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  • Chamber golf tourney: Swinging in the rain

    The Chamber of Commerce golf tournament went on as scheduled Friday despite some intermittent showers.

  • DPU looks at home solar rate structure

    It may seem like an easy thing to plunk a solar panel on your roof and start reaping the benefits: meeting some of your own energy requirements with renewable energy and even selling power back to the Department of Public Utilities.
    But home photovoltaic (PV) systems present challenges to Los Alamos County’s power generation system that are coming to the forefront as more homeowners jump on the bandwagon.
    The Board of Public Utilities is preparing to address the most pressing issue — assessing a fair share of cost for connecting customers with PV systems to the grid–as part of a comprehensive rate-restructuring ordinance under consideration.
    A Cost of Service and Rate Design Study conducted by Leidos recommends that DPU charge customers with solar panels or other renewable energy generators a fixed wires charge, a recommendation that will be incorporated into the ordinance.
    Residential customers with renewable systems would be charged a $10 flat monthly fee starting in January, increasing to $15 in July. Commercials customers, schools and county facilities utilizing PV units would be charged $2.88 per kilowatt of connected photovoltaic (PV).

  • Update 10-11-14

    Farmers Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Tuesday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Tony Chan on Travels Along the Silk Road.

    Viewing Party

    The “Manhattan” TV series viewing party and discussion is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.


    Los Alamos Historical Society Made in New Mexico Lecture Series. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Technology Transfer at LANL: A 70-year perspective with Dr. David Pesiri. He reviews the laboratory’s history of transitioning world-changing technologies to the private sector.


    History & Science Trivia. 8:30 p.m. Monday at Pajarito Brewpub in recognition of Ada Lovelace Day celebrating women in science. Prizes awarded to top three teams.  

  • Feds close part of Jemez for mouse

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — In the latest dispute over public lands in the West, federal authorities have ordered the closure of parts of Santa Fe National Forest to protect a tiny mouse that recently won protection as an endangered species.
    The U.S. Forest Service ordered last week the immediate closure of four pockets in the Jemez Mountains — including a spot near a campground — to protect the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.
    “It is prohibited to conduct any activity, go into, or be upon the areas encompassing ‘occupied habitat’ for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse,” forest supervisor Maria T. Garcia wrote in the closure order
    Violators could have fines up to $5,000.
    Forest Service officials have already closed off other areas this year to prevent damage to the habitat of the mouse under the Endangered Species Act. A proposal by federal wildlife managers also calls for setting aside as critical habitat nearly 200 miles along streams and wetlands in a dozen counties in New Mexico and parts of Arizona.

  • United Way Community Action Fund

    United Way of Northern New Mexico volunteers Ann Hayes and Pat Soran who this year are also co-chairs of UWNNM’s Community Campaign, updates the thermometer on the organization’s campaign to raise funds for the region’s non-profits. So far, they’ve raised $274,661, which is just 25 percent of their goal of $1.1 million. To donate, log onto uwnnm.org for more details.

  • GOP group hosts candidates

    The Los Alamos Republican Women held their October meeting Thursday and hosted many of the 2014 Republican candidates. Candidates in attendance: Abe Dispennette for county assessor, Robert Aragon for state auditor, Rick Lopez for state treasurer, Geoff Rodgers for state house District 43, Bill McKerley for county council, Jaret McDonald for sheriff, Blair Redmond for magistrate judge, John Bliss, Rick Reiss and James Chrobocinski for county council, and Jefferson Byrd for House of Representatives District 3.

  • Udall visits Dems

    Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) was in Los Alamos this week to talk to supporters at the Democratic headquarters in town. Udall was in town to get out the vote and sponsor initiative called: “Women for Udall” and campaign for Stephanie Garcia Richard in the House 43 race.