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Summer Giving Effort Provides $20 Million in Grants for Youth

on June 21, 2012 - 7:40am

Youngsters from the Family Learning Center are among those who recently enjoyed a nutritious meal at the Española YMCA Teen Center. Courtesy/EYTC

Family YMCA News:

Walmart and six of its nonprofit partners serve up a smarter, healthier summer for 180,000 kids in 350 communities nationwide, including Los Alamos.

The Walmart Foundation announced more than $20 million in grants to six nonprofit organizations nationwide that will create opportunities for children to enjoy smarter, healthier and more productive summers.

The grants will help expand nutrition, learning and employment programs

Can Spin Glasses be Used to Study Opinion Formation?

on June 21, 2012 - 6:44am

Helmut Katzgraber will present a talk at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Katzgraber works at the Department of Physics & Astronomy, Texas A&M University and ETH Zurich.

His talk is, Boolean Decision Problems with Competing Interactions on Scale-Free Networks: Can Spin Glasses be Used to Study Opinion Formation?

Abstract: Spin glasses are paradigmatic models that deliver concepts relevant for a variety of systems.

However, despite ongoing research spanning several decades in the area of glassy systems, there remain many fundamental

Udall: NM Tech to Receive $700,000 for Energy Research

on June 21, 2012 - 6:28am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) Wednesday announced that the Petroleum Recovery Research Center (PRRC) at New Mexico Tech in Socorro will receive nearly $700,000 to continue developing a method to treat water that is produced in oil and gas production using solar energy.
'Produced water' flows to the surface during oil and gas drilling and often has high concentrations of salts and other contaminants that make it unusable and costly to dispose of safely.
“Oil and gas production is a major part of New Mexico’s economy and we are always looking for ways to reduce the

Torres Attempts Longest Day with Longest Play

on June 20, 2012 - 11:31pm

He did it 20 years ago and tomorrow will attempt it again - Rotarian Donnie Torres, the PGA golf pro at Los Alamos Golf Course is starting his day by teeing off at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21 and is going to play all day straight through until sunset.

This is a fund-raiser and one half of the pledges made will benefit the PGA’s golfing programs for youth; the other half will be donated to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

Torres said he has 100 pledges totaling $4,000 (if he makes it through) and is hoping people will donate even after the day is over.

Although today was the longest day of


Bandelier Rangers and National Guard Rescue Distressed Hikers

on June 20, 2012 - 6:15pm


On Tuesday, June 19 Bandelier Rangers with the assistance of National Guard air support, conducted a successful search and rescue operation in the area between Alamo Canyon and Capulin Canyon.

Sandoval County 911 Center received a cell call
Tuesday morning from a group in distress and requesting aid in the backcountry of Bandelier National Monument.

Sandoval County provided Bandelier personnel with the call's GPS coordinates, and Bandelier Archaeologist/Rangers Heath Bailey and David Shiffler, who were already in the vicinity, immediately responded.

The parties in

BREAKING NEWS: LANL Director Calls All-Employee Meeting Regarding Workforce Update

on June 20, 2012 - 1:56pm

From/MS: Charles F. McMillan, A100
Date: June 20, 2012

Subject: Workforce Update and All-Employee Meeting

Over the past several months, we have been engaged in efforts to manage Laboratory costs to live within the current budget and to position the Laboratory to successfully deal with future funding scenarios.

With the help of the entire Laboratory, I believe we have been successful in working the myriad budget issues so that we can more confidently face future challenges while delivering on our mission commitments.

In the Fall of 2011, I established the Laboratory Integrated Stewardship

Trinity Capital Corporation Announces Dividend

on June 20, 2012 - 1:04pm

LANB News:

Trinity Capital Corporation (Trinity), the holding company for Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) and Title Guaranty & Insurance Company, today announced a dividend on its common stock.

The dividend of $0.15 per share will be paid to shareholders of record as of June 30, 2012 and payable on July 13, 2012.

Trinity is a bank holding company with $1.5 billion in total assets and has 341 employees.

LANB is currently in its 49th year of operation, and offers financial services at its main office in Los Alamos, an office in White Rock, three offices in Santa Fe and two offices in


NNSA Sites, Labs Earn 12 R&D 100 Awards

on June 20, 2012 - 12:51pm


NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today congratulated its laboratories and production sites for receiving 12 of R&D Magazine’s 2012 R&D 100 Awards.

"Congratulations to this year's R&D 100 award winners," Energy Secretary Steven Chu said. "The research and development at the Department of Energy's laboratories continues to help the nation meet our energy challenges, strengthen our national security and improve our economic competitiveness."

Awarded annually by R&D Magazine to the best technological advances at universities,

Women Gather for Stephanie Richard Event

on June 20, 2012 - 10:42am

A female crowd gathered at the Los Alamos home of Marvel Harrison Tuesday for a "Women For Stephanie" get together and fundraiser for Democratic House District 43 candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

House District 43 Candidate Stephanie Richard addresses women voters gathered Tuesday to hear her stand on the issues facing Los Alamos and White Rock. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.

Anita Schwendt, right, asks a question of Stephanie Richard. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Denise Carson, right, listens as House District 43 Candidate

Contractor's High Pressure Hose Breaches Power Line

on June 20, 2012 - 10:40am

A Department of Public Utilities lineman’s hands measure outputs from each phase while wearing protective safety gear during the power outage on North Mesa Tuesday afternoon. Courtesy/DPU

Power was interrupted to North Mesa beginning at 11:18 a.m. Tuesday when a contractor digging with a high pressure hose and vacuum exposed and breached one wire of three phase direct bury electric lines on the east end of North Mesa, according to officials at the Department of Public Utilities (DPU.)

“About 250 customers were affected, initially,” said DPU’s associate engineer for electric distribution


Police and Lab Join Forces for Robot Rodeo

on June 20, 2012 - 9:32am

Los Alamos Police Department explosive devices experts and LANL hazardous devices experts joined forces to compete against seven other teams in the sixth annual Robot Rodeo underway this week in Technical Area 49 at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In this scenario, a pair of robots inspect a car involved in a chase and abandoned by drug traffickers.  Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Bob Clark, a Hazardous Devices technician at Los Alamos National Laboratory makes some final adjustments to the LANL/LAPD team robot. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

One of the tasks the robots

Exhibitors Sought for Next Big Idea Event

on June 20, 2012 - 9:30am


Rotary Club Thanks Community

on June 20, 2012 - 8:48am

Members of the Rotary Group Study Exchange from Capetown, South Africa visited Los Alamos recently including from left, Matt Haywood, Simisha Pather-Elias, Tabiso Mokwena, Robin Gilfillan and Viennie McShane. Photo by Gil Butler

By President-elect Linda Hull

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos would like to thank everyone in the community who so warmly welcomed our Group Study Exchange (GSE) visitors from Capetown, South Africa of Rotary District 9350 during their brief stay here last month.

The GSE program offers opportunities for four young professionals, ages 25-40, to travel to a Rotary

Congress Adds 26 Synthetic Chemicals to Controlled Substances Act

on June 20, 2012 - 8:47am
DEA News:
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today commended House and Senate negotiators for agreeing on legislation to control 26 synthetic drugs under the Controlled Substances Act.
These drugs include those commonly found in products marketed as “K2” and “Spice.”
The addition of these chemicals to Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act will be included as part of S. 3187, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act.
Schedule I substances are those with a high potential for abuse; have no medical use in treatment in the United States; and lack

Roy Cope Makes Perfect Prediction

on June 19, 2012 - 10:37pm


Courtesy Photo

Roy Cope makes perfect prediction on Tuesday's pace race on North Mesa on the one mile course.

Runners had the choice to run either one mile or a true 5K, but either way their error was adjusted to a uniform error for a three mile course.

The next best prediction was made by Alexander Romero with a distance adjusted 21 second error.

11-year-old Jacob Thompson was fastest male on the one mile course with a time of 9:56. Fastest female was Ann Nichols with a time of 17:25.

14-year-old John Rees was fastest male on the 5K course with a time of

Obituary: Harold Eugene Rayburn April 1, 1916 - June 8, 2012

on June 19, 2012 - 9:00pm

Harold was born in Campbell, Missouri, the son of Charles William Rayburn and Zola Elizabeth Waltrip.  The eldest of five children, he was predeceased by sisters Virginia Paulfrey, Margaret Moates and Doris Aileen Boothby.  He is survived by a brother, Finis Rayburn.  Harold married Lois Lucille Love on January 30, 1941.  After celebrating 66 years of marriage in January 2007, Lois passed away a few months later.

Harold is survived by two children, a daughter and son-in-law, Gale and Dale Thomas, a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Sandy Rayburn; grandchildren Kim (& Mike) Bissell, Jennifer


North Mesa Power Outage - UPDATE

on June 19, 2012 - 1:52pm

DPU News:

A power outage on North Mesa began at 11:18 a.m. today due to contractor digging activities, which contacted with an underground utility line.

About 250 or one third of customers on North Mesa's eastern end were affected.

Department of Public Utilities electric linemen repaired the line and by 4:30 p.m. had restored power to the area.


Work Continues on Pajarito Canyon/Nail Trail Loop

on June 19, 2012 - 11:25am

Ten volunteers worked on the Pajarito Canyon Trail Monday evening and stabilized about a quarter mile of the trail. Photo by Craig Martin

Volunteers are needed for a half-day work session to continue post-Las Conchas fire stabilization of the Pajarito Canyon/Nail Trail loop.

The work needs to be completed before the monsoon season begins or sections of the trail will wash away.

  • When: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday June 23
  • Where: Pajarito Canyon Trailhead
  • Plan: Hike in about one mile and work the eroded side slope section before the entire trail washes away
  • What to Wear: Sturdy shoes, long pants,

White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee Wrestles With Funding Reduction

on June 19, 2012 - 11:04am

Los Alamos County Capital Projects & Facilities Department Director Anne Laurent speaks to members of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee during a meeting at the White Rock Townhall Monday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Council voted to slice the $16 million in funding recommended by the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee in half and gave members six weeks to come up with a new plan.

The committee wrestled with Council's request during a meeting at the White Rock Townhall Monday evening.


LANL Helps Medicine, Cosmetics and Crop Irrigation Businesses Gain Traction

on June 19, 2012 - 9:04am

LANL News:

Three small companies in the diverse fields of medicine, cosmetics and crop irrigation are the latest recipients of Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) awards from the Los Alamos National Security, LLC.

Integrative Enzymatics, Vapour Organic Beauty and HydroBio will receive startup funding from the Laboratory to help them gain traction in their respective markets.

"The VAF program fills a unique need by providing capital that reduces a company’s risk," said David Pesiri, the Laboratory’s Technology Transfer Division leader.

Artist Michelle Stump Reconnects with the Creative

on June 19, 2012 - 8:54am

"Skyward dreaming." Photo by Michelle Stump

By Mandy Marksteiner

Early in the morning Michelle Stump set out on the north side of the Pueblo Canyon RIm Trail, which starts next to the dog park near the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.

She had her camera and new wide-angle lens with her and was surprised at how easy and accessible the side trail to Graduation Point was from the Canyon Rim.

Once she had hiked into the upper part of the canyon, before her was a tremendous drop and the view was just magic.

The glow of the early morning sun was pink and hazy over the distant mountains.


FAN Club is Wednesday at Betty Ehart Senior Center

on June 19, 2012 - 8:44am

This month's FAN (Food and Networking) Club meets from 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

Chamber members are invited to attend and learn more about this organization and its goals and projects and network with fellow Chamber members.

The Betty Ehart Senior Center, the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and the Alzheimer's Association are hosting the June FAN Club to introduce people to the local Memory Walk organization.

The event is sponsored by Los Alamos Retirement Community.

Food is provided by the chef of Aspen Ridge Lodge.

'Food on the Hill': Caramel Banana Bread

on June 19, 2012 - 7:30am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe...

Photo by Sue York/
Caramel Banana Bread
4 cups bread flour
2 cups of walnut pieces
1 ½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons butter- melted
3 eggs
2 teaspoons caramel extract (can find it in Santa Fe or Internet)
½ cup caramel ice cream syrup in glass jar-- plus ¾ cup to drizzle over each piece of bread during plating 6 large bananas mashed but with little lumps still in them.
Photo by Sue York/
Prepare pans - cut pieces of parchment paper to fit in the bottom of

NNSA Production Office Open for Business

on June 19, 2012 - 7:27am
NNSA Production Office Manager Steve Erhart, left, presents DOE Secretary Steven Chu with an overview last year of a B83 tooling system. Courtesy/NNSA
NNSA News:
  • New organization combines federal offices in Tennessee and Texas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Production Office (NPO) is now in operation, providing federal oversight of nuclear production missions at the Pantex Site in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

“This is an historic move for NNSA that puts us in a position to improve performance, reduce the

Journey Through Indian Country Part 3: Murder on the Zuni Reservation

on June 18, 2012 - 2:52pm

Floyd Yuselew killed his friend in this house on the Zuni Reservation during a confrontation after a night of drinking in 2009. The victim’s body was found months later, still well-preserved by the winter freeze. Courtesy/FBI

FBI Series Part 3:

Special Agent John Fortunato walked behind the abandoned house on the Zuni Reservation in western New Mexico and pointed out where Floyd Yuselew dug a grave to bury the friend he had murdered with an ax to the head.

The two had been drinking, and investigators believe the murder was committed because Yuselew thought his buddy had been flirting with