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Education Department Secretary-designate Joins LAMS for Pi Day

LAPS News:

Pi-rates Amy Bartlett and Sharon Fogle, math teachers at LAMS, compare notes on how to measure eggs at Tuesday’s Pi Day event. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera was a special guest at Los Alamos Middle School for the fourth annual PI Day to celebrate the birthday of Albert Einstein.

Secretary Hanna Skandera creates a mask at Pi Day. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Skandera expressed enthusiasm for the staff’s effort to celebrate math in such a fun fashion.

Los Alamos Public Schools Board Secretary


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Upcoming Rotary Meetings

Rotary Club News:

March 20: Bob Parmenter, chief scientist, will speak about the status of the Valles Caldera, with an introduction by former County Councilor Nona Bowman.

March 27: Los Alamos Public Schools Reading Coordinator Suzanne Lynne will present the program, Teach Like a Champion.

This program focuses on effective teaching methods designed to help all teachers, especially those new to the classroom, with an introduction by Karen Hawkins.

The Rotary Club meets at 11:45 a.m. each Tuesday at Central Avenue Grill.


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Local GOP Elects New Officers

Members of the Los Alamos Republican Party. Courtesy Photo

Los Alamos Republican Party News:

The Los Alamos Republican Party elected new officers during its monthly meeting this evening at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.

Jordan Redmond was elected chair of the Los Alamos Republican Party, replacing Ron Dolin who resigned last month after serving nearly three terms.

Bill McKerley was elected 1st vice chair, filling the vacancy created when Redmond became chair.

Joe Archuleta remains 2nd vice chair.

Norma Tech continues to serve as treasurer and Mike Weaver as secretary.

The officers


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Traffic Control has been Revised on Westbound N.M. 4

Traffic control has been revised on westbound N.M. 4 at the Pajarito Road intersection near White Rock.

The white stop bar pavement marking on N.M. 4 will be moved west approximately 30 feet, clearing the intersection approach to provide a free right turn onto Pajarito Road.

Vertical lane markers have been placed along the free right curve to help motorists maintain their lane.

Motorists intending to turn right onto Pajarito Road are asked to slow down and use their turning signals to indicate their intentions to other drivers.

REMINDER: The speed limit through the construction area is 30 miles


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Building a Downtown Creative Community Moves Closer to Fruition

LACDC News:

Following is a trip report from last week’s visit by PLACE representatives:

Welcome to PLACE, and to our first communication about Los Alamos. We will use this communication tool to keep you up-to-date on our efforts to build a new Creative Community in downtown Los Alamos.

We just returned from a very successful site visit. We were there to determine if the necessary ingredients were in place for us to build a successful new multi-use, sustainable community within the downtown, and more specifically, the downtown Creative District.

Here is a very brief overview of our findings:


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Working at Church

A worker takes to his knees to plant small flag markers in front of the church. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Community Garden Takes Root

By Kirsten Laskey

An idea was planted in a Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) classroom and through the efforts of community organizations such as the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB), has sprouted into a full-fledged program – the Los Alamos Youth Food Project.

Photo: Sylvan Argo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The program continued to germinate during Tuesday night’s Los Alamos Board of Education meeting as members unanimously approved a memorandum of agreement to provide a piece of land on the middle school grounds for the program’s community garden.

In the general conditions of


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School Board Elects New Officers

LAPS News:

 

The Los Alamos Board of Education held an election of officers during Tuesday night’s meeting.

Kevin Honnel was elected president.

Dawn Venhaus is vice president.

Melanie McKinley is the new board secretary.

The remaining two board members include:

David Foster

Judith Bjarke-McKenzie


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Heather Wilson Draws Many LANL Employees to Her Town Hall Meeting

LANL employees and others listen to Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson during her Town Hall meeting late Wednesday afternoon at the Hilltop House Hotel. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

A large crowd turned out to hear Republican U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson speak at a Town Hall Meeting at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel late Wednesday afternoon.

Wilson spoke of her background and experience before fielding questions from the audience of slightly more than 100 people.

At age 17, she entered the U.S. Air Force Academy and graduated in 1982. A Rhodes


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LANL’s Terry Wallace Addresses Workforce Action at Wednesday’s Community Forum

LANL Official Terry Wallace briefs audience members at Duane Smith Auditorium Wednesday evening about the voluntary separation program under way at the Lab. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By Carol A. Clark

Terry Wallace, Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology, and Engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory conducted the third and final community forum about the Lab’s Voluntary Separation Program (VSP) now under way.

On March 1, the National Nuclear Security Administration approved the plan to reduce the Laboratory workforce by 400 to 800 employees


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President Obama Picks Lobos for Sweet Sixteen

The 44th President of the United States,  Barack Obama, has picked the University of New Mexico Lobos college basketball team to make it all the way to the NCAA’s March Madness Sweet Sixteen Tournament, which begins March 22nd. The Lobos will play Long Beach State tonight (Thursday, March 15) at 4:10PM ET in Portland Oregon. The President went on to predicted that the New Mexico State Aggies would lose to Indiana in tonight’s second round match-up scheduled for 9:45PM ET.

Get more of the story from KOAT 7 Albuquerque.


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Wednesday’s HazMat Incident Categorized as ‘Non-emergency Significant’

HazMat and other emergency responders worked near this section of TA-21 at the east end of DP Road Wednesday after a small chemical reaction occurred during cleanup activities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANL NEWS:

At about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Los Alamos police and firefighters left the scene of a HazMat incident that began just before noon at the east end of DP Road.

A small chemical reaction in a bottle containing liquid drawn from a 60-year-old cylinder at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area 21 caused Laboratory officials to call in hazardous material personnel,


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HazMat Situation Winding Down

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun just reported that as of 1:43 p.m. today, the air monitors surrounding the HazMat spill near Enclosure 12 toward the far end of DP Road are registering clean.

“The roadblocks at the intersection of DP Road and Trinity Drive are being removed and placed down around the building involved while cleanup work there continues,” Purtymun said. “The roadblocks were placed at the entrance to DP Road as a precautionary measure until the situation was assessed. The public can now come and go nomally along the majority of DP Road.”


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DP Road Residents Ordered to Shelter in Place

Coordinator Philmont Taylor of the Los Alamos County Emergency Management Department just released a reverse 911 meesage ordering all residents along DP Road to shelter in place.

The cause for this emergency is a hazmat leak in Enclosure 12 at TA-21, Taylor said.

DP Road residents are to stay inside and close off all ventilation to the outside until they hear the “all clear” signal.

Check back for more on this developing story.

 


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DP Road Shut Down Due to TA-21 HazMat Issue

DP Road is shut down at about noon today because of some type of hazmat issue at Technical Area 21.

Police are directing drivers away from the intersection of DP Road at Trinity Drive.

There is a report of a small brush fire at TA-21 and police and other emergency responders are on scene.

Check back for more details on this developing story.


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Municipal Building Crane Work Put on Hold

Example of a 150-foot crane. Courtesy

By Carol A. Clark

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires a permit on construction cranes any time that they will exceed a 100:1 sloped surface from the nearest point of the nearest airport runway out to 20,000 feet or 200 feet above ground level.

“We are right on the edge of the affected area of the airport,” said Dan Erickson, capital projects division manager. “It’s better to be safe than sorry so we decided to go ahead and apply for a permit to the FAA – we’re hoping it won’t slow the project.”

The County applied for the permit nearly


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Brownell’s Closeout Sale Draws Mixed Feelings

Brownell’s Hallmark Owner Steve Brownell, center, shares with customers the website that shows where he is moving to in Kansas once he closes the store. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Brownell’s Hallmark store’s final days are marked with a store sale. 

With Steve Brownell’s looming retirement, customers were pleased for the opportunity to purchase items marked down as much as 75 percent but expressed sadness to see a local treasure closing down. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Hallmark Manager Peggy Rustin rings up sales Tuesday


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Pinon’s Chihuly Exhibit Reveals Student’s Artistic Talents

The source of inspiration for the show and some of the pieces. TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Monday’s Dale Chihuly Art Exhibit at Pinon Elementary School in White Rock revealed a wealth of talent within the local student community.

The event wasn’t an exhibit of renowned artist Chihuly’s work, but he served as an inspiration to the students to create artworks resembling his style.

Students used a plastic sheet media that could be softened in warm water and bent into any desired shape, which was then painted/stained using special colored materials.

Pinon Art Teacher Stephanie


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Early Los Alamos National Laboratory Video from the Hugh Bradner Collection

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has recently released a new ten minute portion of physicist Hugh Bradner's amazing "peak-at-life" home movie clips from early Laboratory days, filmed from 1943 to 1945.

Bradner, a physicist at Los Alamos, was granted informal permission to use his video camera inside the New Mexico town that didn't official exist. Bradner took home movies of some of the top secret work being conducted at Los Alamos. It was likely that Army Officials were unaware that Bradner was taking home movies of these laboratory experiments. One clip shows


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Town Hall on Future of LANL Set for Wednesday

WHO: Heather WIlson, Candidate for U.S. Senate

WHAT: Heather Wilson Hosts Town Hall on the Future of Los Alamos National Laboratory

WHERE: Best Western Hilltop House Hotel, 400 Trinity Dr.

WHEN: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14

“The Obama Administration’s decision to eliminate nearly 800 jobs at Los Alamos Labs jeopardizes our national security and our economy. New Mexico needs someone who will fight for our laboratories —someone who understands our state’s unique contribution to national security.” -Heather Wilson, candidate for the U.S. Senate


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