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  • Raising Funds and RPM

    Last week, the Santa Fe Christian Academy was at Trinity on the Hill church to sell raffle tickets for its annual fundraiser. This year, the school is raffling off a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro. All proceeds from the raffle will go to the school’s general fund.

  • Local Briefs 4-8-15

    Last indoor market coming
    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will have its final indoor market of the season Thursday.
    The market is scheduled from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. inside Fuller Lodge.
    Market organizers said the outdoor market season will start May 7.
    Outdoor markets are held at the Mesa Public Library parking lot near Central Avenue and Bathtub Row. Outdoor markets typically run from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays.
    Triath-A-Toddle event is April 18
    Family Strengths Network will host its first Triath-a-Toddle April 18 at its facility at the Pueblo Complex, 1990 Diamond Drive.
    The event is for kids ages 1-5. A tricycle course, giant bowling and other attractions will be set up for participants and there will be a bake sale and snacks for those taking part.
    Those families wanting to participate are asked to secure $10 worth of sponsorship per participant. All proceeds will go to pay for FSN programs.
    For more information or to register, visit the FSN’s website, lafsn.org.

  • Update 4-8-15


    A seminar, “Learn About Lung Cancer,” will be presented Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Los Alamos. It will be presented by Dr. Nasser H. Hanna from Indiana University. It will start at 6 p.m. The event is free.

    Book and Gift Fair

    A Book and Gift Fair will be at the Los Alamos Medical Center from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday.

    School board

    The Los Alamos School Board will have its next meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the LAPS administration board room.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will have its next meeting Tuesday at the municipal building. It is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

    Night Out

    First Baptist Church of Los Alamos’ Youth Group will host a parents’ night out Friday. Parents can drop off their children between 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event is free but registrations are required, as space is limited. For more information, visit the church’s website, fbc-la.org.

    Dive-In Movie

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Dive-In Movie April 17. The movie will be “Big Hero 6.” Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale.

  • Coal-fired plant spurs opposition

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A plan by New Mexico’s largest electric provider to replace part of an aging coal-fired power plant with more coal generation and a mix of natural gas, nuclear and solar power has run into another roadblock.
    Albuquerque city councilors voted 6-3 late Monday to adopt a resolution that calls for the city administration to withdraw support for Public Service Company of New Mexico’s power-replacement plan.
    The city joins Santa Fe, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority and other groups that have voiced opposition to the plan in recent months.
    Albuquerque’s resolution cites what it says is mistaken economic analysis by the company, and it raises questions about projected fuel costs.
    “The costs and economics of certain elements of the agreement have changed to the detriment of the city’s ratepayers,” the resolution reads.
    Councilor Brad Winter proposed the resolution. His wife, Nann Winter, is an attorney who represents the water authority, which filed a brief with state regulators earlier this month in opposition to PNM’s plan to raise customer rates.
    The state Public Regulation Commission has yet to make decisions on either the power-replacement plan or the rate case.

  • Manager for DOE will leave WIPP site

    CARLSBAD AP) — A U.S. Energy Department official who works with the government’s nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico is leaving.
    The manager of the DOE Carlsbad Field Office, Joe Franco, says he’s taking a position at the Hanford Site in Washington state, where he worked previously.
    The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that Franco, a Carlsbad native, has worked with the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for nearly two decades. He has served as the DOE field office manager since 2012.
    Franco said significant strides have been made with recovery efforts at the repository in the year since a breached container from Los Alamos National Laboratory resulted in a radiation release and forced the facility’s indefinite closure — a detailed report on the accident was released last month.
    He said the recovery project is on track.

  • Visit From D.C.

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-District 3) was in Los Alamos Tuesday to meet with constituents. Susan Heckethorn, a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, asks about the status of pending legislation.

  • Strickfaden is named as interim super for VCNP

    Charles Strickfaden, a 30-year veteran of the National Park Service, was named the interim superintendent of the Valles Caldera National Preserve today.
    The announcement was made by Sue Masica, the Intermountain regional director.
    Strickfaden oversaw operations at Fort Union National Monument for more than three years prior to his appointment with VCNP. Prior to that stint, he was the chief of visitor services and resources protection at Wupatki, Sunset Crater Volcano and Walnut Canyon national monuments in Arizona.
    “Charles’s diverse and wide-ranging skills and knowledge in all aspects of park management have prepared him well to assist with the transition of Valles Caldera National Preserve as the newest addition to National Park Service,” said Masica in a press release announcing Strickfaden’s new role. “Charles will work closely with tribal, state and local governments as well as regional constituents as we move forward in this transition.”
    Strickfaden will play a role in the VCNP’s new assignment as part of the National Park Service. In a bill passed in December, VCNP’s management was put under auspices of the NPS — the same bill created the Manhattan Project National Historical Park which includes portions of Los Alamos.

  • Civil War service set for Thursday

    Ceremonies marking the end of major combat in the United States Civil War is scheduled for numerous sites around the country Thursday, including Los Alamos.
    As part of the National Park Service’s “Bells Across the Land” commemoration, bells will be rung throughout the country to mark the 150th anniversary of the meeting between Union general Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate general Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.
    At that meeting, on April 9, 1865, Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Grant. That surrender marked the beginning of the end of the Civil War, which had been fought between northern and southern states since early 1861.
    For Thursday’s nationwide ceremony, a bell will be rung at Appomattox Court House National Historcal Park at 3 p.m. Eastern time (1 p.m. local time).
    At 1:15 p.m. local time, bells will be rung across the country for four minutes — one minute for each year of the Civil War.
    Locally, the ceremony will take place at the lawn outside of Fuller Lodge. The lodge’s bell will be rung at 1:15 as part of the commemoration.

  • Today in history April 8
  • Update 4-7-15


    A seminar, “Learn About Lung Cancer,” will be presented Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Los Alamos. It will be presented by Dr. Nasser H. Hanna from Indiana University. It will start at 6 p.m. The event is free.

    Budget hearings

    Hearings for the proposed FY 2016 budget are scheduled for April 20, 21, 27 and 28. The hearings will be in council chambers at 7 p.m. all four days.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will have a regular meeting April 15 at the municipal building. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Grand Opening

    The public is invited to the grand opening of the Los Alamos Nature Center April 22. The dedication and ribbon-cutting will be at 2 p.m. at the new facility, located at 2600 Canyon Road. Those attending are asked to carpool or ride the Atomic City Transit, due to parking constraints.

    Parents' meeting
    The Parents Raising Teens Group will meet 6 p.m. Wednesday at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, building 2. The group is for parents of teenagers who are having difficulty communicating with their teens. For more information, email Rosie Emrich at rosie@mesa-vistawellness.com.