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Money IQ: The Fiscal Cliff

on March 20, 2013 - 12:47pm
Money IQ
The Fiscal Cliff

The so called fiscal cliff is a series of tax increases and spending cuts that were due to come on line at the start of 2013 that were temporarily averted given a last second deal between the Republican led House of Representatives and the Democratic led Senate.

The compromise, known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, is not the grand solution to address our nation’s surging debt issues that many had hoped for.

Rather, it is more of a temporary band aid that resolves the revenue tax elements of the fiscal cliff, but delayed

LANB Wins Bid For Hilltop House Hotel!

on March 20, 2013 - 12:09pm

Update (3/20/2012 5:00 P.M.)  Video of final bid and watching crowd added.

The Hilltop House Hotel, 400 Trinity Dr. now belongs to LANB. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

At a public auction a few minutes ago, Los Alamos National Bank entered a cash bid of $2.9 million for the Hilltop House Hotel, 400 Trinity Dr., which has been in foreclosure since last fall.

The special master handling the outdoor auction in front of the Justice Center in downtown Los Alamos announced that he had received the cash bid from the bank and asked if there were any other bidders.

Seeing none, he announced that the bank


Lansing Details LANL's New Security Initiative

on March 20, 2013 - 12:08pm
Conceptual image of "Split Road" Option. See link to power point presentation below for full description of the three options under consideration. Courtesy/LANL
First Vice President
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Mike Lansing, associate director for Safeguards and Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos Tuesday lunch meeting March 19. 

Lansing, who is starting his fourth year at LANL, discussed the “game plan for the future of the ‘large intestine.’”

He said his team must balance supporting the mission of the Lab, engaging

Column: Rebranding Los Alamos ... Krogerville?

on March 20, 2013 - 11:02am
Rebranding Los Alamos ... Krogerville? or, who speaks for me?
Los Alamos
Apparently, someone see video on KRQE: Los Alamos does not want to be known as the “atomic city” anymore. The county is trying to create a new brand for the northern New Mexico community. Los Alamos is spending $50,000 to do it and have hired a company out of Tennessee to help. The company will meet with county leaders, business owners and community members to learn what makes Los Alamos distinctive, besides the building of the first atomic bomb has the great idea to spend 50 grand of our

Aerial Survey Finds No Increase in Background or Man-made Radioactivity for Los Alamos Area

on March 20, 2013 - 10:37am


NNSA News:

Measurements from two recent aerial flyovers to determine the presence of background and man-made radioactivity brought good news for Los Alamos County and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The radiological surveys, conducted in August 2011 and June 2012, found that radioisotopes and their associated exposure rates are consistent with those expected from normal background radiation.

“These surveys were well worth the effort,” said Juan Griego, Acting Manager for the Los Alamos Field Office.

Los Alamos Science Sleuth on Trail of Martian Mystery

on March 20, 2013 - 10:25am

This dual image of a Martian rock taken by the ChemCam instrument aboard the Curiosity rover shows a rock at the "Rocknest" area on Mars before it was interrogated with ChemCam's high-powered laser (left) and after interrogation by 600 laser blasts (right). The crosshairs in the darkened portion of the image at right shows where the laser beam penetrated to a depth of at least 1 mm as a result of the repeated shots. The ChemCam laser vaporizes a small amount of material that can be read by a spectrometer to determine the target's composition.

NIST Tests Underscore Potential Hazards of Green Laser Pointers

on March 20, 2013 - 10:18am

NIST laser safety officer Joshua Hadler and his apparatus for measuring the properties of handheld laser devices. Photo by Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

Using a low-cost apparatus designed to quickly and accurately measure the properties of handheld laser devices, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers tested 122 laser pointers and found that nearly 90 percent of green pointers and about 44 percent of red pointers tested were out of compliance with federal safety regulations.

The NIST test apparatus was designed so that it can be replicated easily by other

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate April 6 at Los Alamos Co-op!

on March 20, 2013 - 10:07am

CO-OP News:

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market is hosting its first wine and food pairing class Saturday, April 6 in the Co-op’s Café.

There will be two 75-minute classes: 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Vivác Winery’s Marketing and Publicity Director Michele A. Padberg, a certified executive sommelier, will teach the basics of wine and food pairing in a relaxed setting so attendees can feel free to explore different taste sensations.

Experience five different Vivác wines, all using New Mexico grapes, paired to local, regional and international cheese, beef and dark chocolate.

Learn what to look

Ideas – Talent – Capital – Community Drive 20th Annual Deal Stream Summit April 2-4

on March 20, 2013 - 9:50am

TVC News:

When: April 2-4, 2013 at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort in Albuquerque.

Ideas – Talent – Capital – Community—these are the themes driving the 20th annual Deal Stream Summit to be held April 2-4 at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort in Albuquerque.

With nearly 300 investors and partners in attendance, the 20th Deal Stream Summit this year will feature promising, high-tech business opportunities. Additionally, investment approaches and funding models critical to early-stage startups will be spotlighted.

Audience Profile: venture capitalists, startups, research & development scientists, DOE

LANL's Scott Runnels of Computational Physics to Teach at West Point

on March 20, 2013 - 9:29am

LANL News:

Under an agreement between Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Military Academy, Scott Runnels has been selected for a two-year faculty post in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering at West Point.

The teaching position is intended to strengthen the ties between the U.S. national laboratories and the U.S. military academies by bringing in a top scientist to teach at West Point with "a firm grounding in research and practice" to bolster the institution's cadet and faculty research projects, faculty development, and cadet development activities.


Sudden Changes in Cosmic Rays Indicate Voyager 1 Has Entered New Region of Space

on March 20, 2013 - 9:28am

Voyager 1. Courtesy photo

AGU News:

WASHINGTON D.C. - Thirty-five years after its launch, Voyager 1 appears to have travelled beyond the influence of the Sun and exited the heliosphere, according to a new study appearing online today.

The heliosphere is a region of space dominated by the Sun and its wind of energetic particles, and which is thought to be enclosed, bubble-like, in the surrounding interstellar medium of gas and dust that pervades the Milky Way galaxy.


Dr. Richard Sayre Speaks at PEEC March 21 on Next Generation of Biofuels

on March 20, 2013 - 8:31am

PEEC News:

The publis is invited to hear Dr. Richard Sayre present "Next generation biofuels: potential for enhanced energy efficiency and sustainability" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3450 Orange St.

Dr. Richard Sayre of the New Mexico Consortium is a leading researcher in algae and plant cell metabolism. He is the director of the Biofuels project at the New Mexico Consortium working in conjunction with Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The NM Consortium’s new building is being built right now in the Entrada Business Park, next to the Los

Column: 'Why People Do Not Go to Church?'

on March 20, 2013 - 8:06am
“Why People Do Not Go to Church?”
By Sr. Pastor Paul Cunningham
First Baptist Church of Los Alamos

A strange subject for a pastor to explore, but one that even this pastor, lived for 10 years. It’s a cultural phenomenon not limited to Los Alamos but spans across the Atlantic, into the very seat of modern Christianity.

According to one report by the North American Mission Board, Los Alamos has the highest percentage of church-attendance of any county in New Mexico – 9.5 percent! 

But still, ‘why do people not go to church?’

This is what I have seen, heard and felt:

  • #1 Objection: Time;

Bradbury Science Museum: NanoDays March 25-28

on March 20, 2013 - 7:22am

The Bradbury Science Museum is at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos, New Mexico. The museum’s regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Admission is free and photography is allowed. Visit the museum’s website for more details regarding NanDays at

Fans Nominate Local Artist for Prestigious Award

on March 20, 2013 - 7:14am

Pajarito Plateau by Fran Stolvall. Courtesy photo



Fran Stoval, local artist, volunteer, teacher, mentor, friend and Los Alamos resident since 1967, has been nominated for the coveted Governor’s 2013 Award for Excellence in the Arts. 

The Governor’s Award was established in 1974 by the State’s New Mexico Arts to honor lifetime achievement in and support of the arts in New Mexico.

Stoval’s breadth of creativity has proven boundless, whether in stained glass, pastel painting, mosaics, sets, logos, murals, and especially teaching and mentoring. 

She has energetically shared

Cafe Scientifique: 'Brain of the Zombie ... Can Neuroscience Explain Gruesome Zombie Behavior?'

on March 20, 2013 - 6:50am


Area teens are invited to attend the upcoming presentation, "Brain of the Zombie: Can Neuroscience Explain Gruesome Zombie Behavior?"

Russell Morton, University of New Mexico College of Medicine, will deliver this unique talk from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at the Los Alamos Research Park in the second floor conference room.

Free food will be served at 6:30 p.m. and teens are encouraged to participate in a zombie costume contest as part of the event.

Café Scientifique New Mexico is a free, fun way for teens to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.


Rotary Crab Fest Nets $19,618 ... Benefits Include AED for Fuller Lodge

on March 20, 2013 - 5:16am

Skip King, chairman of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Crab Fest held Feb. 23, presents Rotary Club President Linda Hull with a check for the proceeds from the event in the amount of $19,618. The money from the fundraiser will benefit the purchase of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) for Fuller Lodge as well as Rotary student awards and other community and international projects. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

NMDOT District Five Crew Honored For Chip Sealing Work

on March 20, 2013 - 5:14am

The NMDOT District Five winners are pictured here with the chip sealing award program coordinator Parveez Anwar. From left to right are: (front row) Nathan Garcia, Eugene Mario Trujillo, Isidoro Branch, and Parveez Anwar; (second row) Zachary Salazar, Jesse Martinez, and Kenny Gallegos; (third row) David Martinez, Dennis Valdez, and Felimon Varos; (fourth row) Roy Gonzales, Nicholas Morgas, and Benny Martinez; (fifth row) Miguel Gabaldon, Richard Martinez, and Robert Martinez; (sixth row) Frankie Padilla and Simon Gonzales. Photo by Jake Schoellkopf.




Waffle Breakfast Benefits LAHS Choirs

on March 20, 2013 - 4:53am


LACDC Hires New Executive Director

on March 19, 2013 - 1:36pm

New LACDC Executive Director Scott Randall


The Board of Directors of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) announced today the hiring of Scott Randall as the Executive Director of LACDC effective April 1.

Randall will succeed Kevin Holsapple who announced last November that he would be stepping down from the Executive Director position effective in April.

“We were very pleased with the candidate pool,” said Board member Bill Wadt who led the search team. “We received 15 applications in response to what was a local and national search.


Council Calls for Further Research on Community Broadband Network Project

on March 19, 2013 - 9:23am

Project Manager Estevan Gonzales, left, and IT Manager Laura Gonzales, center, presented an informational update on the Community Broadband Network project to County Council March 12. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff report

Project Manager Estevan Gonzales, left, and IT  Manager Laura Gonzales presented an informational update on the Community Broadband Network project to County Council at the March 12 work session in White Rock.

At the conclusion of the work session County Council provided direction to County staff to conduct further research on items such as project


Valles Caldera: Elk Hunting Lottery Closes March 20

on March 19, 2013 - 7:45am


VCNP News:

The Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of New Mexico’s premier elk hunting locations with between 2,500 and 3,500 elk occuping the Preserve for breeding, calving and foraging.

Hunts on the Preserve are designed to pay homage to man's oldest relationship with animals by providing the public with a hunting experience that otherwise would be prohibitively expensive.

At the mandatory hunt orientation session, hunters will be assigned a hunting unit within the Preserve. These hunting units are 3-6,000 acres in size and are comprised of forest and grasslands.

Luján on President’s Visit to Argonne National Lab

on March 19, 2013 - 7:34am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Luján, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Co-Chair of the Science and National Labs Caucus, released the following statement on President Obama’s visit to Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.

“Over the past few years, the United States has made progress toward a cleaner energy future that is better for our economy, our environment, and our security.

Emergency Exercise Planned March 21 at LANL

on March 19, 2013 - 7:13am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency-preparedness exercise Thursday, March 21 ... it is only an exercise.

The Lab 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 placed outside the Los Alamos Medical Center alerting the public that an exercise is under way.

LANL employees in affected facilities will be notified before the exercise begins and when it is

Kendall: 2013 - A Fuller Lodge Oddity

on March 19, 2013 - 7:12am
Update: The green electric box to the right below is new and much larger than the green transformer box that was previously in this location.   You may view the previous electrical setup by clicking HERE.

New electrical boxes have been installed in front of Fuller Lodge on Central Avenue. View facing west from the bronze statues of Oppenheimer and Groves. Photo by Greg Kendall/

New electrical boxes in front of Fuller Lodge on Central Avenue. View facing east. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost

Los Alamos

As part of an electric upgrade project