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RCLC Discusses New Leadership And Mission

on September 12, 2018 - 8:16am

From the Office of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities:

When it comes to advocating for northern New Mexico, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) is key. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is the linchpin of the region’s economy, and the RCLC’s mission is to bring area communities together and to provide leverage to demand answers from the Department of Energy (DOE) as well as LANL regarding questions of funding and environmental cleanup.

Additionally, the RCLC’s leverage has continued to be a powerful voice in leading LANL to reinvest in local communities.


Udall, Heinrich Secure Provision Prohibiting Nuclear Safety Board Staff Cuts And Reorganization

on September 11, 2018 - 5:37pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that they have secured two provisions in the final FY 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill to protect the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) and its important safety mission.

One Udall-Heinrich provision prohibits the use of any appropriated funds to carry out the DNFSB’s proposed reorganization, which included a significant reduction in the board’s staff, unless such a proposal is later specifically authorized by law.

BSMA Presents Night With A Nerd Sept. 13

on September 7, 2018 - 9:20am

County P&Z Commission Meets Sept. 12

on September 7, 2018 - 8:05am
The Planning and Zoning Commission meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 in Council Chambers at the County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
On the agenda is a public hearing for a Summary Plat and a discussion with Dan Pava, a project manager on the Land Conveyance and Transfer Project with Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The meeting is open to the public.

History On Tap: Doctor Atomic Community Discussion

on September 1, 2018 - 2:32pm

Scene from Dr. Atomic. Photo by Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera

Los Alamos Creative District News:

Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap Wednesday, Sept. 5, for a conversation about John Adams’ opera Doctor Atomic and this summer’s Santa Fe Opera production directed by librettist Peter Sellars.

History on Tap begins at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

Doctor Atomic dramatizes the events of the Manhattan Project leading up to the Trinity Test. It was first performed in 2005, and this season the Santa Fe Opera brought it to New Mexico for the first time.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry Tours Nevada Site

on August 30, 2018 - 7:24am

Energy Secretary Rick Perry recently toured the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and addressed federal and contractor staff in an all-hands meeting, including staffers from EM's Nevada Program. During the meeting, Perry answered questions from employees and highlighted the progress and future of the NNSS missions. Courtesy photo

LANL: High-Impact Los Alamos Innovations Honored As R&D 100 Award Finalists

on August 29, 2018 - 9:50am
Ten Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations are finalists for the 2018 R&D 100 Awards, including the Universal Bacterial Sensor developed by the team led by Harshini Mukundan. The sensor mimics biological recognition of bacterial pathogens to identify infections even before the patient's symptoms are evident. Courtesy/LANL
Cristian Pantea and Dipen Sinha with the Acoustic Collimated Beam (ACCObeam). Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
Ten Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations are finalists for the 2018 R&D 100 Awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year

On The Job In Los Alamos: BSMA Board At projectY

on August 25, 2018 - 2:11pm

On the Job in Los Alamos are members of the Bradbury Science Museum Board gathered for their annual Board Retreat today at projectY in Central Park Square. From left, Bob Hull, Ann Parsons, KayLinda Crawford, Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck, Heidi Hahn, Secretary Jennifer Cline, Andy Trottier, President Ryn Herrmann, Pam Miller and Ed Fenimore. Board members not pictured include Johnnie Martinez, Kristin Henderson, Carol A. Clark (taking the picture), Dorian Newton, Shari Foley and Pam Sutton. For information about the BSMA and to become a member, click here. Photo by Carol A.

Robotics Night At Bradbury Science Museum Features Sumo Bots 5-8 p.m. Today!

on August 24, 2018 - 9:42am

BSMA News:

Local robotics groups will demonstrate their robots to the public 5-8 p.m. today, Aug. 24 during Robotics Night at the Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Central Ave.

This free event is brought to you by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) and generously supported by New Mexico Bank & Trust. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the robots used by organizations such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County Police Department and the University of New Mexico at Los Alamos.

State Determines Triad National Security Will Pay GRT

on August 22, 2018 - 8:29pm

The State of New Mexico finds that Los Alamos National Laboratory’s newly designated management and operating contactor Triad National Security, LLC will pay Gross Receipts Tax. Triad's Scott Sudduth, who represents Texas A&M, center, announced at the Northern New Mexico Community Stakeholders meeting underway this evening at Fuller Lodge, that the State has determined that Triad is structured to pay GRT. When specifically asked by the Los Alamos Daily Post if Triad will pay GRT, Sudduth confirmed that the state has determined that the company is required to pay GRT.

LANL Director Terry Wallace Rocks Crowd With Cosmic Mystery Of Minerals Presentation At Fuller Lodge

on August 22, 2018 - 10:50am

LANL Director Terry Wallace listens as UNM-LA Advisory Board President Steve Boerigter delivers an introduction of Wallace laced with hilarity ahead of Wallace's presentation on ‘The Cosmic Mystery of Minerals’ during the UNM-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

LANL Director Terry Wallace cracks up as he is being introduced with some geeky humor by Lab physicist Steve Boerigter during the UNL-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos hosted “An Evening With Dr. Terry Wallace” Aug.

Strem And UbiQD Of Los Alamos Sign Distribution Agreement For Cadmium-Free Quantum Dots

on August 20, 2018 - 12:12pm

An example of UbiQD's innovative quantum dot (QD) technology. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.


NEWBURYPORT, Mass. – UbiQD, Inc., a nanotechnology company in Los Alamos, has signed an agreement with Strem Chemicals, Inc. to allow distribution of their innovative quantum dot (QD) technology.

Strem, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty chemicals for research and development, will now offer six new products in collaboration with UbiQD.

Romero Discusses Intent And Purpose Of RCLC

on August 19, 2018 - 6:42pm
Former RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Regional Coalition of LANL Communities executive director and candidate for House Dist. 46 Andrea Romero said what hasn’t been clear in recent discussion of RCLC issues is “intent versus what is now considered criminal because it's been petitioned to the Attorney General’s Office”.

“I think if the point of the board is to be able to move forward ... everyone needs to know that the intent was to have a proper board with good parameters, to be able to do good work in the

Science On Tap: Sensor Diagnosis Of Infectious Diseases – The Need For Speed Aug. 20

on August 18, 2018 - 5:26am
Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland
The next Science On Tap, “Sensor Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: The Need for Speed” is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at UnQuarked - The Wine at 145 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, recognizing the global health threat from drug-resistant bacterial infections, have developed a rapid diagnostic tool that promises to revolutionize the way hospitals test for infection.
Join Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland, with the Lab’s Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group, for a discussion about

LANL: Bird Communities Dwindle On Pajarito Plateau

on August 16, 2018 - 11:06am

The hairy woodpecker is among the species that declined from 2003 to 2013. Courtesy/LANL

The western tanager is among the species that declined from 2003 to 2013. Courtesy/LANL

Los Alamos scientist Jeanne Fair at Tsankawi on Bandelier National Monument, one area where the death of piñon pine trees may have caused a decline of some birds on the Pajarito Plateau. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Researchers have found declines in the number and diversity of bird populations at nine sites surveyed in northern New Mexico, where eight species vanished over time while others had considerably dropped.

Radioactive And Hazardous Materials Committee Meets In Los Alamos For Update On Clean-up Of Legacy Waste

on August 16, 2018 - 9:37am

Members of the Legislature's Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee, from left, Sen. Nancy Rodriguez, Sen. Jeff Steinborn and Sen. Richard Martinez listen Wednesday at UNM-LA as EM-LA Manager Doug Hintze and Jennifer Hower of the New Mexico Environment Department provde an update on Los Alamos National Laboratory's environmental clean-up of legacy waste. The update is required under the Compliance Order on Consent, which mandates annual planning for clean-up milestones and ensures the effective use of cleanup funds. Photo by Allison Scott Majure/N3B Los Alamos

Letter To The Editor: Regarding GRT Tax

on August 15, 2018 - 7:24am
Los Alamos
I have a question for Lisa Shin regarding the GRT tax she discussed in her recent column. While I'm not a big fan of the GRT, I think that it is highly likely that it will be reimposed on LANL.
I think that the most likely scenario is that we will have both a Democratic governor and a Democrat controlled legislature after the election. Los Alamos County isn't the only county that receives GRT money from LANL. The counties adjacent to Los Alamos also receive funding.

NNMP Calls For AG Probe Of RCLC Audit Findings

on August 14, 2018 - 3:43pm

NNMP Vice President David Neal, right, speaks to Santa Fe County Manager Katherine Miller at a February RCLC meeting in Pojoaque. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Officers of the non-profit group Northern New Mexico Protecting Land, Water Rights also known as NNM Protects (NNMP) has formally asked Attorney General Hector Balderas to conduct a criminal investigation of the findings of “three recent audits” involving the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC), Andrea Romero Consulting, Inc., JLH Media, Inc., and

LANL: Two Los Alamos Scientists Named American Geophysical Union Fellows

on August 14, 2018 - 7:41am
S. Peter Gary
LANL News:
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) named two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists fellows in recognition of their leadership and excellence in Earth and space sciences.
Geoffrey D. Reeves and S. Peter Gary are among 62 new fellows who will be honored at AGU’s annual conference in December in Washington, D.C. Only 0.1 percent of AGU’s 60,000-plus member scientists are named fellows each year, according to the international organization.
Reeves has been involved in numerous NASA and national security missions, most recently the Van Allen Probes mission

NNSA Update: LANL Road Construction Project

on August 13, 2018 - 9:45pm

NNSA News:

Eastbound N.M. 502 traffic this week will encounter alternating lane changes as road crews continue mill and fill work on the inside and outside lanes.

Two lanes will continue to take drivers eastbound during the afternoon commute.

Albuquerque Asphalt construction crews also will begin painting traffic stripes along freshly laid roadways. Painting activities are scheduled to take place during off-peak traffic hours. Drivers are asked to watch out for the shadow car following road-striping crews.

Weather permitting, the schedule for striping is:

  • Tuesday Aug. 14 on N.M. 4;

LANL Director To Speak At UNM-LA Fundraiser

on August 13, 2018 - 12:26pm

LANL Director Dr. Terry Wallace

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board and the UNM-Los Alamos Fundraising Committee will host “An Evening with Dr. Terry Wallace” Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge.

Wallace is the 11th director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and president of Los Alamos National Security, LLC.

The evening begins with a reception at 6:15 p.m., with h’oeuvres catered by Secret City Kitchen and beverages served by the Pajarito Brewpub.

DOE: RFI/SS For Environmental Management Deactivation, Decommissioning And Removal Services

on August 13, 2018 - 6:07am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI, Ohio ― The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Thursday issued a Request for Information (RFI)/Sources Sought for Environmental Management Nationwide Deactivation, Decommissioning and Removal (DD&R) Services.

The DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) is currently in the acquisition planning phase for a potential upcoming procurement to perform DD&R of Facilities, Waste Management, and Program Support for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Office of Science (OS). The services to be acquired may be performed at various locations throughout the

Pearce Discusses Lab, State During Los Alamos Visit

on August 12, 2018 - 10:07pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce and his wife Cynthia speaking with reporters Wednesday morning at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce and his wife Cynthia were in town Wednesday to talk with county officials and business leaders about the new management contract at Los Alamos National Laboratory among other topics.

Pearce is running for governor and spent time speaking with reporters at the Los Alamos Daily Post about LANL and state issues.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Scholarship Winners

on August 12, 2018 - 8:46am
Scholarship winners honored during an Aug. 8 reception at the LANL Foundation. Kneeling from left, Marisa-Ann Lopez of Santa Fe, studying culinary arts at Santa Fe Community College, Abiquiú Land Grant – Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Scholar; Kamille Chavez of Los Alamos, studying nursing at Santa Fe Community College, Regional College/Returning Student Scholar; Olivia Yesenia Schollenberger of White Rock, studying science at University of New Mexico, Regional College/Returning Student Scholar; Mara Penfil of Santa Fe, studying nursing at Santa Fe Community College, Regional College/Returning