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LANL Laser Research Shows Promise for Cancer Treatment

on August 21, 2012 - 7:08am

Sasi Palaniyappan, right, and Rahul Shah inside a target chamber where the TRIDENT short pulse laser is aimed at a very thin foil target. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New insights gained on how lasers generate ions in dense plasmas

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have observed for the first time how a laser penetrates dense, electron-rich plasma to generate ions.

The process has applications for developing next generation particle accelerators and new cancer treatments.

The results, published online August 19 in Nature Physics, also confirm predictions made more than 60 years

Baldrige Program Celebrates 25 Years of Performance Excellence

on August 21, 2012 - 7:08am

Commerce Secretary Malcolm "Mac" Baldrige and President Ronald Reagan return to the White House after horseback riding in June 1981. Shortly after Baldrige was killed in a rodeo accident, President Reagan honored his friend and colleague on Aug. 20, 1987, by signing the bill that established the Baldrige National Quality Award. Courtesy/The Baldrige Family

BALDRIGE News:

Not many 25-year-olds can boast that in their short lifetime they have helped thousands of organizations develop and maintain world-class operations, innovative management, efficient procedures, involved workforces and

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Mountain's Student Newspaper Project Part 2

on August 21, 2012 - 7:07am

Editor's note: This is part 2 of a 15-part series featuring newspapers created by sixth grade students in teacher Michele Altherr's gifted class at Mountain Elementary School.

This newspaper features the intelligent attributes of the African Grey Parrot as reported and published by Mountain Elementary School student Emily Krepps.

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Food on the Hill: Pizza

on August 21, 2012 - 7:06am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe...

Pizza

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

Things that are a MUST have for this recipe:

You must have a pizza stone (also called a baking stone) for the inside of the oven. The only way you are going to get a crispy crust and the right pizza taste is if you can put a lot of heat to the crust in a fast way (pizza stone.)

The other thing you must have is parchment paper.

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SFI Seminar - Models.Behaving.Badly: On Theories, Models, Intuition and Finance

on August 21, 2012 - 7:05am

SFI News:

Models.Behaving.Badly: On Theories, Models, Intuition and Finance

By Emanuel Derman
Columbia University

Thursday, Aug. 23 • 12:15 p.m. • Medium Conference Room

Abstract: Models are metaphors that explain the world we don’t understand in terms of worlds we do.

They are merely analogies, provide partial insight, stand on someone else's feet.

Theories stand on their own feet, and rely on no analogies.

Models tell you what something is more or less like; theories try to tell you what something is.

Financial models are not theories; they are analogies, idealizations that always

Northern New Mexico's First-Ever Regional Encyclopedia

on August 21, 2012 - 7:04am

Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. Courtesy

A book signing for the Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, written by Mark H. Cross is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at Otowi Station in Los Alamos.

Cross also will be interviewed at 8:30 a.m. Thursday on KRSN 1490 AM.

The Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico is a catalog of the people, places, arts, cultures and colloquialisms unique to the City Different and the Land of Enchantment.

The publication contains:

  • 1,000+ alphabetical entries, fully indexed
  • 180 illustrations -- photographs, maps and charts

DOE Hosts Public Hearing Tonight at Holiday Inn Express

on August 21, 2012 - 7:04am

DOE News:

The Department of Energy is holding public hearings on a Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

The hearings are scheduled for:

  • Los Alamos on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the Holiday Inn Express, 60 Entrada Drive;
  • Santa Fe on Thursday, Aug. 23 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 3347 Cerrillos Road; and
  • Carlsbad on Aug. 28 hearing at the Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel Avenue.

The hearings will be 5:30-8 p.m. with a presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. and public comments beginning around 6:45 p.m.

The comment period ends Sept. 25.

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Public Invited to Tour Six Special Gardens Saturday!

on August 21, 2012 - 7:03am
Courtesy/LAMG
 
LOS ALAMOS MASTER GARDNERS News:
 
August brings harvest time to gardeners and a time to enjoy their labors. Join the Los Alamos Master Gardeners' Tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 and learn some secrets to success in vegetable and flower gardening.
 
Six very beautiful and very different gardens illustrate how personal style and family needs influence design.
 
The tour is free; brochures are available at the library or at the extension office or http://lamgonline.org/docs/2012_MG_brochure.pdf.
 
Be sure to visit the stable gardens where three master

What's at Thursday's Los Alamos Farmers Market?

on August 21, 2012 - 7:02am

FARMERS MARKET News:

Courtesy/LAFM

This week's Los Alamos Farmers Market in the Mesa Public Library parking lot is open 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and packed by 1 p.m.

What’s at Market:

Salad greens / Kale / Chard / Bell peppers / Shishito peppers / Potatoes of every color / Green beans / Waxed beans / Carrots / Tomatoes / Cucumbers all types / Okra Beets / Squash / Diakon Radish / Green Onions / Parsley / Basil both types / Corn / Green Tomatoes / Squash Blossoms / Patty pan squash / Chinese Red noodle beans / Egg Plant / Celery / Heads Lettuce / Fennel / Dill / Yellow Hot Peppers / Roasted

Local Tech Support Company Issues Scam Warning!

on August 21, 2012 - 7:02am

ECS / Piñon PC Support News: 

By Heather Burke

Recently I have been hearing from several of our clients of a determined effort by phone-based help-desk vendors pushing services in addition to the ones requested by the caller.   

My clients are certain that they are calling the actual companies of AOL, Dell, McAfee, etc. 

But it turns out that they are actually calling one of many rogue companies that then push for additional services by demonstrating false errors on your pc. 

Scenario: You search on Google for the tech-support phone number for AOL, Dell, etc.

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No Dog Should Be Alone During Golden Years

on August 21, 2012 - 7:01am

Nanny, 9, is an orphan living at the shelter. Photo by Don Taylor

Staff report

Nanny is a 9-year-old hound mix looking for someone with whom to share her golden years. 
 
She is brown and white with black-rimmed eyes brimming with sad wisdom.

Nanny resides at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter where she exhibits polite indoor manners.

She enjoys rawhide chews and belly rubs, children and friendly dogs and cats.

Most of all Nanny seems to crave someone who will take her home and give her a family again.

Call Mary at 920-8203 for more information.

Longtime Los Alamos photographer Don Taylor

NMDOT Sponsors Statewide Child Safety Seat Clinic

on August 21, 2012 - 7:00am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE–The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is pleased to sponsor a statewide child safety seat clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 25.

The clinics will take place in four cities and six different locations as part of the “100 Days and Nights of Summer” campaign that was kicked off late last month. 

The clinics are held on a first-come, first-served basis and the service is free and open to the public.

“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14. Whether they’re taking short trips or long vacations, we want New

Community of Atheists Host Discussion Wednesday

on August 21, 2012 - 6:59am

LOS ALAMOS COMMUNITY OF ATHEISTS News:

The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a discussion from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 in meeting room one of Mesa Public Library.

This month's topic is: Mormonism, Morality and Mitt. How benign are Mormon beliefs? How would a Mormon in the White House affect you? 

Please direct questions to losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com. All are welcome.

N.M. 599 Bridge Work Starts Aug. 20

on August 20, 2012 - 11:41pm

NMDOT is alerting motorists to bridge work starting on N.M. 599 on the northwest side of Santa Fe.  

The project, which involves grinding, overlay, and joint replacement work, starts Monday, Aug. 20 and will be completed in two to three weeks, weather permitting.

The N.M. 599 bridges being worked on are over Via Abajo at mile marker 7.4, Camino La Tierra at mile marker 10.1, and Avenida Rincon at mile marker 13.9.

The work is being performed by two NMDOT contractors, Meridian and Villalobos Construction Company.

There will be lane closures in both directions on N.M. 599 between 8 a.m.

Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore: Aug. 12-18

on August 20, 2012 - 11:21pm
 
Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore the week of Aug. 12-18:
  1. 109 East Palace, Jennet Conant
  2. Mason, a New Mexico Hero, Caroline Mason*
  3. The Greater Journey, David McCullough
  4. Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, Simon Winchester
  5. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  6. Darwin's Armada: Four Voyages and the Battle for the Theory of Evolution, Iain McCalman
  7. The Manhattan Project, Dan Elish
  8. Los Alamos Trails, Craig Martin*
  9. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
  10. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
*local or regional author
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Diabetes Support Group Organizing

on August 20, 2012 - 11:04pm

LOS ALAMOS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE News:

By Paula Roybal Sánchez, Extension Home Economist

Come be a part of a Support Group for people affected by Diabetes. The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service is organizing and sponsoring a free Diabetes Support Group. 

Mary Beugelsdijk, a certified diabetes educator, and Paula Roybal Sánchez, the Extension Home Economist will provide leadership to the group. 

Meetings are scheduled 5:30-7 p.m., the second Monday of the month beginning Sep. 10 in the training room in the Los Alamos Community Building. The support group is free.

The

Planned Steam Plant Outage Underway at LANL

on August 20, 2012 - 5:30pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory's Utilities and Institutional Facilities Division began a planned steam outage for maintenance at 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.

The planned steam outage is scheduled to conclude at 7 p.m., Aug. 25.

The centralized steam distribution system must be shut down for required maintenance of equipment, including replacing and upgrading key components of the Laboratory’s utility system.

During the outage, there will be no heating and no process steam available in building systems served by the Steam Plant.

All buildings within the TA-3 and TA-43 area will be affected

BREAKING NEWS: Gas Leak Sparks Middle School Evacuation / Causes 2-Hour Delay Tuesday for LAMS Only!

on August 20, 2012 - 4:41pm

Students and staff are evacuated from Los Alamos Middle School today after a contractor punctured a gas line. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com.

By Greg Kendall

Students and staff were evacuated from Los Alamos Middle School today after a contractor operating a backhoe nicked a gas line.

"The call about the gas leak came in at 1:17 p.m. and LAFD and LAPD were on scene within four minutes," said Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider. "The contractor did shut off the gas prior to our arrival. Everybody was evacuated from the school in a safe and secure manner per protocol."

The gas

FDA Recalls Romaine Lettuce Sold in New Mexico

on August 20, 2012 - 4:27pm

Tanimura & Antle voluntarily recalls single lot of Romaine Lettuce because of possible health risk. Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Lettuce Already Pulled From New Mexico Stores But Consumers Should Check Labels At Home


Santa Fe – The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is alerting residents to a nationwide recall that was issued Sunday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration involving Romaine Lettuce that was shipped to New Mexico

Tanimura & Antle Inc.

Mountain Students Create 15 Newspapers Through Project-Based Learning

on August 20, 2012 - 11:44am

Members of the Mountain Elementary School newspaper project include front row from left, Martin Naud, Ethan Aulwes, Junseo Kim and Eben Bold. Second row from left, Lucas Manzanares, Tristan Semelsberger, Emily Krepps, Sarah Russell and Marja Graham. Third row from left, Noah Sanchez, Henry Williams, John Mamula, teacher Michele Altherr, Nate Stephens, Riana Foley and not pictured is Lena Vinogradova. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Last spring, gifted students in teacher Michele Altherr's sixth grade class at Mountain Elementary School participated in a very

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Mule Deer Fawns in Need of Fresh Tree Branches

on August 20, 2012 - 11:43am
The Wildlife Center near Espanola is in need of fresh branches to feed its Mule Deer Fawns undergoing rehabilitation. Anyone willing to trim a few branches from their fruit trees to donate to these fawns is encouraged to call the Wildlife Center at 505-753-9505. Founded in 1986, the Wildlife Center works to conserve and restore native wildlife and their habitats through action-oriented education, promotion of public awareness, strategic partnerships and responsible wildlife rehabilitation. Courtesy photo
 
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High Holidays 2012 at Los Alamos Jewish Center

on August 20, 2012 - 11:40am
LAJC News:
 
Rabbi Melissa Klein. Courtesy photo
 
By Bonnie J. Gordon
 
The Los Alamos Jewish Center community eagerly anticipates welcoming a special guest rabbi for this year’s High Holiday season, Rabbi Melissa Klein.
 
Rabbi Klein will not only officiate religious services, but will also lead community events that weave together traditional high holiday values with the theme, “Generation to Generation.”
 
Longtime Los Alamos rabbi, Rabbi Jack Shlachter, was honored with an invitation to lead services at a synagogue in Vienna, Austria.
 
His acceptance of this prestigious

Appreciative Inquiry: Examples at Individual Level

on August 20, 2012 - 11:16am

Column by Elena Yang

We can use Appreciative Inquiry principles for personal encounters.

A group leader’s administrative assistant is a young and competent woman.

But between her various personal needs, grandparents’ and parents’ illnesses, young children’s school delays and days-home, husband’s inability to support, and the organization’s constant demands of this training and that new requirement, she was not reliably at her desk answering phone calls, which made frustrated others trying to collaborate with the group. 

Should the group leader reprimand her? Lecture her?

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Don't Miss Tonight's Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture

on August 20, 2012 - 9:25am

Alex Filippenko brings cosmic photos, music, passion and a host of T-shirts to his popular Introduction to General Astronomy class. Photos by Steve McConnell/UC Berkeley

Tonight is the Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium. The lecture, by Alex Fillippenko from UC Berkeley is on "Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe."

The Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture is open to the public at no charge.

The  J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee is dedicated to honoring the memory of Oppenheimer and his significant contributions to Los Alamos, the nation and the world. 

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 9 to Aug. 15, 2012

on August 20, 2012 - 9:21am

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.

 

ROBERT MONTOYA

Aug. 9 at 9:43 a.m. / Police arrested Robert Montoya, 29, of Carlsbad in the 1200 block of Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction and charged him with driving on a suspended or revoked driver's license, no proof of insurance, no vehicle registration.

Aug. 9 at 2:49 p.m.

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