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United Church Youth Pastor Keith Lewis Keeps Faith-Building Fun While Raising Funds For Nepal

on September 6, 2015 - 8:14am
David Pucket throws a whipped cream pie at Pastor Lewis during fun and games on last day of VBS. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
VBS students line up to throw whipped cream pies at Pastor Lewis as part of WCO fund raiser. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
By KayLinda Crawford
Los Alamos Daily Post

United Church of Los Alamos hosted a 5-week Vacation Bible School in August and Youth Pastor Keith Lewis kept the faith-building and learning fun with the theme: EVEREST – Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power.

“Each week we talked about how God helps us,”

Letter To The Editor: Where Are We As America?

on September 4, 2015 - 10:27am
Los Alamos

For whatever reason, perhaps because of age, I often think back to my youth and the image I had then of our country and its role as a nation of this world.

Most of that image was formed from my understanding of the history of our nation during the half-century before my birth: the time of my parents and grandparents.

LAFD Displays Four International Accreditation Plaques

on September 3, 2015 - 7:55am

Four International Accreditation plaques now line the hallway at the Los Alamos Fire Department Administration Office on Central Avenue. LAFD was awarded the fourth plaque at last week's accreditation hearing in Atlanta. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Fire Department Awarded International Accreditation

on September 2, 2015 - 12:05pm

At the awards banquet Thursday in Atlanta from left, CPSE Technical Advisor Gerard Kay, Deputy Chief Justin Grider, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, CFAI Commission Chair Steven Westermann, County Manager Harry Burgess, CPSE Technical Advisor Team Lead Gary Aleshire, IAFF President Bert Quintana and EMS Battalion Chief Ben Stone. Courtesy/LAFD

During the accreditation hearing last week in Atlanta, from left, County Manager Harry Burgess, Gary Aleshire, Chief Troy Hughes, Deputy Chief Justin Grider and EMS Division Chief Stone. Courtesy/LAFD


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Internationally Acclaimed Alpha Program Begins At IHM

on September 2, 2015 - 6:57am

IHM News:

If you have ever wondered if there is more to life than this, how you can make the most of your life, about the existence of God, the afterlife, who is Jesus, or how we can have faith, the Alpha Course may be just what you are looking for.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16 through Dec. 16, the course is 6-9 p.m. each Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. There is no charge for the course and no commitment.

“The Alpha Course is a practical introduction to the Christian faith, a place where guests have an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly

Los Alamos Arms Control Group Considers Support Of Iran Policy

on August 31, 2015 - 1:18pm
The Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (LACACIS) is considering the adoption of a statement of support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the US, UK, France, Russia, China, Germany, and the European Union.  
The LACACIS draft policy statement can be read by visiting and clicking on Policy Statements.  
The position will be discussed and voted on at a meeting at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, at the United Church Christian Education Building Lounge (room 212), 2525 Canyon Road.  
The public is invited, but

LANL: Gene Regulation Tool Makes Medical And Biofuel Advances Possible

on August 30, 2015 - 9:37am

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have manufactured molecular 'dimmer' switches to control cellular metabolism with exquisite precision. The research has potential widespread application in biomedicine and bioenergy. The switches (pink) are made of RNA molecules and designed to control transmission of information (green/blue) to molecular machines (grey/orange) inside living cells. Courtesy LANL

LANL News:

  • Tunable riboregulator switches for post-translational control of gene expression

Recent work by Los Alamos National Laboratory experimental and theoretical biologists

LAFD Earns International Accredited Agency Status!

on August 27, 2015 - 8:19pm

Personnel in the LAFD Administration Office in Los Alamos watch today's accreditation hearing in Atlanta. Courtesy/LAFD

Staff Report

For the fourth time in its history, the Los Alamos County Fire Department has achieved International Accredited Agency status.

The award was presented this evening at a special ceremony in the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in downtown Atlanta. County Manager Harry Burgess, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, LAFD Union President Bert Quintana and EMS Supervisor Ben Stone traveled to Atlanta to accept the award on behalf of the department.

Los Alamos Teens Take Mission Trip To Haiti

on August 26, 2015 - 2:20pm
Cade Yost, right, of Los Alamos makes new friends with teenagers from Haiti. Courtesy photo


This summer, a group of 13 teenagers and adults from First Baptist Church of Los Alamos Youth Group headed to Haiti on a week-long mission trip.

The team spent the mornings visiting 10 girls living in a handicapped home and planting fruit trees for residents in the local community. Their afternoons were a little more chaotic as they partnered with a local church to run a Vacation Bible School for more than 800 local children.

Ray McGovern On Putin, Russia & Ukraine Aug. 28

on August 26, 2015 - 11:25am

Ray McGovern

CIR News:

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents the lecture by Ray McGovern, 'Nyet Means Nyet' - A Redline on Ukraine, 5-7 p.m., Friday at The Forum, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael's Dr. in Sana Fe.

McGovern came from his native Bronx to Washington in the early 1960s as an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then served as a CIA analyst for 27 years, from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush.

Heinrich Makes Tickets Available To New Mexicans To Watch Simulcast Of Pope Francis Address To Congress

on August 26, 2015 - 10:46am

Pope Francis during the canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II April 27, 2014. Couresy/


WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. is encouraging New Mexicans interested in attending the outdoor simulcast of Pope Francis addressing a Joint Session of Congress Thursday, Sept. 24, to contact his Washington, D.C. office for tickets.

Pope Francis will be the first Pope to address a joint meeting of Congress. Heinrich will be allotted 200 tickets for the simulcast on the West Front grounds of the U.S. Capitol.

“This will be a very special moment

Cost Of Nukes

on August 25, 2015 - 11:21am

Nuclear power plant cost-effectiveness measure - interactive tool roots discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence. Courtesy/

HSNW News:

Despite the ever-changing landscape of energy economics, subject to the influence of new technologies and geopolitics, a new tool promises to root discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence rather than speculation.

Over the last two years, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has developed the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator, an online interface that provides a nuanced look at the economic

Los Alamos Rotary Exchange Student Nicholas Criscuolo Spending Year In Holland

on August 22, 2015 - 8:04am

Rotary Club of Los Alamos outbound student Nick Criscuolo, bottom row third from left, with other exchange students spending this school year in Holland. For more information on hosting or being an exchange student, contact Lisa Harris or Rob Metcalf at Courtesy photo

DOE Selects U.C. Berkeley To Lead Consortium For U.S.-China Research Center’s Energy-Water Track

on August 22, 2015 - 7:09am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected the University of California, Berkeley to lead a consortium of university, nonprofit, utility, and national laboratory partners in a new technical track under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) that addresses water-related aspects of energy production and use.
Once the award is finalized, the U.S.

Letter To The Editor: About That Divine Wind

on August 16, 2015 - 11:24am

Los Alamos   

We lived in Iwakuni, Japan from 1956 to 1958. I was a meteorologist in the Navy for Fleet Air Wing Six.

Iwakuni was about as far from Hiroshima as Los Alamos is from Santa Fe – we traveled there often. We also visited Nagasaki.

Working for me was a Japanese PhD meteorologist. He plotted weather observations from China and Russia that we received in Morse code. He was vastly over qualified but it was the best paying job available. 

We worked from 1600 to 0800 because that was when FAW-6 planes went on patrol.

AGU: Melting Glaciers Feed Antarctic Food Chain

on August 11, 2015 - 11:47am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Nutrient-rich water from melting Antarctic glaciers nourishes the ocean food chain, creating feeding “hot spots” in large gaps in the sea ice, according to a new study.
New research finds that iron stored in the region’s glaciers is being shuttled by melting water to open areas of the ocean, called polynyas, where it stimulates growth of phytoplankton, ocean algae that form the base of the marine food chain.
Krill and fish thrive on phytoplankton, and these smaller animals support penguins, seals and whales that feed and breed in the polynyas that ring the

Santa Fe Institute’s Main Building Renamed After New Mexico Scientist Murray Gell-Mann

on August 10, 2015 - 11:07am

Dr. Murray Gell-Mann

SFI News:

A ceremony this morning is being held to rename Santa Fe Institute’s main building after legendary New Mexico scientist Murray Gell-Mann.

For 30 years, no one has been a more significant presence at the Santa Fe Institute than Dr. Gell-Mann and this event will honor New Mexico’s most prominent scientific figure by naming its iconic main building after him.

The naming takes place during a special ceremony at which Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales will commemorate Dr. Gell-Mann’s lifelong contributions to science and to New Mexico.

Upcoming Events Announced Commemorating 70th Anniversary Of End Of WWII

on August 10, 2015 - 9:43am

Courtesy image


Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum announces upcoming events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII:


Tuesday, Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. Fuller Lodge.

New Mexico State Historian Rick Hendricks will talk about the role New Mexico played in World War II.


Wednesday, Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m. Fuller Lodge.

The Atomic Film Festival presents "Japan's Longest Day," a film about the decision to surrender.

Courtesy image

book signing

Thursday, Aug. 13, 5:30-7 p.m. Bethe House.

Reading and book signing with James Kunketka,

Peace Activist John Dear Speaks To Los Alamos

on August 10, 2015 - 8:24am

Peace activist John Dear calls on community to abolish nuclear weapons. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Peace activist John Dear listens as civil rights activist Rev. Jim Lawson addresses the crowd at Sunday's nonviolence rally at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from Sunday's protest rally. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Internationally known peace activist John Dear gathered with more than 300 protesters Sunday at Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos to commemorate the anniversary of the bombing of

Russians Hack Pentagon's E-mail

on August 7, 2015 - 7:42am

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

HSNW News:

  • Government-backed hackers breach Joint Chiefs e-mail server

Russian government-backed hackers have managed to hack the Pentagon’s unclassified e-mail server used by the office of the Joint Chiefs. Military officials said Thursday that the sophistication of the attack shows that it has been conducted by hackers with the resources typically available only to states.

The e-mail system was taken offline as soon as the intrusion was detected.

CNN reports that the attacks on the Pentagon’s e-mail system resembles the type of attacks launched by

Governor Joins US-Mexico Summit Panel Discussion

on August 7, 2015 - 7:07am
State Gov. Susana Martinez
EL PASO, Texas — Gov. Susana Martinez joined the 2015 U.S.- Mexico Summit Thursday at The University of Texas in El Paso, where she will participate in a panel discussion, “Moving People and Trade – What Does the Ideal U.S.- Mexico Border Look Like?”
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that New Mexico leads the nation in export-related job growth at 107 percent. New Mexico doubled exports to Mexico last year and nearly quadrupled them since Governor Martinez took office. 
And the latest data from the Department

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Addresses Iran Accord

on August 6, 2015 - 10:45am

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

CHICAGO — United States Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz, the nuclear physicist who played a central role in helping conclude the Iran nuclear agreement, will join The Chicago Council on Global Affairs for a roundtable discussion moderated by ambassador Ivo H. Daalder, president of the Council, Friday, Aug. 7.

The discussion will cover the landscape of the historic deal — its key provisions, structured implementation and global implications.

Rotary Presents Inbound And Outbound Students

on August 5, 2015 - 8:20am

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is excited to have such a vibrant youth program this year including from left, Kayleen Lederman, outbound to Belgium; Krissi Wallis, inbound from Germany; and Faith Koh, returning from a year abroad in France. Not pictured are Nick Criscuolo who is now in Netherlands and Leslie Thalmann, who also just returned from a year abroad in Belgium. For more information on hosting or being an exchange student, contact Lisa Harris or Rob Metcalf at Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Griggs: Dateline New Orleans

on August 3, 2015 - 7:44am

David H. Griggs standing on the levee at the French Quarter Festival, with a freighter sailing past on the Mississippi. Courtesy photo


Formerly of Los Alamos

A Month In New Orleans

I sat on the levee and watched the broad Mississippi River flow past. I munched on a succulent crawfish pie, and nursed a refreshing WWOZ Mango Freeze.

Behind me on the Accura Stage, Allen Toussaint entertained the French Quarter Festival with such old favorites as Southern Nights, Summertime, Mother-in-Law, Fortune Teller, and A Certain Girl.

LANL: Mechanism Discovered For Controlling Ultracold Chemical Reactions

on July 31, 2015 - 12:50pm

The two reaction pathways (direct and looping) combine to determine the overall reaction rate for the chemical reaction. The ultracold reaction can be turned on or off depending upon whether the interference between the two pathways is constructive or destructive. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Discovery has important technological applications

Researchers have discovered a new interference mechanism in ultracold chemical reactions, one which has important technological applications in precision measurements, sensing and quantum computing.

“Remarkable progress in cooling and trapping molecules