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LAFD Hosts Arson Investigators Conference

on March 13, 2018 - 7:30am

International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) officials at their conference in Los Alamos Feb. 28- March 2, from right, Los Alamos Fire Department Senior Life & Safety Coordinator Stephen Rinaldi, IAAI Director Jim Kanavy and New Mexico IAAI President Clay Bailey. Rinaldi is also a board member of the New Mexico Chapter. Courtesy photo

IAAI conference members view the results of an explosion inside a small structure for demonstration purposes during IAAI conference activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory's TA-49 area. Courtesy photo

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Café Scientifique New Mexico Partners With Los Alamos National Laboratory For Special Events

on March 12, 2018 - 10:22am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Café Scientifique New Mexico is partnering with Los Alamos National Laboratory to host three special events for high school students in northern New Mexico to go behind the scenes and learn about the latest technology in emergency management careers.

This program is open to high school students in Los Alamos, Española, Pojoaque and Taos.

The Los Alamos event is March 13, the Española-Pojoaque event is March 21 and the Taos event is March 27.

Emergency response to major disasters requires the most advanced technology to protect the

Lujan Grisham Welcomes Sandia Pricing Preference She Championed For New Mexico Businesses

on March 12, 2018 - 7:57am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomes the announcement from Sandia Laboratories that they are implementing a 5 percent New Mexico small business pricing preference that she championed. 
 
The pricing preference will help New Mexico small businesses compete for Sandia subcontracts against out-of-state companies.
 
In a letter sent in March 2016 to then-Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Lujan Grisham encouraged DOE to preserve and expand Sandia’s economic footprint in the state, including implementing a

Uranium Processing Facility Achieves Key Milestone

on March 12, 2018 - 6:31am
Uranium Processing Facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Courtesy/DOE/NNSA
 
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project continues to make timely progress with the recent completion of the Site Infrastructure and Services (SIS) subproject.
 
UPF will replace an early-Cold War plant with a modern, more efficient, and safer facility for conducting highly-enriched uranium operations at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
 
“Completing the SIS subproject is an important

LANL: Small Business Supplier Forum March 12

on March 9, 2018 - 9:08am
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory is hosting a Supplier Forum March 12 at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave., in Los Alamos.
 
The Los Alamos National Laboratory Small Business Program and representatives from LANL's procurement organization will present the following free information sessions:
  • Small Business Program overview;
  • Understanding Ariba e-Sourcing;
  • LANL's Basic Ordering Agreement process;
  • Construction Projects- the RFP process; and
  • Upcoming Business Opportunities.
 
Submit RSVP and inquiries to business@lanl.gov.

Chamber Business Breakfast Features Talk On County’s New Proposed Sign Code Thursday March 15

on March 9, 2018 - 8:18am

CHAMBER News:

The next Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast is 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, March 15 at UNM-Los Alamos, Building 2, Room 230.

Los Alamos County Planning ManagerTamara Baer will present the County’s new proposed Sign Code, with a focus on how it may affect the business community.

Revisions to the County Sign Code were prompted by a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision clarifying the requirement for content neutrality in the regulation of speech, including signage.

Shin: Thanks To Our Governor For SB17 Veto!

on March 8, 2018 - 8:05am
By LISA SHIN
Candidate for House District 43

A big thanks to our Governor for her veto of Senate Bill 17! Our Legislature should advocate for policies that bring more job creators to our state, not drive them away. Susana Martinez was right to veto this onerous and flawed tax policy on the #1 job creator in Northern New Mexico. 

Senate Bill 17 failed to meet the following Legislative Finance Committee tax policy principles:

1. Adequacy: Revenue should be adequate to fund needed government services. Our elected representatives lobbied vigorously for SB 17, not to secure funding for

Bradbury Science Museum Association Hosts LANL 75th Anniversary Merchandise Launch March 13

on March 8, 2018 - 7:49am

The Bradbury Science Museum Association will rollout the merchandise March 13 to commemorate the Los Alamos National Laboratory's 75th anniversary. Courtesy photo

BSMA News: 

 

The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) is the Laboratory’s vendor for official 75th Anniversary merchandise through a memorandum of understanding between the BSMA and the Laboratory.

As always, all proceeds from merchandise sales benefit Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education initiatives in the region.

The BSMA is planning a 75th Anniversary merchandise rollout at 4-6 p.m.

Governor Torpedoes LANL GRT Bill

on March 7, 2018 - 4:31pm
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos and the Northern New Mexico region took a significant hit today when Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed Senate Bill 17.

Dubbed the Lab Tax Stabilization Bill, SB17 was introduced by Senators Carlos R. Cisneros and Richard C. Martinez and Dist. 42 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Its purpose was to stabilize gross receipts tax revenues received from prime contractors at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

Garcia Richard spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon saying she was extremely

Regional Coalition Discusses Path Forward

on March 5, 2018 - 5:51pm

Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler addresses the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board this morning in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

Questions as to the legality of the agenda for Monday morning’s Regional Coalition of LANL  Communities board meeting in Espanola resulted in the board being unable to take any action on issues which have plagued Coalition in recent weeks.

One question raised by Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler, secretary of the Coalition board was if new items

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Sees Bright Future For LANL

on March 2, 2018 - 6:03pm

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce speaks confidently about the future of LANL during an interview this afternoon with Publisher Carol A. Clark at the Los Alamos Daily Post World Headquarters in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce visited the Los Alamos Daily Post today and spoke about the importance of keeping plutonium pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“I am supportive of keeping pit production here and will fight for that,” Pearce said.

RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero Addresses Allegations About Travel Expenses And Reimbursements

on March 2, 2018 - 5:26pm
By ANDREA ROMERO
Executive Director
Regional Coalition of LANL Communities

 

Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) comprises nine cities, counties, and Pueblos surrounding the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

 

Since I was hired as executive director in 2015, we have worked together to ensure that LANL is responsive to the issues and concerns of our northern New Mexico communities.

 

RCLC has been the sole organization to go to the U.S. Congress and request increases for cleanup of nuclear waste at LANL.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meeting Includes Founding Documents Review Monday

on March 2, 2018 - 9:07am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting to continue discussion of the executive director services and agreement and review of founding documents is 9-11 a.m. Monday at the Española Library in the Mayor's Conference Room at 313 N. Paseo de Onate in Española.

The meeting is open to the public, however, there will be no public comment.

Agenda:

  1. Call to Order – 9 a.m.
  2. Confirmation of Quorum 
  3. Approval of Agenda
  4. Continuation of Meeting, Founding Documents Review | 9:05-11 a.m.
    1. Continuation of meeting
      1. Discussion Regarding Limited Personnel Matter(s) – Review of ARC’s Provision of

Council Passes Resolution To Support Pit Production

on March 1, 2018 - 5:24pm
The Los Alamos County Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday to support plutonium pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos County Council unanimously voiced support during its regular council meeting Tuesday night to keep plutonium pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
 
The council passed a resolution, 7-0, to support local pit production.
 
“This is an important project for the lab ... and I am glad we are doing it,” Council Vice

Regional Coalition Comes Under Fire

on March 1, 2018 - 7:18am

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Executive Director Andrea Romero, center, answers questions from board members during Monday's meeting in Pojoaque. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board members discuss the Coalition's authority and the future of executive director Andrea Romero's contract Monday in Pojoaque. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) board members were made aware Monday at their meeting in Pojoaque that the

Sheehey: LANL RFP And GRT

on February 28, 2018 - 7:58am
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

Some LANL employees have expressed the opinion that SB17, the bill recently passed by the state legislature requiring every prime contractor for a National Laboratory in New Mexico to pay full gross receipts tax (GRT), will weaken the new contract bid of any non-profit contractor by raising the cost to NNSA for a non-profit organization to run the Lab.

This reflects confusion about the Lab RFP and GRT, which I would like to clarify.

I worked at the Lab for 26 years, under both the non-profit University of California (UC) and the for-profit LANS LLC.

Tony Redondo Named Head Of Los Alamos National Laboratory Tech Transfer Division

on February 22, 2018 - 9:35pm

Antonio ‘Tony’ Redondo

LANL News:

Antonio “Tony” Redondo will take over Feb. 26 ,as head of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s tech transfer division, the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation.

Named after the famous Manhattan Project physicist, the Feynman Center helps to transition science and technology created at the Laboratory to the private sector.

Redondo is the former Theoretical Division leader and currently a senior scientist in the Theory, Simulation and Computation Directorate.

RCLC Delivers Letter Supporting SB17 To Governor

on February 22, 2018 - 3:58pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) hand-delivered a letter, in support of Senate Bill 17 (SB17), a bill that protects gross receipts tax (GRT) from ‘certain non-profits’ and the operators of Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, to the Office of Governor Martinez Wednesday alomg with a large packet of support letters and resolutions.

Copy of the Letter:

February 20, 18
 
Office of the Governor New Mexico State Capitol 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Room 400 Santa Fe, NM 87501
 
Dear Honorable Governor Susana Martinez,   
 
It is with great interest and urgency that the

Los Alamos Receives 4.2 Inches Of Snow

on February 22, 2018 - 9:51am
A Los Alamos National Laboratory spokesperson told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning that LANL officially measured 4.2 inches of snow overnight. Snow piled up on this table overnight at a residence in the Woodland area in Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Snow scene this morning in the Woodland area in Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Snow scene at 5 a.m. today in Eastern Area. Photo by Sharon Snyder
 
Mulani, 11, romps in the snow this morning in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell
 
White Rock received its share of snow overnight including

Exascale Computers Set To Produce A Quintillion Of Calculations Per Second

on February 22, 2018 - 9:17am

Exascale Computer Project Data and Visualization area lead Jim Ahrens is a 20-year veteran of National Alamos National Laboratory. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Danny Perez came to Los Alamos National Laboratory 11 years ago as a postdoc and stayed. He is a member of the Exascale Atomistics for Accuracy, Length and Time project team. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

​BY MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When thinking about the fastest supercomputers available today solving problems at the petascale, a quadrillion calculations per second, it is

Crowd Packs UnQuarked To Hear About ATHENA

on February 22, 2018 - 7:35am

LANL scientist Jennifer Harris discusses the ATHENA project during Wednesday evening's Science on Tap event at Unquarked in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

A crowd packs Unquarked in Central Park Square Wendesday evening the hear about the ATHENA project underway at LANL. Courtesy photo

LANL's ATHENA is designed to simulate organ systems such as liver, heart, lung and kidney. Courtesy photo

Creative District News:

Despite snowy weather conditions Wednesday night, more than 50 people attended the Science On Tap to hear Jennifer Harris talk about the ATHENA project underway at Los

LANL On Regular Operating Schedule Today

on February 22, 2018 - 6:21am

LANL News:

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Closure Hotline said at 6:15 a.m. that today LANL is on a regular operating schedule.

NNSA: Lisa Gordon-Hagerty Confirmed As DOE Under Secretary

on February 20, 2018 - 3:54pm
Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty
 
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty was confirmed Thursday by the U.S. Senate as the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
 
Once she is sworn in to the position, Gordon-Hagerty will be responsible for the management and operation of NNSA, in support of Secretary Perry and President Trump’s nuclear security agenda.
 
“We are excited to welcome Lisa to the DOE team following her confirmation,” Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said.

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