Previous News Highlights 2015

 

Thursday December 24, 2015
The Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division will be turning off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos. The streetlights will be turned off Thursday, December 24th and will be restored on Monday, December 28th.
For safety purposes, the Traffic & Streets Division requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off street parking during the full period that lights will be off. If this is not possible, it is recommended that the vehicles and trailers be silhouetted by farolitos. Due to the limited sight visibility during the viewing, drivers are requested to travel the viewing areas at 15 miles per hour.
Barranca Mesa: Barranca Rd, Los Pueblos and its side streets, San Juan, Totavi, Navajo Rd
North Mesa: Caminos Redondo, Medio and Patio
White Rock: Canada Way and Circle, Balboa Drive, Alhambra Drive, Barcelona Ave, Brighton Drive and Briston Pl

Tuesday December 22, 2015
Today is the Winter solstice which is the astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is after the solstice the days will gradually get longer. Today at Bandelier rangers will offer a walk at sunset to observe places in the Ancestral Pueblo dwellings where the people may have built their structures to mark the location of the sun on the shortest day of the year. The sunset walk meets in the Visitor Center lobby at 2 PM. This time seems early for sunset, but that's because the Pueblo people were observing the sun's motions from the bottom of Frijoles Canyon's 400-foot tall cliffs.

Monday December 21, 2015
According to the New Mexican Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation confirmed Saturday that the private consortium that operates Los Alamos National Laboratory will not have its contract renewed after it expires on Sept. 30, 2017.
the National Nuclear Safety Administration, the arm of the Department of Energy that oversees the lab’s contract, has decided to put the contract worth about $2.2 billion annually up for competitive bidding. The decision follows a series of federal investigations and performance evaluations involving the lab’s safety record before and after a drum from the lab burst and leaked radiation at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in February 2014 near Carlsbad, shutting down the nation’s only underground nuclear repository indefinitely.
The lab has been run since 2006 by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, which took over operations after years of accounting scandals, security lapses and other management issues. The company is made up of a partnership between the University of California, Bechtel Corp., Babcock & Wilcox Co., URS Corp. and AECOM. The lab’s latest review for 2015 was better than its 2013 and 2014 evaluations but not good enough to earn the consortium an automatic extension of an additional year to the contract, the lab’s director, Charles F. McMillan, wrote in an email to lab employees on Thursday.

Friday December 18, 2015
Department of Public Utilities experienced a low-pressure natural gas condition in Quemazon today just before noon. As a result some homes may have lost natural gas. At this time, the DPU staff is going door-to-door in Quemazon to check on the individual gas services and relight gas pilots if necessary. If residents are not home, the DPU crews are shutting natural gas and water off for safety reasons and leaving a door hanger.

DPU is requesting that Quemazon customers who have not already communicated with DPU crews, call the DPU office at 505-662-8333 and leave a name, phone number and a time frame when someone will be home for crews to come by to restore gas and water. DPU’s 311 customer care center staff will stay in the office to take phone calls until 9 PM. After 9 PM, please call police dispatch at 505-662-8222. Provide your name, address, phone number and time when you will be available for crews to come by.
 

Thursday December 17, 2015
The Los Alamos Nature Center building and design team were recently given three prestigious regional awards.
In November ENR-Southwest named the Nature Center its Small Project of the Year (under $10 million) and its Project of the Year (overall). The Nature Center beat out award winning buildings in every category to win this last designation.
More recently, the Nature Center beat out over 60 projects from around the state to win one of nine Eagle Awards from the NAIOP, an organization for commercial real estate developers. The Nature Center won the Eagle Award for the best civic/public building project in New Mexico.
The Nature Center building was also featured in New Mexico Magazine in April 2015 as part of an article called Building on Tradition. The Nature Center was cited as one of three recent architectural projects around the state [that] reinterpret New Mexico’s design traditions to accommodate the shifting needs and tastes of the 21st century.

Wednesday December 16, 2015
Governor Susana Martinez appointed Albuquerque City Councilor and long-time public schools administrator Brad Winter as New Mexico Secretary of State.
Winter is currently serving his fourth term as an Albuquerque City Councilor. Most recently, Winter served as the interim superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools after working for the school district for more than 20 years in various positions such as chief operations officer, executive director of facilities and operations, and director of capital master plans.
Winter will hold the position until January 1st, 2017 and will not simultaneously seek election as Secretary of State in the November 2016 election.

Tuesday December 15, 2015

Governor Susana Martinez announced a series of legislative proposals to enact tougher DWI penalties. The proposals include increasing jail or prison time for certain repeat DWI offenders; expanding habitual offender laws to include felony DWI offenses; and cracking down on those who recklessly toss their keys to an offender with a suspended or revoked license due to DWI.


Monday December 14, 2015
During the winter months, the County would like to remind residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice so that they remain passable. When possible, County crews will conduct sidewalk-clearing operations by removing snow first from the adopted “safe routes to school” and then move to other selected sidewalks……. The County does not clear every sidewalk. Sidewalk priorities include…
1. Safe routes to school and heavy pedestrian areas where sidewalks are adjacent to primary arterials and the Central Avenue business district
2. Public walkways for which the County is responsible
3. Pathway along SR 4 in White Rock
4. Ramps & steps at the Golf Course tunnel
5. Steps at the tunnel at the Roundabout
6. Sidewalk areas around bus shelters that require hand cleaning
The following suggestions are offered in the spirit of working together with the public, to simplify all snow and ice control efforts:
Place shoveled snow on the backside of the sidewalk. Direct the chutes of snow blowers and shovel snow toward lawn areas whenever possible, rather than toward the street.
Park cars in off-street parking areas whenever possible.
If it is necessary to park on the street, don’t park vehicles over storm drain inlets. This slows the drainage process and causes ice buildup, creating potentially hazardous driving conditions.
Place a mixture of sand and salt on sidewalks with persistent ice.

Friday December 11, 2015

Ludmil Alexandrov, of the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, made strong points  in the journal Science about the basic formation of human cancers, winning a 2015 Science & SciLifeLab Prize, on “Understanding the Origins of Human Cancer.”

An essay based on the candidate’s doctoral thesis is submitted to the editorial board of Science and four winners are selected and invited to the entire Nobel week in Stockholm for a prize ceremony and to interact with the SciLifeLab community. Alexandrov’s essay won in the genomics and proteomics category.

Alexandrov is an Oppenheimer Fellow in the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group at Los Alamos.                                                                

He is a recipient of the 2015 Weintraub Award for Graduate Research and, in 2013, he was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the “30 brightest stars under the age of 30” in the field of Science and Healthcare. His work is focused on understanding the mutational processes responsible for human cancer and human aging. In 2015, his research was highlighted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology as an important step forward in the fight against cancer.


Thursday December 10, 2015
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin paving operations on NM 502 (mile maker 9) near the Cities of Gold Casino in Pojoaque.
Starting Thursday, December10 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., NM 502 will have intermittent lane closures on the southbound and northbound lanes. Motorists can expect minor delays during this time.
The paving operation work is scheduled to be completed December 10, 2015; weather permitting.
Drivers are urged to proceed with caution through the work zone, observe traffic control signs and reduce speed to the posted limit. Updates on this project will be posted on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s road advisory website nmroads.com. You can also call the NMDOT’s road hotline at 511 or 1-800-432-4269.

Wednesday December 9, 2015
Los Alamos County property tax bills for 2015 were mailed to property owners in the first week on November. . The first half installment becomes delinquent after Thursday, December 10th. Payment must either be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5:00 p.m. on December 10th or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges.

Tuesday December 8, 2015

The Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families in Santa Fe received a check for $34,250 to support the launch of their new Hope in Learning education program for those the shelter serves.   Representatives from Walmart were on hand to present the grant award to the Esperanza Shelter staff.

The program seeks to help survivors of domestic abuse gain the education and job skills needed to live independent lives.

About 98 percent of the shelter's clients have lived below the poverty line and need services to make them more employable. Most women that come through the shelter need some form of education assistance such as a GED, English as a Second Language instruction, or help in finding funding for higher education. They often also need job skills training. The Walmart grant will help Esperanza Shelter expand educational offerings to the people they serve.

In addition to providing access to education and job skills programs, "Hope in Learning" will also remove any obstacles to success by offering bus passes, babysitting, and use of computers to those in the program.  The program will also pay testing fees.

The Hope in Learning Program is expected to launch in early 2016.


Monday December 7, 2015
The winterfest parade went up Central Saturday night about an hour late after a suspicious vehicle was spotted by the post office. First the crowd was moved east past Main street and then all the way down past 15th street. A tow truck was called and the vehicle was moved. Spectators were allowed back up the street and the parade rolled by with everyone enjoying the show.
The winners of the Winterfest parade are as follows.
First Place: New Beginnings Fellowship
Second Place: Los Alamos Medical Center
Third Place: The Elks Lodge
Fourth Place: Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op

Friday December 4, 2015
This is Winterfest weekend and there is a lot of things to do in town. Today’s activities include the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. on tonight Led by conductor Don Gerheart, the orchestra will play the strings as they pull at the heart strings of listeners, who are invited to sing along to holiday music. A raffle drawing will determine who gets to experience what it feels like to be a conductor. There is no charge for the concert, but donations are gladly accepted. The concert will be held at the Crossroads Bible Church.
Also at 7 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, the classic holiday ballet “Nutcracker on the Hill” will be performed by Dance Arts Los Alamos. Performances also take place on Dec. 5 and 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for ages 4-17 and seniors 60 years and up. Visit danceartslosalamos.org for more information.
The 22nd annual Creche Show will display hundreds of beautiful nativity scenes from around the world at the Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, at 1967 18th St from 2–7:30 p.m. The show continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 5. There is no charge.
There are more events tomorrow. For a complete schedule go to losalamosmainstreet.com/events/winterfest/

Thursday December 3, 2015

The New Mexico Department of Health’s Northeast Regional Public Health Offices will be hosting flu shot clinics. No appointments are necessary .There is no charge to those attending the clinics, but everyone should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare, with them.  

Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each flu season.

For more information on the no-charge flu shot clinics, call your local Public Health Office at the number below:    505-662-4038      The clinic will be held here Fridays in Dec., except Christmas Day   8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1- 4:30 p.m.                                         


Wednesday December 2, 2015
On November 12, 2015, Chamisa Elementary participated in a World Sports Stacking Association (WSSA) Guinness World Record. The WSSA is trying to get 610,000 speed stackers in the world playing with cups in a 24 hour period. Chamisa has participated in the last three years, and the WSSA has set new records ever year from 2006-2014.
Sport Stacking is a challenging and fun motor-skilled activity. It focuses on hand-eye coordination and dexterity, but with a much higher success rate. Just like golf, where you are trying to beat your best score, students can try and beat their best times at all of the different stacks.
Speed Stacks is a very cool way for students to work on bilateral coordination, because it has the students use the right and the left hemispheres of their brain. It can also have an impact on the students’ fitness.

Tuesday December 1, 2015

The public is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting event for “Strange Trio,” the colossal steel sculpture that was relocated to the entrance of Overlook Park on October 13. The re-dedication ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at the intersection of Meadow Lane and Overlook Road in White Rock.

Monday November 30, 2015
Los Alamos Public Schools is once again asking for your help! Tuesday, December 1st is the 80th day of school. This means that the Public Education Department counts all of our eligible students that are on the bus that day to calculate our transportation funding for the year. The school with the highest ridership increase will receive a reward that will be determined.
Last year you helped to increase our funding for transportation by $122,000 dollars!! Please help to encourage all eligible students to ride the bus on December 1, 2015.

Friday November 27, 2015
Saturday, November 28, is Small Business Saturday.
Almost 60 local retailers, restaurants, service providers, and home-based businesses in Los Alamos and White Rock have signed up to offer specials and in-store events to help celebrate the national initiative designed to support small businesses during the holiday season.
In Los Alamos, while people are shopping, the local businesses are setting aside a portion of their proceeds for nonprofit organizations – most local, some national or international.
 The public is invited to learn more about Small Business Saturday in Los Alamos by visiting the website smallbizsatla.com.

Thursday November 26, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday November 25, 2015
Here are the Thanksgiving Holiday Hours of Operation for Los Alamos County Nov. 26th & 27th
The Los Alamos County Administrative offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The following County Facilities will also have modified hours and services:
The Eco Station will be CLOSED Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
NO RECYCLING or TRASH PICK-UP Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Alternate Pick-up Day if affected is Wednesday.
Recreation Facilities
The Ice Rink will be OPEN noon to 5pm Thursday thru Sunday.
The Golf Course is OPEN the first tee time will be 9:00am everyday weather and frost permitting. The driving range will open at 8:00am and close at 3:30pm.
The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will be CLOSED Thursday and Friday.
The Mesa Public and White Rock Branch Libraries Are CLOSED Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving Day. OPEN 1pm to 5pm on Friday.
Atomic City Transit will not be running fixed-route or Dial-a-Ride service on Thursday or Friday.
And All other County Facilities are CLOSED in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. This includes the Municipal Court.

Monday November 23, 2015
The Los Alamos School District will conduct a test of the E-alert system on Tuesday afternoon, November 24, 2015, by sending out the following message: This is an E-alert test of the Los Alamos Public Schools snow delay, closure or early release system. For information on how to sign up for the E-alert system visit the LAPS webpage.

Friday November 20, 2015
At approximately 0300 fire and police were dispatched to the 3500 block of Ridgeway for a reported structure fire. First responders arrived on scene to find a fully engulfed vacant home at aforementioned address. Witnesses on scene confirmed the house was vacant and an aggressive fire attack by firefighters commenced. Fire Captain Mike Gill from Fire station 4 (North Community Fire Station) and his crew from Engine 4 and Medic 4 were the first units on scene and achieved a quick knock down of the fire. The residence closest to the fire structure was evacuated and crews successfully protected their home. Fire companies from Stations 1 and 6 were also on scene and assisted with the extinguishment. The incident commander, Battalion Chief Steven Dawald, coordinated the attack with all arriving units and called a situation under control within 30 minutes of the arrival of the first in units. The fire is currently under investigation.
The community is encouraged to stay away from the area as the investigation continues. There were no reported injuries

Thursday November 19, 2015

Governor Susana Martinez announced that the New Mexico Department of Health has been awarded national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).

The New Mexico Department of Health is now one of the 12 state health departments in the country to receive (PHAB) accreditation. The Department of Health’s accredited status could make New Mexico more competitive for funding. In the future, health departments that are accredited could be favorably looked at when federal funding decisions are made.

To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a specific set of standards and measures. The peer review process provides valuable feedback to inform health departments of their strengths and areas for improvement so that they can better protect and promote the health of the people in the communities they serve.


Wednesday November 18, 2015

The New Mexico Department of Health reports that diabetes affects more than 170,000 adults statewide.  That’s one 1 out of every 8 adults.  Nationwide, 29.1 million people or 9.3 percent of the U.S. population have diabetes, according to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

You are at increased risk for diabetes if:

·         You are overweight.

·         You are physically inactive.

·         A parent, brother or sister has diabetes.

·         You are Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Asian American, African American or Pacific

           Islander.

·         You had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds or had gestational diabetes.

·         You have high blood pressure.

·         You have low HDL (good cholesterol).

·         You have high triglycerides.

Warning signs include frequent trips to the bathroom, unquenchable thirst, losing weight without trying, weakness or fatigue, tingling or numbness in your hands, legs or feet and more. Symptoms can also include blurred vision, itchy or dry skin, cuts and bruises that take a long time to heal.

Taking control of diabetes is more complicated than simply popping a pill. It involves the careful balancing act of nutrition, exercise and, sometimes, medication.

 

Tuesday November 17, 2015

Bandelier National Monument will be burning piles along state highway 4 on Wednesday and Thursday between the entrance station and Ponderosa campground weather permitting.

 

Monday November 16, 2015

Los Alamos County’s Community Services Division is very excited to announce the roll out of the first phase of the public interface for the new recreation reservation software, WebTrac, on Monday, November 16, 2015.
The new website is very user-friendly and allows customers to explore and sign up for recreation activities from the comfort of their own home.
As of Monday afternoon, patrons will be able to:
View information and search availability for classes and passes offered at the Aquatic Center & Ice Rink,
Sign up and pay for swimming & ice skating lessons.  Sign up and pay for various instructor-led classes such as yoga, square dancing, Scottish country dancing, and Tae Kwon Do.

 

Friday November 13, 2015

On Saturday evening, November 14, the New Mexico film workers union will transform one of Los Alamos' most treasured historic sites into a temporary film set for a special event to celebrate the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, the WGN America series Manhattan and the state's robust film crew and industry at -- "A Night in Manhattan".

They will bring set, props, lighting and digital photography experts and equipment to Fuller Lodge to create an authentic 1940's experience and a unique photo: portraying Manhattan Project scientists, wives, families and friends against the backdrop of still photographs of scenes in the Manhattan series.

Guests are encouraged to wear clothing similar to what the characters in Manhattan wear-for men, khakis or dress pants, dress shoes or loafers, and a long sleeved white shirt and tie; for women, simple long dresses or skirts and blouses with flats or heels.. The professional hair and make-up artists will be on hand with props to finish the look. Individuals or groups of guests will be photographed against a green screen and digitally incorporated into the still photos from the television show, then sent to the e-mail addresses provided.

The Pajarito Room will feature 1940's music, dancing, desserts, non-alcoholic beverages, a cash bar featuring Manhattans and other beverages-as well as a sneak peak performance of "The Nutcracker on the Hill" by Dance Arts Los Alamos and a special performance by film score composer and Los Alamos resident Matt Hanson.

Cost for entry is $25 per person which includes one photo and $10 for additional photos.

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The Los Alamos County Ice rink is scheduled to open today at 11 am. The new parking area has been milled and paved, and the walkway leading up to the current Ice Rink parking lot is in place. Currently the contractor has been seen installing footings and wiring for the light poles.

 

Thursday November 12, 2015

Two Los Alamos National Laboratory employees were recently recognized in an awards ceremony for providing their technical expertise and access to lab capabilities to help small businesses through the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program.

Don Quintana, a group leader within Los Alamos’ Applied Engineering Technology Division, was recognized for his work leading a team that helped a Santa Fe company validate the performance of their technology designed to protect solar collectors from damage. Also recognized was Pulak Nath of Los Alamos’ Applied Modern Physics group for his work on leveraged projects, which allow multiple small businesses that share technical challenges to request assistance collectively for a larger project. Nath’s team assisted a group of companies to explore techniques to enhance the production of algae.

Both Quintana and Nath received Principal Investigator Excellence (PIE) awards, which were commemorated with, of course, fresh pies.

The NMSBA Program was created in 2000 by the State Legislature to bring national laboratory technology and expertise to small businesses in New Mexico

At no cost to them, small businesses with technical challenges can seek assistance from laboratory scientists or engineers for projects that require testing, design consultation, or access to special equipment or facilities.

Last year, Los Alamos National Lab assisted more than 160 small businesses through the program.

 

Wednesday November 11, 2015

You are invited to a special event to Honor our Veterans and Celebrate the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Grand Opening on Veterans' Day November 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Park Visitor Center (475 20th Street in Los Alamos - at the Community Building)
Lunch will be served at Historic Fuller Lodge following the celebration courtesy of the Los Alamos Combined Veterans' and Community Organizations.

 

Tuesday November 10, 2015

Governor Susana Martinez announced that Skorpios Technologies Inc., a high-tech manufacturer of photonic integrated circuits, will expand in Albuquerque and create up to 300 jobs over the next few years. These positions include high-tech engineering and manufacturing roles, with an average salary of more than $60,000, and ranging all the way up to $150,000.

Skorpios will receive $5.5 million from the state in Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funding for infrastructure at the company’s new permanent facility in Albuquerque to expand its research and development, test and assembly operations.

 

Monday November 9, 2015

Starting Monday, November 9, 2015, weather permitting, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rio Puerco Field Office will begin conducting a prescribed burn that includes approximately 20 acres along the Perea Nature Trail in the Rio Salado Riparian Area.
The area is comprised of salt cedar and Russian olive, and is approximately 1 mile south of San Ysidro off of Highway 550. Historic uses and active fire suppression have interrupted the natural fire regime in this fire dependent ecosystem. This has resulted in hazardous fuel accumulations and increased stand densities, which contribute to the decline of wildlife habitat and the potential of catastrophic wildfire.
The goal of this project is to employ management ignited prescribed fire to reduce hazardous fuel loadings that under the right conditions could contribute to high intensity crown fire.Prescribed fire in progress signs will be posted along Hwy 550 during the day of the burn, and the smoke may be visible from Highway 550.

 

Friday November 6, 2015

The girls won the semi final game and will play against St Pius in the state championship game tomorrow at 10:30. We will bring you the game.
Right now we are bringing you the semi final boys' soccer game. The football team plays its last district game tonight at 7pm. We will bring that game.
GO HILLTOPPERS!! We are the home of Hilltopper Sports!!!

 

Thursday November 5, 2015

The LAHS Girls' Varsity won their Quarterfinal Soccer game in overtime 2-1 beating the Aztec Tigers. They play again in the semifinals tomorrow at 11:30. We will broadcast the game!!  The LAHS Boys Varsity Soccer team won their game also They play in the semifinal match 2pm We will broadcast the game.  The football team plays its last district game tomorrow night at 7pm. We will broadcast the game.

 

Wednesday November 4, 2015

Here are the October Weather Highlights:

Above-average temperatures and precipitation explain the conditions that occurred in October. Los Alamos recorded 3.15 inches of precipitation (1.6 inches above average), and White Rock recorded 2.82 inches (1.34 inches above average). The most significant rainfall in Los Alamos and White Rock occurred on October 21 with record 1.31 inches and 1.54 inches of precipitation, respectively. The previous records on October 21 were 0.84 inches in 1957 for Los Alamos and 0.80 inches in 1996 for White Rock. For the year, total precipitation at Los Alamos is 21.57 inches (4.59 inches above average), the most since 1997.
October was a warm month particularly from October 11 to 15 until a cold front from the northeast passed through on October 16 that dropped temperatures closer to normal. Los Alamos exceeded the highest maximum temperature record on October 15 by 3 degrees. Los Alamos recorded a mean maximum temperature 3 degrees above average, a mean minimum temperature 5.9 degrees above average, and a mean temperature 4.4 degrees above average. White Rock experienced similar warm temperatures, with a mean maximum temperature 0.7 degrees above average, a mean minimum temperature 7.5 degrees above average, and a mean temperature 4 degrees above average. White Rock exceeded highest minimum temperature records on October 2, 3, 18, and 20.

 

Tuesday November 3, 2015

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Programs Office, the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, Los Alamos High School and the Small Business Development Center have entered a new partnership to provide 15-week internship opportunities to local college and high school students. The result of this partnership is a new program, the Community Internship Collaboration.
At the crux of the Community Internship Collaboration is a process of mutual selection. Not only are local businesses able to select interns who are a good fit for them, but the students apply directly for open internships based on their skills and interests.
Throughout the program, students will learn from their mentors at work, from faculty mentors and from each other through a series of classes and group and panel discussions.
The Small Business Development Center is currently reaching out to local businesses, and student orientations will be held soon at both UNM-Los Alamos and Los Alamos High School. The first internship session is set to begin in November, with a second session planned for the new year.
For more information about the Community Internship Collaboration, contact the University of New Mexico’s Laura Loy (lloy@unm.edu).

Monday November 2, 2015

The Los Alamos County Council will consider a Resolution next Tuesday evening to adopt a re-organization of two key County departments: Community & Economic Development and Public Works.
The changes were announced by County Manager Harry Burgess, in conjunction with the publication of the agenda for Tuesday’s regular council meeting (7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers). Burgess commented on the proposed re-organization and highlighted his reasons for the change in a memo to County employees and statement to local residents.
Council approval of the proposed re-organization is necessary under the County’s Charter.
The proposed re-organization outlined by Burgess in the agenda documents describes a shift of four specific areas of responsibility housed in the current CEDD structure. These four areas will be moved into two other departments: Management of capital projects, facilities and custodial services will be moved into the Public Works department. Economic development functions will be moved into the County Manager's Office.
Burgess commented on the need for a shift in responsibilities, emphasizing that the remaining functions will then more closely resemble a traditional Community Development Department (CDD), which focuses on permitting, code enforcement, housing, planning and zoning. The title of the department and its Director will be changed to reflect this focus, he said.
Burgess said that he anticipated recruiting for a CDD Director in a more traditional role will be easier than hiring an employee who is skilled, educated and has the experience needed for the broader duties listed in the CEDD Director position today.
The restructuring plan calls for the reinstitution of the County Engineer title, and it is anticipated that this position will be an upgrade of the present Engineering Manager position to reflect the additional duties associated with the supervision of capital projects and their associated staff.
Burgess said that placing custodial and facilities division functions under Public Works would offer similar benefits.
Public Works currently houses Atomic City Transit, the airport, environmental services, roadway and sidewalk maintenance, fleet maintenance and engineering/project management for roadway construction projects. Because the re-organization of Public Works to absorb these new divisions from CEDD will make it one of the largest departments in the County, a Deputy Public Works Director is being proposed for Council’s consideration on Tuesday night. This new position would assist with oversight of the divisions being added into the department, and is expected to have an office at the Pajarito Cliffs Site (PCS) – the County’s main operational facility for staff supporting Public Works functions.
The addition of the new Deputy Public Works Director will require a budget adjustment by Council. The new position would be funded from the General Fund balance. Recruitment for a CDD Director and transition to the new organizational structure would proceed if approved by Council on Tuesday evening.

 

Friday October 30, 2015

FLAGGED UTILITY POLES TO BE REPLACED IN BARRANCA MESA
LOS ALAMOS, NM – Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ contractor, Elite Power, will be replacing utility poles in the Barranca Mesa area starting next week. Poles to be exchanged are marked with a red flag and are located in utility easements.

Crews will have minimal impact on traffic as they move through neighborhoods replacing flagged poles one at a time. Advance notice will be provided to customers when brief outages are required to complete work. Some poles slated to be replaced are located in the backyards of customers. Elite Power will coordinate directly with these individuals to access and replace poles.

This effort is in accord with the DPU’s Electric Reliability Plan developed in 2011 and most recently updated in 2014. To enhance system reliability, the plan identifies pro-active and preventive operations and maintenance activities which include the replacement of older poles prioritized in a 2005 pole study.

Department Officials thank customers for their cooperation with Elite Power to complete this important project. For additional information, call the Department of Public Utilities at (505) 662-8333.

 

Thursday October 29, 2015

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus is inviting the community to come enjoy and participate in the Chamisa Elementary Recycle Art Show on Wednesday, November 4th from 5:30-7:00PM.
The finalé will be a fashion show of student and family made creations. Please contact Renee Mitsunaga if you are interested in being a participant this event. The deadline for entries is Friday, Oct. 30th. Download your Entry Application at www.laschools.net/RecycleApplication
Chamisa is going green! Every class created projects and learned about the importance of taking care of our environment and resources by practicing the three Rs: Recycle, Reuse, & Reduce. There will be displays all around the school with student artwork. In the gym, we will be having some make & take booths where everyone can try a project using trash to create ART!
Please come and enjoy the art work the students at Chamisa Elementary have created out of trash and recycled objects.

 

Wednesday October 28, 2015

New regulatory restricted parking signs have been installed on the south side of Villa near the Aspen School parking lot entrance. These parking restrictions will alleviate some of congestion in the 33rd St. and Villa St. intersection, making the area safer for our students and the adults walking students to and from school. These signs were unveiled early Monday morning. This means no parking will be allowed on the south side of Villa during drop off and pick up times. Please be aware that enforcement of this new restricted parking area will begin this week.

 

Tuesday October 27, 2015

Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for the third quarter of 2015 which were compiled by the Records Division 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), manslaughter, rape, aggravated 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 first three quarters of 2015, Officers responded to a total of 137 Part 1 offenses, which represents a 19.4% decrease as compared to 170 in the first three quarters of 2014. Violent crime has decreased from 27 offenses through the first three quarters of 2014 to 16 in 2015, a 40.7% decrease. Property crime decreased by 15.4% from 143 in 2014 to 121 in 2015.
While many factors contribute to crime rates within a community, the Los Alamos Police Department thanks our community partners and residents for working together to problem solve issues and for developing solutions that lower crime and improve our quality of life.

 

Monday October 26, 2015

Governor Susana Martinez issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, October 26, 2015, in honor and mourning of U.S. Air Force Major Phyllis Pelky. U.S. Air Force Major Phyllis Pelky died on October 11, 2015, in Kabul, Afghanistan, while serving in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Major Pelky also previously served her community teaching humanities at Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho.

 

 

Friday October 23, 2015

Los Alamos County received its 2015 property tax levies from the NM Department of Finance Administration (DFA). The residential levy is 24.430 mills, an 8.17% increase from the 2014 levy of 22.584 mills. The non-residential levy is 27.496 mills, a 7.19% increase from the 2014 levy of 25.652 mills. In dollar terms, these levies are respectively $24.43 and $27.496 per $1,000 of taxable assessed value.
As an example, a house with an assessed market value of $300,000 has an assessed taxable value of $100,000 (1/3 of market). Assuming no other exemptions, the tax will be 100 x$24.43, or $2,443. Detailed information regarding property tax rates is available on the county web site on the county assessors page The DFA calculates tax levies for each county using information it annually receives from taxing entities such as schools, universities, municipalities, counties, the state, and special districts, such as water or improvement districts. The calculation also utilizes a complex yield control formula that limits changes in tax revenue caused by changes in property values.

 

Thursday October 22, 2015

Rain has delayed the paving and closure of Sherwood Blvd. from Friday to Tuesday, Oct. 27. Work is scheduled through the weekend to prepare the roadbed for paving.
On Oct. 26, construction crews will pave the northbound lane of Sherwood Blvd. The southbound lane will remain open. Motorists might experience minor delays, particularly at driveways and cross streets.
On Oct. 27, Sherwood Blvd. will be closed from N.M. 4 to Aztec Ave. to complete final paving of all traffic lanes. Access to adjacent businesses will be detoured to Rover Blvd., Bonnie View Drive and Longview Drive. Flagging operations may occur near driveways and cross streets.
Motorists will experience minor delays. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zone, be on the alert for all workers and equipment. Large equipment and trucks will be entering and exiting the work zone throughout the project.
The schedule may change due to weather or other delays.
Contact the Public Works Department at 662-8150

 

Wednesday October 21, 2015

 For anyone who wants a short walk to talk about photography, or a long hike to explore the park wilderness, this weekend is the time to be at Bandelier.
The park artists in residence, Philip Metcalf and Pat Galagan, are offering short walks this Saturday and Sunday afternoon to talk about composition, light, photographing landscapes, and working with infrared, and discussing approaches to things seen along the trail.
Saturday afternoon, 10/24, will be a walk on the Tyuonyi (QU-whe-nee) Overlook Trail, beginning at Juniper Campground and going about 1 1/4 mile along the mesa top to a point overlooking the main archeological sites in Frijoles Canyon. Sunday afternoon they will be walking out along the Upper Frijoles Canyon Overlook Trail, (previously known as the Blue crosscountry ski trail) from the parking area at the Cerro Grande Trail to an overlook of the upper section of Frijoles Canyon, less than 3 miles round trip. Numbers are limited, so those interested should call the Bandelier Visitor Center, (505) 672-3861 x 517, for details and to sign up.

For ambitious hikers, on Saturday morning the park Wilderness Ranger will be leading a moderately strenuous hike from Ponderosa Campground to Upper Crossing, and then down Frijoles Canyon to the Visitor Center. This is about 9 miles, mostly downhill, and will take a good part of the day. On Sunday he will lead a longer, truly strenuous hike, going from the Visitor Center to mid-Alamo Canyon, Yapashi Pueblo, Upper Alamo Canyon, and returning on the Rim Trail. This is about 14 1/2 miles, and usually takes 9 to 10 hours. Numbers are limited. Those interested need to call the Bandelier Visitor Center, (505) 672-3861 x 517 for details and to sign up.

Tuesday October 20, 2015

The Department of Education says that In the 2012-13 school year, New Mexico had a graduation rate of about 70 percent,.  data for the 2013-14 school year from  shows the state’s graduation rate dipped to 68.5 percent .

During the 2013-14 school year  36 states saw higher graduation rates.  8 states remained unchanged. There were  declines in New Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, North Dakota and Oklahoma, as well as the District of Columbia.

New Mexico also remains the state with the lowest graduation rate. The District of Columbia is worst overall with a 61% graduation rate.

The average graduation rate nationally reached a high of 81 percent in the 2012-13 school year.

 

Monday October 19, 2015

In Los Alamos, PARCC scores for English Language Arts were higher than in mathematics, especially Algebra 1. The PARCC results for Los Alamos High School were better that the statewide aggregate scores for the tests. PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Students in grades 3-11 took the PARCC tests last March and April. This is the first time results have been released.
School-wide results for elementary and middle schools are scheduled to be released by the state on October 30, 2015. Individual student score reports will be available to high schools in early November and for elementary and middle school students, the release date is early December 2015.
The data for Los Alamos show that teachers are making adjustments to the modified standards and new type of test questions; however, we have challenging work ahead. For those that did not pass the test, high school guidance counselors have already developed strategies to assist students with the PARCC re-take. In addition, a review of the LAPS Algebra 1 curriculum will be conducted over the next two months.
The scores were scaled on a performance level of one to five. One means “did not meet expectations” and five means “exceeds expectations.” Members of the class of 2016-17 will meet graduation testing requirements with a performance level of three or higher. In subsequent years, students will need a four or five in language arts and math to graduate. Los Alamos High School can use alternative demonstrations of proficiency for students that do not pass the test after two attempts.

 

Friday October 16, 2015

This is a very good weekend to stay or visit Los Alamos. Tonight there is an artist reception from 5-7 pm in Fuller Lodge to kick off the Los Alamos Studio tour. Tonight is the Mountain School Halloween carnival from 4:30 – 7:30 pm.
Tomorrow you have a couple of great choices for breakfast.
The Masonic Waffle Breakfast takes place from 7:30 – 10:30am at Los Alamos Pajarito Masonic Lodge 66. 15th St. & Canyon, Los Alamos, NM. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 6 and under. Proceeds benefit the Fusion Volleyball Club
The Kiwanis and Family Council will provide a Free Pancake Breakfast at the Betty Ehart Senior Center on Saturday, from 7-11am. Donations are requested to help support Friday lunches for high school students provided by the Trinity on the Hill Church.
Then there is the Gateway to the Holidays Craft Fair at the Crossroads Bible Church from 9-3:30. Or the Los Alamos Studio Tour which is Saturday October 17th 10-5.
There is Resale Fundraiser hosted by LAMS Cheerleaders at Pueblo Complex Gym is Saturday from 8am – 2pm. Spots to sell your stuff are available.
The Los Alamos Ski Club Ski Swap at Los Alamos Middle School Gymnasium Saturday October 17 at the Los Alamos Middle School from 1:00-4:00 pm. The swap features new and used skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, helmets, and ski clothing. Equipment for resale can be dropped off Saturday Oct. 17 from 8:00-11:00 am.
The Pajarito Astronomers are holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night on Saturday at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park, starting at 6:30 PM (sunset). Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. A crescent moon and the planets Saturn, Neptune and Uranus may be visible. There will be a tour of the summer and fall constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
On Sunday the studio tour continues from 9-3.
High Tea On The Hill sponsored by the United Way of Northern New Mexico will take place on Sunday, from 1-2:30 pm in the Los Alamos High School Lobby. The admission for adults and children will both be $20. All of the profits made from this event will fund local youth programs throughout the community.
Dances of India will be presenting Doll Story at Duane Smith Auditorium Sunday, at 4pm. Admission is free. Donations to the YMCA Madurai, India to benefit an education program for hearing impaired children.
And now you have spent your entire weekend at special events right here in our community.

 

Thursday October 15, 2015

The New Mexico Department of Health, through the Los Alamos Public Health Office, and in cooperation with local pediatricians, is partnering with the Los Alamos Public School System to offer flu vaccine to children at their school. This program is very successful in other school districts across the State, and LAPS is participating this year.

 The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against flu and its potentially serious complications. 

 Each school has a clinic date where the Public Health Nurse will be available to give FluMist to those students whose parents return the consent form for participation.  FluMist is sprayed into the nose, does not involve a needle and is fast, easy and painless.

 A few children cannot receive FluMist because of medical reasons, such as asthma or diabetes, and will not be able to participate in the school clinic.  Those children can receive injectable vaccine from their pediatrician or the Public Health Office.  Flu vaccine provided at the school will be of no cost to the parents.  An information packet explaining the voluntary program and consent forms will be sent home and are available for download at the schools website.  Please write your child’s pediatrician on the top of the consent form as well.

For more information, please contact Andrea Cunningham RN at the Los Alamos Public Health Office 662-4038 or speak to your school nurse

 

Wednesday October 14, 2015

Los Alamos National Laboratory is leading a Department of Energy- Fuel Cells Technologies Office-funded project to enhance the performance and durability of polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells, while simultaneously reducing their cost.
The PEM fuel cells produce electricity through the reaction of hydrogen and oxygen—their only emission being the water formed when the proton and electrons combine with the oxygen.
Fuel cell technologies can significantly benefit the nation’s energy security, the environment and economy—offering reduced oil consumption and highly reliable grid-support, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution and expanded renewable power use and highly efficient conversion.
While PEM fuel cells are deployed in demonstration vehicles and are beginning limited commercialization, they still fall short of DOE targets for this technology, which are required for widespread consumer acceptance.

 

Tuesday October 13, 2015

On Tuesday, Oct. 13 and Wednesday, Oct. 14, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will host Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) in Los Alamos and Albuquerque to discuss the important role New Mexico's national laboratories play in national security, energy and the state's economy. Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has fought for strong funding for important programs at New Mexico's national labs. He invited Mikulski to tour both labs and to participate in a roundtable discussion at Sandia about improving technology transfer and creating jobs. The roundtable will also feature Jetta Wong, who oversees the technology transfer at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

 

Monday October 12, 2015

Happy Columbus Day!

 

Friday October 9, 2015

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Los Alamos High School’s volleyball teams will be playing not only to win, but to raise money for the Side-Out Foundation. If you are only able to make one game this year, Dig Pink is the one to come out for.

This year, each girl will take the court in honor, in memory, or in support of someone stricken by breast cancer. Throughout the three games, players on the freshman, JV and varsity squads will be taking donations in the stands and selling tickets for a 50/50 raffle.

 

Thursday October 8, 2015

The school district is going to renovate the music wing at Los Alamos  High school. Public hearings on the renovations will be scheduled in November.  The LAPS music teachers along with the public can suggest the improvements wanted to the wing.  There is $700,000 available for the project.  Construction will begin at the end of the 2016 school year so most work can be completed over the summer.

 

Wednesday October 7, 2015

There has been a change in venue for today's volleyball games vs. EVHS. The games will now be played in Los Alamos at 4, 5, & 6pm.

 

The LANL Foundation offers Educational Outreach Small Grants to school districts and nonprofits with programs that strengthen teaching and learning.
Grants of up to $1,500 are available monthly to support public schools and nonprofits working in K-12 education in Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties. Nonprofit focus should be on teacher professional development, curriculum enhancement, and support for classroom instruction and student learning. Grants are no longer restricted to programs related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
Organizations are eligible to receive one grant per calendar year. Only one school or program in each of the 20 school districts is eligible for a grant each year. Awardees that received LANL Foundation grants in previous years and did not meet all of the reporting deadlines or other requirements of their funding agreements are ineligible to receive any future small grants.
Applications are due on or before the 15th of each month, excluding December and may be submitted online at www.lanlfoundation.org/grants.
For more information, contact Sally Gallegos at sally@lanlfoundation.org or (505) 753-8890 ext. 118.

 

Tuesday October 6, 2015

Los Alamos High School Principal Brad Parker is pleased to announce that eight students at the school have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. The students are: Nathan Delgado, Val Jackson-Hundley, Faith Koh, Faith Montano, Julia O’Brien, Kaelan Prime, Camille Rousculp and Sydney Schoonover. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by the principal to these scholastically talented students during a reception.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

 

Monday October 5, 2015

Motorists might experience delays as the new parking area is constructed at the ice rink. please allow extra time while driving through this segment under construction. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limit and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

 

Weekend

Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) is now accepting applications for 2016 awards. The largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico, LAESF supports students who are residents of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties seeking four-year degrees in fields that serve the region.
High school seniors enrolling in or undergraduates currently attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution are eligible to apply. Applicants must have at least a 3.25 cumulative unweighted grade point average and scores of 19 ACT or 930 SAT (combined Math plus Critical Reading only).
Applications are submitted through an online portal at www.lanlfoundation.org/scholarships. Deadline to apply is January 19, 2016.
Scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $1,000 recognize academic performance, leadership potential, extracurricular activities, community service, critical thinking skills and career goals relevant to local community needs. Financial need, diversity and regional representation are also integral components of the selections process.

 

Friday October 2, 2015

Here are the local weather highlights for the month of September.
Los Alamos experienced drier than normal conditions for the second month in a row. Los Alamos recorded 0.35 inches of precipitation (1.66 inches below average) and White Rock recorded 0.3 inches (1.22 inches below average). The lack of precipitation can be attributed to the early end of the monsoon season. However, Los Alamos is still 2.99 inches above average for the year as a result of the copious amounts of rain in June and July.
Warm temperatures continued into the second half of September, when temperatures typically begin to decrease. Los Alamos recorded a mean maximum temperature 6.3 degrees above average, a mean minimum temperature 5.5 degrees above average, and a mean temperature 5.9 degrees above average. A high minimum temperature record was broken on September 27 with 84 degrees and tied the record of 82 degrees on September 28. White Rock experienced similar warm temperatures, with a mean maximum temperature 4.3 degree above average, a mean minimum temperature 6.2 degrees above average, and a mean temperature 5.2 degrees above average.
The Climate Prediction Center is predicting a reversal in temperatures with below average temperatures from October to December. Above average precipitation is expected through December. The Climate Prediction Center is also predicting a 95% chance that El Niño continues into the winter to provide above average precipitation.

Thursday October 1, 2015

Here are the lowlights of the police reports from September 23 to 29:

One was arrested on a municipal court warrant.
Four were arrested on a magistrate court warrant.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested for possession of marijuana.
Two were arrested for larceny.
One was arrested for an accident without injuries.
Three were arrested for parties to unlawful acts.
One was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxic aggravate.
One was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
A juvenile was arrested for lack of proof of insurance.
There were 2 accidents without injuries.
There was a report of sexual penetration of a child under 13.
There were 3 reports of criminal damage to property.
There were 2 reports of graffiti.
There was a report of a burglary.
There was a report of a runaway.

 

The Los Alamos Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for the person we believe is responsible for last Friday’s incident at the Los Alamos Historical Museum. William Ryan Skelton age 30, 5”11 and 170 pounds, is wanted for the charges of larceny and criminal damage to property that was reported last Friday afternoon off of Bathtub Row in Los Alamos.
Police are asking citizens to call LA Crime stoppers at 662-8282 to report any sightings of Mr. Skelton. The suspect was last seen driving a blue 1994 single cab Toyota truck bearing New Mexico plate NGM286.

 

Tuesday September 29, 2015

Staff in Los Alamos County’s Building Safety Division, in partnership with the Los Alamos Fire Department, are urgently asking citizens to help address property-related issues such as weed overgrowth, excessive rubbish, and rodent issues being found on private properties around the County.
County crews are busy addressing excessive vegetation along County right-of-ways as expeditiously as possible. Property owners can help the County ensure a safe, continuous sidewalk path for school children and other pedestrians by trimming back their own vegetation growing onto or overhanging the sidewalks adjacent to their private property. Due to changes in the County Code last year, it is no longer optional for a property owner to fail to address vegetation growth onto or above a public right of way. In summary, the County Code states that all weeds, brush piles, refuse and rubbish on a property are a nuisance, weeds are not to exceed 18 inches in height, and that sidewalks must be kept clear of encroaching vegetation and overhanging branches. The County is launching a public outreach effort this week aimed at educating all property owners about these types of property maintenance violations. Available resources include the quarterly bulk and brush item collection that starts on October 5. Residents are also allowed 12 free trips to the Environmental Services Eco Station for waste/yard waste disposal; just show proof of residency at the scale house.
Starting in late October, Code Enforcement staff is actively issuing weed violation notices.
The County desires to be a responsible partner in the community, If you have a specific complaint about weeds or rubbish on County property, please call the Traffic & Streets Division at 662-8113, or send an e-mail with a description or address of the property that needs attention to LACPW@lacnm.us.

 

Monday September 28, 2015

Here are updates on the areas road construction projects.

Ice Rink Parking Improvements: Motorists might experience delays as the new parking area is constructed please allow extra time while driving through this segment under construction. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limit and be on the alert for workers and equipment.
Sherwood Blvd. /La Vista Drive: Roadway construction continues. Motorists will be traveling on new paved asphalt as demolition continues on the east side and construction is being completed on the west side. Southbound traffic only on Sherwood, please pay attention to traffic signals. ALL BUSINESS ARE OPEN & ACCESSABLE FROM SHERWOOD. Northbound traffic closed at Aztec. This will remain until pavement is complete on the east side. RMCI continuing on subgrade prep for sidewalks, Utility Verification and Traffic Control management will be on going. Large equipment and truck will be continuous throughout the project.
20th Street/Fuller Lodge Improvements: The contractor plans to keep 20th Street north of the Deacon Street intersection to the parking lot across from the Teen Center closed through Thursday, October 1st. During this time there will be temporary closures and flagging operations on 20th Street to allow the contractor to install concrete collars around the existing manholes and water valves and for permanent stripping to be completed.

 

Weekend
On Sunday, September 7, at 7pm the Reel Deal will host a showing of the movie Everest, to benefit the Los Alamos Mountaineers. Los Alamos Mountaineers
members - through club outings, monthly meetings and programs, and the annual climbing school - have the opportunity to meet other people with a
love of the outdoors and to make new friends. The Mountaineers have come to know and love many beautiful local areas, as well as many mountains,
canyons, and climbing areas, most within a day's drive of Los Alamos.

If you're not (yet!) a Los Alamos Mountaineers member: Free movie entrance with your new LAM membership!

Movie synopsis:
On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers (Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin) from two expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount
Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest
blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing
temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds.

 

Friday September 25, 2015

The Los Alamos Police Department will once again host three collection sites on Saturday September 26th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. as a part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s drug take-back day initiative.
Site 1: Los Alamos Police Department lobby located at 2500 Trinity Dr. (please deposit prescription medications into the drop box)
Site 2: White Rock Visitor Center located at 115 State Route 4, east side parking lot.
Site 3: Smith’s Marketplace located at 751 Trinity, south side parking lot near the patio.
“The Los Alamos Police Department wants to encourage citizens to turn in unwanted or unused prescription medication for destruction. This initiative is crucial to remove controlled medications that have a potential for theft or abuse,” said Cmdr Oliver Morris.

 

Thursday September 24, 2015

Trinity Westbound Lane Closed September 24 and September 25
Crews from Star Paving Construction will be paving 20th Street. The westbound right lane of Trinity Drive will be closed from 17th Street to 20th Street on Thursday, September 24 from 7:00 am through Friday, September 25 at 5:00 pm. Pedestrians may experience a sidewalk closure and detour.
All work should be completed by Friday, September 25, weather permitting.

 

Monday September 21, 2015

The Los Alamos Fire Department with the assistance of the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed burn on 26 acres of County open space on one of the following days, Sept. 25,26,27 depending on weather. The area to be burned is in the upper reaches of Pueblo Canyon east of the Aquatic Center. Which is T19N, R6E. sec.9,16.
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing wildlife habitat diversity. The Los Alamos prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority. Smoke from the prescribe burn will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. Smoke will likely be visible from Espanola, Santa Clara and Santa Fe and from Highways 502 and 285.

 

Weekend
Jorge Silva-Bañuelos has been named superintendent of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Silva-Bañuelos's hiring marks an important milestone for Valles Caldera, which is making the transition from a unique management structure as part of the Forest Service to management by the National Park Service (NPS). NPS officially takes over on Oct. 1. Silva-Bañuelos is currently serving as executive director of the Valles Caldera Trust, which has managed the day-to-day operations of the preserve.

 

Friday September 18, 2015

The White House has named the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education. The Foundation was selected for its investment in education and evidence-based programs from cradle to career that help close the achievement gap for Hispanics.

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics was established in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community.

 

Thursday September 17, 2015
At 7:29 this morning the Los Alamos Fire department responded to a fire alarm at the Los Alamos Middle School. Dr. Kurt Steinhaus called KRSN from the Middle School ten minutes later to report that the school had been evacuated and students were waiting on the football field while firemen checked the building. LAFD checked the entire building. At 7:47 Dr. Steinhaus received an all clear and complimented students and staff for calmly following protocol in the situation. They believe the cause of the fire alarm was exhaust from an outside source, either a roof top unit or leaf blower that was being used at the time in the area. The next step is to conduct a lessons learned to identify what went well and areas for improvement.

 

Wednesday September 16, 2015

The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers and the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers speech and debate teams will be hosting the Peak Speech and Debate Tournament at Mesa Public Library and Los Alamos High School on Friday, September 25th and Saturday, September 26th, 2015. A model Congress tournament

will be held on Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM at Mesa Public Library and Fuller Lodge. Speech rounds, Policy, Public Forum, and Lincoln-Douglas debate rounds will be held from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Friday and from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday at Los Alamos High School.
The Peak Tournament marks the first comprehensive speech and debate tournament of the 2015-2016 season and will be attended by over 200 students from across New Mexico. Los Alamos High School coaches Margo Batha, Christine Engelbrecht and Los Alamos Middle School coach Sherri Bublitz are seeking volunteers to judge congress, speech, and debate rounds or donate food to feed visiting coaches and volunteer judges.
Approximately three hundred judges are needed to volunteer a total of nine hundred hours. The Hilltalkers and the Hawktalkers welcome volunteer judges over the age of eighteen who work in in any profession. Volunteers may or may not be associated with Los Alamos Public Schools. Judges must commit to a minimum of two volunteer hours and will be compensated with free food and much appreciation from students and coaches. Training is not required.
A variety of snacks, entrées, and beverages are needed to feed the three hundred judges and roughly twenty five coaches who will be volunteering their time at the Peak Tournament. Donations of disposable plates, silverware, and napkins are also welcome and appreciated. Food and drink donations are needed at 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM on Friday and at 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM on Saturday.
Please register to volunteer to judge at the tournament or donate food and supplies by visiting http://bit.ly/peaktournament.

 

Tuesday September 15, 2015

Los Alamos County Public Works Department and contractor RMCI Inc. have announced a lane closure and detour on Sherwood Blvd. will go into effect as early as today after the morning rush hour, shortly after 8:00 AM.   The northbound lane will be closed at Aztec Ave. while the southbound lane will remain open.  To accommodate construction operations and equipment, the southbound lane will shift to the far eastside of Sherwood Blvd., then again to the center.

Access to local businesses will remain, and detour signs will be in place to help guide northbound motorists back to NM 4 via Rover Blvd. 

Motorists may experience delays and should allow extra time while driving through the construction zone.  Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limit, and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

The detour will remain in place until paving is completed.

 

 

Monday September 14, 2015

The Los Alamos Retirement Community and Aspen Ridge Assisted Living will be celebrating National Assisted Living Week Sept. 13-19.
Events throughout the week will be a special opportunity to bring together the residents, families and employees to recognize the unique individuals that reside at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living and the staff members that deliver care every day.

 

Weekend

Friday evening Bill Hudson peacefully passed way. He will be missed.

 

Here are the lowlights of the police reports September 3 through 9.

One was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction.

Three were  arrested on a misdemeanor warrants from another jurisdiction.

One was arrested on magistrate bench warrant.

One was arrested on a municipal court warrant.

Two were  arrested for possession of marijuana

One was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

One was arrested for striking an unattended vehicle.

There was a report of criminal sexual contact of a minor

There was a report of unreasonable animal noise.

There was a report of criminal damage to property.

There was a report of a larceny.

The was a report of indecent exposure.

There were 2 unattended deaths.

There was an animal impounded for biting.

There was a report of fraud.

There was an accident without injuries.

 

 

Friday September 11, 2016

Today is the Homecoming Parade at 2:30 on Central Avenue. Elementary Schools will dismiss at Noon and there will be no lunch service. LAMS will dismiss at 12:45 PM and the high school at 1pm. The football game starts at 7. KRSN will be in the parade. We will also broadcast the game tonight with the voice of the Hilltoppers Mr. Gene Mortensen.

 

Thursday September 10, 2015

Department of Game and Fish officers are searching for an adult
black bear involved in the attack of a 56-year-old man Wednesday evening on a hiking
trail near Los Alamos.
The Los Alamos man suffered deep flesh wounds and scratches to his head, chest and
hands and was being treated at Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe.
Conservation officers using dogs were searching for the bear Thursday with assistance
from Los Alamos police and Los Alamos National Laboratory. If found, the bear will be
tested for rabies. Rabies in bears is rare but it is a nearly 100 percent fatal disease, so
every precaution will be taken.
The trail where the attack occurred, the Canyon de Valle trail north of Los Alamos, was
closed until further notice.
According to officer reports, the victim said he was running on the trail at about 7 p.m.
when he encountered a female bear and its cub on the trail. The cub ran up a tree. The
victim tried to scare the female bear away by making noise, but the bear charged,
knocking him into a stream bed, and then started biting and clawing at his head. When
the bear stopped attacking and the victim tried to stand up, the bear attacked again and
then walked away.
The victim was able to walk 2.5 miles back to his car, where he retrieved his personal
identification and flagged down a passing motorist, who took him to Los Alamos
Medical Center. The victim was treated for his wounds before being transported to
Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe. Bear hair samples were collected from the
victim and his clothes to help identify the bear involved in the attack.

 

Tuesday September 8, 2015

Here are some the street projects going on this week:
Reconstruction work continues on Zuni Street on Barranca Mesa. Crews will start with demolition work on the cul-de-sac east of Los Pueblos. It is anticipated that the duration of work on each cul-de-sac will be approximately 2-3 weeks. Residents will be kept notified of work affecting their homes via personal visits from County staff or via door hangers. Questions or comments may be directed to the Traffic & Streets Division at (505) 662-8113.
Asphalt resurfacing activities will be taking place for the next 3 weeks on Gold Street and East Gate Drive. It is anticipated crews will mobilize next week and actual construction work will begin later in the week or early the following week. Door hangers will be distributed to residents and affected businesses at least 48 hours in advance of the start of construction.
20th Street/Fuller Lodge Improvements: The north bound lane will be closed to allow for the demolition of curb and gutter, asphalt and sidewalks on the east side of 20th Street. The southbound lane will be open for traffic use and business access. Motorist may experience flagging operations and minimal delays. Pedestrians will need to use the west side of the street. Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m. Services such as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained.

 

Weekend

Here are the lowlights on this week's police reports.
Two were arrested on a magistrate court bench warrants.
One was arrested for concealing identity.
One was arrested for shoplifting.
One was arrested for unlawful use of a license.
One was arrested for possession of marijuana
One was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.
There was an accident with injuries.
There was an accident without injuries.
The bomb squad was called.
There was a report of unreasonable animal noise.
An animal was impounded for biting.

 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Los Alamos County Administrative offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day. The following County Facilities will also have modified hours and services:
Eco Station will be CLOSED for Labor Day, and there will be NO RECYCLING or TRASH PICK-UP for Labor Day. The Alternate Pick-up Day if affected: Wednesday, 9/09.
The Golf Course is open. Call for a tee time.
Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center is CLOSED for maintenance and will re-open on Tuesday.
Mesa Public and White Rock Branch Libraries are closed on Monday for Labor Day.
Atomic City Transit will not be running fixed-route or Dial-a-Ride service on Monday in observance of Labor Day. The Bandelier Shuttle will run their regular 20 minute weekend schedule.
All other County Facilities will be CLOSED including the Municipal Court.

Thursday September 3, 2015

The 20th street improvements continue.
The south bound lane will remain closed until today Thursday, September 3.
The Contractor plans to switch traffic control on Thursday to allow for southbound travel. The north bound lane will be closed to allow for the demolition of curb and gutter, asphalt and sidewalks on the east side of 20th Street. Pedestrians will need to use the west side of the street.
Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m. Services such as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained.

 

Wednesday September 2, 2015

As of August 31, Atlas Advertising is in receipt of all public input on the short list of straplines that were developed by Atlas in coordination with the Branding Review Committee for Los Alamos County's brand. Public input was submitted on-line via the County's Open Forum survey process, hard copy, e-mail and transcribed from phone conversations between July 31 through August 28, 2015.
Atlas is synthesizing the data to determine the community's summary ranking of the five straplines. Based on this input, as well as the preferences of prospective employers, employees and residents identified in the brand study phase, Atlas will proceed with the final selection of two strapline options to present to the County Council in November.
As directed by Council, Atlas will develop logo concepts for both strapline options, as well as a stand-alone logo concept (no strapline).

 

Tuesday September 1. 2015

As of August 31, Atlas Advertising is in receipt of all public input on the short list of straplines that were developed by Atlas in coordination with the Branding Review Committee for Los Alamos County's brand. Public input was submitted on-line via the County's Open Forum survey process, hard copy, e-mail and transcribed from phone conversations between July 31 through August 28, 2015.
Atlas is synthesizing the data to determine the community's summary ranking of the five straplines. Based on this input, as well as the preferences of prospective employers, employees and residents identified in the brand study phase, Atlas will proceed with the final selection of two strapline options to present to the County Council in November.
As directed by Council, Atlas will develop logo concepts for both strapline options, as well as a stand-alone logo concept (no strapline).

Monday August 31. 2015
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D‐N.M.) is encouraging New Mexicans interested in attending the outdoor simulcast of Pope Francis' address to a Joint Session of Congress  on

Thursday, September 24, to contact his Washington, D.C. office for tickets. He will be the first Pope to address a joint meeting of Congress. Senator Heinrich will be allotted 200 tickets for the simulcast on the West Front grounds of the U.S. Capitol. If there are more than 200 requests, the tickets will then be distributed by lottery. New Mexicans who would like to attend must call Senator Heinrich's office (202) 224‐5521 by 3 p.m. MT on Friday, September 4.
Tickets for the event are only provided through Congressional offices and are free of charge. Tickets are not for resale. Travel and accommodations will be at the ticket holder's expense.

 

Weekend

Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for the second quarter of 2015 which were compiled by the Records Division 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), manslaughter, rape, aggravated 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.
During the second quarter of 2015, officers responded to a total of 44 overall Part 1 Offense complaints, which represents a 45.0% decrease as compared to 80 offenses during the same period in 2014. Violent crime increased from 4 offenses in 2014 to 5 in 2015, a 25% increase. Property crime decreased by 48.7% from 76 in 2014 to 39 in 2015. Overall year to date Part 1 Crime is down 23% from 117 offenses in 2014 to 90 offenses in 2015.
While many factors contribute to crime rates within a community, the Los Alamos Police Department thanks our community partners and residents for working together to problem solve issues and developing solutions that improve our quality of life.

Friday August 28, 2015

Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers special programming at Mesa Public Library, Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society and Fuller Lodge Art Center and the Los Alamos Nature Center. Fourth Fridays happens on the fourth Friday of each month and also promotes special offerings from participating local businesses. This month Fourth Friday special events and promotions include:
The Bradbury Science Museum will feature Robotics Night: This evening features the return of one of our most popular events. The fun includes robots of all different sizes, shapes and uses from LEGObots and SumoBots to Bomb Squad and Hazardous Material robots. Don’t miss it! This will be open from 4-6 p.m. 1350 Central Avenue.
The Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum features an investigation into the history and future of artificial intelligence. Learn about Alan Turing, his work as a mathematician during World War II, and the test named after him. Run a Turing Test yourself and see if you can tell if the answers are coming from a real person or an artificial intelligence! Located at 1050 Bathtub Row, it will be open 4-6 p.m.
Fuller Lodge Art Center features “Make your own salt clay sculpture”. Located at 2132 Central Avenue, it will be open until 9 p.m.
Ruby K’s is featuring a strawberry shortcake croissant. Located at 1789 Central Avenue, Ruby K’s will be open until 5 p.m.
Fusion Multisport will feature their Summer Clearance Sale with 35% off summer cycling and running apparel. Fusion Multisport is located at 106 Central Park Square and Open until 6 p.m.
Bennett’s Fine Jewelry added an exciting new product line “Shimmering Diamonds”. Stop by Bennett’s on Friday and take a look. They will be open until 6 p.m. 107 Central Park Square.
UPEX is offering a “Send Back to School Packages” special. Spend $150 over time and receive $10 off your next purchase. They will be open until 6 p.m. 108 Central Park Square.
Pet Pangaea will feature the ThunderShirt for dogs suffering from anxiety due to thunder and lightening during our frequent summer storms. Stop by Pet Pangaea tonight to pick one up! Open until 7 p.m. at 158 Central Park Square.
this weeks Summer Concert is The Iguanas at Rover Park in White Rock.

 

Thursday August 27, 2015

Matthew Allen, golf course superintendent at Los Alamos Golf Course has earned the title of Certified Golf Course Superintendent by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, a top designation currently held by only about 1,500 golf course superintendents worldwide. Allen, an 11-year GCSAA member, has been the superintendent at Los Alamos Golf Course since 2014.
To qualify for GCSAA’s top certification, a candidate must have at least three years’ experience as a golf course superintendent, be currently employed in that capacity and meet post-secondary educational requirements and/or continuing education points. A candidate’s knowledge, skills and abilities are validated through development of a portfolio consisting of case-study scenarios, skill statements and work samples; an on-site inspection of the golf facility; and a rigorous six-hour examination covering turfgrass cultural practices, golf course landscapes, pest management, equipment, Rules of Golf, business systems, regulator and programmatic systems, project management, human resources, environmental management and stewardship, natural systems and ethics and values.

 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The county council discussed the capital improvements for a couple of hours. First they listened to public comment who voiced their support for a variety of projects.  They asked questions of each other and staff.  Finally they tried to shorten the list of capital improvement projects. They could not.  They moved to postpone the discussion to a future meeting. Harry Burgess gave an overview of events, construction, and maintenance that has taken place over the last few months.

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The 2015 Los Alamos Relay for Life was a huge success thanks to all the dedicated volunteers and donors. Over $30,000 was raised. “This was a great fundraising year and a great turnaround over last year,” stated Manuel Luna of American Cancer Society. The most money ever raised at a Los Alamos Relay for Life was $34,000 in 2009.
I am delighted with the outcome of the event, said Mary Beth Maassen, Marketing Director of Los Alamos Medical Center and local Relay organizer. ACS will be able to do a lot of wonderful work with the money and it is a great way to honor those who have battled cancer. LAMC looks forward to a greater challenge with the 2016 Relay for Life. Maassen hopes to exceed the 2009 record in 2016.
Los Alamos Medical Center would like to thank their partners in this successful fundraising effort, including Los Alamos County, KRSN 1490AM, the Los Alamos Daily Post, Flowers by Gillian, Village Arts, Masonic Lodge #66, Pat Pangea, Vera Jaramillo of the Family YMCA, Classic Air Medical, The Los Alamos Fire Department, Russ Gordon’s Summer Concert Series, Blue Window Bistro, The Los Alamos Hill Stompers, The Los Alamos High School Marching Band, Jackie Veauthier, Nina Thayer, Hope Jaramillo, The Hill Talkers, The Los Alamos High School Key Club, The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club, and a whole host of unsung heroes! Thank you for stepping up to the challenge!


Monday August 24, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, is a special day in more than 400 very special places all over the country - Founders Day, the anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service (NPS) on August 25, 1916. Every year it is celebrated with free admission to all the parks, national seashores, national monuments, and the many other kinds of areas in the park system, including, of course, Bandelier National Monument. And this is the 99th birthday of the NPS, so it's extra special, leading up to next year's centennial celebration.

 

Weekend

Here are the lowlights of this week’s police reports

Three were arrested on district court warrants.

One was arrested for possession of marijuana.

One was arrested for traveling at an unsafe speed.

One was arrested for shoplifting.

Three were arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.

One was arrested for graffiti.

One was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquid.

There was a report of fraudulent use of a credit card.

There were 3 reports of fraud.

There was a report of larceny.

There was a report of criminal sexual penetration.

There was a report of a burglary.

The bomb squad was called.

Two animals were impounded for biting.

 

Friday August 21, 2015

Tonight is a great night to stay here in Los Alamos.  The red Elvis’s are in concert tonight at Ashley Pond Park.  It is also Relay for Life night.  Activities start at 6pm with an opening ceremony with the LAHS Band performing. The survivors lap will be led by the HIllstompers.  There is a birdhouse and silent auction with awesome birdhouses and very generous donations from our business community to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. The firefighters and the police department are having a dunk tank to raise money. You can buy and decorate a luminaria.  Walkers will be up all night raising pledges to help fight cancer.

The fun continues Saturday morning. At 8 am there is a dog walk relay for life, the Zumba class starts 8:30 and closing ceremonies are at 9:30.  Join your community in raising fund for the American Cancer Society to continue to fight cancer.

Also, There is a Car wash to benefit the middle school football team on Saturday morning at 9 am at the shell station on Trinity.          

 

Thursday August 19, 2015

Earlier this week three elementary students reported being lost after school. The Los Alamos Police Department is encouraging parents to ensure their children’s safety to and from school.
LAPD recommends that if your children are using the Atomic City Buses for school transportation, that the parents ride with their children on the bus for a couple of days to ensure the kids know where to get on and off the buses and which buses to transfer to. This is very important for new time riders to the Atomic City Bus system, as the routes can be confusing for young children. Please remind your children about basic bus and traffic safety; it is imperative that children look both ways before crossing the street and are aware of their surroundings. It is recommended that parents convey to their children that if their child does not feel comfortable ridding the bus, to stay at school and wait for their ride to come pick them up.
Parents, we recommend you teach your children your names, so when asked by public safety officials who their parents are, the response is not mom and dad. Putting a list of names and phones numbers in a child’s backpack is another way to expedite the process of reuniting a lost child with their parents. Also, it would be a good idea to teach your children that if they are lost or do not know where to go, to go back to their respective school and find a teacher or principal

 

Wednesday August 18, 2015

 New Mexico MainStreet gathered in Artesia, Aug. 13, with local affiliates and public and private partners to celebrate 30 years of MainStreet's economic
development and revitalization efforts in New Mexico. The New Mexico MainStreet 30th Anniversary Commemorative Awards recognized the outstanding achievements and exceptional leadership among the state's local MainStreet organizations and partners. This year's recipients represent a broad range of individuals
and organizations throughout New Mexico who have demonstrated successful approaches. The Los Alamos Mainstreet won the spirit of preservation award.

 

Tuesday August 17, 2015

Los Alamos Residents are invited to complete a brief survey to share their thoughts about what they believe are important characteristics for a community art center. The survey is available on the Open Forum page on the county’s website or it is available in printed format in the west vestibule of the Municipal Building. In addition, staff from the Community Services Department will be available to hand out and collect surveys during the next Farmers’ Market on Thursday, Aug. 20 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Feedback from the public is being solicited to assist staff in the Community Services Department with development of a Request for Proposals for Art Center operations next year. The County would like to gather public opinion on topics related to the Art Center, such as program and class offerings that should be offered across a wide variety of users, as well as input on the location and other services being offered at the center, which includes the art gallery and the gift shop.

 

Monday August 16, 2015

A mandatory meeting for all parents with LAHS students involved in fall sports is tonight (8/17) at 6pm in the Dwayne Smith Auditorium.

 

Weekend

Here are the lowlights of the police reports from August 6 through 12.
One was arrested on a district court warrant
One was arrested on a municipal court warrant
Four were arrested on a magistrate court bench warrants
One was arrested for larceny.
One was arrested for arrested for assaulting a police officer
One was arrested for assault on a household member.
One was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of a drug.
One was arrested for possession pf marijuana.
One was arrested for speeding.
One was arrested for prohibited noise.
A minor was arrested for possession of marijuana released to parents and referred to the JPO.
Two animals were impounded for biting.
There was a report of hitting an unattended vehicle.
There was a report of menacing behavior.
There was an accident without injuries.
There was a report of an animal at large.
There is a report of criminal damage to property.

 

Friday August 14, 2015

The 20th Street and Trinity Drive parking lot is now open! The reconstruction of the parking lot was completed as part of the Teen Center remodel of the Community Building on 20th Street. Work in the parking lot included full depth reconstruction of the parking lot as well as a new layout. Vehicular access to/from the new parking lot will be off of 20th Street. The United States Post Office mailboxes and UPS drop box that was temporarily relocated to Deacon Street during construction have been returned to the center of the 20th/Trinity parking lot.

 

Thursday August 13, 2015

Today is the first day of school. The Los Alamos Police Department wants to remind motorists to slow down, drive safely, and drive defensively as the school year begins. Los Alamos Police officers will be providing extra patrols in school zones as school begins this week to ensure safety around our schools. “During this transition time back to school motorists’ summer routine is changed and parents maybe chauffeuring their kids to school for the first time or to a new school. When our routine is changed it can add to the hazards that motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists all-ready face every day. LAPD wants to remind drivers to recognize this and be vigilant for students walking to school as well.

 

Wednesday August 12, 2015

The Valles Caldera National Preserve needs your help to remove unneeded fences! The fences pose a threat to wildlife and detract from the natural beauty of the Preserve landscape.
We have over 15 miles of fence slated for removal and with your help we can get it done this season. All removed fence materials will be recycled or reused. We welcome individuals as well as groups looking for service projects.
Volunteers will need work gloves, sturdy shoes, long jeans and long-sleeve shirts (helps prevent wire cuts), hat, sunscreen, lots of water/drinks and a lunch. We will provide all the tools and training. If interested, please contact John Swigart at jswigart@vallescaldera.gov or 505-428-7718.
Our next project is from 8am - 4:30pm, Saturday, August 15th. Volunteers can check in at anytime at the Valle Grande Staging Area and will be directed to the project from there.

 

Monday August 10, 2015

The State Bar of New Mexico’s Legal Resources for the Elderly Program (LREP) is offering a free legal workshop Common Legal Issues for Senior Citizens from 10–11:15 a.m. on Aug. 11 at Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos, NM 87544. Seniors, family members and others who work with seniors are invited to attend. Topics include powers of attorney, advance health-care directives, estate planning, and long-term care Medicaid planning.
After the workshop, from 12:30–2:30 p.m., LREP staff attorneys will meet privately with New Mexicans who are 55 or older. Please note that appointments must be scheduled in advance of the workshop. To make an appointment, call 1-800-876-6657.

 

Wednesday August 5, 2015

Los Alamos Public Schools is proud to announce their new Back to School web page. Think of it as a concierge service for all of your back to school needs, including information about academics and activities. Whether you are new to the LAPS district or returning to continue your academic career, this web page is packed with useful information.
In our My School section, there are links to each school's home page, contact information, maps, and school supplies lists. You will also be able to easily find information about student registration, PowerSchool tools for parents and students, bus routes, ordering elementary hot lunches (coming soon), anti-bullying tip lines, and Common Core State Standards.
School starts on August 13th with the 13th and 14th being half days for elementary students.

 

Tuesday August 4, 2015

The Los Alamos High School A-Wing construction project was completed in January 2012.  Flintco was the General Contractor.  Over the last three years, there has been settling of underground soils and a resultant drop in the west facing stairs, east facing sidewalk, and weather protection panels on the exterior of the building.

LAPS officials asked Flintco managers to conduct sample core drilling to test the soils under the concrete. The testing revealed that the original construction fill dirt did not meet the specifications outlined by the architect and project engineers. Flintco immediately agreed to hire subcontractors (different subs than those that performed the original work) to remedy the situation.

Repairs to the sinking concrete have been in progress for three weeks. Flintco contractors have removed all of the impacted concrete. This week, Flintco is installing engineered fill dirt that is tested every two inches to guarantee they are meeting engineering specifications.  The new fill dirt is professionally compacted to assure that the sinking concrete problem will be resolved. Once the new fill dirt is in place, Flintco will replace the concrete.

All of this repair work is being completed at no cost to Los Alamos Public Schools. Flintco is standing behind their work, “we will make this right”.  Weather permitting, the project will be completed by the first week of school.

 

 

Monday  August 3, 2015

On 07-31-15 at approximately 0836 hrs, the Los Alamos Police Department responded to a possible trespassing issue in the 100 block of Grand Canyon. Cpl. Ben Irving arrived on scene and attempted to speak with 2 juvenile males. In attempting to do so, both juveniles fled from Cpl. Irving, which ensued a foot pursuit of the juveniles. One of the juveniles that fled was a possible runaway who was a suspect in a aggravated burglary case that included firearms.

During the course of the pursuit, one of the juveniles returned to the scene on Grand Canyon and met with other officers. The possible runaway continued to flee and disappeared a short time later. Los Alamos Police Officers set up a perimeter and a search was initiated. Officers also learned from talking with other juveniles at the scene that the juveniles who were suspects in stealing the firearms, also had shot a vehicle several times on Grand Canyon earlier this morning.

Officers did respond to a location on Grand Canyon where an older model Jeep Cherokee appeared to be shot with a possible firearm. During this investigation, a slug was located in the vehicle confirming what was earlier suspected.Additional Officers were requested to the scene as well as a request to the New Mexico State Police for tactical and air support. The police department initiated “Code Red” system alerting Los Alamos residents of a possible armed individual in the area that was fleeing from officers. Pinon and Chamisa schools were put on lock down while officers combed the area.

In the course of the investigation, officers were able to pin point a location of the suspect. Once officers surrounded the residence, the suspected individual came out of the back of the residence and fled from the scene as officers pursued him. A short time later, Deputy Chief Herrera and Cpl Irving apprehended the individual after a lengthy foot pursuit through many streets and back yards in the Aster, Rover, Grand Canyon area.

The investigation did uncover a location to a few of the stolen firearms. These guns were recovered as well as a handgun at the original scene of the trespassing.

 

Weekend

Here are the lowlights of the police reports from July 23 through 29.

Two were arrested on a municipal court warrant

Two were arrested on magistrate court bench warrants.

One was arrested for false evidence for title.

One was arrested for aggravated battery against a household member

One was arrested for identity theft.

Two were arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.

One was arrested for having an open container.

One was arrested for possession of imitation controlled substance with the intent to distribute.

One was arrested for distribution of marijuana

One was arrested for graffiti

Two were arrested for possession of marijuana

One was arrested for criminal trespassing.

A minor was arrested for possession of marijuana, released to parents and referred to the JPO.

There was a report of fraud.

There was a report of fraudulent use of a credit card.

There was a report of child abuse.

The bomb squad was called.

There was a house burglary.

There were 2 reports of criminal damage to property.

There was a report of unlawful use of a telephone

There was a report of careless driving.

There were 2 accidents  with injuries.

 

Friday July 31, 2015

As prescribed in the County's contract amendment AGR15-4150-A1 for Strapline Development and Selection Services, Atlas Advertising has submitted five choices for a possible strapline for Los Alamos County. A strapline (also referred to as a tagline) is one element of a place brand. It is typically a 3-5 word formal line of copy frequently placed below a logo. A strapline should summarize the unique aspects of a community, evoke emotion and last the life of the brand. As dictated by the contract, one of the choices for a strapline is the existing Where Discoveries Are Made, one is a choice selected from previous branding consultant North Star's suggestion provided in 2014 (Never Stop Questioning What's Possible) and three are new choices created by Atlas, at the request of the citizen/county Branding Review Committee (the Committee). The three new choices to consider from Atlas are:
•All the Elements of Imagination
•Limitless Horizons
•Peak Experience

Over the next month, the Committee is assisting Atlas in soliciting public feedback to select the top TWO choices from the five options presented here. This includes gathering data from residents, businesses, tourists and visitors to Los Alamos in a variety of ways. You are asked to prioritize the list of 5 straplines (listed in alphabetical order in the survey below), with special emphasis on placing your top two choices at the top of the list first, then prioritizing the remaining three straplines. You have the option to provide comments about your selections. If you do not prefer ANY of the straplines, or, only prefer one of the straplines, move the None of the Straplines ranking option to first or second position to indicate your ranking accordingly.

Open Forum will be open to collect data on the five straplines until Friday, August 28 at 5:00 p.m.

 

Thursday July 30, 2015

Los Alamos High School Registration will be held on August 4th and 5th.
August 4th starting at 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. will be for seniors, and starting at noon until 2:30 p.m. will be for juniors. August 5th starting at 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. will be for sophomores, and starting at noon until 2:30 p.m. for incoming freshmen. Cut off time for both days is at 2:30, and we will not register after that time. For those who miss registration days, they will be able to register on the first day of school, which is August 13th starting at 7:45 a.m. WE WILL NOT REGISTER STUDENTS ON ANY OTHER DAYS.

The Los Alamos Middle school registration is August 4th for 8th grade and August 5th for 7th Grade.
Both days if your last name starts with A-L you register from 9-11:30. And M-Z registers from 12:30 to 2:30.

 

Wednesday July 29, 2015

The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management announced that the EM’s Los Alamos Field Office recently completed a steep canyon-side cleanup of mercury-contaminated soil on DOE property just south of the Smith’s Marketplace center.
The project was finished successfully in about five weeks, which was approximately three weeks ahead of schedule, according to the DOE.
The field office, management and operations contractor Los Alamos Nuclear Security, LLC, and subcontractor TerranearPMC completed the work.
Experts used a specialized telescoping crane and spider excavator to remove 160 cubic yards of mercury-contaminated soil from the rugged canyon side.
The contaminants derived from Manhattan Project and early Cold War era operations at Solid Waste Management Unit 32-002(b2) at the former Technical Area 32, which was the site of a small medical research facility.
After results of the excavation sampling confirmed that the human health and environmental risk at the site was fully addressed, the team restored the site.
The removed soil was placed in waste bags, lifted from the slope, loaded onto flatbeds, and driven to a nearby waste storage area on DOE property in Los Alamos for the final waste characterization.
From there, the waste will be shipped to the appropriate licensed disposal facility.
This legacy cleanup project was a cooperative effort with Los Alamos County and the DOE, which were involved in establishing site access arrangements.

 

Tuesday July 28, 2015

Star Paving will continue construction on 20th Street and the Fuller Lodge Parking lot Improvement Projects.
The Contractor closed the south bound lane and begin demolition of curb and gutter, asphalt and sidewalks on the west side of 20th Street. Pedestrians will need to use the east side of the street.
The north bound lane will remain open for business access. Motorists may experience flagging operations and minimal delays.
The secondary Fuller Lodge Parking Lot has been demolished. The contactor will begin installing electrical conduit for lighting and new curb and gutter. This parking lot will remain closed except for Thursday morning during the Farmers' Market at which time it will be made accessible for parking.
Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m. Services such as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained.

 

Monday July 27, 2015

It has been a long time in the making, but an art proposal by the Los Alamos Art in Public Places Board (APPB) is now ready for public input. First suggested by the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee when the new Visitor Center was still under construction, the project involves placing a series of six large Native American pottery replicas – like those at the Albuquerque airport – along the NM4 corridor through White Rock.
The concept, now fully developed, involves a historical progression of pottery styles associated with San Ildefonso Pueblo, from prehistoric to contemporary. The concrete pot forms would be produced by the same firm that made the ones in Albuquerque, and a group of San Ildefonso artists, descendants of the original inhabitants of the Pajarito Plateau, would select authentic ancestral designs and paint them on the replicas. The pieces would range in size from four feet tall to an eight foot diameter plate in the style of Maria Martinez, and would be distributed along both sides of State Road 4.
Project costs are anticipated to be between $100,000 and $140,000. Sufficient funds are available in the Art in Public Places account. The APPB is tasked with making art recommendations to the County Council, which has final authority on expenditures from the account.
Public input is an important consideration in the decisions of the Art Board and County Council, and there are two ways for the public to comment on this project. Art Board members will be present with comment cards at the Grand Opening of the White Rock Branch Library on July 31, beginning at 11:00, and comments will be accepted via the County’s Open Forum webpage from now through August 3.

Friday July 24, 2015

Cynthia Rooney has been appointed to serve as the full-time interim executive director of the UNM-Los Alamos, the University of New Mexico announced on its website Wednesday.
The announcement came from the office of UNM Provost Chaouki Abdallah.
“Los Alamos is a campus of vital importance to UNM and will need strong leadership to pursue emerging opportunities for that campus,” Abdallah said. “We believe Dr. Rooney’s unique set of skills, experience, and commitment will enable her to do just that. The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board and I are extraordinarily pleased for her willingness to take on this role.”
Rooney has been UNM-LA’s dean of instruction since July 2013. She previously served the campus as associate dean and as the chair of the Business Department. Her teaching interests and research have primarily been in financial accounting and auditing, with appointments at the College of William and Mary, Xavier University, and the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management.
“I have always felt that UNM-Los Alamos is in a unique position to represent the state’s flagship institution,” Rooney said in UNM’s announcement. “Our resources include both the community’s excellence in science, and the region’s rich history and variety of cultures. There are many people, like myself, who look forward to helping our campus achieve its potential.”
Rooney holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting and a minor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, from the University of Tennessee.
Wynn Goering, who had been serving as the branch’s chief executive officer in a part-time capacity since July 2014, will return full-time to his position as CEO of UNM West in Rio Rancho.
Kay Willerton, UNM-Los Alamos’s associate dean, will fill the role of interim dean.
A national search to fill the position on a permanent basis is planned for next year, UNM said.

Thursday July 23, 2015

The Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo is scheduled for August 7th – 9th. Once again the PROS Division is coordinating this event with the Los Alamos Main Street, the NMSU Extension Office, the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, and the Fuller Lodge Art Center. These three days consist of exhibits at Mesa Public Library, music at Ashley Pond, arts and crafts vendors at Fuller Lodge, two full days of rodeo at Brewer Arena, a parade, the Cowboy Dinner at the Posse Lodge, and entertainment and vendors at Ashley Pond. You can sign up for the parade at the Chamber of Commerce. The extension office is doing the county fair exhibits.

Wednesday July 22, 2015

The Pajarito Group has completed the purchase of the 1.7-acre former Hilltop House Hotel site at 400 Trinity Drive from Los Alamos National Bank. The purchase includes a liquor license. The group plans to renovate the existing hotel, bar, restaurant, and convenience store in phases and to use the property to complement their recent acquisition of Pajarito Mountain from the Los Alamos Ski Club. One national hotel developer has toured the property at 2201 Trinity Drive for the possible development of a business hotel. Los Alamos has lost 130 hotel rooms in the last two years, and with the announcement of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park is in a good market position to recruit at least two new hotels.

 

Tuesday July 21, 2015

The New Mexico School Nurse Association recently presented Los Alamos High School nurse, Kate Kettering, RN, with a Merit Award for Excellence in Nursing at their annual conference July 15, 2015. Ms. Kettering is a PED-licensed professional school nurse and member of the National Association of School Nurses.
Her belief in “better health, better learning” motivates her to teach each freshman class how to manage severe allergies and asthma while at school. And because of the diligence of the entire school nurse team, LAPS stands out as one of the districts fully compliant with the state of New Mexico immunization requirements.
As a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer, Nurse Kettering trains all LAPS school nurses in caring for students in crisis. She has been invited to train the Rio Arriba County and Santa Fe Public School nurses as well.
She enjoys working with students and continues to be a valuable member of the district’s International Science Fair review board, evaluating the potential risks of student research involving humans.
Nurse Kettering credits the strong support of her administrators, her school nurse team leader, Michele Wright, RN, and all of the other LAPS school nurses for her success.

 

Monday July 20, 2015

Bandelier National Monument is sharing the news that the National Park Foundation has announced this year's "Share The Experience" Photo Contest.  It is an opportunity for amateur photographers to compete for prizes by taking pictures in the nation's public lands. They are seeking "amazing photos"  that "highlight the best of America's federal lands, national parks and historical sites". Images should be in the categories of: Adventure and Outdoor Recreation; Historical and Cultural; Scenic, Seasons, and Landscapes; Every Kid in a Park; Wildlife; and Night Skies.  Photos must be taken on lands administered by the sponsoring agencies: National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the US Forest Service.

The Grand Prize is $10,000, and the winning image may appear on the 2017 Federal Recreational Lands Pass. Second Place will win $5,000, Third is $3,000, each of six Honorable Mentions receive a two-night stay at a select hotel from the Historic Hotels of America, and the two Fan Favorites will receive $1,000. 

 Photographers must be 13 or older, and photos must have been taken between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2015.  Entries are due on or before December 31, 2015, and winners will be announced on May 1, 2016. There is a separate contest for employees and volunteers of the agencies.

Full information  are available at www.sharetheexperience.org.

 

 

Saturday July 18, 2015

On July 18 – Festival Day – LANL scientists will release two brand new applications (apps) to the public. The first is a 3-D app, allowing the operator to see what the town looked like during the Manhattan Project era. The second is a GLIF app which is a cross between geocaching and gaming where users will earn points by visiting specific markers around town. There is no charge for either app.
New to ScienceFest this year, the Drone Zone will be held 11 a.m.–3p.m. on July 18, featuring a “masters” course where experienced drone pilots can bring their own drones and compete in an agility course. The pilot with the highest score will win a drone. Beginners and children can see demonstrations and test out mini drones, with a chance to win one.
Live music by DK and the Affordables and Kodamatrio will be on tap at the beer garden on July 18 along with handcrafted brews by four breweries.
Students participating in Festival Day on July 18 will have a chance to experience hands-on activities and see amazing science experiments from Explora and others, from 11 a.m.– 3 p.m.
Rocket Day, one of last year’s premier ScienceFest events, has been moved to a new location and a new day (Sunday, July 19) to make room for bigger rockets and explosions in Federal Aviation Association (FAA)-cleared air space down the hill from Los Alamos, just north of Española. Visit the website for details and extend your stay just one more day for this finale

 

Friday July 17, 2015

Visitors will have a chance to unlock the mysteries behind the former secret city of Los Alamos, New Mexico during the eighth annual Los Alamos ScienceFest (“ScienceFest”), July 15-19. Los Alamos ScienceFest, the town’s signature annual event, is themed the Secret City Unlocked in recognition of the recent designation of the Manhattan Project Historic National Park and popularity of the WGN hit TV series Manhattan.
From July 16–18, hour-long historic tours led by the Los Alamos Historical Society will be offered at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Meet at the Los Alamos Historical Museum. On July 17 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–4p.m. two historic buildings which are typically closed to the public will be opened, offering an exclusive glimpse at life for scientists during the Manhattan Project era. Those buildings include the Christian Science building, formerly the dormitory for the Women’s Army Corp.; and the Los Alamos Little Theater, formerly a military mess hall (cafeteria) during World War II.
The Los Alamos Little Theater will also feature a live, 25-minute performance of a stage play written by Los Alamos native, Robert F. Benjamin, titled “Sunrise at Otowi Bridge.” The one-act play is based on the life and times of Edith Warner. Chocolate cake will be given out by Ruby K’s Café in honor of Warner, whose home seconded as a tearoom. The play takes place at 1 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. on both July 17 and 18. There is no charge.
The newly opened Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op will have beer-making demonstrations and delve into the science of brewing on Friday, July 17 at the brewery, and serve their new ScienceFest Pale Ale, specially made for the ScienceFest at the beer garden located at Ashley Pond.
On Friday, July 17 hear from several fascinating speakers at Fuller Lodge who will shed light on life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project era, whether from personal experience or research. The speakers will begin at 3 p.m. and continue throughout the afternoon until 7 p.m.
Also on July 17, The Stooges Brass Band will bring their energetic jazz sounds to Los Alamos during the ScienceFest Summer Concert from 7–10 p.m. at the Ashley Pond Stage.

 

Thursday July 16, 2015

Los Alamos National Laboratory employees pledged a record $356,550 to the 2015 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) drive.
The drive encourages LANL employees, retirees and subcontract personnel to donate to a fund that awards college scholarships to northern New Mexico students.
More employees participated in this year’s campaign than in past years.
Coupled with $250,000 in matching funds from Los Alamos National Security, the total amount contributed in this year’s campaign is nearly $607,000.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of grade-point average, test scores, diversity, financial need, academic rigor, leadership and community involvement.

 

Wednesday July 15, 2015

Prince “Zuko” Jongisilo Pokwana ka Menziwa will participate in a special “Culture on Tap” at a special time—5-6:45 p.m.—on Wednesday, July 15 at UnQuarked Wine Room in Los Alamos.
At “Culture on Tap,” Prince Zuko will share his life story with the public, from growing up in a small Zulu village to becoming the ruler of the Xhosa tribe, and his ongoing work in political and social issues that affect his people, as well as his cultural development company, Vusizwe. Prince Zuko is eager to share his culture and connect with the residents of Los Alamos.
A complete list of additional workshops, events and activities during Los Alamos ScienceFest can be found by clicking on “Event Schedule” on the main site at losalamossciencefestival.com/

 

Tuesday July 14, 2015

The ChemCam laser instrument on NASA’s Curiosity rover has turned its beam onto some unusually light-colored rocks on Mars, and the results are surprisingly similar to Earth’s granitic continental crust rocks. This is the first discovery of a potential “continental crust” on Mars.

Along the rover’s path we have seen some beautiful rocks with large, bright crystals, quite unexpected on Mars said Roger Wiens of Los Alamos National Laboratory, lead scientist on the ChemCam instrument. “As a general rule, light-colored crystals are lower density, and these are abundant in igneous rocks that make up the Earth’s continents.”

Mars has been viewed as an almost entirely basaltic planet, with igneous rocks that are dark and relatively dense, similar to those forming the Earth’s oceanic crust, Wiens noted. However, Gale crater, where the Curiosity rover landed, contains fragments of very ancient igneous rocks (around 4 billion years old) that are distinctly light in color, which were analyzed by the ChemCam instrument.

French and U.S. scientists observed images and chemical results of 22 of these rock fragments. They determined that these pale rocks are rich in feldspar, possibly with some quartz, and they are unexpectedly similar to Earth’s granitic continental crust. According to the paper’s first author, Violaine Sautter, these primitive Martian crustal components bear a strong resemblance to a terrestrial rock type known to geologists as TTG (Tonalite-Trondhjemite-Granodiorite), rocks that predominated in the terrestrial continental crust in the Archean era (more than 2.5 billion years ago).

Gale crater, excavated about 3.6 billion years ago into rocks of greater age, provided a window into the Red Planet’s primitive crust. The crater walls provided a natural geological cut-away view 1-2 miles down into the crust. Access to some of these rocks, strewn along the rover’s path, provided critical information that could not be observed by other means, such as by orbiting satellites.

ChemCam, a laser-induced breakdown spectrometer (LIBS), provides chemical analyses at a sub-millimeter scale; detailed images were provided by its Remote Micro Imager.

 

Monday July 13, 2015

Here are the low lights of the police reports July 2 through 8.

Eight were arrested on magistrate court bench warrants.
Two were arrested for battery on a household member.
One was arrested for criminal damage to property of a household member.
One was arrested for larceny.
One was arrested for aggravated assault.
One was arrested for concealing their identity.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
There was a report of credit card theft.
There was a report of burglary
There was a report of battery.
There was a CYFD referral.
There was a report of shoplifting.
There was a suicide attempt.
There was an accident with injuries.
There was an accident without injuries.
There was a report of unreasonable animal noise.

 

Friday July 10, 2015

Library officials announced Wednesday they are in the final stages of planning for the move from the current branch library to the brand-new building at the corner of Sherwood Boulevard and N.M. 4.
The new White Rock branch will be more than twice as large as the current branch, accommodating more books and other materials, more room for programs, and seating.
According to the county, Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries have donated a substantial opening day collection of new materials.
The movers will begin work transporting materials July 20. As such, according to the county, the current White Rock Branch will have to close for about a week in order to move more than 30,000 items to the new building.
That time will also be used to complete the installation of the building’s computers and hardware.
The new branch will open as soon as possible after the movers are done, with a soft opening tentatively scheduled for July 27.
The Grand Opening celebration is slated for 11 a.m. July 31.

 

Thursday July 9, 2015

Road Repairs on Central Ave. between Oppenheimer and 15th Street
Crews from Century Club Construction are scheduled to make isolated asphalt repairs along Central Ave. on Thursday, July 9th from 1:00 pm through Friday, July 10th at 5:00 pm. Work will consist of milling and paving small areas of the eastbound lane near the intersections of Oppenheimer and 20th Street, and an area along the westbound lane between Main Street and 15th Street. On-street parking near these locations will be limited due to construction equipment and materials. Pedestrians may experience a sidewalk closure and detour. Expect intermittent flagging operations during work hours.
All work should be completed by Friday, July 10th, weather permitting.

Wednesday July 8, 2015

Fire managers on the lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District are wrapping up operations on the 1,700-acre fire. The Commissary Fire started on June 5 and has been managed over the past few weeks to improve forest health.
Located 13 miles east of Pecos, NM, and two miles south of Barillas Peak, the Commissary Fire area will continue to be patrolled by fire crews. As remaining interior fuel continues to burn, lingering smoke may be visible.
Fire managers managed the Commissary Fire for resource objectives, including improving wildlife and range habitat, encouraging regeneration of aspen, and improving watershed and overall forest health. These actions, including using low-intensity fires to reduce excess fuels, are expected to moderate the risk of future high-intensity fires.
While objectives for the Commissary Fire have been successfully met, it may take several years to see the full effects of the managed fire. The burned area will be assessed over the next few days, and the public will be allowed to enter the area as soon as it is determined to be safe.
Please use extreme caution when entering a recently burned area. Fire-weakened or dead trees can fall with no advance warning. Trees that were completely consumed leave a deep “stump hole” that may not be visible because of ash and dirt. It is very easy to break an ankle if you step in one of these. Stump holes may also hold hot, burning embers for weeks. Rocks may give way and roll downhill since many of the root systems that held them in place have been burned away.

 

Tuesday July 7, 2015

Four New Mexicans have been selected by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG) to receive the organization's top honor for open government - the Dixon First Amendment Award.
Given since 2002, the award is in memory of FOG co-founder and longtime board member William S. Dixon, who was an Albuquerque attorney and leading defender of the First Amendment and the state's sunshine laws.
This year's recipients and the categories for which they were selected are Ken Walz, Lifetime Achievement; Peter St. Cyr, Journalism; Dr. Chad Painter, Education, and Mark Leech, Government.
Kent Walz, editor of the Albuquerque Journal, was one of the founders of FOG in 1991 and served on the FOG Board of Directors for 23 years as its secretary.
For more than a decade, Peter St. Cyr, a freelance reporter based in Albuquerque, has used public records to cut through political spin, uncover corruption, expose fraud and analyze the people's data to identify stories in the public interest.
Dr. Chad Painter, a professor at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, trains future journalists and other students in the principle and tenets of access and open records, and as faculty advisor for the campus newspaper has helped shift the focus to investigative work involving university documents and reports.
Mark Leech is the applications services group manager with the City of Albuquerque and is responsible for the open-data movement within the city, convincing resistant stakeholders on the merits of proactively releasing and posting databases on the city website.

 

Monday July 6, 2015

Here are the lowlights of last week’s police reports.

One was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction.
Three were arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
One was arrested on a municipal court warrant.
One was arrested for aggravated DWI.
One was arrested for battery against a household member.
One was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing.
One was arrested for shoplifting.
Four juveniles were arrested for criminal trespassing released to parents and referred to the JPO.
Four juveniles were arrested on the charge of burglary to a vehicle or other structure released to parents and referred to the JPO.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of fraudulent use of a credit card.
There was a report of child abuse.
There were 3 suicide attempts.
The was an accident with injuries.
There was an accident without injuries.

 

Friday July 3, 2015

The following County Facilities will have modified hours and services to Celebrate the 4th of July.
Eco-Station
Eco Station will be CLOSED 07/04 for Independence Day. OPEN regular hours 07/03.
The Golf Course is open.
Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center CLOSED 07/03 and 07/04 for Independence Day
Library
Mesa Public and White Rock Branch Libraries - CLOSED 07/04 for Independence Day. OPEN regular hours 07/03.
Transportation
Atomic City Transit will not be running fixed-route or Dial-a-Ride service on 07/03 in observance of Independence Day. The Bandelier Shuttle will run their regular 20 minute weekend schedule.
Event Service will be provided on 07/04 for the Independence Day Celebration at Overlook Park –
Atomic City Transit will once again provide free shuttle service to the annual fireworks show at Overlook Park on Saturday, July 4. Buses will provide continuous service from Sullivan Field (Canyon & Diamond) in Los Alamos and the Visitor Center (NM 4) in White Rock, starting at 4:00 p.m.
Immediately following the fireworks show, buses will shuttle attendees back to the two remote parking lots as quickly as possible, until all persons who rode the buses are out of the park. Buses will have priority in traffic after the fireworks show.
All other County Facilities – CLOSED Friday July 3. This includes Municipal Court.

 

Thursday July 2, 2015

July 4th is traditionally a day when Americans celebrate freedom and independence. For the fourth year, Bandelier National Monument is proud to partner with the United States Citizenship and Naturalization Services to host a naturalization ceremony at the park on that day. Eighteen candidates from 9 countries, after working for years to fulfill their requirements, will be taking the oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States. They come from China, France, Iraq, Jordan, Mexico, the Phillipines, South Korea, Ukraine, and Vietnam.
The ceremony begins at noon behind the Bandelier Visitor Center. Keynote speakers will be noted author, poet, music teacher, and Los Alamos Living Treasure Stephanie Sydoriak, herself an immigrant (from Ukraine in 1913); and Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott.

 

Wednesday July 1, 2015

For the first time in the more than 80-year history of the New Mexico State Parks Division, has chosen a woman to run its operations. The state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, which oversees the parks division, announced Tuesday that Christy Tafoya will take over immediately.
Tafoya is an archaeologist by training. She began her career with State Parks when she was selected as the division’s first archaeologist nearly 17 years ago.
Since 2007, she has managed the statewide Outdoor Classroom Program, which has provided hundreds of thousands of students with hands-on experiences in state parks.
The State Parks Division manages nearly three dozen parks encompassing more than 307 square miles of land and water.

 

Tuesday June 30, 2015

 U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that counties across
New Mexico will be receiving more than $34.5 million through the 2015 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT)
program. PILT provides federal payments to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes because of nontaxable federal land within their boundaries, such as Bureau of Land Management land, national parks and forests, and military bases. Local governments use PILT funding to provide police, fire
protection, emergency response, road maintenance and other crucial services to residents. LOS ALAMOS COUNTY received $78,643. RIO ARRIBA COUNTY received $2,034,319. SANTA FE COUNTY received - $638,200.

 

Monday June 29, 2015

Here are the lowlights of the police reports of the week June 18 through 24.
One was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction
Two were arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested for criminal damage to property.
One was arrested for assault.
One was arrested for shoplifting.
A minor was arrested for shoplifting.
There was a report of larceny.
There was a report of fraudulent use of a credit card.
There was a report of battery to a household member.
There was a report of breaking and entering.
There was a report of cruelty to animals.
There was an accident without injuries.
An animal was impounded for biting.

 

Friday June 26, 2015

Los Alamos Creative District’s Fourth Fridays returns to downtown Los Alamos today.
Designed to get people downtown before the Summer Concert Series begins at 7 p.m., Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers special programming at Mesa Public Library, Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society and Fuller Lodge Art Center and the Los Alamos Nature Center. This month Fourth Friday special events and promotions include:
Don’t miss the Spy Academy at the Los Alamos Historical Museum and the Fuller Lodge Art Center! There will be cryptography activities for kids and adults, including a paper Enigma machine and a code-breaking challenge. Then head through the spy's obstacle course to the Art Center to learn about fingerprinting and create some fingerprint art. The Spy Academy will only be open on Friday from 4–6 p.m.
Also at the Los Alamos Historical Museum, visit the Rosenbergs Revisited exhibit, which is only up until the end of June.
The Fuller Lodge Art Center Eye Spy exhibit will be open until 9:00p.m. This is the last chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award in the exhibit.
The Bradbury Science Museum will feature Working with Wind Power: Engineer and design wind generators or build and fly a miniature helicopter. This will be open from 4-6 p.m.
At Mesa Public Library there will be a special closing reception of the exhibit Threading Forever in the Upstairs Art Gallery and Rotunda at 5 to 7 p.m..
Pet Pangaea is featuring the ThunderShirt for dogs suffering from anxiety due to thunder and lightening during our frequent summer storms. Stop by Pet Pangaea tonight to pick one up! Open until 7:00 p.m. at
Let UnQuarked handle dinner! They have picnic baskets available for purchase to take to the Summer Concert Series.
 

Thursday June 25, 2015

Fire crews on the lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District successfully completed firing operations with hand ignitions on 200 acres yesterday as part of a strategy to manage the fire for resource objectives.  Resource objectives on the Commissary Fire include improving wildlife and range habitat, encouraging regeneration of aspen, and improving watershed and overall forest health.

Firing operations will continue today with a goal of accomplishing approximately 200 acres, including firing along Forest Road 66G and the southeastern boundary of the planned area.

Air ventilation conditions remain good today;.  As fire activity increases, smoke will be visible from I-25 and surrounding communities.

 

Wednesday June 24, 2015

More than $11 million in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants were recently awarded to 27 multi-modal projects across New Mexico.
Multi-modal projects include sidewalks, bicycle paths, and transit stops, which provide benefits such as reduced congestion and improved air quality.
TAP and RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and are administered by the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT). The TAP provides funding for community-based projects that expand travel choices and improve the cultural, historic, and environmental aspects of the state’s transportation system. The RTP helps fund the development and maintenance of trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized uses. Both programs require a local match of 14.56 percent of the total project cost.
Los Alamos County received $677,190 for the Canyon Rim Trail Pedestrian Bridge.

 

Tuesday June 23, 2015

Over the past three fiscal years, reductions in revenues associated with reduced federal spending at Los Alamos National Laboratory have made balancing the county budget without a reduction in service very challenging.  Over the past five years, our gross receipts tax (GRT) collections have fallen 29%, with the greatest impacts to funds that rely on that revenue source—primarily the General Fund.  County revenues have declined while expenses have continued to rise.  In order to meet the target of a 1% reduction in General Fund expenditure, the decision has been made to reduce Aquatic Center hours by one hour at the end of the evenings, Monday through Thursday, closing at 7:00 p.m. rather than 8:00 p.m beginning on July 1.  To determine which hour to close, PROS staff reviewed usage during service hours over the past few years and pinpointed times with the lowest usage during pool operating hours.  Usage statistics showed that only about 5-7 pool users would be inconvenienced by the earlier closure. 

This minimal cut in service hours will save the taxpayers about $31,000 in operational overhead and staffing cost, and will allow for the continuation of quality service and programs during the hours that the pool is open.  The open boating program will continue to be offered at the Aquatic Center starting an hour earlier on Tuesdays beginning July 7, at 7:00pm throughout the summer.

 

Monday June 22, 2015

The 2015 New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge is a free reading program dedicated to stopping the summer slide by encouraging our New Mexico students to read more books over the summer break. Reading is the foundation for learning, and when our students read well, they are better positioned to succeed academically, in the workplace and in life.
The Los Alamos School Board announces additional student incentives to help address the summer slide in reading skills.
The idea began at an Aspen Elementary School kickoff when Governor Martinez announced the 2015 New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge, a statewide reading challenge encouraging students to read more books over the summer break.
Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, LANL Foundation, and Los Alamos National Laboratory built a partnership to provide over $5,000 in extra prizes for Los Alamos students. Students will receive Chamber Checks that can be used in local Los Alamos businesses.
In order to be eligible for prizes, students must follow the state Reading Challenge guidelines. This includes registering for the challenge, reading at least 6 books, and attending grades K-6 (2015-16 school year). All entries must be postmarked by July 31, 2015. 1) Entry forms may be picked-up from our local libraries. Entry forms can also be downloaded online at ReadingChallenge.ped.state.nm.us.
For questions, please call Nila Montoya, District Reading Coach, at 505-709-8408 or LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus at 505-663-2230

 

Friday June 19, 2015

Here are the lowlights of the police reports June 11 through 17
One was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
One was arrested for shoplifting.
One was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Two were arrested for criminal damage to property.
One was arrested for the distribution of marijuana
One was arrested for distributing controlled substances.
A minor was arrested for possession of marijuana released to parents and referred to the JPO.
There were 2 reports of larceny.
There was a report of embezzlement.
There was a report of identity theft.
There was a report of fraud.
There was a report of trespassing.
There was a report of criminal damage to property,
There were 2 reports of careless driving.
There was failure to stop at a stop sign
There was an accident with injuries.
There were 2 accidents without injuries.
There was a report of an animal at large.

 

Thursday June 18, 2015

Today the Environmental Sustainability Board will hold the second public meeting to review the plastic bag ban petition that was proposed to Los Alamos County Council during an April 2015 Council meeting.
The meeting will be 5:30 p.m. at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock. The board has asked one member of the supporting and opposing parties to present at the meeting.
Each presenter will provide a 15-minute structured presentation regarding how the plastic bag ban would align with County Council’s Strategic Leadership Plan. The board will then present the results of their local business survey. The staff liaison will also provide a brief presentation regarding the waste handling of plastic bags. After the presentations of information, the board will take action on this issue. Following the motion, public comment will be limited to three minutes per person maximum.

Wednesday June 17, 2015

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market was named the Los Alamos 2015 Business Recycler of the Year.

The Business Recycler of the Year award is sponsored by the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division and the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board.

 

 Tuesday June 16, 2015

After more than three years of actively planning to build an inpatient hospice facility in Los Alamos, the Board of Directors of Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, a non-profit organization, has decided not to move forward with The Sanctuary at Canyon’s Edge.
The Board cites three major factors in the decision to stop the project: 1) Declining and unpredictable Medicare reimbursement has significantly altered the anticipated revenue. The impact of the Affordable Care Act, federally mandated sequestration, and Medicare’s proposed drastic change in reimbursement rate for hospice patients will jeopardize the non-profit agency’s ability to cover operational costs after the project is built; 2) Increasing costs, staffing, and escalating Medicare-required compliance reporting makes the project an unacceptable risk. 3) Fundraising challenges are greater than anticipated. The Board feels it would be fiscally irresponsible in proceeding with construction at this time unless it is certain the project can be self-sustaining once construction is complete.

For over 42 years LAVNS has delivered the highest quality home health care and hospice services in Los Alamos and northern New Mexico. The Board wishes to emphasize that providing the best means of quality home health and end-of-life care will always be the priority of LAVNS.

LAVNS continues to believe the need for an inpatient hospice facility in our community is as strong as it was when The Sanctuary project started.

 

Monday June 15, 2015

Los Alamos High School student Teddy Warner has been selected to participate in the National Association for Music Education National Honor Band. Students nationwide apply/audition for inclusion in these groups and only a small percentage are selected. The event is October 25-28 in Nashville, TN.

 

Friday June 12, 2015

Here are the low lights of the police reports from 6/4 to 6/10.

Two were arrested for driving while license was suspended or revoked.
One was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquid.
One was arrested for embezzlement.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
Two were cited for larceny.
One was cited for conspiracy.
One was arrested for larceny.
There was a report of careless driving.
There were 2 accidents with our injuries.
There was an attempted suicide.
There were 2 unattended deaths.

 

Thursday June 11, 2015

Effective yesterday, Mr. Brad Parker has been appointed interim Principal at Los Alamos High School. Dr. Debbie Belew-Nyquist will not be returning as Principal for the 2015-16 school year.
Mr. Parker’s background in education is extensive. His teaching experience includes biology and physical science instruction as well as leading at-risk tutoring at Santa Fe High School. He also taught life science at Los Alamos Middle School.
In the area of school administration, Mr. Parker has served as Principal at Capshaw Middle School in Santa Fe, Assistant Principal at Vista Grande Elementary School in Rio Rancho, and Principal of Jemez Valley Elementary, Mid and High Schools. He also served as Athletic Director in the Jemez Valley Public Schools. Most recently, Mr. Parker has served as Principal at Barranca Elementary School since 2013.
Mr. Parker’s work at the State Education Department includes serving as Apprenticeship Director and Continuous School Improvement Consultant. He administered the state Apprenticeship Assistance Act and federal Carl Perkins funding. He helped lead a statewide team that wrote the Career Programs of Study plan that coordinated career readiness education programs at secondary and post-secondary institutions.
Mr. Parker’s professional experience also includes work as an AdvancED Field Consultant and External Accreditation Chairperson in New Mexico, other states, and overseas Department of Defense Schools.
Mr. Parker has a B.A in Biology from West Virginia University, a B.S. in Secondary Education and a M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of New Mexico.

 

Don’t forget the ribbon cutting at the new Subway today at 9am. KRSN will be doing a live remote from 10-1 and there are $2 6”subs with chips and a drink. There will be great subway sandwiches and giveaways for you to enjoy. ";

 

Wednesday June 10, 2015

The Subway Restaurant is going to open at 7 am Wednesday morning. There will be a ribbon cutting at 9 am Thursday morning sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. KRSN will be broadcasting live from the Subway from 10 until one. You should come by and join us in the fun. You will be able to win free sandwiches and meet the KRSN crew. Tell them about your favorite Subway sandwich.

 

Tuesday June 9, 2015.

You are invited to attend the Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board (FLHDAB) meeting on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room. The main item on the agenda is an update regarding the ongoing design for the Fuller Lodge Renovations Phases 2-4 and the Historical Museum Renovations. Display boards will be available for review starting at 5:00 p.m. The FLHDAB Chair will call the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Please plan to attend, listen to the presentation, and provide your comments!
Fuller Lodge Phases 2 – 4 Renovation includes work on the west and east entries, remodel of the first floor restrooms, wing window replacements, stucco color coat, wood inlay refreshing, remodel of the reception area, landscaping, concrete work near the kitchen entrance, and replacement of the existing elevator.
The Historical Museum work includes numerous exterior refurbishments, HVAC replacement, fire alarm work, ADA restroom upgrades, floor refinishing, and other associated work.
Once Mullen-Heller Architects completes design, bid documents will be developed and advertised with a target award of construction in late fall 2015. Renovations on both facilities would begin in January 2016.

 

Monday  June 8, 2015

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque has asked the Los Alamos National Bank if it has any property or money that belongs to former Rio Arriba County sheriff Tommy Rodella.

If so, new court documents say the bank needs to hold that property and money to pay off Rodella's fines and court-ordered restitution.

Rodella was sentenced in January to 10 years in federal prison for abusing a driver in a bizarre, off-duty traffic stop that prosecutors described as a fit of road rage. He also was ordered to pay a $200,000 fine and $10,335 in restitution.

 

Friday June 5, 2015

Here are the lowlights of the police reports from May 28 to June 3.
One was arrested on a municipal court warrant.
One was arrested for shoplifting.
One was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
One was arrested for DWI.
There was a report of burglary from a house
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of embezzlement.
There was a report of arson.
There was an accident with injuries.
An animal was impounded for biting.

 

Thursday June 4, 2015

A brief power outage occurred yesterday afternoon affecting 963 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers in White Rock. The 10 minute outage began at 1:32 p.m. and was quickly restored by 1:42 p.m.
DPU electric linemen were replacing an electric utility pole today on Monterey. During the repairs the breaker operated at the White Rock substation causing the momentary outage. The outage affected customers west of Rover Boulevard and extended south into Pajarito Acres. Once power was restored, crews completed the pole replacement.
DPU is committed to enhancing electric reliability in Los Alamos County and has set a goal to be under the 60 minute standard average interruption duration index . This is the amount of time in minutes a customer could expect to be without power as compared to the American Public Power Association's average for this region. Currently, DPU’s average is under 60 minutes and has been for over a year.

 

Wednesday June 3, 2015

The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) will be testing fire hydrants throughout Los Alamos County June through October.  The purpose of hydrant testing is to ensure that they will provide an adequate water supply for fire suppression and to flush out sediments that have accumulated in the water distribution system over the past year.  These tests are part of the regular hydrant maintenance program and are done in conjunction with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU).  You will see LAFD firefighters and vehicles throughout the community flowing water from the hydrants while they are conducting these tests.

You may see some discoloration in your water due to the amount and volume of water being flowed when the hydrants are being tested in your area.  If you experience this, run the cold water spigot located outside your home for a few minutes and this will usually resolve this issue.  We recommend that you do not wash any laundry until your water runs clear.  If the discolored water does not run clear after a few minutes, please call the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU), using the Customer Care Center which can be reached by dialing 311 from a landline or 505.662.8333 from a cell phone.

 

Tuesday June 2, 2015

With the passage last December of legislation creating the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP), a field team of representatives from the Department of Energy (DOE) and National Park Service (NPS) has scheduled a trip to Los Alamos from June 2-4. This three-day site visit will include tours of historic buildings, both in town and on DOE/LANL property, as well as high-profile public and stakeholder meetings. The community is invited and encouraged to attend an important event during the team's visit:
Public Meeting & Reception for the MPNHP Field Team Including NPS & DOE Representatives
Fuller Lodge Tuesday, June 2nd 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
The event will provide the field team with an opportunity to interact with members of the community and collect input and feedback about the new Park, as they learn more about Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project during their visit.

 

Monday June 1, 2015

Here are the lowlights of the police reports May 21st through May 27.
One was arrested on a district court warrant.
Three were arrested on a magistrate court bench warrants.
One was arrested for driving while license was suspended or revoked.
One was arrested for striking an unattended vehicle,
One was arrested for aggravated DWI for refusal to summit to chemical testing.
A juvenile was arrested for possession of marijuana, released to parents and referred to the JPO.
A juvenile was arrested for battery to a police officer, released to parents and referred to the JPO.
There was a report of criminal sexual contact of a minor.
There was a report of larceny.
There was a report of burglary of a vehicle or other structure.

 

Friday May29, 2015

It is KRSN night at the summer concert series tonight (7pm Ashley Pond Park). The Band of Heathens is performing. Come say hi to the KRSN crew and get a free carnation from Flowers by Gillian while they last.

 

Thursday May 28, 2015

Department of Game and Fish officers are using foot snares to try to catch a dangerous cougar that has killed at least two dogs and attacked another dog this month in Los Alamos.

The Los Alamos Police Department is working with New Mexico Game & Fish and county officials to keep the public safe and away from Walnut and Pueblo canyon where the snares will be placed. Snares are set near Ranch School and Acid Canyon trails. More are being set down the canyon off of East Fork trail. The snare traps are set off the trails about 30 to 50 yards. Signs are placed at the gates and in the vicinity of the trap sites. 

Foot snares are effective in catching cougars and pose little or no danger to people or their pets.  Please do not tamper with the snares. 

All of the cougar attacks and at least five sightings occurred in an approximately 1-mile area near the county airport.

The cougar reportedly killed two beagles in separate attacks earlier this month and attacked a fourth dog May 14. It was sighted and photographed by a video camera May 18 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

May 20, the cougar reportedly attempted to attack a dog in a wire kennel and pulled the dog and kennel off a deck.

The department is advising area residents to keep pets and children inside in the early mornings, evenings and at night until the cougar is caught.

Anyone who sees a cougar, wolf or bear in a residential area is encouraged to call Los Alamos Dispatch at (505) 662-8222, or in an emergency, 911.

 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The state Department of Transportation is warning of intermittent lane closures on U.S. 84/285 at Tesuque during the next couple of weeks due to rehabilitation work on the bridge at The Santa Fe Opera and Avenida Monte Sereno, and the bridge at Tesuque Pueblo Road.
The agency said work between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. started this week and is expected to be completed June 6, weather permitting.
A news release said the work consists of removing and patching concrete, diamond grinding of pavement and placement of an epoxy urethane polymer overlay.

 

Tuesday May 26, 2015

The National History Day Club winners at the state level will be traveling to the National Competition at the University of Maryland near Washington DC in June. Seven students from the high school and 3 from the middle school are going. They are holding a bake sale at LANB today from 9-4:30. Stop by and help them with their travel expenses.

 

Monday May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

 

Friday May 22, 2015

 Los Alamos Public Schools superintendent Kurt Steinhaus announced that Mike Johnson will take over the principal duties at Los Alamos Middle School.
Johnson has been the assistant principal at Los Alamos High School. He will take over the position at the middle school following the resignation of Rex Kilburn.

 

Thursday May 21, 2015

Local Students Ranked Nationally in Le Grand Concours which is the National French Contest
Zoe Hemez (gold medal), Opale Schappert (gold medal), Theodore Warner (silver medal), Elise Koskelo (silver medal), Rebecca Cai (bronze medal), Irene Kwon (bronze medal) and Esperanza Tapia (bronze medal) of Los Alamos High School have ranked nationally in the 80th annual event, according to Lisa Narug, National Director of Le Grand Concours.
Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French. More than 90,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2015 event.
Over twenty LAHS students entered the competition under the direction of their French teacher Louise Foliot-Gentile. In addition to these national and chapter winners, Serena Birnbaum, Sophia Jeffery, Kayleen Lederman, Sophia Li, Beatrice Nisoli, Michael Mallett and Ariel Rawls ranked in the top 10 in the New Mexico Chapter.

 

Wednesday May 20, 2015

Please Join Us in Saying Good-bye to Gerry and Audrey Washburn.
Gerry and Audrey have been active community members for over 30 years in Los Alamos. They have been strong advocates in their commitment and dedication to Los Alamos Public Schools, students, parents, and staff.
Thursday, May 21st, 2015
4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Mountain Elementary School - Gymnasium

Light refreshments will be served

 

Tuesday May 19, 2015

All three LAHS ISEF projects placed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair this past weekend in Pittsburgh, PA.

Junior Jovan Zhang placed 2nd and was the winner of $500 from the Society of Exploration Geophysics.

Seniors team Ashvini Vaidya and Esteban Abeyta placed third.

Junior Cole Kendrick placed 3rd and was the winner of $500 from the Society of Exploration Geophysics.

This is tremendous accomplishment for our LAHS students!
Congratulations to LAHS for having ISEF science fair winners for 11 straight years!

 

Monday May 18, 2015

Here are the lowlights of the police reports May 7 through 13.
Two were arrested on a magistrate court bench warrants.
One was arrested on a district court warrant.
One was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
One was arrested for possession of marijuana.
A juvenile was summoned for unlawful use of a telephone, referred to the JPO and released to parents
A juvenile was summoned for battery referred to the JPO and released to parents
There was a report of shoplifting.
There were 3 reports of larceny.
There was a report of a burglary from a vehicle or other structure.
There was a report of breaking and entering.
there was a report of tampering with a vehicle.
There were 2 reports of criminal damage to property.
There was an accident with injuries.
There were 2 accidents without injuries.
There was a suicide attempt.

 

Friday May 15, 2015

The Los Alamos School Board invites members of the community to attend one of two open forums called Meet the New Superintendent.
Session 1: Monday May 18, 2015, 6:00 – 7:00PM in the Aspen Elementary School Gymnasium
Session 2: Tuesday May 19, 2015, 6:00 – 7:00PM in the Piñon Elementary School Gymnasium
Dr. Steinhaus will begin with introductions and then present his Strategic Learning and Entry Plan. The presentation will include a “hit the ground running” approach and a focus on continuous improvement: (1) listening and learning, (2) developing strategies, and (3) meeting goals and using data to inform decision making.
The School Board has asked Dr. Steinhaus to serve as the district’s instructional leader and chief executive officer while working closely with the school board in setting the tone and defining the strategic direction for student success. This transition presents an opportunity for positive change and enhancements in our schools. His initial and ongoing work will include a thoughtful process of analysis, reviewing research, and setting priorities.

The Strategic Learning and Entry Plan goals are
• Involve the community, students, parents, staff, and School Board members in identifying an effective path forward and measuring progress
• Build essential relationships with internal and external stakeholders
• Establish a broad-based coalition of whole child support for advancing academic achievement and supporting staff
Those in attendance will be invited to participate in an informal question and answer session

 

Thursday May 14, 2015

The Los Alamos High School Athletic Department will be hosting a Bigger, Faster, Stronger strength and conditioning clinic on Tuesday, May 19th, from 3-9. All athletes entering grades 7-12 are welcome to attend. The community is invited to attend the portion from 7-9 in Griffith Gym. This is a team building, bonding, goal setting, and motivational time in which parents/community will get to witness the goals the individual teams set and help to hold them accountable for those goals.

 

Wednesday May 13, 2015

Los Alamos County announced its work on Trinity Drive has been postponed to today. The work was originally scheduled to start yesterday, but due to equipment availability, the work had to be pushed back a day.
Starting Wednesday at 9 a.m., the county will close off a portion of Trinity Drive from 7th Street to Knecht Street. All westbound traffic will be diverted to Central Avenue up to 15th Street, then back onto Central.
Meri-Mac Shopping Center and DP Road will still be accessible through Trinity Drive, but the closure will occur immediately east of the shopping center.
For more information on the closure, call the county’s Public Works Department at 662-8150.

 

Tuesday May 12, 2015

Los Alamos High School seniors William Zhao and Alexandr Wang have been selected as National Merit Finalists with Scholarships from approximately 15,000 distinguished Finalists for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship.

 

Monday May 11, 2015

Valles Caldera Public Listening Session
The Intermountain Region of the National Park Service (NPS) will hold 2 public listening sessions in northern New Mexico this week to discuss the transition in management of Valles Caldera National Preserve from the Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) to the NPS.
In December, Congress designated the preserve as a new unit of the National Park System. The legislation requires that the Valles Caldera Trust be terminated and the management of the area be turned over to the NPS.
The listening sessions will include a brief presentation with a time for questions, followed by multiple small group discussion circles, each assisted by a Park Service facilitator to help guide the conversation and ensure all points of view are received and heard. Circle participants may include partners of NPS and the Trust as well as members of the general public and various “stakeholders,” from local governments and businesses to recreation and conservation interests. Discussion points, views, questions and suggestions will be recorded for incorporation into NPS planning for future management of the preserve.
The 89,000-acre expanse of abundant wildlife and scenic beauty lies atop a dormant supervolcano in the Jemez Mountains of north-central New Mexico. The preserve will continue to be managed until the end of September by the Trust, a government corporation overseen by a nine-member board of trustees appointed by the president.
• Tuesday, May 12 — Jemez Springs
6-8:30 p.m.
Valles Caldera National Preserve administrative headquarters
Jemez Springs.
• Wednesday, May 13 — Los Alamos
6-8:30 p.m.
Betty Ehart Senior Center
Los Alamos.
NPS and the Trust continue to collaborate on the transition of the preserve’s management. The law that transferred Valles Caldera into the Park Service required that an interim budget and agreement for transitional management be completed in March. Additional milestones include formal handoff of management responsibility this fall. Livestock grazing, hunting (including the fall 2015 elk hunt) and other public recreational access to the preserve will continue in 2015 as it has in the past. The NPS will work with the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish to discuss the hunt program for 2016 and beyond.

Friday May 8, 2015

The water level in Ashley Pond is being lowered and the grass is being watered more than usual. While excavating for the new restrooms to be constructed adjacent to the Community Building remodel, staff discovered a main irrigation line loop that is in direct conflict with the westernmost footing. In order to relocate the line, the water level must be lowered to be below the irrigation line -- approximately two feet.
The water level will be lowered by continuously watering the grass at the pond. Irrigating the grass began earlier this week and will continue into the early part of next week or until the required reduction is achieved and the line can be relocated.
The reduced water levels will not harm the fish or plants in the pond and as soon as the irrigation line is relocated, the pond will be refilled.
We apologize for any inconvenience the ongoing irrigation may cause. Questions regarding the ongoing Teen Center Remodel project may be directed to the Community & Economic Development Department at 662-8120.

 

Wednesday May 6, 2015

Starting now and continuing through the summer, the Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting traffic enforcement, focusing on accident related violations to include seatbelt enforcement. The public can help reduce the risk of vehicle crashes by adhering to posted speed limit signs, allowing enough room between them and the vehicle they are following and driving with caution when roadways are wet. Officers will also be on the lookout for impaired drivers for the next few months. To report potentially impaired drivers, dial #D-W-I, or #-3-9-4. Citizens in Los Alamos can also call the Los Alamos County Police Department directly at 662-8222 to report impaired or reckless drivers in our community. Please give yourself extra time to get to and from your destinations to ensure we all have a great summer.

 

Friday May 8, 2015

Here are the lowlights of the police reports April 30 to May 6.

6 were arrested on magistrate court bench warrants.

One was arrested for shoplifting.

One was arrested for criminal trespassing.

Two was arrested for aggravated DWI.

One was cited for possession of marijuana.

2 juveniles were cited for public affray, released to parents and referred to the JPO.

A juvenile was cited for battery on a police officer, released to parents and referred to the JPO.

One juvenile was cited for unlawful possession of switchblades, released to parents and referred to the JPO.

There were 2 reports of identity theft.

There was a report of sexual exploitation of a child/possession of child pornography.

There was a report of battery to a household member.

There were 3 reports of criminal damage to property.

There was a report of trespassing

There was a report of larceny.

There was a report of unlawful use of a telephone

There was a suicide attempt.

There was an accident without injuries.

 

Thursday May 7, 2015

Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Christopher Lee is a recipient of the 2015 Early Career Research Program awards from the Department of Energy Office of Science. Lee was selected for his proposal on “Precision Probes of the Strong Interaction.”

“This prestigious award is recognition of Christopher Lee’s outstanding work in nuclear and particle physics, which is a vital part of the Laboratory’s national security science mission,” said Alan Bishop, Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology and Engineering. “Early career scientists such as Christopher represent the next generation of scientific excellence at Los Alamos National Laboratory.”

The Early Career Research Program, now in its sixth year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. Under the program, researchers based at DOE national laboratories will receive financial assistance for research expenses.

 

Wednesday May 6, 2015

Here is a message from our superintendent who officially started his job on May 1.

It is an honor and privilege to serve as Superintendent of the Los Alamos Public Schools.

In the greater Los Alamos community, we take pride in our diversity, our excellent quality of life, and the success of our schools. I am committed to continuing the wonderful traditions that bring out the best in each and every child.  Strong schools are the foundation of a strong community.

I believe in the extraordinary potential of all of our more than 3,500 students and am committed to meeting their individual needs. Our work together requires teamwork, dedication and collaboration. That collaboration extends beyond our school district staff and students to the entire community.

I will work with the School Board to update our strategic plan and embark on the process of continuous improvement.  We will engage the public in striving to reach our shared vision and to prepare confident lifelong learners.   I am very proud of the accomplishments of our students and staff, and with the help and support of our community look forward to creating new levels of greatness.  Our schools can become even greater.  

It is my personal goal to be a positive, enthusiastic leader and work collaboratively to ensure all our students benefit from the best educational experience possible. I look forward to working with the school and community family as we continue to make strides in the education of our young people!

If you have any questions, or if we can be of assistance, please feel free to call us at (505) 663-2230.

 

Tuesday May 5, 2015

Here is a message from our superintendent who officially started his job on May 1.
It is an honor and privilege to serve as Superintendent of the Los Alamos Public Schools.

In the greater Los Alamos community, we take pride in our diversity, our excellent quality of life, and the success of our schools. I am committed to continuing the wonderful traditions that bring out the best in each and every child. Strong schools are the foundation of a strong community.

I believe in the extraordinary potential of all of our more than 3,500 students and am committed to meeting their individual needs. Our work together requires teamwork, dedication and collaboration. That collaboration extends beyond our school district staff and students to the entire community.

I will work with the School Board to update our strategic plan and embark on the process of continuous improvement. We will engage the public in striving to reach our shared vision and to prepare confident lifelong learners. I am very proud of the accomplishments of our students and staff, and with the help and support of our community look forward to creating new levels of greatness. Our schools can become even greater.

It is my personal goal to be a positive, enthusiastic leader and work collaboratively to ensure all our students benefit from the best educational experience possible. I look forward to working with the school and community family as we continue to make strides in the education of our young people!

If you have any questions, or if we can be of assistance, please feel free to call us at (505) 663-2230.

 

Monday May 4, 2015

Los Alamos National Laboratory is performing a high-angle canyon-side cleanup on U.S. Department of Energy property just south of the new Smith’s Marketplace. Work is scheduled to begin this month and will take about two months to complete.
In collaboration with experts from contractor TerranearPMC, the Laboratory’s Environmental Remediation program is using a specialized telescoping crane and spider excavator to remove from the rugged, steep slope side of Los Alamos Canyon a small area of mercury-contaminated soil that derived from Manhattan Project and early Cold War era operations at former Technical Area 32 (TA-32).
Work crews will mobilize the crane to the site where it will it be used to hoist the spider excavator onto the slopes of the canyon to remove the contaminated soil. The excavated soil will be placed in waste bags that will be lifted from the slope using the crane, loaded onto flatbeds and driven to a waste storage area on DOE property. From there, the waste will be shipped to a licensed disposal facility.
Before leaving the site, experts will evaluate results of confirmatory samples to ensure that the cleanup is complete and restore the project site.
This legacy cleanup project is a cooperative effort with Los Alamos County and the property owner, who were involved in establishing site access arrangements.

Friday May 01, 2015

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz released the terms of a $73 million settlement of the State’s claims against the Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractors related to the February 2014 incidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico, including the associated activities at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
Under this agreement, instead of paying fines DOE will provide support for a variety of mutually beneficial and critical projects that will protect local communities and better safeguard transportation routes in New Mexico and around DOE sites, which will improve the safety and security of nuclear materials and the designated roads on which they travel.
These projects, estimated at a total value of $73 million, include approximately:
• $34 million to improve roads and transportation routes around the WIPP site in Southeastern New Mexico;
• $12 million to improve transuranic waste transportation routes in and around Los Alamos;
• $10 million to upgrade critical water infrastructure in and around Los Alamos;
• $9.5 million to build engineering structures and increase monitoring capabilities around LANL to better manage storm water flows;
• $5 million to construct an emergency operations center in Carlsbad and provide enhanced training for emergency responders and mine rescue teams; and,
• $2.75 million to fund an independent triennial compliance and operational review.
The agreement further provides for DOE and its contractors to implement the necessary corrective actions at both facilities in order to ensure safe and sustainable continued operations.


Thursday April 30, 2015

The annual tree seedling sale by the New Mexico State Forestry Division is Thursday and Friday at the State Forestry Seedling Tree House, 3250 Calle Princessa Juana in Santa Fe from 8:30 to 4:30.
Proceeds benefit the state’s conservation tree seedling program, which grows and distributes trees to landowners for wildlife habitat, wind breaks and land restoration.
A wide variety of tree seedlings will be available in bare-root bundles of 25 or greater for $25. The bare-root tree species offered at this year’s sale include lilac, native plum, hybrid cottonwood, golden currant and green ash.
Other tree and bush species will be available in small containers, including Afghanistan pine, Arizona cypress, black willow, Douglas fir and mountain snowberry. Small containers are available for $1 each. A minimum purchase of 10 is required, but the species can be mixed.
Cash only and Buyers must take their purchases with them at the time of sale.

 

Wednesday April 29, 2015

As the weather warms, campers who like to take advantage of recreation opportunities in the Jemez Mountains will have more options. Three popular campgrounds in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest that have been closed for two years are reopening for the 2015 season.
The Redondo Campground near La Cueva is open for the season on a first-come/first-served basis for a fee of $10 per night per vehicle. A little further off the beaten track, the Paliza Family Campground (first-come/first served; $8 per night per vehicle) and the Paliza Group Campground (reservations only) are expected to be ready for campers by May 15.
The Jemez District hired two students from the Forest Service Job Corps for the summer to help district staff maintain recreation facilities. Job Corps is a national program that provides educational, social, and vocational training to eligible youth through conservation and investment in local communities.

Tuesday April 28, 2015

The public is invited to join the County Council on Thursday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m. as they dedicate the new Golf Course Community Building (4244 Diamond Drive in Los Alamos). The new restaurant, Cottonwood on the Greens, will be providing free light refreshments after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Golf Course staff will set up the miniature golf course and will offer free driving range balls as part of the event. The public is welcome to tour the new facility, including the new community room that is now available to rent for a variety of uses such as meetings, parties, corporate events or post-Golf Tournament dinners. Catering is provided exclusively by Cottonwood on the Greens, which is currently open for breakfast and lunch. For more information on community room rentals or the restaurant, contact the Pajarito Golf Group Events Manager through Cottonwood on the Greens at 505-662-0404 or cottonwoodonthegreens@gmail.com.

 

Monday April 27, 2015

The Los Alamos County Council has received a citizen petition to ban plastic bags. The Council referred the petition to their Environmental Sustainability Board and asked that Board to hold public meetings and seek additional public feedback. What do you think? For or against? Take their survey on line and leave your comments for the Board when you link to Open Forum on the Los Alamos County website.

 

Friday April 24, 2015

Here are the lowlights of the police reports April 16 through the 22.

Three were arrested on magistrate court bench warrants.
One was arrested for a false report.
One was arrested for battery on a police officer
One was arrested for battery on a health care officer.
One was arrested for unlawful use of a license.
One was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicating aggregate.
One was arrested for resisting or evading an officer.
One was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of fraud.
There was a report of battery.
There was an accident without injuries.

 

Thursday April 23, 2015

On Wednesday, The Los Alamos Cooperative Market Board of Directors appointed Triny Vigil, formerly the Co+op’s meat and cheese manager, to assume the role of interim general manager during the store’s transition between general managers. Triny accepted the position. The community is encouraged to stop by the Co+op to welcome him to his new role, ask questions, and supply feedback. He will also be available to speak to Co+op members at the Co+op’s Annual Meeting this Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express. Board President Tracy McFarland will give the State of the Co+op address at the Co+op Annual Meeting.

Steve Watts serves his last day as general manager today, Friday, April 24 and will be retained through May 24 to act as an operations consultant to help with the Co+op’s leadership transition. Steve Watts served as the Co+op’s general manager for 4-1/2 years. During which time, he led the Co+op through opening the store, engaging our community, realizing double digit growth, purchasing the building, and establishing a strong management team.  In June, Steve will take on a new role as the Executive Director of the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance, thereby furthering Steve’s passions for community and mountain biking.

 

Wednesday April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day

The public is invited to join the Los Alamos County Council, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), and the Art in Public Places Board for the grand opening of the new Nature Center on Earth Day, April 22, at 2:00 p.m. The Nature Center is located just north of the Aquatic Center at 2600 Canyon Road. Artists Greg Reiche and Travis Black will be attending the event, which features a combined building and public art dedication. After brief remarks, the building and its artwork will be dedicated with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, and then the new facility will be open to the public for self-guided tours for approximately two hours. The planetarium will be open for the public to walk through and shows will be operating during the event to demonstrate this feature of the building, but scheduled show times will not be offered on April 22. Special music during the ceremony will be provided by the Aspen Elementary School Choir, and refreshments will be served immediately following the ribbon-cutting, courtesy of the Art in Public Places Board. The gift shop will be open.
Please note that the ceremony will occur in front of the new building, which includes use of the parking lot for guests. Therefore, for public safety, the entrance will be closed and there will be no on-site parking for this event. Attendees are asked to allow extra time for parking elsewhere and traveling to the event, which is expected to be heavily attended. Parking is available at the Justice Center and attendees are asked to carpool to the Justice Center, or, highly encouraged to use Atomic City Transit’s downtown circulator (which stops on Central Avenue in front of the Aquatic Center, just a short walk north to the Nature Center). A provision will be made near the entrance to the Nature Center for handicapped individuals or those needing special assistance to be dropped off at the upper part of the entrance, but handicapped parking will not be available.
The new Nature Center is being operated by PEEC, under contract to Los Alamos County.

 

Tuesday April 21, 2015

The Los Alamos Navy JROTC won their first state drill championship. The teams took first place trophies in unarmed regulation, unarmed inspection, armed regulation, armed inspection, male fitness, female fitness, and male color guard. Also second place in precision air rifle, female color guard, and third place in armed and unarmed exhibition drill. Many of the cadets participating in the drill competition also earned individual medals as well.

 

Monday April 20, 2015

More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers are at Los Alamos National Laboratory April 20-21 for the 25th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony.
The Challenge is project-based learning geared to teaching a wide range of skills: research, writing, teamwork, time management, oral presentations and computer programming. Any New Mexico middle-school or high-school student is eligible to enter the Supercomputing Challenge.
While at the Laboratory, students will present their projects and take part in tours, talks, and demonstrations with Laboratory scientists.
Student projects will be recognized during an awards ceremony from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 21 at the Church of Christ Auditorium, 2323 Diamond Drive in Los Alamos. More than $20,000 in scholarships will be awarded to student participants, along with many plaques and cash awards
According to Bob Robey of the Laboratory’s Eulerian Codes Group and Challenge Board president, more than 100 LANL staff members got their start in the Supercomputing Challenge program.
David Kratzer of the Laboratory’s High Performance Computer Systems group, LANL’s coordinator of the Supercomputing Challenge noted the support of nearly 100 Los Alamos employees and another 50 individuals from Sandia National Laboratories, universities and business, who volunteer to work on the Supercomputing Challenge. Without the support of these volunteers we couldn’t provide the first-class event we do for the students who have worked so hard to get to this point. I am grateful for their assistance. he said.

 

Friday April 17,2015

Here are the lowlights of the police reports April 9 through April 15.

Three were arrested for criminal trespassing.

One was arrested for assault.

One was arrested for assaulting a police officer.

One was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

One was arrested for larceny.

One was arrested for criminal damage to property.

One was arrested for aggravated assault on a household member.

One was arrested for assault on a household member.

One was arrested for shoplifting.

One was arrested for possession of marijuana.

One was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquid.

There was a report of fraud.

There was a report of shop lifting.

There was a report of larceny.

There was a report of identity theft.

There was a report of unlawfully taking of a vehicle.

There was a report of embezzlement.

There was a report of battery.

There was an accident with injuries.

There was a accident without injuries.

 

Thursday April 16, 2015

The Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) released the Accident Investigation Board (AIB) Phase II Report related to the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological event at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.
The AIB completed an exhaustive investigation at WIPP and Los Alamos National Laboratory to examine the cause of the radiological release at WIPP and identify managerial controls and safety measures necessary to prevent or minimize the probability or severity of a recurrence of this type of accident. Based on post-event chemical, radiological, and fire forensic analyses, the AIB concluded that the release was caused by an exothermic reaction involving the mixture of organic materials and nitrate salts in one drum that was processed at LANL in December 2013. The Board also concluded that an underground salt haul truck fire that occurred at WIPP on Feb. 5, 2014, did not cause or contribute to the radiological release event. The AIB’s findings identify shortcomings within both contractor and federal processes at LANL, WIPP, EM, and the National Nuclear Security Administration.
“WIPP is an important national resource that will recover from this unfortunate incident,” said David Klaus, DOE’s Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Performance. “The errors that led to the shutdown of the facility were preventable, and we are developing corrective actions that provide greater rigor in all aspects of the oversight of TRU waste disposition.
On Thursday, April 23, the Department of Energy will host a Town Hall meeting 5:30 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos to discuss the Accident Investigation Board findings from the Feb. 14, 2014, drum breach at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
Members of the AIB will be on-hand to present the findings and answer questions.
The Los Alamos meeting is the second of two public meetings following the AIB’s release of its Phase II Report on the WIPP event. The first was in Carlsbad.
The Los Alamos meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. April 23 at Fuller Lodge, 2123 Central Ave. For questions or more information about the meeting, email envoutreach@lanl.gov or call 505-665-7748.

 

Wednesday April 15,2015

Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation announced a new program aimed at assisting local business improve the exterior of their buildings.
The Façade Improvement loan program is available to any business in Los Alamos County located in a commercial zone, according to the LACDC.
Loans are available in the amount of $500-$25,000 and charge zero percent interest.
LACDC said it has made up to $100,000 a year available for the improvement program, in partnership with Los Alamos National Bank, which will provide loan administration.
Façade improvements include either the entire façade or any part of it that is in need of repair, updating or replacement, including signage, lighting, storefronts (doors & windows), awnings, painting, stucco/plastering, sidewalks and necessary architectural and other professional services associated with the design and permitting of eligible improvements.
Explicitly excluded from eligibility for this program is construction of new facilities or building interiors, additions or improvements to the side or back of buildings, although any side of a building that directly faces a street and is in the view of the general public may be considered for this program.
Applications are reviewed by LACDC and once approved will be sent to LANB for administration. When the work is performed, the borrower will provide and invoice to LANB and the payment will be made directly.
Applications are available on the LACDC website, losalamosdevelopment.com. Hard copies may be picked up at the Small Business Center at 190 Central Park Square.
Those with questions about the program may contact Patrick Sullivan, LACDC executive director, at 661-4854.

 

Tuesday April 14, 2015

The contractor for the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will begin phase 1 construction this week on Meadow Lane in White Rock. A new underground primary electric line is being installed to improve reliability to the surrounding neighborhoods.
Beginning at the north end of the 600 block on Meadow Lane and extending to Grand Canyon Road, crews will trench along the east shoulder to install the new line. Two-way traffic on Meadow Lane will be maintained at all times. Ingress and egress to all properties will also be maintained. The expected duration of construction activities for phase 1 is approximately 40 days. Crews will work Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5 pm. No interruption of electric services are anticipated.
Phase 2 work will require trenching across both traffic lanes of Meadow Lane. This work will be conducted in a manner to minimize the amount disruption. Some electric service interruptions may be required. Crews will provide 48 hours advance notice to affected properties.
Officials with the DPU remind motorists to drive with caution in the area.

Monday April 13. 2015

Los Alamos MainStreet was one of seven MainStreet communities in the state designated as National Main Street Accredited Communities for meeting commercial district revitalization performance standards.
The announcement was made Friday by the New Mexico Economic Development Department.
The organizations’ performances are evaluated on an annual basis by New Mexico MainStreet, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards.
Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building “comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts” and are “fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.”
Other state MainStreet programs meeting the standards included Nob Hill MainStreet, Artesia MainStreet, Carlsbad MainStreet, Clovis MainStreet, Grants MainStreet and Lovington MainStreet. The New Mexico programs were recognized during the National Main Streets Conference in Atlanta recently..
The local program helps organize annual events such as ScienceFest and the county fair in the summer, Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet in the fall and the Holiday Lights Parade in December.

 

Friday April 10, 2015

Here are the lowlights of the police reports from april 2 through april 8.

One was arrested for a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested on a district court warrant.
Two were arrested on a magistrate bench warrants.
One was arrested for possession of marijuana
There was a report of careless driving.
There was a report of a run a way.
There were 2 reports of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of an animal at large.
There were 3 accidents without injuries.
There was an unattended death.

 

Thursday April 9, 2015

Ceremonies marking the end of major combat in the United States Civil War is scheduled for numerous sites around the country Thursday, including Los Alamos.
As part of the National Park Service’s “Bells Across the Land” commemoration, bells will be rung throughout the country to mark the 150th anniversary of the meeting between Union general Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate general Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.
At that meeting, on April 9, 1865, Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Grant. That surrender marked the beginning of the end of the Civil War, which had been fought between northern and southern states since early 1861.
For Thursday’s nationwide ceremony, a bell will be rung at Appomattox Court House National Historcal Park at 3 p.m. Eastern time.
At 1:15 p.m. local time, bells will be rung across the country for four minutes — one minute for each year of the Civil War.
Locally, the ceremony will take place at the lawn outside of Fuller Lodge. The lodge’s bell will be rung at 1:15 as part of the commemoration.
Those wishing to participate may bring their own bells or bell tone to ring along with the Fuller Lodge Bell. Participants may also bring photos of their ancestors from the 1860s, particularly those who were involved in the Civil War.

 

Wednesday April 8, 2015

The proposed FY2016 budget for Los Alamos County is one percent higher than in FY2015.
Total revenues in FY2016 are projected to be $187.3 million compared to $191.6 million in the FY2015 adopted budget.
The good news is that general fund revenues are expected to increase by $0.8 million — 1 percent higher than in FY2015 — for a total of $57.6 million.
Part of that increase is due to a proposal to raise property tax. During budget discussions earlier this year, council tentatively approved reinstating $1.5 million in property taxes, which had been reduced at the height of gross receipts taxes (GRTs) collections 5 years ago. The proposal is to increase property taxes by 2.25 mills.
Copies of the proposed budget are available at the county’s website, losalamosnm.us, or at both branches of Mesa Public Library and the municipal building.
County residents can provide input either during budget hearings or by emailing Deputy County Manager Steven Lynne at steven.lynne@lacnm.us or lacadministrator@lacnm.us. Written correspondence may be sent to County Manager Harry Burgess, 1000 Central Ave., Ste. 350, Los Alamos NM 87544.
Budget Hearings are scheduled during the last two weeks of April.

 

Tuesday April 7, 2015

The environmental services curbside collection occurs four times a year in effort to assist residents with the disposal of bulk items and yard waste. The following schedule was prepared to reduce the amount of time your items sit at the curb. Please be courteous to your neighbors and do not set out materials sooner than two days before the first day of your scheduled collection date and no later than 8 am on the first day of the scheduled collection in your area. Questions? Contact the Eco Station at 662-8163.
The next 2 weeks schedules includes:

April 13 - April 17 - Quemazon, Sandia, Trinity, Orange & Nickel

April 20 - April 24 - North Mesa

 

Monday April 6, 2015

Here are the lowlights of last week’s police reports March 26 through April 4

Three were arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
One was arrested on a municipal court bench warrant.
One was arrested on a district court bench warrant.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license
One was cited for distributing a controlled substance in a school zone.
There was a report of fraudulent use of a credit card.
There was a report of damage to private property.
There was a report of cruelty to animals.
There was an accident with injuries.
There was a suicide.

 

Weekend

Bandelier National Monument has announced three special activities at the park for the early part of April, two related to the history of the historic buildings in the canyon, and one to encourage people to enjoy the park while participating in healthy activities.
April 5, which this year is also Easter Sunday, is Bandelier CCC Day, a day to celebrate and honor the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees. Their work In the 1930s provided most of the visitor facilities still used in the park. A free booklet will be available at the Visitor Center which provides a self-guiding tour of the Pueblo Revival structures that make up the headquarters area around the Visitor Center. It is the largest collection of CCC buildings in any National Park Service area, and in 1987 was declared the Frijoles Canyon Historic District.
On Thursday, April 9 at 4:00 PM, a very different activity will be offered, as part of the Healthy People Healthy Parks initiative. This is a worldwide campaign to encourage healthy activities in the outdoors while appreciating and taking care of parks and open space areas. Nurse Practitioner Kelly Young, along with members of the park staff, will offer a walk in Frijoles Canyon to highlight the benefits of exercise and good nutrition. The walk will begin from the front of the Visitor Center, and no sign-ups are required.
On Friday, April 10 at 1:00 PM, Bandelier Preservation Specialist JT Stark will offer a 1-hour easy guided walk around the Historic District, highlighting architectural details and preservation concerns in the CCC structures. It will meet in front of the Visitor Center, and no sign-ups are required.
For information about Bandelier, check the park website at www.nps.gov/band, or the park Facebook page or Twitter; or call the Visitor Center at 950)672-3861 x 517.

 

Friday April 3, 2015

Smith’s Food and Drug Stores said it is recalling select Smith’s Bakery Fresh Carrot Cake sold in 7 states because the product contains walnuts that may not be listed on the label.
Item Description:
Smith’s Bakery Fresh Carrot Cake, 1/4 sheet filled. Packaged on or before April 1, 2015. UPC Code: 41573-07058
Smith’s Bakery Fresh Carrot Cake Slice, 5 oz. Packaged on or before April 1, 2015. UPC Code: 750903-91714
Smith’s Bakery Fresh Carrot Cake, 1/8 Sheet. Packaged on or before April 1, 2015. UPC Code: 770118-22460
Customers should return the product to stores for a full refund.
People who are allergic to walnuts could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume this product. For consumers who are not allergic to walnuts, there is no safety issue with the product.
No customer illnesses have been reported to date.
Smith's removed items from store shelves and initiated a customer recall notification system that alerts customers who may have purchased recalled Class 1 products through register receipt tape messages and phone calls.
Customers who have questions about this recall may contact Smith’s Customer Connect toll-free at 800-576-4377. For more information, please visit www.smithsfoodanddrug.com/recall_alerts

 

Thursday April 2, 2015

Los Alamos High School graduate Anna Scott was named a recipient of this year’s Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation scholarship.
Scott, who is currently majoring in chemistry at Montana State University, graduated from LAHS in 2013. According to her profile, Scott is working toward a Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry and wants to conduct research at the university level studying the interface of biochemistry and inorganic chemistry.
Scott’s Goldwater Scholarship recipient announcement was made this morning via tweet by Los Alamos National Laboratory.
To be considered, students must display academic merit in mathematics, science or engineering and nominated by faculties of universities.
In all, 260 scholars were honored and almost all of them intend to earn Ph.Ds.
The one and two year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency and the Scholarship Program honors former senator and presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. It was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

 

Wednesday April 1, 2015

The Department of public utilities have a couple of planned power outages that will affect some DPU customers.
First - Power scheduled to be shut off today, April 1 from 9AM - 12:30 noon. Affects some properties bounded by Questa, Pueblo, 36th and 35th Streets. Electric crews will be changing out a transformer (approx. 35 customers).
Second - Power scheduled to be shut off tomorrow Thursday, April 2 from 10AM - 12 Noon. Affects properties on Tiffany Court, Estates Drive, Broadview, Scott Way, Kristi Lane, Mountain View, Cooper Place, Capulin and a section of Alamos Road. Electric crews will be installing a new electric cable.
If you have questions call 662-8333.

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In March , The Los Alamos Police Department noticed a specific increase of credit card fraud from Los Alamos citizens and visitors to the community reporting unauthorized charges on their credit card accounts as well as “on-line” postings of fraudulent activity in the area. LAPD began to investigate circumstances that there may be a “skimmer” in Los Alamos County or a malware hack of point-of-sale software used by local businesses.
The LAPD Investigations section began compiling victim’s card usage to address the issue. During the investigation, it appeared that a type of “Memory Scraping,” was occurring. This method captures credit card information when swiped during a transaction. The information will remain on some business point-of-sale systems, unencrypted for several seconds. There is some malware that will capture that information in that short time period undetected. The pattern that the LAPD has observed, is that once a victim has used their credit card at a compromised system, it may take up to two weeks until a fraudulent charge occurs on one’s account.
This stolen credit card information was most likely sold on-line to criminals who cloned that information to create a fictitious credit card and begin to use it fraudulently across the country. The LAPD has been communicating with financial institutions, local businesses, and the United States Secret Service (USSS) to address the rise in credit card fraud occurrences in our community.
LAPD reached out to the USSS Special Agents in the Denver, CO field office and they were made aware of a new strain of malware called “FindPOS” that has been affecting point-of-sale provider companies across the United States since November of 2014. They reported their field offices throughout the nation have been investigating this new strain.
Once malware of this type is located in businesses point-of-sale software providers, they must “scrub” their system to ensure the malware is removed and a new system is installed. According the USSS Denver Field office, this has already taken place for one software corporate provider for a Los Alamos business. The LAPD is encouraging all local businesses to check with their point-of-sale software providers to ensure their systems are not affected by the “FindPOS” strain of malware

 

Tuesday March 31, 2015

Monday afternoon a gas line was accidentally cut during some landscaping at the high school. There were no injuries and the gas has been turned off at LAHS.
A certified plumber has been contacted and will have the repair to the gas line finished before Tuesday morning. A state inspector has been contacted and once pressure tests have been conducted, gas service will be restored to the high school. Please know there may not be gas until about noon Tuesday so students may want to dress in layers since this will affect the ability to heat the building. Additionally, hot water may be limited until mid day. LAPS Facilities is working with professionals to ensure our students and staff are safe.

 

Monday March 30, 2015

Mountain Elementary School classes are canceled for Monday, March 30 due to plumbing issues. Mountain students and staff will NOT have class on Monday, March 30. Please help us spread the word to your friends and colleagues who have Mountain students. All after school programs are canceled as well including the YMCA program. The bathrooms in the school are not operational. These should be repaired by Monday afternoon but we are forced to cancel classes Monday.
Plan for the students and staff to return to school on Tuesday, March 31 at the normal starting time.

 

Friday March 27, 2015

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Nuclear Material Control and Accountability Group and the Quality and Performance Assurance Division received 2014 Performance Excellence Recognition awards from Quality New Mexico and will be recognized at QNM’s annual learning summit and awards ceremony April 7-8 in Albuquerque.
The Material Control and Accountability program at Los Alamos provides graded levels of control for accountable nuclear material and special nuclear material based on material type, quantity and form. The program also seeks to deter and detect theft or diversion of accountable material.
The Quality and Performance Assurance Division is responsible for developing and overseeing implementation of the Lab’s quality assurance and contractor assurance programs that are part of the contract between Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy. This also is the second consecutive year that QPA Division has received Piñon Recognition from Quality New Mexico.

 

Thursday March 26, 2015

Three students from the James H. Rodriguez Elementary School in Española are among the middle and high schoolers that attended the White House Science Fair on Monday.
Jose Valdez III, Casandra D. Dauz and Jaleena Rolon from Rodriguez Elementary School took part in the DiscoverE’s 2014-2015 Future City New Mexico Regional Competition with a display of their rural, desert community’s cultural diversity.
The students said they recognized the importance of communicating the detail of their Future City design to the diverse, shared culture of New Mexico and incorporated four languages into their presentation: Spanish, English, American Sign Language and Tewa.
The experience was a big opportunity for students, parents and teachers involved, with one team members saying, “Speaking Tewa made me happy about my own language and Indian culture.”
The students also felt that competition gave them “a heads up on engineering” and they are now inspired to continue their involvement in teams such as Future City to one day become engineers.
DiscoverE’s Future City Competition presents themes that highlight a current issue and asks kids to investigate and develop solutions.
This year’s challenge was to explore today’s urban agriculture, from aeroponic systems for roof top farms to recycled gray water to the sustainability-driven farm-to-table movement.
Participants were asked to develop a futuristic solution to growing crops within the confines of their city. They then use SimCity software to design a virtual Future City model incorporating their ideas then construct a physical model using recycled materials, which can cost no more than $100.

 

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Los Alamos High School was again named as a US News & World Report “Gold Medal” National Rankings Best High Schools. LAHS, which was ranked #500 in the nation in 2014, maintained that status with a ranking of #500 in 2015.

This is Steve Wickliffe’s final week as manager of the Los Alamos golf course. Wickliffe has accepted a position managing the golf course at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in Montana.
Wickliffe was hired as manager in October 2009 and is sorry to leave but wishes to return to Montana. A national search for a new golf course manager will begin in mid-July. Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Randy Smith did not want to launch a search at the beginning of the golf season, when many qualified applicants would have already made commitments. According to Smith, there are three strong internal candidates as well. The goal is to have a new manager in place toward the end of the season.


Tuesday March 24, 2015

A few weeks ago Bandelier National Monument sent out a call to artists to submit entries for the logo for the park's Centennial Celebration. The deadline for entries has now been extended to Thursday, March 26.
Bandelier was established on February 11, 1916, and the staff are looking forward to a festive Centennial year. The logo will be used throughout the year on many centennial items, as well as on the 2016 Bandelier Annual Pass. The winning artist will receive an America the Beautiful pass, which provides free admission to federal recreation areas throughout the country, and a DVD of the park movie, This Place Knows Us, as well as recognition. Artists who are planning to create artwork for the contest are invited to make a free visit to the park to freshen their memories and provide inspiration.
Entries must be directly related to Bandelier National Monument, 2D, visually strong, and designed to be usable at sizes from about 1 inch to poster and banner size. Images must be in proportion to fit on the park annual pass, which is 2 x 3, and can be either landscape or portrait orientation. Entries cannot be photographs, and may not include kivas, human figures, masks, or kokopellis. The words Bandelier National Monument Centennial 1916-2016 should appear in or along the edge of the design. Everyone is invited to enter, including National Park Service employees and others related to Bandelier or other parks, but relatives of entrants will not be allowed to help with judging.
Full details can be found in the Notes section of the park Facebook page, BandelierNPS. For questions, contact Chris Judson at the Bandelier Visitor Center, (505) 672-3861 x 517.

 

Tonight there is a county council work session in the White Rock fire station number 3. They will be discussing the plans for the Manhattan Project Historical Park. It will be broadcast right here on KRSN.

 

Monday March 23, 2015

Lou Pierotti, age 94, longtime resident and Living Treasure of Los Alamos, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Lou will be remembered as the creator of Pierottie’s Clowns, a 5 man softball team. The Rosary will be held March 26 at 7pm at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will be held Friday morning at 10 am. Interment will occur at Guaje Pines Cemetery.

 

Weekend

Here are the lowlight’s of the police reports March 12 to March 18.

One was arrested for aggravated assault.
One was arrested for battery against a household member.
One was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
One was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
One was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquid.
One was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicating aggregate.
One was arrested for distributing marijuana.
A juvenile was summoned for possession of marijuana released to parents and referred to the JPO.
A juvenile was summon for battery released to parents and referred to the JPO.
A juvenile was cited for improper handling of fire setting released to parents and referred to the JPO.
There was a report of an accident without injuries.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There were 2 reports of larceny.

 

Friday March 20, 2015

Spring starts today at 4:45pm.

The excavation work visible on the southwest side of the Community Building is for construction of new restrooms that will serve Ashley Pond park visitors. The restrooms were added to the Teen Center project last year after requests from the public were received - the park is heavily used for events and concerts and restrooms were highly desired. Adding the restrooms to the Teen Center project worked best for cost and efficiency (the contractor for the Teen Center is constructing the park restrooms).

 

Thursday March 19, 2015

The golf course restaurant is coming closer to opening. Los Alamos County Facilities crews have completed work on the kitchen and restaurant facility and staff has issued the Certificate of Occupancy! The Vendor has also received their Green sticker from the N.M. Environment Department. Los Alamos County Staff is preparing for a final detailed cleaning of the Golf Course prior to the opening of the Cottonwood on the Greens restaurant. Watch for upcoming announcements for the April 30, 2015 Grand Opening!

 

Wednesday March 18, 2015

Several years ago the Department of Energy filled in, paved, and installed five concrete pads on the old landfill that exists at the airport. The five concrete pads were to eventually serve as foundations for aircraft hangars.
Since that time the landfill has settled in an unexpected manner making the construction of hangars on the pads impossible. In addition, the landfill has begun to generate methane gas. The DOE has done further studies that have shown that it will not be possible to stabilize the majority of the landfill sufficiently to enable the construction of hangars. The DOE is now formulating plans to remove the asphalt covering and the five pads to mitigate the production of the methane gas. As part of these plans it appears that it may be possible to stabilize the western edge of the landfill area enough to be able to construct one concrete pad for the eventual construction of hangars. It is anticipated that the final plans for the remediation of the landfill will be completed within the next few months.

Tuesday March 17, 2015

Los Alamos National Laboratory decreased its water usage by 26 percent in 2014, with about one-third of the reduction attributable to using reclaimed water to cool a supercomputing center.
The reclamation facility contributed more than 27 million gallons of re-purposed water to the SCC, a secured supercomputing facility that supports the Laboratory’s national security mission and is one of the institution’s larger water users.
SERF collects industrial wastewater and treats it for reuse.
In addition to the strategic water reuse program at SERF, the Laboratory reduced water use in 2014 by focusing conservation efforts on areas that use the most water, repairing leaks identified in routine surveys and upgrading to water-conserving fixtures.

 

Monday March 16, 2015

Local resident Debra Minyard was recognized as the New Mexico Teacher of the Year on Friday by the State Legislature.
Minyard was joined by husband Josh, neighbor Venita Chavez as well as administrators from her school.
She is a music educator at Pojoaque Valley High School, serves as the Link Crew Coordinator and AVID Coordinator. Minyard was responsible for bringing the middle school version of Link Crew, called WEB Crew to Los Alamos Middle School this year.
She serves on the Board of Directors for a non-profit in Los Alamos called Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA), teaches flute lessons and volunteers for local elementary school music nights.
Minyard is slated to meet the President in May of 2015 as the state Teachers of the Year all travel to D.C.


Friday March 13, 2015

The North Eastern New Mexico Regional Science & Engineering Fair was held this past weekend at New Mexico Highlands University. Los Alamos sent 69 projects and 74 students to the regional competition. Of the 69 project presented by Los Alamos students, 46 received awards.
For the third year in a row, Los Alamos High School Junior Coleman Kendrick qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held in Pittsburgh, PA., May 11-15th. LAHS also garnered two top International alternate spots.
This year team Ashvini Vaidya and Esteban Abeyta won 1st alternate to the Intel International Fair and EliseAnne Koskelo won the 2nd alternate spot. All Los Alamos students who received first and second place awards will progress on to the New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair held at New Mexico Tech, March 27-28th.

 

Thursday March 12, 2015

Los Alamos performing arts groups participated in statewide theatre festival at the end of February and brought home a slew of honors.
A performance from The Pillowman, entered by Los Alamos Little Theatre, was selected to represent New Mexico in the regional festival next month. And an abbreviated version of Dead Man's Cell Phone, entered by Los Alamos Light Opera, was selected as the state's alternate to the regional event.
The Pillowman, directed by Patrick MacDonald and featuring Marco Baca and Lucio Juarez, in addition to advancing to regionals, earned awards for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Lighting Design, and the two actors were named to the festival's All Star Cast.
Dead Man's Cell Phone, directed by Gwen Lewis, earned an All Star Cast award for Eric Bjorklund. As the state alternate, Cell Phone would go to regionals if either The Pillowman or Sheltered Women, by Las Vegas' Nat Gold Players, could not participate.
Also at the state festival, LALT's Pat Beck was honored for a monologue she performed, reprising the role of Rose Ritz from I Love you, You're Perfect, Now Change.
The New Mexico AACTFest competition, the initial leg to the American Association of Community Theatre's national festival, requires participants to be able to fit all scenery, props, cast and crew into a 10-foot by 10-foot box, set up the stage in under 10 minutes, complete the performance in an hour or less, and strike the set back into the box in less than 10 minutes. A panel of judges scores each entry on multiple criteria such as interpretation of the work and believability of the acting, the technical elements supporting the production and the overall impact of the performance.
The AACTFest competition happens every two years.
The regionals for AACTFest this year will be held in Albuquerque. The Pillowman will perform at 8 pm Thursday, April 9, at the Kimo Theatre. Tickets for the performance are $10. The regional festival will include theatre groups from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Los Alamos County, in cooperation with Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, will facilitate intermittent traffic control on Camp May Road between West Road and Pajarito Mountain to accommodate filming in Los Alamos County beginning at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 10 through 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 11.
Intermittent traffic control will be conducted to include a flagging operation to safely guide traffic through the staging area where film vehicles will be parked along Camp May Road. Only short delays are anticipated for those traveling to and from Pajarito Mountain Ski Area,
Los Alamos County has approved a flagging operation on the section of West Road between Diamond Drive and the top of Los Alamos Canyon (by the ice rink) to allow passage of 12 large filming trucks that require both lanes to safely negotiate the turns in the road. Temporary lane closures are scheduled to occur between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11 after filming is completed along Camp May Road. While only short delays are anticipated, travelers are advised to use West Jemez Road through the Lab property.
The film is an independent feature titled Hellbent. In the film, a 16-year-old runaway enlists a fugitive drifter to take her on a cross-country journey to meet the father she's never known. The entire film is being shot in New Mexico but is depicting several states. The area at the top of Camp May Road and the Los Alamos Canyon will depict the Montana/Canada border and the final scene involving launching a car from cliff edge to canyon bottom.
Los Alamos filming locations including Camp May Road and sections of the upper Los Alamos Canyon. Film trucks, trailers, cars and equipment will be staged on Department of Energy (DOE)-owned section of the old West Road that extends south from West Road toward Lab property and is currently blocked by a gate.

 

Tuesday March 10, 2015

 LANL Community Programs continued its annual LANL Laces with a gift of ten coupons for shoes for Los Alamos students. This year, a total of 162 LANL Laces gift cards were distributed to needy students throughout northern New Mexico.
Funding for LANL Laces was made possible through the purchase of books by staff at a recent LANL Book Fair.
LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt thanked the Community Programs Office and LANL employees for caring for kids. He went on to say that the ten shoe coupons would be divided amongst the five elementary schools.

 

Monday March 9, 2015

The Los Alamos County Board of Registration (the board) met on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, and Wednesday, March 4, 2015, to review the list of inactive voters to ascertain whether they meet the criteria to be purged from the voter rolls. The list of voters was compiled through efforts of the the NM Secretary of State and the federal National Voter Registration Act of 1993, (NVRA). The board, consisting of Ms. Audra Short, Mr. George Chandler and Ms. Kimberly Thomas, was appointed by the County Council on February 6th. In order to be eligible for removal from the voter rolls, the following criteria shall be met. 1.) The registrant was mailed a confirmation mailing on August 1, 2012. 2.) The registrant is currently in “Inactive” status. 3.) The registrant has not updated his or her registration address since being mailed the August 1, 2012 confirmation mailing. 4.) The registrant has not voted in any election since being mailed the August 1, 2012 confirmation mailing.
The board reviewed each and every name on the inactive list and verified that 1,259 names did indeed meet the criteria outlined above directing the County Clerk to cancel the registration of 1,259 voters from the Los Alamos County voter rolls. The county clerk will submit the board’s final report to the NM Secretary Of State as required and keep all physical records for six years.

 

Friday March 6, 2015

The LAPS School board has voted in open session to offer Dr. Kurt Steinhaus the superintendent position contingent on finalizing contract negotiations.

Dr.  Steinhaus is a native of Los Alamos graduating from Los Alamos High school. Dr. Steinhaus served as a teacher and Department Head in the Alamogordo School District.

He then worked for the Public Education Department where he became Division Director for Accountability and Information Services and then Assistant Superintendent. Dr. Steinhaus

subsequently worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory where he was Director of Student and Education Programs, also as a Loaned Executive he served as the Governor’s Education Policy Advisor and Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Education. His work also includes teaching a doctoral course at the University of New Mexico called Education, Politics, and Policy. For the last six years, Dr. Steinhaus has served as Director of Community Programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

 

Thursday March 5, 2015

We have been made aware of campaigns on social media and other media sources encouraging students to participate in walkout protests of PARCC tests. Los Alamos Public Schools respect the rights of individuals to demonstrate as long as the demonstrations are safe, orderly, and respect the rights of their fellow students to participate in testing without being disrupted.
The PARCC test is new this year and we understand that with anything new and challenging there are questions and concerns. There are several reasons why all students should participate in testing and do their best for themselves and their school:
1. The test is part of the New Mexico state graduation testing requirements. If a student does not participate in the PARCC testing, it might jeopardize their ability to obtain a high school diploma. State law requires that a student pass a high school competency exam in order to earn a diploma. The PARCC and NMSBA serve this purpose in New Mexico.
2. Taking the test now gives students the opportunity to become familiar with taking an online test and helps them to do better the next time they take it.
3. Our students as a rule perform well on standardized tests, which is indicative of our students' and teachers' hard work.. The federal law governing testing requires that 95% of our students at each school participate in the assessment. Failure of any school to reach the 95% threshold causes the school's rating to be dropped one letter grade.
4. We choose to believe our students will not distract others who are trying to focus on the test from doing their best during the test sessions.
Los Alamos Public Schools understands and respects the differing opinions concerning the value of standardized tests such as PARCC. As a school district we must follow state and federal law regarding testing.
It is important to voice your concerns in appropriate venues as these issues are being debated and voted upon.
• Write a letter to the New Mexico Public Education Department;
• Write a letter to your school board member, legislator, or other elected official;
• Register to vote and exercise that right;
• Attend public meetings to voice your concerns;
• Organize a petition drive;
• Contact local media to express your concerns.

 

Wednesday March 4, 2015

The LAPS superintendent candidate, Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, is visiting Los Alamos today. There is a public forum tonight at 7pm in the LAHS Speech Theater.

Here is Dr. Steinhaus's letter to the community.

Serving as Superintendent of the Los Alamos Public Schools
By Kurt Steinhaus

I am passionate about bringing people together to listen and then translate ideas into concrete actions that strengthen our schools and improve opportunities for the whole child, because our well-being – our region’s prosperity – depends upon this.

I want to serve the school community of Los Alamos as your Superintendent to help assure success for every learner and to support all of the great work being performed by students and staff in the school district. Providing visionary leadership, managing for high student achievement, and supporting continuous improvement are my three key commitments in serving as Superintendent.

My leadership vision includes the use of insight and boldness to address challenges and celebrate successes. These ideas about visionary leadership have emerged from working in schools, applying educational research, and a broad-range of professional experiences. I see the schools in Los Alamos as places that are safe for children and free of bullying; schools where I want to lead as a principal, teach, or become a member of the support staff; and schools where students enjoy learning and that I want my own children to attend.

My management plan for high student achievement includes a customer-focused administrative team, quality teaching, and fully engaged learners. I will bring school staff together around a shared sense of purpose – seeing the big picture while focusing on the unique needs of every student. Student achievement for the whole child includes a balance of knowledge and fluency, physical skills, and emotional intelligence. With high expectations, I will support principals as the instructional leaders of each school, provide assistance when needed, and reward accomplishments.

Supporting continuous improvement begins by my working closely with the Board of Education on strategic planning that will clarify the District’s mission and goals and defines performance excellence. Managing the budget and securing additional funding will be a focus area in my work with the Board and I will lead the District by taking a systematic approach to determine the best allocation of time, talent, and funding. Analyzing data and developing operational effectiveness will be part of my regular work activities.

Our schools are the bedrock of our community, and becoming Superintendent will allow me to have a direct positive impact on students reaching their potential. As an advocate for education, I have worked collaboratively with people of many different backgrounds and perspectives. I have brought diverse people around the table to find common ground and take action together on solutions. I am committed to listening first, to leading thoughtfully and respectfully, and to building strong partnerships to continue the traditions of excellence that are Los Alamos Public Schools.

 

Tuesday March 3, 2015

Traffic Alert: closure at SR4 and Truck route intersection due to a mobile home that was being moved and broke down. Police on scene and tow truck on the way, but it may take anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour and a half to clear. That means the road may not be open until after 7pm. Seek alternate route. To get from White Rock to Los Alamos go around by Bandelier. To leave town going East, take the Front Hill Road.

 

Monday March 2, 2015

The first LAPS superintendent candidate, Dr. Chris Marczak, is visiting Los Alamos today. There is a public forum tonguht at 7pm in the LAHS Speech Theater.

Here is Dr. Marczak's letter to the community:

Dear Community Members of Los Alamos;
I am honored to receive this opportunity to interview for the Superintendent of Schools position with the Los Alamos Public School system and introduce myself to you.
I am currently the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Oak Ridge Schools. As the Assistant Superintendent, I have been in charge of Curriculum and Instruction, Student Services, Special Education, Teaching and Learning (Professional Development), and Information/Instructional Technology with a responsible budget of over $48,000,000. Working with Oak Ridge Schools, I have successfully passed a Balanced Calendar which put all schools on the same academic calendar after twelve years of two different calendars; led the drive to convert all PreK-12 schools to Bring Your Own Device programs which included infrastructure overhauls and beginning ongoing professional development; launched the Tennessee Department of Education mandated and approved differentiated pay plan that employs current teachers as teacher-coaches charged with the implementation of Professional Learning Community tenets, using data to drive student learning, and executing STEM activities; working closely with all schools to create continuous improvement scorecards, that align to our community-created Oak Ridge Keys to College and Career Readiness, which ensure that all students receive as many high-quality learning opportunities as possible; and I have been recruited to assist the Tennessee Department of Education as a Leadership Coach to assist other districts and district leaders with implementing leadership principals that I use in Oak Ridge Schools.
Prior to coming to Oak Ridge, I was a Lead Principal, Principal, Assistant Principal, and teacher with the Metropolitan Nashville Public School System. As a Lead Principal, I was not only in charge of running a school but also tasked with helping run five other schools and working closely with the Superintendent to make organizational decisions for the 75,000 student system. I was also a teacher with the Wilson County School System for 5 years working in 2nd, 3rd, and 6th grades.
I am employed by both Trevecca Nazarene University and David Lipscomb University as an adjunct instructor for leadership development and technology integration. At Trevecca Nazarene University, I teach leadership classes in two different Masters sections, instructional technology in four different Masters sections, one section of transformational leadership in the Educational Specialist program, and the Doctoral program for Leadership and Professional Practice. I am also a doctoral advisor and currently have four doctoral students that I will oversee to graduation. At David Lipscomb, I teach leadership in the Masters in Educational Leadership, technology in the Masters in Education, and Entrepreneurship in Education in the doctoral program. I have also had the pleasure of working closely with David Lipscomb’s Dean of the School of Education, our new Tennessee Education Commissioner, to create a transformational leadership program that will prepare future school and district leaders to lead 21st Century schools.
For the 2012-13 school years, I was enrolled in the Tennessee School Boards Association Prospective Superintendents Academy. Our sessions created a laser-like focus to prepare us to effectively lead school districts in continually changing State environments. I successfully completed the program on February 14th, 2013 and have been recommended to apply for Superintendent positions.
In addition to all of the jobs that I have tasked myself with above, I am most importantly a husband and father. My wife and I met our freshman year of college and have been married for 20 years this December. We have four daughters, identical twins age 13, a 9 year old, and a 7 year old. My greatest
joy is that they will attend Los Alamos Public Schools where I will be directly responsible for their education and I will have the opportunity to hand them their diplomas as they walk across the stage for graduation!
I encourage you to come to the community forums on March 2nd to chat and discuss with me your hopes and dreams for the Los Alamos Public School system. Working together, we can make our schools the shining star for all of our graduates and get all students on the path to a prosperous future.
If you would like to know more about me, I encourage you to visit my personal website at www.artzak.com/resume which has more in-depth information about me.
I look forward to meeting each of you soon!
Sincerely,
Chris Marczak, Ed.D.

Friday February 27, 2015

Here are the lowlights of the police reports from February 19 – 25.

One was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquid.

Four  were arrested on magistrate court bench warrants.

2 were arrested for trafficking controlled substances.

A juvenile was arrested on a district court warrant, release to parents, and referred to the JPO.

A juvenile was arrested for shoplifting.released to parents, referred to the JPO.

A juvenile was arrested for the unlawful taking of a vehicle, released to parents, referred to the JPO.

A juvenile was cited for aggravated battery, released to parents referred to the JPO.

There was a report of fraud.

There was a report of battery to a household member.

There were 2  reports of criminal damage to property.

There was a report of shoplifting.

There was a report of credit card theft.

There was a report of graffiti

There was an accident with injuries

There was an accident without injuries.

 

Thursday February 26, 2015

Open Letter to the Community,
There has been a great deal of conversation in the community and the media about immunizations against certain communicable diseases. In fact, one recent newspaper article (lamonitor.com February 6, 2015) noted Los Alamos County was “… second in the state for the number of vaccination exemptions at 3.1 percent for children ages 4 to 18….” For Los Alamos, the number of parents who requested vaccination exemptions (immunization waivers) amounted to about 100 students out of the more than 3500 enrolled in school. The vaccination exemptions requested by parents were primarily based on religious or medical reasons, which are allowed by state law.
Our community will be pleased to know Los Alamos Public Schools are in compliance with the New Mexico Department of Health rules and New Mexico School Manual regarding immunizations and exemptions. Michele Wright RN, LAPS Nursing Team Leader stated, “Either students have completed their vaccines, are following a schedule to catch up on missing vaccines, or have valid religious beliefs or medical conditions for not receiving their vaccines.”
Incoming School Board member and Public Health Nurse Manager for Los Alamos Andrea Cunningham RN complimented the work of the school nurses stating, “Our school nurses have done an amazing, wonderful job tracking immunizations. They have worked closely with local physicians and myself to ensure compliance under state law. I am very proud of their efforts. Without a doubt I can say that our school nurses have done an excellent job of making sure that all students are up to date and are in compliance with New Mexico immunization requirements.”
Because illnesses like measles are highly contagious, LAPS School Nurses are aware and have taken precautions in the event measles are suspected. Michele Wright RN reminds us that measles are highly contagious and can spread through coughing and sneezing. “Measles,” she states, “can spread from an infected person to others from four days before to four days after the rash appears.” Ms. Wright advises parents that if they suspect a student has measles, they should isolate her/him from others and call their medical provider.
At the end of the day, all of us are responsible for the good health of our community. As such, we should be vigilant to the threat of contagious disease. Preparation and knowledge are important. I extend my thanks to our school nurses and all Los Alamos medical personnel for the wonderful work they do to help ensure our safety.
In closing, community members interested in learning more are encouraged to attend the County Council meeting on Tuesday, March 3rd. Andrea Cunningham RN and Dr. Michael Nichols will present factual information about our County and immunization status. I encourage you to attend. Respectfully, Gene Schmidt LAPS Superintendent

 

Wednesday February 25, 2015

On Thursday, February 26, 2015 the State Speech/Debate tournament will be hosted by Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School. To accommodate the facility needs associated with this tournament we will be dismissing Los Alamos Middle School students at 1:00PM on Thursday, February 26th in order to utilize LAMS for the registration of participants and for State Speech and Debate competitions in the afternoon and evening.
There will be approximately 350 students, along with their coaches and chaperones, arriving at LAMS on Thursday afternoon. Because it is the first day of the tournament, registration must occur before the tournament itself begins. This means that between 1:30PM and 2:00PM Thursday afternoon, coaches, chaperones, and competitors will begin to arrive at LAMS so that registration may be completed in time for the tournament to begin at 3:00PM. We are dismissing Middle School students early to mitigate congestion and safety concerns that would result from attempting to deliver LAMS students home and getting competitors, coaches, and judges onto the LAMS campus.
Classes at the Middle School will resume on Friday, February 27th at the regularly scheduled time and will dismiss at the normal time.

 

Tuesday February 24, 2015

The Los Alamos Public Schools School Board is pleased to announce the two finalist candidates for
the position of Superintendent.
The first finalist is Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, a native of Los Alamos and a graduate of Los Alamos High
School. Dr. Steinhaus served as a teacher and Department Head in the Alamogordo School District.
He then worked for the Public Education Department where he became Division Director for
Accountability and Information Services and then Assistant Superintendent. Dr. Steinhaus
subsequently worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory where he was Director of Student and
Education Programs, also as a Loaned Executive he served as the Governor’s Education Policy
Advisor and Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Education. His work also includes teaching a doctoral
course at the University of New Mexico called Education, Politics, and Policy. For the last six years,
Dr. Steinhaus has served as Director of Community Programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The second finalist is Dr. Chris Marczak, the current Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Oak
Ridge, Tennessee, where he is in charge of Curriculum and Instruction, Student Services, Special
Education, Professional Development and Information/Instructional Technology. During his time at
Oak Ridge, Dr. Marczak has been selected as a Tennessee Department of Education Leadership
Coach. Dr. Marczak is also an adjunct professor at Trevecca Nazarene University and David
Lipscomb University, where he teaches a variety of Masters and Doctrate level courses in Education
and Instructional Technology. Prior to moving to Oak Ridge, Dr. Marczak has been a teacher,
Assistant Principal and Lead Principal with the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Wilson
County Schools in Tennessee.
The School Board is currently scheduling community forums where each candidate will be able to
interact with the entire community. The forums will be scheduled for the early evening hours of
Monday March 2 and Wednesday March 4.

 

Monday February 23, 2015

In support of gasline work on San Ildefonso Road, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will be dropping a driving lane on San Ildefonso Road just south of Diamond Drive on North Mesa. Beginning Monday, February 23 and continuing through Thursday, February 26, traffic will be reduced to one lane from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. A one-way flagging operation will alternate north and south bound vehicles through the construction zone.
The temporary lane reduction will allow the DPU contractor to trench across San Ildefonso Drive approximately 500 feet south of Diamond Drive.
DPU is installing a gasline along San Ildefonso Road to create a loop that will enhance natural gas capacity and reliability throughout Los Alamos. Officials with the DPU remind motorists to drive with caution in the area.

Friday February 20, 2015

The Los Alamos Fire Department and Santa Fe National Forest are planning to continue the prescribed pile burn on Los Alamos County Open Space lands in Bayo Canyon. The burn is planned for this weekend Feb. 21-22, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.
The Bayo Canyon prescribed pile burn will be a total of 150 acres east of the town of Los Alamos. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity.
The Bayo Canyon prescribed pile burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

 

Thursday February 19, 2015

Here are the lowlights of the police reports February 12-18

One was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating liquid.
One was arrested for aggravated DWI and one was arrested for parties to a crime.
One was arrested for a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
Two were arrested for shoplifting.
Two were arrested for trafficking a controlled substance.
One was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
Three juveniles were cited for carrying deadly weapons onto the middle school property released to parents and referred to the JPO
One juvenile was cited for battery against a household member released to parents and referred to the JPO.
There was a report of a larceny
There was unattended death.
There was a suicide attempt
An animal was impounded for biting.
There was an accident with injuries.
There was an accident without injuries.

 

Wednesday February 18, 2015

On Thursday, February 26, 2015 the State Speech/Debate tournament will be hosted by Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School. To accommodate the facility needs associated with this tournament we will be dismissing Los Alamos Middle School students at 1:00PM on Thursday, February 26th in order to utilize LAMS for the registration of participants and for State Speech and Debate competitions in the afternoon and evening.
There will be approximately 350 students, along with their coaches and chaperones, arriving at LAMS on Thursday afternoon. Because it is the first day of the tournament, registration must occur before the tournament itself begins. This means that between 1:30PM and 2:00PM Thursday afternoon, coaches, chaperones, and competitors will begin to arrive at LAMS so that registration may be completed in time for the tournament to begin at 3:00PM. We are dismissing Middle School students early to mitigate congestion and safety concerns that would result from attempting to deliver LAMS students home and getting competitors, coaches, and judges onto the LAMS campus.
Classes at the Middle School will resume on Friday, February 27th at the regularly scheduled time and will dismiss at the normal time.
We appreciate the community’s support of this prestigious event and look forward to hosting the tournament. The community is invited to watch competitions, volunteer to judge, or assist with this tournament. Should you be interested in helping with the tournament please contact Margo Batha at m.batha@laschools.net.. we only have about 50% of the judges needed. We need help to make this a memorable and successful event for the 350 competitors that we expect. We need people to donate food, to volunteer time in the judges lounge and concessions, to cook or donate food or money and to judge events.

 

Tuesday February 17, 2015

A recent report from the Department of Energy’s Office of the Inspector General said there were potential problems concerning the lab’s classification program.
The report, dated Feb. 11, noted that the IG “substantiated certain allegations” regarding Los Alamos National Laboratory’s controlling of sensitive information. The report further went on to say that lack of oversight by management from Los Alamos National Security contributed to problems with sensitive information handling.
 the IG’s office had received a complaint alleging “multiple problems” with LANL’s classification department and that senior lab officials hadn’t addressed reported violations by its classification officer.
Problems cited by the IG’s report included that the classification officer had not always ensured derivative classifiers had up-to-date bulletins, including interpretive guidance, properly classified certain documents or adequately reported security incidents.

The IG said that more timely distribution of classified bulletins and related documents would help alleviate “confusion among classification analysts” about what should be classified prior to material being “inappropriately disclosed.”
Recommendations in the report included providing more adequate oversight, ensuring the classification officer distributes guidance within established time frames and conduct a review to determine of other classification issues exist.
Officials from the National Nuclear Security Administration concurred with the IG’s recommendations.

 

Monday February 16, 2015

Today is President's Day.  We are having no live shows.

 

Friday February 13, 2015

Here are the lowlights of the police reports from February 5 to 11th.

One was arrested on a district court warrant

One was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.

One was arrested for shoplifting,

One was arrested for DWI

There was a report of identity theft.

There were 2 reports of larceny.

There was a report of criminal damage to property.

There was a burglary of a car or other structure.

 

Thursday, February 12, 2015
January 2015 Weather Highlights: A series of weekly low-pressure weather systems impacted northern New Mexico during January 2015. Two of the storms produced significant moisture, on January 21st to 22nd and 30th to 31st. Because of these two storms, Los Alamos and White Rock received above-normal monthly precipitation for the first time since July 2014. Los Alamos received 1.28 in. of precipitation, which is 35% above the January average. This precipitation includes 14.8 in. of melted snow. White Rock received 1.03 in. of precipitation, 56% above the January average.
Temperatures were above normal for January as a result of the strong high pressure centered over the southwest during the month. Average temperatures in both Los Alamos and White Rock were 1oF to 3oF above normal.
A daily high temperature record, 59oF, was tied on January 27th in White Rock. Two high daily low temperature records, 31oF and 32oF, were equaled on the 28th and 29th in White Rock.

 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
After a six-month process, the Los Alamos Beer Coop (LABC) announced that it has received its brewer’s license from the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, officially making Los Alamos’ first and only brewery the fourth cooperative-owned brewery in the United States.
The LABC’s brewery will be called “Bathtub Row Brewing” – a reference to the city’s historic Bathtub Row, named during the Manhattan Project era since the buildings on that street were the only ones that contained bathtubs.
In the past few years, the LABC aggressively recruited individual investors to help fund the venture which now has 420 members. The LABC hopes to gain another 80 members by opening, which they anticipate will be in spring 2015.

 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

More than 100 researchers from around the world have collaborated to craft a request that could fundamentally alter how the antibodies used in research are identified, a project potentially on the scale of the now-completed Human Genome Project. “We propose that antibodies be defined by their sequences, just as genes are,” said Andrew Bradbury, a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory, “and they should be made recombinantly in cell lines.”
Referring to antibodies according to the sequences encoding their various subunits, their concentrations and the standardized experimental buffers used for each assay would enable researchers world-wide to employ the same affinity reagents under the same conditions.
The sequence of an antibody or binding reagent, is the ultimate “bar code” for that reagent, ensuring that everyone can use the same reagent for the same target. Deriving the bar code involves either selecting antibodies from in vitro libraries, or cloning and sequencing antibody genes.

 

Monday February 9, 2015

Santa Fe County commissioners on Tuesday are scheduled to consider a request from Public Service Company of New Mexico for approval to build a 10-megawatt solar energy farm off the Interstate 25 frontage road near the New Mexico National Guard headquarters.
The solar farm, which would be visible from the interstate, would have about 40,000 solar panels and take up about 75 acres of a 100-acre property.
The single-axis tracking panels would be configured in long rows. Each row of panels would rotate together and move to track the sun east to west, according to PNM.

 

Saturday February 7, 2015

The Los Alamos Fire Department, with the assistance of the Santa Fe National Forest, are planning to conduct a prescribed pile burn on Los Alamos County Open Space lands in Bayo Canyon and in the Gonzales Canyon located south of Barranca Road and north of Camino Encantado. Both the Gonzales Canyon and Bayo Canyon prescribed burns will be conducted on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 if weather conditions, including snow, fuel moisture levels, and air quality are Smoke from the prescribed burn will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. Smoke from the Los Alamos prescribed burns will likely be visible from Espanola, Santa Clara and Santa Fe and from Highways 502 and 285.

 

Friday February 6, 2015

The Los Alamos County (LAC) Clerk’s Office completed the required canvass process to certify and finalize the 2015 School Board Election results. The board reviewed and verified the accuracy of the results of the early and absentee locations, as well as the election day vote centers. Yesterdays canvassing passed with a perfect match between the machine tapes and the results posted on Tuesday evening. As a result, the board issued a certificate of canvass, which will be sent to the New Mexico Secretary of State. “I am very impressed with the election process, and would like to thank voters for participating in this important civic duty,” said LAPS Superintendent Schmidt.
The certificate of canvass and official election results has been made available on the County Clerk webpage: www.losalamosnm.us/clerk.

 

Thursday February 5, 2015

Revenue projections for the state of New Mexico continue to fall with the price of oil.

A new forecast released Wednesday showed the state will have $83 million in new money to spend in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Already, that figure had been adjusted downward to $141 million in December from $280 million in August.

Rep. Larry Larrañaga, chairman of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee directed budget offices for the governor and the Legislature to adjust their recommended $6.3 billion spending packages in light of the new projection and report back to lawmakers soon, possibly within the next week.

In December, the state’s revenue forecast was based on an average oil price of $66 per barrel. On Wednesday, that expectation was reduced to $56 per barrel. The current price of oil is between $45 and $50 per barrel.

 

Wednesday February 4, 2015

Here is the Summary for the 2015 Los Alamos School Board
& the University of New Mexico-Advisory Board Election held
Tuesday, February, 3, 2015
Ballots Cast: 765
School Board Member for District 3
NANCYANN HOLMES 86
WILLIAM RAY HARGRAVES 94
SHERYL NICHOLS 40
Total Votes 220
School Board Member for District 4
ANDREA SUSAN CUNNINGHAM 161
MICHAEL E. FASSBENDER 44
Total Votes 205

School Board Member for District 5
JUDITH A. BJARKE-MCKENZIE 23
JENNIFER ELIZABETH MCCUMBER 124
Total Votes 147
UNM-LA Community College Board Member - Position 3
MICHAEL D. DIROSA 287
TROY L. HUGHES 253
JAMES NEALY ROBINSON 142
Total Votes 682

UNM-LA Community College Board Member - Position 4
STEPHEN T. BOERIGTER 548
Total Votes 548


Tuesday February 3, 2015

School Superintendent Gene Schmidt announced that due to the school district’s closure because of a weather related event on Friday, January 30, 2015, students and staff will make up the missed day on Friday, February 13, 2015. The day had previously been marked on the calendar as a “Snow Day” if needed. As such, all seven Los Alamos Public Schools will be open and operational on a regular school day schedule.

 

Monday February 2, 2015

 School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie and Board Member Nan Holmes joined with School Superintendent Gene Schmidt, Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn, and Chief Financial Officer Lisa Montoya in meetings with State Senators and Representatives at the State Capitol last Tuesday to discuss proposed legislation and to present the School Board’s legislative priorities.
The Los Alamos delegation spoke with Senator Cisneros about the revenue projections for the state. As gas and oil prices fall, the legislature will have less money to invest in education. Senator Cisneros shared that the next revenue projection will be announced in mid-February which should give the legislature time to build a budget before the end of the sixty day session.
Senator Papen was elected as only the second woman President Pro-Tem of the Senate in the history of New Mexico. The Los Alamos delegation met to congratulate her on this honor. Senator Michael Padilla joined the conversation to listen to Los Alamos’ legislative wants that include increased salaries for staff, funding above the line and flexibility in teacher evaluations.
The Los Alamos delegation also met with Representative Garcia Richard, who serves on the House Education and House Appropriations committees. She also was watching the revenue projections and monitoring recently filed education bills.
The school district plans to maintain its visibility at this year’s legislative session to promote its agenda. As always, the district encourages members of the community to contact their legislators and give voice to their concerns and needs.

Friday January 30, 2015
All LAPS functions are cancelled including Saturday school and extra cirrular activities.
The senior center is closed. LANL is closed. If you have to go somewhere be careful. Call ahead and make sure they are open.
The Early Voting is going to remain open until 3pm. Go exercise your right to vote in the school board and UNM-LA advisory board election.Los Alamos National Bank White Rock Branch is closing its lobby and drive through at 3pm.LANB Los Alamos is closing its lobby and drive through at 5pm.

 

Thursday January 29, 2015

According to channel 13 Former Los Alamos scientist Pedro Mascheroni who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop nuclear weapons has been sentenced to five years in prison, with three years supervised release.
A hearing went on all morning Wednesday in federal court in downtown Albuquerque.
Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni spoke in court in his defense. He was not apologetic, saying what he was trying to sell was “science fiction” to an undercover FBI agent who was posing as a representative of Venezuela.
Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie, pleaded guilty to offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela. His wife was sentenced to a year and one day in federal prison in 2014.
Mascheroni worked at Los Alamos National Lab from 1979 to 1988, and the feds say he tried to sell what he learned there to the South American country. Marjorie Mascheroni also worked at LANL as a technical editor from 1981 to 2010.
Before the sentencing, prosecutors played audio and video clips for the courtroom, where Mascheroni said he could deliver a nuclear bomb in 10 years to Venezuela.
In undercover video from March 2008, Mascheroni also told an FBI agent that he would help Venezuela get 40 nuclear weapons within 20 years. He said he could explode a bomb over New York to knock out the city’s electrical system, but not hurt anyone.
In another recording of a conversation with his wife, Mascheroni renounced his allegiance to the United States.
The prosecution asked the judge to give Mascheroni the maximum under his plea deal, five and a half years in prison. They said he was a risk to the U.S.
Mascheroni’s attorney asked for the lower end, 24 months, and said investigators gave him the opportunity to commit a crime.

Wednesday January 28, 2015

In support of gas line work on San Ildefonso Road, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will temporarily close Hawk Drive at the Intersection of San Ildefonso on North Mesa. For three days, beginning Wednesday, January 28 and continuing through Friday, January 30, the road will be closed after 8:30 am and reopened by 2:15 pm. This is to accommodate the Los Alamos School Districts' bus schedule for the drop off and pick up of students at the Los Alamos Middle School.
DPU is installing a gas line along San Ildefonso Road to create a loop that will enhance natural gas capacity and reliability in North Mesa. The temporary closure of Hawk Drive will allow the DPU contractor to trench across Hawk Drive along the north side of San Ildefonso.
No interruption in gas service is expected. Officials with the DPU remind motorists to drive with caution in the area. More information on the project can be found on the DPU website

 

Tuesday January 27, 2015

Students from Atomic City Children's Theater in Los Alamos earned high praise at the 2015 Junior Theater Festival happening Jan. 16, 17 and 18 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga.
The students who traveled to the 2015 Junior Theater Festival on behalf of Atomic City Children's Theater are Savannah Brown, Jamie Cull-Host, Evelyn Doebling, Christopher Koh, Reyna Lucero, Kaylee Rogers, Mackenzie Rogers, Maya Rogers, Joseph Sarrao, Olivia Taylor, Mattie Warrior and Evelyn Wohlbier
The 12 students, ages 10-14 presented selections from Disney's The Little Mermaid JR. for Broadway performer Phillip McAdoo; Disney Theatrical Group dramaturg and literary manager Ken Cerniglia and performer Morgan Rose
Joseph Sarrao and Evelyn Wohlbier were named to the Junior Theater Festival All-Stars, made up of two outstanding performers from each group attending the festival. The All-Stars performed a song during the closing ceremony for all 4,500 festival attendees.
The Junior Theater Festival offered an enthusiastic environment for students and teachers to interact with thousands of others who share their passion for musical theater. In addition to presenting a 15-minute selection from a musical, both students and teachers participated in interactive workshops led by Broadway and West End professionals, gained from professional development and enjoyed theatrical fellowship.
The group will present a new musical, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR., at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Smith Auditorium. Admission to all shows is free.

Monday January 26, 2015

As of 2:30 yesterday the Two Eagles balloon and pilots Leonid Tiukhtyae and Troy Bradley have now been aloft a full day and are more than a fifth of the way towards their goal of setting a new distance record for gas balloons. Two Eagles has traveled 1,183 miles and has been averaging between 50 and 60 MPH . After crusing between 15,000 and 16,000 feet for most of the night, they have increased their altitude to above 18,000 feet .
As the Two Eagles balloon continues its trek across the Pacific Ocean, flying the balloon will be a full-time job for pilots. The gas balloon they are flying is very different from the hot-air balloons t.
Gas balloons use a lighter than air gas such as helium or hydrogen to provide lift. This particular balloon was filled with helium at the beginning of the flight, and the helium has to last all the way across the Pacific.
The balloon loses gas in the course of the flight, because the balloon over-pressurizes and “burps” gas through an opening (appendix) at the bottom of the balloon as it heats during the day, and because the pilots release gas to maneuver. Therefore, in order for the balloon to maintain altitude, the pilots have to get rid of weight. For that purpose, the pilots carry expendable weight, called “ballast,” in the form of sand, carried in big bags that hang outside the capsule. Two Eagles took off with almost five tons of sand contained in 40-pound bags.
You might think of the combination of gas and ballast as fuel. If the pilots want to go up, they get rid of ballast. To come down, they can open a valve at the top of the balloon to release gas. Because valving and ballasting are the equivalent of burning fuel, the pilots try to do as little of both as possible. Loss of gas and ballast equals loss of duration (potential time aloft) and, therefore, distance.
The balloon is also affected by solar heating. In the early morning as the sun comes up, it heats the gas inside the balloon, which causes it to expand and provides lift. The pilots in essence get a “free ride” to a higher altitude without having to expend ballast. As the sun goes down, the process reverses. The gas contracts, which causes the balloon to come down. In order to maintain altitude, the pilots have to ballast.
For the next several days over the Pacific, Bradley and Tiukhtyaev will use this combination of solar heating and cooling, ballasting, and valving gas to steer the balloon. Wind direction and speed varies with altitude, and so the pilots will ascend and descend to find winds that will take them where they want to go. http://pacificballoon.com/Flight_Status.php for a live interactive map.

 

Friday January 23, 2015

OPERATION Genesis

Since October of 2014, the Los Alamos Police Department’s Investigations Division has been strenuously investigating illegal narcotics trafficking and distributing cases throughout Los Alamos County. Detectives and officers have conducted hundreds of hours of surveillance and specialized investigations on local drug dealers. 10 arrest warrants have been obtained and 8 search warrants related to illegal narcotic sales. Detectives have already seized quantities of the following illicit drugs; Methamphetamine, Heroin, Cocaine, Controlled Prescription Medications, Marijuana Wax, and Marijuana. Detectives and Specialized Officers from LAPD executed these warrants beginning Thursday Evening and in the early morning hours of Friday throughout Los Alamos and White Rock. Detectives also worked with undercover detectives from the Espanola Police Department and conducted joint operations within the City Limits of Espanola related to these cases.
Commander Preston Ballew stated, These cases are still active and future arrests from this operation are pending. Anyone with information on these related arrests or similar activity is urged to call the Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Unit at 662-8222 or Crime Stoppers at 662-8282. Callers can remain anonymous and a reward can be offered with information leading to future arrests.

 

Thursday January 22, 2015

Pile burning will continue this weekend on County lands. Yesterday's significant snowfall will permit fire managers to burn piles the Pueblo Bowl, which is located between the Diamond Drive fill bridge, North Road, and Sycamore Street where crews piled dead and down wood during the summer.
Six inches of fresh snow prevents any spread of fire from the piles, and provides a way to shut down the burn after 24 hours. Piles will be ignited starting around 10:30 AM on Friday and allowed to burn out. Any lingering hot spots will be extinguished on Saturday by dumping snow onto the piles.
Because this area is in town, the crew will have to take it slow to reduce the amount of smoke. The day is expected to be sunny and the smoke should rise straight up, and then the wind should push it to the south.
If conditions change overnight, the operation will likely return to Bayo Canyon, the location of the burn operation last weekend. Depending on conditions, the crew may move to Gonzales Canyon, located south of Barranca Road and north of Camino Encantado, on Saturday or Sunday.
For more information, contact the Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Division Chief Ramon Garcia at 695-6729.

 

Wednesday January 21, 2015

At the December 16th public hearing, the Los Alamos County Council remanded back to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) proposed electric rate ordinance 02-252 that had been approved by the BPU in November. Specifically, Council requested that Section 40-126 relating to the Power Cost Adjustment factor be removed.
Accordingly, a new proposed electric rate ordinance 02-255 will be heard by the Board of Public Utilities on January 21. Notable changes in the new ordinance 02-255 when compared to the previous proposed ordinance are the following:
1. Removal of Section 40-126 relating to the Power Cost Adjustment,
2. One increase to become effective in February, rather than the two step increase that was originally proposed .
3. The charge per kilowatt hour is increased to include the expected cost of power plus a small incremental increase to create a rate stabilization fund to cover the fluctuating cost of power.
The new proposed ordinance 02-255 is scheduled to go before the Board of Public Utilities for approval on January 21st at 5:30 PM. The public hearing will be held in Council Chambers located at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, NM 87544, and will be streamed on the County webpage.
The proposed ordinance 02-255 will go to the Board of Public Utilities on January 21st for approval. If approved, it will be introduced to the County Council on January 27th and scheduled for a public hearing in February. The County Council will consider whether or not to adopt the proposed ordinance at the February public hearing. If adopted, the ordinance will become effective in February 2015.
A residential consumer currently using 600 kWh a month will see the bill go from 68.11 a month to 83.76 a month. The service charge for having electricity is going from 6.43 a month to 12.00 a month.
Small and large business rates will be going up and their service charge is going from $18.14 a month to 22.00 a month.

Tuesday January 20, 2015

The Art in Public Places Board held an open house in the lobby of the Municipal Building from noon to 3 p.m. on January 15, 2015 to showcase the proposals of the top three finalists for artwork that will be installed in the Municipal Building's West Plaza, using APP funds. Now they are seeking additional feedback using the county’s Open Forum located on The county’s website www.losalamosnm.us.  A handout with a description of each piece of art (including a photo) can be downloaded, and then citizens can leave comments for the Board. This is a topic of discussion at their Jan. 22 meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Rm 100 of the Municipal Bldg. They might make a decision at that time.

 

Monday January 19, 2015

It is Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

Friday January 16, 2015

Depending on the weather, the Los Alamos Fire Department hopes to resume pile burning operations in the canyons around Los Alamos on Saturday, January 17. This week's burn plan calls for igniting and monitoring about 150 bonfires per day on Saturday, Sunday and possibly Monday.
The crew will likely start in Bayo Canyon below Camino Encantado and Los Pueblos. Usually the breezes carry the smoke up the canyon during the day, but it should disperse a lot before reaching the downtown area. On Sunday, the work will be in the same area, and on Monday.
Ignition will start at 9 AM each day. Lingering smoke will be noticeable throughout the long weekend the as crews consolidate material to reduce the volume of smoke.
If you have any questions, contact Ramon Garcia, Wildland Division Chief for LAFD at 662-8301.

 

Thursday January 15, 2015

Here is the lowlights of the police reports January 8th through 14th.
One was arrested for driving while license is suspended and revoked.
Five were arrested on magistrate court bench warrants.
One was arrested on a municipal court warrant.
One was arrested on aggravated DWI.
One was arrested for DWI.
Two were arrested for shoplifting.
One was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
One was arrested for battery upon a police officer.
One was arrested for false evidence for a title.
A juvenile was cited for drug paraphernalia, referred to the JPO, and released to parents.
There was a report of aggravated battery against a household member.
There was a report of battery against a household member
There was a report of identity theft.
There a report of computer access with intent to defraud.
There was a repirt of breaking and entering.
There were 2 reports of criminal damage to property.
There were 2 reports of larceny over $500 and under $2500.
There was an accident with injury
There were 2 suicide attempts.

Wednesday January 14, 2015

Here are the December 2014 Weather Highlights.
The year 2014 concluded on a dry note. Los Alamos had below-average precipitation for the fifth month in a row with 0.85 in. The total snowfall was far below the average at 3.3in. (27% of normal). White Rock experienced 0.91 in. of precipitation, which was slightly above average (0.79 in.).
The precipitation totals for 2014 are the following:
Los Alamos – 16.82 in. (89% of 30-yr average)
White Rock – 9.52 in. (68% of 30-yr average)
The mean maximum and minimum temperatures for Los Alamos and White Rock were slightly above average. The mean maximum temperatures for Los Alamos and White Rock were above average by 1°F to 2°F, while the mean minimum temperatures were above average by 3°F to 4°F.
The Climate Prediction Center forecasters are predicting above average precipitation and average temperatures for January 2015.

 

Tuesday January 13, 2015

A Los Alamos High School graduate won a close race Sunday to become the first female president of Croatia.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, who spent her senior year in Los Alamos and graduated in 1986, was elected with a little more than half the vote. Grabar-Kitarović, a conservative populist, defeated incumbent Ivo Josipovic, a left-of-center law professor and classical music composer, in a close race, according to The Associated Press.
She will become Croatia’s fourth president on Feb. 19. A member of the Croatian Democratic Union, she will head a country with a population of 4.3 million and a gross domestic product of $57 billion. She is married and has two children.

 

Monday January 12, 2015

At the December 16th public hearing, the Los Alamos County Council remanded back to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) proposed electric rate ordinance 02-252 that had been approved by the BPU in November. Specifically, Council requested that Section 40-126 relating to the Power Cost Adjustment factor be removed.
Accordingly, a new proposed electric rate ordinance will be heard by the Board of Public Utilities on January 21 at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, NM. Provide public comment to the Board on the county’s Open Forum page.
Notable changes in the new ordinance when compared to the previous proposed ordinance are the following:
1. Removal of Section 40-126 relating to the Power Cost Adjustment,
2. One increase to become effective in February, rather than the two step increase that was originally proposed - one in January and a subsequent increase in July, and
3. A higher increase to the charge per kilowatt hour as originally proposed. The new charge per kilowatt hour incorporates a surcharge to establish a rate stabilization fund, ensuring funds are available to cover the fluctuating cost of power.

 

Weekend

Beginning this week and running until midnight on March 18, 2015, public land hunters may enter the Valles Caldera Trust’s lottery for a chance to hunt for Rocky Mountain elk this fall on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
The number of elk tags for the 2015 hunt has increased to 242 from 226 in 2014 and are divided into 15 separate hunts: four mature bull hunts, nine antlerless hunts and two either sex hunts. For 2015, the Trust is also offering dedicated hunts for youth, women, veterans and mobility-impaired hunters.
The 2015 hunt will continue the Valles Caldera Trust’s recently updated policy of “one tag, one chance” to give all public land hunters an equal chance to experience one of the best hunting opportunities in New Mexico. Hunters may purchase one ticket per hunt, and may apply for more than one hunt. Lottery tickets are $35 for mature bull and either sex hunts and $20 for antlerless hunts. All funds generated from this lottery are used for management of the Valles Caldera including habitat restoration projects and increasing recreational access for the public.
Participants will be notified of the results by email and winning lottery numbers will be posted on the Valles Caldera website on April 29, 2015. Call 1-866-382-5537 or go to vallescaldera.gov for more details.

 

Friday January 9, 2015

Last night was the legislative preview featuring Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard and Senator Cisneros. Representative Richard had 3 focus issues. 1. trying to get a state constitutional amendment on the election ballot to limit class sizes in the public schools. 2. DUI legislation that tightens the loopholes on our current laws. 3. Procurement reform that levels the playing field between in state businesses and out of state companies.
Senator Cisneros is on the finance committee. Our state budget relies heavily on oil and gas production. The prices of these products are falling. In December it was predicted the state would have 140 million dollars in new revenue. It now may be only 40 million and the decision of what number to use in the state budget will occur 30 days into this session. There will be no GRT tax increase. GRT revenue remains stable for now because people are spending the money that is not being spent on fuel. The Governor has indicated she will not sign any tax increases so if revenue is going to be short, cuts in programs will have to made.
State Representative Jim Smith (R- Bernalillo), a member of the Legislative Education Study Committee, spoke about education issues; Viki Harrison, Executive Director of Common Cause New Mexico, discussed their session goals.

 

Thursday January 8, 2015

Governor Susana Martinez has issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, January 8, 2015 in honor and
mourning of State Representative Phillip Archuleta who passed away December 16, 2014.

 

World’s largest single crystal of gold verified by Los Alamos instruments
Equipment and capabilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Lujan Neutron Scattering Center enabled a geologist to determine that a dazzling 217.78-gram piece of gold was in fact the world’s largest single-crystal specimen—a distinguishing factor that would not only drastically increase its market value but also provide a unique research opportunity. Using the Lujan Center’s HIPPO instrument, researchers probed the specimen with neutrons to gather critical information about the arrangement of atoms within the massive golden sample. HIPPO is a general-purpose powder diffractometer that measures both the crystal structure and orientation distribution of crystals (or texture) making up a poly-crystalline material from the powder pattern of the crystals. It is the only time-of-flight neutron instrument in the world that routinely measures texture, with single crystals being the ultimate textured samples.

 

Wednesday January 7, 2015

During last night’s county council meeting, Kristen Henderson was elected as the Los Alamos County Council Chairperson and David Izraelevitz was elected Vice Chair.

The Jemez House Thrift Shop was recognized as the recycler of the year 2014.

 

Scientists detect methane levels three times larger than expected over Four Corners region
A team of researchers from Los Alamos, NASA and the University of Michigan reported the presence of higher-than-expected concentrations of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, over the Four Corners region of the Southwestern United States. Using remote sensing capabilities, the team found that the methane levels were nearly three times higher than what had been reported over the area by the Environmental Protection Agency. The researchers postulate that the discrepancy stems from methane escaping from underground coalmines in the area, which added to the levels that had been expected from two nearby coal-fired power plants. The research team believes the methane hotspot has existed over the region for nearly a decade.


Probing Fukushima with cosmic rays should help speed cleanup of damaged plant
Thanks to an agreement with Toshiba Corp. to license a novel technology refined at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos scientists will be heading to Japan to set up a remote sensor that will allow nuclear scientists to peer inside the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi complex and get detailed pictures—without ever breaching the containment building. Muon tomography, a process that uses particles generated when cosmic rays interact with Earth’s atmosphere to create pictures of dense objects, will show researchers high-resolution images of nearly all of the nuclear material inside the damaged reactor cores. The detailed images could allow plant operators to more quickly develop and execute a cleanup strategy. Some estimate that muon tomography could help speed cleanup of the reactors by as much as a decade or more. The technology can also potentially reduce cleanup costs and worker exposure to radioactive materials

 

Tuesday January 6, 2015

Recently LANL released its list of top science stories for 2014. We will highlight them this week during our local news
Los Alamos laser selected for Mars 2020 mission
Laser technology originally developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been selected for NASA’s new Mars mission in 2020. The SuperCam instrument will allow researchers to sample rocks and other targets from a distance using a laser. In addition to harnessing Los-Alamos developed Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) technology—which can determine the elemental composition of the target from more than 20 feet away—SuperCam adds another spectrum to its laser for Raman and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy: A technique partially refined at Los Alamos and the University of Hawaii that provides the molecular makeup of a target, therefore allowing geologists to determine mineralogy and search for organic materials. SuperCam represents a significant upgrade to the highly successful ChemCam instrument aboard the Curiosity rover, a rolling science laboratory that has helped researchers confirm the presence of water on Mars. Among other mission objectives, the Mars 2020 rover will help advance knowledge of how future human explorers could use natural resources available on the surface of the Red Planet.
Los Alamos hydrodynamic experiment provides key data for Stockpile Stewardship
In August at the Nevada National Security Site, Los Alamos researchers successfully completed Leda, an integrated experiment that provided important surrogate hydrodynamic materials data in support of the Laboratory’s stewardship of the U.S. nuclear deterrent. Hydrodynamic experiments use non-nuclear materials that can mimic the properties of nuclear materials, providing insight into weapons performance in the absence of full-scale underground nuclear testing. Such hydrodynamic and sub-critical experiments are among the most useful multi-disciplinary technical activities that exercise the Laboratory's manufacturing capabilities, test scientific judgment, and enhance the competency of the Nevada workforce in areas of formality of underground and nuclear operations. Leda was an essential component in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Science Campaigns and Plutonium Sustainment Programs to support the technical basis for confidence in the nation's nuclear deterrent, and to support future stockpile stewardship.

 

Monday January 5, 2015

Recently LANL released its list of top science stories for 2014.
We will highlight them this week during our local news.
Using Wikipedia to forecast disease
A team of Los Alamos researchers determined that by analyzing views of Wikipedia articles, they could successfully monitor and forecast the spread of diseases around the globe in real time. Not only can such non-conventional disease surveillance improve the ways public-health officials respond to epidemics, but it can also provide a means for officials to plan for future outbreaks. The LANL team was able to successfully monitor influenza in the United States, dengue fever in Brazil and Thailand, and tuberculosis in China and Thailand using the novel technique, which will be used ultimately to build an operational disease monitoring and forecasting system with open data and open-source code.
ATHENA desktop human “body” reduces need for animal drug tests
Creation of surrogate human organs could revolutionize the way biologists and medical personnel screen new drugs or toxic agents. ATHENA, the Advanced Tissue-engineered Human Ectypal Network Analyzer project team, is developing four human organ constructs—liver, heart, lung and kidney—that are based on a significantly miniaturized platform. Each organ component will be about the size of a smartphone screen, and the whole ATHENA “body” of interconnected organs would fit neatly on a desk. The holistic dynamic system more realistically mimics the human physiological environment than static human cells in a dish, demonstrating chemical effects on human organs as never before.

Friday, Janaury 2, 2015

Happy New Year!

 

Thursday January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!