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Happy Mother's Day!

on May 11, 2014 - 10:03am
A Northern Pacific Railway postcard for Mother's Day 1916.
Staff Report
Happy Mother's Day! Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in spring. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father's Day and Siblings Day.

The celebration of Mother's Day began in the United States in the early 20th century; it is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have

Bandelier Inviting Public to Help Build Monument Foundation Document May 13

on May 9, 2014 - 10:49am

Entrance to Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


The staff at Bandelier National Monument is inviting everyone interested in the monument’s future to attend one or both of two public meetings Tuesday, May 13 to help with preparing a Foundation Document. 

This is the first step in considering the monument’s future planning and study needs.

The first meeting is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave. in Los Alamos, upstairs in meeting room 1.

The second is 6–7 p.m. in White Rock at the White Rock Town Hall, 139 Longview Dr.

These meetings will

Udall Calls for VA to Broaden Probe into 'Secret' Waiting Lists

on May 9, 2014 - 10:28am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
  • Udall says VA should investigate NM, entire service network after alleged cover-up scheme at Phoenix VA
WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has expressed outrage at the ongoing allegations that the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System and possibly others were covering up the extent of their waiting lists while veterans died waiting for appointments.
In a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, Udall called for VA officials to expand their investigation to facilities in New Mexico and elsewhere.
Arizona, New Mexico and part of

NNSA Administrator, Three Lab Directors Including Charlie McMillan Tour Key Weapons Facility

on May 8, 2014 - 2:54pm

NNSA's Gen. Frank G. Klotz

NNSA News:

The Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Gen. Frank G. Klotz, and the directors of Los Alamos, Sandia Lawrence Livermore national laboratories met today in Albuquerque, N.M., and toured a recently-completed facility at Sandia designed to ensure the continued stewardship of the U.S. nuclear deterrent without underground testing.

Test Capabilities Revitalization Phase 2 (TCR 2), a project that had previously been announced as delivered on-time and under-budget, conducts environmental testing on nuclear weapons components,

Los Alamos Girls Athletic Program in Running for USA TODAY High School Sports Contest

on May 4, 2014 - 12:12pm

LAHS News:

The USA TODAY High School Sports is hosting a contest of which the Los Alamos Girls Athletic Program is in the running. 

To vote for the Los Alamos Girls Athletic Program, click here.

Helpful tip when voting:

Step 1: You will see a map of the United States and you have to click on the state of New Mexico
Step 2: The website will take you to another screen then find LAHS to vote (the system will make you type in a verification code)

USA TODAY High School Sports launched a new contest Thursday to determine which high school boasts the best girls sports - the overall strength of

New Mexico Teacher of the Year Carolyn Torres of Los Alamos Visits Washington, D.C.

on May 4, 2014 - 11:54am

New Mexico Teacher of the Year Carolyn Torres of Los Alamos, front row fourth from right, during a visit to Washington, D.C. to meet President Obama. Courtesy photo

New Mexico Teacher of the Year Carolyn Torres of Los Alamos, front row fifth from left, at the White House during a visit to Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

LAHS Graduate Cory Miller Ranks 5th Overall at 2014 National Junior Olympics

on May 4, 2014 - 11:22am

Cory Miller of Los Alamos shooting at the 2014 National Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs. Courtesy/USA Shooting


Los Alamos High School graduate Cory Miller wins the finals match and finishes fifth overall at the 2014 Junior Olympics April 22-23 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Miller is one of 105 shooters from all over the nation who qualified to compete this year in the Air Rifle category at the Junior Olympics. Miller qualified 65th but after a good first day of competition, ended up in 13th place. The second day of competition went better and Miller finished in 7th place and

Hopeful News on Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act

on May 4, 2014 - 10:38am
Rep. Doc Hastings

AHF News:

The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) reports that April 30, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act was included as an amendment to the House FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness added the amendment. 

The full House will probably consider the NDAA during the week of May 19. The Senate is expected to consider the NDAA in the fall, probably after the Congressional elections.

Last year, the Senate dropped the amendment over lack of agreement on what additional public lands bills might be

WIPP Update: Underground Ventilation System Worked as Designed

on May 4, 2014 - 7:22am

The WIPP Underground Ventilation System ensures proper air flow is provided during mining and waste handling activities. It also is designed to automatically switch to Filtration Mode if radioactive contamination is detected in the underground. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Since February, there has been considerable coverage about the WIPP Underground Ventilation System. On Feb. 14, the ventilation system worked as designed, protecting human health and the environment.

In normal exhaust mode, the ventilation system provides a continuous flow of fresh air to the underground tunnels and rooms

Los Alamos Residents Celebrate National Prayer Day

on May 1, 2014 - 4:43pm

Members of the Los Alamos community bow their heads during National Prayer Day event at noon today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Local clergy and faith based organization representatives take turns leading prayers for federal and state government, local government, military, business, education, family, youth and church during the hour-long event. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Community members gather near the stage at Ashley Pond Park to pray during today's National Prayer Day event. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Staff Report


LAHS Students Win at National History Day State Competition and are Headed to Nationals

on May 1, 2014 - 8:32am

From left, Kim Pestovich, Kaylen Pocaterra and Sarah Criscuolo. Photo by Pam Criscuolo

LAHS News:

The National History Day New Mexico State competition was Friday, April 25 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

Sarah Criscuolo, Kaylen Pocaterra and Kim Pestovich are amoung five students who will represent Los Alamos High School at the National History Day contest in June at the University of Maryland, College Park. They entered a Senior Group website titled, "The Pentagon Papers: The Freedom of Information vs.

EPA Proposes Plan Cutting Harmful Emissions in New Mexico

on May 1, 2014 - 7:28am

EPA News:

 DALLAS –The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing an action that will significantly benefit the people of New Mexico. EPA is proposing approval of revisions to the New Mexico Regional Haze plan that addresses nitrogen oxide emissions and improves regional visibility from the San Juan County power plant.

“We are committed to working with our state partners to improve visibility and reduce pollution,” EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry said. “Pollution, especially air pollution, has no geographical boundaries.

Heinrich Website Wins Coveted Congressional Gold Mouse Award

on April 29, 2014 - 9:09am

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. was recognized Monday by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) for having one of the best websites in Congress, awarding Heinrich.Senate.Gov with a 113th Congress Gold Mouse Award.

"I'm honored to share this award with New Mexicans. I'm especially proud that my website was recognized as one of the best in providing transparency and online constituent services," Heinrich said.

WIPP Preparing For Future Entries

on April 29, 2014 - 8:36am

WIPP News:

Last week, Department of Energy and Nuclear Waste Partnership teams evaluated the initial photos from Wednesday’s entry into Room 7 of Panel 7. The entry confirmed that the radiation source was in Room 7, but the cause of the release was not evident.

This week, teams are finalizing safety basis documents and planning future entries to conduct additional investigations in Room 7. During the next entry, teams will have a longer stay-time, and workers are bringing equipment that allows better visibility.

The Science of WIPP

on April 26, 2014 - 11:01am

WIPP News:

In recent weeks, there have been many questions about the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and why southeastern New Mexico was selected as the location for the world’s only repository for transuranic waste disposal.

Government officials and scientists chose the WIPP site through a selection process that started in the 1950s. At that time, the National Academy of Sciences conducted a nationwide search for geological formations stable enough to contain radioactive wastes for thousands of years.

Los Alamos High School Receives 2014 Gold Medal Ranking and Makes Prestigious STEM List

on April 26, 2014 - 9:46am

LAPS News:

Out of 19,411 public high schools, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Los Alamos High School 500th of the “Best High Schools in America.”

High schools in the top 500 in the nation received Gold Medal ranking for the 2014 school year. Achieving Gold Medal ranking also qualified Los Alamos High School for status as a 2014 STEM “Best High Schools.”

To determine the top STEM (science, technology, engineering and math schools), U.S.

Udall, Heinrich Statement on DOE WIPP Radiological Release Investigation Report

on April 24, 2014 - 10:39am


WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today issued the following statement on the release of the Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management initial accident investigation report related to the Feb. 14 radiological release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad. 

The senators urge WIPP and DOE officials to fully implement all necessary corrective actions before restarting operations:

"The report on the response to the radiation release at WIPP includes many of the same deeply troubling findings as the report after the

LAHS Coaches Kathy and Rob Hipwood Nominated For National Award

on April 23, 2014 - 10:49am

Kathy Hipwood


The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has announced the advancement of Kathy and Rob Hipwood from Los Alamos High School as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year in the sport of cross country.

Rob Hipwood

Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet, which will take place June 18 at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

History of Earth Day

on April 22, 2014 - 10:43am

Earth Day 1970. Courtesy/


Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans.


Filter Bank Mock-up Complete; HEPA Filters Arriving at WIPP

on April 21, 2014 - 4:19pm

WIPP News:

Experts from the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site have arrived in Carlsbad to train WIPP employees on replacing the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters – a crucial component of the WIPP Ventilation System.

New filters are required to replace those that captured material following the Feb. 5 fire and Feb. 14 radiation event. The Savannah River Site is utilizing their expertise in changing contaminated filters to prepare WIPP site employees for potential levels of contamination on the filters.

PowerTalk 21: Talk to Teens About Dangers of Underage Drinking Today

on April 21, 2014 - 8:36am

MADD News:

April 21 is recognized as PowerTalk 21 Day, a day set aside to encourage parents to speak with their teens about the dangers of underage drinking, and to set a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking in their households.

Through both State of New Mexico and City of Albuquerque official proclamations and in partnership with the New Mexico Office of the Governor, Albuquerque Office of the Mayor, Bernalillo County’s Department of Substance Abuse Program, Albuquerque Public Schools, and other stakeholders statewide, MADD NM will conduct Power of Parents workshops, Power of

Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Help Communities Boost Solar Deployment

on April 17, 2014 - 10:22am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.In support of the Administration’s goal of doubling renewable energy generation for a second time by 2020, the Energy Department today announced $15 million to help communities develop multi-year solar plans to install affordable solar electricity for homes and businesses.

The United States continues to be a global leader in solar, with total U.S. solar energy installations reaching 13 gigawatts last year. As the cost of solar energy continues to decline, more states and local communities are deploying solar energy projects to meet their electricity needs.


NNSA Awards $25 Million Grant to Improve Capabilities for Detecting Nuclear Proliferation

on April 16, 2014 - 11:40am

Anne Harrington, Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development today announced the award of a $25 million grant to a North Carolina State University-led consortium for research and development (R&D) in enabling capabilities for nonproliferation.

This sizeable, long-term investment will support the consortium at $5 million per year for five years.

LANL Physicist Honored With E.O. Lawrence Award

on April 16, 2014 - 11:17am

LANL physicist John Sarrao is being honored with the 2013 Ernest O. Lawrence Award. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • John Sarrao’s research in plutonium, superconductivity, magnetism praised

Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist John Sarrao is being honored by the U.S. Department of Energy with the 2013 Ernest O. Lawrence Award in Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences.

"John Sarrao's exciting advances in actinide studies exemplify the quality of research performed at Los Alamos National Laboratory,” said LANL Director Charlie McMillan.

NNSA’s Nevada Field Office Transfers ACAVs to FBI

on April 13, 2014 - 9:43am

NNSA's Nevada Field Office recently transferred two Advanced Concept Armored Vehicles to the local FBI office in Nevada. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

  • Transfer provides cost avoidance of $474,000

LAS VEGAS – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Nevada Field Office recently transferred two Advanced Concept Armored Vehicles (ACAVs) to The Department of Justice’s local FBI office in Nevada.

The transfer created $474,000 in savings to the government as the NFO security force no longer had a mission need for the specialized and expensive tactical vehicles.