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Pleasanton Weekly

News - May 24, 2013

News digest

NIF backdrop for 'Star Trek'

The makers of "Star Trek: Into Darkness" went boldly where few have gone before when they used the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a film set, with the approval of the Department of Energy. Filming took place in 2012 during a normal maintenance cycle, and costs were reimbursed by the film company.

NIF is the premier center for high energy density science with a user group spread through 28 states and internationally, and provides nuclear data without the need for underground testing. It can produce temperatures of hundreds of millions of degrees and pressures of hundreds of billions of atmospheres simulating the conditions in the interior of stars and giant planets.

Some swim programs relocate to Amador

Since part of the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center in Pleasanton is closed for renovation this summer, some programs will be relocated to the pool at Amador Valley High. However, the 50-meter pool, locker rooms and office at the Aquatic Center will remain open.

Summer recreational swim will take place at the Amador pool at 1155 Santa Rita Road with admission paid at the Amador Theater box office. Swimming at Amador is recommended only for accomplished swimmers, and children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult swimmer.

Summer swim lessons and lap swims will take place at the Aquatic Center. Water Fitness classes will be offered at both sites.

Recycling Board has vacancies

The Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board has two vacancies, one for "an Environmental Educator employed as such on a full-time basis" and another for "a representative of the recyclable materials processing industry."

The Recycling Board administers the voter-approved Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative, which levies an $8.23 per ton landfill disposal fee that generates approximately $8 million per year for waste reduction and recycling programs.

Terms are two years. The board the normally meets on the second Thursday of each month, and its 11 members are paid $100 per meeting.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. June 14. For more information, call (510) 891-6500.

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