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Nebel: LANL Bidders Please Respond To Questions

on December 23, 2017 - 9:24am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos

The last time the lab management contract was put out on bid I remember thinking: “Oh great. Now we are going to have a whole new level of worthless managers sidling up to the trough to skim money out of the lab. Where am I going to find the money to cover the inevitable increase in the overhead?”

The money I was bringing in wasn’t weapons program money and there was no way that my customers were going to cover that increase.

So, what happened? My understanding is that right now a Phd Full Time Equivalent (FTE) costs about $600,000/year at LANL.

LANL Giving Campaign Nets $3 Million For Nonprofits

on December 22, 2017 - 9:34am
Associate Director of Experimental Physical Science and LANL Employee Giving Champion Mary Hockaday, left, and Kathy Keith of LANL Community Partnerships raise the thermometer for the United Way of Northern New Mexico's annual fundraising campaign Thursday at the Post Office. So far, the campaign has raised $440,000. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
One of the 300 New Mexico nonprofits supported by the LANL Employee Giving Campaign is Somos Amigos, an Española-based organization that carries out home repairs for elderly and low-income homeowners in Northern New Mexico to ensure

Pattiz: UC Places ‘Utmost Importance’ On Local Communities

on December 21, 2017 - 2:32pm
University of California Regent Norman J. Pattiz
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

University of California Regent Norman J. Pattiz has responded to a letter from Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz assuring him that UC views its partnership with the Northern New Mexico Communities as a critical component to the successful operation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Pattiz said UC understands the County’s concerns and how important the gross receipts tax revenue derived from the operation of the Lab is to Los Alamos County.

“Historically,

Pongratz: A Bit Of Nit Picking

on December 21, 2017 - 1:54pm
By MORRIS PONGRATZ
Former Los Alamos County Councilor
 
I think that the term “windfall” is not appropriate to describe the gross receipts taxes paid by LANL contractors. Merriam-Webster defines “windfall” as:
1: something (such as a tree or fruit) blown down by the wind;
2: an unexpected, unearned, or sudden gain or advantage.
 
The term is not correct for two reasons: first, the term refers to a “one-time” event. Once all the apples are off the tree you can expect no more apples to fall.

Individual Permit For Storm Water Project Update Public Meeting Tonight

on December 21, 2017 - 12:34pm

Notice: Public Meeting On Annual Plan For Cleanup Of LANL Legacy Waste Jan. 16

on December 20, 2017 - 7:44am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The state of New Mexico’s Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos field office are hosting a public meeting at 5 p.m. Jan. 16, 2018 at the Los Alamos County Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave. in Los Alamos, concerning cleanup priorities for legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for fiscal year 2018.
 
The Consent Order (CO) is a settlement agreement between the state of New Mexico’s Environment Department and the U.S.

DOE Awards New Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract To Newport News Nuclear BWXT–Los Alamos, LLC

on December 20, 2017 - 6:47am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of the new Los Alamos National Laboratory legacy cleanup contract to Newport News Nuclear BWXT–Los Alamos, LLC, out of Broomfield, Colo.

The total value of the contract is $1,390,086,635. The period of performance includes a 90-day Contract Transition Period, Base Period of five years, Option Period 1 for three years, Option Period 2 for two years, with a total period of performance of up to ten years and three months.

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