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LANL Director Accepts Beth Sellers’ Resignation

on March 7, 2014 - 1:21pm

Charlie McMillan

LANL News:

 

Following is a statement from Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan regarding this morning's resignation of Deputy Director Beth Sellers:

 

"Beth Sellers has made me aware of her intent to resign as the Laboratory’s deputy director. It is with regret that I’ve decided to accept her resignation. I do this so that the Lab can move quickly past any institutional distraction and continue to deliver on our mission.

Beth Sellers

 

"I thank Beth for her service to the Laboratory and the nation.

Sierra Club Eco-Station Tour 10 a.m. March 8

on March 7, 2014 - 1:19pm

Award winning Los Alamos County Eco Station. Courtesy/LAC

SIERRA CLUB News:

Sierra Club Eco-Station Tour at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 8 ... SPACE IS LIMITED SO SIGN UP NOW.

From Philcos to photons, see this Saturday how Los Alamos puts it all to good use. Receiving glass, wood crates, and refrigerators, your County is a hub for recycling and re-using. They power Barranca Mesa, too. 

This Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, tour the County's recycling operations and solar panel installation with the Sierra Club and County Public Works Director Philo Shelton.

Up to 20 people can be

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Longtime Los Alamos Public Schools Electrician Under Investigation

on March 7, 2014 - 12:35pm
Electrical wire and other supplies owned by LAPS are allegedly stashed at this shed at the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

A longtime Los Alamos Public Schools employee is under investigation surrounding theft allegations.

LAPS will not release information about Wayne Montoya, a technician IV–electrician working out of the Pajarito Cliffs site.

"This is a personnel matter and I cannot release any information," Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn said this morning.

Coworkers said that Montoya has worked for LAPS for more than

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Breaking News: LANL Deputy Director Resigns

on March 7, 2014 - 11:40am

Beth Sellers

Breaking News:

The Los Alamos Daily Post just received news that Los Alamos National Laboratory Deputy Director Beth Sellers has resigned.

Sellers issued the following statement to LANL employees:

"You may soon read news coverage about an issue involving the Laboratory. A family member of mine was awarded a consulting agreement with the Lab in the fall of 2012. At the time, this was not properly disclosed for full evaluation of potential conflict of interest.

Letter to the Editor: Support Request For School Board Explanation

on March 7, 2014 - 11:15am
By DON COBB
Los Alamos

I write in support of Morrie Pongratz’s request at Tuesday night’s (March 4) School Board meeting for some explanation by the Board of its reasons for not renewing Dr. Schmidt’s contract.

I recall that when Dr. Schmidt became District Superintendent five years ago, Los Alamos schools had major issues regarding funding and maintaining our schools. He immediately held open strategic planning sessions with input from teachers, students and the public to chart a course for our schools.

On his watch major recapitalization of the high school and middle school was

Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnasts Compete at State Championships

on March 7, 2014 - 10:55am

Los Alamos High Flyers gymnast Sarah Worley performs on the balance beam at last weekend's state championships. Courtesy photo

LAHF News:

Seventeen Los Alamos High Flyers gymnasts competed in the Level 2 & 3 New Mexico State Championships last weekend in Albuquerque. The girls competed by age division in vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise, and in the all-around (combined score).

In individual events, Kylie Johnson won the state championship title on uneven bars, placing first in her age division with a score of 9.175. She also placed fourth in both vault and floor

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Pajarito Brewpub & Grill Named SBDC Success Client

on March 7, 2014 - 10:36am

From left, District Director John Woosley of U.S. Small Business Administration Albuquerque District Office, Director Ted Lopez of Small Business Development Center at Los Alamos, Emily Blumenthal and Brewpub co-owner Patrick Mockler-Wood and their baby Emma, co-owners Dorota Listwan and Pawel Listwan and State Director Russell Wyrick of New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network. Courtesy/SBDC

SBDC News:

The Pajarito Brewpub & Grill has been selected as the New Mexico Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Success Client, and was honored and recognized at this year's 16th

Cathy Faber's Swingin' Country Band Plays Posse Lodge March 15

on March 7, 2014 - 8:05am

Dr. Richard Sayre Featured Speaker at League Lunch with a Leader March 18

on March 7, 2014 - 7:56am

Dr. Richard Sayre

LWVLA News:

Dr. Richard Sayre is the featured speaker at the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos monthly Lunch with a Leader. The lunchtime event begins at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, March 18 at Mesa Public Library and is open to the community.

Sayre is a senior research scientist at the New Mexico Consortium and Los Alamos National Laboratory. He came to Los Alamos in 2011 and is active in studying genetically modified foods.  

Sayre was formerly chair of the Department of Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology at Ohio State University.

New LAFD Ladder Truck Heads to Active Service Monday

on March 7, 2014 - 7:33am

 Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department will host a brief ceremony Monday, March 10 celebrating the “push in” of its new ladder truck into active service for the first time. 

Media and members of the public are invited to the 1 p.m. ceremony at Fire Station #1 on West Jemez Road. Officials from Los Alamos County, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the DOE/Los Alamos Field Office have been invited to participate in the ceremony.

Governor Acts on Nine Pieces of Legislation

on March 7, 2014 - 7:32am

Gov. Susana Martinez

 

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE—Gov. Susana Martinez signed House Bill 51 and Senate Bill 182 into law.

 

House Bill 51, Right to Farm Nuisance Changes, protects New Mexico farmers and ranchers from encroaching urban sprawl and unfair nuisance lawsuits by stipulating that agricultural operations that have been in existence at least one year shall not be considered a nuisance, unless operated negligently or illegally.

 

Senate Bill 182, Corrections Industry Division Product Sales, authorizes the Corrections Industries Division of the New Mexico Corrections Department to

Los Alamos TV Series 'Manhattan' Enters Production Late March

on March 7, 2014 - 7:03am

Physicists at a Manhattan District-sponsored colloquium at Los Alamos in 1946. Front row from left, Norris Bradbury, John Manley, Enrico Fermi and J. M. B. Kellogg. Robert Oppenheimer, in dark coat, is behind Manley; to Oppenheimer's left is Richard Feynman. Courtesy/wikipedia

 

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE - Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday that "Manhattan," an original one-hour drama series, will begin production in New Mexico later this month.

 

The series is set against the backdrop of the greatest clandestine race against time in the history of science - the mission to build the

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Press Energy Secretary Moniz on Next Steps for WIPP

on March 7, 2014 - 6:58am

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce met Thursday with Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to discuss the agency’s ongoing response to the incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.

The lawmakers together reiterated the message that it is critical for the DOE to be as open and responsive to the Carlsbad community, where residents understandably are concerned about health and safety in the wake of the accident.

Congressional STEM Academic Competition March 19

on March 7, 2014 - 6:51am

Courtesy/stemedcoalition.org

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, NM-01, announced that she will host the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, "The House STEM App Challenge."

This competition seeks to promote innovation in STEM fields by inviting high school students in New Mexico's 1st Congressional District to submit ideas for a software application or "app" for mobile, tablet or computer devices and present their design in a two-minute YouTube video.

"I am excited to showcase the creativity and

Wildfire Funding Reform in President's Budget

on March 7, 2014 - 6:42am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich applaud the news that President Obama incorporated into his Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal a plan based on a bill they cosponsored to reform federal wildfire policy.

 

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

The change, which still must be approved by Congress, would fund major wildfires the same as other natural disasters and free up funding to prevent future fires. 

“Wildfires are as devastating in New Mexico and the rest of the West as hurricanes are on the East and Gulf coasts, and our

SFI Seminar: Why the Internet Won’t Get You Any More Friends

on March 7, 2014 - 6:37am

SFI News:

SFI Community Lecture 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 at the James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.

Robin Dunbar
Director, Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

Social media promises us an ever-expanding circle of friends, but that may be an empty promise. Social behavior is firmly rooted in biology, and our brains are hard-wired to maintain meaningful relationships with only about 150 people.

Evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar formulated “Dunbar’s Number” to measure the cognitive

Estevan López Nominated To Lead Bureau of Reclamation

on March 7, 2014 - 6:31am

Estevan R. López, P.E.

 

STATE News:

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed news that Estevan R. López has been nominated to serve as Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. López, a native New Mexican and a graduate of New Mexico Tech, is being nominated replace outgoing Commissioner and Las Cruces native Michael Connor. Connor was recently confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior.

 

“Estevan López is highly qualified to lead the Bureau of Reclamation.

Letter to the Editor: UNM-LA Rezoning Request

on March 6, 2014 - 8:18pm

By STEPHEN T. BOERIGTER, Chair
UNM-LA Advisory Board
and long-time Los Alamos resident

I would like to thank George and Chris Chandler for their letter to the editor. It's vitally important in this community to ensure open and honest communications, to get facts and issues in front of citizens, and to work towards a shared vision and future for a better Los Alamos.

It's a small town and we're all in this together. Many facts regarding the UNM-LA re-zoning request are accurate: the current zone allows only 41 units however there are currently 64 units on the 1.88 acre site. 

The site is

OBITUARY: Naomi C. Gibson Bowler April 16, 1937–March 3, 2014

on March 6, 2014 - 7:49pm

NAOMI C. GIBSON BOWLER April 16, 1937–March 3, 2014

Naomi C. Gibson Bowler of Los Alamos, NM, left this earth to be with her Lord, on March 3, 2014. Naomi Gibson was born April 16, 1937 in Farmington, NM. She graduated from Santa Fe High school, and worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for many years.

Naomi Gibson married Albert Bowler and together they raised three children, and later adopted their grandchild. Naomi was a proud grandmother and great-grandmother to nine children.

She participated in many charities, community groups and bible studies.

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Pet of the Week: Kleo the Cat

on March 6, 2014 - 6:47pm

Kleo has a broken heart. Courtesy/LACAS

SHELTER News:

Kleo is mourning the loss of her lifetime guardian. It's hard on an 11-year-old cat to lose her forever home, and Kleo is trying to adapt to shelter life. Once her next home discovers her, Kleo will need some time to learn how to fit in with her new family. She would like a patient, quiet home in which to heal her heart and learn to warm her new guardian's heart.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets - see the Petfinder website for photos here. For information about

LALT Commemorates Kindertransport Program in Latest Production

on March 6, 2014 - 2:19pm
Nora Cullinan as Eva,with Warren Houghteling as Ratcatcher. Photo by Maria Thibodeau, courtesy of mariawritingwithlight.com

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will mark the 75th anniversary of the United Kingdom’s historic Kindertransport program with its production of Diane Samuel’s award-winning drama of the same name. Opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, “Kindertransport” focuses on the life of one of the children rescued by England’s evacuation program for Jewish children in Germany begun on the eve of World War II.

Before the outbreak of the war, those in Europe were aware of the

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Morrie Pongratz to School Board: 'Voters of Los Alamos Deserve an Explanation'

on March 6, 2014 - 1:19pm
Los Alamos School Board changed seats Tuesday following election of new officers from left, Judy Bjarke-McKenzie is now president, Kevin Honnell vice president and Matt Williams re-elected secretary. Photo by Bonnie J Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Aside from a few remarks about negativity in the media, the Los Alamos School Board presented a “business as usual” face at Tuesday’s School Board meeting, following Monday's sudden resignation of Superintendent Gene Schmidt.

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Column: Los Alamos School Board and the Law

on March 6, 2014 - 1:11pm
C
olumn by GEORGE SCHWARZ
Publisher/Editor, The Amarillo Independent

Whenever I hear or read about a public official, elected or on the taxpayer payroll, blather about the role of the media, I can generally anticipate the official is unhappy that a journalist didn’t shill for him. Oh, you know. The story is “negative.” I also easily conclude the official doesn’t know much about the First Amendment.

Such is the case with Jim Hall’s impotent little screed posted Tuesday.

Let’s start with the disavowal of authority.

Letter to the Editor: School Board Ravings Of How Great Schmidt Is Don't Jive

on March 6, 2014 - 12:38pm
By JOEL M. WILLIAMS
Los Alamos

Sounds like Los Alamos School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie has a personal agenda per her statement that "there were some things from previous evaluations that he has not done ... It is a personnel matter." Is this - 'a personnel matter' - one(s) that would stand up in court or personal agendas of some of the board members?

Actually, who deserves termination? Schmidt or the school board? Who is doing the best for Los Alamos?

Decisions behind closed doors: "when a 'vote' is not a vote!"

How many 'voted' against Schmidt?

County Website Undergoing Maintenance

on March 6, 2014 - 12:06pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s Information Technology Division will be performing routine maintenance this weekend.

As a result, the County’s website may be down 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday.

The County apologizes for any inconvenience.

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