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  • Accident on Trinity

    Traffic was temporarily snarled during lunch hour today when a county work truck and a small sedan collided just outside the lower parking lot entrance to Smith's Marketplace on Trinity Drive. No one was injured. Police are still investigating.

  • Today in history Aug. 4
  • Space-man at Ashley Pond tonight

    Tuesdays at the Pond this week features the band Space-man. The performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Tuesdays at the Pond, a summer entertainment series, runs through Aug. 11.

    The rock band Space-man features local Michaelangelo Lobato, Dave Hemsing and Kile Uhlenbrock.

    Tuesdays at the Pond brings a variety of entertainment acts to the Ashley Pond stage in downtown Los Alamos.

  • Today in history Aug. 3
  • Today in history Aug. 2
  • Hydro plant gets some big upgrades

    The El Vado Generating Station has been silent for two years, ever since an inspection revealed some potentially dangerous deterioration in the generating unit.
    But the $2,683,629 El Vado Hydroelectric Plant Generator Rewind Project is nearing completion and the hydroelectric plant should be running like new by the end of the year.
    El Vado is one of two hydro plants owned by Los Alamos County, along with the Abiquiu Generating Station.
    The average lifespan for a hydropower generating unit is 25 to 30 years, and this plant went into operation in 1987.
    A 2013 condition assessment indicated a “deteriorated and failed condition.” An independent contractor confirmed the finding and recommended the generator not be placed back in service until it had at least been cleaned.
    Oil and carbon dust film had accumulated on the unit as the result of an oil leak in the 1990s.
    The winding insulation that protects the electrical apparatus had also started to degrade.
    “When you’re making electricity at that high a voltage, you don’t mess around with it,” said Hydroelectric Plant Engineer Adam Cooper. “As soon as it tests bad, you take it down and you do something about it.”

  • Company suggest four more straplines

    Los Alamos residents will be able to choose their top two choices from a list of five brand straplines presented by branding consultant Atlas Advertising out of Denver, Los Alamos County announced Friday.
    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.
    Los Alamos County is hoping the strapline will summarize the unique aspects of the community, evoke emotion and last the life of the brand.
    As prescribed in the county’s contract amendment — AGR15-4150-A1 — for Strapline Development and Selection Services approved by the county council earlier this year, Atlas Advertising is on the hook to present two straplines with logo concepts plus one logo concept with no strapline.
    This is another attempt the county is making to find a strapline. In December, the council considered the line “Live Exponentially,” which was introduced by North Star Destination Strategies.
    The community had an overwhelmingly negative reaction to “Live Exponentially,” in the form of councilor emails, letters to the editor and on social media.

  • Young pilot completes his first solo flight

    In his young life, Hudson Davenhall hasn’t been one to shy away from anything that looked interesting.
    Davenhall, a recent graduate of Los Alamos High School, made a name for himself in two sports and academics. Now he’s decided to tackle a new challenge: flight.
    Inspired by an impromptu plane ride a couple of years ago, Davenhall recently went on his first solo flight in an older model Cessna 172 N – which he refers to as the Volkswagen Beetle of airplanes — successfully taking off and touching down.
    He now wants to do more with that newfound interest of his.
    “The feeling of being able to go anywhere at anytime, it’s super-cool,” he said.
    Flying, of course, is a serious business and Davenhall said he’s unsure exactly of where he wants to go now that he’s taken his first step to becoming a pilot. He said he may join the Coast Guard at some point.
    For now, he will attend the University of New Mexico and work on a mechanical engineering degree, which he may use to study airplanes and their construction to learn more about what it takes to be a full-time pilot.
    Davenhall said his first introduction to the piloting world came from a bi-plane. Specifically, a stunt bi-plane.

  • Art Center shows student work

    There will be a Summer Art Camp Showcase at the Fuller Lodge Art Center Wednesday.
    This year’s art campers at the Art Center will have their work displayed from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The campers varied in age from 4-16.
    This summer, there were seven weeks of art camp for youth.
    There is no charge for admission to the showcase. For more information, call 662-1635, or email info@fullerlodgeartcenter.com.

  • Michalske earns business award

    AIKEN, S.C. — Savannah River National Laboratory’s Terry Michalske has been selected as National Laboratory Director of the Year by the Department of Energy’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).
    According to the DOE, the award was given to Michalske for his work encouraging and promoting small businesses at SRNL, which is EM’s national laboratory.
    “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Terry, and I appreciate his hands-on leadership in SRNL’s support of small businesses,” said OSDBU Director John Hale III. “He uses collaborative approaches to engage small businesses so they can help the laboratory perfect its technologies and processes in the nuclear environment.”
    Hale, who introduced the laboratory director award as a new category this year in OSDBU’s Small Business Program, chose Michalske for the honor.
    According to the DOE, the award recognizes successful directors who display leadership and commitment to maximizing small business utilization through policies, procedures, outreach and the creation of an atmosphere of “small business first” in their organizations.