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Update On Accidental Fatality At Bandelier

on October 7, 2016 - 9:52am


An adult female park visitor died Monday, Oct. 3 in Bandelier National Monument after being struck by a falling tree while standing in a parking lot near the head of the Frey Trail.

Park rangers were notified of the incident at approximately 2:30 p.m. and park rangers, the Los Alamos County Fire Department and Los Alamos County Police Department responded to the incident.

“Bandelier National Monument staff is deeply saddened by this tragic accident, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased,” Park Superintendent Jason Lott said.

The National Park

Cone Zone: Week Of Oct. 10

on October 7, 2016 - 9:30am


Los Alamos County has issued the following road contruction update for the week of Oct. 10.

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at

Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

The public is welcome to attend any of the Public Works weekly project meetings; please contact the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150

Update On Algae Treatment In Ashley Pond

on October 7, 2016 - 9:19am

Ashley Pond in downtown Los Alamos. File photo


Parks Superintendent Jeff Humpton provided an update today regarding recent activity to treat algae in Ashley Pond.

The algae has been noticeable to visitors who inquired about whether or not the pond water was “healthy.”

The County has contracted with a specialist, Jason Rector from Wildcat Environmental, to help with pond management. Rector treated the algae in the pond Aug. 30 and again Sept. 19 with a product that is an environmentally friendly, safe algaecide. Additionally, on Sept.

LAMC Remains In-Network With New Mexico BC/BS

on October 7, 2016 - 8:57am

Los Alamos Medical Center. File photo

LAMC News:

Due to a recent decision by a local medical clinic to terminate its agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of New Mexico, Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) has received numerous inquiries about the hospital’s status with the insurance company.

LAMC wants the community to know that the hospital remains in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico.

There is absolutely no change to any BCBS insurance coverage as it relates to hospital or emergency room care, hospital stays, or visits to any hospital services such as the lab or

Kirtland Conducts Board Interest Survey

on October 7, 2016 - 8:52am
KAFB News:
Kirtland Air Force Base is conducting a survey in accordance with regulatory guidance to determine interest in the community to form a Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) to improve public information and participation in Environmental Restoration Program projects at the Base.
This survey will help Kirtland Air Force Base determine if there is adequate and sustained interest in forming a RAB. Additional information about a RAB is provided in the survey.

Your information will be reviewed and used only by Kirtland AFB and will not be shared with third party entities.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

on October 7, 2016 - 8:49am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is appropriate entertainment for older teens and adults, young and old, during this pre-Halloween season. Tim Burton directed this adventure-fantasy, based on a popular young adult novel by Ransom Riggs. Though the film is not especially scary, there are creatures in the film that do come close. But some of these may just tickle your funny bone.
The story may surprise you, traveling in time as it does between two eras in history (1943 and 2016), two points on a well-studied map (suburban Florida and an

DOE Releases RFP For Oak Ridge Office Of Environmental Management Technical Support Services

on October 7, 2016 - 8:46am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) Technical Support Services (TSS) acquisition.
An Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract from which Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP) and Time-and-Materials (T&M) task orders may be issued is anticipated. The RFP is being issued as a small business set-aside, and the IDIQ contract ordering period is five years from date of contract award.

WIPP UPDATE: Ground Control Review Underway Following Rock Fall

on October 7, 2016 - 7:31am
WIPP News:
Tuesday, Sept. 27, salt rock debris was discovered by ground control crews during routine monitoring and inspections of the Panel 4 entrance within the WIPP underground.
Panel 4, one of the most southern portions of WIPP, was closed in 2010 and consists of seven disposal rooms filled with transuranic (TRU) waste. No WIPP personnel were present at the time of the salt rock fall, as the area had already been under restricted access -- requiring management approval to access -- since March 2016.
Recently, access was more strictly prohibited -- no personnel entry allowed

Udall, Heinrich Announce $344,325 To UNM To Support Native American Educators In New Mexico

on October 7, 2016 - 7:28am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the University of New Mexico (UNM) will receive a $344,325 grant to provide training, licensing and induction services to Native Americans interested in pursuing a career in education.
The purpose of the grant is to train more highly qualified Native American teachers and administrators to serve Indian student populations throughout New Mexico.

Letter To The Editor: Sheriff Was Here And Civilian Law Before Police Department

on October 7, 2016 - 7:24am

This Week At The Reel Deal

on October 7, 2016 - 7:24am

State Sheriffs Association Stands With Local Office

on October 6, 2016 - 3:04pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero at his office Monday afternoon at 2500 Trinity Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Support is mounting for Sheriff Marco Lucero in his battle to keep the Office of Sheriff intact in Los Alamos County.

This comes following action over the last few months by the Los Alamos County Council to transfer the bulk of duties from the Office of Sheriff over to the police department with the exception of the sex offender registry. The Council has subsequently voted to place a referendum on the Nov.

Annual Los Alamos Artist Studio Tour Oct. 15-16

on October 6, 2016 - 3:01pm

DNCU To Unveil New Branch In Santa Fe

on October 6, 2016 - 2:53pm

DNCU to open new branch in 2017 at 604 West San Mateo in Santa Fe. Courtesy/DNCU

 DNCU News:

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), voted Santa Fe’s Best Credit Union in 2016 by the readers of The Santa Fe Reporter, has made significant progress on a top‐to‐bottom renovation of a pre‐existing structure at 604 West San Mateo in Santa Fe.

This location in Santa Fe near the St. Michael’s corridor will serve members in the busy mid Santa Fe area, near many businesses and offices. It is anticipated that the new DNCU branch will be open for business in summer 2017.

The architecture of the

Letter To The Editor: Office Of Sheriff Is Redundant

on October 6, 2016 - 2:42pm
Los Alamos
The office of sheriff in Los Alamos County is redundant and has been for many years. The largely ceremonial office has persisted partly because of the public acceptance of previous sheriffs who recognized and complied with the restrictions specified in the County Charter.
The current sheriff has lobbied at the State Legislature and County Council to expand his duties, increase his budget, and eliminate his term limits. All to no avail. Both the State Legislature and County Council have rejected these requests.

Smart Design With Suzette: Photography

on October 6, 2016 - 2:26pm
Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Recently my youngest daughter had the opportunity to experience a photo session with local photographer, Paulina Gwaltney. From the moment we stepped into Paulina’s boutique studio, we could tell she had a great devotion for creating portraits. Her artful display of photographs was very impressive. As a professional that wants to help educate others, Paulina would like to share her knowledge with you, so you too, can artistically display your portraits at home. Paulina…

Beautiful photographs are something everyone likes to have.

Charter Schools In New Mexico: Virtual Charters - Pros and Cons

on October 6, 2016 - 2:23pm

Part 3

Charter schools are the hot topic in education nationally.

Virtual charters, of which there are three in the state, took center stage during a three-day session of the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) at the state capitol last week.

Lawmakers recognized the need to develop rules to oversee these growing online schools, especially since some are of the opinion that the schools’ connections to for-profit companies flies in the face of state statute.

Legislators said virtual schools are something they have been talking about since 2014, but

Apple Canning Class Tuesday

on October 6, 2016 - 2:23pm

‘Election’ Shows At Library Today

on October 6, 2016 - 2:21pm
Los Alamos

Escape debate season with a film about an over-achieving, over-prepared female running against a popular, soft-headed male for student body president.

The award-winning “Election” (1999, rated R), screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library, begins with high school teacher Jim McAllister’s (Matthew Broderick) morning routine. He’s a healthy guy, running, showering, and looking forward to a day teaching civics, a job he enjoys.

But amid all this peachiness, a dank pit exists.

Book Review: Science As A Box Of Chocolates

on October 6, 2016 - 2:21pm
Retired LANL scientist Claude Phipps, author of  ‘No Wonder You Wonder: Great Inventions and Scientific Mysteries’. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/
Los Alamos Daily Post

It is impossible to square the circle, that is, to make one of those geometric figures with the same area as the other using only a compass and a ruler. The reason, according to Wikipedia, is because pi is not the root of any polynomial as Lindamann proved in 1882.

But hang on.

2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Awarded To Yoshinori Ohsumi

on October 6, 2016 - 9:17am


The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy

This year's Nobel Laureate discovered and elucidated mechanisms underlying autophagy, a fundamental process for degrading and recycling cellular components.  

Yoshinori Ohsumi

The word autophagy originates from the Greek words auto-, meaning "self", and phagein, meaning "to eat". Thus,autophagy denotes "self eating". This concept emerged during the 1960's, when researchers first

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján In Los Alamos Saturday

on October 6, 2016 - 9:05am

Research Suggests Saturn’s Moon Dione May Harbor Subsurface Ocean

on October 6, 2016 - 8:41am
An image of Saturn’s icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background. New research suggests Dione harbors a subsurface ocean. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
AGU News:
By The Royal Observatory of Belgium
A subsurface ocean could lie deep within Saturn’s moon Dione, according to a new study using publicly available data from the Cassini mission to Saturn.
In 2013, images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft hinted that Dione had a subsurface ocean when the moon formed, but the new study suggests the ocean could still exist today. The study was

SFCC Launches 2016 Santa Fe Literary Review

on October 6, 2016 - 8:38am
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College will host a free reading and reception 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 to launch the 2016 edition of the Santa Fe Literary Review and to recognize contributors.
SFCC students and local, regional, national and international writers will read their work and contributing artists and authors will sign copies of the Review. The public is welcome to attend. this free event in SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery, Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave.
Pick up a free copy of the Review at the SFCC Library and downtown at Starbucks locations, the Travel