gifts are some

E2 Consulting Engineers Hosts Open House

on November 18, 2012 - 11:50am

Rob Dunham, left, Dane Anderson and Vanessa Vanover Hatfield of E2 Consulting Engineers, during an open house Wednesday in White Rock. Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC


E2 Consulting Engineers, Inc. held an open house at its office at 35 Rover Blvd., Ste. A in White Rock.

E2  offers a full spectrum of professional services, including facility operations, engineering and design, environmental engineering, and project and construction management.

Founded in 1988, E2 currently has a staff of 235 engineers, scientists and technical specialists in offices and project sites throughout


NNSA Delivers W76-1 Units to Navy for 2012

on November 18, 2012 - 11:16am

W76-1 units. Courtesy/SNL

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that it delivered all of its scheduled W76-1 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile warhead units to United States Navy in FY 2012.

“As our stockpile ages, we have to put ourselves in a position where the president can be certain that it is safe, secure and effective,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Don Cook. “Our continued success with the W76-1 Life Extension Program is key to the United States’ nuclear deterrent.

Letter to the Editor: Driving is Not a Right

on November 18, 2012 - 10:20am

Khalil J Spencer
League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor 1173

The Sunday morning Monitor reminded us of just how close we came to killing some children at the Montessori School on Canyon Road.

Why? Because as County Engineer Kyle Zimmerman tells us, our safety is held hostage by a few "irrational" drivers.

Not only do we not control them, but it seems difficult to even know who the people are who are trying to kill us, including another driver who crashed the same week on Main Hill Road while, according to the Daily Post, driving aggressively and passing another vehicle.

Often, we

Holiday Arts and Craft Fair Draws Hundreds

on November 18, 2012 - 10:10am

Lots of shopping took place at Saturday's Holiday Arts and Craft Fair at Crossroads Bible Church. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

Jewelry artist MJ Oref, owner of Earth Godess Enterprises, models her work during Saturday's Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

Staff Report

Hundreds of people shopped the Los Alamos Arts Council's Holiday Arts and Craft Fair Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church.

The annual Holiday Fair is held indoors the Saturday before Thanksgiving and features more than 100 New Mexican artists whose work

Triatomics Club Hosts 2012 Christmas Lights Runs

on November 18, 2012 - 8:17am

LATC News:

The Los Alamos Triatomics Club announces the 2012 Christmas Lights Runs.

Here’s an opportunity to check out the Christmas lights and get a little exercise to burn off that extra slice of Thanksgiving pie.

We will run through various Los Alamos neighborhoods to check out their outdoor lights. The routes are mostly on quiet residential streets to avoid the noise and smell of traffic.

Runs are scheduled for every Monday and Wednesday night until Christmas or there are ice patches on the streets.

This year, Monday nights will be a bit shorter and flat (2.3 – 3 miles) and


on November 18, 2012 - 7:53am
By David Izraelevitz
Los Alamos County Councilor

(Started Sept. 9, 2005)


We were looking at pictures of Adam’s first steps a few years ago, when Terry pointed to me in the picture.

“David, you still have that sweater in the closet. Let me tell you something only a friend would say: After 14 years in the closet, that argyle sweater has got to go.”

'You are not my friend, honey, you are my wife.' As you might imagine, the conversation went south from there.

To say that I have a love affair with clothes is not quite accurate.


Broadway is Calling...

on November 18, 2012 - 6:46am

Students perform the mug dance during "Gaston" at their dessert fundraiser Nov. 16. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Broadway professionals will be on hand to meet Los Alamos theater students attending the Junior Theater Festival ( in Atlanta, Ga., this January.

JTF is a conference for youth, teachers and professionals in the field of musical theater.

The Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School students also will receive instruction in musical theater and attend a professional performance as part of the program, sponsored by Atomic City Children's Theater,

LANL's Ward Hawkins to Speak on Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

on November 17, 2012 - 12:05pm
Ward L. Hawkins, Program Manager for Nuclear Testing Limitations at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will present a talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at an open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security.
Hawkins talk, "CTBT On-Site Inspection: The Final Verification Measure” will provide general background information on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and a detailed description of the On-Site Inspection verification regime.
The public is invited to attend Hawkin's talk, which will be held in Room 311 in the Education

Senior Center Serves Massive Thanksgiving Feast

on November 17, 2012 - 10:58am

Approximately 250 people dined on Thanksgiving lunch Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in downtown Los Alamos. The traditional meal included turkey, dressing, gravy, peas, cranberries and pumpkin pie, all for $4. Photo by Karen Kendall

Staff Report

The Betty Ehart Senior Center provides year round home delivered meals for frail, home bound seniors referred to the program by their physician.

The suggested donation for this service is $4.50 per meal. Approximately 50 seniors in Los Alamos take part in this program.

The Senior Center will deliver one fresh hot meal and four frozen


Children’s Christmas Bazaar Dec. 1 at TOTH

on November 17, 2012 - 10:29am

TOTH News:

Children’s Christmas Bazaar is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 1 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.

The event starts in Sherrill Hall, which will be filled with affordable gifts for children to purchase. All items purchased may be gift wrapped.

This is how it works: children (kindergarten through 6th grade) bring your parents to Trinity on the Hill and leave them to relax and enjoy refreshments while you take your money and a list of people you would like to buy Christmas gifts for to Kelly Hall. 

There you can shop and have your gifts wrapped.

US, Kazakhstan Commission Radiation Detection Systems Aimed at Preventing Nuclear Smuggling

on November 17, 2012 - 10:11am

Anne Harrington. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Kazakhstan Customs Control Committee (KCCC) recently held a ceremony to commission the specialized radiation detection equipment at Astana International Airport – a significant milestone in the joint effort to prevent the illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials.

The ceremony recognized the effective ongoing cooperation between the U.S.