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  • Los Alamos NJROTC rifle team wins honors

     

    NM VFW state chaplain, Mr. Lawrence Vargas, will be presenting an award to the LAHS NJROTC Precision Gold Rifle Team for winning the 2012-1013 national VFW-NRA Smallbore and Air Rifle Postal Matches. This is a great honor and outstanding achievement. There will also be a short presentation tonight at 6 p.m. at VFW Post, 1793 Deacon St.

  • National Weather Service reporting high fire hazard conditions for Los Alamos County

    The Albuquerque office of the National Weather service has issued for a “red flag”  fire hazard warning for parts of New Mexico, effective until 9 p.m. According to their website at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/ Los Alamos is in the middle of this danger zone.

    “The most critical fire weather conditions are expected from the central highlands to the northeast plains where single digit humidities will combine with gusty westerly winds” said a statement in its report.

    Those ramp up once an expected cold front hits, according to the NWS Albuquerque office.

    “A vigorous cold front will then punch into the four corners region by early evening...advancing eastward tonight into Tuesday morning. This front combined with strong winds aloft will further enhance the potential for strong winds to the lee of the central mountain chain overnight into tuesday morning,” continued the statement.

    So far the Los Alamos Fire Department hasn’t issued any restrictions yet, but that could change as the day goes on. They have also urged residents engaging in recreational activities to be aware and use caution when it comes to the use of fire or flammable materials.

     

  • Beer co-op buys brewing system

     

    The Los Alamos Beer Co-op arecently nnounced the purchase of a 3.5-bbl brewing system. This equipment was purchased from Bosque Brewing in Albuquerque. Bosque Brewing is upgrading to a larger system after only two years in operation, so the Beer Co-op was able to take advantage of Bosque’s success while securing a system that will facilitate progress in towards the goal of opening a brewery and taproom in Los Alamos this fall.

    The LABC has been in negotiations for both space and equipment since 2013. Recent member loan investments have made the purchase of the brewing system possible.

    “Purchasing brewing equipment puts us one step closer to being a reality,” said LABC board President, Micheline Devaurs. “Buying a used system makes great sense in this market because the lead time to purchase new equipment is often over a year due to demand. Used systems like the one we purchased can be fairly new, because breweries size up quickly.”

  • Council to lobby for full-time clerk compensation

     

    On Thursday, the Los Alamos County Council wrapped up loose ends during a special session on the two remaining charter articles reviewed by the Charter Review Committee (CRC).  

    Council took another look at the county clerk’s position, to decide whether they should put a ballot measure before the voters to change the clerk to a full-time, appointed position as it is in all New Mexico municipalities, or ask the legislature to raise the salary cap from that of a part time position to full-time compensation.

    The CRC had recommended keeping the clerk an elected position, as it is in the current charter, but also recognized that the clerk’s duties have grown in recent years, largely due to changes in state law, and that this should be compensated as a fulltime position. Due to Los Alamos’ status a Class H, incorporated county, the clerk also fills dual roles as both county and municipal clerk. 

    The CRCs recommendation was complicated by the fact that the most recent state statute governing salaries for public officials caps the clerk’s salary at $6,889. 

  • McMillan: Budget problems impact lab's mission

     

    Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan was in Washington last week to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.

    McMillan provided an update on recent Los Alamos technical and scientific achievements; the proposed plutonium strategy under evaluation in numerous national security circles; and, Los Alamos budget realities that pose challenges to meeting the lab’s mission requirements.

    The following came from the Senate website and this was McMillan’s written testimony to the subcommittee.

    McMillan spent most of his testimony talking about plutonium.

  • School board bans E-cigs

     

    Even though the verdict’s still out as to whether or not electronic cigarettes are safer than actual cigarettes, the Los Alamos School Board isn’t taking any chances. 

    At this week’s board meeting the board and the school administration both agreed to ban them outright while they continue to craft an official policy regarding electronic cigarettes.

    For now, electronic cigarettes are off limits to visitors, staff, teachers and students. No one on school campus can have them, regardless if they contain nicotine or not. 

  • Briefs 04-19-14

     

    Reward for lost art

     

    Some high school art was recently stolen from the Youth Gallery at Mesa Public Library. LAHS Art teacher, Mary Grace is asking that the art be returned with no questions asked, a reward for the return is possible, 

    The pieces include a Ninja turtles design consisted of 4 smaller pictures, (one in pencil, three in marker) on one page and a tiger. 

    Questions or information can be directed to Grace at 663-2588.

     

    Prescribed burn set for Tuesday

  • Cone Zone

     

    The weekly Cone Zone returns with a preview of upcoming construction projects that are scheduled to occur this spring/summer. 

    N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:

    Starting on approximately May 5, construction will begin on Trinity Drive between DP Road and Knecht Street. Work will include trenching in the north side of Trinity to install storm drains and lateral storm water lines. This project will require significant traffic control. As the traffic control plans are approved, additional information will be included in these construction updates and on the project website. This work is expected to last through mid-July.

    Western Area Phase 2 Improvements: 

  • Today in history April 19
  • Thousands make Good Friday trek to Chimayo

     

    CHIMAYO (AP) — Before dawn, thousands of pilgrims set off on a Good Friday march to El Santuario de Chimayo as part of a centuries old tradition.

    Some of those making the trek were weighed down by wooden crosses, while others carried rosaries, photographs of sick relatives and requests for miracles. Some came from more than 90 miles away, having walked for days.

    Dustin Nguyen, a 17-year-old who emigrated from Vietnam to New Mexico with his family several years ago, made a 10-mile trek to the shrine Friday morning with a group from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Albuquerque.

    "It shows we're one under God," Nguyen told The New Mexican.

    For two centuries, Hispanic and Native American pilgrims have made spiritual journeys to Chimayo, one of the most popular Catholic shrines in the Americas. Some 200,000 people are estimated to visit the National Historic Landmark each year, with the bulk occurring during Holy Week.

    The draw is a shrine at the adobe chapel that houses "el pocito," a small pit of holy dirt that some believe possesses curing powers.