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NNMCAB Holds Board Election, Talk On Material Disposal Area C; Updates From Hintze, NMED July 25

on July 18, 2018 - 7:13am


Members of the Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board are scheduled to elect a new chair and vice chair for FY-2019 during a meeting 1- 5:15 p.m., July 25 in the Jemez Complex at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave., in Santa Fe.

Also on the agenda is a presentation on Material Disposal Area C at Los Alamos National Laboratory and an overview of the aggregate areas. In addition, there will be agency updates from Doug Hintze, manager of the Environmental Management-Los Alamos Field Office and John Kieling of the New Mexico Environment Department. 

The Northern

LANL: Feeding Plants To This Algae Could Fuel Cars

on July 17, 2018 - 3:47pm

LANL scientist Amanda Barry studies how biofuel-producing algae can be fed various grasses to improve their productivity. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:


Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and partner institutions provided today the first published report of algae using raw plants as a carbon energy source.


The research shows that a freshwater production strain of microalgae, Auxenochlorella protothecoides, is capable of directly degrading and utilizing non-food plant substrates, such as switchgrass, for improved cell growth and lipid productivity, useful for boosting the

Los Alamos Chamber Breakfast Features Financial Advisor Shelly Wiemann Thursday

on July 17, 2018 - 9:24am


This month's Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Breakfast features Edward Jones Financial Advisor Shelly Wiemann who talk about "Tools & Strategies To Help Make Building, Running & Preserving A Business Easier".

Fleur de Lys is catering the Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, July 19 in Wallace Hall at at UNM-LA. The event includes a tasty breakfast, some networking time, and an opportunity learn about resources available to the business community.

Chamber of Commerce Breakfasts are presented with the generous support of the LANL Community Partnership Office.

To attend, register

LANL Releases Radionuclide Air Emissions Report

on July 17, 2018 - 7:04am
Map of LANL air sampling stations around Los Alamos County and regional Northern New Mexico. Not all are EPA Compliance points; some are for facility environmental surveillance. Courtesy image
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory has released its 2017 Radionuclide Air Emissions report, which indicates that the highest effective dose equivalent (EDE) to an off-site member of the public for last year was 0.47 mrem. The annual limit is 10 millirem per year as established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The information in this

Triad Names LANL Associate Directors Effective Nov. 1

on July 16, 2018 - 11:50pm

Staff Report

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director designate Thom Mason met with the Los Alamos Daily Post news team today and announced that Triad National Security, LLC has named the associate directors who will begin their new jobs Nov. 1 when Triad assumes management of LANL.

Michael Bernardin
Associate Laboratory Director, Weapons Design

Michael Bernardin will serve as the Associate Laboratory Director, Weapons Design for Los Alamos National Laboratory once Triad assumes responsibility for the laboratory.

LANL Director Designate Thom Mason Shares Vision

on July 16, 2018 - 6:47pm
LANL Director designate Thom Mason
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director designate and Triad National Security, LLC CEO Thom Mason met with Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark and staff at noon Monday at the newspaper’s downtown office on Central Avenue.

Mason said he spent the morning talking to Lab staff during an all-hands meeting.

“We’re excited to be here.

LANL Director Designate Thom Mason Meets With Los Alamos Daily Post News Team

on July 16, 2018 - 12:52pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director designate Thom Mason visited the Los Alamos Daily Post at noon today and is pictured here with Post Publisher Carol A. Clark. Mason discussed many topics and said that the list of names of newly selected associate directors at the lab will be released later today. Check back at this afternoon for a full report on today's meeting with Mason as well as the list of the new ADs. Photo by John McHale/

LANL Director designate Thom Mason, left, meeting with news staff at noon today at the Los Alamos Daily Post including, from

BSMA Thanks Community; Leadership For Support

on July 16, 2018 - 8:08am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan stops by the BSMA booth to support STEM Education during the LANL Family Picnic. Photo by KayLinda Crawford
LANL Director Terry Wallace and his wife Michelle Hall stop by the BSMA booth to support STEM education during Family Picnic. Photo by KayLinda Crawford
BSMA News:
The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) thanks community members and leaders for their support during the recent LANL Family Picnic.
The BSMA is the 501 (c) 3 non-profit arm of the Bradbury Science Museum created to provide STEM education outreach initiatives throughout northern

MPNHP-Los Alamos Friends Group And National Park Service Sign Philanthropic Partnership Agreement

on July 15, 2018 - 10:37am

Members of the Board of the Friends of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park - Los Alamos gathered Friday afternoon for a special signing ceremony with the National Park Service at the powerhouse (stone house) on Bathtub Row. Back row from left, Ranger Josh Nelson and Board members Carol A. Clark, Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher; LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan; Vice President/County Councilor Rick Reiss; Treasurer Ron Wilkins; Metzger’s General Manager David Jolly; Shannon Corporation owner Shannon C’de Baca and Karen Henderson.

Federal Agencies Partner To Offer First Tour Of Los Alamos Manhattan Project Facilities

on July 13, 2018 - 6:36pm
Battleship bunker: Build in 1944, the Battleship Bunker supported implosion diagnostic tests for Fat Man. The building is known as a battleship building because the bunker’s west end is bow-shaped and shielded with a steel plate. Courtesy/NNSA
Pond cabin: Tours of historic sites featured a visit to the Pond Cabin, which served as an office for Emilio Segrè’s Radioactivity Group studying plutonium during the Manhattan Project. Courtesy/NNSA


 The U. S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office and Los Alamos National

Council Hears From Los Alamos County Management On Potential Impact Of Triad Taxability Status

on July 13, 2018 - 9:41am

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess, right, and County Attorney Alvin Leaphart listen Wednesday evening as County Council discusses the ramifications to the County budget if new LANL M&O contractor Triad National Security, LLC operates under non-profit status. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Assistant County Manager Steve Lynne responds to questions from Los Alamos County Councilors during his presentation Wednesday evening at a special session of the Council. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post


Naval Nuclear Laboratory Contracts Awarded To FMP

on July 13, 2018 - 8:40am


NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Naval Reactors, a joint program of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Navy (DON), announced the selection of Fluor Marine Propulsion, LLC (FMP) as the new DOE and DON contractor for the Naval Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

FMP, a limited liability company, is a wholly owned, special-purpose subsidiary of Fluor Corporation.

Naval Reactors conducted a full and open competition for the new NNL contracts. 

The estimated combined award value of these contracts is approximately $30 billion over ten years if all options are

‘Doctor Atomic’ Coming To Santa Fe Opera

on July 13, 2018 - 8:09am
The opera ‘Doctor Atomic’ during a performance at The Metropolitan Opera. Courtesy photo
SFO News:
The opera “Doctor Atomic” opens this weekend at the Santa Fe Opera. Composed by John Adams with a libretto by Peter Sellars, the opera takes place in the weeks leading up to the Trinity Test. J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Los Alamos Laboratory, is the central character of the opera.
Other historical figures involved in the Manhattan Project, including General Leslie Groves, Edward Teller, Robert R. Wilson, and Kitty Oppenheimer, also are represented.
Rather than writing

Trinity Test ‘Gadget’ Anniversary July 16

on July 13, 2018 - 8:02am
Courtesy photo
AHF News:
July 16 is the 73rd anniversary of the Trinity Test, the world’s first nuclear weapons test. At 5:29 a.m., the “Gadget” exploded with a yield of about 15-20 kilotons of TNT.
Manhattan Project veterans recall their reactions to the explosion. For example, chemist Lilli Hornig describes the mushroom cloud: “I remember these boiling clouds and vivid colors like violet, purple, orange, yellow, red, just everything. It was fantastic. We were all shaken up.”

For more on the Trinity Test, visit Veterans Remember the Trinity Test, Trinity Test Eyewitnesses and

Pongratz Appointed To Representative Council On RCLC

on July 12, 2018 - 4:11pm

Los Alamos County Councilor Morrie Pongratz is the newly appointed Council representative to the RCLC Board. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Chris Chandler said Tuesday she is sorry to be leaving her position as County representative to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board.

Councilor Morrie Pongratz was recently appointed by Council Chair David Izraelevitz and will represent the Council for the remainder of 2018. Izraelevitz said Chandler has been instrumental in the

Road Work Resumes Between Truck Route And ‘Y’

on July 12, 2018 - 4:09pm


Paving work will resume Friday, July 13, on N.M. 4 between the truck route and the White Rock “Y” interchange with N.M. 502.

This work will result in just one lane open throughout the weekend with a pilot car to escort traffic in both directions from early morning to late afternoon.

Friday commuters may want to consider using the Main Hill Road as the most efficient route to get to and from Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Regarding the project on N.M.

Preserving Los Alamos History At The Archives

on July 12, 2018 - 10:26am

State-of-the-art shelving in the Los Alamos Historical Society Archives and Collections. Courtesy photo

By Stephanie Yeamans
Los Alamos Historical Society

As the community of Los Alamos, a relatively young town in historic New Mexico, grows older, portions of its population are also aging. When retirees downsize or parents pass away, families often wonder what to do with old papers and objects from years gone by. The Los Alamos Historical Society often becomes the repository for those collections.

As caretakers of our community history, the Historical Society has legal and ethical

Los Alamos County Officials Announce Washington Trip To Address Triad Taxability Issue

on July 11, 2018 - 1:19pm

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz and Vice Chair Chris Chandler discuss their itinerary for their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. Also traveling are fellow Councilor Morrie Pongratz and County Manager Harry Burgess. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Just 24 hours ahead of its special session on the budget impact of Triad National Security, LLC taking over the Los Alamos National Laboratory management and operating contract, Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved travel expenses for Council Chair

LANL Holds Annual DistrupTech Showcase Thursday

on July 10, 2018 - 4:50pm

LANL News:

Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation at Los Alamos National Laboratory has teamed with the New Mexico Angels to kick off the Fourth Annual DisrupTech Showcase, which is a celebration of 'disruptive technology’ created by the minds at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

This year’s festivities are 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday in the community room at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Tickets are $35 and will include access to a very unique networking opportunity, a full reception and, of course – the featured presentations of LANL’s most promising and emerging technologies.

NNSA: Eastbound NM 502 Traffic Reconfigured To Ease Impacts From Road Construction

on July 10, 2018 - 3:42pm

NNSA News:

Traffic engineers are reconfiguring traffic plans on N.M. 4 and N.M. 502 to improve the rush-hour commute from Los Alamos during road construction activities.

Drivers may consider using Main Hill Road to leave LANL and Los Alamos for the next couple of weeks as today begins construction work between the intersection of East Jemez Road/N.M. 4 and N.M. 502. A pilot car will escort traffic between the two points during off-peak hours.

Engineers are planning today through Thursday to reconfigure lanes on N.M.

Panel Of Experts To Discuss J. Robert Oppenheimer’s Rise And Fall From Grace Aug. 8

on July 10, 2018 - 5:03am
RSF News:
As part of an ongoing focus on the history of the atomic age, Recursos de Santa Fe will present a program exploring the long and tangled history of the role of J. Robert Oppenheimer as scientific head of the Manhattan Project and the subsequent loss of his security clearance, barring him from the Los Alamos National Laboratory he founded and led.
The discussion is Aug. 8, the anniversary of the atomic bomb drop on Nagasaki. It begins at 7:30 p.m. in the La Terrazza Ballroom at La Fonda Hotel.
Speakers include Dr.

Meet Triad’s Senior Leadership Team

on July 9, 2018 - 1:09pm

Triad National Security, LLC, organizational chart. Courtesy/TNS

Staff Report

Triad National Security, LLC, announced this morning that Dr. Thomas Mason will serve as the director designate of Los Alamos National Laboratory and president of Triad, which is the Laboratory's new managing and operating contractor.

Mason’s appointment as director will become effective Nov. 1.

Triad indicates that it brings world-class expertise in lab management, nuclear operations, national security and scientific research, and has been created solely to manage and operate LANL for the National Nuclear

LANL Director Announces Triad Notice To Proceed

on July 9, 2018 - 12:40pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace announced to Lab staff this morning that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has issued a “notice to proceed” for Triad National Security LLC, the new M&O contractor for the Laboratory.

“This notice marks the formal beginning of the contract transition period, which will take no less than 120 days to complete. I am committed to working with the new team and NNSA to ensure a successful transition.

Budil: UC And Triad Have Unmatched Combination

on July 9, 2018 - 11:11am

UC Vice President for National Laboratories Kim Budil


For three-quarters of a century, Los Alamos National Laboratory has been a singular force in advancing scientific knowledge across new frontiers — from its origins in World War II to its role in the Human Genome Project and the exploration of Mars.

Since Los Alamos’ earliest years, the University of California has played a key role in managing the laboratory. Now, as a member of a new consortium, Triad National Security LLC, which the U.S.