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State DOTs Honored for Innovation and Cost Savings

on July 15, 2014 - 7:01am

DOT News:

Department of Transportation (DOT) projects that are improving safety on all travel modes, expanding mobility for communities, reducing congestion on roadways and providing additional transportation options while saving taxpayer dollars, were named recipients of top honors in the Western Regional America's Transportation Awards competition at the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ 2014 conference.

"The America's Transportation Awards competition showcases the exceptional, innovative and diverse range of transportation projects by state

July 15 LTAB Meeting Cancelled

on July 14, 2014 - 9:37pm

LTAB News:

The July 15 Lodger's Tax Advisory Board meeting is cancelled due to lack of a quorum.

Direct any questions or concerns to Kelly Stewart at 505.662.8087.


Yang: From Hurricanes To Academics … I Am Not Prejudiced, But Others Are

on July 14, 2014 - 2:28pm

From Hurricanes To Academics … I Am Not Prejudiced, But Others Are

Los Alamos

When it comes to prejudice, or discrimination, especially about race and gender, our heads spin and our emotions explode. It’s easier to spot outright discrimination, but the subtle types? It’s also much easier to assign prejudice in others, much less so in ourselves. What we do about it is another, vastly different -- and difficult -- topic.

Let’s start with some light-hearted quandaries. Q: Do you find a category 4 hurricane Cruella as scary as the same category hurricane named Voldemort?

Brown Bag Lecture Focuses on Renowned Nuclear Chemist’s Career and Linkages to Current Research

on July 14, 2014 - 2:00pm


LANL News:

Mary Neu of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Strategic Improvement Office will reflect on the career of Darleane Hoffman during a talk noon to 1 p.m., July 16 as part of the Bradbury Science Museum Brown Bag Lecture Series.

Hoffman is a renown nuclear chemist who helped discover Seaborgium and was awarded the National Medal of Science. Neu’s talk, titled “Radiochemistry with a Purpose! Reflections on the Technical Accomplishments, Career, and Personal Attributes of Darleane Hoffman,” will focus on Hoffman’s achievements in nuclear and radiochemistry in the context

OBITUARY: Arthur Sumner Nichols Jr. – April 14, 2014

on July 14, 2014 - 1:42pm


Arthur Sumner Nichols Jr., 85, died April 14, 2014 of natural causes following a long illness.

Art, a longtime resident of Los Alamos was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years, Mary and his sister Patricia Nagel. He is survived by his children: Mary K. Nolte; Arthur S. Nichols; Patricia Ricci; Joe Nichols; and Jane Nichols. Grandchildren: Meaghan Nolte, Alexandra Nichols, Spencer Nichols, Kirk Rohrig, David Ricci, Sarah Nichols and Matthew Nichols and his sister Claire Howard of Mashpee, Mass.

Art was a teacher at Los Alamos High School in the


Over 100 People Gather in Los Alamos to Meet With U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Sunday

on July 14, 2014 - 1:27pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., spoke at a gathering of more than 100 people Sunday at the Los Alamos home of Marvel Harrison and Dr. Tom Csanadi. Courtesy photo

Gathered at Sunday's event from left, Jill Cooper Udall, Sen. Tom Udall, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Marvel Harrison and daughter Sopahn Kellogg and Dr. Tom Csanadi and son Alec. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall chats with Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero, left, and his wife Sandra Lucero during a gathering Sunday at the home of Marvel Harrison and Dr. Tom Csanadi. Courtesy photo

Leadership Los Alamos Hosts Summer Mixer

on July 14, 2014 - 1:20pm

The Leadership Los Alamos organization hosted a Summer Mixer Sunday at the Posse Lodge at which program alumni had the opportunity to meet the LLA graduates of 2014 and hear more about the upcoming sessions for 2015. During the event, LLA Chair Michael Wismer presented Economic Development Session Chair Katy Korkos with a certificate of appreciation and photo of the 2014 class. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LLA Chair Michael Wismer with Economic Development Session Chair Katy Korkos, had the crowd laughing during a presentation Sunday at the Posse Lodge. Photo by Carol A.


Bear Spotted in Tree in Western Area

on July 14, 2014 - 1:03pm

This bear was spotted Sunday high in a tree near 47th Street and Fairway in the Western Area of Los Alamos. Photo by G.R. Burrows

Get Down and Dirty at PEEC’s Summer Family Evening

on July 14, 2014 - 12:12pm

A child digs in to build with mud and adobe. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Bring the whole family to PEEC 6:30-8 p.m., July 15 and we'll get your hands dirty designing and building mini adobe structures.

With imagination, mini adobe bricks and supplies for a mud plaster, you can create a building of your dreams. Families are welcome to drop in anytime throughout the program.

This Summer Family Evening is brought to PEEC by Cornerstones Community Partnerships.


Lightning Strikes Photographed From North Mesa

on July 14, 2014 - 11:30am
Photographer Maria Thibodeau captured a lightning strike from North Mesa Saturday night. Courtesy/
Photographer Maria Thibodeau took this shot as forked lightning struck. Courtesy/

Painter Richard Wasilewski's One Man Show Opened Friday at Mesa Public Library Gallery

on July 14, 2014 - 11:19am
Artist Richard Wasilewski of Jemez Springs chats with Merry McIntyre of Los Alamos at the opening of his exhibit of paintings at Mesa Public Library Friday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Artist Richard Wasilewski, center, poses in front of one of his paintings with his wife, Carol Meine, and Mesa Public Library Manager Steven Thomas. Wasilewski’s work can be viewed through Aug. 5 in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery, open during regular library hours. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Letter to the Editor: End Licenses to Steal

on July 14, 2014 - 11:14am
State Senator D-37 Dona Ana

Getting a small loan license in New Mexico is a cinch. Just pay a $1,500 fee to the Department of Regulation and Licensing, show you have $30,000 in capital and a reasonably clean criminal record, and you are in. There were 656 small loan operators in the state at the close of 2013.

The powers that come with a license are astonishing. Outside of a very narrow product area technically defined as Payday Loans, licensees can charge any interest rate over any period of time with almost any loan terms they choose on amounts of $2,500 or less.


Grounds Cleared at Bethe House on Bathtub Row

on July 14, 2014 - 11:06am

A gardener clears away weeds and debris Wednesday from the grounds of the Bethe House on Bathtub Row in preparation for new landscaping. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Two large tree branches have grown through the chain link fence surrounding the Bethe House on Bathtub Row. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
By Thursday, the grounds of the Bethe House on Bathtub Row are cleared and ready for new landscaping to be installed soon. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Pajarito Astronomers Hold Dark Night July 19

on July 14, 2014 - 10:51am

PA News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-sponsored Dark Night starting at 8:30 p.m. (sunset), Saturday, July 19 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. The planets Mars, Saturn and Neptune will be visible. There will be a tour of the Summer constellations, and telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker at 505.662.3252 for information.

OBITUARY: Edward R. Shunk May 22, 1933 – July 10, 2014

on July 14, 2014 - 10:41am
EDWARD R. SHUNK May 22, 1933 – July 10, 2014
After a brief illness, long time New Mexico resident, Edward "Ed" Shunk, stepped across, embraced into God's peace and radiance, surrounded by his family. Born in Livingston, Mont., Ed obtained a degree in Engineering Physics from Montana State University.
While working for RCA in Philadelphia, he off-handedly answered an ad in a physics journal culling for a mysterious place called Los Alamos. Thus, the newly minted physicist entered into the vast realms of Cold War Nuclear Physics.
He began his 44 year Los Alamos career with converting standard

Hear Top Manhattan Project Leaders on Voices of the Manhattan Project Website

on July 14, 2014 - 10:37am

J. Robert Oppenheimer, left and Gen. Leslie R. Groves. Courtesy/AHF

AHF News:

The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) is releasing never-before-heard audio interviews with top Manhattan Project military leaders and scientists, including General Leslie R. Groves and J. Robert Oppenheimer, on the Voices of the Manhattan Project website

Sixty-nine years after the Trinity Test on July 16, 1945, the public can listen to the voices of those whose atomic achievements changed the course of world history, politics, science and society.

The interviews provide

Yeamans Machine Shop Expands Capabilities

on July 14, 2014 - 10:04am


Yeamans Machine Shop Inc., at 162 Eastgate Dr., in Los Alamos has acquired a Mazak 5-axis machining center. This machine is capable of 5-axis simultaneous machining. 

For those not familiar with this terminology, this means that the machine is using five different axes of motion in unison to move the cutting tool along its path. This allows for machining of very complex parts such as a turbo impeller. 

In addition to expanding the company's capability to manufacture complex parts, this new machine also will improve efficiency and accuracy of other parts through the


SFO Apprentice Concert July 20 at Fuller Lodge

on July 14, 2014 - 9:15am
LAOG News:
The Los Alamos Opera Guild presents its annual Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singers Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 20 at Fuller Lodge in downtown Los Alamos. Light refreshments will be served.  
The Santa Fe Opera's Apprentices will perform a short program: Baritone Josh Conyers, Soprano Heather Phillps and accompanist Glenn Lewis.
The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for singers is internationally recognized as one of the finest programs of its type. On average approximately 40 apprentice singers are chosen each year from a competitive applicant pool.

Saturday's Supermoon Shines Over Los Alamos

on July 14, 2014 - 8:57am

Saturday's supermoon shines bright and large above Los Alamos. A supermoon is a new or full moon, which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 percent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. There are four to six supermoons a year on average and 2014 will have five. They are the two new moons of January, and the full moons of July, August and September. The full moon of Aug. 10, will present the closest supermoon of the year at 221,765 miles from Earth. Source: Photo by Leland Lehman/

Letter to the Editor: Don't Let Los Alamos Become a One Mall Town

on July 14, 2014 - 8:15am
Los Alamos

Many folks are glad to have the opening of a larger Smith’s Marketplace, and others, perhaps not so much. In any case, It will be a new, interesting phase for people in Los Alamos and White Rock and the many others who pass through town.

The Marketplace wants to be many things to many people. As good as this may or may not be, we would like to encourage everyone to keep in mind – and to continue to support – the many local businesses that absolutely rely on our daily commerce to stay open.

Los Alamos Tourist Season is in Full Swing

on July 14, 2014 - 8:14am

Tourists can be spotted all over Los Alamos including this group who spent time at the Los Alamos Historical Museum Wednesday at 1050 Bathtub Row before filing next door to check out historic Fuller Lodge. Learn more about the museum at Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Central Park Square Parking Lot Resurfaced Sunday

on July 14, 2014 - 8:13am

A worker sprays a resurfacing solution on the Central Park Square parking lot during a sealcoat operation Sunday at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Philip Kunsberg purchased Central Park Square more than 2-and-a-half years ago and implemented a program to ensure his properties and buildings are well maintained and updated on a regular basis. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Citizens Advocate For Continuing Historic Rail Route of Southwest Chief

on July 14, 2014 - 8:11am
Six Los Alamos residents joined other supporters of maintaining the existing route of the Southwest Chief in Lamy to welcome Amtrack CEO Joe Boardman to the state. Courtesy photo


More than 50 people gathered at Lamy Station Saturday to welcome Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman on his special train from Washington, D.C. to visit stations along the route of the Southwest Chief.

Six people from Los Alamos, along with others, many from Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Trail Association, waited till 9 p.m.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Goes To Washington

on July 13, 2014 - 11:03am

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speaks with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján at his office in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo


Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to meet with New Mexico's federal delegation and discuss LANL Funding and NNSA procurement policies.

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

In her meetings with Senators Tom Udall and Martin Henrich and Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Michelle Lujan Grisham and Steve Pierce, Garcia Richard stressed the region’s concerns that the NNSA