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Luján Visits UNM-LA on STEM Tour

on April 17, 2014 - 1:19pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján toured the UNM-LA campus Tuesday as part of his STEM Tour of northern New Mexico. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, right, talks with robotics students about their projects at UNM-LA Tuesday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District visited UNM-Los Alamos Tuesday as part of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Tour of northern New Mexico.

Luján met with students and educators and to discuss the need to encourage

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 11 To April 17, 2014

on April 17, 2014 - 11:35am

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

April 11 at 3:53 p.m. / A 92-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the \victim of larceny on El Conejo. The estimated loss is less than $250.

April 11 at 6:08 p.m. / A 56-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was battered by a household member on Ridgecrest Avenue.

BRIANNE KARADAEMA

April 11 at 7:15 p.m.

Letter to the Editor: Don't Want to Arrive at Work a Wet Mess

on April 17, 2014 - 11:05am
A Morning Commuter
Los Alamos

To the management of Caballo Peak Apartments:

Every morning, around 6:30 a.m., I walk to the bus stop located below your apartments on Canyon Road. Recently, the sprinkler systems have been on and continuously spraying water on the sidewalk and the street/bike lane; the vegetation remains brown due to the poor aiming. Either the sprinkler heads need replaced or serviced or a repositioning is in order.

Please be more considerate of the water that is being wasted and the pedestrians and cyclists who are making their way to work in the morning.

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In and Around Town: April 17

on April 17, 2014 - 10:33am
Sponsored by FYI Los Alamos
 
'Sisters in Art ~ Sisters at Heart' in the Portal Gallery, 'It's Not Easy Being Green' main gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center
Shows continue through April 26.
 
'Edith and Tilano: Bridges Between Two Worlds' at the Los Alamos Historical Museum
Museum’s rotating exhibit space through the end of May.
 
Charles Carrillo,Santero
Through May 2 Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery

Iconic Author Edward Abbey Focus of Earth Day Lecture April 22

on April 17, 2014 - 10:27am

Jack Loeffler. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Part of Bradbury Science Museum evening lecture series

Jack Loeffler, a bioregional aural historian, will talk about the author and environmental advocate Edward Abbey and his legacy at 5:30 p.m. April 22 at the Bradbury Science Museum. The talk is the fourth in a series of evening lectures planned this year at the museum, and is free and open to the public.

"Ed Abbey's message to the world is even more profound today than it was when he first spoke his piece in ‘Desert Solitaire’ in 1968,” Loeffler said.

Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Help Communities Boost Solar Deployment

on April 17, 2014 - 10:22am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.In support of the Administration’s goal of doubling renewable energy generation for a second time by 2020, the Energy Department today announced $15 million to help communities develop multi-year solar plans to install affordable solar electricity for homes and businesses.

The United States continues to be a global leader in solar, with total U.S. solar energy installations reaching 13 gigawatts last year. As the cost of solar energy continues to decline, more states and local communities are deploying solar energy projects to meet their electricity needs.

“As

Oppie Turns 110 - It’s Time for a Big Birthday Party!

on April 17, 2014 - 6:39am

HISTORICAL MUSEUM News:

Tuesday, April 22 marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, and the Los Alamos Historical Museum is hosting a daylong birthday party to celebrate.

The Museum, 1050 Bathtub Row (just north of Fuller Lodge), will have free cupcakes available while supplies last. Oppenheimer biographies, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Prometheus, will be 20 percent off regular price.

In addition, Los Alamos visitors and residents alike can pick up coupons at the Museum for $1 off Oppenheimer martinis and 10 percent off specially prepared

Los Alamos Pony Club's Horsemasters Group Hosts International Coach

on April 17, 2014 - 6:38am
Los Alamos riders learning mounted games techniques from international coach Robert Taylor. From left, Laura Johnstone on Azizah, guest instructor Robert Taylor, Joanna Casson on Strawberry, Ruth Schulte on Rohan, and Dorothy Brown on Wildfire Trailprincess. Courtesy/Los Alamos Horsemasters
 
LA PONY CLUB News:
 
Robert Taylor, equestrian coach of national and international mounted games teams, national-level eventing rider and instructor of carriage driving, came to teach in Los Alamos April 13.
 
"It always amazes me that such top-ranked instructors are willing to come and teach us out

First Hummingbirds of Spring

on April 17, 2014 - 6:38am
The first ruby-throated visitor of the year photographed on Nickel Street Wednesday evening! The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is eastern North America’s sole breeding hummingbird. These brilliant, tiny, precision-flying creatures glitter like jewels in the full sun, then vanish with a zip toward the next nectar source. Feeders and flower gardens are great ways to attract these birds, and some people turn their yards into buzzing clouds of hummingbirds each summer.
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Los Alamos Tennis Club Extends Winning Streak to 4-0

on April 17, 2014 - 6:37am
Chris Lee of the Los Alamos Tennis Club (LATC) serves during a doubles match against the team of Jojola/Wall of the Jim Cline Tennis Club of Albuquerque. Lee and his partner Gordon Medford defeated JojolaWall 6-1, 6-2 in a match played at Urban Park Sunday, April 13. Photo by John Sarracino
Shuh-Rong Chen of the Los Alamos Tennis Club (LATC) drives a backhand ground stroke in a singles match against his opponent Mark Howard of a team from the Jim Cline Tennis Club of Albuquerque. Chen won his match in two sets 6-2, 6-2. The match was played at Urban Park Sunday, April 13.
Photo by John
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Laura McClellan Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on April 17, 2014 - 6:36am

Courtesy photo

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ACR News:

Good running weather accompanied 32 runners and walkers on Tuesday night's pace race that started and ended at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. 

Five runners achieved estimated running times with an error under 25 seconds. Best predictor was Laura McClellan (9 sec.), followed by Heidi Bjorklund (18 sec.), Liz Mcdonald (21 sec.), Nikol Strother (22 sec.) and Roy Cope (24 sec.).

Fastest female and male runners on the one mile course were Patricia Burnside (8:59) and Paul Elkins (14:12). Fastest female and male runners on the 3 mile course were Strother

Pajarito Astronomers First County-Sponsored Dark Night of 2014 April 26

on April 17, 2014 - 6:36am

PAJARITO ASTRONOMERS News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will hold its first County-sponsored Dark Night of 2014 starting at 8 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, April 26 at Spirio Soccer Field in Overlook Park. 

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. The planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible. 

There will be a tour of the spring constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will end before midnight.

Call Steve Becker at

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Aquatic Egg Hunt 1-2 p.m. Saturday

on April 17, 2014 - 6:35am

Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Join the Walkup Aquatic Center for an Aquatic Egg Hunt 1-2 p.m. Saturday, April 19. Each participant will walk away with toys, candy and some fun.

Each egg qualifies for a different kind of prize. All participants must pay an entrance fee, but the aquatic egg hunt is free. Children may be accompanied by their parents. Babies, infants through 3 years, will hunt for eggs in the Therapy pool. Youth, ages 4 through 16 will be in the main pool shallow-end area. Easter egg hunts will go in wave starts depending on age.

  • Entrance Fee: $2.50
  • Limit: 150 youth
  • Ages: 16 years

Flamenco Class at White Rock Activity Center

on April 17, 2014 - 6:34am

Photo by Catalina Rio Fernandez

COMMUNITY News:

Warm up your spring and summer and learn Flamenco Dance in White Rock. Flamenco dance has become a popular dance form worldwide because of its powerful lines, intense percussive rhythms, and the beautiful traditional melodies that cannot help but inspire movement. It comes from southern Spain and ties together the cultures of Western Europe, Northern Africa and South Asia in its unique blend of gypsy and folk history. 

This class is for men and women, ages 11 and up.

Property Tax Reminder: Second Half Due By May 12

on April 17, 2014 - 6:33am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County would like to remind property owners that the second installment for 2013 property tax bills becomes delinquent after Monday, May 12. 

Payment must either be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m., May 12 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges. 

The 311 Customer Care Center is inside the Municipal Building lobby at 1000 Central Ave. The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Payments should be mailed to P.O.

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La Sotella Prescribed Burn Near Española April 22-25

on April 17, 2014 - 6:33am

Prescribed burn. Courtesy/nmfireinfo.com

SFNF News:

ESPAÑOLA—April 22-25, fire managers on the Española Ranger District will be conducting a prescribed burn to 1,760 acres of the Santa Fe National Forest, approximately 10 miles northwest of Española and 8 miles south of Abiquiu.

Smoke from the burn will be visible from Española, Abiquiu, Canones, Medanales, Chama Highway (84/285), and Highway 96. It is expected to settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas during the evenings, but should lift by mid-morning. After ignitions are complete, smoke will still be visible for a few days.

Celebrate National Park Week at Bandelier April 19-27

on April 17, 2014 - 6:32am

View of Long House, Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

View of Tyuonyi Pueblo and nearby cavates, Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

All over the country, units of the National Park System will be celebrating National Park Week from April 19-27, including fee free days April 19-20 and Bandelier is joining in the festivities.

“Spring is a terrific time to be at Bandelier,” Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Co+op Launches New Look and Messaging

on April 17, 2014 - 6:32am

CO+OP News:

The Los Alamos Co+op Market’s new look and messaging has a “Good. Local. Food.” focus. Launched in March, the new branding strengthens the Co+op’s identity as a thriving, professional cooperative business that values the environment and the local community.

The Co+op’s new look resulted from collaboration with the National Cooperative Grocers Association, a service organization that supports food co-ops with their operations.

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LACDC Withdraws Proposal to Develop 1010 Central

on April 16, 2014 - 1:27pm
The LACDC has withdrawn its proposal to pursue development of the 1010 Central project in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess has received notification that the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) has withdrawn its proposal to pursue development at 1010 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos.

The project included new construction of a two-story, 32,000-square-foot retail/office condominium building in the west parking lot of the new Municipal Building Complex.

"The desire for retail

Students Descend on LANL April 21-22 for Supercomputing Challenge Expo and Awards

on April 16, 2014 - 12:18pm

LANL News:

Research by student teams to be showcased

More than 250 New Mexico students and their teachers will be at Los Alamos National Laboratory April 21-22 for the 24th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony.

“The goal of the year-long competition is to increase knowledge of science and computing, expose students and teachers to computers and applied mathematics, and instill enthusiasm for science in middle- and high-school students, their families and communities,” said David Kratzer of the Laboratory’s High Performance Computer Systems group and LANL’s

Letter to the Editor: Details of Personal Experience With Los Alamos Phone Scammer

on April 16, 2014 - 12:14pm
Public Service Alert 
Los Alamos Resident
 
I got a call yesterday afternoon from a Lt. Carl Lewis stating that I (he gave me my address as well) had failed to report for jury duty, and that I had fines of ~$423 for failure to appear, ~$415 for contempt of court, and a $177 court processing fee (roughly $1,000 dollars). 
 
He was actually very convincing and talked with a thick southern drawl, and when I mentioned I never got informed of jury duty he had quick authoritative responses, mentioned how he wasn't there to dispute the charges, just inform me of my rights and that this call

Dr. Molly Vosburg Inducted as Fellow of ACP

on April 16, 2014 - 12:12pm

Dr. Molly Vosburg

ACP News:

Molly Vosburg, MD, FACP, an internist practicing in Los Alamos, was recognized as a newly elected Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) in an awards ceremony during Internal Medicine 2014, ACP’s annual scientific meeting April 10-12 in Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Vosburg was recently elected a Fellow of ACP for Achievements in internal medicine, the specialty of adult medical care. During this year’s ceremony, she and other internists took a pledge reaffirming their dedication to internal medicine. Dr.

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NNSA Awards $25 Million Grant to Improve Capabilities for Detecting Nuclear Proliferation

on April 16, 2014 - 11:40am

Anne Harrington, Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development today announced the award of a $25 million grant to a North Carolina State University-led consortium for research and development (R&D) in enabling capabilities for nonproliferation.

This sizeable, long-term investment will support the consortium at $5 million per year for five years.

LANL Physicist Honored With E.O. Lawrence Award

on April 16, 2014 - 11:17am

LANL physicist John Sarrao is being honored with the 2013 Ernest O. Lawrence Award. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • John Sarrao’s research in plutonium, superconductivity, magnetism praised

Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist John Sarrao is being honored by the U.S. Department of Energy with the 2013 Ernest O. Lawrence Award in Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences.

"John Sarrao's exciting advances in actinide studies exemplify the quality of research performed at Los Alamos National Laboratory,” said LANL Director Charlie McMillan.

Don’t Miss the Bobcat Bonanza Carnival at Barranca Mesa Elementary School April 25!

on April 16, 2014 - 11:06am

Join in the fun at the Bobcat Bonanza carnival 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 25 at Barranca School. Courtesy photo

SCHOOL News:

Bring the family and come on down to the Bobcat Bonanza, a blowout carnival not to be missed. The event is 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 25 at Barranca Mesa Elementary School, 57 Loma del Escolar.

Win prizes at the April 25 Bobcat Bonanza. Courtesy photo

The Bobcat Bonanza will feature food, carnival games, a bouncy castle, face painting, and even a dunk tank with “celebrity” guests in the dunk seat.

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