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Senators Engage Air Force on Aggressive Kirtland Fuel Spill Cleanup

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are asking the Air Force to partner with county and state authorities to “conduct further scientific and technical analysis” to determine the scope of the Kirtland jet fuel leak and develop contingency plans for the continued safety of the drinking water.
 
The Senators, who met with Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Terry Yonkers in Washington last week for an update on the plume, wrote to him today in support of the Air Force’s goal to cleanup the spill and ensure the area continues to meet federal drinking
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Clark & Kendall’s – Weekend Preview – May 24, 2012

The Los Alamos Daily Post's events calendar webcast, "Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview." Carol A. Clark and Greg Kendall co-host this weekly program, which previews each upcoming weekend's events scheduled for Los Alamos, White Rock and beyond. To compile the list of events, the Los Alamos Daily Post checks the event calendars found in the right hand sidebar and we sample the posters on the front window at Aspen Copies. We cover events that are of interest to the general public.

The RAW list:

The Red Elvises – Los Alamos Summer Concert Series on Friday, May Read More

Learn to Manage Chronic Disease

Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service News:

Are you an adult with an ongoing health condition? Join a free 2-and-a-half hour “MyCD Workshop” sponsored by the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization, Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and the Family Y. 

You’ll get the support you need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health. 

If you have conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high Read More

Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore the week of May 13-19, 2012

OTOWI STATION BOOKSTORE News
 
Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore the week of May 13-19, 2012
  1. Baby Peekaboo! Dawn Sirett
  2. Steps of Courage, Bettina Hoerlin
  3. Los Alamos: Beginning of an Era, LANL*
  4. 109 East Palace, Jennet Conant
  5. Los Alamos Trails, Craig Martin*
  6. Shaping Destiny, Destiny Allison*
  7. Fifty Shades of Grey, E. L. James
  8. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  9. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  10. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
*local or regional author
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N.M. House District 43 May Update

Column by House District 43 Representative Jim Hall

This is the third in my monthly series on “doings” in District 43. 

It will be brief since I submitted previous articles on two major issues this month Opioid Abuse and on Forest Restoration. 

Other activities since the middle of April included a meeting with the Northern New Mexico branch of the National Association of Women Small Business Owners. 

I heard many inspiring stories of successful startups in Northern New Mexico, usually at the cost of many, many hours and great financial risk. 

This was followed by meetings Read More

Letter to the Editor: LAPS Foundation Says Thanks

Good community citizens are not hard to come by in our small town. 

We have those who care for the elderly and those who care for the very young. 

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation wishes to express its sincere thanks to the long-time proprietors of Central Avenue Grill, Min and Monica Park.

In a final act of kindness and with their eye on the many students and teacher in our fine public school system, the Parks invited everyone in the community for a delicious array of appetizers and beverages asking only that those in attendance donate $5 to the LAPS Foundation.  

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Eclipse Shots From Overlook Park

The moon initially appears cloudy Sunday as the eclipse event gets underway at Overlook Park. Photo by Brian McCool

Brian McCool and his family purchased the optics in phases off eBay for less than $100. The rest of the telescope was built with parts from local hardware stores. It isn’t much to look at, but that isn’t important, he said.

The telescope used to take this group of shots of Sunday’s eclipse from Overlook Park is a home-built 8-inch reflector on a Dobsonian mount. Photo by Brian McCool

A bit of cloud remains. The man at right looks through a pinhole camera. Photo by Brian Read More

Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Update

STATE FORESTRY News:

Situation: Extreme fire behavior has caused the Whitewater and Baldy Fires to combine, creating the Whitewater-Baldy Complex.

Evacuations of the Willow Creek and Mogollon are still in effect. 

Smoke from these fires is clearly visible from the Silver City area and is affecting much of the southern third of New Mexico. 

The fire has now come out of the Gila Wilderness and on to the Gila National Forest in the Willow Creek Subdivision, crossed State Road 159 at Silver Creek Divide and is working its way into Mineral Creek.

  • Incident Name: Whitewater-Baldy Complex
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The Red Elvises are Coming!

LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Russ Gordon
 
Dear friends of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series,
 
The Red Elvises are coming! The Red Elvises are coming! This is going to be one of the absolute best concerts we’ve ever had in Los Alamos and it’s free.
 
How do you say in English, “These cats are a gas!?” 
 
C’mon out Friday, May 25 to Ashley Pond. The show starts at 7 p.m. and goes till 10 p.m.
 
The original members of the Band came out of Moscow, Russia as a folk and folk-rock band.
 
The band moved to Santa Monica,Calif. They were personally welcomed by President
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Scientists Take Giant Step in Understanding Plutonium

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Offers New Insights into the Element

“In nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, a resonance between the energy levels of the nuclear spin (black arrow) in a magnetic field (B) is achieved with the help of a coil. For the first time, the nuclear magnetic resonance signature of Plutonium 239 was observed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.” Courtesy photo

Plutonium is the most complex element in the periodic table, yet it is also one of the most poorly understood ones.

But now a well-known scientific technique, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, may

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PEEC’s Nature Playtimes Have Changed

Pajarito Environmental Education Center News

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will have shorter hours for its popular, free Nature Playtimes starting in June, and will also have a new teacher for the preschool program. 

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC’s Nature Playtimes offer a chance for the youngest kids to get out and enjoy nature on the Pajarito Plateau. 

Each session offers time to explore outside, a craft or sensory activity, and stories and songs. 

The program is free and open to all, with no registration required. 

Nature Playtimes have been running from 10-11:30 Read More

First John F. Kennedy Banquet Set for June 2

DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF LOS ALAMOS News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will host its first JFK Banquet 6-9 p.m., Saturday June 2 at the Best Western Hilltop House.

Local baseball legend Bun Ryan is the featured guest.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan is the at the Keynote Speaker. A special video will be shown of U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman honoring Bun Ryan.

The cost is $50 per person or reserve a table of eight for $350.

A delicious three course meal will be served with your choice of beef tenderloin or vegetarian crepes with dinner salad, baked potato, rolls and chocolate cheesecake.  

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Quality New Mexico Accepting Examiner Applications

QUALITY NEW MEXICO News:

Quality New Mexico is accepting applications for the Board of Examiners through May 31.

Examiners are volunteers who, working in teams, review applications submitted to the New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards program, administered by Quality New Mexico.

The awards program recognizes New Mexico business, government, education, health care and nonprofit organizations for their commitment, progress, or achievement in performance excellence.

The program is modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, using the same Baldrige Criteria for Read More

Prepare for Upcoming Transit of Venus with PEEC

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER News:

Paul Mutschlecner. Courtesy Photo

At 7 p.m., Thursday May 24, local scientist Paul Mutschlecner will give a talk at PEEC about the upcoming transit of Venus across the sun. 

The talk is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. 

And starting at 4 p.m., Tuesday June 5, PEEC will have a telescope available at the Center, at 3540 Orange St., for anyone interested in watching the transit.

On June 5, there will be a rare “transit of Venus” when the planet comes so precisely between the sun and the earth that its Read More

Bandelier Extends Public Comment Period

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT News

Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Bandelier National Monument has extended the public comment period on the management of the Tsankawi Unit to June 15. 

Earlier this month, the park hosted two public meetings on the planning process.

They invited everyone who is interested in the future of Tsankawi to provide input on how best to manage the cultural and natural resources found there.

The Tsankawi Unit is an 826-acre area that is geographically separate from the main portion of Bandelier National Monument. 

Tsankawi is home to more than 150 Read More

Los Alamos Public Schools Special Board Meeting

LOS ALAMOS PUBLIC SCHOOLS News


 

Special Board Meeting
Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 5:30 P.M. at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater
AGENDA

 

1. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Call to Order
3. Roll Call
4. Presentations and Recommendations of the Superintendent and Information for the Board
    4.1 2012/2013 Budget Approval
    4.2 Budget Adjustment Requests
    4.3 LAMS Construction Project
    4.4 LAHS Construction Change Order
5. Adjournment
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Council Candidates Forum 6 p.m. Thursday

CHAMBER News:

A County Council Candidates Forum is set for 6 p.m., Thursday at the Los Alamos Research Park, 2nd floor conference room, 4200 West Jemez Road.

The Forum is sponsored by the Los Alamos Monitor and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

Meet the County Council candidates. The focus will be on business and economic issues.

The event is free and the public is welcome.

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Kiwanis – Local GOP Candidates Forum [Audio]

Editor's Note: Marc Clay was unable to attend last week's forum. He spoke to the Kiwanis Club Tuesday, May 22, and his talk has been added to the original story.

Marc Clay, Candidate for Los Alamos County Council. Photo by Karen Kendall.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos held a local Republican Candidates Forum today.  Local Los Alamos Republican Candidates Sharon Stover (Candidate for County Clerk – represented by her husband Steve Girrens), Vincent Chiravalle and Roger Waterman (both candidates for County Council) were in attendance.

Marc Clay, County Council Candidate, Read More

FBI Needs Help Identifying Woman

FBI News:

The FBI and New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator are asking for the public’s help in identifying a homeless woman who was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Dona Ana County in 2003.

The black female suffered from schizophrenia and used several aliases, including Sonja Rebecka Ihu, Gretchen Saldingo, Gretchen Sundingo, Melanie Rumba, Melanda Votz and Tinkerbell Votz.

It is believed she spoke English as a second language and may have immigrated to the U.S. from Africa.

She spent some time in Flagstaff, Ariz., in July 2001, and also may have been to Canada and the Seattle area. Read More

Rumors of Smith’s Demise Seem Greatly Exaggerated…

Corporate officials state that Smith’s Food & Drug in White Rock will remain open for business despite rumors to the contrary. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Rumors that Smith’s in White Rock is closing down have escalated considerably over the last two weeks among customers and employees alike.

The panic seemed to reach a fever pitch Thursday with some customers vowing to circulate petitions asking everyone living in White Rock to boycott the Los Alamos store in protest.

Smith’s Public Affairs Vice President Marsha Gilford set the record Read More

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