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PCB Cleanup Completed At Los Alamos Canyon Site

on March 27, 2019 - 9:36am

The N3B team removed PCB-contaminated soil from a narrow canyon at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. About 300 cubic yards of soil will be shipped offsite for disposal. Courtesy/N3B


N3B has have finished cleaning up PCB-contaminated soil near the former Omega research reactor site at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The PCB-contaminated soil was located in Los Alamos Canyon at Technical Area 02 (TA-02). The source of the contamination is suspected to have been electrical transformers that served the Omega Site.

The contamination was discovered during investigation

NNSA Los Alamos Field Office To Assess Wildfire Hazard And Forest Health Program

on March 26, 2019 - 8:29am
LANL News:
The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is preparing a Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Forest Health Improvement Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The SEA will evaluate and document changes in the LANL management of forest health and wildfire mitigation procedures since the publication of the 2000 Environmental Assessment for the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Forest Health Improvement Program at LANL (EA).
It will identify changes to the affected

LANL Foundation Hires Sylvan Argo As Grants Manager

on March 25, 2019 - 5:21pm

Sylvan Argo


Española — Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening education in Northern New Mexico, welcomes Sylvan Argo as Grants Manager.

This new position was created to broaden the foundation’s grantmaking impact, build community connection and accommodate program growth.

Argo is a dedicated advocate for social equity, youth voice and redefining success and achievement.

Hathcock Receives Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award

on March 25, 2019 - 8:07am

Charles (Chuck) Hathcock, an ecologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is the recipient of the 2019 Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award. Courtesy/Friends of Bandelier


For the Friends of Bandelier

The founder of Friends of Bandelier, Dorothy Hoard, had a passion for teaching, history, and conservation. When she died in March 2014, The Friends of Bandelier established the Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award to be given as her legacy and for her important contributions to Bandelier National Monument and the community.

This stewardship award is given to someone who has worked

Draft Environmental Assessment For LANL Photovoltaic System Available To Public

on March 22, 2019 - 8:03am

LANL News:


The Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze  the proposed construction and operation of a 10 megawatts (MW) ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system (PV) and associated power transmission line within an existing power transmission line corridor. The EZ will also  analyze the No Action Alternative of not constructing the PV.


The proposed PV location is on approximately 55-60 acres of which around 50 acres are within a previously disturbed area that was used as a borrow pit at

Scenes From BSMA Night With A Nerd

on March 22, 2019 - 6:48am

Community members gather March 14 at Fuller Lodge for the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) presentation of Night With A Nerd. Featured speaker Tim Koeth presented ‘The Physicists in the Basement of the High Castle’, an intriguing talk about the race between WW2 United States and Germany to build the world’s first atomic weapon and how the United States succeeded where others failed. for more information about the BSMA. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Community members at Fuller Lodge for the BSMA presentation of Night With A Nerd.

LAPSA Members Gather For Meeting At UNM-LA

on March 22, 2019 - 6:12am
Members of the Los Alamos Public Safety Association gather for a group photo during their meeting Jan. 17 at UNM-LA, front row from left, Treasurer Sgt. Daniel Roberts, President Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald, Vice President Centerra General Manager Lennie Upshaw and LASO-SM and member Adolfo Meana. Center row from left, members LANL Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Maines, LANL Psychologist/BHRT Coordinator Dr. Alice Bodelson, Centerra Director of Operations Jesse Galvan and N3B Lisa La-Pointe Tafoya. Back row from left, Ex Officio Cmdr.

LANL Profile: Frederico ‘Cisco’ Archuleta

on March 21, 2019 - 12:12pm

Bassist Frederico ‘Cisco’ Archuleta of LANL’s Hazardous Materials Management group performs with the country music band Perfect StrangR. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

It’s a Friday night and couples at the Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort are ready to dance and have a good time. As the lounge’s lights dim, the country music band Perfect StrangR takes the stage.

As the stage lights begin their colorful interplay of patterns, bassist Frederico “Cisco” Archuleta of the Laboratory’s Hazardous Materials Management group, along with drummer Timm Kailey, set the pace and the beat for the opening song,

Leadership Los Alamos Participants Learn About LANL Economic Development Impact

on March 20, 2019 - 3:28pm
The 2019 Leadership Los Alamos class recently held its Economic Development Session where they heard presentations from LANL Associate Directors about LANL's economic impact. At the table is LeAnne Stribley, LANL Associate Director for Business Management and Kathye Segala, Associate Director for Capital Projects. The session was chaired by LANB Market President Liddie Martinez.

LANL, Northern New Mexico College Launch Radiation Protection Course To Help Fill High-Demand Jobs 

on March 19, 2019 - 6:12am

LANL and Northern New Mexico College announce a collaborative effort to expand a pipeline training program for radiological control technicians who will support the 21st century workforce at the Laboratory. From left, LANL Pipeline and Partnerships Office Director Nan Sauer, New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education Kate O’Neill and Northern New Mexico College President Rick Bailey. Courtesy/NNMC


LANL News:

  • New associate degree program for up to an initial 40 students starts in June, includes internships at Laboratory

To meet the high demand for radiological control technicians (RCTs),

Friends Of Manhattan Project National Historical Park – Los Alamos To Hold Annual Meeting Noon April 11

on March 15, 2019 - 1:07pm

Members of the Board of the Friends of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park – Los Alamos, from left, Treasurer Ron Wilkins, President Kristin Henderson, Dr. Ben Neal, Park Ranger Alecks Pitt, David Jolly, Heather McClenahan, Vice President Rick Reiss and Carol A. Clark (taking the photo) gathered to set a work plan Thursday afternoon in the Nambe Room at Fuller Lodge. The Board’s annual meeting with a potluck meal is scheduled for noon, April 11 in the Nambe Room at Fuller Lodge.

RCLC Notice Of Possible Quorum; Canceled Meeting

on March 15, 2019 - 11:38am
RCLC News:
Notice of Possible Quorum
Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities may attend an informal discussion with congressional delegation staff at 10:30 a.m., March 19, 2019, at the Small Business Center in Los Alamos.
A quorum may be present. No action will be taken.
Meeting Cancellation
The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting, scheduled for March 22, has been canceled. The next meeting is scheduled to occur at 1:30 p.m., April 19 in the City of Espanola City Hall.

LANL: Handling Trillions Of Supercomputer Files Just Got Simpler

on March 14, 2019 - 11:44am

Gary Grider, left, and Brad Settlemyer discuss the new Los Alamos and Carnegie Mellon software product, DeltaFS, released to the software distribution site GitHub this week. Courtesy/LANL

Carnegie Mellon team members, from left, Chuck Cranor, Qing Zheng and George Amvrosiadis. Courtesy/Carnegie Mellon University

LANL News:

  • Exascale file system Delta FS breaks the ‘the metadata bottleneck’ by handling extreme numbers of files and amounts of data with unprecedented performance

A new distributed file system for high-performance computing being distributed today via the software collaboration

Science On Tap: Conversation With Jennifer Foster Harris On Bioengineering At LANL ... 5:30 p.m. Monday

on March 13, 2019 - 2:26pm

Jennifer Foster Harris

BSM/Creative District News:

Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 18 at UnQuarked Wine Room.  

Curious about the rapidly evolving field of bioengineering? Want to learn more about the ATHENA project, biosecurity, or what it takes to be a bioengineer? Jennifer Foster Harris of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Biosecurity and Public Health Group will discuss the extraordinary research happening at LANL in the field of bioengineering.

About the On Tap Series:

On Tap is a series of

Shin: SB 11 Is Foolish And Self-Defeating

on March 8, 2019 - 7:33am
Los Alamos

Predictably, our Governor signed Senate Bill 11, which would require a nonprofit entity with 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS to pay state gross receipts taxes (GRTs) and specifically targets our National Laboratory. Say what? I am deeply concerned about this issue, because as I have written before, “Our Legislature should advocate for policies that bring more job creators to our state, not drive them away.

Jessie Conrad Talks Mardi Gras At Rotary

on March 7, 2019 - 11:28pm

Rotarian and New Orleans native Jessie Conrad took time on Fat Tuesday to tell members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about Mardi Gras customs, traditions, and celebrations in the Big Easy. Conrad is a Post-Masters Intern at LANL in the Theoretical Division. She holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics and Public Health (2016) and a M.S. degree in Public Health in Biostatistics from Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Conrad specializes in mathematical and statistical modeling for disease transmission. Her research interests lie in understanding the dynamics of vector-borne disease transmission

Winds Of Change Are Blowing...

on March 7, 2019 - 4:54pm

Visitors and residents are welcomed to Los Alamos Sunday morning by the stone sign at the entrance to town. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The leaders at the helm of at least 11 local organizations have retired or moved on in the last few months.

Longtime residents say this exodus definitely sets a record.

“My husband and I have lived here for nearly 50 years and have never seen so many changes in a short period of time like this,” Terry Foxx told the Los Alamos Daily Post.

DOE Releases Final Request For Proposal For Savannah River Site (SRS) Paramilitary Security Services

on March 7, 2019 - 7:16am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tuesday issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Savannah River Site (SRS) Paramilitary Security Services.
This contract will provide security functions in the areas of Program Management, Protective Force, Physical Protection, Information Security, Personnel Security, Law Enforcement, Aviation Operations and Material Transportation Security and Coordination. The total estimated value of the contract is approximately $600M-$1 billion over a 10-year period.

LANL: New Reactor-Liner Alloy Material Offers Strength, Resilience

on March 5, 2019 - 2:20pm

Osman El Atwani, left, and Enrique Martinez at the transmission electron microscope. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Tungsten blend resists fractures, could be valuable for magnetic fusion facilities

A new tungsten-based alloy developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory can withstand unprecedented amounts of radiation without damage.

Essential for extreme irradiation environments such as the interiors of magnetic fusion reactors, previously explored materials have thus far been hobbled by weakness against fracture, but this new alloy seems to defeat that problem. 

“This material showed

SFCIR: Former LANL Director, Sig Hecker, To Discuss 'What's Next For North Korea?' March 21

on March 5, 2019 - 7:41am
Dr. Sig Hecker
Dr. Sig Hecker, former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory will present a discussion entitled "What’s Next for North Korea?" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Spa, 1501 Paseo de Peralta.
The presentation will be introduced and moderated by Valerie Plame, former covert CIA operations officer.
2017 was a very dangerous year on the Korean Peninsula, with regular nuclear tests and a war of words with President Trump – from “dotard” to “Little Rocket Man”. However, rapid North/South rapprochement and the Singapore

LANB Helps 28 Students Visit Bradbury Museum

on March 4, 2019 - 10:40am

During an engineering challenge Friday, Bradbury Museum Educator Pam Dresher places a stuffed toy on top of card towers to see which will hold the toy for 10 seconds. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

LANB Market President Liddie Martinez and LANB Private Banker Elizabeth Bailey watch as Mora 4th graders work on their tower engineering challenge during their visit Friday to the Bradbury Museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
By KayLinda Crawford
Los Alamos Daily Post

A group of 28 Mora Elementary School 4th graders participated in a field trip to the Bradbury

‘Goodnight, Los Alamos’ Book Signing At Bradbury Science Museum Saturday, March 9

on March 3, 2019 - 9:44am

The Bradbury Science Museum, an illustration in Goodnight, Los Alamos. Photo by Brenda Fleming

An illustration of the Fat Man atomic bomb in Goodnight, Los Alamos. Photo by Brenda Fleming

BSM News:

Did you get a copy of Goodnight, Los Alamos over the holidays? Do you want to purchase a copy for an upcoming birthday or baby shower? Now’s your chance to get it signed.

Author Whitney Spivey and illustrator Brenda Fleming will be at the Bradbury Science Museum with Sharpies in hand 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

The book—in which two little girls say goodnight to 26 notable places and

Centerra Donates $5,000 To Española Teen Center

on March 2, 2019 - 8:41am

Officials from the LANL protective services provider, Centerra, toured the Española YMCA Teen Center Thursday, Feb. 28, and delivered a $5,000 support check to the nonprofit organization. From left, The Family YMCA CEO Rob Wilkinson, Centerra General Manager Lennie Upshaw, Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval, Centerra Director of Business Operations Graig Newell and Centerra Director of Protective Force Operations and Training Division Jesse Galvan. Courtesy photo

LANL: RoboRave Rally And Science Showdown At Northern New Mexico College 9 a.m. To 3 p.m. Saturday

on March 1, 2019 - 10:26am

LANL News:

The fifth annual RoboRAVE Rally/NNM Science Showdown takes place Saturday in Española.

The event features more than 50 student robotics teams from across the region and a great range of hands-on STEM activities and demonstrations. The event promises to be a great day of seeing science in action, and is free and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Eagle Gym at NNMC, 921 N. Paseo De Onate in Española


The RoboRAVE Rally is a robotics competition in which 58 registered student robotics teams (from elementary to high school age)