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LANL Limits Onsite Operations Consistent With CDC; State

While Los Alamos National Laboratory is not closed, the Lab is limiting onsite operations consistent with guidance from the CDC and the State of New Mexico. The vast majority of LANL employees are working from home. Onsite, the Lab is maintaining a minimum staff to support limited, key national security activities that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has deemed mission-essential. This is a view of a LANL parking lot showing a reduction in the normally high number of vehicles. Courtesy/LANL


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LANL: Notice Of Public Reading Room Closure In Pojoaque

LANL Hardcopy Public Reading Room at 94 Cities of Gold Road in Pojoaque is closed until further notice. Courtesy/DOE

LANL News:

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Hardcopy Public Reading Room at the Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board Office at 94 Cities of Gold Road in Pojoaque will be closed until further notice.

The Electronic Public Reading Room is available at: https://www.lanl.gov/library/about/environmental.php

Thank you for your understanding during this time.


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Letter To The Editor: Concern For Families Of Lab Workers

By ISAAC GALLEGOS
Los Alamos

I’m concerned about the families of those employees being forced to work at the Lab.

Many come from Bernalillo and Sandoval County where the coronavirus is spreading and increasing daily.

All craft workers are being forced to work and that includes electricians, iron workers, teamsters and operators, pipe fitters and plumbers. They have children at home – it’s not fair.

Many employees are afraid to say anything because they worry that they might be fired. If anyone does get sick the Lab will lose more money in lawsuits than letting us stay home.

The Lab needs to follow


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LANL Foundation Awards $741,000 In Scholarships

Monica Chavez

LANLF News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation, in partnership with the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF), has awarded $741,000 during its 2020 four-year scholarship cycle.

These scholarships will support the educational goals of 110 Northern New Mexico students.

Three graduating seniors, Monica Chavez of New Mexico School for the Deaf, Lillian Peterson of Los Alamos High School and Kyran Romero of Santa Fe Indian School, were awarded the top-level $20,000 Gold Scholarship.

Chavez has been accepted to the Rochester Institute of Technology,


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LANL: Flat-Panel Technology Could Transform Antennas, Wireless And Cell Phone Communications

The National Security Sciences Building at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • What goes in is not what comes out with a spatio-temporally modulated metasurface reflector

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are reinventing the mirror, at least for microwaves, potentially replacing the familiar 3-D dishes and microwave horns we see on rooftops and cell towers with flat panels that are compact, versatile, and better adapted for modern communication technologies. 

“Our new reflectors offer lightweight, low-profile alternatives to conventional antennas.


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Catch Of The Week: More COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Scams

By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

Coronavirus scams continue to be an issue, be cautious and watch out for the latest ones.

Snake oil cures – Too good to be true

Everyone is scared; wouldn’t it be great if there was a miracle cure? Judging by some of the emails in my spam inbox, there already is, and I can have it for just $19.95. Sadly there is no cure yet, and these messages are all scams. One active scam email claims that the government has discovered a vaccine, but is keeping it secret for “security reasons”. Other scams will claim to have supplies, like N95 masks, and take your money but never actually deliver


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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Urges Trump Administration To ‘Put Our National Labs To Work’ On COVID-19 Response

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement urging the Trump administration to do everything possible to engage the researchers and scientists at New Mexico’s national laboratories to find solutions to the coronavirus pandemic:

“Our national labs employ some of the best and brightest minds on Earth, and they have played a leading role in finding solutions to past public health crises. Sandia National Labs trained their high-powered electron microscopes on anthrax spores after


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Council Chair Sara Scott Signs Emergency Public Health Declaration Today For Los Alamos County

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

First of all, a heartfelt thank you to so many community members for taking serious steps to limit the impact of COVID-19. It is hard, but the best thing we can do now is to stay home as much as possible (including self-isolation for those who have traveled out of state); keeping our distance will continue to slow the progression of transmission and help optimize the availability of our health care system and professionals.

Today I signed an Emergency Declaration for Los Alamos County. Although the Governor has already signed a public health emergency


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LANL Foundation President And CEO Jenny Parks Shares Efforts To Keep Staff, Their Families And Communities Safe

By JENNY PARKS
President and CEO

First and foremost, we extend our condolences to those throughout the world who are dealing with hardship during this time, and our gratitude to our leaders, healthcare professionals, first responders, and others helping to guide our communities through this challenge.

We also commit to you that, as we work together through this crisis, the LANL Foundation will continue to do all that we can to support our babies, families, students, school districts, pueblos, and other communities in Northern New Mexico. The health, safety, and security of our staff, our


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LANL: New Program Helps New Mexico Small Businesses Bring Technology To Market

National Security Sciences Building at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

New Mexico companies who find themselves up a creek without venture capital to ferry them across the research and development gap from invention to commercialization may receive a life-preserver thanks to a new law recently passed by the New Mexico Legislature and signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Qualifying companies may receive up to $150,000 per year in technical assistance from Los Alamos National Laboratory or Sandia National Laboratories, applicable toward activities such as


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