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LANL: Two Los Alamos Scientists Named American Geophysical Union Fellows

on August 14, 2018 - 7:41am
S. Peter Gary
LANL News:
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) named two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists fellows in recognition of their leadership and excellence in Earth and space sciences.
Geoffrey D. Reeves and S. Peter Gary are among 62 new fellows who will be honored at AGU’s annual conference in December in Washington, D.C. Only 0.1 percent of AGU’s 60,000-plus member scientists are named fellows each year, according to the international organization.
Reeves has been involved in numerous NASA and national security missions, most recently the Van Allen Probes mission

NNSA Update: LANL Road Construction Project

on August 13, 2018 - 9:45pm

NNSA News:

Eastbound N.M. 502 traffic this week will encounter alternating lane changes as road crews continue mill and fill work on the inside and outside lanes.

Two lanes will continue to take drivers eastbound during the afternoon commute.

Albuquerque Asphalt construction crews also will begin painting traffic stripes along freshly laid roadways. Painting activities are scheduled to take place during off-peak traffic hours. Drivers are asked to watch out for the shadow car following road-striping crews.

Weather permitting, the schedule for striping is:

  • Tuesday Aug. 14 on N.M. 4;

LANL Director To Speak At UNM-LA Fundraiser

on August 13, 2018 - 12:26pm

LANL Director Dr. Terry Wallace

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board and the UNM-Los Alamos Fundraising Committee will host “An Evening with Dr. Terry Wallace” Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge.

Wallace is the 11th director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and president of Los Alamos National Security, LLC.

The evening begins with a reception at 6:15 p.m., with h’oeuvres catered by Secret City Kitchen and beverages served by the Pajarito Brewpub.

DOE: RFI/SS For Environmental Management Deactivation, Decommissioning And Removal Services

on August 13, 2018 - 6:07am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI, Ohio ― The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Thursday issued a Request for Information (RFI)/Sources Sought for Environmental Management Nationwide Deactivation, Decommissioning and Removal (DD&R) Services.

The DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) is currently in the acquisition planning phase for a potential upcoming procurement to perform DD&R of Facilities, Waste Management, and Program Support for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Office of Science (OS). The services to be acquired may be performed at various locations throughout the

Pearce Discusses Lab, State During Los Alamos Visit

on August 12, 2018 - 10:07pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce and his wife Cynthia speaking with reporters Wednesday morning at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce and his wife Cynthia were in town Wednesday to talk with county officials and business leaders about the new management contract at Los Alamos National Laboratory among other topics.

Pearce is running for governor and spent time speaking with reporters at the Los Alamos Daily Post about LANL and state issues.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Scholarship Winners

on August 12, 2018 - 8:46am
Scholarship winners honored during an Aug. 8 reception at the LANL Foundation. Kneeling from left, Marisa-Ann Lopez of Santa Fe, studying culinary arts at Santa Fe Community College, Abiquiú Land Grant – Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Scholar; Kamille Chavez of Los Alamos, studying nursing at Santa Fe Community College, Regional College/Returning Student Scholar; Olivia Yesenia Schollenberger of White Rock, studying science at University of New Mexico, Regional College/Returning Student Scholar; Mara Penfil of Santa Fe, studying nursing at Santa Fe Community College, Regional College/Returning

USS Los Alamos Crew Tour Bradbury Science Museum

on August 12, 2018 - 8:35am

Crew members of the USS Los Alamos pose for a group photo Friday morning in the Bradbury Science Museum. The Group had a reuinion in Los Alamos and received a grand welcome. The day started out with a tour of the Museum followed by a walking tour of the townsite. After lunch the group had a special tour of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Saturday morning the Veterans were honored in the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade on Central Avenue. Photo by John McHale/

This is a photo of the USS Los Alamos floating dry-dock used to service submarines including nuclear submarines

Luján Sends Bi-Partisan Letter Calling For House Hearing On Radiation Exposure Compensation Act

on August 11, 2018 - 5:04pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM-03) sent a bi-partisan letter calling on the House Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing to examine the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).
Earlier this year, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled, “Examining the Eligibility Requirements for the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program to Ensure all Downwinders Receive Coverage.” Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Tina Cordova with the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, and Jonathan Nez, Vice President of the Navajo Nation,

Independent Investigative Report Released On County Role In Regional Coalition Funds Fiasco

on August 11, 2018 - 9:51am

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess, right, and Deputy County Manager Steve Lynn at a Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting in Espanola earlier this year. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

A 38-page investigative report with hundreds of pages of back-up documentation was released Thursday to Los Alamos County officials by the law firm of Adams + Crow.

Cobb Family Contribute $55,000 To Build An Education Scholarship Endowment

on August 10, 2018 - 7:42am
From left, Allison Cobb, Don Cobb, Paula Ward, Mike Ward, Arielle Ward, Nathan Ward and Philip Etherington. Photo by Andrea Multari
LANL Foundation CEO Jenny Parks and Board Member Barry Herskowitz accept a $55,000 donation from Allison Cobb, Don Cobb and Paula Ward. Photo by Andrea Multari
ESPAÑOLA— Los Alamos resident, retired Los Alamos National Laboratory manager and longtime friend of the LANL Foundation, Don Cobb made a $55,000 donation toward the Don & Connie Cobb Education Scholarship during a reception Aug.

NNSA: Environmental Assessment Finds No Significant Impact To Converting LANL Facility

on August 9, 2018 - 4:03pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has determined there is no significant environmental impact in converting a radiological laboratory at Los Alamos National Laboratory to a hazardous category 3 nuclear facility.

Documents, findings and public comments and responses for the Environmental Assessment of Proposed Changes for Analytical Chemistry and Materials Characterization at the Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building, are available at

The Environmental Assessment analyzes

The End Of World War II in Los Alamos

on August 9, 2018 - 12:57am

GIs in Los Alamos celebrate the news that the war is over. Courtesy photo

By Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Society

This week marks the 73rd anniversaries of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as the end of World War II, the bloodiest conflict in human history.

Reaction to the end of the war in Los Alamos, according to those who lived it, was mixed.

Eleanor Jette described events in her classic book, Inside Box 1663: “About two o’clock, bedlam broke loose; word of the surrender request had reached the [army] barracks.

Regional Coalition Chair Henry Roybal: Inappropriate Reimbursements Should Be Refunded

on August 9, 2018 - 12:47am
Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Chair and Santa Fe County Commissioner Henry Roybal at a recent RCLC meeting. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Regional Coalition of LANL Chair and Santa Fe County Commissioner Henry Roybal said Wednesday that any inappropriate reimbursements made with RCLC funds should be refunded to the RCLC by those who received them.

Roybal’s comment was made in an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post in the wake of the release Tuesday of a special audit of the RCLC by the Office of State

RCLC Agrees To Comply With Annual Audits

on August 7, 2018 - 4:53pm

From the Office of the State Auditor:

SANTA FE – The governing board of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) has conceded to yearly audits overseen by the Office of the State Auditor (OSA).

The concession came as State Auditor Wayne Johnson released the final report of a special audit after allegations surfaced of misspent public money by the government coalition of several communities surrounding the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The state entity, formed by a joint powers agreement in 2011, has never undergone a state audit, despite a notice from the OSA in 2013 that audits

LANL Names Andy Erickson New Senior Fellow

on August 7, 2018 - 10:26am

LANL Senior Fellow Andy Erickson. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

  • Dedication and ingenuity in support of national security praised ... expertise in emerging threats has been invaluable to LANL’s national security mission for more than two decades.


Los Alamos National Laboratory has named George “Andy” Erickson a senior fellow, one of only six senior fellows currently at the Laboratory. Erickson is an expert in emerging threats and serves as the Laboratory’s deputy principal associate director of Global Security and senior intelligence executive. 


“I have known and worked with Andy for

Nuke Protesters Gather In Los Alamos To Commemorate 73rd Anniversary Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki

on August 4, 2018 - 5:39pm

Peace activist John Dear protests nuclear weapons during a rally today that started at Ashley Pond Park and included the traditional sackcloth and ashes march and sit-in along Trinity Drive. Dear spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post about the protest saying, ‘We gather to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by calling for the closing of the Lab and the abolition of nuclear weapons … so we invite everyone to quit their jobs and become people of peace.’ Photo by John McHale/

Yosuyo Nugent from Hiroshina and now living in Santa Fe participates in today's

PEEC: ‘Search For Sun Siblings’ Talk 7 p.m. Today

on August 3, 2018 - 7:29am
Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Stars like the Sun almost never form in isolation. Usually, star formation takes place in large clusters, creating many sibling stars in batches that slowly disperse over time. Join Erica Fogerty at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium to learn about the search for the Sun’s long-lost relatives and their most likely location.

Erica Fogerty

Fogerty is a computational astrophysicist in the Center for Theoretical Astrophysics at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Secures Major Wins For New Mexico In Annual National Defense Spending Bill

on August 2, 2018 - 9:57am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

  • National Defense Authorization Act heads to President’s desk for signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced provisions he secured in the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that support New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and job-creating initiatives throughout the state. The bill includes an amendment sponsored by Sen.

Wallace And Five Former LANL Directors Participate In Panel To Wrap Up 75th Anniversary Celebration

on August 2, 2018 - 7:34am
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace, right, and former directors, from left, Donald Kerr, John Browne, Robert Kuckuck, Michael Anastasio and Charlie McMillan, answer questions from panel moderator Ellen Tauscher during Tuesday's event celebrating 75 years of LANL leadership. Courtesy/LANL

LANL Director Terry Wallace recalls his best memories of LANL including the 1960s and 70s when he was growing up in the Los Alamos community. Courtesy/LANL


Los Alamos Daily Post

“Is this the coolest thing ever?”, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos County Officials Make Case For GRT

on August 2, 2018 - 7:26am
Los Alamos County Councilor Morrie Pongratz, left, listens to Vice President Michael Pence speak during a briefing Friday, July 27, at the White House. County Commissioners and County Managers in New Mexico were invited to an executive briefing as well as tour of the White House. Official White House/D. Myles Cullen
Vice President Michael Pence. Official White House Photo/D. Myles Cullen
Los Alamos Daily Post

The question of whether Triad National Security, LLC will pay gross receipt tax (GRT) to Los Alamos County drags on ... as a result,

New Time Set For Discussing Oppenheimer’s Rise And Fall From Grace Aug. 8

on August 2, 2018 - 7:03am
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 begins at 6 p.m., Aug. 8 in the La Terrazza Ballroom at La Fonda Hotel.
Speakers will include Dr.

LANL: Computer Simulations Predict Spread Of HIV

on August 1, 2018 - 4:06pm
Thomas Leitner, computational biologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy photo
Principal decay of paraphyletic signal. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
In a recently published study in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory show that computer simulations can accurately predict the transmission of HIV across populations, which could aid in preventing the disease.
The simulations were consistent with actual DNA data obtained from a global public HIV database, developed and maintained by Los Alamos.

Panel Of Experts To Discuss J. Robert Oppenheimer’s Rise And Fall From Grace 6 p.m. Aug. 8

on July 31, 2018 - 10:28pm
Dr. Gregg Herken
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 6 p.m. in the La Terrazza Ballroom at La Fonda Hotel.
Speakers include Dr.

NNMCAB Members Hear Report On LANL Aggregate Area Investigation And Remediation Projects

on July 31, 2018 - 8:45am
Brenda Bowlby, N3B Los Alamos project manager for the aggregate area soils remediation program addresses the NNMCAB July 25 at SFCC. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

During its July 25 meeting at Santa Fe Community College, Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board members heard from Brenda Bowlby, N3B Los Alamos project manager for the Aggregate Area Soils Remediation Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory on a total of 28 aggregate areas on site that were contaminated over time with past historic use.


N3B Los Alamos Official Tells NNMCAB Clean-Up Of Material Disposal Areas Won’t Be Quick

on July 31, 2018 - 7:24am

EM-LA Deputy Designated Federal Officer Lee Bishop, left, chats with N3B Los Alamos RCRA Remediation Program Director Erich Evered prior to Evered's presentation. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

NNMCAB member Robert Hull of Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc., left, listens to presentations during the July 25 meeting at Santa Fe Community College. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

EM-LA Deputy Designated Federal Officer Lee Bishop, right, speaks with N3B's Kristin Henderson, left, and Alison Scott Majure during the networking break at the NNMCAB meeting July 25 at SFCC. Photo