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Community Asset Awards Honors 40 People Jan. 11

Rich Ronquillo of Rich Welding LLC, has handcrafted the Spirit of the West award for several years. Here he takes a break from restoring this Ford truck to pose with the award, which will be presented Saturday. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Forty people will be recognized Saturday as Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) and Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation sponsor the 11th annual Community Asset Awards.

The annual event strives to highlight the good work done by many people throughout the community.

“This has been a pretty interesting year,” C’YA Executive Director Bernadette


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AGU: Searching For Oldest Ice In Antarctica

Robert Mulvaney (dressed in black) and the Beyond EPICA surveying team. Courtesy/British Antarctic Survey
 
AGU News:
 
Drilling engineer and ice core scientist Robert Mulvaney has driven thousands of kilometers over Antarctica in the past few years in a snow tractor, creeping slowly over one of the highest points of the ice sheet, near a location known as Dome C.
 
He’s looking for the perfect place to drill one and a half million years into the past. Gas trapped in the ice as it formed holds clues to Earth’s past climate and, Mulvaney believes, the atmospheric conditions that

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Los Alamos County Council Pays Tribute To Retiring Atomic City Tours Owner Georgia Strickfaden

Atomic City Tours owner Georgia Strickfaden her popular yellow tour van. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
At the Council meeting Tuesday, retiring Atomic City Tours owner Georgia Strickfaden, center, holds a proclamation that designated Wednesday as Georgia Strickfaden Day. Joining Strickfaden, from left, County Marketing Specialist Kelly Stewart, Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann, Assistant to the County Manager Linda Matteson, Lemonade Living founder Melissa Arias and Councilor Pete Sheehey. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los

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In-Depth Marketing And Communications Workshop For Nonprofits Jan. 22

LACF News:

Is your non-profit organization looking to set or reset its marketing and communications plan?

The Los Alamos Community Foundation, in partnership with The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, offers an in-depth workshop on Marketing and Communications, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at UNM-Los Alamos.

This workshop will examine your organization’s current marketing and communications practices to ensure that they align with your mission and goals. You will develop an action plan with strategies that will build support for your work and grow your audience. 


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Affordable Housing Projects On DP Road Slated To Begin This Month

A rendering of the affordable apartment complex planned for development on DP Road. Courtesy/LAC

 

Community Development Department Director Paul Andrus

 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

This coming year will see a lot of building activity on DP Road. The two affordable housing projects – Canyon Walk and The Bluffs apartment complexes – are slated to begin construction.

Los Alamos County Community Development Director Paul Andrus told the Los Alamos Daily Post Friday that grading work by Bethel Developments, Inc. on the Canyon Walk apartment


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Jan. 19-25 Proclaimed Diversity Week

From left, Christina Olds, Dr. Madhavi Garimella and Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz hold up a proclamation, which declares Jan. 19-25 Diversity Week in Los Alamos. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council issued a proclamation, which declares Jan. 19-25 as Diversity Week.

Councilor David Izraelevtiz presented the proclamation, which read:

WHEREAS: Our community’s success depends upon making everyone living in Los Alamos County feel welcome and included; and

WHEREAS: We are fortunate to have a rich and diverse culture here


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Notice Of UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board Meeting Jan. 13

UNM-LA News:
 
The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board meets 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, in the Lecture Hall in Building 2 on the campus of UNM-Los Alamos, 4000 University Dr.
 
Agenda items include the installation of recently elected board members, the election of officers, resource materials for the advisory board, an update on the CIC program and administrative reports on ongoing UNM-LA operations.
 
The meeting is open to the public.

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Travel To A Magical World With LALT’s Production Of ‘The Neverending Story’ Opening Friday Night

The dragon Falkour in a scene from ‘The Neverending Story’. Photo by Zachary K. Baker
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon623@gmail.com
 
Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest production “The Neverending Story” opens 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Performing Arts Center.
 
The production is produced by Elisa Enriquez and directed by seasoned director Mimi Adams. Something special about this show is that 10 percent of profits will be donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico, Adams said.

The large cast is more than half kids ages 5 to 16.


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State Takes Enforcement Action Against Cannon Air Force Base For Discharging Without Permit

NMED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) today issued an administrative compliance order to the United States Air Force for ongoing violations of state law related to the protection of groundwater resources.

The administrative compliance order seeks immediate compliance with groundwater discharge permitting requirements and assesses a civil penalty of $1,699,872.60.

In 2018, the state began protecting groundwater resources from three per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals, a group of manmade chemicals known to cause adverse health effects.


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NMDOH Reports First Child Death Of Flu Season

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) today reports the death of a one-year-old Roosevelt County resident from influenza-related illness, the boy is New Mexico’s first pediatric influenza (flu) death of the 2019-2020 season.
 
Since the start of the flu season in October, NMDOH has identified 52 pneumonia and influenza-related deaths.
 
Flu is still spreading in all regions of the state, and we have not yet reached peak activity. During the first week of January, the percent of visits to outpatient medical clinics for flu-like symptoms was higher

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Military Plane Conducts Training At Los Alamos Airport

A HC 130J Combat King military plane begins its descent this morning onto the runway at Los Alamos County Airport. The plane, which flew from Kirtland Airforce Base in Albuquerque, conducted a training session at the local airport, County Airport Manager Cameron Humphres said. He explained that Los Alamos Airport was selected for the training because of its high altitude and short runway. The plane conducted two landings and two takeoffs at the airport. Military aircraft are a somewhat familiar sight at the airport; Humphres said typically the airport sees one to two military flights a month


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Spy Museum Responds To Senator Appeal To Modify Exhibit Misrepresenting CIA Torture Program

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. has responded to a request made by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), all members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that the museum make changes to its exhibit on the CIA torture program.

In December 2019, the senators sent a letter to Tamara Christian, president and chief operating officer of the International Spy Museum, expressing disappointment over the exhibit’s misrepresentation of the CIA’s torture


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LANL Scientists And International Partners Create 3-D Image Of Heart RNA Structure For First Time

The first 3-D images have been created of an RNA molecule known as ‘Braveheart’ for its role in transforming stem cells into heart cells. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Work could lead to new strategies in regenerative medicine for heart conditions

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and international partners have created the first 3-D images of a special type of RNA molecule that is critical for stem cell programming and known as the “dark matter” of the genome. 

“As far as we know,” said corresponding author Karissa Sanbonmatsu, “this is the first full 3-D structural study of any


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McQuiston: Tips To Check Tire Tread For Safety

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Tire problems are thought to be a factor in one out of 11 vehicle crashes. Blowouts, tread separation, under inflation, and worn treads—the grooves in your tires that offer stability and traction—are some of the tire problems associated with these crashes.

Like a pair of sneakers that get more slippery with use, your tires lose their ability to grip the road as their treads wear down. Checking your tire treads can help keep you safer on the road. It only takes a few minutes, and some spare change.

Putting the Brakes on an Age-Old Debate About When to Replace Tires


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Former LANL Director Siegfried Hecker To Speak At Alice And Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11

Dr. Siegfried Hecker during the official CTBTO photostream. Courtesy photo
 
LAHS News:
 
Dr. Siegfried Hecker will give his annual talk on the state of nuclear arms control and world politics, 7 p.m., Jan. 11 at the Alice and Lawry Mann Lecture.
 
Hecker served as the fifth director of Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986 to 1997, and is now a senior fellow emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

He has spoken to a full house each year he has returned to Los Alamos for this event. Come early for the best seating!


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New Mexico Magazine Selects Edward Graves To Serve As CEO/Publisher

Edward Graves
 
NMTD News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Tourism Department and New Mexico Magazine have selected Edward Graves to assume the role of CEO/Publisher for New Mexico Magazine. Edward officially joined New Mexico Magazine Jan. 6.
 
Graves brings over 25 years of publishing experience to the role and has served at the senior-level in publishing roles in six states. Graves most recently served as Publisher for Lifestyles After50, the largest senior publication in Florida. Prior to his role, Graves co-owned the publication while serving as CEO and President of the magazine’s

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