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Griggs: Dateline San Salvador February 2015

on March 29, 2015 - 9:33am

Bishop Romero at the Tivoli Fountain in  Rome in the 1950’s when he was a simple parish priest. The Lutheran and Anglican Churches celebrate his feast day on March 25. Courtesy/Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen


Pilgrimage To San Salvador
Formerly of Los Alamos 

At the end of January, I planned to travel south from Guatemala to Nicaragua to attend a Rotary Project Fair. Planes would be faster, but buses give you a chance to see more of the country. Central America has a great system of public transportation.

LAHS Junior Coleman Kendrick Earns Best Of Show And Qualifies For Intel ISEF

on March 25, 2015 - 12:14pm

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School Junior Coleman Kendrick earned Best of Show at the Northeastern New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair March 7 at New Mexico Highlands University.

The grand award also qualified Kendrick to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). The Intel International Fair is May 11-15 in Pittsburg, Pa. Kendrick will compete in the Physics and Astronomy category,  the same category he placed 2nd in at the Intel International Fair last year in Los Angeles.

Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition

on March 25, 2015 - 8:29am
Online applications for the seventh annual Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition are now open and due by March 1, 2016 for the June 19-25, 2016 event at Van Cliburn Recital Hall and Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jury Chairman: Olga Kern
“It is very inspiring to see incredibly talented people of different professions playing piano so beautifully. And their incredible enthusiasm and love for music—it shows through in their performances!

SFCIR: Dr. Nakhleh To Speak On ISIS And The Aftermath Of The Arab Spring - Threats And Challenges

on March 21, 2015 - 11:13am

Dr. Emile Nakhleh


The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents a World Affairs Discussion Event "ISIS and the Aftermath of the Arab Spring: Threats and Challenges" by speaker Emile Nakhleh at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11.

The event is hosted at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design, in the Forum, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr., and the cost is $15 for CIR members; $20 for non-members and guests, and qualified students with appropriate I.D. are welcome to attend this event for free.


LANL: HAWC Observatory To Study Universe's Most Energetic Phenomena

on March 20, 2015 - 12:53pm

The HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory, 13,500 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mexico’s Volcán Sierra Negra. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Inaugural ceremony marks completion of powerful system to detect gamma rays and cosmic rays

Supernovae, neutron star collisions and active galactic nuclei are among the most energetic phenomena in the known universe. These violent explosions produce high-energy gamma rays and cosmic rays, which can easily travel large distances—making it possible to see objects and events far outside our own galaxy.

Construction is now complete on the newest tool available

Remembering César Chávez March 28

on March 10, 2015 - 10:02am

Renowned American civil rights leader César Estrada Chávez. Courtesy/NCLR

NHCC News:

The 22nd Annual César Chávez Day will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, with a march departing from the the National Hispanic Cultural Center and returning to the Center  for a noon to 3 p.m. free family festival  at the NHCC’s Plaza Mayor.

Albuquerque’s Recuerda a César Chávez Committee (RCCC), the organizer of the event, was founded in 1993 following the death of renowned American civil rights leader César Estrada Chávez.

Roland Caspersen Presents Talk About WW II In Norway Under Nazis At MOWW March 17

on March 9, 2015 - 7:38pm

MOWW News:

Roland Caspersen of Los Alamos will present a talk about WW II in Norway under the Nazis during the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars meeting at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 in the 2nd floor conference room of the Los Alamos Research Park.

The Los Alamos Research Park building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station.

Former Singer/Guitarist Of 'Wardog' Releasing Old Song: 'Clouds Of Magellan' Sung In Klingon

on February 27, 2015 - 7:05am
Musician Tom Gattis of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
Tom Gattis, former singer/guitarist for 90's Heavy/Power Metal band Wardog announces the upcoming release of an old song titled "Clouds Of Magellan," which is sung in the Klingon language.
Klingon is a well-known language originating from the Star Trek television series.
Wardog originated from Phoenix, Ariz., in 1994, but disbanded in 2000. Tom Gattis has lived in Los Alamos since 2009 and works at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a structural engineer.

Udall Applauds FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules

on February 26, 2015 - 11:41am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed a vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve updated open Internet rules.

The new rules prevent broadband providers from blocking or throttling lawful online content and ban agreements between broadband providers and online companies that create Internet “toll lanes.” 

Udall has been outspoken in his support for a free and open Internet for all Americans.

Reward Of Up To $3 Million Offered For Information On FBI Cyber Fugitive

on February 25, 2015 - 8:17am

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev is wanted by the FBI for Conspiracy to Participate in Racketeering Activity; Bank Fraud; Conspiracy to Violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; Conspiracy to Violate the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act; Aggravated Identity Theft; Conspiracy; Computer Fraud; Wire Fraud; Money Laundering; Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

Today in Washington, D.C., the U.S.

CIR Presents: Great Decisions

on February 24, 2015 - 11:32am
 CIR News:
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) presents Great Decisions, a program of eight discussion topics focusing on current world affairs. 
Each meeting includes a half hour video, facilitator presentation (by CIR board member Rob Reider), Q&A participant discussion.
BYO lunch, light snacks and beverages are provided. This program begins 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 and continues for eight sessions the third Tuesday of each month through October. The meetings are at the SFCIR Conference Room, 413 Grant Ave., Suite D, in Santa Fe.  

The cost for the eight

MapLight: Platts' Nuclear Conference - $60 Million In Lobbying From Top Five Companies

on February 23, 2015 - 10:35am


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Top representatives of the nuclear energy industry gathered in Washington, D.C., last week for the Platts' Annual Nuclear Energy Conference. Scheduled speakers were industry heavyweights like Bill Pitesa, the chief nuclear officer at Duke Energy, and David Brown, the senior vice president for federal government affairs at Exelon.

Since Jan. 1, 2013, the top five U.S. nuclear power operating companies and the Nuclear Energy Institute have spent a combined $60.4 million on lobbying Congress and federal agencies.

MapLight analysis of lobbying spending by the

Los Alamos Girl Scouts Hold World Thinking Day

on February 22, 2015 - 10:37am

Girl Scout Troops throughout Los Alamos County gathered Saturday to teach each other about countries from around the world in honor of World Thinking Day. Couresy Photo


Each year on World Thinking Day in February, Girl Scouts participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries.

Girl Scout Troops throughout Los Alamos County gathered Saturday to celebrate the special day.

Students Enrolled In LANSCE Neutron Program Gather For Dinner At China Palace

on February 20, 2015 - 9:11pm

Professor Heinz Nakotte, left, is dining this evening at China Palace in Mari-Mac Plaza with 36 graduate students and a few post docs enrolled in a 10-day LANSCE Neutron Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The students hail from across the United States, Hungary, United Kingdom, Argentina and Spain. Nakotte is a professor in the Department of Physics & Engineering Physics Program at New Mexico State University. Nakotte and LANL's Anna Llobet co-chair the 10-day LANSCE Newtron Program. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Students from across the U.S.

Croatia News Reporter Interviews LAPS Officials

on February 18, 2015 - 9:16am

Los Alamos High School Principal Dr. Debbie Belew-Nyquist and Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School Principal Dr. Debbie Belew-Nyquist and LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt were interviewed by Croatia News Reporter Branka Slavica ahead of last Sunday's Presidential Inauguration of Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. President Grabar-Kitarovic was a Los Alamos High School Graduate in the mid-1980s.

Croatia’s first ever female president is remembered by teachers as a very enthusiastic high school student, who earned exceptionally good grades.

CIR Portrait Of Turkey With Authentic Turkish Buffet

on February 16, 2015 - 11:09am

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque. Courtesy/wikipedia

CIR News:

The Council on International Relations (CIR) was accepted for a sixth consecutive year to participate in the Teacher Study Tour of Turkey. 

The program will begin with a workshop

Simon Redman Of Los Alamos Covers Croatian Presidential Inauguration In Zagreb

on February 15, 2015 - 10:57pm
Former Los Alamos High School graduate Kolinda Grabar Kitarović takes the Oath of Office Sunday as President of Croatia. Photo by Simon Redman/
Kolinda Grabar Kitarović becomes the first woman and fourth president of Croatia. Photo by Simon Redman/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor's note: Simon Redman is a 2013 LAHS graduate studying in Stuttgart, Germany who traveled to Croatia to cover the presidential inauguration of LAHS graduate Kolinda Grabar Kitarović for the Los Alamos Daily Post.

ZAGREB—Former Los Alamos High School graduate Kolinda

Los Alamos Man Travels To Croatia To Cover Sunday's Presidential Inaugaration Of Former LAHS Student

on February 14, 2015 - 1:47pm

The scene today from St. Mark's Church in Zagreb, Croatia overlooking the square where preparations are underway for Sunday's presidential inauguation of a former Los Alamos High School student. Photo by Simon Redman/

Simon Redman (this evening) in front of the Zagreb Cathedral. Selfie by Simon Redman/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Simon Redman of Los Alamos is on assignment for the Los Alamos Daily Post covering the presidential inauguration in Zagreb, Croatia for which he has a local connection.

Redman is a Los Alamos High School graduate as

Griggs: Dateline Monterrico, Feb. 13, 2015

on February 13, 2015 - 10:52am
Nighttime photo captures the eruption of Fuego Volcano last week overlooking Guatemala's former capital, Antigua. Photo by David Griggs
Hotel El Delfin, Monterrico, Guatemala
Formerly of Los Alamos

Dateline: Monterrico, Feb. 13, 2015

The above dramatic nighttime photo captures the eruption of Fuego Volcano at the end of last week. About 30 miles from where I have been spending the winter on Lake Atitlán, Fuego is one of three large stratovolcanoes overlooking Guatemala's former capital, Antigua.

I rode past Fuego Volcano last Wednesday, on a trip to the beach at Monterrico on

Bradbury Science Museum Introduces Climate Prisms Project In Evening Lecture Feb. 17

on February 13, 2015 - 9:49am

BSM News:

Arctic climate change scientist Cathy Wilson of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Earth System Observations Group, Francesca Samsel of the Applied Computer Science Group, visual artist and research associate at the Center for Agile Technology at University of Texas, Austin and Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck talk about methods they are using to help the public understand climate change research in a special lecture at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the Bradbury Science Museum downtown.

The talk is free and open to the public and introduces “Climate Prisms,” the latest

A Different Big Bang Theory: Los Alamos Unveils Explosives Detection Expertise

on February 11, 2015 - 8:47am

Instructors discuss the production of aluminum based explosives, part of an advanced course in worldwide threats from homemade explosives created by the Los Alamos Collaboration for Explosives Detection (LACED). Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Collaboration project defeats explosives threats through enhanced detection technologies

Having long kept details of its explosives capabilities under wraps, a team of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists is now rolling out a collaborative project to defeat explosives threats through enhanced detection technologies.

“We’re aiming to create a

DOE Secretary: Today's National Security Strategy Update Reaffirms US Commitment

on February 6, 2015 - 10:02am


DOE News:

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz made the following statement regarding the National Security Strategy (NSS) announced today:

“The vision that President Obama laid out in the latest National Security Strategy positions the United States to be a continued global leader in promoting a safe and secure world while mitigating the risks of climate change. When President Obama spoke nearly six years ago in Prague, he laid out many of the challenges that the world faces, from climate change to the global economic crisis to nuclear proliferation.

Energy Secretary Moniz Dedicates World’s Brightest Synchrotron Light Source

on February 6, 2015 - 9:50am

Brookhaven National Lab's National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II). Courtesy/BNL

DOE News:

  • NSLS-II at Brookhaven National Lab will Accelerate Unprecedented Advances in Energy, Environmental Science, and Medicine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz today dedicated the world’s most advanced light source, the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

The NSLS-II is a $912-million DOE Office of Science User Facility that produces extremely bright beams of x-ray,

Santa Fe Council On International Relations Presents WorldQuest 2015 College Bowl Style Trivia Game

on February 2, 2015 - 9:19am

CIR News:

Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) for its fourth annual WorldQuest 2015, a College Bowl-style game of international trivia, played in teams of eight.

This event is 5:45-9:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 in the Jemez Room at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Feb. 18. It’s a fun way to test your knowledge of world affairs!

Last February, CIR hosted its third WorldQuest quiz competition and dinner event. Six teams of eight joined in the fun.

Watch Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni Of Los Alamos On Video Offering Nuclear Weapons To Venezuela

on February 1, 2015 - 2:55pm

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni meeting with 'Jimenez' in a hotel room. Screen shot/FBI video

FBI News:

In FBI undercover video and audio recordings, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni of Los Alamos explains to undercover agent Jimenez that he had a "top of the top" clearance and that he held a security clearance from the Department of Defense and from the Department of Energy.

Mascheroni, 79, a naturalized U.S.