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First New Mexican Tapped to Lead EPA Regional Office

on September 22, 2012 - 10:00am
Photo: Ron Curry
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement on the appointment of Ron Curry to be the Environmental Protection Agency's Administrator for the South Central Region 6, which includes the State of New Mexico.
 
"For more than three decades, the State of New Mexico has entrusted Ron to be a custodian of our natural resources," Udall said. "Today, I applaud the Environmental Protection Agency for entrusting him with the responsibilities and challenges that come with leading this important regional office.
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Letter to the Editor: Does Rain Really Follow the Plow?

on September 22, 2012 - 9:40am
Does Rain Really Follow the Plow? Or, can we expect better than failed expectation from Trinity Site?
 
By Khalil Spencer

There was once a belief that if Western settlers tilled the soil, it led to more rain, i.e., "rain follows the plow.”

That was in large part false causation, because some of the plowing was done during wet climate periods.

One could almost rephrase that Charles Dana Wilber quote in the context of the Trinity Site economic development discussion:

God speed the developer ... By this wonderful provision, which is man's mastery over the economy, the malls are dispensing

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Local Woman Witnesses Endeavour's Final Flight

on September 22, 2012 - 8:59am
 
Yvonne M. Deshayes of Los Alamos was in California's Bay Area Friday where she captured history on camera. Strapped to the back of a 747 jumbo jet, the Space Shuttle Endeavour flew over the Berkeley Lab during its final flight. After a nearly five-hour aerial tour around California landmarks, the Endeavour touched down at 1 p.m. at the Los Angeles International Airport. In a few weeks, the Endeavour will move to its final home - the California Science Center, which is paying the estimated $28 million cost for shipping and handling the Endeavour's final flight. Photo by Yvonne M. Deshayes
 
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U.S. Marks 20 Years Without Underground Nuclear Explosive Testing

on September 21, 2012 - 4:47pm

Technicians are installing a piece of tooling in the workstand for further dismantlement operations during W56 dismantlement training. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Science-based Stockpile Stewardship Program Ensures Safety, Security, Reliability of American Nuclear Weapons

WASHINGTON, D.C. Twenty years ago, on Sept. 23, 1992, the United States conducted its last underground nuclear explosive test.

Since then, the United States has developed the capability to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of its stockpile through the use of state-of-the-art technology and research while

Cebollita Fire Burning Three Miles West of La Cueva

on September 21, 2012 - 4:20pm

JEMEZ RANGER DISTRICT News:

A fire was discovered today on the Jemez Ranger District three miles west of La Cueva.

Smoke from the Cebollita Fire is  visible to residents from La Cueva and Jemez Springs. Fuels on the ground are creating a fair amount of smoke.

The Cebollita Fire is at two acres and holding. An incident commander is on scene and two engines are enroute.

Cebollita Fire, Jemez Ranger District

Fire Name: Cebollita Fire

Time/Date Reported: 2:05 p.m. Sept. 21

Location: Approximately 3 miles west of La Cueva

Legal Description: 19N, 3E, Sec 19

Cause: Human-caused

Letter to the Editor: Approve Trinity Site Lease Agreement

on September 21, 2012 - 2:54pm
By Kristin Henderson
Candidate for Los Alamos County Council
 
I am writing in regard to the Trinity Site Redevelopment project. I am strongly in favor of our County Council agreeing to the assignment of the lease from NADG to Smith's.
 
And as opposed to Mr. (Robert) Gibson's opinion published in Thursday's Los Alamos Daily Post, I do not think this is the time to, once again, re-think this project. Fifteen years is enough and it's time to keep moving forward.
 
First, the fundamentals of this project have not changed since the lease with NADG was signed.
 
We still voted twice as a

Between a Rock and a Hard Place at Trinity Site

on September 21, 2012 - 9:55am

ON THE MESA FACING NORTH
Column by Greg Kendall

It sounds as though North American Development Group [NADG], the current developers for the Trinity Site, have become discouraged by the results of their attempts to secure lease agreements with other retailers and restaurants to lease the many available pads spaces planed for the Trinity Site development.

NADG seems to have become so discouraged that in fact, they are saying "adios muchachos" to the entire Trinity Site Project by requesting that it be handed over to Smith's/Kroger.

Go Toppers!

on September 21, 2012 - 9:53am

Local statues sport Topper spirit. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

HOMECOMING SEPT. 21


Toppers Homecoming Parade starts at 3 p.m. today, Sept. 21. Football game vs. Kirtland Central High 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field.

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New White Rock Visitor Center Shines at Sunset

on September 21, 2012 - 6:35am

The White Rock Visitor Center Complex illuminated at sunset sits on approximately 5.4 acres adjacent to N.M. 4, just west of Fire Station 3. The Complex consists of three components: a 3,281 square foot Visitor Center building, a 16 space RV parking area and a transit/transfer hub. Los Alamos County Council approved a $2,197,000 budget for the project. The Certificate of Occupancy for the building was acquired Aug. 8. Council and staff are hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the project site. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
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Los Alamos High School Football C-Team Wins Again

on September 21, 2012 - 6:15am

Coach Marco V. Lucero reports that Monday Sept. 17, the Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers Football C-team traveled to Moriarty to take on the Pintos. Despite the the fact that the Toppers lost their first string quarterback in the beginning of the third quarter, the Toppers went on to win 40-20. Cory Schramm went out with a head injury. Topper running back Marcos Vigil led all scorers with four touchdowns. Lane Saunders had two touchdowns to his credit. The defense also showed up and had tree turnovers. Defensive corner Alex Delamarter had two interceptions in the game.
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White Rock's Esquire Barber Shop Celebrates 49 Years

on September 21, 2012 - 5:42am

Lloyd Hunt gets a trim from barber Julian Ortiz at the Esquire Barber Shop in White Rock Thursday. Ortiz celebrated his 49th year barbering this month. He was the first barber in White Rock and has been cutting hair for 32 years in the village. His shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd., is the yellow building directly east of Bandelier Grill. Walk around to the east side of the building to find his door and a great view of the new White Rock Visitor Center. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
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Mosquito Dunks Available to Local Residents

on September 21, 2012 - 5:18am

COUNTY News:

Worried about mosquitoes and the West Nile virus lurking in the perennial puddles and soggy spots in your yard?

The Los Alamos County Parks Division has “mosquito dunks” available to the public at no cost.

The dunks are effective treatment for the elimination of mosquito larvae in standing water.

The dunks are available at the Parks Division Office located in the Pajarito Cliff Sites Complex, Building 5.

For additional information, call the Parks Division at 662-8159.

County's Economic Vitality Administrator Discusses Trinity Site Lease Transfer

on September 20, 2012 - 11:00pm

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher. Courtesy Photo

By Greg Kendall

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post (Post) at the Smart House Monday following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony about the Trinity Site lease transfer from North American Development Group (NADG) to Kroger: 

Post: What are your thoughts on the Trinity Site lease transfer to Kroger? 

Fisher: "I think that it's very hopeful that Smiths and Kroger have such a positive outlook and I think the opportunities exist.

Visitors Suffer Heat Related Illness at Bandelier

on September 20, 2012 - 9:51pm

Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Today at approximately 2:45 p.m., Bandelier National Monument rangers responded to a report of two visitors from England suffering from what appeared to be heat exhaustion at the top of Alcove House located on the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon.

Bandelier staff called the Los Alamos Fire Department Technical Rescue Team from Station 5 to assist in evacuating the couple from the top of the steep trail.

The severity of the couple’s heat related illness was lessened by two visitors, one a physician from Taos and the other a nurse, who provided medical

Craig Martin Experience to Play at Kiwanis 'Autumn in Provence' Wine Dinner

on September 20, 2012 - 9:35pm

KIWANIS News:

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is hosting its first wine dinner fundraiser.

The event is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the Dixie Girl Restaurant, 1789 Central Ave.

"Autumn in Provence" is the theme for the wine dinner.

Included in the elegant event is a five-course gourmet meal, which will feature paired french wines selected by Dixie Girl co-owner Jake Smith to uniquely match each course.

Jazz music will be provided by the Craig Martin Experience (CME). Craig Martin said "CME will be swingin' and groovin', plus we'll be featuring the jazz vocals of Layne Mills on old

Manhattan Project National Historical Park Fails to Pass House

on September 20, 2012 - 4:05pm

Staff report

Earlier this afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Resolution 5987. 

A 2/3 vote was require to pass the "Yeas and Nays" vote. The Park received 257 Yeas and 158 Nays, however, 276 Yea votes were needed to pass the park through the House and on to the Senate for consideration.

H.R. 5987 is titled, "To establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington, and for other purposes."

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director

LANL Reopens Trails Temporarily Closed for Environmental Sampling and Cleanup

on September 20, 2012 - 2:27pm

A Los Alamos National Laboratory worker removes a “closed” sign from a trail south of Trinity Drive. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has reopened trails located on U.S. Department of Energy property near the Timber Ridge and Ridge Park condominiums south of Trinity Drive near Oppenheimer Drive.

The trails were closed temporarily while the Laboratory conducted environmental sampling and cleanup work in the area, which is south of Trinity Drive and west of Oppenheimer Drive.

The trails will remain open while the Laboratory and the New Mexico Environment Department

NNSA, DOE Office of Science Award $14M in Grants

on September 20, 2012 - 2:09pm

 

Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA/DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Office of Science (SC) today announced that 46 research grants totaling $14 million have been awarded as part of the Joint Program in High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas (HEDLP).

Contemporary advances in laser, particle beam and pulsed power technologies have made possible the creation of increasingly high energy density states in the laboratory.

Calling All High School Students Who Want to Study Overseas: Meet Sept. 26 in LAHS Speech Theater

on September 20, 2012 - 1:14pm
St. Olaf's Church in Estonia: The tallest building in the world between 1549 and 1625. Courtesy photo
 
ROTARY News:
 
High School students ... would you like to study in France? Or Australia or Belgium or Brazil? How about Chile or Denmark or Estonia? Or would you prefer Finland, Germany or the Netherlands?  Curious about Peru, Sweden, Switzerland or Taiwan? 
 
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos, which sponsors Youth Exchange programs overseas, will make a lunchtime (11:15 a.m.) presentation Wednesday, Sept.
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United Way Youth Team's 'Taste the Sky' Sells Out

on September 20, 2012 - 11:09am

United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega, left, welcomes United Way Campaign Co-chairs Wendy Schmidt and her husband Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt to Sunday's "Taste the Sky" United Way Youth Team fundraiser at the Los Alamos County Airport, 1040 Airport Road. Event organizers anticipated that 200 people would attend but that number sold out so they had to cook another batch of spaghetti to feed the additional people who arrived for dinner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A hot air balloon added to the atmosphere on the tarmac Sunday. Photo by Carol A.
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Letter to the Editor: Explore Better Trinity Site Options

on September 20, 2012 - 8:17am
By Robert Gibson 
Former Los Alamos County Councilor   
 
The Monitor’s headline, “Council short on options,” of Thursday, Sept. 13, regarding the Trinity Site should not be just a lament. It should be a call to action.

The economic viability of the Trinity Site “lifestyle center” concept was uncertain when it was developed in 2005-06, long before investment money for such projects dried up. 

Two developers, first Boyer and now NADG, have been unable to implement even scaled down versions.

Why should we think a third entity, Kroger/Smith’s, whose interests are much narrower, would

LAHS Graduate Writes 'Remarkable'

on September 20, 2012 - 8:06am

Author Lizzie Foley with Matthew. Photo by Ana June Creative

Book Review by Kirsten Laskey

Humans no longer seem to rule the earth. The power seems to have shifted to vampires, werewolves, wizards and witches - at least in literature.

To be a character without fangs, without magical powers, seems to be fit only for the background.

Author and former Los Alamos resident Lizzie Foley thinks this is hogwash.

In fact, her debut young adult book, “Remarkable” celebrates the opposite.

The book argues that being ordinary, or simply possessing human qualities, can bring happiness.

Foley, who

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