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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 14 to Aug. 20, 2014

on August 21, 2014 - 11:37am

LAPD News:

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.

Aug. 14 at 4:05 a.m. / A 22-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property on San Ildefonso Road. The estimated damage is less than $1,000.

Aug. 14 at 3:39 p.m. / A 27-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of larceny on La Vista Drive. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

Aug. 14 at 5:03 p.m.

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Worker Sentenced for Violating Atomic Energy Act Violations

on August 21, 2014 - 11:35am

Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni and Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni. Courtesy photo

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—The Justice Department today announced that a former contract employee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) was sentenced this morning for conspiring to violate the Atomic Energy Act by communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person believed to be a Venezuelan government official, and making false statements to the FBI.

Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 71, of Los Alamos was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William P.

In and Around Town: Aug. 21

on August 21, 2014 - 10:17am
Editor's Note: The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published on the front page of the Los Alamos Daily Post every Thursday, updated daily and accessible at any time by clicking the red button at the top right of this page.
Al-Anon meeting in Los Alamos
Tuesday & Thursday at noon and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. 3547 Pueblo Dr. Contact Steve 505.662.0407 or
Auditons for 'Willy Wonka Jr.
Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT), the Los Alamos Public Schools’ after-school theater program, is excited to announce auditions for its elementary

Beta Sigma Phi Hosts Ice Cream Social Saturday

on August 21, 2014 - 8:35am


The local council of Beta Sigma Phi sorority will hold its annual Ice Cream Social 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at East Park in Los Alamos, under the pavilion near the swings.

The Ice Cream Social is hosted by the Preceptor Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and is open to all members and any prospective members. Come to the social to learn more about the sorority. Members are invited to come and renew friendships, as well as catch up with sorority sisters and their summer activities.

Beta Sigma Phi is an international group of women who care about each other, their

FlyLosAlamos Mobile Site Takes Off

on August 21, 2014 - 8:32am


FlyLosAlamos has launched a new mobile-friendly website offering a better way to view flight information and make reservations.

Formatted to fit all types of mobile devices, the site offers streamlined navigation that connects customers to flight schedules, an airport location map, tap-to-call function for reservations, and a connection to the New Mexico Airlines website to view availability and book a flight.  

Airport Manager Peter Soderquist said the new mobile site was designed with the busy traveler in mind.

“Passenger feedback indicated that many travelers wanted to

Governor Directs NMDOT To Initiate Suicide Prevention Measures At Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

on August 21, 2014 - 7:51am

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge near Taos. Courtesy/


Santa Fe – Gov. Susana Martinez has directed the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) to initiate suicide prevention measures at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge 10 miles northwest of Taos. 

The NMDOT is designing a plan to install 10 telephones at or on the bridge to be answered by the New Mexico Crisis Access Hotline. The design should be done by the end of August and will then be submitted out to bid for approximately 30 days, with construction to begin as soon as possible.

“Installing crisis prevention phones

Myrna and Tom McDonald Recognized as Honorary Rotarians

on August 21, 2014 - 7:35am

Myrna and Tom McDonald were recognized as Honorary Rotarians at the July 29 meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Rotary Club Board recognized Myrna and Tom McDonald as Honorary Members during its July 29 meeting at the Manhattan Project Restaurant.

Rotary International (RI) defines an Honorary Member as a person who, by serving with distinction in the furtherance of Rotary ideals, has been elected to honorary membership of a club.


The Stumbing Critic: Anime 101

on August 21, 2014 - 7:15am
The Stumbing Critic: Anime 101

Movies became a primary focus of my reviews because film is an easy medium to criticize. A small part of my day can be spent in a theater and a few hours of content are easily encapsulated. One might assume that movies are my passion, but watching anime supersedes film for me. Despite the global popularity of anime, most folks I encounter don’t watch it for a plethora of reasons.

As a style of animation, anime can turn people away with incredible proficiency.

This Year's First Café Scientifique Sept. 25

on August 21, 2014 - 6:39am

Poster designed by a Café Youth Leadership Team member. Courtesy/CS

Café Scientifique News:

This year's first Café Scientifique in Los Alamos is set for 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 in the second floor conference room of the Los Alamos Research Park.

Theoretical physicist Vincenzo Cirigliano will discuss the macro-cosmos of stars and galaxies and the micro-cosmos of subatomic particles, which are intimately connected, more than you might think!
The story of this interconnection is full of twists and mysteries, and it seems that the more we learn, the more we are puzzled.

Bandelier Birding Interns Discuss Biological and Cultural Diversity in their Home Country of Mexico

on August 21, 2014 - 6:37am
Fernando Mayani and Jessica Thompson, both from Mexico, and currently working as interns in Bandelier's bird banding program. Courtesy/PEEC


Mexico is one of the most biologically and culturally diverse countries in the world. These two categories, culture and nature have gone hand-in-hand throughout history in Mexico, nature being fundamental to Mexican cultural development and vice versa.

In a free presentation at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.

Call For Artists: Fire Hydrant Painting Competition

on August 21, 2014 - 6:34am

Painted fire hydrant. Courtesy/Los Alamos MainStreet


Los Alamos MainStreet is looking for interested parties to participate in a fun, new art contest to coincide with the Los Alamos ScienceFest taking place Sept. 5-13.

If you are any artist, you can help make our town more beautiful and bring pedestrian traffic to downtown by painting selected fire hydrants in the Los Alamos MainStreet district down Central Avenue!

Up to nine fire hydrants may be painted and may include:

  • In front of the Bradbury Museum
  • Across Central Avenue from CB FOX, in front of 106 Central Ave.

How the Hen House Turns: The Human Factor (One)

on August 21, 2014 - 6:23am
How the Hen House Turns
The Human Factor (One)
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

I have worried about leaving Gwendolyn, the chicken I raised in the house during a spring too cold for hen-less chicks. (No one in the Hen House gang had set. Domestic birds don’t take chicks if they haven’t set eggs the required three or four full weeks.)

Gwen, I thought, was a normal adult, independent hen until she lost her “littermate” Americia. Then she began to come to me when I sat on the bench by the stock tank. She would tuck her head under my arm and stay there.

LACA Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin Details New Concert Season During Rotary Presentation

on August 20, 2014 - 1:52pm

LACA Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin discusses the upcoming concert season during a talk at Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting in the Manhattan Project Restaurant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Los Alamos Concert Association Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin presented a talk at Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting in the Manhattan Project Restaurant detailing the upcoming concert season.

This is LACA's 69th season, and will feature the added attraction of a newly refurbished venue - Duane Smith Auditorium.

New Issue Of LANL's 1663 Magazine Available

on August 20, 2014 - 1:11pm

LANL News:

The latest issue of Los Alamos National Laboratory's 1663 Magazine is now availble.

In this issue:

  • Gamma-ray bursts and persistent monitoring of the night sky
  • The effort to preserve helium-3, an endangered nuclear species
  • Global climate research stations for atmospheric sampling
  • No-yield subcritical nuclear testing
  • How endothelial cells adhere to blood vessels
  • …and more

Click here to get your science and technology fix from Los Alamos.

Discussion of Fourth Episode of WGN's 'Manhattan'

on August 20, 2014 - 12:25pm

Niels Bohr on Sawyer's Hill in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. Courtesy/LAHS Archives

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS) wants to thank the community for their continued interest and support in our discussions of WGN’s TV series Manhattan.

Here are some of the common questions we heard at the discussion of the fourth episode this past Sunday and on social media.

Every week the Society will be updating a bulletin board in the museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.

Previous episodes are discussed on the LAHS

Bandelier Bans Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

on August 20, 2014 - 12:15pm

BNM News:

Bandelier National Monument has announced that until further notice, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) or other unmanned aircraft is prohibited in the monument.  

The popularity of UAV’s is rapidly rising, and they are increasingly being seen in National Parks and other protected areas that visitors seek out for quiet and solitude, not for the presence of buzzing drones.  

Recently there have been several incidents that have brought this situation to public attention.

'Authors Speak' Features Local Science Fiction Author T. Jackson King Aug. 28

on August 20, 2014 - 11:59am
Book cover of 'Alien Assasin.' Courtesy/T. Jackson King
Los Alamos author T. Jackson King’s newest science fiction novel has hit multiple Amazon Bestseller lists with his novel Alien Assassin, an interstellar adventure about a human assassin who fights against a ‘mind virus’ infection of memorynet machines in the far future Markan star system.

T. Jackson King

His novel has hit Amazon Bestseller ranking in six sci-fi categories. They are: No. 18, Space Exploration; No. 19, First Contact; No. 23, Space Marine; No. 24, Galactic Empire; No. 25, Alien Invasion and No.


Energy Department Invests $67 Million to Advance Nuclear Technology

on August 20, 2014 - 11:30am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON – Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s efforts to expand clean energy innovation, the Energy Department announced today nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards.

Eighty-three projects were selected from across the country based on their potential to create scientific breakthroughs that both help strengthen the nation’s energy security and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

“The Department’s support for cutting-edge nuclear science and engineering across our universities, national

Atomic City Children’s Theater Holds Auditions For Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr.

on August 20, 2014 - 11:10am

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT), the Los Alamos Public Schools’ after-school theater program, is excited to announce auditions for its elementary school production of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr., a two-act musical play based on Dahl's children's book and full-length movie.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. and auditions are 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27 in the Mountain Elementary School gymnasium. The auditions are open to any 5th or 6th grade students in the Los Alamos area.

ACCT also is looking for students interested in participating as student directors/choreographers

HOPE Pregnancy Center Hosts 'A Night of Laughs' Fundraising Event

on August 20, 2014 - 10:51am

HPC News:

HOPE Pregnancy Center is hosting “A Night of Laughs,” a fundraising event featuring comedian Mike Williams. A silent raffle and dessert gala will round out the evening. 

Come enjoy Mike Williams’ unique blend of stand up and musical comedy, full of laughs and clean fun.

The evening starts at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8, at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road, Los Alamos and is free to the public. 

HOPE Pregnancy Center is a Christian nonprofit committed to supporting those facing unplanned pregnancies by providing information and education, as well as material resources.


Letter to the Editor: Support Much Appreciated For 'Drive For Matches' Golf Tournament

on August 20, 2014 - 10:41am
Los Alamos/Rio Regional Director

To Our Wonderful Communities,

On behalf of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Alamos/Rio Arriba Regional Board, I would like to thank our communities for the unending and incredible support of our 3rd Annual Drive for Matches Golf Tournament.

The tournament was held July 26 at the Los Alamos Golf Course with a record 97 golfers in attendance.

A special thank you goes out to our community members, volunteers, Big’s & Little’s, businesses and organizations that helped to make this tournament the success that it was.

More than $16,000 was


WIPP Modifies Underground Entry Requirements

on August 20, 2014 - 10:08am

WIPP News:

Entries into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground facility are becoming more frequent, a sign that recovery efforts are progressing.

Recently, radiological control personnel began conducting the surveys and sampling necessary to reclassify areas in the underground facility from areas of potential airborne contamination to radiological buffer areas. A buffer area is an uncontaminated area immediately adjacent to the contaminated area and is usually located at the exit or entrance point of the contamination zone.

The initial areas being surveyed, sampled and

Neighbors Create Memory Garden To Honor Emily Mares-Lang

on August 20, 2014 - 9:59am

Neighbors came over to Ed Lang's home Sunday and in a few hours created a Memory Garden for his wife Emily Mares-Lang who died last month after being hit by a car. 'We thank our neighbors and really appreciate this garden.' -Ed Lang and sisters Rose and Mary Ann. Courtesy photo

Neighbors Craig and Rachel Wehner and their children Jonathan and Matthew; Nathan and Kristy Mack and there children Dylan and Ellie; Cindy Little and her dog Nellie and Mary Barr gathered together Sunday to create a Memory Garden for Emily Mares-Lang. Courtesy photo


This Week at the Reel Deal

on August 20, 2014 - 9:39am
Reel Deal Theater

This week we are opening Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The Giver, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy will hold for another week. Into the Storm will end this Thursday.

I did see Into the Storm, and despite poor reviews I enjoyed the film. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

We got foiled again this week by the studios. We were confirmed to open The Hundred-Foot Journey, but Paramount would not let us come off Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles because it was number one nationally. Consequently, we had to push back The

Letter to the Editor: Weber Family Welcomes Anyone To Their Home Who Knew Trent Johnson

on August 20, 2014 - 9:03am
By PAM and JERRY WEBER and family
Los Alamos

Thank you for the kind article about Trent. Thank you also to Steve Wells who so accurately described Trent.

We know just a little more than anyone about what happened. We are in shock, pain and sporadic denial, but I want to welcome anyone who knew Trent or our family to stop buy our home (944 Cheyenne St.).

I can promise you a hug and someone to talk with not just today but when you can or want to talk.