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Los Alamos Medical Center Earns Patient Safety Award

on December 18, 2014 - 2:01pm
LAMC Patient Safety Award. Courtesy photo
LAMS News:

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) was recently recognized by the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) Partnership for Patients campaign.

The HEN campaign project was designed to help identify solutions to reduce hospital acquired conditions and readmissions, and then provide those solutions to hospitals and other health care providers. LAMC received the award for meeting and improving all patient safety goals and core measures across the entire hospital system.

“We improved by 89 percent over the past three year period, moving from the

LAFD Schedules Prescribed Burn In Bayo Canyon

on December 18, 2014 - 1:40pm

Conducting a pre fire burn assessment, from left, Los Alamos Fire Capt. Dan Devall, Capt. James Pepe, Los Alamos resident Marv Alme and Driver Engineer Mike Lewis. Courtesy photo

LADF News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department has scheduled a prescribed burn Jan. 9-10 near Los Alamos in Bayo Canyon.

LAFD Willand Division Chief Ramon Garcia explained that prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring the ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity.

CEMRC Releases Final Summary Report On WIPP

on December 18, 2014 - 1:11pm

WIPP News:

The Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC) has posted its final summary report regarding the Feb. 14 radiological event that occurred at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

CEMRC is a division of the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University that provides independent monitoring of the WIPP facility.

Following the radiological release that occurred at WIPP, CEMRC increased its monitoring activities – both at the WIPP site and in the surrounding area.

USNRC Public Document Room Holiday Closure

on December 18, 2014 - 10:11am


The USNRC Public Document Room will be closed, along with the rest of the Federal government, Friday, Dec. 26.

This closure is in addition to the Christmas Day holiday Thursday, Dec. 25. It will open again Monday, Dec. 29.

The mission of NRC's Public Document Room is to help the public find and obtain NRC information in the agency's extensive electronic, paper, and microfiche collections. Located in Rockville, Md., it is staffed by reference and technical librarians.

Methane Gas Extractor Placed At Landfill To Decrease Levels

on December 18, 2014 - 9:37am


Residents might notice a large piece of equipment that recently arrived at the Los Alamos County Eco Station. It is a methane gas extractor that will be used to reduce higher than acceptable methane gas levels.

The extractor works like a vacuum system, which pulls the landfill gas through the landfill material and vents the methane gas through the stack. Staff expects that the methane extraction unit will be in place for the next six months or until methane levels decrease to an acceptable level.

Higher than desired methane levels have been detected, which range from 0.0 to 41

Students Create 'Don't Text and Drive' Posters

on December 17, 2014 - 1:05pm
Los Alamos High School Driver's Education Teacher Scott Pomeroy works with students to educate each other and the community through poster presentations. By texting '#X' students tell their friends that they will be driving and won't respond until they have reached their destination. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
Another of the posters created by LAHS Driver's Education students. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen