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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/ladailypost.com
 
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/ladailypost.com

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

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
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
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
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/ladailypost.com
 
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.

Bowlby

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/ladailypost.com

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/ladailypost.com

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

LANL Foundation Awards 20 Scholarships

on July 30, 2018 - 5:09pm

LANL FOUNDATION News:

Espanola— The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation awarded 20 scholarships, each worth $1,500 to Northern New Mexico students in three categories.

New in 2018, the Abiquiú Land Grant – Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Scholarship is specifically designated for descendants of an Abiquiú Land Grant family. Marisa-Ann Lopez of Santa Fe, who is studying culinary arts at Santa Fe Community College, is the inaugural recipient of this award.

LANL Sponsors Back To School Drive For Students

on July 30, 2018 - 8:29am

Last year LANL collected 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies and aims to help as many children again this year. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Drop-off locations in Los Alamos, White Rock and Española

The new school year is not too far away, and Los Alamos National Laboratory—with help from its employees and the community—is sponsoring a Back to School Drive to help local students succeed.

“Last year we collected 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies,” drive organizer Selena Valencia said. “We're aiming to help as many children again this year.”

Through Aug.

N3B Los Alamos Releases LANL Interim Facility-Wide Groundwater Monitoring Plan

on July 30, 2018 - 7:45am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Environmental Management contractor N3B has released the Interim Facility-Wide Groundwater Monitoring Plan for the 2019 monitoring year which runs from October to September 2019.

N3B environmental remediation manager Joe Legare told the Los Alamos Daily Post at the Northern New Mexico Citizen’s Advisory Board meeting Wednesday at Santa Fe Community College that he was pleased to announce that the report, a milestone for the new LANL Environmental Management contractor, has been issued.

Groundwater

Law Enforcement And Fire Personnel Participate In Active Threat Integrated Response Scenarios

on July 28, 2018 - 8:03am

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew leads a rescue task force of two fire/medical personnel and a Department of Corrections officer Friday morning into Pinon Elementary School in White Rock during one of several joint law enforcement/EMS active shooter scenarios staged throughout the day.

Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board Seeks New Members

on July 27, 2018 - 4:44pm

NNMCAB News

The U.S. Department of Energy is recruiting members to the Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB).

The Board is a site-specific advisory board to DOE, which is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and advises the Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office through a formal recommendation process on environmental remediation and waste management activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory and surrounding communities

NNMCAB Executive Director Menice Santistevan Santistevan said members are appointed by the Assistant Secretary for Environmental

Los Alamos Officials Discuss LANL Management Contract Transition Issues During Washington Trip

on July 27, 2018 - 9:03am

Officials gathered Thursday in the office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, center, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the Los Alamos National Laboratory management contract transition and accompanying issues, from left, Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler, Council Chair David Izraelevitz, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, Councilor Morrie Pongratz and County Manager Harry Burgess. Courtesy photo

Stanley Riveles Elected NNMCAB Chair Effective Oct. 1

on July 27, 2018 - 6:26am

NNMCAB members elect Dr. Stanley Riveles chair Wednesday during their quarterly meeting at Santa Fe Community College. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Dr. Stanley A. Riveles of Taos was elected chair of the Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board Wednesday during the board’s meeting at Santa Fe Community College. He takes over in October from Chair Gerard Martinez y Valencia.

Dr. Stanley A. Riveles

Riveles told the Los Alamos Daily Post Thursday that the NNMCAB should not be underestimated as a way to access Los

LANL: Enter The World Of Videogame Speedrunning

on July 26, 2018 - 8:18am
Speedrunner Don DeChellis of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
 
Donald DeChellis of the Metal Production groupat Los Alamos National Laboratory picks up a videogame controller and stares intently into a large computer screen. The vintage game Super Mario World flickers to life, but this is no typical video-gaming session. DeChellis is a speedrunner, a new type of video-gamer whose goal is to complete the entire videogame as quickly as possible.
 
“Most of the videogames I’ve played I’ve managed to complete in about one and one-half hours,” DeChellis said.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Visits With LANL Director Designate Thom Mason In Washington, D.C.

on July 25, 2018 - 9:12am

U.S. Sen. Heinrich (D-NM) meets Tuesday with Los Alamos National Laboratory Director designate Dr. Thom Mason in the senator’s office in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Heinrich (D-NM) chatting Tuesday with LANL Director designate Dr. Thom Mason in the senator’s office in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

LANL Chemist Jaqueline Loetsch Kiplinger Elected Fellow Of American Chemical Society

on July 25, 2018 - 5:57am
Jaqueline Loetsch Kiplinger
 
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Jaqueline Loetsch Kiplinger has been announced as a fellow of the American Chemical Society. She is among 51 new fellows for the nation’s key chemistry organization and is one of only seven from Los Alamos in the laboratory’s 75-year history.
 
“I am very honored and humbled to be distinguished as an ACS Fellow and to join many great scientists who already hold this lifetime recognition for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and ACS,” Kiplinger said.

Promising LANL Innovations Take Spotlight

on July 24, 2018 - 9:39am

From left, Antonio Redondo, division leader Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation; Nancy Jo Nicholas, principal associate director of global security at LANL; Bette Korber, 2018 Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prize awardee from Los Alamos theoretical biology and biophysics division; Lee Finewood of DOE NNSA Administration Office of Strategic Partnerships Programs; Daniel Lockney, program executive of NASA technology transfer. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

 

Los Alamos scientist Bette Korber was recently honored with the 2018 Richard P.

RCLC Awards Contract To CPLC New Mexico, Inc.

on July 23, 2018 - 8:53am

RCLC board member and Los Alamos County Councilor Morrie Pongratz, right, and CPLC President/CEO Roger Gonzales chat following Friday's RCLC meeting in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board awarded a two-year contract Friday to CPLC New Mexico, Inc., to provide executive director services for the Coalition at an annual cost of $169,288.

Company President and CEO Roger A.

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