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Udall, Heinrich, Luján Recognize LANL Contributions To State Economy, Employment

on July 18, 2019 - 10:37am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL




WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) commended findings from an independent economic-impact analysis released Tuesday, which found that Los Alamos National Laboratory is responsible for creating 24,169 jobs in New Mexico.


The Economic Impact report, developed by the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), found that the Los Alamos National Laboratory contributes $3.1 billion to the states’

NM Judiciary Streamlines Operations With Admin. Consolidation Of Magistrate And District Courts

on July 18, 2019 - 10:31am
NMSC News:
SANTA FE To improve court efficiencies across New Mexico, the Judiciary has combined the administration of magistrate and district courts within the state’s judicial districts.
“Streamlining our court system advances judicial excellence in New Mexico,” Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura said. “An administrative consolidation allows our magistrate and district courts to share resources such as jury pools.

LANL: Machine-learning Competition Boosts Earthquake Prediction Capabilities

on July 18, 2019 - 10:29am

Competitors in an online Kaggle competition developed a variety of methods for predicting the timing of earthquakes generated in a laboratory. The work could someday help to improve earthquake hazard assessments that could save lives and billions of dollars in infrastructure costs. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

  • Competitors’ success predicting quake timing in the online Kaggle competition could help save lives, infrastructure

Three teams who applied novel machine learning methods to successfully predict the timing of earthquakes from historic seismic data are splitting $50,000 in prize money from an

LAHS Graduate Jody Merritt Promoted To Brigadier General Of United States Air Force Reserve

on July 18, 2019 - 10:07am
Los Alamos High School graduate Jody Merritt is promoted to Brigadier General in the U.S. Air Force Reserve during a special ceremony May 1 in California. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
Jody (Guthals) Merritt, a 1985 graduate of Los Alamos High School, has had a career in the U.S. Air Force that spans 30 years.
She was promoted to Brigadier General in the Air Force Reserve during a special ceremony May 1 in California.
Merritt works as a mobilization assistant to the commander at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater July 18

on July 18, 2019 - 10:04am

Philo Shelton Begins Work As New DPU Manager

on July 18, 2019 - 9:58am
Philo Shelton stands by a poster from the Atomic Energy Commission, which hangs in his new office at the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities. Shelton is the new manager for DPU. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

It’s an exciting time for the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities (DPU). The department is addressing several major projects such as the replacement of the wastewater treatment facility in White Rock, the Carbon Free Power Project, the installation of smart meters and a new water

East Jemez Road Lane Closures Resume

on July 18, 2019 - 9:51am
NNSA News:
East Jemez Road lane closures near the entrance to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will resume Friday, July 19, and continue through Saturday night.
Drivers will be unable to get to Los Alamos via the truck route and should use the N.M. 502/Main Hill Road instead.
Full lane closures will start at 6 p.m. Friday and continue through Saturday night, July 20, weather permitting.
The water line replacement is part of a $34.5 million Supplemental Environmental Projects settlement agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S.

DEA: Sinaloa Cartel Leader Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Sentenced To Life In Prison Plus 30 Years

on July 18, 2019 - 9:48am
Joaquin Guzman ... also known as El Chapo
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known by various aliases, including “El Chapo” and “El Rapido,” was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan to a life term of imprisonment plus 30 years.
The sentence is to run consecutive to the life sentence for being a principal leader of a continuing criminal enterprise – the Mexican organized crime syndicate known as the Sinaloa Cartel – a charge that includes 26 drug-related violations and one murder conspiracy.
The court also ordered Guzman Loera to

Bear Spotted Standing Tall On Pueblo Drive

on July 18, 2019 - 9:18am

Bear spotted standing tall Wednesday on Pueblo Drive. Photo by Roy M. Moore

An Open Book: Science And Humanity

on July 18, 2019 - 9:17am
Los Alamos
Last Saturday was ScienceFest Discovery Day, and it was certainly a discovery Saturday for me. I missed the prior Friday night concert (more about that later), but I wanted to make sure to walk around on Saturday and get a feel for what this ever-improving Los Alamos signature event was all about. I saw loads of kids doing hands-on science experiments or safely peering through telescopes at the Sun.

Ground-Breaking Los Alamos Inventions Grab Honors

on July 18, 2019 - 9:13am
Kent Coombs, right, receives his award for Best Pitch from Antonio Redondo, left, director of the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation and John Chavez, center, president of New Mexico Angels. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers Patrick McClure and Bob Reid were honored last week with the 2019 Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prize for their work in developing small, cost-effective, and safe nuclear reactor designs to power future habitats in space, as well as remote terrestrial locations. 
“Patrick and Bob’s work demonstrates the ingenuity we value at

No Sales At SFNF Las Vegas District Office July 22-30

on July 18, 2019 - 9:11am

SFNF News:


SANTA FE There will be no sales at the Las Vegas District Office of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) July 22-30, due to a brief staffing shortage.


The Las Vegas office at 1926 N. 7th St., will still be open to answer questions and assist visitors with other issues.


Only designated collection officers are authorized to accept payment for fuelwood permits, maps, America the Beautiful interagency passes and other Forest Service products. In May, the SFNF announced that the Las Vegas office would not be able to sell products on Tuesdays until further notice. 



On The Job In Los Alamos: Paving Library Parking Lot

on July 18, 2019 - 9:07am

On the job in Los Alamos Wednesday are crews repaving the parking lot at Mesa Public Library. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo Carol A. Clark/

Crews repaving the parking lot Wednesday at Mesa Public Library. Photo Carol A. Clark/

Senior Center Hosts De-cluttering Session Friday

on July 18, 2019 - 8:42am
Kendra Henning

Betty Ehart Senior Center News:

Santa Fe Realtor, Kendra Henning will present a session on de-cluttering, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

All community adults are welcome to learn how to de-clutter, downsize or prepare for a move to a smaller home. A recent presentation at the White Rock Senior Center used the fun, interactive opportunity to ask questions, and share decluttering and downsizing challenges.

Henning says while most are not considering a move, many adults already express a desire to declutter and simplify now, in order to avoid

Los Alamos MainStreet Thanks Community And Visitors For Successful ScienceFest 2019!

on July 18, 2019 - 8:36am
Scene from Los Alamos ScienceFest 2019. Courtesy photo
Scene from Los Alamos ScienceFest 2019. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos MainStreet News:
The 12th annual Los Alamos ScienceFest attracted attendees from near and far throughout the 6-day festival that took place July 9-14. 
Attendees came to share their love of science in the town, “Where Discoveries Are Made.” More than 70 exhibitors and vendors provided unique and interactive Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) related activities during the July 13 Discovery Day at Ashley Pond Park and Fuller Lodge Lawn. 

UA Scientists Move From Mapping Moon To Worlds Beyond With A Few Mouse Clicks Over Lunch

on July 18, 2019 - 8:30am
UA News:
TUCSON — In 1972, it took an astronaut going on a spacewalk to do what Lynn Carter now can do with a few mouse clicks over lunch.
Carter, a planetary science professor at the Univerity of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, points to a small, framed photograph above her desk. It shows the Apollo 17 spacecraft, the last crewed mission to the moon, cruising high above the grey, cratered expanse below.
"See that little antenna sticking out there? That was the first planetary radar on a spacecraft, and while it went around the moon, it pinged the surface," she said.

Who WIll Stump PEEC Astronomers Friday!

on July 18, 2019 - 8:26am
See who can stump PEEC’s team of astronomers 7 p.m. Friday, July 19. The nature center also will play the full-dome film 'Incoming!' 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
See who can stump PEEC’s team of astronomers this Friday, July 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at another round of “Stump the Astronomers.”
The fun starts at 7 p.m. and features local astronomers Galen Gisler, Akkana Peck, Dave North, Steve Becker and Peter Polko. Guests should bring their toughest astronomy-related questions and see if they can stump the experts.
This event is free to

Analysis: Los Alamos National Laboratory Supports 24,000 Jobs; High Pay Of Workers Generates Wealth

on July 18, 2019 - 8:21am

From New Mexico Economic Development Department:
SANTA FE – Los Alamos National Laboratory is responsible for more than 24,000 jobs in New Mexico and generates $3.1 billion in economic output across the state, according to a new analysis by UNM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
From federal fiscal years 2016 to 2018, LANL directly supported the employment of 14,754 workers and contractors. But LANL spending for procurement and by employees and families generated another 9,415 jobs.
The June, 2019 study indicates there are LANL employees in 27 of New Mexico’s 33 counties with

NWS: Today’s High Near 89; Tonight’s Low Around 60

on July 18, 2019 - 7:33am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 89 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Western Bluebird Takes Energetic Bath

on July 18, 2019 - 7:11am

Daily Postcard: A western bluebird is spotted Wednesday taking an energetic bath in the yard of a residence on Andanada Street in Barranca Mesa. This bird takes its bathing seriously! Photo by Ken Hanson

That was great ... now I need a nap! Photo by Ken Hanson

National Nuclear Security Administration Proposes Expansion Of TA-68 Water Canyon Test Site

on July 17, 2019 - 6:18pm

Existing TA-68 Water Canyon Test Site. Courtesy/NNSA


NNSA News: 


The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos Field Office has posted the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) categorical exclusion determination for the consolidation of existing Los Alamos National Laboratory capabilities for the research, development, and equipment calibration for imaging techniques to detect materials of interest by expanding the Technical Area-68 Water Canyon Test Site.


Consolidation of activities will improve the efficiency of operations that

AFT Joins National Campaign To Tax Rich

on July 17, 2019 - 6:08pm
From the Albuquerque Teachers Federation:

ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque Teachers Federation released today the following message:

We owe billions to students of color, low-income students, and students with disabilities.

For more than 40 years, Title 1 and IDEA have been underfunded. In just the last decade, they have been underfunded by more than $580 billion. It’s time to pay our debt! It’s time to Fund our Future! It’s time the rich paid their fair share.

As part of The American Federation of Teachers’ (AFT) campaign to Fund our Future, the Albuquerque Teachers Federation (ATF) is

Los Alamos Little League 9, 10 And 11 All Stars Make It To Semi Finals In State Tournament In Clovis

on July 17, 2019 - 5:37pm

The Los Alamos Little League 9, 10 and 11 All Stars team. Photo by Connor Hoch/

Staff Report

Los Alamos Little League 9, 10 and 11 All Stars made it all the way to the semi finals during the state tournament in Clovis.

“The boys did a great job,” Los Alamos Little League President Magdalen Miller said. “They got fourth out of nine districts (during) the semifinals.”

She explained the team started playing Friday, July 12, against Enchantment Little League from Las Cruces. Los Alamos lost 9-4. This, Miller said, put the team in the “loser’s bracket.”

Saturday, July 13, Los


Udall Statement On BLM Relocation Proposal

on July 17, 2019 - 5:36pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Department of the Interior’s budget, released the following statement Tuesday on the Trump Interior Department’s proposal to reorganize the Bureau of Land Management, including to relocate hundreds of staff and move the agency’s official headquarters to Grand Junction, Colo.:
“The Interior Department has not made a convincing argument for why such a relocation is necessary or in the best interests of the Bureau of Land

N3B’s Frazer Lockhart Speaks At VOLA Meeting July 22

on July 17, 2019 - 5:23pm

Frazer Lockhart will speak on N3B’s cleanup work at TA-21 on DP Road across from the airport July 22. Courtesy/VOLA

VOLA News:

Te next Voices of Los Alamos meeting is 6:30-7:30 p.m.
 July 22, at the Unitarian Church, 1738 North Sage Loop.

The featured speaker is Frazer Lockhart, program manager for Regulatory & Stakeholder Interface at Newport News Nuclear BWXT - Los Alamos (N3B).

Frazier will speak on N3B’s cleanup work at TA-21 on DP Road across from the airport. He’ll address N3B’s accomplishments to date, as well as upcoming work.