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  • Ten local businesses win VAF awards


    Ten local businesses to receive Venture Acceleration Fund awards

     Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and its partners recently awarded more than $400,000 to 10 local businesses to help them grow and develop in Northern New Mexico.

    “Since the VAF was initiated in 2006, Los Alamos National Security has invested approximately $3 million in 49 New Mexico businesses,” said David Pesiri, director of the Feynman Center for Innovation. “Now it’s a community effort, with Los Alamos County, the city of Santa Fe and MEP stepping forward to partner with us. 

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  • Kirk not selected in NBA Draft


    Former Los Alamos basketball star Alex Kirk did not hear his name get called during Thursday night’s NBA draft.

    Kirk, the 7-footer who graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2010 and from the University of New Mexico last spring, was hoping to be picked up by a NBA squad during Thursday’s two-round draft, but he was not selected with any of the 60 picks.

    Kirk had high hopes of getting the nod after working out for 14 total teams and having phone interviews with four others he couldn’t fit into his schedule.

    Despite not getting selected in the draft, Kirk still has plans to attend NBA summer workouts, scheduled for mid-July, a move he likely would’ve had to make had he been picked in the second round, anyway.

    Prior to Thursday’s draft, Kirk returned to Los Alamos from his final workout destination, Houston. He said he was going to take some time off to unwind before getting back to work.

    He said prior to the summer workouts and the NBA preseason workouts, which will be in October, he wants to get in even better shape, cut down his body fat to under 10 percent and put on some muscle.

  • Smith's, union resume labor negotiations


    At least they’re talking.

    Nearly three weeks after negotiators for Smith’s Food & Drug Centers Inc. reportedly walked out on negotiations with workers represented by the United Food & Commercial Workers union, the sides met again Wednesday but with little results.

    According to Greg Frazier, president of UFCW Local 1564, the session was relatively short. The union presented its economic proposal. Smith’s did not offer an economic proposal, but informed union representatives that it would try to have one ready by the next bargaining session.

    Negotiations will resume July 16, the same day the new Smith’s Marketplace is scheduled to open in Los Alamos. The union proposed at least eight possible dates before that, but according to Frazier, Smith’s representatives insisted the July date was the only one that would work for them.

    Contracts for Smith’s retail and meat department workers expire July 7.

    The Los Alamos Monitor contacted Smith’s for its perspective on Wednesday’s session. Marsha Gilford, vice president of public affairs, responded by email that she had “no update on negotiations.”

  • Los Alamos schools groundskeeper faces murder charge


    A Los Alamos schools groundskeeper faces first-degree murder charges after his girlfriend, Angela Serrano, 41, succumbed to injuries at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe on Monday following a camping trip in Taos the previous week. 

    Henry Wilton, 48, of Española, is being held in jail in Taos on a $500,000 cash-only bond, according to Taos County Magistrate Court officials. 

    According to a warrant filed in Taos County, Serrano gave a statement to a nurse about the incident before she had surgery to treat internal injuries she sustained in an alleged attack by Wilton. According to the nurse’s statement to State Police investigators, Serrano and her 10-year-old daughter were camping with Wilton at the La Junta Campgrounds over Father’s Day weekend.

  • Page to step down from UNM-LA post


    Cedric Page, executive director of the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos branch campus, will leave his position at the end of June and return to the UNM-Los Alamos faculty as Professor of Geography, the university announced today. Page has been the branch’s director since July 2007.

    “Seven years is an impressive term of service for a campus executive,” noted UNM President Robert Frank, “and I’m confident that the partnerships Dr. Page has forged with local, state and federal agencies and organizations will continue to benefit UNM-Los Alamos well into the future.  We are grateful for the leadership he has provided, not only in Los Alamos, but for the larger university community.” 

  • Today in history June 27
  • Wiggins taken No. 1 by Cavs; Kirk not drafted


    NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Wiggins went No. 1, so he got to make the first pitch.

    What would he say to LeBron James about joining him in Cleveland?

    "I want to win," Wiggins said. "If he wants to win, we'd be good together."

    Shabazz Napier is on his way to Miami, complete with James' endorsement, so maybe he's the key to keeping James right where he is.

  • WIPP probe focuses on LANL


    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials investigating a mysterious radiation leak from the government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have turned their focus to Los Alamos National Laboratory, a state regulator said Thursday.

    The U.S. Department of Energy's accident investigation team has been at the lab in northeastern New Mexico for about three weeks, New Mexico Environment Department General Counsel Jeff Kendall said.

  • Local boys, girl shine in state government competition


    Six boys from northern New Mexico, two of them from Los Alamos, vied for honors and offices at the American Legion Boys’ State last month at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. 

    This annual “living government as we are governed” gives boys an opportunity to experience civics, not as it is taught but as it happens around them everyday. They are part of political parties, candidates, office holders and decision makers. 

    This year’s participants from Los Alamos were Jonathan Schueler, 17 and David Murphy, 16. David Chacon, Eppie Velarde and Ryan Maestas of Pojoaque and Kemuel Cedona from McCurdy rounded out the boys from the northern part of the state.