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Research: LA and Japanese partners look to set standards for new technologies

Smart grid powered up

By Arin McKenna

Officials from New Mexico and Japan, including Gov. Susana Martinez, gathered en masse to dedicate the new Smart House Monday afternoon, which is the last link in the $53 million Smart Grid demonstration project.

“The Smart Grid and Smart House are pioneering results stemming from the strong collaboration between Los Alamos County, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Corporation), efforts that will demonstrate how to meet a community’s residential power needs,” Gov. Martinez said.

“This is the first U.S. international project of its kind. And as we stand here today, with project construction complete, I know that New Mexicans across the state are proud to have reached such a significant milestone,” she told the crowd.

Norio Sasaki, president and CEO of Toshiba Corporation, called the technology for this demonstration project the most advanced in the world. The project combines several key elements to test and improve Smart Grid technology.

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Council campaign donations subdued

By Arin McKenna

First General Reports for the 2012 campaign reveal that Councilor Vincent Chiravalle (R) and Kristin Henderson (D) are by far the biggest fundraisers in the race to fill three council seats.

But a closer look at both primary and general election reports reveal interesting patterns in terms of where the money is coming from.

The question of how much spending influences elections — as opposed to other factors such as grassroots campaigning — may never be resolved. But money does have the ability to influence the outcome of elections.

So far, Chiravalle has raised a total of $3,935 since the campaign season began, with $500 of that being a contribution to his own campaign.

Chiravalle also has raised more out-of-county money than any other candidates, with $1,885 coming from Los Alamos county residents and $1,550 coming from outside donors, mostly from New Jersey. Joseph Rinaldi of Carteret, N.J., contributed $1,300.

When asked about these large outside contributions, Chiravalle replied, “I have received donations for my re-election campaign from my supporters, family and friends. Joseph Rinaldi is my uncle.”

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Bond question goes to voters

By Tris DeRoma

The Los Alamos School Board worked long into the night last week shaping up a bond resolution. The resolution will ask Los Alamos residents permission to bond up to $20 million in construction funds for various renovations and maintenance to shore up Los Alamos Public Schools aging infrastructure.

According to Superintendent Gene Schmidt and the Los Alamos School Board, it wasn’t if they were sending a ballot to residents, but when. The board thought the bond question was so vital to LAPS’ future that they wanted to time its arrival at residents’ homes when it would have the most impact. That meant timing it for when the college students would be home, and when families would be home from their winter vacations and resuming regular mail service.

No one wanted to see the ballots disappear in the piles of vacation mail or worse, get confused with the other elections happening around the same time. One of the board’s biggest fears that if they chose to have voters come in and vote, not enough people would come out to support the bond initiative.

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Hilltoppers lose at St. Pius X 41-0

The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was roughed up on the road by an old district rival Saturday.
The St. Pius X Sartans took advantage of some key Hilltopper miscues Saturday at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque.
A late first half fumble set up a 4-yard touchdown run by TJ Sanchez, then another lost Hilltopper fumble on their first possession of the third quarter led to another short Sanchez touchdown run.
Sanchez, St. Pius’ tailback, finished with four touchdowns as the ninth-ranked Sartans cruised to a 41-0 victory. St. Pius scored 20 points following Los Alamos turnovers.
The Hilltoppers (1-2) and Sartans (2-1) were former District 2-4A rivals.
Saturday was the first time the two teams had played, however, since the Sartans moved out of district following the 2006 season.
This was the second straight time Los Alamos has been shut out on the road this season.
It was blanked at Farmington eight days earlier, 28-0.
Los Alamos will host its homecoming match-up Friday.
The homecoming game against Kirtland Central is set for 7 p.m.
Special thanks to KRSN AM 1490 for its help in compiling this report.
 

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Sports in brief 9-16-12

 

Hawks win at ATC meet

 

Cross country: Rees is top finisher in boys mid-school race

 

The Los Alamos Middle School cross country teams swept the team competition at the Academy for Technology and the Classics invitational Sept. 8.

The Hawk boys and girls teams both finished with identical scores of 32 points to pick up both victories, while Ben Rees was the individual champ in the boys race.

The ATC Everybody Invitational, its inaugural running, was held in Santa Fe.

LAMS’ girls held off a stiff challenger in Peñasco, which finished with 40 points. El Dorado Community School was a distant third.

In the girls’ race, LAMS was paced by Zoe Chalacombe. Chalacombe finished second overall with a time of 10 minutes, 58 seconds for the 1.5-mile course.

Rees posted a time of 9:19 to take top honors in the boys race, which also covered 1.5 miles.

In the boys team competition, Pecos finished 21 points back of LAMS, followed by Peñasco in third (151 points).

 

Bjorklund wins this week’s Pace Race

 

 

 

Lynn Bjorklund picked up the win in this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.

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Stuck skunk on Sycamore

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By Andrew Li

My View: (In)appropriate scenery

I may never understand what a bonfire, parade, football game and dance have to do with the word “homecoming,” but it seems to be something that’s become a tradition not only for Los Alamos High School, but schools across the country. 

There are many aspects of homecoming that are open to the entire community, but since the homecoming dance is exclusive to the teen community, I’ll tackle that subject. More importantly, it’s a subject that makes students either scratch their heads or lose their temper for various reasons. One reason is the sound and music choice. Another reason is the theme and decorations each year. 

This year, the official word is out that the dance will take place in the school’s lobby, with a zombie apocalypse theme. This being reason enough for people to not even give homecoming a chance, is the part that I feel people need to man up on. 

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By Alexandra Hehlen and Sebastian Garcia

09-16-12 Word on the Street

Teen Pulse staff members Sebastian Garcia and Alexandra Hehlen asked students, “What do you dislike about homecoming?”

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National Merit Scholarship semifinalists announced

By Special to the Monitor

Congratulations to Los Alamos High School Semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

They are: Aaron Bao, Eric Begnaud, Cary Bronson, Kevin Gao, Janali Gustafson, Nathaniel Hall, Caitlin Haynes,Thomas Henderson, Jack Mockler, Christina Moore, Orli Shlachter, Laura Wendelberger, and Jessie Zhao.

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit   Scholarship Program. 

 These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.  

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09-16-12 Shelter Report

By Special to the Monitor

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on site adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. 

Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. 

All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.

DOGS

Coqueta — Six-year-old spayed female Retriever/Chow-mix surrendered. Good with adults and gentle children. Has been an outdoor dog. 

Five Border Collie puppies— Four-months-old, four males and one female. They are pretty shy and the volunteers are working on socialization. Keep watching as they develop into fun, approachable pups.

Ponjo — Black-and-white Jack Russell/BC-mix, neutered male. Social and active. Good with other dogs.

Two-step — One-year-old neutered male brindle Boxer/Shepherd-mix. Housebroken, really nice dog. Loves the dog park. Friendly and active, good with people.

CATS

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Municipal League confab sparks ideas

By Arin McKenna

Four representatives from Los Alamos County who attended the 55th annual New Mexico Municipal League Conference recently in Las Cruces are mulling over their experiences. 

Councilor David Izraelevitz, County Administrator Harry Burgess, Fire Chief Troy Hughes and Public Works Director Philo Shelton represented the county at the two-day event, participating in discussions with their peers and attending lectures on how to improve local government.

“I think there is value in interacting with other municipalities,” Izraelevitz said. “I finally understood what are some municipal functions versus county functions, and the challenges that other municipalities have. Some are similar and some are very different. 

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Smart Grid project set to power up

A $52 million state-of-the-art, international smart grid project will power up at 2 p.m. Monday at 1925-D Trinity Drive.

The New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan, Los Alamos County through the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU), and the Los Alamos National Laboratory will host a ribbon cutting ceremony unveiling

• A photovoltaic array,

• A battery storage system,

• A smart house.

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