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Bingaman Discusses Manhattan Project National Historical Park at Los Alamos Historical Museum Event

on August 14, 2012 - 11:26am

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman spoke today at a gathering at the Los Alamos Historical Museum of the importance of establishing a Manhattan Project National Historical Park with sites in Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Hanford, Wash. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was honored Monday afternoon at a gathering at the Los Alamos Historical Museum for his support of Los Alamos during his 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover presented Bingaman with a plaque of appreciation on behalf of the

Kiwanis Presents Prestigious Jeannette O. Wallace Scholarship Award to Michelle Boerigter

on August 10, 2012 - 1:47pm


Tuesday, Aug. 7, Kiwanis awarded Michelle Boerigter the prestigious Jeannette O. Wallace Scholarship award. Wallace was a longtime Kiwanian and former New Mexico State Representative for District 43. Michelle will be attending Hope College in Holland, MI and will study Bio Chemistry and Religion/Theology. From left, Key Club members Morrie Pongratz, Kiwanis President Kristy Ortega and Don Casperson; Terry Wallace, son of Jeannette Wallace; Michelle Boerigter; and parents Cathy and Steve Boerigter. Photo by Sharon Stover


LANL Protesters Plead 'Not Guilty' and Hunger Strike Continues

on August 9, 2012 - 9:59pm

Anti-nuclear peace activist, Barbara Grothus of Albuquerque, left, files a "not guilty" plea with Court Administrator Lisa Zuhn of the Los Alamos County Municipal Court. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

Not Guilty

Los Alamos County Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk presided over this morning's arraignment of six demonstrators arrested Monday for blocking traffic during a protest at Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

Protesters Janet Greenwald, Barbara Grothus, Pam Gilchrist, Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Catherine Euler and Cathie Sullivan each entered a written plea of "not

NNSA Conducts 100th WMD Counterterrorism Exercise

on August 9, 2012 - 4:33pm

NNSA News:

  • NNSA, FBI Conclude Radiological Security Exercise at University of Cincinnati

WMDs. Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NNSA’s Offices of Counterterrorism Policy and Cooperation and Global Threat Reduction and the FBI today announced the completion of the Bearcat Thunder counterterrorism table-top exercise at the University of Cincinnati (UC), the 100th exercise of its kind.

The exercise is part of NNSA’s Silent Thunder table-top series, which is aimed at giving federal, state and local officials, first responders and law enforcement critical, hands-on experience in responding

Bingaman to Address LANL Employees Monday

on August 9, 2012 - 4:05pm
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman will be in Los Alamos Monday, Aug. 13 and will address Los Alamos National Laboratory employees.
Bingaman will talk about the economy, the federal deficit and what Congress can do to address these issues, among other things.
Bingaman will also attend a reception hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society at the Los Alamos Historical Museum to talk about a bill he has introduced to designate Manhattan Project sites around the country as National Historical Parks.
Bingaman's schedule Monday, Aug. 13:
  •   10 a.m.

LANL Calls on Public for Help to Improve Plan

on August 9, 2012 - 10:39am

LANL News:

To accomplish our mission, Los Alamos National Laboratory generates some hazardous and mixed waste.

In November 2010, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) issued the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Hazardous Waste Facility Permit.

The Permit establishes standards for how LANL manages, stores and treats hazardous wastes on-site and for the closure and post-closure care of permitted waste management units.

The plan covers six elements

  • Establishing an open working relationship with the public
  • Establishing productive relationships with local tribes and pueblos

ChemCam Sends Digital ‘Thumbs Up’

on August 9, 2012 - 10:09am

Researchers from LANL and the French Space Agency examine data from the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover from inside the ChemCam Operations Center at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Monday, Aug. 6., less than a day after the rover landed on Mars. The ChemCam team received signals indicating that the instrument is healthy and all systems are ready to go. Photo Credit: Los Alamos National Laboratory/James E. Rickman

LANL News:

  • Martian landing area could be a boon for scientific study

Members of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover ChemCam team got a digital thumbs up about

Mutual Respect Framed LANL Protest

on August 7, 2012 - 9:02am

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy shakes hands with a protester during Monday's demonstration at Los Alamos National Laboratory, marking the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Despite any differences that may exist between demonstrators and authorities, an air of mutual respect permeated the annual event. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun calmly chats with protesters from left, Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Catherine Euler and Cathie Sullivan who are three of the six protesters who eventually were arrested for blocking

DOE Awards $62 Million in Contracts to Accelerate Development of ‘Extreme Scale’ Supercomputers

on August 7, 2012 - 6:56am

Sequoia, an IBM supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, was on June 18, 2012 named No. 1 in the TOP500, a list of the world's fastest supercomputers. Here, Sequoia is installed in LLNL’s Terascale Simulation Facility in April 2012. Courtesy/LLNL

DOE News:


LANL Sets Waste Shipping Record for Fourth Consecutive Year

on August 6, 2012 - 7:21pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has set another record for shipments of transuranic waste in a single fiscal year. Here, the Laboratory’s 172nd shipment leaves the Laboratory on Aug. 2, headed for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lab has sent 172 shipments so far this year; aiming for 200 by Sept. 30

For the fourth consecutive year, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s TRU Waste Program has shipped a record number of transuranic (TRU) waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M, for permanent disposal.

The Laboratory’s 172nd

'CBS This Morning' Features Los Alamos in National Historic Park Video

on August 6, 2012 - 5:15pm

The V-Site buildings and nearby Gun Site are the last significant structures still standing at Los Alamos associated with the development and assembly of the world's first nuclear devices. Courtesy photo

On Monday, the CBS This Morning Show ran an interesting video segment on the topic of the potential Manhattan Project National Historic Park. Los Alamos was a key feature of the story.

Click the following link to read the story and view the video: "Atom bomb historic sites may become national park."

LANL Access Restrictions Lifted

on August 6, 2012 - 4:02pm

LANL News:

Effective 3:30 p.m. today, Los Alamos National Laboratory has lifted access restrictions.

Vehicle access points on West Jemez Road will be open to non-badge holders, who remain subject to normal security rules regarding weapons or other prohibited items.

Curiosity Made it to Mars!

on August 6, 2012 - 2:53pm
Curiosity made it to Mars! There was restrained clapping and a big sigh of relief in the audience of some 400 people gathered at the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Bradbury Science Museum Sunday night when NASA announced Curiosity had landed on Mars. Photo by TK Thompson/
The NASA commentator provided a lively blow-by-blow of the Rover's journey to Mars on the big screen in the Bradbury Science Museum's auditorium Sunday night. Photo by TK Thompson/
The first thumbnail photo from Curiosity on Mars shows a wheel on the ground. Photo by TK

LANL Protesters Released From Jail

on August 6, 2012 - 2:28pm

From left, Catherine Euler, Cathie Sullivan, Janet Greenwald, Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Barbara Grothus and Pamela Gilchrist have been released on their own recognizance from the Los Alamos County Detention Facility after being issued criminal citations to appear in court. The six protesters were arrested this morning at Los Alamos National Laboratory and charged with trespassing, failure to obey a lawful order and obstructing traffic. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Security lined the parking structure at Los Alamos National Laboratory this morning in preparation for today's protest.

Demonstrators Move Protest From LANL to Jail

on August 6, 2012 - 11:05am

Protesters marched from Los Alamos National Laboratory this morning to the Los Alamos County Detention Center to chant and show solidarity for six of their members arrested earlier today for blocking traffic near the entrance to LANL. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Daughter of Los Alamos Activist Arrested at LANL

on August 6, 2012 - 10:26am

Barbara Grothus is arrested this morning along with five other protesters after blocking traffic near the entrance to Los Alamos National Laboratory. Grothus is the daughter of longtime Los Alamos activist Ed Grothus who died from cancer. Following this morning's arrest, several more protesters entered the street near the same location and blocked traffic for about five minutes. No arrests were made during that action. The protesters have now left LANL property and are marching across the Omega Bridge heading toward the Los Alamos County Detention Facility.

BREAKING NEWS: Six Protesters Arrested at LANL

on August 6, 2012 - 9:18am

Protesters demonstrate at Los Alamos National Laboratory this morning on the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff report

Six protesters were arrested a few minutes ago at Los Alamos National Laboratory for blocking morning commuter traffic near the entrance to the complex.

Maria Brazil of (Un)occupy Albuquerque said at the scene that those arrested were from a mixture of groups including No Nukes Now, Pax Christi and she thought she recognized someone from CARD (Citizens for

LANL Temporarily Open to Badge Holders Only

on August 6, 2012 - 6:33am

LANL News: and Tweets:

Effective 6 a.m. today, Los Alamos National Laboratory will be open to LANL and Department of Energy badge holders only.

Badges will be physically checked at the Laboratory's vehicle access points. Those without badges will be directed around the Laboratory via N.M. 4.

"This is a precautionary measure for the safety and security of our employees, our facilities and the general public," said Mike Lansing, LANL's associate director for safeguards and security.

Curiosity Lands on Mars!

on August 5, 2012 - 11:49pm


NASA's Curiosity rover has landed on Mars. Curiosity is a car-size, one-ton rover that touched down on Mars at 11:31 a.m. Monday. The landing marks the beginning of a two-year prime mission to investigate.

Courtesy Photos. First photos sent to NASA from Curiosity within minutes of landing on Mars.

Light Turnout for Start of Anti-Nuke Protest

on August 5, 2012 - 2:21pm

A small crowd gathered Sunday afternoon at Ashley Pond for the kick off of two days of Anti-Nuclear protests. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Sunday Aug. 5 in Los Alamos:

  • Rally in Ashley Pond Park, Los Alamos, speakers, music, teach-ins and information
  • Audio link to the sounding of the Peace Bell in Hiroshima, Japan  (5:15 p.m.)
  • “Sackcloth and Ashes” peace march to LANL led by Pax Christi, New Mexico (5:20 p.m.)
  • Floating of peace lanterns on Ashley Pond (following peace march)

Monday Aug. 6 in Los Alamos:

  • A full day of non-violent direct action in Los Alamos beginning at 7 a.m.

LANL Protester Tied to ORNL's Y-12 Security Breach

on August 4, 2012 - 4:44pm

Photo: Sister Megan Rice

By Carol A. Clark

Sister Megan Rice, 82, arrested in Los Alamos for criminal trespass during a 2010 protest at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been arrested again, this time for breaching the highest-security area of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory July 28.

Rice and two accomplices, Michael R. Walli, 63, a member of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in Washington, D.C. and Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, a member of Veterans for Peace in Duluth, Minn., and a former U.S.

LANL Family Day Delivers Tons of Fun

on August 3, 2012 - 11:45am

Ronnie Bell sings the national anthem at the 2012 LANL Employee Picnic at Overlook Park Saturday, July 28. LANL Director Charlie McMillan stands with his hand over his heart at left. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Fun was to be had for all who attended the 2012 LANL Employee Picnic. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Players get ready to toss bean bags as part of the fun during the 2012 LANL Employee Picnic. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Flavored syrups were flowing as Sno-Cones were handed out all day at the 2012 LANL Employee Picnic.