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JMTR’s Donation To PEEC Supports Ongoing Classes, Programs And Hikes

on November 15, 2014 - 8:06am
Runners start the half marathon Saturday in the 2014 Jemez Mountain Trail Runs. Photo by John Sarracino

PEEC News:

When the organizers of the JMTR (Jemez Mountain Trail Run) approached the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) last spring about volunteering to manage the Pipeline Road aid station, PEEC staff and volunteers jumped at the chance to help out such a worthwhile cause.

The JMTR is a non-profit organization, with race proceeds donated each year to other local organizations.

Lou Pierotti Will Speak At MOWW Meeting Tuesday

on November 15, 2014 - 7:56am

Lou Pierotti speaking at Pinon Elementary School. File photo

MOWW News:

Softball legend Lou Pierotti of Pierotti’s Clowns will be the guest speaker at the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars General Meeting at 7:15 p.m., Nov. 18 at the Los Alamos Research Park the Second Floor Conference Room.

The Los Alamos Research Park building is just west of the South Mesa Fire Station.

NNSA Awards Additional Support To Accelerate Domestic Mo-99 Development

on November 15, 2014 - 7:51am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced Friday is awarding more than $8 million additional support to its cooperative agreement partners, NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes and SHINE Medical Technologies, to accelerate the establishment of new, domestic sources of the medical isotope Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) - produced without the use of proliferation-sensitive highly enriched uranium (HEU).

Since 2010, the NNSA has partnered with NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes and SHINE Medical Technologies.

LANL Foundation's Susan Herrera Receives Luminaria Award

on November 15, 2014 - 6:51am
LANL Foundation CEO Susan Herrera , right, was honored with a Luminaria Award by New Mexico Community Foundation President and CEO Jenny Parks, left, and Board Chair Sandy Kizser during the Nov. 1 Gala at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. Luminarias are selected because they motivate, inspire and support the dreams of others, promote diversity and equity, and build community strength. Photo by Evan Hubbard

New Mexico School For The Arts Partners With Whole Foods For Community Support Day

on November 15, 2014 - 6:48am

NMSA News:

Thursday, Nov. 20, shoppers at both Whole Foods locations in Santa Fe on Cerrillos Road and St. Francis Road will be directly helping to support New Mexico School for the Arts.

NMSA has been selected to participate in the Whole Foods Market Santa Fe Community Support Day, also known as 5 percent day. Nov. 20, 5 percent of all sales in Santa Fe Whole Foods stores will go to support NMSA’s arts and residence program.  

NM School for the Arts will staff tables at both locations throughout the day, with information to share with shoppers about the high school and its dual

Udall, Heinrich Announce Grant To Support Medicaid And CHIP Enrollment for Eligible Children

on November 15, 2014 - 6:44am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $383,152 for the Connecting Kids to Coverage project at Santo Domingo Pueblo to support increased Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment and retention among eligible children. 

The grant was awarded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2014 American Indian and Alaska Native Outreach and Enrollment Grants, which provided $3.9 million for outreach and enrollment efforts in seven states to help reduce the number of children who remain uninsured.

DOE Awards New Contract To Manage and Operate Brookhaven National Laboratory

on November 15, 2014 - 6:33am

Brookhaven National Laboratory. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a new five-year, $3.2 billion contract to Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) to manage and operate Brookhaven National Laboratory.

The award was the result of a DOE competition for the management and operations (M&O) contract for the laboratory, which has been operated by BSA for the Department since 1998. A major, multi-program laboratory and an internationally recognized center for scientific research, Brookhaven is one of 17 in a system of National Laboratories

Los Alamos Medical Center Conducts Full Scale Ebola Drill

on November 14, 2014 - 6:22am

During LAMC's full scale Ebola Drill Tuesday, Emergency Department Director Lori Coffelt, RN, left, plays the role of 'primary nurse' and Med-Surgery Unit Director Holly Kinney, RN plays the 'second nurse.' Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Following weeks of training, table top exercises and daily conference calls with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the core team at Los Alamos Medical Center launched a full scale Ebola Drill Tuesday.

The premise being a patient walks into the Emergency Department complaining of a fever

Local Entrepreneur Provides Easier Way To Learn Chinese

on November 14, 2014 - 6:11am

Tian Mei Yang

By MANDY MARKSTEINER

Chinese may be the most difficult language on the planet to learn, and there are many reasons why.

“For one thing, it is simply unreasonably hard to learn enough characters to become functionally literate,” wrote David Moser from the University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies in his article called Why is Chinese so Damn Hard?

In order to learn Chinese you have to learn how to read and write tens of thousands of characters (characters that require serious calligraphy skills to recreate), whereas, you only need to learn a couple dozen letters in

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Aspen Tiger Welcomes Students To New School

on November 14, 2014 - 6:09am

Aspen Tiger does a great job Thursday to make students feel welcome to their new school. Photo by Lisa Oluvas 
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Calling All 1966 Los Alamos Hilltopper State Champs

on November 14, 2014 - 5:54am

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Diamond Drive Lane Painting Begins Monday

on November 14, 2014 - 5:53am

COUNTY News:

Beginning Monday, Nov. 17, weather permitting, the County’s contractor, Accu-Stripe, will be painting the turn lane and bike lane symbols on the fog sealed portion of Diamond Drive (North Road/Ridgeway to the roundabout).

Expect short term closures of the left turn lanes between the Pueblo Complex and the roundabout. There will also be short term painting operations in the bike lanes while crews paint the symbols. Work is expected to last  8:30 a.m. to  approximately 5 p.m. all week.

Since this process is temperature sensitive, work may be postponed due to weather.

In order

Neighborhood Buck Bedded Down For The Day

on November 14, 2014 - 5:52am

A band of five bucks roam the west end of Barranca Mesa. Here's one bedded down basking in the sun Thursday. When the sun dropped it got up and wandered off. The green water dish is shared by deer, ravens, squirrels and rabbits. The apple tree behind the fence is also an attraction. Photo by Kei Davis
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Los Alamos Blast (11U) Wins Lower Flight Championship

on November 14, 2014 - 5:51am

Last weekend the Los Alamos Blast (11U) won the Lower Flight Championship at the 8th Annual Veteran's Day USSSA Invitational Baseball Boys 11 & Under Open tournament in Rio Rancho. The tournament roster includes Jackson Ballard, Logan Capon, Carson Dickson, Taylor Drake, Matthew McNiel, Tommy Oldham, Wesley Stanfield, Charles Steinkamp, Ty Swavely, Caden Thornton, Calvin Wimer and Joshua Woodson. Congratulations to this group of players that continued to develop and work on their baseball skills through the fall. Courtesy photo
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Annual Festival Of Chocolate Saturday Night

on November 14, 2014 - 5:48am

Ruby Selvage was presented with a Youth Business Grant check in June, worked with the Rose Chocolatier over the summer and comes full circle by donating to the Festival of Chocolate taking place Saturday. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

By Bernadette Lauritzen

Eight years and still going strong, the annual Festival of Chocolate will be an ewy gooey delight, this Saturday night from 7-9 pm, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

Tickets for the chocolate excursion are $20 and entitles the bearer to all you can eat chocolate, live music and the first look at holiday offerings.

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School Board Meets At LAHS Nov. 20

on November 14, 2014 - 5:47am

LAPS News:

The School Board will hold a Regular School Board Meeting, School Board Executive Session and School Board Work Session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Los Alamos High School Main Lobby.

Following Roll Call, there will be a motion to go into a closed Executive Session in the Los Alamos High School Library classroom to discuss the purchase, acquisition or disposal of real property, specifically the discussion of a leased property, per Section 10-15-1 (H)(8) as allowed in the Open Meetings Act NMSA1978.

Following the closed Executive Session, the School Board President will

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La Jara Prescribed Burn Planned In Santa Fe National Forest

on November 14, 2014 - 5:44am

USFS News: 

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct an additional prescribed pile burn on the Cuba Ranger District. In addition to the previously announced Cedar Springs and Chaparral prescribed burns, the La Jara prescribed burn may be conducted through next March, only on favorable days as conditions allow. 

The La Jara prescribed pile burn is a total of 275 acres in the area northeast of the community of La Jara. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools

LANL: Using Wikipedia To Forecast Diseases

on November 13, 2014 - 12:17pm

Scientist Sara Del Valle and her team observe findings from their research on disease patterns from analyzing Wikipedia articles. Courtesy/LANL 

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos research published in Public Library of Science

Scientists can now monitor and forecast diseases around the globe more effectively by analyzing views of Wikipedia articles, according to a team from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“A global disease-forecasting system will improve the way we respond to epidemics,” scientist Sara Del Valle said.

Small Business Saturday Profile: Aspen Copies

on November 13, 2014 - 11:27am

Aspen Copies owner James Cline with co-worker Alicia Stimson. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

Aspen Copies & Office Supplies is located in the heart of downtown Los Alamos at 1907 Central Ave.

Aspen Copies is a full service copy shop, offering design and print services. Owners James and Dawn Cline have been serving Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico since 1996.

"We are family owned and operated. We offer FedEx Shipping, Packing Service and General Office Supplies as well as copy and print services," James said. "At Aspen Copies, we pride ourselves on fast and friendly service."

Aspen

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Respect Rooftop Energy Production, Los Alamos BPU

on November 13, 2014 - 11:09am

Wilderness First Aid For Day Hikers Class Offered

on November 13, 2014 - 10:57am
Master EMS Instructor Carl Gilmore will teach a first aid for hikers class at PEEC Sunday. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Whether you are an avid or occasional hiker, it’s important to know what to do if someone is in distress on a hike.

PEEC will be offering a wilderness first aid for day hikers course 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov.16. The class, taught by Carl Gilmore, will lay the groundwork for how to help someone in need of first aid.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 6 to Nov. 12, 2014

on November 13, 2014 - 10:42am

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.

NICOLE WHITE‑CHAPMAN

Nov. 6 at 10:09 a.m. / Police arrested Nicole White-Chapman, 31, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged her with possession of a controlled substance.

 

NEVEN FARQUHAR

Nov. 6 at 10:31 a.m. / Police arrested Neven Farquhar, 19, of Los Alamos on West Road and charged him with driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Nov. 7 at 9 a.m.

LANL Foundation Grant Enables School Children To Experience Hands-on Science With Bird-Banding

on November 13, 2014 - 10:05am
Students participate in bird banding during a PEEC Migratory Bird Study Science Field Trip. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Thanks to a generous grant of $1,500 from the LANL Foundation, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has been able to hold seven field trips, as well as pre- and post-trip classroom visits, this fall for local 5th graders through the Migratory Bird Study Science Field Trip program.

The bird-banding program introduces the students, in an unforgettably personal way, to the birds that share their environment.

"This program exposes our schoolchildren to the core

DOE Secretary Moniz, Senator Alexander, Other Members Of Congress To Make Major Investment Announcement Friday

on November 13, 2014 - 9:59am

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday morning, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will join U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Representatives Eric Swalwell, Dan Lipinski, Chuck Fleischmann and Bill Foster to make an announcement on a major investment that will keep the United States on the cutting edge of scientific advancement.

This announcement will mark another step toward President Obama’s and Secretary Moniz’s commitment to promote American leadership in science, technology and innovation.   

Regina Wheeler: PNM And Los Alamos DPU Propose To Buy Dirty San Juan Coal Mine; New Mexico Deserves Better

on November 13, 2014 - 9:45am
By REGINA WHEELER
CEO, Positive Energy Solar

Times have changed since solar and wind power first became available. Across the country, the cost of coal is going up, and the price of clean energy – like wind and solar – is coming down. Employment trends are changing, too. Today, more workers are employed in the clean energy industry than in coal mining nationwide. Since 2012, New Mexico’s solar industry has added nearly 1,000 new jobs. Almost 2,000 New Mexicans now work in our state’s growing solar economy. 

As owner of a local solar company, I’ve seen the remarkable transition to clean

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