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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.


Taos Pueblo Vies for Votes as USA Today’s ‘Best Native American Experience’ in U.S.

on August 20, 2014 - 8:50am

Taos Pueblo. Courtesy/

TAOS—Taos Pueblo is one of 20 nominees vying for votes in USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice awards for the “Best Native American Experience” in the United States.

Votes will be accepted online at through at 11:59 a.m. EDT, Sept. 15.

Taos Pueblo is one of only five New Mexico destinations that made the list. Others include Acoma Pueblo; Gathering of Nations PowWow in Albuquerque; Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque; and Santa Fe Indian Market in Santa Fe.

In April 2014, Taos Pueblo was named


Girl Scout Troop 116 Ramps Up For RocketDay

on August 20, 2014 - 8:35am

Girl Scout Troop 116 at Aspen Elementary School Aug. 12 distributing model rocket kits. Courtesy photo


Girl Scout Troop 116 is made up of 12 seventh grade girls from Los Alamos and White Rock who are working toward earning their Girl Scout Silver Award.

The project they have undertaken is RocketDay, which is the kick-off event for the Los Alamos ScienceFest. RocketDay celebrates the rockets launched into space that carried instruments built by Los Alamos National Laboratory over the years.

Senate Majority Whip Requests Audit Results On PED Scoring

on August 20, 2014 - 8:27am

Tim Keller

ALBUQUERQUE – Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller, D-Bernalillo, sent a letter last week to Public Education Department (PED) Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera requesting audit results that pertain to the A-F school scoring and teacher evaluation scoring.

Keller’s request comes as the new school year begins for most New Mexican children and following significant public debate surrounding the models for scoring.

“The scores we use to gauge the effectiveness of our teachers and our schools have significant impact over the distribution of education funding and therefore quality of the

LADOC Offers Scent Games Classes For Dogs

on August 20, 2014 - 8:15am
Banksy, an Australian Shepherd, uses his nose to find the correct box at the new LASOC Scent Games class. Photo by Leslie Sherman
Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club instructor Melissa Bartlett is offering two classes in the fast growing sport of canine scent work.  
These classes are being offered early in the season so that class members can learn about this new form of dog training before the Oct. 12 Nosework Odor Recognition Test, which the club is hosting. 
Nosework is quickly becoming the next big dog sport.

Krohn Top Predictor In Lower Water Canyon Pace Race

on August 20, 2014 - 7:34am
Participants in Tuesday's Pace Race on the Lower Water Canyon Trail. Courtesy/ACRR
Rounding a curve in Tuesday's Pace Race on the Lower Water Canyon Trail. Courtesy/ACRR
ACRR News:
Burton Krohn was the top predictor in the weekly pace race held on the Lower Water Canyon Trail off N.M. 4. He was 48 seconds off his predicted time.
Other accurate predictors were Mark Bjorklund with a 50 second differential, Steve Shook at 53 seconds off and Roxana Candia recording a 66 second difference.
The fastest runners on the 1 mile course was Heather Hughes at 11:52. Bob Weeks was the

UPDATE: Los Alamos Man Dies In Single Car Crash

on August 19, 2014 - 6:51pm

UPDATE: Los Alamos National Bank President Steve Wells told the Los Alamos Daily Post moments ago that Trent Johnson had worked at LANB for 14 years.

"He was a wonderful person ... liked by everyone ... he was part of the fabric that makes LANB what it is - it's the people like him - and he will be sorely missed," Wells said. "Our sympathies go out to Trent's wife and two sons."

Wells said that the Trent Johnson Memorial Fund has been set up at LANB and community members may donate to that fund to help the family.

LAPD News:

At about 10:46 p.m., Monday, officers with the Los Alamos

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Orders $102K Bond For Steven C. Porter With Strict Conditions

on August 19, 2014 - 6:44pm

During an arraignment this morning, Magistrate Judge Pat Casados explains to defendant Steven C. Porter each of the 20 charges he is facing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Steven C. Porter

With 20 drug-related counts filed against him, Steven C. Porter faced Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados this morning during his arraignment at the Justice Center.

Casados read each charge out loud, detailed what each charge meant and asked porter if he understood each charge and the possible sentence and fine.

PMI Signs Contract With LANL

on August 19, 2014 - 4:59pm

Eric Quintana, general manager and co-owner of Performance Maintenance Inc., signs a contract to provide janitorial equipment and supplies to the Laboratory while Lorraine E. Dominguez, seated right, of Purchasing (ASM-PUR) witnesses, during a contract signing ceremony at LANL. Standing left to right are LANL Small Business Program Manager Chris Fresquez, Nick Perry of ASM-PUR, and Daven Quintana and Geraldine Talachy, both of PMI.  The contract is for one year with option years not to exceed five years. Courtesy/LANL

Letter to the Editor: Spikers' Letter On Judge Parker Foretells Murky Future

on August 19, 2014 - 4:49pm
Los Alamos
A recent letter written by Dean and Linda Spiker forebodingly states, “With every ungodly law that has been instituted there have been consequences from heaven that have come upon our nation.” At first, I was hesitant to agree with this prediction of American misery. I refused to believe.
Until I woke from my afternoon nap.
My eyes opened, and immediately I noticed my hair was very dirty. I had washed it just this morning, and it degraded into a jellyfish-like mass in less than seven hours! I thought to myself that I must have taken my shower in a dream.

Drone Video Captures TA-21 Water Tower Demolition

on August 19, 2014 - 3:29pm

Click here to watch the video of Los Alamos National Laboratory's TA-21 water tower demolition captured from a drone operated by Joe Martz Monday afternoon. Courtesy/Joe Martz

LANL: Using Supercomputers to Forecast Wildfire Behavior

on August 19, 2014 - 3:25pm

PrintScreen/LANL Video

LANL News:


Thanks to prolonged drought and a changing climate, the frequency and intensity of catastrophic wildfires are increasing every year, not only in the West, but across the country and the world.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center there are currently 28 large wildfires burning across the country covering 568,582 acres.

Letter to the Editor: Shocked at Judge Parker's Decision to Remove Mural

on August 19, 2014 - 3:05pm
Aztec, N.M.
Regarding: Court decision concerning the 10 Commandments in Bloomfield, New Mexico.
Honorable Judge Parker:
After reading the decision that you returned concerning the 10 Commandments monument in Bloomfield, N.M., I was shocked.
There were several reasons that I was shocked. One being that since you were appointed by Pres. Ronald Reagan I thought you were a more conservative judge who would have known the history of the United States. The other concern was that the 10 Commandments mural was on the wall in the District Court itself.