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DOE: Largest Such Project in World Will Capture 1.4 Million Tons of CO2 Annually

on July 16, 2014 - 8:38am

DOE News:

The Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with NRG Energy Inc. and JX Nippon announced Tuesday that construction has begun on the first commercial-scale, post-combustion carbon-capture retrofit project in the U.S., the largest such project in the world.

The Petra Nova Project will use cutting edge technology to help decrease the power plant’s greenhouse gas emissions. Once completed, the energy technology project will capture about 1.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually from an existing coal-fired power plant in Texas. The captured CO2 will then be used to

VCAT Report Details Recommendations For NIST Cryptographic Standards

on July 16, 2014 - 8:32am

NIST News:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Visiting Committee for Advanced Technology (VCAT) finalized a report detailing recommendations for NIST's cryptographic standards program. 

The VCAT's recommendations are based on a review conducted by a group of invited experts known at the Committee of Visitors, which began last April.

The report is available on the VCAT website. In addition, NIST has posted the briefing documents that were provided to the VCAT and the Committee of Visitors.

Habitat for Humanity Accepting Applications for Home Repair Program

on July 16, 2014 - 8:27am

HFH News:

Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications for their new home repair program. Applications and program information are available at the Habitat for Humanity office, 726 N. Riverside Dr., in Espanola. 

Applications will be accepted thru July 25. Applicants also may contact Lawrence Herman at 505.747.2690 or email


Make Pet Rock 'Siblings' at PEEC July 22

on July 16, 2014 - 7:34am
Make pet rocks like this one at PEEC's Summer Family Evening, July 22.

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a Summer Family Evening, 6:30-8 p.m., July 22 at which staff members from the YMCA will facilitate a fun activity helping kids make pet rock “siblings.”

Families are welcome to drop in any time throughout the program.

After going outside to search for a pair of rocks, kids and their parents will bring them back in to PEEC where they can use different art and craft supplies to make their very own pet rock “siblings.”

The child

A Glimpse Inside Smith's Marketplace

on July 15, 2014 - 11:57pm

Smith's Marketplace opened its doors for special tours today. The store will host an official grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday after which the doors will open to the public. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Meet Smith's Marketplace Director Erik Boehm, here with VP of Public Affairs Marsha Gilford from Salt Lake City. Boehm is in charge of running the new store. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Produce Department. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Employees are putting on the finishing touches to the store in preparation for tomorrow's

More than 40 Pastors to Mathematicians Participating in Wednesday's 'Seeking Truth in Science and Faith' Discussion of Evil

on July 15, 2014 - 10:01am


The “Seeking Truth in Science and Faith in Los Alamos" talk and discussion series will take on “Evil - From the Big Bang Until Today” as the topic under discussion at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 16 at United Church’s Craig Hall, 2525 Canyon Road.

More than 40 people from pastors to mathematicians will participate. The presenter ia Eric Fairfield, Ph.D.

Dinner is at 6 p.m., the presentation 6:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m., the discussion begins.

The group will pull in information from cosmology, paleontology, anthropology, chemistry, physics, biology, genetics, and neuroscience,

LANL Launches New Student App

on July 15, 2014 - 9:49am

Student using an iPad. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Job searching tool for students, postdocs

Los Alamos National Laboratory recently launched its new student mobile app that students and postdoctoral candidates can use to learn about employment opportunities, science research, education programs and more. The Los Alamos Students mobile app is free and can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play (for android platforms).

“The Laboratory’s new Student App is a great way for students and post-docs to make contact with the Lab and learn about all the exciting opportunities available and the work

Los Alamos/White Rock Little League Baseball & Softball Sweep District!

on July 15, 2014 - 9:28am

The 11-12 Baseball All-Stars from left, Logan Bishop, Coach Lance Eaton, Antonio Gonzales, Arthur Steinkamp, Coach Alex Garcia, Jacob Benelli, Jakob Castille, Luke Kirkland, Hunter Swavely, Coach Craig Chavez, Jaxson Martines, Bryson Ballew, Marin Kelly, Luc Chavez and Walker Eaton. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos/White Rock 11-12 Baseball All Star team won the 2014 District Tournament in Santa Fe Saturday, beating Espanola 20-0 to win the District title.

They are now headed to play in the State Baseball Tournament in Carlsbad, which starts July 18. The LALL and WRLL combined


Fourth Annual 'Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship' Recipients Announced

on July 15, 2014 - 8:47am
Markie Bee. Courtesy/JHMS
JHMS News:
The Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship (JHMS) committee has announced the recipients of its 4th Annual JHMS awards.
The annual scholarships are given to Navajo women who desire to serve their people and need help funding a challenging academic course of study.
The recipient of this year’s $2,500 JHMS award is Markie Bee, a senior at New Mexico Tech, majoring in chemical engineering.

Camp Corazones Issues Urgent Call For Lifeguards

on July 15, 2014 - 8:36am


Camp Corazones, an annual three-day summer camp for children and families infrected or impacted by HIV/AIDS, is in urgent need of certified lifeguards to volunteer and supervise pool time Thursday and Friday, July 17 and 18.

Camp Corazones is an all-volunteer, grassroots, community based organization. The planning, organizing and funding for the annual camp is guided by a core of dedicated volunteers who support the relevance of Camp Corazones and how important this summer camp is to the children and their families.

This is the highlight of their summer vacation to

Eastern Area Sound Wall Construction Underway

on July 15, 2014 - 8:24am

Construction of a sound wall to reduce noise levels in the Eastern Area is underway between Tewa Loop and Airport Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A caterpillar digs a deep trench for the new sound wall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Men work in a hole at the project site. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report:

Construction of a sound wall to reduce noise levels in the Eastern Area is underway between Tewa Loop and Airport Road.

A Los Alamos N.M.


Darren White Launches PI & Security Firm

on July 15, 2014 - 8:21am

Darren White


Former Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White has started a private investigations and security company. 

White, who is nationally known as a public safety expert, served as secretary of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, Bernalillo County sheriff and director of Public Safety for the City of Albuquerque. White also runs Buzzsaw Strategies, a government relations company.

White is partnering with David Linthicum, former chief deputy for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.

Los Alamos Chapter of NM Breastfeeding Task Force Meets Thursday

on July 15, 2014 - 8:03am
The Los Alamos Chapter of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 17 at the Public Health Office, 1183 Diamond Dr. (across from the high school).
All interested parties are invited to attend.

Food on the Hill: Double Chocolate Brownies

on July 15, 2014 - 7:38am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This Week's Recipe:

Double Chocolate Brownies

Photo by Sue York/


1 cup flour (*high altitude)
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 cups (12oz) chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 cup walnuts

You can get the high altitude flour at Walmart. It is higher in protein, and a finer grind. This was the first time I tried it, and I think it did well. I want to keep trying it in baked goods to see if it out performs bread flour.

Photo by Sue York/

Combine flour,

New Mexico State Police Investigate Vehicular Homicide in Rio Arriba County

on July 15, 2014 - 7:28am

NMSP News:

State Police responded to the Espanola hospital Friday regarding a deceased 28-year-old female, later identified as Lisa Espinoza.

Espinoza had suffered blunt force trauma to her head and upper body and was brought to the hospital by Richard Trujillo, 42, Espinoza’s boyfriend.

Through the course of the investigation, it was learned Espinoza and Trujillo were consuming alcohol earlier in the day. They were drinking at their cabin and at the El Cuerno Bar in Cebolla. Later in the evening, they left the bar in Trujillo’s flatbed truck.

Farmer’s Market 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday

on July 15, 2014 - 7:06am

Courtesy photo

LAFM News:

The Los Alamos Farmer’s Market is 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

This week, there will be an abundance of organic produce, handmade items and specialty foods, including: carrots in three different colors/ apples/ celery/lettuces/ squash/ onions of every color/ peas/ peppers/ tomatoes/ potatoes/ egg plant/ squash blossoms/ cinnamon buns/ goat cheese spreads/ cow cheeses/ butter/ lavender body products/ cider snow cones/coffee/ ice teas/ vegetable drinks/ honey and honey sticks/ plums/ cherries/ fresh herbs/ vinegars/ jams/

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