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Book Signing For ‘Los Alamos Revisited’ Stories From Perspective Of Local Workers

on January 18, 2018 - 1:36pm

‘Los Alamos Revisited’ author Peter Malmgren of Chimayo will attend book signs at 6:30 p.m. today at Bond House in Espanola and 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

‘Los Alamos Revisited’ author Peter Malmgren of Chimayo will attend book signs at 6:30 p.m. today at Bond House in Espanola and 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Fifteen years in the making, “Los Alamos Revisited” by Peter Malmgren of Chimayo has just been published.

NNSA Manager Updates Regional Coalition Board

on January 16, 2018 - 4:28pm

NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Manager William S. 'Steve' Goodrum addresses the RCLC board Friday at Ohkay Owingeh. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

“I’m a firm believer in transparency. I’m a firm believer in partnering,” said William S. “Steve” Goodrum, manager of the National Nuclear Safety Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office, at the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board meeting Friday at Ohkay Owingeh Casino and Resort Hotel.

Goodrum was responding to comments and questions from Coalition Chair and Santa

Coalition Honors Departing Mayors

on January 15, 2018 - 11:26am

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board members and staff honored Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales and Espanola Mayor Alice Lucero at the conclusion of their last meeting Friday as board members.

UC Rep Faces Tough Questions From Coalition Chair

on January 15, 2018 - 11:23am

UC Vice President for National Laboratories Kim Budil speaks to RCLC Board members Friday at Okway Owingeh Casino Resort Hotel. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

University of California Vice President for National Laboratories Kim Budil told Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board members during its meeting Friday at Ohkay Owingeh Casino Resort Hotel that circumstances on the ground are much better at Los Alamos National Laboratory since the incident in 2014 that caused the closure of the Waste Isolation

Sig Hecker Appears On 60 Minutes Tonight

on January 14, 2018 - 6:22am

Former LANL Director Dr. Sig Hecker

COMMUNITY News:

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Sig Hecker is scheduled to appear in an interview on 60 Minutes at 7 p.m., ET/PT today, Jan. 14.

Hecker has visited North Korea seven times and will discuss his perception of the county's nuclear program.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Positively Impacts Region’s Economy In 2017

on January 12, 2018 - 12:34pm
Ashley Gutierrez is a customer service devotee at Wildflower, a Santa Fe-based, woman-owned IT hardware and software solutions company, that has partnered with Los Alamos National Laboratory since 1991. The company has nine employees—about 11 percent of its current workforce—dedicated to working with the Laboratory. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory’s efforts to stimulate new business growth, strengthen existing companies, create jobs and contribute to a diverse economy in northern New Mexico’s communities saw notable progress across the board in 2017.
 
“The

DOE Under Secretary For Science Visits Hanford Site

on January 12, 2018 - 6:36am
DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar (center) dons protective clothing prior to entering the air lock of the 324 Building, located about 300 yards west of the Columbia River. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
RICHLAND, WA  DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar spent his first working days of 2018 at the Hanford Site, emphasizing the importance of safety as he talked with EM officials, toured cleanup projects, and met with labor groups and others in the community. 
 
Dabbar visited three training facilities where workers practice using equipment in a non-hazardous environment

Hintze And Glasco Present Talk On Chromium Plume

on January 11, 2018 - 8:24am

DOE EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze discusses the Chromium Plume issue during Tuesday’s County Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

DPU Manager Tim Glasco discusses the Chromium Plume issue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council members heard two messages Tuesday evening from Doug Hintze, manager of the Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office and Tim Glasco, County Utilities manager during a presentation on the chromium plume issue

The first from Glasco

Los Alamos History Museum Presents Nobel Heroes Portraits By Peter Badge Jan. 12 To April 27

on January 8, 2018 - 2:50pm

David J. Thouless received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2016 for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter. c: Peter Badge/Typos1 in cop. with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings - all rights reserved 2018

Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909 - 2012), received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1986 for her work on nerve growth factor. c: Peter Badge/Typos1 in cop. with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings - all rights reserved 2018

Los Alamos History Museum News:

The Los Alamos History Museum is presenting Nobel Heroes Portraits by Peter

National American Legion Cmdr. Denise Rohan Visits Los Alamos

on January 7, 2018 - 2:24pm
American Legion National Cmdr. Denise Rohan and her husband Mike Rohan, New Mexico American Legion Cmdr. Evone Harrison and various department representatives visited Los Alamos Friday as part of the national commander’s tour of the United States. Cmdr. Rohan and Cmdr. Harrison are the first women ever elected to their respective positions in the American Legion. During her visit to Los Alamos, Cmdr. Rohan and her contingent toured areas of Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is only the second national commander to do so.

Venture Acceleration Fund Discussion Jan. 17

on January 7, 2018 - 6:41am
 
RDC News:
 
Join representatives from the Regional Development Corporation and the Feynman Center for Innovation at Los Alamos National Laboratory, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, for a discussion and information session on the Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF).

VAF is a non-dilutive funding source for early stage technology and manufacturing startup companies in northern New Mexico who are on track to add jobs, grow revenues, or attract follow-on investment. The fund is known as some of the best money available in the region.

Science And Technology Highlights At LANL In 2017

on January 5, 2018 - 6:53am
Los Alamos National Laboratory put its Big Science capabilities to wide, productive use in 2017. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

With a top-story list populated by breakthroughs in supercomputing, accelerator science, space missions, materials science, life science, and more, Los Alamos National Laboratory put its Big Science capabilities to wide, productive use in 2017.

“No discipline left untouched—that’s the story from Los Alamos in 2017,” said Alan Bishop, Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology and Engineering at Los Alamos.

Recent Contamination Events At LANL Did Not Result In Radiological Uptake

on January 4, 2018 - 8:49am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A spokesperson for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said Wednesday that contamination events at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility noted in recent weekly reports filed by Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) staff were reported as part of a Radiation Protection Observation Process employed at LANL.

“None of the identified contamination events rose to a level requiring Occurrence Reporting.

LAFD Responds To Light Fixture Incident At TA-55

on January 4, 2018 - 7:21am

Staff Report

The National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) has confirmed reports that the Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a minor incident involving a light fixture at a Los Alamos National Laboratory support building at TA-55.

“At about 10 a.m. Nov. 30, 2017, a light fixture in the PF-314 building – a non-nuclear, non-radiological support warehouse – failed,” an NNSA spokesperson said.  “An employee responded by pulling a fire alarm and turning off the light switch.”

LAFD responded and found a small carbon mark on the light fixture but no other indications of a fire in the

LANL: Tweaking Quantum Dots Powers Up Double Pane Solar Windows

on January 3, 2018 - 7:00am

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are creating double-pane solar windows that generate electricity with greater efficiency and create shading and insulation. It’s all made possible by a new window architecture which utilizes two different layers of low-cost quantum dots tuned to absorb different parts of the solar spectrum. The approach complements existing photovoltaic technology by adding high-efficiency sunlight collectors to existing solar panels or integrating them as semitransparent windows into a building’s architecture. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Engineered quantum dots

Shin: Save For The Lean Years...

on January 1, 2018 - 1:27pm
By LISA SHIN
Los Alamos

Recently, one of my patients told me, “They should have saved for the lean years” as we discussed the possible change in LANL management and GRT revenues. She was referring to the Biblical account of Joseph and his rise to power from slavery. Pharaoh dreamed of seven fat cows, devoured by seven starving cows. Then he dreamed of seven ripe, healthy sheaves of wheat, devoured by seven dead, dry ones. Joseph correctly predicted the meaning of the Pharaoh’s dreams.

“Immediately ahead are seven years of great abundance in all the land of Egypt.

New Mexico Court Of Appeals Upholds Need For Public Hearing For LANL Discharge Permit

on December 30, 2017 - 5:58am
New Mexico Environmental Law Center News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Court of Appeals sent a rebuke to the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) regarding its decision to uphold the NMED’s denial of a public hearing requested by Communities for Clean Water (CCW) as part of a groundwater discharge permit process for the Department of Energy/Los Alamos National Security (DOE/LANS).
 
Communities for Clean Water, represented by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, is a coalition of six organizations:
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear

EM’s Cleanup Year In Review For 2017

on December 30, 2017 - 5:50am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  EM has published its 2017 Year in Review, summarizing the accomplishments of cleanup workers across the DOE complex over the course of this year.

The Year in Review highlights major achievements at each EM site and at EM headquarters, including:

LANL Year In Review For 2017

on December 28, 2017 - 10:11am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

This has been an eventful year for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Particularly of note was the announcement in September that Director Charlie McMillan would retire Dec. 31.

Other highlights include:

Dr. Terry C. Wallace

Los Alamos National Security in early December appointed Terry Wallace to replace McMillan as LANL director and president of LANS, the company that manages and operates the Laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Nebel: LANL Bidders Please Respond To Questions

on December 23, 2017 - 9:24am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos

The last time the lab management contract was put out on bid I remember thinking: “Oh great. Now we are going to have a whole new level of worthless managers sidling up to the trough to skim money out of the lab. Where am I going to find the money to cover the inevitable increase in the overhead?”

The money I was bringing in wasn’t weapons program money and there was no way that my customers were going to cover that increase.

So, what happened? My understanding is that right now a Phd Full Time Equivalent (FTE) costs about $600,000/year at LANL.

LANL Giving Campaign Nets $3 Million For Nonprofits

on December 22, 2017 - 9:34am
Associate Director of Experimental Physical Science and LANL Employee Giving Champion Mary Hockaday, left, and Kathy Keith of LANL Community Partnerships raise the thermometer for the United Way of Northern New Mexico's annual fundraising campaign Thursday at the Post Office. So far, the campaign has raised $440,000. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
One of the 300 New Mexico nonprofits supported by the LANL Employee Giving Campaign is Somos Amigos, an Española-based organization that carries out home repairs for elderly and low-income homeowners in Northern New Mexico to ensure

Pattiz: UC Places ‘Utmost Importance’ On Local Communities

on December 21, 2017 - 2:32pm
University of California Regent Norman J. Pattiz
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

University of California Regent Norman J. Pattiz has responded to a letter from Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz assuring him that UC views its partnership with the Northern New Mexico Communities as a critical component to the successful operation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Pattiz said UC understands the County’s concerns and how important the gross receipts tax revenue derived from the operation of the Lab is to Los Alamos County.

“Historically,

Pongratz: A Bit Of Nit Picking

on December 21, 2017 - 1:54pm
By MORRIS PONGRATZ
Former Los Alamos County Councilor
 
I think that the term “windfall” is not appropriate to describe the gross receipts taxes paid by LANL contractors. Merriam-Webster defines “windfall” as:
1: something (such as a tree or fruit) blown down by the wind;
2: an unexpected, unearned, or sudden gain or advantage.
 
The term is not correct for two reasons: first, the term refers to a “one-time” event. Once all the apples are off the tree you can expect no more apples to fall.

Individual Permit For Storm Water Project Update Public Meeting Tonight

on December 21, 2017 - 12:34pm

Notice: Public Meeting On Annual Plan For Cleanup Of LANL Legacy Waste Jan. 16

on December 20, 2017 - 7:44am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The state of New Mexico’s Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos field office are hosting a public meeting at 5 p.m. Jan. 16, 2018 at the Los Alamos County Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave. in Los Alamos, concerning cleanup priorities for legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for fiscal year 2018.
 
The Consent Order (CO) is a settlement agreement between the state of New Mexico’s Environment Department and the U.S.

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