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Around the Area

  • Accident restricts traffic on NM4

    An accident involving an Atomic City Transit bus has traffic backed up on southbound NM4. The bus has been cleared but traffic is still slow. Follow the Los Alamos Monitor for more on this story.

  • DOE to Seek Public Input on Chromium Project tonight

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M., September 28 – The Department of Energy Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) will hold a public meeting on proposed actions to address the presence of chromium in the regional aquifer at Mortandad Canyon from 6 to 8 p.m. September 30, 2015 at the Cities of Gold Conference Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
    Groundwater sampling data from monitoring wells at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) show the presence of chromium contamination exceeding the New Mexico groundwater standard of 50 parts per billion in the regional aquifer. This has resulted from historical use of potassium dichromate – a corrosion inhibitor – in non-nuclear cooling-tower water that was discharged through an outfall into Sandia Canyon as part of operational maintenance activities.
    DOE is proposing an interim measure to control downgradient migration of the chromium plume to prevent it from travelling beyond the Los Alamos National Laboratory boundary. The interim measure is needed to address the increasing chromium concentration of chromium at the Laboratory boundary. DOE is also proposing chromium plume-center characterization. Information obtained from the additional characterization will be used in identifying remediation alternatives for chromium contamination in groundwater.

  • Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild

    Looking for something interesting to do today? The Los Alamos Piecemakers are having their 2015 Quilt Show today and Saturday at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 E. Road. Vendors from all over New Mexico will be on hand. Tickets for adults are $2 and children are free.

    The L.A. Piecemakers alternate each September between with a Quilt Show and Quilt Market. Shelly Kuropatwinski, owner of the new Atomic City Quilts, is the chairperson for this year’s Quilt Show.

    Quilt Guild members have made quilted items that will be on display. Bed Quilts, table runners, placemats, wall hangings and wearable items are just a few of the things on display.

    The donation quilt this year is entitled "Ravena" and was pieced by Donna Smith and quilted by Nicole Dunn. This beautiful quilt will be raffled off at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the Show. Tickets for a chance to win the quilt will be on sale at the show.

    There will also be a Silent Auction at the Quilt Show. Winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the Show.

    The LA Piecemakers meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  Visitors and guests are welcome.  For more information, visit vla.com/lap. The Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild is active in the community by doing service projects throughout the year.

  • CEDD Director Anne Laurent leaving Los Alamos

    Park City, Utah Assistant City Manager Matthew Dias announced on Thursday that Los Alamos Community and Economic Development Department Director Anne Laurent has accepted a position as that city’s CommunityDevelopment Director.
    Laurent was named CEDD director in 2012 when County Manager Harry Burgess merged the Community Development Department and the Capital Projects & Facilities Department. She has been with the county seven years.
    "We're certainly going to miss her and wish her the best in her career advancement,” Burgess said.
    The Los Alamos Monitor was unable to reach Laurent for comment.

  • Trinity Westbound Lane Closed Sept.24–25

    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 from 7 a.m. September 24 through 5 p.m. September 25.
    Pedestrians may experience a sidewalk closure and detour. All work should be completed by Friday, September 25, weather permitting.
    Contact the Public Works Department with any questions or concerns at 662-8150 or o lacpw@lacnm.us.

  • Silva-Bañuelos named Valles Caldera superintendent

    National Park Service (NPS) Intermountain Region Director Sue Masica announced on Thursday that Jorge Silva-Bañuelos has been named superintendent of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Silva-Bañuelos has served as executive director of the Valles Caldera trust since May of 2014. Look for more on this story and other news on the preserve’s transition to NPS management in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Sherwood Blvd. detour starts today

    Los Alamos County Public Works Department and contractor RMCI Inc. have announced a lane closure and detour on Sherwood Blvd. in effect starting today.
    The northbound lane will be closed at Aztec Ave. 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 back to the center.
    Access to local businesses will remain open and detour signs will guide northbound motorists back to N.M. 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.
    Contact the Public Works Department with any questions or concerns at (505) 662-8150 or send an email to lacpw@lacnm.us.

  • United Way thanks LANB

    United Way of Northern New Mexico board Chair Stephen Boerigter thanks Los Alamos National Bank for $1 million in donations to date. United Way kicks off this year's campaign from 5:30–7:30 p. m. Sept. 16th at Ashley Pond. LANB is a Cornerstone Sponsor again this year, committing to a  $50,000 donation.
     

  • Udall visits Valles Caldera

    Sen. Tom Udall traveled to the Valles Caldera National Preserve Friday to discuss efforts to renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is due to expire Sept. 30. The preserve was originally purchased with $101 million in LWCF funds. Follow the Los Alamos Monitor for more on this story.

  • Brief Outage Planned for White Rock Wednesday

    LOS ALAMOS, NM -- Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials are advising White Rock customers that weather permitting, a short five minute outage is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, In cooperation with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Line Operations, the brief outage is required to safely replace a faulty 115,000 volt switch at the substation. 

    Specifically, crews will cut the power to transfer the White Rock electric load from the T2 line to the T1 transmission line at the substation. With the T2 line de-energized, crews will remove and replace the faulty 115,000 volt switch.  Once the switch is in place, the line will be re-energized without interruption.

    Customers who have questions or concerns can call the DPU office at 505-662-8333 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.