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Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Different Styles Mark Cliburn Competitors

on June 6, 2013 - 8:04am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Chinese pianist Fei Fei Dong closes the semifinals of the Cliburn Competition. The judges are scheduled to announce the finalists at 11:30 p.m., well past our bedtime, but for this we will stay wide awake.

That all of these pianists have formidable technical skills is a given. Pyrotechnics abound. But I have decided that the competitors fall into two broad categories.


Thompson Ridge Fire Update - Evening of June 5

on June 5, 2013 - 10:21pm

The Thompson Ridge Fire battle continues behind the Valles Caldera Headquarters area. Courtesy/VCT


Thompson Ridge Fire Update

June 5, 2013  9 p.m.

Acres: 10,400                                   

Start date: May 31, 2013

Cause: Downed powerline              

Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve

Containment: 5 percent                      

Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine

Terrain: Steep, rugged                       

Resources: 23 crews, 36 engines, 8 water tenders, 2 dozers

Total personnel: 816

Available air support: 3 airtankers, 6

Bandelier Weekend Events

on June 5, 2013 - 12:58pm


Want to take a hike and travel to space all in one day? Explore Bandelier, by daylight and moonlight, during two exciting events.

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 8, followed from 9-11 p.m. by an Explore the Stars program.

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day by engaging in healthy, active, outdoor fun on your public lands. Join the Bandelier Trails Program Lead Dale Coker for a hike on the Alamo Boundary Trail.

Coker will lead hikers on an easy trail for one mile to the monument boundary.

Thompson Ridge Fire Shuts Down Valles Caldera National Preserve

on June 5, 2013 - 12:51pm

Valle Grande. Photo by Glen Wurden

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – All public access to the Valles Caldera National Preserve is closed to the public due to increased fire activity from the Thompson Ridge Fire.

The Fire has burned more than 9,000 acres near the western border of the preserve since the fire began Friday, May 31. All recreational programs and activities on the Valles Caldera National Preserve have been suspended until the area is considered safe for visitors to return.  

The timing of what programs may be resumed will be determined after close collaboration with the Incident

LANL: Metamaterial Flexible Sheets Could Transform Optics

on June 5, 2013 - 12:09pm

Members of the metamaterials team, from left: Nathaniel K. Grady, Hou-Tong Chen, Jane E. Heyes. Courtesy/LANL

(a) Photograph of an ultrathin (72 µm thick) metamaterial sample. (b) Illustration of how the metamaterial redirects an electromagnetic wave, which would not happen for a normal thin film. The structure is not drawn to scale. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New design flattens bulky optical devices

New ultrathin, planar, lightweight, and broadband polarimetric photonic devices and optics could result from recent research by a team of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists.

NMEOC/DHSEM Thompson Ridge Fire Update

on June 5, 2013 - 11:44am


Updated information the Thompson Ridge Fire this morning from the New Mexico Emergency Operations Center and the Dept. of Homeland Security emergency Management:

  • The fire has grown to 9,394 acres.
  • There is a spot fire burning just north of the fire line and is approximately 68 acres: It is lined and believed to be contained. Much of the focus will be on the spot fire today and this evening.
  • The main fire has moved past the Valles Caldera HQ structures with no damage reported.
  • More resource requests have been made for equipment.
  • Thompson Ridge evacuation area may be lifted this

Los Alamos Rotary Named Club of the Year!

on June 4, 2013 - 11:12am

Rotary President Linda Hull holds the 'Club of the Year' plaque awarded to the Los Alamos Rotary Club at the annual District Conference last month in Las Cruces. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos brought home a carload of trophies from the recent District Conference in Las Cruces including the prestigious “Club of the Year” for 2012-2013.

"This is extremely exciting news and reflects the District’s recognition of the good work we have done throughout this Rotary year to serve in the Five Avenues of Service:

Thompson Ridge Fire Grows Overnight

on June 4, 2013 - 10:32am


Bill Knight shared this MODIS image from 1:15 a.m. today showing where the Thompson Ridge Fire has increased overnight. Courtesy photo

Thompson Ridge Fire Update - June 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Acres: 4,451 Start date: May 31, 2013
Cause: Under Investigation Location: 10 miles north of Jemez
Containment: 5 percent Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 14 crews, 32 engines, 4 water tenders, 2 dozers
Total personnel: 591 Available air support: 5 helicopters

Summary: Today firefighters again expect extreme fire behavior due to the continued warm weather, windy conditions