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An Open Book: To Those Who Help Us Speak

on July 14, 2016 - 9:51am
Los Alamos

One of my clearest memories of high school was watching Mr. Cipolla, a vigorous young social studies teacher, pacing back and forth across the blackboard in his tight pants popular in the 70s, the top of his shirt opened to reveal impressive amounts of chest hair. He would wave the chalk in his hand and prompt us to think deeper about the historical period we were learning that day or even current events. “Pay attention guys,” he scolded us during the Watergate era. “This stuff will be in the history books!”

He was colorful and loud and spirited, even

McQuiston: What To Do (And Not Do) After An Accident

on July 14, 2016 - 9:24am
The Jemez Agency

If you’ve ever been in an accident, you may recall scrambling to try to figure out what to do and, more importantly, what not to do. A vehicle accident is never a pleasant experience for anyone involved. Nevertheless, as you make the first report of a claim, you can alleviate some of the confusion that can often surface after an accident by keeping a few tips in mind.

Do not, under any circumstance, sign any document at the scene unless it is for the police or other such authority.

Make notes about the accident, including all names of parties involved


Smart Design With Suzette: Calling All Builders … Please Return My Call!

on July 14, 2016 - 9:22am

Contractor on a ladder. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Yes, this is the busy season for renovations. Have patience. As an interior designer, I can’t get contractors to call me back either. So, don’t take it personally.

Clients get extremely frustrated and often ask if they have done something wrong in searching for a contractor. I understand the frustration. But believe me when I say that skilled contractors are in high demand. Good contractors are very, very busy.

This means when you do start phoning contractors, don’t be surprised that they don’t immediately answer their

Municipal Court Closure Dates Announced

on July 14, 2016 - 9:21am


The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed the following dates and times for staff to attend training:

  • Tuesday, July 19, 3-5 p.m.

 and all day on:

  • Wednesday, July 20
  • Thursday, July 21
  • Friday, July 22




Letter To The Editor: Pokémon Go Phenomenon In Los Alamos

on July 14, 2016 - 9:20am
Los Alamos

There's a new phenomenon that's really big in Los Alamos now -- it's a mobile game called "Pokémon Go". It has already surpassed Tinder and is soon to overtake Twitter as the most actively-used Android & iOS app. It's an "augmented reality game" wherein players' physical locations are tracked via GPS as they travel around the town looking for imaginary creatures called Pokémon, which "spawn" for all players simultaneously at different areas. Players meet each other while searching for Pokémon and work together to track them down as part of a "Hot & Cold" game.

AG On Judge’s Ruling Against Sen. Phil Griego

on July 14, 2016 - 9:15am
Attorney General Hector Balderas 
From the Office of the Attorney General:
SANTA FE – The four day preliminary hearing regarding Sen. Phil Griego has come to a close and Judge Brett R. Loveless issued his ruling. Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response:
“Today, the Office of the Attorney General concluded its arguments in the preliminary hearing of former Sen. Phil Griego and our prosecutors presented an overwhelming amount of evidence to support the charges filed before Judge Brett R. Loveless.

LAHS Students Priyanka Velappan And Alex Ionkov Capture Grand Award At State Science Fair

on July 14, 2016 - 9:01am
Award-winning poster and medals on display this weekend at 150 Central Park Square. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos High School sophomores Priyanka Velappan, 16, and Alex Ionkov, 16, are Grand Award winners at the State Science Fair. 
Velappan did experimental biology and Ionkov did computational biology. Their award-winning poster and medals are on display throughout the weekend in the front window of projectY cowork Los Alamos at 150 Central Park Square.

Cogbill: Police Deaths In The U.S.

on July 14, 2016 - 8:40am
Chart: Number of police deaths per one million population in the United States. Image by Allen Cogbill
Los Alamos

Joel Williams' letter regarding the number of police deaths in the U.S. was informative. However, his graph was not adjusted for population [increase].

The graph above shows the number of police deaths per one million population.

I note the dramatic fall-off in police deaths after the end of Prohibition.

Udall Joins Senate In Approving Bill To Combat Heroin And Prescription Drug Abuse

on July 14, 2016 - 8:26am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

Will keep fighting for funding for New Mexico communities battling addiction crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 92-2 Wednesday night for a final agreement on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), a bill that promises additional programs and resources to help prevent prescription opioid and heroin abuse. Udall has long worked to increase funding and support for people battling addiction—particularly prescription drug abuse, which is too often a gateway to heroin use.

The legislation, which passed

Luján Secures Commitment From Majority To Work With Him To Address Easement Issues In NNM

on July 14, 2016 - 7:52am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District introduced two amendments yesterday to the Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act aimed at addressing road easement issues that are impacting tribal and non-tribal communities in northern New Mexico.

After securing a commitment from Rep. Ken Calvert, Chairman of the appropriations subcommittee, and Ranking Member Betty McCollum to work with him on addressing these issues, Luján withdrew his amendments.

Sierra Club Statement On Crude Oil And Wastewater Tankers Explosion

on July 13, 2016 - 3:58pm


NAGEEZI – Monday night, 36 tankers storing crude oil and wastewater exploded and burned.

According to reports, approximately 10 families were evacuated and as of this morning, the fire has yet to be extinguished.

In response, Sierra Club Beyond Dirty Fuels Director Lena Moffitt released the following statement:

“Our thoughts are with the families affected by this disaster, which further highlights the extreme dangers dirty fuels pose not only to our climate and public health, but to our communities.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 6 – July 12, 2016

on July 13, 2016 - 1:17pm

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.

July 6 at 1:50 a.m. / Police arrested Nathan Reass, 26, of Los Alamos on East Road and charged him with possession of marijuana and issued him a summons to appear in court. The police booking photo is not available.


July 6 at 2:39 p.m. / Police arrested Mark Morrow, 36, of Los Alamos on Trinity Drive and charged him with driving on a suspended or revoked license.

PBS Science Café: Black Holes—Masters Of The Milky Way July 16

on July 13, 2016 - 1:05pm
July’s PBS Science Café examines the birth, evolution, and death of black holes with Dr. Rick Wallace in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Astronomers are closing in on the proof they’ve sought for years that one of the most destructive objects in the universe—a supermassive black hole—lurks at the center of our own galaxy. Could it flare up and consume our entire galactic neighborhood? Find out at July’s New Mexico PBS Science Café on Saturday, July 16 at the Los Alamos Nature Center..
Come to the July New Mexico PBS Science Café and watch a

Half A Million People Urge U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Not To Abandon Red Wolves

on July 13, 2016 - 1:05pm
ESC News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A petition including nearly half a million signatures was delivered to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today urging the agency to fulfill its legal duty under the Endangered Species Act to recover the critically endangered red wolf.
To spur the agency to resume efforts to save a species now reduced to an estimated wild population of only 45, nearly 500,000 names were submitted in a petition drive organized the Animal Welfare Institute, Care2, the Center for Biological Diversity, Endangered Species Coalition and the Wildlands Network, and a couple local

SCAM ALERT: Attorney General Balderas Warns New Mexicans Of Prize Offer Scams

on July 13, 2016 - 1:04pm
From the NM Office of the Attorney General:
ALBUQUERQUE  Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to inform the public of unjust, misleading, or deceptive business practices, and to inform and guide the public on other issues of interest. Consumer Alerts are not legal advice, legal authority, or binding legal opinions by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. Please see below for the latest scam impacting New Mexico and how to protect yourself.
The Scam: Prize Offers
Congratulations, today is your lucky day!
You have just won a tablet and two years of

Cindy Leyba Accepts Program Specialist Position For SUN PATH Project At UNM-Los Alamos

on July 13, 2016 - 10:56am

Cindy Leyba. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos is pleased to announce that Cindy Leyba has accepted the Program Specialist position for the SUN PATH project. For the past 12 years, Leyba has served as Operations Manager of the UNM-Los Alamos Bachelor & Graduate Programs through Extended Learning.

“I am excited to be part of the SUN PATH project and look forward to the opportunity to work closely with our consortium members,” Leyba. said. I will be working with UNM-LA Emergency Medical Services program to help students proceed from entry level credentials through to

Los Alamos Computational Scientist Wins 2016 Carcinogenesis Young Investigator Award

on July 13, 2016 - 10:18am

LANL’s Ludmil Alexandrov wins 2016 Carcinogenesis Young Investigator Award.

LANL News:

Ludmil Alexandrov, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group, is the winner of the 2016 Carcinogenesis Young Investigator Award. Given biennially by the journal Carcinogenesis: Integrative Cancer Research, published by Oxford University Press, and the European Association for Cancer Research, the award recognizes a recent significant contribution to carcinogenesis research by an investigator under the age of 40.

“Ludmil’s research uses large-scale computational

Letter To The Editor: Guns, Roses, And Race

on July 13, 2016 - 9:54am
Los Alamos

We remember the race riots of the late 60's. My wife and I lived in Cleveland, Ohio; we were students at Case Western Reserve University.

She was in the School of Nursing, and I was a physics graduate student at Case. We heard and watched the riots in Watts on radio and TV. When Hough burned, we watched it from near our apartment in Cleveland Heights.

I was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in and around Newark. I remember hearing and watching Newark burn and news from family and friends.

Los Alamos County's 42nd Triathlon Needs Volunteers

on July 13, 2016 - 9:38am

Volunteers help in timing tent before the 2015 race begins. Courtesy photo

A volunteer directs cyclists during the 2015 race. Courtesy photo

A young volunteer provides water to thirsty athletes in the 2015 competition. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos County Recreation Department is again preparing for the 42ndAnnual Triathlon set for Saturday, July 30.

This year’s format will be different than previous races with the addition of a separate Junior Triathlon starting 30 minutes before the regular Triathlon begins.

How Scientifically Accurate Is ‘The Martian’?

on July 13, 2016 - 8:50am

Mars. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Is The Martian movie far fetched? What is the atmosphere like on the surface of Mars? How long can an astronaut survive there?

Astrophysicist Rick Wallace will lead a full-dome planetarium show and discussion of Mars at 7 p.m. Friday, July 15, including the challenges, opportunities and realities of this red planet. This fascinating Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) program is in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Create Tax Credit For Energy Storage

on July 13, 2016 - 8:41am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

  • Legislation establishes incentives for business and home use of energy storage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, has introduced S. 3159, the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act, a bipartisan bill cosponsored by U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Angus King (I-Maine), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Mazie K.

Williams: Police Killed From 1800 To 2015

on July 13, 2016 - 8:26am

Chart by Joel Williams


Los Alamos
Here’s a chart of the number of police killed in the US from 1800 to 2015. The main features are lawlessness (what level would the killing have reach in post 1930, if the FBI had not taken a very strong negative view of the bad guys?) and civil disorder over black integration, which culminated after a decade and a half.

We've had a downward trend since the mid-1970's. The low now appears to be about 110-125 per year (about like post WWII). Makes me wonder what will bring on the next wave.

Los Alamos Embraces Pokemon Go!

on July 13, 2016 - 7:59am

A group is spotted Tuesday playing Pokemon Go! near Romero Cabin in downtown Los Alamos. Pokemon Go! is a new phenomenon sweeping the nation. The mobile game has already surpassed Tinder and is soon to overtake Twitter as the most actively-used Android and iOS app. It is an ‘augmented reality game’ wherein players’ physical locations are tracked via GPS as they travel around town looking for imaginary creatures called Pokémon, which ‘spawn’ for all players simultaneously at different areas.

Raffi Andonian Presents 'Money Talks' July 21

on July 13, 2016 - 7:23am

Don't let this happen to you! Come to Raffi Andonian's 'Money Talks' presentation at 6 p.m., July 21 at Fuller Lodge. Register by sending an email to Courtesy/Mandy Marksteiner

Letter To The Editor: Kudos To Fire Department

on July 13, 2016 - 7:07am
Los Alamos

Kudos to the Los Alamos Fire Department for the handling of the North Mesa fire on Tuesday. Their quick and skillful response prevented what could have been a disastrous situation with the current dry conditions. 

I wish to convey a personal thank you to all of the firefighters who did an outstanding job.