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LANL Associate Director For Weapon Engineering And Experiments John Benner Accepts MSTS Deputy Site Manager Post

on July 21, 2017 - 6:30pm

John Benner

Staff Report

In a memo obtained today by the Los Alamos Daily Post, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan has announced the departure of Associate Director for Weapon Engineering and Experiments John Benner, who has accepted a position at the Nevada National Security Site.

Below is a copy of the memo:

 

To: LANL-All
From: Charles F. McMillan
Date: July 21, 2017

Subject: Personnel Change Related to Nevada National Security Site M&O Contract Award

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently awarded the Management and Operating contract at

Mike Hearne With Shake Russell And Jimmy Stadler Play Summer Concert Series At Ashley Pond Tonight!

on July 21, 2017 - 6:08pm
Tonight’s Summer Concert Series features singers/songwriters Mike Hearne, pictured, Shake Russell and Jimmy Stadler at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy photo
 
By RUSS GORDON
Los Alamos Music Promoter

Tonight’s Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series features Taos/Austin singer/songwriter Mike Hearne, his Texas buddy singer/songwriter Shake Russell, and theirs, mine and Los Alamos’ good time buddy Taos singer/songwriter Jimmy Stadler. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park.

Hearne lives both in Texas and Taos.

Los Alamos County Little League Postseason Wrap-up For Age 9-11 Division

on July 21, 2017 - 5:32pm

Los Alamos Little League District 1 Champion All-stars for the 9-11 Age Division, front row from left, Zack Stidham, Ian Swavely, Maddox Martines, Brandon Walker and Malachi Laskie. Middle row from left, JJ Chrobocinski, Gavin Mitchell, Raven Naranjo, Sal Crochet, Cohen McKown, Tanner Noakes, Zachary Moore and Wyatt Guffee. Back row from left, Coaches James Chrobocinski, Dave Swavely and Jason Martines. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

The Los Alamos Little League District 1 Champion All-stars for the 9-11 Age Division wrapped up their season over the weekend in Carlsbad with a loss to Noon

CeCe’s Gardens Closes Doors After 32 Years July 31

on July 21, 2017 - 5:19pm
CeCe’s Gardens is permanently closing its doors Monday, July 31 ... everthing is on sale. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

After 32 years of providing floral arrangements, gifts and plants to Los Alamos, CeCe’s Gardens at 127 Longview Dr. in White Rock is closing its doors for good. The business’ final day will be Monday, July 31, which is actually the same date it first opened.

Everything at the store is on sale at 55 percent off.

Public Weighs In On County Branding Effort

on July 21, 2017 - 5:03pm

James Glover of The Idea Group makes a presentation on the Los Alamos County's branding campaign during a public meeting Wednesday night at Fuller Lodge. Glover encouraged participants to join the effort to make Los Alamos a great place to live, work, stay and play by taking part in the Discovery Action Team. The team will be task to do a number of things such as encouraging local entities to particpate in the brand. He noted that Metzger's Do It best has already jumped in by selling a number of products that advertise Los Alamos and its logo.

In And Around Town: July 21

on July 21, 2017 - 5:01pm

In and Around Town:

The Los Alamos Daily Post’s community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas.

Send event announcements to Kirsten@ladailypost.com.

FRIDAY, July 21

Meet Up
Meet Up this week is at the Cottonwood on the Greens Restaurant at the Golf Course. All are welcomed to come see old friends or make some new ones! Everyone is welcome - single/married, gay/ straight, old and young! Come on out for some great company, yummy food and nice atmosphere! 5:30 p.m. Ask to be seated with the Meet up Group.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tours LAMC

on July 21, 2017 - 9:59am

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside and Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Wallace, center, greet U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham July 15 at the entrance to the hospital and guide her on a tour of the facility. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladalypost.com

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside guides U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham on a tour of the hospital Saturday afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladalypost.com

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside continues his tour for U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham July 15 at the hospital. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladalypost.com

U.S. Rep.

Udall Advances Strong Funding For New Mexico’s National Laboratories, Water Infrastructure

on July 21, 2017 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Udall joins Appropriations Committee in approving $38.4 billion funding bill to support national labs, tech transfer, cleanup, WIPP and water projects throughout New Mexico
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen.

LANL: Frontiers In Science Explores Space Weather

on July 21, 2017 - 8:48am

Geoff Reeves, LANL Fellow and scientist. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Geoff Reeves, a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow and scientist in the Space Science and Applications group, will discuss the science behind space weather during three Frontiers in Science lectures titled “Whether There’s Weather in Space” beginning July 24 in Santa Fe.

“Space is not a dark, cold void as many people think. Instead, it churns with energy—in the form of magnetic fields and electrically-charged particles,” Reeves said.

World Futures: Who Do You Trust – Or Is It Whom? Part Three

on July 21, 2017 - 8:40am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In the previous two columns we explored how we make collective decisions for saving earth and humanity. These decisions encompassed both the what and the how, with how being the creative or most difficult part. We looked at the Special Theory of Relativity, cold fusion, reporting on a survey, the U.S. Constitution, the Communist Manifesto, and the Paris Agreement. Now it is appropriate to explore implications for parts of the List of 18.
 
Energy: How do we make alternative energy affordable?

NNMC: Unique Scholarship Allows Non-Residents To Pay In-State Tuition

on July 21, 2017 - 8:39am
NNMC News:
 
ESPANOLA  Northern New Mexico College’s Board of Regents on Friday approved the Bienvenido Non-Resident Scholarship Program, allowing recipients to pay in-state tuition.
 
The academically competitive scholarship aims to attract high performing students from across the country to further enrich Northern’s diverse and talented student population.
 
In keeping with Northern’s significant non-traditional student body, the Bienvenido Scholarship will be the only one of its kind in New Mexico that also is open to High School Equivalency/GED graduates based on their test scores.

CDC: Protecting Babies From Group B Strep

on July 21, 2017 - 8:21am
CDC: Pregnant women should get a group B strep test. Courtesy photo
 
CDC News:
 
All pregnant women should get a group B strep test when they are 35–37 weeks pregnant. Babies can get very sick and even die if their mothers pass group B strep bacteria to them during childbirth.
 
If you are pregnant, talk with your doctor or midwife about getting a group B strep (GBS) test. CDC recommends getting it when you are 35–37 weeks pregnant. The test shows if you are carrying group B streptococcal bacteria, which you can pass to your baby during childbirth.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. Spencer

on July 21, 2017 - 8:17am
By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos
 
In regard to Mr. Spencer's letter (link), details do matter especially in the law. He is correct that this is an open carry state and the actual law is close to but not accurately reflected on the New Mexico State Police website.
 
Perhaps they missed a change to the law. The law should always be checked at the official legal site for all of New Mexico's laws, state and local. That would be the New Mexico Compilation Commission (link).

 

Also despite the Constitution of New Mexico expressly forbidding any laws against guns, the legislature passed one about

Making An Informed Vaccine Decision

on July 21, 2017 - 8:06am
CDC: Vaccinations can help prevent dangerous and even deadly diseases in children. Courtesy Image
 
CDC News:
 
As a parent, you may wish to know more about how vaccines work, vaccine risks/side effects, vaccine ingredients, and vaccine safety before deciding to vaccinate your child.
 
How Vaccines Prevent Diseases

The diseases that vaccines prevent can be dangerous, or even deadly. Vaccines reduce the risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defenses to help it safely develop immunity to disease.
 
When germs, such as bacteria or viruses, invade the body, they attack and

Home Country: Lots Of Love At Old Swimming Hole

on July 21, 2017 - 8:03am
By SLIM RANDLES
Home Country
 
Bert and Maizie were down at the swimming hole on Lewis Creek the other day. Saturday it was. The sun was bright hot and these two lovers had found a nice patch of shade near the tire swing tree where they could sip iced tea and watch the youngsters.
 
The little kids were in the shallow wading area, some in underwear, some in none-derwear, and all of them squealing and splashing. The kids who had turned 13 or 14, however, waited their turns at the tire swing. One by one they swung out, flashing in the sun, arching and stretching and knifing into the water.

McQuiston: Lightning Strike Prevention

on July 21, 2017 - 8:00am
By ALLEN McQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
The summer storm season is upon us and with storms come one of the most fearful and unpredictable forces of nature: lightning. A single bolt of lightning can carry more than 100 million volts of electricity and create a significant amount of damage to your home and personal property.
 
More than $825 million in lighting damage claims was paid out in 2016 to more than 100,000 policyholders nationwide. There was a total of 109,049 lightning claims in 2016 and each claim averaged $7,571.90 in damages paid.
 
The top three states for reported lighting

Los Alamos County Personnel Board Meets Tuesday

on July 21, 2017 - 7:55am
COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Personnel Board meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, in Room 110 of the Municipal Building.
 
A copy of the agenda may be accessed on the Los Alamos County website by clicking here.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Throw A Party

on July 21, 2017 - 7:52am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
I really love throwing a good party, and I have been organizing and hosting gatherings both personally and professionally for nearly 40 years. One of the first events I ever hosted was a housewarming party. My now ex-husband and I had bought a brand new tract home in a starter neighborhood.
We were thrilled to be homeowners. It was March in Phoenix and I was heavily pregnant. My daughter was two years old and my son was due in a few short weeks.

I had worked for days to get our new home clean and organized.

Santa Fe Opera Strikes Gold With Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Political Allegory

on July 21, 2017 - 7:50am

Kevin Burdette (General Polkan), Tim Mix (King Dodon) and the Santa Fe Opera Chorus. Photo by Paul Horpedahl/Santa Fe Opera 20​17

Kevin Burdette (General Polkan), Tim Mix (King Dodon), and the Santa Fe Opera Chorus. Photo by Paul Horpedahl/Santa Fe Opera 2017​
 

By CARL NEWTON
Los Alamos

Maestro Emmanuel Villaume, the Music Director of the Dallas Opera, co-producer of The Golden Cockerel, was in command of some of the most opulent sounds ever heard in the Crosby Theatre.

CCNS: Luján Champions RECA For New Mexicans

on July 21, 2017 - 7:38am
Concerned Citizens For Nuclear Safety News:
After nearly 600 luminarias were lit on the Tularosa Little League field, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján expressed his apologies to those who are suffering from or have died of illnesses caused by exposure to the first atomic bomb test July 16, 1945, at the Trinity Site.
The bomb contained 13 pounds of plutonium, but only three pounds fissioned. The remaining plutonium and toxic ash fell out over fields, gardens, houses and mountains, eventually flowing into cisterns and waterways.

United Church Thrift Shop Half Price Sale Wednesday

on July 21, 2017 - 7:37am
The United Thrift Shop half-price sale is Wednesday, July 26 at 2525 Canyon Road. Courtesy photo
 
UNITED THRIFT SHOP News:

The United Thrift Shop is hosting a half-price sale 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 at 2525 Canyon Road. Everything is on sale in the shop except jewelry.

The United Church Thrift Shop is operated by the Women's Christian Service Society. Donations accepted include gently used and clean clothes, linens, housewares, jewelry, shoes, toys and children's books. Items not accepted include large appliances, furniture, books or VHS tapes.

Donations may be dropped

Izraelevitz: Sheriff Investigate Corruption? Makes Absolutely No Sense

on July 21, 2017 - 7:05am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ, Chair
Los Alamos County Council

Corruption: dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers) (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

My fellow councilor Pete Sheehey has proposed a Council resolution to more expansively define the roles and responsibilities of the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At UNM-LA

on July 21, 2017 - 7:04am

On the job in Los Alamos is Kateri Morris, admininstrative assistant to the Dean of Instruction at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

County Tackles Affordable Housing

on July 20, 2017 - 9:45pm

A worker applies stucco to a Los Alamos home. The work was provided through the Los Alamos Housing Partnership, which offers deferred payment loans for a variety of home improvement and repairs to those who qualify. Photo by Vint Miller

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Homeownership is part of the American Dream. Owning their own home is among many people’s goals, but accomplishing this aspiration is a whole other story. Affording a mortgage or a down payment on a house can be a major obstacle in the path to homeownership.

Affordable housing seems to be a major

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