Around the Area

  • LANL puts students to work for NM businesses

    When Scott Laidlaw and Jennifer Harris created Ko’s Journey, a game designed to teach math in middle schools, they weren’t sure how to get it into the marketplace.
    With help from MBA students participating in a summer internship program at Los Alamos National Laboratory, they are now better prepared.
    The students helped them target interested schools and made recommendations to market their product on the Internet.
    Each summer, MBA students from top-ranked business schools work at LANL to help scientists, small businesses and entrepreneurs find commercial uses for new technology and assist companies with business challenges.

  • Enrollment open for Boys and Girls State

    Boys State and Girls State  will be held  in June at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.  
    Los Alamos High School juniors can receive three college credit hours  for participating. The credit hours are fully transferable to other colleges.
    Boys State and Girls State are programs of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary that supply a civics education.  
    In the week-long program that students learn government from the ground up by total immersion in the process by joining a political party, selecting candidates, campaigning, getting elected and serving in office.
    The boys and girls act as mayors, sheriffs, judges, legislators, prosecutors as district attorneys and many others.

  • Tessive hosts open house

    Tessive, a local company, hosted an open house Friday afternoon.
    The open house featured the Tessive Time Filter, which will bepresented at the Cine Gear Expo June 3 at the Studios at Paramount in Los
    The filter,  according to a press release, corrects a phenomenon known as temporal aliasing in a motion picture. Temporal aliasing  causes objects to appear to jump or appear at a location instead of giving the impression of smoothly moving towards them.
    Temporal aliasing also causes substantial image distortion in any motion picture sequence.

  • Sue Hofmann to speak at Family Disaster Preparedness Seminar

    Sue Hofmann of Sue Hofmann State Farm Insurance will be one of the speakers during the Jemez Mountain Baptist Church’s Family Disaster Preparedness Seminar.

    The seminar will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Jemez Mountain Baptist Church, located on Highway 126 in La Cueva.

    The seminar will be held again at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Jemez Valley Baptist Church located on N.M. 4 in Canon.

    In addition to Hofmann, other speakers include Animal Amigos, La Cueva and Ponderosa Volunteer Fire Departments and American Red Cross.

  • Photographer LeRoy N. Sanchez has accumulated historic portfolio

    LeRoy N. Sanchez, a Los Alamos National Laboratory photographer for more than 37 years, has provided photographic coverage for many inaugural ceremonies for New Mexico governors, both Democrat and Republican, for more than 30 years.

    This coverage includes the second and third terms for Gov. Bruce King, as well as the Inaugurals of governors Toney Anaya, Garrey Carruthers, Gary Johnson and most recently, New Mexico's first woman and first female Hispanic Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • Wastewater treatment plant tour

    Members of the Española Basin Regional Issues Forum (EBRIF) met on April 14 at the Buffalo Thunder Resort to tour the Pueblo of Pojoaque Wastewater Treatment Plant to provide upgrades to the treatment system.
    Los Alamos County funded the project as part of the Partners for Progress program. They contributed $50,000 to the project.

  • Gov. Martinez signs bill prohibiting corporal punishment in NM schools

    CARLSBAD – Gov. Susana Martinez recently announced she signed House Bill 172, legislation that prohibits corporal punishment in New Mexico’s schools.
    “The decision on whether or not to use corporal punishment on a child is one that is best left to a parent,” Martinez said.
    Corporal punishment was already banned in 53 of New Mexico’s 89 school districts. According to the most recent data by the U.S. Department of Education, there were 705 incidents of corporal punishment in New Mexico during the 2006 school year, which represents 0.2 percent of the state’s students.
    New Mexico now joins 30 other states that do not permit corporal punishment        in schools.

  • Bizarre: Volunteer fire department chief arrested

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities arrested a volunteer fire department chief after he called in multiple police and fire agencies for a brush fire and falsely claimed people were trapped in buildings.

    A spokesman for the Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office says 53-year-old Velarde Volunteer Fire Department Chief Eddie Velarde was arrested and booked into jail Tuesday for disorderly conduct.

    The sheriff's office says Velarde was calling for a mass evacuation when none was needed. Velarde allegedly claimed people were trapped when officials say the fire was nowhere near any structures.

    Sheriff's officials say the only way to stop Velarde was to arrest him.

  • Interim police chief appointed in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe officials have turned to a veteran of the police department to instill new leadership. Raymond Rael worked 21 years as a Santa Fe police officer before retiring.

    The 57-year-old Rael takes over as police chief after this week's sudden resignation of Aric Wheeler.

    Rael faces record burglary numbers, mass retirements among command staff members, job restructuring and low morale among the rank-and-file officers.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Wheeler will remain with the department as a captain. The 39-year-old Wheeler told the city manager Tuesday he was stepping down as chief to spend more time with his family.

  • Medical Center CEO Resigns

    Wally Vette announced his resignation as head of Los Alamos Medical Center in a letter to staff Tuesday. In the letter, Vette said March 31 would be his last day.

    The news caught many by surprise in that Vette has served less than a year. He joined LAMC as Chief Executive Officer June 7, 2010.

    The news comes on the heels of a physicians meeting at which no confidence sentiments were reportedly expressed toward Vette, according to a source close to the situation.