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Business: Three stations are now part of Giant Convenience chain

Talking fuel pumps new to LA

By Arin McKenna

If the normally quiet pumps at your favorite gas station have started spouting advertisements at you recently, chances are the station is one of three locations now under longterm lease to Western Refining.

In an agreement signed June 6, Western Refining acquired longterm leases from Polk Oil on 12 stations throughout Northern New Mexico. The Chevron on Trinity Drive, the Shell station on Diamond Drive and the Conoco Quik Stop in White Rock are part of that group.

Although Western Refining operates 222 stores throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Southern Colorado and West Texas — known as Giant Convenience Centers — this is the company’s first venture into Los Alamos County.

“The transition has gone well,” said Gary Hanson, vice president of corporate communications. “We’ve completed rebranding and the office systems have been converted. And we’re very pleased with the performance of those stations.”

“Our retail stores help us as a business. They give us an outlet for the oil and gas we produce at our refineries. So it’s good to add these stores to our mix,” Hanson continued. The company has refineries in El Paso and Gallup.

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Seven vie to replace Selvage

By Arin McKenna

Seven Los Alamos county residents have submitted letters of interest in the council seat vacated by Ron Selvage earlier this month. They are Edward Birnbaum, John Bliss, Stephen Boerigter, Andrea Cunningham, Phillip Kunsberg, Ralph Phelps and Rick Reiss.

Council will hold a special session at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 to select a replacement. The successful candidate will hold the seat for the remainder of Selvage’s term, which expires Dec. 13, 2014.

Follow the Los Alamos Monitor for more on the candidates.

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Severed line causes power outage

At approximately10 a.m. Monday morning a contractor severed an underground electric line while removing a section of sidewalk, leaving businesses on the south side of Trinity from 20th to the end DP Road without power for a brief period of time.

Electric line crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities responded and rerouted power around the damaged section to restore power in less than 30 minutes. Permanent repairs will be scheduled in the near future.

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ChemCam laser analyses yield clean, clear results

 

 Members of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover ChemCam team, including Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists, squeezed in a little extra target practice after zapping the first fist-sized rock that was placed in the laser’s crosshairs last weekend.

Much to the delight of the scientific team, the laser instrument has fired nearly 500 shots so far that have produced strong, clear data about the composition of the Martian surface.

“The spectrum we have received back from Curiosity is as good as anything we looked at on Earth,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory planetary scientist Roger Wiens, Principal Investigator of the ChemCam Team. “The entire MSL team was very excited about this and we popped a little champagne.”

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Heavy storms expected today

By Associated Press

The National Weather Service said a strong weather system is expected to bring heavy thunderstorms to western New Mexico and flash flooding is possible.

The system is moving into the state after hammering much of Arizona early Thursday. It is expected to reach the state Thursday afternoon and bring the heaviest rain to western parts of the state. Up to three inches of rain could fall per hour from some of the heaviest storm cells.

A flash flood watch has been issued for most areas west of the Rio Grande Valley and the mountains of Lincoln County. Such warnings mean flooding is possible but not imminent. Los Alamos County and the Jemez Mountains are under such a warning.

Areas below forests burned in recent fires are most prone to major flooding. Drivers should avoid washes and arroyos when storms are nearby.

 

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Flash Flood Watch remains in effect

FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... CHUSKA MOUNTAINS... FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... NORTHWEST PLATEAU... SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY... SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS... SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU.

* THROUGH THIS EVENING

* SUBSTANTIAL ATMOSPHERIC MOISTURE CONTINUES PLACE OVER WESTERN NEW MEXICO TODAY... AS WELL AS A GOOD PORTION OF CENTRAL NEW MEXICO. AN UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE TROUGH ALOFT STILL LIES WEST OF THE STATE AND WILL MOVE EAST INTO THE STATE TONIGHT. THIS SHOULD AID IN ADDITIONAL SCATTERED AND POSSIBLY NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO ERUPT WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR LOCALIZED AREAS OF HEAVY RAINFALL. THE DEGREE OF HEAVY RAIN POTENTIAL HOWEVER HAS DIMINISHED A LITTLE IN AREAS NEAR AND WEST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE... BUT WITH EARLIER MORNING RAINFALL AND ADDITIONAL AFTERNOON DEVELOPMENT THERE IS STILL SUFFICIENT HEAVY RAIN RISK TO WARRANT THE CONTINUATION OF THE WATCH. STORMS SHOULD DRIFT TO THE EAST AND NORTHEAST THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING... AND WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING RAINFALL RATES BETWEEN AN INCH AND TWO AND A HALF INCHES PER HOUR.

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ECA peer exchange tackles environmental issues

By Arin McKenna

The Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) had a peer exchange in Los Alamos last week. It was the first time ECA has met here in more than five years.

The main topic of discussion was environmental management (EM), although other issues of concern to the participants were also discussed in length.

Seth Kirshenberg, executive director of ECA, began a series of panel discussions Thursday with a summary of current issues.

Kirshenberg reported that Congress is expected to pass a six month continuing resolution until a new budget is passed, with provisions that could impact DOE communities.

The main concern was a new limitation that prevents agencies from moving money around. In the past, Department of Energy Environmental Management (DOE-EM) had considerable flexibility in directing money to the most urgent environmental cleanup needs at each site.

"The bottom line is, we don't have that flexibility to move money between the major control elements if the CR passes as it is today," Kirshenberg said.

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Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through this evening

FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... CHUSKA MOUNTAINS... FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... NORTHWEST PLATEAU... SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY... SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS... SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU.

* THROUGH THIS EVENING

* DEEP AND RICH AMOUNTS OF ATMOSPHERIC MOISTURE WILL BE OVER MUCH OF WESTERN... AND PORTIONS OF CENTRAL... NEW MEXICO THROUGH AT LEAST TONIGHT. WITH INCREASING ATMOSPHERIC INSTABILITY THIS AFTERNOON SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY ERUPT WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR LOCALIZED AREAS OF HEAVY RAINFALL. STORMS WILL DRIFT TO THE EAST AND NORTHEAST AT 10 TO 15 MPH THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING AND WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING RAINFALL RATES BETWEEN AND INCH AND A HALF AND 3 INCHES PER HOUR.

* LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING OF STREAMS... ARROYOS... DRY CREEK BEDS AND LOW WATER CROSSINGS WILL BE POSSIBLE FROM HEAVY RAINFALL. THE LAS CONCHAS... WHITEWATER BALDY... LITTLE BEAR... AND WHITE BURN SCARS WILL BE ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO FLASH FLOODING THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

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Flood Advisory until 5 p.m.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

* ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... NORTHERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO SOUTHEASTERN RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHEASTERN SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

* UNTIL 500 PM MDT

* AT 254 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN OVER SANTA CLARA CANYON. RADAR ESTIMATES AND SURFACE OBSERVATIONS INDICATE AROUND ONE HALF INCH OF RAIN HAS FALLEN WITH THESE STORMS IN LESS THAN 1 HOUR. THIS ACTIVITY IS MOVING QUICKLY EAST DOWN SANTA CLARA CANYON AROUND 20 MPH... THEREFORE THE FLOOD THREAT IS EXPECTED TO BE MINOR AT THIS TIME.

* STRONG FLOWS AND HIGH WATER LEVELS ARE EXPECTED IN ARROYOS... SMALL STREAMS AND OVER LOW WATER CROSSINGS. RAPID RUNOFF CAN ALSO BE EXPECTED IMMEDIATELY OVER AND DOWNSTREAM FROM WILDFIRE BURN SCARS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

RUNOFF FROM RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED WATER LEVELS WITHIN VULNERABLE DRAINAGES IN AND DOWNSTREAM OF THE LAS CONCHAS FIRE BURN AREA.

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Flash Flood Warning until 4:45 p.m.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... SOUTHWESTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

* UNTIL 445 PM MDT

* AT 148 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM A THUNDERSTORM 15 MILES NORTHWEST OF COCHITI LAKE... OR ABOUT 15 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS... MOVING SOUTH SOUTHWEST AT 10 MPH. RADAR INDICATED 1 TO 1.5 INCHES OF RAIN HAS ALREADY FALLEN ON WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR. THE BLAND CANYON GAGE REPORTED 0.80 OF AN INCH OF RAIN IN JUST 20 MINUTES. THE COCHITI MESA GAGE RECEIVED 0.55 OF AN INCH OF RAIN IN THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME. THE THE HEAVIEST RAIN HAS SO FAR FALLEN FROM THE HEADWATERS OF FRIJOLES CANYON SOUTHWESTWARD TO BEAR SPRINGS PEAK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. MANY FLASH FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES.

BOTH LOCALIZED AND DISTANT HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CREATE SUDDEN AND DANGEROUS FLOWS IN ARROYOS AND OVER LOW WATER CROSSINGS.

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Flood Advisory until 3 p.m.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

* ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... WESTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

* UNTIL 300 PM MDT

* AT 106 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN WITH STRONG THUNDERSTORMS NEAR THE UPPER REACHES FRIJOLES CANYON. THE STORMS WERE DRIFTING SOUTH BETWEEN 5 AND 10 MPH.

THIS WILL IMPACT THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT... FRIJOLES CANYON... COCHITI CANYON... PERALTA CANYON... HIGHWAY 4 FROM STATE ROAD 501 JUNCTION TO LAS CONCHAS CAMPGROUND AND DOME WILDERNESS.

* STRONG FLOWS AND HIGH WATER LEVELS ARE EXPECTED IN ARROYOS... SMALL STREAMS AND OVER LOW WATER CROSSINGS. RAPID RUNOFF CAN ALSO BE EXPECTED IMMEDIATELY OVER AND DOWNSTREAM FROM WILDFIRE BURN SCARS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

RUNOFF FROM RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED WATER LEVELS WITHIN VULNERABLE DRAINAGES IN AND DOWNSTREAM OF THE LOS CONCHAS FIRE BURN SCAR.

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Flood Advisory until 3 p.m.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

* ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... WESTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

* UNTIL 300 PM MDT

* AT 106 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN WITH STRONG THUNDERSTORMS NEAR THE UPPER REACHES FRIJOLES CANYON. THE STORMS WERE DRIFTING SOUTH BETWEEN 5 AND 10 MPH.

THIS WILL IMPACT THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT... FRIJOLES CANYON... COCHITI CANYON... PERALTA CANYON... HIGHWAY 4 FROM STATE ROAD 501 JUNCTION TO LAS CONCHAS CAMPGROUND AND DOME WILDERNESS.

* STRONG FLOWS AND HIGH WATER LEVELS ARE EXPECTED IN ARROYOS... SMALL STREAMS AND OVER LOW WATER CROSSINGS. RAPID RUNOFF CAN ALSO BE EXPECTED IMMEDIATELY OVER AND DOWNSTREAM FROM WILDFIRE BURN SCARS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

RUNOFF FROM RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED WATER LEVELS WITHIN VULNERABLE DRAINAGES IN AND DOWNSTREAM OF THE LOS CONCHAS FIRE BURN SCAR.

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Flash Flood Warning until 9 p.m.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... NORTHERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHEASTERN SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

* UNTIL 900 PM MDT

* AT 606 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM A THUNDERSTORM 15 MILES WEST OF SANTA CLARA PUEBLO... OR ABOUT 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS. THE STORM PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAIN WAS NEARLY STATIONARY. THE RAIN GAGE AT POND 4 IN SANTA CLARA CANYON MEASURED 1 INCH OF RAIN IN JUST 20 MINUTES. ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL IS EXPECTED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

BOTH LOCALIZED AND DISTANT HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CREATE SUDDEN AND DANGEROUS FLOWS IN ARROYOS AND OVER LOW WATER CROSSINGS.

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Rail Runner cancels service Friday

 

There are a fair amount of commuters who take the Rail Runner to Santa Fe and then take the bus to Los Alamos.

Those commuters will have to find another way to work Friday.

According to TV stations KRQE-TV and KOB-TV, flooding from heavy rain late Thursday will keep Rail Runner Express trains from running north of Bernalillo to Santa Fe on Friday.

KRQE said no trains will operate between the U.S. 550/Sandoval County station in Bernalillo and the station in downtown Santa Fe.

On Thursday, a Rail Runner train that was stopped north of the Kewa station was given the green light to proceed with caution after severe weather and flooding halted the train. KOB reported another bridge was reportedly underwater. The TV stations reported that 600 to 800 passengers had to wait at least an hour for buses to take them to their destination.

Storm runoff from the rains flowed through Santo Domingo Pueblo.

However, trains will run on regular schedules between Belen and Bernalillo through Albuquerque.

A Rail Runner spokesperson said they currently expect the line to be open in time for weekend trains.

Storm runoff Thursday evening flowed over the rails about two miles east of the Kewa station on Santo Domingo Pueblo.

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Lightning causes brief power outage at LANL, townsite

    Lightning causes brief power outage

Wednesday’s thunderstorm caused the power to go out for about 10 minutes in the Los Alamos town site and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Lightning struck a transmission pole on LANL property and that affected the town site and LANL facilities.

LANL spokesman Kevin Roark said power was out at TA-3 and that email and Internet service was interrupted.

The lab statement read, “Power was knocked out for 9 minutes yesterday throughout TA-3, LANSCE, and the entire townsite.  The problem occurred due to a lightning strike on a

substation that initiated a protective relay, cutting power.

“E-mail and Internet service was out for a few hours, and the Lab's computing resources went offline.  Everything was restored to normal operations by the end of the work day.  As a normal response, the lab is investigating to assure that all electrical safety systems worked properly.

The power outage also knocked out the county 311 customer service center, but DPU posted information on its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

 

DPU releases report

The Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU) released their Performance Report

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