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LANL Executive Director Richard Marquez Resigns

on February 13, 2016 - 8:54am

Richard Marquez

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Executive Director Richard Marquez resigned his position Thursday. The Lab has not yet released a reason for the resignation.

LANL Director Charlie McMillan sent out a memo to employees to announce the resignation and say that effective immediately, he has asked Craig Leasure, Principal Associate Director for Operations and Business, to serve as interim Executive Director in addition to his PADOPS responsibilities.

McMillan added that duties of the Executive Director also will be distributed among members of his office and the

Daily Postcard: Buck Visits Walnut Street

on February 13, 2016 - 8:38am

Daily Postcard: A buck paid a visit recently to a home on Walnut Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/

Obituary: Neil Zack April 26, 1947 – Feb. 10, 2016

on February 13, 2016 - 8:36am

NEIL ZACK April 26, 1947 – Feb. 10, 2016

Neil Zack, 68, passed away February 10, 2016. He was born April 26, 1947 in Canton, Ohio to Joseph and Frances Zack.

Neil is survived by one brother, Philip Zack, his wife Susan, and sister in law, Shirley Zack, along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and one brother, Duane Zack.

Neil had a very productive career after receiving a Ph.D. in chemistry working at INEL In Idaho Falls, ID and LANL in Los Alamos, NM.


'Sheriff Qualifications' SB 203 Deemed Unconstitutional

on February 13, 2016 - 8:12am


Senate Bill 203 is deemed unconstitutional.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Martinez announced Friday afternoon that SB 203 was withdrawn by the sponsor because it was determined to be unconstiutional. 

Michael Padilla sponsored SB 203, which addressed qualifications for sheriff.

Armstrong Pushes Bill To Strengthen Medicaid Fraud

on February 13, 2016 - 7:40am
Rep. Deborah Armstrong
Rep. Deborah Armstrong’s bill to give the New Mexico Attorney General increased authority in investigating false Medicaid claims was heard in the House Health Committee Thursday, only a few days after Attorney General Hector Balderas cleared 10 more behavioral health providers accused of Medicaid fraud more than two years ago by the Martinez Administration.
“While HB 201 does not relate directly to the alleged Medicaid fraud within the state’s behavioral health system,” Armstrong said, “the disastrous disruption in services those allegations caused made it

Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Meets Feb. 17

on February 13, 2016 - 7:34am
JJAB News:
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board's next meeting is 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Building #1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site.
A panel of adults and teens will speak about "Teen Relationships: Risky choices and recognizing abuse" followed by discussion.

Fake Charities Make IRS 'Dirty Dozen' List

on February 13, 2016 - 7:33am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors, one of the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2016 filing season.
"Fake charities set up by scam artists to steal your money or personal information are a recurring problem," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "Taxpayers should take the time to research organizations before giving their hard-earned money.”
Compiled annually, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter anytime, but many of

Udall Statement On Proposed FY 2017 Budget

on February 13, 2016 - 7:32am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, issued the following statement on President Obama's Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal, which was released Tuesday, Feb. 9.
"The president's proposed budget is an important starting point, which Congress should consult as we begin the budget process and writing the appropriations bills that fund the government.

American Federation of Teacher's Statement From Tuesday’s Senate Majority Press Conference

on February 13, 2016 - 7:30am
President Stephanie Ly
AFT News:
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement, delivered at the Senate Democratic Majority press conference: 

“From Albuquerque, to Carlsbad, to Gallup, to Taos, our members educate the children of New Mexico. Our members span from a child’s first classroom to the halls of higher education. We are teachers, educational assistants, bus drivers, maintenance, secretaries, food service workers, early educators, professors, and everything in between.
With so many different schools, jobs, and

National Park Service Designated 34 New Communities As Certified Local Governments In 2015

on February 13, 2016 - 7:29am
NPS News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The National Park Service designates 34 communities from across the United States as Certified Local Governments in 2015. 
More than 1,900 communities now participate in the program which provides local governments access to historic preservation guidance and grants.
Certified Local Government (CLG) designation makes communities official partners in the portion of the federal historic preservation program which engages local, state, and federal partners to promote historic preservation at the grassroots level. 
As a Certified Local Government, communities can use

Los Alamos School Of Gymnastics Boy's Meet Results

on February 13, 2016 - 7:27am
Troy Makela. Photo by Karri Hatler
LASG News:
The boys competitive team from Los Alamos School of Gymnastics traveled to Rio Rancho recently to compete in the Winter Challenge meet at Eagle Ridge Gymnastics. More than 100 boys from three states competed in the compulsory levels 4-6 section of the meet.
In the level 4 competition, Arturo Yarotski was fifth and Dominic Valdez was eighth in the children's division. Pasha Trudolyubov was fourth in the junior division, and Caleb Kersteins was second in the senior division.

Letter To The Editor: New Mexico Economy

on February 13, 2016 - 7:24am
Recent Edition To New Mexico Workforce
Osceola Energy Solar
Extending the residential and commercial rooftop solar tax credit is essential to keeping a New Mexico industry growing and producing economic benefits for New Mexicans.

After graduating from Georgetown University, I aspired to return home to New Mexico, join the workforce, and make a positive contribution to my community.

After turning down job opportunities in Washington DC, the experience of searching for a job in Albuquerque was disheartening.

VIDEO: Heinrich Questions Intelligence Officials On Strategy To Defeat ISIS

on February 13, 2016 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday, Feb. 9, on worldwide threats, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) emphasized that Arab partners are integral in the fight to destroy ISIS. Heinrich also discussed the ongoing effort to dismantle ISIS's financial resources.
The Committee received testimony from Director Of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr. and Director Of The Defense Intelligence Agency, Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, United States Marine Corps.
During the hearing, Heinrich stressed that the

Captain Kirk T-Shirts On Sale To Benefit Foundation

on February 13, 2016 - 7:22am
The famous Captain Kirk T-Shirt is now available for purchase in the United States by PayPal ( or local pickup. Shipping is $3 per shirt. Cotton T- $20, Dri-Fit- $30, Adult Sizes: S-2XL. All proceeds benefit the Alex Kirk Foundation, which raises awareness in our communities, families, schools and local agencies to foster the recognition and growth of physical activity for boys and girls. Courtesy photo

Victory For Veterans Enchilada Dinner March 4

on February 13, 2016 - 7:12am

VFW News:

The community is invited to a Victory for Veterans enchilada dinner fundraiser 5-8 p.m. March 4 at the VFW Post 8874.

All proceeds from this dinner will go to buy headphone sets for the veterans in the PTSD ward at the VA hospital in Albuquerque.

For those interested in becoming a member for the VFW post 8874 and/or VFW auxiliary member onsite assistance to the VFW website with be available at the dinner. Hard copy applications also will be available. Watch for additional details coming the week of Feb. 28.

EM Releases WIPP Recovery Fact Sheet

on February 12, 2016 - 8:56pm

DOE EM News:

CARLSBAD — February 2016 marks two years since the underground fire and radiological release events forced the temporary closure of EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

Since that time, progress in the recovery of the underground has included mine stability and habitability, initial panel closure, radiological risk remediation, and the addition of an interim ventilation system. Additionally, the site has made significant changes to all safety management programs.

Additionally, in response to investigations from the Accident Investigation Boards (AIB), the site has made

Daily Postcard: Snow Melts In Walnut Canyon

on February 12, 2016 - 8:26pm
Daily Postcard: Snow and ice melting In Walnut Canyon. Photo by Chris Clark/

Letter To The Editor: Council Does Represent Citizens When It Works To Be A Good Partner To The Lab

on February 12, 2016 - 8:23pm
Los Alamos County Councilor
Former County Councilor Robert Gibson makes some valid points in his recent letter “County Council Puts Government Before Citizens,” about the County’s Federal Legislative Agenda.
However, much of his objection is based upon text in the Agenda that Council specifically instructed staff to revise.

House Unanimously Approves Bill To Protect Mothers And Children

on February 12, 2016 - 7:56pm


SANTA FE – Today, the House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill that would allow mothers to terminate the parental rights of a biological father when the pregnancy is the result of rape.

House Bill 50 is sponsored by Rep. Conrad James and passed on a unanimous 58 to 0 vote.

“This bill protects mothers and their children from suffering continued harm after a sexual assault,” James said. “It offers a measure of compassion by allowing survivors of rape to sever all ties with the person who assaulted them.

President’s 2017 Budget Proposal For DOE Supports Energy Innovation, National Security, Nuclear Management Responsibilities

on February 12, 2016 - 10:10am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON D.C.  President Barack Obama’s final budget proposal for the Department of Energy includes a significant increase in clean energy R&D needed to drive economic growth, ensure energy security and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
The President’s budget proposal includes continued investments in DOE’s core missions of scientific research, national and energy security, and cleaning up the environmental legacy of the Cold War.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget reaffirms President Obama’s commitment to Mission Innovation, an

Atomic Tumblers 2016 Winter Fiesta Meet Results

on February 12, 2016 - 10:09am
Podium for Silver. Photo by Laura Trader 
LASG News:
The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers from Los Alamos School of Gymnastics traveled to Albuquerque to compete in the 2016 Winter Fiesta at Precision Gymnastics. More than 600 New Mexico gymnasts competed in this meet.
Layla Warner was the high scorer of the day for Los Alamos. She won the junior bronze division with a 37.20. She swept all four events, taking first on vault with 8.90, on bars with 9.60, on beam with 9.40 and on floor with 9.30.
In the bronze children's division Claudia Jablonski and Kylee Lovato both brought home the gold, tying

Coaching Café’: Catabolic vs. Anabolic Leaders – Part 5

on February 12, 2016 - 10:07am
By LeAnne Parsons
Los Alamos
The comparison between anabolic and catabolic leaders continues with a look at how each type of leader approaches their everyday circumstances.
Catabolic leaders work in crisis mode. They put out fires, and deal with issues as they arise. This reactivity leads to stress, lack of focus, and a non-productive, frenzied type of atmosphere. They don’t think much about where they’re headed, and even if they do, the “big picture” gets lost in the demands of the moment.
Anabolic leaders, on the other hand, plan ahead.

Sunday Musicale Recital By LA Music Teachers

on February 12, 2016 - 10:06am
Previous performers of an LAMTA Musicale. Courtesy photo
What could be better than a Sweetheart of an Afternoon Recital by some of the finest young pianists in Los Alamos?
Winners of the recent Santa Fe Sonata Contest will be presented in recital at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14, at Crossroads Church.
The concert is Free to the public, showcasing three of the First Prize Winners of the Sonata Contest as well as other young pianists in the Los Alamos community.
Among student performers are First Prize Sonata Contest Winners Julia Chen, Sruthi Garimella, and Yunseo Kim.

LANS Commits $2.5 Million For Regional Initiatives

on February 12, 2016 - 10:01am

Senate Passes Memorial For USS Los Alamos!

on February 12, 2016 - 9:28am
Following a year of spearheading the march to get a United States Naval submarine named the USS Los Alamos, James Nesmith, center, celebrates Thursday at the State Capitol with Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Sen. Richard Martinez and students from Los Alamos High School. The Senate passed Senate Memorial 15 with a 43-0 vote. Nesmith thanked the lawmakers and said that Garcia Richard  has been particularly gracious and enthusiastic in her support, adding that Sen.