News Highlights 2019


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Thursday February 20, 2020

 Beginning today through next Tuesday February 25th, the Traffic and Streets Division of Public Works will be working on Canyon Road, between 15th Street and the Aquatic Center. Crews will be clearing vegetation along the medians and sidewalks. A flagging operation will be in place from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, during the weekdays.
Vehicle and pedestrian traffic are urged to slow down and use caution in this work zone.

Wednesday February 19, 2020

According to the Los Alamos Reporter, A new era for Christian Scientists in Los Alamos County begins on March 1st when they re-locate from the former WAC dormitory to new premises.
The Christian Science Society has held Sunday and Wednesday services in Los Alamos since the Secret City's early days. To provide space for their services and reading room, in the 1950s the Society leased and later purchased the building used during the Manhattan Project as the WAC dormitory. It is one of the few original structures remaining from Manhattan Project days. In September of last year, the Society sold the building to Los Alamos County.
In December the Society purchased Uli's space at 800 Trinity Drive. Until remodeling of their new church home is finished, local Christian Scientists will continue to conduct regular Sunday services and Wednesday meetings in the Throne Room at Fuller Lodge.
Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information visit their web site at www.cssocietylanm.org

 

Tuesday February 18, 2020

Near Tsankawi Mesa are the ruins of a stone house that has long been known as Duchess Castle. In 1917, Verra von Blumenthal, a Russian handicrafts promoter, and Rose Dougan, an early female pilot, built a home on the ancient Pueblo site and worked to support potters from nearby San Ildefonso Pueblo. Join JJ Mortensen, Kit Ruminer, and Rory Gauthier as they present "Duchess Castle," the next event in the Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series tonight in Fuller Lodge at 7pm.
The speakers have interesting connections to the Duchess Castle history and have long been interested in the topic. Rory Gauthier participated in the original archaeological survey of the Tsankawi unit in 1988 and served as Bandelier National Monument's archaeologist from 2001-2014. He retired from the National Park Service following a 30-year career as an archaeologist, chief ranger, and law enforcement ranger at several southwestern parks. Gauthier will interpret the history of the ancient ruins near Duchess Castle.
Since retiring from Los Alamos National Laboratory, JJ Mortensen has worked part time at the White Rock Visitor Center and volunteers with Kit Ruminer as a Site Steward for Bandelier National Monument's Tsankawi section. In the 1970s, she and her husband, Fred, visited Duchess Castle for the first time, and since then she has wanted to know more about the site and the women who lived there.
Around the time that von Blumenthal and Dougan were active in New Mexico history, Kit Ruminer's grandparents moved to Santa Fe, a fact that adds to her interest in the two women and their times. She volunteers at Bandelier and the Museum of Indian Art and Culture as well as teaming with Mortensen as a Site Steward for Tsankawi. Mortensen and Ruminer will introduce the audience to the women of Duchess Castle.

 

Monday February 17, 2020

President's Day    No Live Shows

 

Friday February 14, 2020

Here are the lowlights of the police reports February 5 through 11.
One was arrested for a municipal court warrant
One was held on an arrest order
One was arrested for receiving ot transferring a stolen vehicle and aggravated fleeing an officer
One was arrested for disorderly conduct
One was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant
One was arrested for DWI
One was arrested on a municipal court warrant and possession of a controlled substance.
There was a report of sexual assault
There was a report of fraud
There was a suicide attempt

 

Thursday February 13, 2020
Los Alamos parents with children who are four years old on or before Aug. 31, 2020 may apply for a half-day New Mexico Preschool Program for the 2020-21 school year. Los Alamos Public Schools currently has a NM PreK program located at Piñon Elementary.
There is a maximum enrollment based on available funding so applications will be entered into a lottery for acceptance into the program. The lottery opens on April 1 at 8:00 a.m and will be accessible at laschools.net. There is no cost to parents or students selected to attend, and transportation is available to those residing within the school zone.
The District preschool programs are half-day programs, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and are in session for three hours per day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesdays will be used for staff training, planning, and parent meetings.
The District also has an opportunity to apply for additional NM PreK programs. At this point, we do not know how many spots will be funded by the state. If additional spots are funded, they will be located at schools in the townsite. Below are the essential steps in the funding process:
Step 1: The New Mexico Legislature will need to appropriate additional funds for New Mexico Preschool programs. The Legislative Session ends on Thursday, Feb. 20, and the Governor has until March 11 to sign or veto legislation passed in the last three days of the session.
Step 2: After the Los Alamos Public Schools staff seek input from the community, they will submit an application for additional PreK funding. Depending upon parental input and state guidelines, our application may be for Barranca, Aspen and/or Mountain Elementary Schools. We do not know how quickly the state will be reviewing and approving the application for Los Alamos Public Schools.
Step 3: If the LAPS application is approved, we will identify classroom space, order materials and recruit high-quality licensed early childhood teachers.
LAPS staff are hopeful and planning ahead; thus, the PreK lottery application process will open on April 1 through the district website. All interested parents of eligible children who live in Los Alamos County are encouraged to apply. Parents will be notified in June if they are selected for placement in one of the PreK programs.

Wednesday February 12, 2020

According to the Los Alamos reporter : Los Alamos Police Department held its annual awards banquet Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Los Alamos Sheriff's Posse Lodge.
The following awards were presented to Department personnel:
Civilian of the Year - Kate Stoddard, Consolidated Dispatch Center Manager
Public Service Aide of the Year - Paul Sena, Animal Shelter Manager
Detective of the Year - Det. Matt Lyon
Officer of the Year - Cpl. John Harris
Detention Supervisor of the Year - Sgt. Erika Martinez-Bustos
Operations Supervisor of the Year - Sgt. Ben Irving
Supervisor of the Year - Sgt. James Rodriguez
In addition the following awards were awarded for outstanding achievements:
Sgt. Chris Ross - Life Saving Commendation and Medal of Valor
Cpl. Jemuel Montoya - Medal of Valor
Sgt. Tim Lonz - Medal of Valor
Cmdr. Oliver Morris - Medal of Valor
Cmdr. Preston Ballew - Medal of Valor
Deputy Chief Jason Herrera - Medal of Valor

 

Tuesday February 11, 2020

The office of Congressman Ben R. Lujan, would like to invite Vietnam Veterans you to join him, as he holds a Vietnam War Veterans 50th Year Commemoration Pinning ceremony, for all Vietnam Era Veterans in Los Alamos County and surrounding communities. The ceremony will take place on: Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row, in Los Alamos. Doors will open at 2:30 pm to sign in, and no RSVP is required to attend.
The event will honor our Vietnam Era veterans and the families of Vietnam Era veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

 

Monday February 10, 2020

Knoze Jr. Corp will be honored with the "Star Business of the Year" award from the Small Business Development Center at UNM-LA. The Star Businesses will be recognized on the floor of the New Mexico legislature. The company is grateful with supports from local communities and visions that the world will accept AllerPops for Allergies just as it accepts penicillin for pneumonia.
Knoze Jr.'s founder, Cliff Han, invented AllerPops three years ago and started his company. AllerPops are a revolutionary prebiotic lollipop that that gives people all-natural allergy relief that lasts for months. Current medicine for allergies only relieves symptoms temporarily with significant side effects. AllerPops target the cause of allergies, resulting in lasting relief with minimal side effects.

Friday February 7, 2020

The Los Alamos Public School's Board met for a work session last Thursday, Jan. 30.
Spelling Bee winners James Hudlemeyer, Penelope Barry-Hoffman and Veronica Parra were recognized with certificates presented by School Board President Ellen Ben-Naim.
School Resource Officers (SRO) Sergeant Chris Ross, Corporal Jay Eakins, Officer Samantha Terrazas and Corporal John Harris were also recognized as part of SRO Appreciation Month.
Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus updated the board on next steps for Strategic Planning for the district. There are eight focus areas in the LAPS Strategic Plan: Student Well-Being, Student Learning, Teacher and Staff Excellence, Fiscal Responsibility, Quality Facilities, Innovative Leadership, Communications and Collaboration, and Integrated Technology. Each of these areas have a lead person who will update the School Board on the progress of projects under their focus area.
LAPS Construction Manager Herb McLean recommended to the board an option for building a flexible space at Barranca Elementary that could serve as a classroom or office space in order to accommodate additional students and six new staff. The board unanimously approved construction of the new space
The next School Board meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the School Board Room located at 2101 Trinity Drive, Suite V. Members of the County Council plan to attend and listen to a presentation about options regarding the North Mesa Property. The public is invited to attend.

 

Thursday February 6, 2020

The state House of Representatives approved a budget plan Wednesday to increase annual state spending by more than a half-billion dollars to expand early childhood education programs, boost teacher salaries and shore up health care for the poor.
The House-approved bill contains a 5% pay increase for public school teachers as the state struggles to retain and recruit educators, a 4% boost for school staff and a 3% bump for state employees.
The budget proposal would increase state spending on Medicaid amid a push to enroll more eligible patients by the administration of Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, but leaves out funding for her initiative to provide tuition-free college to in-state students.
Democratic House speaker Brian Egolf predicted that the state Senate will insert funding for the tuition-free college after that proposal undergoes revisions. A budget plan is due on the governor's desk by Feb. 20.
Annual public school spending would increase to $3.45 billion amid a push to extend the school year at many school districts. General fund spending on Medicaid would increase by more than $50 million to nearly $1.1 billion - including new support for mental health care and addiction treatment.

 

Wednesday February 5, 2020

- Last week some White Rock customers of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities noticed that their drinking water looked cloudy or white. Department officials indicate that this discoloration is due to trapped air in the water pipes. While it is aesthetically unpleasant, the water is safe and poses no health
DPU's water crews were repairing a major water main break on the shoulder of New Mexico State Road 4 for several weeks in January. Repairs were completed on January 27 and the newly repaired line was recharged with water on January 28 and introduced into the White Rock water distribution system. According to officials this resulted in excessive trapped air in the water main causing some customers to experience cloudy water. The situation will clear itself, but to speed things along DPU crews on Monday, Feb. 03, began flushing water through fire hydrants at various locations in White Rock.
DPU officials thank customers for their patience and recommend flushing home plumbing lines by running all the taps with cold water for several minutes. Questions or concerns may be directed to the DPU through the Customer Care Center Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 505-662-8333

 

Tuesday February 4, 2020

Geo-Test, Inc. will be performing two asphalt cores in the slow lane on the eastbound lane of NM 502/Trinity Drive on Tuesday February 4 starting at 9:00 am through 11:00 am. Lane closure will include signs and barrels to allow for continuous travel through the area. Traffic is urged to slow down in the construction zone and obey all traffic control devices

 

Monday  February 3, 2020

projectY cowork Los Alamos will host a new TED "Talko" Tuesday, a free event open to the public every third Tuesday of the month. The coworking space will stream 2-3 talks under a specific theme from the popular Technology Entertainment Design (TED) series, featuring expert speakers discussing education, business, science, tech and creativity topics. February 18th beginning at 5:30 p.m. at projectY, the talk will focus on diversity in honor of Black History Month and to also coincide with the recent Diversity week held in Los Alamos.
Along with a group discussion after the streamed talks, local food vendor Muy Salsas has partnered with projectY and will be selling tacos for $0.99 each during the event.

 

Friday January 31, 2020

The board of the Living Treasures of Los Alamos has selected three Treasures for 2020, and they hope you will save the date for the ceremony. The honorees for this year's celebration are Linda Burns, Don Casperson, and Lois Eddleman. This year, nominees will be honored on April 26 at 2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
The Living Treasures of Los Alamos will celebrate its 21st anniversary, continuing the 1999 vision of Rosalie Heller and Karen Nilsson Brandt. The program assembled an all-volunteer board and the work began to seek out the first treasurers for our community. The board wanted to honor senior citizens who have worked to build community. The first event was held in April 1999, when Winifred Amsden, Alice and Foster Evans, and Betty Lillienthal were recognized for their contributions.
The nomination process is challenging, but the results are stellar contributions of service, time, and talent. These contributions have helped to form the very foundation of Los Alamos, and often have created many of the long-standing programs we know today. The history and stories of each nominee will be captured and highlighted for the 2020 ceremony.
You can learn more about the Los Alamos Living Treasures program, by visiting the organization's website at www.losalamoslivingtreasurers.org.

 

Thursday January 30, 2020

- Los Alamos County and their consultant will host a public meeting on the North Mesa Housing Study tonight at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers (1000 Central Ave). The County is seeking to create a design concept for workforce housing on approximately 30 acres of land located on North Mesa, located east of the Los Alamos Middle School, between the school, soccer fields, North Mesa Rd and San Ildefonso Rd. The land is owned by the School District. The overall goal is to generate a concept that can be carried into design and development.
Preliminary work on three design concepts began in December by engaging an appointed Steering Committee in a workshop to explore housing types and options. The public meeting tonight to review these concepts is the next step. The consultant will be presenting the information and collecting public feedback in a formal presentation, which includes a survey of participants as part of the process.

 

Wednesday January 29. 2020

Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for 2019 which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.
Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property. The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the property crime category. Both of these categories combined are referred to as Part I Offenses.
Through the fourth quarter of 2019, officers responded to a total of 92 overall Part 1 Offense complaints, which represents a 32% decrease as compared to 135 offenses in 2018. Violent crime decreased 20% from 25 offenses in 2018 to 20 in 2019. Property crime decreased by 35% from 110 in 2018 to 72 in 2019. The total of 92 Part 1 Crimes is believed to be the lowest recorded crime rate in the Department's history.

 

Tuesday January 28,2020

Traffic and Streets will be performing right-of-way maintenance along Canyon Road between the Los Alamos Jewish Center and 15th Street.  Work will commence January 28th and end January 31st. Crew will be setting up a flagging operation starting at 8:30 am each day and ending by 3:30 pm.  Vehicle traffic is urged to slow down in this area and follow all traffic diversion devices and to watch for crews working in the area as well as pedestrian traffic.

 

Monday January 27, 2020

New numbers for fiscal year 2019 show Los Alamos National Laboratory's big impact on New Mexico's economy, as the Laboratory employed 12,041 people for a total of $1.16 billion in salaries and contracted with small businesses statewide for $288.6 million.
In FY 2019, which ended September 30, the Laboratory spent $396 million in procurement contracts with New Mexico businesses. Of those, $289 million went to contracts with small businesses (up from $269 million in FY 2018). In addition, the Laboratory significantly increased its contracts with businesses categorized as disadvantaged, women-owned, veteran owned, and HUB-zone located from FY 2018. A single business may qualify for more than one category.
With 56 percent of Laboratory employees living outside of Los Alamos County, much of their salaries-a collective $548 million-are spent in their home communities.
In FY 2019, the number of Laboratory employees reached 12,041, up from 11,743 in FY 2018. As of the end of FY 2019, 41 percent of Laboratory employees were native New Mexicans.

 

Friday January 24, 2020

Quality New Mexico is proud to announce the 2019 New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards (NMPEA) recipients. These four organizations are role models in customer and employee satisfaction and engagement, sound operational management, innovation, and favorable outcomes. They exemplify the result of commitment, progress, and dedication to organizational excellence.
The Roadrunner (Progress) level reflects that the recipient demonstrates progress in building sound and systematic processes and attaining improved outcomes. The 2019 Roadrunner Recognition Recipients are:
     Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, Los Alamos
The NMPEA is a multi-tiered assessment and awards process assisting New Mexico organizations along their path to achieving and sustaining performance excellence. Performance excellence reflects Level 1 Adobe, Level 2 Piñon, and Level 3 Roadrunner Recognitions as key stages to achieving the pinnacle of performance-earning the prestigious Level 4 Zia Award. New Mexico

 

Thursday January 23, 2020

Los Alamos County and their consultant will host a public meeting on the North Mesa Housing Study on Thursday, January 30th at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers (1000 Central Ave). The County is seeking to create a design concept for workforce housing on approximately 30 acres of land located on North Mesa, located east of the Los Alamos Middle School, between the school, soccer fields, North Mesa Rd and San Ildefonso Rd. The land is owned by the School District. The overall goal is to generate a concept that can be carried into design and development.
Preliminary work on three design concepts began in December by engaging an appointed Steering Committee in a workshop to explore housing types and options. The public meeting on January 30 to review these concepts is the next step. The consultant will be presenting the information and collecting public feedback in a formal presentation, which includes a survey of participants as part of the process.

Tuesday January 21, 2020

With the recent snowfall in Los Alamos, officials with the Department of Public Utilities would like to remind customers to maintain access to and clear snow and ice off meters. This will ensure that DPU can bill customers on actual meter reads rather than estimating reads.
Meter Technician Supervisor Edgar Castillo asks customers to please check gates if meters are in the backyard.
More importantly, snow and ice on the natural gas meter can be dangerous. Castillo points out that if snow and ice block the vent on the meter's regulator, gas could be expelled back into the home. Use a broom instead of a shovel to clear snow off the regulator, meter, and associated piping. If customers smell gas, Castillo instructs them to immediately call the Customer Care Center at 505 662 8333 Mon. - Fri. from 8 - 4 p.m. and after hours the Police Department at 505 662 8222.

 

Monday January 20, 2020

County administration offices are closed today for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. If this is your trash day, put your roll cart at the curb Wednesday instead. The Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center are closed. Other County facilities may be closed or have shortened hours of operation. Check the county website before you you plan to visit the library, pool or ice rink.

 

Friday January 17, 2020

Due to the weather and snow, Los Alamos National Laboratory is closed, Los Alamos Public Schools are closed, Los Alamos and White Rock senior centers are closed, Magistrate Court is closed.   Los Alamos County is on a Two hour delay.

 

Thursday January 16, 2020

Due to expected heavy snow, the Lab is on a delayed opening Thursday, Jan. 16. Employees should report to work between 10 a.m. and noon.

UNM-LA is on a 2 hour delay. The Chamber of Commerce breakfast is cancelled.

Los Alamos Public Schools are on a 2 hour delay

 

Wednesday January 15,2020

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is pleased to announce that Monther Jubran will serve as the new director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Jubran, who has been teaching Accounting and Tax at UNM-Los Alamos, has extensive experience in academia, public accounting and private industry.
As Vice President of Finance, Administration and Coaching for a seed investment company, Jubran helped start-ups accelerate growth, develop their marketing strategies and monetize on their business models.
The SBDC at UNM-LA is part of the New Mexico SBDC network, which is a nationally accredited association providing statewide business resources. It is the state's largest small business assistance program offering no-cost consulting, low-cost training and market research for businesses at all stages of business development.
Typical areas of assistance include business start-up and registration, business planning development, customer service, marketing, business funding, incorporation, proposal preparation, human capital planning, business computing, record keeping, regulatory issues, quality management, productivity enhancement and trade name searches.
Jubran is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Masters in Accounting and Taxation from the University of Memphis.
Located in the lower level of building 7 on the UNM-LA campus, the SBDC is generally open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. For further information, call 505-662-0337.

 

Tuesday January 14, 2020

Both Sandia Corporation and Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory published recruitment and brand awareness advertisements in Physics Today and Scientific American in 1956-1964. In those advertisements the laboratories mobilized tropes, symbols, and art of an "American Southwest Imaginary."
Martin Pfeiffer, a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, will review a sample of advertisements when he speaks in Fuller Lodge Tonight at 7:00 p.m. His lecture is titled "Nuclear Weapons are a Southwestern Thing: Los Alamos and Sandia Magazine Advertisements, 1956-1964."
Pfeiffer will examine a sample of advertisements to suggest how nuclear weapons laboratory advertising responded to US nuclear weapon projects, while also seeking to shape the circumstances and outcomes of some projects. In particular, he will discuss the ways in which Los Alamos and Sandia mobilized images of the American Southwest in efforts to recruit workers, shape mass attitudes positively toward nuclear weapons work, and respond (or not) to geopolitical and sociocultural changes varying from shifts in American gender ideologies to the challenges of the nuclear explosive test moratorium of 1958-1961.
Martin Pfeiffer is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. His main research focus at the moment is nuclear semiotics: the ways in which we create, negotiate, and circulate meaning about, around, and through nuclear weapons. Pfeiffer, lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

Monday January 13, 2020

Here is the Los Alamos National Laboratory weather summary for the month of December. For the second month in a row, temperatures were slightly above average. Winter was off to a great start in November with above average snowfall, but December was much drier with several sunny days
and light precipitation. Winter storms between Christmas Eve and December 28 resulted in all of the month's snowfall of 4.2 inches which is only 34% of normal.
The 2019 weather Summary In Los Alamos, temperature was slightly above average and
precipitation was slightly below average.
The Mean temperature: 48.8°F (101% of normal).
Total precipitation: 17.99 inches (95% of normal).
Total snowfall: 47.6 inches (83% of normal).
The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is predicting below-average temperatures and equal chances for above or below precipitation for January. The CPC is predicting above-average temperatures
and equal chances for above or below average precipitation for January to March.

 

Friday January 10, 2020

Forty people will be recognized this Saturday, as Champions of Youth Ambitions (C'YA) and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, sponsor the 11th annual Community Asset Awards. The annual event, strives to highlight the good work done by many people throughout our community.
Six businesses have been nominated, along with a variety of individuals. Those include; Aspen Copies, Fleur de Lys, Morning Glory Bakery, Pig & Fig, Rigoberto's and Unquarked. The many individuals represent, the arts, banking, Los Alamos County, the Los Alamos Public Schools, the Los Alamos Police Department, Smith's Market Place and many community volunteers. They also run the gamut from youth to senior citizens.

 

Thursday January 9, 2020

The 14th annual chili bowl cook off is March 7 at the Santa Claran Event Center. It is time to become a sponsor, support and/ or enter the contest to be voted the best red chili, green chili and salsa in the valley. Individuals, groups and businesses can all participate. It is all to benefit the San Martin de Porres Soup kitchen. For all the details to participate email smdpsoupkitchen@yahoo.com

 

Tuesday January 7, 2020

Los Alamos Public Schools is hosting a job fair on Wednesday, January 8 from 9 am - 3 pm at Piñon Elementary School.
LAPS is looking to fill several substitute positions including regular substitute, licensed substitute, office substitute, substitute nurse, substitute custodian, substitute bus driver, substitute bus assistant and a long term substitute. Some positions require additional licensing. Pay ranges from $14.41 to $29.47 per hour, depending upon the position.
Human Resources staff will be available to assist with the application process and applying for a substitute license. Applicants are encouraged to bring direct deposit, W-4, emergency contact and physician information to the job fair.
For more information about the job fair and career opportunities with Los Alamos Public Schools, contact Trey Pereyra at 505-663-2245 or r.pereyra@laschools.net. You can also view our current job postings at www.laschools.net/careers.