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  • NNSA releases final request for proposals for lab contract

    The National Nuclear Security Administration released its final request for proposals Wednesday for the management and operations contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The final RFP includes a 1 percent fixed performance fee for the contractor and language for a community commitment plan.

    Bidders have until Dec. 11 to submit proposals.

    When the NNSA announced the draft RFP, over 20 contractors, including the University of California, the University of Texas System, Bechtel, General Dynamics and others responded. Many toured the lab over the summer.

    The University of California issued a statement Wednesday following the NNSA’s release of the final RFP.

    “The university is strongly committed to Los Alamos’ scientific and technological excellence, driving the lab’s culture of operational excellence, and ensuring the continued high quality and integrity of its critical national security missions,” University of California Vice President for National Laboratories Kimberly Budil,  said in a written statement.

  • Valles Caldera prescribed burn in progress

    From the U.S. Forest Service:

     

  • Partridge resigns from Chamber of Commerce

    Mike Maez-Coté
    mcote@lamonitor.com

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new Chamber manager following the resignation of Manager Nancy Partridge.

    The chamber confirmed Wednesday that Partridge resigned, but declined to say when she resigned and when her last day was.

    The chamber began advertising for her position on its website at approximately noon Tuesday. The job posting is on the chamber’s website, LosAlamosChamber.com.

    Neither Partridge, whom the Los Alamos Monitor contacted Wednesday morning, or Patrick Sullivan, the Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director, would comment on her resignation.

    Partridge said she did not think her resignation was newsworthy.

    Sullivan said he hoped the search for Partridge’s replacement would move “relatively quickly.”

    For the time being, Sullivan said, those who need assistance from the chamber should contact Member Services Coordinator Ufemia Rios.

    Partridge was hired in August 2014 to the post, returning to the area after working in Denver, most recently with the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute before returning to Los Alamos, where she was born and raised.

  • US considers higher entry fees at 17 popular national parks

    By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service is considering a steep increase in entrance fees at 17 of its most popular parks, mostly in the U.S. West, to address a backlog of maintenance and infrastructure projects.

    Visitors to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion and other national parks would be charged $70 per vehicle, up from the fee of $30 for a weekly pass. At others, the hike is nearly triple, from $25 to $70.

    A 30-day public comment period opened Tuesday. The Park Service says it expects to raise $70 million a year with the proposal at a time when national parks repeatedly have been breaking visitation records and putting a strain on park resources. Nearly 6 million people visited the Grand Canyon last year.

    "We need to have a vision to look at the future of our parks and take action in order to ensure that our grandkids' grandkids will have the same if not better experience than we have today," Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement. "Shoring up our parks' aging infrastructure will do that."

  • Free ride services available Saturday

    The Los Alamos DWI Planning Council and Atomic City Transit (ACT) are partnering once again to provide free safe ride services in Los Alamos Saturday.
    Ride service will be available from 6 p.m.–1 a.m. Reservations will be accepted starting at 7 a.m. Friday and from 5 p.m. Saturday.
    Call 661-RIDE (7433) to request a ride. First come, first served, so call early. 

  • N.M. Supreme Court ousts Aztec magistrate from office

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has removed Aztec Magistrate Court Judge Connie Johnston from office for misconduct that a state commission said included dishonesty, surreptitious recording of private conversations in the courthouse and abuse of her judicial power of contempt.
    The high court’s order issued its order Monday following a hearing on the Judicial Standards Commission’s April 10 petition seeking removal of Johnston from office.
    Her term was set to end in December of 2018.
    The commission’s petition cited Johnston’s “dishonesty shown in committing various acts of willful misconduct and throughout the commission’s proceedings, including her false statements under oath as well as her concealment of surreptitious recordings that she was ordered to disclose but kept secret until midtrial when she perceived a personal advantage to disclosure.”

  • Clarification on bond subjects

    Capital improvements at White Rock elementaries Pinon and Chamisa will be top priorities for funding for the next bond issue, as a result of the Los Alamos Public Schools board meeting last week, Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said Tuesday. A story in Sunday’s paper may have implied otherwise.

  • Sale to benefit hospital auxiliary

    A gift sale to benefit the Los Alamos Medical Center Auxiliary is coming to the Los Alamos Medical Center. The sale will be from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.
    The sale will be in the Doctor’s Lobby of the hospital.
    The sale will feature new books, trinkets, small gifts, calendars and other stationery supplies. The event is sponsored and organized by Collective Goods. Proceeds of the sale will benefit the Los Alamos Medical Center Auxiliary, the hospital’s volunteer organization.
    Each the LAMC Auxiliary organizes various events to help patients make their stay at the hospital more comfortable. It also helps to mark the milestones of its special patients.
    For more information about the LAMC Auxiliary, or to become a volunteer, call 662-9555.  

  • House GOP chairmen announce probe of Obama’s Justice Dept.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairmen of two House committees announced Tuesday they’re opening an investigation into actions the Obama administration Justice Department took during last year’s presidential election.
    The chairmen said in a statement Tuesday they have several questions, including why then-FBI Director James Comey decided to publicly announce the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information but not to publicly announce the investigation into Donald Trump’s campaign associates.
    Trump fired Comey in May. At first, the White House cited a harsh memo about Comey’s performance from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as the justification – though Trump later said he would have fired Comey regardless of what the Justice Department recommended.
    Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, chairman of the Oversight Committee, announced the probe. They described it as necessary to “better understand the reasoning behind how certain conclusions were drawn.”

  • Astronomers measure Milky Way with radio waves

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A collection of radio telescopes that spans thousands of miles and is remotely operated from central New Mexico has measured a span of 66,000 light-years (one light-year is equal to 6 trillion miles) from Earth across the Milky Way’s center to a star-forming area near the edge of the other side of the galaxy.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports astronomers say they hope to measure additional points around the galaxy to produce a map – the first of its kind – over the next decade.
    Alberto Sanna of Germany’s Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy said in a news release that using the Very Long Baseline Array, which is remotely operated near Socorro, allows astronomers to “accurately map the whole extent of our galaxy.”