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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)

New Mexico Museum Of Space History: Now Taking Reservations For Annual April 6 Trinity Site Tour

on March 1, 2019 - 9:45am

In this historic photo, military personnel are seen moving ‘Jumbo’ to Trinity Site. One of the concerns of the scientists who built the ‘Gadget’ nuclear device that was detonated at Trinity Site in 1945, was that the bomb might not actually go off. In order to preserve the 13 pounds of plutonium in case of failed detonation, an 80-ton steel vessel named ‘Jumbo’ was built with the intention of imploding the device inside. The $12 million vessel was never used for that purpose because by the time the test was nearly ready, scientists were confident that it would work.

Legislative Roundup: March 1

on March 1, 2019 - 7:11am
By The New Mexican
Days remaining in the session: 15
Lab taxes: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday signed Senate Bill 11, which would allow the state to maintain its tax revenues if nonprofit organizations become the primary contractor at Los Alamos or Sandia national laboratories.
Nonprofits operating in the state are exempt from paying gross receipts taxes. Senate Bill 11 ends this exception if a nonprofit organization receives the contract to run a national lab.
As it stands, some $77 million in gross receipts taxes are paid annually by the contractor at Los Alamos

Governor Signs ‘GRT Bill’ SB 11 Into Law!

on February 28, 2019 - 12:16pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs the GRT Bill into law today as lawmakers look on from left, Sen. Carlos Cisneros, Sen. Richard Martinez, Rep. Christine Chandler and Rep. Andrea Romero. Cisneros, Martinez, Chandler and Romero successfully ushered the bill through the Senate and House. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE – Moments ago, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed SB 11, Gross Receipts for Non-Profit Organizations!

Having passed both the House and Senate, SB 11, co-sponsored by Senators Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez and Representatives Christine Chandler and Andrea

Rotary Features Exchange Student And Lab Physicist

on February 28, 2019 - 6:56am

Rotary Club of Los Alamos President Vincent Chiravalle and 2018-19 Rotary Youth Exchange Student Lisa Schutt from Switzerland exchange club banners during Tuesday’s meeting. Schutt is from Maeinfeld, a very small town, which lies near the Austrian border and is known for its pinot noir grapes and as the setting of Johanna Spyri's beloved novel, Heidi. Photo by Linda Hull

Scotsman and LANL physicist Malcolm Burns regaled a crowded Rotary Club meeting Tuesday with tales of his ‘bizarre, surreal experience’ to craft a boat from a bathtub in order to row across Loch Lomond as a fundraiser for

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on February 27, 2019 - 7:27am
RCLC News:
The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board Meets 1:30-5 p.m., Friday (originally scheduled for Feb. 22) in the City Council Chambers at the Española City Hall, 405 N. Paseo De Onate in Española.
A. Call to Order – Chair Henry Roybal | 1:30 p.m.
B. Confirmation of Quorum – Chair Henry Roybal | 1:32 p.m.
C. Approval of Agenda – Chair Henry Roybal | 1:35 p.m.
D. Approval of Meeting Minutes – Chair Henry Roybal | 1:40p- (Tab 1)
E. Public Comment (20 min) | 1:45-2:05 p.m.
F. Treasurers Report & Invoices for Approval – Treasurer Peter Ives| 2:05p- (Tab 2)

House Passes Senate Bill Preserving GRT At Labs

on February 25, 2019 - 7:24am
Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos on the floor of the House of Representatives during the opening of the 60-day session Jan. 15 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

In a defensive maneuver, New Mexico lawmakers are trying to position the state to maintain its tax revenues if nonprofit organizations become the primary contractor at Los Alamos or Sandia national laboratories.

Currently, nonprofits operating in the state are exempt from paying gross receipts taxes.

LANL: Housing Sought For Incoming Summer Students

on February 22, 2019 - 7:56am
Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
Do you have a short-term rental available this summer?
As the summer student hiring campaign begins, the Laboratory expects a large number of summer students to be in need of temporary housing. If you have a short-term (3-6 months) rental available this summer, please submit a completed rental ad form to

LANL Foundation & Eight Northern Pueblos Attend National Quality In Home Visiting Summit

on February 21, 2019 - 6:37am
Members of the LANL Foundation’s Early Childhood staff, along with representatives from the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos at the National Quality in Home Visiting Summit Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/LANL Foundation
ESPAÑOLA — The LANL Foundation’s Early Childhood staff, along with representatives from the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos, recently attended the National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting in Washington, D.C.
The conference was held Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, 2019, and was hosted by the Ounce of Prevention Fund, an organization that serves

RCLC Meeting Postponed To March 1

on February 20, 2019 - 4:18pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting scheduled for Friday has been postponed to March 1.


LANL: Collaboration Opportunity To Harness Top Algae Strains For Bioenergy

on February 20, 2019 - 3:16pm

LANL and partners are inviting the algae industry and academia to contribute to research to find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • DOE project aims to boost productivity, lower cost of algae biofuels and bioproducts

Los Alamos National Laboratory and partners are inviting the algae industry and academia to contribute to research to find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts and to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. 

The U.S.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on February 19, 2019 - 1:54pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) meets at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at the Espanola City Hall, 405 N. Paseo De Onate in Espanola.

Agenda items include a LANL Legacy Cleanup overview presentation by N3B.

The meeting is open to the public.

About the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities:

The Regional Coalition is comprised of nine cities, towns, counties and pueblos surrounding the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and

Laboratory On Delayed Opening Tuesday

on February 18, 2019 - 8:28pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed opening Tuesday due to inclement weather conditions.

Employees who work at TA-3 should report between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., all others should report between 11 a.m. and noon.

Los Alamos Historical Society Offering Overnight Guided Tour To Trinity Site April 5-6

on February 15, 2019 - 9:02am
A group visiting the Trinity Site. Courtesy/LAHS
Los Alamos Historical Society News:
Trinity Site where the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated July 16, 1945 is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site April 5-6 for the spring opening.
The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one-night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range.

NNSA Approves ‘Critical Decision 1’ For Advanced Sources And Detectors Project, A New Tool To Advance Stockpile Stewardship

on February 15, 2019 - 8:50am
An abbreviated concept illustration shows a portion of the ASD accelerator and target vessel. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has approved Critical Decision-1 (CD-1) for the Advanced Sources and Detectors Project (ASD), a cornerstone of the Enhanced Capabilities for Subcritical Experiments portfolio (ECSE).
ASD is a proposed 20-million electron volt (MeV) accelerator that will generate X-ray images, or radiographs, of subcritical implosion experiments for the nuclear weapons program.
“The ECSE portfolio is designed to better