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Regional Coalition Comes Under Fire

on March 1, 2018 - 7:18am

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Executive Director Andrea Romero, center, answers questions from board members during Monday's meeting in Pojoaque. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board members discuss the Coalition's authority and the future of executive director Andrea Romero's contract Monday in Pojoaque. Photo by Maire O'Neill/



Los Alamos Daily Post

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) board members were made aware Monday at their meeting in Pojoaque that the

Sheehey: LANL RFP And GRT

on February 28, 2018 - 7:58am
Los Alamos County Councilor

Some LANL employees have expressed the opinion that SB17, the bill recently passed by the state legislature requiring every prime contractor for a National Laboratory in New Mexico to pay full gross receipts tax (GRT), will weaken the new contract bid of any non-profit contractor by raising the cost to NNSA for a non-profit organization to run the Lab.

This reflects confusion about the Lab RFP and GRT, which I would like to clarify.

I worked at the Lab for 26 years, under both the non-profit University of California (UC) and the for-profit LANS LLC.

Tony Redondo Named Head Of Los Alamos National Laboratory Tech Transfer Division

on February 22, 2018 - 9:35pm

Antonio ‘Tony’ Redondo

LANL News:

Antonio “Tony” Redondo will take over Feb. 26 ,as head of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s tech transfer division, the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation.

Named after the famous Manhattan Project physicist, the Feynman Center helps to transition science and technology created at the Laboratory to the private sector.

Redondo is the former Theoretical Division leader and currently a senior scientist in the Theory, Simulation and Computation Directorate.

RCLC Delivers Letter Supporting SB17 To Governor

on February 22, 2018 - 3:58pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) hand-delivered a letter, in support of Senate Bill 17 (SB17), a bill that protects gross receipts tax (GRT) from ‘certain non-profits’ and the operators of Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, to the Office of Governor Martinez Wednesday alomg with a large packet of support letters and resolutions.

Copy of the Letter:

February 20, 18
Office of the Governor New Mexico State Capitol 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Room 400 Santa Fe, NM 87501
Dear Honorable Governor Susana Martinez,   
It is with great interest and urgency that the

Los Alamos Receives 4.2 Inches Of Snow

on February 22, 2018 - 9:51am
A Los Alamos National Laboratory spokesperson told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning that LANL officially measured 4.2 inches of snow overnight. Snow piled up on this table overnight at a residence in the Woodland area in Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Snow scene this morning in the Woodland area in Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Snow scene at 5 a.m. today in Eastern Area. Photo by Sharon Snyder
Mulani, 11, romps in the snow this morning in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell
White Rock received its share of snow overnight including

Exascale Computers Set To Produce A Quintillion Of Calculations Per Second

on February 22, 2018 - 9:17am

Exascale Computer Project Data and Visualization area lead Jim Ahrens is a 20-year veteran of National Alamos National Laboratory. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Danny Perez came to Los Alamos National Laboratory 11 years ago as a postdoc and stayed. He is a member of the Exascale Atomistics for Accuracy, Length and Time project team. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

When thinking about the fastest supercomputers available today solving problems at the petascale, a quadrillion calculations per second, it is

Crowd Packs UnQuarked To Hear About ATHENA

on February 22, 2018 - 7:35am

LANL scientist Jennifer Harris discusses the ATHENA project during Wednesday evening's Science on Tap event at Unquarked in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

A crowd packs Unquarked in Central Park Square Wendesday evening the hear about the ATHENA project underway at LANL. Courtesy photo

LANL's ATHENA is designed to simulate organ systems such as liver, heart, lung and kidney. Courtesy photo

Creative District News:

Despite snowy weather conditions Wednesday night, more than 50 people attended the Science On Tap to hear Jennifer Harris talk about the ATHENA project underway at Los

LANL On Regular Operating Schedule Today

on February 22, 2018 - 6:21am

LANL News:

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Closure Hotline said at 6:15 a.m. that today LANL is on a regular operating schedule.

NNSA: Lisa Gordon-Hagerty Confirmed As DOE Under Secretary

on February 20, 2018 - 3:54pm
Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty was confirmed Thursday by the U.S. Senate as the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
Once she is sworn in to the position, Gordon-Hagerty will be responsible for the management and operation of NNSA, in support of Secretary Perry and President Trump’s nuclear security agenda.
“We are excited to welcome Lisa to the DOE team following her confirmation,” Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said.

LANL Researchers Discover Novel Exciton Interactions In Carbon Nanotubes

on February 20, 2018 - 10:28am

Stephen Doorn, of Los Alamos National Laboratory, working on an instrument used for spectroscopic characterization of carbon nanotubes. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • In the study, a collaborative research team showed that Raman spectroscopy (a form of light scattering) can provide more extensive characterization of intertube excitons.

Nanotechnology researchers studying small bundles of carbon nanotubes have discovered an optical signature showing excitons bound to a single nanotube are accompanied by excitons tunneling across closely interacting nanotubes.

Unexpected Encounter Leads To Interview With Manhattan Project Veteran Reid Cameron

on February 20, 2018 - 5:43am
Reid Cameron and his Manhattan Project service patch. Photo by Sharon Snyder
Los Alamos Historical Society
Sometimes a chance encounter can result in something unexpected. That was the case last August when I visited Mesa Verde National Park. I was wearing my Los Alamos Ranch School shirt with the embroidered logo when I met a volunteer ranger in the park.
We were enjoying a nice conversation when she noticed the logo and said, excitedly, “My husband’s uncle was at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project!”
I immediately asked, “Is he still living?”

Notice Of Proposed Floodplain Actions At LANL

on February 17, 2018 - 5:08pm

NNSA News:
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing to install a permanent fire break across the canyon bottom, which includes approximately 300 feet of the 100-year floodplain.
The proposed work will occur in Portrillo Canyon in Technical Area (TA) 36. The purpose of this work is to further reduce wildfire risk in upper Potrillo Canyon from the Lower Slobbovia firing site operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations 1022 Compliance with Floodplain and Wetland Environmental

Science On Tap: ATHENA & Surrogate Human Organs

on February 17, 2018 - 10:20am

Creative District News:

New drugs are under constant development but most fail in clinical trials. Why do so many drugs pass animal testing, but fail in Phase 1 clinical trials in humans? Are animal models of human diseases ultimately really a good model for humans?

Enter ATHENA. ATHENA, which stands for Advanced Tissue-engineered Human External Network Analyzer, is designed to simulate organ systems (such as liver, heart, lung, and kidney) and can be used as a first-line test for potential toxicity analysis since the system can mimic the response of actual human organs.

NMED Secretary Tongate And AG Balderas On Lawsuits Against Gold King Mine Contractor Ruling

on February 17, 2018 - 7:43am
NMED News:
SANTA FE Wednesday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Butch Tongate released a joint statement regarding a federal judge’s ruling that lawsuits filed by New Mexico and the Navajo Nation against a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractor will proceed:
“We are pleased that our lawsuit against EPA's contractor, Environmental Restoration LLC, will proceed, and we look forward to continuing to work alongside the Navajo Nation to recoup the damages done to our environment, cultural sites, and our economy.”

Legacy Clean Up Contractor N3B Visits Daily Post

on February 15, 2018 - 12:06pm

Charity Meinhart, right, with public affairs and communications at N3B, the new legacy clean up contractor for the Department of Energy, visited the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning to meet the news team including Lifestyles Editor Bonnie Gordon pictured here. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

SFCSO Alert: Area Residents May Hear LANL Tests

on February 14, 2018 - 10:59am

News Alert:

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office just issued an advisory notice that Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting explosive tests 1-3 p.m. today.

Area residents may hear those tests.

Lab Stabilization Bill Heads To Governor’s Office!

on February 14, 2018 - 10:28am


Senate Bill 17, the Lab Stabilization Bill, passed the House overnight 48-19 and is headed to Gov. Susana Martinez to sign into law.

SB 17 is a bill to stabilize gross receipts tax revenues received from prime contractors at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

Prime contractors have been paying tax since 1979 at Sandia and 2006 at LANL. In Fiscal Year 2016, the State received some $162 million paid through the two Lab contracts through GRT.

SB17 is sponsored by Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Sen. Richard C. Martinez and Sen. Carlos R.

NNSA Notice Of Proposed Wetland Action At LANL

on February 8, 2018 - 2:59pm

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing to install storm water controls to improve water quality and allow surface water management in the Mortandad watershed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The construction work will involve disturbing a small portion of a wetland. There are no negative, long-term impacts to the wetland expected under the proposed project.

In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations 1022 Compliance with Floodplain and Wetland Environmental Review Requirements, NNSA has prepared a wetland assessment for

EM Contractor N3B Hosts Open House

on February 7, 2018 - 2:13pm

John Tauxe of Neptune Company, left, and Danny Katzman, technical program director at Los Alamos National Laboratory chat during Monday's N3B open house in Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart, right, and Assistant County Attorney Kevin Powers at Monday's N3B open house at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, left, and Joe Legare, environment remediation manager for N3B chat at Monday's open house.

LANL: Grants Spur Growth In Pueblo Businesses

on February 7, 2018 - 4:29am
Patricia Maestas of the Native Arts Gallery in Ohkay Owingeh. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
A record nine Northern New Mexico Native American-–owned and –operated businesses have received a total of more than $50,000 in the 2018 grants from the Native American Venture Acceleration Fund.
The fund was created by Los Alamos National Laboratory operator Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) to help the recipients create jobs, increase their revenue base and diversify the area economy.
“These investments create jobs for pueblo-owned

Los Alamos Historical Society Offering Overnight Guided Tour To Trinity Site

on February 7, 2018 - 3:48am
The 100-foot steel tower from which "the gadget" was detonated. Courtesy photo
LAHS News:
Trinity Site, the location where on July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated, is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site April 6-7 for the spring opening.
The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range.

LANL: Novel Computational Biology Model Accurately Describes Dynamics Of Gene Expression

on January 31, 2018 - 10:10am
Yen Ting Lin of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group is working with researchers at Duke University to develop mathematical models that may help explain the role that gene expression plays in conserving circadian rhythms in biological organisms. The research was highlighted in Royal Society Interface. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Using a simple analytical framework for random events within a predictable system, computational biologists have found a new way to accurately model certain forms of gene expression, including the body’s 24-hour internal clock.

LANL: Nearly $1.9 Million Grant Benefits Students, Communities

on January 30, 2018 - 4:56pm
Peñasco High School graduate Charlyna Gonzales is a 2017 scholarship recipient from the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund. She’s studying biomedical engineering and physics at Colby College in Maine. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Students, small businesses and other community members and groups in Northern New Mexico will benefit this year from a recent, nearly $1.9 million grant from Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), which is the managing and operating contractor for Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The LANS Board of Governors approved the funding through October 1 to

Urgency Of SB17 GRT Bill Conveyed To Committee

on January 29, 2018 - 4:51pm

RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero



Los Alamos Daily Post


“The time to act on Senate Bill 17 is now,” Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Executive Director Andrea Romero told Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee members Friday in Santa Fe.

SB 17 is a bill to stabilize gross receipts tax revenues received from prime contractors at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.

Romero told the Committee prime contractors at the Labs have a long track record of paying tax in New Mexico – at Sandia since 1979 and at Los Alamos

Regional Coalition Defends LANL Tax Stabilization Bill

on January 26, 2018 - 10:24am
RCLC News:
The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) is presenting its defense of the Lab Tax Stabilization Bill (SB17), which seeks to maintain the gross receipts tax paid by DOE national labs housed in New Mexico.
The presentation is 2 p.m. today at the New Mexico Legislature Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee, Room 311.
RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero will represent the Coalition in providing testimony to the Committee when the Bill is reviewed. Coalition Board members and community stakeholders are expected to be present in the audience as well.