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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, 2012

on December 10, 2012 - 1:47pm

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. 29 at 9:27 a.m. / Police charged a 15-year-old boy from Abiquiu with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr., referred him to the juvenile probation officer and released him to his parents.

DANIEL RODARTE

Nov. 29 at 8:57 p.m.

Letter to the Editor: County Has Reached Drop-Dead Point

on December 10, 2012 - 12:58pm
By Joel M. Williams
Los Alamos
 
County Council members and administrators,
 
The county has finally reached the drop-dead point with regard to the redo of N.M. 502 from Knecht to Tewa Loop.
 
The hastily generated design created by PW (Public Works) in January was done without serious critiquing, endorsed by the Transportation Board under questionable circumstances, and approved quickly by the Council as it “needed to rush this through urgently to insure funding,” even as some of us indicated that it would not meet LOS.
 
This design has now been soundly rejected by state (NMDOT) and federal

Metric System Born in France 213 Years Ago

on December 10, 2012 - 12:56pm

Illustration courtesy/CSU

NIST News:

The International System of Units, universally abbreviated SI (from the French Le Systéme International d´Unités), is the modern metric system of measurement.

Long the dominant measurement system used in science, the SI is becoming the dominant measurement system used in international commerce.

The Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of August 1988 [Public Law (PL) 100-418] changed the name of the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and gave to NIST the added task of helping U.S.

Column: I Am Flummoxed!

on December 10, 2012 - 12:41pm
Column by Elena Yang
I Am Flummoxed!

I just wanted to find a way to use “flummoxed.” One story and one news item put me in this state.

Here is the story: Lynn Harrell, an internationally renowned cellist, found himself banned by Delta Airlines for violating their Frequent Flyer Program terms.

Travel is always a tricky venture for musicians who play large instruments, especially by plane. How many of us would trust the airlines these days to check in our luggage that contains our livelihood?

So, Mr.

Simple Steps Put 'Green' Back in Holidays

on December 10, 2012 - 12:29pm

National Regifting Day is Dec. 18. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

The New Mexico Recycling Coalition Offers Solutions to Reduce your Holiday Trash

Did you know that Americans produce 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day? That means we’re adding one million more tons to the landfill in the span of a month (EPA.)

"Greening the holidays" began as a grass-roots movement, but it practically has turned into an industry. There’s a reason the topic gets so much attention. Many of us yearn for healthier, more meaningful, less expensive and less wasteful holidays.

Relay For Life of Los Alamos Holding Volunteer Informational Meeting Wednesday

on December 10, 2012 - 12:12pm

RFL News:

American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Los Alamos will hold a volunteer informational meeting 5:30–6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos. 

The organization is seeking walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers and community leaders to help plan the 2013 Relay For Life of Los Alamos.  

Holiday treats and refreshments will be served. Thanks to General Manager Felicia Duran and the Comfort Inn for donating the meeting space.

RSVP to gloria.martinez@cancer.org

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Newly Elected Representative Hosts Town Hall

on December 10, 2012 - 10:26am

Dist. 43 Representative-elect Stephanie G. Richard with her husband Eric Vasquez at her Town Hall meeting at UNM-LA Sunday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dist. 43 Representative-elect Stephanie G. Richard answers questions during her Town Hall meeting Sunday at UNM-LA. County Councilor Mike Wismer, standing at left, passed the microphone to audience members during the Q&A portion of the event and her husband Eric Vasquez, at right, operates her PowerPoint presentation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Twenty-five community members attended Dist.

Rock Displays Fill Earth Treasure Show

on December 10, 2012 - 10:08am

Los Alamos Geological Society member Lisa Kratzer, right, assists a group of young people to create sand art, inspired by artist Robert Stoufer's work, during the society's Earth Treasure Show Saturday at the Masonic Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Martha Zumbro and Dave Bowman check out a display case Saturday at the Los Alamos Geological Society's Earth Treasure Show. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Mary Thompson and Jan Studebaker admire some of the geological treasures on display Saturday at the Los Alamos Geological Society's Earth Treasure Show. Photo by Kirsten

Mountaineers Share Adventures From at Least Four Continents

on December 10, 2012 - 10:07am

Cholatse and Taboche Peaks, both above 21,000 feet, and Ngozumba glacier. About a mile below the peaks lies the village of Gokyo, one of the highest inhabited places in the world. Photo by Don Krier.

MOUNTAINEER News:

The community is invited to join Los Alamos Mountaineers as they celebrate another great year with a potpourri of their 2012 accomplishments.

The "Annual Potpourri Event" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Fuller Lodge will tell of member adventures from as far afield as the Khumbu in Nepal.

During the past year, the club offered 43 official outings, and members had

Annual Creche Festival Offers Artistic Inspiration

on December 10, 2012 - 9:53am

Carol Neal's creche is on display at the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Los Alamos Ward's creche festival. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Bryan and Ellen Spaulding check out the creche festival Saturday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Mary Barrus looks at the nativity scenes displayed at the Los Alamos Ward. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Sally Cassil donated her nativity scene for the creche festival. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Lawry and Alice Mann donated their creche for the festival. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Sabrina and Tita

Dixie Girl Brunch Draws Steady Crowd

on December 10, 2012 - 9:07am

Dixie Girl servers Victor Medina, left, and Fernando Rodriguez near the Bloody Mary Bar set up as part of the restauraunt's new Sunday Brunch Menu, which launched Dec. 9 . Owner Denise Lane reported a "steady flow' of diners throughout the 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. event at the Dixie Girl, 1789 Central Ave. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Live Nativity Christmas Eve At United Church

on December 10, 2012 - 7:43am

Courtesy/United Church

UNITED CHURCH News:

The United Church is planning a living Nativity 5-8 p.m., Christmas Eve in the parking lot west of the Church at 2525 Canyon Road, across Canyon Road from the Aquatics Center.

The nativity will be held between a family service at 4 p.m. and a candlelight service at 11 p.m. and the public is invited to attend and interact with the Living Nativity, greet the Holy Family, shepherds and kings and pet the stable animals.

 For information, visit www.unitedchurchla.org

Massage Therapist Strives for Deeper Connection

on December 10, 2012 - 7:33am

Owner Michelle Harkey of Mullein Leaf Massage. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

“I enjoy being able to help people,” said Michelle Harkey, who opened Mullein Leaf Massage, 3500 Trinity Dr., Ste. A-5, a year and a half ago when she moved to Los Alamos. “I want to connect with people and make a difference on a level that not everyone is willing to make: a deeper level that is physical, intellectual and emotional.”

Letting go of chronic tension

People with chronic tension may wonder why they always have pain in the same place.

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State Offices in Santa Fe on 2-Hour Delay

on December 10, 2012 - 6:58am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation has announced that due to inclement road conditions, all state offices in Santa Fe ONLY are on a two hour delay.

World’s First Hazard Scale Created for Wildland Fires

on December 9, 2012 - 11:40am

Figure 1. Matrix for Capturing Exposure from Wildland Fuels.

Exploiting the Power of IBM Blue Gene/Q Supercomputers

on December 9, 2012 - 11:13am

Sequoia supercomputer. Photo by Bob Hirschfeld/LLNL

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Breaking new ground for scientific computing, two teams of Department of Energy (DOE) scientists have for the first time exceeded a sustained performance level of 10 petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second) on the Sequoia supercomputer at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL.)

A team led by Argonne National Laboratory used the recently developed Hardware/Hybrid Accelerated Cosmology Codes (HACC) framework to achieve nearly 14

Column: I’m Thankful I’m Still on the Course

on December 9, 2012 - 10:39am
I’m Thankful I’m Still on the Course. Par 4, No Bogeys ... Life with Cancer
By Kay Kerbyson

What if you were diagosed with cancer? You’d be thankful just to get through it and survive, right? Well, what if you had cancer 4 times? What would be your thoughts? Could you still be thankful? I mean, who beats cancer four times?

When I recently got news of my fourth cancer diagnosis, all I could think of was “how on earth can I go through this again? Why can’t I just beat this?”

Consumed by thoughts of my family, and not being with them, I couldn’t be thankful for anything.

Udall Statement on Disabilities Treaty

on December 9, 2012 - 10:16am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement Tuesday after 38 Senate Republicans blocked a treaty to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities around the world ... a two-thirds vote was required:
 
“As a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, I am deeply disappointed that a majority of Senate Republicans chose not to ratify this important treaty. The United States has been at the forefront of advocating for the dignity of people with disabilities.

Brainpower & Brownbags Lectures, 2013, Part 1

on December 9, 2012 - 9:48am

Eugenia Manderfield, ca. 1884-1891, by Dana B. Chase. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives 010268.

NMHM News:

From Trail Riders to Bomb Builders with a Few Stops In-Between

SANTA FE – Experts on the Santa Fe Trail, women of the West, Clyde Tingley, “St. Kate’s” and the Manhattan Project will deliver lectures in the first half of the 2013 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series.

The annual series, organized by Tomas Jaehn of the museum’s Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, is free and open to the public (and, yes, you can bring a lunch.)

Each lecture begins at noon in the Meem

Los Alamos Honored For Building Award Winning High School

on December 9, 2012 - 9:04am

Los Alamos High School Principal Sandy Warnock with architects Sanjay Engineer, lead architect on the LAHS design project and Art Tatum of Fanning, Bard, Tatum Architects. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

It is now official. What the local community has known for the past year was validated with state awards that honored Los Alamos High School for its design and quality construction.

Simply stated, Los Alamos builds award winning schools.

The New Mexico Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors selected LAHS as its 2012 “Excellence in Construction Award” winner this past October.

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