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Explore Quasars, Galactic Nuclei, Black Holes Tonight

on November 9, 2018 - 7:58am
Learn the history of quasars at 7 p.m. today in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium and view the full-dome film 'Exploding Universe' at 2 p.m. Saturday. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Join Paul Arendt and Rick Wallace for a discussion of the history of Quasars at 7 p.m. today, Nov. 9 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Arendt and Wallace will take the audience through the history of quasars since their discovery in the 1950s and also examine active galactic nuclei and black holes at this talk.
Quasars, or quasi-stellar radio sources, were one of the most hotly debated enigmas in

LANB Joins Small Business Saturday Partnership

on November 9, 2018 - 7:21am
LANB News:
Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) has partnered with the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet and Pet Pangaea to sponsor this year's Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24.
As a longtime partner focused on supporting regional economic development and small business growth, LANB will underwrite the cost of two programs designed to increase local purchasing and foster community comradery with fun and family engagement in mind.
LANB will provide gift cards purchased from local stores as prizes for the annual Scavenger Hunt.

MANNM’s Dr. Gary Jacques Speaks At Rotary

on November 9, 2018 - 7:11am

Dr. Gary Jacques, who moved to Los Alamos earlier this year with his wife Karen, spoke at Rotary recently about his career with Hope Worldwide, a faith-based, international charity ‘that changes lives by harnessing the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to the poor and needy’. His work of 16 years took him to 40 countries; of those, Cambodia remains one of his most rewarding and memorable experiences. It was there in 2001 that he personally observed the appalling and filthy conditions of a major hospital.

County: Discoveries Action Team Meets Nov. 15

on November 9, 2018 - 6:58am
The next monthly meeting of the Discoveries Action Team is Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Pajarito Cliffs Site (PCS) Building 1 Conference Room.
Participants will meet 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and continue discussing ideas suggested by the Place-Making and Place-Marketing subgroups. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch. PCS is located just east of Entrada Business Park on N.M. 502 at the eastern edge of Los Alamos. The conference room inside Building 1 is on the south side of the main road just after entering the PCS site.
The Discoveries Action Team is a volunteer

Teatro Paraguas Holiday Dream Flamenco Dec. 20-22

on November 9, 2018 - 6:52am
Mina Fajardo performs in Holiday Dream Flamenco Dec. 20-22 at Teatro Paraguas. Courtesy photo
The community is invited to attend Holiday Dream Flamenco, a flamenco and Middle Eastern dance spectacle at 7 p.m., Dec. 20-22 at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe.
Compañia Chuscales and Mina Fajardo returns to Teatro Paraguas with an original and exciting flamenco extravaganza based in part on choreographer, dancer and singer-songwriter Mina Fajardo’s newly released album Sueño. 
Joining Mina onstage are flamenco dancers Monze Diaz, Janira

Topper Boys Soccer Enters State Championships

on November 9, 2018 - 6:44am

The Topper Boys Soccer team prepares to play the quarter final game Wednesday at the State Soccer Championships at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex in Bernalillo. Their first game was played against the Chaparral Lobos, the #4 ranked team in the tournament. The Toppers entered the tournament ranked #5. The two teams met at the State Tournament two years ago and the Lobos beat the Toppers eliminating them from the tournament. This game was very competitive from start to finish with the Toppers emerging the winner 1-0. The Toppers progressed  to Thursday’s semifinals.

Obituary: Bennie Gonzales Nov. 2, 2018

on November 9, 2018 - 6:27am
Bennie Gonzales, age 90, born in Mineral Hills, New Mexico and resident of Rio Rancho, passed away Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.
Mr. Gonzales is survived by his wife, Carmen; children, Tom Gonzales and wife, Debra, Peter Gonzales and wife, April; grandchildren, Thomas Gonzales, Victoria Gonzales, Kayla Gonzales, Jamie Abeyta, Chastity Gonzales and great-grandson, Azariah Gonzales, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A visitation will be held from 9:45-10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Rd.

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Viewed From White Rock

on November 9, 2018 - 6:24am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise colors the sky viewed from White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Friends' Bookstore Volunteers Check In With Community

on November 8, 2018 - 5:33pm

Friends' Bookstore volunteers gather Oct. 7 at North Mesa Picnic Grounds to share great food, exceptional conversation and fellowship. Courtesy photo  


The temporary closure of Mesa Public Library and the Friends’ Bookstore to install an HVAC system and all new LED lighting throughout has really changed the dynamics of visiting downtown Los Alamos, especially for the Bookstore volunteers.

"Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries (FLACL) appreciate that folks are holding their book and media donations until the reopening sometime in December, one volunteer said.

Sipapu Kicks Off Ski Season Nov. 16

on November 8, 2018 - 5:21pm

Snow at Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort. Courtesy/Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort


SKI News:


VADITO -- Because of Sipapu Ski Resort’s state-of-the-art snowmaking system, combined with the help of Mother Nature, Sipapu will open Friday, Nov. 16, earlier than scheduled. 


This will be the 16th consecutive year that Sipapu is the first ski area in New Mexico to open for the season.


“Sipapu was able to bump up its opening day to Nov. 16 due to the recent snowfall, plus cold temperatures and extremely productive snowmaking efforts,” said John Paul Bradley, mountain manager of Sipapu Ski

RTD Veterans Holiday Closure Nov. 12

on November 8, 2018 - 5:10pm
RTD News:
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses,” will not be in service Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday, however the 255 Mountain Trail will operate.
The 255 Mountain Trail and the 305 Taos Express will both operate Sunday, Nov. 11.
The NCRTD thanks and honors all veterans for the time they served and the sacrifices they, and their families, made for our country!

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on November 8, 2018 - 5:09pm

Pssst … ‘Rumors’ Is In Town

on November 8, 2018 - 5:01pm
From left, Paul Lewis, Thomas Graves, Holly Robinson and Trisha Werner in 'Rumors'.
Los Alamos Daily Post

‘Rumors’ is the great Neil Simon’s only farce. This play is just for laughs, having no other message, as you should be able to ascertain from the plot, which goes like this.

Four couples are attending an anniversary party for their unseen host, a New York deputy mayor and his wife.

The first couple arrives to discover that the host has shot himself in the ear and his wife has disappeared.

Honoring Victims Of Tragedy In Thousand Oaks

on November 8, 2018 - 10:57am

President issues proclamation honoring victims of the tragedy in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Courtesy photo

From the Office of the Governor:

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez this morning released a proclamation issued by the President of the United States of America honoring the victims of the shooting tragedy in Thousand Oaks, Calif.


As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 7, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United

World Futures: Artificial Intelligence – Part One

on November 8, 2018 - 10:56am

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

At the end of the last column I stated that this week we would begin looking at artificial intelligence or AI. It was my belief that writing a bit (or byte) about AI would be easy, after all the term is used everywhere in advertising, it tells me what I like to watch on Netflix, and it is essential for science fiction such as RUR – Russumovi Univerzaini Roboti or “Rossum’s Universal Robots.” But what is AI in reality? Let’s start with artificial.

Going to the cell phone that tries to control me, I looked up “artificial.” From Google,

Democrats Dominate Los Alamos County Midterms

on November 8, 2018 - 10:47am
Winning candidates celebrate their election victory Tuesday night at UnQuarked in Central Park Square. From left, James Robinson and Randall Ryti (County Council), Elizabeth Allen (Municipal Judge), Christine Chandler (House Dist. 43) Sara Scott (County Council) and Pat Casados (Magistrate Judge). Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Voter turnout for the 2018 midterm election Tuesday in Los Alamos County neared the 2016 Presidential election year level.

What LANB/Enterprise Merger Means To Los Alamos

on November 8, 2018 - 10:44am

Enterprise President/CEO Jim Lally
Los Alamos Daily Post

Speculation has swirled since the announcement last week that Enterprise Financial Services Corp headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., and Trinity Capital Corporation (TCC), the holding company of Los Alamos National Bank have entered into a definitive merger agreement.

TCC/LANB President/CEO John Gulas

How will this merger effect the community? Will the merged bank support local endeavors?

So, this transaction is valued at approximately $213 million and on a pro forma consolidated basis,

Thank You Los Alamos! Thank You District 43!

on November 8, 2018 - 9:50am
By Rep.-Elect Christine Chandler
House Dist. 43
In the 11 months since I announced my candidacy for the New Mexico House of Representatives, I have been privileged to meet many extraordinary people from across the district: people with busy lives raising and educating children, caring for parents and working hard to make a living.

Meet & Greets, rodeo parades, fiestas, community clean-up days and breakfasts gave me a window into the lives of people who will soon be my constituents.

I also learned through thousands of phone calls and door knocks that many of us care about the same

LANL Launches Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium; DDN Joins Ultra-Scale Computing Quest

on November 8, 2018 - 9:49am

Los Alamos National Laboratory recently formed the Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3) to investigate ultra-scale computing architectures and systems. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:


Los Alamos National Laboratory recently formed the Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3) to investigate ultra-scale computing architectures, systems and environments that can achieve higher efficiencies in extreme-scale mission-centric computing.


“We are excited about EMC3 and seek partnerships with high performance computing (HPC) technology providers and consumers that are

Udall Statement On Firing Of AG Jeff Sessions

on November 8, 2018 - 9:42am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
“Any effort to obstruct or terminate the special counsel’s investigation would precipitate a crisis for our constitution and our republic. Unfortunately, the American people have every reason to fear that the president’s firing of Attorney General Sessions represents an attempt to interfere with the investigation into the Trump campaign.

Los Alamos National Laboratory: Levitating Particles Could Lift Nuclear Detective Work

on November 8, 2018 - 9:35am
LANL News:
Laser-based ‘optical tweezers’ could levitate uranium and plutonium particles, thus allowing the measurement of nuclear recoil during radioactive decay.
This technique, proposed by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, provides a new method for conducting the radioactive particle analysis essential to nuclear forensics.
“Our idea relies on trapping a particle using ‘optical tweezers,’ a technique which is the subject of this year’s Nobel prize in Physics,” said Alonso Castro of the Lab’s Actinide Analytical Chemistry group, one of the authors of a new paper in

Los Alamos Resident Malcolm Burns Conquers Scotland's Longest Lake ... In A Bathtub

on November 8, 2018 - 9:30am
Malcolm Burns rows his bathtub in Loch Lomond, Scotland's longest lake. Courtesy photo
Malcolm Burns, right, and his brother-in-law Colin MacDonald pose next to his bathtub, which featured Bathtub Row Brewing Coop's logo. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
It took a bit of critical thinking, muscle and determination but Los Alamos resident and Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist Malcolm Burns did it. In August, he rowed the entire length of Loch Lomond in Scotland in a bathtub.
The feat was done over the course of two days.

Obituary: Gino Lucco Nov. 29, 1927 – Nov. 1, 2018

on November 8, 2018 - 9:18am

GINO LUCCO Nov. 29, 1927 – Nov. 1, 2018

Gino Lucco was born Luigino Secondo  Francisco Giuseppe Lucco in Turin, Italy. Surrounded by family, he peacefully passed away in Los Alamos, NM on Thursday November 1, 2018, All Saints Day. He lived a full and rich life of more than 90 years.

Nestled in the foothills of the Italian Alps, Gino was born to parents Vittorio and Rosina Lucco, an Italian family from the Piemonte region of Northern Italy.


Sponsors Sought To Adopt A Family For Christmas

on November 8, 2018 - 9:17am
The Adopt a Family Program in Los Alamos is seeking local sponsors to help provide a Christmas for more than 90 families who have applied for assistance this holiday season.
"Every year we are blown away by the need in our little town but also the generosity that the community shows through this program,” said Kim Knapp, Co-director of the Adopt a Family Program this year.
The Adopt a Family program was founded many years ago and has assisted many Los Alamos and surrounding area residents.

60th Wedding Anniversary: Ray & Marvine Garcia

on November 8, 2018 - 8:37am

Ray and Marvine Garcia of Los Alamos were married Nov. 8, 1958, at San Antonio de Padua Church in El Rancho, after having gone to school together since kindergarten and becoming high school sweethearts. After living the first few years of their marriage in Germany, where Ray was stationed in the Army, they made their home in Los Alamos where they raised their three children, Ray, Anna and Pat. Both Ray and Marvine retired after long careers at LANL and currently enjoy traveling, visiting family and volunteering at the Chamber of Commerce and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.