16 Countries Take Part in NNSA Radiation Medical Training in Vienna

NNSA News:

Emergency responders. Courtesy/NNSA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Participants from 16 countries took part in a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) international radiation medical (I-MED) training course last week in Vienna, Austria. The training was hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Joseph J. Krol, Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Retired), is the Associate Administrator for NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations. Courtesy/NNSA

“The course instructed medical responders on how to treat injured contaminated patients following a radiation Read More

PEEC Teams with Historical Museum for Los Alamos Friday Night

PEEC News:
Master Storyteller Terry Foxx captivates a crowd gathered near Romero Cabin. Courtesy/PEEC
As part of the Friday night in Los Alamos, Terry Foxx and her granddaughter, Rose Carlisi, will do some storytelling and singing at the Romero Cabin 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, July 20.


They call their program, “A Quilt of Stories.” Stories, legends, myths, and songs come from all cultures.
As pieces of fabric can make a beautiful quilt, fragments of history, when stitched together, can make a mosaic that helps us understand past and present.
Sitting in front
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Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Hires MVM Group as Executive Director


Attorney DeAnza Valencia Sapien will assume the lead role of executive director for the Coalition.

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced Friday that it has contracted with the MVM Group to provide executive director services to help move the Coalition forward.

The MVM Group is a strategic consulting firm focused on the intersection of business strategy, public policy and reputation management.

Partners DeAnza Valencia Sapien, Yasine Mogharreban Armstrong and Lillian Montoya-Rael, lead the firm.

The MVM Group has extensive experience in assisting companies, Read More

Candidate Stephanie Richard Marches with Congressional Delegation in Sunday Parade

New Mexico House District 43 Democratic candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard marched in the Espanola Fiesta Parade Sunday with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Sunday. Richard and Udall were joined by New Mexico’s U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich and about 100 other people walking in the parade in support of Democratic candidates. More than a dozen Los Alamos residents traveled to Espanola to participate in the event for which several thousand people lined the streets.Richard met voters from areas of Rio Arriba that now share the same legislative district with Los Alamos. Courtesy Read More

LACA’s Artistic Director Discusses New Season at Tuesday Rotary Club Meeting at Dixie Girl


Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin of the Los Alamos Concert Association is the featured speaker at the Rotary Club noon lunch meeting Tuesday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. 

McLaughlin will talk about the upcoming concert season, which begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at Duane Smith Auditorium, with Rachel Barton Pine, violin with Matthew Hagle, piano.

David Finckel, cello, Wu Han, piano and Philip Setzer, violin perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

Jeremy Denk, piano performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Calefax Reed Quintet performs at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2013.

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Opening Night Crowd Fills Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery

Allie Thompson, left, and artist Sheridan Brown discuss the merits of her painting of parrots. Photo by TK Thompson/
Artist Janice Muir and Meg Kremer discuss a piece in the show. Photo by TK Thompson/
A crowd of local artists and patrons of the art attended the opening show Friday night at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery in Los Alamos. Photo by TK Thompson/
Los Alamos artists Janice Muir and Secondino Sandoval discuss her work. Photo by TK Thompson/

Artist Sheridan Brown with one of her pet portraits,

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 6 to July 11, 2012

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

July 6 at 12:19 p.m. / A 59-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone stole cigarettes and an employment badge from his vehicle parked on Myrtle Street. The estimated loss is unknown.

July 6 at 12:20 p.m. / A 30-year-old Los Alamos women reported that someone stole items from her house in the 500 block of Oppenheimer including jewelry and prescription medicine. The estimated loss is unknown.  Read More

Local Athletes Travel to Competitive Swim Camp

Swimmers have fun in the aquarium at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Leweston, Maine from left, Connor Shcultz, Sarah Lott, Radhika Iyer and Isabelle Runde. Courtesy photo
By Wendy Lott

Eight swimmers from the Charger Aquatics – Los Alamos swim team attended a unique competitive swim camp June 16-24 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Swimmers include Maria Venneri, 15, Connor Schultz, 16, Sam Harris, 15, Sarah Lott, 14, Isabelle Runde, 14, Kaan Unal, 13, Radhika Iyer, 12 and Sara Shiina, 12.  

The camp offered the swimmers the latest information in training, stroke technique,

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DEA Uncovers Cross-Border Drug Smuggling Tunnel

Cross-border tunnel discovered in San Luis, Ariz. Courtesy/DEA
Exterior view of entryway to tunnel found in a storage room inside a business in San Luis, Ariz. Courtesy/DEA
DEA News:
  • Passageway Stretches Length of Two Football Fields

Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) along with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Border Patrol, Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and Arizona Department of Public Safety executed a search warrant July 7 at a business used to conceal the U.S. entrance to a tunnel that stretched 240 yards underground to an ice

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SFI Lecture: Everything Is Obvious Once You Know The Answer

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Community Lecture, “The Myth of Common Sense: Why Everything that Seems Obvious Isn’t” is set for 7:30 p.m., Wednesday July 25 at the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe.

Duncan Watts

Principal Researcher, Microsoft; author,”Everything Is Obvious Once You Know The Answer;” former SFI External Professor

Abstract: Relying on “common sense” is the sensible thing to do, right? Not always. Although common sense can be useful for dealing with everyday problems, it can suffer from systematic failures when applied to Read More

Marc Goodman: A Vision of Crimes in the Future

“We are at the dawn of a technological arms race, an arms race between people who are using technology for good and those who are using it for ill.” -Marc Goodman

Marc Goodman imagines the future crime and terrorism challenges we will all face as a result of advancing technologies.

He thinks deeply about the disruptive security implications of robotics, artificial intelligence, social data, virtual reality and synthetic biology.

Technology, he says, is affording exponentially growing power to non-state actors and rogue players, with significant consequences for our common global security. Read More

OBITUARY: Bob Gene Cousins May 22, 1929 – July 3, 2012

Bob Gene Cousins, 83, was born May 22, 1929. Born in Tulsa Oklahoma, he was the third of three children born to George and Ruth Cousins.
He spent his early childhood in Tulsa, where his father passed away when Bob was only 7 years old. He moved with his mother to Kentucky before settling in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended school there eventually graduating from University City High School in 1948.
He served in the Army during the Korean War, based in Germany where he was part of a demolition team cleaning up after WWII.
He returned to St. Louis where he met Mary Ellen Nordberg. The
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Casting Call for Over 50 Local Students

Courtesy/Los Alamos Arts Council

More than 50 roles will be cast for students entering grades 1 through 12 for the Missoula Children’s Theatre “Beauty Lou and the Country Beast.”

The casting call is 9:30 a.m., Monday July 23 at Crossroads Bible Church, N.M. 502 on the south side of road between the Hilltop House Hotel and Los Alamos County Airport

Parent or guardian must be with each child when registering in order to sign the permission form.

All auditioners should plan to attend the entire morning audition and, if selected, have an open calendar from 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., for the week Read More

Elegance Fills Fuller Lodge for Sunday’s Apprentice Singers Concert

The Los Alamos Opera Guild hosted a concert of Apprentice Singers at Fuller Lodge Sunday. Founded in 1957, The Los Alamos Opera Guild is the oldest guild of the Santa Fe Opera. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Board Member Anna Earlene Caspersen of the Los Alamos Opera Guild before the concert Sunday. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

The Los Alamos Opera Guild hosted a concert of Apprentice Singers at Fuller Lodge Sunday. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Board Member Anna Earline Caspersen, left, and Dr. Mary Cummings, president of the Los Alamos Opera Guild chat Read More

Comparing Federal Funding of New Mexico Schools: How Does LAPS Stack Up?

By Morris B. Pongratz

Because the Los Alamos Public Schools system depends heavily on the “DOE $8 million,” a headline on page C1 of the Tuesday, July 3, 2012 Albuquerque Journal caught my eye. 

The headline “Federal Funds Key for Schools” was for a column written by Jenny Kane of the Farmington Daily News

The article was based on a recently released United States Census Bureau report entitled “Public Education Finances: 2010” ( written by Mark Dixon. 

The report contains Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data from the Read More

Paul Drakos to Speak at Geological Society Tuesday


Wheeler Geologic Area near Creede, Colo. Courtsy/LAGS

Dr. Paul G. Drakos, Senior Geologist and Vice President of Glorieta Geoscience, Inc. in Santa Fe is the featured speaker for the Los Alamos Geological Society meeting, set for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday July 17 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road, Los Alamos.

Drakos’ talk is entitled, “Soil-stratigraphic framework, timing of recent eolian events, and preservation of archaeological sites on the Pajarito Plateau.”

Stratigraphic relationships and soil characteristics provide a geomorphic Read More

Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series Presents New Mexico’s Centennial Story Teller Joe Hayes


Join Joe Hayes for a family evening of fun and tall tales in English and Spanish at 7 p.m., Thursday July 26 on the lawn at Fuller Lodge, weather permitting, inside if not, presented by Mesa Public Library.

Bring a picnic and come early to get a good spot for this beloved, official New Mexico Centennial storyteller and former teacher with Los Alamos Public Schools.

As Hayes notes, “I’ll tell a selection of favorite stories gleaned from New Mexico’s diverse cultures. I’ve been traveling the state with my stories for more than 30 of the 100 years of statehood, Read More

Cone Zone Update: Week of July 16


Public Works Projects:

N.M. 4 Improvements Project

Motorists can expect a relatively open roadway this week with temporary tabs marking driving lanes.

Permanent striping and roadway markings will be placed in approximately two weeks, allowing the latest pavement application adequate time to cure.

As the contractor works to finish up any remaining median or shoulder work, intermittent lane closures can be expected.

The speed limit within the construction area is 30 mph. Please drive defensively and watch for construction vehicles.

Pavement Preservation Program

Crews will Read More

Filippenko will deliver 42nd Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture


Award-winning UC Berkeley astrophysicist Alex Filippenko will deliver the 42nd Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, in the Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos.

The lecture, “Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe,” is free and open to the public.

Filippenko has made a career of studying supernovae and using these cosmic beacons to probe the vastness of space.

Filippenko was a member of two independent teams that in 1998 reported, based on observations of supernovae, that the universe was expanding at a runaway pace.

The leaders of those Read More

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